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Hackley employees support and drive the School’s culture of respect and welcome, modeling through their work the values framed by our motto, “United, we help one another.” Leading by example, they encourage students to rise to the challenge posed by our mission: to grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment, to offer unreserved effort, and to learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world."

List of 12 news stories.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Michael C. Wirtz P ’29, P ’31

    From the Head of School

    (Hackley Review Summer 2020) Several months ago, we chose to focus on character in this issue of Hackley Review. In light of the current global state and the new reality we are all facing, that decision seems almost prescient. We are living through what we can only hope is a once in a lifetime moment, one that requires resolve, integrity, cooperation, ingenuity, and the need to act in the collective best interest. Simply put, it requires character.
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  • Suzy Akin

    Hilltop Updates

    (Hackley Review Summer 2020) Suzy Akin, Lee Oshman, Stacy Kaegi, Jean Nadell, Madeleine Lopez ’97, and Chris McColl are leaving the Hilltop this June.
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  • Sheila Hicks-Rotella

    Sheila Hicks-Rotella Joins the Hackley Admissions Team

    (Hackley Review Summer 2020) Sheila Hicks-Rotella will serve as Hackley's Director of Enrollment Management, effective July 1, 2020.
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  • Cast members performing Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors in Hackley's Performing Arts Center.

    This Good Place: Living Our Core Values on the Hilltop

    (Hackley Review Summer 2020: Story By Chris McColl) When I came for my interview at Hackley in November 2006, I immediately sensed that Hackley was unlike the other schools I had visited. It was hard to put my finger on, but I remember thinking of the scene in Being There where Chance (Peter Sellers) walks into the hyper-oxygenated room of the dying Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas). Having never encountered such rarified air before, Chance inhales deeply, smiles, and says, “Ooooh. I feel good in here, Ben!”
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  • Pop Lindsay in his classroom.

    To Grow in Character, Scholarship and Accomplishment

    (Hackley Review Summer 2020: Story By Suzy Akin) When a thoughtful committee representing all Hackley’s constituencies came together in 2005 to consider and, ultimately, rewrite the School’s mission statement, the new statement presented to and approved by the Board of Trustees led with these words: “Hackley challenges students to grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment.”
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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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  • Wil Lobko, Hackley English teacher

    Wil Lobko Reads an Original Poem

    Wil Lobko, Hackley English teacher wrote the poem after finding on one of his recent runs around the Tarrytown Reservoir a plaque indicating that a number of the trees & shrubs along the shore were a gift of a local couple.
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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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  • 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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