Halsted Middle School Clubs and Groups


Advisor: Mrs. Bottoni
Phone: (973) 383-7440 ext. 208

The yearbook committee is open to all interested eighth grade students. Work will begin
on this year's edition beginning early in January. The yearbook is always looking for pictures
from school events. If you would like to share any pictures please click here to email.

Honor Society

Advisor: Ms. Perrier 

The National Association of Secondary School Principals governs the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). The NJHS is open to all eligible seventh and eighth grade students who have met five criteria: scholarship, character, leadership, service and citizenship. The basic scholarship requirement is at least a cumulative average of a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Academically eligible candidates will then be evaluated on the basis of character and classroom citizenship. A 4.0 (on a 5.0 scale) in character and classroom citizenship is needed to obtain an application to apply to NJHS as determined by the Halsted faculty. An application will be given to those students who have met the scholarship and character criteria. Leadership, citizenship, as well as scholarship awards received will be evaluated using the application that the students complete. In addition, an essay component will be included in the application.  This essay will be completed at a designated date after school hours.  Emphasis is placed on candidates who possess qualities that are strong in all criteria.

The Faculty Council reviews all candidates in an anonymous manner. Selection into NJHS is made by a majority vote of the Faculty council consisting of five persons from different grade levels and from the special subjects.

Each year the National Junior Honor Society completes one or more community service projects in which all the members of the society are involved. This project could be oriented toward improving student leadership, educating them as citizens, working with, and learning about senior citizens, providing some learning about other cultures, or performing some school service. This approach emphasizes the need for cooperative effort in service to the community while providing an opportunity for individuals to discover and develop their own unique contributions.

Halsted Players

"Making Magic"


The Halsted Players began putting on productions in the 1970's under the direction of Phil Perestam and Pam Juvrud/Pinnegar. For many years murder mysteries were performed by the students of Halsted. There are few records of these earlier plays but the first one was "Any Number Can Die" some of the other productions were "A Tomb with a View" and an earlier production of Hurricane Smith. In the late 1980's "The Pirates of Penzance" was also performed.
In the 1990's some staff wanted to put on a production so the all staff production of "Bone Chiller" was put on the stage of Halsted in the winter of 1993. After that production it was decided to try a larger musical with both staff and students working together on an equal status. Under the direction of Phil Perestam (and Donna Corso for musicals), these intergenerational activities have been well-supported by the community. In fact, since the winter of 1996 we have had an anonymous benefactor who sends several hundred dollars anonymously, in cash, toward our productions. Below is a listing of the productions for which we have records

The Sping 2002 production of Fiddler on the Roof was the last school play that Phil Perestam directed.  He retired from teaching in June 2002. Jean Perrier and Kathy Swaneveld carried on as directors from 2002 through 2009.  Melissa Flores and Meg Penny took over as directors during the 2009-10 school year.

Recent Productions

Spring - Peter Pan (Student & staff)

Spring - Annie (Student)  

Cinderella (Rogers and Hammerstein) - (Student with some staff in chorus) 

Thoroughly Modern Millie (Students)

The Sound of Music (Students)

Once Upon a Mattress (Students)

The Pirates of Penzance

Beauty and the Beast

Cast Information

After School Programs

Fitness Club - Mr. Grzymko will oversee a group activity after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 till 3:45 until the end of the school year.

Solar Sprint Racers - Mr. Hofmann offers this activity from mid December through March. More information will follow as we get closer to the start up date.

Student Council - Mrs.Nieman is the Student Council advisor. There are a number of activties planned for throughout the year. Please look for notices of upcoming events.

MAC Lab HW and Projects -MAC Lab is offered Monday through Friday from 2:40 to 3:40 and allows students the opportunity to research for and complete homework and projects. If the students finish their work, they are then permitted to explore and utilize the state-of-the-art programs on the MAC computers. In the past, students have composed three minute songs on Garage Band, managed their schedule on iCloud, and virtually explored the world while shooting and trimming video clips on Photo Booth. Of course, if the students need help with any of the aforementioned tasks, or simply struggle with their transition from the PCs to the MACs, there is always a knowledgeable and friendly teacher present to assist.

HMS Fitness - The Halsted fitness program consists of a variety of sporting activities.  Students are provided a safe environment after-school to compete against other Halsted students.The activities the students participate in are both inside and outside.The program runs for the duration of the school year.

Library Lab - Library lab will meet daily  from 2:40 - 3:40 pm in the library.  Students will have the opportunity to read, work on homework, make up tests, quizzes or classwork they may have missed, or complete research assignments. Please see Miss Perrier or Miss Woortman with any questions.

Math Lab -The Math Lab runs Monday-Thursday from 2:45-3:45. The lab is currently being utilized for students in grades 6-8 who are in need of Math help. It also allows a place for students to stay to catch up on missing homework or a place to simply do their homework. The lab is optional for all students and we encourage students to stay whenever they feel the need.

Art Club -Art Club is for those interested in art and offers students opportunities to explore a variety of media while furthering their knowledge and skills in innovative and creative ways.  Students participating in art club will also be able to participate in creating the set design for the spring musical.

The club generally meets twice a month on Wednesday afternoons from 2:40 - 3:30 p.m. in Room G3.


Advisor: Mrs. Nieman

The Halsted Student Council is a student run organization facilitated by the advisors. It involves planning and coordinating events and fundraisers for Halsted Middle School and the community. Students in grades five through eight may become involved at the beginning of each school year.