All-School Calendar
  • July 2018
    • WedJul04 Independence Day - BUILDING CLOSED
  • August 2018
    • FriAug03 Summer at Laurel Ends
    • WedAug22 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES for Grades K-12

The News-Herald recently highlighted Jami Morris '21 and her impressive third place finish at this year's Drive, Chip & Putt (DCP) National Finals, which took place on April 1 at the Augusta National Golf Club. Jami competed in the girls 14-15 age division and finished with the best drive of the group, which earned her ten points. She scored an eight in the chip competition and a four in putting. Jami made it through three stages of qualifying to get to Nationals and won her division at the regional at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Vollage Golf Club in Dublin, OH. See additional coverage highlighting Jami in Northeast Ohio Golf Online and Cleveland.com.  

 

In March Morgan Goldstein '18 authored a piece in Crain's Cleveland Business where she highlighted how planning, passion and dedication are critical for anyone looking to start a business. Morgan has been a chef for years and started on a professional path from a young age, appearing on the Food Network's "Chopped" in both 2015 and 2016. She is now the chef and founder of MHG Catering and is currently writing and publishing her own cookbook. Morgan is also a member of the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. You can read the full story in Crain's here.

Laurel's Director of College Guidance Missy Rose was recently featured in a Cleveland Magazine story titled, "How to Find the Right College for Your High Schooler." In the piece Missy highlights the financial aspect of selecting a college, stating "Don't wait until your child is accepted to her dream college and it's April of her senior year and you say, 'We can't afford this.' The earlier families talk money, the better." She goes on to suggest parents "Have the conversation with your child upfront. There needs to be schools on the list that are highly likely for affordability — and that can be overlooked.” 

In the piece, Missy also discusses how your children are watching. Laurel's Center for Research on Girls conducted a study that showed when parents’ expectations are significantly higher than girls’ expectations for themselves, "self-esteem plummets," she points out. "They are watching for signs of approval or disapproval, and that could mean a raised eyebrow, crossed arms, a tone of voice," she is quoted saying. "Most kids want to please their parents, and if they get a sense that certain schools are not OK, it’s tough for them to deal with."

Missy also discusses the importance of stopping at ten applications. "It’s a lot of work to apply to colleges. It takes a lot of time. They need to balance the application process with their courses, their extracurricular activities and for some families, the cost."

Congratulations to the Grade Five, Six and Seven girls who competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) math competition at John Carroll University and at Hawken School this year. The tournament recognizes interest and perseverance in math outside the classroom, encouraging students to challenge their problem-solving skills in a competitive team format.

Of the three trophies available Laurel teams took all three! Congratulations to all the girls for their hard work and positive outcomes.  

5th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Clare H.
  • Sydney M.
  • Jazmin R.
  • Ella W.
5th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Gianna M.
  • Katie I.
  • Eve B.
  • Kelly K.
6th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Kaitlin E.
  • Amelia G.
  • Lexi C.
  • Karma A. 
6th Grade: (Blue Ribbon)
  • Riley O.
  • Grace G.
  • Kate T.
  • Shaliz B.
Grade Seven: (Red Ribbon)
  • Krista C.
  • Veda P.
  • Maria P.

Congratulations to Celeste Bohan '19, Emi Cummings '20, Janaan Qutubuddin '20, and Daania Tahir '19, whose award-winning art and writing won accolades in this year's regional Scholastic Art & Writing Competition, and went on to receive Silver Medals in the National Competition. This year, students submitted more than 330,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards; more than 90,000 works were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top art and writing at the regional level were moved onto the national stage, where more than 2,700 works earned National Medals. Congratulations to our students on their amazing achievements. The girls will be celebrated at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The names of the winning art and writing follow below.

  • Celeste Bohan "Reflections" photo
  • Emi Cummings "Growing up with Purseblog" personal essay/memoir
  • Janaan Qutubuddin "My Missing" poetry
  • Daania Tahir "Letter to America" personal essay/memoir

In her latest New York Times Well Adolescence columnLisa Damour, Ph.D., Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, hones in on why demonstrating is good for kids. A new research report published in January in the journal Child Development, found that late adolescents and young adults who voted, volunteered or engaged in activism ultimately went further in school and had higher incomes than those who did not mobilize for political or social change. The study found that civic activity linked to better academic and financial outcomes regardless of early school performance and parental education levels, two factors that usually drive later success. In the article Lisa states that "The research is especially timely as American students consider whether to participate in the National School Walkout planned for Wednesday, March 14."

She goes on to say that "Taking part in a single event may not, by itself, alter the trajectory of an adolescent's development. But the study's authors suggest that positive, lasting outcomes may result if organized civic engagement helps young people galvanize their belief in their personal efficacy, connect to empowering social networks or cultivate professional skills."

Lisa also appeared on CBS Morning News to discuss the same topic. Click here to view her interview.

Laurel Primary science teacher Abbie Bole and her science class was recently featured on Channel 5 for their STEAM work through an innovative program called Level Up Village. The program allows Laurel students to work with student partners in another country to together, design a solution to a global problem. This year Laurel girls are working with partners in Zimbabwe to develop a light box using Tinkercad software and a 3D printer that can provide electricity to those without access. Channel 5 saw the students in action recording videos to communicate with their partners and using tinkering software to design their light boxes. The class also practiced printing their designs on two 3D printers. Click here to watch the full story.
In her February New York Times Well Adolescence columnLisa Damour, Ph.D., Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, addresses how to approach the topic of vaping with teenagers. In her column, Lisa suggests “Instead of leading with facts, consider starting with genuine curiosity. Setting judgement to the side, ask, ‘What’s your take on e-cigarettes?’ or ‘Do you know kids who are vaping?’ or something along those lines.” Lisa states that “asking teenagers what they know about any topic increases the odds that they’ll want to hear what we now about that topic, too.” Lisa goes on to suggest that when talking to teens about vaping, you ask why before suggesting why not. Share your concerns and finally, concede the limits of your power. “Articulate high expectations in one breath and acknowledge the limits of power in the next.”

Lisa was also recently featured on CBS News to discuss the perceived link between gun violence and mental illness.

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.

  • July 2018
    • WedJul04 Independence Day - BUILDING CLOSED
  • August 2018
    • FriAug03 Summer at Laurel Ends
    • WedAug22 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES for Grades K-12

Nurse's Office

The primary health care of the student is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The School Nurse is responsible for the overall administration of the school’s Health Services Program and to be a support system to this primary care. We are not here to diagnose conditions or prescribe medical treatments.

Being healthy and having positive self-esteem are two important factors in being able to learn. Please be sure your student is well rested and nourished before coming to school each day. Personal hygiene is essential for good health and self-esteem. Students need to be encouraged to be responsible to be clean: body, hair and teeth on a daily basis.

Susan Kramer, RN, BSN
School Nurse
216-455-3060
sKramer@LaurelSchool.org 

Illness

  • If your child is not feeling well keep them home.
  • Sending a sick child to school only gets the other students sick.
  • If your child has had a fever over 99.9 they MUST stay home for 24 hours. They can return when they are fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
  • If your child has vomited they MUST stay home for 24 hours.
  • If your child has diarrhea they MUST stay home for 24 hours.
  • For example if your child is vomiting at 9:00 PM, they are not to come to school the next day; they need to remain out for a full 24 hours.
  • If your child is being tested for strep throat they must remain out of school until the test results are confirmed from the physician’s office. (See handbook).
  • Please report any communicable disease (Strep throat, pink eye, head lice, etc.) to the Nurse’s Office immediately so families can be notified. Do not return to school until treatment has occurred or there is documentation that the child is free of communicable disease.
  • The single most effective prevention against the spread of germs and disease is hand washing.

Health Screening (Vision and Hearing)

  • The state mandates vision and hearing screening for all Early Childhood, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th (vision only), 9th, and 11th (hearing only) graders and students new to the district. 
  • This screening takes place throughout the year. If any problems are identified, parents/guardians will be notified. 
  • Students should have their corrective lenses with them in school at all times.

Immunizations

  • All students in Ohio are required to have up-to-date immunizations documented and on file. Please use the Ohio Department of Health Immunization Report (see forms) or a copy from your physician’s office. The Ohio Revised Code mandates that pupils (age/grade level appropriate) be protected against the following diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, hepatitis B, varicella, and haemophilus influenzae Type B.
  • Updated immunization records are required (aside from initial entry to Laurel) for Kindergarten, 7th and 12th grade.
    • Kindergarten- additional vaccines required are the DTaP; Polio and MMR
    • Entry to 7th and 8th- a Tdap and a the first dose of Meningococcal
    • Entry to 12th – the second dose of Meningococcal
  • These immunizations can be obtained from your regular physician. The Shaker Heights Department of Health at 3400 Lee Road offers these immunizations for a fee. Please contact the health department at 216-491-1418 for information or to make an appointment.
  • The State of Oho allows immunization exemptions. These exemptions include Religious, Good Cause, and Medical. A written statement is required for documentation. A physician must complete form for Medical Exemption.
  • Students will be excluded, but not excused, from school on the 15th day of school if State immunization mandates are not met.
  • During the course of an outbreak/or confirmed case of any of the aforementioned vaccines persons who are exempt from or who refuse the said vaccine will need to be excluded from school as directed by the Ohio Department of health. Exclusion maybe as long as 21 days.

Physical Education Excuse

  • Middle School/Upper School requires a physician letter of diagnosis, physical limitations, and duration of time excuse.
  • Lower School requires a parent note for class excuse unless it is a major injury.
  • A physician’s note to return to activities is required for any prolonged absence for all divisions ex: after a broken bone or severe sprain.

Special Health Needs (EpiPen, Inhaler, Diabetes, etc.)

If your child has specific health needs, please notify the school nurse so that individual accommodations, care plans, emergency action plans, or programs can be arranged. Please complete any needed forms in FinalForms.

Allergies requiring an EpiPen

  • Managing your child allergies is taken very seriously.
  • A written physician prescription authorization is required to have a prescribed EpiPen at school.
  • In Ohio a child is allowed to carry their own EpiPen with physician and parent written approval.
  • If your child will carry their own EpiPen it is also REQUIRED to have a second EpiPen in the Nurse’s Office.
  • If not you are required to keep two EpiPens in the Nurse’s Office.
  • This allows us to always have two EpiPens available for your child in case of an emergency.
  • If they are carrying it they will need to be responsible and take it to lunch, on field trips and after school activities.
  • The EpiPen needs to be in a convenient place easy to find for others if needed for an emergency. It should not be buried in the bottom of her book bag or locker.
  • Please obtain the needed written physician’s authorization and complete Serious Allergy Care Plan found in FinalForms.

Respiratory conditions requiring an inhaler

  • Managing asthma and respiratory conditions is also taken seriously.
  • A written physician prescription authorization is required to have a prescribed inhaler at school.
  • In Ohio a child is allowed to carry their own inhaler with physician and parent written approval.
  • If they will not carry it, an inhaler is required to be kept in the Nurse’s Office.
  • Should your child choose to carry their inhaler it needs to be in a convenient place easy to find for others, if needed, for an emergency. It should not be buried in the bottom of her book bag or locker.
  • Separate inhalers are needed for school use and athletic use. Inhalers will NOT be sent from the nurse's office to athletic events. The coach must have a separate inhaler.
  • Please obtain the needed written physician’s authorization and complete Asthma Management Care Plan found in FInalForms.

Diabetes management

  • Please contact the school nurse directly

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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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