On Wednesday, October 11 Laurel School hosted its first ever STEAM Inspiration event for Kindergarten through Grade Eight. More than 25 alumnae and parents all working within STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) visited the school to lead sessions that incorporated principles of STEAM as it related to their profession. The Chagrin Valley Times visited Laurel for the event and wrote a story featuring several highlights of this special event.

Bella Patel, Associate Director of the Primary School, said to the girls that "The 25 women volunteers are here to inspire you and show you the possibility of STEAM choices." Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was also included in the story, stating that "Women enter [into STEAM] but they don't stay, so it's not a pipeline problem. It's further down than we can address in a K-12 girls setting. So we turn our mind to how can we strengthen our women's network, include stories of struggle, opportunities for STEAM projects, and make them feel like they can make a difference."

Monica Shein '98 was one of the alums in attendance. As a nurse anesthetist, she showed Laurel students how to intubate dolls. "It's nice for girls to see women in the field of medicine. They see how women can be in any profession, and it's important for my daughter to see that I'm a mom and also have a career."

Click here to read the full story.

Saturday, October 21 marked the last day of Laurel's incredible tennis season where Rachel Buchinsky '20 and Priya Khadilkar '19 advanced to the state semifinals when they beat Hathaway Brown in a tiebreaker. The doubles team then advanced to the state championship game versus the #1 seeded HB team. Laurel came out swinging but ultimately lost. Congratulations to these state runner ups on an incredible tennis season! To read more click here to check out the Cleveland Jewish News's highlight of Rachel as their Player of the Week

 

 

 

 

Bethany Husni '18 was recently featured as a young entrepreneur on WCPN's The Sound of Ideas. During her interview Bethany discussed her dress company 31:25, which was born out of her desire to wear modest yet confidence-boosting clothing. Through Laurel School's Protégé Program, Bethany was able to turn her passion for sewing and fashion into a small business, selling custom clothing to family, friends and beyond. Through the Protégé Program Bethany also conducted an internship with Blush Boutique, which now carries her clothing. Click here to listen to the full interview.

Laurel School's seventh annual Sarah Lyman Day of Service, which took place on October 7, was recently highlighted on Cleveland.com. The article focused on the nearly 100 Laurel alumnae from across the country that participated in close to 300 hours of community service in Cleveland and seven other cities including Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Washington, D.C., New York City and Seattle.

Here in Cleveland, 20 Laurel alumnae and current students spent the morning at Ronald McDonald House cooking breakfasts for residents and planting tulip bulbs in the Tulip Sculpture Garden.

The day of service was named appropriately enough for Sarah E. Lyman, Laurel's headmistress from 1904-31. Click here to read the full story.

Laurel's varsity golf team recently closed out an incredible season! After placing second in the Northeast Sectional Golf Tournament the team qualified to compete in States, which took place October 13 and 14 at Ohio State University's Scarlet and Gray Golf Course in Columbus. 

The team, coached by Upper School Spanish Teacher and Director of Service Learning Marti Hardy, went on to break their District record of 352 strokes when on day one of States the team shot a 339. The final result was a fourth place finish. Jami Morris '21 was honored as Second Team All Ohio, Taylor Thierry '21, shot a hole-on-one on the Par 3 17th hole, Grace Durdle '19 and Haley Thierry '21 both had their personal best scores and we watched Sophia Levinson '18 play her last hole as a Laurel Senior. Click here to read more in Cleveland.com.

Congratulations to the golf team on a fantastic season! 


Cleveland Magazine recently conducted a Q&A with Jessie Sun, STEAM Program Leader at Laurel School, focused on art and how it plays a vital role as part of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics). In the piece Jessie comments that at Laurel many girls saw themselves more as artists and didn't see themselves with a STEM future. But art and science really go hand in hand. Jessie states that, "A lot of art we see right now is driven because of science. We use art images to describe and simplify complicated schematic designs." Click here to read more.

Sarah Wilson, Director of Upper School and Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, was recently included in a Cleveland Magazine story focused on digital literacy and how schools are teaching it as a way for kids to become critical thinkers, collaborators and responsibly engaged.

In the article, Sarah discusses how Laurel "requires a four-year life skills guidance course that includes lessons on digital citizenship. Along with learning how to know whether digital sources are trustworthy, the school teaches what it means to be your best self online." She goes in to state that "We have a mantra. You’re a Laurel girl in and out of school and on the internet. You hear girls in social settings repeating that and reminding each other."

The article goes on to state that "As an all-girls school, various Laurel courses teach students about sexism and the unrealistic expectations the media places on women’s body images. For example, humanities teachers discuss how sexism and power dynamics are portrayed in the arts, history and literature."

Sarah is quoted again saying some students will "develop a passion for gender equity and carry that torch to do something influential on their college campuses and with their careers."

Click here to read the full article.

The Cleveland Jewish News recently spoke with Laurel's Associate Head of School, Kathryn Purcell, to discuss the benefits of a private high school. At Laurel, there is a number of benefits. I think the environment allows the girls to be serious students, to be themselves and to connect with one another in a way that doesn’t add any social pressures or any expectations in how they are supposed to behave." She goes on to state that Laurel is "a smaller environment, and with that, we’re able to grow relationships with each girl so she knows (the school) has her back. In general, at private schools, teachers are of high caliber and they are incredibly dedicated to their students. It’s a community-driven experience." Kathryn also highlights in the piece that Laurel is seeing more students take an active role in the decision process. "They know if they want an academically rigorous environment." Click here to read the full story.

 

In her latest New York Times column, Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, tackles adolescent curiosity and how they will satisfy it online. She states that, "Young people have always been curious about sex, and when our teenagers have questions, the internet is usually their first stop, for worse and for better. Adolescents can and do find highly explicit sexual material online, and an emerging body of research tells a worrisome story about the place of pornography in young people's lives." Dr. Damour goes on to state that "teenagers also turn to the internet for information about relationships and sexual health."

In this digital age there is no shortage of topics to tackle with adolescents - from dating violence to how all consuming relationships can become with a smartphone in hand. The column hones in on how parents can address these topics by talking with teenagers about pornography and by directing them to dependable online information. Lisa provides several useful resources for parents and their teens, and offers a variety of approaches to take when broaching the topic. Click here to read the column in its entirety.

Hope Murphy, Director of Studies for K-8 at Laurel, recently spoke with Cleveland Magazine for an article on the "four C's", critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, and how each of these play a vital role in Laurel's curriculum and how students learn from a young age.

The story highlights how, using an interdisciplinary approach, Laurel School encourages the Four C’s by taking one theme and extending it across subjects. Hope is quoted saying "As early as age 5, students recognize the power of their own voice and of adults and older students to listen to them. They learn the importance of bigger questions and the broader community." In the article, she goes on to talk about how social emotional development is a key focus for early learners. Kindergarten teacher Nicole Franks and First Grade teacher Laura Marabito are also quoted in the story, highlighting examples of how the four C's play out in the classroom.

"Kindergartners at the Shaker Heights girls’ school learn about animals in the rainforest and think critically about the question: “How does where the animals live affect how they live?”  

They research the subject in a science lab and then go on a field trip to visit animals at the RainForest at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. In class, kindergartners use their artistic skills to build a habitat that represents the rainforest environment.  

“Both the art teacher and the science teacher help draw out the girls’ understanding of an animal they have researched,” says Laurel kindergarten teacher Nicole Franks. “They supplement what students are learning in their homeroom about regions of the world through reading literature or nonfiction about the region in language arts and social studies."

Click here to read the full article.

 

 

  • November 2017
    • FriNov24 Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
    • SatNov25 MS Homework-Free Weekend
    • WedNov29 Junior Chapel and Reception (US Formal Uniform) CHANGED: Time originally noted (8:00 a.m.) was an error. 10:20 AMLyman
    • ThuNov30 Primary Winter Celebration 1:30 PMLyman
  • December 2017
    • FriDec01 Primary Winter Celebration 9:00 AMLyman
    • MonDec04 Music Academy Recital (Pre-K-Gr. 2) 4:00 PMLyman
    • MonDec04 Music Academy Recital (Gr. 3-Gr. 5) 5:30 PMLyman
    • MonDec04 Music Academy Recital (Gr. 6-Gr. 12) 6:30 PMLyman
    • TueDec05 Protege Dinner 6:30 PMLyman
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Laurel's Board of Trustees

The Laurel School Board of Trustees is composed of volunteer individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and skills. These members include Laurel alumnae, parents, past parents and engaged members of the community. They share a commitment to the vision of Laurel School as the pre-eminent girls school that knows girls, fosters their academic excellence and supports girls’ well-being. The Board is collectively legally responsible for the school. Under the law, the Board has a duty of loyalty, obedience and care. With the Head, the Board sets vision and strategy for the school and ensures sound financial management, proper stewardship of resources, and accountability towards goals. The Board is also responsible for the selection, evaluation and support of Laurel School’s Head.

Together, the Board and the Head are the keepers of the Laurel School mission: to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. In order to accomplish this important work, the Board meets bi-monthly and delegates important work to a variety of standing committees and task forces.

Elizabeth Embrescia ’88 (Beth) - Chair (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Social Worker
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2010; Vice Chair 2011-2014; Chair from 2014-Present; Alumnae Association President 2002-2006
LAUREL TIES: sister Lauren Embrescia ’90; cousins Amanda Embrescia ’89, Megan Embrescia ’95, Liliana Embrescia ’24, Sofia Embrescia ’26, Reid Peckham ’28, Grier Peckham ’28, Thomas Peckham ’30, Charleston (Charlie) '32

Lynnette Jackson ’93 - Chair Elect and Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Relationship Manager/Vice President, Key Private Bank
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2012; Laurel Alumnae Board President 2009-2012
LAUREL TIES: sister Cheryl Jackson Johnson ’95, niece Chloe Johnson ’26

Daniel Desantis (Dan)

OCCUPATION: Private Equity Fund Manager, Linsalata Capital Partners
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2010; Chair of the Finance Committee 2013-2017
LAUREL TIES: daughter Emily ’16

Mary Weatherhead Feldman ’84

OCCUPATION: Interior Designer, Mary Weatherhead Company;Yoga Instructor, ZENworks Yoga
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since _________; Secretary 20__ - 2017; Laurel School Parents Association, Treasurer Elect 2008-2009, Treasurer 2009-2010, President Elect 2010-2011, President 2011-2013; Gator Bash Committee 2013, Chair; Alumnae Board, Member 1996-1998
LAUREL TIES: daughters Lucy Feldman ’16, Tiki Feldman ’19, sisters Martha Shiverick ’73, Olwen Modell ’76, niece Nonie Shiverick ’06

Victoria Anderson ’82 (Vikki) - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Community Volunteer
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011; Chair of Governance Committee since 2016; Laurel Alumnae Board President 2006-2009
LAUREL TIES: mother Ruthanne Myers Anderson ’52; daughters Kaylie ’13 and Hannah ’16; sisters Kristin (Kristi) Anderson Horner ’80 and Lara Anderson Jacobson ’85; niece Amanda Horner’13

Teresa Metcalf Beasley - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Attorney and Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2009
LAUREL TIES: daughters ShelLynn ’17 & ShelBy ’15

Michael Bee - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Managing Partner, Boyd Watterson Asset Management
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since
LAUREL TIES:  daughters Madeleine '21 and Abigail '23

Mark Biche - Trustee

OCCUPATION:Investment Banker, Sandler O'Neill and Partners, L.P.
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since
LAUREL TIES:  daughters Margeaux '14 and Charlotte '17

Susan Collins Bosland ’76 (Sue) - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Retired Head of School, Kent Place School
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2012, Governance Committee Member

Kristine Swails Bryan '80 - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION:  Consultant, Equity Research; Private Harbour Investment Management, LLC
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since __________; Chair of Investment Committee

Diane Downing - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Affairs; Huntington National Bank
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2012, Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee 
LAUREL TIES: daughters Deirdre Corrigan ’03 and Sarah Corrigan ’05

Marilyn Eisele - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION:  Chief Financial Officer, Walnut Ridge Strategic Management Company
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since  , Chair of the Audit Committee
LAUREL TIES:  daughter, Nancy '12

Hubert Fernandez - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Chair and Director, Center for Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic; James and Constance Brown Family Endowed Chair for Movement Disorders; Professor of Medicine (Neurology), Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since ____; Head's Council, Member 20____; Laurel School Protege Brain Trust 2012-2013
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Annella Marie Fernandez '17

David Fleshler - Secretary (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION:  Associate Provost for International Affairs, Case Western Reserve University
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2016, Secretary 2017-2018, Head's Council Member 2013-2014
LAUREL TIES:  wife Carla Tricarichi '75; daughters Tamar '13 and Talia '15

Lee Hoffman - Trustee

OCCUPATION: President/CEO, Galt Enterprises Inc./Service Guard Systems
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2009; Chair of the Development Committee 20____ - 2017.

Carey Jaros ’96 - Treasurer (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Chief Strategy Officer, GOJO Industries 
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair 
LAUREL TIES: daughter Frances ’28, Eloise '30 and Madeline '33 

Michael Anne Johnson '64 - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Assistant United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice (retired)
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since _____; Alumnae Association, President 1998-2000, Board Member 1993-1995; Legacy for Laurel, Chair
LAUREL TIES:  sister Anice Johnson Ervin '67; aunts Mary Alice Johnson '29, Helen Johnson Hosler '30 and Joan Johnson Fewsmith '36

Rachel Kirsh ’86

OCCUPATION: Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Oliver Wyman
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since _____, Chair of Audit Committee 2015-2016, Laurel Head’s Advisory Council, Member 2013-2014
LAUREL TIES: niece Kate Hillenbrand ’11

Terry Horvitz Kovel ’46 - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Author, Publisher, Kovels Antiques, Inc.
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011
LAUREL TIES: daughter Kim Kovel ’71; cousins Lois Unger Horvitz, ’44 and Pam Horvitz Schneider ’69; niece Cathy Horvitz Kahn ’70

Arnelle Martin ’84 - Trustee

LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee Since _____________; Head’s Council Member 2012–2014

Jacquelyn Nance (Jakki) - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: President, Philanthropic Solutions, Ltd.
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011, Chair of the Equity and Inclusion Committee
LAUREL TIES: daughter Melanie ’19

Melissa O’Dwyer - Trustee

POSTIONS HELD: Commercial Property and Casualty Insurance Underwriter
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011; LSPA President 2010-2011; LSPA President Elect 2009-2010; LSPA Fundraiser Coordinator 2008-2009; LSPA Treasurer 2007-2008; LSPA Treasurer Elect 2006-2007; Gator Bash Chair 2009 
LAUREL TIES: daughter Jayne ’15

John Reed - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Chief Executive Officer, Arhaus, LLC
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since________
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Tuyen '20

Eliza Hatch Saada '84 - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Independent Contractor, Cleveland Museum of Art, Education Office
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since _________; LSPA President 2013-2014; Parent Prentiss Chair 2014-2015
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Erin '16

Nancy Phelps Seitz '68 - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION:  Volunteer
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee from ___ to ____ and 2016 to present.
LAUREL TIES:  sister Diana Phelps Heitman '65 and Janet Phelps Osmond '72

Sandhia Varyani ’91 - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Physician, OB/Gyn, University Hospital
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since _________
LAUREL TIES: sister Natasha ’96

 

Laurence Talley - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Accountant/Consultant, BDO USA, LLP
LAUREL SERVICE:  Audit Committee Member since
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Hayden '24

Peter Richer - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Banker, Key Corporation
LAUREL SERVICE:  Finance Committee Member since 2015
LAUREL TIES:  sister Caroline Ross '85, daughter Sloane '24, niece Kayla Richer '23, niece Nina Ross '20,

Jack Koch - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Real Estate, The Townsend Group
LAUREL SERVICE:  Finance Committee Member since ______________
LAUREL TIES:  daughters Mcgill Koch '23 and Caroline Koch '28

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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 6, 2018
9:00-11:00 a.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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