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



 Dear Parents, Teachers and Staff:

Schools are scheduled to open on Thursday, 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.


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.


Vincent Suraci

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)

Vicky Barshai & Katarina Jokic

Michelle Kiliski

Cynthia Cohen

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!!!!

Family Fitness Night

Family Fitness Night was a HUGE success! We had an excellent turnout. There were a number of activities for the families to participate in. Thank you to Ms. Butera and the rest of the Halsey staff who helped make this night one to remember.

Check out the pics:

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Spring Hackathon Winners

On Saturday, June 2nd, we held our Spring Hackathon. Students were introduced to App Lab in order to create Mobile Apps. The problem presented to them was to create an app for a phone that would be helpful to their community. We had a fantastic time despite the heat!

1st Place (apptastic – highly original) – Katie Ng and Abigail Chang – created an app entitled, Digital Community Center

2nd Place (social impact-raises awareness) Gryphon Lee, James R and Gabriel Paredes – created an app to help raise awareness for Recycling.

3rd Place (complexity) – Tejas Modi, Matan Luzon and Emile Romero – created an app for users to create music with various different sounds, Quicksound

4th Place (Presentation) -Lucas Tsang and Shaurya – created an app to identify animals by taking a picture – using image recognition software, Animal discovery

Special thanks to Ms. S. Shikowitz and Ms. J. Pignataro for their help.

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: