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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."

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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.

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

2018-2019 Admissions Event Schedule

Laurel School Admissions Events Calendar

Admissions Decisions and Financial Assistance Notification Dates

Grades 1-12

  • January 18, 2019 – Application and Financial Aid Deadline
  • February 15, 2019 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • March 1, 2019 – Response due to the School
  • After March 2, 2019 – Rolling Admissions for Grades 1-12

Early Learners-Kindergarten

  • February 8, 2019 – Application Deadline and Kindergarten Financial Aid Deadline
  • February 22, 2019 – Notification of Admission and Kindergarten Financial Assistance
  • March 8, 2019 – Response due to the School
  • After March 8, 2019 – Rolling Admissions for all grades

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

Laurel Test Dates (Grades 5-12)

  • October 13, 2018
  • November 11, 2018
  • December 15, 2018
  • February 10, 2019
  • April 27, 2019

October 12, 2018 - Bring Your Friend to School Day--Prospective Students Grades K-7

Friday, October 12, 8:00 am-3:00 pm – Lyman Campus

It's North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) day for public schools. Current students in Kindergarten through Seventh Grade are encouraged to bring a friend to school on this day. Students will spend a typical day in the classrooms, including lunch, recess and specials with their Laurel friends.

October 18, 2018 - Grade 5 Preview for Grade 4 Parents – For Parents Only

Thursday, October 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Lyman Campus

Current Laurel Fourth Grade parents and prospective Fifth Grade parents are invited to learn about Laurel’s interdisciplinary approach to Middle School, including its curriculum, arts, athletics and the transition into a new division. Parents will hear from the Middle School leadership team and teachers about the exciting things that await students in the Fifth Grade.

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October 27, 2018 - All-School Open House

Saturday, October 27, 9:00-11:00 am – Lyman Campus & Butler Campus

You won’t want to miss this exciting event for families considering Laurel School for their daughters or young sons! Open House features a presentation by Head of School Ann V. Klotz, student-led tours, information on curriculum, special programming and financial assistance. Students will be engaged in classroom activities and have a chance to hear from student leaders, classroom teachers, current students and parents. Financial Aid information will also be available. Laurel’s 150-acre Butler Campus, including the 16,000-square-foot Alice Lehmann Butler Center for Fitness and Wellness, will be open for prospective families to enjoy nature, hike the trails, visit the athletic fields, have fun on the playground and explore the Magic Tree House.

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November 10, 2018 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Girls and Parents

Saturday, November 10, 9:00-11:00 a.m. – Lyman Campus

A Kindergarten visitation day is required as part of the application to Kindergarten. Please schedule one of these dates where girls will engage with our team of Kindergarten teachers in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Parents will hear from Head of School Ann V. Klotz and the Primary School leadership team to learn about the exciting things that await your daughter in Kindergarten.

This event also takes place on: December 14

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November 13, 2018 - Grade 9 Preview for Grade 8 Families

Tuesday, November 13, 7:00-9:00 pm – Lyman Campus

During this engaging evening, parents, current Laurel Eighth Grade students and prospective Ninth Grade students will hear from the Upper School leadership team, faculty and a student panel about special programming and strategic partnerships. Current Upper School students will share information about life in Laurel's Upper School, including course options, athletics, arts, global learning opportunities, internships, entrepreneurship and service learning.

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November 15, 2018- Morning Meeting – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Thursday, November 15, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

Every day in Laurel’s Pre-Primary begins with a Morning Meeting. We invite you and your children to join us “on the rug” for songs and stories led by our Pre-Primary faculty, after which your children will engage with our dedicated teachers while parents learn about the benefits of our cognitively rich and play-based curriculum supported by research from Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls. Attendance at our Morning Meeting will fulfill the required student screening should you decide to apply to Laurel School. 

This event also takes place on December 13, 2018 and January 17, 2019

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November 29, 2018 - How Can I Finance a Laurel Education?

Thursday, November 29, 7:00-8:00 pm – Lyman Campus

The Director of Enrollment Management will present a financial aid seminar for parents of prospective students. This is an opportunity to learn how to apply for financial aid and how financial aid awards are calculated.

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December 13, 2018 - Morning Meeting – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Thursday, December 13, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

Every day in Laurel’s Pre-Primary begins with a Morning Meeting. We invite you and your children to join us “on the rug” for songs and stories led by our Pre-Primary faculty, after which your children will engage with our dedicated teachers while parents learn about the benefits of our cognitively rich and play-based curriculum supported by research from Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls. Attendance at our Morning Meeting will fulfill the required student screening should you decide to apply to Laurel School. 

This event also takes place on January 17, 2019.

More Information and RSVP

December 14, 2018 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Prekindergarten Parents and Students

Friday, December 14, 9:00-11:00 am – Lyman Campus

A Kindergarten visitation day is required as part of the application to Kindergarten. Please schedule one of these dates where girls will join our team of Kindergarten teachers to engage in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Parents will hear from Head of School Ann V. Klotz and the Primary School leadership team to learn about the exciting things that await your daughter in Kindergarten.

This event also takes place on November 10.

 

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January 12, 2019 - Pre-Primary and Primary Open House

Saturday, January 12, 9:00-11:00 am – Lyman Campus

Don't miss this fun-filled morning for children and parents to learn about Laurel’s Pre-Primary and Primary School. Discover how our Pre-Primary’s signature Eco!Wonder curriculum, Healthy Snack Initiative and World Languages program build on young girls’ and boys’ sense of wonder and provide the foundation for a lifetime of joyful learning. Explore the Primary School’s extraordinary programs in math, science, engineering, world languages, language arts and the visual and performing arts. Prospective students will engage in classroom activities with teachers and discover what makes Laurel so dynamic.

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January 17, 2019 - Morning Meeting – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Thursday, January 17, 9:30-10:30 am -– Lyman Campus

Every day in Laurel’s Pre-Primary begins with a Morning Meeting. We invite you and your children to join us “on the rug” for songs and stories led by our Pre-Primary faculty, after which your children will engage with our dedicated teachers while parents learn about the benefits of our cognitively rich and play-based curriculum supported by research from Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls. Attendance at our Morning Meeting will fulfill the required student screening should you decide to apply to Laurel School.

More Information and RSVP

February 21, 2019 - Coffee with Klotz for Parents and Revisit Day for Students Accepted to Grades 1-12

Thursday, February 21,  8:30-10:00 am – Lyman Campus

Parents of accepted students are invited to meet Head of School Ann V. Klotz, administrators, members of the faculty and current Laurel parents while students have the option to revisit the school prior to making their decision.

February 24, 2019 - Brunch at Butler for Accepted Families to Grades 4-12

Sunday, February 24, 12:00-2:00 pm – Butler Campus

See our two-campus advantage! We invite accepted families to join us for brunch at our Butler Campus in Russell Township. Learn more about how we use this 150-acre campus for athletics, STEM and STEAM initiatives, leadership development on our Project Adventure Course and more! Laurel administrators, teachers, coaches, parents and students will be on hand to share their perspectives of life on both campuses.

February 28, 2019 - Coffee with Klotz for Parents Accepted to Early Learners-Kindergarten

Thursday, February 28, 8:30-10:00 am – Lyman Campus

Parents of accepted students are invited to meet Head of School Ann V. Klotz, administrators, members of the faculty and current Laurel parents prior to making their decision.

March 7, 2019 - Middle School Preview for Prospective Families Entering Grades 5-8

Thursday, March 7, 9:00-11:00 am – Lyman Campus

Prospective Middle School students and parents will learn about the exciting opportunities available at Laurel. Students attend classes while parents participate in a morning event that includes a tour, observation of classes, and remarks from Head of School Ann V. Klotz, the Middle School leadership team and a student panel.

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April 13, 2019 - Middle and Upper School Open House

Saturday, April 13, 10:30 am-12:30 pm – Lyman Campus

Prospective families for Grades 5-12 are invited to attend our spring open house. Whether you are still considering a new school for next year or getting a jump start on the process for high school, this event will include information about academic and student life as a Laurel girl! Families will have the opportunity to go on student-led tours, meet our amazing faculty and learn more about our rich curriculum and dynamic programs.

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May 8, 2019 - Introduction to Laurel School (All Divisions) – For Parents Only

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00-8:30 pm – Lyman Campus

Parents of newly enrolled students joining Laurel in the fall of 2019 will gather to hear from our Head of School and then split into groups by division to receive information on curriculum, arts, athletics, uniforms and their daughter’s or young son’s transition to Laurel School. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents who are also joining the Laurel community.

May 22, 2019 - Ninth Grade Picnic - Class of 2023 and families

Wednesday, May 22, 5:00-6:30 pm – Lyman Campus

Laurel families will gather to enjoy a light dinner and a chance to socialize. Class t-shirts will be distributed and a class photo will be taken. Kick off the summer with classmates new and old!

 

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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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