Category Archives: Academics

Twenty-One LHWHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Twenty-one Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors have recently been recognized as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition—the highest number of Ladue Schools students to be honored in a single year, and more students than any other school in the state. These students qualified based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken in their junior year.

“We are incredibly proud of these students. They have demonstrated the results that can be achieved through years of dedication to their studies and I have no doubt this is just the beginning of great accomplishments these students will experience,” Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke said. “This year, we celebrate the largest number of students to receive this recognition, but it’s important to remember that while this accomplishment is made in high school, every educator who has inspired and supported these students along the way has played a role in their success.”

All of these students are eligible for scholarships that will be offered next spring.

These students include (from top left to the bottom right of the attached picture): Abhay Cashikar, Anthony Schuster, Glen Morgenstern, Joel Hsieh, Charles Loitman, Aaron Umen, Eric Yang, Lily Hauptman, Audrey Wang, Julia Wang, Xiwen Zhang, Ryan Miller, Annie Liu, Evyn Levy, Justin Chen, Albert Liu, Aleesha Shi and Sophia Li. Levi Dyson, Macey Goldstein and Edward Wu were not pictured.

High School Students and Staff Witness Solar Eclipse

On Aug. 21, 2017, students and staff enjoyed witnessing the total solar eclipse together. Check out the time lapse video below taken high school art teacher Jono Robbins with the district’s drone!

Spoede 4th Grader Places 9th in National Math Competition

Congratulations to Jonathan Yao, a Spoede Elementary fourth grader who attended the Math League national competition at Texas A&M University in June. He placed 9th overall and made 6th place in the team. About 100 fourth graders from around the nation participated in the competition, all from the top qualifiers in each state. Jonathan is now in fifth grade at the Fifth Grade Center.

LHWHS Students Graduate from 2017 STARS Program

This year, five Ladue Horton Watkins High School students graduated from the 2017 STARS Program (Students and Teachers as Research Scientists), a six-week precollegiate research program held over the summer!

About 95 students from area schools worked with more than 60 local scientists from fields such as biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, physics and psychology. The program runs six weeks and offers high school students an opportunity to gain some undergraduate-level research experience.

Over the course of the program, the five Ladue Schools students synthesized their work into research papers. The papers include:

STL Public School Guide Lists Reed #2 in Top 20 Elementary Schools in Math

The new Post-Dispatch public school guide compares schools on a variety of issues, including test scores. The guide ranked the 20 local elementary schools with the highest rate of proficiency on statewide tests on math, and Reed Elementary was ranked #2! Statewide, the rate for proficiency in math is 48.6 percent. At Reed, that rate is 80.2%. Check out the list here!

 

High Five Fridays Spotlighted on FOX2

Check out this video from FOX2 shining light on the High Five Fridays at Reed Elementary this past year! These morning greetings pump the kids up for school, making them feel empowered and supported. The tradition will carry on to the next school year!

Students Take Home Awards from MCTM State Math Contest

Ladue Fifth Grade Center students participated in the MCTM State Math Contest in Columbia on Saturday, May 6. Four students placed in the top 10 and were eligible to move on to the national competition in Houston, Texas, on June 24.

In the state competition, there were 188 young mathematicians from Missouri eager to participate in four different math test categories. The four FGC students took 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 7th places for the individual overall category. The Ladue FGC teams took first, fifth, and sixth places. In addition to our four top ten winners, two students won ribbons in individual categories.

5th grade:
Aditya Jain – 1st place
Kevin Tang – 2nd place
Aric Wang – 5th place
Rohan Suri – 6th place
Ari Willick
Abheek Dhawan
Sophia Xu
Sarah Liao
Matthew Awad

Spoede:
Jonathan Yao – 1st place, 4th grade

Johnathan Yao won 9th place overall for fourth grade at the national event, and the Ladue Fifth Grade Center team came in 6th place in the national sweepstakes category.

Photo 1 is of Jonathan Yao (fouth grader at Spoede) who won 9th place overall for fourth grade. The second phono is Jonathan Yao and Aric Wang

Second Graders Visited by BJC Hospital’s Book Brigade

Second graders at Spoede Elementary were treated with a visit from the BJC Book Brigade, a school outreach and youth development program that distributes books to children.

This year—the group’s second year of supporting literacy—the BJC Book Brigade gave away more than 26,000 books to second graders in the area. Top hospital administrators volunteer as guest readers before providing a take-home book for every student.

In the spring of 2016, BJC held its first Book Brigade, which provided more than 22,000 books to second graders to read before they began their summer vacation.

Picture courtesy of second grade teacher Lauren Stotlar.

“Through you and your colleagues, we are aware of the importance of children reading on grade level by third grade. As health care providers, we know the link between education and health outcomes,” June McAllister Fowler, Senior Vice President of Communications said in a news release. “Our BJC Book Brigade employee service project will keep its mission of placing a summer reading book in the hands of every second grader transitioning into third grade in public school districts where BJC has a hospital or significant presence.”

LMS Science Olympiad Team Takes 14th at National Tournament

Congratulations to the LMS Science Olympiad team for their performance at the National Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Out of the top teams from around the country, they placed 14th in the nation!

Four events medaled:

1st place Microbe Mission: Christopher Ye and Cindy Wang
1st place Road Scholars: William Pan and Daniel Xu
3rd place Ecology: Steven Jiang & Ashna Chali
6th place Hovercraft: Eric Yin and Lucy Yue

Two LMS Eighth Graders Receive Ed Greenwood Memorial Award

Congratulations to Katherine Eisenman and Andrew Fruend, who were presented with the prestigious Ed Greenwood Memorial Award at the 2017 Ladue Middle School 8th Grade Farewell Ceremony.

Each year, one eighth grade boy and girl are selected based on their exemplary high academic performance, citizenship and service to the school.

Dr. Greenwood promoted these virtues in his pursuit of excellence during his career as teacher and principal. Winners receive Cross pen and pencil sets and have their pictures hung along with the previous winners.

Finalists included Sydney Clawson, Udonne Eke-Okoro, Rebecca Lang, Lucy Yue, Samuel Cobin, Gabriel DiAntonio, Stephen Jiang and Alexander Zhou