The Week in Pictures: The Scene From Campus

Olivia Paul ‘21 is the only Lake Placid resident on The Mirror’s staff, who hasn’t dispersed back home throughout the world. While students are away from Northwood’s campus, Olivia will write regular dispatches that portray what she sees on campus and around Lake Placid. This is her second post.
 
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Bowls of fruit in the dining room are now individually-wrapped to help control the spread of the virus. Until Governor Cuomo issued his New York State on Pause” executive order, essentially closing the school, Northwood’s Kitchen staff was serving a small number of essential workers who are cleaning and disinfecting school grounds.

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Northwood’s campus property is officially closed, except for faculty, staff, and families. The fitness center and indoor turf field are also closed to everyone until further notice. The trailhead to Cobble Hill, located behind the classroom building, is also closed.

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Online classes are in full swing! Students complete all of their homework, projects, class discussions, quizzes, and tests from their homes via computer, tablet or mobile phone. Matthew Paul ’22, son of Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Laura Paul, is seen here at his dining room table in their West Dorm apartment.

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Faculty members and friends Ms. Mavis Agnew (left, with dog Quigley) and Ms. Noel Carmichael observe social distancing guidelines while on a snowy walk around a quiet Mirror Lake earlier this week.

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Ms. Katie and Mr. Trevor Gilligan are pictured here picking up their food from Fledging Crow farm, located in Keeseville, NY. The local farm came to school to deliver fresh vegetables, eggs, and dairy products for the faculty and staff who ordered it.

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Some of the foods delivered by Fledging Crow Farm.

Photos for this story by Olivia Paul ’21 and Mr. John Spear.

Huskies Get Creative to Stay in Shape

Northwood students are active and athletic. Three hockey teams, two soccer teams, and a ski team – not to mention loads of active and fit students who don’t participate in one of the school’s signature athletic programs – typically fill the campus fitness center this time of year

The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, Northwood students have returned to their homes across the United States and around the world. Many students are having a difficult time staying in shape as a result of the widespread government restrictions requiring billions of people worldwide to stay in their homes. Northwood students are forced to find new ways to stay active and workout at home instead of going to their local gyms.

Students are getting creative to stay in shape. Luke French ‘20, from Kansas, said “I am doing my best to do some kind of workout each day so that I am not getting out of shape. I am also taking my dog for a walk when I can.”

Soccer player Luke Smith ‘21 is from Bolton England and said, “instead of going to the gym I’ve just been training outside because the gyms have all recently been forced to close. I like to go on runs or play football with my mates”.

Marina Alvarez ‘21 is from Long Island New York, one of the most affected areas within America. She said “It’s been a bit boring with this whole pandemic, but I’ve been finding ways to keep myself active. Our coach has been sending us at-home workouts, which I’ve found very helpful to keep in shape and moving around the house,” she added. “I am getting outside to stickhandle, shoot pucks or just go on a walk up the block”.

Hockey player Ella Fesette ‘21 said, “I’ve been keeping busy by walking my dog, shooting pucks, stick handling, and rollerblading with my brother. I have also been following Coach Gilly’s workouts designed for the team as well as doing my own [workouts].”

Despite the many disruptions, Northwood students are finding creative ways to work out and stay active during this pandemic.


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It Took a Pandemic to End the Junior Team’s Season

The Northwood Junior Hockey Team set two ambitious team goals at the beginning of the season: defend their state championship and advance to the USA Hockey U18 Tier I National Championships. No hockey team prevented them from reaching those goals, but a global pandemic did.

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Pandemic Puts End to Winter Carnival Plans

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Northwood students have returned home, hoping to return to campus by April 27th. Their departure meant saying goodbye not only to friends but to the 2020 Winter Carnival.

“I’m so upset,” Ella Fesette ‘22 said. “Winter Carnival is my favorite time of the year. My friends and I have been looking forward to it all year.”

Winter Carnival is an all-school event that lasts an entire day, in which the four Peak teams — Big Slide, Gothics, Wolfjaw, and Skylight — compete for points in various activities that range from snow football and broomball to cooking and talent show. The memories made with friends on this day remain special for all Northwood alumni.

The suspension of all campus activities is for the safety of the Northwood community. Nonetheless, students, especially seniors, are bothered that Winter Carnival will not take place this year, at least in the traditional sense. With the planned return to school by the end of April, some students are holding out hope for a Spring Winter Carnival. For now, students are focusing on staying healthy.

Mr. Weaver’s Thirty Years with the Loppet Race 

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Mr. Weaver out for a ski with friends in 2018 (Photo: Peter Fish).

Math and science teacher Mr. Tim Weaver, whom students call Weaves, has competed in the Lake Placid Loppet since 1990. The Loppet is a cross country skiing marathon in which competitors use skate skis or classic cross country skis and ski on trails with lots of ups and downs. The race has two distances, 25 km and 50 km.

Weaver usually skis the 25 km distance, but he has competed in the 50 km race three times in the 1990s. “Whenever I race, my goal is to be in the top five in my age category. There are always lots of fast endurance athletes in this race, so it’s a difficult challenge,” said Mr. Weaver. He has been pretty happy with his placements in past races. In the 25 km races, he typically takes an hour and 45 minutes. He cherishes the memories he made, especially when a few Northwood students competed in the Loppet together several years back.

This year, Mr. Weaver was unable to participate in the Lake Placid Loppet and Nordic Festival, scheduled for March 14, because it was canceled due to Mt. Van Hoevenberg’s poor trail conditions and expected weather forecast. Although disappointed, Mr. Weaver is excited to compete in a marathon in Colorado this summer and in the 2021 Lake Placid Loppet.

Pandemic Shuts Down Soccer Team

The Northwood School soccer team was hard to beat this year, but the strength and power of the beast COVID-19 kept the squad off the field in Las Vegas for the Players Showcase, one of the most anticipated events on the soccer team’s schedule.

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The abrupt ending of the spring soccer season was difficult for the players, who are very close (Photo: Black Rock FC).

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Week in Pictures: Pandemic Leads to Suspension of Campus Activities and Moves Classes Online

Olivia Paul ‘21 is the only Lake Placid resident on The Mirror’s staff, who hasn’t dispersed back home throughout the world. While students are away from Northwood’s campus, Olivia will write regular dispatches that portray what she sees on campus and around Lake Placid. This is her first post.

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On the evening of Wednesday, March 11th, students were informed that they would be sent home in an effort to control the spread of the global coronavirus pandemic. Students were shocked and had little time to process the news before they had to pack. It was strange to see the dormitory hallways appear as if it was the end of the school year. Some students took everything home. Others packed their rooms completely and took only what they could bring on the bus or plane. And some students left their rooms intact — as if they were going home for spring break.

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There were a lot of sad goodbyes throughout the school community as everyone left campus for their homes. The sudden departure was most difficult for seniors, who leave campus uncertain if they will have a traditional Northwood graduation.

Even though the students had left, the teachers were still working. Faculty spent two days in workshops to learn how to move their courses online to GoogleClassroom. Online classes began yesterday.

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Local schools are closed too, and some faculty children were hanging around campus entertaining themselves as their parents attended workshops about online teaching. Many Northwood teachers will homeschool their children while they teach their online classes. Most are doing both for the first time.

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We had the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Lake Placid area on Tuesday, March 17. Everyone has been advised to stay home and hunker down to minimize the spread of this virus. Lake Placid is a ghost town. Many businesses are closed. Bars and restaurants, if not closed altogether, are serving takeout only. Whiteface Mountain and all Olympic venues, including the hockey rinks, are closed. Major events, like the ECAC hockey championships, the World Synchronized Skating Championship, and Can/Am Hockey Tournaments, have been canceled. The library is asking patrons to not return books. Parking is usually difficult to find in Lake Placid, but today village parking lots are empty.

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This year was supposed to be the first spring that Northwood School had a track team, but the track season — as well as lacrosse, tennis, crew, white water kayaking, golf, and rock climbing — may not happen at all.

A small number of international students remained on campus for a brief period while they made arrangements to go home or find a place to stay off-campus. Northwood’s nursing staff prepared guidance for faculty on campus in the event that a student developed symptoms of COVID-19. Nurses also prepared personal protective equipment kits to help teachers stay safe while assisting a sick student. Thankfully, as of today, no students or staff have become ill.

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The Hannaford grocery store that students go to on their Sunday “jitney runs” has empty shelves, as local residents stockpile toilet paper, hand sanitizer, fresh fruit, and vegetables.

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The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the college search, especially for juniors. Northwood canceled the March 14 administration of the SAT. The College Board canceled the May SAT worldwide, and the status of the May AP exams is uncertain. Colleges everywhere are canceling campus tours and information sessions at a time when most juniors are typically scheduling campus visits.

Photographs by Mr. John Spear, Mr. Chisondi Mzese, Ms. Ingrid Van Slyke, Mr. Jim Dingle, and Olivia Paul ’21.

Thank You for Visiting the Mirror

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Thank you for visiting The Mirror, Northwood School’s student-led newspaper. Classes resumed online on March 18, and The Mirror’s staff, who have dispersed to three states and four countries, are committed to chronicling life at Northwood from the student’s perspective, especially now that students have left campus.

(Missing from photo: Hadley Swedlund ’20)

Campus Closes and Classes Go Online in Response to COVID-19

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For just the second time in Northwood School’s 115-year history, the school is closing its campus in response to an emergency. Head of School Michael Maher announced the move via email on Wednesday, March 11 and Assistant Head for School Life Mr. Spear elaborated and answered questions at a hastily-announced school meeting that evening. They explained the move was intended to help stop the spread of the global pandemic known as Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. The last time school operations were suspended in response to an emergency was during World War II.

Maher’s letter to the community is below. The Mirror will have continuing and extensive coverage of the situation beginning this week.

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Mr. Michael J. Maher
Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Subject: Important Message from Mr. Maher Re: COVID-19
To: Northwood Community
Dear Northwood Community,

The COVID-19 virus has continued to spread, and many parts of the United States and the world have been impacted. All of us are concerned about how the virus will affect our daily lives over the next weeks and months. To best protect the health and well-being of our campus community, we need to focus on reducing its possible effects.

While New York State and Essex County have both declared states of emergency, currently there are no confirmed cases at Northwood School, or in Lake Placid and Essex County.  Given the rapid spread of the virus and its proximity to our dense residential community in Lake Placid, itself a destination for millions of visitors each year, we have made a series of decisions we believe are in the best interests of our students, faculty, and staff. The aim in all our deliberations has been to move quickly and thoughtfully to minimize, as best as we can, the risk of exposure for members of our community while continuing to fulfill our educational mission.

I have consulted with Northwood School trustees and school leaders, as well as experts in public health, and colleagues at other boarding and college institutions. I have concluded, after careful analysis, that Northwood School will cease all on-campus programming and transition all instruction online as of today, March 11, 2020. Tomorrow we will prepare students for online learning and assist them with their travel arrangements. Student departures may begin as early as 2:00 pm.

We plan to resume on-campus instruction and other programming on Monday, April 27, which will leave four weeks for classes, AP exams, and other year-end activities, including commencement and LEAP. Of course, resuming on-campus programming at that time depends on the status of the coronavirus. We will monitor the situation closely and communicate regularly with everyone in the Northwood community.

We come to this decision with mixed emotions. We believe it is the most effective approach to protect our students, faculty, and families. This allows us to do our part to contain, prepare for and cope with the spread of the virus.

As social distancing is becoming a new normal, distance learning is an effective means to continue to educate and be responsible for outcomes for our students. Northwood School is fully equipped to migrate to online learning and we are confident that students and faculty will transition effectively. We are committed to supporting our students and teachers throughout this process.

We recognize that this communication raises a significant number of questions, which we will address in communications to follow. We ask for your patience as our students adjust to this news and we properly formulate individual return and transition plans.

If you have any questions, you can reach John Spear, Assistant Head for School Life or Dr. Laura Finnerty Paul, Dean of Academics.

Thank you all for your understanding, your patience, and your partnership during this challenging time.

Regards,

Michael Maher

Head of School

Second Trimester Honor Rolls Announced

honorrollMarch 11, 2020 — Dr. Laura Finnerty Paul, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the second trimester of the 2019-20 school year, which concluded on Thursday, February 13.

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+

  • Rintaro Akasaka ‘20
  • Amelia Brady ‘21
  • Katherine Broderick ‘22
  • Angelia Castillo ‘21
  • Ryan Cielo ‘21
  • Ellie Colby ‘21
  • Kira Cook ‘23
  • Nora Dawood ‘23
  • Ava Day ‘21
  • Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22
  • Norah Dempsey ‘21
  • Haley Donatello ‘21
  • Patrick Doyle ‘20
  • Zachary Ellsworth ‘20
  • Magdalena Erbenova ‘20
  • Courtney Fairchild ‘20
  • Aiden Ziyad Fakhuri ‘20
  • Ella Fesette ‘22
  • Lucas French ‘20
  • Caroline Harrison ‘22
  • Erin “Lexi” Hooper ‘20
  • Su Hae “Jessica” Jang ‘20
  • Jadenlin Klebba ‘21
  • Madison Kostoss ‘21
  • Jazlyn Lluberes ‘23
  • Anja Martin ‘22
  • Santiago Matheu ‘20
  • Andrew Mazza ‘21
  • Keith Mutunga ‘21
  • Christie-Ann Nelson ‘23
  • Iva-Amanda Nelson ‘23
  • Quy-An NguyenLe ‘21
  • Rowen Norfolk ‘22
  • Maximilian Oechsner ‘21
  • Mateo Rodriguez Cortina ‘20
  • Abigail Sinclair ‘23
  • Adria Tebo ‘23
  • Emilie Venne ‘20
  • Kara Wentzel ‘22
  • Zachary Zientko ‘21

 

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

  • Kendin Basden ‘22
  • Matthew Brady ‘22
  • Adelia Castillo ‘21
  • Gabby Cote ‘21
  • Maisie Crane ‘23
  • Cisco DelliQuadri ‘20
  • William Donato ‘21
  • Macie Eisenhart ‘23
  • Alvaro Galan Ortega ‘20
  • Christophe Garon ‘20
  • Kathryn Hagness ‘21
  • Carson Hall ‘22
  • Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21
  • Jacob Jaslow ‘23
  • Nathan Kirschenbaum ‘21
  • Lars Kroes ‘21
  • Hillary Larsen ‘22
  • Aidan Lasky ‘22
  • Junyeop Lee ‘23
  • Slater Loffredo ‘22
  • Ashlyn McGrath ‘21
  • Luc Mikula ‘21
  • Thebe Mosehathebe ‘23
  • Chase Ormiston ‘21
  • Santiago Perez Diosdado ‘22
  • Noah Pittman ‘21
  • Imani Rodriguez ‘20
  • William Rosen ‘20
  • Bernardo Simoes ‘20
  • Lily Spiegel ‘22
  • Marcelo Suarez Rojas ‘20
  • Braelyn Tebo ‘20
  • Mariema Thioubou ‘23
  • Johann Tremblay-Kau ‘22
  • Joey Winthrop ‘23
  • Hin Sum Wong ‘20

 

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-

  • Marina Alvarez ‘21
  • Brian Bette ‘22
  • Tyler Boudreau ‘22
  • Matthew Burns ‘22
  • John Cielo ‘21
  • Cody Cleaveland ‘23
  • Daniel Colabufo ‘20
  • Connor DeAngelis ‘22
  • Benjamin DeGirolamo ‘21
  • Eli Jean-Francois ‘21
  • Jordan Harris ‘21
  • Aimee Headland ‘20
  • Rachel Hinkley ‘21
  • Olivia McLean ‘21
  • Brendan Merriman ‘21
  • Mark Monaco ‘21
  • Christopher “Kip” Morgan ‘20
  • Benjamin Norton ‘22
  • Madison Novotny ‘20
  • Ryan Panico ‘22
  • Marie-Jeanne Prince ‘22
  • Charles Purcell ‘21
  • Robert Renner ‘21
  • Tomas Restrepo Gaviria ‘20
  • Lucas Rodriguez Cortina ‘20
  • Eitan Rosen ‘20
  • Margot Rouquette ‘20
  • Jack Schlifke ‘20
  • Iliana Smith ‘22
  • Luke Smith ‘21
  • Hadley Swedlund ‘20
  • Chuer “Chloe” Zhang ‘21

 

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

  • Rintaro Akasaka ‘20
  • Amelia Brady ‘21
  • Matthew Brady ‘22
  • Katherine Broderick ‘22
  • Adelia Castillo ‘21
  • Angelia Castillo ‘21
  • John Cielo ‘21
  • Ryan Cielo ‘21
  • Daniel Colabufo ‘20
  • Ellie Colby ‘21
  • Kira Cook ‘23
  • Gabby Cote ‘21
  • Nora Dawood ‘23
  • Ava Day ‘21
  • Cisco DelliQuadri ‘20
  • Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22
  • Norah Dempsey ‘21
  • Haley Donatello ‘21
  • William Donato ‘21
  • Patrick Doyle ‘20
  • Macie Eisenhart ‘23
  • Zachary Ellsworth ‘20
  • Magdalena Erbenova ‘20
  • Courtney Fairchild ‘20
  • Aiden Ziyad Fakhuri ‘20
  • Ella Fesette ‘22
  • Lucas French ‘20
  • Alvaro Galan Ortega ‘20
  • Kathryn Hagness ‘21
  • Carson Hall ‘22
  • Caroline Harrison ‘22
  • Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21
  • Erin “Lexi”  Hooper ‘20
  • Su Hae “Jessica” Jang ‘20
  • Jacob Jaslow ‘23
  • Eli Jean-Francois ‘21
  • Jadenlin Klebba ‘21
  • Madison Kostoss ‘21
  • Lars Kroes ‘21
  • Hilary Larsen ‘22
  • Aidan Lasky ‘22
  • Junyeop Lee ‘23
  • Michael Leone ‘21
  • Jazlyn Lluberes ‘23
  • Elise Loescher ‘21
  • Slater Loffredo ‘22
  • Anja Martin ‘22
  • Santiago Matheu ‘20
  • Andrew Mazza ‘21
  • Olivia McLean ‘21
  • Brendan Merriman ‘21
  • Luc Mikula ‘21
  • Christopher “Kip” Morgan ‘20
  • Thebe Mosehathebe ‘23
  • Keith Mutunga ‘21
  • Christie-Ann Nelson ‘23
  • Iva-Amanda Nelson ‘23
  • Quy NguyenLe ‘21
  • Rowen Norfolk ‘22
  • Chase Ormiston ‘21
  • Santiago Perez Diosdado ‘22
  • Noah Pittman ‘21
  • Robert Renner ‘21
  • Imani Rodriguez ‘20
  • Lucas Rodriguez Cortina ‘20
  • Mateo Rodriguez Cortina ‘20
  • William Rosen ‘20
  • Margot Rouquette ‘20
  • Bernardo Simoes ‘20
  • Abigail Sinclair ‘23
  • Lily Spiegel ‘22
  • Marcelo Suarez Rojas ‘20
  • Hadley Swedlund ‘20
  • Braelyn Tebo ‘20
  • Mariema Thioubou ‘23
  • Johann Tremblay-Kau ‘22
  • Andrew Van Slyke ‘20
  • Emilie Venne ‘20
  • Kara Wentzel ‘22
  • Hin Sum Wong ‘20
  • Zachary Zientko ‘21
  • Jingyi Zuo ‘23

 

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