All-School Calendar
  • September 2017
    • TueSep19 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • TueSep19 Grades 5 & 6 Advisory Parent Breakfast 8:00 AMLyman
    • TueSep19 Grades 5 & 6 Parent Coffee 8:30 AMLyman
    • WedSep20 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion

Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, recently co-authored a piece in the New York Times - Well - Health guide titled "How to Be a Modern Parent." 

The piece states that “Modern parents have the entire internet at their disposal and don’t follow any single authority. It’s hard to know whom or what to trust. Here, we’ll talk about how to help your child grow up to be a person you really like without losing yourself in the process.” The article touches on many different aspects of parenting starting with how to promote good sleeping habits from the start to fighting food battles with toddlers. The piece go on to touch on a variety of social issues such as bullying, gender and academic pressure and provides guidance and as to how to handle sometimes difficult parenting challenges.

 

Cleveland.com recently highlighted the news from Laurel School announcing a $10,000 grant awarded by the Veale Foundation, a forum, of which Laurel has been a member for five years, that instills an entrepreneurial mindset in high school students through experiential learning.

The money will be used to fund Laurel's entrepreneurship activities and programs throughout this school year. Those include the school's Capstone Experience, which cultivates purpose, relationships and leadership, and its Veale Venture Challenge which, through a series of steps, aims to help students start a business while they are still in school.

To read more click here.

Laurel School graduates Nora O'Malley '05 and Phoebe Connell '04 were recently featured on Cleveland.com and in The Plain Dealer where they discuss their newly launched Aida snack line. When the snacks they made for their groundbreaking East Village wine-tap bar, Lois, turned into an object of desire among other food pros in the neighborhood, the two decided to move the snacks "from their cheese boards to online sales, the shelves at Eataly, Manhattan's fine foods court, and now to Cleveland at The Grocery, a little Ohio City spot specializing in local food. Along the way, The New York Times gave them a nod in print, calling their snacks addictive."

"It became a cult thing," Nora recalls in the story. "They'd say things like, 'I'll trade you some of my house-smoked salt for some of your currant crisps."

The article also discusses where the concept for these snacks came from. Phoebe states that "the sourdough cracker recipe is a direct steal from the bread made regularly by her father, Tim Connell, still a history instructor at Laurel. While she once was embarrassed to show up at school with homemade bread, she now 'misses it incredibly'. The crackers, 'a riff on that bread', have their own cheese-like flavor from a five-day fermentation."

Read the full story and more about their success here



 

Alyssa Johnson '18 recently completed a week with Look Up To Cleveland as part of its Summer Class of 2017 and came away with a new understanding of her impact and future in the City of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. 

The Look Up To Cleveland program provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain a deeper appreciation of our community, and build relationships among a diverse group of young leaders. Participants often say they are better equipped to appreciate all Cleveland has to offer and to become student ambassadors for our region.

LookUp Summer was offered as two separate one-week sessions this summer for 30 rising high school juniors and seniors in each session. Students came from all parts of Cuyahoga County and represented public, private and parochial schools. As part of the week students explored Cleveland’s arts, economy, varying neighborhoods, and developed their own vision for future impact. Along the way, they met with some of the city’s top leaders including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson; Federal US Marshal Pete Elliott; and representatives of a variety of community development organizations.

We are proud of Alyssa for her commitment to becoming a leader within our community! 

 

Leslie Segal, Director of the Middle School at Laurel, was recently featured in the Cleveland Jewish News discussing school uniforms and how they affect the learning environment. Ms. Segal is quoted in the piece stating, "The crux of it is that (uniforms) take the focus off of what the (students) look like. There is such a focus on what we should look like and what we are wearing. It allows us as a community to focus on what we deem more important for the students and as people.”

She goes on to say that "uniforms help students focus in the classroom and allow them to not worry about what to wear. The uniforms at Laurel, help instill the school’s values onto the students as well and curbs competition between students."

Leslie also highlight's Laurel's Center for Research on Girls (LCRG) and how its research states that girls should get nine hours of sleep. "Uniforms help shorten the morning process, allowing them to sleep more."

The full article, titled "Dress Codes Create Sense of Belonging, Promote Focused Learning" can be found here.

Currents Magazine recently highlighted the various traditions upheld by area private schools. Two of Laurel School's beloved traditions were included in the article titled "Area Schools Use Time-Honored Traditions to Inspire Students, Create Unity in Community." Excerpts from the article follow.

"At Laurel School, a great tradition called the Gerbera Daisy ceremony is one of several that take place throughout the year. This involves seniors giving a daisy to a kindergartener in August, welcoming them to the Laurel community. In May, the kindergartners then give one to the seniors as a symbol of their leaving Laurel."

"Another tradition at Laurel involves the Junior Ring Chapel, where juniors receive their Laurel rings and then have classmates and teachers turn them as many times as their class year." 

The Cleveland Jewish News recently featured Sandrine Pal, Laurel French Teacher and World Languages Chair, in a story about how children often excel when studying a foreign language from a young age. Sandrine is quoted saying, “The No. 1 reason (that children learn a language better) is that children are developmentally primed to learn languages. Cognitively, when they are young, they are still learning their first language and their brain is very open to learning a second language."

Sandrine goes on to state in the article that "when teaching children language, especially those that are different from English fundamentally, like Chinese and Japanese, it’s better to start learning as early as possible, maybe even teaching both first and second language interchangeably. Along with language proficiency, exposure to the language early on also could open up children to different cultures."

To read the full article click here.


Adventure Music Life blog recently highlighted "Seven Reasons Why LaureLive 2017 was Amazing, Fun, and Inspiring." Blogger Nici Lucas commented that "LaureLive 2017 provided the fun, talent, and amenities necessary for a successful music festival, but the event also provided much more: positivity, inspiration, beauty, innovation, and girl power. If you missed the festival, then adding LaureLive 2018 to your calendar is a must. Check out the top seven reasons why."

The blog lists several reasons why LaureLive 2017 was a complete success and what it means to Northeast Ohio. Among the top reasons: 

  1. LaureLive is the new Northeast Ohio annual music festival, further solidifying the city's significant impact to the rock world
  2. An array of talent from newer artists to bigger names
  3. Laurel students helped to produce the event

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was quoted in the piece stating that a platform was designed to, "give our girls a really exciting experience from the ground up. The students worked on everything from marketing and budgeting to interfacing with fabulous people like Michael Franti, and all the stuff in between that’s much less glamorous but has to get done.” Ann went on to say that festival-goers can expect the safest, “finest, family-friendly festival for music in Northeastern Ohio, and possibly the world.” 

Though Julia Saltzman '17 graduated in early June, she still managed to wow speech and debate judges on behalf of Laurel in Birmingham, Alabama where, as one of 250 qualifiers, she competed at the National Tournament in late June. As a member of Laurel's Speech and Debate team for four years, Julia was a three-time State qualifier. She capped off her Speech and Debate career at Laurel with six rounds of speeches at the National Tournament. Her stellar performance propelled her into the quarter finals, making her one of the top 60 Extemporaneous speakers in the country. Cleveland.com recently highlighter her accolades in its Chagrin Falls Community Blog. You can read the update here.

Ann V. Klotz was recently quoted in Crain's Cleveland Business regarding the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a group that wants to rebuild how high schools record their students abilities and achievements and, in turn, upend how colleges and universities evaluate their applicants. Laurel School is a member of the consortium and Ms. Klotz is quoted saying, "It's been a long time coming in this country for significant education reform. We want to be on the ground floor with something that has the potential to make real lasting change for our kids." The article states that "How this transcript of the future might look is still in the works, but the idea is to develop one that signifies the complete "mastery" of a specific skill. Rather than be organized around a specific academic department, the mastery transcript model is organized around performance areas — like leadership, communication, ethical decision-making, etc. The performance areas and credit standards would be tailored to the individual crediting school, but the idea is to create a consistent format across schools." Read the full story here.
  • September 2017
    • TueSep19 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • TueSep19 Grades 5 & 6 Advisory Parent Breakfast 8:00 AMLyman
    • TueSep19 Grades 5 & 6 Parent Coffee 8:30 AMLyman
    • WedSep20 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • WedSep20 Rosh Hashanah: Classes in Session
    • ThuSep21 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • ThuSep21 Rosh Hashanah: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
    • FriSep22 First Day of Autumn
    • FriSep22 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • FriSep22 Professional Day: NO CLASSES
    • FriSep22 Rosh Hashanah: NO CLASSES
    • MonSep25 Grade 2 Native American Week Butler
    • MonSep25 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • TueSep26 Grade 2 Native American Week Butler
    • TueSep26 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion

Senior Central

 

Your guide to activities, meetings and events for Laurel's Class of 2018.

*Important Commencement Details* click for information about Announcements, Cap & Gown, Senior Parents Breakfast, Rehearsal, and Commencement Day

Dates

Sunday, August 20, 2017
Senior Class Kick-Off Party for Seniors and their parents/guardians

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Senior Parent College Night

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Alumnae Board/Senior Class Dinner

Monday, January 15, 2018
Deadline to order additional graduation announcements [see Announcements information below]

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Senior Parent Breakfast [see Breakfast information below]

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Senior Parent "Letting Go" Night

Monday, June 4, 2018
Last Chapel attendance required for Seniors, parents are welcome [see Chapel information below]

Monday, June 4, 2018
Commencement Rehearsal [see Rehearsal information below]

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Commencement [see very important Commencement information below]

Commencement Details 

Announcements

Every Senior will receive 10 announcements. To place an order for additional announcements:

    1. Visit www.jostens.com
    2. Select the “Graduation” tab
    3. Under High School select “All Products or Announcements”
    4. Enter Laurel School, Shaker Heights, OH, when prompted for the school name. This will guarantee that you will get the official School announcements when you order. You will see a generic image, not the official Laurel Commencement Announcement. Shipping costs will apply.
  • The deadline to place an order for additional announcements is January 15, 2018. All senior parents will receive a reminder email in December to order additional announcements.
  • All announcements will be distributed at the Senior Parent Breakfast on April 24, 2018.

Cap/Gown

  • Every senior will be asked to submit her height in the fall for her gown sizing
  • All gowns will be distributed at the Senior Parent Breakfast
  • The Seniors are required to bring their caps and ironed/steamed gowns to the Rehearsal at Severance Hall on Monday, June 4, 2018.
  • Caps and gowns will be hung overnight at Severance
  • All gowns will be left at Commencement – the girls will keep their cap and tassel

Senior Parent Breakfast

Please save the date and plan to attend the Senior Parent Breakfast on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Laurel’s Lyman Campus. This event starts at 8:00 a.m. and lasts approximately 1 hour. At this breakfast, every senior will receive a package that includes:

  • Cap & Gown
  • Senior Calendar of Events
  • Commencement Tickets
  • Announcements

Last Chapel

All Seniors are required to attend Last Chapel on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

  • Formal uniforms will be worn
  • Parents are welcome but not required

Commencement Rehearsal

All Seniors are required to attend Commencement Rehearsal on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

  • Transportation will be provided from Lyman to Severance Hall for all Seniors
  • Seniors must bring their gowns; they will be hung and left at Severance overnight
  • Seniors must bring the shoes that they will wear to Commencement to rehearsal

Commencement

  • Seniors will attend a breakfast the morning of Commencement with the Class of 2018, Ms. Klotz and members of the Upper School Faculty.
    • Transportation will be provided from the Lyman Campus to the breakfast for all Seniors and then to Severance Hall.
  • Every guest needs a ticket. Severance Hall requires this for security reasons.
  • Parking in the Severance Hall garage costs $11.00 per car. It is possible that you will find parking on the street, but there is no guarantee.
  • Severance staff has wheelchairs available and will assist your family member to a seat in the hall. After the ceremony, they will assist your family member back to the garage. Please let Jillian Eddy know if you need a wheelchair (jEddy@LaurelSchool.org).
  • The Severance Hall doors will open at 9:30 a.m. We ask that families refrain from reserving large blocks of seats; rather, seats should be occupied in order to be recognized as “taken.”
  • You will be able to enter Severance Hall from the garage, the East Boulevard entrance, the Euclid Avenue entrance and the double doors at the front of the building.
  • The Commencement Ceremony begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.
  • Video cameras are not permitted in Severance Hall. A video of the ceremony will be available online following the event.

An All-Girls’ Independent College Preparatory School for Grades K-12 and Coed Pre-Primary
Lyman Campus Butler Campus
216.464.1441


Laurel's Mission Statement:


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

 

All-School Open House

Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Lyman and Butler Campuses

More information and RSVP here


"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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