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 »

Ladue Middle School Science Bowl Students Headed to D.C.

What term is used to describe the resistance of lava to flow as reflected by its gas content, temperature and chemical composition?

Don’t know?

Well, the Ladue Middle School Science Bowl students do! These kids race to hit the buzzer first and rattle off the answer to questions just like this at their competitions.

BUZZZZ! And the answer is: Viscosity!

Both the 7th grade and 8th grade teams have surpassed everyone’s expectations this year! The seventh-grade team is preparing for Nationals in Washington, D.C. in April. KMOV captured some of the teams’ practice and ran a great segment last week. Check out the video below!

Freshman Claire Rowe Launches a Website Against Cyberbullying

When Claire Rowe was a Ladue Middle School student, she began an initiative called STAMP (Students Together Against Mean Posts), which advocates against cyberbullying. Now a high school freshman, Claire recently launched a website to share her message, and FOX2 aired a segment on her work. Check out the video below!

Ladue Middle School Students Advance to National Math Counts Competition

On Saturday, March 12, seven Ladue Middle School students competed in the State Math Counts competition in Columbia, Missouri. All of the students placed in the Top 25, and five placed in the Top 10 as individuals!

Will Bender (6) – 1st
Jeremy Ouyang (8) – 4th
Anna Zhong (8) – 5th
Stephen Jiang (7) – 6th
Jason Ding (7) – 8th
William Pan (7) – 19th
Harry Chen (7) – 23rd

In the Countdown Round, Stephen Jiang placed 1st, Anna Zhong placed 2nd, and Jeremy Ouyang placed 3rd.

The LMS team of Jeremy Ouyang, Anna Zhong, Stephen Jiang, and Jason Ding placed 1st in the team competition.

The top four students in the state advance to the national competition. Will Bender and Jeremy Ouyang have won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from May 7- 10. Seventh-grade math teacher Nancy Chambers will accompany these students and coach the state team.

Please congratulate all of these students; they are outstanding representatives of our middle school!

Speech & Debate Team Rank High at Eastern Missouri District Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament. The team took 2nd place in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st place in Congress Sweepstakes, 1st place in Debate Sweepstakes and 1st place in Overall Sweepstakes!

Simi Falako was named the Eastern Missouri District Student of the Year, and she will represent Ladue and Eastern Missouri in the National Student of the Year contest!

Jerome Gregory (class of 2013) was named the Eastern Missouri District Alumnus of the Year! He was recognized for his continued commitment to supporting the Eastern Missouri speech and debate community and his success in competing at the collegiate level.

Ladue School District qualified 13 students to the national tournament. These students will represent Ladue and Eastern Missouri at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah in June:

Ladue Early Childhood Center Raises Money for Mighty Oakes

Thanks to the Ladue Early Childhood Center’s giving preschoolers, their involved parents and caring staff, the building raised more than $250 for the Mighty Oakes Foundation. The organization assists families who are affected by the challenges of congenital heart defects. The preschool students brought in change from home to donate to the foundation. To read how the foundation supports families and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, click here.

Students’ Work Showcased at St. Louis Artist Guild

Congratulations to the following students who were accepted into the Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase at the St. Louis Artist Guild.

The Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase is a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students between 15 and 19 years old residing within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 17 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Gallery dates will be Thursday, March 17 to Saturday, April 9. The event is free and open to the public.

Talking Rams Take Home District Wins, Head to State

The speech and debate team competed at the MSHSAA District tournament this past weekend, and the students were successful in their events! There are two district champions, and eight students will be going on to the state tournament!

Please congratulate the following students on their achievements at district tournament:

STATE QUALIFIERS:
– Gabbie Burton (11) and Noah DiAntonio (11) – Duet Acting
– Noah DiAntonio (11) and Maya Mutic (11) – Policy Debate
– Simi Falako (12) – Original Oratory
– Jacob Granick (12) and Bobby Zitzmann (12) – Public Forum Debate
– Kieran Mulligan (12) – Storytelling
– Kyrollos Shenouda (12) – Prose Reading

DISTRICT CHAMPIONS:
– Simi Falako (12) – Original Oratory
– Jacob Granick (12) and Bobby Zitzmann (12) – Public Forum Debate

LHWHS Band and Choir Students Excel at Solo & Ensemble Festivals

Congratulations to the Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s choir and band students for their achievements in the MSHSAA festivals!

The Ladue Treble Choir and Chorale received 1 ratings for their performances at the MSHSAA State Choir Festival. Soloist Anne Heartney (10) received a 1 rating at the MSHSAA District Solo and Small Ensemble Festival. The Small Ensemble including Ashley Balsavias (9), Ariel Brown (10), Rose Coughlin (9), Jasmine Duncan (9), and Andrea Hartman (9), also received a 1 rating at the event for the students’ performance.

The following students received high ratings for their performances at the MSHSAA District Solo and Small Ensemble Festival for Band:
Megan Bernstein (10), clarinet solo, 1 rating
Macey Goldstein (10), trombone solo, 2 rating
Evyn Levy (10), clarinet solo, 1 rating
Erin McKenzie (10), flute solo, 1 rating
Kenji Sherman (11), trombone solo, 1 rating
Joji Sherman (9), baritone solo, 2 rating

These students did a great job representing our district!

Reed Students Awarded for Artistic Expression

Youth Art Month has seen some Ladue Schools’ students awarded for their artistic talents at the Picture the Music event!

According to its website, Picture the Music is a free educational initiative presented by the Symphony Volunteer Association that invites students (grades K-6) to listen to a selection of symphonic music and then create their own artistic interpretations through paintings, colorings, or drawings.

Old Bonhomme Technology Integration Coach Makes “20 to Watch” List

Patricia Brown_GoogleCongratulations to Old Bonhomme’s Technology Integration Coach, Patricia Brown, for her recognition by the National School Boards Association as a “20 to Watch” Education Technology Leaders for 2015-2016.

These recipients are recognized for “their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions and instructional strategies,” according to the news release.

This year’s honorees will be recognized during the 2016 Consortium for School Networking Conference on April 4 in Washington, D.C., and at the TLN-hosted luncheon during NSBA’s 2016 Annual Conference on April 8 in Boston.

This is a well-deserved recognition for Patricia, who recently returned from Mountain View, California, Google headquarters. She was one of 30 educators from around the globe selected as this year’s Google Innovators. Click here to read her blog showing us what she learned with Google!