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:

Essay Awards:

2nd place: Ava Namrow

3rd place: Maya Jaber, Eleanor Pompa, Laura Schilz

Speech Awards:

2nd Place: Eleanor Pompa

3rd Place: Natalie Casa, Maya Jaber, Indira Katiyar

Excellent Award: Maria Pape

Grade 6 Winners:

Essay Awards:

3rd Place: Julia Slabe

Speech Awards:

Excellent Award: Anna Beck, Caitlin Hanrahan, Margaux Patterson, Sidney Rucker, Talia Scott

Grade 7 Winners:

Essay Awards:

3rd Place: Olivia Dalton

Speech Awards:

Excellent Award: Izzy Atzemis, Kate Faxon

Grade 8 Winners:

Essay Awards:

1st Place: Emi Cummings

2nd Place: Katie Chen

3rd Place: Sophie Bravo

Speech Awards:

2nd Place: Katie Chen, Chauncey Cody

The 10th Annual Gator Bash was featured in the April 2016 issue of Cleveland Magazine's "Agenda" section. More than 550 guests attended Laurel's annual benefit that was held in February at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Under the Tuscan Moon was the theme for the evening where guests bid on live and silent auctions, entered to win a $10,000 tuition scholarship, and were served a delicious dinner prepared by chef Douglas Katz. Thank you to everybody who came out to support this event and made the evening so special!

As mentioned in last month's Height's Observer, Laurel's Middle and Upper School Visual Art Teacher, Catherine Butler, is part of a three-artist April Fools-themed exhibition on view at the Beachwood Library. The exhibit is on display from April 3-28. 

In this exhibition, Catherine is showing a series of monoprints and collages. Her collage/monoprint, "Attempting Escape" is pictured here. Congratulations to Catherine for being part of this wonderful art exhibit!

LaureLiveElevation Group was recently featured in Crain's Cleveland Business as an award-winning sponsorship marketing, event production and communications company.

In the article, LaureLive: Music with a Mission, is highlighted as an exciting collaboration between Elevation Group and Laurel School as a way to enhance music education and performance opportunities for students and the community.

Laurel's Head Mistress, Ann V. Klotz, discusses how the partnership came to life and the hands-on learning experience Laurel students will receive from all aspects of producing this event. 

To learn more about LaureLive or to purchase tickets, click here.

More than 575 students representing over 80 schools participated in the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair last week and we are proud to announce that ten Upper School girls were recognized for their outstanding work! The students were led by faculty “coach” Dr. Regina Campbell-Malone. You can read more about it here.

Congratulations to our Laurel students for the following recognitions:

  • First Place - Lauren O'Keefe '18
  • Second Place - Maryum Ali '18, Reem Kaouk '19 
  • Third Place - Maggie Hilkert '19, Jessica Linden '18, Catherine McCarthy '18, Simran Surtani '19
  • Honorable Mention - Rylee Betchkal '18, Ria Desai '19, Marissa Li '18
  • Ria Desai '19 and Maggie Hilkert '19 were honored by the American Statistical Association for using statistics to support their findings. 
  • Simran Surtani '19 and Ria Desai '19 were also recognized for outstanding projects by the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic.

Laurel's Upper School Chinese Language students earned outstanding scores on the recent Chinese International Language Test administered through the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University.

Special congratulations go out to Alyssa Johnson ’18 for scoring in the top 5% of Northeast Ohio high school students, and to Nina Zlataric ’19 and Rachel Estafanous ’19 for scoring in the the top 10%! Read about it here.

Visiting scholar Ms. Yuling Xie came to Laurel to deliver all of the award certificates, to offer full scholarships to Chinese Bridge Summer Camp to all of the students as well as Chinese study abroad scholarships to two Grade 11 students. Well done, ladies!

In the latest The New York Times, Well Family column written by Lisa Damour, Ph.D., “How to Fight With a Teenager”, she explores four distinct styles on how teenagers approach conflict. The LCRG director explains how to “raise teenagers who see disagreements as dilemmas to be solved” rather than “toxic battles” through real-life examples.

On Wednesday March 16th, Lisa joined the morning crew on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the column, highlighting how fighting can be an important part of your child's development.

Make sure to check out the article above & her appearance on the morning show as she gives practical tips for resolving conflicts with teens.

  • May 2016
    • FriMay06 AP Exams
    • FriMay06 Senior Exam Week
    • FriMay06 Primary Spring Arts Celebration 9:00 AM
    • SatMay07 LSPA Used School and PE Uniform Sale 8:00 AM to 11:00 AMLyman Campus - Alumnae Room
    • SunMay08 Mother's Day
    • MonMay09 AP Exams
    • MonMay09 Dare Week
    • MonMay09 Primary Grandparents and Special Friends Day 8:30 AM to 11:00 AMLyman Campus
    • TueMay10 AP Exams
    • TueMay10 Music Academy Recital (Pre-Primary - Grade 4) 5:00 PM
    • TueMay10 Music Academy Recital (Grades 5-12) 7:00 PM
    • WedMay11 AP Exams
    • WedMay11 Introduction to Laurel - All Divisions (Parents Only) 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • ThuMay12 AP Exams


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"Laurel transforms students into strong women through an exemplary education and an atmosphere built on growth." Caitlin Cronin '16

"During my time at Laurel, I developed the mental aspect of my tennis game -- staying focused and staying in every match. The support that I've gotten from my team and my coaches has really helped me to do that." Danielle Buchinsky '15

"Laurel encourages its girls to try things they think they can do, things they don't think they can do, and even things they never thought about doing." Jazlynn Baker '16

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