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Find Out Why Students, Staff and Parents Say “We Love Ladue!”

On the last few days of the 2012-13 school year, students, staff and parents were asked “Why does your school rock?”  Find out what they said at… Ladue Middle School, Reed Elementary More »

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Fire Prevention Week at Reed

Did you know that two out of every five home fires start in the kitchen? That’s an astounding number and with the help of the Ladue Fire Department, Reed Elementary School students More »

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LHWHS’ Bry and Thompson Published in Gateway Varsity Sports

In October 2013, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS)  juniors Aaron Bry and Danielle Thompson published an article and a photo, respectively, about LHWHS’ girls field hockey team in the second edition More »

LMS Urban Harvest Volunteers

LMS Students Volunteer at Urban Harvest

As published by Ladue News on September 26, 2013… Urban Harvest STL volunteers and Whole Foods Market Galleria team members joined together to prepare the UHSTL downtown community garden for fall. The gardeners More »


2012 Graduate Chesson Scores Against Akron

2012 Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate Jehu Chesson captured after scoring a touchdown for the University of Michigan in a game against Akron University on September 14, 2013.  Final score: 28-24 More »

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LHWHS Sarah Jacobs Wins LMI Aerospace Award for Excellence in Research

Teenage scientists earn research awards from University of Missouri–St. Louis STARS program                 Nearly 90 students participated in the STARS program Thirty-five aspiring scientists who spent six weeks this summer conducting intensive More »

SSD Staff Members Honored at SSD Salutes Banquet

On March 6, 2013, the Special School District of St. Louis (SSD) held its annual SSD Salutes Banquet where 45 staff and community members were honored for their outstanding efforts on behalf of SSD and its students.  Among those honored were three SSD staff members affiliated with the Ladue School District.

Spoede Wins Missouri State Chess Tournament

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Over the weekend of March 9-10, 2013, Spoede Elementary School students participated, and won first place, in the Missouri State Chess Tournaments in two categories:  Third Grade and Under, and Fifth Grade and Under.  These wins qualifies the team to participate in the National Championship in Nashville, TN in April.

LHWHS Panorama Staff Excels at School Publications Conference

On March 11, 2013, student writers for the Ladue Horton Watkins High School newspaper, Panorama, attended the Sponsors of School Publications regional conference at Webster University.  Judges from around the national scholastic journalism field critiqued their work.

Five Speech and Debate Students Qualify for State at District Tournament

On March 2, 2013, the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Speech and Debate Team participated in District tournaments, with five students qualifying for the state competition.
  • Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking: Sarah Allen – 2nd place
  • Original Oratory: Jerome Gregory – 3rd place
  • Radio Speaking: Emily Chu – 4th place
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Jerome Gregory – semifinalist; and Haohang Xu – 2nd place

LHWHS Broadcast Student Receives National Recognition

Samantha Shanker

C-SPAN recently announced the 75 winning videos in the 2013 StudentCam competition, and Ladue Senior Samantha Shanker was recognized with an Honorable Mention for her documentary, “On Education.” 

LMS Science Bowl Places Second in Region

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On Saturday, March 2, 2013, the Ladue Middle School Science Bowl Team placed second at the regional tournament at the St. Louis Science Center.  The team was undefeated going into the final round.  Team members (from left to right) are: Patrick Naughton, Teddy Vincent, Jeffrey Wang, Melissa Melnick and Julia Lieu.

The “Harlem Shake” Ladue Schools Style

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The Harlem Shake is a dance video craze sweeping the globe.  If you’re not familiar with it, here’s basically what happens.  One person starts dancing to the Harlem Shake song, with all around them apparently oblivious.  At one point in the song and in a video instant, everyone in the frame and often many, many others, have joined in the dance.

Not surprisingly, Ladue Schools’ students and teachers are participating in the fun new trend.  Here on Spotlight on Ladue, we will continue to post the versions we receive.  Have fun!

Dr. Donna Jahnke Appointed Next Ladue Schools Superintendent

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On February 26, 2013, the Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Donna Jahnke, a 22-year veteran of the Ladue School District, as its next superintendent.  Dr. Jahnke will begin her new role July 1, 2013, after finishing her current contract as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.