Family Fitness Night

Family Fitness Night was a HUGE success! We had an excellent turnout. There were a number of activities for the families to participate in. Thank you to Ms. Butera and the rest of the Halsey staff who helped make this night one to remember.

Check out the pics:

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Spring Hackathon Winners

On Saturday, June 2nd, we held our Spring Hackathon. Students were introduced to App Lab in order to create Mobile Apps. The problem presented to them was to create an app for a phone that would be helpful to their community. We had a fantastic time despite the heat!

1st Place (apptastic – highly original) – Katie Ng and Abigail Chang – created an app entitled, Digital Community Center

2nd Place (social impact-raises awareness) Gryphon Lee, James R and Gabriel Paredes – created an app to help raise awareness for Recycling.

3rd Place (complexity) – Tejas Modi, Matan Luzon and Emile Romero – created an app for users to create music with various different sounds, Quicksound

4th Place (Presentation) -Lucas Tsang and Shaurya – created an app to identify animals by taking a picture – using image recognition software, Animal discovery

Special thanks to Ms. S. Shikowitz and Ms. J. Pignataro for their help.

Special Education Culminating Dance Event

Our wonderful special education students, under the tutelage of Bam’s Dance Africa Sawabun, put on a beautiful performance this morning. The students practiced for months and made everyone here at Halsey very proud of them. Thank you to Mrs. Ador, Mrs. Whalen, Mrs. Skow, and Mrs. Simkhayev, all the para’s, Mr. Suraci for his support, and of course all our students. Check out the students below:


The Pen Pal Project

Ms. Gallagher’s seventh grade ELA classes received a letter from a seventh grade student from Cinco Ranch Junior High School in Katy, Texas. This student wanted to learn more about NYC! 706, 722, and 724 wrote formal letters and sent them all the way to Texas! We are eagerly awaiting a response!

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Garden Beautification Project Progress Update

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Mr. Weiss has been working hard on the Garden Beautification Project that is being funded by our PTA. Along with some Halsey students, Mr. Weiss has built 5 raised flower beds for the front of the school and has begun building the greenhouse located in our garden on the side of the building. Last weekend the students met up with Mr. Weiss and Ms. Butera who came to help. When students began to arrive they got right to work on building the greenhouse, removing a pair of tree stumps and pruning back some of our more “unruly” plants.

We will be out there this Sunday at 10:00 am weather permitting. Come on out!

If you would like to get involved on the Green Team please contact Mr. Weiss at

We are asking for donations to help purchase the flowers, plants and trees we are going to be planting. You can use this link to donate:

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

Saturday, April 28th 2018 – 15 spots remaining
Saturday, May 5th 2018 – 11 spots remaining

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.

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 am.

There is still plenty of space left to sign up for one of the two remaining trips to the USS Intrepid Museum.

Click here for the Intrepid Permission Slip


Halsey Parent/Student VOLUNTEER Opportunity

Dear Halsey Parents,

Many parents in our school community work and have not been able to volunteer to help at our past fundraisers which have taken place at school during the day.

We are hoping to get parent volunteers to help support selling snacks/concessions at the evening events below. You can volunteer to sign up for one or more dates! It’s pretty simple, all you have to do is be at the school on that date and man a table to sell drinks (water) and snacks and candy (various) during these events. If you can’t be there on these dates but can pickup and deliver to the school water and snacks, or have connections to get businesses to donate water bottles and snacks, that would be great also!

April 17th – Parent Workshop 7PM (setup an hour before)
May 10th – Once On This Island Musical & Art Gallery in Cafeteria 5:30PM (setup an hour before)
May 15th – High School Night for 7th Grade Families 6PM (setup an hour before)
May 21st – Chorus Concert 7PM (setup an hour before)
May 30th – Senior Drama Showcase 6PM (setup an hour before)

This is also a great way your child (and their friends) can help volunteer and earn community service credits. NOTE: There MUST be one responsible adult present at each event since there is money transaction involved.

Let us know if YOU can HELP!

Thank you,
Halsey PTA Exec Board
Emily, Vicky, Stephanie, Rob and Victoria