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  • Michael C. Wirtz, Parent '29 and '31

    About Michael C. Wirtz

    Michael C. Wirtz became Hackley School’s 12th Head of School, effective July 1, 2016.

    Mr. Wirtz came to Hackley from St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA where he served as Assistant Head of School/Dean of Faculty for 6 years. In this role, he provided strategic advice to the Head of School, and served as Acting Head for the first half of the 2013-14 academic year. Mr. Wirtz also led St. Mark’s STEM education initiative, resulting in the creation of programs, curricula, and the design of a new facility. Prior to St. Mark's, Mr. Wirtz taught at Concord Academy in Concord, MA for 9 years. During this tenure, he served as a chemistry teacher, Science Department Chair, house parent, advisor, and coach. Mr. Wirtz began his teaching career at The Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, AL after transitioning to education from a research position at Pfizer, Inc.
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Head of School's Message

Enter Here to Be and Find a Friend. These words are emblematic of our core values, they inform our sense of community, and they shape the experience of both students and adults on the Hilltop. Carved over the entrance to the school, they welcome and remind us each day of our commitment to one another.
Although visitors to the Hilltop often remark on the beauty of our campus, they are frequently more impressed by the warmth of the school, a characteristic that stems from the genuine sense of community present here. As a K-12 independent school on a single campus, we believe deeply in the importance of community: as learners, artists, and athletes; as friends and peers; and as a school focused on developing student character. At Hackley, students build lifelong relationships with one another and with faculty members, whether they enter in Lower, Middle, or Upper School. These relationships enrich the educational experience and are central to our mission to help students “learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world.”

Hackley retains a vibrancy that extends well beyond the academic day, contributing to the strength of our community. Faculty live on and near campus, raising their families and participating in the life of the school throughout the day. They offer extra help, coach athletic teams, run clubs and extra-curricular activities, serve as dorm parents, and are present to serve as mentors and advisors. Additionally, our unique 5-day boarding program allows Upper School students the chance to experience the best of both boarding and day school: living at school during the week and returning to home on the weekend. Day and boarding students easily build friendships and benefit from the presence of Hackley faculty well after the last class ends. All of these factors create a home-like feeling on Hackley’s campus, because for many of us, it is.

I encourage you to learn more about Hackley and to visit us on the Hilltop. I am confident that you will find Hackley to be a warm and diverse learning community.

With all best wishes,
Michael C. Wirtz
Head of School, Parent, Class of 2029 and 2031

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List of 10 news stories.

  • At Convocation, Community Council President Zaya Gooding challenged the K-12 student body to make the most of the opportunities offered by Hackley.

    Embracing Courage: New on Hackley Perspectives

    Michael Wirtz helps us kick off the new year in Hackley's blog, Hackley Perspectives, with these thoughts on embracing courage in many forms.
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  • "And the Award Goes to..."

    Michael Wirtz offers these thoughts in Hackley Perspectives as he reflects on our year end celebrations and the meaning of the awards Hackley bestows.
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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC (Photo by NPS/volunteer Bill Shugarts)

    The Power of Words

    As children, we are taught a common response to hurtful words: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” As we grow towards adulthood, we learn that “Actions speak louder than words.” While both pieces of wisdom contain an element of truth, we all understand that language has power. One need not look beyond headlines and soundbites to find language that divides, promotes harmful ideologies, and even dehumanizes others. Language has power, especially in an age of rapid and viral dissemination through social media.
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  • Michael Wirtz Opens Johnson Center Celebration

    On January 8, Head of School Michael Wirtz welcomed the K-12 school community to the new Johnson Center for Health and Wellness and led students in a ribbon cutting. Read his full remarks here.
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  • In Search of Good News

    The news of the shooting in Las Vegas seems to be the latest in what has been months of tumultuous world events. Like most of us, I learned of this news before heading into school. I find myself struggling to process the scale of the tragedy in Las Vegas, while simultaneously grappling with the other troubling events that fill headlines and news feeds. Many of the events of the day leave me asking the simple question that will never receive a satisfactory answer, “Why?” From there, I go in search of good news, yet am confronted with waves of sadness, violence, discord, and pain.
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  • Teaching and Learning

    I am an avid golfer. One recent round in particular sticks out for me: my first 9-hole round with my son, just weeks before his 6th birthday. We played with friends, another father and his 11 year-old daughter. Both kids were beginners, yet equipped with the necessary ingredients for success: interest in the game, a positive attitude, and a fearless approach to making mistakes. Hole after hole, I witnessed the same process: address the ball, concentrate, swing, make contact (or not), and advance the ball toward the hole…mostly in the right direction. It was learning in action.
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  • Michael C. Wirtz, Hackley School’s 12th Head of School

    Convocation 2017 Opening Remarks

    Thank you to Francesca for sharing your thoughts and ideas with us. I am delighted to work with you and the rest of Community Council to continue making Hackley a special place to work, live, and grow for all of us. As we open this year, I wanted to share some ideas with you. More specifically, I want to share some ideas about the idea of ideas just to give you an idea of my idea. Get the idea?
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  • Head of School Michael Wirtz

    Welcome to Hackley!

    "Good morning and welcome to Hackley!"  The students and teachers filling the Hackley Performing Arts Center to capacity--including the entire Hackley Middle School as well as our Round Square visitors from around the Americas and the world, returned a hearty "Good Morning!" as Michael Wirtz officially launched the Young Round Square Conference dedicated to the theme "Exploring Democracy in the Big Apple."  Read on for his remarks....
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  • Taking part in the Lower School Building Bridges program.

    Our Mission’s Challenge

    By Michael C. Wirtz, Head of School

    Hackley challenges students 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.

    Taped to the base of the computer monitor on my desk are the 29 words that guide Hackley School: its mission statement. I look over these words countless times each day, consulting them as my guiding light in making decisions and in leading the school forward. If forced to distill the mission statement to its essence, I would argue that the final directive—“to learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world”—lies at the heart of Hackley. Teaching students to see issues through a new lens, gaining insights to different ways of thinking, is evidence of Hackley succeeding at “challenging students to grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment.” The school’s commitment to a free exchange of ideas as articulated in the mission creates the framework of our learning environment, while also highlighting our greatest challenge.
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  • Michael C. Wirtz, Headmaster at Convocation 2016

    A Learning Agenda

    Michael C. Wirtz, Head of School: As Hackley begins its 118th year and I start my first, I am focused on increasing my understanding of this special community with an eye towards our future. What do we want the school to be like for our students now and in the years ahead?
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