Ria Desai '19 was recently featured as an unsung hero in the Chagrin Valley Times for her local volunteer work and bone density research, which she presented at a recent American College of Rheumatology conference. In the article Ria explains that when a serious car accident sidelined her tennis season, she "Started working more with an organization called The Up Side of Downs that offers Buddy Up Tennis clinics to children with Down Syndrome in Northeast Ohio. She also increased her hours volunteering with Inner City Tennis Clinics, a summer camp for Cleveland children that incorporates tennis, literacy, wellness, poetry and fitness." 
In addition, Ria launched a STEM-based research project utilizing her Dream. Dare. Do. (D3) period time that looked at the relationship between physical exertion and bone density in girls. She states that, "It came from my mom always telling me to drink milk because of bone issues and a lack of calcium. And then, though I wasn’t playing at the time, I was still an athlete, so I combined those two ideas and developed the project." Ria is now working on turning the project into a manuscript and hopes that it gets accepted into a journal and paper. She also hopes to expand the study to include more ages as well as boys. Click here to read the full story.
On October 10, several members of the Laurel community, including 12 alumnae, spent the afternoon with students in Grades K-8 leading activities focused on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The goal was to empower and spark entrepreneurial spirit in the students. Activities were designed by VentureLab and incorporated using the girls' resourcefulness, problem-solving skills and curiosity. Many of the activities focused on idea generation, creating a business model, design thinking and pitching. The Sun Press and Sun Messenger included a recap of this fun and engaging afternoon on their front pages.
Primary School teachers Shannon Lukz and Emily Felderman were both featured, along with several Grade Four students, in a recent Girls in STEM segment that aired on WKYC Channel 3. Shannon and Emily have been instrumental in designing and leading a month-long immersion learning unit at Laurel's Butler Campus called "Power & Purpose," which focuses heavily on science, math and the many components of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) learning. Throughout the unit students surveyed the land and created topography maps, tested the water quality of Griswald Creek, and learned all about the mechanics of a bike, which they used as their main mode of transportation for the month. WKYC visited Butler on the final day of the unit to capture the work of the students, who designed and built the "Adventure Rivulet Bridge," which is now in use at Butler. Click here to watch the full story.

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." 

Click here to read the full story.

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."

Click here to read the full story.

 

 

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.

Early childhood education is just as rewarding for educators as it is for students. This was the theme in a recent Cleveland Jewish News article that featured interview excerpts from Laurel Prekindergarten teacher Kathryn Marshall. In the story Kathryn states that, "Children keep me in the moment and help me rediscover the joy of being in the moment. I get to have the same awe with children right there with them." She goes on to explain that she is "Always trying to find new, innovative ways to teach children. The sense of joy and wonder of living in the moment also translates into my life." Click here to read the full story, including the sage advice Kathryn would give her younger self.
Jami Morris '21, who competed in the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals in Augusta earlier this year, recently conducted a Q&A with Cleveland Magazine where she talked golf, fashion, the perfect miniature golf hole design and her hobbies off the golf course. Her story was featured in the magazine's Private School Special Section. When asked what her favorite golf attire is she replied "I have these crazy bright pink shorts. If I had 20 pairs, I would wear them every day. They brighten my game and encourage me to be the best golfer I can be." She also touched on equality in her interview, stating that "Women should be able to play with the men, on the same courses and with the same yardages. That would be a big step up for women's golf, and we will rise to the challenge." 

Click here to read her full interview.  

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.

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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.”

CONTACT:    

SARAH MILLER, PR MANAGER, 713.578.0281, sMiller@LaurelSchool.org

KATE FLOYD, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, 216.455.0152, kFloyd@LaurelSchool.org

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.

  • December 2018
    • ThuDec13 Middle School Music Celebration 7:00 PMLyman
    • SatDec15 ISEE Testing for Prospective Students
    • MonDec17 Grade 1 Resilience Week Butler
    • TueDec18 Grade 1 Resilience Week Butler
    • TueDec18 Upper School Exams and Rehearsals Lyman
    • WedDec19 Grade 1 Resilience Week Butler
    • WedDec19 Upper School Exams and Rehearsals Lyman
    • ThuDec20 All-School Snowflake Assembly (Formal Uniform) 9:00 AMLyman, Tippit Gymnasium
    • ThuDec20 Upper School Winter Concert (Formal Uniform - Upper School Students Required) 7:00 PMLyman: Tippit Gymnasium
    • FriDec21 First Day of Winter
    • FriDec21 NO CLASSES for Pre-Primary, Primary and Grades 5-7

Laurel's Board of Trustees

The Laurel School Board of Trustees is composed of volunteer individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and skills. These members include Laurel alumnae, parents, past parents and engaged members of the community. They share a commitment to the vision of Laurel School as the pre-eminent girls school that knows girls, fosters their academic excellence and supports girls’ well-being. The Board is collectively legally responsible for the school. Under the law, the Board has a duty of loyalty, obedience and care. With the Head, the Board sets vision and strategy for the school and ensures sound financial management, proper stewardship of resources, and accountability towards goals. The Board is also responsible for the selection, evaluation and support of Laurel School’s Head.

Together, the Board and the Head are the keepers of the Laurel School mission: to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. In order to accomplish this important work, the Board meets regularly and delegates important work to a variety of standing committees and task forces.

Lynnette Jackson ’93 - Chair (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Relationship Manager/Vice President, Key Private Bank
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2012; Chair 2018 - Present; Vice Chair 2014-2018 and Chair Elect 2017-2018; Laurel Alumnae Board President 2009-2012
LAUREL TIES: sister Cheryl Jackson Johnson ’95, niece Chloe Johnson ’26

Kristine Bryan '80 - Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION:  Consultant, Equity Research; Private Harbour Investment Management, LLC
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2015; Chair of Investment Committee since 2016

Carey Jaros ’96 - Treasurer (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Chief Operating Officer, GOJO Industries 
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair 
LAUREL TIES: daughter Frances ’28, Eloise '30 and Madeline '33 

David Fleshler - Secretary (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION:  Vice Provost for International Affairs, Case Western Reserve University
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2016, Secretary 2017-2018, Head's Council Member 2013-2014
LAUREL TIES:  wife Carla Tricarichi '75; daughters Tamar '13 and Talia '15

Victoria Anderson ’82 (Vikki) - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Community Volunteer
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011; Chair of Governance Committee since 2016; Laurel Alumnae Board President 2006-2009
LAUREL TIES: mother Ruthanne Myers Anderson ’52; daughters Kaylie ’13 and Hannah ’16; sisters Kristin (Kristi) Anderson Horner ’80 and Lara Anderson Jacobson ’85; niece Amanda Horner’13

Michael Bee - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Managing Partner, Boyd Watterson Asset Management
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2015
LAUREL TIES:  daughters Madeleine '21 and Abigail '23

Daniel DeSantis (Dan) - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Private Equity Fund Manager, Linsalata Capital Partners
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2010; Treasurer 2016-2017; Chair of the Finance Committee 2013-2017
LAUREL TIES: daughter Emily ’16

Diane Downing - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Affairs; Huntington National Bank
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2012, Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee 
LAUREL TIES: daughters Deirdre Corrigan ’03 and Sarah Corrigan ’05

Marilyn Eisele - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION:  Chief Financial Officer
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2016, Chair of the Audit Committee
LAUREL TIES:  daughter, Nancy '12

Elizabeth Embrescia ’88 (Beth) - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Senior Director for Fund Development, CWRU
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2010; Vice Chair 2011-2014; Chair from 2014-2018; Development Committee Chair since 2018; Alumnae Association President 2002-2006
LAUREL TIES: sister Lauren Embrescia ’90; cousins Amanda Embrescia ’89, Megan Embrescia ’95, Liliana Embrescia ’24, Sofia Embrescia ’26, Reid Peckham ’28, Grier Peckham ’28, Campbell Peckham ’32, Charleston (Charlie) Embrescia '32

Mary Weatherhead Feldman ’84 - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Interior Designer, Mary Weatherhead Company;Yoga Instructor, ZENworks Yoga
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2013; Secretary 2014 - 2017; Laurel School Parents Association, Treasurer Elect 2008-2009, Treasurer 2009-2010, President Elect 2010-2011, President 2011-2013; Gator Bash Committee 2013, Chair; Alumnae Board, Member 1996-1998
LAUREL TIES: daughters Lucy Feldman ’16, Tiki Feldman ’19, sisters Martha Shiverick ’73, Olwen Modell ’76, niece Nonie Shiverick ’06

Hubert Fernandez - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Chair and Director, Center for Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic; James and Constance Brown Family Endowed Chair for Movement Disorders; Professor of Medicine (Neurology), Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2015; Former Head's Council, Member; Laurel School Protege Brain Trust 2012-2013
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Annella Marie Fernandez '17

Michael Anne Johnson '64 - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Assistant United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice (retired)
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2015; Alumnae Association, President 1998-2000, Board Member 1993-1995; Legacy for Laurel, Chair
LAUREL TIES:  sister Anice Johnson Ervin '67; aunts Mary Alice Johnson '29, Helen Johnson Hosler '30 and Joan Johnson Fewsmith '36

Rachel Kirsh ’86 - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Oliver Wyman
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2014, Chair of Audit Committee 2015-2016, Laurel Head’s Advisory Council, Member 2013-2014
LAUREL TIES: niece Kate Hillenbrand ’11

Jack Koch - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Real Estate, The Townsend Group
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2017
LAUREL TIES:  daughters Mcgill Koch '23 and Caroline Koch '28

Terry Horvitz Kovel ’46 - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Author, Publisher, Kovel's Antiques, Inc.
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011
LAUREL TIES: daughter Kim Kovel ’71; cousins Lois Unger Horvitz, ’44 and Pam Horvitz Schneider ’69; niece Cathy Horvitz Kahn ’70

Arnelle Martin ’84 - Trustee

LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee Since 2014; Head’s Council Member 2012–2014

Megan Lum Mehalko '83 - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Attorney, Benesch, Friedland, Coplan and Aronoff 
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2013
LAUREL TIES: daughter Kristin '17, aunt Jennie Lum Lynch '68

Chaundra King Monday '95 - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Attorney, Progressive Insurance 
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2018

Jacquelyn Nance (Jakki) - Trustee

OCCUPATION: President, Philanthropic Solutions, Ltd.
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011, Chair of Equity and Inclusion Committee 2016-2017 and 2017-2018; Chair of Gator Bash 2018 and 2019
LAUREL TIES: daughter Melanie ’19

Melissa O’Dwyer - Trustee (Executive Committee)

POSITIONS HELD: Commercial Property and Casualty Insurance Underwriter
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011; Equity and Inclusion Chair since 2018; LSPA President 2010-2011; LSPA President Elect 2009-2010; LSPA Fundraiser Coordinator 2008-2009; LSPA Treasurer 2007-2008; LSPA Treasurer Elect 2006-2007; Gator Bash Chair 2009 
LAUREL TIES: daughter Jayne ’15

John Reed - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Chief Executive Officer, Arhaus, LLC
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2015
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Tuyen '20

Peter Richer - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Banker, Key Corporation
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2017; Finance Committee Member since 2015
LAUREL TIES:  sister Caroline Ross '85, daughter Sloane '24, niece Kayla Richer '23, niece Nina Ross '20,

Eliza Hatch Saada '84 - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Independent Contractor, Cleveland Museum of Art, Education Office
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2015; LSPA President 2013-2014; Parent Prentiss Chair 2014-2015
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Erin '16; mother Barbara Hitchcock Hatch '50; nieces Sophie Hatch '17 and Phoebe Hatch '19

Nancy Phelps Seitz '68 - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Volunteer
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2016; Development Committee Chair 2016-2017
LAUREL TIES:  sister Diana Phelps Heitman '65 and Janet Phelps Osmond '72

Laurence Talley - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Accountant/Consultant, BDO USA, LLP
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2017
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Hayden '24

Suzanne Schulze Taylor '81 - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc.
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2018, Alumnae Association Board Member 1997-1999
LAUREL TIES: daughter Kelsey Taylor '10; mother Sally Reddig Schulze '56; sisters Cindy Schulze Flynn '82 and Shelley Schulze Kalt '87; aunt Gay Reddig Mayl '51; nieces Madison Flynn '16 and Morgan Flynn '17

Sandhia Varyani ’91 - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Physician, OB/Gyn, University Hospital; Chief of Staff Ahuja Medical Center
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since 2013
LAUREL TIES: sister Natasha ’96

 

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216.464.1441


Laurel's Mission Statement:


To inspire each girl to
fulfill her promise and
to better the world. 

 

Pre-Primary & Primary School
Open House

Saturday, January 12, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lyman Campus

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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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