Parent Coordinator’s Weekly Update

Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Long time no speak! Back to our regular Friday weekly updates. Back to reality after going on a cruise with the fam. Have you ever gone on a cruise? They always have photographers set up to take fancy pics. Not me and Ellie. We take silly pics:


Ok…back to the update….We have our Winter Band Concert, our College Awareness Day, a sneak peak at what is going on in our STEM class, some updates on some amazing fund raisers that we will be starting up in the next couple of weeks and more.

Do not forget that school is closed Monday, January 15th, 2018 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Is it a shock to anyone that our Winter Band Concert was an amazing success? When you have a Band teacher like Mrs. Wolff failure is not an option. She has directed her students and has helped them grow so much it is truly amazing. Here is a clip and a couple of pics of the concert:


The next Debate Team competition takes place this 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


We have one of the most energetic and enthusiastic STEM teacher with Mr. Lober. The man truly loves teaching and in his own words “we are doing some dope projects.”

Students are creating prototypes after following the engineer design process to solve a problem in the structural engineering world: How do we make tall buildings taller to fit the trend of people moving into urban areas? Students are approaching the problem with different concerns, the cost of the structure, the type of material that would keep the structure stable at a taller height, what kind of lift technology would help move material to the top of the structure in order for construction workers to continue building higher.

 

College Awareness Day will take place on Thursday, January 11th, 2018. The purpose of having College Awareness Day is to promote, engage and encourage students to begin to think about and plan for their college and career.

Some of the lessons the students learned about included College Access for All, How to Pay for College and more. The students were engaged in various college related activities throughout the day. This was a fun and educational experience for all.

We encouraged all our students and facutly to wear clothing representing their favorite colleges or the schools their family members may have attended. Students also decorated their homeroom door as well.

Here are some pics of the day:


We are sad to say that one of our 8th grade students was diagnosed with Leukemia last summer. We are THRILLED to report she is doing very well and seems to have weathered the storm. We are also really happy to announce we will be doing a fundraiser in her honor to help not only raise money but also awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Series campaign is working with thousands of schools across the country to raise funds for blood cancer research. They are saving lives of blood cancer patients not Someday but Today.

The fundraiser will begin on January 29th and will run until February 15th.

Each student will receive a collection box where they can walk around collecting spare change. THIS SHOULD NOT TAKE PLACE INSIDE SCHOOL. Each homeroom will have a collection box for the students to empty their boxes into. The homeroom with the highest donation total raised will win a pizza party.

We will also have a really fun day called “STUCK FOR A BUCK.” Any student that donated a dollar will receive a piece of duct tape. If they donate $3 they will get 3 pieces of duct tape. If they donate $10 they will get 10 pieces of duct tape. Why you ask? We are going to duct tape a teacher to the wall! We hope the students will be excited and hope the families will chip in and help support this wonderful organization who help so many children.

Halsey JHS 157 has their own page on the LLS website for anyone to donate.

http://events.lls.org/pages/nyc/Jr-High-School-157-Stephen-A-Halsey-2018


Two kindhearted 6th grade students, Ronald Vijay and Dilan Harrop Williams, both of class 624, approached Mr. Suraci with a very ambitious proposal to help save the world. They met with Mr. Suraci and myself and we decided to turn their amazing idea into a Winter Coat Drive. Anytime a student comes to us with such compassion we want to do all we can to bring their ideas into the school.

January 29th through February 23rd Halsey JHS 157 will be collecting coats to donate to the Salvation Army. Collection boxes will be placed in the lobby next to the auditorium.

Every coat collected will receive a raffle ticket and a winner will be selected at the end of drive.


 

The St. Jude Math-a-Thon will be starting up again shortly.

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Halsey did an amazing job last year raising well over $10,000 for this amazing charity. We actually finished 53 in the entire nation for fundraising for St. Jude. Stay tuned and watch out for materials that will be coming home with your children as we continue to do all we can do to help those who need it most.


We are very proud of all our students and families that participated in our annual food drive. We were able to raise over 500 pounds of food in 3 short weeks for City Harvest.

Halsey’s Bulldog Robotics Team will be competing in our second First Tech Challenge on Saturday, January 13th at Francis Lewis High School!  Ms. Elfers and Mr. Lober will be accompanying the team this weekend!  Let’s wish them the best of luck!
For more information about our team, see our web page designed by our student team member Brigette Belenky at the following link:   Halsey Bulldog Robotics Team

Have a Fabulous Three Day Weekend!


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 –

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/190388741/

Mabel Chan

Hannah Rothleder

Ryan Eng

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

scratch.mit.edu
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/

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

 

Zachary Habert

Emile Romero

Gryphon Lee

Nicholas Gauna

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.