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The Cleveland Institute of Art recently announced the winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. The annual competition is open to local students in Grades 7-12. The panel of judges is comprised of professional artists, art educators, writers and writing educators. As in past years, this year’s competition saw nearly 3,000 pieces of artwork and writing samples.

Congratulations to the following 29 Laurel students who won 35 awards (25 for art and 10 for writing) at this year's Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. Each Gold Key piece will continue to the national competition held in New York City.

 

ART AWARDS:

Gold Keys:

Mia Freer ‘17
Drawing and Illustration

Caroline Kahn ‘17
Photography

Grace Murphy ‘17
Jewelry

Lucia Pabon ‘17
Painting

Micki Reisman ‘17
Ceramics and Glass 

Henley Schulz ‘18
Photography

Christina Steele ‘17
Printmaking

Silver Keys:

Nicole Ahmed ‘17
Ceramics and Glass

Katie Dinner ‘17
Photography 

Isabel Friedman ‘17
Photography 

Ellie Martin ‘17
Painting

Caroline Megerian ‘18
Photography

Audrey Moore ‘17
Ceramics and Glass 

Maggie Navracruz ‘17
Architecture and Industrial Design
*Done at CIA Summer Pre-college program

Julia Saltzman ‘17
Digital Art 

Amanda Shao ‘18
Ceramics and Glass 

Natalie Thomas ‘17
Drawing and Illustration

Adelle Walker ‘17
Jewelry

Honorable Mentions:

Katie Dinner ‘17
Photography

Mia Freer ‘17
Mixed Media 

Alex Harris ‘17
Mixed Media 

Sophie Hatch ‘17
Mixed Media

Bridget Napoli ‘18
Photography

Julia Warner-Corcoran ‘17
Drawing and Illustration

Violet Watterson ‘20
Mixed Media
 

WRITING AWARDS:

Silver Keys:

Madeleine Massey ‘18
Poetry (four entries honored with Silver Keys)

Olivia Savona ‘19
Critical Essay

Brooke Siegler ‘17
Personal Essay/Memoir 

Honorable Mentions:

Madeleine Massey ‘18
Personal Essay/Memoir

Janaan Qutubuddin ‘20
Poetry

Tuyen Reed ‘20
Poetry 

Daania Tahir ‘19
Personal Essay/Memoir

Beebot Tinkering StationLaurel’s Pre-Primary and Primary tinkering stations were featured in Cleveland.com during computer science week. By tinkering less, girls miss out on opportunities to practice skills such as spatial awareness, mechanical reasoning and critical thinking. During the schools' recent Computer Science Education Week, an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science, Laurel offered up extra "tinkering stations" for students that will be used for additional computer science activities through February. Click here to view the entire article.

Benjamin LightWhen Laurel School announced its new Director of Advancement in October, they were pleased to call Benjamin Light one of their own – not an alumna of course, but a parent and a big fan of the school and all things Cleveland.

Benjamin Light comes to Laurel from The Gathering Place, where he was involved in all aspects of the agency's fundraising and special events. He most recently held the position of COO, where he was responsible for all finance and administration of this $2.3 million agency.

Benjamin’s extensive fundraising skills coupled with his strategic thinking and years of experience and knowledge of the corporate and philanthropic landscape in Cleveland make him a strong fit for this role. As a Laurel School parent, he also has a unique perspective on the school's mission and goals.

“This offers new challenges, in a new environment and I wanted to bring my professional energy to another organization.”

Click here for a link to the full article in the December 2016 issue of Currents Magazine. The announcement of Benjamin Light's new appointment was also covered in Crain's Cleveland Business, the Cleveland Jewish News and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Library – now sometimes referred to as the Learning Common, yet the basics are still in place. Just as business and research collaboration are different today, learning is different, fueled by our access to sources from all over the globe made instantly available. As the worlds of business, science, economics, medicine, and law have changed, so has obtaining and researching information.

Currents talked with professionals at four local private schools to take a look at how and why school libraries have reinvented themselves while still maintaining tradition. Laurel's own Kirsten Rosebrock-Hayes, Middle and Upper Schools Librarian, offered up her insights on how technology has transformed her role at our school. Excerpts from her interview follow.

 “In the role of the librarian I’m a reader’s advisor, Internet Sherpa (I made that up), collection caretaker – I make sure we have reliable and correct information. I wear so many hats,” says Kirsten Rosebrock-Hayes of Laurel School.

In many ways, a librarian’s work as guide and teacher hasn’t changed. In fact, in some ways their work is more pressing and more vital than ever. When faced with the dizzying array of information available, it’s the librarian’s role to teach students to have a discerning eye. 

“A big part of my job is to help students discern what information is worthwhile and trustworthy online,” Rosebrock-Hayes says. “Anyone can post anything online, but do you necessarily want to use just anything in your research project?”

Click here to view the full article from the December 2016 issue of Currents Magazine.

LaureLive: Music with a Mission 2017, the two-day music festival partnership between Laurel School and the Elevation Group, will return in summer 2017.

The festival, which debuted last year, will be Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. Thirty artists, including Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr., the Head and the Heart, Young the Giant, Michael Franti and Spearhead and NEEDTOBREATHE as a quintet of headliners, will perform.

Tickets, $50 to $90, are on sale now at LaureLive2017Tickets.

Here is the complete lineup:

Saturday: Gary Clark Jr., NEEDTOBREATHE, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Blue October, the Revivalists, JOHHNYSWIM, the Mowgli's, Kate Voegele, Arkells, Cobi, the Unlikely Candidates, Austin Plaine, the Blue Stones, Shivering Timbers, Step Rockets, Harbor & Home, Liv Cargile.

Sunday: The Head and the Heart, Young the Giant, Michael Franti & Spearhead, the Strumbellas, Dawes, Timeflies, Wrabel, Lunchmoney Lewis, Knox Hamilton, Magic Giant, Muddy Magnolias, SamFox, Marina Strah.

Laurel’s Rachel Buchinsky ‘20 was named Player of the Week by the Cleveland Jewish News. After watching her older sister Danielle’s (Laurel Class of 2015) success on the Laurel varsity tennis team, Rachel couldn’t wait to join the Gators this year.

Rachel had an 11-9 record at no. 1 singles and doubles as she headed into the Ohio High School Athletic Association sectional tournament.

Read more about Rachel in the Cleveland Jewish News.

Congratulations to Annella Fernandez '17 and Alexandra Mangel '17 for being named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corportation! 

These Laurel girls are two of more than 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. 

Click here to read more about the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Alex CadeAlex Cade has one more season to spend with the Laurel girls basketball team after earning several individual accolades in the past three seasons, including recently scoring her 1,000th point as a Laurel Gator!

The next step is joining the Bulldogs at Yale after her verbal commitment this summer.

“Yale is getting a kid that is a grown up and is ready to work,” said Laurel head coach Tim McMahon. “She’s ready to fight, relentless, doesn’t take plays off, a coach’s dream.”

The Northeast Lakes All-District and All-Ohio team member weighed offers from Cal State Fullerton, West Point and University of Pennsylvania before making her decision in July. This past season she averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, two steals and an assist per game.

“She's a difficult match-up because she's effective on the perimeter and can post you up inside,” Mentor coach Steve Thompson said. “There aren't many players that can run the floor with her, cover her on the perimeter, and be strong enough to handle her inside game.”

Click here to read the full article on Cleveland.com. 

Laurel's Yui Ishihara '18 was one of ten local high school students chosen to attend the STEM Club Leadership Training Summer Camp, hosted by The University of Akron College of Engineering. Yui shares an interest in science, technology, engineering and math and is a member of Laurel's VEX Robotics Team.

Every participant in the STEM Camp was awarded $500 to support their school's club activities and development, along with continuous support through the academic year offered by the Ohio STEM Learning Network – Akron Hub and All-Akron Student Engineering Program. Congratulations, Yui!

The Chagrin Valley Times article "Inaugural events gives people music and Laurel girls a voice," showcased how Laurel girls were integrated in the entire LaureLive experience. Laurel Head of School Ann V. Klotz explains “The whole motivation for the concert is to link Laurel’s own mission to fulfill her promise to better the world and a lot of that has to do with empowering girls and giving them a sense of agency.”

The front page story of the CVT, "Music lovers rave about LaureLive fest," gave an in-depth review of the weekend's festivities. "The inaugural event was held this past weekend with more than 6,000 attendees." You can read the rest of this article via the link above.

  • January 2017
    • FriJan27 MS CTP-4 (ERB) Meeting 8:15 AM
    • SatJan28 Chinese New Year
    • MonJan30 Dare Week
    • TueJan31 MS CTP-4 (ERBs)
    • TueJan31 MS Room Parent Meeting 8:15 AMLyman
  • February 2017
    • WedFeb01 MS CTP-4 (ERBs)
    • WedFeb01 Revisit Day for Accepted Students Grades 4-12
    • ThuFeb02 Groundhog Day
    • ThuFeb02 MS CTP-4 (ERBs)

FAQs

Q: What grades does Laurel School serve?

A: Laurel School is an independent day school for girls, Kindergarten through Grade 12, with a coeducational Pre-Primary program.

Q: Where is Laurel School located?

A: Laurel School has two campuses. The main suburban campus, located at One Lyman Circle, in Shaker Heights, OH is home to all four academic divisions and is set on 11 acres. The Butler Campus, which opened in 2002, is our “outdoor classroom” and is located at 7420 Fairmount Road, Russell Township, OH. The 140-acre Butler Campus of woodlands includes world-class athletic fields, a high and low ropes course, several hiking trails, an outdoor pavilion, our Magic Tree House, a yurt for Pre-Primary outdoor education and the 16,000 square foot Butler Center for Fitness and Wellness.

Q: Do the students wear a uniform?

A: All students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 wear a uniform. Laurel girls have worn uniforms since 1907. Wearing uniforms sends a powerful message to the girls that what our students think is more important than what our students wear. This strengthens the feeling of community. The style of uniform varies by division, and the students have a variety of options.

Q: What are the class sizes at Laurel?

A: In the Upper School, class size can range from five students in advanced level elective to twenty students in a foundational required course. In the Middle School, classes typically range from twelve to sixteen students. In the Primary, classes typically have ten to fifteen girls in each.

Q: How does Laurel School tailor curriculum specifically for girls?

A: At Laurel, we know girls: how they learn, what they think and feel, and what they need to thrive. Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls guides all that we do and allows us to educate our faculty on girls’ education and to train our teachers in methods that work best for girls. Our faculty members are experts on girls’ education.

Q: Where do Laurel School graduates attend college?

A: College placement is 100%. The Class of 2015 has 8 National Merit Semifinalists from a class of 68 students. Chosen on the basis of high scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), the semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide. Our Class of 2014 was made up of 67 girls and included 6 National Merit Semifinalists and 6 National Merit Commended. When a young woman graduates from Laurel she has a solid academic background, support from the Laurel community and confidence to go to college and beyond. Our girls attend a wide variety of colleges throughout the country and internationally. Our experienced College Guidance Office has relationships with the college admissions officers and look to provide our students with the best fit for college, taking into consideration many factors. View our college acceptance list.

Q: What options are available to students who are interested in more than just academics?

A: Laurel girls are not only smart; they have diverse extra- and co-curricular interests. Many are involved in athletics and the arts. Laurel offers eleven sports in the Upper School and nine sports in the Middle School. Over 70% of students participate in athletics. There are at least two theater productions each year in each of the Upper, Middle, and Primary Schools. In the Upper School, there are also over thirty student clubs and organizations, and each Laurel girl has a community service requirement she must complete before her senior year.

Q: What about educational opportunities outside the classroom?

A: Upper School students have opportunities for research and for internships throughout Protégé Program. Laurel’s signature internship and research assistantship program - Protégé - enables each student to focus on her unique passionate areas of interest and build an internship or a research assistantship in that area of interest. While other schools fit students into pre-developed internships and research projects, Laurel stands alone in starting with the student - focusing on her - helping her follow the future that is calling her. These out-of-school learning experiences occur during the school year in semester or year-long formats, as well as during the summer, and are recognized on the Laurel transcript. Girls in Middle and Upper School travel on domestic and international trips throughout Passport Global Initiatives Program. The Passport Program is the opportunity to explore world curricula with trips, exchanges and community-based learning. Examples of past trips and partnerships include those in Botswana, China, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada and Tanzania. Laurel has developed partnerships with schools and communities in other countries and Laurel’s curriculum actively cultivates students’ understanding of other cultures. The Passport Program is a way Laurel girls can truly act on our mission statement to “better the world.” In addition to travel, the Passport Program brings international girls to Laurel and partners with sister schools in other areas of the world.

Q: How committed is Laurel School to diversity?

A: Equity, inclusion and diversity are implicit in the mission of Laurel School. In order for each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world, our curricula and learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom are designed to inspire and engage while respecting multiple customs, traditions, values and perspectives. We understand that social identifiers such as gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status, family configuration, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability and age impact our individual and collective experiences. We are, therefore, guided by Laurel’s values of courage, compassion and ethical action in embracing diversity.

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 7, 2017
9:00-11:00 am
Lyman Campus

More information and RSVP


"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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