Category Archives: Academics

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Seniors Score Perfectly on ACT

Eight Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors earned perfect scores on their ACTs. Noah DiAntonio, Patrick Naughton, Maya Mutic, Jeffrey Wang, Hans Chan, Gloria Zhou, Jake Loynd and one other senior, who wishes to remain anonymous, each earned a 36 on the college readiness test.

This means that the students correctly answered every question in each of the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning.

KSDK ran an extended segment on the students’ achievement, which you can view here.

“We have a large number of seniors who achieved a perfect score on the ACT this year, but it’s important to remember that while these accomplishments are made in high school, they are a product of our students’ learning experiences throughout the district,” Principal Brad Griffith said. “Every educator who has inspired and supported these students along the way has had a hand in helping them succeed, and we are all excited to see what our students will go on to accomplish after graduation.”

Noah is the son of Aaron and Bronwen DiAntonio; Patrick is the son of Michael and Cathy Naughton; Maya is the daughter of Sasa and Jada Mutic; Jeffrey is the son of Peter Wang and Natalie Chen; Hans is the son of Tat Chan and Carol Wong; Gloria is the daughter of Jianpeng Zhou and Jing Liu; and Jake is the son of Michael and Katie Loynd.

Each student plans on attending a four-year college after graduation. Noah plans on majoring in political science; Jeffrey would like to pursue computer science and continue playing tennis; Gloria is interested in scientific fields and studying abroad; Hans plans on majoring in piano and economics; Patrick will major in electrical engineering and computer science; and both Maya and Jake plan on studying engineering.

FGC Chosen as a “Doin’ It Right” School

Cardinals selfieThe Fifth Grade Center was recently chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals as a “Doin’ It Right” school. Radio broadcaster Mike Claiborne and Fredbird visited the FGC last week to talk to the students about the importance of staying in school, participating in sports and saying no to drugs. The Fifth Grade Center used this assembly to kick off Red Ribbon Week!

LHWHS Senior Selected as Siemens Semifinalist

Ladue Horton Watkins High School senior Jeffrey Wang is among six semifinalists named across Missouri in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students.

Jeffrey was selected from more than 1,600 students who submitted innovative individual and team research projects across the U.S. He was mentored by Professor Dirk Englund and Dr. Gabriele Grosso of MIT.

“These semi-finalists should be extremely proud of this high-level academic accomplishment,” Siemens Foundation CEO David Etzwiler said. “Their projects represent some of the most noteworthy and exceptional of those submitted and reflected an advanced level of STEM research.”

Congratulations, Jeffrey!

HEC-TV Wins Emmy for Show Including Spoede Elementary’s Math Fact Scholars Program

Recently, HEC-TV, the district’s local professional television partner, won seven Emmys, including one for “Behind the Minds: 2016”, a show in which Spoede Elementary gives an overview of its Math Fact Scholars program in the “Practice, Practice, Practice Math Facts” segment.

Each week, kids in grades K-4 come in the hour before school to tackle timed math tests. The program began in 2014 and has grown to 184 students.

“I think they learn important life lessons, like you don’t always win. You don’t always get everything the first time you try for it,” Principal Dr. Kim Stallons said. “They learn perseverance. They learn that it’s okay to make mistakes, but you learn from those mistakes, and you get better and then that’s how you continue achieving, whatever your goal may be.”

Check out the show linked here!

 

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!

Recent Graduate Earns Emmy for High School Story

This past Saturday, HEC-TV, the district’s local professional television partner, won seven Emmys, including one for “History in the First Person: Being a Change Agent”, a show in which recent graduate Reis Rosenbloom contributed two stories. Reis, who graduated last May, is the district’s first student ever to win a professional Emmy while still in the high school’s Broadcast Technology program! (He even gets a statue!)

“Our goal to develop opportunities for Ladue Schools students to collaborate with professional partners while in our Broadcast Technology program has certainly impacted many, but what a memory for Reis to keep with him for the rest of his life,” Broadcast Technology, Film and Multimedia Teacher Don Goble said.

The show is linked here; Reis’ first story about Circus Harmony appears at the 20:25 mark of the program, and his second story about Camp Jump Start begins near the 24:47 mark.

Congratulations, Reis!

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.

16 Seniors Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

We are proud to announce that 16 of our high school students have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists this year! These students qualified based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken in their junior year!

These students include: Michael Burke, Jeffrey Wang, Maya Mutic, Noah DiAntonio, Hans Chan, Alexandra (Sasha) Rice, Kevin Zhang, Patrick Naughton, Donna LaMore, Julia Biest, Stephanie Zhong, Gloria Zhou, Amanda Steiner, Anna Cramblitt and Alexander Tan. Michael Muzinich also qualified, though he no longer attends Ladue Schools.

About only 20 percent of high school students take the SAT. These students are among a small group of LHWHS seniors who have achieved this accomplishment in the past 20 years.

Two LMS Eighth Graders Receive Ed Greenwood Memorial Award

Congratulations to Anna Zhong and Christopher Ye, who were presented with the prestigious Ed Greenwood Memorial Award at the 2016 Ladue Middle School 8th Grade Citizenship Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016.

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 Jenna Gold, Shelei Pan, Lucie Rowe, Katie Shaw, Giuseppe Di Cera, Will Minifie, Jeremy Ouyang, and Michael Wayne.

LHWHS Junior Graduates from Research Science Institute

Congratulations to Jeffrey Wang, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, for his graduation from the 32nd annual Research Science Institute this summer!

RSI is a highly competitive summer research program for high school students around the world. This rigorous academic program stresses advanced theory and research in mathematics, the sciences and engineering. This year, Jeffrey completed a research paper entitled “Effects of Variable Flux and Beam Energy in Nitrogen Ion Treatment on Single Photon Emissions of Defect Centers in hBN” under the direction of Professor Dirk Englund at Department of Quantum Photonics of MIT.

The program is free of charge for those selected. This year, 52 students from the U.S. and 30 international students attended the institute held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from June 26 to Aug. 6.