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:

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.

  • May 2016
    • SatMay28 MS Homework-Free Weekend
    • MonMay30 Dream Week
    • MonMay30 Memorial Day: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
    • TueMay31 US May Term
  • June 2016
    • WedJun01 US May Term
    • WedJun01 Primary Gator Day 1:00 PM
    • ThuJun02 After School Supervised Play and MS Den End
    • ThuJun02 US May Term
    • ThuJun02 Pre-Primary Dismissal (Last Day of Classes) 11:30 AM
    • ThuJun02 Grade 8 Early Dismissal 12:00 PM
    • ThuJun02 Grade 8 Promotion 7:00 PMLyman Campus
    • FriJun03 US May Term Final Presentation
    • FriJun03 MS Last Chapel (Formal Uniform) 8:15 AM
    • FriJun03 Primary Last Chapel and Grade 4 Promotion 10:00 AM
    • FriJun03 MS Early Dismissal (Last Day of Classes) 12:00 PM


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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

"Laurel is a place where almost every girl can find a home. The community here is extremely accepting and diverse, and every student has her own ideas and opinions that are valued by everyone."Rebecca Brichacek '16

"Confident, independent, open-minded, fearless. That's what comes to mind when I think of what Laurel has given to my daughters." Laurel Parent


“The greatest gift Laurel gave me was the gift of lifelong friendships with classmates, teachers and parents of classmates. We have a special bond based on our shared experiences.” 
Betsy Sweeney Backes ‘78

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