Hackett PTA Archive

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A few things for the start of the year:

August 24, 2012

Friday, Sept 7 is the annual student barbeque at Hackett. Volunteers are needed to help serve students between 11 and 2. If you can help please respond to this email.

If you haven't already, please sign up for Price Chopper's Tools for Schools Program. You can go to www.pricechopper.com to enter your Advantage Card #. Our school code is 15912. When you sign up and shop at Price Chopper with your Advantage Card, Hackett earns points that can be turned in for FREE educational tools. Please encourage family, friends and neighbors to sign up too. You can also email us your card # and we will sign you up!!

The PTA officers this year are Jessica Patnaude and Beth Joslin , Co-Presidents; Will Thomas, Treasurer; and Lisa House, Secretary. We are looking forward to a great year and look forward to working with you all.

May 2 PTA Meeting Minutes

May 22, 2012

Here are the minutes from our May 2, 2012 meeting.

Staff Appreciation Breakfast May 18th

May 14, 2012

This year’s Staff Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Friday, May 18th. This is our way of showing appreciation to the teachers and building staff of Hackett Middle School. If you’ve been involved with this event in the past, you know what a nice occasion it is and how much the teachers and staff truly appreciate and enjoy it. If you’ve missed out other years, here’s your chance to be part of it. Of course we need help and there are several ways to do so.

  • Donate an item for the breakfast. Still needed are Bagels and cream cheese, baked goods ( muffins, coffee cake, Danish, donuts, etc), cranberry juice (2 – 64 oz bottles), fruit platter. Items can be dropped off at school on Thursday May 17 or by 7:30 Friday, May 18th.
  • Help with set up at 7am on Friday, May 18
  • Volunteer to pick up coffee or other items needed morning of breakfast to deliver to school by 7:15.

If you are able to donate or help with the breakfast please contact Beth Joslin at joslins [at] earthlink [dot] net or call 438-5909 as soon as possible.

April 4 PTA Meeting Minutes

May 14, 2012

Here are the minutes from our April 4, 2012 meeting.

AHS Academy Lottery Applications due MONDAY

November 19. 2011

Applications for the Albany High School academy lottery - where students list their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th choices of academies are due Monday, Nov 21. The lottery determines which Academy at Albany High School students will be assigned to next year. Applications must be signed by a parent or guardian. They can be turned in to the Hackett Guidance office. You can reach the Hackett Guidance Office at 475-6486.

Application in English

Application in Spanish

More info about the academies

Chaperones Needed for TEEN NIGHT Oct. 28th!

October 24, 2011

Hackett's first Teen Night of the year will be Friday, October 28 from 6:00-8:30. The teachers have done a great job planning the evening. There will be a two-story Haunted House, the pool, dance contest, video game room, bingo room, and a craft room. Dodge ball in the gym and dancing in the foyer too. Two big prizes, a digital camera and a mp3 player will be given away.

Now all we need is some more chaperones to keep things moving smoothly. Even if you can only volunteer for part of the time, it will be much appreciated. If you can volunteer, please reply to this message with your name and the times you are available to volunteer. I will pass everything on to Ms. House, 6th grade ELA teacher extraordinaire, and she will give match you with a job.

Thanks to all of you who have been passing info on to others who are not on this list. You've been great about that! We're thinking of other ways to disseminate information besides using the Internet or passing out flyers - which usually end up crumpled in the bottom of lockers - to students. If anyone has any ideas, pass them on.

Transportation Update

July 17, 2011

I recently spoke with several CDTA staff members about the restructuring of the city bus routes. Here's what I know so far:


  • When school starts, the buses WILL BE ON THE SAME ROUTES AS LAST YEAR. The date for implementing the changes has not yet been determined.

  • Under the proposed changes, the #18 bus will be the only bus that stops in front of Hackett on its normal route. CDTA and the School District are still discussing whether there will be special Tripper buses on the other routes that will stop directly in front of Hackett.
  • Once the proposed routes are implemented, it is likely that the Hackett Community will be served by the following regular routes (again, Tripper routes are still under discussion):

    • #18 - Delaware Ave Community
    • #13 - New Scotland Ave Community - closest new regular stop will be at Madison and Lark. Could transfer to #18 there, but a short walk to Hackett.
    • #10 - Western Ave (Eagle Point) Community - Closest regular stop is Washington and Lark, with transfer to #18 available there.
    • #114 - Washington Ave (Eagle Point) Community - closest regular stop is Madison & Lark. Could transfer to #18 there, but short walk to Hackett.
    • #28 & 137 - Northern Blvd (Arbor Hill) Community - closest regular stop is Washington and Lark, with transfer to #18 available there.
    • #100 - A loop route that stops at Holland/Morton & Delaware Aves. This route will serve portions of the Arbor Hill & New Scotland communities.
    • The far reaches of the Eagle Point community - Washington Ave beyond Crossgates Commons - are still not served by regular CDTA buses under this new plan. If you live in that neighborhood, I urge you to call the District Transportation office (475-6170) ASAP and ask what your child should do. If you do not get a concrete answer, please let me know. We have had mixups and lack of transportation in this neighborhood in the past, and I would like families to get any issues resolved before school starts.
    • If you live in a neighborhood other than those mentioned above, your best bet is to call CDTA (482-8822) and ask what route your child should take. I have found the staff to be very helpful during this transition time.

  • The proposed routes have not yet been finalized, CDTA will be accepting public comment on these routes until at least Thursday, July 21, 2011. If you have comments about the proposed route changes or possible Tripper routes, I urge you to send your comments to CDTA through the web site (http://www.cdta.org/news_detail.php?id=129); by email (cdta@cdta.org) or by fax (518-437-8349). You can also drop comments off at the CDTA offices at 110 Watervliet Ave, near both Central Ave and Everett Rd, and very close the the District's new Central Registration building.

  • At any point - either now, under the current routes, or later this fall, under the new routes - you can ask CDTA for a "travel trainer" who will help you and your child figure out the best route and actually ride with your child on a practice run. If you are interested in this, I encourage you to make your appointment well before school starts since they get a fair number of requests the week before and the week after school starts. For more info see http://www.cdta.org/rider_guide_trainers.php

  • CDTA plans to have representatives available at the Hackett Open House on August 25.

  • If your child has a Hackett CDTA pass (students living more than 1.5 miles from the school are eligible, but parents must fill out the appropriate paperwork), he or she may use it at any time on regular school days. It can be used in the evening and night, as long as it is a school day.

  • Well, that's a lot of information, but I understand a lot of parents are anxious about the changes. If you attempt to contact CDTA or the District with transportation questions and don't get an answer, please let us know by sending a message to this email address.


Susan D'Entremont
PTA President

Hackett E-Mail List

July 8, 2011

It is the time of year to do some PTA housekeeping. All are welcome on this email list. However, if your child is moving on to the high school, and you would rather not be overwhelmed with Hackett emails, please send a message to hackettpta@gmail.com and we will remove you from the list.

Also, if you know anyone whose child will be entering Hackett in the fall, please tell them about this list. This spring I sent messages to all our feeder schools asking them to encourage new Hackett parents to email us with their contact information, but so far I have received only a handful of responses. I would really like to get families on here as soon as possible because a lot of information goes out right before and right after school starts. Anyone who wants to be added just needs to send their name and email address to hackettpta@gmail.com Their child's name and elementary school would also be helpful, but not required.

Happy Summer!
Susan D'Entremont
PTA President

Donations & Help Needed for 8th Grade Moving Up

June 20, 2011

It's time for the last event of the school year!

The 8th Grade Moving Up ceremony is on Friday at 9:00 am in the Hackett Auditorium, followed by a brief reception. The entire event should be over by 11 am.

The main thing we need are paper plates. We could also use a few more donations of things like cookies, brownies and donut holes. (We have plenty of chips and pretzels left over from the dance.) If you can bring any of these things, please respond to this email. You can drop things off in the main office on Thursday or just bring them to the Moving Up ceremony.

We could also use a couple of 6th or 7th grade parents to help set up and serve refreshments. If you can do this, you do not need to arrive until 9:15 or 9:30.

Happy Summer!
Susan D'Entremont
PTA President

Summer Reading Assignments

June 15, 2011

The District has posted summer reading assignments for all grades on their web site at:

Middle Schoolers have several non-fiction titles to choose from. Students are asked to keep a journal about the text they read. They will be required to write a modified critical lens essay (I think the kids know what that is, but I sure don't) on the book when they return to school in the fall.

PS to current 6th grade parents - I have read "At Her Majesty's Request," which is on the rising 7th grade list. It is both very short and a fascinating story supported with primary sources in the text. If your child is fazed by fat books, this might be a good choice.

Susan D'Entremont
PTA President

Parent Info Mtg on Academic Success at Hackett Tonight!

June 14, 2011

Tonight - 6:00 pm- Hackett Cafeteria!

This notice was supposed to go home with students, but my child, for one, never brought it home. I am forwarding it to you all in the off chance that your child doesn't give you information either.

Please join us tonight 6:00-7:00 pm in the Hackett Cafeteria for an informational meeting with the Center for Secondary School ReDesign to learn about strategies Hackett can take to ensure academic success for all students.

The cafeteria is in the sub-basement. Enter by the door adjacent to the parking lot behind the school. The Cafeteria is immediately to your right when you enter.

Hope to see you there!
Susan D'Entremont
PTA President

Help for Hackett Family

March 11, 2011

A Hackett student's family recently experienced a house fire, and lost many possessions. We are collecting money to purchase needed items/gift cards for this family. If you would like to donate, please send cash or a check made out to Hackett PTA to school in an envelope marked Hackett PTA. Also, please send an email message that you have done so, so we know to look for it in the PTA mailbox.

Thank you,
Susan D'Entremont
PTA President

PTA Update

March 8, 2011

Sorry for the late follow-up from last week's PTA meeting. It has been like an infirmary at my house. I hope you and yours are keeping well.

The news:

1. There is no school for middle and high schoolers this Friday, March 11. Elementary school will be dismissed early. This is a change from the original District calendar.

2. If you missed last week's meeting, you missed a fabulous sneak preview of Hackett's new web site. Mr. McNally has put a lot of time and effort into creating a clean, crisp, useful and dynamic site that should go live on July 1. Now is the time to let him know about any information you would like to see on the site to make it useful to you as a parent. He has already thought of many things - teacher contact info, forms, event calendar, guidance info, dress code, after school activities, to name a few - but is looking for any ideas he may not have thought of. Send your ideas to him at: tmcnally@albany.k12.ny.us

3. Traffic flow has been adjusted in the TOAST/Hackett area to make it safer for students. Of special note, Lincoln Park Rd (the street in front of TOAST between Delaware Ave and MLK Blvd) is now ONE-WAY. This area will be monitored closely in the next few weeks, and tickets WILL be issued to those breaking the new rules. Big thanks to Officer Hughes for helping to implement these positive changes.

4. In preparation for the state exams, math teachers will be providing free math tutoring to any interested Hackett students on the first Saturdays of March, April and May in the Hackett cafeteria from 9:00-11:00 am. Snacks will be provided and parents are welcome to attend. Huge thanks to the math teachers, who are doing this on their own time.

5. Because of Hackett's ELA scores, the school will be going through a Joint Intervention Team (JIT) review in late March. This is similar to the process the High School recently underwent. After the review is done, Hackett will be eligible to apply for $6 million in grants over 3 years. However the turnaround time between the review and the grant application is EXTREMELY tight, so a committee has already been formed to anticipate what the review will recommend and to begin thinking of interventions and strategies that could be rolled into a grant. Any and all parents are invited to these committee meetings to provide input. The next meeting is Thursday, March 10, 3:15-4:45 and the following one will be Monday, March 14, 3:15-4:45. Contact Mr. Paolino for more information.

6. Next Teen Night is scheduled for March 18, 2011.

Stay Well!

Susan D'Entremont
Hackett PTA President

PTA Update

February 20, 2011

First of all, a big thank you to the Hackett faculty, staff, students & parents for helping the Honor Roll ceremony go so smoothly. I know a morning ceremony takes more effort than an afternoon one, especially for the teachers that have to make arrangments for both students at the reception and those remaining behind in the classrooms. I also realize that many parents are unable to attend in the morning. However, the morning ceremony allows us to recognize all the students who earned honor roll, and we appreciate your flexibility so we can best serve our students.

Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 pm in the Hackett School Library. If you have anything you would like added to the agenda, please send it to me by February 28.

Thanks,

Susan D'Entremont
Hackett PTA President

PTA Update

January 13, 2011

To all Hackett families,

Many of you are aware that Albany High School is restructuring into four smaller learning communities starting with the 2011-2012 school year. The new academies will offer the same core classes in English, math, science and social studies. Electives will be grouped according to each academy's unique theme. All students in grades 8-11 will need to submit a lottery application no later than Monday, Jan. 31 in order to enroll in one of the academies.

The changes resulting from this restructuring ultimately will affect all middle school students and courses at all levels -- Honors, AP and Regents alike. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend one of the community forums to become informed about these changes and ask questions as needed. Hackett Middle School will host the last forum, to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 25th from 6-7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The complete listing of the other three community forums can be found on the District's website: www.albanyschools.org.

Click on the links below for more information on the restructuring.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Elaine Dimase

Donations & Help Needed for 8th Grade Moving Up

June 20, 2011

It's time for the last event of the school year!

The 8th Grade Moving Up ceremony is on Friday at 9:00 am in the Hackett Auditorium, followed by a brief reception. The entire event should be over by 11 am.

The main thing we need are paper plates. We could also use a few more donations of things like cookies, brownies and donut holes. (We have plenty of chips and pretzels left over from the dance.) If you can bring any of these things, please respond to this email. You can drop things off in the main office on Thursday or just bring them to the Moving Up ceremony.

We could also use a couple of 6th or 7th grade parents to help set up and serve refreshments. If you can do this, you do not need to arrive until 9:15 or 9:30.

Happy Summer!
Susan D'Entremont
PTA President

Summer Reading Assignments

June 15, 2011

The District has posted summer reading assignments for all grades on their web site at:

Middle Schoolers have several non-fiction titles to choose from. Students are asked to keep a journal about the text they read. They will be required to write a modified critical lens essay (I think the kids know what that is, but I sure don't) on the book when they return to school in the fall.

PS to current 6th grade parents - I have read "At Her Majesty's Request," which is on the rising 7th grade list. It is both very short and a fascinating story supported with primary sources in the text. If your child is fazed by fat books, this might be a good choice.

Susan D'Entremont
PTA President

Parent Info Mtg on Academic Success at Hackett Tonight!

June 14, 2011

Tonight - 6:00 pm- Hackett Cafeteria!

This notice was supposed to go home with students, but my child, for one, never brought it home. I am forwarding it to you all in the off chance that your child doesn't give you information either.

Please join us tonight 6:00-7:00 pm in the Hackett Cafeteria for an informational meeting with the Center for Secondary School ReDesign to learn about strategies Hackett can take to ensure academic success for all students.

The cafeteria is in the sub-basement. Enter by the door adjacent to the parking lot behind the school. The Cafeteria is immediately to your right when you enter.

Hope to see you there!
Susan D'Entremont
PTA President

Help for Hackett Family

March 11, 2011

A Hackett student's family recently experienced a house fire, and lost many possessions. We are collecting money to purchase needed items/gift cards for this family. If you would like to donate, please send cash or a check made out to Hackett PTA to school in an envelope marked Hackett PTA. Also, please send an email message that you have done so, so we know to look for it in the PTA mailbox.

Thank you,
Susan D'Entremont
PTA President

PTA Update

March 8, 2011

Sorry for the late follow-up from last week's PTA meeting. It has been like an infirmary at my house. I hope you and yours are keeping well.

The news:

1. There is no school for middle and high schoolers this Friday, March 11. Elementary school will be dismissed early. This is a change from the original District calendar.

2. If you missed last week's meeting, you missed a fabulous sneak preview of Hackett's new web site. Mr. McNally has put a lot of time and effort into creating a clean, crisp, useful and dynamic site that should go live on July 1. Now is the time to let him know about any information you would like to see on the site to make it useful to you as a parent. He has already thought of many things - teacher contact info, forms, event calendar, guidance info, dress code, after school activities, to name a few - but is looking for any ideas he may not have thought of. Send your ideas to him at: tmcnally@albany.k12.ny.us

3. Traffic flow has been adjusted in the TOAST/Hackett area to make it safer for students. Of special note, Lincoln Park Rd (the street in front of TOAST between Delaware Ave and MLK Blvd) is now ONE-WAY. This area will be monitored closely in the next few weeks, and tickets WILL be issued to those breaking the new rules. Big thanks to Officer Hughes for helping to implement these positive changes.

4. In preparation for the state exams, math teachers will be providing free math tutoring to any interested Hackett students on the first Saturdays of March, April and May in the Hackett cafeteria from 9:00-11:00 am. Snacks will be provided and parents are welcome to attend. Huge thanks to the math teachers, who are doing this on their own time.

5. Because of Hackett's ELA scores, the school will be going through a Joint Intervention Team (JIT) review in late March. This is similar to the process the High School recently underwent. After the review is done, Hackett will be eligible to apply for $6 million in grants over 3 years. However the turnaround time between the review and the grant application is EXTREMELY tight, so a committee has already been formed to anticipate what the review will recommend and to begin thinking of interventions and strategies that could be rolled into a grant. Any and all parents are invited to these committee meetings to provide input. The next meeting is Thursday, March 10, 3:15-4:45 and the following one will be Monday, March 14, 3:15-4:45. Contact Mr. Paolino for more information.

6. Next Teen Night is scheduled for March 18, 2011.

Stay Well!

Susan D'Entremont
Hackett PTA President

PTA Update

February 20, 2011

First of all, a big thank you to the Hackett faculty, staff, students & parents for helping the Honor Roll ceremony go so smoothly. I know a morning ceremony takes more effort than an afternoon one, especially for the teachers that have to make arrangments for both students at the reception and those remaining behind in the classrooms. I also realize that many parents are unable to attend in the morning. However, the morning ceremony allows us to recognize all the students who earned honor roll, and we appreciate your flexibility so we can best serve our students.

Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 pm in the Hackett School Library. If you have anything you would like added to the agenda, please send it to me by February 28.

Thanks,

Susan D'Entremont
Hackett PTA President

PTA Update

January 13, 2011

To all Hackett families,

Many of you are aware that Albany High School is restructuring into four smaller learning communities starting with the 2011-2012 school year. The new academies will offer the same core classes in English, math, science and social studies. Electives will be grouped according to each academy's unique theme. All students in grades 8-11 will need to submit a lottery application no later than Monday, Jan. 31 in order to enroll in one of the academies.

The changes resulting from this restructuring ultimately will affect all middle school students and courses at all levels -- Honors, AP and Regents alike. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend one of the community forums to become informed about these changes and ask questions as needed. Hackett Middle School will host the last forum, to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 25th from 6-7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The complete listing of the other three community forums can be found on the District's website: www.albanyschools.org.

Click on the links below for more information on the restructuring.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Elaine Dimase