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  • March 2017
    • SunMar26 Spring Break Camp
    • MonMar27 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • MonMar27 Spring Break Camp
    • TueMar28 Spring Break - NO CLASSES

On the heels of their Scholastic Art Awards received earlier this year, Caroline Kahn '17 and Katie Dinner '17 each won the Herbert Ascherman Award for Photography, a regional award that is presented to two students each year. Caroline Kahn also received a Gold Key award for her photography and Katie Dinner received both a Silver Key and an honorable mention for her photography.

The Scholastic Arts & Writing Competition is an annual competition open to local students in Grades 7-12. The panel of judges is comprised of professional artists, art educators, writing and writing educators. More than 3,000 entries for both art and writing were submitted this year.

Congratulations to these students for this amazing honor.

On March 7, 2017 six Laurel students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 participated in the Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair (NEOSEF). Maryum Ali '18, Linnea Tyler '19, Katie Chen '20, and Katelyn Shakir '20 all earned 2nd place at the fair. Olivia Wenzel '20 received 3rd place. 

Grade 10 student Priya Khadilkhar earned an impressive 1st place in the regular judging and also walked away with four special awards: American Statistical Association, American Psychological Association, Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and Cleveland State University Department of Psychology.

Many of the students are in Laurel's STEM Research class and while there was no specific topic focus at the event, each of the students chose their own category and had about two months to put their presentations together. Congratulations to all the girls on these incredible achievements!

  

 

Crain's Cleveland Business publisher and editor Elizabeth McIntyre recently attended a panel discussion hosted by Laurel's Entrepreneurship Capstone Students on the documentary film, "Dream, Girl" - a celebration of female entrepreneurs. She highlights that "the young women at Laurel know the power of female leadership because it's front and center in the school's mission to inspire girls to fulfill their promise and better the world. To be living, breathing 'Fearless Girls.'" She goes on to state that Laurel's mission is "what prompted the school to launch its Capstone Experience program last year, which gives students the chance to explore real-world issues while further developing their leadership skills in one of four areas: civic engagement, entrepreneurship, global studies and STEAM (a twist on STEM, "science, technology, engineering and mathematics", that adds "arts" to the mix.)"

Panelists at the event included Heather Ettinger '79, managing partner at Fairport Asset Management; Stephanie Silverman, publisher and owner of Your Teen Media; Nichelle McCall '01, CEO of Bold Startups; and Laura Bennett, COO and co-founder of Embrace Pet Insurance, each of whom shared their experiences in creating and running their own businesses. 

The editor goes on to highlight many of the inspiring messages shared during the panel discussion. "Persistence is one of the most valuable things," and "shatter stereotypes whenever you can," were just a few.

Click here to read the full story in Crain's Cleveland Business

Kathryn Purcell, Associate Head of School and Director of Enrollment Management at Laurel was recently featured in a Cleveland Jewish News story highlighting the importance of school culture and how it plays a crucial role in school selection.

Many factors can determine which school a child attends. Class size, programs, location and extracurricular activities can impact a parent's willingness to send a child to a particular school. But, parents should also consider a more abstract notion that exists within a school. School culture focuses on how staff members interact and uphold a shared set of values and beliefs and the school’s effect on students – like teaching practices, diversity and relationships within the school. When it comes to school choice, local educators say school culture should impact their choices as well. 

Kathryn is quoted saying, “(A school’s culture) allows a child to feel visible. You don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks,” Purcell said. “The sense of community kind of dictates how valuable a child feels at a school.”

She goes on to say that even though culture is an intangible factor when choosing a school, it’s just as crucial as anything else. A school’s culture encompasses not only the how the school feels, but also how it interacts with itself. These interactions should be a big part of deciding which school is the right fit.

Click here to read the full story.

Congratulations to the Laurel girls from Grades 5 and 6 who competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) math competition on February 18, 2017! Laurel sent three teams of four this year--two from Grade 5 and one from Grade 6--and all received Blue Champion ribbons. The competition included 18 Fifth Grade teams and seven Sixth Grade teams. Similarly, teams from Laurel's Seventh and Eighth Grades competed on March 5 where they received the Champion Award and Medal Award respectively. 

The competition was comprised of four events, each roughly 15 minutes in length. Teams were tasked with working together to problem solve and work through mental math, construction and mixed application problems. Laurel students have been preparing since December to compete and their performance did not disappoint! 

Congratulations to all of the girls on their hard earned achievements!

 

The Laurel Swimming Gators were firing on all cylinders at the Northeast Ohio Swimming Districts, which took place on February 17, 2017 at Cleveland State University. In total, the team earned an impressive five spots on the podium and a total of 14 medals. More importantly, four Laurel swimmers qualified for States in three events!

Morgan Miklus ‘19 qualified in both her individual events, the 100 Free and 100 Back, where she placed 2nd in each. The 200 Free Relay team of Morgan Miklus, Katherine Hagen ‘18, Linzy Malcolm ‘20 and Erin Dyke ‘17 also qualified for states after each swimmer dropped at least a half a second from their time.

In addition, the 200 Medley Relay swam by Morgan Miklus, Rose Pophal ‘19, Katherine Hagen, Erin Dyke came in 8th, dropping four seconds off their time and moving two spots up. The 400 Free Relay swam by Katherine Hagen, Victoria Hagen ‘20, Linzy Malcolm, and Erin Dyke placed 8th after dropping an impressive eight seconds from their time to move up three places. Victoria Hagen, placed 16th in the 500 Free and Rylee Betchkal ‘18 moved up four places in her 100 Breaststroke.

Something must have been in the water because of the 19 events that took place, 14 were best times, four were second-best times and one was a second-best season time! Out of 36 teams in attendance Laurel came in 6th!

Moving onto States, Morgan Miklus really shined, earning a podium spot in eighth place with a lifetime best 100-yard backstroke in 57.00 seconds. She also finished 10th in the 100-freestyle in 52.89 seconds. Read up on the Gators impressive showing at States in the Chagrin Valley Times.

 Congratulations to all the swimmers on their hard-earned victories.

In her latest New York Times piece titled "When a Teenager's Coping Mechanism Is Spongebob," Lisa Damour Ph.D., delves into some of the typical coping strategies adolescents turn to when faced with stress. She states that "being a teenager isn't easy. Thanks to puberty, neurological and hormonal developments introduce teenagers to an era of emotional fragility so it's no surprise that adolescents find handy, if sometimes quirky, ways to reset when they are feeling overwhelmed."

Laurel Ninth Grader Samantha Eisner was included in the story, explaining that childhood pleasures offer comfort because "they take you back to the days when the biggest problem you had was choosing what crayon to color your dress in your third grade self-portrait."

You can read the full New York Times article here. A second story on the same topic also recently aired on CBS This Morning. Click here to take a look.

 

 

Dr. Tori Cordiano, a clinical psychologist and the Assistant Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls (LCRG), recently contributed to the article "Single Parenting: Communication is Key" in the January/February issue of Your Teen Magazine. In the article she states that "clear, fair communication between single parents and their teens helps to pave the way to a trusting relationship that withstands the ups and downs of adolescence."

Click here to read the full piece.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Laurel StudentsCompeting against schools with teams of 20-35 students each, Laurel’s five Middle School delegates to the Cleveland Council on World Affairs' Junior Model United Nations Conference at John Carroll University produced three winners!

Representing France in the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Sarah Goraya '21 and Ria Raj '21 won the Superior Delegation Award, which is the highest group award possible for each committee.

Representing the Netherlands in the Human Rights Commission, Izzy Atzemis '21. brought home the Gavel Award, which is the highest individual award possible for each committee.

In order to achieve these impressive results the students put themselves in the shoes of foreign diplomats and are then able to tackle and find solutions to the most pressing international issues. Through their commitment to the program the participants become empowered to investigate the world, recognize different perspectives, communicate ideas to diverse audiences, and apply what they learn creatively during research, debate, and conference time.

Congratulations to the three award-winners plus Carrie Bifulco '21 and Laine Roberts '21, who also represented Laurel well.

The Cleveland Institute of Art recently announced the winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. The annual competition is open to local students in Grades 7-12. The panel of judges is comprised of professional artists, art educators, writers and writing educators. As in past years, this year’s competition saw nearly 3,000 pieces of artwork and writing samples.

Congratulations to the following 29 Laurel students who won 35 awards (25 for art and 10 for writing) at this year's Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. Each Gold Key piece will continue to the national competition held in New York City.

 

ART AWARDS:

Gold Keys:

Mia Freer ‘17
Drawing and Illustration

Caroline Kahn ‘17
Photography

Grace Murphy ‘17
Jewelry

Lucia Pabon ‘17
Painting

Micki Reisman ‘17
Ceramics and Glass 

Henley Schulz ‘18
Photography

Christina Steele ‘17
Printmaking

Silver Keys:

Nicole Ahmed ‘17
Ceramics and Glass

Katie Dinner ‘17
Photography 

Isabel Friedman ‘17
Photography 

Ellie Martin ‘17
Painting

Caroline Megerian ‘18
Photography

Audrey Moore ‘17
Ceramics and Glass 

Maggie Navracruz ‘17
Architecture and Industrial Design
*Done at CIA Summer Pre-college program

Julia Saltzman ‘17
Digital Art 

Amanda Shao ‘18
Ceramics and Glass 

Natalie Thomas ‘17
Drawing and Illustration

Adelle Walker ‘17
Jewelry

Honorable Mentions:

Katie Dinner ‘17
Photography

Mia Freer ‘17
Mixed Media 

Alex Harris ‘17
Mixed Media 

Sophie Hatch ‘17
Mixed Media

Bridget Napoli ‘18
Photography

Julia Warner-Corcoran ‘17
Drawing and Illustration

Violet Watterson ‘20
Mixed Media
 

WRITING AWARDS:

Silver Keys:

Madeleine Massey ‘18
Poetry (four entries honored with Silver Keys)

Olivia Savona ‘19
Critical Essay

Brooke Siegler ‘17
Personal Essay/Memoir 

Honorable Mentions:

Madeleine Massey ‘18
Personal Essay/Memoir

Janaan Qutubuddin ‘20
Poetry

Tuyen Reed ‘20
Poetry 

Daania Tahir ‘19
Personal Essay/Memoir

  • March 2017
    • SunMar26 Spring Break Camp
    • MonMar27 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • MonMar27 Spring Break Camp
    • TueMar28 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • TueMar28 Spring Break Camp
    • WedMar29 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • WedMar29 Spring Break Camp
    • ThuMar30 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • ThuMar30 Spring Break Camp
    • FriMar31 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • FriMar31 Spring Break Camp
  • April 2017
    • MonApr03 CLASSES RESUME For All Grades
    • MonApr03 Dream Week

Capstone Experience

Mission of Capstone

Laurel School’s Capstone Experience, by design, will cultivate purpose, relationships and leadership using one of four lenses— Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Studies, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics). Capstone Candidates will explore issues through guided research, intellectual discussion, relevant internships and purposeful travel. Using expert guidance from mentors and support from cohort peers, each Capstone Candidate will create a Research Focus based on her individual interests and agency. This innovative program provides committed, interested students with opportunities to approach real-world issues with interdisciplinary, experiential and community-based strategies while building mentor and peer relationships. In developing a sense of purpose, meaningful mentor and peer relationships, and skills of leadership, Capstone prepares a Laurel girl “to fulfill her promise and to better the world.”

The Four Capstone Categories

Civic Engagement
Through an interdisciplinary, experiential and community-based approach, Candidates in the Civic Engagement program will explore what it means to be an engaged citizen working to improve her community, her state, her nation and her world.

Entrepreneurship
Through an interdisciplinary, experiential and community-based approach, Candidates in the Entrepreneurship category will experience the start of a new business initiative, the building and execution of an idea from the ground up and the risk of failure.

Global Studies
Through an interdisciplinary, experiential and community-based approach, Candidates in the Global Studies category will explore global issues by identifying and analyzing a multitude of perspectives, including one’s own and those of others.

STEAM
Through an interdisciplinary, experiential and communitybased approach, Candidates in the STEAM category will explore many intersections of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics in order to understand and to apply multi-disciplinary strategies to an endeavor.

Capstone Requirements Timeline

Ninth Grade

  • January of Ninth Grade: Complete the Capstone application.
  • February/March of Ninth Grade: Selections of Capstone Candidates announced
  • March of Ninth Grade: Each cohort begins to meet bi-weekly for student-led discussions.
  • MayTerm of Ninth Grade: Cohort activities focusing on leadership skill development and peer bonding at Laurel’s Butler Campus and in Cleveland.

Tenth Grade

  • First Semester of Tenth Grade: Bi-weekly, student-led discussions in each cohort; planning for March cohort trips.
  • December of Tenth Grade: Students may exit or enter the program depending on what is best for individual students.
  • Second Semester of Tenth Grade: Bi-weekly, student-led discussions in each cohort; planning for March cohort trips. 
  • March of Tenth Grade: Student-planned cohort trips: Civic Engagement to Washington, D.C.; Entrepreneurship to San Francisco; Global Studies to New York City; STEAM to Chicago.
  • April of Tenth Grade: Using the lens of her Capstone category, each Candidate designs a Research Focus and is assigned a Capstone mentor.
  • MayTerm of Tenth Grade: Relevant Protégé Internship Project for each Candidate.

Eleventh Grade

  • Eleventh Grade Year: Each Candidate, guided by her mentor, works on her Research Focus; bi-weekly cohort meetings continue and serve as peer-review sessions for progress of each Research Focus.
  • Winter of Eleventh Grade: Each cohort works with a younger grade in the Middle or Primary Schools at Laurel in order to share knowledge and experience gained in Capstone. 
  • MayTerm of Eleventh Grade: Relevant Protégé Internship Project for each Candidate.
  • Summer of Eleventh Grade: Each Candidate works to complete a draft of her completed Research Focus (a paper or project).

Twelfth Grade

  • Fall of Twelfth Grade: No work on Capstone as the focus is on the college process—though a student’s Capstone Experience certainly could serve to highlight college applications.
  • January through March of Twelfth Grade: Candidates complete final draft of their Research Focus.
  • April and May of Twelfth Grade: Candidates make oral defense of Research Focus to mentor and Capstone committee.
  • Graduation: Capstone Candidates receive special designation at graduation, becoming Capstone Scholars.

Capstone Glossary

Capstone Candidate: a participant in Capstone
Capstone Scholar: a designation for completing Capstone received at graduation
Cohort: a small group of grade-level students in a particular Capstone category
Research Focus: a research-based paper or equivalent project designed by each Candidate with guidance from her mentor

Common Questions About Capstone

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What is the goal of Laurel School’s Capstone Experience?

While knowledge, research, and a level of expertise in one of the categories certainly will happen for a student, the goal of Laurel School’s Capstone Experience is to provide a greater sense of purpose as well as to develop skills of leadership, collaboration and relationship—qualities Laurel believes will serve a student for a lifetime in any endeavor.

Will it cost anything?

Yes. To participate in Capstone, a student’s family will pay $500 per year, which includes all components of the experience, including the trips.

Will financial aid be available?

Yes, for families who are eligible for financial aid from Laurel School.

Will it be graded?

No. A student will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis; grades will not be assigned.

Will all Upper School students be able to participate in Capstone?

No. Each cohort will accept a limited number of students.

Does a student need to have previously developed interests or experience in a Capstone category to be a good applicant?

No. While some students may have relevant prior experiences or interests, Capstone wants students who are curious and passionate about collaboratively exploring topics in experiential and interdisciplinary ways.

Will a student’s academic record be the only component of the admissions process?

No. The Capstone application process strives to identify students who want to develop leadership skills, relationship and collaboration skills, and some level of knowledge and expertise in a particular lens.

Will Capstone prevent a student from taking particular classes or from participating in sports or extracurricular activities?

No. Capstone will be scheduled to avoid as many academic and athletic/extracurricular commitments as possible.

Will Capstone prevent a student from participating in Laurel School’s Passport trips?

No. Many trip offerings certainly would serve the objectives of the Capstone program. While the Capstone cohort trips in the Tenth Grade will be covered by cost of the Capstone Experience, Passport trips offered through Laurel will not be covered by the $500 per year Capstone price.

Further questions about Laurel’s Capstone Experience?

Contact Trey Wilson, Director of Strategic Partnerships
tWilson@LaurelSchool.org or 216-455-3019

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Laurel's Mission Statement:


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

 

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Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30 am-12:30 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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