When Laurel School announced its new Director of Advancement in October, they were pleased to call Benjamin Light one of their own – not an alumna of course, but a parent and a big fan of the school and all things Cleveland.
Benjamin Light comes to Laurel from The Gathering Place, where he was involved in all aspects of the agency's fundraising and special events. He most recently held the position of COO, where he was responsible for all finance and administration of this $2.3 million agency.
Benjamin’s extensive fundraising skills coupled with his strategic thinking and years of experience and knowledge of the corporate and philanthropic landscape in Cleveland make him a strong fit for this role. As a Laurel School parent, he also has a unique perspective on the school's mission and goals.
“This offers new challenges, in a new environment and I wanted to bring my professional energy to another organization.”
Click here for a link to the full article in the December 2016 issue of Currents Magazine. The announcement of Benjamin Light's new appointment was also covered in Crain's Cleveland Business, the Cleveland Jewish News and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Library – now sometimes referred to as the Learning Common, yet the basics are still in place. Just as business and research collaboration are different today, learning is different, fueled by our access to sources from all over the globe made instantly available. As the worlds of business, science, economics, medicine, and law have changed, so has obtaining and researching information.
Currents talked with professionals at four local private schools to take a look at how and why school libraries have reinvented themselves while still maintaining tradition. Laurel's own Kirsten Rosebrock-Hayes, Middle and Upper Schools Librarian, offered up her insights on how technology has transformed her role at our school. Excerpts from her interview follow.
“In the role of the librarian I’m a reader’s advisor, Internet Sherpa (I made that up), collection caretaker – I make sure we have reliable and correct information. I wear so many hats,” says Kirsten Rosebrock-Hayes of Laurel School.
In many ways, a librarian’s work as guide and teacher hasn’t changed. In fact, in some ways their work is more pressing and more vital than ever. When faced with the dizzying array of information available, it’s the librarian’s role to teach students to have a discerning eye.
“A big part of my job is to help students discern what information is worthwhile and trustworthy online,” Rosebrock-Hayes says. “Anyone can post anything online, but do you necessarily want to use just anything in your research project?”
Click here to view the full article from the December 2016 issue of Currents Magazine.
Laurel’s Rachel Buchinsky ‘20 was named Player of the Week by the Cleveland Jewish News. After watching her older sister Danielle’s (Laurel Class of 2015) success on the Laurel varsity tennis team, Rachel couldn’t wait to join the Gators this year.
Rachel had an 11-9 record at no. 1 singles and doubles as she headed into the Ohio High School Athletic Association sectional tournament.
Congratulations to Annella Fernandez '17 and Alexandra Mangel '17 for being named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corportation!
These Laurel girls are two of more than 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.
Laurel's Yui Ishihara '18 was one of ten local high school students chosen to attend the STEM Club Leadership Training Summer Camp, hosted by The University of Akron College of Engineering. Yui shares an interest in science, technology, engineering and math and is a member of Laurel's VEX Robotics Team.Every participant in the STEM Camp was awarded $500 to support their school's club activities and development, along with continuous support through the academic year offered by the Ohio STEM Learning Network – Akron Hub and All-Akron Student Engineering Program. Congratulations, Yui!
The Chagrin Valley Times article "Inaugural events gives people music and Laurel girls a voice," showcased how Laurel girls were integrated in the entire LaureLive experience. Laurel Head of School Ann V. Klotz explains “The whole motivation for the concert is to link Laurel’s own mission to fulfill her promise to better the world and a lot of that has to do with empowering girls and giving them a sense of agency.”
The front page story of the CVT, "Music lovers rave about LaureLive fest," gave an in-depth review of the weekend's festivities. "The inaugural event was held this past weekend with more than 6,000 attendees." You can read the rest of this article via the link above.
A recent article featured in the Cleveland Jewish News reported that Laurel School's Shira Laserson '18 was introduced as the incoming Cleveland NCSY chapter president for 2016-17. Katie Dinner '17 was amongst other Clevelanders named to the Central East NCSY Regional Board during the final NCSY Shabbaton of the year May 27-29 that was held at the Ann Arbor Marriott in Ypsilanti, MI.
More than 250 people attended the celebration, which included the awards of more than $25,000 in scholarships to attend gap-year and summer programs in Israel in June. Katie and Shira were awarded scholarships for Torah Growth and Meritorious Service, along with Alyssa Fixler '18 and Rachel Karns '18. Sapir Flank '16 received the Kesser Torah Award for Torah Achievement. Congratulations to all of the girls on your awards and the exciting appointments for the upcoming year!
Laurel Eighth Grader Kimya Taheri was chosen as one of twelve winners in the Young Entrepreneur Institute's "Selling Bee!" Twenty Finalists were chosen from the initial entries in both the K-4th and 5th-8th categories. One popular vote winner was chosen in each category and five other winners were named from a panel of judges!
Kimya's business is called "VideoEditorz," which specializes in making slideshows and editing videos at an incredible price. You can learn more about her business and view her sales pitch here. Congratulations, Kimya!
Congratulations to Elizabeth Murphy '18 and India Cora '17 for being named to the 2016 All-District teams by the Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Coaches Association (OSLCA).
The players were nominated by their high school coaches and then voted on by other coaches in the area. Elizabeth was awarded 2nd team and India was awarded Honorable Mention. Great job, Gators!
Laurel’s Serena Shapard '16 has been named a National Merit Winner!
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)–a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
- WedJan18 Coffee with Klotz for Accepted Families Grades 4-12 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
- WedJan18 Revisit Day for Accepted Students Grades 4-12 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
- FriJan20 MS Musical: Into the Woods, Jr.* 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
- SatJan21 MS Musical: Into the Woods, Jr.* 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
- SunJan22 Brunch for Accepted Families 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMButler
- MonJan23 Dream Week
- MonJan23 Pre-Primary Admissions Screenings* 9:30 AM to 10:30 AMLyman
- FriJan27 MS CTP-4 (ERB) Meeting 8:15 AM
- SatJan28 Chinese New Year
- SatJan28 Magic Gives Back! [LSPA Fundraiser]* 6:30 PM to 8:30 PMFairmount Temple
- MonJan30 Dare Week
- TueJan31 MS CTP-4 (ERBs)
- TueJan31 MS Room Parent Meeting 8:15 AMLyman
- WedFeb01 MS CTP-4 (ERBs)
- WedFeb01 Revisit Day for Accepted Students Grades 4-12