Movember Raises Funds for Cancer Research

The boys and men of Northwood School have a distinctly scruffy look, as many of them have not shaved all month. It’s not mass civil disobedience in protest of the dress and grooming policies. November is “Movember” (a combination of “mustache” and “November”), which is also the name of the foundation whose goal is to raise awareness about a number of men’s health issues, including prostate cancer. [Read more…]

Community Responds to Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

It was just another Saturday for many at Northwood this past weekend.  Some took the ACT while others slept in or got up and had breakfast. Some were in the Boston area for a big hockey tournament, and others were gearing up for another weekend of exciting Black Rock FC soccer matches. [Read more…]

Mirror Poll: The Northwood Community Leans Left

On this election day in the United States, President Donald Trump and the Republicans have the support of less than twenty-five percent of the Northwood School community, while more than forty percent prefers Democrats and former President Barack Obama. Support for Trump and the Republicans equaled those who say they “Don’t know and/or don’t care.” [Read more…]

Northwood’s Take: The Brett Kavanaugh Story

A big discussion among people today is the issue of sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. Opinions vary depending on the state you visit and the people you ask, but it is undeniable that the “#metoo movement” has shaped a national conversation.

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Kavanaugh and Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee (Photo: NBC News).

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Death of Swedish Music Icon Avicii Shakes Students

The music industry received news of a devastating blow that also affected our school community. Swedish musician Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, passed away last month at the age of 28. He was a worldwide icon with house music producing global hits like Wake Me Up and Levels. [Read more…]

Day of Silence Brings Awareness of the LGBTQ Community

Last Friday, Northwood School participated in a Day of Silence to bring awareness to the LGBTQ community. This is an annual event nationwide and was organized at Northwood by Addie Castillo ‘21 and Ben DeGirolamo ‘21 as part of a class in Mrs. Carmichael’s ninth grade English class.   [Read more…]

Students Walk Out to Protest Gun Violence

Last Friday at Northwood School, 29 students and 10 teachers walked out of class at 10:00 am to protest gun violence, especially school shootings. Students in over 2,000 schools around the country came together to walk out of classes and mark the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine school shooting, which is considered the beginning of the modern era of school shootings.

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Seniors Hannah Kessel (left) and Olivia Skriloff face the assembled students and faculty at the walkout on April 20, 2018. (Photo: Sam DiBitetto ’18)

The walkout at Northwood began at 10:00 am, five minutes into C period classes. Students and teachers gathered in the indoor tennis courts at 10:00 am where they heard a few people speak and observed a moment of silence. Seventeen minutes later, at 10:17 am, they went back to class. The demonstration last seventeen minutes in memory of the seventeen people killed at the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

The walkout was led by seniors Hannah Kessel and Olivia Skriloff, and they both spoke at the tennis courts. Kessel read the mission of the national walkout:

National School Walkout is a movement powered and led by students across the country. We’re protesting congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence. America is the only country in the world where so many people are killed by guns, and yet our leaders do nothing about it. In many states, it’s more difficult to register to vote than it is to buy a rifle. Apparently to some politicians, a vote is scarier than a gun.

Skriloff read the names of the people killed in the Parkland and Columbine shootings. Skriloff also urged everyone in attendance to call their elected officials and urge them to enact sensible gun reform legislation. Click here to contact your legislators.

Every student who walked out seemed genuinely concerned about gun violence and moved by the event. “I think If we all came together we could put an end to gun violence,” said junior Barrett Ott.

Hockey World Mourns Tragic Bus Accident

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Members of the Humboldt Broncos, a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team, are pictured in the locker room on March 24, 2018, after their playoff win over the Melfort Mustangs (@HumboldtBroncos/Twitter/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

On April 6th the hockey world was shocked when the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team’s bus crashed with a semi-trailer truck near Armley Saskatchewan, Canada, killing 16 people and injuring 13. The victims included 10 players, two coaches, a statistician, a broadcaster, the bus driver, and an athletic therapist. The remaining passengers, 13 players, received injuries, most of them serious. The Broncos were on their way to play game five of their playoff series with the Nipawin Hawks when the accident happened. [Read more…]

Skriloff: Generation Z Must Register to Vote. And then Vote.

What follows is the speech senior Olivia Skriloff delivered at school meeting on Monday, March 26. She delivered it after showing several clips of speeches from the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC, which she attended and organized a group from Northwood to attend. [Read more…]

Students Share Experience From Marches

Two groups of Northwood School students and faculty attended March for Our Lives demonstrations in Washington, D.C. and in Saranac Lake, NY. According to the March For Our Lives website, the purpose of the event was to “demand that [children’s and families’] lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.” The Mirror asked participants to reflect on their experiences. This is what they shared with us. [Read more…]

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