The arts are an integral part of the offerings at Halsey. From Chorus to Drama to Band to Art to Computer Talent (SEP) to STEM students are able to explore their creative side.
Halsey has a thriving band program. Students choose to learn flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, or percussion instruments, even if they have never played an instrument before. We perform in two concerts this year. Students can also elect to participate in Jazz Band and Symphonic Band. Symphonic Band has a strong history of receiving “gold” ratings at NYSSMA evaluations. For more information on the Halsey band program, please visit: www.halseyband.com
In Chorus class, we focus on healthy singing, music literacy, music theory, music history, solfege (do, re mi, etc.), and being entertaining performers. We have two concerts per school year where we perform a diverse repertoire of music. Students sing in a variety of languages, including Japanese, Latin, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swahili, Zambian, Xhosa, Hebrew, Russian, Viyanese, and Italian. For more information please visit: mssmusicteacher.wix.com/chorus
Recordings: mssmusicteacher.wix.com/select chorus
Computer Talent (SEP):
In Computer Talent/SEP students learn how to use computers as creative tools. Through coding, graphic design, 3D design, and game design, we explore a variety of cloudbased design tools such as Scratch, Gamestar Mechanic, Codesters and more. For more on the Computer Talent/SEP class check out the class Web site at: www.halseybulldog.org
In Drama, students are involved and develop skills in all aspects of Theatermaking: Acting, Directing, Playwriting as well as Technical Theater. They also develop their literacy and critical thinking skills by analyzing and critiquing theatrical performances through peer and self evaluation. In a supportive, nurturing classroom environment, the ultimate of goal our Drama program is to develop and foster each students unique voice as an artist, a performer and human being.
STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is a subject that is based around the Engineering Design Process. The goal of STEM is to promote 21st century skills, or skills that teach students to be creative problem solvers, all while sharpening technological skills. STEM is a unique opportunity for students at Halsey to participate in a hands-on technical class. Students will explore a broad set of topics that include: engineering design, electricity, computer aided design, online portfolio development, alternative energy, robotics, flight, 3D printing, and various other topics. The students at Halsey will have a chance to use new and emerging technologies as part of our curriculum. The program is a broad overview of technological concepts to introduce students to as many different technologies and experiences as possible.