Parent Engagement Trip to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

We are excited to continue our 2017-2018 “Involved Parent = Successful Student” Initiative. Our next parent/student/staff trip will be to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum located at Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036.

This trip will consist of THREE different dates: 04/14/18, 04/28/18, and 05/5/18. You may select ONLY ONE DATE. We encourage students and their parents to join us in this amazing opportunity.

We will be traveling together by school bus to and from the Intrepid Museum. The bus will leave from Halsey Junior High School at 10:30 am. Parents please arrive no later than 10:00 a.m.

Please fill out the permission slip on the back of this form and return it to the Main Office or to the Parent Coordinator no later than Friday, March 16th, 2018. We hope to see you at this very special event!

Click here for the Intrepid Permission Slip. Please download and fill it out, and return to Mr. Zevon ASAP.

This is on a first-come, first-served basis only!

Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

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Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Happy Friday Folks! Did everyone enjoy the Super Bowl? How about the commercials?  That Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. commercial was the best one in my opinion. You would not know it by looking at them but the Manning’s have a great sense of humor. If you havent seen the commercial you can check it out here: The Time of My Life

On Wednesday, February 7th all our students had the pleasure of watching a very special presentation by Prismatic Magic. Prismatic Magic is a school assembly program provider and high-tech laser show company in one. Their mission is to dazzle students of all ages, and to inspire them to seize the educational and professional opportunities that science and technology provide. The students saw a laser light show honoring Black History Month.

Black History Month

Celebrate the profound contributions of African-Americans in an exciting new way. Part history lesson and part uplifting musical revival, the Black History Laser Tribute is an unforgettable experience for students of all ages.

Historical events, such as the Tuskegee Airmen and Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech are brought to life using vivid laser animations. Students participate throughout by singing to musical classics from Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin; artists who laid the foundation for today’s popular music.

If you would like to learn more about Prismatic Magic just click below:
Prismatic Magic

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.




Halsey’s Competitive Debate team has their 3rd tournament on Saturday February 10th

Mr. Sarris’ Team will be at The Hamilton Grange Middle School debating the following topics:

  • This House supports genetically modified food.
  • This House supports merit pay for the best teachers.
  • This House would end 24-hour subway service in NYC.

Ms. Tchilingarian’s Team will be at PS 180 Hugo Newman debating the following topic:

  • The United States should abolish the capital gains tax.

Last weekend, the All County Chorus and Band performed with top students across the city. MEANYC (Music Educators Association of New York City) hosted the students at Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, where they performed with top notch students and conductors.

The Music Educators’ Association of New York City are a not for profit organization committed to the pursuit of a quality music education for every child. The primary focus of the organization is to encourage a cooperative professional relationship among the music educators of New York City.

Congratulations to our student performers.

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

Tanis Mui 822
Madeleine Noreen 706
Rena Chen 825
Jonathan Khaimov 822
Cullen Anderson 824
Julie Grandchamp 821
Joseph Rubenov 823





On Monday, February 12th the PTA is hosting a Bake Sale and a Chocolate Lollipop sale that will also continue on Tuesday, February 13th. All chocolate lollipops cost $2 an will be delivered on Valentines Day – Wednesday, February 14th.

The next PTA meeting takes place on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00 pm in the school library.  The PTA meeting is a great place to give any feedback you may have or any ideas you would like to float by us.

Did you know that the PTA has opened up an online store? YEP! You can purchase Spirit Wear at this link:  Supplies are limited as they are selling the rest of their stock before purchasing new items.

The School Leadership Team (SLT) meeting takes place the following day on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:15 am.

PTA are still collecting donations for their annual appeal. The first half of the year was wonderful and we thank everyone for their support BUT there is still a need. After-school activities continue, transportation is needed for our athletic teams, musical instruments get damaged and need fixing, air-conditioners break down, our school garden needs renovations, etc… That’s where you guys come in. Please consider donating to the Halsey JHS 157 PTA as they are doing all they can to address all those things above and more.

Click here for the Annual Appeal Letter and help support your school!

You can send in your donation with your children and bring it to the Parent Coordinator’s office.


Rehearsal Schedule for Week of Feb.12
Mon. Feb.12 Tues. Feb 13 Wed. Feb.14 Thurs. Feb 15
Chorus Room
All Cast & Ensemble
Dance- 2:30-4:30pm
All Cast & Ensemble
Acting- 2:30-4pm
All Cast & Ensemble
No Rehearsal-
Have a great break!!!!

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:


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


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

Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157

Parent Coordinator Weekly Update

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
  • Robotics Team
  • MOUSE Squad
  • Peer Mediation Program
  • Girls Volleyball Team
  • Boys & Girls Basketball Teams
  • Cooking Club
  • Gingerbread House Challenge – (STEM)
  • Halsey Hack-A-Thons
  • 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
  • Flag Football
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • College Awareness Program
  • Spirit Week
  • Halloween Party
  • Crazy Sweater Day
  • Select Chorus & Inter-Generational Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • 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 (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
to them.

Interested participants may apply by emailing Sarah
Faber, Leadership Coordinator at
for an application.

Questions? 718-592-5757 x221 & ask for Sarah

Please click here for the flyer
Please click here for the registration form


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

Samayra Diaz

Samantha Diaz

Audrey Peng

Jack Gold

Isaac Iskhakov

Nicolas Guana

Mohammad Huraira

Bryan Wang

Rami Mansi

Vivianne Bednarek

Yangzom Noga Tenzin

Tejashwi Karki

Isabella Dzhanov

Eve Yuabov

Magalis Vinas


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

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

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Pennies for Patients” Fundraiser

In honor of one of our 8th grade students who was diagnosed with Leukemia we will be hosting a “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser. Students have been given small collection boxes to collect change. They will then deposit it in their homeroom collection box. The homeroom with the most money collected will win a prize.

Every homeroom will have their own web page. To find your classroom and donate, visit:

From there, you can search for your child’s classroom at Halsey and register on it.

The fundraiser starts January 29th and runs until February 15th.

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// 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 @ to all!!

1st Place Winners – Hackathon for the Good of the World –

Mabel Chan

Hannah Rothleder

Ryan Eng

2nd Place – Save the Ivory Billed Woodpeckers –
Make games, stories and interactive art with Scratch. (


Rachel Muratova

Safarbek Nassry

Wilson Li

3rd Place – A Penguin’s Life –
Make games, stories and interactive art with Scratch. (


Zachary Habert

Emile Romero

Gryphon Lee

Nicholas Gauna