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  • February 2017
    • SatFeb25 US Dance 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • MonFeb27 Dare Week
    • TueFeb28 US Parent Coffee 8:15 AMLyman

The Laurel Swimming Gators were firing on all cylinders at the Northeast Ohio Swimming Districts, which took place on February 17, 2017 at Cleveland State University. In total, the team earned an impressive five spots on the podium and a total of 14 medals. More importantly, four Laurel swimmers qualified for States in three events!

Morgan Miklus ‘19 qualified in both her individual events, the 100 Free and 100 Back, where she placed 2nd in each. The 200 Free Relay team of Morgan Miklus, Katherine Hagen ‘18, Linzy Malcolm ‘20 and Erin Dyke ‘17 also qualified for states after each swimmer dropped at least a half a second from their time.

In addition, the 200 Medley Relay swam by Morgan Miklus, Rose Pophal ‘19, Katherine Hagen, Erin Dyke came in 8th, dropping four seconds off their time and moving two spots up. The 400 Free Relay swam by Katherine Hagen, Victoria Hagen ‘20, Linzy Malcolm, and Erin Dyke placed 8th after dropping an impressive eight seconds from their time to move up three places. Victoria Hagen, placed 16th in the 500 Free and Rylee Betchkal ‘18 moved up four places in her 100 Breaststroke.

Something must have been in the water because of the 19 events that took place, 14 were best times, four were second-best times and one was a second-best season time! Out of 36 teams in attendance Laurel came in 6th! Congratulations to all the swimmers on their hard-earned victories.

We look forward to States!

In her latest New York Times piece titled "When a Teenager's Coping Mechanism Is Spongebob," Lisa Damour Ph.D., delves into some of the typical coping strategies adolescents turn to when faced with stress. She states that "being a teenager isn't easy. Thanks to puberty, neurological and hormonal developments introduce teenagers to an era of emotional fragility so it's no surprise that adolescents find handy, if sometimes quirky, ways to reset when they are feeling overwhelmed."

Laurel Ninth Grader Samantha Eisner was included in the story, explaining that childhood pleasures offer comfort because "they take you back to the days when the biggest problem you had was choosing what crayon to color your dress in your third grade self-portrait."

You can read the full New York Times article here. A second story on the same topic also recently aired on CBS This Morning. Click here to take a look.



Dr. Tori Cordiano, a clinical psychologist and the Assistant Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls (LCRG), recently contributed to the article "Single Parenting: Communication is Key" in the January/February issue of Your Teen Magazine. In the article she states that "clear, fair communication between single parents and their teens helps to pave the way to a trusting relationship that withstands the ups and downs of adolescence."

Click here to read the full piece.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Laurel StudentsCompeting against schools with teams of 20-35 students each, Laurel’s five Middle School delegates to the Cleveland Council on World Affairs' Junior Model United Nations Conference at John Carroll University produced three winners!

Representing France in the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Sarah Goraya '21 and Ria Raj '21 won the Superior Delegation Award, which is the highest group award possible for each committee.

Representing the Netherlands in the Human Rights Commission, Izzy Atzemis '21. brought home the Gavel Award, which is the highest individual award possible for each committee.

In order to achieve these impressive results the students put themselves in the shoes of foreign diplomats and are then able to tackle and find solutions to the most pressing international issues. Through their commitment to the program the participants become empowered to investigate the world, recognize different perspectives, communicate ideas to diverse audiences, and apply what they learn creatively during research, debate, and conference time.

Congratulations to the three award-winners plus Carrie Bifulco '21 and Laine Roberts '21, who also represented Laurel well.

The Cleveland Institute of Art recently announced the winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. The annual competition is open to local students in Grades 7-12. The panel of judges is comprised of professional artists, art educators, writers and writing educators. As in past years, this year’s competition saw nearly 3,000 pieces of artwork and writing samples.

Congratulations to the following 29 Laurel students who won 35 awards (25 for art and 10 for writing) at this year's Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. Each Gold Key piece will continue to the national competition held in New York City.



Gold Keys:

Mia Freer ‘17
Drawing and Illustration

Caroline Kahn ‘17

Grace Murphy ‘17

Lucia Pabon ‘17

Micki Reisman ‘17
Ceramics and Glass 

Henley Schulz ‘18

Christina Steele ‘17

Silver Keys:

Nicole Ahmed ‘17
Ceramics and Glass

Katie Dinner ‘17

Isabel Friedman ‘17

Ellie Martin ‘17

Caroline Megerian ‘18

Audrey Moore ‘17
Ceramics and Glass 

Maggie Navracruz ‘17
Architecture and Industrial Design
*Done at CIA Summer Pre-college program

Julia Saltzman ‘17
Digital Art 

Amanda Shao ‘18
Ceramics and Glass 

Natalie Thomas ‘17
Drawing and Illustration

Adelle Walker ‘17

Honorable Mentions:

Katie Dinner ‘17

Mia Freer ‘17
Mixed Media 

Alex Harris ‘17
Mixed Media 

Sophie Hatch ‘17
Mixed Media

Bridget Napoli ‘18

Julia Warner-Corcoran ‘17
Drawing and Illustration

Violet Watterson ‘20
Mixed Media


Silver Keys:

Madeleine Massey ‘18
Poetry (four entries honored with Silver Keys)

Olivia Savona ‘19
Critical Essay

Brooke Siegler ‘17
Personal Essay/Memoir 

Honorable Mentions:

Madeleine Massey ‘18
Personal Essay/Memoir

Janaan Qutubuddin ‘20

Tuyen Reed ‘20

Daania Tahir ‘19
Personal Essay/Memoir

"Parents play a key role in shaping sexual decision-making among adolescents--especially for girls." The Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls (LCRG), Dr. Lisa Damour, penned an article in The New York Times on "Talking With Both Daughters and Sons About Sex." Her article highlights a "2016 review of more than three decades of research findings that teenagers who communicated with their parents about sex used safer sexual practices. Likewise, new research from Dutch investigators who studied nearly 3,000 teenagers found that young adolescents who reported feeling close with a parent were unlikely to have had sex when surveyed again two years later. Notably, both research teams found that daughters benefited more than sons, and that the effective conversations and relationships were typically had with mothers."
To read the full article in the New York Times' "Well" blog, click here

Katie Dinner NCSY 2017NCSY held its five-day shabbaton called Yarchei Kallah in New York City, where more than 350 teenagers gathered for Jewish learning and fun. Cleveland brought 30 teens, the most of any region, which included Katie Dinner, a senior at Laurel.

The group began by spending two days touring New York City and ended with an international shabbaton for NCSY, full of Jewish learning and connecting with other Jewsish people from all over the country.

Click here to read the full article.

Beebot Tinkering StationLaurel’s Pre-Primary and Primary tinkering stations were featured in during computer science week. By tinkering less, girls miss out on opportunities to practice skills such as spatial awareness, mechanical reasoning and critical thinking. During the schools' recent Computer Science Education Week, an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science, Laurel offered up extra "tinkering stations" for students that will be used for additional computer science activities through February. Click here to view the entire article.

Benjamin LightWhen Laurel School announced its new Director of Advancement in October, they were pleased to call Benjamin Light one of their own – not an alumna of course, but a parent and a big fan of the school and all things Cleveland.

Benjamin Light comes to Laurel from The Gathering Place, where he was involved in all aspects of the agency's fundraising and special events. He most recently held the position of COO, where he was responsible for all finance and administration of this $2.3 million agency.

Benjamin’s extensive fundraising skills coupled with his strategic thinking and years of experience and knowledge of the corporate and philanthropic landscape in Cleveland make him a strong fit for this role. As a Laurel School parent, he also has a unique perspective on the school's mission and goals.

“This offers new challenges, in a new environment and I wanted to bring my professional energy to another organization.”

Click here for a link to the full article in the December 2016 issue of Currents Magazine. The announcement of Benjamin Light's new appointment was also covered in Crain's Cleveland Business, the Cleveland Jewish News and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Library – now sometimes referred to as the Learning Common, yet the basics are still in place. Just as business and research collaboration are different today, learning is different, fueled by our access to sources from all over the globe made instantly available. As the worlds of business, science, economics, medicine, and law have changed, so has obtaining and researching information.

Currents talked with professionals at four local private schools to take a look at how and why school libraries have reinvented themselves while still maintaining tradition. Laurel's own Kirsten Rosebrock-Hayes, Middle and Upper Schools Librarian, offered up her insights on how technology has transformed her role at our school. Excerpts from her interview follow.

 “In the role of the librarian I’m a reader’s advisor, Internet Sherpa (I made that up), collection caretaker – I make sure we have reliable and correct information. I wear so many hats,” says Kirsten Rosebrock-Hayes of Laurel School.

In many ways, a librarian’s work as guide and teacher hasn’t changed. In fact, in some ways their work is more pressing and more vital than ever. When faced with the dizzying array of information available, it’s the librarian’s role to teach students to have a discerning eye. 

“A big part of my job is to help students discern what information is worthwhile and trustworthy online,” Rosebrock-Hayes says. “Anyone can post anything online, but do you necessarily want to use just anything in your research project?”

Click here to view the full article from the December 2016 issue of Currents Magazine.

  • February 2017
    • SatFeb25 US Dance 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • MonFeb27 Dare Week
    • TueFeb28 US Parent Coffee 8:15 AMLyman
  • March 2017
    • WedMar01 Ash Wednesday
    • ThuMar02 Coffee with Klotz for Accepted Families Pre-Primary and Primary 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
    • ThuMar02 US Musical: Little Shop of Horrors 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • FriMar03 US Musical: Little Shop of Horrors 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • SatMar04 US Musical: Little Shop of Horrors 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • MonMar06 Dream Week
    • MonMar06 MS Spring Sports Begin
    • MonMar06 US Track Practice Begins
    • MonMar06 US Track Parent Meeting 6:00 PMLyman
    • MonMar06 Grade 4 Art Show Opening 6:30 PM to 7:30 PMLyman

LCRG In the Media


Press Releases

"Nice Girl” Effect Serves as an Early Warning System Against Eating Disorders. Research shows a simple classroom presentation can help prevent a deadly psychiatric illness.

Popular Publications by LCRG

LCRG Director Dr. Lisa Damour's New York Times blog entry on "The Emotional Whiplash of Parenting a Teenager"

LCRG Director Dr. Lisa Damour's New York Times piece for parents and educators on fact that "normal development isn't always pretty."  "It's Not a 'Problem.' It's Called Being a Child"

LCRG Director Dr. Lisa Damour's New York Times "top most e-mailed" article featuring research on the childhood precursors of adult well-being: "Don't Make Your Children the Exception to Every Rule"

LCRG Director Lisa Damour and Laurel Head of School Ann Klotz write on "Strength vs. Stressors: Building Resilience to Help Girls Manage Stress" in the Summer, 2013 edition of Independent School Magazine

LCRG Director Lisa Damour publishes a guest post titled "The Psychologist as (Wary) Parent" on the New York Times' Motherlode blog

Ann Klotz and Lisa Damour's Plain Dealer Op-Ed response to "The Pseudoscience of Single-Sex Schooling"

Dr. Damour's article titled "Girl vs. Test" published in Education Week

Dr. Damour's article titled "Teaching Girls to Tinker" published in Education Week


Media Coverage About LCRG

Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls is featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Shaker Life Magazine in the article "Tools for Success."

Tori Cordiano, Assistant Director of Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls, and a consulting psychologist, is featured in the January issue of Cleveland Magazine. In the article "Kids A to Z: Positive Change," Dr. Cordiano offers expert tips on building resiliency by praising effort and the importance of spending quality time listening to your children.

Laurel School’sHead of School, Ann V. Klotz, and Lisa Damour, Ph.D. (Director of Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls) were interviewed for the Vancouver, Canada radio show, The Shift, on CKNW 980AM in response to a article (see 12.18.2013 entry below).

A new study out of Colombia contradicts much of the previous research done on gender roles and single sex education for girls. Lisa Damour, Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls Director, talked to about other research in support of all-girls schooling as it relates to gender roles. The article is titled "Do All-Girls Schools Breed Feminists or Mean Girls?" [We're sorry that the link to Time is not working. We hope to receive a new link from the publisher.]

LCRG Director Lisa Damour interviewed for New York Times "Technology" section article "If a Young Child Wanders, Technology Can Follow"

LCRG's Fall Symposium coverage by (The Plain Dealer and Sun News): "Groundbreaking Research Presented at Local Symposium on Girls"

Laurel alumna and current parent Mary Garner Ganske '77 includes advice from the Center for Research on Girls on how parents can be friends with their teen without compromising their authority in her article in the September issue of Family Circle Magazine "How to Be Your Teen's Friend...and Still Be a Parent"

LCRG Director Dr. Lisa Damour interviewed by John Webb for South Africa's Talk Radio 702. Listen to "Raising Well-Adjusted Children" via SoundCloud

LCRG Director Lisa Damour joins a panel on WCPN/Cleveland Public Radio's "The Sound of Ideas" radio show on the topic of Test Anxiety

LCRG's work on test anxiety featured in February 11 TIME Magazine article "Relax, It's Only a Test" by Annie Murphy Paul [subscription required]

LCRG Director Dr. Lisa Damour joins Dr. Madeline Levine — author of New York Times bestseller Teach Your Children Well - on NPR to discuss "Raising Successful Kids"

LCRG joins Fox 8 News in Cleveland to address "Bullying: What Parents Should Know"

Huffington Post feature "The Difference Between Adults and Grown-Ups" on LCRG director Dr. Lisa Damour's TEDxCLE talk on raising adolescents.

LCRG quoted in Wall Street Journal feature story, "Tinkerers Unite! How Parents Enable Kids' Creativity"

LCRG's "Bullies be Gone" interview with The Civic Commons Radio Show [link to the interview no longer available]

LCRG quoted in Cleveland Magazine article "Risk Factor" on helping students learn to take risks

LCRG joins New York's Joan Hamburg Show for a discussion of sleepovers and bullying [link to the interview no longer available]

LCRG quoted in Wall Street Journal feature story, "Say 'Yes' to the Sleepover, Mom"

LCRG quoted in Redbook Magazine article "Underage on Facebook"

LCRG's "21st Century Athenas: Aligning Achievement and Well-being" study featured in Psychology Today article, "Teenage Girls are Succeeding, but at What Price?"

LCRG on WCPN's Sound of Ideas on "Bullies in Cyberspace"

LCRG on WCPN’s Sound of Ideas on “Lessons from Girls’ Schools

LCRG on WCPN’s Sound of Ideas on “Eating Disorders and Body Image

LCRG quoted in Your Teen Magazine article “Setting Limits: What Works for Teens

LCRG on WCPN’s Sound of Ideas on “Parenting 101

LCRG quoted in The Huffington Post article "What Price Success? Girls, Stress and Being Your Own Worst Enemy"

"Shielding Students from Stereotype Threat: A Guide for Teachers," co-authored by Dr. Damour and Dr. Goodman, was the online feature of the National Association of Independent Schools' main publication, Independent School [link to the article no longer available]

Washington Post article on The Online School for Girls (with a LCRG-developed pedagogical platform) "Md. School Joins Test of Online Courses Tailored to Girls"

Cleveland's Plain Dealer published a feature-length article on LCRG [link to the article no longer available]

An All-Girls’ Independent College Preparatory School for Grades K-12 and Coed Pre-Primary
Lyman Campus Butler Campus

Laurel's Mission Statement:

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


Middle and Upper School Open House

Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Lyman Campus

More information and RSVP
coming soon

"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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