Ladue Middle School Students Hold Memorial for Lives Lost in Parkland, Florida

On Wednesday morning, our middle school students held a moving demonstration to join together in support of the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida. All three grades walked out to the field More »

Broadcast Students’ Video to be Aired on KSDK

Congratulations to LHWHS seniors Kaycee Little and Jaylen Sykes for being the school’s winners in the KSDK/Gateway STEM/Ladue “Pair & Share Program.” For the last 15 years, students from LHWHS and Gateway More »

Six Talking Rams Team Members Heading to National Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Speech and Debate Tournament, and took home several awards! The team took 7th in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st in Congress Sweepstakes, 1st More »

Ladue High School Chorale Students Recognized for Outstanding Performances

The Ladue High School Chorale students have been recognized for outstanding performances in the last week. Five students from the Ladue High School Chorale participated in the St. Louis Suburban District Music More »

High School Catering Connection Club Takes on Run and Run S’more Event

Congratulations to the Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Catering Connection Club for their performance at the Run and Run S’more event! The students worked tirelessly through the three days leading up to More »

LHWHS Students Take Top Two Places at 2018 St. Louis Brain Bee

Akhil Kondepudi, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, won the 2018 St. Louis Brain Bee, an annual neuroscience competition held at Washington University in St. Louis! The second place winner More »

Spoede Fourth Grader Competing on MasterChef Junior

Any MasterChef Junior fans? A Spoede Elementary student has become a TV star! Fourth grader Juelz Bugg made the top 24 chefs for Season 6! The season premiere of the show aired More »

Talking Rams Compete in Parkway Classic

The speech and debate team competed in the Parkway Classic hosted by Parkway West this past weekend. The team took 4th place overall!

Please congratulate the team members listed below on their individual accomplishments!

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Hale Masaki (11) – 3rd place

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Olivia Liu (11) – 4th place
Fayzan Ali (10) – Semifinalist

High School Junior Marilyn Lercel’s Video Story Published by HEC-TV

Below is a link to HEC-TV’s most recent #1 rated show, “Behind the Minds”. High school junior Marilyn Lercel’s video story about the eclipse was included at about the 1:40 mark of the show. Congratulations to Marilyn on this accomplishment!

Speech and Debate Team Places 1st at Oakville Autumn Congress

The speech and debate team competed in the Oakville Autumn Congress tournament this past weekend. The team took 1st place in Sweepstakes!

The students listed below won individual awards in their chambers!

Albert Liu (12) – Permanent Presiding Officer
Levi Dyson (12) – 1st place
Brendan Yang (10) – 1st place
Sahana Raju (12) – 2nd place
Edward Wu (12) – 2nd place

The team kicks off their regular season on Oct. 20 and 21 at Parkway West!

KSDK Highlights Moses Okpala, LHWHS Athlete

Moses Okpala is a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, and he came to Missouri from Nigeria. KSDK told his story in a segment following his transition and success both through sports and academia. Check out the video below!

Old Bonhomme Launches Let Me Run STL Team

Old Bonhomme Elementary is one of the new Let Me Run-STL teams this season!

Let Me Run is a nonprofit holistic health program for 4th through 8th grade boys that uses running to inspire and teach. Twice a week for seven weeks, trained coaches guide teams through the program, designed to amplify confidence, self-expression, and respect for others. Each fall and spring season culminates in a 5k race that celebrates the boys’ emotional, social and physical growth.

The LMR boys at Old Bonhomme, one of 17 regional teams, are up and running by 7:30 a.m. before school on their practice days. These are truly enjoying the lessons, are very engaged, and motivated to take on the school day after each practice.

The team recently talked about being a good team player and reinforced the lesson with everyone’s favorite: the downward dog tunnel! While the boys found it to be difficult to hold their positioning, they worked together and each boy successfully made it through the tunnel!

The boys love to run together, and fourth-grader Rohit Laddu shared that he thinks about the “Words to Live By” throughout his day.

What a great way to start your day and set you on the right path for the remainder of the day! Thank you, Old Bonhomme LMR Coaches – Matt Prange and Edna Rodriquez, for supporting our boys!

Ladue Alumna Publishes Memoir, Credits Ladue Schools for Dream Education

Ladue Class of 1965 alumna Joy Passanante has recently published a memoir she had been working on for 12 years entitled Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father’s Wars.

The tale is told through her father’s eyes and is set against the backdrop of World War II. It takes place for the most part in North Africa and Europe during World War II, where Bart (Joy’s father) was a young physician and while Bart and Bertie were separated from each other for two years and eight months. There are also several sections that take place in St. Louis.

Joy shared the impact that attending the Ladue School District had on her success:

“I’ve thought over and over about what those Ladue schools gave me all my adult life. Like many parents whose parents were immigrants to this country,  mine moved into the Ladue School District (Chevy Chase for us) when I was five so that my sisters and I would be assured an excellent public education. They got what they had dreamed for. And I received something that, in retrospect, seems like a dream-education.

Talking Rams Compete in First Tournament of the Year

The LHWHS speech and debate team competed in the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Pre-Season Tournament on Sept. 30. This was the first tournament of the 2017-2018 season. Four novices competed in their first tournament!

Congratulations to the students who placed in their events!


  • Cassie Beisheim (10) and Sunny Lu (10) – 1st place, tournament champions. Cassie and Sunny were ranked first in every round of the tournament!
  • Ope Falako (12) and Claire Golden (11) – 5th place


  • Fayzan Ali (10) – 5th place
  • Anna Zhong (10) – 6th place


  • Sam Hiken (11) – 3rd place


  • Gabe DiAntonio (9) – 1st place, tournament champion
  • Huamin Gao (9) – 5th place


  • Jake Gerardi (12) – 1st place, tournament champion. Jake was undefeated in the tournament!
  • Derek Raymond (9) – 5th place

The team’s next tournament will be Oakville Autumn Congress on Oct. 14.

Spoede Elementary Hosts Annual S.T.E.A.M. Carnival

Last week, Spoede Elementary held its annual S.T.E.A.M Carnival (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) over two days! The event helps kids get excited about the science and technology topics they will explore throughout the year. All of the 1st and 2nd graders attend one day, and 3rd and 4th grade students attend the next day. Students are placed in groups of five or six and rotate through eight stations, which are run by parents, teachers, community members, high school teachers, and high school students. The stations provide opportunities to explore scientific topics the learn about in the curriculum throughout the year, but in fun and engaging ways. This year, the students had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; they got to touch a real human brain!

Booths This Year:

  • Lava Lamps (mixtures and solutions)
  • Blueberry DNA
  • Virtual Reality
  • Microscope Investigations
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Human Body
  • Rockets
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Electricity
  • Sound
  • Leaf Identification
  • Nutrition

Check out the gallery of photos below, and click here to view more!

Spoede Best in State for 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Congratulations to Spoede Elementary School, which has officially been named the #1 school in Missouri for logging the most minutes in the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge! Thanks to our inspiring teachers and parents, we have some excellent young readers in our schools, and they’re powered up to read throughout this school year!

Spoede Elementary students read a total of 191,466 minutes this summer!

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is designed to help kids turn the “summer slide”—the learning loss which can occur over the summer months—into a “summer leap” by discovering the power and joy of reading for fun. The program offered kids the chance to log their reading minutes to earn digital prizes as they completed weekly reading challenges, gaining access to 18 reading activities, including games, quizzes and videos based on popular children’s books. Parents and families also had access to free summer reading resources, including booklists across all age groups in both English and Spanish.

The school will be listed in the 2018 Scholastic Book of World Records and will receive a special personalized plaque to commemorate the students’ summer reading achievements.

Nearly 4,000 schools, libraries and community partners participated in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Students from the U.S. and around the world read a whopping total of 138,399,392 minutes! That’s the fifth year in a row kids logged more than 100 million minutes.

Alumnus Publishes First Novel, Bases Character & Setting on Ladue Schools

Michael Currinder (Ladue Schools Class of ’83) has recently published his first novel for young adults titled Running Full Tilt. Praised by Newbery medal winner Jack Gantos as “a quick read with a kick at the finish,” his novel sensitively and memorably captures a teen runner’s relationship with his older brother who is autistic. The novel is set in Ladue Horton Watkins High School circa 2006, and the Coach Gorsky character is based upon former Ladue Schools track coach legend, Phil Brusca. The American Library Associations Booklist publication recently awarded the novel a starred review stating, “The characterizations are complex and realistic, with sensitively depicted virtues and flaws, evoking empathy and sympathy in the reader. Currinder’s novel is poignant and powerful, with a story that is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Michael ran cross country and track at Ladue Schools, and earned a college athletic scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His first novel is a hybrid of his collective experiences as a competitive runner and as an adolescent with an autistic sibling. Michael is currently living in Tokyo and is teacher and track and cross country coach at The American School in Japan.