Cluster of Positive Cases at Northwood

The front page of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise featured a story by reporter Elizabeth Izzo.

After several rounds of negative COVID-19 tests following spring break, Northwood reported a positive case from the boys’ soccer cohort on April 25th. Following the positive case, the entire cohort was put into quarantine and tested again which resulted in identifying additional positive cases within the cohort. All the positive cases had either mild or no symptoms. The soccer cohort remained in quarantine while the rest of the student body continued in person classes.  

Following the multiple cases within the community, students were anxious about the possibility of an outbreak within other cohorts and how it would affect end of the year activities including prom and graduation. Ashlyn McGrath ‘21 said, “I wasn’t concerned to contract the virus because I had it over spring break. My only concern with all the positive cases arising was prom, graduation and the rest of the year. It’s my senior year, and I want to be able to enjoy the rest of it and have fun with all my friends.”  

While the soccer cohort and close contacts remained in quarantine, surveillance testing on Tuesday, April 27th confirmed a positive case within the girl’s hockey cohort. After receiving the news all students were placed in quarantine until the results of an all-school testing came back. The whole community was tested on Thursday, April 29thResults of that clinic revealed more positive case within the boy’s hockey cohort along with two staff members. The school remains in quarantine until a second testing is conducted and the results come back.  

As of Monday, May 3rd. 22 cases have been confirmed. The contraction of the virus is still unknown with many roots of the outbreak being possible. Nearly all of the school’s faculty is fully vaccinated, and many students have received the first vaccine. The school continues to work closely with the Essex County Health Department about the outbreak.  

In-Person Commencement is On! 

Will there be a Northwood Commencement Ceremony this year?  

That has been the question in the minds of many seniors and their families for many months, as the 2020-21 school year starts to come to an end. After abruptly leaving campus during the 2019-20 school year with news that there would be no inperson commencement due to the coronavirus pandemic, commencement festivities have been a question for school officials, students, and families.  

Many aspects of the ceremony will be like any non-pandemic year, including ringing the victory bell. (Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge from commencement on May 14, 2016)

Early in 2021 the school announced that there would be commencement, but that seniors should expect a very different ceremony from the typical Northwood graduation. A typical Northwood graduation includes a senior banquet with graduates and their guests, along with Northwood underclass students and staffThe banquet also included awards and yearbook signing. The next day commencement ceremony would be held with again graduates, their guests, and Northwood underclassman and staff. Seniors knew that banquet was canceled, but they were uncertain about the other details about commencement, including how many guests would be allowed to attend.  

Recently Assistant Head of School, Mr. John Spear, updated the Northwood Community in a school-wide emailGraduates would be permitted to bring up to four guests, but all guests must be fully vaccinated or recently tested negative for COVID-19. School for students in grades 9-11 will end several days before graduation and will not attend commencement unless they are invited guests of a graduate. The other elements of commencement – speakers, awards, the procession/recession of graduates, ringing the victory bell, and bag pipes – will be nearly identical to a traditional Northwood graduation.  

After receiving the email, Northwood seniors shared their opinions amongst each other. Some were happy that up to 4 guests were allowed and commencement would be somewhat normal, but some were disappointed that friends and fellow classmates from other grades would not be able to attend, unless as one of the four guest per graduate. After catching up with a few seniors here are their thoughts:  

I am very grateful to have a graduation this year,” said Amelia Brady ‘21. While I wish we could have the graduation ceremony that I experienced in my first two years at Northwood, I know Northwood will do their absolute best to make it memorable. I think considering the vaccine and outdoor ceremony, this will be a very COVIDsafe event, Brady added.  

Obviously I wish everyone was able to go to grad, but with the circumstances of COVID, having my parents be able to watch me walk the stage is pretty cool!” said Lars Kroes ‘21. “It is better than nothing. My brother is graduating from Cornell this spring, and none of my family can go, so we should feel fortunate to have it in person with our parents,” added KroseThe biggest part of grad is being with our class and experiencing it together, that is the most important thing for me!” 

Students Vaccinated at Northwood

Jordan Harris ’21 received the Pfizer vaccine at the clinic at Northwood School on Thursday, April 15.

Just nine days after New York State opened the vaccine to high school students ages 16 and 17 and only three days after school opened following spring break, Northwood School hosted a coronavirus vaccination clinic on Thursday, April 15 for students, faculty, Northwood families.

The clinic is believed to be the first school-based clinic for high school students in the North Country and maybe all of New York State.  The indoor turf field was temporarily transformed into a vaccine clinic thirteen months after the school sent students home at the start of the pandemic.

The clinic, operated in conjunction with Adirondack Health, vaccinated every student currently at Northwood who wanted and is eligible for the vaccine.  Thirty-one students and twenty-six community members were vaccinated.  

Not every student who wanted to be vaccinated could get the shot this week. Two athletic teams are away this week traveling for games. The school is currently making arrangements to bring the late-returning students to a state-run clinic that uses the Pfizer vaccine. The closest such clinic are in Plattsburgh or Potsdam. 

Students getting vaccinated at Northwood this spring will be fully vaccinated before graduation and summer break, which everyone agrees is a great start to helping life at school return to “pre-pandemic normal”.   

Assistant Head for School Life Mr. John Spear announced the clinic in a letter to the community on Tuesday morning: 

Second Trimester Honor Rolls Announced

April 15, 2021 — Ms. Noel Carmichael, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the second trimester of the 2020-21 school year, which concluded on Friday, March 12.

Editor’s note this list was updated on April 30, 2021 to include 17 students who were erroneously left off the originally-published list.

 

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+

Amelia Brady ‘21

Brian Brady ‘24

Katherine Broderick ‘22

Angelia Castillo ‘21

Ryan Cielo ‘21

Jillian Clark ‘23

Ellie Colby ‘21

Kira Cook ‘23

Gabrielle-Catherine Cote ‘21

William Cruickshank ‘21

Ava Day ‘21

Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22

Haley Donatello ‘21

Drew Donatello ‘24

Liam Doyle ‘22

Emma Goldberg ‘23

David Green ‘22

Ashley Guevara ‘24

Kathryn Hagness ‘21

Carson Hall ‘22

Caroline Harrison ‘22

Turner Jackson ‘23

Brooke Kelley ‘23

Lealani Kidd ‘21

Nathan Kirschenbaum ‘21

Colin Kis ‘24

Jadenlin Klebba ‘21

Jan Korec ‘22

Lars Kroes ‘21

Hillary Larsen ‘22

Aidan Lasky ‘22

Madison Lawrence ‘23

Slater Loffredo ‘22

Anja Martin ‘22

Luc Mikula ‘21

Seth Moores ‘24

Keith Mutunga ‘21

Cilla Nee ‘22

Christie-Ann Nelson ‘23

Iva-Amanda Nelson ’23

Chase Ormiston ‘21

Robert Renner ‘21

Joaquin Sanchez Korenfeld ‘21

Sophia Schupp ‘24

Adria Tebo ‘23

Lok To Jeremy Tsang ‘23

Richard Volpe ‘23

Kara Wentzel ‘22

Joey Winthrop ‘23

Chuer Zhang ‘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

Marina Alvarez ‘21

Kendin Basden ‘22

Kaiya Belisle ‘21

Tyler Boudreau ’22

Matthew Brady ‘22

Angelia Castillo ’21

Connor DeAngelis ‘22

Dominick DeGuardia ‘24

William Donato ’21

Macie Eisenhart ‘23

Ella Fesette ‘22

Nora Fitzsimmons ‘24

Audrey Higgens-Lopez ’21

Eli Jean-Francois ‘21

Bryan Jones ‘22

Michael Leone ‘21

Jazlyn Lluberes ’23

Elise Loescher ‘21

Cole Mathews ’23

Andrew Mazza ‘21

Brendan Merriman ‘21

Lincoln Norfolk ‘24

Rowen Norfolk ‘22

Tomas Restrepo Gaviria ‘21

Evelina Sheridan ’22

Abigail Sinclair ’23

Adeline Swanson ’24

 

 

 

 

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-

Suhaib Ali ‘22

Omiel Brito ‘21

Daniel Buchbinder ‘22

Benedetta Caloro ‘21

Nicolas Cedeno Silva ‘24

Andrew Centrella ‘22

Jalen Commissiong ‘21

Meggan Cramer ‘21

Carter Day ‘23

Leah DeFilippo ‘22

Tate Franz ‘23

Raymond Fust ‘21

Alvara Garcia Pascual ‘21

Jacob Guevin ‘21

Jordan Harris ‘21

Eliyahu Itkowitz ’24

Jacob Jaslow ’23

Junyeop Lee ’23

Ruby Lewin ‘22

Paige Melicant ’22

Mark Monaco ‘21

Calil Neme Filho ‘21

Mathis Nolet-Gagne ‘23

Iu Pentinat Llurba ‘22

Marie-Jeanne Prince ‘22

Luke Smith ‘21

Berhanu Stevens ’22

Johann Tremblay-Kau ’22

Ainsley Tuffy ‘24

Mitchell Tuttle ‘24

Wyatt Wardlaw ’24

Kennedy Wilson ‘22

Roman Winicki ’22

Nolan Woudenberg ‘22

 

 

 

EFFORT HONOR ROLL

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

Suhaib Ali ‘22

Marina Alvarez ‘21

Kaiya Belisle ‘21

Tyler Boudreau ‘22

Amelia Brady ‘21

Brian Brady ‘24

Omiel Brito ‘21

Katherine Broderick ‘22

Sierra Butler ‘21

Adelia Castillo ‘21

Angelia Castillo ‘21

Andrew Centrella ‘22

Ryan Cielo ‘21

Jillian Clark ‘23

Ellie Colby ‘21

Jalen Commissiong ‘21

Kira Cook ‘23

Gabrielle-Catherine Cote ‘21

William Cruickshank ‘21

Ava Day ‘21

Connor DeAngelis ‘22

Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22

Norah Dempsey ‘21

Drew Donatello ‘24

Haley Donatello ‘21

William Donato ‘21

Macie Eisenhart ‘23

Ella Fesette ‘22

Nora Fitzsimmons ‘24

David Garvey ‘22

Emma Goldberg ‘23

David Green ‘22

Ashley Guevara ‘24

Kathryn Hagness ‘21

Carson Hall ‘22

Jordan Harris ‘21

Caroline Harrison ‘22

Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21

Mackenzie Hull ‘21

Eliyahu Itkowitz ‘24

Turner Jackson ‘23

Jacob Jaslow ‘23

Eli Jean-Francois ‘21

Bryan Jones ‘22

Brooke Kelley ‘23

Lealani Kidd ‘21

Colin Kis ‘24

Jadenlin Klebba ‘21

Jan Korec ‘22

Lars Kroes ‘21

Hillary Larsen ‘22

Aidan Lasky ‘22

Madison Lawrence ‘23

Junyeop Lee ‘23

Michael Leone ‘21

Jazlyn Lluberes ‘23

Elise Loescher ‘21

Slater Loffredo ‘21

Anja Martin ‘22

Paige Melicant ‘22

Luc Mikula ‘21

Seth Moores ‘24

Keith Mutunga ‘21

Cilla Nee ‘22

Christine-Ann Nelson ‘23

Iva-Amanda Nelson ‘23

Calil Neme Filho ‘21

Mathis Nolet-Gagne ‘23

Lincoln Norfolk ‘24

Maximilian Oechsner ‘21

Chase Ormiston ‘21

Robert Renner ‘21

Abdou Samb ‘21

Joaquin Sanchez Korenfeld ‘21

Sophia Schupp ‘24

Abigail Sinclair ‘23

Lily Spiegel ‘22

Berhanu Stevens ‘22

Adria Tebo ‘23

Lok To Jeremy Tsang ‘23

Jasmin Valenzuela ‘21

Richard Volpe ‘23

Kara Wentzel ‘22

Chuer Zhang ‘21

Zachary Zientko ‘21

 

Pandemic Presents Challenges for Northwood Admissions Office 

The Husky greets new and returning students on opening day in September 2019. (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

A few weeks ago, the Northwood School admissions team sent out decisions to applicants to the school. In previous years, applicants and their families were strongly encouraged to visit during the application process and were invited back to campus for a revisit day before making their final decisions. The coronavirus pandemic has made it almost impossible to conduct the usual admissions programs without breaking the safety bubble of the students and staff. Admissions office staff told The Mirror that the pandemic did not seem to negatively affect the application pool or process at all. In fact, the pandemic may have made it stronger.  

The application pool was filled with many strong candidates for admission which made the admissions process highly selective and competitive this year. Jeff Miller, a senior member of the admissions team, said “The Northwood 2021-2022 applicant pool was one of the strongest in recent history, with the overall number of applications up 20 year over year.”  

Each year, Northwood becomes more well-known, driving up inquiries. The increased interest comes in part from the school’s social media platforms, word of mouth from current students and alumni, and our strong athletic teams. Miller went on to say, “The admissions committee saw a lot of depth in the applicant pool this year as well, with a high number of qualified candidates.” The deep pool of many strong candidates made admissions decisiondifficult, but it is an exciting time at Northwood 

After learning of the decision, admitted students and families were invited to a virtual revisit day. Miller said, “the admissions office is looking forward to hosting our virtual revisit days for accepted students and their families on Tuesday, March 23rd and Thursday March 25th. Normally students and families are invited to attend in person on campus shadowing a current student throughout their day. This gave students a better feel for the Northwood experience.  

Similar to all aspects of our lives since the pandemic struck a year ago, revisit days and other admissions events have gone virtual. Potential future Huskies will get to know Northwood through Zoom and Teams calls and virtual campus tours. We wish these prospective students the best of luck with this important decision and hope to see them on campus in the fall. 

Junior Hockey Team to be Founding Member of New League 

Recently, after more than a year in the making, six leading men’s preparatory hockey-playing institutions announced the establishment of the Prep Hockey Conference (PHC). This league is set to begin play in the 2021-2022 season. In addition to Northwood School, teams involved are Culver Academies (Culver, IN), Mount St. Charles Academy (Woonsocket, RI), Shattuck-St. Mary’s School (Faribault, MN), South Kent School (Kent, CT), and St. Andrew’s College (Aurora, Ontario Canada).  

This league compromises institutions rich in history and tradition with a strong commitment to academic and athletic excellence. All these teams are like-minded in their goals and aspirations for the PHC, focusing on improving the overall student-athlete experience while building rivalries through healthy competition.  

Chadd Cassidy, the head coach of Northwood’s Junior Team says, “Northwood is humbled and excited to be part of the Prep Hockey Conference. It provides an opportunity for our school and players to compete at the highest level against like-minded programs. We are looking forward to a strong partnership with all our league members.”  

The PHC is committed to providing the best possible hockey experience for its players, fans, and stakeholders. Brendan Merriman ‘21 of the boys hockey team said, “It’s really exciting and a lot of guys are looking forward to the opportunity to play in a highly competitive conference with some of the best teams in the country.” The group plans to establish itself as the premiere prep hockey league in North America by setting the highest standards for competitiveness and maintaining a level of the institutional investment that demonstrates a significant commitment to its hockey programs and facilities.  

One Year Ago Today: The Day That Everything Changed 

Students embraced and said their goodbyes on March 12, 2020 as school closed during the coronavirus pandemic. (File photo)

One year ago today, students were hurried into the auditorium after dinner for a hastily called school meeting that would change their lives

Earlier that day, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. There were only approximately 700 cases in the United States at the time, but public health experts were predicting the virus would spread exponentially in the coming weeks and months. Colleges and universities everywhere were sending students home, the NBA shut down that day, and there were widespread concerns that air travel would soon be suspended, which would have left dozens of international students stranded in Lake Placid. At that school meeting, Assistant Head of School Mr. John Spear told students that the school was sending them home and closing campus.   

In an email to the community sent while students were in the meeting, Head of School Mr. Mike Maher wrote, “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.” 

It was the first time since World War II that school was shut down during the school year, and the students’ mood in the room ranged from celebration to shockA day earlier, student-athletes were disappointed when all athletic travel was canceled, effectively ending the Junior Hockey Team’s state championship run and canceling the soccer team’s trip to Las Vegas and the most important showcase of the season 

Northwood shared the news of the closure on social media on March 12, 2020.

The school hoped to re-open at the end of the school year, and Maher concluded his email on an optimistic note: 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.” Of course, school remained closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year with graduation canceled.  

Ella Fesette ‘22 was a sophomore at the time and recalled that day. A bunch of us were just hanging out in the living room and we heard a teacher walk by who mentioned something about leaving campus, and then that night we had a meeting about going home. I was so upset to leave because I had a feeling we weren’t coming back, and I was going to miss all my friends and especially springtime at NorthwoodAlso, not being able to say goodbye to the seniors I wouldn’t see again.”  

Senior at the time Madison Novotny ‘20 said, I was in the basement of Berg when I heard the news. It all happened so quickly. I was stressed.”  

Jazzy Valenzuela ‘21 was a junior on that day and recalled, “When we found out that we had to get sent home I was in the living room and then we were called into the auditorium for a meeting to talk about it. I was so confused and felt anxious because I had no idea what was going on. I didn’t realize a year later we’d still have corona, so I guess in the moment I was just expecting to go home for only two weeks.”  

Getting sent home was a shock to all the students. A lot of emotions were triggered from being stressed and anxious to being sad that the year with friends had to be cut short so unexpectedly. It’s safe to say that it was for sure a year they will never forget, no matter how badly some would like to.  

Today is Ring The Bell for Northwood!

March 4, 2021, is Northwood’s fifth annual giving day called  Ring the Bell for Northwood. Students around campus are wearing their purple Ring the Bell t-shirts to class and alumni and families around the world are showing their Northwood pride by making gifts to the Northwood Fund. Students representing Peaks have submitted entries into the annual video competition and the winner will be announced .

Every March, our Northwood family around the world — alumni, students, parents, friends, neighbors, faculty, and staff — come together for Ring the Bell, a 24-hour online fundraising event. Ring the Bell supports the Northwood people and programs that are important to achieving the school’s mission of fostering growth in young people so that they may engage their world and lead lives of consequence.

Excitement for Ring the Bell for Northwood has been building as Huskies everywhere have watched daily videos leading up to the event.

The annual fundraising effort, organized by Northwood’s Advancement Office, uses an online platform to communicate with alumni, parents, and friends of Northwood and inspire their support. The primary goal of Ring the Bell 2021 is to celebrate our school and support the people and programs we all care about most. We hope to reach 250 donors today and surpass the goals of previous years — join us and Ring the Bell for Northwood!

Seniors Earn New Privileges 

Image source: Northwood School

On Friday, senior privileges for the class of 2021 were announced at school meeting. This is exciting news for seniors because they have not been able to have any yet this year.  

Privileges include not having to check-in at 9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, allowing their dorm room door to remain closed during study hall, and a favorite of seniors: being able to go to the Innovation Hub for study hall in town.   

Rachel Hinkley ‘20 says, I really like going to the Hub for study hall because it gives people the chance to have a quiet space to study and get away from the dorm while also being able to go into town safely for the night.” On Fridays and Sundays, seniors can buy takeout dinner and bring it to the Hub to enjoy a nice dinner with friends and then stay right there for study hall.  

In a message to the senior class, Mr. John Spear said: 

Four Huskies Earn Women in Tech Honors

Northwood NCWIT honorees, from left to right: Angie Castillo ’21, Kate Hagness ’21, Nora Dawood ’23, and Anja Martin ’22.

Four Northwood female students recently won recognition for their computing-related achievements. This is the third straight year Northwood’s girls have received such recognition. Fourteen girls have been honored in the past three years. 

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. 

The multi-tiered award structure includes Winner, Honorable Mention, Rising Star, and Certificate of Distinction designations at National and Regional Affiliate levels, serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases. Regional Affiliate Award programs are hosted in 79 locations nationwide by NCWIT Alliance member organizations—a powerful, national network of universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations working to increase the influence and meaningful participation of girls and women from every community. 

The Northwood School winners at the regional affiliate award level include: 

  • Anja Martin ‘22 – Winner 
  • Angie Castillo ’21 – Honorable Mention 
  • Nora Dawood ’23 – Honorable Mention 
  • Kate Hagness ’21 – Rising Star 

Congratulations to the amazing young women for this accomplishment as well as to their teacher, Mr. Jeff Martin, robotics team coach and chair of Innovation, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship at Northwood. 

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