The Dial

New “HOL” to launch in September

New “HOL” to launch in September

By Lauren Ahern, Managing Editor of Social Media

May 22, 2019


Filed under News, Slider

Starting next school year, Hackley will be moving on from our current Learning Management System (LMS), known as “HOL.” Hackley will now have two integrated Management Systems: Veracross, a Student Information System (SIS), which has already been used this past year to post progress reports as wel...

The new generation of poetry: Instagram Poets fail to capture respect in the poetic world

The new generation of poetry: Instagram Poets fail to capture respect in the poetic world

By Eki Uzamere, Senior Staff Writer

May 5, 2019


Filed under News, Slider

With the rise of Instagram poetry, there are rumblings about what kind of wordsmith will dominate the poetry landscape for the next few decades and whether or not they are equipped for the job. By definition, “Insta-poets” are the Instagrammers with accounts widely focused on poetry. Having r...

2019-2020 All-school candidates speeches

April 11, 2019


Filed under Community Council, News, Slider

Candidates were asked to answer three questions: 1. Why would you be a good candidate for this position? 2. How have you contributed to the Hackley Community? 3. What are your goals if elected to this position? All School Candidates for President James DiStefano I feel that I could represent a par...

The Dial transitions to new publishing formats

By Yingshyan Ku, Managing Editor, Copy

April 8, 2019


Filed under News

After a period of many years, the staff of the Dial will revise the style of its print edition from a tabloid format to a full-color, magazine-style publication. The staff plans to publish the Dial magazine three times a year, with the distribution of each new issue scheduled to coincide with the...

Midterms prepare students for college despite the perception that they cause undue stress

Midterms prepare students for college despite the perception that they cause undue stress

By Matthew Traum, Feature Editor

March 22, 2019


Filed under News

There seems to be a collective groan whenever Hackley’s February exams are mentioned. It is unsurprising that students don't like spending many hours hunched over desks studying for lengthy tests on months of material. Exams can be unnecessarily stressful, take up time that could be spent learning new conce...

Diversity vs. Decolonization: Teachers discuss diversity in faculty and curriculum

Diversity vs. Decolonization: Teachers discuss diversity in faculty and curriculum

By Sophia Thomas, Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under News, Slider

Hackley is a place that prides itself on its inclusivity, an idea illustrated by the Hackley motto, “Enter here to be and find a friend." Hackley not only strives to be an inclusive community, but also a diverse one that represents a large number of economic, racial, and ethnic groups. The student bo...

Students take action when immigration issues hit home

Students take action when immigration issues hit home

By Max Rosenblum, Politics Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under News, Politics

Since President Trump’s election in 2016, the immigration issue — ranging from the controversy over the proposed border wall to the separation of families — has taken center stage in American politics. Although the issue is important for many, it remains impersonal for most. But its implications...

Scheduling issues affect some JV teams attendance at Sting

Scheduling issues affect some JV teams attendance at Sting

By Hannah Ostfield, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under Fall, News, Sports

The Hackley Stings were created by parents involved in the HPA who wanted to give the lower and middle school students the opportunity to take part in the widespread school spirit of the upper school. The face fainting and bouncy castles sparked excitement in the younger kids, making them want to atten...

Spirit Week kicks off Alumni weekend

Spirit Week kicks off Alumni weekend

By Hadley Chapman, Staff Writer

October 26, 2018


Filed under News

Tie Dye, superheroes, Hawaiian shirts, Oh my! Spirit week is a tradition at high schools. Hackley’s Community Council made spirit week coincide with the David Allison Memorial Soccer Game on the evening of  Friday, October 12, and the games on Alumni Day, October 13. The Spirit Week included a Throwb...

Strategic plan made public

Strategic plan made public

By William Goldsmith, Editor-in-chief

October 19, 2018


Filed under News

Change is difficult. But it is also necessary. Like the great British statesman Winston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Headmaster Michael Wirtz made the strategic plan public to the entire Hackley community on 15 October 2018. The new strategic plan seeks...

Heat wave hits the Hilltop

Heat wave hits the Hilltop

By Max Rosenblum, Politics Editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under News

With 2018 on pace to be the 4th hottest year on record according to NOAA data, the effects of high temperatures have made their way to Hackley’s campus. Throughout the first week of the 2018-2019 school year, temperatures consistently reached into the 90’s, with near 100% humidity causing RealFeel temperatu...

About time: freshman hallway gets a makeover

About time: freshman hallway gets a makeover

By Lauren Ahern, News Editor

October 3, 2018


Filed under News, Opinion

The floor in the freshman hallway and surrounding area received a face-lift this past summer, repairing the previously uneven subflooring and carpeting. The carpeting was replaced with a light grey, luxury vinyl planking in hopes of enlivening the space and being a more efficient material for flooring. The Dial Editorial Board commends the administration for making a move t...

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