News and Announcements

April Events

April 1, 2, 3, 2014
ELA Exam

April 5th, 2014
NYCitizenship in Schools provides free immigration information, assistance and financing options to eligible parents of students in the city’s public schools who are lawful permanent residents and seeking to begin the application process to become U.S. citizens. All information is free and confidential.  In order to be eligible, applicants must be a Lawful Permanent Resident with a child in a New York City public school and meet certain other criteria. Upcoming events include March 8, 2014 (Queens) and April 5, 2014 (Brooklyn).  Register for an event or visit their website for a complete list of dates and additional details.

April 14th - 22nd, 2014
Spring Break - School Closed
School resumes April 23rd

News Around Halsey

AmericanMuseum of Natural History Interns from Halsey

     Five of Halsey’s Mouse Squad members will be working overthe 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!!