Northwood NH News

January 24, 2018


Congratulations to Joel Boulanger, of Northwood, a management major, who has made the President’s List at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2017 semester.


To qualify for the President’s List for high academic achievement, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average and must be enrolled full time.



Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Emilee Gancarz of Northwood, a member of the class of 2018 majoring in mechanical engineering, was named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the fall 2017 semester.


A total of 1,608 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI’s fall 2017 Dean’s List. The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differs from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.



Northwood School Updates

Submitted By Joanne Ahlberg and Lauren Dow, Northwood School Educators


The Northwood Staff would like to thank you for your continuous support in our community.  As an expression of our thanks, we will be hosting a free spaghetti dinner.  This dinner will take place at Northwood School on Thursday, February 8th from 4:15-5:30 pm in the Northwood School Cafeteria.  We encourage families to stay after the dinner for the School Deliberative Session that begins at 6:00pm in the gymnasium.


The dinner will consist of spaghetti with marinara sauce, bread, salad, and dessert.  The first serving will begin at 4:15pm with the final serving at 5:30pm due to the School Deliberative Session.  Furthermore, the staff will be providing childcare during the Deliberative Session starting at 5:50pm.  We are prepared to watch and engage your children in meaningful activities including crafts, stories, and a G-rated movie. Finally, we would encourage families to send their children with a few snacks for the evening childcare event.


We hope to you see you for this event as we want to thank our entire Northwood Community for their willingness to support the children in Northwood.


In addition, there are many other great things that are happening everyday at Northwood School.  If interested, there are several ways to digitally stay up date with current events.  Our Northwood School website, is a great resource to check out teacher webpages, access our presence on Twitter, view our Laker publications, and gain easy access to community links.  There is also a Northwood School Educators Facebook page. 


Furthermore, there are other initiatives and events that don’t always get communicated via digital media.  For instance, Northwood School staff are invested in piloting PBIS initiatives (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) to nurture a climate that fosters behavioral expectations, respect, and a positive school climate.  Our school will be holding its annual Spelling Bee on 1/18/18.  Students are actively engaged in hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) projects.  Our science committee is working to align our school’s science curriculum to NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), and teachers are opening their classrooms to peer observations to share best practices and to seek input.  Our nurse, Mrs. Benham, is also teaching SEVA Stress Release techniques to 4th grade students.   The Northwood staff would like to encourage you to stay tuned for more exciting news, events, and activities happening in your community.  Go inspiration, innovation, and inquiry!



Northwood Recreation Commission Presents Winter Family Fun Day!

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We are so happy about our new ice skating rink that we wanted to spread our excitement with our very first Winter Family Fun Day! Please join us at the Recreation Field on Saturday, February 10th from 2:00-4:00 for this fun community event. There will be ice skating, sledding, snow games, a snowman contest (pending snow), and bonfire! 


So, gather up your skates, snowshoes, and sleds. Dig out your snow gear and join your neighbors, as we all gather ‘round and enjoy a fun family afternoon together!



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The Chesley Memorial Library will host a “ChildVoice” program on Thursday, January 25, at 7:00 p.m. Come hear Kristin Barlow, co-author of Enduring the Night, as she shares about the true-life stories in her book.  She will be joined by ChildVoice founder, Conrad Mandsager, who will talk about the amazing work this nonprofit, founded in Nottingham, is doing to give hope to children who have been affected by war in northern Uganda and South Sudan.  Books will be available for purchase and signing. 



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 

1946’s “The Stranger”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 PM this Friday and Saturday night (January 26 & 27) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1946’s suspenseful thriller “The Stranger,” starring Orson Welles (who also directed), Loretta Young and Edward G. Robinson. 


Wilson (Robinson), an investigator with the Allied War Crimes Commission, is looking for Franz Kindler (Welles), a notorious Nazi war criminal  — the mastermind behind their death camps — who has made his way from Germany  to a sleepy Connecticut town. There, he has carefully constructed a new identity. He is now living incognito as Charles Rankin, a college professor and antique clock enthusiast who will soon marry lovely Mary Rankin (Young), the daughter of a respected judge. His cover is intact until Wilson, tailing another escaped Nazi prisoner, begins to suspect that there may be more to Professor Rankin than meets the eye. 


Released in 1946, “The Stranger” holds the distinction of being the first American feature film to include documentary footage of Nazi concentration camps.  “The Stranger” is by far the least well known, and perhaps most conventional, of Orson Welles’ movies. In fact, he only took on the project to prove to studio executives that he could direct a film that came in on time, within budget and without any problems, unlike his earlier masterpieces “Citizen Kane” and “The Magnificent Ambersons.” Welles readily accomplished that task, although the artistic and personal compromises he was forced to make on “The Stranger” resulted in it being his least favorite film.  


Despite all of Welles’ misgivings, “The Stranger” is a tense and suspenseful thriller with exceptional performances from its entire cast. Variety reviewed it as “ … socko melodrama, spinning an intriguing web of thrills and chills.”  If you love American film noir, this is the one for you. So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this thriller from the past. 












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