Category Archives: District Recognition

Rams and CHARACTERplus Name 2013 Character Fitness Model Schools

The following news release was provided by the St. Louis Rams and can be read online at

The St. Louis Rams and CHARACTERplus, an initiative of the Cooperating School Districts, today announced this year’s Character Fitness Model Schools. Ladue Middle School in the Ladue School District, Point Elementary School in the Mehlville School District and Woerther Elementary School in the Rockwood School District were selected as the 2013 Character Fitness Model Schools.

Dr. Donna Jahnke Appointed Next Ladue Schools Superintendent

On February 26, 2013, the Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Donna Jahnke, a 22-year veteran of the Ladue School District, as its next superintendent.  Dr. Jahnke will begin her new role July 1, 2013, after finishing her current contract as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.

Old Bonhomme Recognized as Missouri State School of Character

Old Bonhomme Elementary School is one of only 15 schools in Missouri to receive the State School of Character designation.  The program is conducted by CHARACTERplus®, a division of Cooperating School Districts, and is the most rigorous award process in the field of character education.

See video created by Old Bonhomme Physical Education teacher Connie Jander at Old Bonhomme’s School of Character banner presentation on May 16, 2013.

Award Presented for LECC Construction Best Practices

The Ladue School District’s early childhood center was recognized for best practices in the construction industry by the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) during its annual awards on December 13, 2012 at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet, St. Louis, MO.

“iAm Ladue” Breaking Records on HEC-TV

The latest edition of “iAm Ladue” is now available on HEC-TV’s website.  The curiosity factor for this program has kicked in.  It is the only amateur shown on HEC-TV’s schedule, and it is currently the third most often downloaded program, and the number one collection for HEC-TV on iTunesU.

Local Family Uses Books to Bond with Neighbors

As reported on KSDK about  a Ladue Schools family…

By Heidi Glaus

Olivette, MO (KSDK) – Drive around any neighborhood and you’ll probably see somebody in the middle of some sort of project. But the project that just wrapped up at a house in Olivette required more than a hammer and nails.

iAm Ladue Rises Quickly on the HEC-TV Charts

With only two editions completed, iAm Ladue is the #1 Top Collection of all HEC-TV shows.  In addition, the second show submitted has become the second-most downloaded shown on HEC-TV.

Each month, two of the Ladue Broadcast Technology department’s televisions shows, the student-produced Ladue View and the district communications program Ladue Schools Today, are combined into a one-hour television show called iAm Ladue.  See the first edition of iAm Ladue.

Three Ladue Ensembles Featured at MMEA 2013

Congratulations to the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Symphonic Percussion Ensemble, directed by Michael Faris; the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Symphonic Band, directed by Aaron Lehde and Scott Harris; and the Ladue Middle School Treble Chamber Singers, directed by Brandon Williams.  These three ensembles were selected through a blind audition, out of 196 state-wide applicants, to perform at the 2013 Missouri Music Educators Association Convention.

The students and directors will travel to Tan-tar-a on Friday, January 25, 2012 to present concerts modeling exemplary performance and literature for Missouri music teachers and college students.

“iAm Ladue” Featured on HEC-TV

The Ladue Broadcast Technology department has entered into a new joint venture with HEC-TV. An Emmy award winning station of excellence, HEC-TV is St. Louis’ leading producer of education, arts, and cultural television.

Each month, two of the Ladue Broadcast Technology departments televisions shows, the student-produced Ladue View and the district communications program Ladue Schools Today, will be combined into a one-hour television show called iAm Ladue.  See the first edition of iAm Ladue.

Alumna Jasmine Huda Hosts Foundation Luncheon

The Ladue Education Foundation once again kicked off the school year with an annual community event.  This year, the event was a luncheon attended by over 200 with Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumna Jasmine Huda as Keynote Speaker and Honorary Chair.  Jasmine Huda graduated in 1997 and is currently a news anchor for KMOV-TV.  (See video recap of luncheon.)