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The New Hilltop: New protocols are put into place to ensure a safe, in-person reopening of campus

Whether it is during a free or during class, students social distance with dividers and spaced desks. Many of the classrooms around school have been completely transformed and cannot be recognized with new desk formations and many types of clear dividers. It is definitely an adjustment for students and teachers alike but students are staying safe!

By Maya Miller, Managing Editor

October 20, 2020

The Hilltop seems like a whole new world ever since students returned to campus in September. In the classrooms, Hackley’s iconic Harkness tables were replaced with individual desks with dividers, and common areas were turned into social distancing oases. Although students have been required to adjust...

2020 Election

2020 Election

By Hannah Ostfield, Feature Editor

October 7, 2020

It’s been four years since many of us sat stuck to our couches, eyes glued to the TV, nervously awaiting the results of the 2016 presidential election. Now, four years later, we are about to experience the same long-awaited night. While it is especially important to stay educated on political issues...

Sheila Rotella-Hicks, New Director of Enrollment

Don't be fooled by the mask, Ms. Hicks-Rotella is usually flashing her friendly smile. She sat down to have lunch with Mr. Wirtz to talk about her new position as new Director of Enrollment Management.

By Alina Watson, Features editor

October 6, 2020

When Ms. Sheila Hicks-Rotella graduated from college, she was not entirely sure what she wanted to do professionally. Her volunteer work with AmeriCorps, where she spent a lot of time working with kids, helped her realize that she did not want to be a classroom teacher, but loved having kids around....

First Friday Event Raises Important Concerns about School Safety

Community Council Member David Bernstein tallies up the points of the Seniors who competed in the First Friday Scavenger Hunt.

By Eki Uzamere, Editor-in-chief

October 2, 2020

No one wanted to risk furthering the spread of COVID-19 during the Senior First Friday event on September 11, and Community Council was very considerate in their planning. Nonetheless, the day did highlight some of the major problems students and faculty face trying to navigate the campus amid new social di...

The Life and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Mrs. Schmidt memorializes Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the library with one of her Biographies and the following quote:

By Hadley Chapman, Managing Editor

September 25, 2020

History-making US Supreme Court Associate Justice and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at age 87 on September 18th, 2020. Ginsburg struggled against sexism throughout her career, her advocacy for gender equality eventually earning her a spot as Justice on the Supreme Court. As she grew older, she did not ...

Students organize voter registration event

Noah wanted to organize this event because

By Eki Uzamere, Editor-in-chief

September 23, 2020

To celebrate National Voter Registration Week, students — Noah Tirschwell, Gainsley Korengold, Charlie Rudge, Zach Yusaf, Max Calman, Mira Zaslow, Kaitlyn Qu, Maya Miller, Jonathan Brewster, and Destiny Stephen — held a voter registration drive in the Grille Room during lunch to register student...

Students Call Out the Administration’s Inaction Toward Recent Events of Racial Injustice

Students Call Out the Administration's Inaction Toward Recent Events of Racial Injustice

By Eki Uzamere, Editor-in-Chief

June 14, 2020

Remote learning came to an end on June 3rd, but not without controversy. As a result of the world’s instability and overtly racist institutions, students are speaking out against Hackley's own shortcomings. Unrest throughout the country has been building due to several events including the deaths...

The Hilltop Parade Protest

The Hilltop Parade Protest

By Hadley Chapman, Managing Editor

June 11, 2020

Commemorating the end of a school year, celebrating the seniors, and the clear and unequivocal call for Hackley to do better. On Friday, June 5th, the administration welcomed students and faculty back to the campus for the first-ever Hilltop Parade. The Hilltop Parade served as a way to get the...

The Hackley Community Reunites While Navigating Social Distancing

The Hackley Community Reunites While Navigating Social Distancing

By Hadley Chapman, Managing Editor

June 11, 2020

After being given the go-ahead by Building and Grounds Staff to start driving up Alumni Drive, cars filled with Hackley students and parents steadily drove up the hill as they neared the cheering, clapping, and music coming from the top. Teachers and faculty, all wearing masks, appeared with smiling...

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 times. We contacted a few Dial reporters and students who were particularly vocal during the A...

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.

By The Editorial Board

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 the globe, and the fact that only one candidate, Joe Biden, remains in the race. This decis...

COVID-19 Cancels Spring Sports

COVID-19 Cancels Spring Sports

By Jack Meyer, Features editor

June 4, 2020

COVID-19 has had a lasting effect on the sports world, causing a shutdown. The virus has had the same effect on schools, finding its way into the Hackley community and more specifically, the Hackley sports community. Local alarm regarding the coronavirus first came about in early spring. At this early...

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