Category Archives: Academics

High School Students Learn Ways to De-Stress Before Finals

IMG_8079The Ladue Students Helping Students Club sponsored a “De-Stress” event during their Seminar period on April 12, where about 115 students signed up for various sessions that taught them how to deal with their stress levels.

This was the first time the event was held at the school. However, Ladue Students Helping Students, the club that organized the event, plans to do it in the future, as well.

The event was timed so students could learn techniques on ways to deal with stress in a healthy way before testing at the end of the year, which includes finals, as well as AP and ACT testing. There were five sessions, and students could choose three. They included Mindfulness, The Art of De-stressing, Meditation/Guided Imagery, Therapy Dogs, and Yoga. Students were given resources at the end of each session so they can continue practicing what they learned. 

High School Science Olympiad Team Takes First Place at State Finals

Congratulations to the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Science Olympiad Team on their first place win at the state finals in Fulton, Missouri, this past Saturday!

The best 32 teams from in the state competed, and the team took top five in 18 of the 23 events. Our Middle School Science Olympiad Team also finished in first place. Both of the teams will be moving on to the national finals at the University of Wisconsin-Stout the last week of school!

LMS Science Olympiad Team Blinded State Finals with Science

The Ladue Middle School’s Science Olympiad team has proved once more that they know their stuff! The team took first place at the state finals in Fulton, Missouri, last Saturday, with a commanding lead over the second place team, Pembroke Hill from Kansas City.

Of the top teams around the state, 32 were present, and the LMS team made the top five in 20 of 22 events! The team will move on to the national finals at the University of Wisconsin-Stout during the last week of school. This will be the team’s 22nd appearance at the national finals in the last 24 years!

High School Students Place First in 2016 Math League Competition

The Ladue Horton Watkins math team placed first in the 2016 Missouri Math League Competition! There are six league competitions over the school year, and both the team and individual results are totaled to determine the overall team and individual winners. This is the third time in the last four years that the Ladue math team has placed first in the state!

Computer Science Teams Place at Webster University Programming Challenge

Ladue Horton Watkins computer science teams placed 2nd and 4th in the Webster University Programming Challenge! Our 2nd place team solved the same number of problems as the first place team but had a slightly larger time penalty. There were 31 high school teams in this competition which is the largest number of teams in the 15-year history of the competition. In the last 7 years, Ladue Schools teams have always placed in the top three: 1 third place, 3 second places and 3 first places.

Please congratulate these students:
Gregory Farn
Patrick Naughton
Jeffrey Wang
Spencer Chen
Seema Patil
Moses Schindler
Alec Goldberg
Ori Miller
Kevin Xue
Felix Hu
Patrick Hwang
Sophia Li

LMS Students Excel at State Mathematics Contest

Thirteen LMS students participated in the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics State contest at Selvidge Middle School last Saturday.  They competed with 231 students from 64 schools across the state.  The results were:

6th Grade Individual:
1st – Will Bender
5th – Samuel Chen
10th – Iris Zhou

7th Grade Individual:
1st – Jason Ding
2nd – Stephen Jiang
3rd – Harry Chen
8th – William Xie
9th – William Pan

8th Grade Individual:
1st – Jeremy Ouyang
5th – Anna Zhong

1st place team: Jason Ding, Stephen Jiang, Jeremy Ouyang, and Anna Zhong

2nd place team: Willam Bender, Harry Chen, Samuel Chen, and William Xie

Congratulations to these students on their accomplishments!

Three LHWHS Girl Scouts Recognized for STEM Accomplishments

See the full press release below from the Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri:

St. Louis, MO – March 24, 2016 – Three area Girl Scouts were recently honored by the local chapter of National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) for their aptitude and interest in technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history and plans for post-secondary education. The organization honored Jessica Thoelke (12) with the Award for Aspirations in Computing, and named Rose Coughlin (9) and Marguerite Goodrow (11) as runners up. All three girls attend Ladue Horton-Watkins High School.

Three Seniors are Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Competition

Congratulations to three Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors who are the first students to been recognized as National Merit finalists. The students include Steele Stewart, Rasika Sant and Tom Liu. More finalists might follow in the weeks to come.

The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of NMSC’s scholarship programs are:

  • to promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular
  • to shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education
  • to stimulate increased support from organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent

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


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.