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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.

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

After School and Music Academy

Laurel School happily offers enriched, supervised after school care and classes for children in Early Learners through Eighth Grade from dismissal until 6:00 p.m., on days when school is in session. In order to provide the appropriate setting for each student, the programs are offered by grade level.

Download the After School at Laurel flyer.

Explore our 2018-2019 after school options.

M-F: Supervised Play [Early Learners-Grade 6]

Dates: August 22, 2018 – May 30, 2019
Day: Monday-Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost: Variable -- see registration link for details

Supervised Play meets in the Primary and Pre-Primary classrooms at Laurel which are conveniently located near our beautiful playgrounds and spacious Multipurpose Room. Classrooms are divided by grades to offer a quiet space for homework, a relaxing place to read a book, enjoy a snack or place to run and play. This option is open to students enrolled in Early Learners through Grade 6. Note: Supervised Play is only available on days when school is in session.

Register for Supervised Play

M-F: Middle School Homework Room [Grades 5-8]

Dates: August 22, 2018 – May 30, 2019
Day: Monday-Friday, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Cost: Variable -- see registration link for details

The Middle School Homework Room provides a supervised comfortable environment for students when they are not involved in an after-school activity to complete homework, enjoy a snack and a good book or play a relaxing game with a friend. This option is open to Laurel students enrolled in grades 5 through 8. Note: Middle School Homework Room is only available on days when school is in session.

Register for Middle School Homework Room

M-F: Music Academy

The Music Academy is a year-long after-school program. Through the Music Academy, Laurel students and their siblings may sign up for traditional private music instruction, Suzuki violin instruction and Rock Band classes.  Each Music Academy program consists of thirty lessons, two of which will be recital preparation classes, and two recitals. All lessons take place at Laurel’s Lyman Campus between the hours of 3:30 and 6:00. After School at Laurel offers child care coverage at a discounted rate to Music Academy students on the days of their lessons.


Traditional Private Lessons
Laurel School Music Academy offers private instruction in the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, voice and flute. Our faculty members are accomplished performers and teachers with advanced degrees from highly reputable universities and conservatories. Many of our teachers are also on faculty at institutions such as The Cleveland Institute of Music, The Music Settlement, and Cleveland State University.
Cost: $1040 for weekly thirty-minute lessons (longer lessons are pro-rated).

 

Suzuki Program
More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, and constant repetition are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.

Laurel School Music Academy is pleased to offer Suzuki violin instruction. This after school program consists of weekly private lessons as well as a weekly group class. Suzuki lessons are offered to students ages four and older. Private lessons will be scheduled based on the availability of the teacher, student and parent. Group classes will be held between 3:30 and 4:15 on Friday afternoons. 
Cost: $1340 for weekly thirty-minute private lessons as well as weekly group classes.

For additional information, please email Cara Tweed.

Register for Music Academy

MONDAYS: Engineering Club [Girls, K-Grade 5]

Dates: Various four-week modules, September 17, 2018 - May 20, 2019
Day:  Mondays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $75 per module + one-time $10 fee

Join Classroom Antics Engineering Club! Through each module, kids explore a different type of engineering with a fun curriculum complete with hands-on, take-home projects. During the school year, each module will cover one of the following fields of engineering: mechanical, acoustic, meteorology, chemical, transportation and sports engineering. Designed for kids grades K-5, Engineering Club is the perfect way to introduce or further expose students to engineering concepts and a fun, new way of thinking!

Module 1: Nuts and Bolts (Mechanical Engineering)
September 17-October 15

Module 2: Sounds like Engineering (Acoustic Engineering)
October 22-November 12

Module 3: Wacky Weather (Meteorology Engineering)
November 19-December 10 (Make-up session December 17 if needed)

Module 4: Crazy Chemicals (Chemical Engineering)
January 14-February 10 (Make-up session February 25 if needed)

Module 5: Planes, Trains, and Auto Engineers (Transportation Engineering)
March 4-April 15 (Make-up session April 22 if needed)

Module 6: Gold Medal Engineers (Sports Engineering)
April 29-May 20

Register for Engineering Club

TUESDAYS: Little Racquets Tennis [Girls and Boys, Pre-K-Grade 3]

Day: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Dates: 11 sessions, September 25 - December 11
Cost:
$210

This nationally-renowned program helps students progress through the beginning stages of tennis. Students are engaged in stimulating, playful activities that enhance their physical and emotional abilities.

A minimum of 8 registrants is needed to run program. Maximum enrollment is 16 students.

Classes in May will be held on the outdoor tennis court at Lyman Circle. Please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle!

Register for Little Racquets

TUESDAYS: Adventure Girls [Girls, Grades 3-7]

Day: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Dates: 12 sessions, September 4 - November 27 (overnight campout at Butler on Friday, September 28th)
Cost: $400

Instructors: Chuck Allen, Pre-Primary Physical Education & Experiential Learning / Shannon Lukz, Primary Faculty and Director of the NorthStar Collaborative

Experience the adventure that all of the girls are raving about! Students love their time in Adventure Girls as they cultivate their resilience through challenging games, indoor and outdoor activities, as well as adventure-packed field trips and an overnight camping trip at Butler Campus.

Research shows many benefits to being exposed to “stress episodes” in building resilience. Adventure Girls not only fills that role but also provides many opportunities for providing humor, which has also been proven to “convey intelligence…and confidence”.

The leadership and adventure skills developed in primary and middle school can be applied in our multiage Adventure Girls setting. This is a great way for adventurous 6th and 7th graders to sharpen both adventure, survival and leadership skills. The books The Gutsy Girl by Caroline Paul and Strong is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker are two of the resources used during this semester experience. If you like being strong, courageous, spirited and brave, this is the group for you!

  • Minimum enrollment 8 students / Maximum enrollment 40 students
  • Meets Tuesday 3:30-5:00 pm. Pick up on Field Trip days 6:30 or 7:00 pm / no additional cost for field trips

Register for Adventure Girls

WEDNESDAYS: Chinese Exploration [Girls, Grades 1-2]

Day: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Dates: 10 sessions, September 5 - November 14
Cost: $200

Instructor: Helen Zhang, Chinese Teacher

Our Chinese Exploratory Class is designed to introduce students to Chinese language and culture through a variety of fun and engaging activities. Immersed in the target language, children will learn Chinese through natural absorption by doing the things they love, movement, songs, games, role-playing, puppet shows, and handicraft. They will also have opportunities to explore Chinese culture from celebrating traditional holidays such as Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year, and doing activities such as calligraphy, watercolor painting, Chinese dancing and games. Our goal is to involve learners in creative and authentic use of the language to help them build their Chinese skills and intercultural intelligence.

Minimum enrollment: 3

Register for Chinese Exploration

THURSDAYS: Junior Adventure Girls [Girls, Grades 1-2]

Day: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Dates: 12 sessions, September 6-November 29 (Late Night at Butler on Friday, November 2nd)
Cost: $400

Instructors: Chuck Allen, Pre-Primary Physical Education & Experiential Learning / Shannon Lukz, Primary Faculty and Director of the NorthStar Collaborative

After a wildly successful trial of Junior Adventure Girls in the spring, Jr. AG is back with a full session this fall! Junior Adventure Girls will be a modified version of Adventure Girls, continuing the tradition of challenging young girls to be strong independent thinkers and good friends. Most of all, we will have an amazing amount of fun and laugh a lot! Research shows many benefits to being exposed to “stress episodes” in building resilience. Junior Adventure Girls not only fills that role but also provides many opportunities for providing humor, which has also been proven to “convey intelligence…and confidence”.

We will meet in Mrs. Lukz’ room at 3:30 p.m. with pick up at the Pre-Primary entrance at 5:00 p.m.

Minimum enrollment 8 students / Maximum enrollment 40 students

Pick up on field trip days at 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. / No additional cost for field trip.

If needed, girls may go to After School after Jr. Adventure Girls. A small drop-in fee will apply. Please note that After School at Laurel closes at 6:00 p.m. After School Hotline: 216-455-0153.

Register for Junior Adventure Girls

THURSDAYS: Google Coding [Girls, Grades 4-6]

Day: Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dates: 13 sessions, September 13 - December 13
Cost: FREE

Instructor: Deva Walker, Pre-Primary and Primary Librarian

Join us each Thursday in Lake Library as students learn computer programming using Scratch. Students practice problem-solving, build their growth mindset, and learn to create, rather than simply consume technology. Students will create projects based on a theme of their choice, and showcase them for friends and family at the end of the semester.

Register for Google Coding

THURSDAYS: Laurel Chorale [Girls, Grades 5-8]

Day: Thursdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Dates: 10 sessions, September 13 - November 15
Cost: $200

Instructor: Dr. Eve McPherson

Join the Laurel Chorale! Middle School students will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the techniques required for healthy and beautiful singing.
Girls will learn a solo and collaborate with classmates on works for a small choral ensemble. They will present an informal recital during their last class. Dr. Eve McPherson, the Music Academy’s private voice instructor, will lead this weekly class.

Minimum Enrollment: 3

For additional information, please email Cara Tweed at cTweed@LaurelSchool.org.

Register for Laurel Chorale

FRIDAYS: Choral Explorations [Girls, Grades 3-4]

Day: Fridays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Dates: 10 sessions, September 14 - November 30 (no class on 10/26 and 11/23)
Cost: $200

Instructor: Dr. Eve McPherson

Join Choral Explorations! Third and Fourth Graders will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the techniques required for healthy and beautiful singing. Girls will learn a solo and collaborate with classmates on works for a small choral ensemble. Students will present an informal recital during their last class. Dr. Eve McPherson, the Music Academy’s private voice instructor, will lead this weekly class.

Minimum Enrollment: 3

For additional information, please email Cara Tweed at cTweed@LaurelSchool.org.

Register for Choral Explorations

After School at Laurel Terms and Conditions

Days/Times: After School at Laurel follows the standard school calendar. When Laurel School is in session for only half a day or is not in session at all, After School does NOT meet. After School at Laurel does NOT meet on the last day of school.

Pick-Up: Pick-up from all Classes, Supervised Play, and the Middle School Homework Room is in Laurel’s Pre-Primary Circle. Please call 216-455-0153 to have your child escorted to the Pre-Primary door. Late pick-up fees will be levied. Late pick-up = $25 in 15- minute increments past 6:00 p.m. All payment is handled online.

Questions? Contact Tina Ohmart at tOhmart@LaurelSchool.org.

Laurel School reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment, at which time refunds will be given. No refunds or adjustments will be made after classes begin. There are no adjustments, refunds or discounts for absences in Supervised Play, Middle School Homework Room or any classes.

An All-Girls’ Independent College Preparatory School for Grades K-12 and Coed Pre-Primary
Lyman Campus Butler Campus
216.464.1441


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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