New Clubs and Activities

We hope your child is off to a great start to the school year.  We are adding the following clubs/activities to our after-school program.  Students may see the teacher who is facilitating the club/activity for a permission slip and should listen to morning announcements for more information as well:

  • There will be a general meeting for all students interested in participating on our Competitive Debate Team this Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 2:20PM in the auditorium!
  • Boys/Girls Dance Program-(separate from Ball Room Dancing) (Ms. Shriki room 325)
  • Boys/Girls Flag Football(Mr. Kagen Boys Gym) meets Wednesdays 2:20-4:30PM
  • Halsey Debate Team(Mr. Sarris/ Ms. Tchiligarian room 240- general info meeting 2:20PM Tuesday 10/17 in the AUD) meets Thursdays 2:20-4:30PM
  • Boys Varsity Basketball(try-out info Mr. Angelastro room 325/Mr. Plummer room 324) meets-various
  • Girls Varsity Basketball(try-out info Ms. Palmieri room 243A) meets-various
  • Peer Mediation Team(application and permission slip/Mr. Plummer room 324)

**Coming this winter session (December-February) Girls Competitive Volleyball/ Stock Market Game/Chess Club***

CURRENT CLUBS/ACTVITIES IN PROGRESS (interested students should see the teacher facilitator for space availability)

  • Mouse Squad(Ms.Elfers room 301)- meets Tuesdays 2:20-3:30PM room 301
  • Robotics(Mr. Lober room 333/Ms. Elfers room 301) meets Mondays 2:20-5:00M in the science lab
  • 6th Grade Study Skills and Organization Class (Mr. Plummer room 324) meets Wednesdays 2:20-4:00PM
  • 6th Grade Ball Room Dancing(Mondays or Tuesdays beginning 10/16-2:30-3:30PM in the auditorium)
  • Girls Fitness Club(Ms. Butera Girls Gym) meets early morning girls’ gym

Parent Engagement Initiative Trips

Dear Parents,

We are excited to kick off our 2017-2018 “Involved Parent = Successful Student” Initiative. Our first parent/student/staff trip will be to the Queens County Farm Museum located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY. 11004.

You may choose from ONE of the following dates:

  • October 12, 2017
  • October 18, 2017
  • October 25, 2017

We encourage students and their parents to join us in this amazing opportunity to tour the farm, learn about sustainable systems, learn about planting and growing food, enjoy a Fall hayride, and feed the farm animals. Each student attending must have their parent with them (Due to limited space only 1 parent may attend the trip). We will be taking only 30 students on each trip.

We will be traveling together by school bus to and from the Queens County Farm. The bus will leave from Halsey Junior High School at 2:00 pm. Parents please arrive no later than 1:45 pm. The bus will leave the Queens County Farm at 5:00 pm.

Please fill out the attahed Queens County Farm Permission Slip and return it to the Main Office or to the Parent Coordinator no later than Friday, October 6th, 2017. We hope to see you at this very special event!

Thank you,

Principal Vincent Suraci

Parent Coordinator Mike Zevon

Study Skills Program for 6th Graders

Starting Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 we will be offering a study skills class for 6 grade students. This class will teach students how to study, how to take notes, how to stay organized and various different helpful techniques and strategies that will help them succeed in middle school. The class will meet one time per week every Wednesday from 2:20 pm – 4:00 pm.

If your child signs up for this class they must commit to attend. If they are excessively absent their seat in the class will be given to another student.

Permission slips will be given out in your child’s homeroom class and are due back to Mr. Plummer in room 324 no later than Wednesday, September 20th, 2017. The classes will be set up on a first come first serve basis. There will be a waiting list for those who do not receive a seat. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Plummer at 718-830-4981.

Once your child is accepted into the program they will receive a confirmation letter with the room number.

Get Involved with the PTA!

Dear Parents,

We were so glad to see many of you at Tuesday nights PTA meeting! As you know, the best way to help your child get the most out of their education is to be an involved parent.

Upcoming PTA Events:

9/26 Open School Night Snack and Spirit Wear Sale (evening)
9/29 Lemon Ice Sale (during all lunch periods)
10/20 Picture Day (during day)
12/13,12/14, 2/15 Candy Cane Sale (during all lunch periods)

Ongoing PTA Committees:

8th grade Committee
Membership Committee
Fundraising Committee
Budget Committee
Translation Services

If you can volunteer for any of these mentioned events or committees OR if you have any IDEAS and are willing to take the lead on any events, please contact the Halsey PTA at HalseyPTA@gmail.com! We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the next PTA meeting on October 10th.

Enjoy this day,

PTA Executive Board

Faculty Member Listings

We know you know that you can count on the faculty at Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157. If you do not have your Child’s Guidance Counselor, Dean, Assistant Principal, Principal and other faculty members here is the current listing:

Administration
Mr. Suraci, Principal
VSuraci@schools.nyc.gov

Mr. Dechongkit, Assistant Principal
NDechon@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Lisa, Assistant Principal
AAnconaLisa@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Napolitano, Assistant Principal
MNapoli6@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Schiano, Assistant Principal
ASchiano5@schools.nyc.gov

Deans
Mr. Angelastro, 6th Grade Dean
DAngelastro@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Gonzalez, 7th Grade Dean
DGonzalez44@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Quinones – Seda, 8th / 9th Grade Dean
MQuinonesSeda@schools.nyc.gov

Guidance
Mr. Plummer, 6th Grade
APlummer@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Shriki, 7th Grade
SShriki@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Sussman, 8th / 9th Grade
SSussma2@schools.nyc.gov

Crisis Intervention Teacher
Mr. Trainor
FTrainor@schools.nyc.gov
(718) 830-4910 x 2510

Parent Coordinator
Mr. Zevon
MZevon@schools.nyc.gov
(718) 830 – 4910 x1004

SAT Office
Mrs. Nolan, School Psychologist
LNolan@schools.nyc.gov
(718) 897-1415 x 1

Ms. Casal, Social Worker
JCasal@schools.nyc.gov
(718) 897-1415 x 4

Ms. Karlic, IEP Coordinator
OKarlic@schools.nyc.gov
(718) 897-1415 x 2

Ms. Bonilla, Family Worker
Fbonilla@schools.nyc.gov
(718) 897-1415 x 3

Math Team and Math Club

We are so excited to kick off the 2017-2018 Math Team Season! We hope that your child will develop rich problem solving skills, a passion for mathematics, and fun and lasting friendships through the participation of Math Team.

Throughout the school year, Halsey will attend several competitions. Some competitions include, but are not limited to, Continental Mathematics League, Math Counts, and Pi5. Times, dates, and locations of these competitions will be given in future letters that will be sent home.

Last year two of our 6th graders were chosen out of 50,000 students and competed in the MathCON National Competition in Chicago. We hope to continue our participation in these competitions, as well as add to our competition experience.

We will be holding tryouts in the form of a written test on September 19, 2017 from 2:20-3:15 PM. Please contact your math teacher for the permission slip or any questions.