Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157
Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

What is this?! A Parent Coordinator Weekly Update on a Thursday? I have a meeting tomorrow so I will not be in the office until approximately 1:00 pm. So here it is for you on a Thursday!

Thanksgiving is almost here! I love Thanksgiving for so many reasons:

  • The food is phenomenal.
  • I get to watch Football, classic television shows
  • Most importantly I have so much to be thankful for. One of which is the opportunity to spend my work days with some amazing colleagues, wonderful students, and of course the best parents anyone could have asked for.

So with that in mind do not forget that schools are closed next Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th for Thanksgiving Recess.
Next week’s update will come out on Wednesday and most likely be a short one.

Study Skills Program Update

Study Skills will be CLOSED on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017. The program will come to an end on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017. Any questions please contact Mr. Plummer at

Ballroom Dancing Program

On Tuesday, October 14th, our Ballroom Dance Program put on a wonderful performance for their parents, our faculty and everyone who came to the PTA meeting. Thank you to the Dance Reverie Dance Studio for working with our students! You can check out their website here:

Here are 2 clips – one from each group. Click the pictures below…

The Halsey Technology Department will be holding a Hackathon on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  If your child is interested, please fill out the form attached.  Parents are welcome to join us at 2:30 PM in the auditorium for presentations and awards ceremony.

You may ask, “What is a Hackathon,” well “a hackathon is an event, usually hosted by a tech company or organization (our school), where programmers (or learners in our case) get together for a short period of time to collaborate on a project or solve a problem through programming.  Hackathons are a lot of fun and are a great learning experience.  If you wish for your child to attend, please return the consent form to me, Ms. Elfers no later than Friday, November 10th in Room 301.  If I am not in my room, your child may slip it under my door.  There is a limited number of participants allowed so they will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

Any questions please email me at


Halsey Hackathon Animal Rescue Permission Note

In our Science Department, Ms. Sheleg had her students studying Newton’s First Law – An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. The students were placed in teams and were tasked with creating a ramp with obstacles. They placed a marble at the top of the ramp. The marble that completed the obstacle course the slowest was the winner.

Check out the video’s of 4 student projects (2 races) as they race marbles to see who’s project was the slowest.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!