PTA Meeting

The next PTA meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 pm in the school library.

The PTA will be on hand selling what’s left of our 2019 Spirit Wear at the Chorus and Band concerts. They will also have snacks and drinks to purchase as well. All money raised by the PTA goes right back into the school to help support after school activities, purchase air conditioners, fund trips, fund our talent programs and so much more.

If you are interested in running for an Executive Board position on the 2019-2020 PTA please contact the PTA at 

Halsey Hackathon



It’s that me again for our Second Hackathon!!!

If you enjoy making and playing video games, then this event is for you!

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams

Pizza lunch will be provided

Parents are invited to attend the presentations at 2:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday, June 15th 2019 from 8:30 AM till 3:30 PM

WHERE: Halsey Junior High School

  • If you would like to attend this event, please see Ms. Elfers in Room 301 or click here for a permission slip to attend.  Please return to Ms. Elfers in Room 301 by Friday, May 31st.
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NYC First STEM Summer Program

News from NYC First Robotics

NYC First Robotics is offering 4 different programs for 7th – 9th graders at their 2 locations over the summer.  For those students interested in Computer Science and STEM, this is a great opportunity for them to gain additional skills and experience during their summer break!  Please see the web site below for additional information and locations.  You may also contact Ms. Elfers if you have any questions at:

Note:  There is a fee for each week.  See the website for details.

Attention 6th Grades – Robotics is Now Accepting Applications

Halsey Robotics Team Recruitment!!! 6th Graders

 Click on the image above to enlarge

We are now accepting application for Halsey’s Robotics Teams.  Information can be found on the attached Permission slip.  Permission slips may be downloaded from this link provided or obtained from Ms. Elfers in Room 301 during AM or PM homeroom starting today (3-12).

Halsey Robotics Permission Slip (Click Below)


PTA Meeting

General PTA Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
7:00pm in the School Library

 Review and Acceptance of January 2019 Meeting Minutes
 Treasurer / Financial Report
 PTA Fundraisers/Events

o Candy/Bake Sale for Mary Poppins – Friday, March 8th (during lunch)

o Parent Teacher Conference – Tuesday, March 26th (1-3pm and 5-8pm)

o Restaurant Fundraisers – need a volunteer to coordinate

 Panera Restaurant Fundraiser
 Chipotle Restaurant Fundraiser
 Shake Shack Restaurant Fundraiser

o Concessions at School Musical Mary Poppins – April 16th & 17th (5-8pm)

 Principal / SLT Report

 o Vote on Proposed Day OFF of school – Accommodate Regents on June 18th

 New Business / Q&A


Attachment(s): 2019 02- February Halsey PTA Agenda.pdf

STEM Enrichment Programs for Spring Break

Apply Now for Exciting STEM Enrichment Programs for Spring Break!

Kindergarten through grade 12 students can apply now to attend exciting spring break STEM enrichment and experiential learning programs. A wide range of programs are offered at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Museum of the City of New York, New York Aquarium, New-York Historical Society, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens County Farm Museum, Queens Zoo, Staten Island MakerSpace, Staten Island Zoo, and Wave Hill. Student will meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real life, hands-on learning experiences.

Explore, tinker, discover, and design with us! Don’t miss out, spots are limited and the application deadline is Friday, February 15. Preference is given to students who attend Title I schools. Download our flyer,learn more, and apply now! For questions, contact

Having trouble with these links? Try this:


Halsey Hackathon

Halsey will be hosting their first Hackathon for the year.

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.  Our topic will be, “How Can We Use Technology to Solve a Problem in our Community?”

Hackathons are a lot of fun and are a great learning experience.  If you wish for your child to attend, pleas return the attached consent form to Ms. Elfers in Room 301 ASAP.  We will be serving Pizza for Lunch.  If you child has dietary restrictions, they are advised to bring their own lunch.

Halsey Hackathon Permission Form

Friday 12-14-18

Happy Friday Halsey Family!

Quite the busy week here at Halsey JHS 157. Robotics Team Competition, Parent Engagement Trip to the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum, SLT meeting with parents visiting classrooms, Mr. Weiss and the Green Team working on the Hydroponics System being built in room B4 (update on the completed project next week!), and more. Lets start the update…

The Spectacular Winter Choral Concert takes place on Tuesday, December 18th 2018. Tickets will are on sale now in the cafeteria during each lunch period. Tickets are $5. Leftover tickets will be sold at the door for $5 as well.

The concert will sell out so get your tickets while you can!

You are invited to come dance with us at a class structured just for parents. No experience? No problem! Two left feet? Don’t worry! Everyone can be included! The students are currently studying Hip Hop, so our Parent’s Dance Class theme will be “Beginner Hip Hop for Parents.” Hope to see you on the dance floor!
Who: Halsey parents (Just adults, no students)
When: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 pm – 6:45pm before the PTA meeting
Where: Halsey Dance Studio Room 329, hosted by Dance Teacher Mrs. Gruet
What: Beginner Hip Hop Dance for Parents!
Wear: Comfortable attire such as sweatpants, leggings, adidas, etc. Avoid jeans and tight pants

No experience needed – everyone can dance!

For more information contact Mrs. Gruet at

Our next PTA meeting takes place Wednesday, December 19th 2018 at 7:00 pm. During this meeting will be a discussion hosted by Assistant Principal Mr. Dechongkit regarding the 7th Grade Washington D.C. trip.

Next week Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18 the PTA will host a fundraiser in school during all lunch periods.  Students and Faculty will be able to purchase a Candy Cane for $1 each and write a message to a friend!  Candy Canes will be distributed in your child’s homeroom class.

We will also hold a Bake Sale during those dates, so please send in any baked or store bought goods with your child those days for us to sell!  The more items we receive, the more money we raise for our school 😊

Don’t forget to send your child to school with money on December 17 and 18 to support the Candy Cane and Bake Sale!


The School Leadership Team (SLT) met this past Wednesday morning. The parents on the SLT had a wonderful opportunity to go on a “Learning Walk” and visit 4 English Language Learning (ELL) classes. Learning walks are observational classroom tours led by school leaders. Parents who participate in the walks are given supervised access to classes that are in session and provided with rubrics as a measure of academic standard and expectations. During the walks parents witness student-to-teacher and peer-to-peer engagement, listen in with classroom discussions, and see first hand how teachers implement the strategy of focus in  the classroom. At the end of the walk parents and administrators convene for question and discussion and provide constructive feedback.

We know how wonderful our teachers are here at Halsey but to see them in action and working toward our Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) goals was phenomenal. We broke into 2 groups led by our Principal Mr. Suraci and our Assistant Principals Mrs. Lisa, Mrs. Schiano and Mr. Dechongkit. We had the chance to visit the following classes and teachers:

Ms. Angotta’s Math class 805 where the students were identifying equations using graphs and connecting the lesson to the real world. This technique helps connect the students to the lesson and makes it relatable.

Mrs. Sartaj’s Social Studies class 802 where the students were learning about Progressive Leadership by studying President Theodore Roosevelt and his policies.

Mrs. Vereb and Ms. Gallaghers ELA class 802 where the students began learning about the background of the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Ms. Ruzicka’s Science class 702 where students were analyzing the sea floor.

Watch out for more opportunities for parents to participate at school at student publishing parties, parent engagement trips, parent workshops and more!
Girls Volleyball


Silhoutee of a female volleyball player returning a ball with a dig.

Girls volleyball will begin this Tuesday 12/18/2018 after school from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm in the girls gym.  All girls that submitted a permission slip to participate are invited to attend. Any question or concerns you can contact Mr. Kagen at 

Thank you to all the families who came out and braved the cold weather for the Parent Engagement trip to the Intrepid Air, Sea, & Space Museum this last Saturday. We had an amazing time and learned a lot about this historic sea vessel. Check out some pics and video here:


Halsey Robotics Team – the Bionic Bulldogs competed last weekend at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn. The team performed pretty decent for a young team and will continue to improve under the guidance of Mr. Sarris, Mr. Lober and Mrs. Elfers.

Parent Engagement Trip

The 2nd Parent Engagement Trip has been planned and we are heading to the FDNY Fire Zone in Manhattan on January 26th 2019. Our tour starts at 11:00 am and we will be leaving from Halsey at 9:30 am. This trip is on a first come first serve basis. If you sign up for the trip and cannot go please give us ample time to find a replacement to fill the tickets.

About the Fire Zone

The Fire Zone is New York City’s state-of-the-art fire-safety learning center. At the Fire Zone you can climb on a realistic fire truck, try on bunker gear, meet a firefighter and learn how to crawl through a smoke-filled hallway.

The Fire Zone gives visitors a first-hand experience in what to do in a fire emergency through a variety of hands-on exhibits and multimedia presentations, including a simulated fire scene.

Fire Simulator

At the heart of the Fire Zone experience is the innovative fire simulator that utilizes special effects and multimedia to help teach visitors about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire emergency. A firefighter and facilitator guide visitors through the interactive presentation. Visitors leave the Fire Zone with materials necessary to eliminate fire hazards in their own homes and to create escape planes for their families.

Please click HERE for the permission slip.


Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2019 (students currently in grades 7 through 11). This intensive program is held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.
Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, cultural organizations, and guest artists. The daily schedule includes studio work and experiences with professional artists. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, attending professional performances, visiting arts venues and exploring careers.

To apply, you must follow the link below. An audition will be scheduled after the application is sent in. A letter of recommendation must also be obtained. Please ask the teacher well in advance.

Program Dates: July 8 – August 2, 2019
Student Application Period: November 26, 2018 – February 1, 2019
Student Auditions: Saturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Application link

The Halsey Library is available for students to get some additional work or studying done. Please see the schedule below:

Morning Library Hours
Tuesday 7:15-8:00
Wednesday and Thursday 7:30-8:00
The library will NOT be open in the morning on Monday and Friday. 

In order for a student to receive a morning pass they will need to either tell Mr. Trainor in the cafeteria or ask the security desk and they will provide the student with a library pass. The student will need to hand in the pass in order to enter the library. There are only thirteen morning passes available for each morning that the library is open, so it is a first come first serve basis.

Afternoon Library Hours
Monday-Friday from 2:20-4:00

In order for a student to receive an afternoon pass they will need to report to AM homeroom and ask their teacher if they can come down to the library to get an afternoon library pass. The student must hold onto the afternoon library pass all day and give it to Ms. Angela in the library at 2:20. The students who come to utilize the library in the afternoon will receive a phone call home to make sure that they are permitted to stay.

There will only be thirteen passes available for each afternoon, so it is a first come first serve basis.

**Please express to your children that if they are asking for a library afternoon pass it is to do school work, print, take out a book/return a book, do research, type up an essay, etc. they are not permitted to come into the library to hang out.**

Sign Up for a Group Training Session for Parents/Caregivers of People with Disabilities

Project GROW teaches specific behavioral techniques to improve communication and promote positive family interactions. In these sessions we have general behavior management sessions for caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for all ages.*

Thursdays: December 13th through February 28th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
460 West 34th Street in Manhattan

Groups in English & Spanish
Light dinner provided

Topics include:

  • Family roles and structure
  • Analyzing behavior
  • The power of attention
  • The truth about consequences
  • Caring for the caregiver

*Person must reside at home with family in the Bronx or Manhattan. Also available for Staten Island families – contact us for more info.

For more information and to register call 212-273-6259 or




It’s Your Friday Update!


We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are back to business here at Halsey and already we had a busy week. We had Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday. We may have shattered and all time record of parents seen. The place was packed and most of our parents got to see all the teachers they needed to. If for some reason you were unable to see a specific teacher and would like to schedule some time to meet with them please send them an email through pupil path or find their email on our school directory located on our website and schedule an appointment. Every Tuesday after school is Parent Engagement time and our teachers will meet with the parents as long as you schedule an appointment with them.



Our new Improv Team will be meeting every Wednesday after school!

For more information please contact Ms. Schwarz


MySchools High School
Application Help

This Monday, December 3rd Ms. Shriki will be at the school offering all 8th grade and 9th grade students help with their MySchools High School Applications from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Make sure your applications are filled out correctly

Halsey is offering a special
Parents Dance Class!

You are invited to come dance with us at a class structured just for parents. No experience? No problem! Two left feet? Don’t worry! Everyone can be included! The students are currently studying Hip Hop, so our Parent’s Dance Class theme will be “Beginner Hip Hop for Parents.” Hope to see you on the dance floor!

Who: Halsey parents (Just adults, no students)
When: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 pm – 6:45pm before the PTA meeting
Where: Halsey Dance Studio Room 329, hosted by Dance Teacher Mrs. Gruet
What: Beginner Hip Hop Dance for Parents!
Wear: Comfortable attire such as sweatpants, leggings, adidas, etc. Avoid jeans and tight pants

No experience needed – everyone can dance!

For more information contact Mrs. Gruet at 

Halsey’s Spirit Team is happy to present our annual Holiday Toy Drive. Please donate brand new, packaged, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children this holiday season. The collection box will be in the main lobby. The last day to donate will be on December 17th.

Give a Toy, Spread the Joy!

Thank you to everyone who donated in our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fund raiser. With your help we raised over $900 smack-a-roos and increased awareness among our students.

Congratulations Halsey!

DOOR DECORATING CONTESTAs part of our Respect for All campaign, we homeroom got to take the first 3 periods of the day and decorate their doors last week. This week our distinguished judges selected the Winners and Runner-Ups for each grade. We will start out with the 6th grade first and then scroll down for 7th and 8th grade results.6th GradeWINNER: Class 606 – Ms. Wittmer – Theme: Responsibility
Class 607 – Mr. Roth – Theme: Compassion
Class 608 – Ms. Martello – Theme: Sportsmanship
Halsey’s Competitive Debate Team will have their second tournament tomorrow! Let’s wish them the best of luck! Go, Halsey Bulldogs! Debate members who will compete tomorrow will meet in room 240 after school today – Friday, November 30th

Halsey Cheer leading Squad has returned!

Try outs will take place December 6th and December 7th after school. Please come prepared with a 30 second dance routine and a cheer! Show up in workout clothing with sneakers and a water bottle.

For more information please contact Ms. Alvarez at

Student Perception Survey

The kick-off for the Student Perception Survey is December 3rd 2018.

We know that teachers care about their students and improving their instructional practice. Often, the data available to improve instructional practice does not include direct feedback from students. The New York City Department of Education (DOE) partners with Panorama Education to offer the Student Perception Survey, a research-based, confidential student survey used across the country to provide teachers with students’ feedback about their classroom experiences.

The Student Perception Survey is administered for formative purposes only, and not as a part of Advance, New York City’s system for teacher development and evaluation.

This survey is designed to measure students’ perceptions on teaching and learning in a particular class by asking a range of questions that focuses on the following five topics:

  • Pedagogical Effectiveness
  • Classroom Climate
  • Classroom Rigorous Expectations
  • Classroom Engagement
  • Classroom Teacher-Student Relationships

Click here to see a copy of the survey

CITY OF SCIENCE is back! Once again, please join the World Science Festival and Con Edison to explore this FREE metropolis of larger-than-life interactive installations, hands-on activities, mind-blowing demonstrations and awe-inspiring experiments.

Please help us spread the word about this event to your students, parents, teachers, and your community.

This can’t-miss event is FREE and open to the public!

Sunday, December 2 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
York College Health and Physical Education Complex
160-02 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica, New York 11451

Show off your science teachers! If you have teachers who would like to volunteer as science ambassadors or if you’re just interested in learning more, please email at

Thank you and we hope to see you at CITY OF SCIENCE on December 2 at York College in Queens.


7th Grade

WINNER: Class 721 – Braterman – Theme: Honesty


Class 791 – Mrs. Mager – Theme: Compassion


Class 723 – Ms. Ruzicka – Theme: Empathy


Class 732 – Mr. Sarris – Theme: Trust

The next PTA meeting will take place on
Wednesday, December 19th 2018 at 7:00 PM. 
A message about our PTA Executive Board:Our PTA Executive Board work really hard in organizing fund raisers, PTA meetings, attending SLT meetings, and volunteering at different events throughout the year. At the same time they are all full time parents with full time jobs and unfortunately life gets in the way sometimes when they would like to do things for the school. This is why we need as many parents as possible to attend monthly PTA meetings and volunteer to help at fund raisers. We really need your help in making our PTA a success.If you are interested in helping the PTA please contact them at If you are interested in purchasing any Spirit Wear you can do so through their website at appreciate your willingness to help at your school. “They” say involved parents = successful students and I know for a fact “they” are right.
8th Grade

WINNER: Class 826 – Mrs. Rodriguez – Theme: Authenticity


Class 825 – Mrs. Hendrick – Theme: Loyalty


Class 802 – Ms. Sartaj – Theme: Diversity

Ms. Shikowitz will hold auditions for Show Choir on Monday, January 7th from 2:30-4:00 PM in the chorus room. Show Choir is a group that sings and dances to Broadway and pop tunes, similar to the television show “Glee”. Students in all grades and talent programs can audition.

For the audition, students should prepare a verse and a chorus from a pop song or Broadway song that they enjoy singing. It must be memorized. Students will then learn a short dance that they will perform in a group. Show Choir meets each Monday from 2:30-4:00 PM. Show Choir will perform in the spring chorus concert.

Please contact Ms. Shikowitz with any questions or concerns about Show Choir.


Sara Shikowitz

Choral Director

Please consider participating in this HASSLE FREE fund raising.

Have you signed up for Shoparoo? We need your support and its hassle free fund raising!!!

The concept is simple:

SHOP: When you go shopping at grocery stores and other retailers you will get a receipt from your purchase.

SNAP: Inside the Shoparoo App, you can take a picture of your receipt.

EARN: The more receipts we upload to Shoparoo the more money we can earn for Halsey JHS 157. Some receipts uploaded will enter us into monthly sweepstakes as well.

  1. Download the Shoparoo App
  2. Select Halsey JHS 157 as your school
  3. Go back to your regularly scheduled shopping
  4. Upload pic of your receipts to Shoparoo
  5. Halsey earns money

We hope you will join us in this hassle-free fundraising so we can continue to support wonderful programs, clubs, and after-school activities at Halsey JHS 157.

Its a lot of fun too because we can compete with each other and see who raises the most money for the school. Maybe we can come up with a prize for the top fund raisers as well.


December 3rd – High School Applications Due in MySchools Account
December 3rd – Toy Drive Kick-Off
December 8th – Intrepid Trip
December 8th – Robotics Team Competition (See Mrs. Elfers for more info)
December 12th – SLT Meeting 7:15 am
December 18th – Winter Chorus Concert – 7 pm
December 19th – Parents Dance Workshop – 6 pm – (See Mrs. Gruet for more info)
December 19th – PTA Meeting – 7 pm
December 20th – Pajama Day
December 21st – Holiday Sweater Day
December 24th – Jan 1st – Winter Recess
Jan 2nd – School Re-Opens