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Lower School News Archive


  • May

    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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  • Hackley 4th Graders Celebrate the 1950s!

    4L culminated their unit on the 1950s with a Rock & Roll Party!
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  • First Grade celebrants!

    First Grade Celebrates Star Wars

    First Grade students dressed up and celebrated Star Wars on “Revenge of the Sixth Day” on May 6th. A few special guests made an appearance on the Zoom call as well!
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  • Teacher Appreciation via Zoom

    Alex Sarro, the HPA’s Lower School VP, coordinated this sweet tribute from students to their Lower School teachers in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you today and always to Hackley’s incredible faculty.
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  • April

    Hackley fourth graders's study the Great Depression.

    Fourth Graders Imagine the Great Depression

    While sheltering in place, Hackley fourth graders's study of a different period of national crisis, the Great Depression, explored elements of life in the 1930s at home.
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  • First grade classes joined together for a “Happy Hornets hangout” on zoom.

    Show Your Hornet Spirit!

    Hackley's two first grade classes joined forces for a "Happy Hornets Hangout" to show their spirit!
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  • A fun Thank You message!

    Virtual Classroom, Literal Joy

    Hackley Lower School teachers and students aren't letting distance learning dampen their joy in connecting with each other and having fun! Check out these examples of the real fun they are sharing in the virtual space!
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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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  • March

    Author David Schwartz

    Millions and Billions and FUN for everyone!

    On Friday, March 6, the Lower School was thrilled to spend an interactive day with STEM author David Schwartz.
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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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  • February

    Fourth Grade Biography Research project presentation.

    4th Grade Hall of Fame Museum

    To conclude their Biography Research project -- an interdisciplinary effort that brought together literacy, history, library research skills, and technology skills -- Hackley fourth graders launched their "Hall of Fame Museum" on February 19.
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  • LS Leading with Literacy Day

    Hackley Lower School celebrated the second annual Leading with Literacy Day on Friday, February 14 -- appropriately themed Falling in Love with Literacy!
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  • Learning about the program.

    Building Bridges: Understanding People with Different Abilities

    Over the past two weeks, the Hackley Lower School students, teachers, and many parent volunteers participated in the Building Bridges program. The primary goals of “Building Bridges” are to increase student awareness and understanding of people with different abilities; to provide first-person experiences in order to develop empathy and compassion; and to reinforce the belief that all people — no matter their differences in abilities — have the same social-emotional needs and feelings.
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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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  • What a fun, cross-divisional collaboration!

    Learning about Lunar New Year

    On Tuesday, February 4th Upper School Chinese 5 students visited with Hackley second graders to teach a lesson about the Chinese/Lunar New Year, connected to the second grade Social Studies curriculum.
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  • Hackley Perspectives: Learning by Teaching

    Thanks to Director of Health Education Renee Pabst for this wonderful cross-divisional partnership, in which 7th grade students taught 1st graders about proper nutrition. Enjoy the article on Hackley Perspectives.
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  • January

    Learning and Teaching About Digestion

    Hackley Upper School biology students wrote postcards to Hackley first graders highlighting the differences between human digestion and the digestive systems of other animals.
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  • 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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  • The Old Oak on the Quad.

    Building Hackley, Brick by Brick

    In the 2018-19 school year, Lower School students in the Brick Builders After School Club embarked on a year-long group project to create a Hackley-themed roller coaster, complete with Hackley Hornet mascot roller coaster cars.
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