Chorus – Select Chorus
Select Chorus is an advanced, auditioned singing ensemble. Any grade student participating in any talent is welcome to audition each September. We perform during numerous school events, NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association), community events, and during Halsey’s chorus concerts. Experienced select chorus students also participate in MEANYC (Music Educators of New York City) All-County each February. We meet on Thursdays from 2:20-3:30 from September-January. Once test prep begins in February, we meet on Fridays from 2:20-3:30.
Halsey Harmonizers is a non-auditioned all-male group. Any grade male student from any talent can participate, no audition needed. New members are welcome to join at any time. We sing pop, rock, oldies, and doo wop music. We meet every Tuesday from 2:20-3:10.
The Halsey JHS Mouse Squad
One of our extended day programs is The Mouse Squad which is affiliated with Mouse. Mouse is a youth development program that promotes technology support by teaching children how work together and collaborate on technology projects and competitions. Mouse Squad also offers various competitions throughout the school year in which children are encouraged to participate with their Mouse Squad coordinator/advisor, Ms. Elfers. Meets Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 PM
Halsey Bulldog Robotics Team
Meets on Mondays from 2:30PM until 5:00PM. Our Robotics team is affiliated with First Tech Challenge and will be competing this year. Stay tuned for more information. Coordinators: Ms. Elfers, Mr. Sarris, Ms. Pignataro, Mr. Lober, Mr. Blanco
First Tech Robotics
JCCA Project Rise
JCCA (Jewish Child Care Association) through Project Rise will provide educational information and support services to beginning and intermediate ESL students to help them foster a better understanding of the English language. They will also provide informational workshops for parents to familiarize them with the school system and encourage their involvement in their children’s education .
Midori and Friends
Midori and Friends generously provides us with a jazz residency with drummist and educator Alvin Atkinson. Through this program, Alvin workshops with the jazz band throughout the year, often bringing in other clinicians to work with specific sections such as brass, reeds, or the rhythm section. For the past two years, they have also provided clinics for the jazz chorus and jazz lab band. At the culminating concert in June, the professionals perform as guest artists, and the evening concludes with a jam session that involves everyone – jazz band, jazz chorus, jazz lab band, and the professionals. When the budget allows, Midori and Friends often provides us with a music and/or equipment. Donations in the past have included a new tambourine, snare drum, drum heads, brass mutes, and a new case and repairs for our baritone saxophone.
Urban Advantage Program
Many of the students at Halsey participate in the Urban Advantage Program, Urban Advantage is a standards-based partnership program designed to improve students’ understanding of scientific inquiry through collaborations between urban public school systems and science cultural institutions.