PTA Meeting

General PTA Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
7:00pm in the School Library

 Review and Acceptance of January 2019 Meeting Minutes
 Treasurer / Financial Report
 PTA Fundraisers/Events

o Candy/Bake Sale for Mary Poppins – Friday, March 8th (during lunch)

o Parent Teacher Conference – Tuesday, March 26th (1-3pm and 5-8pm)

o Restaurant Fundraisers – need a volunteer to coordinate

 Panera Restaurant Fundraiser
 Chipotle Restaurant Fundraiser
 Shake Shack Restaurant Fundraiser

o Concessions at School Musical Mary Poppins – April 16th & 17th (5-8pm)

 Principal / SLT Report

 o Vote on Proposed Day OFF of school – Accommodate Regents on June 18th

 New Business / Q&A


Attachment(s): 2019 02- February Halsey PTA Agenda.pdf

Music Educators Association of New York City

The following students participated in this past weekend’s MEANYC (Music Educators Association of New York City) All-County Middle School Festival. The top students are nominated by their teachers to participate in this performance. They represented Halsey and played with the best middle school musicians in the city. They only rehearsed Friday night and Saturday morning, and performed in an AMAZING concert Saturday, February 2nd.

Ruvy Chigiji 823
Sofia Barrenechea 821
Aliza Sayed 824
Helenica Harte 825
Carly Petot 826
Natella Yagudayeva 832
Alix Cohen 723
Lyndsey Royce 721
Olivia Yaffe 726
Cienna London 726
Jazz Ensemble
Maya Held (alto saxophone)
Matthew Ferencz (trumpet)
Waka Yoshimura (alto saxophone)
Concert Band
Ann Hsieh (flute)
Madeleine Noreen (bassoon)
Kirsten Moy (percussion)
Jayden McManhan (trumpet)
Amelia Jacobson-Yang (clarinet)
Emily Koprowski (clarinet
Clayton Frank (tuba)

STEM Enrichment Programs for Spring Break

Apply Now for Exciting STEM Enrichment Programs for Spring Break!

Kindergarten through grade 12 students can apply now to attend exciting spring break STEM enrichment and experiential learning programs. A wide range of programs are offered at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Museum of the City of New York, New York Aquarium, New-York Historical Society, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens County Farm Museum, Queens Zoo, Staten Island MakerSpace, Staten Island Zoo, and Wave Hill. Student will meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real life, hands-on learning experiences.

Explore, tinker, discover, and design with us! Don’t miss out, spots are limited and the application deadline is Friday, February 15. Preference is given to students who attend Title I schools. Download our flyer,learn more, and apply now! For questions, contact

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Special Education Dance Recital

Mrs. Gruet has been working tirelessly with our Special Education students on a wonderful dance performance. Each class learned a dance based off a story they learned. Here we have Mrs. Ador’s class 794 doing a performance about Grasshoppers and Ants which brought tears to my eyes.

The sense of accomplishment the students feel, the pride they see in their parents faces, the happiness they showed as they hugged each other at the end was priceless.

Please enjoy class 794’s performance.


Green Team Update








After only two weeks the hydroponics system is greening out.






The plants are growing rapidly…












As are their root systems.











Spring is coming early for the Green Team’s vegetables.






The Green Team is happy (and relieved) to be able to say that the hydroponic system built, from scratch, is working as it is supposed to. Students are monitoring the system (checking water level, ph level and maintaining nutrients) and continuing to add the seedlings as they mature and are ready for the system. Their favorite thing to do is to visit the room to tell Mr. Weiss to look at how much the plants have grown. Mr. Weiss already knows…he obsessively watches over the Green Team’s “babies”.

St. Jude Math-a-Thon

Each year Halsey JHS 157 takes on a very important challenge – raising money to help support children with cancer. With the St. Jude Math-a-Thon, organized by Assistant Principal Mrs. Schiano, students have fun and earn prizes with a fundraiser that improves students’ math skills and teaches the importance of helping others.

All the students now have the St. Jude Math-A-Thon packets and should be doing their best to help the cause. Any questions or concerns you can contact your math teachers through pupil path. Please consider supporting your children and helping this tremendous cause. With your support, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Upcoming Dates

February 2nd – Halsey Hack-a-Thon
February 5th – Lunar New Year – Schools Closed
February 6th – Boys Basketball at JHS 217
February 7th – Girls Basketball vs IS 61
February 11th through February 15 –  Respect for All Week
February 12th – Girls Basketball – at MS 706
February 13th – SLT Meeting 7:15 am
February 13th and 14th – PTA Bake Sale
February 13th – Girls Basketball at IS 61
February 14th – Boys Basketball Home Game vs. MS 8
February 15th – No One Eats Alone Day
February 15th – Last Day of School Before Winter Recess
February 16th – February 24th – Winter Recess
February 25th – Back to School 

February 26th – Boys Basketball at MS 321
February 27th – PTA Meeting 7:00 pm
February 28th – Girls Basketball vs MS 230


Dear Parents,

Halsey JHS 157 takes great pride in our fine arts productions. Every year, under the guidance of our amazing Drama teacher Ms. Schwarz, the kids put on a musical production. We believe that students learn more than just lines when preparing for a performance, they learn teamwork, patience, dedication and commitment.

As you may have heard this year’s School Musical is the very family friendly MARY POPPINS and we are hoping all students will come out to watch their friends perform.
There will be two performances this year, on Tuesday April 16th and Wednesday April 17th both at 7:00pm. Of course students, parents, families in the neighborhood are encouraged to attend!

Even if your child is not participating in this activity, the school as a whole benefits from the event as a community. Of course, funding to support the production is limited and we rely on support to make sure that the show is as amazing as it can be.

We URGE you all to PLEASE DONATE what you can ($5, $10, $50, $100!) to fund costumes, microphone rentals, props and set to support the show. IF you are able to volunteer to help in any way, please email us at


Donate to Halsey’s Musical Mary Poppins

Thank you in advance for your support!
Halsey PTA