Hockey Teams Get Approval to Travel for Games 

After several months of struggling with safely scheduling and holding hockey games during the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwood School has finally found a solution that allows its teams to travel to games while still protecting the school’s bubble 

After months of very few games, Northwood’s hockey teams will drop the puck for games throughout March.

On Sunday, February 7, Athletic Director Mr. Gino Riffle sent players and parents an email informing them of the school’s “Two Month Plan,” which entails players from all three teams leaving campus for competitions and overnight stays but has them stay away from campus between contests. The players will go home between matches where they will continue their academic studies virtually and train on their ownDoing this allows players to travel, stay in hotels, and return without quarantining unless required to do so by their state health department. Northwood’s protocols would require students doing such travel to test twice and to quarantine for six days before returning to training, competition, and on-campus activities 

At this point in the hockey season, a typical Northwood hockey team would have played approximately fifty games, but our teams have played fewer than 10 games thus far. The new plan could see teams playing between 10-20 games before the start of spring break on March 26. 

After receiving Riffle’s email, many players shared their excitement to finally play games. Marina Alvarez ‘21 said, “I’m super excited that the school is giving us this opportunity to go home so we can play games again and get back to it. I look forward to what we have in store and to be playing against some of the most elite teams in the country over break. We are going to get to establish ourselves as a team and I can’t wait to compete together. I am not concerned about doing online school and I know that we all will be keeping up with our work.”  

Carson Hall ‘22 plays on Northwood’s Junior Team and he was thrilled with the news. “I’m excited for this opportunity to play games in the upcoming weeks as I’m sure all my teammates are,” said HallWith Covid, this year has been challenging; however, my teammates and I have stayed determined and had a goal of getting better every day on and off the ice for when opportunities such as the games in the upcoming weeks present themselves,” he saidThe team has certainly earned it and are ready and excited for this tremendous competition upcoming in the future, added Hall. 

Coaches shared the player’s excitement about the planMr. Trevor Gilligan, Head Coach of the Girls Hockey Team, said, “I am really happy for our players and the boys to have the chance to compete in games in March. I can’t commend our athletes enough in how mentally resilient they’ve been in these trying times. A full slate of competition coming up provides a great opportunity to show off the work they’ve put in on and off the ice since September. They’ve certainly earned it. 

Humans of Northwood: Tomas Restrepo Gaviria ‘21 

I am a postgraduate from Medellin, Colombia. This is my second year at Northwood and I am a soccer player. Northwood has been a great experience for me. Ive been able to meet interesting people and learn from many different cultures. At the same, time Northwood has allowed me to play and develop in the game that I love without dropping my academics, and that is something I value very much and will be forever grateful for.  

The current situation with COVID has impacted muniversity plans. Though truthfully it has helped me to stop thinking so much about the future and start focusing more on the present, doing and working as much as I can with the things that I can control, and I certainly think that this is the best thing I can do.  So, my plans are not very clear yet…maybe college in USA? Colombia? Seek pro soccer career? Travel? I don’t know. I just want to enjoy the process and see what comes…but I’m sure wherever I end up, this Northwood experience is going to be in my heart. And I’ll be grateful forever. 

Humans of Northwood: Calil Neme Filho ‘21 

I am a senior from São Paulo, Brazil. This is my third year at Northwood, and I am goalkeeper on the soccer team. I’m also involved in the International Student Council as well as a member of the soccer program development committee. I came to Northwood School to have high-level academics while also playing soccer. My experience has been excellent as well as different. Getting to meet many different people from all over the world that have a variety of cultures and backgrounds is cool to experience. The plan for next year is to play college soccer while achieving a higher education.

As told to Mackenzie Hull ’21. Published on his 19th birthday. Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge.

Humans of Northwood: Austin Scheine ‘21 

 

I’m a hockey player from Stamford, Connecticut. This is my second year at Northwood and I’m a senior. I came to Northwood because I wanted to keep playing hockey in a small school environment. Northwood is a tight-knit community, and everyone knows each other. Last year, you were around each other all the time. Obviously Covid kind of changed that this year. Covid changed my Northwood experience a lot with this year being a little different and not being able to do as much. Still, though, just being around the boys on the team and others you get to create bonds with people. As far as my plans for next year, I will most likely end up playing junior hockey so I can end up playing in college. 

As told to Mackenzie Hull. Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge

Humans of Northwood: Benedetta (Benni) Caloro ‘21 

I’m Benedetta, but everyone calls me Benni. I am a skier from Rome, Italy. This is my first year at Northwood and I am a senior. I’m really enjoying this experience at Northwood so far; I love American school and think it’s great. I think Northwood has been a really great experience for meThis year has been a struggle for everybody trying to be safe, but also open things. I think it’s been a struggle for us kids being 17-year-old stuck in a pandemic, but Northwood is doing a good job balancing keeping us safe and letting us enjoy our experience because of course it’s tough. It’s tough not being able to do everything we want to do, but even so, it’s my first year here and I‘m loving it. I love how here at Northwood can balance my athletics and my academics in the same place, something I‘ve never been able to do. It’s been so great here. It’s not easy, but I have a huge support system here. 

At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t even thinking about applying to college in the US, but then coming here I loved the American system and I think it’s very supportive and I decided to give it a shot, so I applied to some colleges and wrote my essays, and it has been tough but there has been a lot of people around the college office helping me. I didn’t even know what the University or College applications system was like, so being able to have the help is great. I hope I get in and my plan is to go to college and get into the ski team and continue to ski D1 in college. 

As told to Mackenzie Hull ’21. Photo provided.

Virtual Classes: Northwood Students Share Their Thoughts 

Aidan Lasky ’22 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

While many Northwood students and faculty enjoyed their extended Thanksgiving and Christmas break, one email may have sent some dreading the start of classes. John Spear, Assistant Head for School Life had announced in an email that classes would resume January 5 and be virtual for three weeks because our return date would be pushed back to January 18, 2021.  

During these three weeks academics would be 4 classes a day each an hour long except for Wednesdays with 5 classes each an hour long as well. Many students found those times concerningThe length of the inperson classes seemed exactly right at 45 minutes long. An hour for an online class seemed too long. 

Aidan Lasky ‘22 said“I feel like the hour-long class times are a bit too long. I feel like the 45 minutes long classes were perfect times because I can stay easily focused for that time.”  

Kira Cook ’23 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

The class times were not the only concerns expressed by students. Some had a hard time imagining getting back onto their computers for several hours of homework in the evening. Kira Cook ‘23 said“I’m not the biggest fan of hour-long classes and then after a day of classes a few hours of homework is kind of a lot.”  Teachers may find the work load manageable for studentsbut some students might disagree.  

Virtual classes are not easy for either the teacher or the students, as many want to be together on campus, but it is safe to say the students at Northwood have some suggestions to make it a little bit better.  

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