Category Archives: District Recognition

Speech & Debate Team Racks Up First Place Wins

Congratulations to the Talking Rams, the LWHHS speech and debate team, who won first place in the 2015 Parkway Classic hosted by Parkway West on Oct. 9 & 10. The team also took home the win at the Oakville Autumn Congress invitational on Oct. 3 at Oakville High School!

The team also earned designation in the Two Hundred Club of the National Forensic League of the National Speech and Debate Association for 2015. This designation means the team earned more than 200 degrees during the 2014-2015 competition season. This designation places the chapter in the top 7.5 percent of teams in the country. This is the fifth year in a row the team has earned membership in the Two Hundred Club!

Ladue Early Childhood Center Staff & Community Recognized for Support of Cancer Center

The Ladue Early Childhood Center staff and school community will be recognized for their annual fundraising efforts and support of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center!

Each year, the LECC hosts the “Hats on to Cancer” event, where students bring in $1 to wear a hat all day at school. All proceeds are donated to the center. This year will be the third time the LECC has held the event. This year, the event will be on Jan. 21, 2016!

Spoede Best in State for 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Congratulations to Spoede Elementary School, which has officially been named the #1 school in Missouri for logging the most minutes in the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge! Thanks to our inspiring teachers and parents, we have some excellent young readers in our schools, and they’re powered up to read throughout this school year!

Ladue Schools #2 on Top 10 Best School Districts in Missouri

Ladue Schools was recently listed second on the Top 10 Best School Districts in Missouri, a ranking created by k12.niche.com.  Some of the factors included in the ranking were high school graduation and dropout rates, quality of teachers, the ratio of teachers to students, and academics.

Ladue Middle School Students Excel on MAP Test

Congratulations to our Ladue Middle School students and staff for their spot on a St. Louis Post-Dispatch list of eight area middle schools that mastered the MAP test this year!

The tests were expected to be more rigorous this year, because this was the launch of the testing that accompanied the Common Core Standards. Click here to see our school and its overall scores in English, Math and Science.

Research Project Shows Progress in Working Memory and Academics

Developing various methods of helping students succeed is imperative for schools, and one Ladue School District employee has contributed to this goal by striving to understand the relationship between working memory capacity and academic performance.

LHWHS Grads Chosen For McDonald’s and UNCF Scholarship

Congratulations to three Ladue Horton Watkins High School Graduates for being chosen for the McDonald’s Academic Excellence Award Scholarship! Nautica Huddleston, Gabrielle Hannah, and Malcolm Davis will each receive a $3,000 scholarship that is awarded to college-bound St. Louis and Metro East high school seniors.

The event was held at a McDonald’s on Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on Wednesday. Malcolm was unable to attend, but Nautica and Gabrielle were awarded their certificates at the event. To see event coverage, visit FOX2Now.

Reed Elementary Teacher Receives $1,000 Grant

Karen Engelkenjohn, a Gifted Specialist at Reed Elementary School, received a $1,000 grant from Monsanto on the first day of school that will be used to buy agriculturally-focused kits for students.  Karen said she was invited to apply for the Dannette Ward Science Education Grant because the school had hosted a Science Night the year before and had invited Monsanto employees to join in the fun.

LHWHS Senior Receives Congressional Award Gold Medal

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School Senior Jacqueline Wong, who was honored at the 2015 Gold Medal Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 2015!

The Congressional Award Gold Medal is awarded to students who set goals and excel in four areas of individual growth: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration.

Students Raise Over $1300 for Cancer Research

Students and staff in the Ladue School District stood up to cancer by raising $1,385 for a cure in this year’s School and Youth Campaign!

Each year, the spirit and hard work of our teachers and students helps the Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society continue funding research for cures and treatments for blood cancers. Our support also helps the chapter provide services to these patients and families during their times of need.