Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 Weekly Update

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 Weekly Update

Happy Friday Halseyites and Halseymaniacs! We hope your week went smoothly. We had a very busy week here inside the hallowed grounds of JHS 157. Tuesday night was our PTA meeting, Wednesday was the SLT meeting, the PTA Teacher Appreciation Lunch, and the Parent Teacher Conferences. Thursday was the amazing musical put on by Halsey students and their fantaburiffic leader Ms. Schwarz – Once On This Island. Friday, well thats today and hopefully its as smooth as the rest of the week. On to the fun….

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and on Wednesday our wonderful PTA celebrated all our faculty by hosting a luncheon during periods 4, 5, 6, and 7. The teachers had an amazing lunch and got to walk the red carpet and allowed the paparazzi to take their pictures. They all received a gift too – a very cool umbrella with the Halsey logo on it.

On behalf of the entire Halsey faculty we would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the PTA has done for our school and making Teacher Appreciation Day a special one.

The cast and crew of the musical Once On This Island put on an amazing performance Thursday night, May 10th.  The students were sensational and received a ton of standing ovations and applause from the happy audience. Congratulations must be given to Ms. Schwarz for being an amazing leader to these children. She brings out the best in them. We also have to say thank you to Mrs. Simmons Alvarez for being Ms. Schwarz right hand, Ms. Butera for the costume coordination, Assistant Principal Neil Rosenblatt at Forest Hills High School for his endless support of our arts department. Ms Shikowitz for her choral direction, the 5 AMAZING young ladies who make up our stage crew, Mr. Blanco for being the straw that stirs the drink, Ms. Napolitano for her flawless leadership of all our arts department and of course the big man in charge Mr. Suraci who without his leadership none of the amazing experiences and education our families receive here at Halsey would happen.

The students will be performing 2 more shows for our feeder schools. 5th grade students from PS 196, PS 175, PS 220, PS 206, and PS 80 will be coming to Halsey Friday, May 11th to see whats in store for them if they come to Halsey next school year.

MathCON is an innovative mathematics platform, including a competition series and educational resources and opportunities for students and educators, developed to enhance mathematics education.

This year, 52,000 students participated nationwide, and 576 students advanced to the Finals Competition this past Saturday, May 5, at UIC Forum in Chicago, IL. Among the 576, three students from JHS 157!


Congratulations to Matthew Ferencz, Rena Chen and Timothy Wang on competing in Chicago this past weekend! And a special Congratulations to Matthew who received an honorable mention!

Special Thank You to Ms. Soberman and Ms. Brady for taking on this wonderful adventure for our students and being fantastic leaders.

We would like to congratulate Christelle Diab of class 623 for being chosen as the winner of the 112th pct. Community Council Poster Contest.

We would also like to congratulate Maya Villegas of class 622 for receiving Honorable Mention.

All artwork and posters will be on display at Queens Borough Hall. All participating students and their families were invited to a special reception dinner at Queens Borough Hall on May 10th at 7 pm.

Check out a few pics below….

Ms. Shikowitz and members of the Select Chorus performed at the District 27, 28, and 29 Intra-District Conference last Friday. The intra-district conference consists of Parent Coordinators from all 3 districts as well as the Superintendents, Family Support Coordinators, and Family Leadership Coordinators.  The Select Chorus sang 3 songs and blew us all away. Here is the video….

Thank you to all our parents who participated in all our Parent Engagement Trips this year. This last Saturday was the 3rd and final trip to the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum.

Family Fitness night takes place May 31st 2018. Please click on the link below to sign up.


What an amazing turnout for our Chess Club led by Mr. Freydin. With Mr. Freydin coaching the students there is no doubt they will become incredible chess players.
Check out the quick video of the students on their first day below:

Do you like to write stories?
Do you write poems or song lyrics?
Do you enjoy illustrating or creating comic strips?

Come join Halsey’s new creative writing club!

Click for Flyer     Click for Permission Slip


We need as many volunteers as possible to make this better for the students.  There is a link to a survey to fill out out below. The survey is going to help us identify the different careers, the availability for each day and the necessary items needed to make a presentation.

If you send this out to family and friends and they are interested in participating, please have them fill out the survey with their contact information and availability and respond by FRIDAY, MAY 5TH so we can start gathering and planning.

The following link is the survey:

May 15th – High School Application Process Meeting for 7th Grade Families – 6:00 pm
May 21st -Spring Chorus Concert – 7:00 pm
May 24th – Spring Band Concert – 7:00 pm
May 28th – Memorial Day – Schools Closed
May 30th – Drama Senior Showcase – 7:00 pm
May 31st – Family Fitness Night – 7:00 pm


Parent Coordinators Weekly Update

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157
Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

What an amazing, exciting, exhausting, exhilarating, and did I say amazing…week here at Halsey JHS 157.

We have to start off by informing everyone know that we were visited by the new NYC Schools Chancellor Mr. Richard Carranza. We went on two trips – one to the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum and we took the students from our upcoming Musical “Once On This Island” to see the Broadway show “Once On This Island” and what a magical moment that took place. We had our NYS Math Exam’s and we survived plus a lot more.

Your very lovable Parent Coordinator will be out of the building all day Friday, May 4th at a conference.

Halsey JHS 157 Welcomes
NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranzo

NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranzo visited Halsey JHS 157 on Monday, April 30th 2018. Chancellor Carranzo was greeted by a number of Halsey students, Principal Suraci, District 28 Superintendent Mabel Sarduy and listened to an amazing performances from our Jazz band and Select Chorus.

Here are some pics and videos

Rehearsal Schedule for Week of May 6 –Tech & Show week-

Sun.May 6 Mon. May 7 Tues.May 8 Wed. May 9 Thurs, May 10 Friday May 11
Dress & Tech Rehearsal
Dress & Tech
Dress & Tech
Dress & Tech Rehearsal 2:30-5:30/6pm Costume & Makeup
7th & 8th period
Final Dress Rehearsal  3-5pm
Dinner Break-5-6pm
Costume & Make up touch up 6-7
7pm – SHOWTIME!!!
Encore Performance
9:30 & 11am(7:30 am call time for costumes &  makeup)

Please keep in mind that while we will try to end on time, rehearsals may run a bit over as we are continuously to revising and refining our performance work.  A famous Director saying during rehearsals is: “ONE MORE TIME!!!”

Since rehearsals are running longer, we will continue taking a quick break and ordering PIZZA!   If you would like to get pizza, please bring $2.50 for each slice(including cost of delivery). But please bring your own water.  (Water is better for you!)

Weekend Rehearsals are long, but necessary as we have a lot to do and can get a lot done. To make Saturday Rehearsals more fun for every one, please bring snacks items to share, such as donuts, cookies, granola bars, chips, fruit,juice, water,etc.  We will also order pizza.  

Parents- Please understand, after the performance is done on May 10, we will need at least 20-30 minutes to have all the actors return to the Dressing room, change, put their costumes away, clean up and reset the stage for the following mornings performance. We are a team and we need everyone to help!


PI – 5 New York Cities Largest Team Based Math Competition

Saturday, April 28th at The Armory, 216 Fort Washington Avenue (at 168th Street) in Manhattan.

Following an Olympic-style opening ceremony – complete with the parade of Mathletes and the raising of the official Pi-nata – each team pits their wits and math skills against others in their grade/division in a 45 minute competition.

There are a number of different problems with point values ranging from 100-500 points – meaning that, as well as answering as many as you can correctly, teams have to strategize how many hard/easy ones to attempt. The team with the highest score wins their division.

Once On This Island Students Go See
Once On This Island On Broadway!

The Halsey JHS 157 PTA organized a trip for our students who are performing in the musical Once On This Island (May 10th 2018 7 PM  – Tickets are on sale for $5 in the cafeteria beginning Thursday). 

The students were able to stay in the theater after the show ended and take some pics inside (which was not allowed to the general public. The show was amazing and the students had a terrific time up till that moment and then the MAGIC happened.

The Halsey students went outside and were able to meet a number of actors and actresses from the show and get pictures and autographs.

All of a sudden our students decided to serenade the cast and this happened:

Students at JHS 157 will have the opportunity to participate in our Parkour physical fitness program.  Parkour  includes running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling and quadrupedal movement.  Parkour involves using various movements to navigate the environment.  Creative Movement is collaborating with JHS 157 to provide our students with this wonderful opportunity to enjoy physical fitness in a new and exciting way.

Parkour will take place each Monday afternoon from 2:30PM-4:30PM here at JHS 157.  The program will begin on Monday, May 7, 2018 and will continue through June 11, 2018.  If a students registers to participate in the program, it is expected that the child will attend each session.

Sessions are as follows: 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11

Please click below for the permission slip. Fill it out and return it to the main office ASAP



We need as many volunteers as possible to make this better for the students.  There is a link to a survey to fill out out below. The survey is going to help us identify the different careers, the availability for each day and the necessary items needed to make a presentation.

If you send this out to family and friends and they are interested in participating, please have them fill out the survey with their contact information and availability and respond by FRIDAY, MAY 5TH so we can start gathering and planning.

The following link is the survey:


We need as many volunteers as possible to make this better for the students.  There is a link to a survey to fill out out below. The survey is going to help us identify the different careers, the availability for each day and the necessary items needed to make a presentation.

If you send this out to family and friends and they are interested in participating, please have them fill out the survey with their contact information and availability and respond by FRIDAY, MAY 5TH so we can start gathering and planning.

The following link is the survey:

Chess Club – See Mr. Freydin
Yoga with a Twist – See Ms. Palmieri
Parkour – See Mr. Suraci
Soccer/Football – See Mr. Kagen
Creative Writing – See Mrs. Mager


STEM Opportunity


I would like to tell you about STEM Prodigy Lab and it’s upcoming work in the community. STEM Prodigy Lab offers enriching and engaging educational programs in STEM. Through partnerships with schools, we provide programming and robotics classes for curious and aspiring students in the New York Metropolitan area which fosters essential skills necessary for various fields in STEM.
With our partnership with the Forest Hills Robo Rangers Robotics Team and Halsey Bulldog Robotics Team, we have learned about this opportunity!  There will be an open house on Monday, April 30th from 3PM – 5PM and Saturday, May 19th from 1PM to 3PM.  STEM Prodigy Lab is located at:  108-23 Jewel Ave, Flushing, NY 11375
For further information:  email Ms. P. Elfers @

National Assistant Principals Week

NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators have declared the week of April 9-13, 2018 , as National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students in schools across the United States.

I would like to take a moment and say THANK YOU on behalf of the entire Halsey Family for the amazing job our Assistant Principals here at Halsey JHS 157 do on a daily basis. They are real life superheroes.

Halsey Bulldog Robotics Team

Announcing recruitment for the 6th graders for our Halsey Bulldog Robotics Team.  See our application below.  We will have a short meeting on Monday, March 26th following PM homeroom in Rm 219 for those that can attend.  If not, they may obtain an application from Ms. Elfers in Rm 301 or fill out the one below and return to Ms. Elfers ASAP.

Halsey Bulldogs Robotics Team permission slip 2018

Stephen A, Halsey JHS 157 Q – Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Stephen A. Halsey
Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Happy Friday Halsey Family. Spring Break is right around the corner. Our last day of school is Thursday, March 29th. Friday, March 30th is the start of Spring Break and it ends on April 6th. We return to school on Monday, April 9th.

Parent School SurveysAs a parent, your feedback on the Learning Environment Survey helps principals and school leaders work to improve your child’s school. Survey results also contribute to your school’s annual Progress Report grade. It is imperative that all our families complete the survey. You can take the survey online or fill out the paper survey and return it to school with your child. Each family will complete just ONE survey. So if you have 3180 children you would only complete just ONE.

You can visit the website to take the Parent Survey at the following link but you will need your ACCESS CODE in order to complete the survey. I have your ACCESS CODES and it will also be printed on your paper survey. If you would like me to send you your ACCESS CODE please just shoot me an e-mail with your child’s name and class and I will get it to you ASAP.

Once you receive your paper survey you could still complete it online by using the ACCESS CODE  listed on the survey.

The survey is available in 10 languages so please click on the language you are most comfortable using.



Parent Engagement Trip: USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Museum


Saturday, April 14th 2018
Saturday, April 28th 2018
Saturday, May 5th 2018

We are excited to continue our 2017-2018 “Involved Parent = Successful Student” Initiative. Our next parent/student/staff trip will be to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum located at Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036.

This trip will consist of THREE different dates: 04/14/18, 04/28/18, and 05/5/18. You may select ONLY ONE DATE. We encourage students and their parents to join us in this amazing opportunity.

We will be traveling together by school bus to and from the Intrepid Museum. The bus will leave from Halsey Junior High School at 10:30 am. Parents please arrive no later than 10:00 am.

There is still plenty of space left to sign up for one of the 3 trips to the USS Intrepid Museum. We have limited space left for the April 14th trip though so if you want in on that day make sure you get us a permission slip as soon as possible.

Click here for the PERMISSION SLIP


•March 27th – C.I.T.E. Parent Workshop – Test Taking Anxiety – 7pm
•March 30th – April 6th – Spring Break
•April 10th – PTA Meeting – 7pm
•April 11th, 12th, 13th – ELA State Test
•April 14th – Parent Engagement Trip – Intrepid Air, Space, Sea museum
•April 17th – C.I.T.E. Parent Workshop – Adolescent Social Development – 7pm
•April 28th – Parent Engagement Trip – Intrepid Air, Space, Sea Museum
•May 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Math State Test
•May 5th – Parent Engagement Trip – Intrepid Air, Space, Sea Museum
To Be Announced – C.I.T.E. parent workshop – Summer Educational Engagement – 7pm

The Office of School Wellness Programs Student Contest: Stand Up for School Wellness

The new 2018 School Wellness Campaign Contest is open, giving all K-12 DOE public school students the opportunity to create a campaign or public service announcement (PSA) about a school health or wellness issue they care about.

Prizes include:
– a free school mural created in partnership with Groundswell
– field trips, t-shirts printed with the winning design
– other surprises!

The student winners in the song, spoken word, and video categories gets to work with Hip Hop Public Health and professional producers to produce a free track for their video. Download this flyer to promote the poster contest at your school or office! Application deadline is March 19, 2018.

To enter, download elementary (K-5) or secondary (6-12) entry forms for each student and follow the instructions in the contest guidelines. For more information, contact

Rehearsal Schedule for Week of March 19

Mon. March 19 Tues. March 20 Wed. March 21 Thurs. Mar.22
Chorus Room
All Cast & Ensemble
Dance 2:30-5pm
All Cast & Ensemble
Acting- 2:30-4:30pm
All Cast & Ensemble
Acting – 2:30-4:30pm
All Cast & Ensemble

Please keep in mind that while we will try to end on time, rehearsals may run a bit over as we are continuously to revising and refining our performance work.  A famous Director saying during rehearsals is: “ONE MORE TIME!!!”

13 Days Till Opening Day! Who else is pumped up for the return of the Boys of Summer?

Did You Know?

Only 49% of Halsey families completed the Parent Survey last school year?  I know we can top that folks!

INCLUDEnyc Live: I think my child has dyslexia. What now?

Learn what the evaluation process for dyslexia is like, what happens once a child receives an official diagnosis, how it affects their individualized education program (IEP), your rights as a parent, and recent amendments to New York education law specific to learning disabilities.

When: Wednesday, March 14th – 12pm to 1pm
Register here!


* If you complete your Parent Survey your friends will think you are cool.
* 9 out of 10 Doctors recommend completing your school survey.
* Completion of your Parent Survey will bring up your approval rating amongst 10-13 year old’s.
* Your child could win an amazing prize.
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* If you complete your survey the Force will be with you.
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We have some great Spring After School Programs to watch out for. Look for PARKOUR, CREATIVE WRITING, CHESS, SOCCER, and DANCE (IN OUR NEW DANCE STUDIO ON THE 3RD FLOOR!)

This Weeks Trivia Question: When did the first New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade take place?

Last Weeks Trivia Question: What type of animal is Rafiki from the Disney movie The Lion King?

A. Baboon
B. Mandrill
C. Tamarin
D. Spider Monkey




On Wednesday, March 14th, students across the country are organizing a walkout for 17 minutes beginning at 10:00 am, in honor of the seventeen lives lost during the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. According to the organizers, the purpose of the walkout is to draw attention to the important issue of school safety, peace and kindness in schools, and the value of inclusion (Please see the attached Letter from Chancellor Farina)

Respecting students’ first amendment rights and freedom of speech and assembly, the faculty and administration at JHS 157 will not impede the efforts of those students who feel compelled to demonstrate their concern by walking out from class. However, the decision to walkout is one that should be made collaboratively between students and their parents. If you wish to allow your child to participate, please let them know. If you do not wish your child to participate, let them know as well.

That said, there are parameters that will be put into place in order to ensure a peaceful, respectful, and safe environment for all, whether participating or not. Please note the enforcement of the following expectations for students who choose to walk out from class at 10:00 am on March 14th for 17 minutes:

*Students must exit their classroom in a quiet and organized manner with no disruption to the learning environment of those choosing to remain in class.
*Students will go down to the cafeteria and must exit, quietly, from the CAFETERIA into the schoolyard ONLY.
*Students will assemble in the schoolyard. Students will not be permitted on the sidewalks or streets adjacent to our school. Students who “walkout” will be supervised by faculty and staff members in the school yard who are not otherwise occupied.
*Students must return to class at the conclusion of the walkout, entering only through the CAFETERIA. Students will return to their third period class upon the conclusion of the walkout.
*Parents, and all other visitors, will not be permitted in the building during the walkout. No students will be permitted to leave or enter the building from any other door except through the cafeteria

While we will not take away the opportunity for students to participate in the walkout, we are planning civics activities and conversations during 3rd period on Wednesday (the time of the walkout). All teachers scheduled to teach will remain in the classroom. Students who choose to remain in class will engage in a variety of planned activities, including reading about how adolescents have been calling for change, how teens have partnered with parents to have their voices heard, and how a pair of parents have been using a clothing line to foster social awareness in kids. These will all be followed by opportunities for the students themselves to creatively plan how they can have their own voices heard.

Students watch the video embedded in the NYTimes Web Page “A ‘Mass Shooting Generation’ Cries Out for Change”( , then read the article itself. Students then brainstorm ideas and messages they would like to share with others, and add them to a class-generated chart (or charts).

Students read the article “Parkland Teens are Motivating Parents to Promise They’ll Vote for Their Safety Over Gun Rights,” ( then discuss and list ideas for how they can partner with their parents to have their voices heard.

Students read about the “Little Activists” clothing line ( , then create their own designs to address any of the issues they feel affect students their age.

We will submit our plan to the 112th precinct Community Affairs Department and to the NYPD Division of School Safety, and we will request police presence at points around the perimeter of the yard so that we can have an additional layer of safety and supervision.

We are looking forward to a positive and productive school day of March 14th.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.


Vincent Suraci
Principal JHS 157

Below is the letter to the Parents from the Chancellor in English, Spanish, Chinese, & Arabic:

chancellor farina parent #enough letter english

chancellor farina letter spanish

chancellor farina letter chinese

chancellor farina letter arabic


Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

So I was thinking to myself “what will I do if we have a slow week and do not have much to report back on?”  Then I realized that is impossible because something is always happening at Halsey JHS 157. We have an update on our Musical which takes place later in the school year, we have ELA and Math updates, Box Tops updates, Volleyball updates, PARENT SURVEYS, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society update, and so much more.

(Left to Right) Super Girl Schiano, Wonder Woman Lisa, Superman Suraci, Bat Woman Napolitano,
God of Thunder Dechongkit

This week I had the opportunity to sit in some meetings and see our Assistant Principals in action. I cannot tell you how amazing our faculty is. You will not find a stronger team of Assistant Principals than the ones we have here at Halsey with Mrs. Lisa, Mrs. Schiano, Mrs. Napolitano, and Mr. Dechongkit. You see that picture above? It is accurate. Each one of our AP’s and Principal is a Superhero. The amount of responsibility they have undertaken and the high level of performance they give back is admirable.

Halsey JHS 157 and our students are truly blessed to have such an amazing leadership team.

parent surveys are coming!

Survey administration opens on February 12, 2018 and runs through March 23, 2018.

It is imperative that all parents complete the school survey once it is available. The results help us make the necessary changes the school and students need for the future.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fundraiser (LLS) began this past Monday and you will not believe how amazing the Halsey Community is. Our school goal provided by LLS was $2,018. As of writing this we have raised over $4500 with about 2 weeks to go. The level of pride I have in our students, families, and faculty is tremendous. Everyone should be very proud of themselves. 

On Tuesday, February 13th 2018 Halsey will be hosting the Stuck for a Buck Day where students can donate a dollar to LLS and receive a piece of duct tape. If they donate $3 they will receive 3 pieces of duct tape and so forth. The students will be duct taping a couple of teachers to the wall after school! It is a fun way to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the students will have a blast doing it.

In order to facilitate this event in an orderly manner tickets will be sold to purchase the duct tape. Each grade will have a set day as to when they can purchase their tickets that they can turn in for the duct tape the day of the event.

6th Grade – Tuesday, February 6th
7th Grade – Wednesday, February 7th
8th Grade – Thursday, February 8th

LLS provided us with a couple of pictures from other schools who have done Stuck for a Buck:

Its gonna be a lot of fun so make sure to send in some dollar bills with your children on February 13th!

The PTA will be hosting a fundraiser next week. The Chocolate Lollipop and Bake Sale will take place on Monday, February 12th and Tuesday, February 13th during the students lunch periods. The lollipops are home baked and will cost $2 each.The lollipops will be distributed on Valentines Day – Wednesday, February 14th.

The next PTA meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00am.

The next SLT meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:15am.

ELA and Math Test Prep have begun this week.

ELA will be on Wednesdays after school from 2:20 pm until 4:30 pm
Math will be on Thursdays after school from 2:20 pm until 4:30 pm

All students should have received their room assignments from their teachers already. If they have not received their room assignments please have them speak to their ELA and or Math teacher.

So the big reveal came out that Ms. Schwarz and her amazing students will be performing Once on This Island. We will be posting weekly updates regarding the rehearsal schedule. Please check it out below:

Mon. Feb.5 Tues. Feb 6 Wed. Feb.7 Thurs. Feb 8
All Cast & Ensemble
Dance- 2:30-4:30pm
All Cast & Ensemble
Acting- 2:30-4pm
All Cast & Ensemble
Vocal- 2:30-3:45pm
Chorus Room

Please keep in mind that while we will try to end on time, rehearsals may run a bit over as we are continuously to revising and refining our performance work.  A famous Director saying during rehearsals is:“ONE MORE TIME!!!”

Congratulations to classes 694, 794, and 994 for their outstanding play in the Adapted Phys-Ed Volleyball Tournament for District 28. They played against 5 other schools at MS. 74 in Bayside.

The A-Team won the Gold Medal and the B-Team won Silver. We are very proud of them all.

Some News From Band and Chorus

The following students  participated in MEANYC Middle School All-County Music Festival this weekend:

Band Students
Tanis Mui
Madeleine Noreen
Rena Chen
Jonathan Khaimov
Cullen Anderson 
Julie Grandchamp
Joseph Rubenov
Congratulations to them all!
Chorus Students

Emma Maseng 823

Sophia Kumar 821

Emily Degennaro 824

Sena Ucaroglu 823

Olivia Rikabi 822

Maejie Balansag 825

Lukas Galfano 807

Anushka Sharma 824

Aliza Sayed 724

Khando Shyiganyingpa 726

Ruvy Chigiji 721

Sofia Barrenechea 721

Computer Talents News

Several students that placed 1st and 2nd from our Halsey Hackathon in December, had the opportunity to compete borough-wide this weekend at Queens College with the CS4ALL Hack League.  Here are some pictures:

The results are in for Halsey’s Box Top Challenge!

Our first place homeroom winners are…

6th grade: Ms. Patel’s 623 homeroom class with 324 box tops

7th grade: Ms. Daresta’s 726 homeroom class with 254 box tops

8th grade: Mr. Lober’s 824 homeroom class with 334 box tops

We collected over 3000 box tops school wide. Thanks to everyone who participated!

A few of our Social Studies classes were visited on Friday by Alexander Hamilton Monaco.


February 12th and 13th – PTA Chocolate Lollipop Fundraiser

February 13th – PTA Meeting – 7:00 PM

February 14th – SLT Meeting – 7:15 AM

February 14th – Chocolate Lollipop Distribution

February 16th – February 25th – Mid-Winter Recess

February 18th – Halsey Bulldog Robotics Competition @ The Dalton School

Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157

Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Hi Halsey Family. It has been a pretty quiet week. We do have a couple of things to update you on but I would like to start by taking a look back at an amazing 5 months here at Halsey.

Our Principal Mr. Suraci has been instrumental in making sure Halsey JHS 157 and its students are engaged, prepared to tackle the challenge of education are thinking about empathy. Under his guidance we have been able to host a number of fundraisers and events to help the young people understand what empathy means – the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Mr. Suraci has also stressed how important school pride and being involved in extra-curricular activities can be. Along with his Assistant Principals, Guidance Counselors, Deans, Teachers, School Aides, Secretaries, Custodians, Security, and even his Parent Coordinator, Halsey has been able to achieve a lot this year and set high standards for our school community.

Here is a list of what we have accomplished and are currently hosting for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • We hosted a Toy Drive raising 8 large garbage bags full of unopened new toys for the Hantz Family Foundation.
  • We hosted a Food Drive collecting over 500 pounds of Food for the needy with City Harvest.
  • We are raising money for the school using Box Tops and the Shoparoo App.
  • Our Guidance Counselors worked with Mr. Suraci on our Respect for All week.
  • The PTA has worked closely with our Principal as they hosted a number of fundraisers for the school as well, including:
    • The Chipotle event
    • Candy Cane sale
    • Election Day Bake sale
    • Lemon Ice King sale
    • The upcoming Chocolate Heart Lollipop sale
    • The Spirit Wear sale which shows our school pride.


  • Mr. Suraci worked with Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz to get the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus back at Halsey.

Halsey has provided a number of after-school activities including

  • Math Team & Math Club
  • Debate Team & Debate Club
  • Robotics Team
  • MOUSE Squad
  • Peer Mediation Program
  • Girls Volleyball Team
  • Boys & Girls Basketball Teams
  • Cooking Club
  • Gingerbread House Challenge – (STEM)
  • Halsey Hack-A-Thons
  • Hosted the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Math Competition
  • Chorus and Band Concerts
  • Trip to see the movie Wonder
  • Parent Engagement Trips
    • Queens County Farm
    • One World Observatory
    • USS Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum
  • Flag Football
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • College Awareness Program
  • Spirit Week
  • Halloween Party
  • Crazy Sweater Day
  • Select Chorus & Inter-Generational Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • NYS ELA & Math Test Prep
  • 6th Grade Study Skills Program
  • GSA Program – Gay/Straight Alliance
  • AND Mr. Suraci will be chaperoning our Language Departments trip to Spain!

We are thrilled to say that we have 3 more amazing fundraisers that are about to go down. I have e-mailed everyone about them but just a quick refresher:

1. St. Jude Math-A-Thon – Our students will use math and help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
2. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – In honor of one of our 8th grade students will be raising money to help fight cancer.
3. Coat Drive – Coats can be donated and brought in to the collection box in the lobby by the auditorium.

Throw in the daily grind of what a Principal needs to do and be on top of and we have one spectacular leader here at Halsey JHS 157…….And we still have 5 months left before the end of the school year! Nothing gets done without the guidance, support, and leadership of our Principal Mr. Suraci.

Mr. Suraci would like to introduce everyone to the Halsey JHS 157 Bulldog MASCOT!!!! He does not have a name yet but will soon when we host a Mascot Naming Contest in the Spring! Send along any suggestions your children have for names and maybe it will win!


Access for Young Women (AFYW) is now in its 24th
year of providing valuable leadership opportunities
to young women ages 11-18. The program has
demonstrated proven results in increasing girl’s selfesteem,
academic performance, leadership skills, and
knowledge of gender issues.

AFYW provides an intensive 30 week leadership
development curriculum that includes training in
public speaking, problem solving, goal setting and
critical thinking. The young women also address
important issues affecting their lives such as body
image, identity, global issues, relationships, and
social media. The program culminates with an
Annual Youth Leadership Conference organized and
facilitated by the young women to educate their
peers and spread awareness on issues of importance
to them.

Interested participants may apply by emailing Sarah
Faber, Leadership Coordinator at
for an application.

Questions? 718-592-5757 x221 & ask for Sarah

Please click here for the flyer
Please click here for the registration form


All coats/jackets that have been in the lost and found for over 3 weeks will be donated to the coat drive. Please have your children stop by the Lost and Found as soon as possible to check for lost coats/jackets

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser Update

The goal assigned to Halsey JHS 157 by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Soceity was $2,018 for the year 2018. Our fundraiser is due to begin on Monday, June 29th but we sent out all the materials and collection boxes early so we got a head start. We have already raised almost $1000!!!!!!

KUDOS go out to Mrs. Forgione’s class 603 for raising over $300 so far and major PROPS go out to Mr. Sarris’ 723 class for raising over $200 so far. We even had two 8th grade students raise over $75 just by themselves within their own building.

Those totals are just 2 classes and 2 students. I have not collected and counted over 40 boxes for this week yet. We are so proud of the students at Halsey JHS 157. Keep up the great work!

For the second straight year Mr. Suraci brought in the Peer Mediation Program in collaboration with the NYC Commission for Human Rights.

The focus of the program was to train students to be peer mediators and dispute resolution specialists, which would be a great addition to their school and community.  Benefits of this program include the ability to resolve conflicts and prevent future disputes, cultivating life skills such as patience, persistence, active listening, and problem solving to increase self-esteem.  By modeling effective alternatives to violence and threats, students promote greater tolerance, empathy, and understanding.

The training process consisted of eight training sessions, with a graduation ceremony on the ninth week.  Upon completion students were certified as peer mediators, and will be given the opportunity to serve as mediators in Halsey, should dispute resolution situations arise.  The program facilitators were Mrs. Martello and Mr. Freydin.

The ceremony was fantastic and seeing the young people displaying a sense of accomplishment and a willingness to help their fellow peers was truly a wonderful sight to see. To say we are proud of them is an understatement.

We have to give so much credit to Mr. Freydin and Mrs. Martello as they guided the students through this 9 week process. We should all be proud of Mr. Freydin & Mrs. Martello and what they helped our students accomplish.

The 2017-2018 Halsey JHS 157 Peer Mediators: Cait Dory

Samayra Diaz

Samantha Diaz

Audrey Peng

Jack Gold

Isaac Iskhakov

Nicolas Guana

Mohammad Huraira

Bryan Wang

Rami Mansi

Vivianne Bednarek

Yangzom Noga Tenzin

Tejashwi Karki

Isabella Dzhanov

Eve Yuabov

Magalis Vinas


Halsey was visited by one of our retired teachers – Mr. Elliot Berkowitz. Mr. Berkowitz was a Science teacher for 33 years here at Halsey. He shared so many great stories as he toured the school and remembered me from my days here as a student.

Welcome Home Mr. Berkowitz.


January 26th – St. Jude Math-A-Thon Begins

January 29th – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser Begins

January 31st – Report Cards Distributed

January 31st – ELA Test Prep Begins (2:45 PM – 4:30 PM)

February 1st – Math Test Prep Begins (2:45 PM- 4:30 PM)

February 12th and 13th – PTA Chocolate Lollipop Fundraiser

February 13th – PTA Meeting – 7:00 PM

February 14th – SLT Meeting – 7:15 AM

February 14th – Chocolate Lollipop Distribution

February 16th – February 25th – Mid-Winter Recess

Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Happy Friday Halsey Family!

Hope you had a wonderful week and enjoyed the day off on Monday for Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  On to our updates.

Ms. Soberman and Ms. Brady would like to congratulate the entire Halsey Math team on an excellent performance this weekend. The students competed in the 14th Annual MLK Math Club competition right here at Halsey! Great job to Elisabeth Horn, Kirsten Moy,  Matthew Ferencz, and Timothy Wang who all placed in the top 10 of their grades! And a huge Congratulations to William Vongphanith, who was not only the 7th grade first place winner, but the overall competition winner!

It was the first year Halsey hosted the MLK Math Competition and as expected the school did a wonderful job. Congratulations to Vice Principal Mrs. Schiano, Ms. Soberman, Ms, Brady and the rest of the Halsey faculty who helped make this event a great one.


The season of giving has ended but the need is still there. Here at Halsey JHS 157 we strive to do all we can to teach our students about the importance of giving back. We are about to embark on a few more fundraisers before we get into NY State Test season.

* Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Pennies for Patients” – In honor of one of our 8th grade students who was diagnosed with Leukemia we will be hosting this fundraiser. Students will be given small collection boxes to collect change. They will then deposit it in their homeroom collection box. The homeroom with the most money collected will win a prize.

Every homeroom will have their own web page. To find your classroom and donate follow these steps:

1. and click on FIND YOUR SCHOOL
2. In the search engine where it says CITY enter REGO PARK and click FIND
3. Jr High School 157 Stephen A Halsey will show on the list and click it
4. From there you will be on the school website and you can search for your classroom and register on it.

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

2018 Coat Drive  – Spearheaded by two 6th grade students, Ronald Vijay of class 624 and Dilan Harrop Williams of class 624, Halsey JHS will be collecting coats in our 2018 Coat Drive. The Coat Drive will begin on Monday, January 22nd, 2018. Collection boxes will be stationed in the lobby by the auditorium for drop off. All coats will be donated to the Salvation Army.


St. Jude Math-A-Thon – St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The St. Jude Math-A-Thon will begin Thursday, January 25th 2018 and will run until February 27th, 2018. Last year Halsey JHS 157 finished 53rd in the nation in fundraising during our Math-A-Thon. Lets surpass it this year! You children will be coming home with information on the St. Jude Math-A-Thon very shortly so please stay tuned for more….

Just like the LLS fundraiser the St. Jude Math-A-Thon will also have a school website where everyone can donate to. You can find our school by following these steps:

1. Click on the website
3. Sign up and make it happen!

Let me introduce you to Mr. Monaco, one of our Social Studies teachers. He’s a fantastic teacher who engages his students in ways you do not see too often. He has a closet full of costumes which he will wear based on the lesson plan or holiday that we are celebrating.

Here is Judge Monaco as he teachers a lesson on the Supreme Court. The second picture is of Christoher Columbus Monaco as he taught a lesson on explorer Christopher Columbus.

I wish I had teachers like Mr. Monoco when I was a student many moons ago. He’s a credit to our school and a blessing to all his students.

Stay tuned for this new feature each week as we celebrate our amazing teachers here at Halsey Jr. High School.

Halsey JHS 157 has their own website which can be found The page is updated frequently and you can see all the happenings and news at our website.

If you click on Staff Directory you can find every teacher and administrators e-mail address if you need to contact someone.

Click here for the Staff Directory

The Halsey PTA has a Facebook Page! Everyone should head on over and like the page. You can find out a lot of information there as well.

Click here for the PTA Facebook page:

With February right around the corner look for the next PTA fundraiser – the Chocolate Lollipop sale! On February 12th and February 13th chocolate lollipops will be on sale in the cafeteria during all lunch periods. They will be distributed on Valentines Day – February 14th.

The Spirit Wear orders will arrive Friday morning and be filled the same day. We apologize for the delay. We had a really large order and it took the printer some time to put it all together. We appreciate you supporting the Halsey PTA and rocking your Halsey spirit wear.

The Debate Team competed this past 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

In Public Forum: For the Top School category, Halsey Bulldogs won 10th place out of 30 schools. For the Top Team Category, our eighth grade team made up of Etiha Ahmed and Haardi Patel finished 10th out of 50 teams. For the Top Speaker category, Joyitha Mandal of class 723 won 18th place and Etiha Ahmed of class 823 won 6th place out of 100+ speakers.

The Halsey competitive debate team on Saturday had a competition and in the parliamentary debate finished in 6th place overall as a school. Ellis Rubin class 824, Larry Ejiofor class 726, and Jack Gold class 621finished in 17th out of 50 teams competing. Amirijon Rasulov class 822, Het class 822 and Max Pisarek class 826 finished 4th out of 50 teams and winning all three rounds against their opponents.

Congratulations to all our students on the debate team. This was their 2nd competition and have showed great improvement already.

Do not forget to sign up for the ELA and Math Test Prep classes. Space is limited so it is first come first serve. All students should have received the permission slip for both test prep classes and they should be returned to your ELA and Math teachers as soon as possible.

Click here for the ELA Test Prep Permission Slip

Click here for the Math Test Prep Permission Slip

Do not send them to your parent coordinator!


Parents-Do YOU like to sing?

For the third year, Ms. Shikowitz is continuing our Inter-generational Choir. Parents, teachers, students, family, and friends come together every other Monday from 5:00-6:00 PM and sing together in a choir. Rehearsals begin after February  break. You don’t have to be an amazing singer, and everyone is welcome, no matter the age or talent program.

Please click here for the permission slip and schedule:
Inter-generational Choir

E-mail Ms. Shikowitz at for more information.

This past Saturday, January 13th, the Halsey Bulldogs Robotics team had a competition at Francis Lewis High School accompanied by parents, Mr. Lober and Ms. Elfers.   There were a total of 30 teams competing.  We are thrilled to report that JHS 157 came in 2nd place!  We were also nominated for an award called the Connect Award, but we did not qualify.  Maybe next time!  Here are a few pics from the event.