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Help Hackett Pull for the Ronald McDonald House!

May 20, 2014



Hackett will be collecting pull tabs until Friday, June 20th to support the Ronald McDonald House of Albany! Can tabs can be sent with your student to be collected during Advisory or dropped off at the Main Office. Please help us support this great organization!

Flyer - Pull for Ronald McDonald House Charities
Letter from the Ronald McDonald House

William S. Hackett Middle School Blood Drive 3/17

Come to Hackett Middle School's blood drive on Monday, March 17th 12:30 - 5:30 PM and help us reach our goal of 20 donors!  This will save up to 60 lives.  Students that register two adults will receive an articial blood bag and a feeling of altruistic accomplishment!

January Newsletter is Now Available!

January, 28th 2014

Happy New Year! 2014's First Issue is here! January 2014 Hackett Newsletter.pdf

December Newsletter is Now Available!

December 20, 2013

December's edition is hot off the press! Please read our exciting activities as we end 2013. Happy Holidays from Hackett! HMS Newsletter - December 2013.pdf

November Newsletter is Now Available!

November 26, 2013

Come read what we are doing at Hackett, including dates, events, and jokes! HMS Newsletter - November 2013.pdf

October Newsletter Now Available!

November 4, 2013

Check out Hackett's latest newsletter for school news, important dates, and even some riddles! HMS Newsletter - October 2013.pdf

School Supply Lists Now Available

August 18, 2013

Supply Lists for the 2013-2014 school year are now available! We're looking forward to starting a great new year with your students - see you soon!

Teen Night Tomorrow

March 14, 2013

On Friday, March 15th, Hackett Middle School will be hosting their second Tenn Night of the Year. This is the original Valentine's Day Teen Night that was cancelled due to the inclement weather. Teen Night will be held from 6:00 - 8:30PM, and admission is $4.00 at the door. Hope all HMS students and parents can join us on Friday night for a fun-filled evening!

Hackett Future Fair Tomorrow!

March 6, 2013

This Thursday, March 7, is Hackett's first 'Future Fair': Looking to High School, College and Beyond! The event will run from 4:00 - 6:30 PM and is open to all 5th - 8th grade students and their families. There will be representatives from ten colleges, seven organizations, two branches of the military, as well as free food and refreshments.

5th grade students and their families are encouraged to remain at school for Hackett's 6th Grade Open House beginning at 6:00 PM. There will be presentations by Guidance Staff, teacher/student focus groups, tours of the building and representatives from the PTA, CDTA, Extended Day Programs, Summer Transition Camp and Girl Scouts.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting and informative event!

HMS Family Bowling Event

March 5, 2013

Hackett Middle School is hosting a family bowling event on Saturday, March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Playdium Bowling Center. The cost is $10 per person for two games and shoe rental. This is a fundraiser for the PTA and money raised will be used for student programming. If you plan to attend, please contact ShaDina Currie at shadinacurrie@ymail.com or call 209-0088. See the HMS Family Bowling Event flyer for details and we hope to see you there!

Honor Roll/Level 4 Ceremony Reschedule​

February 27, 2013

Due to this morning's school delay, the Second Quarter Honor Roll and Level 4 Recognition Ceremony has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 5, at 8:30 am in the school auditorium.

Extended Day Session 3 Starts March 4th

February 26, 2013

The Spring session of Hackett's Extended Day programming is about to start, and there's still time to sign up! See the HMS Extended Day Session 3 Packet and the HMS Extended Day Session 3 Calendar for details!

ELA and Math Common Core Resources

February 15, 2013

If you missed the ELA and Math Common Core Information and Fun Night that was held on February 6th, no need to worry! Here are the materials and presentation from that evening's event:

ELA & Math Common Core Information and Fun Night Presentation
2013 New York State ELA & Math Assessment Resources

Hackett Dismissing at 1:00 pm Today

February 8, 2013

All City School District of Albany schools will dismiss early Friday and all after-school programs and activities will be cancelled Friday and Saturday due to the weather.

Middle schools and Albany High School, and all related programs, will dismiss at 1 p.m.

Future Fair to be held March 7th!

February 6, 2013

On March 7th, 2013 William S. Hackett Middle School will host its first Future Fair: Looking to High School, College, and Beyond. This event, which will take place from 4:00-6:30 on March 7th at Hackett, is open to all ACSD middle school students and their families. Colleges that will be present include Siena, SUNY Albany, SUNY Cobleskill, HVCC, SVCC, St. Rose, Southern Vermont College, and more! In addition, there will be workshops about financial aid (presented by SEFCU) and choosing the right college for your child (presented by Southern Vermont College). Military recruiters, Capital Region Sponsor-a-Scholar, Albany PAL, and several other local organizations will also be present. This event is completely geared towards middle school students, so it's a great time to learn more about the basics of college planning and about some alternatives to attending college.

Black History Month Celebration!

February 5, 2013

William S. Hackett Middle School proudly presents a Black History Month Celebration, "The Nguzo Saba", on Tuesday, February 12, at 6:00 pm. Please join us as we celebrate this memorable annual event with exciting presentations followed by a delicious dinner. For more information, please contact:

Ava Holt 475-6495
Dorraine Bell 475-6486
Andrea Marques 475-6491
Shanell Brown 475-6486

Hackett's January Newsletter Now Available

January 30, 2013

Read the latest Hackett news in the Hackett Headlines January Newsletter!

Schools to Re-Open Wednesday

October 30, 2012

The City School District of Albany will re-open all schools and offices Wednesday with the threat of severe weather now past.

Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., would like to express her thanks to all families for their patience and cooperation this week as the district took every precaution to ensure safety for all students. The district also is grateful to Mayor Gerald D. Jennings and all partners in city and county government for their leadership and collaboration while the risk of dangerous conditions persisted in the Capital Region. Mayor Jennings lifted the state of emergency in Albany at noon Tuesday.

The Red Cross emergency shelter at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and the reception center at Sheridan Preparatory Academy have been closed.

Schools Closed Tuesday 10/30

October 29, 2012

All City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed Tuesday due to the storm. This includes Central Registration and all district offices at Academy Park.

Additionally, Mayor Gerald D. Jennings has declared a state of emergency in the city for the duration of the storm. Visit www.albanyschools.org for updates and information.

Storm Updates

October 29, 2012

The City School District of Albany continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Sandy closely and will plan accordingly to ensure the highest level of safety for our students, staff and families as the storm develops. Please continue to stay tuned to local TV and radio stations, Albany SNN, and the district's website and Facebook page for updates and information.

Schools Closed Mon. 10/29

October 29, 2012

All City School District of Albany schools are closed Monday due to the weather.

Safety First in Storm Preparations

October 28, 2012

With severe weather possible this week as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the City School District of Albany wants to take this opportunity to remind families to take steps to be safe and prepared in case of emergencies.

Visit the Albany County Department of Health Emergency Preparedness website to find out how you and your family can “Be Aware and Prepare.”

The school district is monitoring the weather patterns closely and working in partnership with city and county governments to share information and resources. Please stay tuned to your local TV and radio stations as well as the district website, Albany SNN and the district’s Facebook page for updates and information.

Remember safety first as you plan ahead with your family.

Sixth Grade Showcase CANCELLED 10/29

October 28, 2012

William S. Hackett Middle School's Sixth-Grade Showcase has been cancelled Monday night due to the weather forecast. We will be working to reschedule the event for another date.

Sixth Grade Showcase Mon. October 29th!

October 22, 2012

On Monday, October 29, 2012, the Hackett Middle School 6th Grade Team will host a Sixth Grade Showcase from 5:15-6:30PM. This night is an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet the 6th grade team of teachers, visit active classrooms, and become students again. That's right, the children will become the teachers for the evening. The students will engage parents and family members through participation in various projects, lessons and games. We hope to see you at this fun-filled event!

Picture Day - November 1st!

October 22, 2012

Hackett Middle School Picture Day will be held on Thursday, November 1st. Lifetouch picture order forms were sent home with all students on Friday, October 19th. Additional order forms are available in the main office. Students who wish to order pictures must bring their order forms and enclosed payments to school on picture day. Parents may also opt to hand deliver their order/payment to the Lifetouch staff on Picture Day, or bring them directly to the Lifetouch Office, located at 11 Jericho Rd., Glenmont NY

Hats for Hackett Fundraiser Friday, Oct. 19!

October 17, 2012

On Friday, October 19th, the Hackett Middle School PTA will host the first annual "Hats for Hackett" fundraiser. Upon entering school, students have the option of paying $1.00 for the privilege of wearing their favorite hat throughout school for the entire day. All proceeds from this event will go to the Hackett PTA to support student programs. Don't miss out on the chance to wear your favorite hat to school!

Hackett's October Newsletter Now Available

October 17, 2012

We're off to a strong start this year here at Hackett - read all about it in the first issue of our new Hackett Headlines Newsletter!

Extended Day Opportunities at Hackett!

October 17, 2012

Interested in joining Hackett's exciting new extended day program? Download the Hackett Middle School Extended Day Program Informational Brochure and Application Packet today!

Also see the UAlbany STEP Application and the Siena College Urban School Application

New School Supply Lists

July 9, 2012

Download the new 2012-2013 WSHMS School Supply Lists [pdf] to ensure that your student will be fully prepared for next year! Have any questions? Contact us at the main office!

HMS Summer Transition Camps!

July 8, 2012

For incoming students to Hackett Middle School: Come meet your teachers, get to know the building, and have a great time at Hackett. The Summer Transition Camp for incoming 6th and 7th grade students will be held from August 20-August 28 at Hackett Middle School. The camp will take place daily (Monday-Friday), from 8:30-11:30. Please print and complete the WSHMS Summer Transition Camp Flyer [pdf] and return either to your current teacher or to the Hackett Middle School main office.

We look forward to having fun with you this summer!

Upcoming Regents Dates

June 11, 2012

8th graders in Integrated Algebra and Living Environment have two Regents exams in upcoming weeks. Math is Thursday, June 14th and Science is Tuesday, June 19th. Make sure to study, get plenty of rest, and get to school on time!.

Mrs. Rector's FACS Classes Take a Stand Against Childhood Hunger!

June 11, 2012

Hackett was chosen as one of 25 schools nationally to recieve a grand by Sodexo that let students learn about Childhood Hunger in their couumnuity. Mrs. Rector's 8th grade FACS classes formed 'HMS Action Team Hunger Force'and took part in many activities, including


  • Researching and learned about hunger, what it is and the statistics of childhood hunger in the city of Albany.
  • Learning about basic human nutrition and what individuals need for a healthy diet.
  • Developing a power point presentation about Childhood hunger in Albany, and explained what they are doing about it.
  • Developing a survey to analysis Food pantries in the City of Albany. These completed surveys will be used, to create a report of recommendation for our partner, Thefoodpantries.org to use to improve the pantry delivery system.
  • Visiting food pantries in the City of Albany in order to better understand the food pantry system.
  • Visiting the Duchess County Outreach Program in Poughkeepsie, were the students served lunch at the Soup Kitchen and took a tour of the whole facility to see the services they provide. They had clothing in all sizes for families, food at the food bank, fixed meals in the soup kitchen, child care for the depend children, and employment services for the adults.
  • Visiting the Duchess County Outreach Program in Poughkeepsie, were the students served lunch at the Soup Kitchen and took a tour of the whole facility to see the services they provide. They had clothing in all sizes for families, food at the food bank, fixed meals in the soup kitchen, child care for the depend children, and employment services for the adults.
  • Visiting the Regional Food Bank in Latham were we stuffed bags with 2 lbs. of rice for families in need. We took a tour of the food bank to see what a large place it takes to support our community.
  • Went to Legislative Education and Action Day, were the students learned about hunger in our community, what we can do about it, and talked to legislators about their concerns. Through their research they were able to see a direct correlation between hunger and the lower minimum wage.
  • Planning and developing a Food Drive here at Hackett. They have developed flyers and posters to let people know about the food drive. They made chocolate chip cookies for the winning homeroom during our competition. They partnered with Siena on this project. On Friday, May 11th they decorated a bus and loaded it with food items, collected and took it to the Food Pantries.org warehouse. Siena invited us to a celebration at Siena for the project.

Minutes from PTA Meeting 5/2 Posted

May 22, 2012

Here are the minutes from the Hackett PTA's May 2, 2012 meeting.

Thousand Paper Cranes Art Installation!

May 21, 2012

Ms. Cubello’s art class is working to fold 1000 paper cranes! Japanese legend says that if you fold 1000 cranes your wish will be granted. They have 747 and need help to finish the project. Their work will be displayed at the UAG Gallery on Lark Street (Viewing Hours: Thursday & Friday, 5:30–8, Saturday 2-8, Sunday 2-6.). In this time of unsteady health of the education system, their wish is for its strength to be restored and for students to take responsibility and show respect for their academics. Please help us in accomplishing our goal and supporting the future of our students by folding a crane to add to our installation. See the Thousand Paper Cranes Installation informational flyer and talk to Ms. Cubello for more info or if you want to help them reach their goal!

Spring Concert Wednesday May 16th!

May 14, 2012

This Wednesday we have our annual Spring Concert. It begins at 7 P.M. in the auditorium.The band,orchestra and chorus will be preforming.

School Budget Vote May 15th!

May 14, 2012

Please remember to support our Albany schools and vote for the budget tomorrow, May 15th. For information on the budget, see the district's 2012-2013 Budget Overview. Polls will be open from 7:00am to 9:00pm, and note that your voting location may have changed, so we recommend you visit the district's "Where do I Vote" page to check!

Talent Show Friday May 18th!

May 11, 2012

Our annual Hackett Middle School Talent Show will be held on Friday, May 18th from 1:25 - 3:00pm with the help of our friends at Too Deep Entertainment. Families are encourage to attend, but please make sure you arrive early enough to sign in at the front desk. Come see some of the incredibly talented students we have here at Hackett!

'Beach Party' Teen Night Friday 5/11!

May 10, 2012

Our last Teen Night of the year will be held TOMORROW NIGHT, May 11, from 6:00-8:30pm! Tickets are $4 - we hope to see you there!

Applebee's Fundraiser CANCELLED March 31st

March 29, 2012

Unfortunately we have had to cancel our fundraiser at the Glenmont Applebee's that had been scheduled for this coming Saturday, March 31st. We thank everyone who volunteered to work and who purchased tickets to attend for your support. If you purchased a ticket you should be contacted by Linda McTague shortly for a refund.

Spring 2012 After School Zone Packets Updated

March 29, 2012

The Spring session of our After School Zone is underway - please see the newest After School Zone Packet for updated details on all the programs!

Hackett Fundraiser at Applebee's March 31st!

March 15, 2012

Please join us for a delicious Flapjack Fundraiser March 31st from 8am - 10am at Applebee's in Glenmont to raise money for our Hackett Middle School PTA! Breakfast will be pancakes, bacon, and coffee, juice, or milk - served by Hackett staff and parent volunteers! Tickets are only $5 and can be ordered by contacting Linda McTague at nunzmct@hotmail.com. See the Applebee's Fundraiser flyer for more details, and we hope to see you there!

New Extended Day Tutoring Program Started

March 15, 2012

Hackett's Extended Day program has begun! Students have the opportunity to stay after school each week Monday-Thursday for extra help, makeup work, and academic enrichment! The program runs from 3:15pm - 4:15pm, and students who attend can take a school bus home. We are hoping to see many of our students taking advantage of this great opportunity! For more information, visit this Extended Day Program page or contact us at 475-6475.

Hackett's First Place Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to all of Hackett's Young Scientists!

March 15, 2012

Hackett Middle School held its annual Science Fair afterschool on Friday, March 2nd. Over 90 individual and group projects were on display.

Our judges were arranged by Louis Gutierrez and included Elizabeth McGuoirk, Jennifer Forsyth, John Licato, Chris Shing and Katelyn Kwoka. They are all doctoral students at RPI and members of the campus Circle K service organization. We appreciate their volunteering to serve as judges.

The winners of the science fair are:

7th & 8th Grades:

  • 1st Place - Ready, Set, Grow - Caylee Kelly, Rosemarie Lizardo, Patrick Natera, Shirley Wu (7th grade)
  • 2nd Place - The affect of detergents on plants - Ivan Besmonte (8th grade)
  • 3rd Place - How low can you go? - Kelly Streznewski (8th grade)
  • Honorable Mention - Seedling, Colored Light and Mold - Olivia Stebbin-Hopkins (7th grade)
  • Honorable Mention - Are dogs and cats color blind? - Peggy Abdul-Korah, Akua Sarfo, and Mikaela Gardner (7th grade)

6th Grade:

  • 1st Place - Blastoff - Nick Joslin
  • 2nd Place - Pondering Pendulums - Ian Boldiston and Thomas Ottaway
  • 3rd Place - Can Heating Berries Prevent the formation of mold? - Patricia Federis, Gianne Nocus, Pamela Pantin
  • Honorable Mention - Subway vs. McDonalds - Armani Currie and Jayda Devine
  • Honorable Mention - Expansion of fragrance pearls - Taymiyyah Abdul-Khabir, Ummkulthum Abdul-Khabir, and Kimberly Westfall

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are all eligible to participate in the city-wide Joseph Henry Science Fair held at St. Rose on Friday, March 23, 2012.

Congratulations to all of our student-scientist participants!

Check Out Mrs. Rizzo's Reading Enrichment Class Web Site!

March 9, 2012

Mrs. Rizzo has put together a great website with resources for students and parents - visit Mrs. Rizzo's Reading Enrichment Class and take a look!

Hackett PTA: Attention 8th Grade Parents

March 9, 2012

All 8th grade families should have received a letter a few weeks ago informing them of which Academy their student will be in next year. If you did not receive a letter, you can contact the Guidance Office for more information.

The District has published the dates of their free summer camps for incoming 9th graders (and others). There is a camp devoted to each Academy at Albany High School, as well as specialized camps. More details on these camps will be coming soon, but you can get the dates from this calendar.

Also, all 8th graders should have met with their guidance counselor by now to sign up for their 9th grade classes. If this is the first you've heard of it, ask your child what they signed up for or call Guidance. All course requests will try to be honored, but there may be cases where a class does not have enough students enrolled to go forward or where a student signs up for two classes that are offered during the same class period. In these cases, the High School will contact the student - probably at the end of this school year or in the summer - to register for a different class.

Winter Recess February 20-24

February 17, 2012

All City School District of Albany schools will be closed for winter recess during the week of Feb. 20-24. School will resume Monday, Feb. 27. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable break!

WSHMS Students With Humane Society Representative

Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society Rep Visits Hackett

February 17, 2012

Our Student Advisory meetings have recently focused on service learning. Students and staff were asked to submit the names of organizations our school could support, and after a school-wide vote we decided to have a penny drive to benefit the Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society.

During the month of January, many Hackett students and staff brought pennies to their Advisory group to donate. One Advisory group raised $96.00! Students also brought in pet food, treats, and home-made blankets, pillows, and even bandanas for the animals. Everyone participated and the outcome was overwhelming!

In total, Hackett raised $674.23… in pennies! We are very proud of our students and staff who helped out with this event. On Friday, February 10, a representative from the Humane Society visited Hackett to meet with one person from each Advisory group, present information about the Humane Society and its programs, and collect the money and items. She was very pleased and eager to return to the shelter.

Thank you to everyone who made this a big success. Go Hawks!

WSHMS Students and Staff with Author Sharon G Flake

Sharon G. Flake Visits Hackett!

February 17, 2012

Recently, award-winning author Sharon G. Flake visited our school. She gave a lively presentation, in which she shared her personal experiences and journey as a writer. She encouraged students to make positive choices and to pursue their dreams. Students asked many questions and she answered each question enthusiastically and thoughtfully. After her presentation, she talked with students one on one and signed books. We had very enjoyable time with Ms. Flake and would like to thank her for visiting our school!

Winners of Sharon G. Flake Author Visit Essay/Poetry Contest

February 17, 2012

The winners of the Sharon G. Flake Author Visit Essay/Poetry Contest have been chosen! The library had a challenge for students: Write a poem or a reflective essay about self-esteem. The following students won an autographed copy of one of the Sharon Flake’s books and met her during her visit to our school:

  • Barbara Delaney
  • Cassidy Callaghan
  • Joelle Mix
  • Betsy O’Toole
  • Paris Pabone

Hackett Night at Pizzeria Uno on Feb. 16th

February 8, 2012

Thursday, February 16 is Hackett Night at Pizzeria Uno's in Crossgates Mall near the Best Buy entrance. For those of you who hate the mall, you only have to step foot in about 10 feet of the mall before getting to Uno's.

A portion of all purchases (including take out) made by people handing in this 'Dough Raiser' certificate will go to Hackett Middle School. Remember you MUST bring the certificate for Hackett to benefit. This certificate can be copied and given to others, but it cannot be handed out or around the restaurant.

Enjoy a night without cooking while supporting our school! Thank you to Linda McTague for organizing this great fundraiser!

Emergency Preparedness PSA Open Casting Call

February 6, 2012

Here's a great opportunity for an Albany family to get paid to act in a commercial for emergency preparedness! Social Interactive, on behalf of Albany County, is hosting an open casting call for a series of three emergency preparedness commercials. Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, February 13th and 14th, from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Interested? See the flyer for all the details.

Teen Night on Friday, February 10th!

February 3, 2012

Hackett's next Teen Night will be held NEXT FRIDAY, February 10th. Get ready for a fun-filled night of music, dancing, games, face painting, and more! Tickets will be $4 at the door ONLY - they will not be sold in advance - and only students in good academic and behavioral standing will be admitted. So pick out your outfit, practice your Cupid Shuffle, and see you at Teen Night!

HMS Library Page Online

February 3, 2012

Mrs. Greenaway has put together a great 'wiki' resource for students and families - check out our new HMS Library Page to see!

Black History Month Celebration Tuesday!

February 3, 2012

Please join us for Hackett's annual Black History Month Celebration on Tuesday, February 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 (doors open at 5:30.) It's sure to be a great program again this year! See the event flyer for details.

Second Quarter Honor Roll Reception RESCHEDULED

February 3, 2012

Our second quarter Honor Roll Reception has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 15th, at 8:30am. We hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate our students' achievement, and report cards will be mailed home next week.

Author Sharon G. Flake Coming to Hackett 2/9!

February 2, 2012

You've read her books, now hear what she has to say! Author Sharon G. Flake is coming to the Hackett Middle School library on February 9, 2012 from 8:00am to 10:00am to share her work and get to know her readers. Ask your librarian for one of Sharon G. Flake's books, and we hope you'll join us when she visits our school!

Spring 2012 After School Zone Packets Available

February 2, 2012

The Spring session of our After School Zone is starting soon - see the new After School Zone Packet for details on all the programs!



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