Category Archives: A Salute To Ladue Staff

Behr Named Outstanding Project Lead The Way Engineering Teacher

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Hannah Behr, who was recognized as a 2015-2016 Outstanding Project Lead the Way Engineering Teacher!

Project Lead the Way is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Hannah is the PLTW coordinator for the high school, and has taken on an integral role in developing the program.

Ladue Schools’ Boy’s Varsity Tennis Head Coach Named State Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Ladue Schools’ Head Coach for Boy’s Varsity Tennis, Margaret Junker, who has been named State Coach of the Year! The announcement was made at the 2015 Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday, September 25, 2015.

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!

LHWHS Alumna Retires, Runs Nonprofit For Seniors & the Arts

Lynn Friedman Hamilton, a Ladue Horton Watkins High School 1963 alumna, is retired, but she’s not slowing down. In 2009, Lynn launched a nonprofit project, Maturity and its Muse. Now that she’s retired, Lynn has more time for her organization!

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!

LHWHS Teacher Bob Westerholt Recognized with September 2015 Excellence in Education Award

Bob Westerholt, the AP Psychology teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, received the September 2015 Excellence in Education Award at the Sept. 28 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Bob on this prestigious recognition!

This marks Bob’s 23rd year of service in the Ladue School District, time spent imparting knowledge and life lessons to our students. Bob began his career with the district in August 1992, as a seventh grade social studies teacher at Ladue Middle School. He taught at LMS for five years before moving to the high school, where this will be his 18th year.

LHWHS’s Journalism Teacher Named Certified Journalism Educator

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s journalism instructor Jillian Miesen for being named a Certified Journalism Educator from the Journalism Education Association!

Jillian will be recognized at a ceremony honoring the newly-certified educators at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Convention on November 14, 2015, at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida. She will receive her certificate during the ceremony.

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.

Teacher Inspires Students to Read Outside of the Classroom with Video

Kim Gutchewsky, an English teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, thought her students needed a reading pep talk. She thought they needed to see that real people, those who were out in their community, actually read books for enjoyment.

So this summer, she undertook the making of a video—one that would inspire her students to try to find books outside of class, books that they would love. Kim asked people to give their names, what they do for a living and then to talk about the book they were currently reading. She’s received great support from area businesses and media, including: the Ladue Schnucks, Barnes and Noble, KSDK anchors, the zoo, Ladue News, and more.

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.