Ninth Grader Morgan Goldstein is no stranger to media attention. Last summer she competed in Food Network’s "Teen Chopped Tournament". In January, she was named one of Cleveland Magazine’s "Most Interesting People of 2015" and on Monday, March 23, Goldstein was featured on the Fox Morning News where she flawlessly executed a spring risotto on live television.

Watch Morgan’s appearance on Fox and get her spring risotto recipe here.

On March 6, 16 members of Laurel’s Speech and Debate team traveled to Youngstown to compete in the 2015 Ohio High School Speech League (OHSSL) State Tournament. After two grueling days of competition, Laurel crowned its fourth State Champion! Berthy Feng ’15 was named best in the state for US Extemporaneous Speaking! Laurel has dominated US Extemporaneous at the state tournament over the past four years, with two state champions, two finalists and four semifinalists.

In addition to Feng’s incredible win, Jayne O’Dwyer ’15 was in the top 12 for US Extemporaneous Speaking, Hannah Lauster ’16 finished in the top 8 for Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Audrey Fratus ’15 was in the top 24 for Original Oratory, Julia Saltzman ’17 was top 24 in US Extemporaneous Speaking and Tess Willmott ’17 finished in the top 25 for Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Congratulations to all of these Laurel girls!

Click here to see a complete list of results from the 2015 OHSSL State Tournament.

Lisa Peng ’14, Laurel alum and current Harvard University student, was an accomplished Lincoln-Douglas-style debater during her years at Laurel. She made consistent appearances at the state and national competitions and as a Senior, Peng won last year’s City Club of Cleveland High School Debate Championship.

Jennifer Keirn of Inside Business recently spoke with Peng about lessons she learned as a high-achieving debater. In “Right Club,” Keiren summarizes Peng’s advice that can benefit us all.

Read the entire article at


Laurel’s Headmistress Ann V. Klotz knows a lot about fostering resilience in children. She recently wrote, “Nurturing Resilience: Reminding Ourselves What Kids Need” for Independent Ideas, the Independent School magazine blog hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

In the piece, Klotz lists 18 reminders for teachers and parents on how to build resilience in children. She reminds us to “celebrate success but do not fear failure. It’s not the mistake that matters; it’s what we learn from it as we move forward that counts.”

Read the entire article on NAIS’s Independent Ideas blog.

New to the 2015 Summer at Laurel programming is a partnership with Illinois-based Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls. Game On! is in its ninth year and is expanding to Boulder, CO and Northeast Ohio this summer. Laurel is proud to partner with this one-of-a-kind sports camp for girls. The camps will be offered for six weeks beginning June 15 and are open to girls of all athletic abilities entering Pre-K through Grade Eight.

Read about Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls and a recent open house at Laurel School on

Register here for Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls and discover all of the 2015 Summer at Laurel programming.

Congratulations to Tricia Roscoe ’16 for finishing third in the OHSAA State Diving Tournament! Her final score was 425.90 – amazing for this Junior who has been diving for just three years. High School Sports: West Geauga's freshman Kamryn Goodrick finishes second at OHSAA Division II state diving; Laurel third 


Earlier this month, published the fan picks for their 2015 girls basketball midseason awards. Laurel was nominated in five categories and won all five!

  • Coach Tim McMahon won “midseason coach of the year” with 32% of the votes.
  • Alex Cade ‘17 won “midseason sophomore of the year” with 28% of the votes.
  • Nicole Felice ‘15 won “midseason senior of the year” with 24% of the votes.
  • Alex Cade ‘17 won “top post at the midseason” with 24% of the votes.
  • Nicole Felice ‘15 won “most consistent scorer at midseason” with 27% of the votes.

Read all the categories and the winners at

Laurel's Head of School, Ann V. Klotz, has just published her 17th piece in The Huffington Post. Following is an excerpt from "Double Sixes: What Backgammon and My Daughter Taught Me About How to Lighten Up" which was posted in the "Parents" section:

Finally one night she said, "We could just play, Mom. Isn't this a game? You don't have to tell me what to do on every move." I nodded, "Sure, it's a game." We started again. I stopped trying to turn her into a backgammon maven. I stopped grimacing when she counted tentatively. I watched her make good decisions by herself, without my input. I lost a few games. I chose to ignore a few opportunities when I could have gone for the jugular because seeing your daughter's look of triumph in victory is more important than winning. "Ease up," I side-coached myself. "Just play."

Read the entire piece in The Huffington Post.

photo of Kathryn Hellerstein '70The Jewish Book Council has recognized Laurel alumna Kathryn Hellerstein '70 with a National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies for her book, "A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish."

From the Jewish Book Council's website: “The National Jewish Book Awards is the longest running awards program of its kind in the field of Jewish literature and is recognized as the most prestigious. The awards, presented by category, are designed to give recognition to outstanding books, to stimulate writers to further literary creativity and to encourage the reading of worthwhile titles.”

link to Penn News article Penn Professor Kathryn Hellerstein Wins National Jewish Book Award

link to list of 2014 National Jewish Book Award Winners and Finalists

  • March 2015
    • MonMar30 CLASSES RESUME for All Grades
    • MonMar30 Dare Week
  • April 2015
    • FriApr03 Good Friday, Passover Begins at Sundown: NO CLASSES. BUILDING CLOSED.
    • MonApr06 Dream Week
    • ThuApr09 Grade 4 Parent Coffee 8:15 AMAlumnae Room
    • FriApr10 Grade 1 Color Dance 8:00 AM8:00 a.m. in the Alcove, 8:45 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room
    • FriApr10 Grade 3 Parent Coffee 8:15 AMAlumnae Room
    • SatApr11 ISEE Testing for Prospective Students
    • MonApr13 Dare Week
    • MonApr13 Grades 5-7 Parent-Student Conferences 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    • WedApr15 LSPA General Meeting 8:30 AM
    • WedApr15 Grades 5-7 Parent-Student Conferences 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    • ThuApr16 Grade 5 Parent Coffee 8:15 AM


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"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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