The following students participated in this past weekend’s MEANYC (Music Educators Association of New York City) All-County Middle School Festival. The top students are nominated by their teachers to participate in this performance. They represented Halsey and played with the best middle school musicians in the city. They only rehearsed Friday night and Saturday morning, and performed in an AMAZING concert Saturday, February 2nd.
After only two weeks the hydroponics system is greening out.
The plants are growing rapidly…
As are their root systems.
Spring is coming early for the Green Team’s vegetables.
The Green Team is happy (and relieved) to be able to say that the hydroponic system built, from scratch, is working as it is supposed to. Students are monitoring the system (checking water level, ph level and maintaining nutrients) and continuing to add the seedlings as they mature and are ready for the system. Their favorite thing to do is to visit the room to tell Mr. Weiss to look at how much the plants have grown. Mr. Weiss already knows…he obsessively watches over the Green Team’s “babies”.
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.
Mr. Weiss has been working hard on the Garden Beautification Project that is being funded by our PTA. Along with some Halsey students, Mr. Weiss has built 5 raised flower beds for the front of the school and has begun building the greenhouse located in our garden on the side of the building. Last weekend the students met up with Mr. Weiss and Ms. Butera who came to help. When students began to arrive they got right to work on building the greenhouse, removing a pair of tree stumps and pruning back some of our more “unruly” plants.
We will be out there this Sunday at 10:00 am weather permitting. Come on out!
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.
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:
Tues. Feb 6
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:
Congratulations to them all!
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
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
Peer Mediation Program
Girls Volleyball Team
Boys & Girls Basketball Teams
Gingerbread House Challenge – (STEM)
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
College Awareness Program
Crazy Sweater Day
Select Chorus & Inter-Generational Choir
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 – QUEENS COMMUNITY HOUSE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR GIRLS AGES 12-18
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
Interested participants may apply by emailing Sarah
Faber, Leadership Coordinator at SFaber@qchnyc.org
for an application.
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
Yangzom Noga Tenzin
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
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 @ email@example.comCongratulations to all!!
1st Place Winners – Hackathon for the Good of the World –
We hope your child is off to a great start to the school year. We are adding the following clubs/activities to our after-school program. Students may see the teacher who is facilitating the club/activity for a permission slip and should listen to morning announcements for more information as well:
There will be a general meeting for all students interested in participating on our Competitive Debate Team this Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 2:20PM in the auditorium!
We are excited to kick off our 2017-2018 “Involved Parent = Successful Student” Initiative. Our first parent/student/staff trip will be to the Queens County Farm Museum located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY. 11004.
You may choose from ONE of the following dates:
October 12, 2017
October 18, 2017
October 25, 2017
We encourage students and their parents to join us in this amazing opportunity to tour the farm, learn about sustainable systems, learn about planting and growing food, enjoy a Fall hayride, and feed the farm animals. Each student attending must have their parent with them (Due to limited space only 1 parent may attend the trip). We will be taking only 30 students on each trip.
We will be traveling together by school bus to and from the Queens County Farm. The bus will leave from Halsey Junior High School at 2:00 pm. Parents please arrive no later than 1:45 pm. The bus will leave the Queens County Farm at 5:00 pm.
Please fill out the attahed Queens County Farm Permission Slip and return it to the Main Office or to the Parent Coordinator no later than Friday, October 6th, 2017. We hope to see you at this very special event!