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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. Congratulations to the golf team on a fantastic season! 


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.

 

 

Missy Rose, Director of College Guidance at Laurel, was recently included in a Cleveland Jewish News story focused on the various benefits of taking a gap semester or year prior to college. In the article Missy is quoted saying, "While academically, (the student) may be ready for college but socially, they might not be ready. Another reason can be that they feel burned out from working hard in high school and they just can’t imagine getting back into that with only a two-month break. They might want to use their brain in a different way." Missy also notes in the piece that these options are an ideal way to further personal development. Click here for the full story.
Congratulations to our ninth grade golfer who won the Regional Drive, Chip and Putt competition (Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) at Muirfield Golf Club on Saturday, September 16. She will go to the Master's Tournament in Augusta, Georgia in April to play in the National Tournament. She plays number one for Laurel’s varsity golf team and has led our team to the lowest 9 hole, 18 hole and tournament scores in the history of golf at Laurel School. 

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.

 

Kana Cummings '18 has been named a Semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. She is included in a pool of approximately 16,000 talented high school Seniors that will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be awarded in the spring. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists will be notified of this designation in February. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Congratulations to Kana on this wonderful achievement!

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



 

  • October 2017
    • MonOct23 MS Swimming Begins
    • MonOct23 MS Swimming Parent Meeting 6:30 PMLower University School
    • TueOct24 LSPA Picture Retake Day Lyman: Multipurpose Room
    • TueOct24 Grades 3 & 4 Theatre Workshop 5:30 PM
    • WedOct25 US Basketball Parent Meeting 6:00 PMLyman
    • FriOct27 NO CLASSES for Pre-Primary & Primary (Parent Conferences)
    • FriOct27 US Basketball Begins

2017-2018 Admissions Event Schedule

Laurel School Admissions Events Calendar

Admissions Decisions and Financial Assistance Notification Dates

First Round of Admissions (Grades 4-12)

  • December 11, 2017 – Application and Financial Aid Deadline
  • January 12, 2018 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • January 26, 2018 – Response due to the School
  • After January 26, 2018 – Rolling Admissions for Grades 4-12

Second Round of Admissions (Pre-Primary-Grade 3)

  • February 13, 2018 – Application and Financial Aid Deadline
  • February 23, 2018 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • March 9, 2018 – Response due to the School
  • After March 9, 2018 – Rolling Admissions for all grades

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

Laurel Test Dates (Grades 5-12)

  • October 28, 2017
  • November 18, 2017
  • February 10, 2018
  • March 10, 2018
  • April 28, 2018

October 13, 2017 - Bring Your Friend to School Day--Prospective Students Grades K-7

Friday, October 13, 8:00 am-3:00 pm – Lyman Campus

It's North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) day for public schools.  Current students in Kindergarten through Seventh Grade are encouraged to bring a friend to school on this day.  Students will spend a typical day in the classrooms, including lunch, recess and specials with their Laurel friends.

October 15, 2017 - All-School Open House

Sunday, October 15, 1:00-3:00 pm – Lyman Campus & Butler Campus

You won’t want to miss this exciting event for families considering Laurel School for their daughters or young sons! Open House features a presentation by Head of School Ann V. Klotz, student-led tours, information on special programming and what sets Laurel apart. Students will be engaged in classroom activities and have a chance to hear from student leaders, classroom teachers, current students and parents. Financial Aid information will also be available.  Laurel’s 140-acre Butler Campus, including the 16,000-square-foot Alice Lehmann Butler Center for Fitness and Wellness, will be open for prospective families to enjoy nature, hike the trails, visit the athletic fields, have fun on the playground and explore the Magic Tree House.

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November 2, 2017 - Grade 5 Preview for Grade 4 Parents – For Parents Only

Thursday, November 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Lyman Campus

Current Laurel Fourth Grade parents and prospective Fifth Grade parents are invited to learn about Laurel’s interdisciplinary approach to Middle School, including its curriculum, arts, athletics and the transition into a new division. Parents will hear from the Middle School leadership team and teachers about the exciting things that await students in the Fifth Grade.

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November 4, 2017 - Outdoor Pre-Primary Preview

Saturday, November 4, 10:00-11:30 am – Butler Campus

Our Outdoor Pre-Primary School offers children the opportunity to spend their days learning in the forest and in our state-of-the-art Yurt.  It's the first and only program of its kind in Northeast Ohio! Come learn how our master teachers, with specialized training in outdoor education for young children, guide the students through their discoveries and explorations while preparing them for Kindergarten.

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November 13, 2017- Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, November 13, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on: December 11, January 22, February 12 and April 9.

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November 14, 2017 - Grade 9 Preview for Grade 8 Families

Tuesday, November 14, 7:00-9:00 pm – Lyman Campus

During this engaging evening, parents, current Laurel Eighth Grade students and prospective Ninth Grade students will hear from the Upper School leadership team, faculty and a student panel about special programming and strategic partnerships. Current Upper School students will share information about life at Laurel in the Upper School, including course options, athletics, arts, global learning opportunities, internships, entrepreneurship and service learning.

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November 30, 2017 - How Can I Finance a Laurel Education?

Thursday, November 30, 7:00-8:00 pm – Lyman Campus

The Director of Enrollment Management will present a financial aid seminar for parents of prospective students. This is an opportunity to learn how to apply for financial aid and how financial aid awards are calculated.

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December 8, 2017 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Girls and Parents

Friday, December 8, 9:00-11:00 a.m. – Lyman Campus

A Kindergarten visitation day is required as part of the application to Kindergarten. Please schedule one of these dates where girls will join our team of Kindergarten teachers to engage in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Parents will hear from Head of School Ann V. Klotz and the Primary School leadership team to learn about the exciting things that await your daughter in Kindergarten.

This event also takes place on: February 3

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December 11, 2017 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, December 11, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on: January 22, February 12 and April 9.

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January 6, 2018 - Pre-Primary and Primary Open House

Saturday, January 6, 9:00-11:00 am – Lyman Campus

Don't miss this fun-filled morning for children and parents to learn about Laurel’s Pre-Primary and Primary School. Discover how our Pre-Primary’s signature Eco!Wonder curriculum, Healthy Snack Initiative and World Languages program build on young girls’ and boys’ sense of wonder and provide the foundation for a lifetime of joyful learning. Explore the Primary School’s extraordinary programs in math, science, engineering, world languages, language arts and the visual and performing arts. Prospective students will engage in classroom activities with teachers and discover what makes Laurel so dynamic.

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January 18, 2018 - Coffee with Klotz for Parents and Revisit Day for Students Accepted to Grades 4-12

Thursday, January 18, 8:30-10:00 am – Lyman Campus

Parents of accepted students are invited to meet Head of School Ann V. Klotz, administrators, members of the faculty and current Laurel parents while students have the option to revisit the school prior to making their decision.

January 21, 2018 - Brunch at Butler for Accepted Families to Grades 4-12

Sunday, January 21, 12:00-2:00 pm – Butler Campus

See our two-campus advantage! Before accepted families make their decision, we invite you to join us for brunch at our Butler Campus in Russell Township. Learn more about how we use this 140-acre campus for athletics, STEM and STEAM initiatives, leadership development on our Project Adventure course and more! Laurel administrators, teachers, coaches, parents and students will be on hand to share their perspectives of life on both campuses.

January 22, 2018 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, January 22, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on February 12 and April 9.

More Information and RSVP

February 3, 2018 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Prekindergarten Parents and Students

Saturday, February 3, 9:00-11:00 am – Lyman Campus

A Kindergarten visitation day is required as part of the application to Kindergarten. Please schedule one of these dates where girls will join our team of Kindergarten teachers to engage in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Parents will hear from Head of School Ann V. Klotz and the Primary School leadership team to learn about the exciting things that await your daughter in Kindergarten.

More Information and RSVP

February 6, 2018 - Planning an Upper School Education

Tuesday, February 6, 7:00-8:30 pm – Lyman Campus

During this evening, families of rising Ninth Graders new and old will gain a more in-depth look at the Upper School curriculum and hear about the variety of courses available to students. This evening will preview the course selection and registration process as families begin to envision a girl's path through the Upper School.

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February 12, 2018 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, February 12, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on April 9.

More Information and RSVP

March 1, 2018 - Coffee with Klotz for Parents and Play Date for Students Accepted to Pre-Primary and Primary School

Thursday, March 1, 8:30-9:30 am – Lyman Campus

Parents of accepted students are invited to meet Head of School Ann V. Klotz, administrators, members of the faculty and current Laurel parents prior to making their decision.

April 9, 2018 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, April 9, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

More Information and RSVP

April 21, 2018 - Middle and Upper School Open House

Saturday, April 21, 10:30 am-12:30 pm – Lyman Campus

Prospective families for Grades 5-12 are invited to attend our spring open house. Whether you are still considering a new school for next year or getting a jump start on the process for high school, this event will include information about academic and student life as a Laurel girl! Families will have the opportunity to go on student-led tours, meet our amazing faculty and learn more about our rich curriculum and dynamic programs.

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May 9, 2018 - Introduction to Laurel School (All Divisions) – For Parents Only

Wednesday, May 9, 7:00-8:30 pm – Lyman Campus

Parents of newly enrolled students joining Laurel in the fall of 2018 will gather to hear from our Head of School and then split into groups by division to receive information on curriculum, arts, athletics, uniforms and their daughter’s or young son’s transition to Laurel School. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents who are also joining the Laurel community.

May 23, 2018 - Ninth Grade Picnic - Class of 2022 and families

Wednesday, May 23, 5:00-6:30pm – Lyman Campus

Laurel families will gather to enjoy a light dinner and a chance to socialize. Class t-shirts will be distributed and a class photo will be taken. Kick off the summer with classmates new and old!

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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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