In this month's Hackley Perspectives, Jason Edwards, Director of Athletics, explores the profound impact of Hackley’s faculty-coach model, and the deep connections formed on the fields and courts. Read more.
This week's highlights feature three Athletes of the Week, a Team Report on the Field Hockey team, and an announcement about the upcoming Ivy Prep League Girls’ Tennis Championships in which the Hackley Girls’ Varsity Tennis team has received the number one seed!
The Hackley Athletics fall season is well underway. The varsity teams are on a roll! The Girls’ Tennis team is undefeated and has not lost a match in five outings. Two new Athletes of the Week are introduced.
In September’s blog post, Michael C. Wirtz, Head of School, shares his remarks from the September 9, 2021 Convocation presentation to K-12 students. “As I have done for the last five years, I centered my Convocation talk on a picture book, and this year I was drawn to The Magical Yet, written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Lorena Alvarez.”
On July 1, 2021, Hackley welcomed Robert Aldrich and Shazia Durrani to the leadership team, and welcomed M. Cyndy Jean, former Director of the Middle School, to her new role as the Assistant Head of School for Community and Inclusivity.
Head of School Michael Wirtz’s remarks from the May 5, 2021 Chapel Talk to the Class of 2021 are now available on Hackley Perspectives. “This summer, my wife and I will celebrate our 17th anniversary. Over those nearly 17 years, Hilary and I have been fortunate to take some memorable trips and vacations. But it is hard to imagine two people who approach traveling so differently.”
This June, Hackley School will welcome an apiary to campus! The apiary will become home to our very own honeybee hive, creating exciting and innovative learning opportunities in science and environmental studies for our K-12 students.
Divek Patel '22 was selected to present his research at ISEF, the world's largest science fair. His work titled "Predicting Mutation Status and Survival in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)." NSCLC is the world’s leading cause of cancer deaths.
(By Dial Editor Kami Lim '22) -- Marc Rod, class of ’16, visited the Dial class via Zoom on Friday, May 7 to speak to students about his experiences as a current journalist and former co-editor in chief of the Dial. His talk was part of a celebration to honor the outgoing senior class (class of ’21) and to thank them for their work on the publication.
Hackley students competed in the High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP) Championships on Saturday, April 17, and in the Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP) Championships on Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9.
It is with great excitement that Hackley announces two Teaching Fellows to begin July 1, 2021! This year’s Fellows—Erin Dockery and Abigail Offei-Addo—join us from New York University and Amherst College.
This winter, Hackley School’s Academic Committee—led by the Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs in partnership with department chairs—approved the creation of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, providing a departmental home for exciting current and new Upper School courses that span two or more disciplines.
We are thrilled to announce that Hackley’s Senior Ethics Bowl Team navigated a stunning series of victories at the National High School Ethics Bowl Championship last weekend from April 9-11, 2021. By Steven Bileca and Stephen Fitzpatrick, Ethics Bowl coaches
Over the past two Saturdays, on March 6 and March 13, 36 MS and US students participated in the final two regular season tournaments of the Public Debate Program (PDP), a league in which Hackley has been integrally involved for the past 10 years.
On February 17, 2021, Zach Walsh ’14 returned to the Hilltop virtually to speak to the Independent Research students about his research experiences in immunotherapy for pediatric leukemia, where scientists have altered the body’s own immune system to fight the blood cancer.
On Saturday, February 13th, eight Hackley Upper School Parliamentary debaters competed in the 5th High School Public Debate Program online tournament with teams from both California and the East Coast.
Hackley School students in the Middle and Upper School divisions are learning to explore the philosophical dimensions of complex ethical dilemmas, participating in regional and national ethics competitions, and demonstrating what it means to ‘Redefine a Liberal Arts Education,’ a key effort in Hackley’s strategic plan Redefining Excellence: Learning Beyond Boundaries.
In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives titled “Celebrating the Self — Honoring Heritage," Aisha Laspina-Rodriguez, Director of Communications, poses important questions while exploring the impact of celebrating and honoring heritage in the classroom and beyond.
Hackley School has begun recruitment for a 12-month Teaching Fellowship, advancing key efforts highlighted in our strategic plan, Redefining Excellence: Learning Beyond Boundaries, and in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. The fellowship—which runs from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022—pairs Fellows from diverse backgrounds with dedicated mentor teachers on site, promoting growth and cultivating rich learning experiences, and preparing the small cohort to ultimately work in Independent School settings.
On January 12, in anticipation of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th which commemorates the day Auschwitz was liberated in 1945, Emma Joseph, Sophie Miller, Michael Lee, and Meredith Greenberg — the student leadership of Hackley’s Jewish Culture Club — invited three speakers from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) to talk to the Upper School over Zoom.
Since the fall of 2019, senior Ben Kirsch and junior Zach Yusaf have had an extraordinary run in Varsity Public Forum debate, culminating in a current NSDA ranking as the third top team in the country. Highlights included wins at the Byram Hills Invitational to kick off the ’19-’20 season, and three Gold Bids at Princeton, Blake, and UPenn during the ’19-’20 academic year, resulting in a spot in the prestigious Tournament of Champions which was conducted online in April, 2020.
In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives, Merideth Maddox, a Middle School Theatre teacher, shares a personal story about family connection. “As an actor and theatre teacher, I am drawn to stories. More than any script or fictional tale, though, I crave connection with others by hearing true stories from their lives, and sharing stories from mine.”
“Today's events in Washington are deeply unsettling and stand in stark contrast to the democratic ideals of our country and the values of the Hackley community.” Read the letter to the Hackley Community from Head of School Michael Wirtz and Division Directors Lisa Oberstein, Cyndy Jean, and Andy King.