Parents Only Dance Workshop!!!!

You are invited to come dance with us at a class structured just for parents. No experience? No problem! Two left feet? Don’t worry! Everyone can be included! The students are currently studying Hip Hop, so our Parent’s Dance Class theme will be “Beginner Hip Hop for Parents.” Hope to see you on the dance floor!

Who: Halsey parents (Just adults, no students)
When: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 pm – 6:45pm before the PTA meeting
Where: Halsey Dance Studio Room 329, hosted by Dance Teacher Mrs. Gruet
What: Beginner Hip Hop Dance for Parents!
Wear: Comfortable attire such as sweatpants, leggings, adidas, etc. Avoid jeans and tight pants

No experience needed – everyone can dance!

For more information contact Mrs. Gruet at JGruet@schools.nyc.gov

Friday-11-30-18

It’s Your Friday Update!

 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are back to business here at Halsey and already we had a busy week. We had Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday. We may have shattered and all time record of parents seen. The place was packed and most of our parents got to see all the teachers they needed to. If for some reason you were unable to see a specific teacher and would like to schedule some time to meet with them please send them an email through pupil path or find their email on our school directory located on our website www.halsey157.org and schedule an appointment. Every Tuesday after school is Parent Engagement time and our teachers will meet with the parents as long as you schedule an appointment with them.

 

 

Our new Improv Team will be meeting every Wednesday after school!

For more information please contact Ms. Schwarz atESchwarz@schools.nyc.gov

 

MySchools High School
Application Help

This Monday, December 3rd Ms. Shriki will be at the school offering all 8th grade and 9th grade students help with their MySchools High School Applications from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Make sure your applications are filled out correctly

Halsey is offering a special
Parents Dance Class!

You are invited to come dance with us at a class structured just for parents. No experience? No problem! Two left feet? Don’t worry! Everyone can be included! The students are currently studying Hip Hop, so our Parent’s Dance Class theme will be “Beginner Hip Hop for Parents.” Hope to see you on the dance floor!

Who: Halsey parents (Just adults, no students)
When: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 pm – 6:45pm before the PTA meeting
Where: Halsey Dance Studio Room 329, hosted by Dance Teacher Mrs. Gruet
What: Beginner Hip Hop Dance for Parents!
Wear: Comfortable attire such as sweatpants, leggings, adidas, etc. Avoid jeans and tight pants

No experience needed – everyone can dance!

For more information contact Mrs. Gruet at JGruet@schools.nyc.gov 

Halsey’s Spirit Team is happy to present our annual Holiday Toy Drive. Please donate brand new, packaged, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children this holiday season. The collection box will be in the main lobby. The last day to donate will be on December 17th.

Give a Toy, Spread the Joy!

Thank you to everyone who donated in our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fund raiser. With your help we raised over $900 smack-a-roos and increased awareness among our students.

Congratulations Halsey!

RESPECT FOR ALL
DOOR DECORATING CONTESTAs part of our Respect for All campaign, we homeroom got to take the first 3 periods of the day and decorate their doors last week. This week our distinguished judges selected the Winners and Runner-Ups for each grade. We will start out with the 6th grade first and then scroll down for 7th and 8th grade results.6th GradeWINNER: Class 606 – Ms. Wittmer – Theme: Responsibility
Class 607 – Mr. Roth – Theme: Compassion
Class 608 – Ms. Martello – Theme: Sportsmanship
Halsey’s Competitive Debate Team will have their second tournament tomorrow! Let’s wish them the best of luck! Go, Halsey Bulldogs! Debate members who will compete tomorrow will meet in room 240 after school today – Friday, November 30th

Halsey Cheer leading Squad has returned!

Try outs will take place December 6th and December 7th after school. Please come prepared with a 30 second dance routine and a cheer! Show up in workout clothing with sneakers and a water bottle.

For more information please contact Ms. Alvarez at TAlvarez7@schools.nyc.gov

Student Perception Survey

The kick-off for the Student Perception Survey is December 3rd 2018.

We know that teachers care about their students and improving their instructional practice. Often, the data available to improve instructional practice does not include direct feedback from students. The New York City Department of Education (DOE) partners with Panorama Education to offer the Student Perception Survey, a research-based, confidential student survey used across the country to provide teachers with students’ feedback about their classroom experiences.

The Student Perception Survey is administered for formative purposes only, and not as a part of Advance, New York City’s system for teacher development and evaluation.

This survey is designed to measure students’ perceptions on teaching and learning in a particular class by asking a range of questions that focuses on the following five topics:

  • Pedagogical Effectiveness
  • Classroom Climate
  • Classroom Rigorous Expectations
  • Classroom Engagement
  • Classroom Teacher-Student Relationships

Click here to see a copy of the survey

CITY OF SCIENCE is back! Once again, please join the World Science Festival and Con Edison to explore this FREE metropolis of larger-than-life interactive installations, hands-on activities, mind-blowing demonstrations and awe-inspiring experiments.

Please help us spread the word about this event to your students, parents, teachers, and your community.

This can’t-miss event is FREE and open to the public!

CITY OF SCIENCE blasts off in QUEENS:
Sunday, December 2 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
York College Health and Physical Education Complex
160-02 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica, New York 11451

Show off your science teachers! If you have teachers who would like to volunteer as science ambassadors or if you’re just interested in learning more, please email at education@worldsciencefestival.com.

Thank you and we hope to see you at CITY OF SCIENCE on December 2 at York College in Queens.

RESPECT FOR ALL
DOOR DECORATING CONTEST

7th Grade

WINNER: Class 721 – Braterman – Theme: Honesty

RUNNER UP’S:

Class 791 – Mrs. Mager – Theme: Compassion

RUNNER UP’S:

Class 723 – Ms. Ruzicka – Theme: Empathy

RUNNER UP’S:

Class 732 – Mr. Sarris – Theme: Trust

The next PTA meeting will take place on
Wednesday, December 19th 2018 at 7:00 PM. 
A message about our PTA Executive Board:Our PTA Executive Board work really hard in organizing fund raisers, PTA meetings, attending SLT meetings, and volunteering at different events throughout the year. At the same time they are all full time parents with full time jobs and unfortunately life gets in the way sometimes when they would like to do things for the school. This is why we need as many parents as possible to attend monthly PTA meetings and volunteer to help at fund raisers. We really need your help in making our PTA a success.If you are interested in helping the PTA please contact them at HalseyPTA@gmail.com. If you are interested in purchasing any Spirit Wear you can do so through their website at https://halsey157.bigcartel.com/We appreciate your willingness to help at your school. “They” say involved parents = successful students and I know for a fact “they” are right.
RESPECT FOR ALL
DOOR DECORATING CONTEST
8th Grade

WINNER: Class 826 – Mrs. Rodriguez – Theme: Authenticity

RUNNER UP’S:

Class 825 – Mrs. Hendrick – Theme: Loyalty

RUNNER UP’S:

Class 802 – Ms. Sartaj – Theme: Diversity

Ms. Shikowitz will hold auditions for Show Choir on Monday, January 7th from 2:30-4:00 PM in the chorus room. Show Choir is a group that sings and dances to Broadway and pop tunes, similar to the television show “Glee”. Students in all grades and talent programs can audition.

For the audition, students should prepare a verse and a chorus from a pop song or Broadway song that they enjoy singing. It must be memorized. Students will then learn a short dance that they will perform in a group. Show Choir meets each Monday from 2:30-4:00 PM. Show Choir will perform in the spring chorus concert.

Please contact Ms. Shikowitz with any questions or concerns about Show Choir.

Sincerely,

Sara Shikowitz

Choral Director

Please consider participating in this HASSLE FREE fund raising.

Have you signed up for Shoparoo? We need your support and its hassle free fund raising!!!

The concept is simple:

SHOP: When you go shopping at grocery stores and other retailers you will get a receipt from your purchase.

SNAP: Inside the Shoparoo App, you can take a picture of your receipt.

EARN: The more receipts we upload to Shoparoo the more money we can earn for Halsey JHS 157. Some receipts uploaded will enter us into monthly sweepstakes as well.

  1. Download the Shoparoo App
  2. Select Halsey JHS 157 as your school
  3. Go back to your regularly scheduled shopping
  4. Upload pic of your receipts to Shoparoo
  5. Halsey earns money

We hope you will join us in this hassle-free fundraising so we can continue to support wonderful programs, clubs, and after-school activities at Halsey JHS 157.

Its a lot of fun too because we can compete with each other and see who raises the most money for the school. Maybe we can come up with a prize for the top fund raisers as well.

 

December 3rd – High School Applications Due in MySchools Account
December 3rd – Toy Drive Kick-Off
December 8th – Intrepid Trip
December 8th – Robotics Team Competition (See Mrs. Elfers for more info)
December 12th – SLT Meeting 7:15 am
December 18th – Winter Chorus Concert – 7 pm
December 19th – Parents Dance Workshop – 6 pm – (See Mrs. Gruet for more info)
December 19th – PTA Meeting – 7 pm
December 20th – Pajama Day
December 21st – Holiday Sweater Day
December 24th – Jan 1st – Winter Recess
Jan 2nd – School Re-Opens

City of Science-December 2nd

This Sunday, December 2, join the World Science Festival and Con Edison for CITY OF SCIENCE at York CollegeAt the recommendation of the NYC Department of Education, we are reaching out to invite your school to this exciting event filled with mind-blowing demonstrations, awe-inspiring experiments, and enormous exhibitions. This FREE program unleashes everyone’s inner scientist!


Please help us spread the word to your students, parents, teachers, and anyone else you think might interested in this event by sharing the Attached Flier and our Public Service Announcement.
This can’t-miss event is FREE and open to the public!
CITY OF SCIENCE | Sunday, December 2 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
York College Health and Physical Education Complex
160-02 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica, New York 11451

Parent Teacher Conferences Update

Parent Teacher Conferences take place on Tuesday, November 27 2018. There will be a half day of school. Students will report to school at 8:00 am and will be dismissed at 11:20 am. The schedule will be as follows: Homeroom, Period 1, Period 2, Period 3, and Period 4 followed by an option lunch Period 5.

There will be two sessions:
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

You do not need to make an appointment.

Please see the attached letter from our Principal Mr. Suraci for more details on this upcoming Parent Teacher Conference (click the link once it takes you to the new page.)

Parent Teacher Conference 111618

Green Team Update

This past Sunday, 11/11/18, the Green Team assembled to take care of some business.  In short, the Green Team noticed that there were some bare spots and some thin areas in the plantings around the front entrance to our school.  So, the Green Team did what the Green Team does.  The Green Team made it better.

With some help from Zaira’s mother and Alethea’s father (and some kid that kept calling Mr. Weiss “dad”), the Green Team planted over 40 shrubs and perennials as well as over 100 flower bulbs.  The Green Team has promised a burst of color for Spring 2019.

The Green Team is preparing to turn its attention towards other projects.  These projects are of the indoor variety (there has been much complaining about the cold…it isn’t even Winter yet!) such as our hydroponics garden, expanding our Farm-to-Table program and a special, secret project…

 

Zaira and her mother planting perennials

The Cornell sisters planting shrubs

 

Sebastian showing us that yes, he can dig

Alethea and her father planting Spring bulbs

Bintu, Brianna and Kadija planting shrubs

Brianna and her sister planting bulbs, and someone…KAY…slacking

Plants in the ground and things are looking better already…except for that weed that Mr. Weiss didn’t pull until after this picture was taken

The girls relaxing on the Green Team’s bench swing after finishing for the day

Way to Go Green Team!!!

 

 

 

Week of 10-22-26-2018

 

Happy Friday Halsey Family

Is it just me or did this week drag? Man it went slow but we were extremely busy here at school. We had our 2nd picture day on Monday. No worries if you did not get your picture taken yet because on December 3rd 2018 we will have our last picture day. Anyone who did not get their pictures taken and paid for a package will have them done on December 3rd. Reminders will go out before the day.

We are now 5 days until Halloween. Mooohhoooohahahahaaaaa……Do you have your costume yet? Everyone at Halsey will be dressing up for the occasion so we hope you will be too.

Have you signed up for Shoparoo? We need your support and its hassle free fund raising!!!

The concept is simple:

SHOP: When you go shopping at grocery stores and other retailers you will get a receipt from your purchase.

SNAP: Inside the Shoparoo App, you can take a picture of your receipt.

EARN: The more receipts we upload to Shoparoo the more money we can earn for Halsey JHS 157. Some receipts uploaded will enter us into monthly sweepstakes as well.

  1. Download the Shoparoo App
  2. Select Halsey JHS 157 as your school
  3. Go back to your regularly scheduled shopping
  4. Upload pic of your receipts to Shoparoo
  5. Halsey earns money

We hope you will join us in this hassle-free fundraising so we can continue to support wonderful programs, clubs, and after-school activities at Halsey JHS 157.

Its a lot of fun too because we can compete with each other and see who raises the most money for the school. Maybe we can come up with a prize for the top fund raisers as well.

Attention 6 Grade Families

Hunter Scores have been sent to be verified.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018.
We will have 2 sessions:

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Click Below to download the November 2018 6 Day Cycle Calendar to enlarge and print.

November Calendar

 

 

This year Halsey had the amazing opportunity to participate in the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus once again.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by OWC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its 21st year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios, participation in free digital media production workshops, and the production of giant peace signs.

To learn more about the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus please click here: Give Peace a Chance

Click here to see the 2018 video:
John Lennon Tour Bus & Halsey JHS 157

 

Office of Adult and Continuing Education

The Office of Adult and Continuing Education’s mission is to empower adults in their roles as parents, family members, workers and community members. We promote lifelong learning and the development of problem solving skills through a continuum of services, including Adult Basic Education, English for Speakers of other Languages, High School Equivalency, and Career & Technical Education.
For more information, please click here.

7th and 8th grade HS Open Houses for Aviation HS and John Bowne High School.  See links for flyers below:

Aviation HS Open House

John_Bowne_Open_House

 

PTA Membership Logo 2008/09

If you want to get your spirit wear before the supplies run out please contact our PTA at HalseyPTA@gmail.com DONT MISS OUT!

Do not forget to like the Halsey PTA Facebook Page. They update the page regularly so you can find out a lot that is going on:

https://www.facebook.com/Halsey157pa/?ref=bookmarks

Click the blue link to find our PTA Annual Appeal letter, hard copies were sent home with your children last week.

Please send in donations in a marked envelope or donate online by clicking the PayPal button below:

You can also show your support and order Halsey school Spirit Wear at our online store by clicking the Halsey Spirit Wear picture below (orders will be left at school for your child to pick up):

We NEED YOUR SUPPORT to make our school great!  Imagine if all 1,690 Halsey kids donated 😊 what a difference we could make in our community!

 

 

All through the month of October, Halsey will be collecting donations of BRAND NEW socks, hats, mittens, and gloves which will be distributed to individuals and families who are homeless as well as to our veterans. Please click the picture below  to enlarge it for more information!!!

 

The New York City Department of Education is pleased to announce the fourth annual citywide Career and Technical Education (CTE) High School Fair at George Westinghouse High School on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9am to 2pm. The fair invites middle school students and families to explore college and career readiness as they interact with leaders and students from our over 130 Career and Technical Education schools and programs. The event will also showcase industry and college partners collaborating with CTE programs and a panel on “Bright Futures: Girls in CTE”.

CTE cutting edge programs unlock Pathways to Success in the following industries:

  • Automotive and Transport
  • Business and Finance
  • Construction and Sustainability
  • Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Engineering, Architecture and Robotics
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Media Technology and Design

For more information, please click here: 

Forest Hills High School came to speak to our 8th grade students about their available programs. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and were treated to a performance by the very talented Forest Hills High School Chorus.

 

Until Next Time!!!

Halsey Food Drive Starts November 1st 2018

At a time when nearly one in six New Yorker’s struggle to put meals on their tables regularly, daily delivers of food are vital to keeping the shelves of food pantries and soup kitchens stocked.

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157, in conjunction with City Harvest and the NY Daily News is proud to announce that we will be joining the 36th annual Daily News Food Drive. The Food Drive will kick off the week of November 1st, 2018 and will run through Friday, November 30th, 2018. We invite all our Halsey students and family members to help keep the City Harvest trucks full with non-perishable foods.

Last year the students of Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 raised over 500 pounds of food for the needy. We are hoping to exceed that total this year.

A highlight of the drive will be the Kids Can Help Competition, which acknowledges the impact students can have when they work together for a good cause. The school in each borough that runs a drive and collects the most food will win a prize. Here at Halsey JHS 157 we believe that teaching our students about empathy is very important.

What is empathy and why is it important?

Empathy is, at its simplest, awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people. It is a key element of Emotional Intelligence, the link between self and others, because it is how we as individuals understand what others are experiencing as if we were feeling it ourselves.

We will be collecting nutritious non-perishable foods which City Harvest will pick up. The items in need right now are canned fruit, canned vegetables, tuna fish, peanut butter (in plastic jars), hot and cold cereal, soups, and juice packs.

We will have boxes stationed in the lobby next to the auditorium to drop off. Please make sure the food is placed in the proper boxes.