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September Events

September 4, 2014
School Starts - 8 am - 2:20 pm

September 11, 2014
Parent Association Meeting - 7:00 pm

September 18, 2014
Back to School Night - 5:00 pm

September 19, 2014
School Spirit Day - Baseball Jersey

September 23rd, 2014
6th Grade Get to Know You Dance- 3:30-5:30pm

September 25-26, 2014
Rosh Hashana - School is Closed

News Around Halsey

Halsey MOUSE Squad #1 in the Nation

On June 18th, National Maker Day, Ms. Elfers watched as Mr. Suraci informed her MOUSE Squad of almost 45 students that their squad had been selected by MOUSE as Squad of the year. "MOUSE does its research and looks at all the squads around the country, and there are hundreds of them, to see which squad does the most, has the best support, participates in the most activities," Mr. Suraci explained during the MOUSE celebration. "This year Halsey was not only nominated but it won top honors."

Ms. Elfers, assisted by Ms. Stahl-Van Brackle, has been running the MOUSE Squad for five years. This was a stellar year in the number of students participating in the squad, completing DIY (Do It Yourself) projects and events students attended. Two students won prizes for their projects and a group of students attended a three day internship at the American Museum of Natural History during February break. Also, many students attended MOUSE Squad training and Playtech Saturdays. Two groups presented at this years EMOTICON and were the only middle school presenting. 

"We just try to do what's best for the kids, get as many kids the opportunity to work in technology no matter what their talent is," Ms. Elfers explained. The squad meets three days a week and offers teachers technical help with problems ranging from update issues to printer connections. "My squad is very professional," Ms. Elfers said proudly. If you ever have a problem, don't hesitate to put in a ticket with Halsey's award winning MOUSE Squad.

Halsey MOUSE Squad Celebrates

Two Halsey Teachers Earn NYCDOE Excellence in Technology Awards

     Halsey's innovative technology programs have caught the attention of the media and have earned awards in the DOE. Ms. Elfers-Wygand, the SPOC for Halsey as well as the Special Education Computer Teacher and MOUSE Squad coordinator, was featured with her MOUSE Squad in the Queens Chronicle's June 5th article "Kids become tech whizzes at JHS 157" (  Ms. Stahl-Van Brackle,who besides teaching Computer Talent and SEP assists Ms. Elfers-Wygand with MOUSE, has been working hard to get students ready for the June 14th Emoticon Expo. Both teachers have been recognized by the NYC Department of Education and will receive the NYCDOE Excellence in Technology Award at the July 30th NYC DOE School Technology Summit ( After receiving their awards the two will be hosting panels on innovations in the classroom and resources for educators seeking a broader technology community. The panels will feature speakers from the SEP Program, MOUSE and Halsey's very own principal Mr. Suraci.


Summer SEP

     Whether you’re in the Computer Talent program at Halsey or just interested in learning more about using computers in creative ways, Halsey’s SUMMER SEP is for you. Learn or expand your knowledge of Scratch, explore robotics with Lego Mindstorm EV3s, try your hand at DIY projects and take all you’ve done and create a Web site to show off your Summer SEP experience. Classes will meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 11am July 7, 8, 9 during which we’ll be working in Scratch and July 14, 15, 16 in which we’ll be working in Robotics. The week of July 21 there will be a selection of Maker Camp DIY (Do It Yourself) projects to try on your own. The final week, July 28 and 29 will be Web design using Mozilla. July 30 a select number of students will join Ms. Stahl-Van Brackle and Mr. Suraci at the NY Tech Summit where they’ll get to show off what they have done. 
     Go to to the SUMMER SEP Registration page to register. Seats are limited to students not attending summer school. Accepted students will be notified by June 16th.

Select Chorus Gets the Gold!

On Friday, May 9th, Halsey's Select Chorus attended the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) evaluations. The students sang three songs in front of experienced music educators. They were evaluated on their vocal tone, posture, and musicianship. They were honored to receive the highest evaluation of a gold ranking. They represent Halsey to the fullest by being professional and respectful. Congratulations to the Select Chorus for their musical achievement.
Select Chorus Gets the Gold

AmericanMuseum of Natural History Interns from Halsey

     Five of Halsey’s Mouse Squad members will be working over the mid-winter break at the American Museum of Natural History as Interns.Charged with making digital copies of artifacts in the museum’s collection,Interns will be researching artifacts, using the MakerBot 3D Digitizing Scannerand then printing copies of artifacts out on the MakerBot Replicator 2. Copiesof the objects will be on display after the break as well as photographs and interviewswith the Interns. 

Mouse Squad Runner Up
Mouse Squad Winner

     Halsey's Mouse Squad is going strong this year with over 35 students signing up under Ms. Elfers-Wygand's lead. Students from the Mouse Squad compete in national contests including the flyer contest. This year first year Mouse Squad member Ben N. 625 was the first runner up. The prize was a Radio Shack Build-It-Yourself Project kit. "We loved that Ben showed us a picture of his flyer hanging up at school," the Mouse Squad press release reported. "We also want to give a shout out to the entire Halsey Mouse Squad."

Halsey Googles It
Google Tour

     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.

Halsey Chose for Software Engineering Pilot Program

     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.

     Article in part provided by; Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

St. Jude's Mathathon

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.

Mathcounts Mathathon


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!!