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 »

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

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!

LHWHS Boy Scout Collects 2,000 for Siteman Cancer Center

Robert “Trey” Fruend, 15, was featured in BJC Today for his collecting more than 2,000 books for children and teens of patients at Siteman Cancer Center! Trey is a freshman at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

The fundraising was a part of Trey’s Eagle Scout project, which he chose because of his personal connection with the topic. When Robert was 8 years old, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and received treatment at Siteman. Trey knows what it feels like to have a parent go through the difficult process, and he wanted to find a way to give back to families like his.

Ladue Middle School Students Represent Multiple Academic Teams

This year, the Ladue Middle School has some students who not only do well academically in the classroom, but they take what they learn and use it on competitive teams! Several of these students are members of multiple teams, and are headed to more than one national competition this year.

The following students are members of at least three competitive academic teams:

  • William Pan (7): Science Olympiad, Science Quiz Bowl, MEGSL Math and State Mathcounts; 2 national competitions
  • Stephen Jiang (7): Science Olympiad, Science Quiz Bowl and MEGSL Math; 2 national competitions
  • Anna Zhong (8): Science Olympiad, MEGSL Math and State Mathcounts; 1 national competition
  • Harry Chen (7): Science Quiz Bowl, MEGSL Math and State Mathcounts; 1 national competition

Thanks for representing Ladue Middle School!

 

 

High School Seniors Show Off Artwork At Exhibit

Each year, the high school art department encourages all senior art students to exhibit selections of their artwork from throughout their high school careers. This work is displayed in the Performing Arts Center Lobby for a week, so that everyone has a chance to drop by and view the inspiring work!

Kira Svoboda, Jenna Shanker, Chavonni Meeks and Jay Gaskin were just a few of the artists who participated. Jay plans to attend Forest Park Community College for two years, and then he plans to transfer to a school in New York or California and major in fashion design and minor in dance. Kira will attend Webster University and plans to either major or minor in art. Chavonni plans to take a few college classes at Florissant Valley and get her master’s degree in Psychology. She plans to find a job for the summer before classes begin in the fall. Jenna is the art editor for the school’s student newspaper, the Panorama. She is as yet undecided as to which school she will attend in the fall.

Check out what this year’s seniors submitted here:

“Mr. Fashion” Jay Gaskin Named 2016 Mr. Ladue

The annual “Mr. Ladue Contest” was held at Ladue Horton Watkins High School Performing Arts Center with “Mr. Fashion” Jay Gaskin winning the coveted title. Thirty young men, chosen by their coaches and club sponsors, competed for the win. The boys put in a lot of time rehearsing a dance taught to them by the Laduettes, which they performed for the crowd!

Jay is president of Fashion Club at the high school. He ended up having to create an interpretive dance for the competition. He said that he went into the event with the goal of just having a good time, but when he made it to the top 10, he decided try to and win it!

Jay is going to Forest Park Community College for two years, and then he plans to transfer to a school in New York or California and major in fashion design and minor in dance.

Old Bonhomme Hosts 4th Annual Interactive Art Show

Old Bonhomme Elementary hosted its 4th Annual Spring Interactive Art Show last Tuesday, April 19. Parents and visitors downloaded QR code reading apps on their smart devices. With phone or iPad in hand, they could then scan the barcodes on each piece of art to hear an audio recording share information about the piece of art being viewed! The students enjoyed helping their parents use the technology to learn more about the pieces displayed. When it comes to art, Ladue Schools has some talented young students!