Monthly Archives: May 2017

Fifth Grade Center Math Teacher Tonee Simmons Recognized with May Excellence in Education Award

Tonee Simmons, a math teacher at the Fifth Grade Center, received the May Excellence in Education Award at the May 8, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Tonee on this prestigious recognition!

Tonee has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2004, when she took a position as a teaching assistant at Conway for one year. She then spent three years teaching third grade and then another three years teaching fifth grade at Conway before she moved to the Fifth Grade Center, where she has been for the past four years.

For Principal Julie Helm, the first words that come to mind when thinking about Tonee as an educator is “student advocate”. Tonee sees her students not only as learners but as individuals who each need support and care. This shows in her actions. At the beginning of the year, Tonee spends a good portion of her time and energy building relationships with her students. She was one of the staff members who felt that the teachers needed more time with the students, so the schedule was adjusted this year to feature a Homeroom Day.

Fifth Grade Math Students Headed to National Math Contest

Ari Willick wins a third place ribbon for in the Target Test (problem-solving) category.

This past week, four fifth-grade math students placed in the top 10 in the state math contest! These students are eligible to participate in the national contest in June!

The Fifth Grade Center’s team (consisting of the four boys below) came in first place overall. They beat the Parkway West 6th grade team by just a few points. Parkway West beat the FGC’s team in Regionals in March.

Individual Overall Scores for FGC team:
1st Place – Adi Jain
2nd Place – Kevin Tang
6th Place – Aric Wang
7th Place – Rohan Suri

Ten students participated overall. Ari Willick (5) won a third place ribbon in the Target Test (problem solving). Abheek Dhawan (5) won a fourth place ribbon in Target. Jonathan Yao (4) won first place overall for 4th grade.

Congratulations to all students who participated!

High School Girl Scout Honored with National Computing Award

Rose Coughlin, a sophomore at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, was recently honored with the Aspirations Award in Computing from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) for her aptitude and interest in technology and computer, her solid leadership ability, her academic history and plans for post-secondary education. She was one of two area girl scouts honored with the award.

To learn more about Rose’s contributions as a girl scout, check out this article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Annual African-American Student 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 Thursday, May 4, at the school’s gymnasium. The event is designed to showcase African-American students’ talents and celebrate their accomplishments in the areas of academics, citizenship and school involvement.

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, Jameson Falconer and Udonne Eke-Okoro!

Check out the photos here from this outstanding event!

High School Senior Becomes Finalist in DECA International Competition

At the annual DECA International Competition, senior Xinyu He was a finalist in the Business Financial Series event, which per her in the top 20 overall!

Competitors qualify by earning top scores at the State level and advance to the International Career Development Conference, which was held in Anaheim, California. Fifteen Ladue Schools students competed for international honors against 19,100 students from across the globe.

Students participate in more than 40 events including principles of business administration, business planning and operations, marketing research, team decision making events, advertising, chapter team projects, leadership academies, and entrepreneurship projects.

DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism.

Journalism Students Take Home Recognitions in Journalism STL Competition

Recently, the Ladue Horton Watkins High School journalism students submitted their work from the past year into state and local competitions. Several students placed in the STL competition, with three taking away Best of Show awards. We also had two students, Katie Bry (12) and Audrey Wang (11), receive top honors in the state-wide competition for their work on the Panorama this year.

Missouri Journalism Education Association State Winners
Story of the Year Winner: Features: Katie Bry (12)
Newspaper Design of the Year State Award Winner: Katie Bry (12)
Art of the Year Winner: Illustration State Award Winner: Audrey Wang (11)
Newspaper Front Page Design Finalist: Aaron Greenberg (12)

Journalism STL Award Winners
Best of Show: Art: Audrey Wang (11)
Superior Award: Commentary: Sophia Li (11)
Excellent Award: News Feature: Katie Bry (12)
Best of Show: Sports Copy: Glen Morgenstern (11)
Honorable Mention: In-Depth Design: Katie Bry (12)
Best of Show: In-Depth Design: Katie Bry (12)
Excellent Award: In-Depth Design: Lily Hauptman (11) + Julia Biest (12)
Honorable Mention: Inside Page Design: Sophia Li (11)

Young Ladue Schools Graduates Excel in Local Civil Rights Organization, Local Government

Ladue Schools graduates have gone on to establish successful careers in academia, business, entertainment, government, nonprofits, medicine, along with so much more.

Two Ladue Schools graduates will be a part of the NAACP-St. Louis County’s Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner, due to their accomplishments. John Gaskin III is the Freedom Fund Dinner Committee Chairman, an NAACP national board member and a graduate of the class of 2011. This event is the third-largest NAACP dinner in the nation, and John serves as the youngest freedom fund dinner chairman in the county.

Jimmy Loomis, also a Ladue Schools alumnus, class of 2013, is the youngest elected official in the state serving as the Clayton Township Democratic committeeman, and will serve as Honorary General Chair for this major event.

To learn more about the event, click here.

Solomon, Alumnus and Photojournalist, Covers Drone Attack Against ISIS

Ben Solomon is a New York Times video journalist and filmmaker. He’s also a 2006 graduate of Ladue Schools. He has reported in numerous war zones and in 2015, he was part of a team who won a Pulitzer prize for their work in Sierra Leon, Liberia and Guinea during the Ebola virus epidemic.

Recently, Ben accompanied Iraqi special forces fighting ISIS and experienced a drone attack firsthand. Watch the video he created below.

Ladue Schools Students Excel at St. Louis Science Fair

The Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair has released the results from their competition, and the Ladue School District’s students have performed beautifully!

LMS won one red ribbon; Old Bonhomme won four blue ribbons and one red ribbon; Spoede won six blue ribbons and one green ribbon; Reed won five blue ribbons, six red ribbons and 11 green ribbons.

Congratulations to all of the students who participated!

2012 Graduate and Football Star Jehu Chesson Drafted by Chiefs

Jehu Chesson, a Ladue Schools 2012 graduate, was recently chosen by the Chiefs in the NFL draft! Jehu, wide receiver for the Michigan Wolverines, is one of the top receivers in the Big Ten. He’s 6-foot-3, 204 pounds and finished his Michigan career with 114 receptions for 1,639 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Check out this article for more information!