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Hackley Moot Court Team Wins Best Written Brief
Congratulations Karina F. and George W. for their leadership in preparing for Moot Court, with Seth T. and Chris T. contributing. All four faced tough questions from real judge panels of the Greenburgh Town Court, through several rounds of competition at Pace University Law School's Judicial Institute. Hackley took home the plaque for Best Written Brief! Special thanks to Jennifer Bonanno, lawyer-coach, for preparing our teams so well.
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Allison Pataki ’03 Discussed Her New Book The Traitor’s Wife
The Hackley Alumni Association and the Hackley Parents' Association held a book reading, reception, and book signing for New York Times bestselling author and Hackley alumna Allison Pataki ’03 on Monday, April 7th. Allison discussed her new book The Traitor’s Wife, a riveting historical novel set in the Hudson Valley about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason.
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On Friday, April 4, Hackley graduate Hadi Partovi '90 offered two presentations, one to our Middle School and the second to our Upper School. Hadi and his twin brother Ali co-founded the non-profit group This organization has become a leading and influential national voice working to raise our nation’s collective awareness of the need for our youth to be prepared with the foundational technical knowledge required to meet a future driven by technology.
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Hackley Makes the Final Four in NY State Debate
Owen F. and Neil S. came oh-so-close to winning it all, going 6-1 in rounds at the New York State Debate Coaches Association Championship Tournament, March 29-30 – the playoffs for qualifying teams in debate. Hackley is proud to take home a semifinalist trophy in Novice Public Forum. Hackley Debate's future looks very bright!
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On Monday, March 10, the middle school was transformed into a living learning laboratory. Students spent the day immersed in all things South African, getting a hands-on understanding of just about everything imaginable in this fascinating, inspiring and complex country. Guided by the six pillars of Young Round Square, Hackley middle school students, teachers and invited guests were transported to South Africa on Monday. Highlights of the experience included…
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Six Hackley Students Participated in 2014 Youth Human Rights Institute
Five Hackley sophomores – Sabina T., Florry A., Lindsay S., Irene K., and Caroline S. - participated in the annual Youth Institute on Human Rights sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Institute at Manhattanville College. Junior Jeffery G. led one of the workshops.
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Hackley MS Science Olympiad Team Competes
On Saturday, March 8th, twenty members of the MS Science Olympiad team competed at the Lower Hudson Valley Science Olympiad Tournament held at Scarsdale Middle School.
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Allstrom Chair in Foreign Affairs Holder Announced
Dr. Adrianne Pierce has been reappointed to the Allstrom Chair in Foreign Affairs for a four-year term beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Adrianne is the current holder of the Chair, with responsibility for Hackley’s Global Education initiatives, including all aspects of the Round Square partnership, the Casten Travel Program, the annual Wendt Speaker program, and coordination of international student visits.
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Release: Fair4AllKids Demands Answers from Mamaroneck School Board
Here is a copy of a press release from Mark W. Lauria, Ph.D., Executive Director of the New York State Association of Independent Schools/NYSAIS Operations, that has been sent out regarding the Mamaroneck Busing situation.
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Challenges to Area Bus Transportation
Mark Lauria, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) shared a letter with Westchester Heads of Schools about the recent rally at the Mamaroneck School Board meeting, protesting the district’s proposed change in school busing policies. Read the letter here. We encourage all our families to pay attention to this and other similar proposals as they arise, as these changes would have significant impact on the transportation options available to Hackley families.
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Congratulations to the Hackley Jazz Band
The Hackley School Jazz Band was selected to perform at this year’s Westchester County School Music Association’s All-County Jazz Festival. The Hackley ensemble delivered a rousing performance at the Festival, which took place February 28th at Edgemont High School. Several members of the group were also intrepid participants in an improvisation workshop immediately preceding the concert. Hearty congratulations to the Band and its inspiring new director, Rafi Malkiel!

Hackley Has Three Qualifiers for the Mathematics Invitational
This year, we had three students who qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME). Please join me in congratulating Phil B. ‘14, Ben S.’14, and Henry B. ‘15

Hackley Girls' Basketball Win Championship
The Hackley Girls' Varsity Basketball team defeated Staten Island Academy 61-49 this afternoon in the NYSAIS Tournament finals. This marks the team's third consecutive State Championship. Congratulations to the team and coaches!
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Ninth Grade Service Partnership with PS 81 in Brooklyn
A team of Hackley ninth graders joined their class dean David Sykes for a day of teaching, partnership and friendship-building with 1st through 5th grade students at PS 81 in Brooklyn in what they hope will become an ongoing partnership.
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Hackley Artists Exhibit at Pace
Eight Hackley artists’ works are currently on view at The Choate House Gallery at Pace University’s Small Works Invitational.
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Hackley Upper School Debate Victorious Again
Upper School Debate continued to rumble at Scarsdale, February 7th and 8th. George W. and Karina F. repeated their speaker award performance from last week – only this time at an even higher level, Varsity Public Forum,at the Scarsdale Invitational. They and two Novice teams went 3-2 in rounds, and George and Karina "broke" to elimination rounds earning them a full qualification to the State tournament in March.
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Two Visitors From Peru
Hackley recently hosted two students from the Markham College in Lima, Peru, the first in an ongoing series of student exchanges made possible by Hackley’s membership in Round Square.
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Poetry Out Loud – Hackley Participant Wins Second Round
Izzy A. ’17, one of the Hackley students selected through our own Poetry Out Loud competition in January, competed on February 6 in the next round of competition at Bronxville High School and placed first, just ahead of a Bronxville student who won first place in last year's competition There were 29 students competing. What a night!
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Round Square America’s Regional Conference Experience
From Monday, January 27, 2014 to Friday, January, 31, 2014 four Hackley Upper School students (Carina B., Meghan C., Alexandra G., and Angus P.)and two faculty members (Merideth Maddox and Glen Haslinger) joined fellow members of the Round Square Americas group as well as other Global Member schools from around the world at Bayview St. Clements School outside Toronto, Canada for a week’s worth of adventure and team building activities. The theme of the conference was “Northern Challenge..What Will You Discover?” Participation in this trip is one benefit of Hackley’s role as a regional member of Round Square.
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Hackley Students Earn Scholastic Writing Awards Recognition
Twenty-two Hackley students won 38 individual recognitions at the 2014 H2H Regional Scholastic Writing Awards. A jury panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, journalists, and other professionals selected their works -- from nearly 1300 submitted this year -- as the most exceptional in the region.
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The Snow Ball: A Tradition Renewed?
During a thematically appropriate snow fall, nearly two hundred Hackley students attended the Community Council sponsored “Snow Ball” on Saturday, January 25.
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Hackley Competes at Regional Science Olympiad
On Saturday, February 1, Hackley’s Science Olympiad team competed for the first time in the Lower Hudson Valley Regional Science Olympiad placing 16th in a field of 35 teams competing.
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Hackley MS Lego Robotics Team News
Hackley’s Middle School Lego Robotics team won two prizes at the Grady Elementary FLL Lego League Tournament on February 1 -- Best Team Spirit and Best Project (the earthquake videos that can be viewed here.) – competing in a field of 12 teams. Faculty advisor Dan Lipin notes, “I was especially proud for our team to win the best team spirit award, which was chosen by the coaches of the other teams at the tournament.”
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Upper School Leadership Workshops
In January, Hackley Director of Student Life Chris Arnold organized student workshops led Mike Weber, a professional who runs leadership workshop for colleges and independent schools around the country. Peer Advisors, students involved in Hackley community-oriented organizations, member of the Community Council and athletics team captains delved into a number of “audience participation” exercises that explored a variety of leadership concepts, and that challenged their concept of effective leadership

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Delegation of Exchange Students Arrives at Hackley
Hackley host families welcomed the visiting delegation of exchange students from China on Sunday, February 2nd, through our membership in WLSA (World’s Leading Schools Association). The families treated our visitors to fun day trips around Westchester and NYC.
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MS Pete Seeger Tribute Concert 2
Hackley MS Chorus students performed a Pete Seeger Tribute Concert on Thursday, January 16th in the PAC! The concert featured American folk music and the songs of Pete Seeger. The choirs will be accompanied by a full house band, and the 7th and 8th grade orchestra. It was a very fun night!
Thursday's SNOW!
Hackley LEGO Robotics Team in Action
2013-14 Fall Varsity Team Photos
Fun Friday!
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2013 Commencment Exercises
Thula Sizwe: An all school choral project
Forbes Lecture Fall 2011
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Published: 11/13/2011
A History of Goodhue Memorial Hall - Updated
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1970's Hilltop
Big "H" for Spring Break!
3D Animated video tour of the Hackley Campus
Goodhue Memorial Hall rebuilt in less than a minute
An Ice Message
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