Students Welcome End of Dish Crew

Dish crew, a former staple at Northwood, is no more. Returning students were shocked to learn that they no longer had to labor in the dish room. The news of this change was greeted with joy by the student body. Sophomore Olivia Paul said, “I’m happy that I don’t have to do it,” and senior John Hepworth smiled and added, “Dish crew was trash last year.” [Read more…]

What Students Should Know About Bed Bugs

Northwood was “bitten” to find out that bed bugs were found in the bedsheets of several students less than a day into the new school year (news article). This has led many students to ponder, “what are bed bugs?” So let’s all open up our textbooks to chapter one and learn about these pests. [Read more…]

Meet Mr. Kelvin Martinez

I am a Spanish teacher, a soccer coach, and I am the Dean of Multicultural Affairs: three different positions rolled into one. [Read more…]

Meet Mr. Woo Jeon

I am a math teacher. I teach Algebra 2 and Algebra 3. I am a soccer coach for the boys’ residential academy. I am also the Assistant Dean of Multicultural Affairs, which is new this year. We will be starting up a bunch of new programs, clubs, and different activities. [Read more…]

Humans of Northwood: Alex van Schalkwyk

Alex van Schalkwyk

I’m from a small town called Fish Hoek in Cape Town in South Africa. I chose Northwood because I always wanted to study in America. I’m also in love with soccer and I want to play it at the highest level possible, so the fact that Northwood has a great soccer program and offers great academics was very attractive to me, and that’s why I chose to come here. I do miss so many things about home. I miss my family, of course. The food that we eat back home. I miss the culture. Like there are many different cultures at home. I miss the banter with my friends, especially with my brother and my cousin. Yeah, I just miss the everyday things that I took for granted. But Lake Placid is also a very beautiful place. I won’t lie. I think now, after being here for a few weeks, I’m starting to adjust. I’m starting to feel a bit more comfortable here. It’s like a lot more quiet here than it is at home, so that was a bit of a shock to me. But hey, I’m really enjoying it all.

As told to Kyle Bavis ‘19 (Photo: Provided)

According to the Admissions Office, this year Northwood has 72 international students from 23 different countries and 6 different continents, breaking records for the number of international students and countries represented in the school. Close to 40% of Northwood students are from outside the United States. Throughout the first trimester, The Mirror will profile a number of new international students, so that our community can learn who they are, where are they from, and some interesting things about them. See all student profiles here.

Humans of Northwood: Cory Booth

Cory Booth

 

I’ve lived in Bermuda all my life. I chose Northwood for the elite soccer program. It also appealed to me as a friendly, small community. After this year, I hope to play Division I soccer somewhere and find a career that that I am passionate about intrigues me. I do miss home a lot. I miss my family, of course. And I miss my friends, as I felt very comfortable around them, whereas my friends here, it takes years for that sort of comfort. Also, of course, I miss the consistent good weather. Here sometimes it can…be very cold. Well, I haven’t really experienced that fully, but I know that I will really soon.

As told to Kyle Bavis ‘19 (Photo: Provided)

According to the Admissions Office, this year Northwood has 72 international students from 23 different countries and 6 different continents, breaking records for the number of international students and countries represented in the school. Close to 40% of Northwood students are from outside the United States. Throughout the first trimester, The Mirror will profile a number of new international students, so that our community can learn who they are, where are they from, and some interesting things about them. See all student profiles here.

Humans of Northwood: Margot Rouquette

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“I am Margot Rouquette from Toulouse, France. I lived in Canada at a boarding school for the past two years, and when I first thought of coming to a boarding school in the US I was excited because I knew how things at a boarding school works. You get to meet a lot of new people. I choose Northwood because they have a great hockey program and the school is amazing. Sometimes I think about what I miss from my country — my family — but even though they are not physically with me, they are always supporting me. My goals are getting into a high-level college where I can continue playing hockey. I also want to make it to the French National Hockey Team. So far, I am enjoying Lake Placid it’s a really nice place where I love making friends, which has been easy as everyone here it’s very outgoing.”

As told to Francisco Castillo ‘19 (Photo: Fran Castillo ’19)

According to the Admissions Office, this year Northwood has 72 international students from 23 different countries and 6 different continents, breaking records for the number of international students and countries represented in the school. Close to 40% of Northwood students are from outside the United States. Throughout the first trimester, The Mirror will profile a number of new international students, so that our community can learn who they are, where are they from, and some interesting things about them. See all student profiles here.

Humans of Northwood: Paul Hou

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“My name is Paul Hou. I am a 16 year old junior from Beijing. In my free time I like watching movies but what I mostly enjoy doing is playing video games, especially CS GO, with my friends. I chose coming to Northwood because its academic program but also because of the opportunity that students must interact with the natural environment. Something different here compared to China is the food and people. It is calm here with fewer people, although I still like it, but I miss my friends and the gastronomy from China. My main goal after Northwood is getting accepted into a good college in the US and continuing to studying here. So far, I have been liking Lake Placid. It’s a good place where people are friendly, and we have an awesome environment.”

As told to Francisco Castillo ‘19 (Photo: Fran Castillo ’19)

According to the Admissions Office, this year Northwood has 72 international students from 23 different countries and 6 different continents, breaking records for the number of international students and countries represented in the school. Close to 40% of Northwood students are from outside the United States. Throughout the first trimester, The Mirror will profile a number of new international students, so that our community can learn who they are, where are they from, and some interesting things about them. See all student profiles here.

Humans of Northwood: Bernardo Simoes

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“I am a 16 years old senior from Northwood School, this is my first year in Northwood and my first year studying outside of my country. I come from Portugal, where everything is different: food, people even the weather. What I miss the most from my country are not having to study for two hours straight, my family who always support me, and speaking my native language. The first days have been a little bit difficult, having to speak every time a language that I am learning it’s not easy. I chose coming to Northwood because it offered me exactly what I was looking for: a comfortable place where I can play soccer and study at a high level. I am enjoying Lake Placid; it’s a nice area where people are friendly and always willing to help”.

As told to Francisco Castillo ‘19 (Photo: Fran Castillo)

According to the Admissions Office, this year Northwood has 72 international students from 23 different countries and 6 different continents, breaking records for the number of international students and countries represented in the school. Close to 40% of Northwood students are from outside the United States. Throughout the first trimester, The Mirror will profile a number of new international students, so that our community can learn who they are, where are they from, and some interesting things about them. See all student profiles here.

Bed Bugs Greet Students on Opening Day

Students were greeted on opening day with an unwelcome surprise. As they were unpacking and settling into their new rooms, they discovered surprise bunkmates: bed bugs. Three dorm rooms were discovered to have the pests. Those rooms, along with the surrounding rooms and hallways, were promptly disinfected by professional exterminators. Even though eradicating bed bugs can sometimes take weeks or months, depending on the extent of the infestation, there is no evidence at this point that bed bugs are in any other spaces at school.

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Mr. Tom Broderick in protective clothing during the bed bug outbreak in September 2018. (Photo: Mr. Joey Burnah)

The bed bug outbreak displaced a total of four students from their rooms in Bergamini for less than a day. Two of the displaced students had beds infested with bed bugs, while the other two were hall RAs who helped move the infested bedding. The RAs rooms were treated to ensure the outbreak didn’t spread.

Assistant Head of School Mr. Tom Broderick supervised the cleanup. “The insects were found in the wood frames of the affected beds, somewhere that the school had missed to check in the run-up to school,” explained Broderick. “As soon as we became aware of the situation, we sprayed a plant-based toxin, which only harms bed bugs and not humans, in common areas around the campus including hallways and the student center as a precautionary measure,” he said.

Northwood had a similar incident about ten years ago when a student found bed bugs in her bed after returning to school from vacation. Since then, the school has purchased bed bug-proof mattresses to prevent the infestation of beds in dorms, but they are not 100% effective. However, with as many as 1,500 people using the beds on campus every summer and students who travel extensively, it is difficult to conclude from where the bugs originated.

“Bed bugs are a reality in modern world. We have students from 24 countries and 21 states who have been traveling. It wasn’t really surprising that the outbreak happened. I think what’s more surprising is that this didn’t happen sooner,” commented Mr. Broderick.

“We’re fortunate that we have experts here in our town that deal with bed bugs on a regular basis, like local hotels. Though these bugs are resilient and hard to eradicate, we’re fairly confident that we’ve got the situation covered,” Mr. Broderick said. As a preventative measure, the school has been installing bed bug monitors that use heat and CO2 to attract, trap, and kill bed bugs under beds. The school is also looking into the possibility of treating all student rooms with intense heat during the next school break. The procedure raises ambient room temperature to 130℉, a lethal temperature for bed bugs.

Since most humans do not react to bed bug bites, it is not uncommon for people to have bed bugs and not know. Therefore, it is important to educate our students on how to spot bed bugs to allow timely intervention. See more about bed bugs here.

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