All-School Calendar
  • 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

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
    • ThuDec07 MS Music Celebration 7:00 PMLyman
    • FriDec08 Grades 7 & 8 CCIS Social at Ratner 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMRatner

Equity & Inclusion

Laurel School Equity and Inclusion | stained glass window

At Laurel School, inspiring each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world requires that we respect and honor the whole-self of each member of our community. We are committed to being a diverse school community that is enriched by the wide variety of experiences and perspectives of all constituencies — students, faculty, parents/guardians and staff.

An all girls’ school, K-12, with a coed Pre-Primary, Laurel School is proud to be an inclusive and equitable school community that welcomes students without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, handicap or disability or sexual orientation. Additionally, we actively seek faculty and staff without regard to these identifiers or gender.

Equity and Inclusion at Laurel serves as a resource to the community for training, social and cultural programming, and inclusive educational approaches. We strive to promote equity and justice. We are Laurel. And we are a community. And our mission says it all: to inspire each member of our community to fulfill their promise and to better the world.

Equity and Inclusion Student Groups

ALLIES: Alliance of Laurel Leaders for Inclusion Equity, and Social justice
Mission: To bring together leaders and active members of clubs with social justice missions so that they may learn from one another and work together to raise awareness to and support equity and social justice initiatives

Junior ALLIES: Middle School ALLIES group (see above)

Awareness Club
Mission: To educate, spread information, and raise awareness of global issues of concern and how one might work toward a resolution, get involved and take a stand 

Feminist Society
Mission: To improve education, appreciation and equality concerning women in the Laurel community and beyond.

Girl Up Club
Mission: To spread awareness about the problems adolescent girls face in emerging countries and the positive effects that can result from investing time and effort into the lives and futures of these girls.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
Mission: To support and educate the school community about gender identity and sexual orientation and create a safe environment for all members of the school community.

Interfaith Dialog
Mission: To encourage respectful, loving and enthusiastic discussions among Laurel girls surrounding their belief systems, while working to better our world.

Israeli Cultures Club
Mission: To bring a wider knowledge of Israel and Jewish culture to Laurel School and the Greater Cleveland Community through education, dialogue and the arts.

United Cultural Society (UCS)
Mission: To increase awareness about issues of diversity, equality, justice and inclusion on a local, regional and national level in order to engrain a sense of courage, compassion and understanding that will enable individuals to actively strive for justice and equality.

Equity and Inclusion Parent Groups

Parent-to-Parent Groups provide support, networking and information for Laurel parents/guardians and families. 

Parents of Children with Learning Differences
Facilitated by Ilissa Pearlman

Parents of Children of Color
Facilitated by Olivia Cora and Amee Exum

Families Formed through Adoption
Facilitated by Dr. Lisa Damour

Equity and Inclusion Resources

Laurel School Learning Enhancement
Learn more about how Laurel supports girls with learning differences.

Diversity Center of Northeastern Ohio
A human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism through professional development and youth programs and outreach. www.diversitycenterneo.org/index.html

Anti-Defamation League
A civil rights/human relations organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defending democratic ideals and protecting civil rights for all. The organization provides programming and professional development opportunities for educators, business personnel and students. cleveland.adl.org

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Museum of Diversity and Tolerance
The mission of the Maltz Museum is to promote and understanding of Jewish history, religion and culture and build bridges of appreciation, tolerance and understanding with those of other religions, races, cultures and ethnic backgrounds, and to serve as an educational resource for Northeast Ohio’s Jewish and general communities. ?www.maltzmuseum.org

Teaching Tolerance
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center with thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for difference in schools.  www.tolerance.org

Laurel’s Collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is an international organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of identity and history in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. In 2014, Laurel became one of over 40 institutions, and the only Cleveland Counsel of Independent Schools (CCIS) school, that make up the Facing History Innovative Schools Network.

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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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