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.
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.