Hackley alumnus Peter Smith '91, jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer and recording artist, returned to the Hilltop in November to perform for the Hackley community and spend some time with students in the jazz combo class.
John Gannon P ’21 has been named Hackley’s next Director of Advancement. As he enters his 25th year at Hackley, John is recognized for his deep commitment to building relationships with all members of the Hackley community and engaging them in the life of our School. As the Director of Advancement, John will lead efforts to ensure that Hackley continues to have the resources needed to provide a world-class education to young people throughout the region.
In May, Hackley hosted its Second Annual Research Symposium with 58 different projects showcased from the Independent Research Programs in science, English, history, and oral history, as well as projects funded by the Russ Hogg Grant for Creative Expression. Twenty concurrent sessions were held around campus.
James Pratt ’97 of Fly Honey Farms and Ms. Johnson took biology students into the hives for the first time this academic year. The students all had the chance to pull comb out and watch nature at work. Ms. Johnson is hoping to get at least two or three more classes out to the apiary this fall.
Congratulations to Director of Hudson Scholars and Upper School economics teacher David Sykes on being recognized by the Tarrytown Union Free School District for his work with the Hudson Scholars program.
By Rozanne Rosenberg, Assistant Director of Communications
Ask any member of the Hackley community, and they are likely to tell you that people are what make Hackley, well, Hackley. Throughout its storied 123-year history, the students, alumni, families, staff, administrators, coaches, and faculty have made this institution what it is today. It is those same people who continue to champion Hackley’s legacy.
By Aisha Laspina-Rodriguez, Director of Communications
As you walk across the Quad and through the main entrance door above which is inscribed “Enter here to be and find a friend,” one cannot help but feel instantly moved by a sense of welcome and comfort. Perhaps that warmth was the goal more than a century ago when Mrs. Hackley first envisioned the School. One thing is certain: for many, Hackley is where the heart is.
The Hackley Review sat with Margie McNaughton Ford ’85, Director of Alumni Engagement, to learn more about the Networking Initiative — a mentorship program that grew organically within the Alumni Office — and how the program engages alumni daily, as well as how families can get involved.
Violinist Emil Chudnovsky ’88 will be playing free concerts at the Summit Music Festival at EF Academy in Thornwood, NY tomorrow, Monday 8/7, and Tuesday 8/8. He invites all members of the Hackley community to attend. A world-renowned violinist, Emil has played concerts all over the world and is on the adjunct faculty of the Catholic University of America and the faculty of the San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival in Mexico. Click the link for concert information and to view Emil’s bio. https://summitmusicfestival.org/concert-schedule/
Dave Karger '91 has written a book titled "50 Oscar Nights: Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins" from TCM and Running Press. It is an exclusive look behind the scenes of the Academy Awards featuring interviews with 50 Academy Award winners including Nicole Kidman, Elton John, Julia Roberts, John Legend, Sally Field, Mel Brooks, Barry Jenkins, Rita Moreno, Steven Spielberg, and Meryl Streep, plus dozens more. And it’s filled with gorgeous archival photos. The book comes out on January 23, 2024 (Oscar nominations day!) but you can pre-order it now anywhere books are sold.
Hackley School had an exceptional day at the NYSAIS Championships this week! The Hornets crowned two team champions and three individual champions. We also had runner-up performances for two teams and one individual.
Sean Legister returned to the Hilltop as our Varing Perspectives in Action Speaker
Sean Legister ’07 returned to the Hilltop in early May as our Varing Perspectives In Action speaker, a speaker series designed to bring to campus individuals engaged in meaningful projects and conversations that help us to see the world through a new lens. Sean has been an advocate of the intersection between personal and professional growth for many years. A Black Studies and English major at Amherst College, Sean has turned his love and passion for literature and language into a motivational newsletter called, Monday Morning Lift, and email newsletter loaded with quotes meant to challenge, goad, and encourage readers. Sean is committed to empowering young adults to achieve their best no matter what they choose to do in life. His newsletter is beautifully produced content that will inspire many to focus and push after what they want in life. While on campus, he addressed students during community time in the morning and spent the rest of the day meeting with students and then spoke with alumni, families, and past and current employees in the evening. Pictured are P.E. teacher and coach Fran Stanek, former coach and Athletics Director Rob Pickert, Sean's mother Paulette, Sean, Assistant Head of School for Community and Inclusivity Cyndy Jean, and Director of the Upper School Andy King.
Carter Hogg ’22 has collaborated with Alana Matthews, the COO/founder of Alatus Clothing Company, to develop the G8RSkin, a protective device that could reduce the concussion risk in contact sports, all with family on the mind. Click here to read more about Carter’s invention.
Hackley's Upper School Debate Team achieved an unprecedented accomplishment at the Championship for the East Coast High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP) League for the 2022-2023 season on May 6. Hackley was the top team overall with a 100% winning percentage and tied for the most number of wins despite having just three teams in the event.
Congratulations to Jenny Leffler, the recipient of this year’s Anton and Lydia Rice Inspirational Teaching Award! The award is presented each year to a member of Hackley’s faculty who, in the estimation of the Senior Class, "has lit and sustained the fire of learning and inspiration, stimulated their intellectual curiosity, and inspired them in positive ways to seize the day and grasp the challenges they will face in the years ahead."
The Independent Science Research Program recently hosted Adjunct Professor and Associate Research Scientist Michelle Levine ’96, as a guest speaker. During her visit, Professor Levine described her current research project focused on the ability to tell a lie from a truth, and her software platform that can train people to become better lie detectors.
Charles Franklin has been named Hackley's new Head of School, beginning July 1. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. Franklin based on the recommendation of the search committee and the hundreds of survey responses and feedback received from members of the Hackley community, including faculty, staff, families, students, and alumni.
The Independent Science Research Program (ISRP) was excited to host Stephen Zak ’16 as a guest speaker. During his visit, Stephen taught students the fundamentals of knee replacement surgeries and discussed his published clinical research paper.
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The Alumni DEI Committee is pleased to announce: The Just in Time Mentors Program. This new mentorship program invites alumni to connect with current 11th and 12th-grade students in a meaningful way. It promotes student-initiated pairing with an alumni mentor to foster relationships and opportunities for social and professional connections…Just in Time! Click here to register to be a Just in Time Mentor.
Hackley alumnus Justin Roberts ’01 returned to the Hilltop as a guest speaker in David Sykes’ economics class on Friday, April 21. A partner at Rubric Capital Management LP, Justin shared his expertise and insights on investing, a topic that has been of particular interest to the class throughout the year.
The Independent Science Research Program (ISRP) recently had the pleasure of hosting Hackley alumnus Kiegan Lenihan ’15 as a guest speaker. Kiegan is currently working at Carbon3D in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is applying geometry and mathematics to drastically improve 3-D printing technology.
In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives, Joe McDermott '14, Varsity Football head coach, writes, "I've learned that the most fulfilling part of being a coach is the hope that the discipline and perseverance my players learn from being on this team will ultimately be applied to the other areas of their lives.” Read the post here.
The Independent Science Research Program (ISRP) was excited to host ISRP alumnus Josh Zhang ’19 as a virtual guest speaker. During his visit, Josh presented his recent research at Notre Dame on combination treatments for pancreatic cancer. What was particularly exciting is that there was a direct connection between his current research with the acute pancreatitis research he completed while in ISRP at Hackley!
By Krysta Dudley ’01, P ’32, ’34, Lower School teacher
In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives, Lower School teacher Krysta Dudley '01, P '32, 34, writes, "When I sit down to consider the why — why do so many people return to the Hilltop, some after decades? — there is one undeniable answer: the community and the way that it makes us feel." Read the post here.
In February, alumnae from the Classes of 1985 to 2014 gathered in Greenwich, Conn. for the Women of Hackley Entrepreneur Panel Event, our first in-person event since 2019. The event featured a panel of inspiring entrepreneurs Kim Nichols ’93 P '28 '29, dermatologist and founder of Nichols MD of Greenwich Boutique Care for Beautiful Skin; Stephanie Naccari ’95, founder of Get it Done By Stephanie, a professional organizing firm; and HAA Director Ali Galgano ’01 P '34 '36, gemologist and founder of Serpentine Jewels. They shared their stories and gave us a glimpse in their impressive businesses. Moderator Sally Parker Nichols closed the discussion by asking, "Can women have it all?" The answers were fascinating and depended on what your personal definition of "all" meant. Thank you to Ali for hosting the event at the stunning Serpentine Townhouse.
On February 15th, the Middle School Alumni Connect Club had the privilege of connecting with Aurora Straus '17. After asking about favorite teachers and where she went after Hackley, the students sat in awed silence when Aurora revealed that her current work involves being a race car driver. "You are the one in the car, wearing the helmet?" one asked in disbelief. "So the Daytona 500 means you drive five hundred laps, all at once?" another asked in awe."Wait, what do you mean you are part of a team?" another asked, trying to make sense of the crew of people who support the driver. It was great to connect with yet another alum to widen the perspective of our students. Thanks again to Aurora for taking the time to meet with us.
Dianne Fahy ‘92 is a Middle School math teacher and MS-Alumni Connect Club founder and club advisor.
Nordic CTO & Innovation Officer, podcaster, and author Thomas Anglero '84 was recently on a panel at the World Government Summit in Dubai discussing disruptive technologies. He is pictured here with the Assistant Minister of Technology for the Republic of Azerbaijan who also sat on the panel. The summit brought thought leaders, global experts and decision-makers from around the globe to share and contribute to the development of tools, policies, and models that are essential in shaping future governments.
Hackley Girls' and Boys' Varsity Basketball teams compete in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer benefit in January at the Fieldston School. All proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society. The Girls' team played in honor of their coach, Margaret Scarcella '84, a cancer survivor. "The girls take it upon themselves to have shirts made to honor my cancer color...[It's] ver touching," notes Margaret."we all know someone affected by cancer, and during this great event, there are no losers on the court. The only loser here is cancer."
In his latest book Unreasonable Hospitality, restaurateur, author Will Guidara ’97 shares many of the lessons about service and leadership he learned over the course of his long career in the restaurant business, and makes the case that any business can choose to be in the hospitality industry by taking ordinary transactions and turning them into memorable experiences. Click here to watch his TED Talk "The secret ingredients of great hospitality."
In January 2023, Taylor Robin ’20 returned to the Hilltop to perform with her a cappella group, Shades of Yale (a group founded in 1988 and celebrates music of the African diaspora and African-American tradition) as part of our recognition of Dr. King’s legacy and impact. click here to learn more about Shades of Yale.
Alec Hirschfeld '65's memoir titled What the Camera Didn't See shines a light on the action behind the scenes and follows his career as a camera assistant to a director of photography. Click READ MORE to learn more about Alec, his book, and to read a review from his mom.
A delegation from Keio Academy of New York recently visited Hackley. Led by Keio University’s President Dr. Kohei Itoh, the group included Keio Academy Headmaster Dr. Takayuki Tatsumi and Goro Sato, Keio’s Business Officer.