Halsey Food Drive Starts November 1st 2018

At a time when nearly one in six New Yorker’s struggle to put meals on their tables regularly, daily delivers of food are vital to keeping the shelves of food pantries and soup kitchens stocked.

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157, in conjunction with City Harvest and the NY Daily News is proud to announce that we will be joining the 36th annual Daily News Food Drive. The Food Drive will kick off the week of November 1st, 2018 and will run through Friday, November 30th, 2018. We invite all our Halsey students and family members to help keep the City Harvest trucks full with non-perishable foods.

Last year the students of Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 raised over 500 pounds of food for the needy. We are hoping to exceed that total this year.

A highlight of the drive will be the Kids Can Help Competition, which acknowledges the impact students can have when they work together for a good cause. The school in each borough that runs a drive and collects the most food will win a prize. Here at Halsey JHS 157 we believe that teaching our students about empathy is very important.

What is empathy and why is it important?

Empathy is, at its simplest, awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people. It is a key element of Emotional Intelligence, the link between self and others, because it is how we as individuals understand what others are experiencing as if we were feeling it ourselves.

We will be collecting nutritious non-perishable foods which City Harvest will pick up. The items in need right now are canned fruit, canned vegetables, tuna fish, peanut butter (in plastic jars), hot and cold cereal, soups, and juice packs.

We will have boxes stationed in the lobby next to the auditorium to drop off. Please make sure the food is placed in the proper boxes.

An Update From Your PTA

Here is a very important message from the Halsey JHS 157
PTA Executive Board

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of JHS 157, welcome back to school!  Click the blue link to find our PTA Annual Appeal letter, hard copies were sent home with your children last week.  We NEED FUNDING to provide the school with the following:

  • AC Units in Classrooms
  • School Garden & Beautification
  • Funding for the Talent Programs (Art, STEM, Technology, Band, Chorus, Dance and Drama)
  • After school programs that are FREE for all children to sign up for including, but not limited to:
    • Test Prep (SHSAT, standardized and regents)
    • Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer teams
    • Chess Club
    • Debate Team
    • Math Team
    • Mouse Squad
    • Robotics
    • Cooking
    • Green Team
    • Summer Programs

Please send in donations in a marked envelope or donate online by clicking the PayPal button below:

You can also show your support and order Halsey school Spirit Wear at our online store by clicking the Halsey Spirit Wear picture below (orders will be left at school for your child to pick up):

We NEED YOUR SUPPORT to make our school great!  Imagine if all 1,690 Halsey kids donated 😊 what a difference we could make in our community!

Open House Dates Released


Open House dates have been released for incoming 5th Grade Students and their families. You can choose from ONE of the following dates and RSVP to our Parent Coordinator Mike Zevon at MZevon@schools.nyc.gov

Monday, October 15th – 8:30 am until 10:30 am – Includes Meeting our Principal Mr. Suraci, Hearing Halsey Highlights, School Tour

Wednesday, October 17th – 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm –  Includes Meeting our Principal Mr. Suraci, Hearing Halsey Highlights, NO SCHOOL TOUR

Friday, October 19th – 8:30 am until 10:30 am – Includes Meeting our Principal Mr. Suraci, Hearing Halsey Highlights, School Tour

We look forward to hosting all of you this October!

Back to School Supply List

General Supply List

Below is a general list of supplies that children will need. Included in this list are items that children should NOT buy and cannot bring to school.

 General Education

  • 5 Marble notebooks (purchase different colors)
  • 7 Pocket folders (purchase different colors)
  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Package of colored pencils
  • 10 pack sheet protectors
  • 1 one inch binder
  • Scientific calculator (Recommended – TI-34)
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Loose-leaf papers
  • Graph paper
  • Mini – stapler
  • Pencil case

 Physical Education

Gym uniforms are mandatory. The following items can be purchased at the school store:

  • Gym Uniform
  • Gym lock

 DO NOT Buy & DO NOT Bring to School:

  • Book bags on wheels
  • Locks
  • Whiteout
  • Compass
  • Liquid glue


Halsey JHS 157 – First Day Procedures 09/05/18



 Dear Parents, Teachers and Staff:

Schools are scheduled to open on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 for students.  We are planning to have a full day of school.   Students are to arrive at school by 8am, bringing with them school supplies that are outlined on our school’s website.  At 8am parents should drop children off outside of the building at the appropriate grade entrance, and children should report to the following locations:

Grade 6                  School yard (walk up to AUD main entrance 102  street at 8AM)

Grade 7                  Cafeteria  (school yard)

Grade 8/9              Girls Gym (school yard)

Special Education Library (school yard)

Homeroom teachers should report to these locations to pick up your homeroom class prior to 8 am.

When you get to your homeroom, you will go over the following organizational rules with your homeroom teacher and class:

  1. Attendance taking
  2. Lateness, absences and absence notes
  3. Morning exercise
  4. Distribution of “School Rules” letter and sign-off sheets


On the first day of school, we will follow a SPECIAL BELL SCHEDULE FOR Thursday, September 5  ONLY.

Students will have the opportunity to visit every class they would regularly have on Thursday.  The only difference is that each class time will be shortened by about ten minutes.  School hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 am to 2:20 pm.

8:00                                        Arrival of all students

8:05 – 9:20                           Students in Homeroom

9:20 – 9:50                           Period 1

9:50 – 10:20                         Period 2

10:20 – 10:50                       Period 3

10:50 – 11:30                        Period 4

11:30 – 12:15                         Period 5

12:15 – 1:00                          Period 6

1:00 – 1:30                            Period 7

1:30 – 2:00                           Period 8

2:00 – 2:20                           P.M. Homeroom Period,

2:20                                        Dismissal for all Grades 7, 8 & 9

2:20                                        Grade 6 – Teachers will escort 6th grade classes to the first floor for dismissal from the school yard)

Parents picking up Grade 6 students on the first day can meet their children at the school yard entrance on Yellowstone Blvd.  All other days students will be dismissed from the exit closes to their homeroom.

**parents should designate a meeting place to pick up their child as dismissal becomes crowded on the first day of school, i.e., “meet me at 2:20PM at the park bench next to the school yard entrance on 63rd drive, etc.,”

Grade 6 Yellow Bus students (General Education students only) will meet in the lobby promptly at 2:20pm.

 If you have any questions, please contact your child’s assistant principal or guidance counselor the last week in August.


Vincent Suraci

Principal JHS 157




Halsey 6th Grade Orientation – August 29th 2018 at 9:30 AM

Dear Incoming 6th grade Family:

It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2018-2019 school-year at Stephen A. Halsey Junior High School 157Q. I would like to invite you to attend the 6th Grade Orientation on Wednesday, August 29th at 9:30 a.m. Please bring your child’s 5th grade report card indicating his or her 6th grade class assignment.

The introductory session will begin promptly in the auditorium. Following the introductory session, students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the building layout and visit classrooms. In addition to participating in classroom tours, students will visit the gymnasium and will have the opportunity to purchase gym uniforms and locks. At the conclusion of the touring session, at approximately 11:30AM, parents are invited back to join their children in the school yard to enjoy light refreshments. This will give parents and 6th grade students an opportunity to meet and socialize.

The goal of our 6th Grade Orientation is to assist students in acclimating to the middle school environment. I look forward to building a partnership with you, so that together, with our dedicated faculty and staff, I can maximize your child’s middle school experience. As our students enter this next phase of their educational journey, our team will strive to provide opportunities that are memorable, academically rigorous, and that will prepare them to be lifelong learners.

I look forward to meeting your family on August 29th, 2018.


Vincent Suraci

Special Education Culminating Dance Event

Our wonderful special education students, under the tutelage of Bam’s Dance Africa Sawabun, put on a beautiful performance this morning. The students practiced for months and made everyone here at Halsey very proud of them. Thank you to Mrs. Ador, Mrs. Whalen, Mrs. Skow, and Mrs. Simkhayev, all the para’s, Mr. Suraci for his support, and of course all our students. Check out the students below: