Middle School

Middle School Welcome

Welcome! The zest, energy, and curiosity of early adolescence are felt throughout Hackley’s Middle School. With peals of laughter, students reach for one another to keep their balance; they huddle together at a computer station fine tuning a jointly composed musical score; they race to the gym to dress for sports, turning Akin Common into a torrent of speeding bodies.
What allows for such exuberance? A faculty that well understands the developmental needs of Middle Schoolers; coursework that stimulates the mind; and Hackley’s commitment to the words inscribed upon its main doorway: “Enter Here to Be and Find a Friend.” Ranging in age from nine-and-three-quarters to fourteen-and-a-half, Middle School students arrive as fifth grade children and leave as young adults. During these four years of rapid growth, we nurture scholarship and humanity in each of our students.


List of 12 news stories.

  • 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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  • The middle school art majors took a break from their regular classes to travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    7th and 8th Grade Art Majors’ Trip to The Met Museum

    The middle school art majors took a break from their regular classes to travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art together with their chaperones Ms. Carrier, Mr. Chin, Ms. Coble, Mr. Walters and Mr. Whitaker.
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  • Jad B. and Robbie G. brought home the 1st place trophy.

    MS Debaters Compete in Two Tournaments

    On Saturday, November 2nd, 38 MS debaters attended two separate debate tournaments in Manhattan for our first MS debate tournament of the season.
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  • Hackley Angling Club ventured out on Long Island Sound for a truly epic day of fishing.

    Anglers Away!

    On November 3, the Hackley Angling Club ventured out on Long Island Sound for a truly epic day of fishing. The students, ranging in age from 5th to 10th grade, were able to boat over 80 striped bass and blue fish! This was one for the record books!
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  • Celebrating Mrs. Hackley in the Upper School.

    Happy Birthday, Mrs. Hackley!

    By tradition, October 27 is "Founder's Day," a Hackley celebration recognizing our founder, Frances Hackley, on her birthday. Our campus celebration took place on Friday, complete with "Selfies with Mrs. Hackley," a black and grey spirit Dress Down Day, and birthday cake! ​Check out the "Did You Know?" photos on Instagram.
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  • Creating giant bubbles on Akin Common using homemade bubble wands.

    Experimental Design in Fifth Grade

    Fifth grade science students have been gaining experience over the past two weeks with experimental design.
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  • Helping clean up the Scenic Hudson RiverWalk.

    Helping Hands at the RiverWalk

    On Saturday, October 19 about 30 Hackley volunteers arrived at Pierson Park in Tarrytown to help clean up the Scenic Hudson RiverWalk. Friends of the RiverWalk supplied trash bags and gloves and Hackley Community Service provided a delicious brown bag lunch. The weather was gorgeous and the volunteers collected 14 bags of trash.
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  • A first introduction of the 5th graders in the 2nd graders room.

    Fifth Grade/Second Grade Partnership

    Hackley fifth graders visited their Lower School buddies in second grade last Friday during community time, continuing the tradition of cross-divisional mentoring and friendship that is a wonderful benefit of our K-12 community.
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  • Our Founder, Frances Hackley, touring campus on Founder's Day.

    Founder's Day: Celebrating Mrs. Hackley!

    On Friday, October 25, the Hackley School Community will celebrate Founder's Day -- a Hackley tradition recognizing the birthday of our Founder, Frances Hackley. Read about Mrs. Hackley's extraordinary leadership at Hackley and beyond.
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  • Hackley 5th graders.

    First Middle School Debate Event of the Season

    On Saturday, October 5th, 20 MS debaters, including 10 brand new 5th graders, attended the novice scrimmage at the West End Secondary school to kick off the 2019-20 MS debate season. Over 90 debaters from 10 schools engaged in workshops, training sessions, and two rounds of practice debate on the topic “Schools should be year-round.”
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  • Middle School Student 2019 Casten Trip China Ambassadors present in Allen Memorial Hall.

    MS China Travelers Present

    An intrepid group of Hackley Middle School students traveled to China as part of the June 2019 Casten Trip. This week, they presented their experience to all their Middle School peers. Thank you to our Middle School China Ambassadors!
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  • The Hackley Middle School Outing Club

    Outing Club Adventure

    The Hackley Middle School Outing Club had its first adventure of the school year on Sunday, September 22. Five fifth grade students canoed 6.5 miles down the Housatonic River in northwest Connecticut.
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