Humans of Northwood: Gabe Munter ‘20

Gabe

My name is Gabe Munter. I’m from Saratoga Springs, New York, and I’m 18. I came to Northwood so I could keep skiing, I didn’t want to go to a ski academy anymore. I liked the time that I had skiing with my friends at Northwood; it was really fun, and I will definitely miss that.

– As told to Imani Hawman ‘20

Humans of Northwood: Matias Valenzuela ‘20

Matias

My name is Matias Valenzuela Matic. I’m from Santiago, Chile, and I’m 20 years old. I chose to come to Northwood principally for the soccer program but also for the academics. I like the friends that I made at Northwood; they are like a family for me, so I will miss them a lot. I’m grateful to Northwood for helping me grow as a person.

– As told to Imani Hawman ‘20

Students in AP Classes Face Changes

The Coronavirus has disrupted the majority of the U.S population’s way of life. From basic household items being sold out nation-wide, to the U.S government advising all to be quarantined within their own homes for public safety, it is no surprise that the educational system also got struck by some major changes as well.

With nearly all schools now continuing classes through online learning, testing agencies such as College Board, the organization in charge of the Advanced Placement Program (AP), found themselves facing a dilemma. This is because students who are currently enrolled in AP classes have been preparing for the AP exams, which if happened according to the original plan, would be taken in early May. In response to the uncertainty of when and if all schools will be open to on-campus classes before the original testing dates in May, College Board decided that it would be best to alter the exams and their dates to best fit the issue.

In an email they sent to AP students on March 20th, they announced that the AP exams would not be taking place as usual (at the student’s school with his or her teacher as the administrator), but at home instead. The test is now reduced to 45 minutes and can be taken at home. Lastly, the exam is optional, with no fees if a student decides not to take it as some may feel less likely to succeed on the exam due to their current situations surrounding the virus. The new exam offered by College Board is certainly a big change from what we are used to, like many of the changes caused by the Coronavirus and its wave effects, but with the consideration that has been taken by College Board, it will still be offered to students who want to take it.

Northwood’s AP teachers sent their students a memo summarizing the changes:

To:        All students taking AP courses at Northwood School
From:   Teachers of AP courses
Re:        AP Exams
Date:     April 6, 2020

Hello from Lake Placid. We miss you very much and hope that this message finds you and your family safe and healthy. We’ve been impressed with the work that our AP students have done since our courses moved online. It is obvious you care about your studies and have been working hard. Way to go!

Late last week we were briefed on the College Board’s plan for AP exams. As you know, the exams will no longer include multiple-choice questions; they will be taken from home and each exam will be approximately 45-minutes long. We’ve created a Frequently Asked Questions About the AP Exams for Northwood Students that we hope will answer your questions.

We are confident that we can prepare you for success on the revised AP exams in May; however, because of the changes to the exam, Northwood will not require students to take their 2020 AP exams. We recommend that all of our students take their AP exams, but you may choose to not take one or more of your exams, provided that you have the permission of your parents/guardians, who are included in this message. See the FAQ for more information on how to opt-out of an AP exam.

Read over the Frequently Asked Questions and then touch base with your teacher or Mr. McCauley, Director of College Counseling or Dr. Finnerty Paul, Dean of Academic Affairs if you have further questions.

Enjoy your spring break and we’ll see you online for review sessions!

Will School be back to Normal in Fall?

A small sign says “Faculty and Staff ONLY” on the road leading up to the Bergamini Dorm to ensure that visitors stay off-campus for safety reasons due to COVID-19. (Photo: Mr. Terry Deliquadri)

Like the majority of schools in the U.S, Northwood chose to temporarily cease all on-campus activities as the pandemic continues to threaten global health. As of now, no one knows if Northwood will be able to resume normal classes and campus life by the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Assistant head for School LIfe Mr. John Spear said at a virtual school meeting last week that the school will be open in the fall, but he noted that whether that’s in-person or online depends on the course of the virus.

Ms. Jill Walker, Dean of Faculty, shared her outlook on the upcoming school year. “I hope that we will all be back together again in the fall, but we will need to have a lot more testing ability in this area for that to happen,” Ms. Walker said. “Many scientists around the world are working to come up with a vaccine, and a lot of resources are being made available for this research. So we will have more answers by the time school starts back up. For now, what we have to think about is how we can safely assess and manage the health of our community,” she added.

The start of the next school year depends on how the coronavirus plays out both within Lake Placid and worldwide, and whether a successful vaccine will become available before fall comes.

At the school meeting, Mr. Spear said the school has formed COVID-19 Recovery planning group and more information on their planning process will be available when classes end for the trimester.

Humans of Northwood: Kip Morgan ‘20

My full name is Christopher Morgan. I’m from Vermontville NY, not too far from Northwood, and I’m 18 years old. My grandfather played a major role in my coming to Northwood. He graduated in 1952 and served on the board.

I’ve made some outstanding friends at Northwood, all of whom I hope to keep in close contact with as the years go on. The environment makes it easy to establish these kinds of long-lasting relationships. I’m really going to miss the times that all my friends and I would just run around the school being hooligans. It was times like those that made the biggest impression on me. Northwood has given me all of my best memories; not all are “good” but they sure will always be in the back of my mind. While I’m sad that my time at Northwood had to end in the way that it did I’m still incredibly happy with the time that I spent on campus. I never felt at home at school until I went to Northwood and it will always be a special place to me. 

– As told to Imani Hawman

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