Humans of Northwood: Aimee Headland ’19


Aimee Headland ’19 celebrates a goal in the 2018 Northwood Invitational (Photo: Mr. Aldridge).

I am Aimee Headland and I’m a senior hockey and football player from Nottingham, England. Recently I represented Great Britain in the U18 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships for my second year. This year we won bronze and I got to do it alongside my sister. My favorite thing about Northwood is meeting new people as well as Lake Placid. It can be stressful, but I love living and doing everything with my friends. My favorite thing to do with my friends is to go into town and eat. Mrs. Walker is my favorite teacher because she supports me in and outside of the classroom on both the educational and personal sides. She’s someone I trust who is easy to talk to and who helps me adapt. I think winter schedule is tiring and a long day, but I do like it because it means that it’s hockey season.

As told to Morgan Broderick ’19

Humans of Northwood: Kate Broderick ’22


Kate Broderick ’22 (Photo provided)

My name is Kate Broderick. I’m a freshman and I ski race. During July and August, I spent three weeks in Zermatt, Switzerland training on the mountain behind the Matterhorn, which was a really cool experience. During the fall, I spent two weeks in Milders, Austria, which was also really cool and we trained on sheer ice. I like the freedom of Northwood and how laid back it is compared to public schools and especially the ones I’ve been to in the past. I don’t really have a favorite teacher, I’ve never really been able to say who my favorite teacher is in any school. My favorite thing to do at Northwood is probably to hang out with friends and watch hockey games because sometimes I wish I played. The hardest part about adjusting to Northwood was leaving my friends at my old school. At first, it was hard to be in school without my old friends but I’ve made new ones.

As told to Morgan Broderick ’19

Drama Club Tackles Refugee Crisis in Winter Production


The national discussion on immigration, asylum and refugees is coming to Northwood School. Following a wildly successful fall production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the Northwood Drama Club is changing the pace and producing a topical play. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there are currently more than 65 million people displaced worldwide—the highest number on record since the agency began collecting statistics. The Drama Club hopes to humanize the experience of these individuals who otherwise seem distant and different from us.

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How Come Girls Do Everything Around Here?

Standing at the front of the room full of CARE volunteers, I noticed hardly any boys. What’s more, most of the boys who were at the meeting came simply because I had asked them to. Later that day, when I went to a Sustainability Committee meeting, I noticed something similar: no boys. [Read more…]

Ms. Carmichael Reunites with Family

Girls who lived in Bergamini last year are used to seeing Taika on their hall, wearing a smile and a colorful dress, every day. Ms. Noël Carmichael, English and Drama teacher, and her younger daughter Taika, who are U.S. citizens, moved to the States from Tanzania in the summer of 2017, hoping Chisondi, Ms. Carmichael’s husband, and Monica, the older daughter, would be able to follow shortly thereafter. However, the visas for the other half of the family were held up for days, then for weeks and months, and eventually for well over a year. [Read more…]

Board Chair Carstensen on the Future of Northwood


Hans Carstensen is Chairman of Northwood School’s Board of Trustees

On Saturday, October 27, the Northwood School on Main project received final approval by Northwood School Board of Trustees. The building on Main Street, Lake Placid that the school has invested in since December 2015 is now ready for construction.

The announcement was made via email by Head of School Mr. Michael Maher that the project would be up and running by the 2019-2020 school year.

During a break in the October 26-27 Board of Trustees meeting, The Mirror staff writer Morgan Broderick sat down with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Hans Carstensen to learn about him and his plans for Northwood.

Broderick: Why did you decide to get involved with Northwood’s Board of Trustees?

Carstensen: Mr. Maher had worked with me as the Chairman of the Board at Berkshire School. Then Mike became the Head of School at Berkshire, and we worked together for a long time. So when Mike came up to Lake Placid, he asked me if I could join Northwood’s board. I enjoyed being a regular board member immensely. I was bit surprised and thrilled when I was asked to chair the board 18 months into my tenure on the Board when Mr. Woodman stepped down. I’m having a wonderful time being the Chairman of Northwood’s Board of Trustees.

I understand that the topic of Northwood on Main will be one of many topics this weekend. Do you know what will happen to it?

I don’t because most of the board has not revisited the question of what should happen with it since probably over a year ago, so we’ve got to bring a number of the members of the board along to update them on exactly where we stand. My intuition is we’re going to do this. And I’m firmly in support of doing it because we need that programming, and we need that academic programming, and we need the space to do it right. From my vantage point, it’s a foregone conclusion, but the board has to reach that conclusion as a whole.

Are there any other big decisions the board will be making this weekend?

Yes, there are a number of them. The briefing that I was just part of is about the academic program and how it might make sense to do the teaching and the academic programs differently. Organizing them differently, teaching them differently, and that there’s a lot of thought being given to that now. The meeting that I just left is seeking the board’s approval to move forward in the direction of change in that regard. I don’t doubt for a minute that that won’t be approved, and in my opinion, it should be. So that’ll be a big issue and a fundamental one.

What are the biggest challenges that Northwood is facing?

From my vantage point, the single biggest challenge is a competitive one. We have to differentiate ourselves and what we offer families and students here. The competition is just as aggressive, talented, and oriented toward attracting those very same families that we want to attract. We have to do a very good job at differentiating our program, our talent, our academic rigor, and we have to make sure we’re speaking to the needs of the families we want to attract. That’s a huge issue, and from my vantage point, it is made it more difficult because operating economics with an enterprise like this is very complicated. It’s very difficult to do, to make the numbers work. So we’ve got an economic challenge and a competitive challenge.

Then also coming at us is a big demographic challenge. Back starting in I think 2007, couples stopped having children. So the number of high school aged children have stopped coming our way and all of the sudden has taken a dramatic decline. That’ll make the environment more competitive. So those are the issues from my vantage point.

What do you see for Northwood’s future? In 5 years? In 10?

First of all, we will over that time frame, change the business model. We’re going to do things differently, academically, and from a teaching point of view. In order to enhance our competitiveness, we’re going to add the STEAM program and whether it’s at Northwood School on Main or at another building here on the campus, I’m indifferent, but we must have that academic programming. That I’m confident will be in place. Will it be downtown? Will it be in a facility on the campus? I don’t know, but we’re going to have that curriculum. So that’s for sure in the future.

The other thing that’s going to happen is when we begin to do business differently, the endowment is going to walk right into the spotlight. Because we have to begin to truly endow programs. People, faculty, we’re going to begin to shift our attention out 5 to 10 years from now on generating endowment. We have to come up with ways to finance other than by compensation through tuition. How to finance these kinds of huge strategic issues. Like how do you endow financial aid? How do we endow academic excellence in our faculty? Academic chairs, etc. How do we endow brand new buildings, or old buildings, so that we can maintain them? So those are going to be the things that we will begin to focus on and accomplish 5 to 10 years from now.

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.


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

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Arts Are Thriving, but Students Want More

The arts at Northwood are thriving. The school offers more art options than ever, including music recording and a new drama class that will start the second trimester. However, some students feel that Northwood has lost the progress the art department has made over the past year. [Read more…]

Is Northwood going Boy Crazy?

If you’re a returning student, you’ve probably noticed that something seems off about the student body this year. Northwood is now mostly boys, even more so than usual. Many girls report being one of one or two girls in a class, and some boys have classes with no girls. [Read more…]

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