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

8th Grade Important Dates

1. 8TH GRADE PROM will be held on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at Douglaston Manor. Prom will run from 6:00pm until 10:00pm

2. AWARDS NIGHT will be held on Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at 7:00pm in our school auditorium. Invitations and more information will follow in May.

3. GRADUATION will be held on Friday, June 21st, 2019. Students must arrive at St. John’s University Lou Carnesecca Arena by 7:30am. Guests should arrive at St. John’s University Lou Carnesecca Arena between 8:00am and 8:30am. There will be no one permitted in the auditorium without a ticket. Tickets will be distributed to students in June with their caps and gowns. Each graduate will receive 4 tickets. After tickets have been distributed, if someone needs more tickets, parents should send in a written request to Ms. Shriki. The ceremony will begin at 9:00am.

4. 8TH GRADE TRIP will be held on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019. More detailed information will follow in the Spring.


ELA State Exam – April 2nd 2019 & April 3rd 2019

Math State Exam – May 1st 2019 & May 2nd 2019 (Non Regents Classes Only)

Science Performance Exam – May 22nd 2019 though May 31st 2019 (Students will be scheduled. Non Regents Classes Only)

Science Written Exam – June 3rd 2019 (Non Regents Classes Only)

U.S. History & Government – June 18th 2019 (Morning)

Living Enviroment Regents – June 18th 2019 (Afternoon)

Algebra 1 Regents – June 19th 2019 (Afternoon)

Language Proficiency Exam – June 24th 2019 (Morning)

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ms. Shriki at or 718-830-4910 ext. 2103

8th Grade Team:

Mr. Dechongkit
Ms. Gonzalez
Ms. Shriki