All-School Calendar
  • September 2017
    • TueSep19 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • TueSep19 Grades 5 & 6 Advisory Parent Breakfast 8:00 AMLyman
    • TueSep19 Grades 5 & 6 Parent Coffee 8:30 AMLyman
    • WedSep20 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion

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.

 

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



 

Alyssa Johnson '18 recently completed a week with Look Up To Cleveland as part of its Summer Class of 2017 and came away with a new understanding of her impact and future in the City of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. 

The Look Up To Cleveland program provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain a deeper appreciation of our community, and build relationships among a diverse group of young leaders. Participants often say they are better equipped to appreciate all Cleveland has to offer and to become student ambassadors for our region.

LookUp Summer was offered as two separate one-week sessions this summer for 30 rising high school juniors and seniors in each session. Students came from all parts of Cuyahoga County and represented public, private and parochial schools. As part of the week students explored Cleveland’s arts, economy, varying neighborhoods, and developed their own vision for future impact. Along the way, they met with some of the city’s top leaders including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson; Federal US Marshal Pete Elliott; and representatives of a variety of community development organizations.

We are proud of Alyssa for her commitment to becoming a leader within our community! 

 

Leslie Segal, Director of the Middle School at Laurel, was recently featured in the Cleveland Jewish News discussing school uniforms and how they affect the learning environment. Ms. Segal is quoted in the piece stating, "The crux of it is that (uniforms) take the focus off of what the (students) look like. There is such a focus on what we should look like and what we are wearing. It allows us as a community to focus on what we deem more important for the students and as people.”

She goes on to say that "uniforms help students focus in the classroom and allow them to not worry about what to wear. The uniforms at Laurel, help instill the school’s values onto the students as well and curbs competition between students."

Leslie also highlight's Laurel's Center for Research on Girls (LCRG) and how its research states that girls should get nine hours of sleep. "Uniforms help shorten the morning process, allowing them to sleep more."

The full article, titled "Dress Codes Create Sense of Belonging, Promote Focused Learning" can be found here.

Currents Magazine recently highlighted the various traditions upheld by area private schools. Two of Laurel School's beloved traditions were included in the article titled "Area Schools Use Time-Honored Traditions to Inspire Students, Create Unity in Community." Excerpts from the article follow.

"At Laurel School, a great tradition called the Gerbera Daisy ceremony is one of several that take place throughout the year. This involves seniors giving a daisy to a kindergartener in August, welcoming them to the Laurel community. In May, the kindergartners then give one to the seniors as a symbol of their leaving Laurel."

"Another tradition at Laurel involves the Junior Ring Chapel, where juniors receive their Laurel rings and then have classmates and teachers turn them as many times as their class year." 

The Cleveland Jewish News recently featured Sandrine Pal, Laurel French Teacher and World Languages Chair, in a story about how children often excel when studying a foreign language from a young age. Sandrine is quoted saying, “The No. 1 reason (that children learn a language better) is that children are developmentally primed to learn languages. Cognitively, when they are young, they are still learning their first language and their brain is very open to learning a second language."

Sandrine goes on to state in the article that "when teaching children language, especially those that are different from English fundamentally, like Chinese and Japanese, it’s better to start learning as early as possible, maybe even teaching both first and second language interchangeably. Along with language proficiency, exposure to the language early on also could open up children to different cultures."

To read the full article click here.


Adventure Music Life blog recently highlighted "Seven Reasons Why LaureLive 2017 was Amazing, Fun, and Inspiring." Blogger Nici Lucas commented that "LaureLive 2017 provided the fun, talent, and amenities necessary for a successful music festival, but the event also provided much more: positivity, inspiration, beauty, innovation, and girl power. If you missed the festival, then adding LaureLive 2018 to your calendar is a must. Check out the top seven reasons why."

The blog lists several reasons why LaureLive 2017 was a complete success and what it means to Northeast Ohio. Among the top reasons: 

  1. LaureLive is the new Northeast Ohio annual music festival, further solidifying the city's significant impact to the rock world
  2. An array of talent from newer artists to bigger names
  3. Laurel students helped to produce the event

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was quoted in the piece stating that a platform was designed to, "give our girls a really exciting experience from the ground up. The students worked on everything from marketing and budgeting to interfacing with fabulous people like Michael Franti, and all the stuff in between that’s much less glamorous but has to get done.” Ann went on to say that festival-goers can expect the safest, “finest, family-friendly festival for music in Northeastern Ohio, and possibly the world.” 

Though Julia Saltzman '17 graduated in early June, she still managed to wow speech and debate judges on behalf of Laurel in Birmingham, Alabama where, as one of 250 qualifiers, she competed at the National Tournament in late June. As a member of Laurel's Speech and Debate team for four years, Julia was a three-time State qualifier. She capped off her Speech and Debate career at Laurel with six rounds of speeches at the National Tournament. Her stellar performance propelled her into the quarter finals, making her one of the top 60 Extemporaneous speakers in the country. Cleveland.com recently highlighter her accolades in its Chagrin Falls Community Blog. You can read the update here.

Ann V. Klotz was recently quoted in Crain's Cleveland Business regarding the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a group that wants to rebuild how high schools record their students abilities and achievements and, in turn, upend how colleges and universities evaluate their applicants. Laurel School is a member of the consortium and Ms. Klotz is quoted saying, "It's been a long time coming in this country for significant education reform. We want to be on the ground floor with something that has the potential to make real lasting change for our kids." The article states that "How this transcript of the future might look is still in the works, but the idea is to develop one that signifies the complete "mastery" of a specific skill. Rather than be organized around a specific academic department, the mastery transcript model is organized around performance areas — like leadership, communication, ethical decision-making, etc. The performance areas and credit standards would be tailored to the individual crediting school, but the idea is to create a consistent format across schools." Read the full story here.
  • September 2017
    • TueSep19 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • TueSep19 Grades 5 & 6 Advisory Parent Breakfast 8:00 AMLyman
    • TueSep19 Grades 5 & 6 Parent Coffee 8:30 AMLyman
    • WedSep20 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • WedSep20 Rosh Hashanah: Classes in Session
    • ThuSep21 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • ThuSep21 Rosh Hashanah: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
    • FriSep22 First Day of Autumn
    • FriSep22 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • FriSep22 Professional Day: NO CLASSES
    • FriSep22 Rosh Hashanah: NO CLASSES
    • MonSep25 Grade 2 Native American Week Butler
    • MonSep25 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
    • TueSep26 Grade 2 Native American Week Butler
    • TueSep26 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion

STEM & STEAM at Laurel

Laurel School STEM and STEAM

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. Just this fall, more than 600 visitors attended Laurel’s second annual “STEAM InKNOWvation Festival” for a taste of STEAM through 40 hands-on, interactive activities. 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.

The Art and Science of MayTerm in the Upper School
At 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.

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

 

All-School Open House

Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00-3:00 p.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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