Get to Know Mr. Tony Miller

Tony Miller joins Northwood as an instructor in the English Department. He will also be working with Noel Carmichael on the school’s drama productions. Tony is a Lake Placid native who graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs with a degree in English and a minor in Political Science. He worked at the Bookstore Plus on and off for eight years and has also participated in a number of community theater productions over the past ten years. Tony recently worked as an adjunct professor at Paul Smith’s College, teaching English 101 – Effective College Writing for freshman students. Mr. Miller also loves theater, the Adirondacks and has an 8-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog.

That was the brief description of new teacher Mr. Tony Miller on Northwood’s home page. The Mirror staff writer Olivia Paul ’21 tried to get to know him a little better and filed this report.

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Mr. Tony Miller (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

How did you first learn about Northwood? Why did you decide to come here?

I grew up in Lake Placid, and some of my friends went to Northwood, so I always knew of Northwood.

When I heard of the opportunity to possibly work here, I was very excited because I didn’t know much about Northwood life or [what it would be like] working at Northwood. I wanted to learn more about the school.

When you first got here, what was your first impression of Northwood? Has it changed?

My first major impression was how the sense of community was even stronger than I’d expected. An example of this is the relationship between the students and the faculty.

That impression has changed only for the better. Northwood has also surprised me quite a bit with how much everybody works together for the common good. It’s really wonderful to see that.

How is Northwood similar or different from the schools you attended?

Northwood is very different from my high school for a lot of reasons. But it’s also similar in the sense of comradery and support amongst the students. It’s a lot like where I went for college because that’s where I was able to surround myself with so many people from all around the world and from all walks of life. At Lake Placid, I didn’t necessarily get that.

What was your favorite day at Northwood so far? What challenges have you faced at Northwood so far?

My favorite memory at Northwood so far was the musical [The Good Old Days]. Not that other days weren’t good, but to feel the energy and to hear people enjoying the show meant so much. Just to hear the buzz about it was what made it the most fun.

A challenge I’ve faced was just getting into the routine of Northwood life. But I adapted pretty quickly, and it’s not too much of a challenge now.

 

Humans of Northwood: Ryan Combe ‘20

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I’m from York, Maine, I’m 19 years old, and I am a postgraduate. My favorite thing about Northwood is the people. I feel like I’ve fit in from the start — like I’ve been here for years, even though I’ve only been here a couple months. My favorite thing about Lake Placid is downtown: being able to leave the school and hang out with everybody. It’s a cool environment to go out to get food and hang out around the lake. Next year, I will be going to college at the University of Akron where I will be playing soccer, which I’m excited about, and then hopefully from there play professionally someplace.

As told to Miranda Bookman ‘20

 

Humans of Northwood: Aiden LaValley ‘20

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Snowboarding in the winter and being out on the lake in the summer are my favorite hobbies outside of hockey.  I’m from Champlain, New York. I made the decision to attend Northwood for my final year of high school because I loved the hockey program and the location of the school. I love the Adirondacks. Although I’m not too far away from home, I miss my friends and my family. I miss all the nights of eating out. I miss sleeping in my own room even though I’m really happy with my roommate here. And last but not least, I miss my puppy.

My experience at Northwood has been great so far. The students are super welcoming and accepting. The teachers and coaches have made the transition from my old school easy, and they’re willing to help with any aspect of my life. At my old school, there were about 50 students in a class. The average class size here is about 10 students or less. I think this makes Northwood unique and very different. Although my athletic and academic commitments don’t leave a lot of space for free time, I also love the excellent athletic programs here at Northwood.

Northwood is a unique opportunity for me, and here, I learn new things every day. I feel like it’ll be hard to forget just about anything about Northwood even after I graduate. After graduation in May, I hope to pursue my hockey career by playing junior hockey.

As told to Aimee Headland ’20

Humans of Northwood: Olivia McLean ‘22

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I am the only girl in the school who snorts when laughing. I’m from South Burlington, Vermont. I decided to come to Northwood because the hockey program at my last school collapsed, and I wanted to continue playing competitively. Outside of hockey, one of my favorite hobbies is kayaking, especially in fast-flowing rivers.

Northwood helps me balance hockey and classes, but I sometimes feel like I get too much work here. I’d much rather have less work that requires more thinking. Especially with all the traveling for hockey, it’s hard to find time to do all the work.

Since I’m living away from home, I miss my mom’s food and hanging out with my dad. I also miss the academic challenges and a lot of the connections I had with the teachers at my old school.

After Northwood, I want to go to college, then law school, then practice criminal defense for a few years, and eventually work my way into the political scene. But I’ll never forget the connections I’ve made here. At Northwood, I’ve learned to love the people around me, like my coaches, teachers, friends, and roommates. They’ve become my second family.

As told to Aimee Headland ’20

On “Testing Day” Seniors Focus on College

One of the most stressful years of high school is the senior year. But Northwood makes it easier. Last Wednesday, after Family Weekend, as the underclassmen took either PSAT and Pre ACT, seniors began their college application processes.

After enjoying a long weekend with families, seniors got together in the dining hall to fill out sections of the Common Application. The day was hectic–laptops filled tables, charging cords sprawled across the floor, and students called their counselors from the other side of the room for help. But it was a successful start to the college process.

Mr. David McCauley joined Northwood School this fall as Director of College Counseling. “The purpose of the whole drill was to make sure that everyone, by the end of the day, would be at a certain point of completion with their application,” Mr. McCauley said. “It was nice that I was able to connect with almost every student in the senior class,” he added.

Madison Novotny ‘20 felt that the day was very helpful. She said, “It kind of forced us to really zone in and move toward college.” She was happy with the progress she had made by the end of the day. “I managed to complete most of the Common App except the essay portion. I began to work on my applications. I also talked to my coach about schools. I enjoyed crossing items off my to-do list. It brought my stress level down a bit.”

Faculty from the College Counseling Department supported the distressed seniors throughout the day. “It really helped that Mr. McCauley brought us candies,” Novotny said.

With the deadlines for Early Decision and Early Action applications fast approaching, many seniors are getting ready to move on to the next chapter of their lives. We wish them all the best of luck.

Humans of Northwood: Ashlyn McGrath ’21

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Ashlyn McGrath ’21 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

I’m seventeen years old and I’m from Albany, NY. I’m a forward on the girls’ hockey team. My pregame routine is waking up early to go to the gym to get a stretch in. Followed by team breakfast, dressing in game-day attire, getting my pre-game coffee and getting in the zone with my music. The highlights of my time so far at Northwood are the bus rides with the girls, specifically when we do karaoke together. When I’m not playing hockey, I enjoy watching Netflix, drinking coffee and hanging out with friends and family. My favorite thing about Lake Placid is the scenery. The mirror image of the views that reflect off the lake amazes me every time I walk by it. In the future, I want to go to college to play hockey and major in nursing, to eventually go to PT school and become a physical therapist.

 

School Set to Start Second of Four Academic Schedules this Year

Northwood already has three separate academic schedules this year: one each for fall, winter, and spring. As if these weren’t enough, we are about to add another one.

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The first of two winter schedules — to be in effect after Thanksgiving and before the Innovation Hub opens — has afternoon classes and 5 minutes of passing time between classes.

Initially, the construction of Northwood on Main, or the Innovation Hub, had been expected to be finished by Thanksgiving Break, at the beginning of the second trimester. However, the plan has recently changed: unforeseen construction delays mean the Main Street location will not open until January. Thus, Northwood has created a fourth schedule to allow students to use their school days more efficiently.

The new schedule will be similar to the original winter schedule in that classes will remain 55 minutes and begin post-lunch after extracurricular activities in the morning. Classes on Mondays will begin at 8:00 AM, just like in the current fall schedule. Fridays will be squished days, as usual, but this year, with 40-minute classes rather than 35-minute classes like last year. The biggest difference between the new and original schedules is the passing period. Taking into account the time to transport students to and from the Hub, the original schedule includes 15-minute passing periods in between classes. In the new schedule, as in the fall schedule, students will have five minutes to get to their next classes.

In January, once the Innovation Hub is up and running, we will switch to the winter schedule that was originally planned for after Thanksgiving Break.

New Door Security Makes School Safer

Safety is a top priority at Northwood School. This year, Northwood has set up a security system on all the entrances of the school buildings and dorm halls.

All students and faculty now have small stickers, called fobs, on the back of their phones, which give them access to the buildings on campus. This system ensures that those who do not have permission to be inside school buildings cannot get in. Exterior doors to all school buildings are locked or access to them is restricted by electronic fob entry.

Most students understand the importance of campus security, but there have been mixed feelings about the new fob system. Many students find it a hassle to use fobs at every entrance of the school. Another struggle is that they have to carry their phones all the time to get into buildings. Some say that this goes against a school policy of no phones in common areas, as the system encourages them to bring their phones everywhere they go.

Despite the disagreement, it is undeniable that fobs will allow the Northwood community to stay safer.

Students Continue Halloween Tradition at Northwood

The trees have lost their leaves and the temperatures are getting colder. Snow is in the forecast. Fall is coming to an end at Northwood and it is time for the tradition of celebrating Halloween.

Halloween began as a Celtic festival Samhain, an event for people to dress up and light bonfires in hopes to scare away ghosts. Over time, some of these traditions were integrated into All Saints Day, November 1st, which slowly evolved into Halloween. Through the years, Halloween in America has become an entire day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

Northwood students look forward to celebrating Halloween. “I mainly like Halloween for the movies and the good food around this time of the year,” said Michael Leone ‘21.

Celebrating big holidays while being away from home can be a challenging time for Northwood students, but the school organizes many fun activities. From the start of breakfast, students will attend classes and walk the campus dress in all types of costumes. Then, during community time, there is a costume contest with the following categories: Funniest, Scariest, Most Creative, Best Duo/Trio, and Best Group.

When the sun goes down, the lights come up, and the fists start pumping, The Halloween disco features the funky beats of DJ Hilaire. Northwood’s newest hockey coach and math/robotics teacher, Mr. Keanu Hilaire, will get the school dancing.

Another Halloween tradition is CandyGrams. Northwood’s community service organization CARE offers the opportunity for students to send each other small bags of candy with personalized messages. The fundraiser raises hundreds of dollars for worthy causes each year.

Not everyone enjoys the Halloween tradition at Northwood. Daniel Colabufo ‘20 said “ I don’t like it because I don’t see it as a real holiday as I don’t see a real meaning behind it. It’s a way for little kids to get candy.” Despite Colabufo’s skepticism, the tradition continues and Northwood still finds a fun way for all students to enjoy the day.

Celebrating Halloween is a way for the school to come together as a community.  For some, it is the scariest time of the year and for others, it is their favorite time of the year.

Details of this year’s festivities were outlined in a recent email from Ms. Mavis Agnew:

From: Mavis Agnew <agnewm@northwoodschool.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 12:12 PM
Subject: Halloween
To: FacultyStaff <facultystaff@northwoodschool.com>, students <students@northwoodschool.com>

Students & Faculty:

On Thursday, October 31st we will have a Peak costume contest and runway walk at a special all school meeting during community time at 10:25am.  Students are permitted to wear appropriate costumes on Halloween or they may be in class dress. This is not a “dress down day” and students cannot dress as a “yoga instructor”  or a “rugby athlete” in order to just wear leggings, or shorts and t-shirts to class. Please have fun, but make costumes both respectful and specific and do not abuse the privilege to wear costumes to class.

Thursday evening we will have a Halloween Dinner.  Dress is either costume or class dress:

Rainbow Carrot Slaw
Green Salad
Green Curried Shellfish (shrimp, mussels, clams)
Tri-Colored Tortellini with roasted tomato sauce and fresh basil
Cheddar Stuffed Meatloaf with tomato glaze
Crispy Waffle Fry Poutine
Fresh Tuscan Bread
NY apples with Caramel Fondue
Sundae Bar

Dinner will be followed by a Dance in the rear of the Dining Hall featuring DJ HIlaire

Some Peak Events including a balloon stomp and hide & seek will take place.

The festivities will commence by 8:15 and study hall will resume by 8:30pm.

Please let me know if you have questions.  If you have ideas, please reach out to our Halloween Spirit Chairman, Addie Castillo.  We will be looking for student volunteers to help with decorations and clean up.

 

Students New To Stage Anticipate Debut in Musical

Even for a veteran, performing in front of an audience can be very intimidating. The Northwood drama club, which this week will perform its fall musical, The Good Old Days, has a couple of students who have never before performed on stage.

Margot Rouquette ‘20 is a hockey player and golfer from France. She loves to try new things, but she had never tried performing before. So last spring, she auditioned for the school musical. “I wanted to be more involved in the community and to try something new, which is always good,” Rouquette said. She continued, “I’m still not comfortable with singing and dancing. But I have a solo and a couple of dances [in the play].”

Just like Rouquette, Julia Geraldi ‘20 doesn’t have prior experience in drama performance but she auditioned for the school musical. She is primarily known at Northwood as an alpine ski racer.

“As a senior, I wanted to try something new outside of skiing. The school play Anon(ymous) last year encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try singing,” Geraldi recalled. “I’m very glad I joined the drama program this year. I met people I wouldn’t normally meet or talk to outside of school. I’ve been having a lot of fun, and I’m excited to see how this experience will open up new opportunities for me in the future,” she said.

Performances of The Good Old Days are Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 PM at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Admission is free.

 

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