Monthly Archives: September 2016

LMS Physical Education Teacher Jason Theodosiou Recognized with September Excellence in Education Award

Jason Theodosiou, a physical education teacher at Ladue Middle School, received the September 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the Sept. 27, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Jason on this prestigious recognition!

Jason has worked for the Ladue School District since January of 2004, when he took a position in physical education teaching swimming lessons at Ladue Middle School.

Jason’s colleagues will tell you that some of his greatest strengths include his attitude (he looks for the positive in any situation) and his interpersonal relationships (he connects well with ALL students). Jason models character values and embeds character education in the classroom. He is self-directed and very reflective. Jason also embraces building initiatives and seeks opportunities to incorporate them into his daily practice. He steps up and takes leadership roles and follows through on given tasks.

Community Members Receive Friends of Education Award

Congratulations to the following recipients of the Friends of Education Award, who received the recognition at last night’s Sept. 27, 2016 Board of Education meeting:

Ladue Education Foundation: Julie LaBonte’

Commit2Ladue: Carl Bisig, Diane Patershuk, Rod Patershuk and Kelly Waller

We appreciate all that you ‘due for the school district!

LHWHS Junior Selected for Cultural Leadership Program

Congratulations to Malone Hanis, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, who was selected as for the Cultural Leadership Class 12! Cultural Leadership is a unique year-long educational leadership program including classes, cultural activities, travel/study, public speaking,and conducting diversity workshops. The goal is to teach teens about social injustice, racism and discrimination and inspire them to work toward change, promote mutual respect and dispel stereotypes.

The 2016 Cultural Leadership Class 12 is comprised of 24 students representing 14 high schools from throughout the St. Louis region both public and private, and is racially and culturally diverse with students from 13 different houses of worship, and the voices of 13 black students, 8 Jewish students, and 3 allies. The program began in 2004 originally for African American and Jewish students and has since expanded to accept students of all ethnicities.

Old Bonhomme Class Reads Alum’s Article in TIME for Kids

Mrs. Margaret Shockley shared an exciting moment with her students this week when they opened up the current edition of TIME for Kids. One of Mrs. Shockley’s former Old Bonhomme School students in 2003, Rebecca Katzman is now a professional writer, and one of her articles was included in the publication this month. Mrs. Shockley loves to inspire her writers, and what a thrill it was to see the by-line with a former student’s name!

TIME for Kids is a weekly classroom news magazine encourages non-fiction reading in a motivating format and covers a wide range of real-world topics kids love. Rebecca is an editorial assistant for the publication. You can see her Twitter profile here!

Reed Elementary Invites Local First Responders to Recess

Each year, Reed Elementary invites local first responders to recess one day, where these heroes hand out popsicles to the students and answer the kids’ questions about these important careers.

Last Friday, some students played ball and frisbee on the asphalt with responders, while others clambered through the fire truck and ambulance. When the ambulance was called away for an emergency during the kindergarten recess time, the kids watched in awe as the lights flashed and the sirens rang; they lined up to watch the ambulance speed away. And you can bet the kids had plenty of questions for the men when they returned!

The students also made cards and handed them to the firefighters and EMS officials as a special thank you for all that these men and women do for our community.

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page!

 

 

Talking Rams Slay at First Tournament of the Year

The speech and debate team competed in their first tournament of the year, the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Pre-Season Invitational. Eleven new team members competed in their first tournament, and 12 team members won awards!

Congratulations to the students below on some fantastic performances:

VARSITY EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE
Levi Dyson (11) – 3rd place

VARSITY IMPROMPTU SPEAKING
Panth Shah (12) – 1st place
Audrey Wang (11) – 2nd place
Faris Ali (12) – 3rd place

NOVICE DUET IMPROVISATIONAL ACTING
Cassie Beisheim (9) and Sunny Lu (9) – 1st place
Jackson Bry (9) and Eli Goldstein (9) – 3rd place

NOVICE EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE
Ayushya Ajmani (9) – 1st place
Connie Chen (9) – 2nd place
Shaun Carr (11) – 6th place

NOVICE IMPROMPTU SPEAKING
Fayzan Ali (9) – 6th place

Old Bonhomme Student Races for Autism Fundraiser

Old Bonhomme first grader Sean Dixon raced in Quincy, Illinois, for the 2nd Annual Race for Autism, a benefit to raise money for autism last Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Sean took first place, but that was not the best part—he gave his winning trophy to an autistic child who came out to watch the race!

“It just melted my heart,” Sean’s mom said. “Because no one saw that coming, which was amazing. Proud “Mom Moment”, of course!”

If you want to read more about the event and see video of Sean’s win, click here.

Old Bonhomme School, which is a Missouri School of Character, celebrates Sean’s wonderful example of his school’s motto, “Choose to be nice.” Way to go, Sean!

The race was held at TNT Kartways in Taylor, MO.

Old Bonhomme Student Throws First Pitch at Diabetes Day at the Ballpark

Old Bonhomme School fourth grader Ava Leidenfrost threw out the first pitch to Hall of Famer Lou Brock at the baseball game on Diabetes Day at the Ballpark on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016!

Ava is a wonderful role model as she is becoming more independent each year, successfully managing her own Type 1 diabetes. The ball was a little to the side of home plate, but it had a lot of force! On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, Ava and Lou Brock accepted a $25,000 check from the Cardinals Care Fund.

Lou and Ava also found that they had something in common: two of Lou’s granddaughters attended Old Bonhomme Elementary, too!

Ladue Schools Recognized for Reaching Out to Normandy

The Ladue School District is one of several regional districts that have worked to support the Normandy School District over the past year. Staff members have visited Normandy to help with literacy efforts and to support new principals. Our own Cheryl Kirchgessner, principal at Old Bonhomme Elementary, is quoted in an article published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this weekend.

Our district’s involvement, along with Cheryl’s contributions, are nicely highlighted in this article. Check it out here!

 

STRIDE Making a Difference at Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Data aggregated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows that there is a disconnect between the enrollment of African-Americans in the St. Louis regional schools and the percentage of those African-American students taking AP classes in high school, but teachers at Ladue Horton Watkins High School are tackling the issue, and their efforts are making a difference.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article in May giving voice to the issue and spotlighting Ladue Horton Watkins High School as an entity that is working to make a positive change. Teachers at the school volunteer their time with STRIDE, Students Taking Rigorous Instruction Developing Exceptionally, an after-school club for African-American and Hispanic students enrolled in AP classes. According to the article, in the four years since the program was launched, the number of black and Hispanic students enrolled in Ladue’s AP courses has increased by 159 percent.

Some of our students and staff were quoted in the article, explaining the program and how it affects their opportunities going forward! To read more of this article, click here.