Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 Weekly Update

TGIF!

Another busy week here at JHS 157. Lots to talk about so lets get the party started…


We have to start off with some very important social media information that all parents & guardians need to be aware of. There is a “thing” going on called Finstagram. For those unaware, a Finstagram is a fake Instagram. A Finstagram account is in no way is designed to put on a fake persona, but instead is supposed embody the real person behind the tiny screen and ultimately serves to document the rhythms of their daily life.

Young people are using Finstagrams to post information and pictures so their parents, guardians, and other people are unaware of it. There could be things posted on these accounts that we as parents would not approve of. Please check in with your children regarding Finstagram Accounts. In this day and age, as important as social media is, it can also be very dangerous for young people who are not making good decisions.

There is another “thing” going on that all parents and guardians should be aware of. Its called “HouseParty” and it can be done in a number of ways. It could be a Facetime Chat, it can be a Facebook Chat, it even has its own app. HouseParty is proving to be one of the more popular webchat apps perhaps because of its ability to have up to eight people in a room and have several “parties” going at once. The app makes it easy for kids to connect with people they don’t know and have private conversations.

Click this website for 13 tips for monitoring your childs social media:

https://www.parenting.com/gallery/social-media-monitoring-kids

There is a fantastic book called Parenting In The Digital World that I recommend reading. Its a must read for every concerned parent.

You can check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1974552543/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=cybsafcop-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1974552543&linkId=826fd13266369f1bbcea8331e3608489

Another good sites for Parents and Families is Common Sense Media for find out important information about Web sites, social media, and even TV shows and movies, and more.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/


Students from PS 220 with the Halsey Bulldog

Last Thursday, Ms. Schwarz and her talented students performed Once On This Island not only for the Halsey family but they put on 2 screenings the very next day on Friday for 5th graders who go to feeder schools (schools who send their students to Halsey for Middle School).


Do you want to debate? Do you have what it takes?

All current 6th and 7th grade students are welcome to try out for Halsey’s Competitive Debate Team for the 2018-2019 school year!

Auditions will be held on Thursday May 24th, 2018 at
2:30pm in room 240

No experience needed! All we’re looking for is: hard work, 100% effort, dedication, sportsmanship, strong leadership skills and, strong public speaking skills.

Students will be able to leave right after they are finished with their try-out round. Students are required to come prepared with information that supports BOTH sides of the argument.

The topic will be as followed: Should the United States help out the Iranian Protestors?

Please email Halseydebate@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Family Fitness night takes place May 31st 2018. Please click on the link below to sign up.

 


Spring Visual Art Exhibit

Mrs. Lamere and her art students hosted the 2018 Spring Visual Art Exhibit in the cafeteria. They turned the cafeteria into an amazing art gallery with some really impressive work by our students on display.  Here are some pics from the event:


The Spring Chorus Concert takes place Monday, May 21st 2018 at 7:00 pm. Please come down and support these talented students who are directed by Ms. Shikowitz. Tickets have been on sale in the cafeteria and are $5. They will be sold at the door for $5 as well.


 

The Spring Band Concert will take place on Thursday, May 24th 2018. Tickets will be on sale in the cafeteria starting Monday, May 21st, and will also be sold at the door for $5. Come on down and listen to some pretty talented musicians directed by Mrs. Wolff.


On Tuesday, May 15th Halsey hosted a workshop for 7th grade families on the High School Application Process. The workshop was facilitated by our Guidance Counselors lead by Ms. Shriki, Mr. Plummer, and Ms. Sussman. If you are a 7th grade family and missed out of the workshop there will be another on in the Fall coming up. For more information please contact Ms. Shriki at SShriki@schools.nyc.gov

On Tuesday, May 15th Halsey hosted a workshop for 7th grade families on the High School Application Process. The workshop was facilitated by our Guidance Counselors lead by Ms. Shriki, Mr. Plummer, and Ms. Sussman. If you are a 7th grade family and missed out of the workshop there will be another on in the Fall coming up. For more information please contact Ms. Shriki at SShriki@schools.nyc.gov

Schools will be closed on Memorial Day
Monday, May 28th, 2018.


Special Education Culminating Dance Event

Our wonderful special education students, under the tutelage of Bam’s Dance Africa Sawabun, put on a beautiful performance this morning. The students practiced for months and made everyone here at Halsey very proud of them. Thank you to Mrs. Ador, Mrs. Whalen, Mrs. Skow, and Mrs. Simkhayev, all the para’s, Mr. Suraci for his support, and of course all our students. Check out the students below:

 

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 Weekly Update

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 Weekly Update

Happy Friday Halseyites and Halseymaniacs! We hope your week went smoothly. We had a very busy week here inside the hallowed grounds of JHS 157. Tuesday night was our PTA meeting, Wednesday was the SLT meeting, the PTA Teacher Appreciation Lunch, and the Parent Teacher Conferences. Thursday was the amazing musical put on by Halsey students and their fantaburiffic leader Ms. Schwarz – Once On This Island. Friday, well thats today and hopefully its as smooth as the rest of the week. On to the fun….


This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and on Wednesday our wonderful PTA celebrated all our faculty by hosting a luncheon during periods 4, 5, 6, and 7. The teachers had an amazing lunch and got to walk the red carpet and allowed the paparazzi to take their pictures. They all received a gift too – a very cool umbrella with the Halsey logo on it.

On behalf of the entire Halsey faculty we would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the PTA has done for our school and making Teacher Appreciation Day a special one.


The cast and crew of the musical Once On This Island put on an amazing performance Thursday night, May 10th.  The students were sensational and received a ton of standing ovations and applause from the happy audience. Congratulations must be given to Ms. Schwarz for being an amazing leader to these children. She brings out the best in them. We also have to say thank you to Mrs. Simmons Alvarez for being Ms. Schwarz right hand, Ms. Butera for the costume coordination, Assistant Principal Neil Rosenblatt at Forest Hills High School for his endless support of our arts department. Ms Shikowitz for her choral direction, the 5 AMAZING young ladies who make up our stage crew, Mr. Blanco for being the straw that stirs the drink, Ms. Napolitano for her flawless leadership of all our arts department and of course the big man in charge Mr. Suraci who without his leadership none of the amazing experiences and education our families receive here at Halsey would happen.

The students will be performing 2 more shows for our feeder schools. 5th grade students from PS 196, PS 175, PS 220, PS 206, and PS 80 will be coming to Halsey Friday, May 11th to see whats in store for them if they come to Halsey next school year.


MathCON is an innovative mathematics platform, including a competition series and educational resources and opportunities for students and educators, developed to enhance mathematics education.

This year, 52,000 students participated nationwide, and 576 students advanced to the Finals Competition this past Saturday, May 5, at UIC Forum in Chicago, IL. Among the 576, three students from JHS 157!

 

Congratulations to Matthew Ferencz, Rena Chen and Timothy Wang on competing in Chicago this past weekend! And a special Congratulations to Matthew who received an honorable mention!

Special Thank You to Ms. Soberman and Ms. Brady for taking on this wonderful adventure for our students and being fantastic leaders.


We would like to congratulate Christelle Diab of class 623 for being chosen as the winner of the 112th pct. Community Council Poster Contest.

We would also like to congratulate Maya Villegas of class 622 for receiving Honorable Mention.

All artwork and posters will be on display at Queens Borough Hall. All participating students and their families were invited to a special reception dinner at Queens Borough Hall on May 10th at 7 pm.

Check out a few pics below….


Ms. Shikowitz and members of the Select Chorus performed at the District 27, 28, and 29 Intra-District Conference last Friday. The intra-district conference consists of Parent Coordinators from all 3 districts as well as the Superintendents, Family Support Coordinators, and Family Leadership Coordinators.  The Select Chorus sang 3 songs and blew us all away. Here is the video….


Thank you to all our parents who participated in all our Parent Engagement Trips this year. This last Saturday was the 3rd and final trip to the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum.


Family Fitness night takes place May 31st 2018. Please click on the link below to sign up.

 


What an amazing turnout for our Chess Club led by Mr. Freydin. With Mr. Freydin coaching the students there is no doubt they will become incredible chess players.
Check out the quick video of the students on their first day below:


Do you like to write stories?
Do you write poems or song lyrics?
Do you enjoy illustrating or creating comic strips?

Come join Halsey’s new creative writing club!

Click for Flyer     Click for Permission Slip


CALLING ALL PARENTS!

We need as many volunteers as possible to make this better for the students.  There is a link to a survey to fill out out below. The survey is going to help us identify the different careers, the availability for each day and the necessary items needed to make a presentation.

If you send this out to family and friends and they are interested in participating, please have them fill out the survey with their contact information and availability and respond by FRIDAY, MAY 5TH so we can start gathering and planning.

The following link is the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSSX7H8


May 15th – High School Application Process Meeting for 7th Grade Families – 6:00 pm
May 21st -Spring Chorus Concert – 7:00 pm
May 24th – Spring Band Concert – 7:00 pm
May 28th – Memorial Day – Schools Closed
May 30th – Drama Senior Showcase – 7:00 pm
May 31st – Family Fitness Night – 7:00 pm


 

Parent Coordinators Weekly Update

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157
Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

What an amazing, exciting, exhausting, exhilarating, and did I say amazing…week here at Halsey JHS 157.

We have to start off by informing everyone know that we were visited by the new NYC Schools Chancellor Mr. Richard Carranza. We went on two trips – one to the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum and we took the students from our upcoming Musical “Once On This Island” to see the Broadway show “Once On This Island” and what a magical moment that took place. We had our NYS Math Exam’s and we survived plus a lot more.

Your very lovable Parent Coordinator will be out of the building all day Friday, May 4th at a conference.


Halsey JHS 157 Welcomes
NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranzo

NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranzo visited Halsey JHS 157 on Monday, April 30th 2018. Chancellor Carranzo was greeted by a number of Halsey students, Principal Suraci, District 28 Superintendent Mabel Sarduy and listened to an amazing performances from our Jazz band and Select Chorus.

Here are some pics and videos


Rehearsal Schedule for Week of May 6 –Tech & Show week-

Sun.May 6 Mon. May 7 Tues.May 8 Wed. May 9 Thurs, May 10 Friday May 11
9-1:30/2pm
Dress & Tech Rehearsal
Dress & Tech
Rehearsal
2-5pm
Dress & Tech
Rehearsal
2-5pm
Dress & Tech Rehearsal 2:30-5:30/6pm Costume & Makeup
7th & 8th period
Final Dress Rehearsal  3-5pm
Dinner Break-5-6pm
Costume & Make up touch up 6-7
7pm – SHOWTIME!!!
Encore Performance
9:30 & 11am(7:30 am call time for costumes &  makeup)

Please keep in mind that while we will try to end on time, rehearsals may run a bit over as we are continuously to revising and refining our performance work.  A famous Director saying during rehearsals is: “ONE MORE TIME!!!”

Since rehearsals are running longer, we will continue taking a quick break and ordering PIZZA!   If you would like to get pizza, please bring $2.50 for each slice(including cost of delivery). But please bring your own water.  (Water is better for you!)

Weekend Rehearsals are long, but necessary as we have a lot to do and can get a lot done. To make Saturday Rehearsals more fun for every one, please bring snacks items to share, such as donuts, cookies, granola bars, chips, fruit,juice, water,etc.  We will also order pizza.  

Parents- Please understand, after the performance is done on May 10, we will need at least 20-30 minutes to have all the actors return to the Dressing room, change, put their costumes away, clean up and reset the stage for the following mornings performance. We are a team and we need everyone to help!


 

PI – 5 New York Cities Largest Team Based Math Competition

Saturday, April 28th at The Armory, 216 Fort Washington Avenue (at 168th Street) in Manhattan.

Following an Olympic-style opening ceremony – complete with the parade of Mathletes and the raising of the official Pi-nata – each team pits their wits and math skills against others in their grade/division in a 45 minute competition.

There are a number of different problems with point values ranging from 100-500 points – meaning that, as well as answering as many as you can correctly, teams have to strategize how many hard/easy ones to attempt. The team with the highest score wins their division.


Once On This Island Students Go See
Once On This Island On Broadway!

The Halsey JHS 157 PTA organized a trip for our students who are performing in the musical Once On This Island (May 10th 2018 7 PM  – Tickets are on sale for $5 in the cafeteria beginning Thursday). 

The students were able to stay in the theater after the show ended and take some pics inside (which was not allowed to the general public. The show was amazing and the students had a terrific time up till that moment and then the MAGIC happened.

The Halsey students went outside and were able to meet a number of actors and actresses from the show and get pictures and autographs.

All of a sudden our students decided to serenade the cast and this happened:


Students at JHS 157 will have the opportunity to participate in our Parkour physical fitness program.  Parkour  includes running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling and quadrupedal movement.  Parkour involves using various movements to navigate the environment.  Creative Movement is collaborating with JHS 157 to provide our students with this wonderful opportunity to enjoy physical fitness in a new and exciting way.

Parkour will take place each Monday afternoon from 2:30PM-4:30PM here at JHS 157.  The program will begin on Monday, May 7, 2018 and will continue through June 11, 2018.  If a students registers to participate in the program, it is expected that the child will attend each session.

Sessions are as follows: 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11

Please click below for the permission slip. Fill it out and return it to the main office ASAP

PARKOUR PERMISSION SLIP


CALLING ALL PARENTS!

We need as many volunteers as possible to make this better for the students.  There is a link to a survey to fill out out below. The survey is going to help us identify the different careers, the availability for each day and the necessary items needed to make a presentation.

If you send this out to family and friends and they are interested in participating, please have them fill out the survey with their contact information and availability and respond by FRIDAY, MAY 5TH so we can start gathering and planning.

The following link is the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSSX7H8


CALLING ALL PARENTS!

We need as many volunteers as possible to make this better for the students.  There is a link to a survey to fill out out below. The survey is going to help us identify the different careers, the availability for each day and the necessary items needed to make a presentation.

If you send this out to family and friends and they are interested in participating, please have them fill out the survey with their contact information and availability and respond by FRIDAY, MAY 5TH so we can start gathering and planning.

The following link is the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSSX7H8


Chess Club – See Mr. Freydin
Yoga with a Twist – See Ms. Palmieri
Parkour – See Mr. Suraci
Soccer/Football – See Mr. Kagen
Creative Writing – See Mrs. Mager


 

Halsey JHS 157 – CAREER DAYS!

 

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 is hosting 3 Career Days. We are looking for a variety of volunteers to come present and discuss their careers to the students of JHS 157. The three days to volunteer are June 12, 13, or 14th from 8 AM – 12 PM.

We will need a response by Friday, May 5th if you want to participate.

Please complete the survey below that has necessary information we will need to help us plan, or email Ms. DiMuro (KDimuro@schools.nyc.gov) or Mr. Dechongkit (NDechon@schools.nyc.gov) with any questions or responses.

CLICK BELOW TO TAKE THE SURVEY

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSSX7H8

The Pen Pal Project

Ms. Gallagher’s seventh grade ELA classes received a letter from a seventh grade student from Cinco Ranch Junior High School in Katy, Texas. This student wanted to learn more about NYC! 706, 722, and 724 wrote formal letters and sent them all the way to Texas! We are eagerly awaiting a response!

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Garden Beautification Project Progress Update

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Mr. Weiss has been working hard on the Garden Beautification Project that is being funded by our PTA. Along with some Halsey students, Mr. Weiss has built 5 raised flower beds for the front of the school and has begun building the greenhouse located in our garden on the side of the building. Last weekend the students met up with Mr. Weiss and Ms. Butera who came to help. When students began to arrive they got right to work on building the greenhouse, removing a pair of tree stumps and pruning back some of our more “unruly” plants.

We will be out there this Sunday at 10:00 am weather permitting. Come on out!

If you would like to get involved on the Green Team please contact Mr. Weiss at CWeiss6@schools.nyc.gov

We are asking for donations to help purchase the flowers, plants and trees we are going to be planting. You can use this link to donate:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ZUVLZ25CTEXRG

8th Grade Science Test Prep Has Begun


8th Grade Students who needed extra help were given permission slips to return. Here is the schedule for 8th Grade Science Test Prep:

Wednesday, April 25th 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday, May 2nd 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Thursday, May 3rd 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday, May 9th 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Thursday, May 10th 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday, May 16th 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Thursday, May 17th 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday, May 23rd 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Thursday, May 24th 3:00pm – 4:30pm