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Hackett Middle School

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William S. Hackett Middle School

Grades 6-8


45 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY 12202 (click here for directions)

Phone: 475-6475

Fax: 475-6477

Web site: http://hackett.albany.k12.ny.us


Principal: Michael Paolino

E-mail: mpaolino@albany.k12.ny.us

Assistant Principal: Judith Collins

E-mail: jcollins@albany.k12.ny.us

Assistant Principal: TBD

E-mail: TBD


Superintendent hosts 'receivership' public hearing

William S. Hackett Middle School will be affected by the new state “receivership” law designed to improve student performance. The law applies to 144 New York schools that the state has identified as “struggling” or “persistently struggling,” including Hackett, Albany High School and Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy in the City School District of Albany.


Hackett has been designated as “persistently struggling.” Schools on this list have a year to show progress, beginning with the 2015-16 school year. Hackett was identified because its overall student performance on state tests that measure English and math skills significantly lagged behind other schools in the state for more than 10 years.


On Aug. 12, Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., conducted a public hearing at Hackett to discuss in greater detail how the state determined that Hackett is a “persistently struggling” school and what receivership means for the school’s future. The meeting will be held in the auditorium (please note that the meeting location has been changed to the auditorium). Click here to download the superintendent's presentation.


The law designates that, as the superintendent, Dr. Vanden Wyngaard initially will be the receiver for Hackett. She will work with Principal Michael Paolino and the Hackett community to meet and exceed expectations and best practices outlined in the new law. Opportunities include:

  • Becoming a community school providing additional student and family services

  • Extending the school day or year

  • Changes to curriculum

  • Re-staffing

Hackett will continue to bolster after-school programs and extended-day learning opportunities. In addition, the school has created a Community Engagement Team – also required by the new law – that will develop recommendations for improvement of the school and solicit community feedback. If the school does not show sufficient improvement in one year, the state will require our Board of Education to appoint a state-approved outside receiver, removing our ability to control future decisions about Hackett.


We continue to work closely with the State Education Department and provide updates as we receive additional information from the state and move forward.


About Hackett Middle School

Built in 1926 and named after Albany’s 67th mayor, William S. Hackett Junior High School was one of the first junior high schools in the United States that served grades 7 through 9. The school became a middle school in 1974 with grades 7 and 8, and grade 6 was added in 2000. Hackett was extensively renovated starting in 2005.


The building reopened in September 2008, after the school’s outside was restored. Ceramic tiles and windows in the school’s magnificent foyer all were restored to their original glory, and every floor and wing was overhauled and updated with state-of-the-art technology.


Check out a Photo Gallery highlighting many features of the spectacular facility.


School times

  • Building opens -- 7:30 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins -- 7:30 a.m.

  • School day begins -- 7:55 a.m.

  • School day ends:

  • Monday-Thursday-- 3:20 p.m.

  • Friday (students only) -- 2:36 p.m.

  • After-school clubs and sports programs end -- 4 or 5 p.m., depending on the program

School supplies lists for 2015-16

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8 -- First day of school for 2015-16 school year

  • Friday, Sept. 11 -- Fun Day and PTA Barbecue, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Sept. 14 -- No school, Rosh Hashana.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16 -- Parent University meeting, 5:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16 -- PTA meeting, 7 p.m.

  • Saturday, Sept. 19 -- Homecoming parade, Albany High School, noon.

  • Saturday, Sept. 19 -- Homecoming football game vs. Ballston Spa, Bleecker Stadium, 1 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 -- No school, Yom Kippur.

  • Sunday, Sept. 27 -- Falcon 5K and Fun Run, Washington Park (Details)

    • Same-day registration/packet pickup, 8 a.m.

    • 5K Run, 9:30 a.m.

    • Fun Run, 10:30 a.m.

News and information

  • Click here to visit the City School District of Albany Photo Gallery.

Absence from school
If your child is absent from school for any reason, call the school nurse at 475-6475 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.


Middle-school enrollment

The City School District of Albany uses a feeder enrollment model for middle school students. Students from designated elementary schools are assigned to either William S. Hackett Middle School or Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. Each school has about 650 students. Students in the elementary program at North Albany Academy continue on in that school's middle-level program, which serves about 150 students in grades 6-8. For the 2015-16 school year, students from the closed Brighter Choice charter middle schools in grades 6-8 will attend the district's new West Hill Middle School.


Students who graduate from the following elementary schools attend Hackett Middle School:

  • Arbor Hill Elementary School

  • Delaware Community School

  • Eagle Point Elementary School

  • New Scotland Elementary School

  • Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)

Visit the Middle School Enrollment section for more information.



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