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

National Assistant Principals Week

NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators have declared the week of April 9-13, 2018 , as National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students in schools across the United States.

I would like to take a moment and say THANK YOU on behalf of the entire Halsey Family for the amazing job our Assistant Principals here at Halsey JHS 157 do on a daily basis. They are real life superheroes.

Halsey Bulldog Robotics Team

Announcing recruitment for the 6th graders for our Halsey Bulldog Robotics Team.  See our application below.  We will have a short meeting on Monday, March 26th following PM homeroom in Rm 219 for those that can attend.  If not, they may obtain an application from Ms. Elfers in Rm 301 or fill out the one below and return to Ms. Elfers ASAP.

Halsey Bulldogs Robotics Team permission slip 2018


On Wednesday, March 14th, students across the country are organizing a walkout for 17 minutes beginning at 10:00 am, in honor of the seventeen lives lost during the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. According to the organizers, the purpose of the walkout is to draw attention to the important issue of school safety, peace and kindness in schools, and the value of inclusion (Please see the attached Letter from Chancellor Farina)

Respecting students’ first amendment rights and freedom of speech and assembly, the faculty and administration at JHS 157 will not impede the efforts of those students who feel compelled to demonstrate their concern by walking out from class. However, the decision to walkout is one that should be made collaboratively between students and their parents. If you wish to allow your child to participate, please let them know. If you do not wish your child to participate, let them know as well.

That said, there are parameters that will be put into place in order to ensure a peaceful, respectful, and safe environment for all, whether participating or not. Please note the enforcement of the following expectations for students who choose to walk out from class at 10:00 am on March 14th for 17 minutes:

*Students must exit their classroom in a quiet and organized manner with no disruption to the learning environment of those choosing to remain in class.
*Students will go down to the cafeteria and must exit, quietly, from the CAFETERIA into the schoolyard ONLY.
*Students will assemble in the schoolyard. Students will not be permitted on the sidewalks or streets adjacent to our school. Students who “walkout” will be supervised by faculty and staff members in the school yard who are not otherwise occupied.
*Students must return to class at the conclusion of the walkout, entering only through the CAFETERIA. Students will return to their third period class upon the conclusion of the walkout.
*Parents, and all other visitors, will not be permitted in the building during the walkout. No students will be permitted to leave or enter the building from any other door except through the cafeteria

While we will not take away the opportunity for students to participate in the walkout, we are planning civics activities and conversations during 3rd period on Wednesday (the time of the walkout). All teachers scheduled to teach will remain in the classroom. Students who choose to remain in class will engage in a variety of planned activities, including reading about how adolescents have been calling for change, how teens have partnered with parents to have their voices heard, and how a pair of parents have been using a clothing line to foster social awareness in kids. These will all be followed by opportunities for the students themselves to creatively plan how they can have their own voices heard.

Students watch the video embedded in the NYTimes Web Page “A ‘Mass Shooting Generation’ Cries Out for Change”( https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/us/columbine-mass-shootings.html) , then read the article itself. Students then brainstorm ideas and messages they would like to share with others, and add them to a class-generated chart (or charts).

Students read the article “Parkland Teens are Motivating Parents to Promise They’ll Vote for Their Safety Over Gun Rights,” (https://mic.com/articles/188336/parkland-teens-are-motivating-parents-to-promise-theyll-vote-for-their-safety-over-gun-rights) then discuss and list ideas for how they can partner with their parents to have their voices heard.

Students read about the “Little Activists” clothing line (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/little-activists-clothing-line-fosters-social-awareness-in-kids_us_58e6bed7e4b0ace57cc0ca5d) , then create their own designs to address any of the issues they feel affect students their age.

We will submit our plan to the 112th precinct Community Affairs Department and to the NYPD Division of School Safety, and we will request police presence at points around the perimeter of the yard so that we can have an additional layer of safety and supervision.

We are looking forward to a positive and productive school day of March 14th.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.


Vincent Suraci
Principal JHS 157

Below is the letter to the Parents from the Chancellor in English, Spanish, Chinese, & Arabic:

chancellor farina parent #enough letter english

chancellor farina letter spanish

chancellor farina letter chinese

chancellor farina letter arabic


Halsey Bulldogs Debate Team at the 2018 Middle School City Championships

The Halsey Bulldogs Debate Team did great in the 2018 Middle School City Championships held this weekend! Here are some results:

Public Forum: One of our teams advanced into the Top 16 (Octafinals) and one of our teams made it into the Top 8 (Quarterfinals)! Three of our students earned individual Speaker Awards, which is a new record for the Halsey Bulldogs!

Parliamentary: One of our teams made it into the Top 16 with a near-perfect record, and one of our Halsey Bulldogs earned a top 10 individual Speaker Award! Nice!

Congressional: [there are no teams in Congressional] Two Halsey Bulldogs took Second and Third place overall! Awesome!

Congratulations to the Debate Team for an impressive showing in the City Championships, and thanks again to Ms. Tchilingarian and Mr. Sarris who were amazing coaches.

Beyond Beautification Update, March 2nd

Halsey’s “Beyond Beautification” project is progressing. We are beginning to implement the plans for Halsey’s green spaces to redesign them to be a setting for educational and experiential opportunities for students and a source of pride for the community as a whole.

Signs have been posted around the school about Halsey’s new “Green Team”. Interested students have already begun to visit Mr. Weiss. Space is limited! If your child is interested in the Green Team, encourage your child to see Mr. Weiss in room B6 during your child’s designated lunch period.

In February, the Halsey PTA voted to support the “Beyond Beautification” project. This generosity is being tapped into right away. Raised planting beds will start to appear in front of our school building. As soon as the weather permits, plants will also appear. Be on the lookout for them!

The Sprint Plant Sale has arrived!

The “Farm to Table” and growing “Green Team” are selling plants to raise money to buy plants for Halsey’s green spaces. Selling plants to buy plants? Is that an example of irony or is it just clever? Where are our ELA teachers? Someone weigh in on this please.

Check out the flyer and online order form!

Flyers will be sent home with students next week.
Please support this fundraiser.

We still need international plant nominations!

Part of the “Beyond Beautification” project’s mission is to create green spaces that “belong” to all of our students. We are seeking to install plants from the more than 50 countries of origin of our students and staff. Please nominate your favorite flower or shrub (sorry, we do not have the space for trees) for inclusion in Halsey’s green spaces.

Nominations may be sent directly to Mr. Weiss at cweiss6@schools.nyc.gov

2018 St. Jude Math-A-Thon

Our St. Jude Math-A-Thon Event continues through February 27th.
The St. Jude Math-A-Thon is a school-based fundraiser that benefits St. Jude children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Parents of these children cannot afford to pay for treatments. With the donations raised from St. Jude Math-A-Thon, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food.

Students will receive Math-A-Thon booklets in their math class (grades 6-9), as well as envelopes, which students will use to collect donations from family and friends. A prize order form will be distributed next week to all students. The official fundraiser start date is Friday, January 26th, and the last day of the fundraiser will be Tuesday, March 6th. The top student who raises the most money in each grade will be recognized, and a pizza party will be awarded to the homeroom class on each grade that raises the most money for St. Jude.

Students and parents may utilize the following link on their social media sites (e.g., Facebook), to help fundraise online. Online donations can be made and linked directly to JHS 157 using the link below:


Last year, JHS 157 was identified as #53 of the top 100 schools that have raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. That’s amazing!

If you have any questions about the St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon feel free to call or email Mrs. Schiano.
We hope that we can count on you! Thank you.