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- FriNov23 Basketball - Varsity vs. Dalton High School (Away) 3:30 PM
- SatNov24 Basketball - Varsity vs. Elyria Catholic H.S. (Away) 2:00 PM
- TueNov27 Swimming & Diving - Varsity vs. Orange H.S. (Away) 5:00 PMUniversity School- Upper
- WedNov28 Basketball - Middle School vs. Lake Ridge Academy (Home) 4:30 PM
Maggie Hilkert '19 was featured in Currents Magazine highlighting her love for finance, which she discovered through her participation in Laurel's Capstone Experience. In her Sophomore year, Maggie traveled to San Francisco and after meeting a Laurel alumna who is a venture capitalist, stated that, "She had the coolest job I ever saw. I loved talking to her. I was fascinated with her job and that helped me narrow that aspect of my project." As Maggie progressed with her Capstone Experience, she "interviewed venture capitalists around the country, shadowed Cleveland-area business owners, interned at an equity research firm, and decided to start an Investment Committee at Laurel." The article goes on to say that, "Earlier this month, Maggie moderated a panel of women in finance as part of Laurel's Day of the Girl celebration which, this year, had a theme of financial literacy."
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The Cleveland Jewish News has named Jami Morris '21 as its Player of the Week. Jami earned the honors after finishing in a tie for first place at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state girls golf tournament October 12-13 at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Gray Course in Columbus. She shot a 73-74 for a total of 147, plus-7, tying for lowest score. In the article, Jami said she wasn’t surprised she performed so well in the tournament. "I think I worked extremely hard this past summer. I feel that all paid off and I hope to continue next year, and the year after, and hopefully in college. Except on the first day, I didn’t even think I was playing in the state tournament. Walking off the 18th green, I thought, 'I’m happy with how I played, I could have played better, but there’s always next year.'"
Laurel golf coach Marti Hardy said she was impressed with Morris’s performance, but she wasn’t surprised. "I’ve watched her all along work hard to get where she has. I think the harder thing is, when you play at states, you’re not necessarily playing with the players that are scoring what you’ve been scoring the last day or so. It’s an unknown, they’re out there somewhere on the course playing. Maybe it’s a good thing that you don’t know, but I watched Jami just keep it all together really well and not doubt herself. I saw her hit two phenomenal shots that two golf pros who were near me said, 'she’s the real deal, she really knows how to play this game,' and it’s true."
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Congratulations to these seven members of Laurel's class of 2019 who have received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise, based on their Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test scores. More than 1.6 million juniors took the PSAT in 2017. Catherine Amaddio, Grace Cousens, Ria Desai, Meredith Hilkert, Cameron Kaye, Simran Surtani, and Daania Tahir all scored in the top 50,000 of those participants.
Jackson to work together with Ann V. Klotz and Board members to maintain the Laurel School Mission
SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH – (August 22, 2018) Laurel School is pleased to announce Lynnette Jackson ’93 as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Jackson, a Relationship Manager and Vice President at Key Private Bank, has been on the Board since 2012, most recently serving as Vice Chair. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees, Jackson held the role of Laurel Alumnae Board President from 2009-2012.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to serve in this role as Board Chair,” said Lynnette Jackson. “It is an opportunity to give back to my alma mater who, through academic rigor, enriching experiences and leadership opportunities, has inspired me and my family to dream, dare and do. As Laurel embarks on its 125th Birthday, the work of this Board will certainly shape the next 25-50 years of the school.”
In her Relationship Manager role at Key Private Bank, Jackson delivers integrated strategies and forward-thinking, objective advice to her clients. These skills will continue to serve her well in her new role as Board Chair where Jackson will work closely with Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz and other Board members to continue to set and maintain a vision and strategy for the school. Together, they will ensure sound financial management, appropriate stewardship of resources, and accountability towards goals.
“I am so pleased to be working hand-in-hand with Lynnette and the entire Board of Trustees to continue living Laurel’s mission and building on our long-term vision,” said Ann V. Klotz, Laurel Headmistress. “The Board has been instrumental in the development of our Strategic Roadmap and it is an exciting time for us as we embark on our next goal. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”
Other updates to the Board include Kristine Swails Bryan ’80, who has been named Vice Chair. Bryan is an Equity Research Consultant with Private Harbour Investment Management, LLC, and has been a member of the Board since 2015, most recently serving as Chair of the Investment Committee. Megan Lum Mehalko ’83, Chaundra King Monday ’95, and Suzanne Schulze Taylor ’81, have all been newly elected to the Board with three-year terms commencing June 2018.
Founded in 1896, Laurel School is a nationally recognized school for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 12, with a coeducational Pre-Primary School. Its mission is “to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world.”
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Laurel's After School Coordinator, Tina Ohmart, was recently included in a Cleveland Jewish News article highlighting the importance of after-school programming and its benefits to kids. In the story she states that, "We have students who stay after school for supervised play and they hang out with their friends and develop emotional and social skills. And then there are structured activities where students can learn something specific as well. But across the board, there are social-emotional skills that can be learned. Everything else is a plus.”
She also highlights how after-school programming can be a great avenue for personal growth. Click here to read the full story.
According to the Cleveland Jewish News, "Advancements in technology have made their way into the classroom and influence the way students learn."
Daniel McGee, Laurel's director of technology and library services, was recently interviewed for a piece focused on technology in the classroom and how its use affects how students learn. In the story Daniel agreed that technology’s influence is largely for the better. "Technology is kind of boundless, it has no boundaries, so it can be used for any discipline. It allows you to do something transformative and it allows you to find ways to express yourself in unique ways that you wouldn’t be able to do without using those tools."
Daniel also touched on Laurel's one-to-one laptop program where a laptop is provided to each student and the use of G Suite so students and teachers can utilize Google apps, such as Docs, Sheets and Classroom to engage with the learning material. 3D printers are also incorporated into the curriculum at Laurel.
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Laurel's Capstone Experience was recently featured in Currents Magazine. Capstone, a three-and-a-half-year program that promotes research, mentorship, peer collaboration and relationships, internships, leadership and peer travel, had 86 Upper School students participate during the 2017/2018 school year. What makes the Capstone Experience unique is its focus on students' drive and interest in participating in something extracurricular versus their transcripts. If accepted, girls participate in group projects and collaborative seminars through the end of Grade Ten and then go on to choose an area of inquiry that falls under one of four lenses: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Studies, or STEAM.
The Currents piece highlights Morgan Goldstein '18 who, as part of her Capstone Experience, authored a cookbook where adolescents are the intended audience. Morgan worked closely with her project mentor Steve Trattner, who has worked with many notable chefs on their own cookbooks, to make her dream become a reality. The article highlights another former Capstone student, Maddy Massey '18, who chose the STEAM lens for her research and comprised a seven-song album. To achieve this, Maddy worked with her mentor, local singer/songwriter Jennifer Chittester, who played at LaureLive in 2016.
Trey Wilson, Laurel's Director of Strategic Partnerships, was interviewed for this story. Click here to read the full piece.
- WedNov21 Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
- ThuNov22 Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
- FriNov23 Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
- SatNov24 Middle School Homework-Free Weekend
- WedNov28 Junior Chapel and Reception (US Formal Uniform) 10:25 AM to 11:25 AMLyman: Tippit Gymnasium
- ThuNov29 How to Finance a Laurel Education (for Prospective Parents)* 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMLyman
- SunDec02 Hanukkah Begins at Sundown
- TueDec04 Protege Dinner 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMLyman
- ThuDec06 Primary Winter Celebration 1:30 PMLyman
- FriDec07 Primary Winter Celebration 9:00 AMLyman
- FriDec07 Grades 7 & 8 CCIS Social 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMHawken Lower School
- MonDec10 Hanukkah Ends
- TueDec11 Music Academy Recitals (4:00, 5:30 & 6:30) 4:00 PM to 7:30 PMLyman
- ThuDec13 Admissions Screenings for Preschool and Prekindergarten Families* 9:30 AM to 10:30 AMLyman
- ThuDec13 Middle School Music Celebration 7:00 PMLyman
At Laurel, we know that girls who participate in athletics have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem. Laurel athletes develop the time-management and leadership skills, discipline and resilience that will serve them well in their academic work and throughout their lives. Additionally, the commitment girls feel to their teammates and their sport has lasting effects.
Our student-athletes have the opportunity to compete against top opponents, work with incredible coaches, get exposure to various colleges, and compete on our unparalleled fields and in state-of-the-art facilities housed at our 140-acre Butler Campus. Our coaches have knowledge and experience that make them extremely effective in preparing their teams for competition, while helping individual athletes progress to the next level in their athletic development. We boast an impressive record of multiple, successive state tournament appearances.
Nationally, girls account for just 42% of all high school athletes; at Laurel, more than 70% of our girls Grades 7-12 participate in athletics. Beginning in Kindergarten, our strong physical education program is used as a foundation for athletic achievement. Our Middle School athletics program builds skills in Grades Seven and Eight, and the Upper School offerings provide both Junior Varsity and Varsity competition. Laurel girls are proud to be part of our athletic program, and many of them go on to play sports at the collegiate level.
Whether you are an accomplished athlete with your sights set on college athletics, or a novice looking to enjoy the experience of being on a team and working for a common goal, there is a place for you at Laurel. The Athletics Department looks forward to meeting you and showing you around.
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