Lower School

Lower School Welcome

Welcome to Hackley’s Kathleen Allen Lower School. Our motto, “United, we help one another” plays out every day in support of our children’s continuing development.
As you explore the Lower School, you will discover a cheerful, engaged community of approximately 200 children in grades Kindergarten through Four, learning together in an atmosphere that establishes collaboration and kindness as essential partners to academic challenge. Appreciating each other and a spirit of cooperation are embedded in everything we teach.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions about our Lower School.
Sincerely yours,
Lisa Oberstein
Lower School Director


List of 12 news stories.

  • Sharing Skills with Younger Students

    During December, Hackley 8th graders learned block printing techniques in their regular art classes and created many prints of their own. They then designed a workshop to share their newfound knowledge with Hackley kindergarten students.
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  • Lower School Technology teacher Mary Murray-Jones and librarian Anna McKay introducing the ground rules for the Fourth grade student presentations.

    Wonder: The Hub of Interdisciplinary Learning in the Lower School

    Hackley Review Winter 2019-20 By Lisa Oberstein, Director of the Lower School

    With less than half a year’s tenure on the Hilltop and in my role as Hackley’s new Director of Lower School, I get to experience so many “firsts,” and so many discoveries, that I feel a special kinship with the Class of 2032, our kindergarteners who began their own Hackley journey in September. Meeting so many wonderful people and experiencing the invitation to “Enter here to be and find a friend” myself, I am reminded every day that the root of “wonderful” is “wonder.”
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  • Lower School students celebrated the Lunar New Year.

    The Year of the Rat

    Hackley Middle and Lower School students celebrated the Lunar New Year this week as they enjoyed performances of music, dance, and face-changing given by three Chinese artists on January 14th (in the Lower School) and 15th (in the Middle School).
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  • Computer Science Education Week on the Hilltop

    The Hackley Computer Science Department once again celebrated Computer Science Education week on the Hilltop. Annually scheduled during the first week of December, CS Ed Week is a program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to become involved in the study of computer science.
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  • Letters of gratitude to veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day.

    Annual Veteran’s Day Letter Writing

    In honor of Veteran’s Day, community members from all three divisions voluntarily took the time to write heartfelt letters of gratitude to veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day.
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  • LS Community Service and US Hackley Earth Action League representatives spent the day at the TaSH Farmer’s Market.

    Teaching Sustainability

    On Saturday 11/9, Lower School Community Service and HEAL (Hackley Earth Action League) representatives spent the day at the TaSH Farmer’s Market, educating the community about the dangers of single use plastics and giving away reusable bags.
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  • Donating Treats for Troops at the Lower School.

    Treats for Troops -- and UNICEF

    In the days following Halloween, Hackley Lower School students donated all or part of their Halloween loot for Treats for Troops, sponsored by the Soldier’s Angel Organization --and shipped off eight shopping bags full of candy! They also collected approximately $910 in UNICEF donations.
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  • All members of the Lower School faculty dressed in black and maroon.

    Black and Maroon Day

    Like the best traditions, it started by accident, and for fun.  Several Hackley Lower School teachers began noticing that many of them wore clothes in black and maroon to school on the same day--so they decided to declare an occasional "Black and Maroon Day"!
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  • The Hackley Lower School Orchestra learned a fun piece with a bit of a Halloween theme and decided to take it to the next level and add a theatrical element.

    Happy Halloween from the Lower School Orchestra

    The Hackley Lower School Orchestra is excited to present their very first music video. In keeping with the goal of promoting creative expression through the arts, the students learned a fun piece with a bit of a Halloween theme and decided to take it to the next level and add a theatrical element.
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  • The Hackley Lower School Halloween Parade video.

    The Monster Mash!

    You can count on Hackley to come out in full Halloween Spirit!  Even under cloudy skies!
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  • Students in 1M heading to the outdoor classroom.

    Observing Nature Through Varying Perspectives

    Students in 1M took a trip to the outdoor classroom to complete a writing activity. “I observe…,” and “I wonder…” are two writing prompts they used.
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  • Regina with her students at Hackley School.

    Overcoming Obstacles Through Service-Learning

    Lower School Science teacher Regina DiStefano's summer work on the opportunities presented at the intersection of diversity, sustainability, and service work is featured in the Community Works Journal, Digital Magazine for Educators.
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