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Lower School News Archive


  • November

    Rebecca Lobo Leads High Energy Clinic

    On November 5, approximately 75 girls in grades four through nine joined former Olympian Rebecca Lobo and the Hackley Girls basketball coaching staff and varsity team for  high powered clinic enjoyed by all.
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  • What a Catch!

    On November 4, the Hackley Anglers Club took its final trip of the season out on Long Island Sound... and what a trip it was!
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  • Hackley Debaters Impress at Debate Showcase

    At the annual Yale/Princeton High School debate showcase at the Germantown International School in White Plains on 10/27, the sibling team of Zara Y. and Zach Y. (8th and 9th grade) debated Horace Greeley on the motion – Resolved: The US should vigorously enforce immigration law.
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  • Halloween on the Hilltop

    A beautiful fall day and hundreds of children in costumes -- it must be Halloween at Hackley!  Enjoy this highlight video from the Halloween parade. And a photo gallery here.
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  • October

    Annabelle Gray '22

    Hackley All State Performers

    Four Hackley students have been selected to perform with the Westchester County School Music Association (WCSMA) Area All State Groups.
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  • Happy Birthday, Mrs. Hackley!

    October 27, 1911, the 91st birthday of our Founder, Mrs. Hackley, was declared a school holiday: Founder's Day, which we celebrate this year on Friday, October 26.  Check out this video celebrating her accomplishments!  She made a few appearances around campus this week, just to make sure that her school is being well tended.
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  • History Department Hosts US Roundtable

    Upper School students filled the Lindsay Room Harkness table for a discussion with fellow students and members of the History department on the topic "Can the Center Hold? Democratic Institutions Under Stress.”
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  • Architect Roark Redwood '95 recently met with Hackley's Architecture class taught by Greg Cice

    Architecture Visit

    Architect Roark Redwood '95 recently met with Hackley's Architecture class taught by Greg Cice.
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  • Jamal Adams

    Free Football Clinic with Jamal Adams, 10/23

    Hackley School invites New York metro area youth football players to a free instructional clinic featuring Jamal Adams, Tuesday, October 23, 5:30-7:30. Read on for details and registration.
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  • Beyond the Hilltop: New on Hackley Perspectives

    This summer, Hackley's Hudson Scholar's program exemplified the ways in which Hackley engages with our community -- on the Hilltop and beyond! Read about it in Hackley Perspectives.
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  • Hispanic Heritage Month

    Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th-October 15th nationwide. All divisions at Hackley are participating with special activities.
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  • Talking Science in IRP

    Arielle Stern (Class of ’16) came to visit the Independent Research students during her fall break from UPenn, and talked about her rich experiences at Regeneron, starting in their immunology lab, spending a summer in their genetics lab, and most recently working in bioinformatics.
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  • Hackley Vision Named Crown Finalist

    Congratulations to the staff of the 2018 Vision, Hackley's literary/art magazine, which has been named a Crown Finalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association! Final awards will be announced in the spring, but every finalist will be either a “Gold” or “Silver” Crown winner.
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  • MS and US Debaters Shine at Horace Mann Invitational

    On Saturday, September 29th, 12 Hackley students (7 MS and 5 US), participated in the Horace Mann Invitational HS Parliamentary Debate tournament, a style of debate in which the debaters learn the issue only 15 minutes prior to each round.
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  • Alum Visit to Chinese V

    On Thursday September 27th, Hackley alum and now Shanghai resident, Roark Redwood '95, along with his wife, Hui Lu, came to visit Chinese V.
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  • Becky Steinberg '20

    NYSSMA Selections

    Congratulations to the eight Hackley students who were accepted to perform with the 2018-2019 NYSSMA Area All State groups.
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  • September

    Chapel Talk on Global Conversations

    English teacher Wil Lobko launched this year's senior Chapel Talk series with talk about the lessons gained by talking with random strangers encountered while traveling abroad. (Video)
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  • US Debaters at Yale Tournament

    The US Public Forum participated in the Yale debate tournament this past weekend. Seniors Philip Bonanno, Max Mallett, and Tucker Wilke, along with juniors Alex Evangelidis, Neil Singh, and Jared Tilliss, all gave strong performances in the varsity division.
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  • Hackley Senior Earns Medal for Service

    Cory Gorczycki '19  received a Congressional Award Silver Medal which was presented to him by Congressman Leonard Lance of New Jersey at the NJ Congressional Award ceremony on Saturday, September 8, 2018, in Summit, NJ.
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  • US Debate Kicks off Season at Byram Hills Invitational

    On Friday and Saturday, September 7th and 8th, 6 US Public Forum Debaters opened the debate season in impressive fashion at the Byram Hills Invitational tournament.
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  • July

    Local Students Give Civics Lessons

    On June 5, Hackley Upper School students partnered with students from Sleepy Hollow High School to present a "Civics 101" lesson to members of the local Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow community.
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  • June

    10 Years of Running to Class Day

    Another Hackley tradition we love: the Class Day Run.  This year, 91 students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni celebrated the 10th Annual Class Day run.  Read on.
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  • In the News

    Jasmine Bayrooti '18, Valedictorian of the class of 2018, was interviewed recently by The Hudson Independent about her work at Hackley as well as her future plans.
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  • Who's Your Buddy??

    The Kindergarten-Fourth Grade Buddy Program is one of our Hackley favorite traditions, connecting students across the K-12 continuum. Read on.
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  • May

    17th Annual AP Studio Art Thesis Show

    At the AP Studio Art Thesis Show, now in its 17th year, 16 Hackley senior artists represents the culmination of their artistic efforts not only from their AP Studio course, but from their years of matriculation through Hackley’s Visual Arts Program. Enjoy this video tour of the show. Read on.
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  • Grade 6 Science - The Ocean Creature Project

    It's Busy in the Makerspace!

    The end of the school year has included a variety of projects across our curricula, all using the resources of this great space. From Grade 6 Science to Computer 7, Acccellerated AB/BC Calculus, Senior Projects and Latin, Hackley students and teachers keep finding great ways to expand their learning in the Makerspace.
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  • Not Too Late to Register

    Hackley Summer Programs start Monday June 11th, but there is still time to register. Read on.
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  • Hack Gives Back Update

    Our Hack Gives Back drives in April were a great success, and we would like to thank everyone that contributed. Read On.
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  • Summer Programs Less Than 3 Weeks Away

    Hard to believe we are fast approaching the end of the school year and the start of summer - and of course the amazing Hackley Summer Programs. In addition to all the course options for younger students, there are many options for older students wishing to get a leg up before the start of school in the fall. Read on.
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  • Dr. Friedrich Boettner (P ’18 & ‘19) visits IRP

    Dr. Boettner (P ’18 & ’19) visited Hackley’s Independent Research students on Thursday, May 10. Read on.
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  • Music Institute Offers Summer Lessons

    The Hackley Music Institute has opened registration for music lessons this summer. Lessons are flexible and can be scheduled around your summer plans. Read on.
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  • Spring Coffeehouse -- Highlights

    Hackley Upper School students outdid themselves at the Spring 2018 Coffeehouse -- check out highights from their performances here.
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  • Alumna Meets with Dial Staff

    Hackley alumna and Forbes reporter, Maddie Berg ’11 returned to the hilltop for The Dial’s senior send-off. Maddie was Senior Editor of The Dial as a Hackley student, and she credits her Dial experience for why she is a journalist now. Read on.
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  • OH! Before I Go…..

    On May 6th the Hacktors participated in the 4th Annual NYC Senior Actors Showcase, titled "OH! Before I Go...
    Here are some details from the production…. Read on.
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  • Freshmen Ben Aybar and Ben Kirsch

    Spring US Debate Wrap Up

    The US Public Forum team had a terrific final weekend of the season. Read on.
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  • Hackley IRP Group Learn About Problem Solving

    Michael Derby P ’28, ’30, Founder and CEO of Castle Creek Pharmaceuticals, visited the Independent Research Program students on April 20, 2018. Read on.
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  • April

    Second Grade

    Recent "happenings" in the Makerspace!

    Check out some of the ways this new space supports terrific student work across our curriculum and across our divisions. Even our Greek and Chinese classes have found their way over! Read on.
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  • Alumni Connections Benefit AFER Class

    Earlier this month the Advanced Forest Ecology Research class took their annual trip to the Bronx Zoo. What made this year’s trip so exceptional is that the class was taught by Julia Dunn, Hackley Class of 2012. Read on.
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  • Never Bored with Board Games

    The HPA recently funded purchase of quality board games fitting for our beautiful wood-paneled library, which the library staff thought would be a great addition to our collaborative space.  Students can now enjoy five hand-crafted wooden board games--Scrabble, Solitaire, Chinese Checkers, Mancala and GO-- in the library. It’s been a huge hit!
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  • International Physics Olympiad

    Hackley Students Compete in Physics Olympiad

    Senior Physics All-stars Jasmine Bayrooti, Connor Larson, Hannah Mark and Demetra Yancopoulos, joined approximately 5,000 other US students to take the extremely challenging first round F = ma test. Read on.
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  • New on Hackley Perspectives

    We are grateful to Director of College Counseling Peter Latson for his thoughtful reflection on Hackley and the college choice process, published today on Hackley Perspectives.  Enjoy!
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  • March

    Christina Wang '18

    Christina Wang '18 Honored for Creative Writing

    Christina Wang '18 has earned a National Medal in 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers for her short story “Lighthouses.” Her work was selected by creative professionals as the most accomplished in the nation.
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  • Hackley senior Jasmine Bayrooti '18

    Jasmine Bayrooti ‘18 Competes at WESEF

    On Saturday, March 17, 2018, Hackley senior Jasmine Bayrooti presented a poster of her work on the “Applications of Algebraic Topology for Video Compression and the Classification of Pseudo Random Number Generators” at the Westchester Science & Engineering Fair (WESEF). Read on.
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  • Traditions Live On!

    We often say here at Hackley that once something happens twice, it's a tradition. But some traditions have much deeper roots -- among them, the longstanding commitment to learning Shakespeare in the Upper School.  Students of the legendary late Arthur Naething (he of the resonant words "Go forth and spread beauty and light") from the 1960s through the mid-1990s know that deep study of Shakespeare was the bedrock of the Senior English course, and many can still recite Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy from memory.
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  • What's Happening in the MakerSpace?

    The short answer is - EVERYTHING!  We recently reported on Kindergarten music projects and Middle School Aquabot work in the MakerSpace, and this week saw 7th grade history classes as well as Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra making abstract math things "real." Read on.
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  • The Battle of Borodino -- in Hackley's Chapel

    On Saturday, March 3rd, 26 students from across Hackley’s MS and US, as well as four students from outside Hackley, participated in a historical simulation based on the Battle of Borodino, which took place on September 7th, 1812. The game, played on an 18x5 foot board filled with over 3,000 hand painted figures, was a raucous, fun filled event that left participants ready for another round. Read on....
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  • Kioni Marshall '18

    Taking Shakespeare by Storm

    While Winter Storm Riley hammered our region, Hackley's own Kioni Marshall was her own kind of force of nature, delivering an outstanding performance in the ESU Shakespeare NY semi-finals.
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  • February

    Summer Programs Registration Heating Up

    Hackley Summer Programs registration is open and the response has been very strong. Some courses are already full and many others are nearing capacity. Read on for details.

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  • Furry Friends

    Hackley’s Upper School Support Services arranged for students to take Exam Review breaks with furry friends on Monday. Students were able to spend a little time with emotional support dogs visiting campus from Hudson Valley Paws with a Cause. Students were all smiles, and able to relax and hang out with some very cute, friendly pups!
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  • April 1 Deadline for Bus Transportation

    New York State Education Law requires that families (whose school districts provide transportation) submit a written request for transportation to a non-public school each year. The application must be submitted directly to your school district by APRIL 1st in order to be eligible for transportation the following year. Read on for details.
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  • All School Sing-along

    The Performing Arts Deparment led an all school sing-along celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Students across the full K-12 community joined as singers and instrumentalists in this wonderful, heart-filled community gathering.  Enjoy the video here.
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  • Hack Gives Back -- So Much!

    "Hack Gives Back" is a new student-driven initiative to engage members of the Hackley community in relief for communities beyond the Hilltop.  Students wrote proposals for their projects in the fall, and then ran highly successful collection drives from January 22 to February 2.  Many thanks to all who contributed! Read on to learn about the projects.
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  • Winter Coffeehouse 2018 Highlights

    Hackley Upper School students brought "beauty and light" to a cold January evening as they performed with and for their friends at the Winter Coffeehouse.  Check out a few highlights from the night here.
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  • Hackley Student Art Chosen by Photographer's Forum

    William Zhou '18 was a finalist among all the international participants in the 38th Annual College & High School Photography Contest hosted by Photographer’s Forum Magazine. His image will be published in the Best of College & High School Photography 2018.
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  • Vinay Bijoor '18

    Hackley IRP Students Compete

    On February 3, Vinay Bijoor '18, Will Crainer '19, and Josh Zhang '19 presented work completed last summer as part of their participation in the Hackley Independent Research program at the Westchester Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Read on.
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  • Rohun Rajpal ’18

    Hackley Senior Selected for National Youth Orchestra

    Rohun Rajpal ’18 has been accepted to Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute's National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA), an annual program, free to all participants, that brings together the brightest young players from across the country to perform around the world. Read on for details.
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  • January

    Exploring Math Applications

    Hackley Upper School Math teachers traveled to Durham, North Carolina for the recent Teaching Contemporary Mathematics conference at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. The conference explored a wide range of topics using math to engage with subjects as varied as science and social activism. Read on for details.
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  • A Busy Month for Hackley Debate

    From Lexington, MA to New York City, Hackley Middle and Upper School debate teams tackled topics as diverse as "Are Libraries Obsolete?" and "Should Spain Grant Catalonia Independence?" Read on for details.
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  • Into the Woods for Research

    Hackley Upper School Advanced Forest Ecology Research students set off to Teatown on a rainy Tuesday morning in January to study the winter forest. Read on.
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  • Jasmine Bayrooti '18

    Hackley Student Recognized in Science Competition

    Jasmine Bayrooti '18 has been named one of the Top 300 Scholars in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search competition. Her research project, coming out of her independent study work with Hackley math teacher Keshena Richardson, was selected from more than 1,800 entries in this very competitive competition.  The recognition earns Jasmine a cash prize, as well as funds to support STEM-related programs at Hackley.
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  • Andy King on Gratitude

    Andy King reflects on the culture of gratitude in Hackley's Upper School in Hackley Perspectives.
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  • Debate Update

    On December 16th, two Hackley teams attended our second HSPDP Parliamentary debate of the season at the Wilberforce school in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. Read on.
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