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LHWHS Hockey Player Scores 7 of 10 Goals To Win Match

Congratulations to LHWHS junior and hockey player Zachary Levy, #10, for scoring seven goals and one assist in last week’s game against Priory! The end score was 10-3.   Photo courtesy of More »

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LHWHS Graduate Recognized at Veiled Prophet Ball

Annie Donnell, a 2015 graduate of Ladue Schools, was featured in Town & Style’s recent edition for her participation as a maid at the 2015 Veiled Prophet Ball and her dedication to More »

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High School Boys Soccer Team Sets School Record

Congratulations to the high school boys soccer team for their outstanding season and shout-out in the December edition of Town & Style! The Rams set a school record with 29 wins. The More »

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Talking Rams Take First Place in Randy Pierce Winter Classic Sweepstakes

The speech and debate team competed at the Randy Pierce Winter Classic hosted by Pattonville this past weekend—the last tournament of the semester! The team took 1st place in Sweepstakes! Congratulations to More »

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Talking Rams Take Home the Wins at George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational

Nine members of the Talking Rams, the high school speech and debate team traveled to Bradley University to compete in the George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational! This tournament is our More »

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2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year Rob Good Interviewed by UMSL Daily

Ladue Horton Watkins High School history teacher Rob Good was named the 2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. UMSL Daily recently interviewed Rob to learn more More »

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Senior Featured in Town & Style as Sport Standout

Senior Hans Chan was recently featured in Town & Style as a “Sport Standout” for his passion and drive in pursuing both piano and soccer throughout high school. Hans plans continue both in More »

Water Polo Coach Named Gateway North’s Coach of the Year

Michael ClayCongratulations to Water Polo Head Coach Michael Clay who was recently named Gateway North’s Coach of the Year! Additionally, Noah Douaihy (11), was named Gateway North’s Player of the Year. First Team honors went to Noah Krause (12), Lachlan Thompson (12), & Noah Douaihy. Second Team honors went to Zack Helmkampf (12) & Dixon Bezzant (10).

LHS-TV Films Staff Awarded First in State for Special Project Video of the Year

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The LHS-TV & Films Staff from Ladue Horton Watkins High School have been named the Missouri Journalism Education Association’s Video of the Year: Special Projects State Award Winner. Student enrolled in the Broadcast Technology II class produced a 60 Minutes-style television show first semester investigating the new high school schedule. You can watch the show here: Ladue View Special Investigate Report.

The MJEA Student awards were designed to honor the very best in student writing, photography, design and video storytelling in Missouri by selecting one winner in each of 21 categories. The state winners will received a special medallion and certificate.

Learn more about MJEA and this year’s state winners here.

Six Ladue Schools Programs Receive 2016 Promising Practices Awards

Anna Dodel and Cindy Brown receive the LECC Promising Practice award at the National Character Education Conference in Washington, D.C.

Anna Dodel and Cindy Brown receive the LECC Promising Practice award at the National Character Education Conference in Washington, D.C.

Several Ladue School District’s schools’ programs were selected as a 2016 National Promising Practice by Character.org! The program highlights what classrooms are doing well across the nation and across the world.

The following school received the award for their programs:

  • Ladue Early Childhood Center — Bringing Literacy Into the Home, Veterans Day
  • Reed — STARR Teams (Students Taking Action and Responsibility), Action-Based Service Learning at St. Louis Food Bank
  • Spoede — Camp Read-A-Lot
  • Ladue Middle School — New Student “Bring a Friend” Club

Becky Sauerbrunn Visits Ladue Girls Soccer Game

“Ladue High is in the midst of what could wind up being the best season in the history of its girls soccer program.

One of the world’s best players has taken notice.”

This introduction makes you want to read more, right?! This is the lede to an article published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about 2003 Ladue graduate and co-captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team Becky Sauerbrunn’s visit to a Rams game.

Becky watched the girls soccer team win 2-1 Friday at Belton and then took time to meet with the players after the game.

“It was kind of like our motivation to get up and start playing a little bit more than we were,” Hayden Hunt, a senior midfielder and captain, told the post-dispatch. “So we got to win a pretty dramatic game in front of her, which was exciting.”

Click here to read the full story!

 

 

LHWHS Freshman Heads to Junior Olympic Nationals for Gymnastics

Dani WidesThe Ladue School District loves to celebrate its students’ achievements both in and out of school! Freshman Dani Wides is a Level 10 gymnast, and she will be one of 56 girls her age from across the country to compete in the Junior Olympic Nationals on May 8 in Fort Worth, Texas!

Dani began gymnastics in April, 2005, when she was 4 years old.  She was initially put in a pre-competitive class, and many of these girls became part of the competitive gymnastics program. Dani began her gymnastics career at Team Central and moved to All American gymnastics two years ago in September of 2014.  At All American, Dani was put in level 10, the highest level before elite. This year, Dani perfected her level 10 skills, made it to state, then regionals, and now Junior Olympic Nationals.

Good luck, Dani, and congratulations!

Talking Rams Excel at MSHSAA State

The Talking Rams, the LHWHS speech and debate team, competed in the MSHSAA Speech, Debate, and Theatre State Tournament this past weekend!

Congratulations to the following students on their achievements:

  • Simi Falako (12) – 2nd place in Original Oratory (Simi actually tied for 1st place and placed 2nd on a tie-breaker)
  • Noah DiAntonio (11) and Maya Mutic (11) – quarterfinalists in Policy Debate
  • Jacob Granick (12) and Bobby Zitzmann (12) – 9th in Public Forum Debate

Conway Counselor Amy Grunwaldt Recognized with April Excellence in Education Award

Amy Grunwaldt, a counselor at Conway Elementary, received the April 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the April 25, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Amy on this prestigious recognition!

This marks Amy’s seventh year with the Ladue School District. She began working here in 2009 as a counselor at Conway. Amy is originally from St. Charles, Missouri. She and her husband, Adam Grunwaldt, have been married for 14 years. The couple has two children: 9-year-old Jacob and 5-year-old Carly. Amy received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the Lindenwood University. She received her master’s degree in School Counseling from Lindenwood University and acquired more than 30 hours in Special Education from Webster University.

Amy is an invaluable member of Conway’s team. She has a great rapport with kids; she is supportive and always willing to sit down with a student who is struggling and work through the problem. With Amy, the students’ voices are heard, and she lets them know that their problems are important to her. She has an innate ability to listen to what students have to say and respond in a way that makes them feel as if someone understands what they’re going through.

“We all have job descriptions,” Principal Dr. Lane Narvaez says. “Amy views her job as helping to make Conway the best that it can be! And that’s why she’s the perfect candidate for this award.”

St. Louis 2016 Day of Discovery Tour Comes to LMS May 14

The 2016 Day of Discovery will be hosted at Ladue Middle School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 14. The event is a free professional learning experience and is focused on three important goals: to learn, share and connect!

These learning events help teachers and administrators learn more about integrating digital content into their curriculum, provide opportunities for participants to share strategies that are working and connect attendees.

LMS seventh grade Social Studies teacher Quentin Alimayu will give a presentation on Universal Design for Learning that helps make curriculum more accessible. He will highlight 27 particular apps and will also show staff how to access a blog with more than 200 apps that can be used in the classroom!

The video below is just a taste of what Quentin will bring to the event! Parodying Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”, this video will have you dancing along and wanting to learn more!

Ladue School District Honors Teachers of the Year

2016 Teachers of the Year-Group

Every year, each building chooses a teacher of the year to be recognized by the Ladue School District. Then, one teacher is chosen as District Teacher of the Year. Each of the following individuals have dedicated time and effort into making learning a positive, fun and fulfilling experience for our students, and we thank them for their contributions!

Sweeney La Barge was chosen as District Teacher of the Year. Ask Sweeney what the best part of his job is, and he’ll tell you, “Easy—the people around me.” And he means all of them: students, teachers and administrators. He loves the interactions he has with all of them.

It’s this team mentality that Sweeney loves. Ladue Schools is the best team he’s ever been on, and he genuinely believes that we’re all better because we’re on this team. To use his words: “We reach more students when we’re a team. We impact our community as a team. Sometimes we disagree, but we respect each member of our team.”

LHWHS Grad Named National Champion in Impromptu Speaking

One of Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s graduates, Jerome Gregory, was named the National Champion in Impromptu Speaking at the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament! This was his second national championship.

Jerome, Class of 2013, placed 3rd in Persuasion and Informative Speaking, 4th in Rhetorical Criticism and was a quarterfinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking and After Dinner Speaking. He also placed 2nd in the Individual Pentathlon (individual sweepstakes).

When he was named the national champion in Impromptu, Jerome won the first trophy in a limited prep event in 20 years for Bradley University.

Congratulations, Jerome!