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
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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

Food Drive Underway

At a time when nearly one in six New Yorkers struggle to put meals on their tables regularly, daily delivers of food are vital to keeping the shelves of food pantries and soup kitchens stocked.

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157, in conjunction with City Harvest and the NY Daily News is proud to announce that we will be joining the 35th annual Daily News Food Drive. The Food Drive kicked off the week of October 23rd, 2017 and will run through Friday, January 19th, 2018. We invite all our Halsey students and family members to help keep the City Harvest trucks full with non-perishable foods.

A highlight of the drive will be the Kids Can Help Competition, which acknowledges the impact students can have when they work together for a good cause. The school in each borough that runs a drive and collects the most food will win a prize. Here at Halsey JHS 157 we believe that teaching our students about empathy is very important.
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JHS 157 Students Performing in the All County Music Festival!

The MEANYC All-County Middle School Music Festival is an intensive 2-day musical experience for top middle school band and chorus students from throughout New York City. Students receive the music before the festival, then rehearse together Friday evening and Saturday morning. The concert is that Saturday afternoon. In order to prepare, our participating students have rehearsed with their music teacher, Ms. Wolff or Ms. Shikowitz.

The concert is at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, 357 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn. It will be Saturday February 4 at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 and sold at the door.

A special congratulations to our talented boys and girls as well as Ms. Wolff and Ms. Shikowitz! ‎The entire Halsey community is invited to attend.

Announcing the Halsey Hackathon Winners…

Halsey Hackathon participants, January 28, 2017

The Halsey Technology Department held its Hackathon on Saturday, January 28th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with parents joining the group at 2:45 in the auditorium for the presentation and awards ceremony.

The winning teams included:

Best Candy Company: Character Pops

Best Presentation: Spicy Suckers

Most Complex Code: Kandy Stix

Most User Friendly: Geo Pops

Crowd Favorite: Sweet Tooth

Many thanks and congratulations to everyone who participated!