Monthly Archives: October 2015

LMS Teacher Erika Niles Recognized with October 2015 Excellence in Education Award

Erika Niles, the literacy coach at Ladue Middle School, received the October 2015 Excellence in Education Award at the Oct. 26 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Erika on this prestigious recognition!

This is Erika’s 9th year teaching in the Ladue School District. She began her service as a gifted teacher at Ladue Middle School in 2009. Along with teaching literacy, Erika has also taught communication arts for sixth grade and social studies for seventh grade at Ladue Schools. On the topic of her various teaching hats, she says, “Obviously I don’t care what subject I teach—I just love kids!”

President Obama Praises Becky Sauerbrunn’s “Quiet Dominance”

President Barack Obama gave a special shout-out to each member of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, including our own alumna Becky Sauerbrunn, at the White House on Tuesday!

The team was invited to a tribute in honor of the team’s 2015 World Cup win. President Obama pointed out Becky’s “quiet dominance” as a necessity for the win as he listed each girl’s characteristic contributions.

LHWHS Alumnus Selected as Minnesota World Language Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Grant Boulanger, a 1993 Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate, who has been selected as the 2015 Minnesota World Language Teacher of the Year! This award is one of the highest bestowed by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures.

Grant went on to be chosen as the 2016 Regional Language Teacher of the Year by the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Grant will represent the central region at the national competition at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention & World Languages Expo in Boston, Massachusetts in November.

Grant Paves Way for New Pickleball Paddles at Conway

Our students at Conway Elementary are ready to play some pickleball! Ann Chapin, the school’s physical education teacher, applied for and received a $150 mini-grant from the Greater St. Louis Region Missouri State Teachers Association that she plans on putting toward some better quality pickleball paddles!

Senior Soccer Forward Makes Athletes of the Week List

Senior soccer forward Chris Naunheim made the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Suburban Journal’s Athletes of the Week!  Chris became the all-time leading goal scorer for Ladue Horton Watkins High School. He has 48 career goals, surpassing the 47 accrued by William Piwnica-Worms in 2007. Chris is also three points away from breaking the school’s career points record with 119 points.

Chris is the team captain and has played varsity for four years. Chris was a first-team all-Suburban Central Conference selection last season.  Chris announced on his Facebook page that he intends to play Division II soccer at Maryville University next year.

 

Ladue School District Alumnus Teaching Baseball in Israel

Check out what one of Ladue School District’s alumni is up to: Josh Scharff is in Israel teaching baseball to the young people living there, and he’s loving it.

Scharff, 25, a 2009 graduate, is the first participant in the pilot program for the Masa Israel Sport Initiative’s Baseball program, which was launched by The Jewish Agency for Israel. The online publication The Times of Israel wrote a piece on Scharff’s adventure.

Old Bonhomme Granted Guidance & Counseling Award

Congratulations to Old Bonhomme Elementary, which was recognized on Oct. 9, 2015, as a recipient of the Gysbers Success Designation Award, which is awarded for a school’s commitment to implementing a comprehensive guidance and counseling program that focuses on the following aspects of development for all students: academic, career and personal/social.

LMS Teacher is President of McKendree University Alumni Association

Ladue Middle School teacher Maria Page is serving her second term as president of the Alumni Association at McKendree University, according to the St. Louis American. Maria is a member of the board of trustees, and she previously served as first vice president and homecoming chair. Maria teaches creative writing and video journalism to seventh and eighth grade students at the Ladue School District.

Behr Named Outstanding Project Lead The Way Engineering Teacher

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Hannah Behr, who was recognized as a 2015-2016 Outstanding Project Lead the Way Engineering Teacher!

Project Lead the Way is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Hannah is the PLTW coordinator for the high school, and has taken on an integral role in developing the program.

Speech & Debate Team Racks Up First Place Wins

Congratulations to the Talking Rams, the LWHHS speech and debate team, who won first place in the 2015 Parkway Classic hosted by Parkway West on Oct. 9 & 10. The team also took home the win at the Oakville Autumn Congress invitational on Oct. 3 at Oakville High School!

The team also earned designation in the Two Hundred Club of the National Forensic League of the National Speech and Debate Association for 2015. This designation means the team earned more than 200 degrees during the 2014-2015 competition season. This designation places the chapter in the top 7.5 percent of teams in the country. This is the fifth year in a row the team has earned membership in the Two Hundred Club!