Weekly Update

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Halsey JHS 157 was lucky enough to be selected to participate in the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus once again this year. Thanks to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, our Principal Mr. Suraci, and the great relationship we have built with the Lennon Bus, select students from Chorus, Band, and Art got to board the bus and have an amazing experience. Here is some more information about the John Lennon Bus:

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by OWC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its 21st year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios, participation in free digital media production workshops, and the production of giant peace signs. Assisted by three on-board engineers, students can learn how to write, record, and produce original songs, music videos, documentaries, and live multi-camera video productions – all in one day!

The Lennon Bus is highly adaptable, designed to provide students, their schools and communities with performances, hands-on demonstrations, remote recordings, and studio sessions customized for their needs, levels of experience and interest. The Bus travels the country visiting schools, music and technology conferences and events, and partners with communities and media outlets to call attention to the importance of arts and digital media education.

Students from the 8th Grade Talent Classes formed the Peace symbol in the school yard as the John Lennon Bus sat outside our gates. All they were saying was give peace a chance.

 

The Green Team’s veterans met this past Sunday and got right down to business.  Our Spring plantings grew beautifully this Summer; the consistent watering provided by the custodial staff was instrumental for their good health.  Unfortunately, the weeds were just as healthy.

The Green Team weeded and added 2 dozen bags of cedar mulch to our front planting beds.  They look clean and refreshed!  Then the students turned their attention to the garden.  It was a major undertaking.  After several hours of hard work, we produced 18 large, garbage bags of weeds!

This week we will meet with students who want to join the Green Team, begin our Fall t-shirt sale fundraiser and (weather permitting) install a drip irrigation system for the front planting beds around the main entrance to our school.

The Green Team has big plans for this school year, including but not exclusive to: continued planting in the garden and front display beds, increased utilization of the green house, field trips and even experimenting with hydroponics.

If you are interested in joining the Green Team please contact Mr. Weiss at CWeiss6@schools.nyc.gov or see him in the SAVE Room in the basement.

State Test Scores? What’s the Deal?

We have all been wondering what the deal is with our State Test scores from last school year. This is the last piece of information I have seen regarding the delay:

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/education/2018/09/18/release-of-standardized-test-scores-delayed

 

Back to School Night = SUCCESS!

What a great turnout we had for our Back to School Night. Not only did hundreds of families come down and meet their teachers but we also had over 100 parents attend the workshops we offered at 4:30 pm – just before our back to school activities. Do not worry that you missed a workshop. We will be offering them again later in the school year. The PTA sold Spirit Wear, snacks, and candy and kicked off their fund raising on a great note.  The evening ended with a special workshop for families of 8th and 9th graders facilitated by Ms. Shriki and Mr. Plummer on the new High School Application process and the new SHSAT registration process.

Do not worry if you missed the workshop on the High School Application process! Ms. Shriki, along with Mr. Blanco, will be facilitating 4 more workshops in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2108 – 5PM – 7PM

Thursday, October 4th, 2018 – 5PM – 7PM

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 – 7PM – 8PM

Saturday, October 20th, 2018 – 9AM – 3PM

More dates will be added in November as well. For more information contact Ms. Shriki at SShriki@schools.nyc.gov

The very first Halsey PTA meeting of the year takes place on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Come on down and meet your Halsey PTA Executive Board. Our Principal, Mr. Suraci, will be on hand as well.

Please take a moment and read this very important letter from the PTA Executive Board. Each year they raise funds for our school and they do it through a number of ways. One way is their Annual Appeal. Please consider donating to the PTA as every single dollar is used to make your children’s school a much better place.

Click here: Annual Appeal Letter

The School Leadership Team (SLT) has an opening for ONE parent. Nominations are being accepted by the PTA by sending them an e-mail to HalseyPTA@gmail.com. Elections will take place during the October PTA meeting which will be held on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018.

Dont forget to purchase your Halsey Spirit Wear! Send an e-mail to HalseyPTA@gmail.com

Join the PTA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Halsey157pa/?ref=bookmarks

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

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!

 

SLT Opening…Attention All Parents

CALLING ALL PARENTS!

Would you like to be part of the decision-making process at our school? If so, become a parent leader! We are now taking nominations for a parent position on the School Leadership Team (SLT). Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday, October 5, 2018 and elections will be held at the following PTA meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.”

In order to run for the SLT please provide the following information to the PTA. You can send it to the Parent Coordinator – Mike Zevon at MZevon@schools.nyc.gov, email the PTA at HalseyPTA@gmail.com, or print it out and return it to the PTA Mailbox located in the main office.

Child’s Name & Class                      

Parent/Guardian Name                    

Best Contact Phone Number          

Email                                                 

 

What is a School Leadership Team?

The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of people who develop educational policies for their school. They also make sure there are resources to support those policies.

SLTs:

  • Provide ongoing evaluations of a school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement.
  • Play an important role in school-based decision-making
  • Help to make school cultures more collaborative.

Who are the SLT members?

There are three members of the school community who must be members of the SLT:

  1. Principal
  2. Parent Association/Parent-Teacher Association President
  3. United Federation of Teachers Chapter Leader

The other members are elected parents and staff members. The SLT must have an equal number of parents and staff.

 

What is the role of an SLT?

  • An SLT is responsible for developing a school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).
  • An SLT makes a yearly evaluation of the principal’s record of developing an effective, shared decision-making relationship with the SLT members during the year. This evaluation is given to the community district or high school superintendent.
  • The SLT is not responsible for the hiring or firing of school staff. However, according to Chancellor’s Regulation C-30, the SLT must be consulted prior to the appointment of a principal or assistant principal.

Back to School Night

Good Morning Halsey Family
Good afternoon,

As you are aware, JHS 157 is hosting our “Welcome Back to School Evening” on Thursday, September 20, 2018.  Our “Welcome Back Evening” will begin at 5:20PM.  Your child will bring home an individualized schedule on Tuesday afternoon for you to follow this Thursday, beginning at 5:20PM.

However, we are also hosting the following workshops for  parents/guardians from 4:30PM-5:15PM, prior to the official start of our event.  If you are interested in attending ONE of the workshops of your choice, be sure to register via the survey monkey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PBFGC7V.  If you are interested in more than one we will be providing these workshops throughout the year so keep an eye out for them.

We hope to see you all Thursday!

Parent Workshops being held from 4:30 PM-5:15 PM:

 

  • Fun STEM activities for Parents and Children to enjoy together: Mr. Lober Room 333
  • Response to Intervention (RTI/AIS): Collaborating with Parents/guardians to support struggling students: Ms. Amber, room 219 (sci lab)
  • Historians and Critical Thinking Skills in Social Studies: Mr. Monaco, room B6
  • Internet and Cyber Safety and Anti-bullying: What Parents/guardians need to know to keep children safe: Mr. Angelastro/Mr. Plummer, room LIBRARY
  • Succeeding in The Middle School – Foundations for 6th grade success: Ms. Sussman/Ms. Quinones, room 215
  • Algebraic Concepts and our New Grade 6 Curriculum: Ms. Beinstock/Ms. Soberman, room 315
  • Increasing Parent Engagement and Enhancing Home School Communication via the PupilPath system: Ms. Cole/Ms. Lok, room 306
  • Independent Reading: Helping your child select engaging books to read to increase comprehension, reading stamina and vocabulary skills: Ms. Gordon, room 221
  • Preparing for The Specialized HS Program Audition in Musica/Art/Dance/Drama: Ms. Shikowitz/Ms. Lamere/Ms. Gruet/ Ms. Schwarz/Ms. Wolff, room 112

7:30PM: 8/9th Grade Parents: The High School Application Process: Ms. Shriki: AUD

 

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!

HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS

 


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!

DONT FORGET THE FIRST PTA MEETING TAKES PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th 2018 at 7:00 PM.
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

ATTENTION 8th GRADE FAMILIES

 

8th Grade Senior Sweatshirt Design Competition

WHO:          ALL 8th GRADE STUDENTS
WHAT:        DESIGN AN 8TH GRADE SENIOR SWEATSHIRT (YOU CAN EITHER DRAW YOUR OWN OR CREATE A DESIGN USING GRAPHICS YOU FIND)
WHERE:       EMAIL YOUR DESIGN TO SSHRIKI@SCHOOLS.NYC.GOV
WHEN:        FINAL DESIGNS ARE DUE TO MS. SHRIKI VIA EMAIL BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH

ONCE ALL DESIGNS ARE SUBMITTED, THE ENTIRE GRADE WILL VOTE ON THE WINNING DESIGN AND ORDER FORMS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
PLEASE SEE MS. SHRIKI OR MS. GONZALEZ IN ROOM 210.

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

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

Co-Presidents 
Katarina Jokic & Vicky Barshai

Vice President
Michelle Kiliski

Secretary
Cindy Cohen

Treasurer
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

DO NOT RETURN THEM TO THE PARENT COORDINATOR! 

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

#Enough

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.

Sincerely,

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
Acting-2:30-4pm
Auditorium
All Cast & Ensemble
Dance- 2:30-4:30pm
Auditorium
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.


UPCOMING DATES

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