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

Halsey Hackathon

Halsey will be hosting their first Hackathon for the year.

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.  Our topic will be, “How Can We Use Technology to Solve a Problem in our Community?”

Hackathons are a lot of fun and are a great learning experience.  If you wish for your child to attend, pleas return the attached consent form to Ms. Elfers in Room 301 ASAP.  We will be serving Pizza for Lunch.  If you child has dietary restrictions, they are advised to bring their own lunch.

Halsey Hackathon Permission Form

8th Grade Important Dates

1. 8TH GRADE PROM will be held on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at Douglaston Manor. Prom will run from 6:00pm until 10:00pm

2. AWARDS NIGHT will be held on Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at 7:00pm in our school auditorium. Invitations and more information will follow in May.

3. GRADUATION will be held on Friday, June 21st, 2019. Students must arrive at St. John’s University Lou Carnesecca Arena by 7:30am. Guests should arrive at St. John’s University Lou Carnesecca Arena between 8:00am and 8:30am. There will be no one permitted in the auditorium without a ticket. Tickets will be distributed to students in June with their caps and gowns. Each graduate will receive 4 tickets. After tickets have been distributed, if someone needs more tickets, parents should send in a written request to Ms. Shriki. The ceremony will begin at 9:00am.

4. 8TH GRADE TRIP will be held on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019. More detailed information will follow in the Spring.


ELA State Exam – April 2nd 2019 & April 3rd 2019

Math State Exam – May 1st 2019 & May 2nd 2019 (Non Regents Classes Only)

Science Performance Exam – May 22nd 2019 though May 31st 2019 (Students will be scheduled. Non Regents Classes Only)

Science Written Exam – June 3rd 2019 (Non Regents Classes Only)

U.S. History & Government – June 18th 2019 (Morning)

Living Enviroment Regents – June 18th 2019 (Afternoon)

Algebra 1 Regents – June 19th 2019 (Afternoon)

Language Proficiency Exam – June 24th 2019 (Morning)

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ms. Shriki at or 718-830-4910 ext. 2103

8th Grade Team:

Mr. Dechongkit
Ms. Gonzalez
Ms. Shriki

Friday 12-14-18

Happy Friday Halsey Family!

Quite the busy week here at Halsey JHS 157. Robotics Team Competition, Parent Engagement Trip to the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum, SLT meeting with parents visiting classrooms, Mr. Weiss and the Green Team working on the Hydroponics System being built in room B4 (update on the completed project next week!), and more. Lets start the update…

The Spectacular Winter Choral Concert takes place on Tuesday, December 18th 2018. Tickets will are on sale now in the cafeteria during each lunch period. Tickets are $5. Leftover tickets will be sold at the door for $5 as well.

The concert will sell out so get your tickets while you can!

You are invited to come dance with us at a class structured just for parents. No experience? No problem! Two left feet? Don’t worry! Everyone can be included! The students are currently studying Hip Hop, so our Parent’s Dance Class theme will be “Beginner Hip Hop for Parents.” Hope to see you on the dance floor!
Who: Halsey parents (Just adults, no students)
When: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 pm – 6:45pm before the PTA meeting
Where: Halsey Dance Studio Room 329, hosted by Dance Teacher Mrs. Gruet
What: Beginner Hip Hop Dance for Parents!
Wear: Comfortable attire such as sweatpants, leggings, adidas, etc. Avoid jeans and tight pants

No experience needed – everyone can dance!

For more information contact Mrs. Gruet at

Our next PTA meeting takes place Wednesday, December 19th 2018 at 7:00 pm. During this meeting will be a discussion hosted by Assistant Principal Mr. Dechongkit regarding the 7th Grade Washington D.C. trip.

Next week Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18 the PTA will host a fundraiser in school during all lunch periods.  Students and Faculty will be able to purchase a Candy Cane for $1 each and write a message to a friend!  Candy Canes will be distributed in your child’s homeroom class.

We will also hold a Bake Sale during those dates, so please send in any baked or store bought goods with your child those days for us to sell!  The more items we receive, the more money we raise for our school 😊

Don’t forget to send your child to school with money on December 17 and 18 to support the Candy Cane and Bake Sale!


The School Leadership Team (SLT) met this past Wednesday morning. The parents on the SLT had a wonderful opportunity to go on a “Learning Walk” and visit 4 English Language Learning (ELL) classes. Learning walks are observational classroom tours led by school leaders. Parents who participate in the walks are given supervised access to classes that are in session and provided with rubrics as a measure of academic standard and expectations. During the walks parents witness student-to-teacher and peer-to-peer engagement, listen in with classroom discussions, and see first hand how teachers implement the strategy of focus in  the classroom. At the end of the walk parents and administrators convene for question and discussion and provide constructive feedback.

We know how wonderful our teachers are here at Halsey but to see them in action and working toward our Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) goals was phenomenal. We broke into 2 groups led by our Principal Mr. Suraci and our Assistant Principals Mrs. Lisa, Mrs. Schiano and Mr. Dechongkit. We had the chance to visit the following classes and teachers:

Ms. Angotta’s Math class 805 where the students were identifying equations using graphs and connecting the lesson to the real world. This technique helps connect the students to the lesson and makes it relatable.

Mrs. Sartaj’s Social Studies class 802 where the students were learning about Progressive Leadership by studying President Theodore Roosevelt and his policies.

Mrs. Vereb and Ms. Gallaghers ELA class 802 where the students began learning about the background of the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Ms. Ruzicka’s Science class 702 where students were analyzing the sea floor.

Watch out for more opportunities for parents to participate at school at student publishing parties, parent engagement trips, parent workshops and more!
Girls Volleyball


Silhoutee of a female volleyball player returning a ball with a dig.

Girls volleyball will begin this Tuesday 12/18/2018 after school from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm in the girls gym.  All girls that submitted a permission slip to participate are invited to attend. Any question or concerns you can contact Mr. Kagen at 

Thank you to all the families who came out and braved the cold weather for the Parent Engagement trip to the Intrepid Air, Sea, & Space Museum this last Saturday. We had an amazing time and learned a lot about this historic sea vessel. Check out some pics and video here:


Halsey Robotics Team – the Bionic Bulldogs competed last weekend at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn. The team performed pretty decent for a young team and will continue to improve under the guidance of Mr. Sarris, Mr. Lober and Mrs. Elfers.

Parent Engagement Trip

The 2nd Parent Engagement Trip has been planned and we are heading to the FDNY Fire Zone in Manhattan on January 26th 2019. Our tour starts at 11:00 am and we will be leaving from Halsey at 9:30 am. This trip is on a first come first serve basis. If you sign up for the trip and cannot go please give us ample time to find a replacement to fill the tickets.

About the Fire Zone

The Fire Zone is New York City’s state-of-the-art fire-safety learning center. At the Fire Zone you can climb on a realistic fire truck, try on bunker gear, meet a firefighter and learn how to crawl through a smoke-filled hallway.

The Fire Zone gives visitors a first-hand experience in what to do in a fire emergency through a variety of hands-on exhibits and multimedia presentations, including a simulated fire scene.

Fire Simulator

At the heart of the Fire Zone experience is the innovative fire simulator that utilizes special effects and multimedia to help teach visitors about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire emergency. A firefighter and facilitator guide visitors through the interactive presentation. Visitors leave the Fire Zone with materials necessary to eliminate fire hazards in their own homes and to create escape planes for their families.

Please click HERE for the permission slip.


Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2019 (students currently in grades 7 through 11). This intensive program is held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.
Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, cultural organizations, and guest artists. The daily schedule includes studio work and experiences with professional artists. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, attending professional performances, visiting arts venues and exploring careers.

To apply, you must follow the link below. An audition will be scheduled after the application is sent in. A letter of recommendation must also be obtained. Please ask the teacher well in advance.

Program Dates: July 8 – August 2, 2019
Student Application Period: November 26, 2018 – February 1, 2019
Student Auditions: Saturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Application link

The Halsey Library is available for students to get some additional work or studying done. Please see the schedule below:

Morning Library Hours
Tuesday 7:15-8:00
Wednesday and Thursday 7:30-8:00
The library will NOT be open in the morning on Monday and Friday. 

In order for a student to receive a morning pass they will need to either tell Mr. Trainor in the cafeteria or ask the security desk and they will provide the student with a library pass. The student will need to hand in the pass in order to enter the library. There are only thirteen morning passes available for each morning that the library is open, so it is a first come first serve basis.

Afternoon Library Hours
Monday-Friday from 2:20-4:00

In order for a student to receive an afternoon pass they will need to report to AM homeroom and ask their teacher if they can come down to the library to get an afternoon library pass. The student must hold onto the afternoon library pass all day and give it to Ms. Angela in the library at 2:20. The students who come to utilize the library in the afternoon will receive a phone call home to make sure that they are permitted to stay.

There will only be thirteen passes available for each afternoon, so it is a first come first serve basis.

**Please express to your children that if they are asking for a library afternoon pass it is to do school work, print, take out a book/return a book, do research, type up an essay, etc. they are not permitted to come into the library to hang out.**

Sign Up for a Group Training Session for Parents/Caregivers of People with Disabilities

Project GROW teaches specific behavioral techniques to improve communication and promote positive family interactions. In these sessions we have general behavior management sessions for caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for all ages.*

Thursdays: December 13th through February 28th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
460 West 34th Street in Manhattan

Groups in English & Spanish
Light dinner provided

Topics include:

  • Family roles and structure
  • Analyzing behavior
  • The power of attention
  • The truth about consequences
  • Caring for the caregiver

*Person must reside at home with family in the Bronx or Manhattan. Also available for Staten Island families – contact us for more info.

For more information and to register call 212-273-6259 or