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Hackett Summer Orientation Thursday, August 25

August 22, 2016

The Hackett Middle School Summer Orientation for students entering grades 6th, 7th and 8th will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2016, from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. The Orientation will begin with a general session in the auditorium to review the academic expectations at Hackett Middle School. This is an excellent time for parents and family members to learn more about the changes being implemented at Hackett Middle School and to ask questions.

Parents and their children in attendance for the Orientation will be provided with ample time to tour the school, meet with teachers and begin preparing student lockers. Student schedules and locker assignments for the upcoming school year will be provided.

School Supply Lists for 2016-2017 School Year

August 4, 2016

School Supply Lists for the 2015-2016 school year for all three core teams. Please contact our Main Office at 475-6475 with any questions.

Updated Bell Schedule for 2016-2017 School Year

August 2, 2016

Hackett Middle School will have a new bell schedule for the 2016-2017 school year. Note that the school day will run from 8:00am - 3:00pm each day, Monday through Friday.

Please contact the Main Office with any questions at 475-6475.

Congratulations Hackett Class of 2016

July 1, 2016



On Friday, June 24th we celebrated our Hackett Middle School Class of 2016 with an auditorium packed with students' family members and friends. The morning's program included a stirring rendition of the National Anthem by our very own Ms. Courtney Richmond, a welcoming address from 8th grade student Diamond Harris, student reflections from 8th grade student Kayla Carmello, greetings from Albany High School Innovation Academy Principal Ms. Julie Barber, and special guest speaker Queone Sylvester, graduating senior of the Albany High School Class of 2016.

During this year's Moving Up Ceremony we had the special privelege of honoring retiring teacher Ms. Jen Bautochka after a career of nearly 30 years. We also recognized some of the community partners we worked with throughout the school year, including In Our Own Voices, the Ronald McDonald House of the Capital District, the MAAC Tournament at the Times Union Center, Siena College, and more.

Mr. Paolino shared a special video (see below) and his wishes for the students as they prepare to start a new chapter in their lives, as well as a video tribute from 8th grade student Arianna Diaz to all of the students, faculty, and staff (see below.) After all of the awards were presented and the speeches were finished the music started playing, the crowd got loud, and the members of Hackett's Class of 2016 crossed our stage and were recognized on 'the x.' Thank you to the Class of 2016 for an outstanding school year and to all who joined us on Friday for our Moving Up Ceremony - it was a great day. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer vacation and wish you all best of luck in high school!







CDTA Swiper Applications for 2016-2017 School Year

May 25, 2016

Attached is the Transportation Request Form for the 2016-2017 School Year. Please note there are two documents. One for students attending Hackett in the fall, and one for students who will be attending Albany High School next year. The form MUST BE RETURNED to school by the end of THIS school year.

A CDTA SWIPER CARD/BUS PASS will be provided to children who qualify under the District’s Transportation Policy.


  • General-education students are eligible for a CDTA bus pass if the school they attend is one and one-half (1.5) miles or more from their legal residence. Swiper eligibility is based on mileage between home and school; alternate addresses are not accepted.

  • Special-education students will receive transportation in accordance to their Individual Education Plan (IEP). If your child has an IEP, you will be receiving transportation information from the Special Education Department when your child’s IEP is mailed to your home. There is no need to fill out the attached form.


To avoid any delays in your child receiving his/her CDTA swiper card, it is essential that you submit transportation applications on time. Your cooperation in this is appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Transportation Office at (518) 475-6170.



2016-2017 CDTA Swiper Application for Hackett Middle School

2016-2017 CDTA Swiper Application for Albany High School

Hackett "Creative Slam" Cancelled

May 25, 2016

Please note, the "Creative Slam" scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd, at Hackett Middle School has been cancelled. At this time, we do not have a new date for this event.

Reminder of School Closing: Memorial Day Weekend

May 23, 2016

A reminder that all City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed from Thursday, May 26 through Tuesday, May 31. All schools and offices will re-open Wednesday, June 1.

The district has three unused snow days in addition to the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Parent University Year-End Celebration May 24

May 23, 2016

Attention Hackett Parents - Please join us to celebrate our last Parent University meeting of the school year on Tuesday, May 24, 5:30-7:00 PM, at Albany High School, 700 Washington Avenue. The year-end celebration will include music, awards, food and fun!

For more information, contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Cathy Edmondson at 475-6067 or cedmondson@albany.k12.ny.us

"Creative Slam" to Benefit Steam 10 Theater June 2

May 23, 2016

On Thursday, June 2nd, 5 - 7 PM, Hackett will host a "Creative Slam" to benefit Steamer 10 Theater. Students will read an original writing or perform an original skit, song or artwork. Admission is $2 at the door. Applications for performers are available in the Main Office.

Author Sharon G. Flake to Visit Hackett

May 23, 2016





The library is hosting Sharon G. Flake (John Steptoe Award-winning author of Money Hungry; also wrote The Skin I’m in, Pinned, and many more) on May 24th, 2016, from 1:00-2:15 p.m. After her presentation, she will sign books and provide a Q&A session. She is also hosting a writing workshop for teens at Albany Public Library's Washington Avenue Branch at 6 p.m. All are encouraged to attend.

For more information about Sharon G. Flake, please visit http://www.sharongflake.com/.

Hackett Students Visit Capitol

May 23, 2016

On May 5th, 2016 a group of 30 7th and 8th grade students from Hackett Middle School were joined by chaperones Ms. Lakis, Ms. Madison, Ms. Sherman-Hogan, Mr. Glen and Mr. Stempien on a field trip to the State Capitol.







They were treated to a special morning when first through Mr. Stempien’s iPhone, Ms Kathy Hochul, NYS Lt. Governor addressed the group, welcoming them to the State Capitol, encouraging them to ask questions, and suggesting she would like to visit our school sometime.







We were treated to a royal tour of not only The Lt. Governor’s offices but also the NYS chamber floor. Sandy, our tour guide, made it a point to reveal that she had never taken a group to these sites. Mr. Jeff Pearlman, Chief of Staff, made some interesting points about the architecture in Kathy Hochul’s office.







It was a memorable tour of our awesome State Capitol.



ELA Resources: Academic Vocabulary & Writing Rubrics

May 17, 2016

Here's an opportunity to review a list of Academic Vocabulary words your student sees within their classes everyday, and the 2 scoring rubrics teachers and students use to grade writing pieces in their classes.

Hackett Spring Concert Tonight

May 11, 2016

Please join us for our annual Spring Concert tonight at 6:30 PM. We hope to see you as we celebrate our final concert of the school year!

Hackett Needs Your Feedback

May 11, 2016

HMS has connected with the National School Climate Center to get YOUR feedback with their SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY (Comprehensive School Climate Inventory). Please take a few minutes to complete this survey before May 23, 2016.Should you prefer a paper copy, please stop in the Main Office to complete.

Your feedback is valuable - please take the time to complete the survey today!

Hackett Students Visit the College of Saint Rose

May 11, 2016

Hackett students recently visited the College of Saint Rose to view the Les Paul traveling museum. The 8th grade students have studied Les Paul and the development of the electric guitar as part of their curriculum this year.







Students also had the opportunity to view the recording studio, music classrooms, and music industry building at The College of Saint Rose.







The trip was great experience and showed our students some of the great educational opportunities they can have right here in our own community!







A Big THANK YOU From Our 6th Grade Students!

May 11, 2016



Anna Kate Sheehan, Bianca Esco, Marriah Tanguid, Shaqirah Wood, and Brynn Russell worked for weeks on their enrichment project which was to create a surprise assembly celebrating their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week. We were all moved by their thoughtfulness and kind words! Thank you!

Pictured: Ingrid, Rebecca, Aviv, Ian, Sarah, Imperess, Queen, Patrick, and Xavier.

Spring Break

April 22, 2016

There will be no school Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29 for Spring Break. School resumes on Monday, May 2. Have a safe and enjoyable vacation!

Hackett's Book Fair Is Coming!

April 21, 2016

Please join us at Hackett Middle School's Scholastic Book Fair on May 4-6, from 9:00AM-2:00PM. Bring your whole family! There are plenty of new books for you! Mark it on your calendar today.


If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online store. Hackett's Online Book Fair will be available from May 2-20




AHS New Family Orientation Thursday

April 19, 2016

'New Family Orientation' takes place at Albany High School in their auditorium this Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 PM, for 8th graders and parents.

Quarter 3 Honor Roll Ceremony to be held May 5

April 19, 2016

Our Quarter 3 Honor Roll Ceremony will be held May 5, 2016 from 8:30 - 9:45 am. We hope you'll join us to celebrate our students' achievement!

Memorial Day Weekend

April 19, 2016

The district will be using all three of our unused snow days in conjunction with the Memorial Day weekend this year. All schools and offices will be closed on the following days:

  • Thursday, May 26
  • Friday, May 27
  • Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday, May 31

This schedule is subject to change if the district needs to use one or more of our emergency days before then.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES CANCELLED

April 4, 2016

All City School District of Albany after-school and evening programs and activities are cancelled Monday due to the weather.

No School Friday, March 25

March 23, 2016

All City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed this Friday, March 25, in observance of Good Friday.

Family Movie Night March 31

March 23, 2016

Please join us for Hackett Family Movie Night on Thursday, March 31, from 5:45-8:00 PM . We will be showing the movie "Goosebumps". All students will need a parent or guardian to attend. The movie will be shown in the Hackett auditorium.



Hackett Hawks Compete in Regional Science Bowl

March 12, 2016



On Wednesday, March 2nd, Hackett Middle School held it's first ever Math and Science Bowl. Students faced off in teams of 3 to 4 students to answer moderate to challenging math and science questions. The goal of the competition was to beat out all other teams by winning as many rounds of the game as possible.

Congratulations to first place winners at Hackett Middle School were Elizabeth Alzawahra, Ivelisse Fournier, and Ella Hubbell. Second Place winners were Mimi Morse, Amelia Colafati, and Tessa Nagel. Third place winners were Dejawn Crooks, Myles Rosenzwig, and Daniel Delaney.

Hackett's first and second place teams earned a spot at the Regional Science Bowl on Saturday March 5th along with STEM club members Lily Kimlicko and Sophia Doehla. The Hackett Team competed with other area middle school students in a car race and academic competition.



Members of Hackett's STEM club worked with science teachers Ms. Prusch and Ms. Griner, and technology teachers Mr. McNally and Mr. Libertucci, to design a car and a launcher which would run a track of 10 meters at optimal speed. Hackett's team at the Regional competition tied for 7th place in the car race competition.

Hackett's STEM club is eager to get ready for next year's Future City problem to come out and Regional Science Bowl competition so they can prepare their performance at each competition. Congratulations to all participants on their success!

Albany Schools MARCH MADNESS Hackett vs ASH Friday 3/18

March 17, 2016

Come out Friday night to the HMS Gymnasium to see our own dream team of Hackett Hawks face off against the Albany School of Humanities Dragons in Albany's March Madness faculty & staff basketball tournament!



Where: Hackett Middle School Gym
Date: Friday, March 18th
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cost: $1 per person or $3 per family



We hope to see you - it's going to be a great game! Please see the March Madness Hackett vs Ash 2016 Event Flyer for details and contact our Main Office with any questions.



Hackett Students Embrace Pi

March 17, 2016

On 3/14, at about 3:14 p.m., STEM Club members and other math-lovers at William S. Hackett Middle School celebrated a special number: 3.14159265369…

n other words, they celebrated Pi Day.

With help from SUNY Polytechnic Institute volunteers and staff, some 30 Hackett students learned how pi is used in nanoscience and everyday life by experimenting with magnets, electronic meters, jello and more.

Pi, or the Greek letter “π,” is the symbol used in math to represent a constant – the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is always the same no matter what. It’s also an irrational number, meaning it can’t be written as a fraction, and it never repeats. It also has an infinite number of decimal places.

After an hour of experiments, Hackett students experienced a different kind of pi. Pizza pie, to be exact, with one pie featuring pepperoni strategically shaped like the pi symbol.

Pi Day is celebrated worldwide on March 14, or 3/14. That's also the day Albert Einstein was born in 1879.

Important Changes to the NYSED ELA & Math Tests

March 15, 2016

Every spring, the Grade 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests are administered to students across New York State. Below you will find important information on the changes that the State Education Department has made to these tests for 2016.

Click on an image below for information in that language: [pdf]

ENGLISH - 2016 NYSED Test Changes

SPANISH - 2016 NYSED Test Changes

KAREN - 2016 NYSED Test Changes

ARABIC - 2016 NYSED Test Changes

BENGALI - 2016 NYSED Test Changes

CHINESE SIMPLIFIED - 2016 NYSED Test Changes

CHINESE TRADITIONAL - 2016 NYSED Test Changes

FRENCH - 2016 NYSED Test Changes

HAITIAN- 2016 NYSED Test Changes

NEPALI - 2016 NYSED Test Changes

URDU - 2016 NYSED Test Changes

Hackett Bounces to the MAAC Bus Brigade

March 8, 2016



On Friday, March 4th around 100 students from Hackett Middle School attended the MAAC basketball tournament at the Times Union Center. To gain admission to the game, students had to write an essay about the importance of teamwork and how they incorporate the skills learned from being part of a team into their lives. Students also exchanged pen pal letters with MAAC Conference basketball teams.

Jorsier Miller, a 7th grader and our own Hackett Hawk, won the essay contest competing against other area middle school students. Jorsier was honored for his achievement at the start of the game (see above photo.)

UPDATED NYS ELA & Math Test Information from Parent University

March 8, 2016



On Wednesday, March 2nd, Hackett Middle School, in conjunction with Parent University, held an informational night to highlight for parents and guardians the current changes to the upcoming 2016 NYS Assessments. Participants attending the workshop were apprized of the reduction in the number of test questions assigned for both the ELA and Math assessments, in addition to the change that all students will be provided with unlimited time to complete their assessment. Sample test questions for ELA and Math were also shared and discussed with parents.

At the conclusion of the workshop, Mr. Paolino reminded parents of the academic gains of HMS over the past years, and the school's removal from the Receivership List. Hackett Middle School is presently identified as a Focus School. Mr. Paolino provided all participants with a quick overview for how a school's Accountability Status is determined.

In order for Hackett Middle School to continue to demonstrate academic achievement and grow into a School In Good Standing, Mr. Paolino stressed the importance of having all students participate in the upcoming NYS assessments.

Please review the Updated HMS Parent University 2016-03 Presentation [pdf] for the information presented during the workshop. As always, please contact our Main Office with any questions or concerns at 475-6475.

HMS Science Fair Thurs 3/10

March 8, 2016

The Annual Hackett MS Science Fair will be held this year on Thursday, March 10th from 3:30-6:00 PM in the library.


Come and join us as our scientists-in-training present the results of their scientific research and experiments.


The winners will present their projects at the city-wide Joseph Henry at the College of St. Rose.


NYS ELA & Math Test Information from Parent University

March 4, 2016



UPDATE MARCH 8, 2016: PLEASE SEE POST ABOVE ON MARCH 8 WITH UPDATED INFORMATION

Everyone who attended our Parent University this past Wednesday received important information regarding our school and the upcoming NYS tests in ELA & Math, including changes to the tests and how they are administered.

Were you unable to make it? Were you there and want to share what you learned with your friends in the Hackett community? Please download the HMS Parent University 2016-03 Presentation [pdf] to review the information presented. As always, please contact our Main Office with any questions or concerns at 475-6475.

Last Teen Night TONIGHT!

March 4, 2016

The last Teen Night of the year is already here! Hackett will host a Teen Night TONIGHT for students from 6:00-8:30 PM. Students are invited to participate in dancing, face painting, video gaming, arts and crafts, movie, Bingo, and more. We hope to see you there!

HMS Chorus Performs at Empire State Plaza

March 2, 2016



Above is a photo from the Music In Our Schools Month celebration held at the Empire State Plaza. Students from the Hackett Middle School Chorus performed for community members and legislative members. The students did an awesome job representing Hackett Middle School at this wonderful event and were even asked to sing an encore. The students and Ms. Richmond were given a plaque to honor their participation in this event. The chorus will next perform at Myers Middle School on March 23rd for the All City performance. Bravo!

HMS Chorus to Perform at Empire State Plaza March 2nd

March 1, 2016

Come support Hackett's chorus students as they perform at the annual Music In Our Schools Month celebration at the Empire State Plaza TOMORROW, March 2nd, 1:15pm on the Concourse. Good luck to our chorus students - we know it will be a great performance!

Hackett Parent University March 2nd

February 26, 2016

As requested by parents and Parent University surveys, our March meeting will focus on helping your child prepare for the upcoming state tests in English, Math, and Science.

Experts from the school district will discuss what you and your child can expect from the tests. Parents will also be able to ask questions about testing and the downside to opting out. Please participate in this very informative and important discussion! Dinner will be served.

When: Wednesday March 2, 2016
Where: Hackett Middle School
45 Delaware Avenue
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

For more information, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Cathy Edmondson at 475-6067 or cedmondson@albany.k12.ny.us

Next Parent University meeting at Hackett:
April 6, 2016 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Congratulations to City of Albany Black History Month Essay Contest Winners!

February 24, 2016



Congratulations to three of Hackett Middle School's 6th grade students for winning the City of Albany Black History Month Essay Contest. Students researched and wrote an essay about Albany's World War I hero, SGT Henry Johnson. The winners will get to attend a pizza party and tour City Hall with Mayor Kathy Sheehan!

Pictured from left to right: Sydney Speanburg, Ms. Allisen Brodie, Ingrid Colafati, and Anjali Sooknanan.

Teen Night Fri 3/4!

February 24, 2016

The next Teen Night is coming up! On Friday, March 4th Hackett will host a Teen Night for students from 6:00-8:30 PM. Students are invited to participate in dancing, face painting, video gaming, arts and crafts, movie, Bingo, and more. We hope to see you there!

Chipotle Fundraiser TONIGHT Feb. 23

February 23, 2016




The Hackett PTA is holding our annual Chipotle fundraiser TONIGHT, Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 4:00-7:00 PM at Stuyvesant Plaza. Hackett will receive 50% of the proceeds from any orders showing the HMS Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer. We hope you can make it out to support our school!

February Break Next Week

February 12, 2016

All City School District of Albany schools will be closed Monday, Feb. 15-Friday, Feb. 19 for Winter Recess.

2nd Quarter Honor Roll Tops 1st Quarter!

February 11, 2016



Yesterday, 260 Hackett Middle School Students celebrated their academic achievements at the 2nd quarter Honor Roll Ceremony. This number tops the first quarter's recipients, making this the largest group to date!

There were 85 students who achieved Bronze, with an average of 84.5 - 89.49
Silver saw 100 students with an average of 89.5 - 94.49
And we had 75 students achieve Gold, with an average of 94.5 - 100

Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Next Hackett Community Engagement Team Meeting TONIGHT Feb. 10

February 10, 2016

Hackett's Community Engagement Team, or CET, will hold their next meeting TONIGHT, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Hackett Middle School Library.

On the agenda: opportunity for student representative comments and questions, meeting with Acting Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Young Wilkins, preparing for the first CET Report, and finalizing Hackett's 2nd Quarterly Report to NYSED.


What is the Hackett Community Engagement Team?

The Hackett CET is made up of parents, teachers, administrators, students, and community members with ties to Hackett. It is charged by New York State with helping school administrators come up with ways to address the school’s shortfalls, as well as monitoring what happens over the course of the year to make sure plans are carried out as intended. Established in May, 2015, Hackett’s CET has been an effective working group – a great way to meet others in the Hackett community and contribute to the school’s success. All parents and community members with ties to Hackett are welcome to join the CET.

How can I get involved?

The CET meets once or twice a month, usually on Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Hackett library. These are open meetings, and everyone is welcome to attend. Dates and times of upcoming meetings, along with minutes of past meetings and links to important documents are available on the Hackett Community Engagement Team Page

Open School Day TOMORROW! Tuesday Feb. 9!

February 8, 2016

Mark your calendars to join us for all or part of the day on Tuesday, February 9 as we offer our second 'Open School Day' session.

Parents have the opportunity to experience the school day by following their child from class to class and listening to instruction as it is being presented. A catered lunch for visitors and teachers will also be served in the Library.

We hope you'll join us! See the February 9 Open School Day Even Flyer for details.









Extended Day CANCELED Tues 2/9

February 4, 2016

Please note - Hackett's Extended Day program is canceled for Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

Date Change: Teen Night Moved to March 4

February 3, 2016

Please note that the Teen Night previously scheduled for Friday, February 5, 2016 has been changed to Friday, March 4, 2016. Details will be provided at a later time.

Open School Day Tuesday Feb. 9!

February 3, 2016

Mark your calendars to join us for all or part of the day on Tuesday, February 9 as we offer our second 'Open School Day' session.

Parents have the opportunity to experience the school day by following their child from class to class and listening to instruction as it is being presented. A catered lunch for visitors and teachers will also be served in the Library.

We hope you'll join us! See the February 9 Open School Day Even Flyer for details.









Chipotle Fundraiser Feb. 23

February 3, 2016




SAVE-THE-DATE! The Hackett PTA will be holding our annual Chipotle fundraiser, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 4:00-7:00 PM at Stuyvesant Plaza. Hackett will receive 50% of the proceeds from any orders showing the HMS Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer. We hope you can make it out to support our school!

Letter to Families Feb. 2

February 3, 2016

Please review the letter to families that was sent home February 2 regarding student safety on the way to and from school.

Black History Month Celebration Tues. Feb 9

February 1, 2016

Please join Hackett Middle School as we celebrate Black History Month with our annual Mid-Winter's Feast and Celebration on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Doors open at 5:30 PM and the program begins at 6:00 PM. Dinner will be served immediately following the program.

See the 2016 Black History Month Celebration event flyer.

Power Outage Today Jan. 28

January 28, 2016

The following letter was sent home with all students at the end of the day today:

Dear Families:

Please be advised that at approximately 11:30 AM today, William S. Hackett Middle School and Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) experienced power outages for about 45 minutes after a tree fell on a power line in the city.

Both schools were without power, phone, Internet, and e-mail service until about 12:15 PM. During this time, all students continued to be supervised by faculty and staff. We conducted a walkthrough to ensure that all entrances to our building were locked and secured. Although transition between classes was temporarily suspended during the outage, transition for remaining lunch shifts proceeded as normal.

At approximately 1:05 PM, after we determined that all students received a lunch, transition between classes resumed as normal for the remainder of the day.

Our staff and student body are to be commended for their patience and cooperation as administration and security addresses this situation. We will continue to ensure the safety of our students and staff as our highest priority. I welcome any questions or concerns you may have regarding this matter.

Sincerely,

Michael Paolino
Principal

Hackett Parent University Feb. 3rd

January 20, 2016

Come to our first meeting of the New Year! Relax and enjoy good company and dinner while representatives from the Albany County Health Department discuss healthy lifestyles, goal setting and improving self-esteem and self-confidence in teens.

When: Wednesday February 3, 2016
Where: Hackett Middle School
45 Delaware Avenue
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

For more information, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Cathy Edmondson at 475-6067 or cedmondson@albany.k12.ny.us

Save these dates for other Parent University meetings at Hackett:
March 2, 2016 5:30 pm
April 6, 2016 5:30 pm

Family Movie Night Jan 28

January 20, 2016

There will be a Family Movie Night at Hackett Middle School on Thursday, January 28th from 5:30 pm -8:00 pm. Please bring your family and enjoy an audience selected movie and refreshments! Students must attend with a parent or guardian. Hope to see you there!



ENL Family Night Canceled

January 20, 2016

Please note, the ENL Family Night scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, has been canceled. A new date for February will be announced shortly. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Open School Day February 9, 2016

January 20, 2016

We hope you will join Hackett Middle School as we offer our second edition of 'Open School Day' on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Open School Days give parents an opportunity to go back to middle school and visit some or all of their child’s classes. It provides parents with a first-hand look at the instruction being delivered to their child, to experience what it is like for their child to transition between classes throughout the day and to observe some of the wonderful programs and activities available here at Hackett Middle School.

In addition to experiencing Hackett through the eyes of a student, a catered lunch will be provided for all guests to enjoy while visiting with teachers as well as other parents and attendants. It would be our pleasure if you could join us on this day as we present yet another great opportunity to our Hackett families!

NO SCHOOL Monday, January 18

January 15, 2016

All City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We hope you'll join us for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Celebration right here at Hackett (see below.)

ENL Family Night Tuesday January 26

January 15, 2016

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, please join Hackett Middle School as we host the ENL Family Academy. We welcome our ENL families to join us for a meal, prizes, and information regarding our educational programs here at Hackett Middle School. Snow date will be Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

Hackett Community Gets To Celebrate the New Year Twice!

January 15, 2016



On Sunday January 3, 2016 our school was host to 800 Karen people and their families as they celebrated Karen New Year. This was the first time that the Karen New Year was held in the City School District of Albany and we were honored to hold this event at Hackett Middle School.



The day was opened by Karen elders with traditional music and recognition of the Karen flag. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan gave welcoming remarks as did Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox. Both stated their support for our newcomers and offered a commitment to their success.



District Coordinator for ENL and Refugee Services, Tom Giglio and Home School Coordinator Lily Htoo presented the program which included a wide variety of Karen music and dance as well as a lunch of Karen food.

This was a wonderfully successful event for our building and our community and we look forward to future bridge building events!



Hackett Science Fair Moved To March 10

January 15, 2016

Please mark your calendars, the Science Fair date has been moved from Thursday, March 3, to Thursday, March 10, 2016. More information will follow.

Next Hackett Community Engagement Team Meeting Jan. 20

January 15, 2016

Hackett's Community Engagement Team, or CET, will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Hackett Middle School Library.

What is the Hackett Community Engagement Team?

The Hackett CET is made up of parents, teachers, administrators, students, and community members with ties to Hackett. It is charged by New York State with helping school administrators come up with ways to address the school’s shortfalls, as well as monitoring what happens over the course of the year to make sure plans are carried out as intended. Established in May, 2015, Hackett’s CET has been an effective working group – a great way to meet others in the Hackett community and contribute to the school’s success. All parents and community members with ties to Hackett are welcome to join the CET.

How can I get involved?

The CET meets once or twice a month, usually on Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Hackett library. These are open meetings, and everyone is welcome to attend. Dates and times of upcoming meetings, along with minutes of past meetings and links to important documents are available on the Hackett Community Engagement Team Page

Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Celebration Jan. 18

January 14, 2016

The 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Celebration will be held here at Hackett Middle School Monday, January 18, 2016, from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm. We hope you'll join us for fun, food, and entertainment as we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and the role of organized labor in strengthening America.

  • Keynote Speaker: Karen Magee, activist and NYSUT President
  • Student Theater Outreach Program (S.T.O.P.) honors Alan Weeks with song, drumming, and dance
  • Junior and Senior Dancers of Art in Motion Dance Academy

Workshop Topics & Times

  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Children build an instrument and sing songs with the MusicMobile
  • 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm - Make A Play, Inc. basketball and gym activities
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - STORY TIME for kids with free books

Please see the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Celebration Flyer for more information. We hope you'll join us!

Mark Your Calendars: Chipotle Fundraiser Feb. 23

January 14, 2016

SAVE-THE-DATE! The Hackett PTA will be holding our annual Chipotle fundraiser, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 4:00-7:00 PM at Stuyvesant Plaza. Hackett will receive 50% of the proceeds from any orders showing the fundraiser coupon - coupons will be available in the Main Office and here on our website. We hope you can make it out to support our school!

Hackett's STEM Club Competes in Future City Competition

January 13, 2016



On Saturday, January 9th, the team competed in the regional competition at Proctors Theater in Schenectady. They presented their model and solution to over 40 judges similar to a science fair and a team of 3 students (Mimi, Amelia and Bryanna) gave a 7 minute presentation of their solution and model to two panels of judges.

This year was the first year that Hackett Middle School competed in the Future City Competition. The team took home awards for being the "Rookie of the Year" and for "Best Use of Construction Materials."

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, and green energy. This year’s topic was waste management.

Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city description; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. After the competition is over, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, they are poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.

Future City is a flexible, cross-curricular educational program that gives students an opportunity to do the things that engineers do—identify problems; brainstorm ideas; design solutions; test, retest and build; and share their results. This process is called the engineering design process. They use cross curricular skills such as math, art, speaking, reading, writing and science to solve a real problem. They also get to work with an engineer mentor who volunteers their time to help the students with their projects.

Donors Choose Campaign to support FACS Project

January 8, 2016

Looking for a good cause? Support the FACS classroom here at Hackett by donating to Ms. Santoni's Donor's Choose project. Here, your donation goes towards cooking and sewing supplies for the students in 6th and 8th grades. Any donation is greatly appreciated!

Donors Choose - Get the FACS: Cooking and Sewing Materials

"We Matter" Video

January 4, 2016

Students and staff on Team 7A delivered a powerful, poignant message before leaving for the holiday break. We promise you will be moved.

Hackett's Team 7A: We Matter Video

Hackett's "Robot Hawks" Compete at RPI

December 14, 2015



Our Hackett Middle School "Robot Hawks" joined 13 other teams from all over the Capital Region Saturday, December 12th at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY for the 2015 FIRST Lego League Regional Tournament. FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was started by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

FIRST's middle school competition, the FIRST LEGO League, challenges middle school-aged students to research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design. The theme for this year's competition, "Trash Trek," challenged teams to learn about what happens to our trash and develop an innovative solution to deal with our waste.

Our "Robot Hawks" participated in 3 rounds of robot competition and 3 judged presentions, covering teamwork and core values, robot design, and their project solution: a space debris cleaning satellite called the "Star Shooter." Thanks to our coaches, team members and everyone who supported our efforts this year for another great season.

Ronald McDonald House Visits Hackett

December 9, 2015



Representatives from the Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region visited Hackett Tuesday to meet with the students of Ms. Hochmuth's 8th grade Enrichment class. The class spent the majority of the first quarter of the 2015-2016 school year planning, promoting, and executing bake sales and donation drives in support of the Ronald McDonald House. Their project, which they named 'Baking a Change,' raised $300 and collected numerous other items including snacks and handmade greeting cards.

Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Jeff Yule thanked the students for their efforts and shared the story of how he first learned about the Ronald McDonald House and why he chose to make a career out of helping families through difficult times. Yule also discussed the students' current service learning project ideas with the group and stressed the importance of doing what we can to make our world a better place.

Thank you to Jeff and Meghan for visiting with us and sharing your experiences and passion for service with our students - we hope to work with the Ronald McDonald House again soon!

Hackett's New Art Teacher

December 8, 2015

Prior to the Thanksgiving break, our Art teacher, Mr. Dan O’Brien, elected to retire after 30 years of service. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his dedication to the students in the City School District of Albany. At this time, we are pleased to add Ms. Kelsey Lemp to the Hackett family as a replacement Art teacher to assume Mr. O’Brien’s responsibility.

Ms. Lemp is equipped with the extensive content knowledge and instructional pedagogy to motivate our students and assist in their creative and academic development. Ms. Lemp is a certified Art teacher and we are confident that your child will continue to be in a positive learning environment.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s academic progress, please contact the Guidance Office at 475-6486.

Picture Retake Day Wednesday, December 16th

December 8, 2015

RETAKE DAY is Wednesday, December 16
8:30 - 11:00
in the Auditorium

Students who missed Picture Day may pick up an order form in the Main Office.

Students wishing to have retakes must bring the entire original portrait package with them to the auditorium on the 16th.

Specific issues or questions regarding the portrait packages that were passed out should be directed to Lifetouch Studios at 518-767-9947

Call For Mentors

December 7, 2015

Would you like to help make a difference in the academic and personal development of a student at William S. Hackett Middle School? If so, please consider becoming a mentor.

The City School District of Albany is partnering with the Black Child Development Institute to offer introductory meet-and-greet sessions for prospective Hackett mentors. Sessions will be offered Friday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 18. Both sessions will offer the same overview information, so please attend the session that fits best with your schedule. The sessions will be at Hackett from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The meetings will include an introduction of Hackett’s new Mentorship Program, an overview of the need for mentors and a discussion on building a network of mentors throughout the Capital Region. Please join us if you can.

HMS Call For Mentors Flyer

Hackett Updates & Reminders - Week of Dec. 7

December 7, 2015

Monday, December 7th: Strengthening Families 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Dinner will be provided. Have you checked this out yet? The Strengthening Families program is a fun, interactive series of workshops that allows parents/caregivers to spend special time with their youth and help him/her be successful in the teen years. During each session, parents/caregivers and their youth will learn ways to build on existing strengths, improve communication skills, and have fun together as a family.

Tuesday, December 8th: Winter Concert & Dessert Auction

Winter Concert Begins at 6:30pm - Students should arrive between 5:30-6:00 PM. String students report to the Auditorium, Band to the Band Room & Chorus to the Music Room. Black bottoms & White tops are the preferred concert attire for Winter Concerts. If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Newell at enewell@albany.k12.ny.us.

Dessert Auction The PTA's annual Dessert Auction fundraiser will take place in the foyer, just prior to the beginning of the Winter Concert. Check out all the wonderful desserts while your student tunes up for the concert! Contact Jen Geraghty at jensouthmain@nycap.rr.com or text her at 518-322-5227 if you are able to donate a dessert item or help out that night.

There will be a 50/50 raffle! The winning ticket will be drawn during intermission.

Ms. Schnurr will be selling poinsettia plants to support her class's end-of-the-year field trip. The plants can be purchased the evening of the concert, as well as by contacting her at kschnurr@albany.k12.ny.us

Thursday, December 10th: Ski Club raffle tickets are due! Please bring them to Ms. Webb (Room 306.)

Friday, December 11th: Second Quarter Interim Ends Second quarter interim marking period ends! Do you know what your student's grades are? You can reach out to any of your student's teachers or the guidance office for help. Need help contacting someone at the school? Check out Hackett's Staff Directory.

Lockdown Drill Today

December 4, 2015

Dear Parents / Guardians:

Please be advised that Hackett Middle School conducted its annual "Lockdown" drill today. The purpose of the drill is to continue our commitment to ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for all faculty, staff and students. At approximately 10:00am we implemented our "Lockdown" emergency procedure which lasted approximately 20 minutes. During this time, students were required to remain in their assigned classes where they were supervised by faculty and staff.

Whenever unsafe activity is present in or around the area, all entrances to our school are locked and secured and all activities within the building stop. Please know that our emergency drill worked smoothly and effectively today. Our staff and student body are to be commended for their patience and cooperation. We will continue to ensure the safety of our students and staff as our highest priority.

I welcome any questions or concerns you may have regarding this matter.

Sincerely,

Michael Paolino
Principal

First Quarter Honor Roll Ceremony

December 3, 2015

Hackett's first Honor Roll ceremony of 2015 was the BIGGEST held to date! Congratulations to the 253 students who attained an average of 84.5 or higher for the first quarter! And congrats to their proud families and teachers, too!

Thank you to the many people who donated the goodies for the reception and to those who helped pull it all together! All those efforts were appreciated and the students and their supporters enjoyed themselves.

Here's looking forward to another winning honor roll!

Thanks for Joining Us for our Open School Days!

November 20, 2015

Hackett Middle School held its first annual Open School Days on Tuesday, November 17th and Wednesday, November 18th. The goal of the Open School Days was to provide parents, guardians and community members with a first-hand glance of Hackett Middle School. Guests to HMS were allowed to spend part and/or all of their day following their children from class to class, experience the instructional practices provided to HMS students on a daily basis, transition between classes, and even participate in various school programs.

All parents and guardians were provided with a catered lunch each day, providing an equally rewarding opportunity for parents to acquaint themselves with faculty and staff, as well as familiarize themselves with other HMS parents. Overall, the first Open School Days were a success, with over 70 parents and guardians spending time at HMS over the two days. Feedback provided by our participants has already provided HMS with suggestions for improving this experience.

The goal is for HMS to conduct another Open School experience following the holiday vacation - we hope you'll join us.

First Literacy and Numeracy Night a Success

November 19, 2015

Hackett Middle School hosted its first Literacy and Numeracy Night on Tuesday, November 17th. Parents and families joined the Hackett staff in break-out sessions where they learned more about the AVID program, AIS, ELA, and Math courses offered here at the school. A delicious dinner was provided for all families, and the students who attended were treated to the movie "Inside Out" in the auditorium. Please sign up for the School News Notifier (SNN) to learn about more exciting events coming up at Hackett - we hope to see you at the next one!

Fun, Food, & Facts Night Tues. 11/17!

November 13, 2015

Join us Tuesday, November 17th from 5:30pm - 8:00pm for a night full of Fun, Food, & Facts focused on Literacy and Numeracy - learn about AVID, AIS Reading, AIS Math, and more while we also have a fun movie night for the kids!

Dinner will be provided in the cafeteria, followed by two informational sessions about AVID, AIS Reading, and AIS Math. A movie will be shown in the auditorium for the children while parents and guardians learn more about our programs here at Hackett and how best to support your students.

See our Fun, Food, & Facts Night Flyer for details - we hope to see you there!

Open School Week November 17 & 18!

November 13, 2015

Hackett's "Open School Week" is happening NEXT WEEK! Parents and guardians have the opportunity to go back to Middle School by joining us on Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Come on in, spend part or all of a school day with your student, and see the great things that aare going on here at Hackett every day.

See the Open School Week 2015 Flyer (English, Arabic, Burmese, Karen, & Nepali) for details - we hope you'll join us!

Hackett's Human Pink Ribbon Raises Breast Cancer Awareness

November 13, 2015



Students and staff at William S. Hackett Middle School donned pink shirts and formed a human pink ribbon on Thursday, November 5th as part of a breast-cancer awareness project. They also took part in a school-wide assembly where they interviewed breast cancer survivor Tonia Wheeler and presented her with a donation of $831 (fundraised through service learning projects happening during Enrichment periods) for a breast-cancer information organization. The event culminated with a walk around the school grounds and the forming the human pink ribbon in front of the building.

During the assembly, students saw a video about breast cancer and learned breast cancer facts from their classmates. They also had a Q-and-A session with breast-cancer survivor Wheeler and heard her story of diagnosis, double mastectomy and chemotherapy. Wheeler told the audience that staying positive and praying helped her through the ordeal.

Eighth-grader Arianna Diaz, who served as mistress of ceremonies during the assembly, presented Wheeler with an oversized check representing the $831 the school raised in her honor for breastcancer.org.

Halloween Teen Night Fri 10/23!

October 19, 2015

The biggest night at Hackett is coming up! On Friday, October 23rd Hackett will have a Halloween Teen Night from 6:00-8:30 PM. Students are invited to participate in dancing, face painting, video gaming, arts and crafts, movie, Bingo, photo booth and more. Admission is $4 at the door.

Hackett Spirit Week 10/26 - 10/30!

October 19, 2015

Attention all Hackett Hawks - Spirit Week is coming! Show your school spirit by participating each day of the week starting Monday, Oct. 26th. The themes for each day are:



Monday Sports / Jersey Day
Tuesday Pajama Day
Wednesday Twin Day
Thursday Patriotic Day
Friday Crazy Hair / Hat Day


Hey Hackett - let's see your spirit!

AHS Lottery Application Available

October 19, 2015

Applications are available now for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School's four academies for the 2016-17 school year.

Each of Albany High’s academies has its own unique theme: Citizenship, Discovery, Leadership and Innovation. These physically smaller learning environments are designed to help students feel connected, involved and engaged.

Download the 2016-2017 AHS Lottery Application here.

Applications are due November 13th, and the lottery will be held December 10.

For more information please visit albanyschools.org.

Parent University 10/21

October 19, 2015

On Wednesday, October 21, Hackett will have its second Parent University meeting of the year at 5:30 PM in the school library. Community Leaders Neenah Bland and Nerissa Roberts will engage us in a training on what to expect and prepare for as parents of middle school students. They will discuss challenges and offer strategies on how to address them.

Relax, talk to other parents, enjoy dinner and hear from presenters from the community and the district about using available technology to stay connected to your children and 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.

When: October 21, 2015
Where: Hackett Middle School Library, 45 Delaware Avenue
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Dinner will be served.

We hope to see you at Parent University!

For more information contact Cathy Edmondson at 475-6067 or cedmondson@albany.k12.ny.us.

"Go Home Early" Emergency Preparedness Drill 10/9

October 9, 2015

All City School District of Albany schools will dismiss 15 minutes early TODAY, Oct. 9, to participate in the annual Go Home Early emergency preparedness drill.

The State Education Department requires all schools to conduct this test each year. All after-school activities will be cancelled. However, student-athletes will be permitted to return to their athletic venues at 3:15 p.m.

Please read the following information carefully to assist with your planning for after-school programs.

Students attending after-school programs in district buildings: Since after-school programs will not be offered Oct. 9, you must pick up your student(s) at the ir regular school building 15 minutes before the school’s regular dismissal time. There will not be transportation to other district buildings where after-school programs normally are offered.

Students attending after-school programs at childcare or agencies not located in district schools: Students regularly transported to childcare or agencies not located in district buildings will be transported to their scheduled after-school drop-off location.

Also, all district schools and offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 12 in observance of Columbus Day.

HMS Extended Day College Fair

October 9, 2015

The Extended Day Program will host a college fair on Thursday, October 15, 2015, from 3:20-5:15 PM. Representatives from Siena, UAlbany and other local colleges will be here to talk to the students about college opportunities.

1st Quarter Honor Roll Ceremony Change

October 9, 2015

Please note, there has been a date change for the 1st Quarter Honor Roll Ceremony, from November 18 to December 2, 2015. More information will follow.

Receivership Process Moves Forward at HMS

October 1, 2015

The City School District of Albany and William S. Hackett Middle School, in partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team, submitted required documents to the State Education Department on Sept. 30 to move forward with the efforts to raise achievement for all Hackett students.

The district submitted a Community Engagement Plan, Public Notification Template and supporting evidence, Community Engagement Team Recommendations and Superintendent's Response, and a Continuation Plan to State Ed. The district now awaits feedback from State Ed on the documents.

"I want to recognize the heroic efforts of our Community Engagement Team and the leadership of Hackett's principal, Michael Paolino, for getting us through these first stages of this process on schedule," said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. "We are in good shape to meet the challenges ahead of us."

Follow the links below to download the documents submitted Sept. 30 for Hackett:



More information about Receivership in Albany schools...

Dads Take Your Child To School Day

September 21, 2015

Attention fathers and father-figures of Hackett students - please join us for Dads Take Your Child to School Day TOMORROW, Tuesday, September 22! You are invited to come and spend time with your child here at school. A light breakfast will be served.

Hackett Middle School
45 Delaware Ave
Albany, NY 12202

For more information contact Stephon Frost, Home School Coordinator at 475-6485 or at sfrost@albany.k12.ny.us

HMS Parent University Night 9/16

September 15, 2015

On Wednesday, September 16, Hackett will have its first Parent University meeting of the year at 5:30 PM in the school library, followed by the PTA meeting at 7:00 PM.

Relax, talk to other parents, enjoy dinner and hear from presenters from the community and the district about using available technology to stay connected to your children and 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.

When: September 16, 2015
Where: Hackett Middle School Library, 45 Delaware Avenue
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm

There will be a homemade dinner.

We hope to see you at Parent University!

For more information contact Cathy Edmondson at 475-6067 or cedmondson@albany.k12.ny.us.

No School Monday, Sept. 14

September 11, 2015

A reminder that all City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 14 in observance of Rosh Hashana. We will be back in session Tuesday.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Bell Schedule Posted for 2015-2016 School Year

September 2, 2015

Hackett Middle School will be operating with a new bell schedule for the 2015-2016 school year. The new schedule is designed to increase learning time during each school day while providing valuable extra help and enrichment opportunities for students. View the web version of the 2015-2016 Bell Schedule or download the pdf version of the 2015-2016 Bell Schedule - please note that students are dismissed at 3:20pm Monday-Thursday and at 2:36pm on Fridays.

2015 Summer Orientation Presentation

September 2, 2015

We have uploaded a pdf of the PowerPoint presentation shown at our 2015 Summer Orientation (held August 27th) for your review. Please contact our Main Office at 475-6475 with any questions.

School Supply Lists Now Available for 2015-2016 School Year

July 14, 2015

School Supply Lists for the 2015-2016 school year for all three core teams and some other classes have been posted. Please contact our Main Office at 475-6475 with any questions.

Update: A corrected supply list for our 7th grade team has been uploaded.

Hackett Transition Camp for Incoming Students

July 14, 2015

Will your student be new to Hackett for the 2015-2016 school year? We hope he or she will join us for our 2015-2016 Transition Camp! The camp will be held on August 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, and 26th from 8:30am to 11:30 am in the cafeteria.

During the camp, students will:


  • Meet some of their teachers and classmates through team-building activities
  • Reinforce and enrich Math and ELA skills
  • Learn strategies to enhance study and note-taking skills


Please consider joining us for this year's transition camp - see the flyers below for more information:

2015-2016 HMS Transition Camp Flyer - ENGLISH
2015-2016 HMS Transition Camp Flyer - SPANISH ( español )
2015-2016 HMS Transition Camp Flyer - ARABIC ( العربية )
2015-2016 HMS Transition Camp Flyer - KAREN
2015-2016 HMS Transition Camp Flyer - BURMESE
2015-2016 HMS Transition Camp Flyer - NEPALI ( नेपाली )



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