Category Archives: Academics

Old Bonhomme First Lego League Teams Place at Competition

Congratulations to all of the Old Bonhomme Elementary teams that participated in the Junior First Lego League Competition last Saturday, March 26!

The students represented the school so well that parents from other schools came up to Coach Tamara McLean and complimented them on a great job! They won the following recognitions:

Third Grade Students Learn Through Climbing

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Greenery is growing on the Ladue Schools campuses again, and for the first time, Old Bonhomme third graders had the opportunity to learn all about the flora through the disciplines of botany, biology and ecology—all while safely suspended in one of the school’s beautiful trees!

The event “Science in a Tree” was held on March 23 and 24. The program is founded and operated by Dean Eckhoff, a former teacher with a Ph.D. in physics. “Tree Guy” Mott, a certified arborist and climbing instructor, teaches the students how to climb safely. The two travel to local schools to offer students the adventure of recreational climbing mixed with fun scientific experiments conducted on the way up.

Linden Haynes & Jack Lloyd_edited_OB“The Science in a Tree program was built with the students and teachers in mind,” Eckhoff explained. “We focus on science activities and topics that can’t be studied properly in the classroom. Our experts work directly with the schools before, during and after the event to deliver content that matches the educational goals of the teachers.”

The third grade team was excited to create memories for the students that will last forever, while also fostering teamwork and perseverance as the students learn about scientific topics.

The chosen tree was prepared by Mott, who teaches climbing with the Global Organization of Tree Climbers. Each third grade class spent three hours climbing, exploring and learning with “Science in a Tree.”

For more information, visit the “Science in a Tree” website.

High School Senior and Girl Scout Awarded Scholarship

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Congratulations to senior Jessica Thoelke, who received a $5,000 scholarship for higher education from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. The honor was given to recognize Jessica for her leadership abilities and for recently completing her Girl Scouts Gold Award project.

The Gold Award is bestowed after the recipient has undergone a rigorous, in-depth project. Jessica’s project consisted of creating and facilitating a coding program for Ladue Middle School students. At the beginning of the year, Jessica recognized a lack of opportunities for young students to learn coding. She approached administrators and worked with teachers to structure an after-school Code Red coding program. Now, 30 to 40 students attend the sessions to learn the basics of coding and explore the possibilities.

The best part of her experience was watching the students grasp the concepts and then put them into practice, Jessica told the Girl Scouts.

Jessica will attend Washington University in the fall to study engineering. She hopes to become an aerospace engineer.

 

Ladue Middle School Science Bowl Students Headed to D.C.

What term is used to describe the resistance of lava to flow as reflected by its gas content, temperature and chemical composition?

Don’t know?

Well, the Ladue Middle School Science Bowl students do! These kids race to hit the buzzer first and rattle off the answer to questions just like this at their competitions.

BUZZZZ! And the answer is: Viscosity!

Both the 7th grade and 8th grade teams have surpassed everyone’s expectations this year! The seventh-grade team is preparing for Nationals in Washington, D.C. in April. KMOV captured some of the teams’ practice and ran a great segment last week. Check out the video below!

Ladue Middle School Students Advance to National Math Counts Competition

On Saturday, March 12, seven Ladue Middle School students competed in the State Math Counts competition in Columbia, Missouri. All of the students placed in the Top 25, and five placed in the Top 10 as individuals!

Will Bender (6) – 1st
Jeremy Ouyang (8) – 4th
Anna Zhong (8) – 5th
Stephen Jiang (7) – 6th
Jason Ding (7) – 8th
William Pan (7) – 19th
Harry Chen (7) – 23rd

In the Countdown Round, Stephen Jiang placed 1st, Anna Zhong placed 2nd, and Jeremy Ouyang placed 3rd.

The LMS team of Jeremy Ouyang, Anna Zhong, Stephen Jiang, and Jason Ding placed 1st in the team competition.

The top four students in the state advance to the national competition. Will Bender and Jeremy Ouyang have won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from May 7- 10. Seventh-grade math teacher Nancy Chambers will accompany these students and coach the state team.

Please congratulate all of these students; they are outstanding representatives of our middle school!

Senior Receives Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award

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Congratulations to Rasika Sant for being named a recipient of the 2016 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education! Rasika is one of only 15 students across the state chosen for this honor.

Sant, Rasika - Award PresentationRasika was nominated for her academic excellence in government/civics courses, her participation and leadership in extracurricular activities related to government/civics and her community service. Each high school in the state is able to nominate one student.

Applications are reviewed by a committee made up of members from the Missouri Bar Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education, the Missouri Council for the Social Studies, the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, the State Board of Education, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Rasika was recognized at a luncheon in Jefferson City where she was honored by the Missouri State Board of Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Reed Students Excel at Equations Math Competition

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About 30 third- and fourth-grade students from Reed Elementary competed in an Equations math competition at UMSL on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Barrett Gall, a third grader, and Aditya Jain, a fourth grader, were recognized as high-scoring individual players. A third grade team, the Bling Bling Math Masters, was recognized for its high score. Those students included Anna Moore, Miko Kim, Arti Jain, Craig Urano and Barrett Gall. A fourth grade team, The PEMDA Panthers, was also recognized for its high score. Those students included Robert Fan, Abheek Dhawan, Aditya Jain, Rohan Suri, and Lucas Von Allmen.

LHWHS Senior Wins First Place at St. Louis Science Fair

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LHWHS Senior Monica Malone blinded us with science at the Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair, Honors Division on Saturday, Feb. 27! Monica’s experiment won first place, earning her $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.

About 7 million people from across the world compete for 1,700 spots at Intel. Monica said she is completely in shock that one of those spots is hers, but she’s ready to take her project to this next competition.

LMS Student Advances to Statewide Geography Bee

Addison Steinbach_7Congratulations to seventh-grader Addison Steinbach on advancing to the 2016 Missouri Geographic Bee! Addison, an LMS student, won the schoolwide geographic bee and took the state qualifying test to be entered into the Missouri competition. Only the top 100 contestants statewide advance! Everyone here at Ladue Schools wishes him the best of luck!

LMS Students Participate in MathCounts Competition

On Saturday, 10 LMS students participated in the MathCounts St. Louis Chapter competition at Florissant Valley Community College. The students included Jeremy Ouyang (8), Anna Zhong (8), Stephen Jiang (7), Jason Ding (7), Harry Chen (7), Will Bender (6), William Xie (7), Samuel Chen (6), William Pan (7), and Daniel Xu (6).