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.
Eighteen girls from Laurel's Model United Nations Club attended the OSUMUN Conference at The Ohio State University in April and brought home several winners! OSUMUN has proven to be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding Model United Nations conferences for delegates across Ohio. Below is a full list of Laurel winners from the conference. We are so proud of all the Model UN girls who did an outstanding job representing Laurel!
Elizabeth LaPlante '18, Outstanding Delegate for the European Union Plenary Session on the Migrant Crisis representing Milan Zver
Catherine McCarthy '18, Honorable Delegate for the Republican National Convention representing Michigan
Katelyn Vlastaris '16, Best Delegate for the European Union Plenary Session on the Migrant Crisis representing Herbert Reul
Caroline Werner '16, Honorable Delegate for the Convention for a Democratic South Africa representing Jay Naidoo from the Congress of South African Trade Unions
This past fall, Middle School Science Teacher Karen Morse led her Fifth Grade students in learning how qualities of slime could be used in an invention. They implemented the creative use of "slime", written description, problem solving and illustrations.
The class researched, brainstormed, wrote, edited, peer-edited and edited some more! Ms. Morse then submitted each student's gooey entries to the Scholastic SuperScience national "Slime Contest".
The editors scoured hundreds of imaginative entries from schools around the country and we are excited to announce that our very own Fifth Grader, Sabina Strautnieks, was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner!
Congratulations to Sabina and the entire Fifth Grade Science Class on their collaborative effort to make the best use of slime's strange properties!
Congratulations are in order for Laurel School's Liz Murphy '18 and Tiki Feldman '19 who were named to the North Coast National Team! Tryouts took place earlier this month and included the best 40+ players from northern Ohio.
They will represent our region over Memorial Day weekend at the National Tournament at Lehigh University where they will compete against the best players in the country. Best of luck girls!
In March, Laurel’s Middle School Chinese students prepared for the 2016 Ohio K-12 Chinese Speech and Essay Contests, which took place on Saturday April 16th at Cleveland State University. This is an annual competition where students compete by either composing an essay or giving a speech in Chinese on a selected topic.
We are very proud to announce that Laurel School brought home top honors in several categories in both the Elementary School (Grades 3-5) and Middle School (Grades 6-8) Categories! The students are led by Laurel's World Language Teachers, Emma Forquer and Esther Seday.
Congratulations to the students who took home the individual awards listed below.
Grade 5 Winners:
2nd place: Ava Namrow
3rd place: Maya Jaber, Eleanor Pompa, Laura Schilz
2nd Place: Eleanor Pompa
3rd Place: Natalie Casa, Maya Jaber, Indira Katiyar
Excellent Award: Maria Pape
Grade 6 Winners:
3rd Place: Julia Slabe
Excellent Award: Anna Beck, Caitlin Hanrahan, Margaux Patterson, Sidney Rucker, Talia Scott
Grade 7 Winners:
3rd Place: Olivia Dalton
Excellent Award: Izzy Atzemis, Kate Faxon
Grade 8 Winners:
1st Place: Emi Cummings
2nd Place: Katie Chen
3rd Place: Sophie Bravo
2nd Place: Katie Chen, Chauncey Cody
- ThuAug25 FULL DAY for Kindergarten
- ThuAug25 Grade 5 Adventure at Butler Butler
- ThuAug25 Grade 6 Class Trip
- ThuAug25 Grade 7 Laptop Distribution (Student and a Parent) 5:00 PM to 6:30 PMLyman, Dining Room
- FriAug26 Grade 5 Adventure at Butler Butler
- FriAug26 Grade 6 Class Trip
- FriAug26 Popsicles on the Playground for Primary Families 3:30 PM to 4:30 PMLyman
- SatAug27 Laurel Races for the Cure Downtown Cleveland
- MonAug29 Dare Week
- TueAug30 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES for Pre-Primary (Wade-In)
- TueAug30 All-School Convocation (Formal Uniform) 9:00 AM to 9:45 AMLyman, Tippit Gymnasium
- ThuSep01 Senior Parent College Night 7:00 PMLyman
- SatSep03 MS Homework-Free Weekend
- MonSep05 Dream Week
- MonSep05 Labor Day: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED