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Important End of Year Information for 8th Grade Students

June 12, 2015

8th Grade Dance

The 8th Grade Dance will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 7:00-10:00 PM at William S. Hackett Middle School. This is a semi-formal affair and students should be dressed appropriately. There is no admission for our 8th graders but each student must have a signed permission slip. Students must meet academic and behavioral requirements to participate in this activity.

Moving Up Rehearsals

Mandatory Graduation rehearsals will be held during school on Friday, June 19, 2015 and Thursday, June 25, periods 1-5. Students who meet graduation requirements MUST be in attendance at both rehearsals in order to walk across the stage. Anyone dismissed from rehearsal due to poor behavior will NOT be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Moving Up Ceremony

On Friday, June 26, we will be conducting our Class of 2015 Moving-Up Ceremony for 8th grade students who have met academic and behavioral requirements. As previously noted, in order for an 8th grade student to attend and participate (walk across the stage) in the Moving-Up Ceremony, he/she must pass ALL core and special area courses as well as be in good behavioral standing. Questions regarding graduation eligibility should be directed to the Guidance Office at 475-6486. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM and will be held in the Auditorium, followed by a brief reception in the Grand Foyer. All graduates are to meet in their designated classrooms by 8:00 AM on Friday, June 26.

There is NO SCHOOL for 6th and 7th graders on this day.

Tickets will be distributed at the conclusion of the final rehearsal. Due to limited space in the Auditorium and fire code restrictions, each graduate will be limited to a maximum of 3 guests. Seating will be tight, therefore entrance to the Auditorium will be strictly enforced and no lap-seating will be allowed. Please reserve balloons and gifts for after the ceremony as they will not be permitted in the Auditorium so that this occasion may be viewed by all of our guests. It is important that students be dressed in appropriate attire for this memorable occasion. Appropriate attire for girls is a conservative dress – for safety reasons, we suggest that you do not choose gowns. Skirts/dresses should be of moderate length. Attire for boys should consist of a dress shirt, tie, and dress pants. Shirts must be tucked in. Boys must wear shoes – sneakers or athletic shoes are not appropriate.

Important Upcoming Dates

June 4, 2015

  • June 16 & 17: Regents for Math & Science 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Thursday, June 18: 7th Grade Trip
  • Friday, June 19: 6th Grade Trip
  • Friday, June 19: Mandatory Moving Up Rehearsal *During School*
  • Friday, June 19: 8th Grade Dance 7:00pm-10:00pm
  • Friday, June 19: 4th Quarter Grades Close
  • Monday, June 22: 8th Grade Trip
  • Tuesday, June 23: 6th Grade Locker Clean-Out
  • Wednesday, June 24: 8th Grade Locker Clean-Out
  • Thursday, June 25: 7th Grade Locker Clean-Out
  • Thursday, June 25: Mandatory Moving Up Rehearsal *During School*
  • Thursday, June 25: Last Day of School - FULL DAY
  • Friday, June 26: 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 9:00am

Hackett Talent Show TONIGHT 6/4 6:30PM

June 4, 2015

Hackett's annual Talent Show will be held tonight - doors open at 6:00pm, and the program will start at 6:30pm. Admission is $1 for students and $2 for adults. We hope you'll join us to support our talented students!

Air Conditioning Fixed

May 29, 2015

The chiller unit in the air conditioning system has been repaired and is now operational. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding and commend our students for their tolerance. In addition, we would like to thank the District Administration and the Maintenance Department for their quick and efficient response.

As a result, on Monday, June 1, only those students with a doctor's note will be allowed to carry a water bottle to classes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Mr. Paolino at 475-6475.

Air Conditioning Not Working

May 28, 2015

Please be advised, the air conditioning unit is not functioning and we expect the replacement part by the end of this week. In the interim, in an effort to address the current heat situation, Mr. Paolino is immediately allowing students to bring with them to class, over the next few days, water bottles (Polar Spring, Dasani, etc.) and/or clear plastic bottles containing WATER ONLY. Please note: soda, Snapple, iced tea or any other beverage will NOT be allowed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Mr. Paolino at 475-6475.

No School Friday

May 21, 2015

A reminder that all City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed Friday to account for the district's one unused snow day. The district used two of three snow days this school year.

This will give all students a four-day Memorial Day weekend. All district schools and offices will reopen on a normal schedule Tuesday, May 26. Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

New York State ELA and Math Exams

April 14, 2015

A reminder that students in grades 3-8 in the City School District of Albany and across the state will take the New York state exam in English-Language Arts this week beginning Tuesday. The ELA exam will be given Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Students will take the statewide math exam next week, Wednesday, April 22 through Friday, April 24.

Please visit our district website for more information about this spring’s schedule for state tests, and for resources you can use to help your children prepare. A good night’s sleep and a good breakfast are two simple ways of encouraging success.

2014-2015 Yearbook Pre-Orders Due April 1!

March 27, 2015

Don't forget! 2014-2015 Yearbook pre-orders are due by Wednesday, April 1st! Order forms were sent home and extra copies are still available in the Main Office and here online: 2014-2015 Yearbook Pre-Order Form.

Pre-order your copy by April 1st and pay only $15 - the price increases to $20 after April 1st.

Are you the parent of an 8th grade student here at Hackett? Consider including a special message with our "texts from home" - only $5! See the order form for details.



Hackett Students Cheer on AHS Team 1493 at Local FIRST Tournament

March 25, 2015

FIRST Tournament March 20, 2015

On Friday, March 20th Technology Teachers from Albany's 3 middle schools brought a group of interested students to experience the New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition and support Albany High School's own Team 1493. Melissa Hirt (Myers,) Kevin Allen (NAA,) Mark Libertucci and Terrance McNally (Hackett) - all coaches of First Lego League (FLL) competition teams at their schools - arranged the trip in conjunction with Rich Kissane (AHS, Team 1493 Coach) to introduce approximately 30 students to what robotics competition looks like at the High School level.

Our students cheered on Team 1493 through 3 rounds of competition Friday morning in an auditorium filled with excitement, pulsing music, and a full schedule of intense rounds pitting teams against each other in 3-on-3 alliances in front of a standing-room-only crowd. Members of AHS Team 1493 talked with our middle school students about the FIRST Robotics Competition, answered questions, and led tours of the Pit Area where teams set up and make adjustments to their robots between rounds. Members of other teams were also happy to field questions from our students, discussing problems encountered during the design and build of their robots and their solutions. Our students also spent time with representatives from GE, RPI, and other schools and organizations, learning about robotics, 3D printing, and engineering careers.

On the bus ride home to Albany was filled with students talking excitedly about how cool the competition was and expressing their interest in joining robotics teams next year, with some students sharing which fields of engineering they hope to study in college. Congratulations to Team 1493 for another great season and thanks for making this unique and inspiring experience possible.



For more information about FIRST, visit the Official FIRST Robotics Competition Website



Interested in joining Hackett's FIRST Lego League competition team? See Mr. McNally or Mr. Libertucci for more information.



Photos from FIRST Tournament March 20, 2015

HMS Parent University Night April 1

March 19, 2015

The City School District of Albany is implementing a new program for parents and guardians called Parent University. We are excited about this new initiative and will be launching Parent University this spring with events at William S. Hackett Middle School and Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.

Parent University is designed to help parents and guardians build strong, positive relationships with school that will lead to student success. Parent University events will include a series of workshops designed around a variety of topics we hope will be helpful to you. Our Parent University philosophy is that parenting, like any form of education, is a lifelong process.

Our first Parent University event at Hackett Middle School will be held Wednesday, April 1st from 5-7:30 p.m.

Hackett's first Parent University will address many aspects of parent engagement in school and how it can increase a child’s academic success. Discussion will be led by community members Neenah Bland and Nerissa Roberts. Both are products of Albany’s public schools and have more than 20 years’ experience working in education, counseling and community service in Albany.

Parent University will begin with a homemade dinner prepared by Eugene’s Catering. There will also be a raffle. You will have time to sit, relax, talk to other parents and enjoy yourself. So come out and have a great time!

HMS Parent University Flyer - April 1, 2015
HMS Parent University Letter to Parents - April 1, 2015

HMS Students Attend MAAC Tournament

March 9, 2015

On Friday, March 6th, 2015 a group of students from Hackett Middle School and ACSD basketball players attended the MAAC basketball tournament at the Times Union Center. Students were selected by their teachers for notable achievements academically and behaviorally. Many students had the opportunity to exchange pen pal letters with basketball teams from the participating universities. At the start of the tournament, students listened to a keynote speaker from the Albany County Executive office talk about bullying. At halftime, 8th grader Niko Sanville was selected for writing the winning essay on the topic of sportsmanship and he was presented with a framed certificate for his notable achievement and participation.

Photos from MAAC Tournament

See some of our Hackett students and faculty enjoying the game in this article from the Times Union.

Winning Science Fair Projects Announced

February 27, 2015

Last night was our annual Hackett Middle School Science Fair. Congratulations to all of the participants - there were many great projects displayed!

The results of the judging are as follows:

6th Grade:

  • 1st Place: Vincent Lembo - "Do Alaskan Blueberries Positively Effect Health?"
  • 2nd Place: Ja-Kikwa Hoke, Lily Kimlicko, and Ella Hubbell - "Ooey Gooey- The Best Way of Getting Gum Out of Hair"
  • 3rd Place: Noah Levine - "How is the Sense of Taste Effected by the Sense of Smell in Males and Females?"


7th & 8th Grades:

  • 1st place - Annika Rosenswig & Nina Bamberger - "Private vs Public Surfaces- Which Has More Germs?"
  • 2nd place - Amelia Colafati - "Bouncy Woods"
  • 3rd place - Hagen Foley - "Bank or Swish"


Honorable Mentions:

  • Jaylia Parso - "What Best Protects an Egg When Dropped 422.3 cm in the Air?"
  • Elizabeth Sipos - "Does Viscosity Affect Pitch?"
  • Tessa Nagel - "Will Adding Different Liquids to Bread Accelerate Mold Growth?"


Special thanks to our volunteer judges- Ms. Calvo, Ms. Carey and the following undergraduate students from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute: Nanyou Guan, Elizabeth McGuoirk, Joseph Shvedsky, Matthew Williams.

Over $1,000 Raised for PTA at Chipotle Fundraiser!

February 26, 2015

THANK YOU to all who participated in our fundraiser at Chipotle in Stuyvesant Plaza on Tuesday, February 24th - we raised $1,031.17 for the Hackett PTA!

PTA Meeting Tues 3/10

February 26, 2015

The next PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1thH. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE OF 4:30PM. This PTA meeting will include the second of two budget presentations.

Honor Roll Date Changed to 3/6

February 26, 2015

Due to a conflict, the second quarter honor roll will be held next Friday March 6th at 8:30am in the auditorium followed by a brief reception in the cafeteria.

The PTA is in need of volunteers and donations of juice and baked goods (or breakfast items). If you are able to volunteer or donate, please email [hackettpta@gmail.com] to let us know what you will provide or if you can set up (7:45am) or clean up (9:45am ).

2014-2015 Yearbook Cover Contest Winner!

February 26, 2015

Adam Aleksic was the winner of this year's yearbook cover contest! Congratulations!

We had 11 students submit entries this year! The other submissions will make up the back cover of the yearbook, it was very difficult to choose and three rounds of judging were needed to pick one for the front cover. All students received a Hackett t-shirt for their effort and school spirit!





HMS Chipotle Fundraiser TOMORROW 2/24

February 23, 2015





Tomorrow (Tuesday) night is the Hackett PTA fundraiser at Chipotle in Stuyvesant Plaza, from 4:00 -7:00 PM. You can find coupons in the Main Office and at the front door, or if you have a smartphone you may present the coupon on the screen. Hackett receives 50% of the proceeds - we hope you can make it to support our school!

HMS Science Fair Thurs 2/26

The Annual Hackett MS Science Fair will be held this year on Thursday, February 26th from 3:30-6:00 PM in the library.

HMS 2015 Science Fair Flyer (.pdf)

(The fair will be set-up during the day on Wednesday and Thursday.)

Feel free to stop by to see some excellent science!

Hats for Hackett 2/13

February 12, 2015

Tomorrow, February 13th, is a "Hats for Hackett" fundraiser to benefit PTA programs. Pay $1 when you enter school to wear your favorite hat all day!

PTA Meeting & Budget Presentation 2/11

February 8, 2015

February's Hackett PTA meeting is set for Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Library. There will be a budget presentation at this meeting.

Teen Night Rescheduled

February 3, 2015

The Teen Night originally scheduled for Friday, February 13th, 2015 has been rescheduled for Friday, March 6th, 2015.

NO SCHOOL Friday, January 30

January 28, 2015

There will be no school for students on Friday, January 30th due to a scheduled Professional Development day throughout the District.

Black History Month Celebration

January 28, 2015

Hackett's Black History Month Celebration will be held on Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00 PM and will include a special commemoration of the life of Brother Yusuf Burgess. Doors open at 5:30PM. RSVP to Andrea Marques amarques@albany.k12.ny.us or Ava Holt aholt@albany.k12.ny.us by February 6

Yearbook Cover Contest

January 28, 2015

Our 2014-2015 Yearbook Cover Design Contest has begun! This year's theme is "puzzles" or "mosaic." The winner will receive a free copy of this year's Yearbook! All entries are due by February 10, 2015 - see Mrs. Schnurr in Room 010 for details.

Pennies for Patients

January 28, 2015

Our recent Pennies for Patients Fundraiser raised nearly $400 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Thanks to all who participated!

Hackett Orientation - August 21st

August 11, 2014

Hackett Middle School Orientation is scheduled for THURSDAY AUGUST 21, 2014 from 6:00PM-8:00PM.

The evening is scheduled to begin in the auditorium with a presentation after which time schedules will be available was well as information regarding the upcoming year. You will also be provided time to tour the building as well as meet with available teachers. Additionally, you can join the Hackett PTA for $5 per memberships at the orientation.

If you are unable to attend the orientation, schedules will be mailed home.

If you have further questions regarding the orientation, please contact Hackett Middle School at 475-6475.

2014-2015 Supply Lists

August 11, 2014

Supply Lists for the 2014-2015 school year are now online! Be sure to check the Special Area Classes list for classes such as Foreign Language and Technology in addition to the Grade Level lists for your students.

2014-2015 Bell Schedule Updated

August 11, 2014

We have a new bell schedule for the 2014-2015 school year at Hackett Middle School!



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