David McCauley Named Director of College Counseling

McCauley Replaces Spear, who Takes on New Role


F. David McCauley, Jr. (Photo: Berkshire School)

Head of School Michael J. Maher has announced the appointment of F. David McCauley, Jr. to the position of Director of College Counseling for Northwood School, effective in early July. David will bring years of experience in college counseling and admissions to his new responsibilities.

McCauley replaces John Spear ’88, who has served as Director of College Counseling since 2011 and will take on a new position, beginning in July, as Assistant Head for School Life. In that role, Spear will be focused on managing the internal life of the school, including student affairs and overseeing the execution of critical projects and initiatives.

Currently, McCauley is the Director of College Counseling at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA. While there, he has provided college-related guidance and support for students and their parents, transitioned professional relationships with college admission officers to best serve students in the college admission process and originated visit programs for college admission deans and vice presidents to showcase academic programs and overseen office staff. A member of the residential faculty, he also has been an advisor and assisted with residential program duties.

Prior to his work at Berkshire School, McCauley spent four years as Director of College Counselling and Assistant Registrar at Beijing High School No. 4 and Beijing National Day School in China. He has also worked as an admissions officer at Hamilton College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Creighton University and Siena College.

David has served as a source of secondary school and college admission information and has been quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Lawlor Review.  McCauley has consulted the undergraduate admission offices of nearly 100 colleges and universities including: Brown, Boston College, Bowdoin, Colby, Colgate, Johns Hopkins, and UPenn.

A graduate of Colby College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and St. Lawrence University with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, McCauley is active in numerous professional associations.

David and his wife Marleny and their son Sean, will be joining the Northwood community this summer.

“I am thrilled to welcome David McCauley and his family to the Northwood School community,” said Headmaster Michael J. Maher. “David’s extensive experience on both sides of the college admission desk and his student-centered approach will serve Northwood students and their families well as they navigate the college search and make the best matches for their lives after Northwood School.”

Construction to Begin at Northwood School Main Street Location

New facility to extend the campus and connect with the community



An artist’s rendering of Northwood School on Main (Image provided).


Northwood School’s commitment to excellence in academic programming will soon extend into the new, innovative, 12,000+ square foot facility in downtown Lake Placid at the former With Pipe & Book. The flexible, open classroom and event space will be a center for real-world application, creative thinking and community collaboration, providing a hub for modern day learning.

The Main St. location is part of Northwood School’s strategic campus master plan. The plan builds on the school’s rich tradition, positions the school amongst the most innovative private boarding schools in the world and capitalizes on its unique location in a world-class destination.

Construction will begin this month and the school anticipates construction to be completed for the 2019-2020 academic year. The finished project will provide the school and community with a state-of- the-art facility in the middle of historic Main Street. The name of the facility will be announced at the ribbon cutting.

Programs such as robotics, innovation & design, entrepreneurial studies and the school’s signature program, L.E.A.P. (Learn. Engage. Apply. Perform.), will expand with the addition of this new facility allowing Northwood School to offer an interdisciplinary approach to education that emphasizes active learning and creating, challenging students to become resilient, independent thinkers.

A central function of the facility’s mission is to promote collaboration, engagement and partnerships, capitalizing on the shared knowledge, innovation and creativity within the community. The Main St. location will provide students and residents the opportunity to work in an innovative working environment in the heart of the Adirondacks. Northwood School on Main will offer auxiliary programs including after-school, weekend, summer, guest lectures and professional development to ignite intellectual, cultural and professional pursuits.

“Much in the same way that the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is bridging the educational gap for local youth in the arts, this facility will help young people and residents of the community develop the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed in their intellectual and professional pursuits,” stated Michael Maher, Head of School.

The $2.5 million funding for the project has been provided by key early philanthropic support from Northwood School alumni, families and friends. This financial commitment to the development of Northwood School on Main exemplifies the sustained support from generous donors to provide diverse academic offerings in top-notch facilities.

“This investment in the residents of the Adirondack Park and in the lives of the students will bridge programs, projects, and people, and provide a sustainable and positive impact on the region for generations,” stated Tom Broderick, Assistant Head of School and Administrative Lead for the Main St. facility.

Northwood alumni will have the opportunity to further connect with students through alumni supported programming and collaboration as master guides, sharing stories and professional achievements. Donor recognition will be prominent showcasing Northwood pride and inspiring current students.

“The Main St. location builds on the strength of Northwood School’s history and mission which is to prepare young people to be leaders in fields that innovate solutions to the challenges of our global community,” stated Maher. “The facility will benefit the entire community from local students to guests to our region.”

Second Trimester Honor Rolls Released

honorrollMarch 10, 2019 — Dr. Laura Finnerty Paul, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the second trimester of the 2018-19 school year.

Ed. Note: this list was originally published with an incomplete list of students on the Effort Honor Roll.

Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12):  Minimum weighted GPA of 4.00 with no grade below B+
Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10):  Minimum weighted GPA of 3.70 with no grade below B+ [Read more…]

Reynolds Wins FIS Super G in Sunday River


Jake Reynolds ’19 atop the podium after winning a GS race at Sunday River Resort in Maine.

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FIS Racers Score in New Hampshire

nwskiingThree Northwood racers improved their international slalom ranking in races against other U19 racers and college athletes at the FIS Ladies Devo Series at Proctor Ski Area on Tuesday, January 22. Chelsea Smith ’19 (41st place), Sarah Coombs ’19 (43rd place) and Julia Geraldi ’20 scored in the first race. This was Geraldi’s first race back following a knee injury, and she looks to continue lowering her points profile. Sarah Coombs ’19 (35th place) scored in the second race. JoJo Rosenbluth ’19 also competed in the races.

The U19 Boys traveled to Mittersill Cannon Mountain for slalom races.  The conditions were very difficult after almost two feet of snow. Most of the boys ended up with letters instead of times, DNF (did not finish). Andrew VanSlyke ’20 found a way to improve his international slalom ranking.

Bennett Wins GS at Mont Garceau


Sarah Bennett ’19 atop the podium at Mont Garceau, Quebec on January 15, 2018 (Photo provided).

Senior Sarah Bennet won the Ladies’ Giant Slalom race at Mont Garceau, Quebec today, scoring 35.71 FIS points. It’s Bennett’s first win since she won back-to-back Super G races at Burke Mountain last spring. She has scored in seventeen races so far this season and earned thirteen top-ten finishes.

Bennett, who hopes to make the Canadian National Team, is training and competing with Team Quebec.

See all of Bennett’s results here.

Two U16 Racers Train, Compete at Camp for Best in U.S.

The best U16 athletes in the country converged on Burke Mountain last week for the US Ski and Snowboard National Performance Series. Northwood racers Jadenlin Klebba ’21 and Benjamin DeGirolamo ’21 participated in the series, which brings the best American U16s together for training and racing. The purpose of the NPS camps is to stimulate long-term growth and prepare athletes for future international competition. Approximately sixty U16 racers from all over the United States participated in the camp, which entailed several days of training and two days of races. [Read more…]

First Trimester Honor Rolls Released

December 10, 2018 — Dr. Laura Finnerty Paul, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the first trimester of the 2018-19 school year.

Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12):  Minimum weighted GPA of 4.00 with no grade below B+
Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10):  Minimum weighted GPA of 3.70 with no grade below B+

Rintaro Akasaka ‘20 Beth Fisher ‘19 Barrett Ott ‘19
Kyle Bavis ‘19 Kate Hagness ‘21 Owen Pierce ‘21
Brian Bette ‘22 Lexi Hooper ‘20 Joanna Rosenbluth ‘19
Amelia Brady ‘21 Jessica Jang ‘20 Rachel Rosner ‘20
Kate Broderick ‘22 Jaden Klebba ‘21 Aleksei Rutkovskii ‘19
Ellie Colby ‘21 Lukas Klemm ‘22 Aiden Smith ‘19
Gabby Cote ‘21 Sean Kgwakgwa ‘21 Chelsea Smith ‘19
Ava Day ‘21 Madison Kostoss ‘21 Johann Tremblay-Kau ‘22
Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22 Jared Lambright ‘20 Alex van Schalkwyk ‘19
Haley Donatello ‘21 Jessica Lin ‘19 Emilie Venne ‘20
Zachary Ellsworth ‘20 Isaac Newcomb ‘19 Kara Wentzel ‘22
Courtney Fairchild ‘20 Rowen Norfolk ‘22 Zachary Zientko ‘21


Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12):  Minimum weighted GPA of 3.70 with no grade below B
Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10):  Minimum weighted GPA of 3.30 with no grade below B

Lucca Baldassarini ‘19 Carson Hall ‘22 Mateo Cortina Rodriquez ‘20
Jane Baumer ‘19 Paul Han ‘19 Drew Rose ‘19
Sarah Bennett ‘19 Nickolas Kazmouz ‘19 Bernardo Simoes ‘19
Matthew Brady ‘22 Michael Leone ‘20 Ana Spencer ‘20
Angie Castillo ‘21 Yoshi Levey ‘19 Lily Spiegel ‘22
Herschel Conard ‘21 Elise Loescher ‘21 Braelyn Tebo ‘20
Sarah Coombs ‘19 Madison Novotny ‘21 Andrew Van Slyke ‘20
Ben DeGirolamo ‘21 Imani Rodriquez ‘20 Joshua Waters ‘19
Ella Fessette ‘21 Lucas Cortina Rodriquez ‘20


Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12):  Minimum GPA of 3.30 with no grade below B-
Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10):  Minimum GPA of 3.00 with no grade below B-

Will Arquiett ‘19 Karli Lafferty ‘19 Connor Reid ‘19
Christos Athanasiadis ‘19 Cole Leal ‘19 Jake Reynolds ‘19
John Biechler ‘19 Maggie MacNeil ‘20 Matthew Shanklin ‘19
Cory Booth ‘19 Paige Melicant ‘22 Iliana Smith ‘22
Tommy Boulais ‘19 Brendan Merriman ‘21 Marcelo Suarez Rojas ‘19
Vicente Castro Rojas ‘19 Jack Mitchell ‘19 Finlay Ulrick ‘19
Hugh Dempsey ‘19 Kip Morgan ‘20 Johannes Wallberg ‘20
Christophe Garon ‘20 Anneliese Munter ‘22 Aiden Williams-McCracken ‘22
Mackenzie Hull ‘20 Gabriel Munter ‘20 Chloe Zhang ‘21
Mark Keiffer ‘19 Keith Mutunga ‘21 Jason Ziegler ‘19
Charlie Purcell ‘21

Attained at least three “excellent” grades, with no effort grades below “good.”

Rintaro Akasaka ‘20 Lucas Farias Villasenor ‘20 Owen Pierce ‘21
Owen Allard ‘22 Courtney Fairchild ‘20 Jake Reynolds ‘19
Will Arquiett ‘19 Ella Fesette ‘21 Imani Rodriquez ‘20
John Bai ‘21 Beth Fisher ‘19 Lucas Rodriquez Cortina ‘20
Lucca Baldassarini ‘19 Carson Hall ‘22 Mateo Rodriquez Cortina ‘20
Weston Batt ‘19 Paul Han ‘19 Margot Roquette ‘20
Jane Baumer ‘19 Kate Hagness ‘21 Drew Rose ‘19
Kyle Bavis ‘19 Lexi Hooper ‘20 Joanna Rosenbluth ‘19
Brian Bette ‘22 Jessica Jang ‘20 Rachel Rosner ‘20
Tommy Boulais ‘19 Anton Johansson ‘20 Aleksei Rutkovskii ‘19
Amelia Brady ‘21 Nickolas Kazmouz ‘19 Abdou Samb ‘21
Kate Broderick ‘22 Sean Kgwakgwa ‘21 Matthew Shanklin ‘19
Morgan Broderick ‘19 Jaden Klebba ‘21 Sarah Sheridan ‘21
Angie Castillo ‘21 Madison Kostoss ‘21 Bernardo Simoes ‘19
Francisco Castillo ‘19 Lars Kroes ‘21 Aiden Smith ‘19
Vicente Castro ‘19 Jared Lambright ‘20 Chelsea Smith ‘19
Ellie Colby ‘21 Michael Leone ‘20 Trevor Souza ‘19
Herschel Conard ‘21 Yoshi Levey ‘19 Marcelo Suarez Rojas ‘19
Sarah Coombs ‘19 Jessica Lin ‘19 Johann Tremblay-Kau ‘22
Gabby Cote ‘21 Julia Liu ‘19 Alex van Schalkwyk ‘19
Ava Day ‘21 Elis Loescher ‘21 Emilie Venne ‘20
Cisco DelliQuadri ‘20 Maggie MacNeil ‘20 Johannes Wallberg ‘20
Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22 Jack Mitchell ‘19 Kara Wentzel ‘22
Ben DeGirolamo ‘21 Gabriel Munter ‘20 Chloe Zhang ‘21
Haley Donatello ‘21 Isaac Newcomb ‘19 Zachary Zientko ‘21
Zachary Ellsworth ‘20

Note: Updated on 10 December 2018 at 1:25 PM.

2nd Avenue in Blue Hill in Cape Town

canneryrowThe “Cannery Row Assignment” is a legendary writing exercise in Mr. Reed’s Advanced Composition and World Literature (Senior English) class. Here’s the prompt:

“After a careful examination of the opening pages of Cannery Row, choose a place you know well and describe it using the opening of the novel as a model. You should try for a sentence-by-sentence parallel to Steinbeck’s style. For example, when he writes, “Cannery Row in Monterey in California” you could write “Northwood School in Lake Placid in New York.” The idea is to carefully mimic Steinbeck. Find similar characters in your place to those Steinbeck mentions in Cannery Row.”

Every year he gets some outstanding work and one of the best pieces is published in The Mirror. This year, we loved senior Alex van Schalkwyk’s response, an intimate look at his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa.

2nd Avenue in Blue Hill in Cape Town is a novel, a war, a wreck, a stench, a prison, a playground, a reflection, a home. Lavender Hill is the old and dirty, glass and tin and plastic and broken concrete, cracked road and bottle caps and soggy cigarettes, crates of beer bottles with chipped edges, corner stores, game shops, and drug labs, and small busy markets, and burger stands and portable toilets. Its people are, as the boy exclaims, “gangsters, rapists, thieves and bastards,” for whom he meant everyone. Had the boy looked through a different lens he might have said “Mothers and fathers and teachers and honest people,” and would have meant the same thing.

lavender hill

Lavender Hill in Cape Town, South Africa.

In the afternoon when the merchants give their orders, the drug dealers expand rapidly to street corners while whistling. Dirty hands drop off bags 10 meters away from where regular customers secretly pick them up. The process is strategically chosen, for if they were passed from hand to hand the bags, at least the ones sold to regular customers, would appear more obviously. Then gangsters’ whistles screech and all over town teenagers and children run home to safety. Then the brave make the corrupt thieves weary: police officers, vigilante, neighborhood watch who come disperse into the streets.

Then from town pour prostitutes and tramps and drug addicts, men, and women in ragged t-shirts and torn pants. They come running to steal and buy and sell the drugs. The whole street cries and grumbles and coughs and shakes while the bullets of their guns race out of chambers and the chambers empty as more bullets are released. The guns cry and grumble and cough until the last enemy is grazed and wounded and shattered and killed and then the whistles screech again and the dirty, vile, putrid prostitutes and tramps and drug addicts, men and women, stumble out and drag over the bridge into the town and 2nd Avenue becomes itself again – peaceful and safe. Its normal life returns. The young who hid away in fear in their small homes come out to play in the polluted playground in the common park. The boys from Cozy Corner come out for a bit of sun if there is any. The professor walks from the state university and crosses the street to Blue Bottles Pub for a few drinks. Chris the handyman scans like an eagle through his chaotic garage for a screw or a nail that he can use to put up a window. Then the sun starts to disappear and the street-lights turn on in front of Cozy Corner – the bulb which makes beams of luminous light in 2nd Avenue. Students arrive at the state university to see Professor, and he walks across the street for a few more drinks.

How can the novel and war and the wreck – the stench, the prison, the playground, and the reflection – be set down alive? When you catch insects there are certain spiders that are so alert that they are almost impossible to catch, for they scatter and spring at the sight of movement. You must let them creep and crawl of their own into your trap. And maybe that could be the way to write this novel – to open each passage by letting words crawl in by themselves.

Northwood on Main Set to Open Next School Year

In a letter to the Northwood School Community, Head of School Mr. Michael Maher today announced that necessary funds have been raised to open Northwood on Main at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. The announcement comes following the fall Board of Trustees meeting in Lake Placid October 26-27, 2018.


This rendering of Northwood on Main was included in today’s announcement.

The iconic downtown Lake Placid building, most recently occupied by With Pipe and Book, was purchased by Northwood School late in 2015 and was originally projected to open in the 2016-17 school year. The building has sat vacant since the school purchased it.

What follows is Mr. Maher’s letter to the community:

Dear Alumni, Families, and Friends of Northwood School,

I write to you today with exciting news about Northwood’s continued commitment to the growth and education of young people.

In the fall of 2016, Northwood School announced the Campaign for Northwood School on Main, an aspirational investment in Northwood’s future, our students, and the residents of the Adirondacks. Phase one of the campaign launched with a goal of raising $2.5 million for the renovation of a state-of-the-art facility, anchored in the heart of Main Street, Lake Placid.

Today, I am proud to announce the successful completion of phase one of our campaign and the Northwood School Board of Trustees’ approval to begin immediate construction on the facility.

Pre-construction planning and work is well underway and the Board has approved a timeline that projects major construction activity in the spring and summer of 2019, with the goal of opening the facility in the early part of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Northwood on Main, modeled after nationally acclaimed programs such as the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, MIT’s Media Lab, and Stanford’s D School, symbolizes Northwood’s commitment to educational leadership in the 21st century. The facility will be home to Northwood’s new Department of Innovation, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship, offering hands-on, project-based learning in emerging fields of study and occupation such as innovation with design thinking, 3-D modeling, robotics, and entrepreneurship, to name a few.

The combination of Northwood on Main’s facilities and academic programming will provide a collaborative and creative environment for young people to explore a broad range of interests that share the focus of real-world application. The mission of Northwood on Main is to prepare young people to be leaders in fields that innovate solutions to the challenges of our global community.

I wish to express our sincerest gratitude to the Northwood School trustees, alumni, families, and friends who, through their extraordinary vision and generosity, have made Northwood on Main a reality.

In the coming months we look forward to updating you on the progress of Northwood on Main and sharing the multitude of opportunities that our students, faculty, alumni, families, and members of the Adirondack community will have to partner with Northwood School in innovation and creative learning.

Best Regards,

Michael Maher
Head of School


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