Stuck for a Buck

As you know we have kicked off our Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser. After only 2 days of collecting we have raised over $1600.

We will be hosting an event called Stuck for a Buck on Wednesday, March 20th at 2:30pm in the school cafeteria. What is Stuck for a Buck? Students can come to the office of Mr. Zevon and purchase a ticket for $1 or 5 tickets for $5 and so forth…on March 20th the students will exchange each ticket for a long piece of duct tape. The students will use the duct tape to tape their teacher to the wall. A number of teachers will volunteer and the students will vote on which teachers get selected.

Its a fun way to raise money for an awesome charity. Please consider sending your children in with any spare money you have to purchase tickets for the big event.

OH – TEACHERS CAN PARTICIPATE TOO!!!! I mean who doesnt want to duct tape Ms. Stillwell to the wall? I know Mrs. Astorga said she does! I think I heard Mr. Lober say something about wanting to Duct Tape Mr. Freydin to the wall.

TICKETS ARE $1 each and you can purchase unlimited tickets and share with your friends. Here are some pics from last year of Mrs. Martello and Mr. Suh:

Music Educators Association of New York City

The following students participated in this past weekend’s MEANYC (Music Educators Association of New York City) All-County Middle School Festival. The top students are nominated by their teachers to participate in this performance. They represented Halsey and played with the best middle school musicians in the city. They only rehearsed Friday night and Saturday morning, and performed in an AMAZING concert Saturday, February 2nd.

Ruvy Chigiji 823
Sofia Barrenechea 821
Aliza Sayed 824
Helenica Harte 825
Carly Petot 826
Natella Yagudayeva 832
Alix Cohen 723
Lyndsey Royce 721
Olivia Yaffe 726
Cienna London 726
Jazz Ensemble
Maya Held (alto saxophone)
Matthew Ferencz (trumpet)
Waka Yoshimura (alto saxophone)
Concert Band
Ann Hsieh (flute)
Madeleine Noreen (bassoon)
Kirsten Moy (percussion)
Jayden McManhan (trumpet)
Amelia Jacobson-Yang (clarinet)
Emily Koprowski (clarinet
Clayton Frank (tuba)

Special Education Dance Recital

Mrs. Gruet has been working tirelessly with our Special Education students on a wonderful dance performance. Each class learned a dance based off a story they learned. Here we have Mrs. Ador’s class 794 doing a performance about Grasshoppers and Ants which brought tears to my eyes.

The sense of accomplishment the students feel, the pride they see in their parents faces, the happiness they showed as they hugged each other at the end was priceless.

Please enjoy class 794’s performance.


Green Team Update








After only two weeks the hydroponics system is greening out.






The plants are growing rapidly…












As are their root systems.











Spring is coming early for the Green Team’s vegetables.






The Green Team is happy (and relieved) to be able to say that the hydroponic system built, from scratch, is working as it is supposed to. Students are monitoring the system (checking water level, ph level and maintaining nutrients) and continuing to add the seedlings as they mature and are ready for the system. Their favorite thing to do is to visit the room to tell Mr. Weiss to look at how much the plants have grown. Mr. Weiss already knows…he obsessively watches over the Green Team’s “babies”.

St. Jude Math-a-Thon

Each year Halsey JHS 157 takes on a very important challenge – raising money to help support children with cancer. With the St. Jude Math-a-Thon, organized by Assistant Principal Mrs. Schiano, students have fun and earn prizes with a fundraiser that improves students’ math skills and teaches the importance of helping others.

All the students now have the St. Jude Math-A-Thon packets and should be doing their best to help the cause. Any questions or concerns you can contact your math teachers through pupil path. Please consider supporting your children and helping this tremendous cause. With your support, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Upcoming Dates

February 2nd – Halsey Hack-a-Thon
February 5th – Lunar New Year – Schools Closed
February 6th – Boys Basketball at JHS 217
February 7th – Girls Basketball vs IS 61
February 11th through February 15 –  Respect for All Week
February 12th – Girls Basketball – at MS 706
February 13th – SLT Meeting 7:15 am
February 13th and 14th – PTA Bake Sale
February 13th – Girls Basketball at IS 61
February 14th – Boys Basketball Home Game vs. MS 8
February 15th – No One Eats Alone Day
February 15th – Last Day of School Before Winter Recess
February 16th – February 24th – Winter Recess
February 25th – Back to School 

February 26th – Boys Basketball at MS 321
February 27th – PTA Meeting 7:00 pm
February 28th – Girls Basketball vs MS 230


Dear Parents,

Halsey JHS 157 takes great pride in our fine arts productions. Every year, under the guidance of our amazing Drama teacher Ms. Schwarz, the kids put on a musical production. We believe that students learn more than just lines when preparing for a performance, they learn teamwork, patience, dedication and commitment.

As you may have heard this year’s School Musical is the very family friendly MARY POPPINS and we are hoping all students will come out to watch their friends perform.
There will be two performances this year, on Tuesday April 16th and Wednesday April 17th both at 7:00pm. Of course students, parents, families in the neighborhood are encouraged to attend!

Even if your child is not participating in this activity, the school as a whole benefits from the event as a community. Of course, funding to support the production is limited and we rely on support to make sure that the show is as amazing as it can be.

We URGE you all to PLEASE DONATE what you can ($5, $10, $50, $100!) to fund costumes, microphone rentals, props and set to support the show. IF you are able to volunteer to help in any way, please email us at


Donate to Halsey’s Musical Mary Poppins

Thank you in advance for your support!
Halsey PTA