In May a reporter from Quartz at Work, a global business news organization owned by The Atlanticvisited Laurel's Butler Campus to observe students in Grades Three through Seven who are part of the school's Adventure Girls program as they participated in their long awaited overnight, representing the culmination of a year of adventures together. The article states that "While this may sound like a run-of-the-mill after-school program or summer camp, there’s an element that sets it apart: Adventure Girls is borne out of research on how girls can build resilience. The program aims to create stress-inducing situations and equip young girls with the tools to get through them. Girls get started young so that they’ll be prepared to handle the pressures of high school, college, and life beyond."

Adventure Girl leaders Shannon Lukz and Chuck Allen are both highlighted in the story, as is Dr. Lisa Damour, Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, who highlights the research initiative Laurel has embarked on in the last eight years to examine the relationship girls have with stress and how to build resilience—the ability to adapt well to adversity. 

The article states that "The research findings that Damour uncovered have been crucial for the framework that underpins Adventure Girls and the broader culture at Laurel School. This framework outlines five elements of resilience: creativity, purpose, growth-mindset, relationships, and self-care. Adventure Girls learn these tools in a variety of ways, often through more subtle cues, including the way the adults structure activities and discussions before and after."

The Adventure Girls program is year-round, and meets 12 times each semester. Girls take two to three field trips that involve adventurous activities like kayaking, climbing, or snowshoeing. The program works hard to get parents and teachers on the same page to work toward the same goal—fostering language and behaviors that teach these girls how to handle adversity.

Click here to read the full story.

Cleveland.com recently interviewed Trey Wilson, Laurel School's Director of Strategic Partnerships and Megan Pidcock '21 to learn more about the class 25 students took this past semester led by Denny Young and Steve Lindecke of the Elevation Group--Laurel partners with Elevation Group to produce LaureLive.

The article states that "Large-scale rock concerts have become a summer staple over the past few decades, but few, if any, are largely organized by high school students. That's the case, however, with LaureLive, a two-day concert event that was expected to draw 20,000 people to Laurel School's Butler Campus in Russell Township.

In the piece, Wilson states that "The students learn about things like talent acquisition, contract negotiations and emergency thinking and planning. Like, if there are 10,000 people, how many porta-potties do you need to have?" 

Megan said she was aware of the Laurel class that prepares for LaureLive before she applied to attend the school. It was something in which she was eager to take part. "I love music, and I never dreamed of going to a school with this kind of opportunity. The students involved in LaureLive's production can, on show days, work in the VIP lounge, work with youngsters at an educational activities area, or help to make sure the artists are comfortable during their stay, among other tasks."

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In advance of the third annual LaureLive, which took place June 9-10, 2018 at Laurel's Butler Campus, Freshwater Cleveland spoke with Trey Wilson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, to learn more about the important role students play in working with Elevation Group to produce the two-day music festival. The article states that "A festival held at Laurel—consistently ranked as one of the area’s best K-12 schools—couldn’t exist without an educational component. That’s why Denny Young and Steve Lindecke [of Elevation Group] have, since the festival’s start in 2016, co-taught a class at Laurel’s upper school on music management and festival planning."


"They’ve done a terrific job," says Wilson, of the co-teaching team. Students take the class in order to have a role in staging the festival, whether that’s helping stagehands, working the box office, or even providing talent hospitality. "They’re on hand, in the trenches right next to us," said Young.

Students come to the class for the chance to meet big-name musicians, but they stay to learn the intricacies of running a music festival. "What surprises most of the girls is the scope of what goes into creating an event this size and scale,” said  Wilson. The class asks students to consider everything from food vendors to marketing to the number of port-a-potties necessary.

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The Cleveland Jewish News recently connected with Valerie Zborovsky '21, for a story titled, "LaureLive Class on Ground Floor of Two-Day Music Festival." Valerie has been working throughout the semester with Elevation Group to learn about all aspects of event production. In the article she states that "her biggest surprise was learning that little details can make a big difference." Trey Wilson, Laurel's Director of Strategic Partnerships, was also included in the story stating that his favorite thing about the LaureLive class is that "the educators use 'the collective adolescent insight,' or the students' own curiosity to drive the discussion and select topics of conversation." Click here to read the full story.
The Chagrin Valley Times visited Laurel's Butler Campus in May to observe The Dig, an annual Grade Seven immersion unit that aims to replicate the Whittlesey tribe site. Hope Murphy, Director of Curriculum for Grades K-8, was included in the piece and stated The Dig was "brought to Laurel about 15 years ago when the school in Shaker Heights purchased the Butler Campus in Russell Township to promote outdoor activities. They lay out the site in grid lines and use the tools that archaeologists use. They collect artifacts and chart the data to put together a map of the dig site, which then gives them the ability to analyze how the artifacts fell in a meaningful way." The Grade Seven teachers collaborated with specialists from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to prepare the mock site and the artifacts, which display cut marks to indicate that stone tools were used to process them. In preparation for The Dig, this year's students heard from Barbara Brown, a paleontologist and Laurel alum who helped discover Lucy, a female pre-hominin of the species Australopithecus afarensis that dates to 3.2 million years old. Click here to read the full story.
The Alumnae Association honored three graduates of distinction at the Distinguished Alumnae dinner on May 17. Cleveland.com recapped the honorees, highlighting the 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award, which was given to Marne Levine '88, COO of Instagram, a position she attained in 2014. Prior to joining Instagram, Levine, for four years, was vice president of global public policy at Facebook. Also being honored with the 2018 Young Alumna of Distinction Award was Tamara Broderick '03, an ITT career development assistant professor at MITThe third honoree was Kathy Chilcote Pender '55, a community volunteer and psychotherapist. Pender picked up the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here for the full recap.

The Cleveland Jewish News was also in attendance for the dinner. Click here for the news coverage.

The News-Herald recently highlighted Jami Morris '21 and her impressive third place finish at this year's Drive, Chip & Putt (DCP) National Finals, which took place on April 1 at the Augusta National Golf Club. Jami competed in the girls 14-15 age division and finished with the best drive of the group, which earned her ten points. She scored an eight in the chip competition and a four in putting. Jami made it through three stages of qualifying to get to Nationals and won her division at the regional at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Vollage Golf Club in Dublin, OH. See additional coverage highlighting Jami in Northeast Ohio Golf Online and Cleveland.com.  

 

In March Morgan Goldstein '18 authored a piece in Crain's Cleveland Business where she highlighted how planning, passion and dedication are critical for anyone looking to start a business. Morgan has been a chef for years and started on a professional path from a young age, appearing on the Food Network's "Chopped" in both 2015 and 2016. She is now the chef and founder of MHG Catering and is currently writing and publishing her own cookbook. Morgan is also a member of the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. You can read the full story in Crain's here.

Laurel's Director of College Guidance Missy Rose was recently featured in a Cleveland Magazine story titled, "How to Find the Right College for Your High Schooler." In the piece Missy highlights the financial aspect of selecting a college, stating "Don't wait until your child is accepted to her dream college and it's April of her senior year and you say, 'We can't afford this.' The earlier families talk money, the better." She goes on to suggest parents "Have the conversation with your child upfront. There needs to be schools on the list that are highly likely for affordability — and that can be overlooked.” 

In the piece, Missy also discusses how your children are watching. Laurel's Center for Research on Girls conducted a study that showed when parents’ expectations are significantly higher than girls’ expectations for themselves, "self-esteem plummets," she points out. "They are watching for signs of approval or disapproval, and that could mean a raised eyebrow, crossed arms, a tone of voice," she is quoted saying. "Most kids want to please their parents, and if they get a sense that certain schools are not OK, it’s tough for them to deal with."

Missy also discusses the importance of stopping at ten applications. "It’s a lot of work to apply to colleges. It takes a lot of time. They need to balance the application process with their courses, their extracurricular activities and for some families, the cost."

Congratulations to the Grade Five, Six and Seven girls who competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) math competition at John Carroll University and at Hawken School this year. The tournament recognizes interest and perseverance in math outside the classroom, encouraging students to challenge their problem-solving skills in a competitive team format.

Of the three trophies available Laurel teams took all three! Congratulations to all the girls for their hard work and positive outcomes.  

5th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Clare H.
  • Sydney M.
  • Jazmin R.
  • Ella W.
5th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Gianna M.
  • Katie I.
  • Eve B.
  • Kelly K.
6th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Kaitlin E.
  • Amelia G.
  • Lexi C.
  • Karma A. 
6th Grade: (Blue Ribbon)
  • Riley O.
  • Grace G.
  • Kate T.
  • Shaliz B.
Grade Seven: (Red Ribbon)
  • Krista C.
  • Veda P.
  • Maria P.

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 bi-monthly and delegates important work to a variety of standing committees and task forces.

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

OCCUPATION: Social Worker
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2010; Vice Chair 2011-2014; Chair from 2014-Present; 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, Thomas Peckham ’30, Charleston (Charlie) '32

Lynnette Jackson ’93 - Chair Elect and Vice Chair (Executive Committee)

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

Daniel Desantis (Dan)

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

Mary Weatherhead Feldman ’84

OCCUPATION: Interior Designer, Mary Weatherhead Company;Yoga Instructor, ZENworks Yoga
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since _________; Secretary 20__ - 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

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

Teresa Metcalf Beasley - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: Attorney and Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2009
LAUREL TIES: daughters ShelLynn ’17 & ShelBy ’15

Michael Bee - Trustee

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

Mark Biche - Trustee

OCCUPATION:Investment Banker, Sandler O'Neill and Partners, L.P.
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since
LAUREL TIES:  daughters Margeaux '14 and Charlotte '17

Susan Collins Bosland ’76 (Sue) - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Retired Head of School, Kent Place School
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2012, Governance Committee Member

Kristine Swails Bryan '80 - Trustee (Executive Committee)

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

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, Walnut Ridge Strategic Management Company
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since  , Chair of the Audit Committee
LAUREL TIES:  daughter, Nancy '12

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 ____; Head's Council, Member 20____; Laurel School Protege Brain Trust 2012-2013
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Annella Marie Fernandez '17

David Fleshler - Secretary (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION:  Associate 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

Lee Hoffman - Trustee

OCCUPATION: President/CEO, Galt Enterprises Inc./Service Guard Systems
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2009; Chair of the Development Committee 20____ - 2017.

Carey Jaros ’96 - Treasurer (Executive Committee)

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

Michael Anne Johnson '64 - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Assistant United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice (retired)
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since _____; 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

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

Terry Horvitz Kovel ’46 - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Author, Publisher, Kovels 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 _____________; Head’s Council Member 2012–2014

Jacquelyn Nance (Jakki) - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION: President, Philanthropic Solutions, Ltd.
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011, Chair of the Equity and Inclusion Committee
LAUREL TIES: daughter Melanie ’19

Melissa O’Dwyer - Trustee

POSTIONS HELD: Commercial Property and Casualty Insurance Underwriter
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since 2011; 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________
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Tuyen '20

Eliza Hatch Saada '84 - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Independent Contractor, Cleveland Museum of Art, Education Office
LAUREL SERVICE: Trustee since _________; LSPA President 2013-2014; Parent Prentiss Chair 2014-2015
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Erin '16

Nancy Phelps Seitz '68 - Trustee (Executive Committee)

OCCUPATION:  Volunteer
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee from ___ to ____ and 2016 to present.
LAUREL TIES:  sister Diana Phelps Heitman '65 and Janet Phelps Osmond '72

Sandhia Varyani ’91 - Trustee

OCCUPATION: Physician, OB/Gyn, University Hospital
LAUREL SERVICE:  Trustee since _________
LAUREL TIES: sister Natasha ’96

 

Laurence Talley - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Accountant/Consultant, BDO USA, LLP
LAUREL SERVICE:  Audit Committee Member since
LAUREL TIES:  daughter Hayden '24

Peter Richer - Trustee

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

Jack Koch - Trustee

OCCUPATION:  Real Estate, The Townsend Group
LAUREL SERVICE:  Finance Committee Member since ______________
LAUREL TIES:  daughters Mcgill Koch '23 and Caroline Koch '28

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Laurel's Mission Statement:


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

 

All-School
Open House

Saturday, October 27, 2018
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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