Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ladue FGC Student Takes On Taekwondo

A student at the Ladue Fifth Grade Center was featured in Town & Style’s February edition for her success in practicing taekwondo. Sophia (Sassy) Saleeby, a fifth grader, and her younger brother, Jack, attend numerous local and interstate matches throughout the year, which prepares them for the state qualifier and the USA Taekwondo Nationals.

Last year, the siblings qualified for the Indiana State Tournament for Nationals by capturing the gold, where Sassy took first in poomsae and her brother in sparring. At Nationals in Austin, Texas, Sassy won a bronze and Jack a silver.

LMS Student Advances to Statewide Geography Bee

Addison Steinbach_7Congratulations to seventh-grader Addison Steinbach on advancing to the 2016 Missouri Geographic Bee! Addison, an LMS student, won the schoolwide geographic bee and took the state qualifying test to be entered into the Missouri competition. Only the top 100 contestants statewide advance! Everyone here at Ladue Schools wishes him the best of luck!

LMS Students Participate in MathCounts Competition

On Saturday, 10 LMS students participated in the MathCounts St. Louis Chapter competition at Florissant Valley Community College. The students included Jeremy Ouyang (8), Anna Zhong (8), Stephen Jiang (7), Jason Ding (7), Harry Chen (7), Will Bender (6), William Xie (7), Samuel Chen (6), William Pan (7), and Daniel Xu (6).

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Laduettes Are No. 1 in the Nation for Hip Hop

This Sunday, Feb. 28, the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Laduettes danced their way to the top at the National Dance Alliance’s National Competition in Orlando, Florida. The pom and dance team won first place in the nation for hip hop with a score of 91.33 – the highest score out of over 20 teams from across the U.S. in the hip hop category for medium-sized schools. The team also placed No. 8 in the nation in the Pom category.

FOX2 visited the school to share the girls’ dance moves with viewers! Watch the segment here:

Laduettes bust a move for FOX 2

“These girls have proven that hard work, determination and teamwork combined make great things happen,” said Principal Brad Griffith. “Our school and district couldn’t be more proud of their drive and their accomplishment. Congratulations, ladies.”

The team also placed first in hip hop and second in poms at the 2016 St. Charles Classic Dance Competition. This is the sixth year the team has qualified for nationals.

Watch the video here.

 

Spoede Students Recognized for Artwork in Missouri Senate Art Exhibit

Congratulations to two Spoede Elementary students who were recognized for their artwork! Eelise Riddle, a third grade student, received a Missouri Senate Certificate of Excellence for her winning submission to the Missouri Senate Art Exhibit, and Dylan McDonough, a first grade student, received a certificate for his participation.

Occupational Therapist Becky Braddock Recognized with February Excellence in Education Award

D-CampusDocumentStorepics36230Becky Braddock, an Occupational Therapist for the Special School District at Reed Elementary, received the February 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the Feb. 22 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Becky on this prestigious recognition!

Becky began working for the Ladue School District nearly 30 years ago and has been at Reed Elementary since her first day.  When she started working there, Don Flanagan was the principal and Superintendent Donna Jahnke was the resource teacher! Becky has also worked in several Parkway schools, as well as in Normandy. 

Becky is well-deserving for this award for her work both in and outside of the classroom. She has high expectations of her students, and is constantly pushing them to take their learning to the next level. Within her role as an occupational therapist, this equates to students becoming independent on specific tasks. In Becky’s class, achieving and trying your best are expectations.

Ladue Middle School Science Bowl Teams Heads to Washington D.C.

Congratulations to all three Science Bowl teams on their outstanding performance at the regional competition at Washington University! Ladue Middle Schoo’s Team 2 took first place and has earned themselves an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.! Coach Hugh McMonigle will accompany the team on their journey at the end of April. Also thanks to Michael Clay for filling in for Hugh at the competition!

Team 2 is composed of five seventh-grade students. They include: Ashna Chali, Harry Chen, Stephen Jiang, William Pan and Eric Yin.

Hundreds of Students Awarded Baseball Tickets for Great Grades

Nearly half of Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s students will be rewarded for their good grades with baseball tickets!

The St. Louis Cardinals in conjunction with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Newspapers in Education Program are bestowing the tickets through the Straight A Student Program for academic excellence. About 650 students qualified with a 3.7 or high GPA for the 2015-2016 fall semester.

Congratulations to all of our hardworking students on their academic achievements!

Former Track & Field Coach To Be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Congratulations to former LHWHS Coach Phil Brusca, who is to be inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame!

Please join his family, friends, former athletes and colleagues at a reception held in his honor on March 23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the high school cafeteria. Dick Cochran, Olympic bronze medalist, will speak, and light food and refreshments will be provided.

RISE Students Raise Awareness, Donations for Flint Residents

During February, RISE (Reaching Inside Seeking Excellence), a Ladue Horton Watkins High School student organization, is raising funds and donations to help the people of Flint, Michigan, during the area’s water crisis.