Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Happy Friday Halsey Family!

Hope you had a wonderful week and enjoyed the day off on Monday for Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  On to our updates.

Ms. Soberman and Ms. Brady would like to congratulate the entire Halsey Math team on an excellent performance this weekend. The students competed in the 14th Annual MLK Math Club competition right here at Halsey! Great job to Elisabeth Horn, Kirsten Moy,  Matthew Ferencz, and Timothy Wang who all placed in the top 10 of their grades! And a huge Congratulations to William Vongphanith, who was not only the 7th grade first place winner, but the overall competition winner!

It was the first year Halsey hosted the MLK Math Competition and as expected the school did a wonderful job. Congratulations to Vice Principal Mrs. Schiano, Ms. Soberman, Ms, Brady and the rest of the Halsey faculty who helped make this event a great one.


The season of giving has ended but the need is still there. Here at Halsey JHS 157 we strive to do all we can to teach our students about the importance of giving back. We are about to embark on a few more fundraisers before we get into NY State Test season.

* Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Pennies for Patients” – In honor of one of our 8th grade students who was diagnosed with Leukemia we will be hosting this fundraiser. Students will be given small collection boxes to collect change. They will then deposit it in their homeroom collection box. The homeroom with the most money collected will win a prize.

Every homeroom will have their own web page. To find your classroom and donate follow these steps:

1. and click on FIND YOUR SCHOOL
2. In the search engine where it says CITY enter REGO PARK and click FIND
3. Jr High School 157 Stephen A Halsey will show on the list and click it
4. From there you will be on the school website and you can search for your classroom and register on it.

The fundraiser will begin on January 29th and run till February 15th.

2018 Coat Drive  – Spearheaded by two 6th grade students, Ronald Vijay of class 624 and Dilan Harrop Williams of class 624, Halsey JHS will be collecting coats in our 2018 Coat Drive. The Coat Drive will begin on Monday, January 22nd, 2018. Collection boxes will be stationed in the lobby by the auditorium for drop off. All coats will be donated to the Salvation Army.


St. Jude Math-A-Thon – St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The St. Jude Math-A-Thon will begin Thursday, January 25th 2018 and will run until February 27th, 2018. Last year Halsey JHS 157 finished 53rd in the nation in fundraising during our Math-A-Thon. Lets surpass it this year! You children will be coming home with information on the St. Jude Math-A-Thon very shortly so please stay tuned for more….

Just like the LLS fundraiser the St. Jude Math-A-Thon will also have a school website where everyone can donate to. You can find our school by following these steps:

1. Click on the website
3. Sign up and make it happen!

Let me introduce you to Mr. Monaco, one of our Social Studies teachers. He’s a fantastic teacher who engages his students in ways you do not see too often. He has a closet full of costumes which he will wear based on the lesson plan or holiday that we are celebrating.

Here is Judge Monaco as he teachers a lesson on the Supreme Court. The second picture is of Christoher Columbus Monaco as he taught a lesson on explorer Christopher Columbus.

I wish I had teachers like Mr. Monoco when I was a student many moons ago. He’s a credit to our school and a blessing to all his students.

Stay tuned for this new feature each week as we celebrate our amazing teachers here at Halsey Jr. High School.

Halsey JHS 157 has their own website which can be found The page is updated frequently and you can see all the happenings and news at our website.

If you click on Staff Directory you can find every teacher and administrators e-mail address if you need to contact someone.

Click here for the Staff Directory

The Halsey PTA has a Facebook Page! Everyone should head on over and like the page. You can find out a lot of information there as well.

Click here for the PTA Facebook page:

With February right around the corner look for the next PTA fundraiser – the Chocolate Lollipop sale! On February 12th and February 13th chocolate lollipops will be on sale in the cafeteria during all lunch periods. They will be distributed on Valentines Day – February 14th.

The Spirit Wear orders will arrive Friday morning and be filled the same day. We apologize for the delay. We had a really large order and it took the printer some time to put it all together. We appreciate you supporting the Halsey PTA and rocking your Halsey spirit wear.

The Debate Team competed this past Saturday, January, 13th, 2018.

Tchilingarian’s Team: Public Forum
Topic Area:  Spain should grant Catalonia its independence
Location: In-Tech Academy,  2975 Tibbett Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

Sarris’ Team: Parliamentary 
Topic Areas: 

  • This House would legalize assisted suicide.
  • This House supports the New York Free Tuition Program.
  • This House would remove the statute of limitations for sexual assault.

Location: Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, 511 W 182nd St, New York, NY 10033

In Public Forum: For the Top School category, Halsey Bulldogs won 10th place out of 30 schools. For the Top Team Category, our eighth grade team made up of Etiha Ahmed and Haardi Patel finished 10th out of 50 teams. For the Top Speaker category, Joyitha Mandal of class 723 won 18th place and Etiha Ahmed of class 823 won 6th place out of 100+ speakers.

The Halsey competitive debate team on Saturday had a competition and in the parliamentary debate finished in 6th place overall as a school. Ellis Rubin class 824, Larry Ejiofor class 726, and Jack Gold class 621finished in 17th out of 50 teams competing. Amirijon Rasulov class 822, Het class 822 and Max Pisarek class 826 finished 4th out of 50 teams and winning all three rounds against their opponents.

Congratulations to all our students on the debate team. This was their 2nd competition and have showed great improvement already.

Do not forget to sign up for the ELA and Math Test Prep classes. Space is limited so it is first come first serve. All students should have received the permission slip for both test prep classes and they should be returned to your ELA and Math teachers as soon as possible.

Click here for the ELA Test Prep Permission Slip

Click here for the Math Test Prep Permission Slip

Do not send them to your parent coordinator!


Parents-Do YOU like to sing?

For the third year, Ms. Shikowitz is continuing our Inter-generational Choir. Parents, teachers, students, family, and friends come together every other Monday from 5:00-6:00 PM and sing together in a choir. Rehearsals begin after February  break. You don’t have to be an amazing singer, and everyone is welcome, no matter the age or talent program.

Please click here for the permission slip and schedule:
Inter-generational Choir

E-mail Ms. Shikowitz at for more information.

This past Saturday, January 13th, the Halsey Bulldogs Robotics team had a competition at Francis Lewis High School accompanied by parents, Mr. Lober and Ms. Elfers.   There were a total of 30 teams competing.  We are thrilled to report that JHS 157 came in 2nd place!  We were also nominated for an award called the Connect Award, but we did not qualify.  Maybe next time!  Here are a few pics from the event.