Parent Engagement Initiative Trips

Dear Parents,

We are excited to kick off our 2017-2018 “Involved Parent = Successful Student” Initiative. Our first parent/student/staff trip will be to the Queens County Farm Museum located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY. 11004.

You may choose from ONE of the following dates:

  • October 12, 2017
  • October 18, 2017
  • October 25, 2017

We encourage students and their parents to join us in this amazing opportunity to tour the farm, learn about sustainable systems, learn about planting and growing food, enjoy a Fall hayride, and feed the farm animals. Each student attending must have their parent with them (Due to limited space only 1 parent may attend the trip). We will be taking only 30 students on each trip.

We will be traveling together by school bus to and from the Queens County Farm. The bus will leave from Halsey Junior High School at 2:00 pm. Parents please arrive no later than 1:45 pm. The bus will leave the Queens County Farm at 5:00 pm.

Please fill out the attahed Queens County Farm Permission Slip and return it to the Main Office or to the Parent Coordinator no later than Friday, October 6th, 2017. We hope to see you at this very special event!

Thank you,

Principal Vincent Suraci

Parent Coordinator Mike Zevon

Back to School Spirit Week, September 25-29

Next week, Halsey will hold its Back to School Spirit Week, leading up to our first staff/student volleyball game!

The game will be Friday, September 29th, 207 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm in the Halsey gym. We would love to see all our students participate in Spirit Week. Please look at the following schedule and have your child plan accordingly:

Monday, September 25th – Sports Day (Wear your favorite team’s jersey or t-shirt)
Tuesday, September 26th – Dress for Success Day (Wear it with style, Wear it with confidence)
Wednesday, September 27th – Pajama Day (Wear your comfiest and coziest jammies – NO SLIPPERS)
Thursday, September 28th – Cultural Day (Wear anything that appropriately represents your cultural)
Friday, September 29th – Color Day (Wear your grade color – 6th Grade – Blue. 7th Grade – Purple. 8th Grade – Green. 9th Grade – Yellow) and Student vs. Teacher Volleyball Game 3pm – 5pm

We are only allowing for a certain number of students to attend and/or play in the volleyball game. We are asking that any student that is interested in watching or playing bring back the permission slip that will be given out in their homeroom classes as it will be on a first come first serve basis.

Any student interested in playing MUST come dressed in appropriate attire (sneakers, t-shirt, gym shorts/pants). If they are not dressed to play, they will not be allowed.

Please e-mail Ms. DiMuro at or Ms. Tchilingarian at if you have any questions or concerns.

Study Skills Program for 6th Graders

Starting Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 we will be offering a study skills class for 6 grade students. This class will teach students how to study, how to take notes, how to stay organized and various different helpful techniques and strategies that will help them succeed in middle school. The class will meet one time per week every Wednesday from 2:20 pm – 4:00 pm.

If your child signs up for this class they must commit to attend. If they are excessively absent their seat in the class will be given to another student.

Permission slips will be given out in your child’s homeroom class and are due back to Mr. Plummer in room 324 no later than Wednesday, September 20th, 2017. The classes will be set up on a first come first serve basis. There will be a waiting list for those who do not receive a seat. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Plummer at 718-830-4981.

Once your child is accepted into the program they will receive a confirmation letter with the room number.

Halloween Party on October 31st!

Halsey JHS 157 will be hosting a Halloween Party for its students on October 31st 2017 from 3PM – 5PM. Tickets will cost $5. Tickets will go on sale as we are closer to the party and can be purchased in the cafeteria from the School Aides during their lunch period. No tickets will be sold at the door.

We are looking for candy donations from the parents. PLEASE SEND IN NUT FREE CANDY ONLY! We are also looking for volunteers to help chaperone the party. Please send an email parent coordinator Michael Zevon ( to volunteer.

Get Involved with the PTA!

Dear Parents,

We were so glad to see many of you at Tuesday nights PTA meeting! As you know, the best way to help your child get the most out of their education is to be an involved parent.

Upcoming PTA Events:

9/26 Open School Night Snack and Spirit Wear Sale (evening)
9/29 Lemon Ice Sale (during all lunch periods)
10/20 Picture Day (during day)
12/13,12/14, 2/15 Candy Cane Sale (during all lunch periods)

Ongoing PTA Committees:

8th grade Committee
Membership Committee
Fundraising Committee
Budget Committee
Translation Services

If you can volunteer for any of these mentioned events or committees OR if you have any IDEAS and are willing to take the lead on any events, please contact the Halsey PTA at! We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the next PTA meeting on October 10th.

Enjoy this day,

PTA Executive Board

Faculty Member Listings

We know you know that you can count on the faculty at Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157. If you do not have your Child’s Guidance Counselor, Dean, Assistant Principal, Principal and other faculty members here is the current listing:

Mr. Suraci, Principal

Mr. Dechongkit, Assistant Principal

Ms. Lisa, Assistant Principal

Ms. Napolitano, Assistant Principal

Ms. Schiano, Assistant Principal

Mr. Angelastro, 6th Grade Dean

Ms. Gonzalez, 7th Grade Dean

Ms. Quinones – Seda, 8th / 9th Grade Dean

Mr. Plummer, 6th Grade

Ms. Shriki, 7th Grade

Ms. Sussman, 8th / 9th Grade

Crisis Intervention Teacher
Mr. Trainor
(718) 830-4910 x 2510

Parent Coordinator
Mr. Zevon
(718) 830 – 4910 x1004

SAT Office
Mrs. Nolan, School Psychologist
(718) 897-1415 x 1

Ms. Casal, Social Worker
(718) 897-1415 x 4

Ms. Karlic, IEP Coordinator
(718) 897-1415 x 2

Ms. Bonilla, Family Worker
(718) 897-1415 x 3