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2015-2016 School Year



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 )

2014-2015 School Year



Important End of Year Information for 8th Grade Students

June 12, 2015

8th Grade Dance

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

Moving Up Rehearsals

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

Moving Up Ceremony

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

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

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

Important Upcoming Dates

June 4, 2015

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

Hackett Talent Show TONIGHT 6/4 6:30PM

June 4, 2015

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

Air Conditioning Fixed

May 29, 2015

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

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

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

Air Conditioning Not Working

May 28, 2015

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

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

No School Friday

May 21, 2015

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

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

New York State ELA and Math Exams

April 14, 2015

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

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

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

2014-2015 Yearbook Pre-Orders Due April 1!

March 27, 2015

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

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

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



Hackett Students Cheer on AHS Team 1493 at Local FIRST Tournament

March 25, 2015

FIRST Tournament March 20, 2015

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

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

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



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



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



Photos from FIRST Tournament March 20, 2015

HMS Parent University Night April 1

March 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

HMS Students Attend MAAC Tournament

March 9, 2015

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

Photos from MAAC Tournament

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

Winning Science Fair Projects Announced

February 27, 2015

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

The results of the judging are as follows:

6th Grade:

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


7th & 8th Grades:

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


Honorable Mentions:

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


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

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

February 26, 2015

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

PTA Meeting Tues 3/10

February 26, 2015

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

Honor Roll Date Changed to 3/6

February 26, 2015

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

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

2014-2015 Yearbook Cover Contest Winner!

February 26, 2015

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

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





HMS Chipotle Fundraiser TOMORROW 2/24

February 23, 2015





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

HMS Science Fair Thurs 2/26

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

HMS 2015 Science Fair Flyer (.pdf)

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

Feel free to stop by to see some excellent science!

Hats for Hackett 2/13

February 12, 2015

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

PTA Meeting & Budget Presentation 2/11

February 8, 2015

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

Teen Night Rescheduled

February 3, 2015

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

NO SCHOOL Friday, January 30

January 28, 2015

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

Black History Month Celebration

January 28, 2015

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

Yearbook Cover Contest

January 28, 2015

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

Pennies for Patients

January 28, 2015

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

Hackett Orientation - August 21st

August 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

2014-2015 Supply Lists

August 11, 2014

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

2014-2015 Bell Schedule Updated

August 11, 2014

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

2013-2014 School Year



Help Hackett Pull for the Ronald McDonald House!

May 20, 2014



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

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

William S. Hackett Middle School Blood Drive 3/17

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

January Newsletter is Now Available!

January, 28th 2014

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

December Newsletter is Now Available!

December 20, 2013

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

November Newsletter is Now Available!

November 26, 2013

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

October Newsletter Now Available!

November 4, 2013

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

School Supply Lists Now Available

August 18, 2013

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

2012-2013 School Year



Teen Night Tomorrow

March 14, 2013

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

Hackett Future Fair Tomorrow!

March 6, 2013

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

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

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

HMS Family Bowling Event

March 5, 2013

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

Honor Roll/Level 4 Ceremony Reschedule​

February 27, 2013

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

Extended Day Session 3 Starts March 4th

February 26, 2013

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

ELA and Math Common Core Resources

February 15, 2013

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

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

Hackett Dismissing at 1:00 pm Today

February 8, 2013

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

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

Future Fair to be held March 7th!

February 6, 2013

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

Black History Month Celebration!

February 5, 2013

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

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

Hackett's January Newsletter Now Available

January 30, 2013

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

Schools to Re-Open Wednesday

October 30, 2012

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

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

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

Schools Closed Tuesday 10/30

October 29, 2012

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

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

Storm Updates

October 29, 2012

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

Schools Closed Mon. 10/29

October 29, 2012

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

Safety First in Storm Preparations

October 28, 2012

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

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

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

Remember safety first as you plan ahead with your family.

Sixth Grade Showcase CANCELLED 10/29

October 28, 2012

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

Sixth Grade Showcase Mon. October 29th!

October 22, 2012

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

Picture Day - November 1st!

October 22, 2012

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

Hats for Hackett Fundraiser Friday, Oct. 19!

October 17, 2012

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

Hackett's October Newsletter Now Available

October 17, 2012

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

Extended Day Opportunities at Hackett!

October 17, 2012

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

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

New School Supply Lists

July 9, 2012

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

2011-2012 School Year



HMS Summer Transition Camps!

July 8, 2012

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

We look forward to having fun with you this summer!

Upcoming Regents Dates

June 11, 2012

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

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

June 11, 2012

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


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

Minutes from PTA Meeting 5/2 Posted

May 22, 2012

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

Thousand Paper Cranes Art Installation!

May 21, 2012

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

Spring Concert Wednesday May 16th!

May 14, 2012

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

School Budget Vote May 15th!

May 14, 2012

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

Talent Show Friday May 18th!

May 11, 2012

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

'Beach Party' Teen Night Friday 5/11!

May 10, 2012

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

Applebee's Fundraiser CANCELLED March 31st

March 29, 2012

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

Spring 2012 After School Zone Packets Updated

March 29, 2012

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

Hackett Fundraiser at Applebee's March 31st!

March 15, 2012

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

New Extended Day Tutoring Program Started

March 15, 2012

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

Hackett's First Place Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to all of Hackett's Young Scientists!

March 15, 2012

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

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

The winners of the science fair are:

7th & 8th Grades:

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

6th Grade:

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

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

Congratulations to all of our student-scientist participants!

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

March 9, 2012

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

Hackett PTA: Attention 8th Grade Parents

March 9, 2012

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

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

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

Winter Recess February 20-24

February 17, 2012

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

WSHMS Students With Humane Society Representative

Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society Rep Visits Hackett

February 17, 2012

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

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

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

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

WSHMS Students and Staff with Author Sharon G Flake

Sharon G. Flake Visits Hackett!

February 17, 2012

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

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

February 17, 2012

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

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

Hackett Night at Pizzeria Uno on Feb. 16th

February 8, 2012

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

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

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

Emergency Preparedness PSA Open Casting Call

February 6, 2012

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

Teen Night on Friday, February 10th!

February 3, 2012

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

HMS Library Page Online

February 3, 2012

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

Black History Month Celebration Tuesday!

February 3, 2012

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

Second Quarter Honor Roll Reception RESCHEDULED

February 3, 2012

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

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

February 2, 2012

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

Spring 2012 After School Zone Packets Available

February 2, 2012

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

1st Quarter Honor Roll Reception to be held Nov. 30th

November 28, 2011

Please join us on Wednesday, November 30th at 8:30am to recognize the academic achievement of our students who made the Honor Roll for the first quarter of this school year. The ceremony will be held in our auditorium, and a reception will follow in the cafeteria. Families are encouraged to attend - we hope to see you there!

PHOTOS: Hackett's Veterans Day Flag Raising Ceremony

November 17, 2011

Before leading Albany's 56th annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, the City School District of Albany Marching Falcons performed at a flag-raising ceremony outside William S. Hackett Middle School. Check out these photos from the event!

Hackett Night with the Saints Dec. 22

November 17, 2011

The William S. Hackett Middle School PTA invites you to support the school and Siena College by attending the “Hackett Middle School Night with the Saints” at the Times Union Center on Thursday, Dec. 22.

Siena’s men’s basketball team will take on Princeton at 7 p.m. A Hackett student also will perform the national anthem before the game. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children, with $5 from the purchase of every adult ticket supporting the Hackett PTA. Tickets are on sale daily at the Hackett reception desk and also at several Hackett events in the coming weeks. Hackett is located at 45 Delaware Ave.

For more information see the Hackett Night with the Saints flyer or contact Linda McTague at 482-6240, 937-2955 or nunzmct -at- hotmail.com.

Annual Elks HOOP SHOOT Contest THIS SATURDAY, Nov. 19!

November 17, 2011

Are you good at basketball? Think you can make 25 free throws? On Saturday 11/19 at 9:00 am the 2011-2012 Elks HOOP SHOOT Contest will be held at TOAST in Lincoln Park. Children will be split into age groups of 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13 years and given 25 free throws each. The child that makes the most free throws in each age group will be declared the winner and will move on to the district competition to represent Albany Elks Lodge No. 49! If interested, see the 2011-2012 HOOP SHOOT Contest flyer for more information.

AHS Soles4Souls Campaign

November 17, 2011

Albany High School invites you to help those in need this holiday season by contributing a pair of new or gently used shoes to its student-led Soles4Souls campaign.

AHS Discovery Academy junior (and Hackett grad) Elide Pichardo has organized the shoe drive after being motivated to lead a community-service project by attending the HOBY New York East Youth Leadership Seminar last June. See the Albany High School Soles4Souls Campaign flyer for more information.

Donations will be accepted at the high school through Dec. 19. To find out more about how you can help, send a note to AlbanyHighShoeDrive@gmail.com.

Parent/Teacher Conference Day Nov. 23, 2011

November 16, 2011

You are cordially invited to attend the Hackett Middle School Parent/Teacher Conference to be held on Wednesday, November 23, 8:15-12:15. There will be no school for students on this day. Over the next week, core teachers from your child's team will be contacting you to set up your appointment time. Team teachers will utilize this time to discuss your child's current academic standing. If you do not receive a phone call prior to Friday, November 18, please contact our Guidance Office at 475-6486.

Albany Marching Falcons to Honor Veterans at Hackett Flag-Raising Ceremony

November 10, 2011

Before leading Albany's 56th annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, the City School District of Albany Marching Falcons will perform at a flag-raising ceremony outside William S. Hackett Middle School. The flag that will be raised was flown in the band's honor in Washington, D.C., when it performed at President Obama's first Memorial Day Parade in 2009.

Local Boy Scouts and veterans also will participate in the ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. Hackett Middle School is located at 45 Delaware Ave.

Following the ceremony, the band will lead the city's parade when it steps off from Central and Partridge at 11 a.m. The Marching Falcons also will perform at the VA Hospital on Holland Avenue at about 11:45 a.m.

"We are trying to bring home the importance of the Veterans Day holiday to our students," said band director Bryan Cady. "That it's not just a day off from school. There is a good reason for it and people who have sacrificed for our country attached to it."

The Marching Falcons feature district students in grades 4-12. In addition to numerous local and regional performances, and their appearance in the 2009 Memorial Day Parade in Washington, the band also marched in the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City (pictured at right).

Visit the Marching Falcons' website to learn more about the program and upcoming performances.

Our First TEEN NIGHT of the Year - THIS FRIDAY!

October 24th, 2011

Join us for Hackett's first Teen Night of the year THIS FRIDAY, October 28 from 6:00-8:30! Many teachers and students have been hard at work planning a fun-filled evening which will include a two-story Haunted House, swimming in the pool, a dance contest, video game room, bingo room, and craft room! Dodge ball will be in the gym, and a DJ will be in the foyer for dancing too! Come out, see friends, have a great time, and you will even have a chance to win a digital camera and an mp3 player!

Interested in volunteering to help out with this fun event? Contact our PTA at hackettpta@gmail.com with your name and the times you are available.

Hispanic Heritage Night Thursday, Oct. 13th!

October 3, 2011

Hackett Middle School will hosts its annual Hispanic Heritage Night on Thursday, October 13th from 6:00 to 8:00. The event this year features guest speaker Mr. Pedro Perez, retired First Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Police. The celebration will also feature a performance by Latin Jazz Band, Gabriel's Groove. Student projects will be on display and information from Supplemental Educational Services will also be available. The Hispanic Heritage Night will conclude with a potluck dinner to be held in the cafe and free Ben and Jerry's ice cream will be provided for all in attendance. A flyer for the Hispanic Heritage Night, and we hope to see everyone at the celebration!

¡Se invitan todos alumnos, familias, y nuestra comunidad!

6th Grade Summer Transition Camp at Hackett!

August 8, 2011

As part of the School Improvement Grant, Hackett Middle School will host its first annual Summer Transition Camp for all incoming 6th grade students! The Summer Transition Camp is a two-week program designed to assist students during their transition to the middle school. The Summer Transition Camp will be held each day from 8:30-11:30AM, August 15th thru August 26th.

Students participating in the Summer Camp will have opportunities to reinforce and enrich their ELA and Math skills, be provided with strategies to enhance study skills and note-taking abilities, as well as engage in various team-building activities designed to promote a safe and secure learning environment. Registration for the Summer Transition Camp will be held from 9:00 – 11:00AM on Wednesday, August 10th in the café at Hackett Middle School. To ensure a successful start to our Summer Transition program, it is integral that all parents wishing to have their 6th grade student participate in this program attend the registration. Information pertinent to the Summer Camp will be provided at this time.

School Improvement Grant Approved for Hackett

August 8, 2011

William S. Hackett Middle School has been awarded $1.4 million through a State Education Department School Improvement Grant for the 2011-2012 school year! Superintendent Raymond Colucciello explains: “The State Education Department has given us the resources that we knew we needed. Our vision to transform Albany High and Hackett is rigorous and well thought-out, and it addresses State Ed’s concerns at these schools and our vision for the future of secondary education in Albany’s public schools.” We're looking forward to the start of a new year and new opportunities for our students!

Our plan to raise achievement at Hackett includes:

  • Summer transition camps in 2012 for students who will enter in sixth or seventh grades (depending on their feeder elementary school).
  • More learning time through extended-day programs, apprenticeships, longer English classes and math seminars, among other strategies.
  • Provide more supports and training for teachers who work with students with disabilities and students for whom English is not a first language.
  • Support the expanded use of instructional technology.
  • Help get families and the community more involved in school activities.
  • A new position to oversee the improvement efforts. North Albany Academy Assistant Principal David Amodeo will fill that role.

For more information, you can read the official press release.

2011-2012 Transportation Application

August 2, 2011

If you would like to request transportation for the 2011-2012 school year, be sure to fill out a transportation application if you have not already done so. To allow us proper processing time, we are asking that all applications be in by August 19, 2011.

You may visit your child’s school to fill out an application. If you need to complete a change of address with Central Registration (located at 75 Watervliet Avenue, Albany) you can fill out a transportation application at the time of completing your change of address.

Not sure if you are eligible? See the Albany City School District’s transportation eligibility requirements.

School Supply Lists

July 26, 2011

Soon it will be time for back-to-school shopping, and it helps to have a plan! Our teachers have developed supply lists to ensure that your student will be fully prepared for their classes throughout the year. Take a look at our School Supply Lists before you hit the stores!

Mark Your Calendars! Orientation on August 25, 2011

July 1, 2011

Please join us on Thursday, August 25th, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm for our summer orientation event! Parents and students are welcome to tour the school, meet with teachers and administrators, and get ready to start the new year!

Hackett to Host The New England Winds on Nov. 2, 2011

June 30, 2011

Hackett Middle School will be hosting The New England Winds, the woodwind quintet of the Air Force Band of Liberty, for a day-long workshop and evening performance on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011.

This was made possible by the presence of information on the school district's web site - they read that the Walden Chamber Players had worked with us, and when after looking at the pictures of our school and auditorium decided that this would be a great place to bring the group! We're looking forward to another great musical experience for our students at Hackett!

Summer Reading List

June 25, 2011

Encouraging and supporting summer reading is an important part of the goals of the City School District of Albany’s English Language Arts team. It supports and builds on work during the previous school year and prepares students for success in the year ahead. Take a look at this year's summer reading list, see the District's summer reading directions, and have a GREAT summer!

NOTE: There are two problematic titles on the District's summer reading list for middle school students:

For students entering 7th grade: "Snakes, Snakes and More Snakes" by Robert Mason is not available at any of the libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System, including Albany Public Library, or on Amazon.com.

For students entering 8th grade: "Behind Rebel Lines: German Prisoner of War Camps in Minnesota" by Daniel S. Davis is not accurate and should be ignored.

2010-2011 School Year



Video: Albany Chamber Music Initiative with the Walden Chamber Players

June 18, 2011

A private grant has brought the world-renowned Walden Chamber Players to the City School District of Albany this year. The Boston-area group held residencies at Albany School of Humanities, William S. Hackett Middle School and Albany High School. See local news coverage from The Times Union, YNN, and CBS-6. Our own Hackett students performed with the Walden musicians at our Spring concert on May 18th and it was truly a great experience for all involved. See the video below to learn more about this collaboration.




Math Counts at Hackett!

February 15, 2011

Congratulations to Ms. Moffett and Hackett's new MATHCOUNTS team, made up of outstanding students Taofeek, Ian, Griffin, and Sergio, who competed at GE Global Research in Niskayuna on February 5th against 20 other teams! Hackett placed 12th out of 21 teams, which is a respectable first outing for a brand new team! Check out these posts from RPI's Triple Helix Program and Albany Area Math Circle Blog.

Hackett Middle School and Local Service Learning Projects Partner to Build a School in Ecuador

January 21, 2011

After reading a novel set in Ecuador and The Three Cups of Tea, an account of American, Greg Mortensen who builds schools in Pakistan and Afganistan, the students of Ms. Nickerson de Feliz's ESL classes transformed into the HMS ESL Service Learning Team to help the local Wishi Project. As a cohesive team, they chose to research, market and raise money and awareness for a project in Albany helping an indigenous community, the Wishi, in Ecuador building the first school in the village for their children. Working with our community partner, Elizabeth Gray, the founder of this project, the students made morning announcements, posters, and flyers which they distributed around the neighborhood and to nine schools in the District. Twenty percent of the guests at November's Wishi Project fundraiser at the Albany Art Room attended because they had heard about this event from the HMS ESL Service Learning Team's marketing work.

Inspired by this event the students decided to hold their own event they called The Wishi Room for which they transformed our classroom into a rainforest village experience. To prepare for this December awareness-raiser, the students' academically rigorous work included conducting a phone interview with the current teacher of the Wishi children using his cell phone in rainforest! The students used information they learned from the interview to create a video and informational posters about the Wishi that were presented at The Wishi Room. Students made all of the arrangements for this event from asking our principal, Mr. Paolino, for permission to requesting a donation from a local supermarket for food. The classroom was decorated to look like the rainforest with greenery hanging from the ceiling and log seats like the Wishi children currently used for their classroom hut.

The students asked for help from Ms. Gray to include indigenous style face-painting and crown weaving for The Wishi Room. This event was attended by about 75 students, teachers, parents, administrators, a documentary crew, and a newspaper photographer. The team directly and indirectly raised over $500 toward the $20,000 Wishi Project goal. They collected money at The Wishi Room, during a HMS Teen Night, and from teachers who paid $1 to wear Jeans on Friday. One student shared, "It was interesting work because it was fun to help the Wishi. They do not have a school and we want them to be educated." The students developed a feeling of belonging to both their local and global community.

Our event, in turn, inspired a group of 6th grade students from HMS to begin their own work fundraising for the Wishi's school and they raised over $100 dollars during the lunch periods before the December break. This money is being used by the Wishi Project whose construction team is in Ecuador building the school from January to April 2011. A rough cut of a documentary about the process of community collaboration on this project can be viewed at www.wishi.org.

6th Grade Students Win "Champions of Character" Contest

February 18, 2011

Sixth grade teacher Mrs. Knudsen recently had her students enter a writing contest called "Champions of Character." The contest, sponsored by the University at Albany women’s basketball team, required participating students from area schools to write a 1-2 page essay on the importance of sportsmanship and good character. Two prizes were awarded for each grade level K-8.

Two of our sixth grade students, David Powell and Patrick Natera, won the contest! They won 5 tickets to see the women's game on February 20, and a pre-game pizza party with the spirit squad, the basketball team, and the coaches. They will also be recognized at halftime on the court for their efforts. Also, all of the students who participated were awarded 3 tickets to attend the game.

Next Teen Night: January 21st!

January 18, 2011

Our next teen night is hosted by the eigth grade teams and is scheduled for Friday, January 21st, from 6pm - 8:30pm. The cost is only $Y, and all proceeds support activities for our students. Hope you'll come join us for a fun night of music, dancing, games, and more!

YNN: Middle School Students Participate in MLK Celebration

January 18,2011

See YNN's coverage of Albany's Martin Luther King, Jr. and Labor Celebration that was hosted at Hackett!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 17, 2011

January 1, 2011

The 13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. and Labor Celebration "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Fighting for the Dignity of Labor" will be held from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Hackett! The event is free and open to the public.

Applebee's Pancake Breakfast

January 1, 2011

Our Hackett PTA is hosting a pancake breakfast at Applebee's in Glenmont on Saturday, January 15, 2011, from 8 to 10am. Tickets are only $5, which includes pancakes, bacon, a beverage of your choice, and of course great company. Hope to see you there!

Hackett Hawks Compete in FIRST Lego League Tournament at RPI

January 1, 2011

Congratulations to Mr. McNally and Hackett's FIRST Lego League team on a strong showing at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, December 11th! The young team, which has not competed in an FLL tournament before, worked tirelessly for weeks before the competition to design, build, and program a Lego Mindstorms NXT robot to complete a set of missions, as well as to develop a research project and presentation! Team members Izzy, Kassi, Max, Elliott, Ben, and Griffin did a phenomenal job and were awarded the trophy for robot design while taking 4th place overall. Go Hawks!