Monthly Archives: August 2015

Ladue Middle School Students Excel on MAP Test

Congratulations to our Ladue Middle School students and staff for their spot on a St. Louis Post-Dispatch list of eight area middle schools that mastered the MAP test this year!

The tests were expected to be more rigorous this year, because this was the launch of the testing that accompanied the Common Core Standards. Click here to see our school and its overall scores in English, Math and Science.

LMS Student Named Shriners Hospital’s Hero of the Week

Sadie Strelow, 12, was honored last week as the Fox Sports Midwest’s Shriners Hospital’s Hero of the Week! Sadie is a seventh-grader at Ladue Middle School this year.

Teacher Inspires Students to Read Outside of the Classroom with Video

Kim Gutchewsky, an English teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, thought her students needed a reading pep talk. She thought they needed to see that real people, those who were out in their community, actually read books for enjoyment.

So this summer, she undertook the making of a video—one that would inspire her students to try to find books outside of class, books that they would love. Kim asked people to give their names, what they do for a living and then to talk about the book they were currently reading. She’s received great support from area businesses and media, including: the Ladue Schnucks, Barnes and Noble, KSDK anchors, the zoo, Ladue News, and more.

LHWHS Alumna is Founding Principal of New St. Louis Charter School

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumna Robyn Viloria Wiens who is founding principal of Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, the first single-sex charter school in St. Louis.  Robyn graduated from LHWHS in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Drake University, her Master of Education at Harvard University and her Doctorate of Education at the University of Washington.

Research Project Shows Progress in Working Memory and Academics

Developing various methods of helping students succeed is imperative for schools, and one Ladue School District employee has contributed to this goal by striving to understand the relationship between working memory capacity and academic performance.

OBE’s Brown Receives National Recognition in Education

Old Bonhomme’s Patricia Brown was honored as a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! Patricia has been the elementary technology integration coach at Old Bonhomme Elementary School since 2010.

This year, Patricia was selected as one of thirty top educators in the country to participate in the the program. Patricia will receive a tablet computer and year-long professional development opportunities!

LHWHS Grads Chosen For McDonald’s and UNCF Scholarship

Congratulations to three Ladue Horton Watkins High School Graduates for being chosen for the McDonald’s Academic Excellence Award Scholarship! Nautica Huddleston, Gabrielle Hannah, and Malcolm Davis will each receive a $3,000 scholarship that is awarded to college-bound St. Louis and Metro East high school seniors.

The event was held at a McDonald’s on Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on Wednesday. Malcolm was unable to attend, but Nautica and Gabrielle were awarded their certificates at the event. To see event coverage, visit FOX2Now.

Reed Elementary Teacher Receives $1,000 Grant

Karen Engelkenjohn, a Gifted Specialist at Reed Elementary School, received a $1,000 grant from Monsanto on the first day of school that will be used to buy agriculturally-focused kits for students.  Karen said she was invited to apply for the Dannette Ward Science Education Grant because the school had hosted a Science Night the year before and had invited Monsanto employees to join in the fun.

Emmy Nomination Includes Work from LHWHS Students

The 2015 Mid-America Emmy Nominations have been announced, and HEC-TV has been nominated for 19 awards, one of which included work from Ladue Horton Watkins High School students!

The students participated in the Explore! Flying segment, nominated as an Informational/Instructional/Program Special. This segment is targeted to students in grades three through six and explores the concepts of flying.

From Play-Doh to the Playground, Students Hang Out with Foster Kids

Save the Children, a blossoming club at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, spent some quality time with 15 foster children at an event sponsored by the Foster & Care Coalition on Aug. 1, 2015!

Save the Children was created to provide an opportunity for high school students to extend a helping hand toward children in need. The organization offers a variety of volunteer settings, ranging from orphanages to hospitals.