Monthly Archives: June 2016

Ladue Schools Recognized as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2016 Top Workplace

TWP_TOP100_St-Louis_Portrait_2016_AWLadue Schools has recently been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2016 Top Workplaces. Only 100 local companies are recognized with this annual award, and our district ranked 11th in the category for large companies. This is the second time the district has participated in the program, and we are honored to have been selected for the award on both occasions!

“Ladue Schools strives to recruit the best educators and support staff members, and with that comes the responsibility of providing those employees with a work environment where they feel appreciated and can do their best work,” Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke said. “This award recognizes those efforts, and we are honored to be counted among the top local workplaces.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the full lists of Top Workplaces online on June 24, 2016. The lists—for small, medium and large companies—are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few. The survey distributed to Ladue Schools staff received a high response rate of 74%.

Talking Rams Bring Home the Wins from Nationals

The Talking Rams attended the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week. The students all performed phenomenally and were recognized with several awards!

The teams and individual awards are listed below:
Coach Molly Beck had this to say after the tournament: “Thanks to everyone who supported the team this year – it was our best season in five years! We look forward to kicking off the 2016-2017 season in August!”

Graduating Seniors Make Girls Soccer All-Metro Third Team

Two Ladue Horton Watkins High School girls soccer players made the All-Metro Third Team, which can be seen here. Both 2016 graduating seniors, Lizzy Puyo and Anna Hartig left their marks on the program with several prominent accomplishments during their careers:

  • Lizzy Puyo: “Puyo capped her historic career for the Rams by helping them win their first district championship in nearly three decades. Her team-leading 25 goals left her with 79 for her career, the most ever by a Ladue player. Puyo scored in 16 of her team’s 27 games while recording three hat tricks, and she also had six game-winning goals and three assists.”
  • Anna Hartig: “Nineteen of the Rams’ 24 wins came by shutout, and Hartig spearheaded that effort as a steady player on the back line. She was especially good at man marking and created her own matchup problems on the attacking end, finishing with 11 goals to rank third among Ladue players. Hartig was second on the team with four game-winners, helping the Rams win their first district title in 28 years.”

Congratulations, ladies!

 

Ladue Grad Wins Award in Youth Nationals Rowing Championship

13418953_10153562737975986_3424363859348201641_nA 2016 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Hunter Wallace, won first place in a youth national rowing championship! Hunter and his teammate, Will Lerwick, won the Men’s Youth 2!

Hunter is a member of the St. Louis Rowing Club, which sent its teams to Nationals on June 8. Hunter will attend Harvard University and row for their team.

 

Girls Soccer Team Takes Home Lengthy List of Recognitions

The 2016 Girls Soccer team got numerous post-season recognitions that deserve to be shared!  Here’s a list of the girls’ accomplishments from the 2015-2016 season:

  • 2016 Suburban Central Conference Champions
  • 2016 District Champions (first time in 28 years)
  • Broke school record for most wins (24), most shutouts (19), most goals scored (112), fewest goals allowed (14)
  • All Regional Players: Anna Hartig, Lizzy Puyo, Hayden Hunt, Claire Petersen
  • All Regional Coach of the Year – Coach Aronberg
  • All State Players: 1st Team – Lizzy Puyo, 2nd Team – Anna Hartig and Claire Petersen
  • All Metro Players: 3rd Team – Lizzy Puyo and Anna Hartig
  • NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Gold Award – Zero cards received in an entire season!

Congratulations, girls!

Women’s Lacross Player Youngest on All-State Team

Congratulations to Kaylon Buckner, a sophomore who was recently the youngest selection for the 1st Team All-State Women’s Lacrosse Team! Kaylon made 98 goals for the team this season, which were second to only one other area player. She also scored seven goals four times and had eight multi-assist games this season.

This is the second year Kaylon has received this honor. As a co-captain, Kaylon assisted in leading the team to a 2016 District Championship. She has verbally committed to continue playing collegiately for Arizona State University.

Kaylon hopes to become a four-time all-stater and set the record in career points earned!

 

Reed Technology Integration Coach Recognized with Innovator Award

Congratulations to Reed’s Technology Integration Coach Jill Badalamenti who has been recognized as one of 10 educators nationwide who won a first place Henry Ford Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award in June.

This award recognizes educators who use the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking among its students. The winners were chosen by a team of judges and Discovery Hug, a team specifically focused on innovation at Shell.

Jill will receive a week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, from July 31 to Aug. 4. This includes behind-the-scenes tours with curators and archivists, a teaching innovation workshop and a special recognition ceremony.

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is a half-hour program on CBS that tells the stories behind historic innovators of the past and today’s visionaries.

Girls Soccer Team Ends Season With Recognitions

Congratulations to the Ladue Schools girls soccer team on a fabulous 2016 season! This year, Coach Dave Aronberg was recognized as the Suburban Central National All Conference Coach of the Year, and Lizzy Puyo, a senior, was named the Player of the Year.

Five other seniors made the First Team, including: Claire Petersen, Madeline Billeaud, Hayden Hunt, Natalie Behrens and Anna Hartig. Three players made Second Team, including: Hadley Cytron (9), Sarah Cook (10) and Jillian Mann (9).

Two Fifth Graders Have Historical Family Stories Published

Fiona_Story AwardTwo Ladue fifth grade students had their historical family stories chosen for publication in “Grannie Annie, Vol. 11,” which will be released later this month. Fiona Hayreh’s “No Shoes, No Guardian, No Protection” and Julian L. Prakken’s “The Mysterious Man Who Lived in a Pipe” were both winners!

Only 36 of 555 submissions were selected. The stories will be published by the Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration. They will also be available as an eBook, a PDF book and on The Grannie Annie’s website.

Fiona is one of 13 young people who were honored at The Grannie Annie’s Family Stories Festival at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park on June 5.

Ladue elementary students have submitted stories to The Grannie Annie 10 of the past 11 years and have regularly had stories accepted for publication. Fiona’s story took place in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in 1893. It tells of two young girls who encounter a menacing surprise on their way home from a morning of berry picking.

Annual African-American Recognition Night a Success

The annual African-American Recognition Night at Ladue Middle School was another success! The event was hosted by the LMS Diversity Cadre and was held on Tuesday, May 17, at the school’s gymnasium.

Certificates were issued for academics, citizenship, attendance, and service/school involvement. Several students’ vocal, instrumental and artistic talents were spotlighted, as well. The evening was closed with naming the Anthony Warren Diversity Cadre Students of the Year, who received an engraved pewter tray, along with a cash stipend to use toward an educational technology purchase, camp or activity.

Check out the photos below from this outstanding event!