Parent Coordinator Weekly Update


Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157
Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

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

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

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

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


Study Skills Program Update

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



Ballroom Dancing Program

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

Halsey Hackathon Animal Rescue Permission Note


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

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

 Click here for Video 2

 


Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Halsey Hackathon – Animal Rescue

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

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

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

 

Hackathon Permission Slip

New Clubs and Activities

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!
  • Boys/Girls Dance Program-(separate from Ball Room Dancing) (Ms. Shriki room 325)
  • Boys/Girls Flag Football(Mr. Kagen Boys Gym) meets Wednesdays 2:20-4:30PM
  • Halsey Debate Team(Mr. Sarris/ Ms. Tchiligarian room 240- general info meeting 2:20PM Tuesday 10/17 in the AUD) meets Thursdays 2:20-4:30PM
  • Boys Varsity Basketball(try-out info Mr. Angelastro room 325/Mr. Plummer room 324) meets-various
  • Girls Varsity Basketball(try-out info Ms. Palmieri room 243A) meets-various
  • Peer Mediation Team(application and permission slip/Mr. Plummer room 324)

**Coming this winter session (December-February) Girls Competitive Volleyball/ Stock Market Game/Chess Club***

CURRENT CLUBS/ACTVITIES IN PROGRESS (interested students should see the teacher facilitator for space availability)

  • Mouse Squad(Ms.Elfers room 301)- meets Tuesdays 2:20-3:30PM room 301
  • Robotics(Mr. Lober room 333/Ms. Elfers room 301) meets Mondays 2:20-5:00M in the science lab
  • 6th Grade Study Skills and Organization Class (Mr. Plummer room 324) meets Wednesdays 2:20-4:00PM
  • 6th Grade Ball Room Dancing(Mondays or Tuesdays beginning 10/16-2:30-3:30PM in the auditorium)
  • Girls Fitness Club(Ms. Butera Girls Gym) meets early morning girls’ gym

Parent Engagement Initiative Trips

Dear Parents,

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!

Thank you,

Principal Vincent Suraci

Parent Coordinator Mike Zevon

Study Skills Program for 6th Graders

Starting Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 we will be offering a study skills class for 6 grade students. This class will teach students how to study, how to take notes, how to stay organized and various different helpful techniques and strategies that will help them succeed in middle school. The class will meet one time per week every Wednesday from 2:20 pm – 4:00 pm.

If your child signs up for this class they must commit to attend. If they are excessively absent their seat in the class will be given to another student.

Permission slips will be given out in your child’s homeroom class and are due back to Mr. Plummer in room 324 no later than Wednesday, September 20th, 2017. The classes will be set up on a first come first serve basis. There will be a waiting list for those who do not receive a seat. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Plummer at 718-830-4981.

Once your child is accepted into the program they will receive a confirmation letter with the room number.

Math Team and Math Club

We are so excited to kick off the 2017-2018 Math Team Season! We hope that your child will develop rich problem solving skills, a passion for mathematics, and fun and lasting friendships through the participation of Math Team.

Throughout the school year, Halsey will attend several competitions. Some competitions include, but are not limited to, Continental Mathematics League, Math Counts, and Pi5. Times, dates, and locations of these competitions will be given in future letters that will be sent home.

Last year two of our 6th graders were chosen out of 50,000 students and competed in the MathCON National Competition in Chicago. We hope to continue our participation in these competitions, as well as add to our competition experience.

We will be holding tryouts in the form of a written test on September 19, 2017 from 2:20-3:15 PM. Please contact your math teacher for the permission slip or any questions.