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.

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.

Click here to read the full story.

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.

In her latest New York Times Well Adolescence column, Dr. Lisa Damour, Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, focuses on consent and what it truly means to want to engage in a sexual behavior. In her column, Lisa states that, "So long as discussions of consent crowd out discussions of basic interpersonal sensitivity, we should not be surprised by reports of young men who (more often than the other way around) badger young women for sexual favors. It may be legal to wear someone down, but doing so is not the basis for healthy relationships between any two people, be they of the opposite or same sex."

"And so long as we normalize mere consent as an acceptable standard for sexual engagement, it will remain commonplace for young women (and sometimes, young men) to harbor feelings of confusion and regret after participating in sexual activity for which they technically gave consent, but only when pressured."

She goes on to highlight that, "Sexual encounters ought to be pleasurable, mutual endeavors. They should advance as partners earnestly and happily agree, not because one party merely grants permission to the other. Too often, our advice to young people trains their attention on consent, the lowest possible bar for lawful sexual activity. We routinely spell out precisely what does, and doesn’t, constitute acquiescence but say little or nothing about tuning in to one’s partner’s desires. To put a very fine point on it, we essentially communicate, 'When it comes to your sex life, don’t assault or rape anyone.'"

Dr. Tori Cordiano, a clinical psychologist and Research Director for Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, served as the expert in a recent Your Teen Magazine Q&A about how parents can communicate with their teen about dating and issues that can arise.

In the piece Dr. Cordiano states that, "Though it can be tough to think about teenage relationships, dating during adolescence serves as good practice for future relationships and allows teens to consider what qualities matter to them in a relationship. One key to navigating this issue is frequent, open-ended conversations with your daughter or son. If your teenager is like most, he will balk at the idea of discussing his dating life with you, but don’t let that stop you from jumping on the chance to discuss the topic with him when you can. And expect to have numerous conversations—your son may be more open to talking about it if he knows it will be brief and low-key and that he doesn’t have to settle in for a lecture."

Click here to read the full piece.

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.

  • October 2018
    • WedOct17 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • ThuOct18 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • ThuOct18 Grades 10 and 11 Class Trips
    • FriOct19 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • FriOct19 Grades 10 and 11 Class Trips
    • SatOct20 Fall Festival 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMButler
    • MonOct22 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • MonOct22 Middle School Swimming Begins
    • MonOct22 Middle School Swimming Parent Meeting 6:30 PMLower University School
    • TueOct23 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • TueOct23 Grades 7 and 8 Advisory Parent Breakfast 8:00 AM to 8:30 AMLyman
    • TueOct23 Grades 7 and 8 Parent Coffee 8:30 AM to 9:15 AMLyman
    • WedOct24 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • WedOct24 Upper School Basketball and Swimming Parent Meeting 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMLyman

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: mother Sally Reddig Schulze '56; sisters Cindy Schulze Flynn '82 and Shelley Schulze Kalt '87

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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Laurel's Mission Statement:


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

 

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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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