All-School Calendar
  • January 2017
    • FriJan27 MS CTP-4 (ERB) Meeting 8:15 AM
    • SatJan28 Chinese New Year
    • MonJan30 Dare Week

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

Working at Laurel

Working at Laurel School

Laurel School has been consistently named one of the Top 100 Workplaces by The Plain Dealer in the midsize employer category. In 2013, Head of School Ann V. Klotz received a Top Workplaces special award for leadership: "It's clear she is committed to the school, to the students and to the faculty. It’s also clear she is flexible and self-reflective in her thinking."

Laurel School values a diverse workplace. The school is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities to all personnel and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation.

All open positions are listed below. Please complete and return either a Teaching Application, a Full Time Staff Application, an Hourly Staff Application or a Substitute Teacher Application with Substitute Teacher Questionnaire. Each listing specifies the position category right at the top.


Admissions: Assistant Director of Admissions

Position Category: Staff
Position Title: Assistant Director of Admissions
Appointment: July 2017

The Assistant Director of Admissions will enthusiastically find opportunities to connect with current and prospective families and will communicate Laurel’s mission in clear and effective ways, with special attention to one or more of Laurel’s four academic divisions. She/he will be driven to provide a quality admissions experience to all families. She/he will have the ability to work collaboratively with other Admissions and Enrollment Management staff members and with faculty members in providing the best possible service and in planning useful and informative events for both admissions and retention purposes.

Click here to see the full job description.

Admissions: Database Coordinator

Position Category: Staff
Position Title: Database Coordinator
Appointment: February 2017

The Database Coordinator provides administrative and database support to the staff in the department with a focus on the database, mailings and financial aid.

Click here to see the full job description.



Business Office: Senior Accountant

Position Category: Staff
Position Title: Senior Accountant
Appointment: Spring 2017

The Senior Accountant is primarily responsible for maintaining an accurate and timely student billing and collection process, completing month-end closing responsibilities and account reconciliations for designated accounts and assisting with financial systems projects in the Business Office.

Click here to see the full job description.




Development: Alumnae Coordinator

Position Category: Staff
Position Title: Alumnae Coordinator
Appointment: February 2017

The Alumnae Coordinator is a member of the Development Office and reports directly to the Director of Alumnae.

Click here to see the full job description.

Pre-Primary School: Outdoor Pre-Primary Co-Teacher

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Outdoor Pre-Primary Co-Teacher
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

This is currently a part time position (60% - five mornings) with the possibility of additional hours depending upon student enrollment.

The Outdoor Pre-Primary program offers a unique teaching experience. Twelve 3-5 year-old children spend each morning in the forest of our 140-acre Butler Campus. A yurt is available when weather conditions require an indoor space. We provide an emergent curriculum that aims to foster a sense of wonder, to guide rather than compel, and to encourage lines of inquiry developed by the children. The teaching style is inquiry-based. An Outdoor Pre-Primary Co-Teacher shares in all aspects of running the program.

Click here to see the full job description.


Primary School: Homeroom Teacher (Possible Opening)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Primary Homeroom Teacher
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

*There is a possible opening for 2017-2018. We are accepting applications from those candidates who may be interested in this possible opening.

As a homeroom teacher, this position entails the design, detailed planning, and instruction of child-centered, age-appropriate curricula in language arts, math, and social studies. Teachers work cooperatively with specialist teachers in world languages, arts, math, and social studies. Teachers work cooperatively with specialist teachers in world languages, art, science, music, physical education, and dance. 

Click here to see the full job description.

 

Middle School: Music Teacher (Long Term Substitute)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Middle School Music Teacher (Long Term Substitute)
Appointment: April - June 2017

Laurel School seeks a Music teacher for Middle School courses. This position involves teaching sixth through eighth grade, helping with biweekly Assembly, and directing Chamber groups.

Click here to see the full job description.

Substitute Teachers: Pre-Primary/Primary/Middle Schools

Academic Division Directors review substitute teacher candidates on a quarterly basis. If you are interested in being considered during the next review, please submit the following items to the Director of Human Resources:

  1. Resume
  2. Two letters of reference
  3. Copies of current teaching certifications
  4. Completed Application for Substitute Teaching Position
  5. Substitute Questionnaire

Substitute Teacher Job Descriptions:

Pre-Primary School

Primary School (K-4)

Middle School (5-8)

Upper School (9-12)


Athletics: Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach

Position Category: Coaching
Position Title: Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach
Appointment: August - October

Laurel School is seeking a head girl’s varsity soccer coach. The ideal coach will be able to plan practice sessions that will build core skills within a supportive environment. As a part of the overall educational process, the coach will guide student-athletes through important life lessons using athletics. The coach, through intentional teaching and structured practices, is responsible for showing student-athletes how to be successful, how to win with humility, how to handle defeat with dignity, and how to be a positive role model who represents Laurel School.

Experience:

    • Formal coaching experience at the high school level or above

Job requirements:

    • First aid and CPR certifications

    • Pupil Activity Permit

    • Concussion certificate

    • Fundamentals of coaching certificate

Requirements for applying:

    • Current resume

    • Three references

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to David Meyer, Laurel School Director of Athletics by email at dmeyer@laurelschool.org

or send by mail:

David Meyer
Laurel School Director of Athletics
Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Hts. OH 44122

Athletics: Assistant Field Hockey Coach

Position Category: Coaching
Position Title: Assistant Field Hockey Coach
Appointment: August - October

Laurel School is seeking an assistant girls field hockey coach. The ideal coach will be able to plan practice sessions that will build core skills within a supportive environment. As a part of the overall educational process, the coach will guide student-athletes through important life lessons using athletics. The coach, through intentional teaching and structured practices, is responsible for showing student-athletes how to be successful, how to win with humility, how to handle defeat with dignity, and how to be a positive role model who represents Laurel School.

Experience:

    • Formal coaching experience at the high school level or above

Job requirements:

    • First aid and CPR certifications

    • Pupil Activity Permit

    • Concussion certificate

    • Fundamentals of coaching certificate

Requirements for applying:

    • Current resume

    • Three references

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to David Meyer, Laurel School Director of Athletics by email at dmeyer@laurelschool.org

or send by mail:

David Meyer
Laurel School Director of Athletics
Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Hts. OH 44122

Athletics: Assistant Girls Varsity Track Coach (jumps coach)

Position Category: Coaching
Position Title: Assistant Girls Varsity Track Coach (jumps coach)
Appointment: March - June

Laurel School is seeking a head assistant girls track coach. The coach must have experience working with hurdlers and jumps. The ideal coach will be able to plan practice sessions that will build core skills within a supportive environment. As a part of the overall educational process, the coach will guide student-athletes through important life lessons using athletics. The coach, through intentional teaching and structured practices, is responsible for showing student-athletes how to be successful, how to win with humility, how to handle defeat with dignity, and how to be a positive role model who represents Laurel School.

Experience:

    • Formal coaching experience at the high school level or above

Job requirements:

    • First aid and CPR certifications

    • Pupil Activity Permit

    • Concussion certificate

    • Fundamentals of coaching certificate

Requirements for applying:

    • Current resume

    • Three references

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to David Meyer, Laurel School Director of Athletics by email at dmeyer@laurelschool.org

or send by mail:

David Meyer
Laurel School Director of Athletics
Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Hts. OH 44122

Athletics: Head Girls JV Lacrosse Coach

Position Category: Coaching
Position Title: Head Girls JV Lacrosse Coach
Appointment: February - May 2017

Laurel School is seeking a head girl’s junior varsity lacrosse coach. The ideal coach will be able to plan practice sessions that will build core skills within a supportive environment. As a part of the overall educational process, the coach will guide student-athletes through important life lessons using athletics. The coach, through intentional teaching and structured practices, is responsible for showing student-athletes how to be successful, how to win with humility, how to handle defeat with dignity, and how to be a positive role model who represents Laurel School.

Experience:

  • Formal coaching experience at the high school level or above

Job requirements:

  • First aid and CPR certifications
  • Pupil Activity Permit
  • Concussion certificate
  • Fundamentals of coaching certificate

Requirements for applying:

  • Current resume
  • Three references

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to David Meyer, Laurel School Director of Athletics by email at dmeyer@laurelschool.org

or send by mail:

David Meyer
Laurel School Director of Athletics
Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Hts. OH 44122

 

 

Possible Coaching in Upper School (Varsity/JV) & Middle School: All Sports

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to David Meyer, Laurel School Director of Athletics by email at dmeyer@laurelschool.org

or send by mail:

David Meyer
Laurel School Director of Athletics
Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Hts. OH 44122

Transportation: Bus/Vehicle Operator

 Position Category: Transportation
Position Title: Bus/Vehicle Operator
Appointment: 10 month, part-time

Laurel School is seeking a part-time Bus Driver for a daily afternoon route. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to Sharon Keyes, Laurel School transportation Services Supervisor at skeyes@laurelschool.org

or send by mail:

Sharon Keyes
Transportation Services Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

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About Laurel
Founded in 1896, Laurel School is a dynamic, forward-thinking, K-12 girls’ school, with a co-ed pre-primary division. A school in which every child is well known, Laurel lives the mission: to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. We challenge students and staff to dream, dare and do.

Laurel enjoys an outstanding local and national reputation and is home to Laurel's Center for Research on Girls. In a highly competitive school landscape, Laurel is fortunate to be a school of choice in Cleveland. Our emphasis on the whole child and our legacy of excellence in the teaching of girls set us apart. Located in Shaker Heights, Ohio (15 minutes from downtown Cleveland) with an additional rural campus 17 minutes away, the school has an urban/rural advantage. The work environment is noted for being family-friendly and flexible. The feeling in the school is joyous, collaborative, and innovative.

 

Teaching at Laurel
The Laurel School mission statement is succinct: "To inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world."

At Laurel, definitions of excellence are broad. Our mission requires breadth in opportunity and in definitions of success. We work with highly motivated college-bound students in a learning environment charged by both ambition and ability. Their abilities and promise are cultivated in all scholastic areas through a strong, robust, and pedagogically informed curriculum that includes broad exposure to all areas of academics, arts, and athletics. We also work hard to develop the leadership skills in each student. Focusing on the abilities and promise of each girl, and making that the focal point of every teacher's job every day, is what makes teaching at Laurel School special.

Our teachers join in developing curricula that reflect and drive our mission and believe that teaching to a wide variety of learning styles is vital. Laurel teachers are also asked to reflect on seminal pieces of research that inform how girls learn.

Working in the Laurel environment is amazing - and we invite you to learn more about it by exploring our website and seeing how we work with students of all ages to help them realize their promise and better the world.

Curricular philosophy

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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