Middle School

Middle School Welcome

Welcome! The zest, energy, and curiosity of early adolescence are felt throughout Hackley’s Middle School. With peals of laughter, students reach for one another to keep their balance; they huddle together at a computer station fine tuning a jointly composed musical score; they race to the gym to dress for sports, turning Akin Common into a torrent of speeding bodies.
What allows for such exuberance? A faculty that well understands the developmental needs of Middle Schoolers; coursework that stimulates the mind; and Hackley’s commitment to the words inscribed upon its main doorway: “Enter Here to Be and Find a Friend.” Ranging in age from nine-and-three-quarters to fourteen-and-a-half, Middle School students arrive as fifth grade children and leave as young adults. During these four years of rapid growth, we nurture scholarship and humanity in each of our students.


List of 12 news stories.

  • Students Teaching Students

    On March 13, students from Spanish 8 helped Hackley second graders expand their International Studies with a lesson about the parts of the body including songs, movement, and even a game of Spanish Simon Says!
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  • Hackley MS Round Square Travelers: Belfast

    The five Hackley eighth grade students currently representing Hackley at the Round Square Globally Accessible Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland visited Giant’s Causeway on March 13th.
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  • Hackley Hosts MS Debate

    Approximately 30 MS debaters competed this past weekend at two separate locations – one of which was at Hackley – for the final regular season debate tournament of the season.
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  • Digging for Connection

    Dr. Adrianne Pierce, Hackley Classics Department Chair, shares this story in Hackley Perspectives about deepening connection with ancient history through archeology in our own back yard.
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  • Hackley Faculty Present at NY Symposium

    Merideth Maddox and Bettie-Ann Candelora presented a workshop titled “Setting the Stage for Success: The Role of Theatrical Improvisation in Shaping Strong, Successful, and Supportive Young Women” at the NCGS-NYSAIS Educating Girls Symposium at the Nightingale-Bamford School on February 20th.
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  • Middle School Robotics Team

    The Hackley Middle School Lego Robotics team competed against two other schools (Greenwich Country Day School and Long Ridge Elementary School) at Long Ridge Elementary School in Stamford, CT.
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  • Into the (New) Pool!

    Swim season in Hackley P.E. has begun -- in the new Johnson Center Pool-- with Mr. Hasslinger's 5th grade PE class taking the honors as  the first ever Hackley PE class to swim in the new pool.
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  • Active Learning in MS Chinese Studies

    Hackley Middle School Chinese students have been expanding their language studies in creative and fun ways.
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  • Ilyasah Shabazz and her book fans

    Ilyasah Shabazz '79 Kicks off Pillars Day

    The Hackley Middle School "Pillars Day" celebration, devoted to the theme of Women's Leadership, launched with a visit with Ilyasah Shabazz, Hackley Class of 1979, whose book, Betty Before X, was the Middle School Summer Reading selection.
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  • Prayers for the People and Dr. MLK, Jr

    Upper and Middle School students enjoyed an inspiring and engaging performance by -- and with, since students stood, knelt, and chanted along -- visiting artists performing the powerful "Prayers for the People," based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s important "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Our students have been learning about the letter this week -- for those less familiar, here is History Department Chair Bill Davies' eloquent lesson on the topic.
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  • MS Debate Update

    On Saturday, January 26th, 2019, twenty MS debaters participated in the 3rd NY Debate league MS tournament of the season. It was a great day with a nice mix of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade debaters competing.
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  • The four grade level winners in the final round.

    MS Geography Bee

    This past month, Hackley MS students have been competing through their history classes in the National Geographic Geography Bee, an annual competition in which Hackley has participated for almost 20 years.
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