On Saturday 11/9, Lower School Community Service and HEAL (Hackley Earth Action League) representatives spent the day at the TaSH Farmer’s Market, educating the community about the dangers of single use plastics and giving away reusable bags.
In the days following Halloween, Hackley Lower School students donated all or part of their Halloween loot for Treats for Troops, sponsored by the Soldier’s Angel Organization --and shipped off eight shopping bags full of candy! They also collected approximately $910 in UNICEF donations.
Like the best traditions, it started by accident, and for fun. Several Hackley Lower School teachers began noticing that many of them wore clothes in black and maroon to school on the same day--so they decided to declare an occasional "Black and Maroon Day"!
The Hackley Lower School Orchestra is excited to present their very first music video. In keeping with the goal of promoting creative expression through the arts, the students learned a fun piece with a bit of a Halloween theme and decided to take it to the next level and add a theatrical element.
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.
The fourth grade students visited the sculpture gardens at Pepsico on October 22 as part of the research portion of the process that will lead to them collaborating on a public art sculpture for the Hackley grounds.
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.
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.
Hackley Lower School's vibrant Team Lego program continues to grow, and recently enjoyed a visit from program "graduate" Ben I., current sixth grader, who has been mentoring the Lower School teams since last year.
The Performing Arts Department recently debuted its yearlong video project, featuring the K-12 community in a moving and poignant video. Showcasing students, instrumentalists, vocalists, faculty, and staff members, the inspiration came from the virtual choir performance of “You Will Be Found,” from Dear Evan Hanson.
Hackley second grader Luke D. participated in the Tri-State Ambulatory Games, a Paralympic competition, over Memorial Day weekend and qualified to compete in nine track and field events at the US Adaptive Sports Junior Nationals this July in Minnesota. His biggest accomplishment so far has been beating the 800 Meter US national record for 11 and under in his disability class.
Our 2nd grade Pirate Adventurers traveled the globe in their recent play, “Traveling the World for Buried Treasure.” One of their stops was China where they learned this beautiful children’s song, “One World, One Dream.”
During the first week of May, Hackley kindergartners and 1st graders released into the Lower School Garden the butterflies and ladybugs they had raised from larvae and watched as they went through their metamorphosis in the classrooms.
Hackley Advanced Physics students conducted a study on the theory and design of truss, arch, and suspension bridges, seeking to design the most efficient bridge using only spaghetti, fishing line, and hot glue.
In honor of Earth Day, Lower School and Upper School students have created this terrific set of public service announcements to remind students –and adults -- in every division about the proper ways to recycle.
Kindergarten students, in KK, recently worked collaboratively in small groups to recreate four U.S. Symbols (The Liberty Bell, The Washington Monument, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty) by upcycling items from Mrs. Murray-Jones’ portable Makerspace cart.
First graders celebrated the end of their Nonfiction Unit by presenting their work to LS students and teachers, the culmination of an interdisciplinary collaboration between first grade homerooms and Art, Science, and Library.
The Lower School took on the latest Character Education virtue, RESPECT, with the help of our Kindergarteners, who dramatized various ways in which we can show respect for our environment, our classroom, and each other. Check it out here.
On March 14 (a.k.a. 3.14 or "Pi" Day) 3S had a Pi Challenge in which students set out to memorize "Pi" to the most digits. Emma P. triumphed, successfully memorizing Pi to 106 digits! Close on her heels, Jack M. made it to 105. That's some good Pi!
On March 13, students from Spanish 8 helped Hackley second graders expand their International Studies with a lesson about the parts of the body including songs, movement, and even a game of Spanish Simon Says!
One of the joys of being at a K-12 school is the many opportunities for cross-divisional partnerships -- most recently seen when our 11th grade English students visited Hackley third graders to coach them in the craft of writing!
After learning about Brazil, the Amazon Rainforest, and deforestation, Hackley second graders presented their research on different species of animals that live there, sharing interesting facts, and discussing what would happen to the animals if the rainforest continued to be cut down.
American Girl Doll Tea Party & Crafting (D. O’Lunney) has been added to the Hackley Summer Program course offerings for rising grades K-2 . This fantastic new course will be offered in the afternoon of WEEK 2 and WEEK 3.
Upper School Chinese V students visited with second graders this week to teach them about the Lunar New Year and Chinese culture -- a timely extension of the 2nd grade Social Studies unit on Asia--and helped them create the Chinese symbol for "Spring." Fun and learning was enjoyed by one and all!
During the month of December students in Mr Lipin’s 5th grade science class created marble rollercoasters out of cardstock and tape, a challenging project that developed student’s teamworking and problem-solving skills and also introduced them to concepts such as potential and kinetic energy. (View the student videos here.)
Hackley started the new year on January 7 in the Johnson Center with an official Welcome Back from Head of School Michael Wirtz and Community Council President Zaya Gooding before launching into activities designed to exercise one particular dimension of wellness — cognitive/mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual. Enjoy these video highlights from the morning's work!