Monthly Archives: April 2017

Junior Jenna Kalishman Produces Winning Video for St. Louis Cardinals PSA Contest

Ladue Junior Jenna Kalishman’s PSA was recently selected as the winner of the St. Louis Cardinals “Great Save Teen” Public Service Announcement contest. St. Louis students were invited to take part in the National Teen PSA Peer to Peer Crime Prevention Project. Students created a 30-second message on any topic that raises awareness with the goal of preventing teen victimization. As a recognized charity of Major League Baseball, Jenna’s winning video and Ladue Schools will be recognized on the field during a pre-game ceremony with the St. Louis Cardinals. You can view the video below:

High School Students’ Organizations Raise Funds for Refugees

Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s German Honor Society and Amnesty International joined forces on Saturday, April 22, to enjoy trivia fun, pizza, and to raise funds for St. Louis’s International Institute Refugee Relief Fund. Over 65 students came together to test their trivia knowledge and contribute to a good cause. The event raised $500, which will go to the fund. Congratulations to the presidents of these organizations, Teddy Vincent and Kenan Elzoobi, for pooling their creativity and people power to do good in the community!

Old Bonhomme Hosts Fifth Annual Spring Interactive Digital Art Show

On April 25, 2017, Old Bonhomme Elementary School students displayed their artwork with a twist. Using modern technology, visitors were able to learn about any particular art piece via QR Codes. Before the show, visitors downloaded a free QR reader on their smart device (mobile phone, iPad, etc.). Then, they scanned the barcodes on the artwork to hear a familiar voice sharing information about the art piece. New this year was the Eagle Innovator Student Technology group’s special showcase of STEM projects in the gym. Check out the video below to see how the event went!

Conway Elementary Physical Education Teacher Ann Chapin Recognized with April Excellence in Education Award

Ann Chapin, a physical education teacher at Conway Elementary, received the April Excellence in Education Award at the April 24, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Ann on this prestigious recognition!

Ann has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 1994, when she took a position as a physical education intern. For the last 13 years, not only has Ann taught at Conway, but she has also held the role of varsity girl’s tennis coach.

Ann has been an important member of the Conway community for 23 years. Her class is organized, lively and focused on specific areas, including cardio, strength training, agility and flexibility.

As Conway principal Lane Narvaez has said, “From seeing Ann’s daily interactions with the students, it is evident that not only does she love her job, but she also enjoys working to encourage a healthy lifestyle among both students and staff.”

Ann has a great sense of humor and is always looking to bring new activities to Conway. For example, she is the school’s pickleball champion (a fast-growing sport that combines ping pong, badminton and tennis skills), and last month, she had all of the students in yoga positions! With her patience, infectious motivation and can-do attitude, Ann makes exercise fun for everyone at Conway Elementary!

Ann is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She and her husband, Michael, have been married for 15 years.

Ann received her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Maryville College. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).

See her award video here.

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Ranked #2 in State

Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases its list of best high schools in America. This year, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) was ranked second overall in Missouri and 363rd nationally.

In Missouri, 517 high schools were ranked, with LHWHS being the highest ranked public school and coming in second overall behind Metro Academic and Classical High School, a magnet school of St. Louis Public Schools. In the next three public school spots were Clayton High School, Lafayette High School (Rockwood), and Kirkwood High School.

“We know these rankings are only one measure of our school’s success.  However, we have every reason to be proud of our students and staff districtwide,” said LHWHS Principal Brad Griffith. “This level of achievement begins long before our students enter our doors. It is a testament to the support of our parents, our teaching staff from kindergarten on, and a community that truly values education. We are proud to be the culminating point of that experience and are truly honored to receive this acknowledgment of our students’ dedication and hard work.”

The study’s parameters are based on each individual high school’s performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. These rankings may shift after being released as subsequent information is considered.

For more information, visit www.usnews.com.

Old Bonhomme Art Studio & Olivette Partner for Community Mosaic

Congratulations to the City of Olivette! On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the City of Olivette, one of the ten municipalities that comprise the Ladue School District, celebrated the grand opening of the new Olivette City Center! The community was invited to tour the new facility, including the official unveiling of a mosaic tree, designed and coordinated by Lisa Roth, art teacher at Old Bonhomme Elementary School. Old Bonhomme students, city officials, first responders and members of the Olivette community participated in creating this piece of art celebrating the community’s growth, strength and individualism.

“The tree mosaic turned out really great!” Lisa said. “I loved the whole process of bringing our community together through art. Each student artist has a tile included in the mosaic, along with every firefighter, police officer, city administrator, family and community members! This is a huge piece of art (10 feet by 28 feet!), and it will beautify the space for many years.”

LHWHS Sophomore Wins Spot with Award-Winning Traveling Circus

Isabella Majzun, a 16-year-old acrobatic juggler and sophomore at LHWHS, has earned a spot with Circus Smirkus, the country’s only traditional traveling youth circus!

Isabella trains at Circus Harmony as a member of the elite acrobatic troupe, the St. Louis Arches, under the direction of Jessica Hentoff, juggling coach Richard Kennison and contortion coach Rosa Yagaantsetseg. The Arches perform most Saturdays in the City Museum at 1 and 3 p.m., and during the month of June behind Powell Hall during Circus Flora. With the Arches, Isabella has performed and trained in Israel, Canada, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Portland.

Last fall, Isabella submitted an audition tape to Smirkus headquarters in Greensboro, Vermont, and was called for a live audition in January. She will travel and work with 29 other performers, ages 12 to 18, who represent some of the world’s most exciting young circus talent. This year’s troupers hail from 13 states: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, as well as Africa and Canada. Their skills include juggling, wire-walking, clowning, acrobatics, Chinese pole, hula hoop, aerials, and unicycling.

Talking Rams Rank in MSHSAA Speech and Debate State Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the MSHSAA Speech and Debate State Tournament at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri this past weekend!

  • Levi Dyson (11) and Edward Wu (11) were ranked 9th after four preliminary rounds of Public Forum Debate.
  • Patrick Naughton (12) and Aramis Rickey (12) placed 3rd in Policy Debate.
  • Maya Mutic (12) placed 2nd in International Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Patrick Naughton (12) placed 2nd in United States Extemporaneous Speaking.

High School Students Head to National Economics Challenge Semi-Finals

Ladue Horton Watkins High School students participated in and won the upper division of the National Economics Challenge (NEC), the nation’s most prestigious high school economics competition!

There are two divisions: the upper (Adam Smith) and the lower (David Ricardo). The upper division is for AP, IB and Honors students. The lower division is for general Economics students participating for the first time.

The team won the upper division and will compete in the National Semi-Finals! The students are: David Song (12), Philip Adams (12), Patrick Naughton (12) and Alex Tan (12).

Each year, over 10,500 students across the U.S. participate in the competition. The Challenge recognizes exceptional high school students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events.

 

 

Conway Elementary Students Create Motivational Chalk Art

This week at Conway Elementary, the students took to the sidewalk out front to create motivational messages with chalk for MAP testing! Check out the pictures and video included below!