Since sharing this essay on Sunday, May 31 about the killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, I have been a part of several crucial, painful conversations with community members, the overriding theme of which has been to see Hackley move from conversation to action on issues of racism and injustice. I am grateful to those who participated--both students and adults--for the direct nature of these conversations, leading me to insights on ways we can and must do better.
Attention Classes of 2009-2016: Join us on June 4th at 8:00 PM for a virtual cocktail party featuring a mixologist who will teach us how to make a few summer cocktails. RSVP to email@example.com.
Allison Pataki ’03 and Marya Myers ’03’s newest children’s book “Poppy Takes Paris” was released on May 26! To celebrate, they read their new book to the Hackley community. To watch their virtual book reading, click here!
Interested in growing your professional network, connecting with Hackley alumni, or speaking with Hackley mentors? Join HackleyConnect, our online networking and event platform. It's a great place to post job and internships. Questions? Contact Margie McNaughton Ford '85 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Will Guidara of the Independent Restaurant Coalition spoke at the White House and pressed President Trump for more federal assistance and for more time to spend the relief money restaurants were already given.
Hackley 7th-grader Brodi C. ’25 started a new initiative called Strings4Hope, which uses virtual musical performances to lift the spirits of those suffering from COVID-19, social isolation, and for the front-line workers fighting the virus.
As part of the Strategic Plan initiative to Elevate the Arts by Promoting the Hilltop as a Learning Hub, The St. Thomas Orchestra, which began rehearsing at Hackley in February, has continued to meet via zoom in order to maintain their sense of community.
Thirty-five years ago this month, I completed and handed in Mr. Naething’s iconic assignment: the tragedy paper. I had no idea then how much I would think about it from that time forward. Thanks to that paper, I always felt prepared to take on challenging research projects. I also credit that paper with leading me to my journalism career.
During Hackley's spring break, Zach '22 and Zara '23 Yusaf made face shields for healthcare workers at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Emergency Department, one of the first Epicenters for COVID-19. The doctors and nurses reportedly all use them and really appreciated the well made masks. Thank you, Zach and Zara!
In addition to virtual meetings of classes, Hackley Upper School is running a series of great activities designed to bring students together socially and in the interests of health, wellness. and community. Among them, in addition to yoga and meditation sessions, is the invitation to come cook with their teachers!
We are proud of everyone in the Hackley community who are on the frontlines during this crisis. Dr. Aarti Ravikumar ’99 is at the forefront of setting up the drive-thru testing centers for COVID-19. She was recently featured in a video describing the drive-thru testing centers, her portion begins at 7:40 minute mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cwHsYJRDHo
Vinay Bijoor '18 has spearheaded and effort an effort to provide supplemental meals -- breakfast, snacks, lunch, or dinner -- as a "thank you" to healthcare workers at Phelps Hospital who are working tirelessly in these difficult times.
They have put their own lives at risk to take care of the Covid-19 victims. In an effort to say 'thank you,' let us get together as a community to provide "heroes" (meals) to our healthcare heroes. This is an effort to supplement the efforts of the 'meal train' - to help with breakfast, snacks, lunch or dinner.
Hackley Trustee Eric Gyasi ’01 Hosts Night of Ghanaian Cuisine with Top Chef Eric Adjepong!
Global Journeys 2020 - Casten Trip: Ghana
By Wil Lobko
Although the global coronavirus crisis resulted in the postponement of Hackley’s various Global Journeys, that didn’t stop Hackley students and families from celebrating the food, flavor, and spirit of Ghana.
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.
Hackley Junior Arjun Dayal was inspired by outreach to the 3-D printing community to help health care professionals by making masks and face shields, and was interviewed by local news. Watch the feature here. Way to go, Arjun!
Sofia Graziano '20 of the Hackley Girls Varsity Basketball team has been named to Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) 2020 All-State Team, as part of the All-State Private School Second Team. Congratulations, Sofia!
Hackley English teacher Wil Lobko reached at random for a poem to share with colleagues to kick off the month, and the poem he happened upon has particular resonance as we enter into "Day 3" of distance learning on the Hilltop.
Save the date for ALUMNI DAY 2020 - October 3. We'll celebrate special reunions for classes ending in 0 and 5. Email Margie McNaughton Ford '85, Director of Alumni Engagement, if you are interested in joining your reunion committee. See you on the HILLTOP!
Former teacher and musician extraordinaire, Eliot Smith, has retired and now lives in Provence, France! He is hard at work with Wade Tonken, Hackley's very own video and music producer and another former Hackley teacher, Erick Storckman, on a new jazz-rock album. All songs on the project are written and sung by Eliot. The album set to be released in late 2020. For more information visit his website at https://buff.ly/37TzyyV
Hackley's very own Celia Gooding '18 is starring in Jagged Little Pill, a Broadway play inspired by Alanis Morissette's album! If interested in attending, get your tickets here: https://buff.ly/2Ur0wYC.
Fred Hochberg '70's new book , Trade is not a Four-Letter Word, examines trade myths with the help of six everyday goods - the taco salad, the Honda Odyssey, the banana, the iPhone, the college degree, and the HBO series Game of Thrones.
On January 9, Hackley hosted Pavel Litvinov, this year’s Henry Wendt Visiting Scholar, who addressed Upper School students in the morning, visited classes, and then continued conversation with students over lunch.
Hackley Review Winter 2018-19 By Vladimir Klimenko
In August 1968, a 28-year-old physicist and fellow political dissidents protested the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia with a demonstration on Red Square. That protest landed Pavel Litvinov in Siberia, and down the path that eventually led to Hackley School. This past August, he returned to Moscow to commemorate the anniversary.