Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 Weekly Update

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 Weekly Update

Happy Friday Halseyites and Halseymaniacs! We hope your week went smoothly. We had a very busy week here inside the hallowed grounds of JHS 157. Tuesday night was our PTA meeting, Wednesday was the SLT meeting, the PTA Teacher Appreciation Lunch, and the Parent Teacher Conferences. Thursday was the amazing musical put on by Halsey students and their fantaburiffic leader Ms. Schwarz – Once On This Island. Friday, well thats today and hopefully its as smooth as the rest of the week. On to the fun….

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and on Wednesday our wonderful PTA celebrated all our faculty by hosting a luncheon during periods 4, 5, 6, and 7. The teachers had an amazing lunch and got to walk the red carpet and allowed the paparazzi to take their pictures. They all received a gift too – a very cool umbrella with the Halsey logo on it.

On behalf of the entire Halsey faculty we would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the PTA has done for our school and making Teacher Appreciation Day a special one.

The cast and crew of the musical Once On This Island put on an amazing performance Thursday night, May 10th.  The students were sensational and received a ton of standing ovations and applause from the happy audience. Congratulations must be given to Ms. Schwarz for being an amazing leader to these children. She brings out the best in them. We also have to say thank you to Mrs. Simmons Alvarez for being Ms. Schwarz right hand, Ms. Butera for the costume coordination, Assistant Principal Neil Rosenblatt at Forest Hills High School for his endless support of our arts department. Ms Shikowitz for her choral direction, the 5 AMAZING young ladies who make up our stage crew, Mr. Blanco for being the straw that stirs the drink, Ms. Napolitano for her flawless leadership of all our arts department and of course the big man in charge Mr. Suraci who without his leadership none of the amazing experiences and education our families receive here at Halsey would happen.

The students will be performing 2 more shows for our feeder schools. 5th grade students from PS 196, PS 175, PS 220, PS 206, and PS 80 will be coming to Halsey Friday, May 11th to see whats in store for them if they come to Halsey next school year.

MathCON is an innovative mathematics platform, including a competition series and educational resources and opportunities for students and educators, developed to enhance mathematics education.

This year, 52,000 students participated nationwide, and 576 students advanced to the Finals Competition this past Saturday, May 5, at UIC Forum in Chicago, IL. Among the 576, three students from JHS 157!


Congratulations to Matthew Ferencz, Rena Chen and Timothy Wang on competing in Chicago this past weekend! And a special Congratulations to Matthew who received an honorable mention!

Special Thank You to Ms. Soberman and Ms. Brady for taking on this wonderful adventure for our students and being fantastic leaders.

We would like to congratulate Christelle Diab of class 623 for being chosen as the winner of the 112th pct. Community Council Poster Contest.

We would also like to congratulate Maya Villegas of class 622 for receiving Honorable Mention.

All artwork and posters will be on display at Queens Borough Hall. All participating students and their families were invited to a special reception dinner at Queens Borough Hall on May 10th at 7 pm.

Check out a few pics below….

Ms. Shikowitz and members of the Select Chorus performed at the District 27, 28, and 29 Intra-District Conference last Friday. The intra-district conference consists of Parent Coordinators from all 3 districts as well as the Superintendents, Family Support Coordinators, and Family Leadership Coordinators.  The Select Chorus sang 3 songs and blew us all away. Here is the video….

Thank you to all our parents who participated in all our Parent Engagement Trips this year. This last Saturday was the 3rd and final trip to the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum.

Family Fitness night takes place May 31st 2018. Please click on the link below to sign up.


What an amazing turnout for our Chess Club led by Mr. Freydin. With Mr. Freydin coaching the students there is no doubt they will become incredible chess players.
Check out the quick video of the students on their first day below:

Do you like to write stories?
Do you write poems or song lyrics?
Do you enjoy illustrating or creating comic strips?

Come join Halsey’s new creative writing club!

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We need as many volunteers as possible to make this better for the students.  There is a link to a survey to fill out out below. The survey is going to help us identify the different careers, the availability for each day and the necessary items needed to make a presentation.

If you send this out to family and friends and they are interested in participating, please have them fill out the survey with their contact information and availability and respond by FRIDAY, MAY 5TH so we can start gathering and planning.

The following link is the survey:

May 15th – High School Application Process Meeting for 7th Grade Families – 6:00 pm
May 21st -Spring Chorus Concert – 7:00 pm
May 24th – Spring Band Concert – 7:00 pm
May 28th – Memorial Day – Schools Closed
May 30th – Drama Senior Showcase – 7:00 pm
May 31st – Family Fitness Night – 7:00 pm