The Dial

The Culture of Politics at Hackley

Student responses to whether they believe Air and Shares should be mandatory as recorded from the Dial survey.
November 17, 2020

For months we have all been bombarded with media coverage of important but polarizing issues including the 2020 election, Black Lives Matter protests, and the best way to suppress the COVID-19 pandemic....

New York Should Encourage All Voters to Vote by Mail

On the application for an Absentee Ballot in Westchester, you must specify the reason for wanted one. In the case of the Corona Virus, the proper choice would be temporary illness because there is no option for voting by mail out of caution.
June 4, 2020

On April 27, New York election officials made a historic decision to cancel the state's Democratic Presidential Primary due to the heightened health risk caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that has been sweeping...

Editorial: A vision of the new normal on campus this fall

As New York State looks to reopen, Westchester County is meeting six out of the seven necessary guidelines to opening. Long Island, New York City, and the Mid-Hudson are the only areas that still do not meet all of the requirements. Once the checklist is met, there will be a phased reopening to ensure that the virus does not spike again.
Editorial: A vision of the new normal on campus this fall
May 22, 2020

Political leaders, public health experts, and pundits discuss flattening the curve, social distancing, and contact tracing in all media forms. We are all well aware. Since we left school for early spring...

Why does the Upper School only have one black teacher?

Why does the Upper School only have one black teacher?
The Editorial Board explores the context surrounding the Upper School’s lack of black faculty and the steps our Administration is taking to resolve this critical issue
April 1, 2020

It’s 2020, but only one black teacher sits on the Upper School faculty. For an institution that prides itself on diversity, this discrepancy is significant. But Hackley’s administration is quite...

To give or not to give

To give or not to give
January 17, 2020

The editorial board argues for continuing the tradition of giving out sports jerseys, positing that the tradition encourages school spirit and attendance at games — although alterations to the tradition...

A hate symbol promotes conversation on campus; action must follow

A hate symbol promotes conversation on campus; action must follow
May 20, 2019

On Wednesday, March 13th, Upper School students received an email that stated that they were to report to the Johnson Center during their break period. The calling of the entire Upper School to a meeting...

English Department should develop additional course offerings

As a teachers’s assistant to one of Mr. Flanigan’s English classes, Ella offers her asistance to students throughout the essay writing process. Along with the assistance
she provides, Ella keeps up with the course work and she gives passage presentations. Ella has worked more literary analysis into her schedule through her role.
Humanities departments need to expand their curricula
February 5, 2019

In this issue of our ‘Portrait of a Student’ series, The Editorial Board is focusing on seniors and the stresses they manage. We spoke at length with Ella Zaslow about her experiences as a senior,...

Chapel talks provide pedagogy, unity, and wellness to the Upper School

Chapel talks like this one provide rich out-of-classroom experiences. Here a rapt audience listened to Hope Weisman '17 deliver a compelling talk. Chapel talks have touched on such subjects as Euro-centric beauty standards and managing multiple deadlines in the past.
January 7, 2019

While King Chapel is no longer used for religious purposes, the chapel is still a place in which individuals come together as a community. Chapel talks, short speeches given by seniors to underclassmen,...

Are Upper School students able to achieve balance?

Upper School students are frequently challenged academically. The Editorial Board began examining the effects of such academic challenges on the lives students lead.
November 12, 2018

Teachers and administrators recently established a list of characteristics they hope to foster in students during their time at Hackley. The “Portrait of a Graduate” is an aspirational document that...

Students who miss school for extracurriculars should be accommodated

Students who miss school for extracurriculars should be accommodated
June 5, 2018

Hackley proudly publicizes the extracurriculars and travel opportunities available for its students. Along with these opportunities, however, often come substantial consequences for students, since many...

Activism sharpens student leadership

May 10, 2018

In his legendary Gettysburg Address president, Abraham Lincoln remarked, “ … that [the] government of the people, by the people, [and] for the people shall not perish from the earth.” While Lincoln...

Senior Letter to Underclassmen

Senior Letter to Underclassmen
Patient Name: underclassmen (and juniors!) Diagnosis: welcome to the new school year
October 26, 2017

Now that days of lounging by a pool or sitting on the beach and laughing with friends have come to a close, the Editors-in-Chief would like to offer a bit of advice. Freshmen, welcome to the...

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