Monthly Archives: December 2016

Spoede First Grade Teacher Krystal Florez Recognized with December Excellence in Education Award

Krystal Florez, a first grade teacher at Spoede Elementary, received the December Excellence in Education Award at the Dec. 12, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Krystal on this prestigious recognition!

Krystal has worked for the Ladue School District since 2010, when she took a position teaching at Old Bonhomme Elementary. She is the type of person who can juggle many balls and manage not only to keep them in the air, but also make it look easy. During her time with the district, she already has many accomplishments under her belt. In addition to working on her master’s degree in reading, she has also taken on a leadership role at Spoede serving as chair of the Character Education Committee and the Assembly Committee. And last year she was recognized as Spoede Elementary’s Teacher of the Year!

Principal Dr. Kim Stallons had this to say about Krystal’s work ethic: “As a teacher, Krystal’s goal is to educate and nurture the whole child. She sets high expectations for her students in all areas. With her as a model, Krystal’s students know what is important: Do your best, try your hardest and never give up! Her students stay motivated because they know that she will never give up on them.”

In addition to all of her work at Spoede, Krystal is making time to raise her three daughters. Krystal is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Krystal and Cordez Vaughn have been together for one year, and she has three daughters: MaKayla, who attends Lincoln College; Rylee, who attends LHWHS; and Jaelyn, who attends LMS.

Krystal received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Harris Stowe University. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in Special Reading K-12 from Lindenwood University.

Spoede’s Carter Freer Writes Essay, is Featured in Time For Kids Issue

121216_Carter FreerCongratulations to Spoede’s Carter Freer, a fourth grade student who was featured in this week’s issue of Time For Kids! As part of the argument writing unit in class, all fourth grade students submitted their opinion essay on “Should Schools Teach Cursive?” Carter’s essay was chosen by the TFK’s web producer to be featured!

Here is a screen shot of the page, including Carter’s essay. If you’re having trouble reading his argument, see the text below:

“Cursive should not be taught in schools. Students should learn technology skills instead of cursive. Students now do most of their work on computers. Computers are faster and more efficient than writing, and most kids enjoy using technology more than they do writing. Time in school could be spent instead on teaching kids how to do research on computers. Also, adults don’t use much cursive in their daily life.”

 

Talking Rams Take First Place in Randy Pierce Winter Classic Sweepstakes

The speech and debate team competed at the Randy Pierce Winter Classic hosted by Pattonville this past weekend—the last tournament of the semester! The team took 1st place in Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to the following students for their achievements:

DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Patrick Naughton (12) – 2nd place
Pranay Peddinti (12) – 6th place
Hale Masaki (10) – Semifinalist

INTERNATIONAL EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Maya Mutic (12) – 1st place
Noah DiAntonio (12) – 4th place
Max Kornfeld (10) – Semifinalist
Aramis Rickey (12) – Semifinalist

High School Students Wins Seats in All-State Band and All-State Orchestra

Congratulations to the following Ladue Horton Watkins High School students on winning a seat in the All-State Band or All-State Orchestra. These students competed against students from across the state via blind auditions in Columbia, MO.

All-State Band:
Evyn Levy (11), 4th chair clarinet
Megan Bernstein (11), 16th chair clarinet
Joel Hsieh (11), Bass
Jacob Cytron (12), 2nd chair percussion

All-State Orchestra:
Cindy Geng (12), Violin 1
Anna Zhong (9), Violin 1
Grace Crockett (11), Violin 2
Nathan Hsu (12), Cello
Kenji Sherman (12), 2nd chair trombone

These students will represent LHWHS at performances at the MMEA convention at Tan-Tar-A on Jan. 25-28, 2017.

Talking Rams Take Home the Wins at George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational

Nine members of the Talking Rams, the high school speech and debate team traveled to Bradley University to compete in the George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational! This tournament is our toughest of the semester and is only offered to varsity members. This year was the group’s best performance at the tournament in the past six years!

Broadcast Technology Teacher Don Goble Published in Literacy Today

12516_Literacy Today PicLadue Horton Watkins High School Broadcast Technology Teacher Don Goble co-wrote an article entitled “Beyond Text: Literacy for a digital culture”, which was published in the August issue of Literacy Today. You can check out the article here!

2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year Rob Good Interviewed by UMSL Daily

Ladue Horton Watkins High School history teacher Rob Good was named the 2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. UMSL Daily recently interviewed Rob to learn more about his teaching career, his experience at UMSL and his passion for helping students understand their role as citizens. Check out the article here!

Senior Featured in Town & Style as Sport Standout

Senior Hans Chan was recently featured in Town & Style as a “Sport Standout” for his passion and drive in pursuing both piano and soccer throughout high school. Hans plans continue both in college, majoring in piano and keeping up with soccer on the side. Check out the article here!

Art Student’s Design is a Winning Entry in Orange is the New Black Competition

oinb port printJunior Cameron O’Keefe recently submitted a digital artwork piece for the hit television show, Orange is the New Black. The competition was sponsored by Creative Allies, and participants were asked to create a new identity for the show. Out of 300 entries, only four were chosen as winners. Cameron’s design was the winning entry, earning her $1,000!

Cameron is a new to Ladue Schools; she spent 12 years at MICDS before deciding that she wanted to become a digital media artist. The best way to pursue that dream, she said, was to transfer to a school that offered a graphic design and AP studio art course where she could continue to build her portfolio. Ladue Horton Watkins High School was just the place!

“My transition has been spectacular,” she said. “It’s weird being the new junior, but the people I have met and the experiences I have been through so far have calmed my nerves tremendously. I cannot thank everyone who has just said “hello” to me in the hallways enough for how much they have helped me feel more comfortable at this school.”

Cameron plans to attend art school in a few years and is intent on spending her remaining time in high school focusing on her portfolio and building the strongest possible body of work for entrance. She’s checking out the programs at schools such as FIDM, SCAD, MassART, and a few more.

Congratulations, Cameron!

Senior Announced a Winner of the 18th Annual George N. Tuerck Concerto Competition

Congratulations to Joel Rosen, a senior at LHWHS, who was announced one of three winners of the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s 18th annual George N. Tuerck Concerto Competition!

The three students will perform at the orchestra’s Tuerck Memorial Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Life Church, 4180 Smelting Works Road in Swansea. The public is invited.

Joel, the son of Robert and Wendy Rosen, plays cello with the St. Louis Youth Orchestra and Preparatory Program. He has attended the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory for three years. He also plays piano. He is a Ladue Tri-M Music Honor Society member and Ultimate Frisbee competitor.

You can read more about the award here!