Category Archives: Students

LMS Partners Club Volunteers at Food Pantry

The LMS Partners Club took students on a service project to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry on Tuesday, March 29. The students worked hard repacking food for the pantry’s customers, and the group can’t wait to help out again! Check out some of the photos below of our students working hard!

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!

Old Bonhomme Students Surpass Last Year’s Jump Rope for Heart Donation

This year, Old Bonhomme leapt into fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart, donating a total of $24,200 to the American Heart Association!

The total is about $2,000 more than the students raised last year. Eight classes raised at least $1,350, earning them a free recess! The second grade alone raised $6,800. What a group of students!

Reed Elementary Welcomes Author & Marshall the Miracle Dog To Unveiling of Bully Bench

After a few years of planning, Reed Elementary finally unveiled its Buddy Bench on Friday, April 1. To celebrate this new addition, Cyndi Willenbrock, author and producer of a children’s book that deals with the issues of inclusion and bullying, visited Reed Elementary and did a book reading.

Friday morning, students gathered in the gym to hear the story, “Marshall the Miracle Dog,” which describes an animal rescue and subsequent adoption. Marshall, the dog for whom the book was written, visited with students as they discussed how acceptance and empathy can change a life. After the reading, students performed a skit on how to use the new Buddy Bench.

DSC_0108 DSC_0099The Buddy Bench is just that—a bench installed on the playground where students can approach one another and invite classmates to play. The concept of the bench began when one boy at an elementary school in Pennsylvania wanted to make sure students weren’t lonely and feeling left out during recess. When students and staff members at Reed Elementary heard about this new way to foster friendships, the process to build a bench began.

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.

Speech and Debate Student Earns Highest Degree

Rasika Sant, senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has earned the highest degree of membership in the National Forensic League (NFL) by surpassing 1,500 earned points over her career.

Sant earned Premier Distinction while competing in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament when she reached 1,571 points. Earning this degree places Sant in the top half of one percent of all members in the NFL. Currently, she has the second most points on the team, is ranked 4th in the Eastern Missouri District and 39th in the state. Attaining the Degree of Premier Distinction reflects a strong dedication to the team, excellence in speech and debate and an incredible career.

This news comes as Sant qualified to the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament in International Extemporaneous Speaking for the second year in a row. Sant joins her teammate, Simi Falako, as the only two current team members to achieve this level of success.

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.