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Upper School News Archive



  • November

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • June

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Senior Oren Tirschwell

    Hackley Senior to Teach Class on Using Google Apps Scripts

    Hackley Senior Oren Tirschwell will be teaching a class on how to use Google Apps Scripts to open new possibilities in Google Drive.
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  • Hackley Spanish Students Create PSA on Coronavirus Safety

    The Upper School Advanced Communication in Spanish class created a Public Service Announcement video for Governor Cuomo’s #newyorktough challenge.
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  • Hackley Students Raise Money for Charity

    Hackley Juniors Arav Misra, Charlie Wind, Tres Winslow Griffen, and Sebi Docters created a fundraising online game tournament.
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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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  • 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 Faculty Create Musical Send Off

    Hackley Faculty Create Musical Send Off

    The Hackley community came together to create a special send off for the Class of 2020. K-12 faculty serenaded the senior class with “We’ll Meet Again”, a very fitting wish for this incredible group of students.
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  • April

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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