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Students Write Letters of Activism

Students Write Letters of Activism
June 11, 2020

In response to the most recent events related to the murder of George Floyd and other instances of police brutality, the Dial started a letter-writing campaign to express student opinion during these upsetting...

Why I don’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance is an American tradition that has been in existence since  the 1940s.
April 12, 2019

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Thirty one...

The Upper School’s starting time should be 9:05 AM

The Upper School's starting time should be 9:05 AM
Jared Tillis kicks off the Dial Online's monthly column series
January 18, 2019

Students are not getting enough sleep. Despite clear health recommendations for students to receive 8-10 hours of sleep per night, a National Sleep Foundation poll found more than 87% of high school students...

Are “Safe Spaces” necessary on high school campuses?

Safe spaces enable individuals who face discrimination the opportunity to express their views in secure environments. But some individuals take issue with the existence of such spaces. Staff writer Eki Uzamere weighs in on the debate.
January 6, 2019

Last year, the president of the University of Chicago, Dr. Zimmer, spoke to Hackley students about  his decision to eliminate safe spaces from his campus. Dr. Zimmer wrote a letter to the students of...

Teachers administer mastery tests to prepare students for challenging math classes

Students taking relatively high level math courses take mastery tests at the beginning of the year. Failure to score well on such assessments does not result in students being forced to drop the class that they are enrolled in. Students have several opportunities to improve their scores on mastery tests.
November 14, 2018

To make the transition from summer into the school year, math students need to have a solid recap of previous material and a basic understanding of past concepts. After a long summer, students usually...

Helmets have no place in girls lacrosse

Helmets have no place in girls lacrosse
June 5, 2018

In 2017, New York state offered girls lacrosse players the option to wear helmets. Some athletes argue that these helmets will make the game safer on the rare occasion a girl gets checked or hit in the...

Students now have their official college counselors during sophomore year

Sophomore Emma Brenna discusses her course plans with college counselor Rebecca Hall. The Class of 2020 is the first grade of the Upper School to be provided with college counselors during sophomore year. Sophomores often ask their college counselors questions about the advantages of taking certain classes.
April 15, 2018

Students of the class of 2020 are the first group of students to receive college counselors during their sophomore year of high school. Previously, students were assigned college counselors midway through...

Summer reading empowers students to grow as scholars and citizens

Summer reading empowers students to grow as scholars and citizens
October 25, 2017

Summer reading challenges students to grow as critical thinkers, and it also provides students the opportunity to use books as instruments of stimulation and repose during the months of summer....

Afrofuturism aesthetic: black is the new black

this represents the 100 top grossing sci fi films
Hollywood’s continued whitewashing controversy reflects America’s need for social inclusivity
May 15, 2017

Only 8 of the top 100 grossing Sci-fi films include a protagonist of color, half of which were Will Smith. Within American media, the future is painted as white, so much so, that even colored characters...

Black History Month falls by the wayside in Hackley community

Black History Month falls by the wayside in Hackley community
April 6, 2017

“It’s the first day of Black History Month!” announce juniors Celia Gooding and Kioni Marshall during a Chapel meeting on February 1. Their enthusiasm is greeted by scattered applause and a few cheers....

Trump’s travel bans are flawed: a personal perspective

Trump’s travel bans are flawed: a personal perspective
March 15, 2017

I am the daughter of an Iranian immigrant. My family came from Iran to America knowing that this country was a country that would accept them, that immigrants were woven into the fabric of the United States....

Climate change is real; we all must help fight it

Cynthia Scharf encourages change among students and teachers at the Wendt and Szabo lecture and simulation. Hackley’s HEAL has taken measures to assure such change by organizing events such as the FreeBee.
February 10, 2017

That Earth’s climate is changing is indisputable. According to NASA’s climate change department, 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is real and mainly caused by humans. This scientific...

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