Friday 12-14-18

Happy Friday Halsey Family!

Quite the busy week here at Halsey JHS 157. Robotics Team Competition, Parent Engagement Trip to the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum, SLT meeting with parents visiting classrooms, Mr. Weiss and the Green Team working on the Hydroponics System being built in room B4 (update on the completed project next week!), and more. Lets start the update…

The Spectacular Winter Choral Concert takes place on Tuesday, December 18th 2018. Tickets will are on sale now in the cafeteria during each lunch period. Tickets are $5. Leftover tickets will be sold at the door for $5 as well.

The concert will sell out so get your tickets while you can!

You are invited to come dance with us at a class structured just for parents. No experience? No problem! Two left feet? Don’t worry! Everyone can be included! The students are currently studying Hip Hop, so our Parent’s Dance Class theme will be “Beginner Hip Hop for Parents.” Hope to see you on the dance floor!
Who: Halsey parents (Just adults, no students)
When: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 pm – 6:45pm before the PTA meeting
Where: Halsey Dance Studio Room 329, hosted by Dance Teacher Mrs. Gruet
What: Beginner Hip Hop Dance for Parents!
Wear: Comfortable attire such as sweatpants, leggings, adidas, etc. Avoid jeans and tight pants

No experience needed – everyone can dance!

For more information contact Mrs. Gruet at

Our next PTA meeting takes place Wednesday, December 19th 2018 at 7:00 pm. During this meeting will be a discussion hosted by Assistant Principal Mr. Dechongkit regarding the 7th Grade Washington D.C. trip.

Next week Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18 the PTA will host a fundraiser in school during all lunch periods.  Students and Faculty will be able to purchase a Candy Cane for $1 each and write a message to a friend!  Candy Canes will be distributed in your child’s homeroom class.

We will also hold a Bake Sale during those dates, so please send in any baked or store bought goods with your child those days for us to sell!  The more items we receive, the more money we raise for our school 😊

Don’t forget to send your child to school with money on December 17 and 18 to support the Candy Cane and Bake Sale!


The School Leadership Team (SLT) met this past Wednesday morning. The parents on the SLT had a wonderful opportunity to go on a “Learning Walk” and visit 4 English Language Learning (ELL) classes. Learning walks are observational classroom tours led by school leaders. Parents who participate in the walks are given supervised access to classes that are in session and provided with rubrics as a measure of academic standard and expectations. During the walks parents witness student-to-teacher and peer-to-peer engagement, listen in with classroom discussions, and see first hand how teachers implement the strategy of focus in  the classroom. At the end of the walk parents and administrators convene for question and discussion and provide constructive feedback.

We know how wonderful our teachers are here at Halsey but to see them in action and working toward our Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) goals was phenomenal. We broke into 2 groups led by our Principal Mr. Suraci and our Assistant Principals Mrs. Lisa, Mrs. Schiano and Mr. Dechongkit. We had the chance to visit the following classes and teachers:

Ms. Angotta’s Math class 805 where the students were identifying equations using graphs and connecting the lesson to the real world. This technique helps connect the students to the lesson and makes it relatable.

Mrs. Sartaj’s Social Studies class 802 where the students were learning about Progressive Leadership by studying President Theodore Roosevelt and his policies.

Mrs. Vereb and Ms. Gallaghers ELA class 802 where the students began learning about the background of the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Ms. Ruzicka’s Science class 702 where students were analyzing the sea floor.

Watch out for more opportunities for parents to participate at school at student publishing parties, parent engagement trips, parent workshops and more!
Girls Volleyball


Silhoutee of a female volleyball player returning a ball with a dig.

Girls volleyball will begin this Tuesday 12/18/2018 after school from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm in the girls gym.  All girls that submitted a permission slip to participate are invited to attend. Any question or concerns you can contact Mr. Kagen at 

Thank you to all the families who came out and braved the cold weather for the Parent Engagement trip to the Intrepid Air, Sea, & Space Museum this last Saturday. We had an amazing time and learned a lot about this historic sea vessel. Check out some pics and video here:


Halsey Robotics Team – the Bionic Bulldogs competed last weekend at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn. The team performed pretty decent for a young team and will continue to improve under the guidance of Mr. Sarris, Mr. Lober and Mrs. Elfers.

Parent Engagement Trip

The 2nd Parent Engagement Trip has been planned and we are heading to the FDNY Fire Zone in Manhattan on January 26th 2019. Our tour starts at 11:00 am and we will be leaving from Halsey at 9:30 am. This trip is on a first come first serve basis. If you sign up for the trip and cannot go please give us ample time to find a replacement to fill the tickets.

About the Fire Zone

The Fire Zone is New York City’s state-of-the-art fire-safety learning center. At the Fire Zone you can climb on a realistic fire truck, try on bunker gear, meet a firefighter and learn how to crawl through a smoke-filled hallway.

The Fire Zone gives visitors a first-hand experience in what to do in a fire emergency through a variety of hands-on exhibits and multimedia presentations, including a simulated fire scene.

Fire Simulator

At the heart of the Fire Zone experience is the innovative fire simulator that utilizes special effects and multimedia to help teach visitors about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire emergency. A firefighter and facilitator guide visitors through the interactive presentation. Visitors leave the Fire Zone with materials necessary to eliminate fire hazards in their own homes and to create escape planes for their families.

Please click HERE for the permission slip.


Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2019 (students currently in grades 7 through 11). This intensive program is held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.
Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, cultural organizations, and guest artists. The daily schedule includes studio work and experiences with professional artists. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, attending professional performances, visiting arts venues and exploring careers.

To apply, you must follow the link below. An audition will be scheduled after the application is sent in. A letter of recommendation must also be obtained. Please ask the teacher well in advance.

Program Dates: July 8 – August 2, 2019
Student Application Period: November 26, 2018 – February 1, 2019
Student Auditions: Saturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Application link

The Halsey Library is available for students to get some additional work or studying done. Please see the schedule below:

Morning Library Hours
Tuesday 7:15-8:00
Wednesday and Thursday 7:30-8:00
The library will NOT be open in the morning on Monday and Friday. 

In order for a student to receive a morning pass they will need to either tell Mr. Trainor in the cafeteria or ask the security desk and they will provide the student with a library pass. The student will need to hand in the pass in order to enter the library. There are only thirteen morning passes available for each morning that the library is open, so it is a first come first serve basis.

Afternoon Library Hours
Monday-Friday from 2:20-4:00

In order for a student to receive an afternoon pass they will need to report to AM homeroom and ask their teacher if they can come down to the library to get an afternoon library pass. The student must hold onto the afternoon library pass all day and give it to Ms. Angela in the library at 2:20. The students who come to utilize the library in the afternoon will receive a phone call home to make sure that they are permitted to stay.

There will only be thirteen passes available for each afternoon, so it is a first come first serve basis.

**Please express to your children that if they are asking for a library afternoon pass it is to do school work, print, take out a book/return a book, do research, type up an essay, etc. they are not permitted to come into the library to hang out.**

Sign Up for a Group Training Session for Parents/Caregivers of People with Disabilities

Project GROW teaches specific behavioral techniques to improve communication and promote positive family interactions. In these sessions we have general behavior management sessions for caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for all ages.*

Thursdays: December 13th through February 28th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
460 West 34th Street in Manhattan

Groups in English & Spanish
Light dinner provided

Topics include:

  • Family roles and structure
  • Analyzing behavior
  • The power of attention
  • The truth about consequences
  • Caring for the caregiver

*Person must reside at home with family in the Bronx or Manhattan. Also available for Staten Island families – contact us for more info.

For more information and to register call 212-273-6259 or