High School Cheerleaders Take Home Awards from National Cheerleading Camp

The Ladue Horton Watkins High School cheerleading team attended the National Cheerleaders Association camp at Lindenwood University from July 6- 9. The team won numerous awards, including multiple Superior ribbons (the highest More »

Students Take Home Awards from MCTM State Math Contest

Ladue Fifth Grade Center students participated in the MCTM State Math Contest in Columbia on Saturday, May 6. Four students placed in the top 10 and were eligible to move on to More »

Speech and Debate Members Compete in National Tournament

Eleven members of the speech and debate team competed in the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament last week. The tournament takes place over six days and was held in Birmingham, More »

Ladue Schools Recognized as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2017 Top Workplace

Ladue Schools has recently been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2017 Top Workplaces. Of the 1,100 local companies nominated, only 100 are recognized with this annual award. This is More »

Alumnus Honored by St. Louis Business Journal

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Vin Ko, who has been selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “30 Under 30” honoree! Vin is a 2005 graduate of Ladue More »

Senior Wrestler Gives Lesson in Sportsmanship

Leor Goldfarb gave up a win he would have received after his opponent made an illegal move—and giving it up meant he was giving up a spot at the state tournament. Leor More »

Second Graders Visited by BJC Hospital’s Book Brigade

Second graders at Spoede Elementary were treated with a visit from the BJC Book Brigade, a school outreach and youth development program that distributes books to children. This year—the group’s second year More »

Reed Elementary Invites First Responders to Recess

DSC_0072_editedEach year, Reed Elementary invites local first responders to recess, where these heroes hand out popsicles to the students and answer the kids’ questions about these important careers. Last Friday, the firefighters and EMT officials took time out of their day to visit with kids on the playground, tossing balls and throwing frisbees. While some students played sports with these guests, others clambered through the firetruck and ambulance.

At one point, the ambulance was called away to respond to an emergency call during the kindergarten recess. The students lined up and watched in awe as the lights flashed and the sirens pealed. The ambulance sped away down the street. When it returned, you can bet the kids had their questions ready!

The students also make cards and draw pictures as a thank you for all that these men and women do for our community. Check out the pictures here!

LMS’ Computer Technology Teacher Kelly Arl Chosen for Google Innovator Academy

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School’s Computer Technology Teacher Kelly Arl, who has been chosen to attend the Google Certified Innovator Academy, which will be held at Google’s headquarters in Toronto, Canada in October.

The program includes three days of hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learning about innovative instructional strategies and receiving resources to share with colleagues.

Arl is one of 30 participants chosen worldwide for their innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology. She’s excited to go represent Ladue Schools, share ideas with fellow educators and bring back resources for the classroom.

“At the Google for Education Innovation Academy, you will discover how to unlock creativity, translate insights into solutions, experiment rapidly, and build an effective innovation culture in their own schools and organizations,” according to its website. “The Innovation Academy is just the beginning of a journey with peers—and Google—to impact education in their communities.”

With the completion of the program, the participants will become Google Certified Innovators.

16 Seniors Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

We are proud to announce that 16 of our high school students have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists this year! These students qualified based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken in their junior year!

These students include: Michael Burke, Jeffrey Wang, Maya Mutic, Noah DiAntonio, Hans Chan, Alexandra (Sasha) Rice, Kevin Zhang, Patrick Naughton, Donna LaMore, Julia Biest, Stephanie Zhong, Gloria Zhou, Amanda Steiner, Anna Cramblitt and Alexander Tan. Michael Muzinich also qualified, though he no longer attends Ladue Schools.

About only 20 percent of high school students take the SAT. These students are among a small group of LHWHS seniors who have achieved this accomplishment in the past 20 years.

Boys Soccer Team Ranked 50th Nationally

For the first time ever, the high school boys soccer team has been ranked nationally! TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked the team 50th in the nation.

Head Coach Dave Aronberg says the boys are happy with the recognition and that this news is just another reason the team is celebrating the great start to the season! While Aronberg said it is difficult to compare teams nationally (these teams never play each other), being ranked among the best in the country is an honor.

 

Art Teacher’s Painting for Peace Submission Featured in Exhibition

Congratulations to new Ladue Horton Watkins High School art teacher Christine Warner for being included in a community art exhibition: Outside In: Paint for Peace.  The exhibition features paintings from the Painting for Peace art movement that arose in Ferguson and spread throughout St. Louis in 2014.  This collaborative community exhibition showcases the power of the arts to create conversation, understanding and healing.

Outside In: Paint for Peace will be on view at the following presenting and program partners:

  • The Millstone Gallery at COCA (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Missouri History Museum (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Vaughn Cultural Center (Sep. 2 – Nov. 4)
  • Ferguson Youth Initiative (Sep. 2 – Oct. 30)
  • The Sheldon Art Galleries (Oct. 7 – Nov. 19)
* Christine’s painting is number 7: “Phoenix Rising in the Arch” and can be seen at the 1:30 mark of this video
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Freshmen to Perform Concertos With MBU/SCC Orchestras

Congratulations to freshmen Anna Zhong and Christopher Ye of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, who both auditioned and were chosen to perform with the Missouri Baptist University and Saint Charles Community College Symphony Orchestras in the 1st annual Solo Concert at MBU.

Both Anna, playing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Opus 64 in e minor (3rd Movement), and Christopher, playing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto Opus 22 in g minor (1st Movement), will perform on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, on the campus of Missouri Baptist University in the Pillsbury/Wainwright Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Feel free to come and support these two young musicians representing Ladue Schools!

Kudos also go out to the LHWHS orchestra music education and instructors Twinda Murry, Ruth Panhorst, and Elizabeth Dalbey, for identifying and nurturing these students’ talents.

The event is organized by SCC Symphonic Orchestra Director, Mary Sweetin. The link for more information about the concert is here.

Two LMS Eighth Graders Receive Ed Greenwood Memorial Award

Congratulations to Anna Zhong and Christopher Ye, who were presented with the prestigious Ed Greenwood Memorial Award at the 2016 Ladue Middle School 8th Grade Citizenship Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Each year, one eighth grade boy and girl are selected based on their exemplary high academic performance, citizenship and service to the school.

Dr. Greenwood promoted these virtues in his pursuit of excellence during his career as teacher and principal. Winners receive Cross pen and pencil sets and have their pictures hung along with the previous winners.

Finalists included Jenna Gold, Shelei Pan, Lucie Rowe, Katie Shaw, Giuseppe Di Cera, Will Minifie, Jeremy Ouyang, and Michael Wayne.

Old Bonhomme Spanish Teacher’s Soccer Team Featured in Spanish Publication

Old Bonhomme’s Spanish teacher, Antón Martín, not only instructs students on how to speak a second language, but he also coaches an area youth soccer team. The Athletic Club Bilbao magazine, a Spanish publication, featured Antón’s team in a recent edition. The Athletic Club Bilbao is a first division soccer team in northern Spain (the Basque Country region), and Antón said the magazine wanted to do a history on him and his team because he is originally from that area and is a big fan of the Athletic Bilbao (so much so that he named his team after the the club).

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Antón has been coaching teams in St. Louis for 20 straight years. He’s coached all age groups from 4- 17 years and at all different levels, from recreational soccer to select soccer to high school soccer. This is his fifth year coaching this team. Among the players on the team are four former Old Bonhomme students, Adam Devine, Ronak Nagarajan, Ellory Steinbach and Samuel M’Pemba, all sixth grade students at Ladue Middle School this year. The team’s players are in the sixth and seventh grades, between 11 and 12 years old. This team is a select soccer team and plays for the Real St. Louis Soccer Club, which is a select club here in St. Louis.

Antón said that he hopes for his players to learn how to work as a team, gain a sense of responsibility, learn from their mistakes and of course, for them to become great soccer players.

This is Antón’s twelfth year at Old Bonhomme.

 

LHWHS Junior Graduates from Research Science Institute

Congratulations to Jeffrey Wang, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, for his graduation from the 32nd annual Research Science Institute this summer!

RSI is a highly competitive summer research program for high school students around the world. This rigorous academic program stresses advanced theory and research in mathematics, the sciences and engineering. This year, Jeffrey completed a research paper entitled “Effects of Variable Flux and Beam Energy in Nitrogen Ion Treatment on Single Photon Emissions of Defect Centers in hBN” under the direction of Professor Dirk Englund at Department of Quantum Photonics of MIT.

The program is free of charge for those selected. This year, 52 students from the U.S. and 30 international students attended the institute held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from June 26 to Aug. 6.

LHWHS Cheerleaders Earn Bids for Nationals

Congratulations to the Ladue Horton Watkins High School cheerleaders! The team attended a three-day National Cheerleaders Association camp hosted at Mizzou this past July. Both varsity and junior varsity teams earned bids to their nationals competition!

Junior Kathryn Xu, on the varsity team, was awarded an All American medal for excellence in jumps, cheers, tumbling and stunts.