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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

Visiting Laurel

Laurel School front doors (Lyman Campus)

The best way to learn more about Laurel is by scheduling time to visit. Meeting teachers and students, seeing classrooms in action and walking through the halls will help you discover why Laurel is the private school that knows girls best.

** Laurel's Pre-Primary & Primary School Open House is Saturday, January 6, 2018 9-11:00 a.m. **
For a list of other Admissions events as well as testing dates, please see the Admissions calendar.

Our address is One Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights, OH 44122. The main entrance of the school is marked by a flagpole and a low stone wall that says “Laurel School”. There are reserved parking spaces for admissions visitors on the main entrance’s driveway, conveniently located by the front door. After you enter the building through the main double doors, the Admissions Office is located immediately to the right.

To schedule your visit, call the Admissions Office at 216-464-0946 or email Admissions@LaurelSchool.org.

Pre-Primary School Visit

Parent Visit

Parents visiting the Pre-Primary School will tour the Pre-Primary school, which provides an opportunity to meet our phenomenal faculty as well as observe the dynamic, engaging and lively classrooms. We also invite families to spend time touring our Primary, Middle and Upper Schools with one of our Green Key tour guides. This allows you to hear about Laurel from a current student – many of whom have been here since their Pre-Primary or Primary School years. After touring, you will spend time with a member of the Admissions Office to learn more about the admissions process and for us to learn more about your family and answer your specific questions.

Student Visit and Screening

A screening is required as part of the Pre-Primary School application for Preschool, Prekindergarten and Outdoor Pre-Primary candidates.

Prospective Preschool and Prekindergarten students and their parents are encouraged to complete their screening at one of our drop-in screening dates, scheduled from 9:30-10:30 am on November 13, December 11, January 22, February 12 and April 9.

Screenings for prospective Outdoor Pre-Primary students will be scheduled on Wednesday mornings throughout the school year. Screenings are informal and offer prospective students and their parents a glimpse at the hands-on and age-appropriate fun they can expect in Pre-Primary. Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your child’s screening today!

Primary School Visit

Parent Visit

Parents visiting the Primary School will spend an hour touring the Primary wing with a member of the Admissions Office. This is a wonderful chance to see our dedicated and inspiring faculty in action, observe students in a classroom setting and see first-hand the amazing work that is being done every day. After touring the Primary School, we invite you to tour the Middle and Upper Schools with one of our Green Key student tour guides. This allows you to hear about Laurel from a current student – many of whom have been here since their Primary School years. Primary parent visits last between one and two hours.

Student Visit 

Kindergarten

A Kindergarten Visitation Day is required as part of the application to Laurel’s Kindergarten. Please plan to join us for one of three visitation days where girls will join our team of Kindergarten teachers to engage in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Parents will have an opportunity to hear from Head of School Ann V. Klotz, meet current parents and learn about the exciting things that await your daughter in Laurel’s Kindergarten. Space is limited. Please go to our Admissions Events page to RSVP to one of the following Kindergarten Visitation Days:

Friday, December 8, 2017 – 9:00-11:00 am

Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 9:00-11:00 am

First – Fourth Grade

Students visiting Laurel’s First Grade will spend the day with their peers observing different classroom activities. Our student visitors are paired with a classroom hostess, whom they will shadow throughout the school day. Laurel will provide everything that visitors may need for the day – including lunch and snack.

What to Wear

Students wear uniforms here at Laurel School; we ask that student visitors wear anything they are comfortable in with the exception of jeans. Second through Fourth Grade students who are visiting the entire school day may go outside for recess after lunch, weather permitting. Please bring the appropriate clothing to go outside.

Academic Screening

Kindergarten

Students entering Kindergarten are asked to complete an academic screening to assess Kindergarten Readiness. Screenings are completed one-on-one with one of Laurel’s Learning Enhancement Specialists and results will be shared with parents. Please call the Admissions Office at 216-464-0946 to schedule an individual screening assessment.


First – Fourth Grade

During the student’s visit, she will meet with one of Laurel’s Learning Enhancement Specialists to complete an academic screening in the areas of math, reading and spelling. Screenings are completed one-on-one with one of Laurel’s Learning Enhancement Specialists and results will be shared with parents.


Middle School Visit

Parent Visit

Parents visiting the Middle School will have an opportunity to tour the Middle and Upper Schools with one of our Green Key student tour guides. This is an amazing opportunity to interact with current students while meeting extraordinary faculty, seeing dynamic classes in action and walking the halls of our Middle and Upper Schools. After the tour, parents will spend time with a member of the Admissions Office to learn more about the admissions process and for us to learn more about your family.

Student Visit

Students visiting Laurel’s Middle School will spend the day shadowing a Middle School student. Girls are paired up based on their academic and extracurricular interests. Visitors will also go on a short tour of the building with a Green Key student tour guide. At the end of the day each visitor will interview with an admissions office director. This gives the student a chance to ask any additional questions and allows us to get to know each visitor better. We will provide lunch and a notebook for the day.

What to Wear

Students wear uniforms here at Laurel School; we ask that our student visitors wear anything they are comfortable in with the exception of jeans or leggings. The girls may go outside for recess after lunch. Please bring the appropriate clothing to go outside.

Upper School Visit

Parent Visit

Parents visiting the Upper School will have an opportunity to tour the building with one of our Green Key student tour guides. This is an amazing opportunity to interact with current Upper School students while meeting extraordinary faculty, seeing dynamic classes in action and walking the halls of our Upper School. After the tour, parents will spend time with a member of the Admissions Office to learn more about the admissions process and for us to learn more about your family.

Student Visit

Students visiting Laurel’s Upper School will spend the day shadowing an Upper School student. Girls are paired up based on their academic and extracurricular interests. Visitors will also go on a short tour of the building with a Green Key student tour guide. At the end of the day each visitor will interview with an admissions office director. This gives the student a chance to ask any additional questions and allows us to get to know each visitor better. We will provide lunch and a notebook for the day.

For the 2017-18 school year, prospective Upper School students are welcome to visit on most Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.  These visits will begin October 2, 2017.  Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule a shadow experience.

What to Wear

Students wear uniforms here at Laurel School; we ask that our visitors wear anything they are comfortable in with the exception of jeans or leggings.

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. 

 

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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