William S. Hackett Middle School
45 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY 12202 (click
here for directions)
Phone: (518) 475-6475
Fax: (518) 475-6477
Michael Paolino, Principal
Judith Collins, Assistant Principal
Lawrence Moultrie, Assistant Principal
Hackett to dismiss early on Jan. 16
The City School District of
Albany's three middle schools will dismiss early on
Wednesday, Jan. 16 so that staff may attend
professional development training.
Students at Edmund J. O'Neal
Middle School of Excellence, Stephen and Harriet
Myers Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle
School will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. CDTA buses will be
available to transport students home at that time,
and all after-school activities will be canceled.
Families should make arrangements so that students
can enter their homes earlier than usual on Jan. 16.
Please note that modified
athletics will take place Jan. 16. At dismissal,
student-athletes should report to the school
library, where they will be supervised by staff
until the regular start time for their practice or
provides an important opportunity for staff in
schools to come together and learn about the best
ways to serve students.
Click here to see a letter about the early dismissal
from Principal Michael Paolino.
Family Engagment Survey
As the City School District of Albany continues to work through the
Diagnostic Tool for School District Evaluation (DTSDE) Review that the
State Education Department requires of our schools, we would welcome
your input as an important part of that work. Our family/school
relationships and partnerships are central to your students’ success.
Please participate in The
Family Engagement Survey. Our school has its
own survey with questions that are unique to our school
community, along with questions that focus more broadly
on district-wide matters.
Each school has its own password for the online
The survey will take about 10 minutes
to complete and will be open through Jan. 18. Paper
copies of the survey also are available at school. We
look forward to your feedback!
-- 7:25 a.m. for breakfast ; 7:30 a.m. for
students not having breakfast
-- 7:40 a.m.; enter through rear entrance
Main entrance opens --
School day begins
-- 8 a.m.
School day ends --
clubs and sports programs end -- 4
p.m. or 5
p.m., depending on the program (some athletic
activities may end later than 5 p.m.)
- Monday, Jan. 21
-- No school, Martin Luther King Jr.
- Friday, Feb. 1
-- Second quarter ends
- Wednesday, Feb. 6
- Parent University,
- PTA meeting,
- Friday, Feb. 8
-- Valentine's Teen Night, 6-8:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 12
-- Black History Month Celebration,
- Wednesday, Feb. 13
-- Honor Roll Ceremony, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
- Monday, Feb.
18-Friday, Feb. 22 -- No school,
- Tuesday, Feb. 26
-- Science Fair, 3:15-5:30
2018-19 news and
Goldstein wins school bee -- After surviving 18
rounds of words – including stumpers like
“tergiversation” and “balustrade” –
eighth-grader Hannah Goldstein on Dec. 14 won
the William S. Hackett Middle School spelling
bee. One of 24 of Hackett’s top spellers
competing for the school title, Goldstein faced
tough competition in the last two rounds from
Madge Penna (who correctly spelled
Click here to see a Facebook photo album
from the spelling bee. (You
don't need a Facebook account to view the
pictures. A window may display the text, “To see
more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log
in or create an account,” but you can dismiss
the message by clicking “not now.”)
chills with therapy dog -- William S.
Hackett Middle School choral students rehearsing on Dec. 7 for their winter
concert next week showed no signs of the jitters, thanks in part to the
presence of one Stella Louise McWrinkleson. Stella, a 2-year old bloodhound, is a
certified therapy dog belonging to Hackett and music teacher Frances
Sixth-graders to see
schedule change -- Starting Nov. 13,
sixth-grade students will see a change in their
schedules. The change involves the
Computer-Assisted Instruction Class currently
offered each day.
Click here for more information from
Principal Michael Paolino.
- Students return the favor to students and
Check out a Facebook photo album from the
morning. You don't need a Facebook account
to view the pictures: A window may display the
text "To see more from Albany City Schools on
Facebook, log in or create an account," but you
can dismiss it by clicking "not now."
Curriculum guide for middle school
As we start
the 2018-19 school year, check out the City School
District of Albany’s new middle-school curriculum
guide. It’s a comprehensive overview of what
students and families can expect in each grade at
Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence,
Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William
S. Hackett Middle School.
has aligned its curriculum and course offerings at
all three schools this year. If you were not able to
attend the recent orientation programs at each
middle school, you can
download a guide here or pick one up from your
child’s guidance counselor at school.
If you have
any questions about the middle-school curriculum or
experience, please contact your building principal.
You also can contact Assistant Superintendent for
Secondary Instruction Lori McKenna at (518) 475-6012
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 7-9. The school became a
middle school in 1974 with grades 7-8, and grade
6 was added in 2000.
Hackett was extensively
renovated starting in 2005.
The building reopened in
September 2008. In addition to a restoration of the
building's exterior, ceramic tiles and windows in the school’s
magnificent foyer were restored to their
original glory, and every floor and wing was
overhauled and updated with state-of-the-art
Absence from school
If your child is absent from school for any reason, call
the school nurse at (518) 475-6475 during the morning and
provide a written excuse when your child returns to
School District of Albany uses a
feeder enrollment model for students at
William S. Hackett Middle School,
Edmund J. O'Neal
Middle School of Excellence and
Harriet Myers Middle School.
who move up from the following elementary schools
Hackett Middle School for the 2018-19 school year:
Delaware Community School
Eagle Point Elementary School
Scotland Elementary School
Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology