Parent Coordinator Weekly Update


Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157
Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

What is this?! A Parent Coordinator Weekly Update on a Thursday? I have a meeting tomorrow so I will not be in the office until approximately 1:00 pm. So here it is for you on a Thursday!

Thanksgiving is almost here! I love Thanksgiving for so many reasons:

  • The food is phenomenal.
  • I get to watch Football, classic television shows
  • Most importantly I have so much to be thankful for. One of which is the opportunity to spend my work days with some amazing colleagues, wonderful students, and of course the best parents anyone could have asked for.

So with that in mind do not forget that schools are closed next Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th for Thanksgiving Recess.
Next week’s update will come out on Wednesday and most likely be a short one.


Study Skills Program Update

Study Skills will be CLOSED on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017. The program will come to an end on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017. Any questions please contact Mr. Plummer at APlummer@schools.nyc.gov



Ballroom Dancing Program

On Tuesday, October 14th, our Ballroom Dance Program put on a wonderful performance for their parents, our faculty and everyone who came to the PTA meeting. Thank you to the Dance Reverie Dance Studio for working with our students! You can check out their website here: http://www.dancereverie.com

Here are 2 clips – one from each group. Click the pictures below…

Click Here for a Video clip
Click Here for a Video clip


The Halsey Technology Department will be holding a Hackathon on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  If your child is interested, please fill out the form attached.  Parents are welcome to join us at 2:30 PM in the auditorium for presentations and awards ceremony.

You may ask, “What is a Hackathon,” well “a hackathon is an event, usually hosted by a tech company or organization (our school), where programmers (or learners in our case) get together for a short period of time to collaborate on a project or solve a problem through programming.  Hackathons are a lot of fun and are a great learning experience.  If you wish for your child to attend, please return the consent form to me, Ms. Elfers no later than Friday, November 10th in Room 301.  If I am not in my room, your child may slip it under my door.  There is a limited number of participants allowed so they will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

Any questions please email me at pelfers@schools.nyc.gov

 

Halsey Hackathon Animal Rescue Permission Note


In our Science Department, Ms. Sheleg had her students studying Newton’s First Law – An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. The students were placed in teams and were tasked with creating a ramp with obstacles. They placed a marble at the top of the ramp. The marble that completed the obstacle course the slowest was the winner.

Check out the video’s of 4 student projects (2 races) as they race marbles to see who’s project was the slowest.
Click here for Video 1

 Click here for Video 2

 


Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Halsey Hackathon – Animal Rescue

The Halsey Technology Department will be holding a Hackathon on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  If your child is interested, please fill out the form attached.  Parents are welcome to join us at 2:30 PM in the auditorium for presentations and awards ceremony.

You may ask, “What is a Hackathon,” well “a hackathon is an event, usually hosted by a tech company or organization (our school), where programmers (or learners in our case) get together for a short period of time to collaborate on a project or solve a problem through programming.  Hackathons are a lot of fun and are a great learning experience.  If you wish for your child to attend, please return the consent form to me, Ms. Elfers ASAP in Room 301.  If I am not in my room, your child may slip it under my door.  There is a limited number of participants allowed so they will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

Any questions please email me at pelfers@schools.nyc.gov

 

Hackathon Permission Slip

Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Hey Folks. Hope you are having a Halsey-Riffic week. Am I the only one who is extremely happy its Friday?

 On behalf of the entire staff at Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157, we would like to say thank you to all our Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice to this nation.


At 6:30pm in the Auditorium there will be a performance from our Ballroom Dancing Program. All families are welcome to attend!

Immediately following the Ballroom Dancing………

Will be the next PTA meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

The meeting will take place in the Auditorium!

We will have a special guest speaker this month – Mrs. Ellen Bregstein from Forest Hills High School Assistant Principal Pupil Personnel Services (Guidance) & Programming to discuss the High School Admissions Process.We will also hear about a very special opportunity for our 7th grade students – a trip to Washington, DC! Principal Suraci and Assistant Principal Mr. Dechongkit will be on hand to provide the information.

Please click here to view the entire agenda:

Click here for PTA Agenda


Our PTA stepped up AGAIN and held a fundraiser with Chipotle on Austin Street and they hosted a bake sale at the school on Election Day. They raised over $1700 for the school and our children. We have an amazing and motivated group of parents who are making sure our children have the best experience we can provide. All the money they raise goes back to the school to help with our talent departments, transportation for trips, new air conditioners for the classrooms, fun events and so much more.

Halsey Spirit Wear is still on sale! Make sure to purchase your spirit wear and represent the Bulldogs!


DUE TO THE BALLROOM DANCE PERFORMANCE AND THE PTA MEETING OUR PARENT COORDINATOR WORKSHOP WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS MONTH. THE DIRECTOR OF THE TEEN OUTREACH HOT SPOTS PROGRAM, MRS. TABITHA GAMONSKI, WILL COME IN AND SPEAK ABOUT ALL THE FREE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE AT QCH.


Parent Teacher Conferences are almost here. November 30th, 2017. We will have TWO sessions:12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

No appointment is needed. Just come during one of the sessions. Everyone should have a copy of their children’s schedule but if you do not just see one of your wonderful Halsey staff members located in the lobby. We will also provide a list of teachers and where you can find them.


Parent-Teacher Conference Checklists

Before the conference

  • Ask your child how she feels about school.
  • Ask your child if there is anything that he/she wants you to talk about with his/her teacher.
  • Tell your child that you and the teacher are meeting to help him/her.
  • Make a list of topics that you want to talk about with the teacher.
  • Prepare a list of questions such as:
  • 1. What are my child’s strongest and weakest attributes in this class?
    2. Does my child hand homework in on time?
    3. Does my child participate in class?
    4. Does my child seem happy at school?
    5. What can I do at home to help?

During the conference

  • Be on time (or early) for the meeting.
  • End the meeting on time. Other parents will have a conference after yours.
  • Relax and be yourself.
  • Stay calm during the conference.
  • Ask the most important questions first.
  • If your child receives special services, ask about your child’s progress in those classes.
  • Ask for explanations of anything you don’t understand
  • Ask your child’s teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.
  • Thank the teacher.

After the conference

  • Talk about the conference with your child.
  • Talk about the positive points, and be direct about problems.
  • Tell your child about any plans you and the teacher created.
  • Keep in touch with the teacher during the school year.

We are excited to continue our 2017-2018 “Involved Parent = Successful Student” Initiative. Our second parent/student/staff trip will be to One World Observatory located at 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10006 on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.

We encourage students and their parents to join us in this amazing opportunity to see their Global Welcome Center and see your city of origin appear in real time, learn about the rise of One World Trade Center, as told by those who built it, explore the bedrock upon which the city is built, ride to the top of the Freedom Tower – Climb 102 stories in 47 seconds. This astonishing ride reveals the transformation of New York City from unsettled lands to today’s remarkable forest of skyscrapers. One World Trade Center is also known as the Freedom Tower.

We will be traveling together by school bus to and from the One World Observatory. The bus will leave from Halsey Junior High School at 11:00 am. Parents please arrive no later than 10:45 am.

Please fill out the attached permission slip and return it to the Main Office or to the Parent Coordinator no later than November 15th, 2017.

 Space is limited and we are on a first come first serve basis.

We hope to see you at this very special event!

Click Here for the Permission Slip 


The Food Drive at Halsey JHS 157 has begun. We have partnered up with City Harvest and the NY Daily News to collect food for the needy. We are asking for anyone who is capable of donating food to please help lend a hand. The food that City Harvest have determined were needed most are:

Soup
Peanut Butter (plastic jars only)
Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruit
Hot/Cold Cereal
Juice Boxes
Tuna Fish

Here is where we are at after one week. Not bad:

 

 

On Thursday, November 16, smokers across the nation will take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.” This is a great opportunity to quit, or to encourage someone you know to quit smoking even just for that day.
By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their risk of cancer and heart disease.
Quitting smoking can help you:

  • Breathe more easily
  • Save money
  • Have an improved sense of smell
  • Have clearer skin
  • Have whiter teeth
  • Have a better sense of taste
  • Have more energy
  • Have fewer sick days
  • Have better breath
  • Have a healthier and longer life
Need help? Call 347-396-2878 to enroll in the Employee Smoking Cessation Assistance Program (ESCAPE), which is available to ALL New York City government employees and their families.
 ESCAPE offers the following quit-smoking support, FREE of charge:

  • Medications (nicotine patch, gum and lozenge, Zyban® (bupropion) and Chantix® (varenicline))
  • Confidential counseling provided by trained specialists in-person or by phone

Click Below for the Updated November School Calendar

Updated November School Calendar

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

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!