Welcome Back


Hey Halsey family. Welcome back to school! 2018-2019 will be a great year for all of our families as Halsey JHS 157 has an exciting year planned ahead.

We survived day 1 and all our students are adjusting to the new school year.

For all our new families, my name is Mike Zevon. I am your Parent Coordinator and I am here for you if you have any concerns, questions, or just need to vent. I am a Sagittarius, I love the NY Yankees, I am a huge Star Wars and Marvel fan and I like long walks on the beach. KIDDING. I hate the beach. I will be sending out a weekly email to update you all on what is going on at Halsey – last week, this week and next week. I will also send other school related information throughout the week as it becomes available.

Lets get this party started……

The Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 website is www.halsey157.org – check back there for updates. You can find all of our contact information listed under the staff directory on our website! The website is always being updated and some pages may be down or in the process of being updated. The calendar page was showing last years school calendar but that will be fixed shortly.

September 20th 2018!

Come on down and meet your children’s teachers! The fun starts at 5:30pm.

More details to come…

The SHSAT Prep Classes that started in the spring, for last years 7th grade (on Saturdays) will be continuing for this years 8th grade students on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school from 2:30-4:30 pm. Students who did not participate in the Saturday program are not allowed to register for these classes.  Only students who participated on Saturdays last year are allowed to continue in the program.

The first day will be Wednesday, September 12th and will run from 2:30-5:30 PM (an extra hour due to testing).  The remainder of the sessions will be from 2:30-4:30 pm and  the last day will be Thursday, October 25th.

Students will remain in the same class they were in on Saturdays and will receive updated room assignments on Wednesday.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Ms. Shriki at SShriki@schools.nyc.gov

Select Chorus auditions are on Monday, September 17th from 2:30-3:45 PM. If your child takes the yellow school bus home, please make sure there is someone who can pick them up, as they will miss the bus that day. Select Chorus is an advanced chorus group that performs at various in school and community events throughout the year. It is a competitive group, with about 30 seats open, and over 100 students that audition each year. The group is comprised of about 60 students from all grades and every talent.


Students do not need to prepare anything for the audition. Students will be taught a piece of music from our upcoming concert, then will sing it back to Ms. Shikowitz in small groups. Aside from vocal quality, Ms. Shikowitz is looking for students who can learn the music quickly, sing in harmony with other students, blend well with other students while singing, follow along in the music, and are quiet and follow instructions during the audition. Select Chorus meets on Thursdays from September (first rehearsal 9/20) from 2:30-3:30, then on Fridays from 2:30-3:30 from February-May to accommodate for test prep. If you have questions, please email Ms. Shikowitz at sshikowitz@schools.nyc.gov.

CITY OF SCIENCE is back! Please join the World Science Festival and Con Edison to explore this FREE, open to the public metropolis of larger-than-life interactive installations and hands-on activities. The event includes mind-blowing demonstrations, awe-inspiring experiments, apprentice programs, and guided tours of the College of Staten Island Astrophysical Observatory.

Sunday, September 23 from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
College of Staten Island Sports and Recreation Center
2800 Victory Blvd, Building 1R

Each week we will be giving you an update about what is going on with our Parent/Teacher Association. It is very important to attend as many PTA meetings as you can. Make your voice heard. Here are some updates:

Here is your 2018-2019 PTA Executive Board

Katarina Jokic & Vicky Barshai

Vice President
Michelle Kiliski

Cindy Cohen

Raquel Hagen

To contact the Halsey PTA send them an email to HalseyPTA@gmail.com

Sign up for their Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/Halsey157pa/?ref=bookmarks

The PTA will be selling Spirit Wear beginning September 20th at the Back to School Night. You will be able to purchase t-shirts, sweat shirts, sweat pants, hoodies – both pullover and zip ups, shorts, and all kinds of fun stuff. You can use your Halsey Spirit wear in place of the gym uniform for gym class.

The big mystery to start the year! What’s the deal with Pupil Path!?!?!?

Pupil Path is in the process of being updated and will be made available on September 17th. Once we have it completely updated and ready for the roll out every student will receive an invitation letter with detailed instruction on how to register. It will be a piece of cake!

Thank you for your patience.

The Citizenship Project is a FREE program to prepare legal permanent residents for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Exam (USCIS) naturalization test. Engage parents and strengthen community ties by bringing this grant-funded program into your neighborhood school.

Courses take place on-site at the New-York Historical Society on Saturdays, weekday evenings, and weekday mornings. Morning, evening, and Saturday classes are offered at various locations across New York City.

For more information about the project, please click here: https://www.nyhistory.org/education/citizenship-project

Queens Community House All Starz After School Program

The registration forms for the Queens Community House All Starz Program are now available in Room 159.  The staff are not available until 1pm so please have your child pick up the form after 1pm in room 159. All completed forms should be returned back to room 159 or placed in the Queens Community House mailbox in the main office.

Check out the letter from Robert Borja – Director of the All Starz Program – Click Here