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Exploring Engineering Day 2017 at RPI

January 3, 2017

Attention parents/guardians of 6th graders!

The school of Engineering at RPI is inviting parents/guardians and their children, grades 3-6, to attend their Exploring Engineering Day 2017, introducing children to the field of Engineering through fun hands-on activities led by college students. Exploring Engineering Day will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2017 (snow date: Saturday, February 25).

A flyer with details, including registration information, will be sent home with your child today.

HMS PTA Meeting Wednesday

January 3, 2017

We hope you will join us for our first PTA meeting of 2017 on Wednesday, January 4 at 7:00 PM in the library. We encourage you to attend as Dr. Kim Wilkins, Interim Superintendent, will present on the middle school plan and upcoming facilities vote. We will also hear from Mrs. Josephine Amore, District Music Co-Chair, on the upcoming Spring Play at Hackett.

No School Monday 1/16

January 3, 2017

Please note, we will not have school on Monday, January 16, 2017 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Holiday Recess

December 23, 2016

Please note, we will begin our Holiday Recess today at 3:00 PM. There will be no school through Monday, January 2, with classes resuming on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Wishing you happy holidays and a peaceful and blessed New Year!

Hackett Spelling Bee

December 23, 2016

The Hackett Spelling Bee was held on December 14th in the Hackett auditorium. After 7 intense rounds, Ingrid Colafati was declared the champion with the correct spelling of “potentialities.” Thank you to Ginny Farrell, our guest pronouncer, and to all of our parents and community members who came out to support our spellers!

Congratulations to our winner, Ingrid Colafati, our runner up, Kayla Fiero, and all of the participants of this year’s Hackett building-wide Spelling Bee: Dasia Hudson, Naheim Burbridge, Paige McGrail, Rachel Andrews, Armani Miller, Matthew Serrano, Hannah Goldstein, Amy Aboki, Alex Drake, Bianca Esco, Skylar Whinnery, Kalisha Vance, Tiras Khokhar, Jonathan Washington, Ka'Zyia Jordan, Kiernan Allen, Joshua Sarfo, Nasiyah Jackson, Ivelisse Fournier, Paul Kindlon, Bianca Ross, Nate Flores, Tyler Roberts, Gavin Root, Jamie Murray, Sariah Rivera, NayKawWah Blat, and Sharymar Soto-Perez.

Go Hawks!

HMS ROBOHAWX Compete at RPI

December 19, 2016



Congratulations to the members of Hackett’s FIRST Lego League robotics team, the ROBOHAWX, on a strong performance at this year’s tournament at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on December 10th, 2016. 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. The ROBOHAWX represented Hackett Middle School in 3 judged presentations and the Robot Game, scoring the highest number of points in Round 2 and finishing the day 4th overall. Throughout the day students also participated in science demonstrations put on by RPI students, watched the Albany High School VEX team compete in their own tournament, and thought a bit about college and their plans for the future.


“Now I want to be an engineer!” - HMS 7th grade student and ROBOHAWX team member Sofia.





The FIRST LEGO League competition challenges kids in over 80 countries to think like scientists and engineers. During the 2016 ANIMAL ALLIES season, teams were asked to choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. The team decided to try to solve the problem of fish becoming injured by hooks when people fish for sport.


“One time when I was little I went fishing with my family and when we caught a fish the hook had gone through its eye. That made me very sad.” - TOAST 6th grade student and ROBOHAWX team member Josh



The ROBOHAWX researched the problem, consulted an expert on fishing, and brainstormed a design for a new type of fishing lure that could use sensors and compressed air to inflate to capture fish instead of hooking and injuring them.




The team also presented to judges on their teamwork throughout the season in the Core Values Presentation, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. “We made new friends from different grades” shared HMS 6th grade student and ROBOHAWX team member Shakeira.


“We respected each other, we had a good time together… everyone shared the work and nobody dominated.” - HMS 7th grade student and ROBOHAWX team member Sofia



Thank you to Coaches Terrance McNally and Mark Libertucci and all of the ROBOHAWX team members this year: Sofia, Marc, Shakeira, Josh, James, Robert, and Selina. GO ROBOHAWX!

HMS Math and Science Bowl Results

December 16, 2016

Students from Hackett Middle School competed Wednesday, December 7th in our second annual Math and Science Bowl. The Math and Science Bowl has students buzz-in Jeopardy-style to answer questions in Math and Science. Students buzz in to answer questions with their own team of 3-4 students. Winning teams advance to further rounds. Questions range in difficulty from basic math and science knowledge to college level math and science questions.

This year's first place team winners were Devin Hendricks, Taryn McCoy, Cassidy Foley, and Shakeira Taylor. They are now eligible to represent Hackett Middle School at the Regional Science Bowl Competition in March at GE Global Research Center. This day-long event includes competing with other middle schools throughout the area with math and science questions and a model car-race competition.

This is Hackett's 2nd Math and Science Bowl and will be our 2nd time at the regional competition.

Winners at regionals have the opportunity to go to the national competition in Washington D.C.

Other winners were as follows:

    2nd Place: Ingrid Colafati, Alison Powell, Bianca Esco

    3rd Place: Xavier Allen, Olivia Minarich, Elizabeth Powell, Anjali Sooknanan

    4th Place: TyShaun Phelps, Sharon Antoine, Yaa'JJa James

Testing of Water Outlets

December 7, 2016

In accordance with a new state law that took effect in September, the City School District of Albany has joined all public school districts statewide this fall in testing all water outlets, currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes, for lead levels. A water outlet is any water source that someone could possibly draw water to drink. This includes bathroom sinks, janitorial sinks and kitchen sinks.

The district has received the results for William S. Hackett Middle School. Of the 85 outlets tested at Hackett, eight returned results above the state limit of 15 parts per billion (ppb). None of our school's drinking fountains tested above the new state limit.

We are taking steps immediately to take the water outlets, that did test above the limit, off line until they are fixed and cleared through additional follow-up testing. Today, your child will be bringing home a letter from Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D. detailing the test results. Please read the letter or visit www.albanyschools.org for more information. We will provide you with updates once all water outlets at Hackett have been cleared.

Hackett Winter Concert Tuesday

December 2, 2016

The William S. Hackett Middle School Winter Concert will be on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30 pm. Please join us to support our musicians! There will be a PTA dessert raffle as well. Hope to see you there.

First Quarter Honor Roll Ceremony

December 2, 2016

Hackett's first quarter Honor Roll Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 7, at 8:30 a.m. We congratulate our students on their hard work and perseverance and are proud to recognize their achievement.

Scholastic Book Fair

December 2, 2016

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon! It will be at Hackett Middle School from December 6 to December 8. There are lots of great, new books for everyone! Mark it on your calendar today!

Lockdown Drill Today

November 30, 2016

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 1:50 p.m., 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.

Please contact the Main Office at 475-6475 with any questions or concerns regarding this matter.

Parent / Teacher Conference Day

November 21, 2016

Please be reminded that we will be holding our Parent/Teacher Conference Day on Wednesday, November 23rd from 8:15 AM - 1:15 PM.

There is NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on this day

If you have not been contacted by one of your child's core teachers to schedule an appointment please contact the Guidance Office at 475-6486 at your earliest convenience.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

HMS Future City Team Wins Turner Prize

November 17, 2016



Albany City School District’s William S. Hackett Middle School wins $500 grant money from the 2016 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction for use in the Future City Competition

Albany, New York– Albany City School District’s William S. Hackett Middle School was recently awarded a $500 grant stipend from the Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction. Teacher Allison Griner submitted the application in the hopes of using the money in this year’s Future City® Competition.

“We are very excited about Future City this year at Hackett and couldn’t be more thrilled about having that stipend to help further our program,” said teacher Allison Griner. Together, teacher and students have decided to use the grant money towards the purchase of a laptop computer and to go on a field trip. “Currently we are working on narrowing our field trip down to several local STEM locations as well as a larger trip to Boston, New York City, or Philadelphia,” said Griner.

The Hackett Middle School team members include the following students: Elizabeth Alzawara, Ella Hubbell, Adaline Hubbell, Mohammed, Noah Levine, Casey Van Ness, Ingrid Colafati, Sophia Doehla, Josh Martinez, Aramis Vargas, Jean Keefe, Katharine Drury, Dauda Kanneh, Ivelisse Fournier, Josmarie Montanez, Victoria Bryson, Cynthia Villatoro, Lily Kimlicko, and Zoe Harrison.

The students identified building the model and working on the moving part of the model as their favorite aspects of the Future City program. They also enjoy decorating and designing the layout of the city and planning and practicing for the presentation.

The DiscoverE and its Future City Competition received the prize, and its $25,000 honorarium, in recognition to advancement or high achievement in the process of construction: an invention, an innovative methodology, and/or exemplary leadership.

The prize honorarium helps DiscoverE continue and expand its commitment to diversity and gender equality. Nationally, 49% of participants in the Future City Competition are girls, and 33% of participating schools have 50% or more of their students enrolled in their reduced or free lunch program. William S. Hackett Middle School reported 48% of its students enrolled in the free lunch program in 2014-2015 according to the State Education website.

When the DiscoverE and Future City-National program were awarded the $25,000, they intended to provide stipends for educators in under-served schools and communities. They identified the Capital District region as one geographic area nationally that they wanted to dedicate $500 in funding.

“Engineers solve the world’s problems and the Future City Competition is doing its part to encourage students to make the built environment—and in turn, the world—a better place,” said Chris McFadden, Turner Vice President and member of the prize jury. “The program is also strongly aligned with Turner’s own goals for education, which makes it a very natural fit. Future City connects with an incredibly diverse range of students, providing the kind of exciting, hands-on experiences, resources, and mentorship that can make the difference between pursuing further education toward a STEM career or not. We’re proud to support and elevate the great work they’re doing by presenting them with the Turner Prize.”

This is the second year that the William S. Hackett Middle School students have participated in the Future City Competition, although their teacher Allison Griner has participated in the program for longer. Last year Hackett won the region’s award for “Rookie of the Year” and “Best Use of Construction Materials.” Last year Hackett’s Future City team was comprised 100% of all young women.

Future City is the 14th recipient of the Turner Prize, which has been awarded in the past to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Engineering Department at Pennsylvania State University, Leslie Robertson, I.M. Pei, Charles DeBeneditis, The U.S. Green Building Council, Paul Teicholz, Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies, Charlie Thornton, Engineers Without Borders-USA, Caterpillar, Inc., Society of Women Engineers, and the Lean Construction Institute.

About DiscoverE and Future City

DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Their network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together they meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences, and making science and math relevant. For more information visit www.discovere.org.

The Future City is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. It is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. The Future City program serves over 40,000 students annually throughout the United States and abroad. This year the Future City Competition asks middle school students to address the Power of Public Space and challenges them to design innovative, multi-use public spaces that serves a city’s diverse population.

This year’s regional competition will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady. This past year there were a total of 20 schools and 21 teams, with a total of 300 local students competition in the regional competition. The New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School won the 2015-16 Regional Capital District Future City Competition and represented our area at the national competition in Washington D.C.

About Turner Construction Company

Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company. Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services. With an annual construction volume of $11 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, one of the world’s leading international construction service providers. For more information, visit www.turnerconstruction.com.

Halloween Teen Night Tomorrow Night!

October 27, 2016

Our Hackett Halloween Teen Night is coming this Friday, October 28, from 6:00-8:30 PM. The cost is $4 at the door. This year's Teen Night will include a dance party, cahoots, Bingo, dodge ball, basketball, refreshments and much more. Only students in good academic and behavioral standing will be able to attend. Please remind your child they must have their ID badge when entering the building for Teen Night.

Hackett Spirit Week 10/24 - 10/30!

October 21, 2016

Attention all Hackett Hawks - Spirit Week is coming! Show your school spirit by participating each day of the week starting Monday, Oct. 24th. The themes for each day are:



Monday Sports / Jersey Day
Tuesday Pajama Day
Wednesday Twin Day
Thursday Crazy Hair / Hat Day
Friday Blue & Gold Day


Hey Hackett - let's see your spirit!

Hackett's Extended Day Program

October 21, 2016

The 2016-2017 Hackett Middle School Extended Day program is underway! The Extended Day program is available for all students attending Hackett Middle School. The program is held every Monday - Thursday, from 3:05 - 5:15PM. All students participating in the program receive a daily snack. Students attending the Extended Day Program will be provided curb-to-curb transportation home following the program via a Durham bus. To learn more about the Hackett Middle School Extended Day program, please see our Hackett Middle School Extended Day program information page.

Completed applications should be returned to the attention of either Ms. Darien Lewis or Mr. Lawrence Salazzar, HMS Extended Day Coordinators. Hard copy applications are also available in the Guidance Office.



HMS Extended Day Program 2016-2017 Application - 1st Session (Updated 10/19)

Today's "Go Home Early" Drill & Days Off Next Week

October 7, 2016

A reminder that the City School District of Albany will participate in the annual "Go Home Early" emergency-preparedness drill TODAY, Friday, Oct. 7. Hackett will dismiss at 2:45 . All after-school activities will be cancelled. However, student-athletes will be permitted to return to their athletic venues.

Please also note the following upcoming dates when there will be no school for students:

  • Monday, Oct. 10 -- Columbus Day (all schools and offices closed)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11 -- Superintendent's Conference Day (training day for staff only)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12 -- Yom Kippur (all schools and offices closed)

Hats for Hackett PTA Fundraiser Friday 10/7

October 6, 2016

On Friday, October 7, the Hackett PTA will host its annual "Hats for Hackett Fundraiser". All staff and students will have the opportunity to donate $1 to the PTA to wear their favorite hat for the day. All donations help fund school-related activities.

Early Dismissal Friday 10/7

October 6, 2016

REMINDER: Hackett will dismiss 15 minutes early on Friday, October 7 to participate in the annual 'Go Home Early' emergency preparedness drill. Hackett will dismiss at 2:45 on this day. All after-school activities will be cancelled. However, student-athletes will be permitted to return to their athletic venues. Please make appropriate arrangements at home and with childcare providers for the early arrival of your children on October 7.

REMINDER: Open House Wednesday, September 28!

September 27, 2016

Please join us on Wednesday, September 28th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm for our 2016-2017 Open House Celebration. The evening will include information for students and families about the upcoming school year as well as the opportunity to follow your student's class schedule to meet with teachers and learn more about your student's experience here at Hackett.

HMS Open House 2016-2017 Flyer

We hope to see you at Open House!

Upcoming "Go Home Early" Drill & Other Important Dates

September 27, 2016

The City School District of Albany will participate in the annual "Go Home Early" emergency-preparedness drill Friday, Oct. 7. All schools will dismiss 15 minutes early that day, and all after-school activities will be cancelled. Please read the attached letter for more information to help you with your planning.

Please also note the following upcoming dates when there will be no school for students:

  • Monday, Oct. 3 -- Rosh Hashana (training day for staff only)
  • Monday, Oct. 10 -- Columbus Day (all schools and offices closed)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11 -- Superintendent's Conference Day (training day for staff only)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12 -- Yom Kippur (all schools and offices closed)

First Quater Interim Closes Soon

September 27, 2016

The first few weeks of school have flown by! Grades close this Friday, September 30, 2016 for the 1st quarter interim marking period.

Open House Wednesday, September 28

September 21, 2016

Please join us on Wednesday, September 28th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm for our 2016-2017 Open House Celebration. The evening will include information for students and families about the upcoming school year as well as the opportunity to follow your student's class schedule to meet with teachers and learn more about your student's experience here at Hackett.

HMS Open House 2016-2017 Flyer

We hope to see you at Open House!

Hackett's Extended Day Program

September 21, 2016

The 2016-2017 Hackett Middle School Extended Day program is officially underway! The Extended Day program is available for all students attending Hackett Middle School. The program is held every Monday - Thursday, from 3:05 - 5:15PM. All students participating in the program receive a daily snack. Students attending the Extended Day Program will be provided curb-to-curb transportation home following the program via a Durham bus. To learn more about the Hackett Middle School Extended Day program, please see our Hackett Middle School Extended Day program information page.

Completed applications should be returned to the attention of either Ms. Darien Lewis or Mr. Lawrence Salazzar, HMS Extended Day Coordinators. Hard copy applications are also available in the Guidance Office.



HMS Extended Day Program 2016-2017 Application - 1st Session (Updated 10/19)

Hackett Teacher Kerstin Comproski Recognized By Times Union

September 21, 2016

The Times Union has recognized William S. Hackett Middle School teacher Kerstin Comproski as one of five outstanding teachers (two from the City School District of Albany!) selected by readers from throughout the Capital Region (please note that a subscription may be required to read this Times Union story online).

Congratulations to Comproski on this well-deserved recognition!






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.



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