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.

Read more about Rachel in the Cleveland Jewish News.

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. 

Click here to read more about the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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!

  • December 2016
    • MonDec05 Dare Week
    • ThuDec08 Bodhi Day
    • ThuDec08 MS Music Celebration 7:00 PMLyman
    • FriDec09 US Exams and Rehearsals
    • MonDec12 Dream Week
    • MonDec12 US Exams and Rehearsals
    • TueDec13 US Exams and Rehearsals
    • TueDec13 Music Academy Recital (Pre-Primary - Grade 4) 5:00 PMLyman
    • TueDec13 Music Academy Recital (Grades 5-12) 7:00 PMLyman
    • WedDec14 US Exams and Rehearsals
    • ThuDec15 US Exams and Rehearsals
    • ThuDec15 All-School Snowflake Assembly (Formal Uniform) 9:00 AMLyman, Tippit Gymnasium
    • ThuDec15 US Winter Concert 7:00 PMLyman, Tippit Gymnasium


An All-Girls’ Independent College Preparatory School for Grades K-12 and Coed Pre-Primary
Lyman Campus Butler Campus

Laurel's Mission Statement:

To inspire each girl to
fulfill her promise and
to better the world. 


Pre-Primary and Primary Open House

Saturday, January 7, 2017
9:00-11:00 am
Lyman Campus

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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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