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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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