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.

News

List of 12 news stories.

  • An example of a Lower School Letter.

    K-12 Gratitude Letters from Hackley Students

    In the midst of COVID-19 and Distance Learning, Hackley’s Service Team organized a campaign for students to create letters expressing their heartfelt thanks to essential workers and emergency responders in our local community. The response from all divisions was heartwarming.
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  • Some of the team members from their March 2nd Debate!

    Hackley Students Participate in the First Online Debate Championship

    On Saturday, May 16th, 15 middle school debaters will compete in the first ever Middle School Public Debate Program Online Championship Tournament.
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  • Middle School art students rose to the challenge of recreating famous works of art.

    7th and 8th Graders Create Famous Works of Art on Zoom

    Hackley’s 7th and 8th grade art students rose to the challenge of recreating famous works of art on Zoom with imagination and panache! Their work is featured in The Arrow, the Hackley Middle School art magazine.
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  • Amy Kliatchko '24 and Arushi Chandra '24

    Westfield Inaugural “Virtual” Parliamentary Debate Tournament

    Ten Hackley debaters, including juniors Lily Napach and Kiri Fitzpatrick, sophomore Michael Potanin, freshman Amy Kliatchko, Arushi Chandra, and Mason Napach, along with 8th graders Jake C., Harper K., and Jad B., took part in a 5 round Parliamentary online debate tournament hosted by Westfield Academy, debating such impromptu topics such as “This House would tax men to reduce the gender pay gap,” “This House would eliminate adoption preference on the basis of race and ethnicity,” and “This House would support the significant automation of the justice system.”
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  • Service Opportunities for Students and Families

    We would like to share these Distance Learning Service Opportunities with the Hackley Community. Hackley’s Service Team has compiled this resource as a helpful reference for students and families who seek help, wish to find ways to volunteer during these unprecedented times, or both. 
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  • Keynote address by Meghan Spratt and introduction by Lisa Oberstein, Director of the Lower School.

    Teaching and Learning STEM Together

    Thursday evening, March 5, the Lower, Middle, and Upper divisions came together to celebrate our 7th annual STEM Night.
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  • Kiri Fitzpatrick and Lily Napach

    US Debate Update

    On Friday and Saturday February 28 and 29, 18 Upper School Hackley debaters, undeterred by recent exams, attended two separate tournaments in New York.
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  • Chopped!

    On Friday, Feb 21 students from the 7th grade gathered in the dining hall for a fun-filled cooking extravaganza.
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  • Hackley 5th and 6th graders at the Sumo Bot Robotics Tournament.

    Hackley Robotics Success

    At the February 22 Sumo Bot Robotics tournament at Long Ridge School in Stamford, CT, Hackley 5th and 6th graders were challenged to build and program Lego robots to battle each other in various autonomous and remote control competitions -- and won four out of the six competitions.
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  • Elizabeth Anne Smith designed her residency on “the actor in response” with the students.

    Welcoming Hackley's Inaugural Creative Resident

    Hackley hosted its inaugural teaching artist -- a drama educator -- during the week of February 9-14.  The Creative Residency program is part of the new strategic plan, Redefining Excellence: Learning Beyond Boundaries, and will serve to “promote the Hilltop as a learning hub” by bringing creative teaching artists in Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Digital Arts to campus.
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  • 8th grade teams hard at work during Cup Cake Wars.

    Cupcake Wars!

    The 8th grade gathered in the dining hall after school on Feb 7 for a fun session of Cupcake Wars. Students worked in teams to bake cupcakes from basic ingredients, and then decorated their cupcakes using icing and fondant. It was an enjoyable evening for everyone who participated.
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  • A Valentine's Day Partnership

    On Thursday, February 6, fifth grade students joined their second grade buddies up at the Lower School to make Valentine’s Day cards for the Hackley Buildings and Grounds staff, Flik employees, and Hackley security guards.
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