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  • March 2017
    • SunMar26 Spring Break Camp
    • MonMar27 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • MonMar27 Spring Break Camp
    • TueMar28 Spring Break - NO CLASSES

On the heels of their Scholastic Art Awards received earlier this year, Caroline Kahn '17 and Katie Dinner '17 each won the Herbert Ascherman Award for Photography, a regional award that is presented to two students each year. Caroline Kahn also received a Gold Key award for her photography and Katie Dinner received both a Silver Key and an honorable mention for her photography.

The Scholastic Arts & Writing Competition is an annual competition open to local students in Grades 7-12. The panel of judges is comprised of professional artists, art educators, writing and writing educators. More than 3,000 entries for both art and writing were submitted this year.

Congratulations to these students for this amazing honor.

On March 7, 2017 six Laurel students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 participated in the Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair (NEOSEF). Maryum Ali '18, Linnea Tyler '19, Katie Chen '20, and Katelyn Shakir '20 all earned 2nd place at the fair. Olivia Wenzel '20 received 3rd place. 

Grade 10 student Priya Khadilkhar earned an impressive 1st place in the regular judging and also walked away with four special awards: American Statistical Association, American Psychological Association, Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and Cleveland State University Department of Psychology.

Many of the students are in Laurel's STEM Research class and while there was no specific topic focus at the event, each of the students chose their own category and had about two months to put their presentations together. Congratulations to all the girls on these incredible achievements!

  

 

Crain's Cleveland Business publisher and editor Elizabeth McIntyre recently attended a panel discussion hosted by Laurel's Entrepreneurship Capstone Students on the documentary film, "Dream, Girl" - a celebration of female entrepreneurs. She highlights that "the young women at Laurel know the power of female leadership because it's front and center in the school's mission to inspire girls to fulfill their promise and better the world. To be living, breathing 'Fearless Girls.'" She goes on to state that Laurel's mission is "what prompted the school to launch its Capstone Experience program last year, which gives students the chance to explore real-world issues while further developing their leadership skills in one of four areas: civic engagement, entrepreneurship, global studies and STEAM (a twist on STEM, "science, technology, engineering and mathematics", that adds "arts" to the mix.)"

Panelists at the event included Heather Ettinger '79, managing partner at Fairport Asset Management; Stephanie Silverman, publisher and owner of Your Teen Media; Nichelle McCall '01, CEO of Bold Startups; and Laura Bennett, COO and co-founder of Embrace Pet Insurance, each of whom shared their experiences in creating and running their own businesses. 

The editor goes on to highlight many of the inspiring messages shared during the panel discussion. "Persistence is one of the most valuable things," and "shatter stereotypes whenever you can," were just a few.

Click here to read the full story in Crain's Cleveland Business

Kathryn Purcell, Associate Head of School and Director of Enrollment Management at Laurel was recently featured in a Cleveland Jewish News story highlighting the importance of school culture and how it plays a crucial role in school selection.

Many factors can determine which school a child attends. Class size, programs, location and extracurricular activities can impact a parent's willingness to send a child to a particular school. But, parents should also consider a more abstract notion that exists within a school. School culture focuses on how staff members interact and uphold a shared set of values and beliefs and the school’s effect on students – like teaching practices, diversity and relationships within the school. When it comes to school choice, local educators say school culture should impact their choices as well. 

Kathryn is quoted saying, “(A school’s culture) allows a child to feel visible. You don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks,” Purcell said. “The sense of community kind of dictates how valuable a child feels at a school.”

She goes on to say that even though culture is an intangible factor when choosing a school, it’s just as crucial as anything else. A school’s culture encompasses not only the how the school feels, but also how it interacts with itself. These interactions should be a big part of deciding which school is the right fit.

Click here to read the full story.

Congratulations to the Laurel girls from Grades 5 and 6 who competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) math competition on February 18, 2017! Laurel sent three teams of four this year--two from Grade 5 and one from Grade 6--and all received Blue Champion ribbons. The competition included 18 Fifth Grade teams and seven Sixth Grade teams. Similarly, teams from Laurel's Seventh and Eighth Grades competed on March 5 where they received the Champion Award and Medal Award respectively. 

The competition was comprised of four events, each roughly 15 minutes in length. Teams were tasked with working together to problem solve and work through mental math, construction and mixed application problems. Laurel students have been preparing since December to compete and their performance did not disappoint! 

Congratulations to all of the girls on their hard earned achievements!

 

The Laurel Swimming Gators were firing on all cylinders at the Northeast Ohio Swimming Districts, which took place on February 17, 2017 at Cleveland State University. In total, the team earned an impressive five spots on the podium and a total of 14 medals. More importantly, four Laurel swimmers qualified for States in three events!

Morgan Miklus ‘19 qualified in both her individual events, the 100 Free and 100 Back, where she placed 2nd in each. The 200 Free Relay team of Morgan Miklus, Katherine Hagen ‘18, Linzy Malcolm ‘20 and Erin Dyke ‘17 also qualified for states after each swimmer dropped at least a half a second from their time.

In addition, the 200 Medley Relay swam by Morgan Miklus, Rose Pophal ‘19, Katherine Hagen, Erin Dyke came in 8th, dropping four seconds off their time and moving two spots up. The 400 Free Relay swam by Katherine Hagen, Victoria Hagen ‘20, Linzy Malcolm, and Erin Dyke placed 8th after dropping an impressive eight seconds from their time to move up three places. Victoria Hagen, placed 16th in the 500 Free and Rylee Betchkal ‘18 moved up four places in her 100 Breaststroke.

Something must have been in the water because of the 19 events that took place, 14 were best times, four were second-best times and one was a second-best season time! Out of 36 teams in attendance Laurel came in 6th!

Moving onto States, Morgan Miklus really shined, earning a podium spot in eighth place with a lifetime best 100-yard backstroke in 57.00 seconds. She also finished 10th in the 100-freestyle in 52.89 seconds. Read up on the Gators impressive showing at States in the Chagrin Valley Times.

 Congratulations to all the swimmers on their hard-earned victories.

In her latest New York Times piece titled "When a Teenager's Coping Mechanism Is Spongebob," Lisa Damour Ph.D., delves into some of the typical coping strategies adolescents turn to when faced with stress. She states that "being a teenager isn't easy. Thanks to puberty, neurological and hormonal developments introduce teenagers to an era of emotional fragility so it's no surprise that adolescents find handy, if sometimes quirky, ways to reset when they are feeling overwhelmed."

Laurel Ninth Grader Samantha Eisner was included in the story, explaining that childhood pleasures offer comfort because "they take you back to the days when the biggest problem you had was choosing what crayon to color your dress in your third grade self-portrait."

You can read the full New York Times article here. A second story on the same topic also recently aired on CBS This Morning. Click here to take a look.

 

 

Dr. Tori Cordiano, a clinical psychologist and the Assistant Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls (LCRG), recently contributed to the article "Single Parenting: Communication is Key" in the January/February issue of Your Teen Magazine. In the article she states that "clear, fair communication between single parents and their teens helps to pave the way to a trusting relationship that withstands the ups and downs of adolescence."

Click here to read the full piece.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Laurel StudentsCompeting against schools with teams of 20-35 students each, Laurel’s five Middle School delegates to the Cleveland Council on World Affairs' Junior Model United Nations Conference at John Carroll University produced three winners!

Representing France in the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Sarah Goraya '21 and Ria Raj '21 won the Superior Delegation Award, which is the highest group award possible for each committee.

Representing the Netherlands in the Human Rights Commission, Izzy Atzemis '21. brought home the Gavel Award, which is the highest individual award possible for each committee.

In order to achieve these impressive results the students put themselves in the shoes of foreign diplomats and are then able to tackle and find solutions to the most pressing international issues. Through their commitment to the program the participants become empowered to investigate the world, recognize different perspectives, communicate ideas to diverse audiences, and apply what they learn creatively during research, debate, and conference time.

Congratulations to the three award-winners plus Carrie Bifulco '21 and Laine Roberts '21, who also represented Laurel well.

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

  • March 2017
    • SunMar26 Spring Break Camp
    • MonMar27 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • MonMar27 Spring Break Camp
    • TueMar28 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • TueMar28 Spring Break Camp
    • WedMar29 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • WedMar29 Spring Break Camp
    • ThuMar30 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • ThuMar30 Spring Break Camp
    • FriMar31 Spring Break - NO CLASSES
    • FriMar31 Spring Break Camp
  • April 2017
    • MonApr03 CLASSES RESUME For All Grades
    • MonApr03 Dream Week

Working at Laurel

Working at Laurel School

Laurel School is seeking talented faculty and staff who want to join an environment where our students are first and all adults in the building strive to make a difference in their lives. We seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty and staff who thrive on being engaged participants in our academic community. The most successful candidates see opportunities before problems and can laugh at themselves while succeeding in a fast-paced, forward-thinking educational environment. Laurel lives its mission: to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. We continually challenge our community to dream, dare, and do.

Laurel 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; sexual orientation; or status as a veteran, Vietnam era, or special disabled veteran.

Job Openings

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.

Technology: Technology Support Coordinator

Position Category: Staff
Position Title: Technology Support Coordinator
Appointment: March 2017

The Technology Support Coordinator works closely with faculty, staff, and students to support a technology-oriented curriculum. S/He actively works to promote a successful and reliable technology experience for all stakeholders. A positive attitude and the ability to adapt to changing educational and technological needs by actively seeking professional growth and development is an ongoing expectation. Strong knowledge of current technology practices, policies, and procedures and a desire to learn new aspects of technology support are necessary. Experience in a customer service-oriented environment managing and troubleshooting hardware, software, networking, and printing issues are essential.

Click here to see the full job description.

 

Pre-Primary School: Pre-Primary Co-Teacher, Early Learner Class (20 - 36 months)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Pre-Primary Co-Teacher, Early Learner Class (20 - 36 months)
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

The co-teacher is in charge of all aspects of running the classroom. S/he will provide a Pre-Primary setting that is nurturing, cognitively rich, positive, and cross-culturally sensitive. S/he will set a tone in which the intellectual, developmental, and affective needs of children are met in his/her classroom.  

Click here to see the full job description.



 

 

Primary School: Homeroom Teacher

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

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: Visual Arts Teacher

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Middle School Visual Arts Teacher
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

The Middle School Visual Arts Teacher will be responsible for planning daily lessons, delivering instruction and procuring materials for students. Duties include teaching studio art classes in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials. The candidate should also be committed to working with technology where applicable, and be active in curriculum development.

Click here to see the full job description.

 


Upper School: English Teacher (Possible Opening)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School English Teacher (Possible Opening)
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

We are seeking a dynamic and passionate individual, one who cares deeply about the importance of reading and writing, who is curious about new methods and modes of communication, and who is interested in exploring the ways in which we can teach girls to be courageous, ethical and empathetic through literature.

Click here to see the full job description.


 

Upper School: Hebrew Teacher (part-time)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School Hebrew Teacher (part-time)
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

We are seeing a dynamic and talented teacher for our Upper School Hebrew program, which serves students of novice to high-intermediate proficiency. The ideal teacher has the ability to teach an additional language offered at Laurel and is inspired to spur the Hebrew program forward.

Click here to see the full job description.


Upper School: History Teacher (Possible Opening)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School History Teacher (Possible Opening)
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

We are seeking a dynamic and passionate individual, one who cares deeply about the importance of research, reading and writing and who is interested in exploring the ways in which we can teach girls to be courageous, ethical and empathetic through historical study.

Click here to see the full job description.

Upper School: Mathematics Teacher (full-time)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School Mathematics Teacher
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

We are seeking a dynamic and talented teacher who can teach a variety of Upper School mathematics courses, including advanced math courses such as AP and Multivariable Calculus. The ideal teacher will create a rich learning environment, employ varied teaching approaches and use multiple tools to assess student understanding. S/he will have the ability to work collaboratively with other STEM teachers and will be guided by differentiated instructional methods in developing and delivering effective lessons to a diverse group of learners. Enthusiasm about devising a variety of student experiences will be key: developing curriculum that uses our 140-acre Butler Campus as a classroom, asking students to pursue inquiry-based learning, designing projects to use as dynamic assessment tools, and encouraging class discussions as a way to deepen student understanding. We are particularly interested in candidates who seek an opportunity to serve as Math Department Chair, either for their first year at Laurel or soon after. Flexibility, a sense of humor and a deep desire to be an educator inside and out of the classroom—working with students in many capacities—are invaluable qualities at Laurel School.

Click here to see the full job description.

 

Upper School: Mathematics Teacher (part-time)

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School Mathematics Teacher (part-time)
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

We are seeking a dynamic and talented teacher who can teach a variety of Upper School mathematics courses, including advanced math courses such as AP and Multivariable Calculus. The ideal teacher will create a rich learning environment, employ varied teaching approaches and use multiple tools to assess student understanding. S/he will have the ability to work collaboratively with other STEM teachers and will be guided by differentiated instructional methods in developing and delivering effective lessons to a diverse group of learners. Enthusiasm about devising a variety of student experiences will be key: developing curriculum that uses our 140-acre Butler Campus as a classroom, asking students to pursue inquiry-based learning, designing projects to use as dynamic assessment tools, and encouraging class discussions as a way to deepen student understanding. Flexibility, a sense of humor and a deep desire to be an educator inside and out of the classroom—working with students in many capacities—are invaluable qualities at Laurel School.

Click here to see the full job description.


Upper School: Music Teacher/Conductor

Position Category: Faculty
Position Title: Upper School Music Teacher/Conductor
Appointment: School Year 2017-2018

Laurel School seeks a Music teacher for Upper School courses. This position involves conducting two choral ensembles (a select choir and a larger choral group), teaching a music theory course, and conducting an Upper School chamber orchestra. The ideal candidate would be able to teach in an alternate academic discipline. This music teacher is also responsible for directing the Upper School Musical every year and acts as an advisor to the school's student-led a capella group.

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: 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: 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

Laurel School is a dynamic, forward-thinking, K-12 girls’ school, with a co-ed pre-primary division where every child is well known. Laurel enjoys an outstanding local and national reputation and is home to the Laurel 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, OH (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. Our curricular philosophy emphasizes community-based, interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Collaboration and reflective practice are key to pedagogy at Laurel. The school is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. 

Laurel teachers are committed to:

  • the study of research on girls’ education
  • integrating this knowledge into classroom practice
  • working with each girl to fulfill her promise
  • flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • the academic and social development of girls
  • involving parents as partners in the educational process
  • the creation of a classroom community
  • the integration of community-based learning projects at the classroom level and as a part of the whole school community
  • equity and inclusion
  • multicultural education
  • outdoor education and sustainability

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. 

 

Middle and Upper School Open House

Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30 am-12:30 pm
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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