Dr. Long hands over the baton to Dr. Cook

After four months of vigorous and thorough search for a new principal, the Woodstock Community was informed on April 12, 2019 about the appointment of Dr. Craig Cook as principal designate of Woodstock. The board of directors unanimously chose Dr. Cook as the principal, with the belief that he would be an outstanding educational leader. […]

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Principal Search: Dr. Engstrom imagines leading the school

As the term for the current principal, Dr. Jonathan Long, comes to a close, the new principal candidates, artfully chosen by the Search Committee, have briefly visited the school. In this series, we introduce the candidates and their educational philosophies: Dr. John Engstrom was educated at Wheaton College (B.Sc.), State University of New York at […]

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Principal Search: Dr. Cook leads through the lens of a sociologist

As the term for the current principal, Dr. Jonathan Long, comes to a close, the new principal candidates, artfully chosen by the Search Committee, have briefly visited the school. In this series, we introduce the candidates and their educational philosophies: Dr. Craig Cook attended Biola University to get his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and Manila […]

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Trump impacts students’ college choices

Donald Trump lives approximately 12,000 kilometers away from the well-guarded gates of Woodstock, but the 45th president of the United States of America has managed to affect and influence the lives of students here nonetheless. The current incumbent at the White House in Washington DC is renowned for his Islamophobic rhetoric and abusive disdain for […]

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Swish-A-Thon 2019 exhibited exemplary sportsmanship

Feb. 21, 2019. The highlights of the 5th Annual Swish-A-Thon were the sportsmanship and mutual respect depicted by several teams. This year, the money collected will be donated to Project Burans, an initiative part of the Emmanuel Health Association that promotes mental health in rural parts of Northern India. The organization is currently working in […]

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Parker Hall transformed into ‘Island’ of songs

The globe lights dim and the crowd simmers down. Everyone’s eyes reach out to the stage, eagerly waiting for the play to start. As a response to their yearning, gods, peasants, and city dwellers creep out one by one, to present the opening night of Once On This Island. A musical, set on a Caribbean […]

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Accepting Mr. Hubbard

Art teacher’s life goes beyond tolerance “Hey, how’re you doing?” That voice, usually so friendly, sounded like a threat: “How’s the article coming together?”   Man, I really need to find another way to get to the Media Center. “Great,” I replied, before shuffling away hurriedly. I didn’t have the heart to tell Mr. Hubbard […]

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Sixth grader leads plastic cleanup

While most middle-school students played sports and video games on the misty afternoon of Aug. 11, eleven-year-old Raghav Gadhvi, Class of 2026, carried two empty bags with him as he led a “plastic clean up.” Gadhvi, along with some seniors from the Class of 2020, covered Midlands dormitory to Clifton Hostel, picking up the pieces […]

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‘019 Imperium graduation in photos

The end of May marks a bittersweet period, when seniors graduate and move on to the next chapter of their lives at college. This year, the Class of 2019, Imperium, will be brand-new alumni, forever embedding themselves in the extended network of Woodstock School. As Imperium departs, The Woodstocker documented the fervor of their graduation […]

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Water is running out; so is time

The month of May marks a dire deterioration of the water situation of Mussoorie and the rest of India. Even by just taking a step outside of our school campus, one can see hundreds of people filling up at nearby a water outlet, awaiting the few droplets of water that flow once a day for […]

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Acute pollen season raises concerns about health, environment

The onset of spring in Mussoorie this year was accompanied by a particularly prolonged and severe pollen season. Thin blankets of pollen dust tinted the entire town a yellowish-green, raising concerns not only about its repercussions on allergies, but its reflection of climate change as well.   This seasonal anomaly appears to be a part […]

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Review: Endgame, the true marvel of the MCU

The scale and spectacle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is unrivalled by any other series in the last decade. The amount of heavy hitters in this epic 22-film saga is jaw-dropping. The latest instalment is handled with such care, effort, and ambition that it is hard to classify Avengers: Endgame as a movie. It’s an […]

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Adults should not intervene in student politics

When the Student Council presidential candidates opened the floor to questions after their speeches last week, several staff members took the opportunity to call into question the candidates’ skills and ideas. Several of these comments made by staff members were considered especially discouraging and targeted towards specific candidates, thereby raising questions about the appropriate extent […]

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Tigers repeat as Doon Cup champs

“I’ll be surprised if we win, but I’ll also be surprised if we lose,” said Kuhu Singh, Class of 2021, said before heading off for this year’s Doon Cup. The senior girls football team has been with three coaches in the past two years: Mr. Francisco, Mr. Puri, and Mr. Hubbard. But they worked past […]

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Define yourself by character, not grades

People often use the example of Bill Gates being a Harvard dropout to define success as a result of hard work and not the outcome of receiving a world-class education with the highest grades.   However, when the grade 10 AP World History preliminary results were released a few days ago, it suddenly occurred to […]

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Presidential candidates envision better school

In the past few weeks, there has been an intense student-body presidential race. As an effort to disseminate each candidate’s ideas, The Woodstocker caught up with them. Veer Arya, running for the position of school president, has maintained a theme of channeling student voices throughout his campaign; Arya’s slogan is “Speak Up.” He believes that […]

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