Winter Formal Includes Holiday Show at LPCA 

Northwood kicked off a final week before the holiday break with a festive formal dinner followed by student performances at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. These performances were led by the Northwood Dancers and other students willing to show off their talents.

The night started out with an excellent dinner put on by the Northwood kitchen staff that incorporated many classic holiday dishes including roast ham and great desserts. This was Northwood’s third formal dinner of the year and was a great way to celebrate a return to relative normalcy after there were no such dinners held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

After the dinner students, packed into school buses and headed over to the Lake Placid Center For the Arts where there was an array of different talents on display. Students took the leap of faith to perform individual acts in front of the crowd of students, faculty and parents. 

The highlight of the show was performances by the Northwood dance program that incorporated several different styles of dance. For many Northwood students, this was one of the first opportunity to see their classmates dance, and it was received with thunderous applause. 

“This was a great chance to see some of my classmates hidden talents. Definitely my favorite formal of the year,” Calem Tommy ’22 said.  The dinner and show sent the Northwood community off into vacation on a positive note.

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Hockey Tournament Is On, Despite COVID 

A scene from the 2019 Northwood Invitational (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered Northwood’s Winter Weekend somewhat, but the annual tournament is still on. The Northwood Invitational Tournament and Winter Weekend are important events for the staff and students to relax from work and enjoy activities. It is also an opportunity for parents and alumni to return to Lake Placid. All non-tournament activities are canceled.  

According to athletic director Mr. Trevor Gilligan, this year marks the 43rd annual Northwood hockey tournament. Athletes compete from Saturday through to Monday to try win the prestigious trophies.  

Traditionally, Northwood uses this weekend as a “Winter Weekend” where parents and alumni come and visit the school and Lake Placid to enjoy the tournament, pond hockey, receptions and other activities, but non-tournament activities have been canceled out of concern for the health and safety of the participants.  

Gilligan faced extreme difficulties organising the tournament due to Covid-19. Three teams from Quebec have cancelled their plans on playing in the tournament due to Covid-19. As Covid-19 cases rise locally there is a worry this homecoming weekend could potentially spread the virus severely, but Northwood are testing students and staff with symptoms regularly and are optimistic about this year’s Homecoming weekend. Several students have travelled back home for the weekend due to Covid-19, but many are still excited about the Hockey tournament. Mr Gilligan said, “Our hockey team is in pretty good shape for this weekend.” He also said “Covid has had an impact regarding scheduling and travelling but for the most part the Winter Weekend will be great.” 

 

NORTHWOOD GAME SCHEDULE 

Saturday       
1932 Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood School Girls  Shadyside 
USA Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood School HS  Nichols 16’s 
1932 Rink  10:30 AM  Northwood School Prep  Gilmour 18’s 
1932 Rink  2:00 PM  Northwood Varsity  Gilmour 16’s 
1932 Rink  3:45 PM  Northwood School Girls  Gilmour Academy 
1932 Rink  5:30 PM  Northwood School Prep  Ridley 
       
Sunday       
1932 Rink  7:00 AM  Northwood School HS  South Kent 15’s 
1932 Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood Varsity  Nichols 16’s 
1932 Rink  10:30 AM  Northwood School Girls  A-21 
1932 Rink  12:15 PM  Northwood School Prep  Bridgton 
USA Rink  2:00 PM  Northwood School HS  Gilmour 16’s 
1932 Rink  3:45 PM  Northwood Varsity  South Kent 15’s 

 

Monday  

Monday’s games TBD: Check the Northwood Community Team or social media channels for times 

12:15 PM Championship (1932 Rink) (Girls Division)
12:15 PM Championship (USA Rink) (HS/Varsity Division)
2:00 PM Championship (1932 Rink) (Prep Division) 

 

Students Reflect on Media Bias on Anniversary of January 6 Riots 

On January 6th last year, nearly 2,000 supporters of then-President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building, infuriated by the 2020 election, which he lost to Joe Biden. A joint session of Congress was inside the Capitol and certifying the election, and the protesters outside hoped to overturn that result.  

Photo “2021 Storming of the United States Capitol” by Tyler Merbler. CC https://www.flickr.com/photos/37527185@N05/50812356151/

January 6th2020 may not be in our textbooks yet, but it has become a particularly important day in American history. On that day, the Northwood campus was quiet. Students were still at home following an extended winter break and were attending remote classes. Like so many others, the Northwood community learned about this tragic incident via social media.  

Ms. Noel Carmichael is Northwood Dean of Academic Affairs and co-teacher of integrated humanities teacher. Carmicheal marked the one-year anniversary by teaching her class about the January 6th incident and exploring various news sources reported the incident.  

“In our humanities class on January 6th we will be comparing and contrasting how different media sources are covering the event, including an analysis of what terminology is used by each source,” she said before the lesson.  

Carmichael was leading her ninth-grade integrated humanities class when the riots began January 6. “We were actually in class at the time it happened. It was 1:30 in the afternoon, I think. Our class was virtual, so I was at my kitchen table with all our students on the screen,” Carmichael said. When a student blurted out something about riots at the Capitol during class, she was suspicious. “Honestly, at first, I didn’t believe him. I thought he was exaggerating.”  

Dean of Academic Affairs Ms. Noel Carmichael (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Carmichael saw the incident as a teachable moment. “We spent a lot of time the rest of that week trying to understand what exactly happened and how it had been able to happen. We also did an exercise looking at what have now become iconic pictures and writing our responses as a way of beginning to process the events.”  

Incorporating the event into her class wasn’t easy for Carmichael. “Honestly, in a classroom with a wide variety of opinions and political leanings and during a time of heightened emotion, it was difficult to feel like we could have productive conversation,” she said, “More time needed to pass before we could do that.”  

This year, on the anniversary of the riots, Carmichael open class by asking, “Who knows what happened on January 6th?” A majority of the class appeared confused until she mentioned what happened and sounds of recognition filled the room. Students then proceeded to talk about the riot: where they were when they learned about it, why they think it happened and more. 

Media bias was the focus of the lesson, the class learned about how different media sources portray different stories. Ms. Carmichael also discussed how the January 6th riot will be written in history and asked students “How would this history be written?”. Lots of students shared their beliefs and opinions, which were all listened to respectfully by the class.  

It was a great class taught by Ms Carmichael that helped her students think about January 6th and learn about media bias. 

 

Ed Note: the author is a student in Ms. Carmichael’s Integrated Humanities class described in this article. 

Art Courses an Outlet for Student Creativity 

At the furthest end of the main building there is a space full of creativity, color and new ideas. Students gather here for classes and during their free time to explore their passion for making things and advance their skills in the world of art. 

Northwood offers a variety of art classes including Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture where students can learn how to work with different mediums. Student artists work with pastels, acrylic paint, water color, paint markers, oil paint, clay, a variety of different types of paper, found objects, charcoal.

In the beginning of the trimester in Painting I students were taught a variety of skills such as, the basics of color by using frosting mixed with food coloring. We then mixed the frosting to make all the colors and painted vanilla cookies with it. It was a simple, hands-on exercise that was informative, fun and delicious!

Painting I students spent more time in in the fall figuring out ways water can affect the canvas depending on how much water is used when working with watercolor. They also learned how to bring shapes of our choice off of the page by layering the shapes on top of each other after putting down a base coat and carefully painting certain areas.

The culminating project in Painting I is “The Chair Project.”  Ms. Van Slyke spent the summer collecting chairs so her students could choose an artist of their choice and then transform the chair into a version of a piece inspired by that artist. Students picked famous artists like Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Keith Haring, Lee Krasner and others. The finished chairs are currently displayed in Northwood’s dining room and pictured below. 

First Trimester Honor Rolls Announced

December 3, 2021 — Ms. Noel Carmichael, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the first trimester of the 2021-22 school year, which concluded on Friday, November 12

 

DEAN’S LIST

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+

Bailey, Georgia ‘23 Harrison, Caroline ‘22 Nguyen, Tam ‘22
Batten, William ‘23 Jackson, Turner Wells ‘23 Nguyen, Hung ‘25
Brady, Brian ‘24 Kelly, Timothy ‘23 Paye, Lohkoah ‘24
Creighton, Elisabeth ‘24 Kiggen, Kristen ‘24 Roth, Quinn ‘25
DelliQuadri, Peppi ‘22 Kis, Colin ‘24 Schneid, James ‘23
Demers, Katie ‘24 Korec, Jan ‘22 Shain, Jacob ‘22
Dempsey, Cara ‘25 Leddel, Noah ‘23 Sherman, Sophia ‘25
Donatello, Andrew ‘24 Lyne, Sam ‘24 Shin, Kyumin ‘22
Doyle, Liam ‘22 Martin, Sadie ‘25 Sinclair, Abigail ‘23
Doyle, Sean ‘22 Meyer, Adrian ‘24 Sunkum, Shashwath ‘22
Dupuis, Kody ‘24 Nee, Cilla ‘22 Teig, Piper ‘25
Garvey, Augustine ‘25 Nelson, Christie-Ann ‘23 Tremblay-Kau, Johann ‘22
Green, Sebastian (David) ‘22 Nelson, Iva-Amanda ‘23 Volpe, Richard ‘23
Wardlaw, Teegan ‘25

 

HIGH HONOR ROLL

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

Basden, Kendin ‘22 Hall, Carson ‘22 Prince, Marie-Jeanne ‘22
Bette, Brian ‘23 Jaslow, Jacob ‘23 Randall, Alexander ‘25
Boudreau, Tyler ‘22 Kelley, Brooke ‘23 Sheridan, Evelina ‘22
Brammer, Tsinat ‘24 Lasky, Aidan ‘23 Smith, Morgan ‘24
Broderick, Kate ‘22 Tebo, Adria ‘23 Spiegel, Lily ‘22
Buchbinder, Daniel ‘23 Tsang, Lok To (Jeremy) ‘23 Wargo, Zachary ‘25
Byrne, Maegan ‘24 Larsen, Hillary ‘22 Wentzel, Teagan ‘24
Cheney-Seymour, Colter ‘22 Loffredo, Slater ‘22 Winicki, Roman ‘22
De Angelis, Connor ‘22 Ming, Sachiel ‘24 Wissler, Bella ‘23
De La Barrera, Julian ‘22 Mules, Halle ‘24 Wright, Nathaniel ‘25
Guevara, Ashley ‘24 Norfolk, Rowen ‘22 Zarcone, Natalie ‘22

 

HONOR ROLL

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-

Ali, Suhaib ‘22 Gonzalez Gonzalo, Pedro ‘23 Newman, Hayden ‘24
Barbieri, Jackson ‘24 Gry, Aristide ‘22 Norfolk, Lincoln ‘24
Beaulieu, Olivier ‘23 Happi, Junior ‘23 Norton, Benjamin ‘22
Bedortha, Tyler ‘25 Jones, Bryan ‘22 O’Donoghue, Liam ‘22
Borlido, Rafael ‘23 Kelting, Sophia ‘23 Pavlasova, Anna ‘23
Boschen, Bodhi ‘24 La Roche, Sebastian ‘23 Pentinat Llurba, Ïu ‘22
Brady, Matthew ‘22 Hollister, Karleigh ‘22 Rutley, Ryan ‘23
Burns, Matthew ‘22 Itkowitz, Eliyahu ‘24 Smith, Jackson ‘23
Christaldi, Nathan ‘22 Lee, Junyeop ‘23 Schupp, Sophia ‘24
Cook, Kira ‘ 23 Lluberes, Jazlyn ‘23 Sparo, Anthony ‘23
Davis, Camden ‘23 Mathews, Cole ‘23 Spiegel, Jack ‘23
DeGuardia, Dominick ‘24 Nolet-Gagne, Mathis ‘23 Thioubou, Mariema ‘23
Donahue, Finley ‘23 Maiore, Ruby ‘22 Winthrop, Joey ‘23
Eisenhart, Macie ‘23 Melicant, Paige ‘22 Tommy, Calem Luke ‘22
Fesette, Ella ‘22 Moodey, Noah ‘25 Van Etten, Cole ‘25
Fitzsimmons, Nora ‘24 Moores, Seth ‘24 Wentzel, Kara ‘22
Frantz, Trey ‘25 Murphy, Cian ‘22 Wissler, Maya ‘25
Woudenberg, Nolan ‘22

 

EFFORT HONOR ROLL

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

Abel, Camden ‘23 De La Barrera, Julian ‘22 Nolet-Gagne, Mathis ‘23
Bailey, Georgia ‘23 Fuerpass, Aiden ‘22 O’Donoghue, Liam ‘22
Basden, Kendin ‘22 Garvey, Augustine ‘25 Pavlasova, Anna ‘23
Batten, William ‘23 Green, Sebastian ‘22 Randall, Alexander ‘25
Bette, Brian ‘23 Guevara, Ashley ‘24 Roth, Quinn ‘25
Borlido, Rafael ‘23 Hall, Carson ‘22 Schneid, James ‘23
Boudreau, Tyler ‘22 Harrison, Caroline ‘22 Shain, Jacob ‘22
Brady, Brian ‘24 Hollister, Karleigh ‘22 Sheridan, Evelina ‘22
Brady, Matthew ‘22 Itkowitz, Eliyahu ’24 Sherman, Sophia ’25
Brammer, Tsinat ‘24 Jackson, Turner Wells ‘23 Shin, Kyumin ‘22
Broderick, Katherine ‘22 Jaslow, Jacob ‘23 Sinclair, Abigail ‘23
Buchbinder, Daniel ‘23 Kelly, Timothy ‘23 Smith, Jackson ‘23
Burns, Matthew ‘22 Kelting, Sophia ‘23 Spiegel, Lily ‘22
Cheney-Seymour, Colter ‘22 Kiggen, Kristen ‘24 Sunkum, Shashwath ‘22
Christaldi, Nathan ‘22 Korec, Jan ‘22 Tebo, Adria ‘23
Cook, Kira ‘23 Lasky, Aidan ‘23 Teig, Piper ‘25
Creighton, Elisabeth ’24 Leddel, Noah ‘23 Tommy, Calem Luke ‘22
De Angelis, Connor ‘22 Lluberes, Jazlyn ‘23 Tremblay-Kau, Johann ‘22
DelliQuadri, Peppi ‘22 Loffredo, Slater ‘22 Tsang, lok To (Jeremy) ‘23
Demers, Katie ‘24 Martin, Sadie ‘25 Volpe, Ricky ‘23
Donahue, Finley ‘23 Meyer, Adrian ‘24 Wardlaw, Teegan ’25
Donatello, Andrew ’24 Nee, Cilla ‘22 Wentzel, Kara ‘22
Doyle, Liam ‘22 Nelson, Iva-Amanda ‘23 Wentzel, Teagan ‘24
Doyle, Sean ‘22 Nelson, Christie-Ann ‘23 Wint, Jonathan (JT) ‘25
Eisenhart, Macie ‘23 Nguyen, Hung ‘25 Wissler, Bella ‘23
Fesette, Ella ‘22 Nguyen, Hung ‘22
Nguyen, Tam ‘22


Ed. Note: the Effort Honor Roll was updated on 12/8/21 to correct a misprint.

Humans of Northwood: Kyumin Shin ’22

“From I young age my passion has always been football. Being born in Seoul, South Korea I had the environment and opportunity to play high level football and play for good teams. Besides for sports I enjoy certain academics like science and mathematics. As a post Graduate student, I chose to come to Northwood after I learned about the Black Rock soccer program and met Coach Moodey. He did a great job explaining how attending Northwood could help me achieve my goals of becoming a Division I student-athlete. In my free time I like to sing and participate in the open mics offered at the Hub on Main Street.”

As told to Colter Cheney-Seymour ’22

Humans of Northwood: Suhaib Hussein Ali ’22

I’m from Somaliland, it’s a country in East Africa. A lot of people confuse it as Somalia but the countries divided in 1991 as an independent state. Even though we come from similar backgrounds, ethnicity, language, religion, it’s a totally different country.

Where I’m from the culture and lifestyle are vastly different. In Somaliland, the popular traditions we have are pottery, music, wood carving, and architectural things. A lot of our arts and traditions are based on pre-Islamic mythology and Muslim beliefs.

Something that is completely different in Somaliland that may be a shock to many people is the number of siblings in a family, in our country the household is much large than the average US family. I have 9 siblings, and I am the youngest. Living in a house with 9 siblings can be a challenge sometimes as you can imagine, but it’s something normal where I’m from. And it was shocking for me when I came here because most people would have 1 or 2 siblings; sometimes not even any.

There has been a lot of cultural shocks coming here. For example, my first time experiencing snow. It wasn’t pleasant but I’ve gotten used to it. But moving here was great I was able to learn another language which is something I am really passionate about. Currently, I speak 4 languages, Arabic, English, Somali, and Hindi.

I moved to the United States and Northwood School so I could pursue my education and maximize my opportunities. I for sure miss my home, but experiencing a different culture and new lifestyle has been a good experience for me. I plan to attend college here in the US but I am excited to finally go see my family back in Somaliland during the summer.

As told to Jacob Shain ’22. Photo provided.

The Bucket List: 8 Things to do Before You Graduate

Our most cherished moments we’ll remember from Northwood won’t be the ones where we aced that test in math — well maybe if you are failing the class. It’ll be when we couldn’t stop laughing with our best friends to the point where our stomachs were hurting . Our friends and the community around us are what add meaning to your high school experience, and the moments we create within it are the ones that make it an unforgettable memory we’ll be thinking of long after we graduate.   

So, with the end of trimester 1 on the horizon, the time where some of us will have to say a heartbreaking goodbye to Northwood is slowly approaching. With that in mind, it’s not such a bad idea to create and fulfill a bucket list while you are still a Northwood Student. 

Here is a suggested list of things you should definitely do during your time at Northwood, ranging from climbing the 46 Adirondack peaks to having a favorite sandwich order at the local deli.  

#1 Attend all sporting events at least once  

Northwood is well known not only for its prestigious academics but also for its prominent athletic history. That being, attending a sports event will be an exciting experience as you’ll undergo the competitiveness atmosphere and school spirit. Attending a soccer match, hockey game, and skiing event is a must. 

“It was nice watching a my first ever hockey game, they moved so fast gliding across the ice, it was majestic,” said Suhaib Ali ’22. “Hopefully I can attend my first skiing event this winter as well,” he added. 

Fans take in the action at hockey games at the Olympic Center in recent years. (Photos: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Next time you can catch a hockey game is November 13th where the Prep Boys take on South Kent Selects and the Girls Hockey team take on Hockey Training Institute. For the Boys Soccer, each team has three games this weekend on the new turf field providing numerous opportunities to see the huskies in action. 

#2 Take advantage of Northwood’s academic opportunities   

With all the academic opportunities Northwood offers, exploring your passions and interests is possible. For example, an independent study allows students to create their own curriculum and program for any area of discipline they desire. Furthermore, the STEM Research Program offers students interested in science a course to dive deep into a topic they are passionate about. 

“The STEM Research Program and Independent Study Program has allowed me to explore my interest outside of the traditional high school class.” Kara Wentzel ’22 stated.

Students in the 2021-22 Advanced STEM Research Class. (Photo: Ms. Jill Walker).

In addition, the numerous electives range from music, dance, innovation classes, to rock climbing. Take a class outside your comfort zone. If you are scared of heights take a rock climbing class. If you despise dancing because your body just can’t dance, let loose and join the dance class.  

#3 Get on Stage   

Conquer your fears! Before you leave Northwood you should definitely perform on stage. This could range from being just a simple school meeting announcement or performing a lovely song with Mr. Stewart in front of the school.  

Ashley Guevara ’24 performing at the Open Mic at the Innovation Hub on Main Street on October 1, 2021 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

“I was relatively afraid to be in front of the whole school preforming, but doing it with your friend makes it easier and exciting,” as said by Kendin Basden ’22 who was a cast member of the play “Anonymous” in 2019. 

#4 Hike High Peak   

From the summit of Hurricane Mountain on Mountain Day, September 21, 2021 (Photo: Ms. Vanessa Pillen).

Being surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains is a benefit the Northwood community has. There are 46 peaks that are up to 4,000 feet in elevation. With all those mountains, you should certainly set a goal to climb at least one. Furthermore, this comes along with having a favorite sandwich named after the 46 peaks at the famous Big Mountain Deli on Main Street, a Lake Placid favorite.   

#5 See an event at one of the Olympic Venues  

Lake Placid, also known as the Olympic Village, has hosted two Winter Olympics hence giving the town its nickname. As a Northwood student, you should watch an actual event at one of the Olympic venues. For example, world class competitions in speed skating, ski jumping, luge, bobsledding , cross country skiing, and alpine skiing. It is not your every ordinary school that has all these facilities nearby. In addition, Northwood has two Olympians working here, Mr. Biesemeyer (alpine skiing) and Mr. Roy (bobsledding).   

Lake Placid often hosts major events like this World Cup Luge competition (Photo: Lakeplacid.com)

#6 Hike Cobble  

Enjoying the view on Cobble (Photo: Northwood/Facebook)

Cobble Hill is right in Northwood’s backyard. It is about a mile hike from the school’s campus and is a well-known hike for many locals, tourists. For many children, Cobble is their first-ever hike. This beautiful trail takes you to a small peak with gorgeous views that overlook the village and the school’s campus. For Northwood students, some may get the opportunity to hike it as a class trip, if not, many students will make the climb themselves mostly to watch the sunset or sunrise. Cobble is a delightful hike you should experience. 

 

Now, for the more mischievous side of the list, here are a few of Northwood’s student traditions that everyone should experience.    

#7 Midnight Soccer Game   

Any soccer game is enjoyable; how about enjoying one in the middle of the night, with your friends, on the new turf, and just running around freely? One night a year, the Northwood students gather to play a game at midnight not only for the purpose of having fun but perhaps causing a little trouble. 

This tradition has waned during the pandemic, but it is due to make a comeback. An attempted interview occurred amongst a few students and they claimed “it was one of the best nights of the school year,” but, they would rather keep their identities anonymous.   

#8 Senior Prank   

The very words “senior prank” can stir up some pretty heavy-duty fears for teachers but some mischievous ideas for the students. Although it may cause some chaos, it is surely worth completing. This could be any creative idea you think of, but just make sure it’s not destructive.  

We are not advocating for students to get kicked out of school, but a good natured prank will definitely give you a good laugh and not cause too much trouble. 

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With the opportunities Northwood and the community around us have to offer, you should try to cross all of these off your list. Make your experience at Northwood memorable. 

What other experiences should be added to the Northwood bucket list? Add your choices in a comment below.

 

Advanced Science Class Provides Research Opportunities

A new advanced research program provides students a unique opportunity to engage in research at a level usually not experienced before college.  

The program focuses on the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) field. According to the school’s web site, the new academic offering provides students with “a platform to engage in independent research within the fields of biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and engineering. Students with a deep interest in scientific discovery will have the ability to design and implement their own research projects throughout this year-long honors-level course.”

The program is led by Ms. Jill Walker, a science and math teacher whose official title is Director of the Advanced STEM Research Program. She believes that the STEM Research Project is a way to expand students’ scientific literacy and promotes extensive research for information.

“The goal of the class isn’t about the final answer to some research project, it’s about the process of giving students an open-ended project that they have to work through, like figuring out the background information or the questions that they have to ask, contacting scientists or engineers. It’s really about giving them the ability to follow a path toward something they’re interested in,” Walker said

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In the first trimester, students are researching and reading. They are finding and citing scientific papers and learning about their topics of interest. Ms. Walker has been assisting students find topics that they’re interested in, students are reading published papers, asking lots of questions and taking abundant notes about of the research projects being constructed.

Walker explained that there is a lot of flexibility in the course and provision is made for students in any STEM field as well as those curious on ways to expand and make use of  scientific apparatus in their project.

Georgia Bailey ’23 wanted to do a project on dehydration, so I said, ‘Let see what’s out there, let’s see if there is any cool equipment.’ There’s this meter that you stick on somebody’s tongue and it tells you if they’re hydrated or not. We were going around with the kids in the class practicing using this meter to make sure she knows how to use it and she’s using this as the basis for developing her project.”

STEM students gain a sense of independence as they formulate their own topics to work with and develop their projects. They develop communication skills, critical thinking, and perseverance in this course. Students often network to experts in their fields, utilize in-depth data to aid their projects, and learn to be patient to discard, change and edit their questions and projects to be more scientifically suitable.

Jacob Shain ’22 is enjoying his experience so far. “The best part is getting involved in research because a lot of high schools don’t offer that option, especially working with a doctor. It’s really a privilege,” Shain said.

Students are conducting many different projects, ranging from the effects of microplastic pollution to the study of human dehydration.

“I am studying the effects of microplastics, which are tiny pieces of plastic that pollute bodies of water, on Daphnia Magna, a type of tiny water crustacean. I will learn about how the combination of microplastics and herbicides affect creatures and plants in ecosystems,” explained Cilla Nee ‘22. 

Students in this program are graded based on their evident commitment to their project, the effort that they are putting towards answering the question their project is based on and the quality of their advanced research. 

“There is a lot of individuality and a lot of creativity with the class,” Ms. Walker said.

Students interested in Advanced STEM Research should speak with Ms. Walker or Academic Dean Ms. Carmichael to learn more about course requirements. 

Turf Field Opens in Time for Showcase 

Photos from the last stages of construction of the new artificial turf field at Northwood School (Photos: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The new artificial turf field at Northwood School is getting its finishing touches as the debut for the venue is nearing. This weekend, Northwood will be hosting a soccer showcase that will bring eight football clubs from the Northeast to campus to compete in front of coaches at some of the nation’s best collegiate soccer programs. 

Both the U18 and U19 teams will participate in the showcase, and each team will play 3 games over the course of the weekend. The first match on the new turf will take place on Friday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. when the U19 teams plays IHC Academy from Watertown, NY. 

Saturday will be packed full of soccer action with eight matches throughout the day. At 10:00 a.m. the U19 boys will play St. Andrews School then the U18 boys will play at 1:00 p.m. against Burlington FC. The final match for Northwood on Saturday is against rivals High Mowing at 2:00, a highly-anticipated matchup. 

Games continue on Sunday as the Northwood U19s play NY Elite AlleyCats FC at 10:00 and RMPUS at 1:00. The U18s will close out the showcase playing North Country Select at noon.

The Northwood soccer team hears an inspirational message from their coach, Mr. Jon Moodey, at their first practice on the new artificial turf field, November 9, 2021 (Photo: Mr. Andy Donatello).

The soccer teams took the field for the first time this morning for training. It’s the first time the squad has trained on campus this school year. Until now, they have trained on a field on the outskirts of town. 

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