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

Skate it Forward to Raise Funds for 9/11 First Responders

Skate it Forward is a hockey tournament organized by Northwood’s community service group CARE as a fundraiser for an organization dedicated to the first responders of 9/11, the Ray Pfeifer Foundation. [Read more…]

Ring the Bell Exceeds Goal, Raises $267K

ring the bell logo 2019 blueNorthwood’s third annual Ring the Bell giving day took place on March 8th, raising over $267,000 for the Northwood Fund. It was nearly a $120,000 increase from last year’s event. In the weeklong lead up to Ring the Bell, Northwood released several videos and endorsements featuring teachers, students, and alumni. Several alumni pitched in with matching challenges with individual totals as high as $20,000.

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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.”

Senioritis Spreading at Northwood

Senioritis: A condition in which a high school senior starts to care less and less about school and wishes for everything to be over already.

Symptoms may include: an unusual amount of “sick days,” loss of homework, shortened attention span, frequent rolling of the eyes, prolonged due dates, and excessive Fortnite playing.

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Some seniors have come down with “Senioritis.”

Northwood is now well into the third and final trimester, and for many seniors, school is the last thing on their minds. With graduation, going to college, getting a job, starting a family, having kids, and becoming an adult to look forward to, they lose interest in studying and become rather lazy.

To learn how Northwood students are fighting (or happily accepting) Senioritis, I asked several Northwood seniors how they have kept themselves productive during their final few months at Northwood.

Cole Leal ‘19 said, “To be honest, it’s tough to continue working as hard as I have in the past few years. And I’m sure that all [seniors] are ready to get out of here.” He added, “Sort of luckily for me though, I don’t know right now where I’m going to college, as I’m going to play junior hockey after this year. This gives me a reason to keep my grades up as best as I can so that I can keep all of my options open going forward.”

Alexander Ray ‘19 said, “Towards the end of the year, it’s always a bit tough to stay on track with school, but my advice to all of the other seniors at Northwood is to just keep grinding because no matter what, grades are always important to maintain.”

Post-Graduate Alex Van Schalkwyk ‘19 is actively trying to fight off Senioritis. Van Schalkwyk said, “I am feeling [Senioritis] a bit. However, I know there isn’t too long to go, so I’m going to stay motivated to finish this life test rather strongly. Regarding my grades, I’m as concerned with my grades right now as I was at the start of the year, mainly because the school that I want to go to, Dartmouth, is still monitoring my grades. I have to keep my grades up to keep the admissions office there happy.”

I reached out to five other Northwood seniors via text message, and all of them told me that they would get back to me very soon, but none of them ever did. I suppose that Senioritis is already in full force at this school.

Of course grades are always very important, but it’s also hard to blame the seniors for this drop in attentiveness. After all, they have been in school since they were four or five years old. As the 2018-2019 academic year is winding down to its end, and seniors begin to see the light at the end of their tunnels, it’s understandable why some seniors try to just take a knee and run out the clock.

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A Visual Representation of Seniors This Last Trimester

But what Northwood seniors do need to keep in mind is that Graduation Day is still a long way away. Up until that day, why not push through to the end of their high school lives and make their time well spent?

Students Excited for Winter Carnival, Despite Changes

Any student who’s been at Northwood for at least one year has noticed a change to a Winter Tradition. Winter Carnival is no longer run by the four-year captains, and there is no longer a draft. Instead, it is now a Peak event. Many kids have their doubts about the new system as they’ve barely gotten to know their Peaks. The teams have been active for less than a year. [Read more…]

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…]

Update: Northwood’s School Safety Plan

On December 12, 2018, Kevin Quinn 19’ published an essay in The Mirror about how Northwood should prepare its students in an event of a school shooting. Quinn had suggested that Northwood adopt the same safety measure used by Oakland University–to equip all students with hockey pucks so that they can throw the pucks at the shooter. Now, of course, this is a bit of a long shot, but any plan is better than no plan at all. So what steps has Northwood School gone through to assure the safety of its students? To figure this out, I sat down with the Assistant Head of School Tom Broderick.


Assistant Head of School Mr. Tom Broderick (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

My first question for Mr. Broderick was what he thought about the idea of students at Northwood carrying around hockey pucks. He said, “What I’ve learned over my time studying the Fort Hood massacre, studying Newtown, and studying other active shooter events, is that when students flee, they often have a greater chance at survival.” He added, “Also if you are confronted with an active shooter, distraction is a major thing. In reality, though, you don’t need to carry around hockey pucks to create a distraction for the shooter. Any object, say, a stack of paper, can be enough of a distraction to disrupt a shooter’s accuracy.”

I then asked Mr. Broderick if there is a reason why Northwood has never conducted drills to prepare for the possible event of a school shooting. He replied, “The school has tried to come up with the best way to run an active shooter drill. The problem is that right now, our school does not have at its disposal a warning system for this sort of thing. Northwood’s safety task force has been looking into purchasing an appropriate warning system.” He continued, “We can’t use the fire alarm for this sort of thing because a shooter might use it as a way to access more targets all at once. And since we are so efficient with fire drills, within two minutes an active shooter could have all the students and faculty out in the field. So using a fire drill would actually put people at greater harm. We are going to have some meetings with students as we go into the spring to talk about these sort of things, and hopefully, determine our plans of action rather soon.”

fire-alarm-systemFinally, I asked Mr. Broderick what current steps the school is taking to secure school buildings. He said, “At this point, the school has been authorized to secure most of the [entry] doors in the Allen building, in Bergamini, and in the Uihlein classroom building, and the Friedlander science center. Next year, when students return to campus, all students will be required to carry around what is called a fob, which is a small electric key that can open doors. They will not be able to enter school buildings without one.”


The school safety plan will call for more locked doors, which may mean more keys and fobs (Photo: Kyle Bavis ’19).

“Now, all this being said, Lake Placid is a very safe place. I still leave my house unlocked. I still leave my car unlocked. The problem with the age that we live in today, though, is that we can not assume our safety. And so that is why these new measures and many more still to come, plan to be implemented here at Northwood School,” Mr. Broderick said.

We are living in a dangerous world. With the recent rise in the number of school shootings, school safety has never been more important. But with many school faculty like Mr. Broderick looking out for us, the Northwood community can all breathe a little bit easier.

Humans of Northwood: Matt Paul ‘22


Matthew Paul ’22 (Photo: Wyatt Friedlander)

What’s good? My name is Matt Paul. This is my first year at Northwood. This is my sister’s second year and my mom has been working here since 2012. I am a freestyle skier and lacrosse player. So far my Northwood experience has been decent. Going to school with my sister and mother is unusual but sometimes it’s very helpful. Northwood is a wonderful place and I am happy to be here.

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