(By Dr. Pierce, Classics Department Chair, MS DEI Coordinator) This article is long overdue, but fortunately we were able to celebrate our scholars at an online ceremony in the spring. At that time, we also bid farewell to the wonderful Claudia DeSantis who retired after 5 years on the Hilltop. Her 6th grade class spearheaded an initiative to make a movie of memories and fun in her honor, and we watched it all together during the party.
She was so touched, and I’m sure she has watched the video over and over again.
Upper School History teacher Christopher Loomis writes about the great opportunities for discovery that were born out of this year's Independent Research in History and English project. From War of the Roses to Harry Potter, 17 juniors and seniors participated in this new academic opportunity.
As we approach the end of the 2019-2020 school year, we recognize the unrest happening around the country beyond the challenges of COVID-19. Inspired by Community Council President Taylor Robin, Head of School Michael Wirtz reflects on the current climate and his hopes for a better "new normal" in this Hackley Perspectives piece.
John Canoni, Hackley Class of 1986, has announced his decision to resign his role as President of the Hackley Board of Trustees, effective June 30, 2020 after five years serving in this role. He will continue to serve Hackley School as a member of the Board. Trustee H. Rodgin Cohen will succeed John Canoni as the sixteenth President of the Hackley Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2020.
As we conclude the 2019-2020 school year, Hackley's Middle and Upper School Music faculty have created video tributes in appreciation of our eighth grade students and graduating seniors -- a warm and celebratory send off into summer in appreciation for all their excellent work, with our congratulations as they move on to the next adventure!
George Yancopoulos MD, PhD, (P ’12, ’14, ’16, ’18) Co-founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, did an inspiring Zoom call with Dr. Ying’s Independent Research Program (IRP) students regarding Regeneron’s work on COVID-19 treatments.
Jed Dioguardi, Director of Information Technology, is this week's voice on Hackley Perspectives, with this thoughtful reflection on the ways in which our current situation highlights the limitations of technology.