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 »

Ladue Grad Named 2016 NCAC Newcomer of the Year

Michael WielanskyA Ladue graduate is making a name for himself at The College of Wooster for his performance on the baseball team. Michael Wielansky, a freshman shortstop and 2015 LHWHS graduate, was voted the 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and was recognized with all-conference honors.

According to the program, Wielansky has been a sensational addition to the program, hitting at a .392 clip with 17 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, and 51 RBI. He leads the league in several significant categories, including runs scored (56), hits (69), homers, and RBI, and sits fifth in average, second in doubles, tied for third in triples, second in slugging percentage (.665), eighth in walks (26), third in on-base percentage (.474), and third in stolen bases (17). As impressive as his offensive numbers are, Wielansky’s defense truly separates him as the slick-fielding shortstop: he has a school-record 156 assists while posting a .964 fielding percentage at the most challenging position.

Congratulations, Michael!

LMS Girl Scout Launches Book Blog for Students

As school lets out and summer begins, area middle schoolers have a new way to find books to enjoy, thanks to the creativity and efforts of a local Girl Scout.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 4.13.15 PMKatie Eisenman, a seventh-grade Girl Scout at Ladue Middle School, completed her Girl Scout Silver Award project by creating a book review blog for teens and middle schoolers. An avid reader, Katie said she wanted other kids her age to be able to enjoy reading and have a resource for finding books they would like. She named it The Reading Ram’s Book Blog after her school’s mascot, and wrote and published a book review every week for a year. She also occasionally posted about special readings and events at area libraries.

“Keeping a blog up and running is a lot harder than I thought it would be,” Katie said. “But hopefully it will make kids have fun reading books, and then they’ll be introduced to the world of reading. Everyone needs to read a good book.”

The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette, girls in grades six through eight, can earn, and requires girls to identify a need in their community and dedicate at least 50 hours toward addressing and solving the issue. Over the year she spent working on the blog, Katie worked more than 156 hours on the project.

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