Monthly Archives: January 2014

Reed Elementary Recognized for Professional Learning Communities Performance

On January 28, 2014, state education officials honored fifteen Missouri schools, including Ladue Schools’ Reed Elementary School, as Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools for their outstanding performance in implementing the professional learning community process. These schools promote cultures focused on learning with collaborative teams and effectively using data to increase student achievement.

3-D Printers Bring Ideas to Life

By showing students what a concept might look like, or how it might operate in real life, 3-D printers are increasingly being used as educational tools in schools.  The Ladue Education Foundation has recently approved a grant to purchase a 3-D printer for Ladue Horton Watkins High School.  In this picture, students at Conway Elementary are watching a demonstration to see how these types of printers are used in business, and education to assist in refining concepts and ideas by displaying them in three dimensions.

Laduettes Again Take Two Firsts in Dance Competition

The Laduettes won first place in both Hip Hop and Pom at the St. Charles Classic Pom Pon Competition on January 25, 2014.  The team’s Hip Hop dance scored the highest of any dance in the competition.  The team is coached by Julie Fields and Alexandra Guenther.

HEC-TV Films More “Explore!” Segments at LHWHS

On January 24, 2014, HEC-TV once again visited the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Marshall TV Studio to film two segments of their popular program Explore!  Ladue Schools students regularly participate in the production process, and this time, high school senior Anne Donnell appeared as a guest.

See how LHWHS students helped HEC-TV produce Life as a Dog and The Human Body: Eyes and Ears.  

Old Bonhomme MLK Tradition a Repeat Success

As has become the tradition at Old Bonhomme Elementary school, students, teachers and other volunteers spent the morning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day making sandwiches, and gathering socks to donate to local food pantries and shelters.  By 9:45 a.m., the group had made 3,014 sandwiches and had collected 754 pairs of socks.

Parent and Neuroradiologist Encourages Pursuit of STEM

STEM stands for “science, technology, engineering and math” and is the term used to describe educational programs which integrate these four disciplines.  In January 2014, Dr. Josh Shimony, the parent of Ladue Middle School seventh-grader Hope Shimony, came to talk with seventh-grade students in Elizabeth Peterson’s class about pursuing careers in STEM, and shared his experiences in his career as a neuroradiologist,

Graduate Goebel Gives LHWHS Credit in Success

2000 graduate, Martin Goebel, owner of Goebel Furniture, credits the beginning of his interest in wood working to his experience at Ladue Horton Watkins High School and teachers Bill McCoy and Steve Schmidt.

550 KTRS interviewed Goebel on January 14, 2014.  

Old Bonhomme’s Arnold Wins Peabody Education Award

On January 14, 2014, Hayley Arnold, Counselor at Old Bonhomme Elementary School came to an all-school assembly, only to learn the gathering was in her honor when she was awarded the Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Award.  This award is given to “the heroes of education who help our children achieve their true potential.”   See KSDK’s coverage here.

First LHWHS Dance Marathon a Huge Success

On January 11, 2014, approximately 200 Ladue Horton Watkins High School students participated in the first ever Dance Marathon to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  Hoping to raise $10,000, the marathon actually raised $22,951.  These funds will be split evenly between St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.  The funds are used to help develop new patient programs, purchase equipment and do facilitation renovations to meet the needs of area kids.  High School seniors Emily Biest and Sophie Lustman were Co=Executive Directors of the event.

KSDK covered the event.  

Ladue Graduate Padawer Appears on “Shark Tank”

St. Louis native, and 1996 Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate, Lauren Padawer appeared on the television show Shark Tank on January 17, 2014.  Shark Tank features “self-made millionaires” searching for businesses in which to invest.  Padawer is the owner of Alaska Glacial Mud Co., a company she founded in 2001.

Read the full story here.