SLT Opening…Attention All Parents

CALLING ALL PARENTS!

Would you like to be part of the decision-making process at our school? If so, become a parent leader! We are now taking nominations for a parent position on the School Leadership Team (SLT). Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday, October 5, 2018 and elections will be held at the following PTA meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.”

In order to run for the SLT please provide the following information to the PTA. You can send it to the Parent Coordinator – Mike Zevon at MZevon@schools.nyc.gov, email the PTA at HalseyPTA@gmail.com, or print it out and return it to the PTA Mailbox located in the main office.

Child’s Name & Class                      

Parent/Guardian Name                    

Best Contact Phone Number          

Email                                                 

 

What is a School Leadership Team?

The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of people who develop educational policies for their school. They also make sure there are resources to support those policies.

SLTs:

  • Provide ongoing evaluations of a school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement.
  • Play an important role in school-based decision-making
  • Help to make school cultures more collaborative.

Who are the SLT members?

There are three members of the school community who must be members of the SLT:

  1. Principal
  2. Parent Association/Parent-Teacher Association President
  3. United Federation of Teachers Chapter Leader

The other members are elected parents and staff members. The SLT must have an equal number of parents and staff.

 

What is the role of an SLT?

  • An SLT is responsible for developing a school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).
  • An SLT makes a yearly evaluation of the principal’s record of developing an effective, shared decision-making relationship with the SLT members during the year. This evaluation is given to the community district or high school superintendent.
  • The SLT is not responsible for the hiring or firing of school staff. However, according to Chancellor’s Regulation C-30, the SLT must be consulted prior to the appointment of a principal or assistant principal.

Back to School Night

Good Morning Halsey Family
Good afternoon,

As you are aware, JHS 157 is hosting our “Welcome Back to School Evening” on Thursday, September 20, 2018.  Our “Welcome Back Evening” will begin at 5:20PM.  Your child will bring home an individualized schedule on Tuesday afternoon for you to follow this Thursday, beginning at 5:20PM.

However, we are also hosting the following workshops for  parents/guardians from 4:30PM-5:15PM, prior to the official start of our event.  If you are interested in attending ONE of the workshops of your choice, be sure to register via the survey monkey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PBFGC7V.  If you are interested in more than one we will be providing these workshops throughout the year so keep an eye out for them.

We hope to see you all Thursday!

Parent Workshops being held from 4:30 PM-5:15 PM:

 

  • Fun STEM activities for Parents and Children to enjoy together: Mr. Lober Room 333
  • Response to Intervention (RTI/AIS): Collaborating with Parents/guardians to support struggling students: Ms. Amber, room 219 (sci lab)
  • Historians and Critical Thinking Skills in Social Studies: Mr. Monaco, room B6
  • Internet and Cyber Safety and Anti-bullying: What Parents/guardians need to know to keep children safe: Mr. Angelastro/Mr. Plummer, room LIBRARY
  • Succeeding in The Middle School – Foundations for 6th grade success: Ms. Sussman/Ms. Quinones, room 215
  • Algebraic Concepts and our New Grade 6 Curriculum: Ms. Beinstock/Ms. Soberman, room 315
  • Increasing Parent Engagement and Enhancing Home School Communication via the PupilPath system: Ms. Cole/Ms. Lok, room 306
  • Independent Reading: Helping your child select engaging books to read to increase comprehension, reading stamina and vocabulary skills: Ms. Gordon, room 221
  • Preparing for The Specialized HS Program Audition in Musica/Art/Dance/Drama: Ms. Shikowitz/Ms. Lamere/Ms. Gruet/ Ms. Schwarz/Ms. Wolff, room 112

7:30PM: 8/9th Grade Parents: The High School Application Process: Ms. Shriki: AUD

 

Week 2

Week 2 in the books!

Good Day Halsey Family! We hope you have had a Halsey-riffic week. The first 2 weeks of school have now passed and soon we will be thinking about hurricanes, snow storms, Spring, the end of school and Summer! Yes it goes that fast…sometimes. We have some exciting things coming up so lets get this party started…..

Monday, September 17th 2018 Pupil Path will go online. Each student will receive an invitation letter that will include details on how to register. If you already have registered and are having problems logging in please contact Mr. Blanco at RBlanco@schools.nyc.gov

September 20th 2018! 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

Come on down and meet your children’s teachers! The day will begin in the auditorium and you will hear from the most electrifying Principal in the Galaxy Mr. Suraci. You will then get to follow your children’s schedule and meet each of your teachers and hear about what they will be learning.

8th grade families are invited to attend a special workshop with Ms. Shriki on the new HS application process as well as the new SHSAT registration process.

Ms. Soberman will be holding the math team tryout test on Wednesday September 26 at 2:30 in room 315. Any student interested in joining the Math team please see Ms. Soberman and show up on time for the test that day!

HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS

 


Fall_2018_High_School_Fair_Flyer (Click here for the flyer about the HS application process)

The PTA will be at Halsey JHS 157 on Back to School Night – September 20th selling Halsey Spirit Wear! I have seen the new apparel and it really is looking great. The new logo with full color pops off the shirts, sweatpants, hoodies, and shorts. Spirit Wear will be available all year long as long as supplies last. They move really quickly so I would come on down during Back to School Night and get yours while you can!

DONT FORGET THE FIRST PTA MEETING TAKES PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th 2018 at 7:00 PM.
Please come down and make your voice heard. The PTA success is dependent on the participation of all the parents at Halsey.

Make these important PTA dates on your calendar:

Spirit wear sales during Open School Night – Thursday, September 20th at 4:30PM
Chipotle Fundraiser: Monday, September 24th 4PM – 8PM
First meeting: Wednesday, September 26 @ 7PMShake Shack Fundraiser – Monday, Oct 15th – Time to be announced

Select Chorus auditions are on Monday, September 17th from 2:30-3:45 PM. If your child takes the yellow school bus home, please make sure there is someone who can pick them up, as they will miss the bus that day. Select Chorus is an advanced chorus group that performs at various in school and community events throughout the year. It is a competitive group, with about 30 seats open, and over 100 students that audition each year. The group is comprised of about 60 students from all grades and every talent.

 

Students do not need to prepare anything for the audition. Students will be taught a piece of music from our upcoming concert, then will sing it back to Ms. Shikowitz in small groups. Aside from vocal quality, Ms. Shikowitz is looking for students who can learn the music quickly, sing in harmony with other students, blend well with other students while singing, follow along in the music, and are quiet and follow instructions during the audition. Select Chorus meets on Thursdays from September (first rehearsal 9/20) from 2:30-3:30, then on Fridays from 2:30-3:30 from February-May to accommodate for test prep. If you have questions, please email Ms. Shikowitz at sshikowitz@schools.nyc.gov.

Forest HIlls Youth Athletic Association

ATTENTION 8th GRADE FAMILIES

 

8th Grade Senior Sweatshirt Design Competition

WHO:          ALL 8th GRADE STUDENTS
WHAT:        DESIGN AN 8TH GRADE SENIOR SWEATSHIRT (YOU CAN EITHER DRAW YOUR OWN OR CREATE A DESIGN USING GRAPHICS YOU FIND)
WHERE:       EMAIL YOUR DESIGN TO SSHRIKI@SCHOOLS.NYC.GOV
WHEN:        FINAL DESIGNS ARE DUE TO MS. SHRIKI VIA EMAIL BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH

ONCE ALL DESIGNS ARE SUBMITTED, THE ENTIRE GRADE WILL VOTE ON THE WINNING DESIGN AND ORDER FORMS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
PLEASE SEE MS. SHRIKI OR MS. GONZALEZ IN ROOM 210.

CITY OF SCIENCE is back! Please join the World Science Festival and Con Edison to explore this FREE, open to the public metropolis of larger-than-life interactive installations and hands-on activities. The event includes mind-blowing demonstrations, awe-inspiring experiments, apprentice programs, and guided tours of the College of Staten Island Astrophysical Observatory.

Sunday, September 23 from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
College of Staten Island Sports and Recreation Center
2800 Victory Blvd, Building 1R

Check out the attached flyer.

Welcome Back

WELCOME BACK!

Hey Halsey family. Welcome back to school! 2018-2019 will be a great year for all of our families as Halsey JHS 157 has an exciting year planned ahead.

We survived day 1 and all our students are adjusting to the new school year.

For all our new families, my name is Mike Zevon. I am your Parent Coordinator and I am here for you if you have any concerns, questions, or just need to vent. I am a Sagittarius, I love the NY Yankees, I am a huge Star Wars and Marvel fan and I like long walks on the beach. KIDDING. I hate the beach. I will be sending out a weekly email to update you all on what is going on at Halsey – last week, this week and next week. I will also send other school related information throughout the week as it becomes available.

Lets get this party started……

The Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 website is www.halsey157.org – check back there for updates. You can find all of our contact information listed under the staff directory on our website! The website is always being updated and some pages may be down or in the process of being updated. The calendar page was showing last years school calendar but that will be fixed shortly.

September 20th 2018!

Come on down and meet your children’s teachers! The fun starts at 5:30pm.

More details to come…

The SHSAT Prep Classes that started in the spring, for last years 7th grade (on Saturdays) will be continuing for this years 8th grade students on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school from 2:30-4:30 pm. Students who did not participate in the Saturday program are not allowed to register for these classes.  Only students who participated on Saturdays last year are allowed to continue in the program.

The first day will be Wednesday, September 12th and will run from 2:30-5:30 PM (an extra hour due to testing).  The remainder of the sessions will be from 2:30-4:30 pm and  the last day will be Thursday, October 25th.

Students will remain in the same class they were in on Saturdays and will receive updated room assignments on Wednesday.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Ms. Shriki at SShriki@schools.nyc.gov

Select Chorus auditions are on Monday, September 17th from 2:30-3:45 PM. If your child takes the yellow school bus home, please make sure there is someone who can pick them up, as they will miss the bus that day. Select Chorus is an advanced chorus group that performs at various in school and community events throughout the year. It is a competitive group, with about 30 seats open, and over 100 students that audition each year. The group is comprised of about 60 students from all grades and every talent.

 

Students do not need to prepare anything for the audition. Students will be taught a piece of music from our upcoming concert, then will sing it back to Ms. Shikowitz in small groups. Aside from vocal quality, Ms. Shikowitz is looking for students who can learn the music quickly, sing in harmony with other students, blend well with other students while singing, follow along in the music, and are quiet and follow instructions during the audition. Select Chorus meets on Thursdays from September (first rehearsal 9/20) from 2:30-3:30, then on Fridays from 2:30-3:30 from February-May to accommodate for test prep. If you have questions, please email Ms. Shikowitz at sshikowitz@schools.nyc.gov.

CITY OF SCIENCE is back! Please join the World Science Festival and Con Edison to explore this FREE, open to the public metropolis of larger-than-life interactive installations and hands-on activities. The event includes mind-blowing demonstrations, awe-inspiring experiments, apprentice programs, and guided tours of the College of Staten Island Astrophysical Observatory.

Sunday, September 23 from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
College of Staten Island Sports and Recreation Center
2800 Victory Blvd, Building 1R

Each week we will be giving you an update about what is going on with our Parent/Teacher Association. It is very important to attend as many PTA meetings as you can. Make your voice heard. Here are some updates:

Here is your 2018-2019 PTA Executive Board

Co-Presidents 
Katarina Jokic & Vicky Barshai

Vice President
Michelle Kiliski

Secretary
Cindy Cohen

Treasurer
Raquel Hagen

To contact the Halsey PTA send them an email to HalseyPTA@gmail.com

Sign up for their Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/Halsey157pa/?ref=bookmarks

The PTA will be selling Spirit Wear beginning September 20th at the Back to School Night. You will be able to purchase t-shirts, sweat shirts, sweat pants, hoodies – both pullover and zip ups, shorts, and all kinds of fun stuff. You can use your Halsey Spirit wear in place of the gym uniform for gym class.

The big mystery to start the year! What’s the deal with Pupil Path!?!?!?

Pupil Path is in the process of being updated and will be made available on September 17th. Once we have it completely updated and ready for the roll out every student will receive an invitation letter with detailed instruction on how to register. It will be a piece of cake!

Thank you for your patience.

The Citizenship Project is a FREE program to prepare legal permanent residents for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Exam (USCIS) naturalization test. Engage parents and strengthen community ties by bringing this grant-funded program into your neighborhood school.

Courses take place on-site at the New-York Historical Society on Saturdays, weekday evenings, and weekday mornings. Morning, evening, and Saturday classes are offered at various locations across New York City.

For more information about the project, please click here: https://www.nyhistory.org/education/citizenship-project

Queens Community House All Starz After School Program

The registration forms for the Queens Community House All Starz Program are now available in Room 159.  The staff are not available until 1pm so please have your child pick up the form after 1pm in room 159. All completed forms should be returned back to room 159 or placed in the Queens Community House mailbox in the main office.

Check out the letter from Robert Borja – Director of the All Starz Program – Click Here

DO NOT RETURN THEM TO THE PARENT COORDINATOR! 

Back to School Supply List

General Supply List

Below is a general list of supplies that children will need. Included in this list are items that children should NOT buy and cannot bring to school.

 General Education

  • 5 Marble notebooks (purchase different colors)
  • 7 Pocket folders (purchase different colors)
  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Package of colored pencils
  • 10 pack sheet protectors
  • 1 one inch binder
  • Scientific calculator (Recommended – TI-34)
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Loose-leaf papers
  • Graph paper
  • Mini – stapler
  • Pencil case

 Physical Education

Gym uniforms are mandatory. The following items can be purchased at the school store:

  • Gym Uniform
  • Gym lock

 DO NOT Buy & DO NOT Bring to School:

  • Book bags on wheels
  • Locks
  • Whiteout
  • Compass
  • Liquid glue

 

Halsey JHS 157 – First Day Procedures 09/05/18

 

FIRST DAY PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS 09/5/2018

 Dear Parents, Teachers and Staff:

Schools are scheduled to open on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 for students.  We are planning to have a full day of school.   Students are to arrive at school by 8am, bringing with them school supplies that are outlined on our school’s website.  At 8am parents should drop children off outside of the building at the appropriate grade entrance, and children should report to the following locations:

Grade 6                  School yard (walk up to AUD main entrance 102  street at 8AM)

Grade 7                  Cafeteria  (school yard)

Grade 8/9              Girls Gym (school yard)

Special Education Library (school yard)

Homeroom teachers should report to these locations to pick up your homeroom class prior to 8 am.

When you get to your homeroom, you will go over the following organizational rules with your homeroom teacher and class:

  1. Attendance taking
  2. Lateness, absences and absence notes
  3. Morning exercise
  4. Distribution of “School Rules” letter and sign-off sheets

 

On the first day of school, we will follow a SPECIAL BELL SCHEDULE FOR Thursday, September 5  ONLY.

Students will have the opportunity to visit every class they would regularly have on Thursday.  The only difference is that each class time will be shortened by about ten minutes.  School hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 am to 2:20 pm.

8:00                                        Arrival of all students

8:05 – 9:20                           Students in Homeroom

9:20 – 9:50                           Period 1

9:50 – 10:20                         Period 2

10:20 – 10:50                       Period 3

10:50 – 11:30                        Period 4

11:30 – 12:15                         Period 5

12:15 – 1:00                          Period 6

1:00 – 1:30                            Period 7

1:30 – 2:00                           Period 8

2:00 – 2:20                           P.M. Homeroom Period,

2:20                                        Dismissal for all Grades 7, 8 & 9

2:20                                        Grade 6 – Teachers will escort 6th grade classes to the first floor for dismissal from the school yard)

Parents picking up Grade 6 students on the first day can meet their children at the school yard entrance on Yellowstone Blvd.  All other days students will be dismissed from the exit closes to their homeroom.

**parents should designate a meeting place to pick up their child as dismissal becomes crowded on the first day of school, i.e., “meet me at 2:20PM at the park bench next to the school yard entrance on 63rd drive, etc.,”

Grade 6 Yellow Bus students (General Education students only) will meet in the lobby promptly at 2:20pm.

 If you have any questions, please contact your child’s assistant principal or guidance counselor the last week in August.

Sincerely,

Vincent Suraci

Principal JHS 157

 

 

 

Halsey 6th Grade Orientation – August 29th 2018 at 9:30 AM

Dear Incoming 6th grade Family:

It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2018-2019 school-year at Stephen A. Halsey Junior High School 157Q. I would like to invite you to attend the 6th Grade Orientation on Wednesday, August 29th at 9:30 a.m. Please bring your child’s 5th grade report card indicating his or her 6th grade class assignment.

The introductory session will begin promptly in the auditorium. Following the introductory session, students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the building layout and visit classrooms. In addition to participating in classroom tours, students will visit the gymnasium and will have the opportunity to purchase gym uniforms and locks. At the conclusion of the touring session, at approximately 11:30AM, parents are invited back to join their children in the school yard to enjoy light refreshments. This will give parents and 6th grade students an opportunity to meet and socialize.

The goal of our 6th Grade Orientation is to assist students in acclimating to the middle school environment. I look forward to building a partnership with you, so that together, with our dedicated faculty and staff, I can maximize your child’s middle school experience. As our students enter this next phase of their educational journey, our team will strive to provide opportunities that are memorable, academically rigorous, and that will prepare them to be lifelong learners.

I look forward to meeting your family on August 29th, 2018.

Sincerely,

Vincent Suraci
Principal

Stephen A Halsey JHS 157 Weekly Update

Good Day My Halsey Friends and Family!

What a busy week we had here at your friendly neighborhood middle school. We had award ceremonies, yearbook distribution, yearbook signing, GRADUATION, year end trips for every grade to Adventureland, Great Adventure, Dave and Busters, and the Senior Trip to Dorney Park. Today’s update will just be a bunch of pics from the week that was.

Only a couple of days left…


Our 6th and 7th grade students went to Adventureland in Farmingdale Long Island this week. The trips took place over 3 days – Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Mrs. McSparron organized this massive outting and did an OUTSTANDING job. Having to organize a trip for over 1000 students over the course of 3 days and have no issues is amazing and Mrs. McSparron should be commended for the time and energy she spent getting this trip done so the students could have a great time. THANK YOU MRS. MCSPARRON!


Mrs. Lamere and Mrs. Quinones along with the yearbook committee have been working all year long organizing and planning out the yearbook for our 8th grade seniors. The yearbooks were distributed on Monday afternoon and the 8th graders were allowed to spend 7th period, 8th period, and afternoon homeroom with their friends and teachers in the school yard getting each other to sign.


This past week we hosted our Award Ceremonies for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Student’s in the 8th grade were given awards for the achievement in different subjects and were recognized by their Guidance Counselors, Deans, Assistant Principals and Principal Suraci. Each grade had students inducted into the National Honor Society.


We did not get a lot of pics from Dorney Park because everyone was on the roller coasters and water rides but trust me when I tell you the 8th grade had a wonderful time. We had zero issues and the trip was smooth and easy. The weather was perfect too. I did manage to take a couple of pics…


8th Grade Graduation was held at St. John’s University Lou Carnesseca Arena. The place was set up beautifully, the faculty there were extremely accommodating, and the event ran smooth.

We were fortunate to have as our keynote speak Michael Nigro who starred in the Sound of Music Live and the upcoming movie titled YES – Based on Tim Realbuto’s critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play, YES tells the story of washed up child star Patrick Nolan who decides to mentor 18-year-old Jeremiah Rosenhaft. Mr. Nigro was introduced by the star of Disney’s movie titled Zombies, and a star of Sound of Music Live as well – Meg Donnelly. Thank you to one of our 8th grade parents Thommie Retter for helping make this a memorable moment for our students and families. It was amazing.

Mr. Nigro did us the honor in singing “You Raise Me Up” with one of our students Lukas Galfano from class 807. Check it out below.

Now is the time to celebrate the person who put the entire 8th grade activities together – the Award Ceremony, the Prom, Graduation and the Senior Trip – Ms. Sussman (on the left with Ms. Stimmel and Mr. Zevon). 

You know people have all kinds of things they deal with in their personal life and throw in the responsibility they take on as a professional its not easy. Ms. Sussman is an extraordinary individual. She put together and held together the 8th grade and their senior activities. I watched her go the entire year and a lesser person would have failed. She is an asset to this school, to our children here, and to the Forest Hills/Rego Park community. As parents we all have kids. Some have 1 like me. Some have 5. Some have 10. Ms. Sussman has over 600 here at Halsey and she treats every single one of them like they are her own children. She is a blessing to this school and to our students. She is also proof that no human being is perfect – she’s a Mets fan.

Thank you Ms. Sussman. We love you very much!

PTA and SLT Election Results

Halsey’s PTA conducted its elections for the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, June 12th. The entire Executive Board was voted on as well as 4 parent seats to be filled. Here were your winners:

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Co-Presidents
Vicky Barshai & Katarina Jokic

Vice-President
Michelle Kiliski

Secretary
Cynthia Cohen

Treasurer
Raquel Hagen

School Leadership Team (SLT)
Elena Aminova
Ariana Palacio
Feliks Kiliski
JJ Rowe

They will be joining our current SLT which consists of:

Mr. Suraci – Principal
Ms. Sussman – Guidance Counselor – UFT Rep
Vicky Barshai – PTA President
Mrs. Hoffman – Faculty
Mrs. McGibney – Faculty
Mr. Trainor – Faculty
Mrs. Karlic – Faculty
Ms. Sussman – Faculty
Mrs. Corda – Faculty
Robert Plass – Parent
Ricky Cheng- Parent

We would like to say thank you to Robert Plass and Victoria Preys for their hard work and commitment to the 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board

Thank you to Eileen Mullin for her work with the PTA and for updating all our social media pages and Web site.

We would like to say thank you and farewell to our parents from our SLT and PTA who are leaving us this year. You will be missed dearly.

Emily Ades
Thommie Retter
Martin Haberstumpf
Stephanie Zevon
Emily Strong

NYSSMA Winners

Congratulations to three students here at Halsey who have made Halsey history! Halsey sent three students to perform at the NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble festival in Corona last week. The girls played their flute trio and earned a perfect score! This is the first time Halsey has sent a small ensemble to NYSSMA.

Arianelle Arroyo, Lianne Leslie, Ann Hsieh

Congratulations! We are all very proud of you!!!!