The Hackley Cross-Country Team had another great season, with 54 dedicated runners contributing to the team's succcess and exceptional leadership from captains Olivia Curran, Anastasia Popova, William Crainer, and Thomas Dewey.
HGVT emphasized playing with passion and determination, reflecting on their play after each match, using smart strategy to give themselves the best chance of competing on each point, and finished with an 8-5 record and lost a super close semi-final match (2-3) to the eventual Ivy League champions, Horace Mann.
Members of the Hackley Modern Languages department devoted November 7 to Professional Development in Service-Learning to support efforts to expand the ways they integrate Service-Learning into their students' educational experience.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Hackley Varsity Field Hockey for the hard-fought semifinal round 3-2 victory in double overtime over Holy Cross to advance to the NYSAIS Championship game, Sunday, November 4, 12:00 PM, at Manhattanville College.
Members of the first grade took an “on campus” field trip to visit Mrs. Fogarty’s middle school music class to learn about a project she and her students did last year that connected nicely to the first grade's current social studies Sustainability unit.
The 2nd graders visited the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on 10/24, enjoying an iMax movie on "The Living Sea," as well as a special lesson about sharks and their teeth (they even even got to touch a Chain Shark and sting rays!)
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.
In this new podcast, Dr. Adrianne Pierce takes a walk through the woods with the faculty team that used a Hackley "iGrant" (a new program that funds creative initiatives from the facutly) team who worked with students to tag our trees and create audio clips with students about the plants and animals in our woods.
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.”
Athletes of the Week for the week of October 1st are Karin Bridger ’19 (Field Hockey), Patrick Schulman ’20 (Boys’ Soccer), Doubles Team of Kit Greenberg ’19 and Sadie Nipon ’21 (Girls’ Tennis), and Matt Zampolin ’19 (Football).
Senior Matt Braver was selected as LoHud Boys soccer Player of the Week amongst an impressive group of candidates. Matt scored 6 goals in three games last week to help cement this honor. Read about it here.
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.
Athletes of the Week for Sept. 17th are Jessie Bard ’21 (Field Hockey), Jenny Canoni ’20 (Field Hockey) and James Spencer ’21 (Cross Country). For the Week for Sept. 24th, the coaches picks are Conor McMahon ’20 (Football) and Belle Thomas ’19 (Girls Soccer).
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.
The Lower School had a wonderful day playing traditional Native American games and exploring artifacts and a tipi, thanks to a program sponsored by the HPA titled Journeys into American Indian Territory.
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.
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.
Adam Tannenbaum (voice) and Katherine Gonick (double bass) have been accepted to the Conference All-State chorus/orchestra for the state of New York and have the opportunity to attend the All State festival in Rochester, culminating with performances at Eastman School of Music on December 1st and 2nd. This is a tremendous honor representing a huge amount of talent and hard work. Congratulations to Adam and Katherine!
Hackley Field Hockey standout Jennifer Canoni '20 was named to the Journal News LoHud Field Hockey Elite 11, the only private school athletes named among the top players coming into the fall season. Read full story here.
On August 22nd, members of the 2017-2018 swim team came to the Johnson Center for "First Splash," an event to celebrate our swimmers and the completion of the pool. The swimmers enjoyed a few competitive relays and races, all in good fun and in a spectacular facility. Check out the photos and this fun video from the event.
After demonstrating musical performance for the Hudson Scholars, Hackley student mentors then engaged the Scholars in helping make music. Quickly, they become a pretty accomplished rhythm section -- and celebrate their results! Enjoy the video clip here.
LiliAnna Khosrowshahi ’18 and Leah Holmes ’20, members of Hackley's Girls Varsity Lacrosse team, were recently named All Americans in Girls Lacrosse. Congratulations to both athletes, and to their coach, Jenny Leffler -- this is the first time two of Coach Leffler's players have been named All American in the same year!
Over ten years ago, Hackley established partnerships with two schools in Rwanda -- fellow Round Square member Green Hills Academy in Kigali, and the rural Duha Complex School, a school with 3800 students in nursery through grade 12 where access to books is deeply compromised. This year, the Lower School raised $1840 in its Read-a-thon to donate to the Rwanda Education Assistance Project (REAP) to support efforts at Duha.
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.
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.
With a 16-5 victory over Horace Mann on this rainy Saturday, Hackley Girls Varsity Lacrosse advances to the semi-final round of the NYSAIS tournament and will host Holy Child at home on Monday, 5/21, 3:30 PM. Go Hack!
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!
With the help of parents, Hackley Lower School celebrated "Trip Around The World" day, representing various countries – 13 in all. Students travelled from place to place, passports in hand. We all learned something new and enjoyed the desserts provided by parents during their lunchtime.
7th grader Advith S. was one of the top 10 finalists out of 101 participants in the 2018 New York State National Geography Bee competition held on Friday, April 6th in Albany, New York. The Geography Bee is open to all students from 5th through 8th grade in the United States. Advith earned the right to represent Hackley by winning the school-wide Geo Bee this past winter.
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.
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.
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.
Hackley Fifth Grade spanish students created posters representing the theme "España: un mosaico cultural (Spain: a cultural mosaic)," and several were recognized by the Metropolitan New York chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese for their work. Isabella E. and Philip M. received Honorable Mention, and Lucia B. won the competition in the Elementary School category. Lucia will be presented with her prize at the annual Gala in NYC in April.
On March 9, Hackley parent Dr Samantha Rai visited eighth grade science students together with Dr Nicole Patrone. Dr Rai and Dr Patrone worked with the students as they dissected heart specimens. Read 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.
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.
After the first week of the winter season the Hackley swim teams quickly realized the potential they would have this year. With a large group of seniors retuning form last year there was no doubt the teams had their eyes set on great accomplishment.
The Boys Basketball Team had a solid season of growth and development. The season had many similarities to seasons in the past for Hackley Hornets where the boys fought hard at times and made some exciting plays worthy of ESPN Sports Center but also struggled through some adversity.
The 2017/18 Boys Varsity Squash team entered this winter coming off a dream season last year when we won the 2017 Ivy League title. With several high level players from last year’s team now playing squash collegiately; it was an opportunity for our team to give some younger guys more competitive experience in matches.
The Hackley Girls Basketball Team ended up with a final record of 12-12, which included a trip back to the state tournament and a win in the first round before losing to this year’s state champion, Dalton.
The Hackley Girls’ Winter Track Team had a strong season of building fitness and competition results, led by captains Bridget Barsanti ’18 and Julia Stewart-Wood ’18 and interim captain Carolyn Santangelo ‘18.
The Hackley Wrestling Team exceeded all expectation driven by experienced leadership and an influx of talented and hardworking newcomers. The team came together as a group and delivered exceptional results throughout the season.
The fifth graders recently enjoyed an adventure filled Activity Night. They ventured out to the High Exposure Climbing complex for an afternoon of climbing, bouldering, parkour and ninja warrior obstacle courses.
On Friday, February 23, the Lower School students welcomed award winning, bestselling author and illustrator, Bryan Collier for the annual LS Author Visit. Mr. Collier spent the day sharing his process of how he illustrates books using both watercolors and collage techniques. Read on.
The MS debate team had a tournament this past weekend and sent 19 debaters braved the weather to travel to two separate locations in the city – the Big Apple Division was at BISNY and the Empire Division was at the Garden School. Highlights included multiple top 5 finishes for several teams and speakers and a gavel as the top speaker of the day for Zara Y. at Garden. Our next MS tournament will be hosted at Hackley on April 14th. Please reach out to Mr. Fitzpatrick ASAP if your child plans to attend as space is limited.
As Mr. Variano's phone message announced on Wednesday evening, Winter Storm Quinn "blanketed our beloved Hilltop" with snow. Thanks to Mr. McLay, those of us who weren't on campus can still enjoy the view.
Hackley 5th graders have been hard at work building the new LEGO Saturn V rocket set and the new LEGO Women of NASA set. This has been a great team building experience and connects nicely with what they have been learning about the space race in science class.
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....
In February, four Hackley seventh graders took part in Hackley's third consecutive student exchange with Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in Calgary, Canada. Arushi C., Willow Q., Daniel O., and Daniel P., along with Hackley teachers Dianne Fahy and Trevor Ogden, lived with host families and attended school each day while also exploring the great outdoors of Alberta, Canada. Read on....
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!
Three Hackley wrestlers competed in the Inaugural NYS Wrestling Federation Championships. This tournament is touted as one of the most grueling in the country, in which the best wrestlers from all public, private and Catholic Schools in New York State compete.
At the February 22 NYSAIS Indoor Track Championships at the Armory, Onye Ohia-Enyia '18, Jasmyn Phillips '21, and Kiara Abbey '21 crowned NYSAIS champions in their respective events, joined by other Hackley athletes with great performances in their events. Four Hackley athletes qualified for statewide competition at the Federation meet, and both the boys' and girls' teams finished fourth overall. Read on for details.
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.
Hackley Girls Varsity Basketball brought in an impressive win at Portledge to advance to the quarterfinal round of the NYSAIS tournament. Leading 12-6 at the end of the first quarter, Hackley built that lead to 32-23 at the half, and 44-28 at the end of the third quarter, finishing the game with a score of 55-42. The team plays Dalton away tonight, 2/22, at 5:00 PM. Go Hack!
Hackley Wrestlers Rob Horan ‘21, Tyler Wyman ‘21 and Jack Bosco ’20 will be wrestling in Albany (Times Union Center) at the Division 2 NYSPHSAA Championships this weekend. February 23 & 24. You can follow Hackley Wrestling online here. GO HACK!
"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.
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.
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.
The Hackley Wrestling Team captured two titles at the annual NYSAIS championship meet this past Saturday at Long Island Lutheran High School. With many young Hackley wrestlers having success, the future looks very bright for the program. Congratulations to all Hackley wrestlers! Read on for details.
This month's Character Ed "virtue" in the Lower School is Empathy -- and a courageous group of moms and dads stepped up to help demostrate the meaning of empathy to Lower School students with an original play. Check out highlights here.
Hackley's Director of Informational Technology, Jed Dioguardi, muses in Hackley Perspectives on the benefits and challenges presented by LEGO kits -- which become a powerful metaphor for the way we think about teaching and learning.
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.
Hackley swimmers delivered a strong performances at the Ivy League Championship meet on February 6th at Lehman College. The boys' team finished second, 85 points ahead of the third place Fieldston team and within shouting distance of the first place Trinity team. Hackley Girls Swimming finished the team event in 4th place. Both girls and boys teams brought in spectacular individual and relay performances, with new records set. Great job all around! Read on for results.
On Wednesday January 31st, Hackley fourth grade students worked on a special community service project making winter themed placemats. These placemats will be used by middle school students to decorate the tables during their community service work at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Ossining, NY which provides hot meals to approximately 50 local families every Saturday evening. Great job, Fourth Grade!
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.
Hackley Wrestling crowned four Ivy League champions en route to a second place team finish at the Ivy championships this past weekend. Robert Horan ’21 (99lbs), Tyler Wyman ’21 (106lbs), Jack Bosco ’20 (113lbs) and Giovanni Crispi ’18 (182lbs) were all conference champions in their respective weight classes. For their championship efforts they were also recognized as Hackley Athletes of the Week (AOW). Other strong performances include Lara Schechter ’21 who captured third place. Great job team!
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.
On January 27, four schools (Hackley, Long Ridge, GCDS and Greenwich Academy) brought a total of 24 lego ‘sumo-bots’ to Allen Memorial Hall to participate in the first Independent School Sumo-Bot League tournament. Students have been working on their robots since the start of the year, where each robot was required to push another opponent robot out of a battle zone. Read on...
Members of the Hackley faculty have volunteered to take over the school's Instagram page for a day to tell the story of what happens in their classroom. Check out our Instagram feed to see the "day in a life" stories presented by MS Art teacher Monica Carrier and MS Drama teacher Merideth Maddox. Follow us and stay tuned for more in the weeks to come!
Head of School Michael Wirtz' Martin Luther King, Jr. Day letter, "The Power of Words," along with our "Selma" video created in celebration of Dr. King's life and work, were shared through our blog, Hackley Perspectives.
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.
On January 20, two teams represented Hackley Lower School at a First Lego League Junior tournament in Chappaqua. The theme this year was Aqua Adventures, and teams were required to learn about water use and conservation. Read on.
In the days following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018, members of the K-12 Hackley community joined together to perform an excerpted presentation of Dr. King’s “Selma” speech. Less well known than his “I Have a Dream” speech, its message is equally profound and forward-looking. Here is our collective celebration of that vision. Read on...
Hackley Director of Information Technology Jed Dioguardi has been selected to serve as a presenter at the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) conference in Washington, DC in April 2018. His topic, "A Design Approach to Problem Solving in Project-based Learning," delves into how the lessons from the disciplines of computer science and design thinking can be applied to education, particularly in project-based learning.
Hackley swimmer Garrett Towne '18 has been chosen as the Con Ed Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of January 15. Garrett has been on an incredible streak of late breaking multiple records and swimming times giving him the status of All American. Read on.
Hackley Review Winter 2017-18: By Vladimir Klimenko P ‘12 -- There is little doubt that the political climate in recent months has stoked political passions among the country’s adult citizens. For our community on the Hilltop, however, the more relevant question is what impact this has on our own educational environment. Has the politically-charged climate in the country as a whole affected the culture of Hackley’s Upper School? To what degree has it altered the fundamental nature of discussion, both within and outside of the classroom? As so much of America seems drawn to opposing sides, does one still “Enter Here to be and Find a Friend”?
Congratulations to Robert Horan (99lbs) who took 1st place at the Hendrick Hudson Wrestling Tournament. Robby went 4-0 on the day with 4 pins, in wins against John Jay, Hendrick Hudson, Putnam Valley and Somers. Robert is currently 15-2 on the season with 18 takedowns and 12 pins.
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.
Veteran Hackley swim coach John Gillard continues to marvel at the strength and depth of this year's Hackley swim team. In a recent meet against powerhouse Brunswick (Boys) and Greenwich Academy (Girls) where eight pool records were established, Coach Gillard stated "I have never seen a faster high school meet."
The K-12 Hackley community returning to campus from Winter Break on Monday, January 8 were greeted with a great surprise: gathering for a ribbon cutting in the brand new Walter C. Johnson Center for Health and Wellness, students learned that they would not be going back to regular classes for the day, but would instead spend the entire day enjoying a wide array of special activities surrounding the theme of “health and wellness.”
In the Winter 2018 edition of Hackley Review, Spanish teacher Emily DeMarchena Washington '94 shared the transformational power of service learning, and the benefits this program has brought both to communities beyond Hackley and to Hackley students. Check out her story below, as well as this podcast of a conversation on the topic between Dr. Adrianne Pierce and Ms. Washington.
Before Winter Break, the Chinese 6 architects completed models of two of Beijing’s most famous sites in record time. The team put together a complex Lego set of the Temple of Heaven (天坛) and a very complicated and detailed model of Tian’an Men (天安门). Work on the Great Wall (长城) will commence when we return to school.