Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of Mary Poppins at Halsey

What an amazing job turned in by the cast and crew of Mary Poppins – the 2019 Halsey Musical directed by Ms. Schwarz.

The students put on 3 performances:

Monday, April 15th – a dress rehearsal in front of 600 5th grade students and senior citizens from a local senior center.

Tuesday, April 16th – The first night show in front of over 400 family and friends.

Wednesday, April 17th – The second and final show in front of over 400 family and friends.

We are all very proud of our students for the hard work and dedication they showed. You understand that on top of rehearsals 5-6 days a week they still had school, homework, studying for tests, and chores at home!

Like all our students at Halsey JHS 157 they are just an amazing group of young people.

Mary Poppins – April 16th & April 17th

Mary Poppins is NEXT WEEK! 

Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00 pm

You can purchase your tickets in the cafeteria during each lunch period. Make sure you know which show you would like to purchase tickets to. You can purchase tickets to both shows as well. Tickets are already on sale and running out fast so make sure you get them while you can. Once the tickets are sold out there will be no additional tickets printed. If these tickets sell out there will NOT be tickets sold at the door so do not hesitate. 

Drug Prevention/Vaping & Juuling Awareness Workshop – Monday, April 8th at 7:00pm

Together as a community we strive to build awareness in our youngsters; awareness that supports understanding choices and making informed decisions to ensure positive, life-long outcomes.

Awareness is an integral component of our school’s anti-drug program. This Monday, April 8th, our students will participate in a drug awareness assembly facilitated by an organization called Vive18. Some of the topics that will be covered include understanding the negative impact of drugs, alcohol, vaping, juuling and negative peer pressure; as well as the importance of personal leadership and positive social norming. Vive18 works with middle school through college aged students. This program is designed for our students’ age group.

We are also hosting a parent/guardian workshop with Vive18 on the same topics this Monday, April 8th at 7PM in our school auditorium. We urge all parents/guardians to join us for this very important meeting and presentation (bring your child too!)

Anyone interested in attending the workshop please send an RSVP to Mr. Zevon at so we can reserve a seat.

I hope to see everyone this Monday evening at 7PM!

(Who is Vive18? Born out of the drug-free college movement “Party-0 ” Vive18 is a peer-led, sustainable prevention program for teens. They present and educate on substance abuse/substance abuse prevention and leadership. To learn more about Vive18 and their amazing speakers check out their website at )

NYC First STEM Summer Program

News from NYC First Robotics

NYC First Robotics is offering 4 different programs for 7th – 9th graders at their 2 locations over the summer.  For those students interested in Computer Science and STEM, this is a great opportunity for them to gain additional skills and experience during their summer break!  Please see the web site below for additional information and locations.  You may also contact Ms. Elfers if you have any questions at:

Note:  There is a fee for each week.  See the website for details.

Parent Teacher Conferences & High School Informational Workshop – Tuesday, March 26

Our next round of Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, March 26th in two sessions:

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

7:30 pm – High School Informational Workshop

Immediately following the Parent Teacher Conferences we will be hosting a High School Informational Workshop in the Auditorium. The workshop is geared toward 7th grade families who will begin to prepare for the high school application process but all families are welcome to attend.

Click below for the
Parent Teacher Conference Letter

Click below for the
Parent Teacher Conference Room Chart 03-26-2019

March Madness – March 28th 2019

On Thursday, March 28th from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm Halsey JHS 157 will continue our College Access for All program. Tickets will cost $5 and can be purchased in the school cafeteria during lunch starting Monday, March 25th. 

We will have a 4 team basketball tournament coached by faculty. Teams will be represented by the following Colleges:

North Carolina – Mr. Angelastro
Duke – Mr. Suh & Ms. Palmieri
St. Johns – Mr. Lober
Kentucky – Mr. Plummer

We will have some very special guests throughout the day as well. The Harlem Magic Masters will be in attendance to speak with the students during the school day. They will also perform an amazing halftime show during the Student Tournament!!!


Attention 6th Grades – Robotics is Now Accepting Applications

Halsey Robotics Team Recruitment!!! 6th Graders

 Click on the image above to enlarge

We are now accepting application for Halsey’s Robotics Teams.  Information can be found on the attached Permission slip.  Permission slips may be downloaded from this link provided or obtained from Ms. Elfers in Room 301 during AM or PM homeroom starting today (3-12).

Halsey Robotics Permission Slip (Click Below)


Stuck for a Buck

As you know we have kicked off our Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser. After only 2 days of collecting we have raised over $1600.

We will be hosting an event called Stuck for a Buck on Wednesday, March 20th at 2:30pm in the school cafeteria. What is Stuck for a Buck? Students can come to the office of Mr. Zevon and purchase a ticket for $1 or 5 tickets for $5 and so forth…on March 20th the students will exchange each ticket for a long piece of duct tape. The students will use the duct tape to tape their teacher to the wall. A number of teachers will volunteer and the students will vote on which teachers get selected.

Its a fun way to raise money for an awesome charity. Please consider sending your children in with any spare money you have to purchase tickets for the big event.

OH – TEACHERS CAN PARTICIPATE TOO!!!! I mean who doesnt want to duct tape Ms. Stillwell to the wall? I know Mrs. Astorga said she does! I think I heard Mr. Lober say something about wanting to Duct Tape Mr. Freydin to the wall.

TICKETS ARE $1 each and you can purchase unlimited tickets and share with your friends. Here are some pics from last year of Mrs. Martello and Mr. Suh: