News & Media

Upper School News Archive

2020

2020

  • 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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  • 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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  • February

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  •  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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