All-School Calendar
  • November 2017
    • FriNov24 Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
    • SatNov25 MS Homework-Free Weekend
    • WedNov29 Junior Chapel and Reception (US Formal Uniform) CHANGED: Time originally noted (8:00 a.m.) was an error. 10:20 AMLyman

On Wednesday, October 11 Laurel School hosted its first ever STEAM Inspiration event for Kindergarten through Grade Eight. More than 25 alumnae and parents all working within STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) visited the school to lead sessions that incorporated principles of STEAM as it related to their profession. The Chagrin Valley Times visited Laurel for the event and wrote a story featuring several highlights of this special event.

Bella Patel, Associate Director of the Primary School, said to the girls that "The 25 women volunteers are here to inspire you and show you the possibility of STEAM choices." Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was also included in the story, stating that "Women enter [into STEAM] but they don't stay, so it's not a pipeline problem. It's further down than we can address in a K-12 girls setting. So we turn our mind to how can we strengthen our women's network, include stories of struggle, opportunities for STEAM projects, and make them feel like they can make a difference."

Monica Shein '98 was one of the alums in attendance. As a nurse anesthetist, she showed Laurel students how to intubate dolls. "It's nice for girls to see women in the field of medicine. They see how women can be in any profession, and it's important for my daughter to see that I'm a mom and also have a career."

Click here to read the full story.

Saturday, October 21 marked the last day of Laurel's incredible tennis season where Rachel Buchinsky '20 and Priya Khadilkar '19 advanced to the state semifinals when they beat Hathaway Brown in a tiebreaker. The doubles team then advanced to the state championship game versus the #1 seeded HB team. Laurel came out swinging but ultimately lost. Congratulations to these state runner ups on an incredible tennis season! To read more click here to check out the Cleveland Jewish News's highlight of Rachel as their Player of the Week

 

 

 

 

Bethany Husni '18 was recently featured as a young entrepreneur on WCPN's The Sound of Ideas. During her interview Bethany discussed her dress company 31:25, which was born out of her desire to wear modest yet confidence-boosting clothing. Through Laurel School's Protégé Program, Bethany was able to turn her passion for sewing and fashion into a small business, selling custom clothing to family, friends and beyond. Through the Protégé Program Bethany also conducted an internship with Blush Boutique, which now carries her clothing. Click here to listen to the full interview.

Laurel School's seventh annual Sarah Lyman Day of Service, which took place on October 7, was recently highlighted on Cleveland.com. The article focused on the nearly 100 Laurel alumnae from across the country that participated in close to 300 hours of community service in Cleveland and seven other cities including Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Washington, D.C., New York City and Seattle.

Here in Cleveland, 20 Laurel alumnae and current students spent the morning at Ronald McDonald House cooking breakfasts for residents and planting tulip bulbs in the Tulip Sculpture Garden.

The day of service was named appropriately enough for Sarah E. Lyman, Laurel's headmistress from 1904-31. Click here to read the full story.

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. Click here to read more in Cleveland.com.

Congratulations to the golf team on a fantastic season! 


Cleveland Magazine recently conducted a Q&A with Jessie Sun, STEAM Program Leader at Laurel School, focused on art and how it plays a vital role as part of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics). In the piece Jessie comments that at Laurel many girls saw themselves more as artists and didn't see themselves with a STEM future. But art and science really go hand in hand. Jessie states that, "A lot of art we see right now is driven because of science. We use art images to describe and simplify complicated schematic designs." Click here to read more.

Sarah Wilson, Director of Upper School and Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, was recently included in a Cleveland Magazine story focused on digital literacy and how schools are teaching it as a way for kids to become critical thinkers, collaborators and responsibly engaged.

In the article, Sarah discusses how Laurel "requires a four-year life skills guidance course that includes lessons on digital citizenship. Along with learning how to know whether digital sources are trustworthy, the school teaches what it means to be your best self online." She goes in to state that "We have a mantra. You’re a Laurel girl in and out of school and on the internet. You hear girls in social settings repeating that and reminding each other."

The article goes on to state that "As an all-girls school, various Laurel courses teach students about sexism and the unrealistic expectations the media places on women’s body images. For example, humanities teachers discuss how sexism and power dynamics are portrayed in the arts, history and literature."

Sarah is quoted again saying some students will "develop a passion for gender equity and carry that torch to do something influential on their college campuses and with their careers."

Click here to read the full article.

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.

 

 

  • November 2017
    • FriNov24 Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
    • SatNov25 MS Homework-Free Weekend
    • WedNov29 Junior Chapel and Reception (US Formal Uniform) CHANGED: Time originally noted (8:00 a.m.) was an error. 10:20 AMLyman
    • ThuNov30 Primary Winter Celebration 1:30 PMLyman
  • December 2017
    • FriDec01 Primary Winter Celebration 9:00 AMLyman
    • MonDec04 Music Academy Recital (Pre-K-Gr. 2) 4:00 PMLyman
    • MonDec04 Music Academy Recital (Gr. 3-Gr. 5) 5:30 PMLyman
    • MonDec04 Music Academy Recital (Gr. 6-Gr. 12) 6:30 PMLyman
    • TueDec05 Protege Dinner 6:30 PMLyman
    • ThuDec07 MS Music Celebration 7:00 PMLyman
    • FriDec08 Grades 7 & 8 CCIS Social at Ratner 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMRatner

STEM & STEAM at Laurel


STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics

Our STEAM Initiative provides a myriad of experiences designed to allow students to make cross-disciplinary connections, and to develop the skills necessary for them to be:

  • Engaged citizens
  • Competent evaluators of information
  • Capable problem solvers
  • Innovative thinkers and creators

Why STEAM?

Interdisciplinary learning is a hallmark of Laurel School’s academic programming from Pre-Primary through Grade 12. As a national leader in STEM, Laurel School is thinking strategically about how the skillset of an artist overlaps with and enhances skills mastered by professionals in traditional STEM fields. Where practical, our students are offered the opportunity to observe, to think critically, to interpret, to appreciate precision and scale and to communicate from the perspectives of a scientist, visual artist, mathematician, computer scientist, performance artist and engineer. Below are just a few examples of our interdisciplinary programming that incorporate the elements of STEAM.

In Pre-K, “M” is for Monarchs!

Each fall, little girls and boys in Ms. Marshall and Ms. Gallagher’s Pre-Kindergarten class discuss big concepts in the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. As they watch tiny caterpillars feeding and growing day-to-day, they learn that they hatch from eggs and then eat themselves full with nutritious leaves. Eager eyes observe the chrysalises in anticipation of the end of a two-week metamorphosis. This thematic unit engages students as they consider the perils that their young caterpillars face during their long migration to Mexico. Students create their own artwork based on observations of a chrysalis and coat their classroom tree branches with vibrant wings after viewing trees covered in resting butterflies! They build fine motor skills, solidify concepts and learn to observe just like scientists and artists do! Monarch observations also allow students to investigate butterfly anatomy – from its antennae to its tiny legs and stunning wings! Students learn how to tag butterflies for Monarch Watch and gain an understanding of the importance of helping professional entomologists gather information that can help protect the butterflies. This unforgettable experience comes full-circle as students watch their butterflies hatch and finally release them just in time for the butterflies' long journey southward.

The Seventh Grade “Digs in” with STEAM

Interdisciplinary initiatives are central to the Middle School experience at Laurel School. Each year, the Seventh Grade class has an extraordinary two-week interdisciplinary unit, called The Dig. It is grounded in archaeology, and includes challenging “field work” centered at our 140-acre Butler Campus. Using professional archaeological tools, our Seventh Graders work collaboratively, excavating, recording and measuring their own archaeological finds for later analysis. Students learn to illustrate the artifact shards they find using the system of lithic illustration developed in the 1980’s by archaeologist and illustrator Lucile Addington and still in use today. The girls are presented with the challenges conservationists and restorers are met with when they try to reconstruct artifacts from piles of assorted pot shards and chips. These intrepid budding archaeologists develop scientific skills, apply math skills, practice reconstructing clay artifacts and study the culture of a local Woodland Indian tribe from the sixteenth century. We have a video about The Dig on the Grade Seven page.

STEM in Laurel's Middle School

The Art and Science of MayTerm in the Upper School

Laurel School STEM and STEAMAt Laurel, we know that STEM/STEAM education is most powerful when girls focus on solving problems in a collaborative atmosphere and when the class is engaged in critical thinking and making connections between what they discover and how the world works around them. Our Upper School’s MayTerm provides a two-week period where normal classes are suspended, offering girls the freedom to choose novel topics to explore along with invested faculty. Courses such as the Science & Art of Glassmaking allow students to explore the chemical and material properties of glass, to observing glassmaking and to create their own beautiful glass flowers and stained glass pieces. In Stage Combat, the physics of stage movement are explored in tangible (yet painless!) ways. Each of these courses highlights community connections by including travel to local artists and artworks or performances in and around metro Cleveland. Immersion in STEAM offers a unique inroad for engaging girls at the intersection of STEM and the Arts in their local community.

 Upper School Science at Laurel


Questions about STEAM/STEM? Contact:
Licia Kovach
STEAM Initiatives
Upper School Science Department Chair
lKovach@LaurelSchool.org 

Jessie Sun
Capstone STEAM Coordinator
Upper School Science
jSun@LaurelSchool.org


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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