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 More »

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 More »

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 More »

LMS 8th Grader Speaks at Women’s March on St. Louis Rally

This past Saturday at the Women’s March on St. Louis, LMS 8th grader and activist Lauryn Donovan spoke to the more than 20,000 marchers as the youngest of the rally’s scheduled speakers! More »

Reed Elementary Students Share Dreams on MLK Day

To celebrate and reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day last week, Reed Elementary once again created the MLK Graffiti Wall! Each class brainstormed dreams for themselves, for their school, and for More »

Talking Rams Take First Place at Round Robin Debates

The speech and debate novices competed in the Oakville Novice Events Round Robin and Eastern Missouri Novice Debate Round Robin last weekend. They took 1st place in debate sweepstakes and 1st place More »

7th Grader & U.S. Youth Chess Team Member Opens Winter Chess Camp for Peers

Iris Zhou, a seventh-grade student at Ladue Middle School and a member of the U.S. national youth chess team, has decided to share what she has learned and teach her peers how More »

Eighth Graders Score High on National French Contest Exam

Several Ladue Middle School eighth grade students recently took the National French Contest Exam and won medals for their performances. See the list below!

Silver Medals: Sereen Bouhraoua, Julia Boeyink, Noah Posey, Jill Goldwasser

Bronze Medals: Jenna Gold, Madeline Stoces, Angela Liu (8), Bradford Siwak

Honorable Mention: Hannah Abraham, Isabella del Cid, Robel Esayas, Eli Goldstein, Anna Liner, Simone Liu, Celeste Liu, Alex Migala, Ashley Osborn, Ria Parpelli, Kevin Tan and Camille Yang.

Congratulations to all of the participants!

Three Seniors Earn Girl Scout Gold Award

Three graduating seniors at Ladue Horton Watkins High School have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement possible in Girl Scouting. This prestigious award challenges the girls to make positive, lasting contributions to their communities.

All three projects were geared toward inspiring and interacting with middle school and high school-age students:

  • Rachel Steiner’s project launched a new Youth Writing Club in collaboration with the St. Louis County Library. She designed meeting plans, a website and fun activities as a way for teens to share ideas and grow in expressing themselves through creative writing. The club meets on a monthly basis and invites teens from all around the St. Louis community to join.
  • Jessica Thoelke’s project established a new after-school coding club for Ladue Middle School students. She applied for and received grant money to purchase a coding curriculum. She then received training so that she could teach the students what she had learned. Throughout her project, Jessica provided more than 50 coding sessions to students.
  • Jackie Wong’s brought a global tech competition called the “Technovation Challenge” to the high school by launching an after-school club promoting the girls’ participation in technology-related fields. The club is exclusive to girls who have an interest in entrepreneurship and creating apps. One LHWHS team submitted their app creation into the competition.

Seniors Spend Day Volunteering Around St. Louis

Seniors spent time volunteering with various organizations on May 6 as part of their annual Senior Service Day. Students were at: Haven House gardening and cleaning; Habitat For Humanity St. Louis Re-Store organizing tulips for their Mother’s Day tulip giveaway; Forest Park planting 1,550 plants; and Our Lady’s Inn sorting donations, doing inventory and cooking lunch for the ladies.

Check out pictures from the day below!

LHWHS Girls Participate in Grant Program, Award $3,600

Two LHWHS girls were involved in the St. Louis Community Foundation this year, a collective grant-making group of high school girls. The organization awarded a $3,600 grant to Caroline Mission Early Childhood Education Program at the second annual grant celebration on Sunday, April 24.

Jessie Steinbaum (11) and Rose Coughlin (9) were two of 36 members. Each girl gave $100 and collectively determined the grantee after a year-long process of reviewing the grant proposals, site visits and learning about grant making.

The grant awarded will provide baby items for infants at the Caroline Mission.

This is the second year the group has been formed, and the girls have given a total of $6,300 to the St. Louis community.

 

Senior Sets New Ladue Schools Career Goal in Soccer

Puyo_1Elizabeth (Lizzy) Puyo (12) just set a new Ladue Schools career goal record last week in soccer when she scored three goals to bring her career total to 76! The previous record was 75 goals held by Becky Sauerbrunn, currently the U.S. National Team Captain! Congratulations, Lizzy!

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

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!