Day of Silence Brings Awareness of the LGBTQ Community

Last Friday, Northwood School participated in a Day of Silence to bring awareness to the LGBTQ community. This is an annual event nationwide and was organized at Northwood by Addie Castillo ‘21 and Ben DeGirolamo ‘21 as part of a class in Mrs. Carmichael’s ninth grade English class.   [Read more…]

Changes to Spring Dress Code Leave Some Seniors Frustrated

At school meeting this past Monday the Dean of Students, Mr. Gino Riffle, announced changes to the dress code for the remainder of the spring. These changes are annually requested by the Headmaster’s Council, a board of senior student advisers to Headmaster Mr. Michael Maher. [Read more…]

Smith Earns Highest Honor in Girl Scouts

Over this past break, Chelsea Smith ‘19 was awarded the Girl Scout Gold Recognition. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement Girl Scouts can achieve. By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Chelsea Smith has become recognized as a community leader. [Read more…]

Cum Laude Society Inducts 7 New Members

clslogo-aboutMonday during school meeting, Northwood School’s Chapter of the Cum Laude Society welcomed new members for the 2017-2018 school year. The Cum Laude Society is Northwood’s highest academic honor. According the Cum Laude Society website, the presence of a Cum Laude chapter at a secondary school is an indication that superior scholastic achievement is honored. Only the top 10% of Northwood’s highest achieving students earn a spot in the Society. [Read more…]

Girls Hockey Goes 3 and 2 at States, Sets Program Record


Ashley Davis ’18 in goal in action earlier this season at the Olympic Center.

Earlier in March, the Girls’ Hockey Team traveled to Buffalo, NY to compete in the annual U19 State Tournament. Despite not qualifying for Nationals, the Huskies finished the weekend strong and collected enough wins to beat the program record.

The first game of the weekend featured a rematch against state rivals, Selects Academy. The game started off flat as the Huskies were given a bench minor penalty before the game started causing the girls to be down a man from the first puck drop. The offensive play continued to be heavily in Selects favor as they controlled the puck for a majority of the game. Going into the second, the game remained tied 0-0 but midway through the period Selects was able to capitalize off a second rebound on the penalty kill to take the 0-1 lead. The Northwood defense held strong the the remainder of the game yet the Huskies were unable to get an offensive edge, ultimately dropping the game 0-1. Ashley Davis (Goalie, 2017 PG) stopped 39 of 40 shots in the loss.

Later that day the Huskies faced off against the Syracuse Nationals in another emotional rematch. The girls struggled at first to outmatch the Nationals, and the first period ended tied 0-0. After gathering at intermission, the Huskies were able to come out full force, scoring 4 goals in just 10 minutes. Hannah Rose (Defense, 2018), Moe Tsukimoto (Forward, 2018), Sierra Benjamin (Defense, 2018), and Hadley Swedlund (Forward, 2020) all added a goal apiece in that short time. As emotions began to rise, the Huskies struggled to stay out off the penalty box, giving the Nationals multiple 5 on 3 opportunities. The Northwood defense held strong, preserving their 4-0 lead into the third period. In the third, the Huskies were unable to maintain control over the tension and more penalties were assessed as the game went on. The Nationals were able to capitalize on two 5 on 3s and a power play to bring the score to 4-3. Fortunately time expired and the Huskies pulled off a 4-3 win. Davis posted the win in net.

The following morning the girls were set to face off against the Rochester Monarchs for their third game of the tournament. This game was all Northwood. Tsukimoto scored on her first shift and the Huskies didn’t look back. Miranda Bookman (Forward, 2020) added one and Tsukimoto added her second of the game before the finish of the first taking the lead 3-0. Nikki Kendrick (Forward, 2018) added a goal in the beginning of the period to push the lead to 4-0, but the Huskies again struggled to stay out of the box and the feisty Monarch team was able to claw back making the game 4-1. Sierra Benjamin (Defense 2018), Aimee Headland (Forward, 2019), Madison Novotny (Defense, 2021), and Kendall Dubin (Forward, 2018) all added a goal a piece in the final stanza. In the final minutes of the period the Monarchs were able to score on a 5 on 3 to chip away the lead but it was too late. The Huskies took the win 8-2. Davis posted the win in net.

In the fourth game of the weekend, the Huskies were challenged by the Niagara Jr Purple Eagles. The game started off at an even pace, but penalties quickly became problematic for the Huskies. On their second power play, Niagara was able to score off a tip in front to take a 0-1 lead. Their lead carried into the second period, where they were able to continue their offensive attacks. Niagara struck again on a 5 on 3 to take to the 0-2 advantage. Before the end of the period the pace began to change as Tsukimoto was able to cut the lead in half on the power play. The game continued to go back and forth, both teams having ample scoring opportunities until Niagara scored an empty net goal with under a minute remaining. Davis stopped 37 of 39 shots in the loss.

The final game of the weekend also featured a rematch from earlier in the season. The Huskies had gone 1-1-1 against the Buffalo Bisons and were looking to swing the series in their favor with a win in their final game of the season. The first period was all Bisons as the Huskies struggled yet again to stay out of the penalty box. Despite multiple penalty kills, the Northwood defense was able to hold strong preserving the 0-0 score into the second period. In the second, the pace swung in favor of the Huskies as Bookman scored off a tip in front to take the lead 1-0. The game continued on as the play went back and forth. It wasn’t until late in the third that the Bisons were able to capitalize on the rush to tie the game 1-1. The tying goal brought the game into overtime where both teams had ample opportunities. After a scoreless OT, the game continued into a 5-player shootout. The Bisons struck first scoring on their second attempt but Keeley Rose (Forward, 2018) evened the score scoring blocker side on Northwood’s final attempt. The shoutout took one extra round to complete, but the upperclassmen did not disappoint. Tsukimoto scored top shelf on her second attempt and Davis made the game-winning glove save to seal the win 2-1. Davis stopped 37 of 38 shots as well as 5 of 6 shootout attempts in the win.

With this weekend’s results, the Huskies move to 34-16-6 on the season. The 34 wins on the season sets a program record: the 2017-2018 girl’s hockey team has become the winningest girls’ hockey team in the Northwood’s history, surpassing last season’s 32-win record.

Follow Northwood Girls Hockey games on Twitter (@nwsgirlshockey) live play by play updates year round.

Ring the Bell for Northwood Generates Funds — and Enthusiasm

RTB+Blue+2x3The 2nd annual “Ring the Bell for Northwood” event is currently going on and creating a lot of excitement on the Northwood School campus. Each March, the Northwood family around the world — alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty, and staff — come together for Ring the Bell, a multi-day celebration of Northwood that concludes with a 24-hour online fundraising event.

Ring the Bell for Northwood celebrates students, parents, faculty, and alumni by giving back to the Northwood community.  At any point during the countdown you can check your social media feed and find videos — featuring students, faculty, and alumni — that show just what the Northwood family is about.


Director of Advancement Mr. Alex Niefer

Last year, the first year of the event, “Ring the Bell for Northwood” raised $134,150 in gifts to the Northwood Fund from 313 donors. These gifts contribute to all aspects of life at Northwood, including: academics, athletics, operation, and salaries. When asked about Ring the Bell’s success, Director of Advancement Mr. Alex Niefer  said, “I think it’s really because there’s so much enthusiasm, dedication and gratitude that our alumni, parents, and friends feel for Northwood that made Ring the Bell for Northwood successful. It didn’t take a lot to get people enthusiastic and giving. We just needed to remind people of their time at Northwood with the 10 days of videos.”

Niefer was elusive about this year’s target. “The goal for this year is to obviously beat last year’s,” said Niefer, “but the real goal will be revealed at midnight. Last year we set a goal of $75,000 and I can tell you that our goal is more than that this year.”

In addition to supporting the Northwood family, students who contribute may wear jeans on March 8th as well as having a shot at earning a Headmaster’s Holiday.

“It really is an opportunity to celebrate the generosity of all those who support Northwood, not only students who donate funds, but also those who donate their time and energy and do so much for this place,” said Niefer. “Hopefully, as this grows year after year, people will get more and more enthusiastic about Northwood School and remember their time here.”

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Girls Hockey Sends Seniors Out With a Win


Senior Class ‘18 : (From left to right) Olvia Skriloff, Hanna Rose, Kendall Dubin, Nicki Kendrick, Kylie Kroes, Moe Tsukimoto, Sierra Benjamin, Sara Donatello, Keeley Rose, Ashley Davis

Saturday night the girl’s hockey team hosted their final game of the season at the Olympic Center in honor of the 10 graduating seniors. On an emotional night, the Huskies were able to channel their energy and crush CP Dynamo 10-1.

The game began with all 6 “Four Year Survivors” starting in the first puck drop. In the first minute, Moe Tsukimoto (Forward, 2018) and Keeley Rose got on the board, allowing the Huskies to take a quick 2-0 lead. The pressure continued to be all Northwood throughout the first as 4 more goals were scored before the end of the period. Aimee Headland (Forward, 2019), Kendall Dubin (Forward, 2018), Hadley Swedlund (Forward, 2020) added one a piece and Tsukimoto picked up her second of the game to make the score 6-0.

In the second, play began to even out as the Huskies struggled to maintain their high intensity pace. Halfway through the second period Ashley Davis (Goalie, 2017 PG) exchanged positions with Olivia Skriloff (Goalie, 2018). In the last half of the period Miranda Bookman (Forward, 2020) got on the board pushing the lead to 7-0. In the final seconds a breakaway was allowed and CP Dynamo capitalized to cut the lead to 7-1.

The third period was more in tune with the first as the Huskies regained control and netted 3 more goals to complete the 10-1 win. Hanna Rose (Defense, 2018) added a goal, Headland added her second of the game, and Tsukimoto completed her hat trick.

With this weekend win, the Huskies move to 31-14-6 on the season. This coming weekend the girls will travel to Buffalo, NY to compete in the state tournament. If they win, the girls will extended their season into April where they will compete at nationals.

Follow Northwood Girls Hockey games on Twitter (@nwsgirlshockey) live play by play updates year round.

We would like to honor all of our seniors and thank them for their time at Northwood:

“I’m going to miss the seniors. Though all the ups and downs of the season they have always found a way to show us underclassmen how to keep our heads high. They’ve been there since the first day to help us as new students and make us all comfortable in a new environment. They have been great influences on all of us and made my first year and great one. Thank you to all the seniors and I wish you all the best of luck in all of your futures” – Marina Alvarez ‘21

#2 Nicki Kendrick – 4 Years
#7 Hanna Rose – 2 Years
#8 Sara Donatello – 4 Years
#12 Keeley Rose – 2 Years
#20 Kylie Kroes – 4 Years
#21 Kendall Dubin – 3 Years
#22 Moe Tsukimoto – 4 Years
#24 Sierra Benjamin – 4 Years
#30 Ashley Davis – 4 Years
#31 Olivia Skriloff – 3 Years

Girl’s Hockey Falls Short in NAPHA League Championship

The girls hockey team traveled to Port Hope, ON this past weekend to compete in the NAPHA league championship tournament. The Huskies were 1st seed in the MacLeod division heading into the tournament and secured that title after going undefeated in the round robin play. The girls went 3-1 on the weekend, ultimately placing 2nd in the league. [Read more…]

Girls’ Hockey Splits 1-1 With Hill School at Home


Senior Sierra Benjamin rushed the puck.

The Girls’ Hockey team hosted Hill School twice on their home sheet. Moe Tsukimoto’s (Forward, 2018) hat trick stole the first win but the Huskies struggled to string together a second game, ultimately splitting the weekend 1-1.

The first game took place Saturday night. The girls faced off against Hill School for the first time this season, in exciting comeback fashion. Hill started the game with a fast pace that took the Huskies by surprise. They controlled the puck in the Huskies’ defensive zone for the majority of the period, eventually capitalizing on the rush taking the lead 0-1. Just a few minutes later Hill struck again off a screen and tip in front of the net, extending their lead to 2-0. After a flat start, Tsukimoto was able to cut Hill’s lead in half and close the period out 1-2. Coming back on the ice for the second period the Huskies were able to even out the pace of the game. Tsukimoto collected her second of the game off of her own rebound to tie the game 2-2. The third period remained scoreless as both goaltenders held strong. As overtime began Hill took back control of the play yet the Huskies prevailed. Off a rebound from Ashley Davis (Goalie, 2017 PG) Tsukimoto collected the puck and scored blocker side on a breakaway to win the game 3-2. Davis posted the win in net.

Less than 12 hours later the puck dropped again. This time the Huskies were stronger from the start but small defensive breakdowns proved to be too much to overcome. After controlling the puck in the Huskies’ defensive zone for a few minutes Hill was able to strike first and take the lead yet again, 0-1. They held their lead into the second period until Aimee Headland (Forward, 2019) scored backdoor tying the game at 1. Just a few minutes later a defensive breakdown led to a breakaway and Hill was able to regain their lead, pushing the score to 1-2. The third period started with Hill scoring a weak goal that extended their to 1-3. The remainder of the period played out until the final minutes when Madison Novotny (Defense, 2021) scored her first Northwood goal from the point. In the final minute of play the Huskies pulled the goalie for the extra skater but the effort wasn’t enough. Hill scored an empty net goal to finish the game 2-4. Davis posted the loss in net.

With this weekend’s results, the Huskies move to 27-13-6 on the season. Next weekend, the Huskies have two games against New Jersey prep Hill School.

Follow Northwood Girls Hockey games on Twitter (@nwsgirlshockey) live play by play updates year round.

Girl’s Hockey Ties Lawrenceville School at Union

The Girls Hockey team traveled to Union College Saturday afternoon, to faced off against prep rival Lawrenceville School. The girls outshot Lawrenceville, 29-15, but ultimately the game ended in a 2-2 tie, as Northwood recorded their sixth tie of the season.


Lexi Hooper ’20 clears the front of the net in recent Girls’ Hockey action in Lake Placid. (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

The Huskies started the game strong and overcame the adversities of injured players and a long bus trip. The girls outplayed Lawrenceville from the start and were able to strike once in the first period. Lexi Hooper (Defense, 2020) scored blocker side to take the lead for the Huskies 1-0. Midway through the second, Lawrenceville was able to tie the game up 1-1 on a rush. Going into the third, the Huskies had the offensive lead and continued to push hard towards the Lawrenceville net. Despite maintaining control, Lawrenceville was able to capitalize on their power play and take the lead with just under 10 minutes remaining. Eight minutes later, Keeley Rose drew a penalty and the Huskies tied it up on the power play. Moe Tsukimoto (Forward, 2018) scored off a Sierra Benjamin (Defense, 2018) feed in front to knot the game at 2-2. Neither team could find the back of the net as time expired. Courtney Fairchild (Goalie, 2020) saved 13 of 15 shots in the tie.

With this weekend’s results, the Huskies move to 26-12-6 on the season. Next weekend, the Huskies have two games against New Jersey prep Hill School.

Follow Northwood Girls Hockey games on Twitter (@nwsgirlshockey) live play by play updates year round.

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