Mallaro in for Morris: Coaching “Line Change” Planned for Next Season

Coach Mark Morris ’77

Coach Steve Mallaro ’06

The Northwood prep hockey team will have a new coach for the 2023-24 season. Coach Mark Morris ’77 will retire at the end of the current season, according to an unattributed statement posted to the school’s website and social media feeds earlier today. Current assistant coach Steve Mallaro ’06 will take over as head coach. The Mirror will have more on this story in early February after students return to campus following the extended winter break.

The school’s statement is below:

Head Hockey Coach, Mark Morris ’77 to Retire – Steve Mallaro ’06 to Become Northwood’s New Head Coach

After one of the most distinguished careers in American hockey history, with extraordinary success at the prep, collegiate, and professional levels, Northwood’s Mark Morris will retire at the end of this season.

His successor will be the current Assistant Coach, Steve Mallaro. Both Morris and Mallaro are Northwood alumni, graduating in ’77 and ’06 respectively. In Morris’s first stint as Northwood’s Coach, Mallaro served as Captain of the first Northwood hockey squad to win forty games.

An outstanding defenseman at Colgate University, Morris played professionally for the New Haven Nighthawks and the Dallas Black Hawks before joining the coaching ranks as an assistant to Charlie Morrison in 1984. After serving as Saint Lawrence Assistant Coach from 1985-88. He was named Head Coach at Clarkson in 1988; in that role he led the Golden Knights to over 300 wins. After serving as an assistant coach on the Vancouver Canucks and Saginaw Spirit, he returned to Northwood for two years before taking the reins of the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs, and again won over 300 games. Before rejoining Northwood in 2021, he was an assistant for the Florida Panthers and Head Coach at Saint Lawrence University. In his most recent two years at Northwood, he has won over 60 games in just a season-and-a-half. Last year he was honored with a spot on Northwood’s Fullerton Wall, named after legendary coach, Jim Fullerton

His replacement, Steve Mallaro, says of Mark, “I follow in the ranks of many remarkable coaches and people. When Mark recruited me as a player in 2004, I knew I was in for a great experience. Mark’s mentorship in those and these more recent years showed me how much he cares about the development of players as people. His success stems from his charismatic leadership. He brings value and values every day. He has asked for my best and empowered me to give it. Having been married within the last year, I have also learned much from him about being a husband and father. I have been fortunate to have him in my life.”

Coach Mallaro also brings impressive experience as a player and coach. After captaining Northwood in 2006, he moved on to SUNY Oswego where he was twice named to the All-Conference team and voted Captain of the 2011 squad. After a year of professional hockey, he served as a graduate assistant coach at Manhattanville College, Assistant Men’s Coach at Suny Brockport, and Head Coach at King’s College before accepting the head coaching job at Albany Academy. In 2021, he joined the Northwood staff as an assistant to Coach Morris, who says of him, “Steve was the first person I thought of when I returned to Northwood. He models the qualities any player or parent would want in a coach responsible for a young man’s development as a player and person. As a player, Steve was all about team, the glue guy, a leader on and off the ice. As a coach, his example and loyalty to his alma mater are constants. Trustworthy and caring, he is a calming presence in conversation or while instructing. Steve studies the game and works tirelessly to better our program. He will continue to recruit quality individuals and maximize their hockey skills and personal strengths.”

Headmaster Mike Maher said, “Northwood has been blessed with some extraordinary coaches in the last ninety years. In his time here as a student and coach, Steve Mallaro has demonstrated that he is ready to follow in the footsteps of Hall of Famers like Jim Fullerton and Charlie Holt and other great mentors like Coach Morris. We are thrilled to have him on board.”

Commentary: Garvey on Hamlin Injury

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is removed from Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati in an ambulance on Jan. 2 as his teammates kneel at the bottom left of the image. (Schetm via Wikimedia Commons)

Damar Hamlin, a safety for the Buffalo Bills, is in critical condition after collapsing during a game in Cincinnati. The 24-year-old suffered cardiac arrest after being hit, but medical personnel restored his heartbeat. The NFL postponed the game. Gus Garvey, The Mirror’s NFL reporter, has this commentary.

I’m going to make one thing very clear from the beginning here. Yes, this was a huge game with massive implications for the playoffs. Yes, it was competitive. But none of that matters anymore. No part of last night’s game matters, and that’s because the worst-case scenario played out on a football field last night.

In regards to the game, it has been postponed indefinitely. I don’t know when it will be played, if at all. I will write a recap this week for any of you wondering. It will be out today or tomorrow. None of that is relevant right now. The only thing that matters right now is Damar Hamlin.

With 6 minutes left in the first quarter, he was hit in the chest area while making a tackle on Cincinnati’s Tee Higgins. He got up from it and immediately collapsed to the ground, where he remained for over 40 minutes. Suffering cardiac arrest, it took a while for medical personnel to restore his heartbeat. He was loaded into an ambulance afterward and rushed to UC Medical, one of the best hospitals in the country.

At this point, no one cares about the game. The only thing football fans, and at this point, the country and perhaps the world, care about is if Damar Hamlin is okay. They’ve already attempted to show solidarity, too. During his time with the Bills, Hamlin has developed a tradition of holding toy drives for children in need. During the game, he had an active fundraiser out for the drive. His goal was to raise $2,500. The charity has raised over $3 million since he collapsed on the field. That’s heartwarming. In a sport where the fan bases are as large and hardcore, the fact that everyone immediately came together in solidarity for Hamlin is very inspiring.

What isn’t inspiring is the NFL’s response to this tragedy. In particular, the decisions made about the game resuming. Please explain, Roger Goodell: HOW ON EARTH DO YOU EXPECT TWO TEAMS WHO JUST WATCHED A BROTHER ALMOST DIE ON THE FIELD TO SUIT BACK UP AND START PLAYING IN FIVE MINUTES? Please explain how the league didn’t immediately cancel the game and left the players and fans in limbo for over an hour!

Last night proves again that the NFL doesn’t care about its players’ well-being. Sure, Mr. Goodell, you didn’t make the call to give the players just five minutes to recover. Sure, there’s a process for canceling a game. WHY IS THERE EVEN A PROCESS TO BEGIN WITH? The fact that it took both head coaches yelling at the refs – twice – about how both sides were physically and mentally unable to play football is damning to the mindset and culture of the Shield as a whole.

The NFL and Football as a sport received a massive black eye last night, and it may get even worse depending on what happens with how the conclusion of the game is handled and, more importantly, Hamlin’s recovery.

Football is a brutal game, and Hamlin experienced the worst-case scenario. My thoughts are with him and his family. They don’t deserve this. No one does.

New Security Cameras Installed

Nori Fitzsimmons ’24 points to a new security camera recently installed on the Second West dorm landing (Photo: Maegan Byrne ’24).

Northwood School has significantly increased its campus security with the installation of additional cameras in several indoor and outdoor locations. The cameras, which are only triggered by motion and do not record audio, will be used to investigate past damage, vandalism, and rule-breaking incidents and serve as a deterrent against future incidents. The cameras, which are placed in public areas where students and staff do not have an expectation of privacy, are part of a pilot project, and the school will determine in the future if additional cameras are necessary.

Security cameras are currently located in the Bergamini lounge, student center, main entrance, Second West dorm landing, fitness center entrance, and the indoor turf field.

Northwood installed the cameras for multiple reasons. At most educational institutions, it is standard to have security cameras on campus. Due to past damage, vandalism, and broken school rules, a group of faculty decided cameras may be an excellent option to investigate such situations. School leaders also hope the presence of cameras serves as a deterrent against poor behavior.

Before approving and installing these cameras, the school had to ensure they obeyed legal guidance for student safety. The cameras do not have audio due to laws that prohibit recording audio. Furthermore, the cameras are placed in public areas where students and staff generally don’t have an expectation of privacy.

School employees do not monitor cameras 24/7, but they are always on and record when they are triggered by motion. School staff will use the cameras primarily to determine what has happened rather than monitor what is happening.

In the future, Northwood expects to install more cameras in various outdoor locations, such as on the walkway between classroom buildings. Assistant Head of School Mr. John Spear described the new cameras as a “pilot project, and based on how these cameras work out, we will determine if installing more cameras would be helpful in upcoming years.”

First Semester Honor Rolls Announced

December 21, 2022 — Ms. Noel Carmichael, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the first semester of the 2022-23 school year, which concluded on Thursday, December 15.



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+

Parker Asbridge ’24 Turner Jackson ’23 Kirk NguyenLe ’23
Georgia Bailey ’23 Sophia Kelting ’23 Benjamin Plucinski ’24
Mitchell Baker ’25 Kristen Kiggen ’24 Alex Randall ’25
William Batten ’23 Colin Kis ’24 Diego Ríos ’25
Brian Brady ’24 Sydney Kuder ’25 Quinn Roth ’25
Diogo Charraz ’25 Aidan Lasky ’23 James Schneid ’23
Julia Chase ’23 Noah Leddel ’23 Sophia Schupp ’24
Kira Cook ’23 Cedric Lemaire ’24 Abby Sinclair ’23
Elisabeth Creighton ’24 Olivia Levesque ’24 Adria Tebo ’23
Colton Cushman ’25 Jazlyn Lluberes ’23 Jenny Tran ’24
Drew Donatello ’24 Ean Malay ’23 Jeremy Tsang ’23
Leo Doyle ’25 James Martin ’26 Teagan Wentzel ’24
Olivia Duvall ’23 Sadie Martin ’25 Bella Wissler ’23
Gus Garvey ’25 Amanda Nelson ’23 Natalie Zarcone ’23
Diego Green ’25 Christie-Ann Nelson ’23
Junior Happi ’23 Tam Nguyen ’23



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

Brian Bette ’23 Cash Lawrence ’25 Andrew Schmidt ’23
Leon Brody ’24 Chloe Lewis ’23 Stepan Sidorkin ’23
Daniel Buchbinder ’23 Samuel Lyne ’24 Piper Teig ’24
Lucca Campagnani ’23 Jackson Magnus ’26 Henry Thornton ’23
Cara Dempsey ’25 Nikita Meshcheryakov ’23 Nikolas Trakakis ’23
Shayna Deutsch ’24 George Nguyen ’23 JT Wint ’25
Hudson DiNapoli ’23 Hung Nguyen ’25 Joey Winthrop ’23
Owen Flynn ’24 Lohkoah Paye ’24 Trey Zeren ’25
Ashley Guevara ’24 Hamish Riddell ’26 Ilia Zhdanov ’24
Eliyahu Itkowitz ’23 Sam Rudy ’23
Uma Laguna-Curtis ’26 Santiago Salame ’23



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-

Cole Bauman ’23 Aston Ferrillo ’26 Eliza Quackenbush ’25
Nathaniel Benjamin ’26 Reid Fesette ’25 Maxwell Schwartz ’24
Izzy Boehm ’26 Henry Gibson ’25 Jackson Smith ’23
Maegan Byrne ’24 Gracie Hurlbut ’25 Morgan Smith ’24
Nico Cedeno Silva ’24 Brooke Kelley ’23 Lawson Sorokan ’24
Kaitlyn Cielo ’23 Jack Kent ’23 Justin Tougas-Jacques ’24
Katie Demers ’24 Roman Kravtchouk ’24 Alexis Trudeau ’23
Kiet Do ’23 Sébastien La Roche ’23 Renaud Trudeau-Lalancette ’24
Finley Donahue ’23 Junyeop Lee ’23 Zach Wargo ’25
Jace Donawa ’25 Daven Linck ’25 Hilary Wilkin ’25
Chloe Duvall ’23 Halle Mules ’24 Justin Zeng ’23
Laura Dyke ’25 Mathis Nolet-Gagne ’23
Aly El Mofty ’23 Anna Pavlasova ’23



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

Parker Asbridge ’24 Laura Dyke ’25 George Nguyen ’23
Georgia Bailey ’23 Reid Fesette ’25 Tam Nguyen ’23
Mitchell Baker ’25 Owen Flynn ’24 Kirk NguyenLe ’23
William Batten ’23 Gus Garvey ’25 Mathis Nolet-Gagne ’23
Nathaniel Benjamin ’26 Ashley Guevara ’24 Anna Pavlasova ’23
Brian Bette ’23 Junior Happi ’23 Benjamin Plucinski ’24
Izzy Boehm ’26 Eliyahu Itkowitz ’23 Alex Randall ’25
Rafael Borlido ’23 Turner Jackson ’23 Diego Ríos ’25
Brian Brady ’24 Brooke Kelley ’23 Quinn Roth ’25
Leon Brody ’24 Sophia Kelting ’23 Santiago Salame ’23
Daniel Buchbinder ’23 Kristen Kiggen ’24 Andrew Schmidt ’23
Lucca Campagnani ’23 Colin Kis ’24 James Schneid ’23
Nico Cedeno Silva ’24 Samuel Knauf ’24 Sophia Schupp ’24
Diogo Charraz ’25 Aidan Lasky ’23 Stepan Sidorkin ’23
Julia Chase ’23 Noah Leddel ’23 Abby Sinclair ’23
Kaitlyn Cielo ’23 Junyeop Lee ’23 Adria Tebo ’23
Jillian Clark ’23 Bjorn Lervick ’23 Piper Teig ’24
Kira Cook ’23 Olivia Levesque ’24 Henry Thornton ’23
Elisabeth Creighton ’24 Chloe Lewis ’23 Nikolas Trakakis ’23
Colton Cushman ’25 Jazlyn Lluberes ’23 Jenny Tran ’24
Katie Demers ’24 Samuel Lyne ’24 Jeremy Tsang ’23
Shayna Deutsch ’24 Ean Malay ’23 Abigail Van Dorn ’25
Hudson DiNapoli ’23 James Martin ’26 JT Wint ’25
Finley Donahue ’23 Sadie Martin ’25 Bella Wissler ’23
Drew Donatello ’24 Nikita Meshcheryakov ’23 Natalie Zarcone ’23
Leo Doyle ’25 Sachiel Ming ’24 Ilia Zhdanov ’24
Chloe Duvall ’23 Amanda Nelson ’23 Jozef Zilinec ’24
Olivia Duvall ’23 Christie-Ann Nelson ’23


Much Activity Planned for Students During Extended Break

A group of students will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania during a January LEAP Course. (Photo: © Sergey Pesterev / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

The first Semester will be over in less than two weeks, and we will commence the holiday break. During this period, the F.I.S.U. World University Winter Games will be held in Lake Placid from 12-22 January 2023. There will be more than 2,500 participants from over 50 countries. As a result, Northwood students and faculty will take a longer break and return to campus at the end of January.

The extended break allows international students to return home after a busy year. From mid-January, special off-campus programming and L.E.A.P opportunities are planned, and several sporting teams are traveling to various locations for competition. Students are so excited to participate in these activities.

The U17 and U19 Soccer teams are traveling to Puerto Rico to compete in the Next Level Winter Invitational Cup. Teams from all over South and North America will come to participate in this high-level competition. The team will stay in Puerto Rico from January 23rd to the 29th. The team will tour Puerto Rico for the first few days and participate in several cultural activities before the competition starts. Christopher Green, a sophomore at Northwood, said, “I am really looking forward to going home and spending quality time with my family over Christmas. I am also looking forward to the Puerto Rico trip because I can’t wait to embrace Puerto Rican culture.”

“I’ve never been to Puerto Rico, so I am super excited to visit a new place in the world as well as catch up with my teammates after a long break,” said Hamish Riddell ‘26.

The Hockey teams also have exciting schedules and will look to add to their stellar performances so far this season. The Prep team will start their journey at Merrimack College for the True Cup challenge during the first weekend of January. The boys will meet back up in Buffalo for a training camp before heading to Detroit, MI for a PHC League event, followed by the MacPherson Tournament hosted by St. Andrews College in Aurora, ON.

The Varsity team will report to Salem, NH on January 12th as that will be their home base for an eight-day period where they’ll play games against Bridgton Academy, The Holderness School, The New Hampshire Monarchs, Avon Old Farms, and Salisbury. Then they return to Lake Placid for a slate of home games during the last weekend of January.

The Girls Hockey team will begin their January in Wellesley, MA for a showcase league event, followed by a short stint in Chazy, NY, a few games at St. Lawrence University before making their way to Philadelphia and Minnesota for the final two weekends in January. All teams are excited about what’s shaping up to be a great experience!

The L.E.A.P program offers a variety of courses. There will be 4 L.E.A.P programs, including an exhibition to hike Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, an exotic adventure to Saint Lucia, an art intensive in New York City, and voluntary work for the exciting F.I.S.U. Games. Mrs. Fagan, the coordinator of L.E.A.P, stated, “These L.E.A.P courses are for students who are not competing with their sport. All the courses are exciting, and the students will have an amazing experience.” An extremely exciting course offered this winter break is the Kilimanjaro adventure. This will be the first time in Northwood history that students will stand on top of one of the seven summits. The summit of Kilimanjaro is just below 20,000 feet (about the length of 60 city blocks)!

The overwhelming feeling is that the Semester and flown by so fast, and everyone is looking forward to the holiday break to reunite with family and friends. Happy holidays

From Cairo to Placid – Student’s First Snow 

Ahmed smiles as he experiences his first snow outside the school’s main entrance (photo provided).

Ahmed El Ganainy, a junior from Cairo, Egypt, started at Northwood School this year. Having lived in Cairo his entire life, Ahmed had never seen snow before this week. Cairo stays mild or hot most of the year, with temperatures often hitting 92 degrees F in summer and 65 degrees F in winter. Wind and sandstorms are common, and pollution contributes to uncomfortable afternoons in the city. Now, nearly 8,000 miles away, Ahmed is in Lake Placid and experiencing tremendous amounts of snow. 

Coming to Lake Placid was an eye-opener for Ahmed, with the Adirondack region featuring nature at its best. Sparsely populated, extremely quiet except for wildlife and trees everywhere was the opposite of traffic jams and horns in a crowded major world capital.  

Last week, Ahmed saw snow for the first time. The last time it snowed in Egypt was on the 10th of January 1855 in the mountainous southern region of Sinai.  

He was walking between buildings and saw white flakes falling from the sky. “At first, I didn’t really know what it was,” Ahmed exclaimed. “I had to ask people if it was snow. It was such a surreal moment. Magical, actually.” 

Ahmed said, “It was a truly incredible moment seeing snow for the first time. I wanted to tell my family. I spent half an hour playing in the snow with my roommate Sam. I felt like a kid. I was so excited and immersed in the moment that I didn’t even feel the sub-zero [Celsius] cold. The pure joy I experienced from the snow will never be forgotten!” 

Before coming to Northwood, Ahmed didn’t know what to expect. It was a brave move for him. However, he’s enjoyed life at Northwood, and the fact that the school has become more diverse every year makes moments like these so special.  

So, look out for Ahmed on the slopes at Whiteface this ski season! 

College Office Helps Seniors with Early Applications

Director of College Counseling Mr. David McCauley and Registrar/College Counseling Assistant Ms. Sandy Baker (photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

Northwood takes great pride in where its students attend college, so it is no surprise that the faculty does all they can to ensure every student is prepared to take on the journey. I interviewed David McCauley, the head of the college counseling office, and Turner Jackson, a student who has applied early action, to share more about the process at Northwood.

Mr. McCauley is the head of the college office here at Northwood, and he is one of the reasons the school is so prepared to help its students with applications. Mr. McCauley shared that a huge challenge for the office has been working with a senior class with so many new seniors. Thirty-two members of the class of 2023, half of the class, are new to the school, and that has been tough for the office to organize. Despite this challenge, McCauley said, “the students have done a great job being prepared, and we have 29 students applying early.” That’s quite an achievement for the office.

Mr. McCaulley also mentioned that he was glad that they could offer in-person and virtual sessions for schools such as Notre Dame, Cornell, and Stanford. The college office goes to great lengths to provide the students with such fantastic opportunities. The students here are fortunate to have faculty so excited to help them advance to higher education.

Turner Jackson ’23 (photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

Jackson is a 3rd year senior from Hong Kong, and he is an excellent example of being prepared for the college journey. As I mentioned earlier, Turner has already applied early action to Northeastern University. Although he has only applied to one school now, he shared that he expects to apply to a few more later in the year, depending on soccer and his academics.

As a senior myself, I know how stressful it is to work on an application, and I was curious to see how Turner was feeling. “The college office has done a great job helping prepare me for the submission process, and Reno [Mr. Steve Reed] was great in helping me develop my essay.”

Jackson also gave a lot of credit to starting early in the summer. An early start helped take some of the stress off his shoulders. It was also encouraging to hear how much Turner liked having the help of Northwood teachers. He said, “All the faculty have been willing to help in the process,” which is a testament to how involved the school is.

Christie-Ann Nelson ’23 smiles after submitting an early application in October 2023 (photo: Mr. David McCauley).

As we get later and later into the school year, more and more students will be applying to colleges. It’s exciting to watch this process unfold, and we hope the students get the success they are looking for.

Thank you to the college office and Turner for sharing their perspectives, and we wish him, along with all the other seniors applying, the best of luck in their journey to and through college.

Alumni Serving in the Military Featured in Recent Pathways Program

The Pathways Alumni Career Series, which connects Northwood students interested in a particular career to graduates who have had success in that career, began in the 2020-21 school year and each session is organized by moderated by Luke Daniels ’14. Not only does this program help students interested in certain fields to have models, but it also shows that the alumni were in the student’s shoes at one point in their lives.

Lt. Col. David Fink ’97 (Photo provided)

Capt. Jake Garrison ’08 (Photo provided)

Capt. Jess Brennan ’13 (photo provided)

This most recent Pathways, held earlier this month, was about careers in the military, and it accumulated great interest from the students, in part due to the attendance of the Psychology of Performance class. Here is what it was all about.

The four alumni that were at the center of the session were Lt. Col. David Fink ‘97, Lt. Col. John Beatty ‘96, Capt. Jess Brennan ‘13, and Capt. Jake Garrison ‘08. The four alumni shared their experiences throughout the years and how they got into their positions. A few of them took ROTC-style routes through college. For students who may want to explore ROTC options in college, we asked how the alumni recommend doing this. In response to this question, Capt. Brennan of the Marine Corps said, “Get in touch with your local recruiter, and they can sit you down for an NROTC scholarship interview and fitness test.” She also shared that she would send Brody the information about our local recruiter. Capt. Brennan also said, “What they are looking for is a well-rounded student with an excess of co-curricular activities, leadership roles, and a high level of physical fitness.” She shared how much the program did for her and that it could be extremely beneficial for certain students.


As all the participants in the online program were either students or alumni. A great question was “How did Northwood help you in your journey?” Lt. Col. David Fink, a rescue helicopter pilot who had tours in wartime, responded first. He said, “Without Northwood, I would have never made it through college. What Northwood taught me was how to teach myself.” This is a great testament to the impact that our school can have on a life. Capt. Brennan also chimed in by saying “I came into myself at Northwood, I figured out how to be a leader, I figured out how to just be myself, because of such a great environment, and that ultimately teed me up for college, and to be a successful leader in the military.” Capt. Jake Garrison was also another great example of the kind of people Northwood produces. He also took the ROTC route and ultimately ended up going through Special Operations training in the Army. Another inspiring journey that started with the Northwood experience.

I wish I could include everything the alumni said, but I will share this link for anyone who wants to watch the session. These four alumni represent Northwood School in the best way: in serving our country and as Lt. Col. Beatty put it, “working to build a pretty darn good world.” So, Northwood students looking for role models, here is another handful that you can look up to. These four went through the same things we did and have continued to build great careers and make the world a better place. We thank them for their continued service to this amazing country. We hope you tune in for the next pathways to see what other amazing things alumni do with their lives.

Biology Class Trips Popular with Students

Biology class witnessing Eutrophication in a pond (photo: AJ Etumnu ’25)

Northwood has many academic classes taught by a diverse and qualified range of teachers. Biology is one of the classes taught at Northwood. Faculty member Marcy Fagan teaches it. The biology class has an exciting form of teaching with a mix of inside and outside education. The Mirror spoke to Ms. Fagan about her teaching style, and she said she believes students learn better when they can see what they are writing in their notes and reading in their textbooks so that the knowledge can be remembered.

In the fall, the biology class took two trips outside of school, incorporating facts from the class. The trips included visiting a pond near the Lake Placid golf course to see eutrophication firsthand. Eutrophication is when a body of water becomes enriched with nitrogen and phosphorus. The class also learned that the golf course uses untreated sewage water to water the grass, which is good because it’s sustainable.

This HAB warning was placed at Mirror Lake shortly after a biology class field trip (photo: AJ Etumnu ’25).

The other noteworthy fall trip was a blockbuster impromptu trip to Mirror Lake to witness the discovery of a Harmful Algal Bloom, which was also studied in class.

“ I enjoy Ms. Fagan’s trips a lot,” James Martin ’26 said. “They are very educational as they help us learn the unit for the tests. My favorite part was when I saw the scientist test the lake. It made me feel like I was doing meaningful actions at an urgent time for some people.”

Hamish Riddell ’26 also appreciates the field trips. “ I’ve enjoyed the biology trips a lot. I think they enhance the learning of the class. I think there is a lot more interaction and question-asking. I love this class and hope it continues teaching us this way.”

New Ski/Maintenance Building on Campus  

Recently Northwood has begun some construction between the Hanke Ski Building and the bus garages. During the first week of October, a construction crew began clearing the land to make room for a new building that will house the alpine ski teams’ Wintersteiger ski tuning machine and the Facilities Team’s maintenance shop.  

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Last year, Northwood received donations to purchase the Wintersteiger Jupiter machine. This machine efficiently preps skis while saving money and trips to have them done at tuning shops. The machine was originally installed and still sits in the old bus and girls’ hockey storage shed.  

The new building is right next door to the Hanke Ski Building, making tuning equipment more convenient and efficient for the athletes. 

The skier side of the building will be separated into three rooms; there will be a secure chamber where athletes can store skis safely when dropping them off or picking them up. There will be a waxing room where ski tech Brantly Beach will be able to wax and brush skis. And finally, there will be a room that houses the Wintersteiger Jupiter machine.  

The rest of the 1500-square-foot building will be used to house some maintenance tools and supplies. Originally, the building was estimated to finish around April, but school administrators now expect it to be done well before that. “We are hoping it will be ready for use after the FISU games,” Mr. Thomas Broderick said.   

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