Seventh Grader Writes Article for St. Louis Jewish Parents Magazine

Seventh grader Shreeya Ravindranath wrote an article for the St. Louis Jewish Parents Magazine entitled “Music—My first language”. Check out her article here, located on pg. 8! More »

2013 Graduate Annie Kopp Attends Emmys with Late Night Show

Annie Kopp, 2013 graduate, was at the Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, with the show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. For those of you that do not know her, she’s the one More »

Twenty-One LHWHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Twenty-one Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors have recently been recognized as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition—the highest number of Ladue Schools students to be honored in a single More »

High School Students and Staff Witness Solar Eclipse

On Aug. 21, 2017, students and staff enjoyed witnessing the total solar eclipse together. Check out the time lapse video below taken high school art teacher Jono Robbins with the district’s drone! More »

Spoede 4th Grader Places 9th in National Math Competition

Congratulations to Jonathan Yao, a Spoede Elementary fourth grader who attended the Math League national competition at Texas A&M University in June. He placed 9th overall and made 6th place in the More »

Alumna Sheila Michaels Remembered as Champion of Title Ms.

Ladue Schools 1957 alumna Sheila Michaels passed away recently, and soon after her death, she was widely recognized and will be remembered for her championing of the title “Ms.” and for bringing More »

KBIA Follows Teachers New to Ladue Schools During Orientation

Check out this story from St. Louis Public Radio about the teachers new to Ladue Schools this year! We’re eager to add their enthusiasm and expertise to our team. 👩🏽‍🏫🍎 More »

LMS Students Place in Top 15 at MathCounts Competition

On Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 Ladue Middle School students participated at the Regional Round of the MathCounts Competition. Nine of the students placed in the top 15, which is a remarkable stat!

In addition, 7th-grader Samuel Chen won the No. 1 overall prize; 8th-grader William Xie won the Countdown Round (a head-to-head speed round); and the team of Stephen Jiang, Jason Ding, Will Bender and Anthony Wang took First Place in the Team Round.

All of these students will move on to the state competition in March. Here are the nine students and their places (and grade levels).

1) Sam Chen (7)
2) Stephen Jiang (8)
5) William Pan (8)
6) Jason Ding (8)
7) Anthony Wang (7)
10) William Xie (8)
11) Will Bender (7)
13) Marina Sha (8)
14) Iris Zhou (7)

DECA Students Qualify for Missouri State Competition

Congratulations to the following DECA students for qualifying for the Missouri State DECA competition at the Lake of the Ozarks in March! One student, Kaycee Little, also automatically qualified for the international DECA competition in Anaheim, California!

DECA is an international association for management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing.

LHWHS Students Raise Funds for Children’s Miracle Network

This Saturday, Feb. 4, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students held their annual Ladue Dance Marathon at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, where their efforts to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals culminated in their largest donation to date.

This year, the students raised a grand total of $44,237.04, about $11,000 more than last year. You can watch the big reveal video here! Over the past four years, Ladue Dance Marathon has raised close to $127,000. All funds stay local, going directly to Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon to help pay for new patient programs, equipment and facility renovations.

Students who participate in Ladue Dance Marathon spend months fundraising and wrap up their efforts at the event with music and dancing, games and philanthropic activities. Several patient families, known as “Miracle Families,” also attend the event to share their inspirational stories with the students who support them.

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 4.02.48 PM“Our executive directors, Julia Biest and Shirley Gelman, started raising money last summer, well before any previous year’s efforts had begun,” faculty co-sponsors Mike Farrell and Julie Blank said. “They never stopped striving to motivate the executive board. All of our student leaders worked tirelessly to create fundraising opportunities (through companies such as Waterway and Kendra Scott), to recruit dancers, and to inspire the participants to remember why they signed up for the event: not for the party, but for the kids.”

Dance Marathon is a nationwide organization that raises funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network. Ladue Dance Marathon is student-led and was the first high school Dance Marathon in Missouri, and is now one of two in the Greater St. Louis region.

Check out more photos here!

Fifteen Ladue Horton Watkins High School Seniors to Participate in Ceremonial Signing Celebration

On Wednesday, 15 seniors from Ladue Horton Watkins High School attended a Ceremonial Signing Celebration to share the news of their commitment to attend and play a sport for universities across the country.

Following are the names of the students, the educational institution they will attend, and the sport they have committed to play for those schools:

Zacharia AbuAwad, University of Delaware, Rowing
John Reilly Ahearn, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Golf
Ty Buckner, Missouri State University, Baseball
Zachary Bush, Garden City Community College, Football
Pachino Davis, Truman State University, Football
Nathan DeGraw, Southern Virginia University, Football
Kinder Jones, Transylvania University, Golf
Olivia Jones, Cleveland State University, Softball
Taylor Korte, Tufts University, Swimming
Neely Lochmoeller, Miami of Ohio University, Field Hockey
Tyler Love, McKendree University, Football
Melissa Melnick, Northwestern University, Swimming
Robert Jordan Neier, Culver Stockton College, Football
Charlotte Taylor, Clemson University, Rowing
Shawe Watkins, George Washington University, Rowing

High School Students Participate in the First High School Invitational in Many Years

Congratulations to the following 11 Ladue High School Science Olympiad students who participated in the first high school S.O. invitational in many years!

The team competed against 25 other S.O. teams, 12 from Missouri and 14 from Kansas. The competition was held at Staley High School in Kansas City, Missouri. With only part of the high school team able to make it to this rescheduled competition, the team still finished in 2nd place!

Congratulations the following students who competed:

Luke Biernbaum (12)
Abhay Cashikar (11)
Justin Chen (11)
Anna Cramblitt (12)
Noah Goldman (11)
Kevin Jiang (10)
Albert Liu (11)
Charlie Loitman (11)
Katie Shaw (9)
Jeffrey Wang (12)
Stephanie Zhong (12)

The regional tournament is not for another five weeks.

“We have much work to be done,” coach Mark Biernbaum said. “However, this was a terrific way to begin our competition season!”

Sixth Grader Wins LMS Spelling Bee and Heads to Semi-Finals

Congratulations to 6th grader Sassy Saleeby, winner of this year’s LMS spelling bee! Sassy will go on to compete in the semi-finals of the Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the St. Louis Post Dispatch on March 11, 2017. Finalists from that written bee will go on to compete in an oral bee on March 18, 2017. The winner of that Spelling Bee will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. later this spring.

Eighth graders Ashna Chali and Anna Demkovitch also earned perfect scores on the written bee (including getting all of the tie-breaker words correct). An oral bee was held after the written bee between the three finalists to determine the winner of the school bee. The winning word this year was “edamame”.

Thank you to Brian Beracha, Laurie Lambie, and Janice Davis, the teachers who helped grade spelling tests and supervise the 45 students who participated in the bee!

Olivette Residents Invited to Create Community Art Project with Old Bonhomme

Old Bonhomme Elementary students are partnering with their local heroes—Olivette Police and Fire—to create a community artwork for the new Olivette City Center that is scheduled to open in April! The project is a mosaic tree pieced together from clay tiles to be installed in the foyer of the new building. The tree symbolizes the community’s growth, strength and individualism.

And not only do the kids get to have a hand in being a part of history, but the public is invited to participate, too! The Old Bonhomme Art Department will host two open studio days for community members to craft a piece of the Olivette Community Tree, personalize it and choose a final color. The actual creation of the piece should take no more than 30 minutes. The students will then complete the glazing and firing of the clay pieces. The installation of the piece will be the week of April 10.

2017-01-20 15.08.36_editedThe two dates are:

  • Sunday, Jan. 29 from noon to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

In order to ensure adequate space, the school asks that everyone RSVP here.

Lisa Roth, the school’s art teacher, has been planning this community art project for over a year with the help of Chief Knox and the City of Olivette. Each student at Old Bonhomme has made a clay piece to be included, with the help of Olivette police, fire and the mayor’s office staff. These heroes visited the art classes to help the kids create their clay creations for the tree, whether that was leaves, flowers, bugs, birds or any number of creative ideas!

Check out the pictures here!

 

 

LMS Teacher Kathleen Mercury’s Board Game Will Be Pubished

We have a published game-creator on staff! Kathleen Mercury, the Gifted Teacher for Apogee at Ladue Middle School, has recently signed a contract with IDW, a game publisher for her board game, Crash Course.

The game is currently in the development phase, which means that it is currently undergoing playtesting and tweaking of the rules. “It’s exciting to be part of this process as a designer, as I’ll get to work with a variety of other game design professionals to push this game to completion,” Kathleen said.

Crash Course is a race game in space, where players race around a circular board trying to outlast the other racers by using lasers, shields and other fun toys. IDW has a game in the works called “Rayguns and Rocketships,” and this game will fit into that story line.

Her love of games translates to the classroom, too! Teaching board game design has been a part of the Apogee curriculum for the last 10 years, Kathleen said, but for the last eight years or so, the students have shared their games online. They engage in online discussion and answer questions from other games, designers and publishers. You can check out some of the students’ work here!

Spoede Students Spell Their Way to the Top in Annual Bee

Spoede Elementary just held its annual spelling bee on Jan. 19! Third and fourth grade students participate. This year, the champion was Will Kodner, and Isabella Huang was the runner-up.

The students who participated were those who scored the highest in the preliminary rounds in December.

Participants in the Spelling Bee included:

LECC Special Education Teacher Terri Linhoff-Balk Recognized with January Excellence in Education Award

Terri Linhoff-Balk, an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, received the January Excellence in Education Award at the Jan. 23, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Terri on this prestigious recognition!

Terri has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2000, when she took her position at the LECC.

Part of the Special School District’s vision and mission is the Commitment to Excellence, which includes nine core belief statements. One of those is: ‘We believe that what we do is more than just a job.’ Terri exemplifies this belief every day in her work with students and their families. She goes beyond what is expected to strive to make learning as fun and meaningful for her students as she possibly can. Through her efforts, she creates learning experiences that many of her students would not have the opportunity to experience outside of school. A few of these include the circus, the princess ball and the Thanksgiving feast.