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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)