Middle School Calendar

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)
    • MonFeb06 Dream Week
    • ThuFeb09 US Parent/Advisor Conferences 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    • FriFeb10 Grades 7 & 8 CCIS Social 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMHathaway Brown

Middle School

All Girls School In Shaker Heights, OH Image - Laurel SchoolYou need only step into the north wing to sense the bustling energy of budding scientists, artists, writers and thinkers diving deep into their learning. The Middle School experience at Laurel is inspired by the work of our Center for Research on Girls on how girls learn best. Experiential learning balances time-honored traditions, and strategies are tailored to each girl as she finds and develops her voice.

Girls learn by doing. They create and conduct experiments in science, they build and draw models to visualize concepts in math, they memorize and act out scenes from Shakespearean plays, and they investigate and debate constitutional issues. Research about the power of authentic, project-based learning has led us to teach design thinking; in our new Collaboratory for hands-on prototyping girls combine habits of mind from each STEAM discipline: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math.

We know girls love choice, so programs in the Middle School are individualized. Each girl advances at her own pace in math, some accelerating to Geometry or Algebra II by Eighth Grade. Girls elect Spanish, Chinese or French, speaking in the target language during class and reaching Level III by Upper School. In Seventh Grade, girls ready for more intellectual rigor add Latin, too. Our One-to-One Technology Program supports each girl’s learning, and girls intrigued by programming tinker with computer game design during electives or in their free time.

Laurel girls rise to creative challenges. Many girls represent Laurel in off-campus competitions in science, global issues, math and writing. Girls choreograph and perform dances; they compose and sing songs; they strive on the fields and courts. Girls dream, dare and do every day in Laurel’s Middle School!

We would love to share more of our interdisciplinary program built on Laurel’s longstanding traditions of excellence and innovation. We hope you will visit soon to see for yourself all that Laurel has to offer each girl!

Sincerely,

Hope Ford Murphy ‘73
Director of the Middle School

Leslie K. Segal ‘95
Co-Director of the Middle School

Philosophy

English 5-8

Through a comprehensive, integrated language arts program, Laurel girls become independent, fluent readers and writers. Students read a variety of genres and learn vocabulary, reading strategies and new perspectives. Laurel girls grow from seeing their own experiences reflected in the material they read. Through a context-rich approach in which they learn to identify patterns, they develop language skills for oral and written communication. They learn to communicate effectively and to practice the research process while making connections with other coursework. Students assess their writing through self-evaluation and peer and teacher feedback.

Social Studies 5-8

Laurel’s social studies program prepares students to become responsible and productive citizens. Through our integrated, engaging curriculum, girls deepen their understanding of the world and apply their knowledge and skills to make effective personal and public decisions. They learn to think independently, conduct research, write effectively and express themselves orally through dynamic lessons that address students’ learning styles.

Mathematics 5-8

Mathematics is integral to functioning efficiently and effectively in today’s society. We value the purposeful use of mathematical resources in decision-making and celebrate the beauty of thoughtful mathematical procedures. Laurel teachers facilitate individual and collaborative investigations in which they require students to construct their own mathematical knowledge. Participation in this journey refines students’ computational, manipulative, problem-solving and criticalthinking skills.

Science 5-8

The Laurel School science department seeks to provide every girl with the tools to courageously explore the physical world and to become an ethical, compassionate contributor to it. We believe that hands-on experimentation and teamwork are essential to girls studying science. Our students achieve success in thinking critically, solving problems creatively and articulating their ideas and findings to others. Studies in Fifth and Sixth Grade are thoughtfully integrated with units in other disciplines such as English, math, and social studies while Seventh and Eighth Grade courses serve as introductions to the fields of earth science, chemistry and physics.

World Languages 5-8

Studying languages in Grades K through 8 creates a solid foundation for children to become lifelong language learners. Teaching is done almost entirely in the target language to provide students with an immersion-style experience. Our goal is for students to develop a sense of confidence in their own abilities, to function in the target language and to genuinely enjoy language learning. Exposure to different languages and cultures broadens girls’ worldviews, enhances their sense of empathy and promotes curiosity about the world.

Visual Arts 5-8

Art is a language of expression and communication. It involves discovering ideas and transforming them into visual form. This process is nurtured through exposure to diverse examples of art (in our own and in other cultures) and through repeated opportunities to work with a variety of art media and techniques. The visual arts involve developing the ability to look analytically, while offering an exploration of varied materials and processes. Working in the visual arts engenders the development of many positive habits of mind, not the least of which are perseverance, taking risks, and willingness to explore options and embrace revision as a part of the process.

Performing Arts 5-8

In a classroom community, students learn to take risks as they explore their creativity. They engage in exercises that develop basic skills in each art form. As girls move through the performing arts curriculum, they grow from practicing the skills to using the skills in varying forms of self-expression. A cumulative curriculum allows students to build on previously mastered skills and to take each art form to the next level. Emphasis is placed on a creative, engaging process that leads directly to a final product.

Physical Education 5-8

The P.E. program is designed to help girls attain a basic understanding about the body and its capabilities and limitations in movement. Through a variety of activities, students explore movement and develop spatial awareness. Girls are encouraged to understand their personal strength and to cooperate with others. As the girls progress through Middle School, basic skills, knowledge of sports, physical activities, fitness and game play are emphasized.

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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 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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