Category Archives: A Salute To Ladue Staff

Students Excel on MAP Test

Congratulations to three Ladue School District schools students and staff for their spots on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s lists of schools that mastered the MAP test this past year!

Ladue Horton Watkins High School was a stand-out for the math portion; Ladue Middle School was a stand-out for the English-language arts, math and science portions; and Reed Elementary was a stand-out for English-language arts and math.

Click here to see our district and its overall scores in English, Math and Science. We know our kids are great, but it’s a treat when the community gets to see how our students’ and staff’s hard work pays off!

LMS Physical Education Teacher Jason Theodosiou Recognized with September Excellence in Education Award

Jason Theodosiou, a physical education teacher at Ladue Middle School, received the September 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the Sept. 27, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Jason on this prestigious recognition!

Jason has worked for the Ladue School District since January of 2004, when he took a position in physical education teaching swimming lessons at Ladue Middle School.

Jason’s colleagues will tell you that some of his greatest strengths include his attitude (he looks for the positive in any situation) and his interpersonal relationships (he connects well with ALL students). Jason models character values and embeds character education in the classroom. He is self-directed and very reflective. Jason also embraces building initiatives and seeks opportunities to incorporate them into his daily practice. He steps up and takes leadership roles and follows through on given tasks.

Ladue Schools Recognized for Reaching Out to Normandy

The Ladue School District is one of several regional districts that have worked to support the Normandy School District over the past year. Staff members have visited Normandy to help with literacy efforts and to support new principals. Our own Cheryl Kirchgessner, principal at Old Bonhomme Elementary, is quoted in an article published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this weekend.

Our district’s involvement, along with Cheryl’s contributions, are nicely highlighted in this article. Check it out here!

 

STRIDE Making a Difference at Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Data aggregated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows that there is a disconnect between the enrollment of African-Americans in the St. Louis regional schools and the percentage of those African-American students taking AP classes in high school, but teachers at Ladue Horton Watkins High School are tackling the issue, and their efforts are making a difference.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article in May giving voice to the issue and spotlighting Ladue Horton Watkins High School as an entity that is working to make a positive change. Teachers at the school volunteer their time with STRIDE, Students Taking Rigorous Instruction Developing Exceptionally, an after-school club for African-American and Hispanic students enrolled in AP classes. According to the article, in the four years since the program was launched, the number of black and Hispanic students enrolled in Ladue’s AP courses has increased by 159 percent.

Some of our students and staff were quoted in the article, explaining the program and how it affects their opportunities going forward! To read more of this article, click here.

LMS’ Computer Technology Teacher Kelly Arl Chosen for Google Innovator Academy

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School’s Computer Technology Teacher Kelly Arl, who has been chosen to attend the Google Certified Innovator Academy, which will be held at Google’s headquarters in Toronto, Canada in October.

The program includes three days of hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learning about innovative instructional strategies and receiving resources to share with colleagues.

Arl is one of 30 participants chosen worldwide for their innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology. She’s excited to go represent Ladue Schools, share ideas with fellow educators and bring back resources for the classroom.

“At the Google for Education Innovation Academy, you will discover how to unlock creativity, translate insights into solutions, experiment rapidly, and build an effective innovation culture in their own schools and organizations,” according to its website. “The Innovation Academy is just the beginning of a journey with peers—and Google—to impact education in their communities.”

With the completion of the program, the participants will become Google Certified Innovators.

Art Teacher’s Painting for Peace Submission Featured in Exhibition

Congratulations to new Ladue Horton Watkins High School art teacher Christine Warner for being included in a community art exhibition: Outside In: Paint for Peace.  The exhibition features paintings from the Painting for Peace art movement that arose in Ferguson and spread throughout St. Louis in 2014.  This collaborative community exhibition showcases the power of the arts to create conversation, understanding and healing.

Outside In: Paint for Peace will be on view at the following presenting and program partners:

  • The Millstone Gallery at COCA (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Missouri History Museum (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Vaughn Cultural Center (Sep. 2 – Nov. 4)
  • Ferguson Youth Initiative (Sep. 2 – Oct. 30)
  • The Sheldon Art Galleries (Oct. 7 – Nov. 19)
* Christine’s painting is number 7: “Phoenix Rising in the Arch” and can be seen at the 1:30 mark of this video
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Old Bonhomme Spanish Teacher’s Soccer Team Featured in Spanish Publication

Old Bonhomme’s Spanish teacher, Antón Martín, not only instructs students on how to speak a second language, but he also coaches an area youth soccer team. The Athletic Club Bilbao magazine, a Spanish publication, featured Antón’s team in a recent edition. The Athletic Club Bilbao is a first division soccer team in northern Spain (the Basque Country region), and Antón said the magazine wanted to do a history on him and his team because he is originally from that area and is a big fan of the Athletic Bilbao (so much so that he named his team after the the club).

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Click on the image above to see the article.

Antón has been coaching teams in St. Louis for 20 straight years. He’s coached all age groups from 4- 17 years and at all different levels, from recreational soccer to select soccer to high school soccer. This is his fifth year coaching this team. Among the players on the team are four former Old Bonhomme students, Adam Devine, Ronak Nagarajan, Ellory Steinbach and Samuel M’Pemba, all sixth grade students at Ladue Middle School this year. The team’s players are in the sixth and seventh grades, between 11 and 12 years old. This team is a select soccer team and plays for the Real St. Louis Soccer Club, which is a select club here in St. Louis.

Antón said that he hopes for his players to learn how to work as a team, gain a sense of responsibility, learn from their mistakes and of course, for them to become great soccer players.

This is Antón’s twelfth year at Old Bonhomme.

 

Speech & Debate Coach Earns Accreditation

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Social Studies teacher Molly Beck for earning her Professional Speech & Debate Coach Accreditation through the National Speech & Debate Association! This award recognizes excellence in coaching and teaching speech and debate.

Molly just finished her fifth year of teaching at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She has coached the Talking Rams, the speech and debate team, since she joined the Ladue Schools team in 2011.

The Talking Rams is a nationally-recognized team, bringing home the wins year after year! Congratulations, Molly!

 

Reed Technology Integration Coach Recognized with Innovator Award

Congratulations to Reed’s Technology Integration Coach Jill Badalamenti who has been recognized as one of 10 educators nationwide who won a first place Henry Ford Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award in June.

This award recognizes educators who use the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking among its students. The winners were chosen by a team of judges and Discovery Hug, a team specifically focused on innovation at Shell.

Jill will receive a week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, from July 31 to Aug. 4. This includes behind-the-scenes tours with curators and archivists, a teaching innovation workshop and a special recognition ceremony.

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is a half-hour program on CBS that tells the stories behind historic innovators of the past and today’s visionaries.

Girls Soccer Team Ends Season With Recognitions

Congratulations to the Ladue Schools girls soccer team on a fabulous 2016 season! This year, Coach Dave Aronberg was recognized as the Suburban Central National All Conference Coach of the Year, and Lizzy Puyo, a senior, was named the Player of the Year.

Five other seniors made the First Team, including: Claire Petersen, Madeline Billeaud, Hayden Hunt, Natalie Behrens and Anna Hartig. Three players made Second Team, including: Hadley Cytron (9), Sarah Cook (10) and Jillian Mann (9).