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Mr. Wirtz reflects on his first year on the Hilltop

Mr. Wirtz reflects on his first year on the Hilltop

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June 13, 2017


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The Hilltop buzzes with new changes for the upcoming school year; from the unveiling of the Johnson Health and Wellness Center to the new makerspace, there is much to look forward to. However, the largest change to take place this year has been the addition of the New Head of School, Michael Wirtz. ...

Hackley Model UN Club hosts its first conference

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June 13, 2017


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The Model United Nations Club is bringing its conferences from abroad to the Hackley Campus, holding its first conference, HackMUN, on Saturday June 4. Model United Nations, or MUN, is a simulated version of the UN General Assembly or GA, which debates and passes resolutions regarding issues relevant to th...

Aurora Straus races her way through high school in hopes of being a role model to young girls

Aurora Straus races her way through high school in hopes of being a role model to young girls

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June 13, 2017


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While most high school students learn to drive a regular car and navigate the suburban streets, senior Aurora Straus has perfected the art of driving a racecar and races professionally at tracks all over the country. Aurora Straus is a talented musician, distinguished scholar, and an avid racer. She...

Board of Trustees’ role in improving school life

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May 15, 2017


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When the bell rings at 3:05PM, marking the end of the school day, most students rush towards their cars, the buses, the gym, or the PAC, but the day at Hackley is hardly over. Holding various subcommittee meetings at night and monthly Saturday meetings, the Board of Trustees (BOT) discuss some of the...

The Dial Blast from the Past

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May 15, 2017


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With the spring sports season in full swing, this month’s Blast from the Past is from an April 1972 edition of The Dial and written by Chris Berman ‘73. After graduating Hackley and Brown University, Mr. Berman joined ESPN in 1979 and has been a sportscaster ever since, earning himself a star on...

From South Africa and Scotland: Three exchange students find home in Hackley

From South Africa and Scotland: Three exchange students find home in Hackley

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May 15, 2017


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Have you ever been interested in doing an exchange? Or wondered what it’s like for others to be subject to a new culture in the U.S.? The Round Square program offers students from all over the world the opportunity to immerse themselves in New York’s environment and culture. South African exchange...

Hackley expands Hudson Scholars initiative to a year-round program

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May 15, 2017


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As summer rapidly approaches, the Hudson Scholars initiative at Hackley is preparing for its second year on campus. A new round of incoming sixth graders from Sleepy Hollow Middle School have been accepted into the program, and will be spending four weeks in July on the Hilltop. However, as Hackley...

Christina Wang earns Scholastic National Gold Medal for short story

Christina Wang earns Scholastic National Gold Medal for short story

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May 15, 2017


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Recognition of top athletes and stellar students are fundamental to most student awards ceremonies, but often overlooked is creativity, a valuable trait, yet one that is hard to measure. For this reason in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Award was created to honor “the vision, ingenuity, and...

HPA supports the community

HPA supports the community

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April 6, 2017


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Hackley faculty, staff, and administrators all work to provide a stellar education and  support system for students from Kindergarten to twelfth grade, and even beyond. The Hackley Parents’ Association, currently led by Priya Krishna, is a volunteer organization committed to enhancing the Hackley experi...

Victor Barreto reflects on 19 years at Hackley

Victor Barreto reflects on 19 years at Hackley

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April 6, 2017


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“Take off your cleats!” One might know Victor Barreto as the voice jokingly scolding soccer players for wearing their cleats in the gym or as the man working late nights keeping classrooms pristine for students. Mr. Barreto has worked at Hackley since 1996: initially on FLIK staff for ten year...

The Dial Blast from the Past

The Dial Blast from the Past

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April 6, 2017


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In conjunction with the recent Casten Trips to Cuba and Denmark, this issue’s Blast from the Past is from the April 1972 edition of The Dial. Walter Schneller, then Head of the History Department, was The Dial’s first foreign correspondent, sending a letter to the paper’s staff from his travels i...

Champion rower and aspiring entertainer has high hopes

Champion rower and aspiring entertainer has high hopes

Photo credit: Benjy Renton, Editor-in-Chief

February 10, 2017


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It’s 5:30 a.m. While most Hackley students are either still sleeping or just starting their days, senior Hope Weisman is already lifting weights or doing her cardio workout. Over the course of one day, Hope will row a 2k sprint, attend classes at Hackley, write a portion of the screenplay for a TV show...

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