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!

QXSH Social Hackathon

On Saturday, December 10, two of Halsey’s 6th graders and their parents participated in the Queens Experience Social Hackathon (QXSH) at Campus Magnet High School.  Students were given a social problem and asked to address the issue by creating an app for a phone in order to help solve the problem.  Several student teams created apps for health awareness with programs such as MIT’s App Inventor and Just In Mind.  The two  winning teams consisted of Halsey Students and students from other schools.  1st place team member from Halsey – Sergei from class 631 , and 2nd place team member, Yuga of class 622.  Congratulations to both teams!


Spelling Bee Winners

Thank you to our ELA teachers for facilitating their in-class spelling bee! The winners of that competition participated in our school-wide bee yesterday.

Congratulations to our winner and runner-ups:

  • 3rd Place: Alethea Plass (622)
  • 2nd Place: Jordan Au (725)
  • 1st Place: Kristen Lew (726)

Our students will compete in the Queens Borough South Spelling Bee sometime in January 2017. The winners of that competition will move onto the NYC Spelling Bee final. Good luck to our students! We are proud of your accomplishment!

Thank you to Ms. Hoffman for facilitating our school-wide bee.