High School Science Olympiad Team Heads to Nationals in May

This weekend, the state Science Olympiad competition was held at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and the high school team finished in first place! Out of the 23 events, there were only More »

Senior Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving Members Earn All American Honors

All nine graduating senior girls of the Girls’ and two graduating senior boys of the Boys’ Swimming & Diving teams at Ladue Horton Watkins High School earned All American Academic status with More »

LMS MathCounts Students Dominate at State Competition

In February, nine Ladue Middle School students qualified at the regional Chapter Round of the MathCounts competition to advance to the Missouri State Round. MathCounts is the premier mathematics competition for middle-school More »

Junior Kaylon Buckner Helps Lacrosse Team Earn Championship Title

Congratuluations to junior Kaylon Buckner on a fantastic comeback at the Webster-Kirkwood Invitational for lacrosse! Check out the article run in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here. More »

High School Wrestling Earns Recognitions, Shows Strength of Character

Over spring break, our outstanding high school wrestling team was busy earning significant recognitions! Junior Jacob Orsay was named Wrestler of the Year. Eric Prager, Kyle Cody, Kendall Whited, Leor Goldfarb and More »

Conway Elementary Parent Teaches Students How to Code

Conway parent Suparba Panda decided to leave her full-time job as vice president of technology at Equifax to teach young students how to work with innovative technology. Suparba created TymeMachine, a nonprofit More »

Ladue Schools Students Excel at Missouri State Chess Championships

More than 40 Ladue School District students competed at the Missouri State Chess Championships on Saturday, March 18, in Columbia, Missouri. The high school team finished 3rd in their division, the LMS More »

Old Bonhomme Student Races for Autism Fundraiser

Old Bonhomme first grader Sean Dixon raced in Quincy, Illinois, for the 2nd Annual Race for Autism, a benefit to raise money for autism last Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Sean took first place, but that was not the best part—he gave his winning trophy to an autistic child who came out to watch the race!

“It just melted my heart,” Sean’s mom said. “Because no one saw that coming, which was amazing. Proud “Mom Moment”, of course!”

If you want to read more about the event and see video of Sean’s win, click here.

Old Bonhomme School, which is a Missouri School of Character, celebrates Sean’s wonderful example of his school’s motto, “Choose to be nice.” Way to go, Sean!

The race was held at TNT Kartways in Taylor, MO.

Old Bonhomme Student Throws First Pitch at Diabetes Day at the Ballpark

Old Bonhomme School fourth grader Ava Leidenfrost threw out the first pitch to Hall of Famer Lou Brock at the baseball game on Diabetes Day at the Ballpark on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016!

Ava is a wonderful role model as she is becoming more independent each year, successfully managing her own Type 1 diabetes. The ball was a little to the side of home plate, but it had a lot of force! On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, Ava and Lou Brock accepted a $25,000 check from the Cardinals Care Fund.

Lou and Ava also found that they had something in common: two of Lou’s granddaughters attended Old Bonhomme Elementary, too!

Ladue Schools Recognized for Reaching Out to Normandy

The Ladue School District is one of several regional districts that have worked to support the Normandy School District over the past year. Staff members have visited Normandy to help with literacy efforts and to support new principals. Our own Cheryl Kirchgessner, principal at Old Bonhomme Elementary, is quoted in an article published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this weekend.

Our district’s involvement, along with Cheryl’s contributions, are nicely highlighted in this article. Check it out here!

 

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.

Alumna Susan Medart Gets Crafty, Business Flourishes

Susan Medart, a 1980 Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumna, found her calling just seven years ago when she decided to try her hand at starting a business for her handmade crafts.

Susan always enjoyed designing and creating her own pieces, and from this passion, Knollwood Lane was born. The business was named after a family property in Wisconsin. Susan’s business has since blossomed, and she found two other local mothers, Crystal Lindsey and Julie Frizzell, who joined her.

Ladue News featured a story about Susan’s success, and you can read more about the business and its wares here!

 

 

Reed Elementary Invites First Responders to Recess

DSC_0072_editedEach year, Reed Elementary invites local first responders to recess, where these heroes hand out popsicles to the students and answer the kids’ questions about these important careers. Last Friday, the firefighters and EMT officials took time out of their day to visit with kids on the playground, tossing balls and throwing frisbees. While some students played sports with these guests, others clambered through the firetruck and ambulance.

At one point, the ambulance was called away to respond to an emergency call during the kindergarten recess. The students lined up and watched in awe as the lights flashed and the sirens pealed. The ambulance sped away down the street. When it returned, you can bet the kids had their questions ready!

The students also make cards and draw pictures as a thank you for all that these men and women do for our community. Check out the pictures here!

LMS’ Computer Technology Teacher Kelly Arl Chosen for Google Innovator Academy

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School’s Computer Technology Teacher Kelly Arl, who has been chosen to attend the Google Certified Innovator Academy, which will be held at Google’s headquarters in Toronto, Canada in October.

The program includes three days of hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learning about innovative instructional strategies and receiving resources to share with colleagues.

Arl is one of 30 participants chosen worldwide for their innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology. She’s excited to go represent Ladue Schools, share ideas with fellow educators and bring back resources for the classroom.

“At the Google for Education Innovation Academy, you will discover how to unlock creativity, translate insights into solutions, experiment rapidly, and build an effective innovation culture in their own schools and organizations,” according to its website. “The Innovation Academy is just the beginning of a journey with peers—and Google—to impact education in their communities.”

With the completion of the program, the participants will become Google Certified Innovators.

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.

Boys Soccer Team Ranked 50th Nationally

For the first time ever, the high school boys soccer team has been ranked nationally! TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked the team 50th in the nation.

Head Coach Dave Aronberg says the boys are happy with the recognition and that this news is just another reason the team is celebrating the great start to the season! While Aronberg said it is difficult to compare teams nationally (these teams never play each other), being ranked among the best in the country is an honor.

 

Art Teacher’s Painting for Peace Submission Featured in Exhibition

Congratulations to new Ladue Horton Watkins High School art teacher Christine Warner for being included in a community art exhibition: Outside In: Paint for Peace.  The exhibition features paintings from the Painting for Peace art movement that arose in Ferguson and spread throughout St. Louis in 2014.  This collaborative community exhibition showcases the power of the arts to create conversation, understanding and healing.

Outside In: Paint for Peace will be on view at the following presenting and program partners:

  • The Millstone Gallery at COCA (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Missouri History Museum (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Vaughn Cultural Center (Sep. 2 – Nov. 4)
  • Ferguson Youth Initiative (Sep. 2 – Oct. 30)
  • The Sheldon Art Galleries (Oct. 7 – Nov. 19)
* Christine’s painting is number 7: “Phoenix Rising in the Arch” and can be seen at the 1:30 mark of this video
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