All-School Calendar
  • 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

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
    • SatOct28 ISEE Testing for Prospective Students
    • TueOct31 Halloween
    • TueOct31 Primary Halloween Parade 2:00 PM
  • November 2017
    • WedNov01 Alumnae/Senior Class Dinner 6:30 PM
    • ThuNov02 US Swimming Parent Meeting 6:00 PMLyman

Learning Enhancement

Laurel School Learning Enhancement

Laurel students are active learners with a high level of commitment to their studies and the ability to apply their best efforts within the classroom and beyond. The school is committed to supporting each student’s academic growth and healthy social development.

We recognize that a wide range of learning styles exists among our student population, and that different learning styles benefit from different kinds of instruction and support. In order to support each of our students as vigorously as we challenge them, the school maintains a variety of resources to aid students with diverse learning styles.

Learning & Study Support

Learning Specialists are available to support student learning in Primary, Middle and Upper School. They help students obtain or strengthen the fundamental skills of learning and studying (organization, review, outlining). Typically the specialists work with the students individually or in small group settings during the school day. Support may be needed for an extended period of time or for just a few weeks. Our group of specialists are certified in all areas of education and truly care about the individual needs of all students and do support all types of learners (support and/or enrichment).

If a teacher or family raises concerns about a child’s academic progress, the individual student’s needs will be assessed by a team of learning specialists, the school psychologist and classroom teachers. The team will determine an initial plan of action after classroom observations have taken place in a variety of academic of settings. The plan may include any of the following:

  • Sharing detailed teacher or parent referral with the team
  • Progress monitoring (mini assessments over a designated period of time)
  • Short-term interventions by classroom teacher and/or learning specialists
  • If needed, further testing will be recommended

Psychological Support

The psychologists offer the following services to support the academic and personal growth of Laurel students:

  • Brief individual counseling, with the written consent of the parent or guardian, to assist with school adjustment or to support the efforts of an outside therapist
  • Emergency intervention with an individual or group of students as the need arises
  • Small group or classroom work to support healthy personal growth and development
  • Interpretation of outside evaluations for implementation within the school
  • Observation in classrooms
  • Maintenance of confidential individual testing records
  • Acting as a liaison with outside professionals to support the progress of students within the school
  • Consultation and resource sharing with faculty, staff and parents to support the growth and development of the students

Standardized Testing

The AIMSweb progress monitoring assessment is administered three times per year to students in grades K – 7 (K – 8 in school year 2012/2013). This assessment is used to monitor growth on a more regular basis which allows the learning enhancement team to closely watch all students’ progress and recommend further assessments when necessary.

In grades 4 – 8, all students take the appropriate grade level ERB (Educational Records Bureau) test. This test is administered annually and results are shared with each student’s family. Class results are used by faculty and administrators to evaluate the school’s program.

The tests that students take in grades 9 – 12 are ones required for college admission and Advanced Placement credit; they are the PSAT, SAT, SAT subject tests, ACT and AP tests. Each of these tests (with the exception of the PSAT) requires individual registration. If a student has a documented disability, she may be tested utilizing non-standard administration. The testing agencies that administer the tests mentioned above provide special testing arrangements for students with current (documentation must be less than three years old), documented physical, psychological and learning disabilities. Documented disabilities must be professionally diagnosed. Further, a student requesting non-standard administration should currently be receiving accommodations for in-school testing.

Individual Testing

The psychologists administer limited, individual testing in the Primary School, with the written consent of the parent or guardian, when specific information will assist with academic planning. Tests are selected in accordance with the needs of the individual student.

An outside referral will be recommended if a more extensive assessment is warranted. Individual psychological/educational assessments can be arranged through the student's public school district or through a psychologist in private practice. Laurel School psychologists do not diagnose learning disabilities and, therefore, testing must take place with an outside specialist.

Tutoring

When a student requires academic support beyond that which Laurel may provide using school resources, the Division Director or Director of Learning Enhancement may recommend a program of academic support to include work with an outside tutor, at the family's expense. Non-faculty tutors who work with students at the school are required to complete a formal personnel process.

Other tutorial arrangements that families develop for their daughters without consultation with the Division Director or Director of Learning Enhancement are viewed as separate from Laurel School. Faculty guidelines state that Laurel classroom teachers are not permitted to tutor for financial compensation any student currently in their classes or, during the summer, any student in the class she/he has just finished teaching.

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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