Category Archives: A Salute To Ladue Staff

Harlem Wizards Take On Ladue Schools Staff

This past Sunday, the Harlem Wizards visited the LHWHS Nielson Gym to take on a team of Ladue Schools staff! Everyone enjoyed watching the fun, and our team members proved to be good sports. The event was the first of its kind and hosted by the Ladue Education Foundation (LEF) and the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Boys’ Basketball Program.

 

Team Ladue consisted of:

Maggie 2Staff Members:
Dr. Chris Schreiner – Reed Elementary Principal
Kurt Garner – Reed Elementary Teacher
Mark Williams – Spoede Elementary Teacher (and alumnus)
Quentin Alemayu – LMS Teacher
Matt Strayhorn – LMS Teacher
Connie Jander – Old Bonhomme Elementary Teacher
Chad Anderson – LMS Teacher and LHWHS Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
Jeff Guidry – LHWHS Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

District Parents:
Gary Bussard
Bruce Schneider
Tom Harmon

Also Participating:
Score Keeper: Brian Archibald, LHWHS Math Teacher
Referee:  Dr. Derrick Wallace, Director of Student Services

Check out this video!

Speech and Debate Teacher Molly Beck Receives First Diamond Coach Award

Congratulations to the high school’s speech and debate teacher, Molly Beck, on being recognized with the prestigious Diamond Coach Award! This award is bestowed from the National Speech & Debate Association’s Honor Society to those with professional careers that combine excellence and longevity in speech and debate.

Check out the news release below:

Spoede Students Raise Money for Hurricane Victims

Check out this piece by FOX 2 featuring second grade teacher Jessica Moore’s class! This group of Spoede kids spent time raising money for hurricane victims this week.

Reed Elementary Wins Selfie Contest

Congratulations to Reed Elementary, the school that won the selfie competition! We asked that each school’s teachers try and take a selfie with every student as an activity to reach “Every Student. Every Day.” As a treat, the Kona Ice truck stopped by during each recess!

The number of selfies all Ladue Schools teachers took with their students was astounding. While we hoped everyone would have a little fun with it, interacting with students one-on-one can sometimes make their day!  “Every Student. Every Day.” is a high standard, and we find that our staff work hard to make this a reality. So thanks to our teachers  for diving right into this activity with us!

LHWHS ELA Teacher Lisa Crawford Recognized with October Excellence in Education Award

Lisa Crawford, an English-Language Arts teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, received the October Excellence in Education Award at the Oct. 24, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Lisa on this prestigious recognition!

Lisa is known among her coworkers as an engaging teacher, always encouraging students to strive for their absolute best in the classroom. These students understand that Lisa holds them to this high standard so that they can achieve the highest level of success once they leave LHWHS. And of course, she professional and hard-working; Lisa is usually the first person to arrive in the mornings, ready to start the day imparting knowledge to her students.

As Principal Brad Griffith said, Lisa is sharp and extremely intelligent; and seamlessly teaches to a wide range of ability levels.

“Seeing Lisa’s dedication and commitment toward her craft, it’s obvious that teaching is her calling,” Principal Brad Griffith said. “I wish I had the fortune of having her as one of my teachers when I was in high school.”

Lisa has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 1991, when she took a position teaching at the high school. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She and her husband, Joe, have been married for eight years and have one child: 4-year-old Erin.

Lisa received her undergraduate degree from Southwest Missouri State in 1990. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in English from St. Louis University.

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.