Parent Coordinator’s Weekly Update

Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Long time no speak! Back to our regular Friday weekly updates. Back to reality after going on a cruise with the fam. Have you ever gone on a cruise? They always have photographers set up to take fancy pics. Not me and Ellie. We take silly pics:


Ok…back to the update….We have our Winter Band Concert, our College Awareness Day, a sneak peak at what is going on in our STEM class, some updates on some amazing fund raisers that we will be starting up in the next couple of weeks and more.

Do not forget that school is closed Monday, January 15th, 2018 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Is it a shock to anyone that our Winter Band Concert was an amazing success? When you have a Band teacher like Mrs. Wolff failure is not an option. She has directed her students and has helped them grow so much it is truly amazing. Here is a clip and a couple of pics of the concert:


The next Debate Team competition takes place this Saturday, January, 13th, 2018.

Tchilingarian’s Team: Public Forum
Topic Area:  Spain should grant Catalonia its independence
Location: In-Tech Academy,  2975 Tibbett Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

Sarris’ Team: Parliamentary 
Topic Areas: 

  • This House would legalize assisted suicide.
  • This House supports the New York Free Tuition Program.
  • This House would remove the statute of limitations for sexual assault.

Location: Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, 511 W 182nd St, New York, NY 10033


We have one of the most energetic and enthusiastic STEM teacher with Mr. Lober. The man truly loves teaching and in his own words “we are doing some dope projects.”

Students are creating prototypes after following the engineer design process to solve a problem in the structural engineering world: How do we make tall buildings taller to fit the trend of people moving into urban areas? Students are approaching the problem with different concerns, the cost of the structure, the type of material that would keep the structure stable at a taller height, what kind of lift technology would help move material to the top of the structure in order for construction workers to continue building higher.

 

College Awareness Day will take place on Thursday, January 11th, 2018. The purpose of having College Awareness Day is to promote, engage and encourage students to begin to think about and plan for their college and career.

Some of the lessons the students learned about included College Access for All, How to Pay for College and more. The students were engaged in various college related activities throughout the day. This was a fun and educational experience for all.

We encouraged all our students and facutly to wear clothing representing their favorite colleges or the schools their family members may have attended. Students also decorated their homeroom door as well.

Here are some pics of the day:


We are sad to say that one of our 8th grade students was diagnosed with Leukemia last summer. We are THRILLED to report she is doing very well and seems to have weathered the storm. We are also really happy to announce we will be doing a fundraiser in her honor to help not only raise money but also awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Series campaign is working with thousands of schools across the country to raise funds for blood cancer research. They are saving lives of blood cancer patients not Someday but Today.

The fundraiser will begin on January 29th and will run until February 15th.

Each student will receive a collection box where they can walk around collecting spare change. THIS SHOULD NOT TAKE PLACE INSIDE SCHOOL. Each homeroom will have a collection box for the students to empty their boxes into. The homeroom with the highest donation total raised will win a pizza party.

We will also have a really fun day called “STUCK FOR A BUCK.” Any student that donated a dollar will receive a piece of duct tape. If they donate $3 they will get 3 pieces of duct tape. If they donate $10 they will get 10 pieces of duct tape. Why you ask? We are going to duct tape a teacher to the wall! We hope the students will be excited and hope the families will chip in and help support this wonderful organization who help so many children.

Halsey JHS 157 has their own page on the LLS website for anyone to donate.

http://events.lls.org/pages/nyc/Jr-High-School-157-Stephen-A-Halsey-2018


Two kindhearted 6th grade students, Ronald Vijay and Dilan Harrop Williams, both of class 624, approached Mr. Suraci with a very ambitious proposal to help save the world. They met with Mr. Suraci and myself and we decided to turn their amazing idea into a Winter Coat Drive. Anytime a student comes to us with such compassion we want to do all we can to bring their ideas into the school.

January 29th through February 23rd Halsey JHS 157 will be collecting coats to donate to the Salvation Army. Collection boxes will be placed in the lobby next to the auditorium.

Every coat collected will receive a raffle ticket and a winner will be selected at the end of drive.


 

The St. Jude Math-a-Thon will be starting up again shortly.

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Halsey did an amazing job last year raising well over $10,000 for this amazing charity. We actually finished 53 in the entire nation for fundraising for St. Jude. Stay tuned and watch out for materials that will be coming home with your children as we continue to do all we can do to help those who need it most.


We are very proud of all our students and families that participated in our annual food drive. We were able to raise over 500 pounds of food in 3 short weeks for City Harvest.

Halsey’s Bulldog Robotics Team will be competing in our second First Tech Challenge on Saturday, January 13th at Francis Lewis High School!  Ms. Elfers and Mr. Lober will be accompanying the team this weekend!  Let’s wish them the best of luck!
For more information about our team, see our web page designed by our student team member Brigette Belenky at the following link:   Halsey Bulldog Robotics Team

Have a Fabulous Three Day Weekend!


Halsey Animal Rescue/Wildlife Conservation Hackathon

On Saturday, Dec. 2nd, we held our annual Halsey Spring Hackathon.  This year’s theme featured Animal Rescue/Wildlife Conservation!  The students were given the task of creating a game or public service announcement to promote awareness of their topic.    The students researched a variety of animals and found information on how various organizations help with rescue and rehabilitation. They created their programs in Scratch (http//:scratch.mit.edu) which is an introductory computer science/programming site that teaches students block programming,  Students worked in groups throughout the day and presented their final projects at the end!  Parents came to see the presentations and Alumni students from SEP came to help judge with out special guest, Ms. Lori Stahl Van-Brackle, our former SEP teacher.  The day was a huge success!

Special Thanks to Ms. Schwarz, Ms. Quinones-Seda, Ms. Shikowitz,and  Ms. Pignataro

The 1st place winners will also have the opportunity to compete with the CS4ALL Hackleague and all groups will be eligible to submit their groups to Games 4 Change Student Challenge!  For more information, contact Ms P Elfers @ pelfers@schools.nyc.govCongratulations to all!!

1st Place Winners – Hackathon for the Good of the World –

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/190388741/

Mabel Chan

Hannah Rothleder

Ryan Eng

2nd Place – Save the Ivory Billed Woodpeckers – https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/190389960/

scratch.mit.edu
Make games, stories and interactive art with Scratch. (scratch.mit.edu)

 

Rachel Muratova

Safarbek Nassry

Wilson Li

3rd Place – A Penguin’s Life – https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/190390865/

scratch.mit.edu
Make games, stories and interactive art with Scratch. (scratch.mit.edu)

 

Zachary Habert

Emile Romero

Gryphon Lee

Nicholas Gauna

Halsey Mouse Squad Emoti-Con Team News

On Saturday, June 18th, several MOUSE Squad students participated in the Emoti-Con Challenge. ” Emoti-Con is NYC’s biggest showcase for young designers, makers, technologists, and tinkerers who believe in digital innovation as a tool for positive change in the world around them.”  Our team designed a Lego Robot that is capable of identifying color, temperature and can lift various objects.  Here’s  the students’ description:  “ PROJΣCT S.I.G.M.A. is a robot that is made to help make daily tasks for the elderly, people with disabilities, or just about anyone, easier. The inspiration of this project was the idea of having a pet like robot in someone’s house for companionship, that has evolved into a “servant” like robot. We will use an EV3 mindstorm and an Arduino.”

The students won for Most Innovative Project!  Congratulations to team members:  Amar Maksumic, Benjamin Buxton, Mabel Chen, Attila Hegyes, Christian Diaz, Ryan Eng (Photos below) Ishita Gupta, Hannah Rothleder, and Bryan W (not in attendance).

Games For Change Challenge Winners

The Games For Change Challenge Winners from NY were announced this Saturday, June 10th at the Museum of the Moving Image.  Over 400 entries were received with 50 finalists picked in the three categories for both Middle School and High School including: Climate Change, Future Cities and Immigration. Halsey had 5 team finalists with one team being chosen as the winner in their middle school category of Future Cities!  Their project entitled, Cleaning the Citycombines the idea of using future technology to keep cities clean!  Congratulations to Amar Maksumic, Benjamin Buxton, Jeffrey Wong, and Nafim Hossain!  Halsey Students Rock!

Halsey Designathon/Hackathon

The Spring Halsey Hackathon featured a Designathon this past Saturday.  Students were given a social issue to promote via graphic design editing tools.  They were introduced to Graphic Design Principles and Graphic Design software.  Posters were created by groups that addressed a social issue.  Students were judged in the following categories and the winners are listed below.  

Congratulations to all of our participants!  Special Thanks to Ms. Hubbard, Ms. Schwarz, Ms Shikowitz, Ms. Quinones, Ms. Puhl, and Mr. Zevon for all their help!!

Artistic:  Highly original and creative (use of graphic design software use was evident)
Topic: Bullying

Elliot  Zakoff – 831
Fardeen Khan – 804

Social Impact:  Raises awareness of an overlooked or existing social problem or concern
Topic:  Preventing Global Pollution

Christian Diaz – 807
Edward Shao – 732

Balance:  Impressive composition of elements
Topic:  Tampering and Hacking

Saphir Maor – 633
Andrew Rombot – 633

Ready to Print:  Complete and ready for distribution
Topic:  Making Good Choices for the Future for our Planet

Edison Lam – 803
Kushtrim Bardhaj – 803