Student Wins Grant to Install Solar Charging Stations on Campus

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Mr. Tyler Eaton presents Su Hae Jang ’20 with the $1,000 grant award to help build solar-powered charging stations on campus.

Junior Jessica (Su Hae) Jang applied for and received a mini-grant from The Wild Center’s Adirondack Youth Climate Summit towards her solar-powered charging stations project for phones and laptops. Her effort is part of Northwood’s Sustainability Committee.

Last February, Jessica Jang, Braelyn Tebo, and Imani Rodriguez went to the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit in Tupper Lake. Back then, they discussed how they could apply what they learned to their community at Northwood School, and that’s where their idea came: charging station powered with solar energy.

The Sustainability Committee got the support for the project from Head of School Mr. Michael Maher in February. After drawing a sketch and deciding the location, the committee submitted it for a second approval from Maher who was totally impressed and proposed to build two instead of only one. Environmental science teacher Mr. Tyler Eaton is going to assist the students with this project as well as the robotic program.

The Sustainability Committee is trying to involve as many students as they can to help with this project. It is a very expensive project; the cost total would be around $1,200, including the 300-watt solar panels. Fortunately, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake is supporting this idea and made a donation of $1,000 to help the school fund the project.

The solar panels are going to be provided by a local company, called Crust Solar, who is going to help to install the panels because it is very complicated. The two phone charger stations will be located in both of the academic building, right under the stairs. Students will be able to charge their phone while they are in class. Thirty phones can be charged at the same time, fifteen phones per station. These stations will be set up for the beginning of next year.

If this project is successful, the committee is thinking about installing one in Northwood on Main and also in the main building.

Drama Program to Take Anon(ymous) on the Road

Northwood’s drama program recently announced some exciting news: they will take the play Anon(ymous) on the road. On Thursday, March 28th, the drama program of Northwood will be traveling as a full cast to Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam, NY to perform the show in front of the entire high school in that school’s 400-seat auditorium.

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Taking their show on the road is a great opportunity for students to perform under a different pressure than at school, the audience is not their friends.

Anon(ymous), written by Naomi Iizuka, was performed by the drama club at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in February. The play is a modern retelling of Homer’s “The Odyssey.” It tells the story a young refugee called Anon is separated from his mother and journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey. The play is directed by Ms. Noël Carmichael.

Noteworthy for this production is sophomore Noah Pittman joins the cast, replacing sophomore Charles Purcell, who is unavailable for this performance.

L.E.A.P. Courses Take Students Out of Classroom for Unique Learning Experiences

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Ana Spencer in front of the Glacier Lagoon in Iceland during her 2017 L.E.A.P. course (Photo: Ms. Marcy Fagan).

At Northwood, students learn by doing – that’s the guiding principle for the school’s L.E.A.P. (Learn, Engage, Apply, and Perform) Program, an experiential learning curriculum launched in 2017. According to the web site, “Northwood faculty leverage individual expertise to craft week-long courses which immerse students in unique subjects. Students choose their L.E.A.P courses in the first trimester and then meet periodically throughout the year in preparation for L.E.A.P week in May.”

L.E.A.P. courses take students and faculty “out of the classroom for collaborative, first-hand experiences.” Course offerings this year include: [Read more…]

Humans of Northwood: Castillo Twins Edition


I’m Angie. I was born in Brooklyn but raised in Manhattan. In my family, Addie and I are the youngest. In the fall I do cross country, I did the play and the musical during the winter and then in the spring I do lacrosse, but I really like to run. I came to Northwood because my brother went to a boarding school and it’s like a tradition in our family now. My mom wanted me to come here. I love the people in Northwood, it wouldn’t be the same without certain people here. Living with your best friends is the best — it’s just like a dream. After Northwood, I want to go to college, obviously, but for singing so I gotta pass the audition first.   I’m Addie. I’m from Manhattan in New York City. I’m 17 years old. I’m in 10th grade. I have quite a few siblings, I have two older brothers, an older sister and a twin. In the fall I ran cross country, then I’m part of the drama program during the winter but I also do vocals and in the spring I play lacrosse. I came to Northwood because it’s one of the smallest boarding school and it’s not too far away from home. I also thought the location was really cool. When I first came to Lake Placid to visit I liked the history of this town, especially the Olympic history. Classes are small compared to the classes in Manhattan, so it is better for me. Northwood has a real sense of community. That’s what I like about it, everyone is so supportive.

– As told to Margot Rouquette ’20

Humans of Northwood: Francisco Eduardo Castillo ‘19

FranPeople call me “Fran.” I am 19 years old from Dominican Republic. I have an older sister, but she’s lucky enough to be born here in the US, while I was born on a small island in the Caribbean, which I love. I am a soccer player here at Northwood, but I also like learning all the good things that Northwood offers. I came to Northwood because I wanted to follow my dream: playing soccer and studying at the same time and at a high level. My favorite part of Northwood is how everybody is welcoming and they all teach you new stuff. My plans after Northwood are hopefully attending a good college where I can play soccer and study until I decide which is better for me. Something that I am never going to forget about Northwood is probably when in the beginning of the school year, when the cold was starting, Shanks [senior Matthew Shanklin] offered me a warm jacket or when I go to Will’s room at night just to talk. I will never forget this because it made me feel part of the Northwood family right since the beginning.”

As told to Margot Rouquette ’20

What’s Next for Northwood’s Drama Program?


This year Northwood’s drama program offered two great performances.The musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in November and Anon(ymous), which was a play.

There won’t be another show for the rest of the school year, but there will be auditions in May for the next musical, planned for next November at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The drama program is running the audition in May so students can learn their lines and songs over summer.

“A musical performance is a lot of work,” said drama program director Ms. Noel Carmichael. The program also held auditions last spring and it was a success this past fall. Carmichael is currently considering plays and musicals for next year’s productions. She chooses the theme of the show based on what’s going on in the world or important topics for the community. Next year, the program wants to offer additional theatre classes so there will be more opportunities for students to get involved in the program. Carmichael hopes to offer a class about costumes and set design, for example.

Ms. Carmichael is still looking for ideas for the coming show in November 2019, so if you have any ideas or want to participate in future performances, please send her an email:

Nine New Students Join Community in January

Nine new students joined the Northwood School community when the school returned from the break in January. Here is some stuff they shared that you might not know about them: [Read more…]

Ice Climbing Tradition Continues at Northwood

Ice climbing is both exciting and dangerous. While ascending cliffs, icefalls, or frozen waterfalls, climbers often encounter falling rock and ice. Although ropes and other gear provide protection, a bad decision to step or grip on fragile spots on the climbing surface can be fatal, leading to serious injuries and even death. Despite these risks, however, many enjoy the challenge this physically intensive sport brings. [Read more…]

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