All-School Calendar
  • February 2018
    • TueFeb27 US Parent Coffee 8:15 AMLyman
  • March 2018
    • ThuMar01 Coffee with Klotz for Accepted Families Pre-Primary and Primary 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMLyman
    • ThuMar01 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel

Laurel's Headmistress, Ann V. Klotz, had the opportunity to sit down with Sue Reid from Currents magazine in January to share the story of how she came to Laurel and her vision for the school and its students. "At Laurel, Ms. Klotz, the School's 10th head of school, is her 'authentic self,' she described, and proudly commits to cultivating leadership in women on a daily basis." The story goes on to highlight Ann's time spent as a student at the all-girls Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA and then onto Yale University and later, New York University. She also highlights her early career in different positions at Chapin School, an all-girls independent day school in Manhattan, where she worked as an English teacher, head of the drama department and director of guidance. It was there that her now late mentor Mildred Berendsen urged her to consider working as a head of school. It was that guidance that ultimately led her to Laurel.

"Her charge at the time of hire, she explained, was to get an academic vision for the school's Butler Campus as well as increase Laurel's attention to social and emotional development of girls in addition to academics. To that end, Ms. Klotz worked to found Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, which now serves as a national model."

The article goes on to highlight Ann's passion for theater, her love for teaching and her typical day. Under Ann's leadership, "Laurel is a place where girls practice developing confidence, their voice, smarts, respect and empathy and understand how to value multiple points of view."

Click here to read the full article.

The Cleveland Jewish News recently spoke to Daniel McGee, Director of Technology and Library Services at Laurel School, to discuss how technology is evolving and being used in the classroom. As the world becomes more digital-oriented, schools are finding ways to integrate technology into the classroom and Laurel is no exception. Daniel is quoted in the article saying "because technology is ever-changing, education is developing along with it. Tech is changing the world and that is something we have to be on top of here to serve our students,” he said. “Technology is embedded in the classroom and the students need the skills to function in a world that we can’t even imagine yet. We don’t know what life will be like. These are foundational skills that will help them be creative and communicate with whoever they encounter.”

Though some people view technology as an “extra” in the classroom, Daniel commented that it’s an old-school view of learning. “Kids don’t see it as something extra or separate, their lives are full of tech and bringing it into the classroom ties it to real life,” he said. “It’s impacting in ways you wouldn’t see. It’s everywhere. For example, we have a few programs where first graders do blogging that develops their writing skills, but also puts their words to a larger audience. They’re learning to share with the world in a safe way.”

Click here to read the full article.

Laurel School, as part of a national initiative by Fair Trade Campaigns to engage K – 12 students in issues of global poverty, is proud to announce its official designation as a Fair Trade School. Fair Trade is an economic system that ensures consumers the products they buy were grown, harvested, crafted and traded in ways that improve lives and protect the environment. Fair Trade Campaigns officially recognizes schools in the U.S. committed to educating students about the issues of Fair Trade and sourcing Fair Trade products like coffee, tea and bananas in the cafeteria, offices and at events.

Started by Margaret O’Neill '19, Laurel Fair Trade hopes to educate the Laurel Community about the various social injustices many under-developed countries face on a daily basis. Helping to learn and support Fair Trade will shine a light on the need for a safer, more just work environment leading to a more sustainable way of life. We hope to use funds that we earn towards investing in organizations and or individuals who aspire to better themselves and the world.

Laurel is the 31st Fair Trade School in the U.S., and the 7th in the state of Ohio to earn this designation.

Cleveland.com highlighted the recent work of more than 100 Laurel students and community members who participated in the school's 8th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. In all, volunteers made 16 tie blankets and more than 145 toiletry-stuffed socks, which will be donated to the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. In addition, volunteers assembled Hope Tote Bags for The City Mission. Click here to view the story.

Thanks to all who came out for this important day of service.

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was recently published in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) blog where she highlights 14 of her top interview etiquette tips. She starts the blog by stating that "January is the time when I, head of Laurel School (OH), feel like Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions. With one face, I focus intently on the remaining six months of the current school year. With the other, my thoughts turn to the complex jigsaw that is staffing." As the school year marches on Ann and her team "Calculate enrollment and next year’s number of sections. We think about who might be ready for a change, and what new staff and faculty we might have the opportunity to bring into our school. Hiring is an exhilarating and exhausting undertaking."

Her interview etiquette tips range from the seemingly simple task of ensuring you submit a resume and cover letter without errors to arriving to an interview early because "If you’re not five minutes early, you’re late." Among other tips, Ann also highlights how being curious and asking lots of questions can set you apart.

To read all her interview etiquette tips click here.

Laurel swimmers continue on their winning streak this season after winning (125-50) the West Geauga Dual Meet on January 4. Laurel won 10 of 11 swimming events and went 1-2-3 in the 200 free as Rose Pophal '19, Rylee Betchkal '18 and Kali McLin '21 swept top spots. Laurel also went 1-2-3 in the 100 breast, with Bella Barragate '21, Rylee B. and Elizabeth Thompson '20 taking top honors. Laurel relays went 1-2 in all three relay events.

This stellar performance was followed by the Perry Invitational on January 21 where Laurel swimmers placed second out of 10 teams and won a total of five events. Morgan Miklus ‘19 was a double event winner in the 100 free and 100 back. Bella B. won the 100 breast and was runner-up in the 200 IM. Katherine Hagen ‘18 won the 200 free and earned third in the 500 free. Rose P. came in third in 200 free. Linzy Malcolm ‘20 earned third in 50 free. Our relay events also dominated when the 200 free relay of Morgan M., Bella B., Katherine H. and Linzy M. won in a speedy 1:47:75 and the 200 medley relay of Morgan M., Kali M., Bella B., and Linzy M. earned runner-up status in a very fast 1:55.93, the fastest time ever by Laurel swimmers in non-tech suits. In all Laurel swimmers had 11 best times and dropped a total of 17 seconds.

Congratulations to all the girls on these achievements!

Classic in the Country (CitC), one of the nation's most highly acclaimed girls basketball showcases, took place over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend January 13-15 and this year the Laurel Gators were invited to participate. Despite prepping for a January 13 game against Kenston, coach Tim McMahon received a last minute invitation to play in CitC when another team backed out. Despite the change in plans and a hasty bus ride to Berlin ahead of expected bad weather, the Gators dominated! Going into CitC the Gators were feeling strong with an 11-0 record and were slated to play Youngstown Ursuline. OhioSportsTicket.com covered the game and reported  that "The Gators came in and put a hurt on Ursuline, grinding out an impressive 55-36 win that was led by freshmen twins Haley and Taylor Thierry and sophomore Giuliana Marinozzi. The Gators played extremely well."

Coach McMahon was quoted in the story saying, "It was everything we could have hoped for. It’s hard to appreciate the scale of this event until you actually get here. Our girls were a little unsure with the change of plans and the bus ride and with that weather coming in, but then we walked in, and there are all of these fans and the music, and they take care of you so unbelievably well. I just want our kids and our coaching staff to soak this experience in as much as possible. I am so thrilled that we had this opportunity to experience this.”

Click here to read the full story. 


 

The Cleveland Institute of Art recently announced the 2017 winners of its Scholastic Art & Writing Competition and 24 Laurel students received accolades. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Open to students in Grades 7-12, applicants can submit in 29 different categories of art and writing.

In 2017, students submitted more than 330,000 works of art and writing. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies.

The Chagrin-Solon Sun, Sun Press, and Sun Messenger all highlighted local winners in their coverage. Congratulations to the following Laurel students who won.  

ART AWARDS

Gold Keys:

  • Celeste Bohan '19, Photography
  • Madison Cope '18, Photography
  • Zoe Halpern '18, Mixed Media
  • Caroline Megerian '18, Photography
  • Tristan Whitt '19, Jewelry

Silver Keys:

  • Caroline Abbey '19, Photography
  • Celeste Bohan '19, Photography
  • Zoe Halpern '18, Drawing & Illustration
  • Audrey King '18, Photography
  • Bridget Napoli '18, Digital Art
  • Elizabeth Rivera '21, Ceramics & Glass 
  • Henley Schulz '18, Photography

Honorable Mentions:

  • Julia Bowman '21, Jewelry
  • Lily Chapman '19, Jewelry
  • Madison Cope '18, Photography
  • Phoebe Hatch '19, Photography
  • Abigail Knetig '20, Mixed Media
  • Dahlia Kost '19, Mixed Media
  • Melanie Nance '19, Sculpture
  • Caroline Vlastaris '18, Jewelry

WRITING AWARDS

Gold Keys:

  • Emi Cummings ’20, two Gold Keys for Poetry & Personal Essay/Memoir
  • Nadia Ibrahim ’21, Short Story
  • Janaan Qutubuddin ’20, Poetry
  • Dannia Tahir ’19, Personal Essay/Memoir

Silver Key:

  • Jane Jusko ’21, Short Story

Honorable Mention:

  • Margot Luria ’20, Flash Fiction
As a follow up to her Cleveland Magazine feature as one the magazine's most interesting people in 2015, Morgan Goldstein ’18 was highlighted in a “Where-Are-They-Now” story (hint: for much of the last two years she was interning and working as a prep cook at Jonathan Sawyer's restaurant Trentina)! Currently, Morgan is setting her sights on college where she hopes to major in food science. In the article she states that her dream job is to lead a recipe test kitchen. She says her "ultimate goal is to develop a crop that would help end world hunger,” she says. “Something along the lines of a sustainable food that would help developing countries." She also discusses her partnership with a local food writer to develop a cookbook of her own recipes. Click here for the full story.

The 2018 LaureLive lineup was announced in December and the Chagrin Valley Times took this opportunity to highlight how Laurel students will once again be working to help produce this year's event, which will take place June 9 and 10 at Laurel's Butler Campus. Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was quoted in the story saying "The commitment our students have shown to making this annual festival a success has been contagious. Our students look forward to spending the next six months working with Elevation Group to help execute what we know will be another successful, family friendly event for our school and our community."

Trey Wilson, director of strategic partnerships at Laurel, was also included in the piece highlighting the opportunity as a great learning experience for the students. In addition to working and specific planning for the event, there is also a class where various professionals are brought in to engage with the students. In the past, for example, a lawyer visited with students to discuss the operations of contracts. The students also met with a local radio station and Skyped with a few bands performing at the festival. "The girls have been given different lenses to see what it's like to plan and be a part of a music event like this, and Elevation Group also regularly incorporates many of the girls' ideas and feedback," said Mr. Wilson. 

Click here to read the story in full. 

 

  • February 2018
    • TueFeb27 US Parent Coffee 8:15 AMLyman
  • March 2018
    • ThuMar01 Coffee with Klotz for Accepted Families Pre-Primary and Primary 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMLyman
    • ThuMar01 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • FriMar02 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • SatMar03 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • MonMar05 Grades 10 & 11 Class Trips
    • MonMar05 MS Spring Sports Begin
    • MonMar05 US Track Practice Begins
    • MonMar05 MS Spring Sports Parent Meeting 5:15 PMLyman

Passport

Laurel’s Global Education Program supports cultural competence through trips, exchanges and curriculum. Educated global citizens bring a broader perspective to their studies and learn to interact with their peers in a global arena.

Philosophy

Throughout each division and grade, Laurel’s curriculum cultivates a keen awareness in the many cultures that populate our planet. Starting in Middle School, Laurel students become eligible to participate in the school’s signature Passport program, which encompasses semester-away and exchange partnerships with schools and communities around the world, as well as a curriculum grounded in global awareness. Whether Laurel students travel the globe literally or are immersed in it figuratively, they learn to interpret worlds different from their own and to become global citizens for the 21st Century.

How It Works

"Extremely fun trip. This trip helped me to create friendships and help boost my confidence socially. The trip also got me out of my comfort zone by allowing me [to experience] someone else's culture." —Alura

Each Passport program is motivated by two objectives: to teach students about 
other parts of the world, and where appropriate, to emphasize the role of service 
in the global environment. Individual programs might be a short-term exchange 
(up to a month), a long-term exchange (from a semester to two years) or a 
focused trip (two weeks). Our focused trips tend to occur over scheduled breaks. At any point in the school year, one is likely to find international students at Laurel from one of our three exchange programs. The Passport program has a three-year trip rotation for its school-sponsored trip offerings. The rotation includes a variety of offerings in terms of location as well as purpose.

Upper School Passport Program Trip for Spring Break 2018

March 2018 Science and Research Trip to Bahamas
In partnership with University School, Laurel is pleased to make this trip offering to Upper School students for the 2017-18 school year! Offered during the second week of Spring Break, and using the terrific facilities of the Island School in Cape Eleuthera in The Bahamas, up to five Laurel students will spend a week conducting ecological research (and snorkeling!) in this terrific habitat.

March 2018 Collaborative Trip to Lakota Nation, South Dakota
In partnership with Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City and Agnes Irwin School in Philadelphia, Laurel is pleased to make this trip offering to Upper School students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades for the 2017-18 school year! Offered during the first week of Spring Break, students will travel to the Lakota Nation in South Dakota. Students will participate in lessons from Facing History about the history of Native people in the US, including the history of Indian boarding schools, discussions about current issues for Native people (land rights, addiction, etc.) and read selected non-fiction and fictional work by Native Americans with the goal of understanding their history in the US, particularly the Lakota people.

Upper School Passport Program Trips for MayTerm 2017

MayTerm 2018 Conservation & Social Justice Trip to South Africa
South Africa is a land of wild beauty and offers world-class adventure activities. In partnership with EduTours Africa, participants will have the opportunity to learn about South Africa’s wildlife and to be actively involved in conservation efforts to protect and preserve South Africa’s rich natural heritage. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about a country that learnt to heal itself and move beyond a racially segregated and deeply troubled past.

"This was a great experience and I had a fun time while also learning a lot. Our tour guide was great and really worked with us and our needs as a whole group. I felt we learned a lot and also got to know everyone else we were on the trip with we would not usually talk to." —Linnea

MayTerm 2018 Service Trip to New Orleans
Similar to the 2016 MayTerm service-based trip that took 26 upper school students to this amazing American city, this trip will be approximately one week long during MayTerm. It will be run through the company Youth Rebuilding New Orleans.

9th Grade Exchange with St. Mary's Anglican Girls' School in Perth, Australia
This short-term exchange begins with MayTerm, when two Laurel 9th graders travel to Perth, Australia to spend approximately 6 weeks with a host family at St. Mary's Anglican Girls' School. The second part of the exchange occurs in October and November of the following school year, when the two St. Mary's host students come to Cleveland to spend 6 weeks here at Laurel! Neither institution charges tuition or fees for the visiting students, and no academic credits are given to the visiting students.

Middle School Passport Program

June 2018 Trip to Boston
Offered in partnership with Jumpstreet Tours (www.jumpstreet.com) to students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 for the 2017-18 school year, this trip will showcase the highlights of Boston, including Plymouth Plantation and Salem. The group will travel to Canada the week after school finishes in June. The itinerary can be found HERE.

Semester-Away Programs

Laurel School is thrilled for students to consider fantastic semester-away opportunities such as those offered by our five partner semester-away programs:
CITYterm: www.cityterm.org
High Mountain Institute: www.hminet.org
The Island School: www.islandschool.org
The Mountain School: www.mountainschool.org
School for Ethics and Global Leadership: schoolforethics.org

Reflections from Laurel Students about Passport Trips

  • “Traveling to France and Italy for MayTerm was the experience of a lifetime.” —Danielle
  • “Paris was absolutely magical—something you always hear about but can never really understand until you experience it yourself.” —Bryannna
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I wish I could relive it." —Ollivia

Laurel’s Past Passport Trips:

“I unlocked a passion for drawing that I was unaware I had. I formed unbreakable connections with not only the students but also with the teachers that went. I am so grateful for my experience.” —Veronica

  • America’s West
  • Art/Art History Trip to Italy, France and Spain
  • Drama at the Stratford Festival in Canada
  • Exchange with school in Xi’an China
  • Ireland
  • London
  • Montreal and Quebec City
  • Service Learning in Dominican Republic
  • Service Trip to Peru

Parents: Even more information on Passport trips, including application forms, can be found on the Passport Program PowerSchool page.

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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 21, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lyman Campus

More information and RSVP here

 


"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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