Welcome to Hackley’s Kathleen Allen Lower School. Our motto, “United, we help one another” plays out every day in support of our children’s continuing development.
As you explore the Lower School, you will discover a cheerful, engaged community of approximately 200 children in grades Kindergarten through Four, learning together in an atmosphere that establishes collaboration and kindness as essential partners to academic challenge. Appreciating each other and a spirit of cooperation are embedded in everything we teach.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions about our Lower School.
During the month of December students in Mr Lipin’s 5th grade science class created marble rollercoasters out of cardstock and tape, a challenging project that developed student’s teamworking and problem-solving skills and also introduced them to concepts such as potential and kinetic energy. (View the student videos here.)
Hackley started the new year on January 7 in the Johnson Center with an official Welcome Back from Head of School Michael Wirtz and Community Council President Zaya Gooding before launching into activities designed to exercise one particular dimension of wellness — cognitive/mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual. Enjoy these video highlights from the morning's work!
Hackley Lower School Community Service traveled to the food pantry in Tarrytown on 12/127 and donated mainly healthy breakfast foods, with students shelving all the items and enjoying the feeling of helping others!
In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the United Nation's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, members of the Hackley community came together to share this video, a multilingual celebration of its message.
In a truly exciting collaboration, Hackley’s seniors in Advanced Biology, with Mrs. Clingen, are working with a section of Kindergarteners, with Mrs. Kaegi, in the Hackery, on a project related to evolution and locomotion.
Hackley third graders learned about the importance of a healthy breakfast, and then explored the challenge of ensuring access to this important nutrition beyond the Hilltop. Read about it on Hackley Perspectives.