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  • November

    Dr. Yolanda Li ’11 virtually visits Hackley’s IRP Students

    Dr. Yolanda Li ’11 virtually visits Hackley’s IRP Students

    The Independent Research program had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Yolanda Li (’11), on Monday, November 16th, where she talked about “Science Beyond the Benchtop.”
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  • Kiri and Lily

    Parli Debate Co-Captain Lily Napach wins the Gavel!

    On Saturday, November 14th, three teams of Hackley Parliamentary debaters competed in the second regular season HSPDP (High School Public Debate Program) online tournament, including schools from New York, New Jersey, and California. 
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  • Cyndy Jean, Director of the Middle School, will become Assistant Head of School for Community and Inclusion.

    Cyndy Jean Appointed as Assistant Head of School for Community and Inclusion

    Cyndy Jean, Director of the Middle School, will become Assistant Head of School for Community and Inclusion, effective July 1, 2021.
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  • Hackley

    Hackley Upper School Public Forum Debate Team Wins!

    From November 6 to 8, 2020, 4 Hackley teams competed in the AppleValley Minneapple Debate Tournament against 170 of the top Public Forum Debate teams in the country.  Hackley Senior Ben Kirsch and Junior Zach Yusaf went 4-2 in Preliminary Rounds but then went on a run winning triples, doubles, octafinals, quarterfinals, semifinals, and then won the finals to become Tournament Champions.
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  • Annie S., Ella C., and Annika D.

    First 2020-21 Tournament for Middle School Debaters

    On Saturday, November 7th, 25 Middle School debaters competed in our first tournament of the season using the video platform on NSDA Campus. 
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  • Flag at half-mast by the Upper School.

    Civil Discourse is Rooted in Hackley's Mission

    In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives, Andy King, Director of the Upper School, explores the topic of civil discourse in education, and reflects on a statement from a very wise Hackley debate student—"elections set the tone for national discourse." 
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  • October

    Hackley Debate Teams love October!

    October has been a busy month for Hackley debaters. The debate teams competed at Bronx Science, Byram Hills, and the Connecticut Debate Association Tournaments.
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  • Uriel Garcia ’17 in yellow outlined box.

    Uriel Garcia ’17 virtually visits Hackley’s IRP Students

    The Independent Research program was excited to host Uriel Garcia ’17 in our Guest Speaker Series. The students were fascinated by all of the organic chemistry projects Uriel worked on, such as synthesizing an organic compound that can irreversibly block pain receptors, and how this love of Chemistry stemmed from his Organic Chemistry class at Hackley.
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  • Students Take the Lead in Election Day Discussions!

    With Election Day approaching, students in all three divisions have been asking questions and discussing the 2020 election cycle.
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  • Dr. Packer '11 from Foresite Labs during his virtual visit with the IRP students.

    Jonathan Packer ’11 virtually visits Hackley’s Independent Research Students

    The Independent Research Program kicked off our 2020-2021 guest lecture series with the valedictorian the Jonathan Packer ‘11, PhD.
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  • Tommy and Sofia.

    Upper School Debate Team Competes in the Yale Invitational

    On Saturday, October 3rd, 12 Hackley Upper School debaters competed in the Yale Invitational, one of the biggest debate tournaments of the season. While moving to an online format, the Yale tournament involves over 2500 students from around the country and almost 1000 virtual debate rooms.
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  • September

    Claudia DeSantis, Classics Teacher

    News from the Classics Department

    (By Dr. Pierce, Classics Department Chair, MS DEI Coordinator) This article is long overdue, but fortunately we were able to celebrate our scholars at an online ceremony in the spring.  At that time, we also bid farewell to the wonderful Claudia DeSantis who retired after 5 years on the Hilltop.  Her 6th grade class spearheaded an initiative to make a movie of memories and fun in her honor, and we watched it all together during the party.

    She was so touched, and I’m sure she has watched the video over and over again.
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  • Senior Ben Kirsch and Junior Zach Yusaf (Upper left)

    Upper School Debate Team Competes in National Tournament

    The Hackley Upper School Public Forum team participated in the National Speech and Debate Season Opener tournament held virtually by the University of Kentucky on Saturday, September 12, 2020.
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  • July

    Ingrid Fetell Lee ’97 Photo: Annabel Braithwaite for Belathée

    The Character of Joy

    (Hackley Review - Summer 2020 | Story by Suzy Akin) A conversation with Ingrid Fetell Lee, Class of 1997, on the “value of a life marked by friendship, balance, and joy.”

    Ingrid Fetell Lee can teach us a great deal about joy and why it matters.
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  • June

    First Grade Sings Fifty Nifty United States!

    One of the BIG experiences in first grade is learning the 50 Nifty song by Ray Charles. This song is sung at the end of the First Grade performance called Flag Stanley Across the United States.
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  • Bill Davies, History Department Chair

    Digging Deep for Knowledge and Discovery

    Upper School History teacher Christopher Loomis writes about the great opportunities for discovery that were born out of this year's Independent Research in History and English project. From War of the Roses to Harry Potter, 17 juniors and seniors participated in this new academic opportunity.
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  • A Better New Normal

    As we approach the end of the 2019-2020 school year, we recognize the unrest happening around the country beyond the challenges of COVID-19. Inspired by Community Council President Taylor Robin, Head of School Michael Wirtz reflects on the current climate and his hopes for a better "new normal" in this Hackley Perspectives piece.
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  • Celebrating our Senior Athletes

    Hackley Varsity Coaches pay tribute to the graduating senior athletes who have done so much to lead and inspire teammates through their Hackley career.
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  • John Canoni '86

    Hackley Board Announces Leadership Transition

    John Canoni, Hackley Class of 1986, has announced his decision to resign his role as President of the Hackley Board of Trustees, effective June 30, 2020 after five years serving in this role. He will continue to serve Hackley School as a member of the Board. Trustee H. Rodgin Cohen will succeed John Canoni as the sixteenth President of the Hackley Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2020.
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  • May

    Upper School tribute screen.

    Honoring Our Musicians

    As we conclude the 2019-2020 school year, Hackley's Middle and Upper School Music faculty have created video tributes in appreciation of our eighth grade students and graduating seniors -- a warm and celebratory send off into summer in appreciation for all their excellent work, with our congratulations as they move on to the next adventure!

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  • George Yancopoulos Visits Hackley IRP

    George Yancopoulos MD, PhD, (P ’12, ’14, ’16, ’18) Co-founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, did an inspiring Zoom call  with Dr. Ying’s Independent Research Program (IRP) students regarding Regeneron’s work on COVID-19 treatments.
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  • Senior Neil Singh

    Hackley Wins Final Parli Debate Tournament of the Season!

    On Saturday, May 23, Hackley hosted the first inaugural HSPDP Online Tournament, featuring schools from NY, NJ, CT, and CA.
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  • Technology is Not the Answer

    Jed Dioguardi, Director of Information Technology, is this week's voice on Hackley Perspectives, with this thoughtful reflection on the ways in which our current situation highlights the limitations of technology.
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  • Honoring the Fallen

    On this Memorial Day 2020, we join together in honoring the memory of all members of the Hackley community and across the nation who have lost their lives in active military service.  
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  • Hackley Families and Students Respond to COVID-19

    During this challenging time, Hackley’s community has responded courageously by actively volunteering to help people in need. While our K-12 students wrote over 150 gratitude letters to first responders and essential workers though a school-wide campaign, our families have been no less active at home!
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  • 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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  • Armed Services Day

    We celebrate and support those from the Hackley Community who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. We are forever grateful for your commitment and courage.
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  • Lara Schechter '21, Hackley Varsity Wrestling

    Hackley Perspectives: The Role of Gender in Sports

    This essay is the summation of Lara Schechter’s independent study as a Hackley Junior in which she researched and evaluated the impact that gender roles play in society with relation to athletics.
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  • Phil Brooks (‘14) virtually visits IRP

    Hackley alum Phil Brooks (Class of ’14) virtually visited our Independent Research Program on Wednesday April 22, 2020.
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  • Jack Bosco ’20

    All Journal News Winter Athletes

    Four Hackley athletes earned All Journal News recognition for the Winter 2019-20 season.
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  • Emily Afriyie '20

    Hackley Athletics Recognizes 3x4 Award Winners

    Twelve Hackley seniors are recipients of the 2020 3x4 award for their commitment to being three-season athletes in each of their four years in Hackley's Upper School. This award attests to the commitment, dedication and love these athletes have for sport on the Hilltop.
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  • Chapel Talk: Head of School Michael Wirtz

    For the last faculty Chapel Talk of the 2019-20 academic year, Head of School Michael Wirtz addressed the Class of 2020. He spoke about looking through the windows of time and making connections with the past and future. Watch the Chapel Talk video.
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  • Hackley Winter Season Athletes Receive League Honors

    34 Hackley student-athletes were recognized by the Ivy League for their season-long performances this past winter.
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  • April

    Middle School art students rose to the challenge of recreating famous works of art.

    7th and 8th Graders Create Famous Works of Art on Zoom

    Hackley’s 7th and 8th grade art students rose to the challenge of recreating famous works of art on Zoom with imagination and panache! Their work is featured in The Arrow, the Hackley Middle School art magazine.
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  • Distance Learning: A Day in the Life of a Hackley Teacher

    Senior Class Dean Chris Loomis reflects on the "day in the life" experience of distance learning at Hackley, our latest post on Hackley Perspectives.
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  • Eliana Lee ’20, Oren Tirschwell ’20, and Marie Wurtz ’22 performing in Allen Hall on February 2nd.

    Hackley Strings Ensemble Wins Lincoln Center Competition

    Congratulations to Eliana Lee ’20, Oren Tirschwell ’20, and Marie Wurtz ’22 on winning the Lincoln Center Young Musicians regional program on February 2nd.
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  • Zara '23 and Zach '22 Yusaf.

    3D Printed Masks for Heroes

    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!
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  • Ben Kirsch is in the pink hoodie and Zach is in the bottom right hand corner.

    Virtual Tournament of Champions

    Sophomore Zach Yusaf and junior Ben Kirsch represented Hackley at the "eTOC" last weekend, a bid-requiring invitational championship tournament usually held at the University of Kentucky in April. 
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  • Amy Kliatchko '24 and Arushi Chandra '24

    Westfield Inaugural “Virtual” Parliamentary Debate Tournament

    Ten Hackley debaters, including juniors Lily Napach and Kiri Fitzpatrick, sophomore Michael Potanin, freshman Amy Kliatchko, Arushi Chandra, and Mason Napach, along with 8th graders Jake C., Harper K., and Jad B., took part in a 5 round Parliamentary online debate tournament hosted by Westfield Academy, debating such impromptu topics such as “This House would tax men to reduce the gender pay gap,” “This House would eliminate adoption preference on the basis of race and ethnicity,” and “This House would support the significant automation of the justice system.”
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  • A Message from Hackley's Head of School

    On April 18 2020, Hackley's Board of Trustees met virtually for the first time in the school's history.  Much of the agenda focused on the school's response to COVID-19.

    Even as the Board reflected on the present and helped school leadership anticipate future needs, trustees expressed their profound appreciation for the Hackley community's response to this situation, and recorded this video.
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  • Jack Bosco ‘20

    Two Hackley Wrestlers Receive Regional All-Star Honors

    Congratulations to Jack Bosco ‘20 and Tyler Wyman ’21 for being selected as Honorable Mention All-Stars for the Westchester/Putnam area. Well done!
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  • Mark Boswell, educator

    Hackley Hosts: Grading for Equity, 4/28

    A Conversation with Mark Boswell
    Please join us on April 28 for a conversation with Mark Boswell on grading for equity based on Joe Feldman’s book, Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms. Read on for details and registration.
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  • Ms. Ritz has a new editor.

    What Does WFH Look Like for Hackley?

    We invited Hackley employees to share snapshots of their Work From Home set up here.
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  • No Days Off for HGVS

    The Hackley Girls Varsity Soccer team joins in this virtual collaboration to keep their spirit -- and their skills -- alive during social isolation!  We love their attitude!
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  • Science Learning for this Moment

    Middle School science teacher Dan Lipin changed up the fifth grade curriculum to teach students about the work that scientists are doing to fight the coronavirus infection. He started by creating video and activities that showed them viruses, their effects on the body and the process of a clinical trial, and then scheduled live Zoom classes on Friday, April 17 with two scientists who shared their expertise. Upper School Cell Biology students and students in the science Independent Research Project also joined the sessions.

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  • 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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  • Zoom screen of the Virtual Chapel Talk

    Chapel Talks Go Virtual

    We are grateful to Alex Evangelidis '20 for allowing us to share Hackley's first Zoom Chapel Talk!
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  • Hackley Perspectives: The Science and Politics of What We Eat

    Katherine Hannon's piece on Food and Power not only highlights one of Hackley's creative, interdisciplinary courses growing out of Refining Excellence: Learning Beyond Boundaries, but also throws into relief the impact of coronavirus on issues of food supply and food scarcity.
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  • Junior Ben Kirsch and Sophomore Zach Yusaf (Inset screen)

    The Debates Go On!

    On the first weekend in April, Junior Ben Kirsch and Sophomore Zach Yusaf competed in the Georgetown “Virtual” Spring Invitational tournament conducted entirely online. 
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  • Trustee Eric Gyasi ’01 and his wife Rae with Chef Eric Adjepong.

    Ghanaian Cuisine on the Hilltop

    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. 
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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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  • Delivery completed with help from Mr. Mitchell and the Hackley Hornet!

    Help for the Local Community

    Hackley's Science Department and Athletic Trainer team rallied to gather supplies that could be useful to the local medical community, delivering nearly 4,000 gloves to Westchester Medical Center.
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  • Hackley Junior Arjun Dayal

    Helping Those on the Front Lines

    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!

    His work continues: on April 20, he donated 100 more face shields to White Plains Hospital!
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  • Sofia Graziano '20

    HGVB Athlete Earns All-State Honors

    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!
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  • Enter Here to Be and Find a Friend (Hackley)

    April is National Poetry Month

    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.
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  • March

    AJ Cortese ‘14 (2nd row far left) with the Hackley AP Chinese class.

    Alumni Highlight Importance of Language Study

    Two Hackley alumni visited Hackley Chinese language students and shared insights into the benefits of learning and speaking Chinese.

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  • 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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  • Making bowls in the Grille Room.

    Empty Bowls: Stop Hunger!

    Hackley students and faculty across all three divisions made bowls in this week's Empty Bowls event,  part of a collaboration with the Clay Art Center in Port Chester to raise money and awareness of hunger and food insecurity in Westchester County.
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  • Daniel Cai, Greg Occhiogrosso, Kiri Fitzpatrick, and Ava Lattimore

    Ethics Bowl Team Heading to Nationals

    On Friday, February 27th, Hackley Ethics Bowl NYC winners Daniel Cai, Greg Occhiogrosso, Kiri Fitzpatrick, and Ava Lattimore traveled to Summit, New Jersey to take on the New Jersey champion team, Kent Place School for the right to compete in Nationals later this spring.
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  • Kiri Fitzpatrick and Lily Napach

    US Debate Update

    On Friday and Saturday February 28 and 29, 18 Upper School Hackley debaters, undeterred by recent exams, attended two separate tournaments in New York.
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  • Katie Jenson, Head Athletic Trainer

    Celebrate Action - Celebrate Athletics Trainers

    March is National Athletic Trainers (ATs) Month, and we’re celebrating by highlight the important role these health care professionals provide in caring for the patients that they serve.
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  • Hackley Boys Basketball 2019-20

    Hackley Boys Varsity Basketball 2019-20

    The 2019-20 Hackley Hornets Boys Varsity Basketball Team finished the season on a very high note, winning two of our last three games, including an exciting 79-75 win on Senior Night versus Leman Prep. It was a great way to honor the four seniors, Matt Wiele, James Sexton-Holtmeir, Enzi Teacher, and Andrew Abrons.
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  • Hackley Boys Varsity Squash 2019-20

    Hackley Boys Varsity Squash 2019-20

    The Boys Varsity Squash Team concluded their 2019-20 season last weekend at High School Nationals. The team was led at No.1 by Ryan Chen ‘21, who excelled, especially in the match against Tabor Academy against a very strong Egyptian player.
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  • Hackley Girls Varsity Basketball 2019-20

    Hackley Girls Varsity Basketball 2019-20

    The Hackley Girls Varsity Basketball Team ended the season with an overall record of 12-12 and an Ivy League record of 7-5, good for third place. The girls earned the #9 seed in the NYSAIS state tournament where they won their first round game before losing to the #1 seed and eventual NYSAIS Champions Horace Mann.
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  • Hackley Girls Varsity Squash 2019-20

    Hackley Girls Varsity Squash 2019-20

    The 2019- 2020 season for Girls Varsity Squash ended with a total of 12 wins and 13 loses. Captain and senior Jordan Miller led the team with great integrity, character and dedication, setting an excellent example for our future squash captains.
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  • Hackley Varsity Fencing 2019-20

    Hackley Varsity Fencing 2019-20

    Hackley Fencing finished an exceptional season, ending with a first-ever 1st Place in the ISFL League and at the Team Championship in all three boy's weapons.

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  • Hackley Varsity Indoor Track & Field 2019-20

    Hackley Varsity Indoor Track & Field 2019-20

    Hackley's Winter Track & Field athletes each saw improvement this season, setting personal bests in their events, with new records set, and strong Ivy League and NYSAIS finishes, and four athletes qualifying for the Federation Indoor Track meet.
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  • Hackley Varsity Swimming 2019-20

    Hackley Varsity Swimming 2019-20

    Led by Ivy champions Mary Rotenberg ’21 and Max Hardart ’21, the Hackley Girls and Boys Swim Teams had strong seasons, the girls team finishing second in league behind the strong and large Trinity team, and the boys finishing fourth.
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  • Hackley Varsity Wrestling 2019-20

    Hackley Varsity Wrestling 2019-20

    Despite small numbers, the Hackley Wrestling team brought home strong results, including top individual finishes in regional and state-level competition.
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  • February


    On Friday, Feb 21 students from the 7th grade gathered in the dining hall for a fun-filled cooking extravaganza.
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  • Hackley 5th and 6th graders at the Sumo Bot Robotics Tournament.

    Hackley Robotics Success

    At the February 22 Sumo Bot Robotics tournament at Long Ridge School in Stamford, CT, Hackley 5th and 6th graders were challenged to build and program Lego robots to battle each other in various autonomous and remote control competitions -- and won four out of the six competitions.
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  • First Creative Arts Field Trip

    Igniting Imagination

    Inspired by the Strategic Plan’s challenge to explore new opportunities for cross-disciplinary experiences within the Creative Arts, Hackley’s Visual and Performing Arts Departments recently held their first ever co-departmental Upper School Creative Arts Field Trip.
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  • The Varsity Fencing team after the ISFL Championships.

    Hackley Fencing Puts on Dominant Performance at ISFL Championships

    The Hackley Fencing program had an amazing weekend at the Independent School Fencing League Championships.
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  • Lara Schechter ‘21 and Hadassah Henderson ‘21

    Hackley Girls Wrestlers Finish 2nd and 4th at State Tournament

    Congratulations to Lara Schechter ‘21 and Hadassah Henderson ‘21 for their performances at the NY State Girls Wrestling Tournament at Truman High School (Bronx) on Saturday 2/22/20.
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  • 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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  • Lara Schechter '21

    Four Wrestlers Heading to Statewide Competition

    Congratulations to Lara Schechter and Hadassah Henderson, who will compete at NY Girls State Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, February 22nd at Truman High School, and to Cole Joseph and Jack Bosco, who will compete at NY State Federation Championships at Times Union Center in Albany on February 28 and 29.
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  • Elizabeth Anne Smith designed her residency on “the actor in response” with the students.

    Welcoming Hackley's Inaugural Creative Resident

    Hackley hosted its inaugural teaching artist -- a drama educator -- during the week of February 9-14.  The Creative Residency program is part of the new strategic plan, Redefining Excellence: Learning Beyond Boundaries, and will serve to “promote the Hilltop as a learning hub” by bringing creative teaching artists in Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Digital Arts to campus.
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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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  • HGVB Makes NYSAIS Tournament

    Hackley Girls Varsity Basketball competes in the opening round of the NYSAIS Tournament on Wednesday, February 19, 5:00 PM vs. Rye Country Day School at RCDS.  The winner of that round will play Horace Mann on Thursday in the quarterfinal round.  Semi-finals and finals are scheduled for Saturday and Monday, respectively.
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  • Princess Ohia-Enyia '20

    Hackley Athletes Named Ivy Track Champions

    Four Hackley Track & Field athletes earned first place honors at the Ivy Preparatory League championship meet for Winter Track on February 13.
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  • Mary Rotenberg ’21

    Hackley Swimmers Earn Individual Titles

    Five athletes earned seven league championship titles at the 2020 Ivy League Championship meet.
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  • Aidan Wilson ’20 and Bruce Dunbar ’85 in front of the records board.

    Records Honored and Set

    Bruce Dunbar ’85 and Aidan Wilson ’20, two of the most accomplished Hackley swimmers of all-time, share the Hackley School record in the 500 Free (4:34.61).
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  • Winter Varsity Athletics Update

    • Hackley Boys Squash placed second in the NYSAIS Championships, hosted this week at Hackley. 
    • Hackley Girls and Boys Swimming placed third and fifth, respectively, in their Ivy League meet.
    • Hackley Winter Track brought in a Girls 2nd place finish overall and 3rd place overall for Boys in Ivy League competition.
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  • Tyler Wyman ’21

    Athletes of the Week, 2/10

    The Athletes of the Week for the week of Feb 10th are Tyler Wyman ’21 (Wrestling) and the Boys 4x800m Relay Team (Track).
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  • Antonella Arana

    Bon Voyage!

    As we head into the Presidents Day weekend, we bid a fond farewell to our two current Round Square Exchange students.
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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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  • Some of works of art at the show.

    Hackley Artists at Katonah Museum

    Ten talented Hackley senior artists are participating in this year’s annual Katonah Museum Young Artist Exhibition. The exhibition, generously hosted by the museum administration and staff during their busy winter exhibition calendar, features outstanding senior paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photography from selected regional high schools.
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  • Coach Pickert at Hackley's Pickert Field sign.

    Honoring Coach Pickert

    Hackley's Pickert Field signage was enhanced with the language below chronicling Coach Robert Pickert's achievements as Hackley Teacher, Coach, Athletics Director, and Varsity Football Coach.
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  • Hackley Varsity Wrestling Coach Fran Stanek

    Coach Stanek Honored

    Hackley Varsity Wrestling Coach Fran Stanek was honored at this year's NYSAIS Wrestling Championship with the 25 years of Service Award in the sport of wrestling.
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  • Hackley Varsity Girls’ squash team

    Hackley Squash Advances to NYSAIS Semifinals

    On February 10, Hackley Boys’ and Girls’ squash teams hosted the quarterfinals of the NYSAIS Squash Championships. Both teams advanced to the semi-finals and will compete here at Hackley School on Wednesday, February 12th.
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  • Josh Saha '20 and Yingshyan Ku '20

    IRP Seniors present at WR-JSHS

    Seniors Josh Saha and Yingshyan Ku joined 550+ students from Westchester/Rockland County to present their scientific work at the Westchester/Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on Saturday, Feb 8, 2020.
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  • Madeline Zuckerman '20

    Performing Shakespeare in NYC

    Madeline Zuckerman '20 represented Hackley at the English Speaking Union NYC Branch Semi-Finals on 2/10. Madeline was one of fifteen students selected from various schools in the NYC Branch to compete in this prestigious competition. Fellow Hack-tors Amanda Mooney, Liz Hetzel and Conor McMahon attended to cheer her on!
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  • 8th grade teams hard at work during Cup Cake Wars.

    Cupcake Wars!

    The 8th grade gathered in the dining hall after school on Feb 7 for a fun session of Cupcake Wars. Students worked in teams to bake cupcakes from basic ingredients, and then decorated their cupcakes using icing and fondant. It was an enjoyable evening for everyone who participated.
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  • Hackley Upper School debaters at the University of Pennsylvania’s 45th annual Liberty Bell Classic.

    Great US Debate Performances at UPenn

    Hackley US Debate had an outstanding showing at the University of Pennsylvania’s 45th annual Liberty Bell Classic.
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  • Hackley Parliamentary debaters competed at our 3rd High School Public Debate tournament.

    Parli Debate Update

    On Saturday, February 8th, four teams of Hackley Parliamentary debaters competed at our 3rd High School Public Debate tournament of the season, hosted here at Hackley.
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  • Cole Joseph ’23

    Three Hackley Wrestlers Capture NYSAIS Championship

    Hackley Wrestlers Cole Joseph ’23 (113lbs), Jack Bosco ’20 (126) and Tyler Wyman ’21 (132) were crowned NYSAIS champions this past weekend.
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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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  • Hackley Musical Ahead!

    Hackley is presenting its first musical in many years! The Upper School Musical Theater Workshop Class will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Tuesday, February 11 at 5:00 and Wednesday and Thursday, February 12th and 13th, at 7:00 in the Bridges Theater.  Check out the promo video!
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  • Students saying their farewell's at the end of the 2019-20 Fall Upper School play

    Hackley Welcomes Inaugural Visiting Artist

    As part of the Creative Residency established through the Strategic Plan, Hackley's first visiting artist, Elizabeth Anne Smith, arrives on February 9 to begin a week-long residency working with drama students in grades 7-12 during the week of February 10.
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  • Our thanks to Dr. Yancopoulos (On the right) for visiting the IRP students.

    Dr. Yancopoulos visits Hackley’s IRP

    The Independent Research Program was lucky to be able to host Dr. Yancopoulos (Co-founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and parent of alumni in the classes of '12, '14, '16 and '18) on Friday, Jan 31, 2020.
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  • Enzi Teacher '20

    Hackley Athletes Named to Golden Dozen

    Enzi Teacher '20 and Conor McMahon '20 were named to the 2020 Golden Dozen Team. The Golden Dozen is an award given to the top student-athletes in the Westchester area in the sport of football.
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  • Sarah Coble

    Hackley Names Four New Chairholders

    Sarah Coble, Seth Karpinski, Dan Lipin, and Tony Maisonet have been appointed to endowed chairs starting with the 2020-2021 school year. Sarah Coble will be the new holder of the Parents' Chair. Seth Karpinski has been chosen for the Head of School Chair and Dan Lipin for the McLean Chair in Mathematics and Science. Tony Maisonet has been named to the M.H. Davidson Chair in History.
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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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  • MS Squash Wins at Nationals

    Hackley's Middle School Squash teams competing at the MS Squash Nationals won their respective divisions on February 1. The girls team won division 2 and the boys division 3, both finishing with strong 3-2 wins in the championship.
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  • Three Hackley Wrestlers Take Home Individual Ivy Championships

    The Hackley Wrestling Team crowned three champions and two second place finishers at the Ivy League Championships this weekend.
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  • January

    English 12 class celebrated Thomas Tung-Yep (4th from left) with treats and well-wishes.

    A Warm Send-off for Our Visitor

    With the end of January comes the departure of Thomas Tung-Yep, our visitor from fellow Round Square school Trinity Anglican School in Cairns, Australia, and today his English 12 class celebrated him with treats and well-wishes.
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  • Mr. Moore (center) at Hackley with Assistant Head of School Mr. Bileca (far left), US Diversity Coordinator Mr. Teacher (far right) and the students who introduced Mr. Moore to fellow students, Hadassah Henderson ’21 and Dylan Ormsby ‘22.

    Michael B. Moore Presents DuBois Lecture

    On January 30, Hackley hosted Mr. Michael B. Moore, Founding President and CEO of the International African American Museum in Charleston, SC, as the 2019-2020 DuBois Speaker.
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  • Helping Hands at Loaves and Fish Soup Kitchen

    On Saturday, January 25th, ten middle school students volunteered at the Loaves and Fish Soup Kitchen in Ossining. It was wonderful to see all four grade levels represented among the volunteers, united to serve their local community.
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  • Hudson Scholars Leadership team and Upper School students.

    Hudson Scholars Leadership Presents at National Conference

    In their capacity as leaders of Hackley's Hudson Scholars program, David Sykes and Dawn Crainer presented at the National Network for Schools in Partnership conference in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26th and Monday, January 27th.
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  • MS Debate Update

    On Saturday, January 25th, over 35 MS students debated at two separate events in our MS Public Debate League, one of which was hosted by Hackley. Though we have a lot of new and younger debaters who are still learning the ropes, one of our 8th grade teams placed 3rd at one of the events and we earned 3rd place overall as a school at the other.
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  • Kiara Abbey ’21

    Athletes of the Week, 1/27

    Athletes of the Week for January 27th are Kiara Abbey ’21 (Track and Field), Jake Abraham ’21 (Wrestling), James DiStefano ’20 (Fencing – Epee), and Nicky Wind ’22 (Fencing – Saber).
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  • Hackley Hosts NYSAIS Wrestling Championship

    Hackley will be hosting the 2020 NYSAIS Wrestling Championships on Saturday, February 8th in the double gym in the Walter C. Johnson Center for Health and Wellness, beginning at 10:00 AM.

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  • James DiStefano ‘20

    Hackley Fencers Medal at ISFL Championships

    The Hackley Fencing Team had thirteen medalist at the 21st Independent School Fencing League Individual Championships at Horace Mann on Saturday, Jan. 25th, including gold medals for James DiStefano ‘20 and Nicky Wind ’22. This medal count equaled the record breaking results of last season when Hackley took home 27% of the overall medals in the ten-school league.
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  • Having a (Snow) Ball on the Hilltop

    Hackley Upper School students came together for a successful "Snow Ball" -- the winter-themed dance sponsored and organized by Community Council. Students dressed up and enjoyed the festivities -- thanks to all who made it possible!
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  • Shakespeare on the Hilltop

    On January 27, seventeen Hackley Upper School students presented Shakespeare monologues as they competed in the first round of the English Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition.
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  • Lara Schechter ‘21

    Three Hackley Wrestlers Take Top Honors at Edgemont Competition

    Hackley Wrestling had a strong showing this past weekend with Lara Schechter ‘21, Cole Joseph ’23 and Jack Bosco ’20 all winning their respective divisions.
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  • IRP Students Learn about Science Innovation

    The Hackley Independent Research Program was happy host Dr. Ianchulev (P’ 26) on Friday, January 17, 2020. Dr. Ianchulev gave an inspiring talk on innovation, and the various projects and products that he has founded since his residency.
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  • Have you ever wonder why it’s called a workout?

    Dr. Ying's 9th grade physics classes went to the Fitness Center in the JCHW to do a “work"-out--investigating the physics of "work". a.k.a., the transfer of energy.
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  • 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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  • The debate team prepping with coach Tucker Wilke.

    US Debate Update

    Over the Martin Luther King, Jr, holiday weekend, in Lexington, MA, 12 debaters braved inclement weather and a tough national circuit debating Resolved: The United States should end its economic sanctions against Venezuela.
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  • Katie Jenson, Head Athletic Trainer at Hackley School.

    Athletic Training for Health and Wellness

    Hackley's Athletic Trainer team supports a broad spectrum of Health and Wellness programming -- learn more about their work on Hackley Perspectives.
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  • The Hackley Fencing team in the new fencing studio.

    Hackley Fencing Continues Era of Success in JCHW

    The Hackley Fencing program continues to see success in 2019-2020 as the new fencing studio has helped build the growth and strength of the program. Four Hackley teams are in the hunt for ISFL titles.
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  • Greg Occhiogrosso (11th), Daniel Cai (10th), Ava Lattimore (9th), and Kiriann Fitzpatrick (11th).

    Hackley Students Win Ethics Bowl

    On January 19, four Hackley students represented Hackley at the New York City Regional Competition for the 2020 National High School Ethics Bowl and won first place.
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  • The Rose window in Allen Memorial Hall.

    Hudson Valley Young Musicians Concert in Allen Memorial Hall

    Hackley School is partnering with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to host the first Hudson Valley Young Musicians Concert on Sunday, February 2nd and we are pleased to announced that one of our Upper School chamber groups, comprised of Eliana Lee '20, Oren Tirschwell '20, and Marie Wurtz '22, has been selected to perform.
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  • Sofia Graziano ’20

    Athletes of the Week (Winter Update)

    Six athletes earned Athlete of the Week honors in the week before Winter Break and in the two weeks since.
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  • Civic Engagement and Service Learning

    On Friday, 1/17, students in the Civic Engagement for Advanced Spanish Speakers course spent time with the Hispanic community at Neighbors Link, a resource center that aids the local community in Northern Westchester County.
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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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  • Hackley science IRP (Independent Research Project) students at Regeneron.

    Hackley’s Partnership with Regeneron

    Hackley Review Winter 2019-20

    Two Hackley teachers, Melissa Boviero and Dan Lipin, have completed the Regeneron STEM Teaching Fellowship.
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  • Middle School students develop their game strategies on a Saturday morning.

    Hiding the Vegetables: Roleplaying, Games, and Simulations

    Hackley Review Winter 2019-20 By Michael Canterino '03, Upper School English Teacher

    While this academic school year offers Hackley’s first course explicitly designed around roleplay gaming as the central mechanism for understanding, analyzing, and creating content, games and simulations have been a tradition in Hackley classrooms for years.
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  • Cyndy Jean, Director of the Middle School

    Making it Real: Bringing Learning to Life in the Middle School

    Hackley Review Winter 2019-20 By Cyndy Jean, Director of the Middle School

    When I first accepted my new role as the Director of the Middle School, many colleagues and mentors offered me great insight and advice into the new career path I had chosen. Although I felt a tug at my heart knowing I was preparing to step out of the classroom and away from consistent, direct interaction with students, I was heartened by the first early interactions I had with the middle school faculty.
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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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  •  Pavel Litvinov's portrait on the wall outside the Head of School’s office.

    Wendt Visiting Scholar Pavel Litvinov

    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.
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  • The Advanced Forest Ecology Students are continuing the annual tradition of using recycled Christmas tree to build habitat for birds.

    Building Habitats in Hackley's Forest

    The Advanced Forest Ecology Students are continuing the annual tradition of using recycled Christmas tree to build habitat for birds.
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  • Jasmine Bayrooti '18 (under the clock) returned to the Hilltop to talk with Hackley’s Independent Research program students about her research projects.

    Jasmine Bayrooti ’18 visits Hackley’s IRP

    Jasmine Bayrooti '18 returned to the Hilltop to talk with Hackley’s Independent Research program students about her research projects, both as a Hackley student and more recently at Stanford.
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  • Hackley US students Zach Yusaf, Zara Yusaf, Michael Lee, and Ella Rodriguez the first Pass the Gavel presentation at P.S. 105 in the Bronx.

    Pass the Gavel

    On Thursday, January 2nd, Hackley US students Zach Yusaf, Zara Yusaf, Michael Lee, and Ella Rodriguez ran two separate two-hour presentations on debate at P.S. 105 in the Bronx.
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  • Uncomfortable Learning

    Hackley senior Becky Steinberg '20's recent Chapel Talk to fellow students underscores the value of struggle, shared here on Hackley Perspectives.
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  • Understanding Athletic Recruiting

    On Sunday, January 26, at 1:00 p.m., in Allen Hall, Hackley's College Counseling Office and Athletics Department will offer a program on college athletic recruitment. This meeting is open to all, but since it focuses on the college athletic recruitment process, it necessarily targets very strong athletes.
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  • Celebrating Together

    The 4th annual Hudson Scholars Holiday Party on 12/15 brought together about 150 people--the Scholars and their families, over 20 Upper School mentors (and some of their families too), numerous Hackley teachers--and a great deal of Holiday cheer and joy!
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    Deeper Context for Understanding Warfare

    Upper School students in the "Topics in the History of Warfare" class went to the Jacob Burns Film Center this week for a screening of "1917" with the goal of gaining better understanding of why WWI played out the way it did.
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  • At the Blake Tournament in Minneapolis, MN.

    US Debate Update

    At a tournament in Minnesota, Hackley's work on the Venezuela resolution got off to an incredible start.
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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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