Week 2

Week 2 in the books!

Good Day Halsey Family! We hope you have had a Halsey-riffic week. The first 2 weeks of school have now passed and soon we will be thinking about hurricanes, snow storms, Spring, the end of school and Summer! Yes it goes that fast…sometimes. We have some exciting things coming up so lets get this party started…..

Monday, September 17th 2018 Pupil Path will go online. Each student will receive an invitation letter that will include details on how to register. If you already have registered and are having problems logging in please contact Mr. Blanco at RBlanco@schools.nyc.gov

September 20th 2018! 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

Come on down and meet your children’s teachers! The day will begin in the auditorium and you will hear from the most electrifying Principal in the Galaxy Mr. Suraci. You will then get to follow your children’s schedule and meet each of your teachers and hear about what they will be learning.

8th grade families are invited to attend a special workshop with Ms. Shriki on the new HS application process as well as the new SHSAT registration process.

Ms. Soberman will be holding the math team tryout test on Wednesday September 26 at 2:30 in room 315. Any student interested in joining the Math team please see Ms. Soberman and show up on time for the test that day!



Fall_2018_High_School_Fair_Flyer (Click here for the flyer about the HS application process)

The PTA will be at Halsey JHS 157 on Back to School Night – September 20th selling Halsey Spirit Wear! I have seen the new apparel and it really is looking great. The new logo with full color pops off the shirts, sweatpants, hoodies, and shorts. Spirit Wear will be available all year long as long as supplies last. They move really quickly so I would come on down during Back to School Night and get yours while you can!

Please come down and make your voice heard. The PTA success is dependent on the participation of all the parents at Halsey.

Make these important PTA dates on your calendar:

Spirit wear sales during Open School Night – Thursday, September 20th at 4:30PM
Chipotle Fundraiser: Monday, September 24th 4PM – 8PM
First meeting: Wednesday, September 26 @ 7PMShake Shack Fundraiser – Monday, Oct 15th – Time to be announced

Select Chorus auditions are on Monday, September 17th from 2:30-3:45 PM. If your child takes the yellow school bus home, please make sure there is someone who can pick them up, as they will miss the bus that day. Select Chorus is an advanced chorus group that performs at various in school and community events throughout the year. It is a competitive group, with about 30 seats open, and over 100 students that audition each year. The group is comprised of about 60 students from all grades and every talent.


Students do not need to prepare anything for the audition. Students will be taught a piece of music from our upcoming concert, then will sing it back to Ms. Shikowitz in small groups. Aside from vocal quality, Ms. Shikowitz is looking for students who can learn the music quickly, sing in harmony with other students, blend well with other students while singing, follow along in the music, and are quiet and follow instructions during the audition. Select Chorus meets on Thursdays from September (first rehearsal 9/20) from 2:30-3:30, then on Fridays from 2:30-3:30 from February-May to accommodate for test prep. If you have questions, please email Ms. Shikowitz at sshikowitz@schools.nyc.gov.

Forest HIlls Youth Athletic Association



8th Grade Senior Sweatshirt Design Competition




CITY OF SCIENCE is back! Please join the World Science Festival and Con Edison to explore this FREE, open to the public metropolis of larger-than-life interactive installations and hands-on activities. The event includes mind-blowing demonstrations, awe-inspiring experiments, apprentice programs, and guided tours of the College of Staten Island Astrophysical Observatory.

Sunday, September 23 from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
College of Staten Island Sports and Recreation Center
2800 Victory Blvd, Building 1R

Check out the attached flyer.

Welcome Back


Hey Halsey family. Welcome back to school! 2018-2019 will be a great year for all of our families as Halsey JHS 157 has an exciting year planned ahead.

We survived day 1 and all our students are adjusting to the new school year.

For all our new families, my name is Mike Zevon. I am your Parent Coordinator and I am here for you if you have any concerns, questions, or just need to vent. I am a Sagittarius, I love the NY Yankees, I am a huge Star Wars and Marvel fan and I like long walks on the beach. KIDDING. I hate the beach. I will be sending out a weekly email to update you all on what is going on at Halsey – last week, this week and next week. I will also send other school related information throughout the week as it becomes available.

Lets get this party started……

The Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 website is www.halsey157.org – check back there for updates. You can find all of our contact information listed under the staff directory on our website! The website is always being updated and some pages may be down or in the process of being updated. The calendar page was showing last years school calendar but that will be fixed shortly.

September 20th 2018!

Come on down and meet your children’s teachers! The fun starts at 5:30pm.

More details to come…

The SHSAT Prep Classes that started in the spring, for last years 7th grade (on Saturdays) will be continuing for this years 8th grade students on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school from 2:30-4:30 pm. Students who did not participate in the Saturday program are not allowed to register for these classes.  Only students who participated on Saturdays last year are allowed to continue in the program.

The first day will be Wednesday, September 12th and will run from 2:30-5:30 PM (an extra hour due to testing).  The remainder of the sessions will be from 2:30-4:30 pm and  the last day will be Thursday, October 25th.

Students will remain in the same class they were in on Saturdays and will receive updated room assignments on Wednesday.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Ms. Shriki at SShriki@schools.nyc.gov

Select Chorus auditions are on Monday, September 17th from 2:30-3:45 PM. If your child takes the yellow school bus home, please make sure there is someone who can pick them up, as they will miss the bus that day. Select Chorus is an advanced chorus group that performs at various in school and community events throughout the year. It is a competitive group, with about 30 seats open, and over 100 students that audition each year. The group is comprised of about 60 students from all grades and every talent.


Students do not need to prepare anything for the audition. Students will be taught a piece of music from our upcoming concert, then will sing it back to Ms. Shikowitz in small groups. Aside from vocal quality, Ms. Shikowitz is looking for students who can learn the music quickly, sing in harmony with other students, blend well with other students while singing, follow along in the music, and are quiet and follow instructions during the audition. Select Chorus meets on Thursdays from September (first rehearsal 9/20) from 2:30-3:30, then on Fridays from 2:30-3:30 from February-May to accommodate for test prep. If you have questions, please email Ms. Shikowitz at sshikowitz@schools.nyc.gov.

CITY OF SCIENCE is back! Please join the World Science Festival and Con Edison to explore this FREE, open to the public metropolis of larger-than-life interactive installations and hands-on activities. The event includes mind-blowing demonstrations, awe-inspiring experiments, apprentice programs, and guided tours of the College of Staten Island Astrophysical Observatory.

Sunday, September 23 from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
College of Staten Island Sports and Recreation Center
2800 Victory Blvd, Building 1R

Each week we will be giving you an update about what is going on with our Parent/Teacher Association. It is very important to attend as many PTA meetings as you can. Make your voice heard. Here are some updates:

Here is your 2018-2019 PTA Executive Board

Katarina Jokic & Vicky Barshai

Vice President
Michelle Kiliski

Cindy Cohen

Raquel Hagen

To contact the Halsey PTA send them an email to HalseyPTA@gmail.com

Sign up for their Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/Halsey157pa/?ref=bookmarks

The PTA will be selling Spirit Wear beginning September 20th at the Back to School Night. You will be able to purchase t-shirts, sweat shirts, sweat pants, hoodies – both pullover and zip ups, shorts, and all kinds of fun stuff. You can use your Halsey Spirit wear in place of the gym uniform for gym class.

The big mystery to start the year! What’s the deal with Pupil Path!?!?!?

Pupil Path is in the process of being updated and will be made available on September 17th. Once we have it completely updated and ready for the roll out every student will receive an invitation letter with detailed instruction on how to register. It will be a piece of cake!

Thank you for your patience.

The Citizenship Project is a FREE program to prepare legal permanent residents for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Exam (USCIS) naturalization test. Engage parents and strengthen community ties by bringing this grant-funded program into your neighborhood school.

Courses take place on-site at the New-York Historical Society on Saturdays, weekday evenings, and weekday mornings. Morning, evening, and Saturday classes are offered at various locations across New York City.

For more information about the project, please click here: https://www.nyhistory.org/education/citizenship-project

Queens Community House All Starz After School Program

The registration forms for the Queens Community House All Starz Program are now available in Room 159.  The staff are not available until 1pm so please have your child pick up the form after 1pm in room 159. All completed forms should be returned back to room 159 or placed in the Queens Community House mailbox in the main office.

Check out the letter from Robert Borja – Director of the All Starz Program – Click Here


Stephen A Halsey JHS 157 Weekly Update

Good Day My Halsey Friends and Family!

What a busy week we had here at your friendly neighborhood middle school. We had award ceremonies, yearbook distribution, yearbook signing, GRADUATION, year end trips for every grade to Adventureland, Great Adventure, Dave and Busters, and the Senior Trip to Dorney Park. Today’s update will just be a bunch of pics from the week that was.

Only a couple of days left…

Our 6th and 7th grade students went to Adventureland in Farmingdale Long Island this week. The trips took place over 3 days – Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Mrs. McSparron organized this massive outting and did an OUTSTANDING job. Having to organize a trip for over 1000 students over the course of 3 days and have no issues is amazing and Mrs. McSparron should be commended for the time and energy she spent getting this trip done so the students could have a great time. THANK YOU MRS. MCSPARRON!

Mrs. Lamere and Mrs. Quinones along with the yearbook committee have been working all year long organizing and planning out the yearbook for our 8th grade seniors. The yearbooks were distributed on Monday afternoon and the 8th graders were allowed to spend 7th period, 8th period, and afternoon homeroom with their friends and teachers in the school yard getting each other to sign.

This past week we hosted our Award Ceremonies for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Student’s in the 8th grade were given awards for the achievement in different subjects and were recognized by their Guidance Counselors, Deans, Assistant Principals and Principal Suraci. Each grade had students inducted into the National Honor Society.

We did not get a lot of pics from Dorney Park because everyone was on the roller coasters and water rides but trust me when I tell you the 8th grade had a wonderful time. We had zero issues and the trip was smooth and easy. The weather was perfect too. I did manage to take a couple of pics…

8th Grade Graduation was held at St. John’s University Lou Carnesseca Arena. The place was set up beautifully, the faculty there were extremely accommodating, and the event ran smooth.

We were fortunate to have as our keynote speak Michael Nigro who starred in the Sound of Music Live and the upcoming movie titled YES – Based on Tim Realbuto’s critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play, YES tells the story of washed up child star Patrick Nolan who decides to mentor 18-year-old Jeremiah Rosenhaft. Mr. Nigro was introduced by the star of Disney’s movie titled Zombies, and a star of Sound of Music Live as well – Meg Donnelly. Thank you to one of our 8th grade parents Thommie Retter for helping make this a memorable moment for our students and families. It was amazing.

Mr. Nigro did us the honor in singing “You Raise Me Up” with one of our students Lukas Galfano from class 807. Check it out below.

Now is the time to celebrate the person who put the entire 8th grade activities together – the Award Ceremony, the Prom, Graduation and the Senior Trip – Ms. Sussman (on the left with Ms. Stimmel and Mr. Zevon). 

You know people have all kinds of things they deal with in their personal life and throw in the responsibility they take on as a professional its not easy. Ms. Sussman is an extraordinary individual. She put together and held together the 8th grade and their senior activities. I watched her go the entire year and a lesser person would have failed. She is an asset to this school, to our children here, and to the Forest Hills/Rego Park community. As parents we all have kids. Some have 1 like me. Some have 5. Some have 10. Ms. Sussman has over 600 here at Halsey and she treats every single one of them like they are her own children. She is a blessing to this school and to our students. She is also proof that no human being is perfect – she’s a Mets fan.

Thank you Ms. Sussman. We love you very much!

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


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”( https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/us/columbine-mass-shootings.html) , 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,” (https://mic.com/articles/188336/parkland-teens-are-motivating-parents-to-promise-theyll-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 (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/little-activists-clothing-line-fosters-social-awareness-in-kids_us_58e6bed7e4b0ace57cc0ca5d) , 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 SFaber@qchnyc.org
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. http://www.studentseries.org/ 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 https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/school-fundraising-ideas/mathathon.html
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 atwww.halsey157.org. 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: https://www.facebook.com/Halsey157pa/

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 sshikowitz@schools.nyc.gov 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.


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 –


Mabel Chan

Hannah Rothleder

Ryan Eng

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

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/

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


Zachary Habert

Emile Romero

Gryphon Lee

Nicholas Gauna