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J.H.S. 157 Stephen A. Halsey
VINCENT SURACI, PRINCIPAL
63-55 102ND STREET, QUEENS, NY 11374Phone: 718-830-4910
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Select 8th Grade Computer Talent students and Ms.Stahl-Van Brackle joined Congresswoman Grace Meng on a tour of the Googleoffices on May 31st. Some of the highlights of the tour included themassive fiber optic network, the Lego Break Room and the awesome Game Roomwhere students got to play pool, ping pong, get a massage and just googlearound.
Mr. Suraci is proud to announce that Stephen A. Halsey, JHS157 has been chosen to be a part of the Department of Education’s New SoftwareEngineering Pilot Program.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis M.Walcott today announced the 20 schools selected for the new SoftwareEngineering Pilot program to begin at the start of the next school year. Theschools will receive comprehensive computer science and software engineeringcurriculum for the 1,000 students expected to participate this fall.
“The tech industry in New York City continues to expandsignificantly under Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership, and our public schools arerising to meet the challenge,” said Chancellor Walcott. “The SoftwareEngineering Pilot will provide students with the foundational skills they needto compete for high-paying, career track jobs in a variety of professionalfields. I would like to thank the educators at our 20 pilot schools who areworking hard to make this wonderful opportunity a reality for their students.”
Kids at the schools will be taught a range of computerskills, include computer programming, web design, e-textiles, and robotics, andwill get the chance to take elective classes in "digitalfabrication," 3-D printing and animation.
Mayor Bloomberg said the pilot is intended to better equipkids with tech skills they'll need in the future and cement the city'sreputation as a growing technology center.
The schools were selected via a competition that judgedtheir current technology offerings, and teachers at the schools will receivespecial training before the classes start.
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Since 1985, Stephen A. Halsey Junior High School 157has participated in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon. The Math-A-Thon is aneducation-based fundraising program for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Theproceeds from the Math-A-Thon benefit some of the world’s sickest children whoare battling cancer as well as other serious diseases. Every student whoparticipates receives a St. Jude Math-A-Thon “funbook”. The “funbook” isdeveloped by Scholastic and encompasses mathematics curriculum that is alignedto National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM’s) standards. Theparticipating students complete the math problems that are in the “funbook” andcollect donations for each problem that they answer correctly. Prior to thisyear’s fundraiser, J.H.S. 157 has raised a total of $48,363.68, over the past28 years.
During the week of January 7, 2013, Ms. Turriciano,the Assistant Principal of the Mathematics Department, hosted JHS 157’s 24thAnnual Math-A-Thon kick-off with an assembly for each grade. Followingthe kick-off, each teacher in the mathematics department distributed sponsorform envelopes and Math-A-Thon “funbooks” to each of theirstudents. Thanks to the dedication of our students, faculty, and parents,this year’s Math-A-Thon was a great success. JHS 157 students raised$6,400.85. These funds will support St. Jude’s Children’s ResearchHospital’s mission of finding cures for children, through research andtreatment.
This year Halsey JHS held a school-wide mathcompetition. The top 10 students fromthis competition formed our school math team. These exceptionally talented students were: James Yang, Wilson Wong,Bernard Saks, Ivy Mao, Daniel Blyakher, Nikhil Devraj, Sharon Yu, CaylaEinstein, Andrew Shao, and Alecs Sipitec.
These 10 students met with Mrs. Norwich (the team coach)after school to work on advanced problem solving skills and on February 2ndthey attended the county-wide Mathcounts Competition. Mathcounts is a program designed to be funand challenging for middle school students while increasing their academic andprofessional opportunities. The studentshad an intense day of problem solving and did very well against moreexperienced teams. Great job math team!!
After the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy destroyedmany homes throughout the Rockaways, Breezy Point, Long Beach and Staten Island,the teachers and students from Stephen A. Halsey, Junior High School 157 inQueens were motivated to help their fellow New Yorkers rebuild their lives andlaunched Halsey Cares. Initially, thisschool wide relief effort focused on food and clothing drives. Hundreds ofpounds of food and clothing were collected from the Halsey community. Teachers with the help of students deliveredthe much needed supplies to the various relief sites in the City.
Realizing that there is still much that needs to be doneHalsey Cares has organized a Talent Show featuring students and teacherperformances The Talent Show will help to raise money for continued HurricaneSandy Relief. The Halsey Cares HurricaneRelief Talent Show will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:30 pm inthe school auditorium. Tickets to thisfun-filled night will be $5.00.
The Halsey community has displayed a vast array of talentthroughout these events. Parents and guardians have baked goods to raise moneyat bake sales, and students have demonstrated support through artistic creationthat will be displayed around the auditorium the night of the show.
All proceeds willbenefit the Stephen Sillers Memorial Tunnel to Towers fund- Hurricane SandyRebuilding America’s Bravest fund.
***The success of the Talent Show was not just in raising funds, which were over $2700, but in building a sense of community through creating art. Congratulations to all who participated and to Ms. Schwarz and Ms. Henry whose tireless efforts made it all possible.***