The Dial

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.

By Kami Lim, Opinion Editor

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 break after Tuesday, March 10th, we are now on the eleventh week of quarantine (as of May 19th)....

Why does the Upper School only have one black teacher?

Why does the Upper School only have one black teacher?

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 conscious of this problem and is working diligently to resolve it. Mr. Steven Bileca, Assistant Head of...

To give or not to give

To give or not to give

By The Editorial Board

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 must be made to ensure the comfort of students Jersey giving, a long-standing tradition on the...

A hate symbol promotes conversation on campus; action must follow

A hate symbol promotes conversation on campus; action must follow

By The Editorial Board

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 with little notice was an unusual occurrence, and the halls were buzzing with rumors about the t...

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.

By The Editorial Board

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, finding that in having to create an English major for herself, she exemplified the challenging dynami...

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.

By The Editorial Board

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, occur throughout the year and provide anecdotal but significant lessons to younger students. Chapel t...

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.

By The Editorial Board

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 reaffirms Hackley’s core values. According to the portrait, a Hackley education is expected to hone...

Students who miss school for extracurriculars should be accommodated

Students who miss school for extracurriculars should be accommodated

By The Editorial Board

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 of these opportunities coincide with class days. Because of their workload, they fear missing ass...

Activism sharpens student leadership

By The Editorial Board

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 was speaking quite literally about the survival of the United States, young Americans today seem to be ...

Senior Letter to Underclassmen

Senior Letter to Underclassmen

By Olivia Weinberg and Lei Anne Rabeje

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 Upper School! Don’t worry if classes or older students seem daunting. Take time to meet people a...

Inclusivity and empathy: pillars of a “more perfect” Hackley

Inclusivity and empathy: pillars of a

By The Editorial Board

June 13, 2017

Transgender rights are human rights and human rights are transgender rights. For most people, using a restroom is a nonchalant and seemingly trivial activity. Transgender individuals, however, are often confronted with the issue of whether they ought to use the bathroom aligning with the gender they w...

Camaraderie and community: legacies and their profound importance

Camaraderie and community: legacies and their profound importance

By The Editorial Board

May 15, 2017

Traditions are crucial aspects of our culture. As a nation, tailgating, watching Super Bowl commercials, and Black Friday shopping sprees are ingrained into our customs. For high school students, senior parking lots, senior pranks, and senior skip days have been traditions for decades, etched into the...

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