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Middle School News Archive


  • November

    The middle school art majors took a break from their regular classes to travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    7th and 8th Grade Art Majors’ Trip to The Met Museum

    The middle school art majors took a break from their regular classes to travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art together with their chaperones Ms. Carrier, Mr. Chin, Ms. Coble, Mr. Walters and Mr. Whitaker.
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  • Jad B. and Robbie G. brought home the 1st place trophy.

    MS Debaters Compete in Two Tournaments

    On Saturday, November 2nd, 38 MS debaters attended two separate debate tournaments in Manhattan for our first MS debate tournament of the season.
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  • Hackley Angling Club ventured out on Long Island Sound for a truly epic day of fishing.

    Anglers Away!

    On November 3, the Hackley Angling Club ventured out on Long Island Sound for a truly epic day of fishing. The students, ranging in age from 5th to 10th grade, were able to boat over 80 striped bass and blue fish! This was one for the record books!
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  • October

    Celebrating Mrs. Hackley in the Upper School.

    Happy Birthday, Mrs. Hackley!

    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.
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  • Creating giant bubbles on Akin Common using homemade bubble wands.

    Experimental Design in Fifth Grade

    Fifth grade science students have been gaining experience over the past two weeks with experimental design.
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  • Helping clean up the Scenic Hudson RiverWalk.

    Helping Hands at the RiverWalk

    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.
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  • A first introduction of the 5th graders in the 2nd graders room.

    Fifth Grade/Second Grade Partnership

    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.
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  • Our Founder, Frances Hackley, touring campus on Founder's Day.

    Founder's Day: Celebrating Mrs. Hackley!

    On Friday, October 25, the Hackley School Community will celebrate Founder's Day -- a Hackley tradition recognizing the birthday of our Founder, Frances Hackley. Read about Mrs. Hackley's extraordinary leadership at Hackley and beyond.
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  • Hackley 5th graders.

    First Middle School Debate Event of the Season

    On Saturday, October 5th, 20 MS debaters, including 10 brand new 5th graders, attended the novice scrimmage at the West End Secondary school to kick off the 2019-20 MS debate season. Over 90 debaters from 10 schools engaged in workshops, training sessions, and two rounds of practice debate on the topic “Schools should be year-round.”
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  • Middle School Student 2019 Casten Trip China Ambassadors present in Allen Memorial Hall.

    MS China Travelers Present

    An intrepid group of Hackley Middle School students traveled to China as part of the June 2019 Casten Trip. This week, they presented their experience to all their Middle School peers. Thank you to our Middle School China Ambassadors!
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  • September

    The Hackley Middle School Outing Club

    Outing Club Adventure

    The Hackley Middle School Outing Club had its first adventure of the school year on Sunday, September 22. Five fifth grade students canoed 6.5 miles down the Housatonic River in northwest Connecticut.
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  • Find Your Path by Drawing It

    Head of School Michael Wirtz opened the 2019-20 Hackley School year challenging students to face the "blank page" of the year ahead as a chance to create their own paths forward.
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  • July

    Hackley Gaming Presenters at Historicon

    Hackley History teacher Jared Fishman and Dillon Schaevitz '19 ran a one hour seminar and game at Historicon 2019, talking about Hackley’s gaming program, how it evolved, its impact on student well being, and presenting Dillon’s senior project which focused on games.
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  • June

    You Will Be Found

    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.
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  • The Arrow is Here!

    The Arrow, Hackley's Middle School literary and art magazine, arrived this week -- preview a digital version here!
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  • May

    Global Journeys Ahead

    As we turn the corner into summer, not only do we look back at wonderful 2018-19 Global Journeys to Ireland, Canada, Israel, Peru, & the United Kingdom, but we also look forward to upcoming summer journeys that head off from the hilltop right after Commencement!
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  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    May 21 was a perfect day for a service learning trip as Ms. Maddox's Drama 5-3 students went to the Pre-K/4s class at Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center to perform an adaptation of the book "Crazy Hair Day."
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  • Camp Out!

    On May 17, Hackley Fifth Graders enjoyed their first overnight “Hilltop Campout.”
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  • Vivek, Nina and Angela

    MS Debate Concludes Strong Season

    For the fourth time in five years, Hackley had an undefeated team in the finals of the MSPDP Championship year end debate tournament and, for the third time over that span, Hackley won the Championship, its first since 2016.
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  • Ducklings!

    The weather may not have been very spring-like recently, but it is spring, nevertheless--proven by the arrival of Hackley's ducklings!
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  • Serving the Community Through Music

    The Music Institute’s Cello Club had their Inaugural Recital at the Marymount Convent Nursing Home in Tarrytown on Friday, May 10th.
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  • 7th grade Whirlpool scoring points during their second run

    MS Aquabots Triumph!

    On May 11th, Hackley’s Aquabots competed in the Marine Advanced Technology and Engineering, or MATE, Regional Competition at Villanova University.
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  • Hack Gives Back

    Check out all that our students accomplished in the spring Hack Gives Back effort!
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  • Image: Iulia A. ‘23

    It's Arrow Season!

    The Middle School Arts and Literary Magazine submissions are in--take a look at some of the terrific 5th-8th grade works of art and creative writing posted so far on our blog.
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  • Introducing Hackley's Rwanda Partnership

    On April 25, the team of Hackley teachers who traveled to Rwanda as part of Hackley's longstanding partnership with two -- and now three -- schools there talked to Middle School students about their travels and the friends we have there.
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  • MS Debaters Compete at National Tournament

    On April 27 & 28, six Hackley 8th graders, Mason N., Amy K., Zara Y., Paul E., Bella W., and Arushi C., competed in two Public Debate Program Championship tournaments outside of Los Angeles.
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  • Riverpark Cleanup

    On Saturday morning, April 27th, over 30 Hackley community members, spanning across all three divisions, came together to help clean up the riverbanks down by the water at Pierson Park in Tarrytown.
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  • April

    PSAs for Earth Day

    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.
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  • Sharing Robot Wisdom

    On April 18, the MS Sumobot club invited the LS LEGO teams to visit.
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  • Summer Sports Camp at Hackley

    The week of July 22-25, Revolution Field Hockey, GameBreaker Boys & Girls Lacrosse, & Revolution Softball Camp will be held at the HACK.
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  • Experiencing Water Resource Accessibility

    During the week of April 15, students in 4th, 6th and 10th-12th grades had the opportunity to learn about water resource accessibility in an unusually powerful way and in conjunction with Earth Day.

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  • 2019 Arrow Online

    The 2019 Arrow Online is up and running! Please take a look - and check back frequently, as more and more middle school student art and writing will continue to be added until the published magazine is released later this spring.
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  • Activating Student Voice

    "Whether you might be ready to hear their thoughts (or not), Middle Schoolers are poised to share their ideas and they want to know that what they say matters and has an impact." Check out MS Community Service Coordinator Jennifer Louros' recent contribution to our blog, Hackley Perspectives.
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  • A Great Year of Partnership

    On April 13, Hackley Middle School completed the 6th and final MS Soup Kitchen of the year, with a great turn out--close to 15 student volunteers present and enthusiastic to serve others in the community.
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  • It's Arrow Season!

    The Arrow, The Middle School Arts and Literary Magazine submissions have been rolling in. 
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  • A Day at the Museum of Chinese in America

    On Thursday, March 14th, the entire fifth grade, along with students from the 6th grade Chinese language class, visited the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City.
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  • March

    Students Teaching Students

    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!
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  • Hackley MS Round Square Travelers: Belfast

    The five Hackley eighth grade students currently representing Hackley at the Round Square Globally Accessible Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland visited Giant’s Causeway on March 13th.
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  • Hackley Hosts MS Debate

    Approximately 30 MS debaters competed this past weekend at two separate locations – one of which was at Hackley – for the final regular season debate tournament of the season.
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  • Digging for Connection

    Dr. Adrianne Pierce, Hackley Classics Department Chair, shares this story in Hackley Perspectives about deepening connection with ancient history through archeology in our own back yard.
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  • February

    Hackley Faculty Present at NY Symposium

    Merideth Maddox and Bettie-Ann Candelora presented a workshop titled “Setting the Stage for Success: The Role of Theatrical Improvisation in Shaping Strong, Successful, and Supportive Young Women” at the NCGS-NYSAIS Educating Girls Symposium at the Nightingale-Bamford School on February 20th.
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  • Middle School Robotics Team

    The Hackley Middle School Lego Robotics team competed against two other schools (Greenwich Country Day School and Long Ridge Elementary School) at Long Ridge Elementary School in Stamford, CT.
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  • Into the (New) Pool!

    Swim season in Hackley P.E. has begun -- in the new Johnson Center Pool-- with Mr. Hasslinger's 5th grade PE class taking the honors as  the first ever Hackley PE class to swim in the new pool.
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  • Active Learning in MS Chinese Studies

    Hackley Middle School Chinese students have been expanding their language studies in creative and fun ways.
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  • Ilyasah Shabazz and her book fans

    Ilyasah Shabazz '79 Kicks off Pillars Day

    The Hackley Middle School "Pillars Day" celebration, devoted to the theme of Women's Leadership, launched with a visit with Ilyasah Shabazz, Hackley Class of 1979, whose book, Betty Before X, was the Middle School Summer Reading selection.
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  • Prayers for the People and Dr. MLK, Jr

    Upper and Middle School students enjoyed an inspiring and engaging performance by -- and with, since students stood, knelt, and chanted along -- visiting artists performing the powerful "Prayers for the People," based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s important "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Our students have been learning about the letter this week -- for those less familiar, here is History Department Chair Bill Davies' eloquent lesson on the topic.
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  • January

    MS Debate Update

    On Saturday, January 26th, 2019, twenty MS debaters participated in the 3rd NY Debate league MS tournament of the season. It was a great day with a nice mix of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade debaters competing.
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  • The four grade level winners in the final round.

    MS Geography Bee

    This past month, Hackley MS students have been competing through their history classes in the National Geographic Geography Bee, an annual competition in which Hackley has participated for almost 20 years.
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  • MS Soup Kitchen, 1/26

    This past Saturday, 10 middle school students volunteered to serve a hot meal to residents in the Ossining area at the Trinity Episcopal Church’s Loaves and Fish Soup Kitchen.
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  • Bee-ing Awesome in Hackley Middle School

    Hackley Middle School students did such an awesome job in the 1/25 Spelling Bee that they ran through all the words their teachers had planned -- sending the faculty scurrying for more words!
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  • 5th Grade Paper Rollercoasters

    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.)
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  • Hackley Rocks the Hackery...with Rocks!

    Just before our Holiday break, 6th Grade science students worked with Mr. Lipin and Mr. Molter in our Hackery makerspace to create artwork with Hackley and non-Hackley rocks.
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