Ladue Middle School Student Ben Rich Creates Charitable “Mitzvah Market” For Those in Need

Check out the awesome charity work that Ladue Middle School student Ben Rich is doing through the process of becoming a bar mitzvah! Ben organized a clothing drive and market for people More »

Fourth Grade Robotics Teams Excel at Regional FIRST Lego League Competition

Nine fourth grade robotics teams from all four elementary schools in the district competed in the regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Competition on Nov. 12 More »

Old Bonhomme Giving Assembly: 37 Years and Still Going Strong

Each year, the Old Bonhomme School Giving Assembly spotlights how much we have to be thankful for and how generous we can be towards those in need! During the assembly, students see More »

Ladue Middle School Donates Nearly 19,000 Cans to Gateway 180

The Ladue Middle School donated 18,949 cans to Gateway 180 through their annual Turkey Trot and Canned Food Drive! At the Celebration Assembly, teachers, counselors and administrators received a pie in the More »

Two Seniors Sign Early with Universities for Lacrosse, Rowing

Two seniors from Ladue Horton Watkins High School participated in an early signing event on Nov. 9 to share the news of their commitment to attend and play a sport for their More »

Talking Rams Compete in 2nd Conference

The speech and debate team competed in their 2nd conference tournament of the year this past weekend. Congratulations to the following students: United States Extemporaneous Speaking Gabe DiAntonio (09) – 6th place More »

Speech & Debate Competes in Round Robin Debates

The speech and debate team, the Talking Rams, competed in the Francis Howell North Events Round Robin and Troy Debate Round Robin this weekend. The team placed 3rd in events, 1st in More »

Talking Rams Host First Conference of the Season

The speech and debate team competed in its first conference tournament of the season this weekend, which they also hosted! The team took on this tournament after the original host canceled a More »

LHWHS Graduate Recognized at Veiled Prophet Ball

Annie Donnell, a 2015 graduate of Ladue Schools, was featured in Town & Style’s recent edition for her participation as a maid at the 2015 Veiled Prophet Ball and her dedication to service.

Annie’s record of giving back includes packing food at the Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church for those less fortunate, packing personal care items for children heading to foster care and helping two participants of a St. Louis Special Olympics volleyball tournament at LHWHS. Annie, who has visual impairments herself, has been a leader in the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments.

High School Boys Soccer Team Sets School Record

Congratulations to the high school boys soccer team for their outstanding season and shout-out in the December edition of Town & Style! The Rams set a school record with 29 wins. The boys only lost two matches, of which one was in the Class 3 quarterfinals against Fort Zumalt South in double overtime.

Spoede First Grade Teacher Krystal Florez Recognized with December Excellence in Education Award

Krystal Florez, a first grade teacher at Spoede Elementary, received the December Excellence in Education Award at the Dec. 12, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Krystal on this prestigious recognition!

Krystal has worked for the Ladue School District since 2010, when she took a position teaching at Old Bonhomme Elementary. She is the type of person who can juggle many balls and manage not only to keep them in the air, but also make it look easy. During her time with the district, she already has many accomplishments under her belt. In addition to working on her master’s degree in reading, she has also taken on a leadership role at Spoede serving as chair of the Character Education Committee and the Assembly Committee. And last year she was recognized as Spoede Elementary’s Teacher of the Year!

Principal Dr. Kim Stallons had this to say about Krystal’s work ethic: “As a teacher, Krystal’s goal is to educate and nurture the whole child. She sets high expectations for her students in all areas. With her as a model, Krystal’s students know what is important: Do your best, try your hardest and never give up! Her students stay motivated because they know that she will never give up on them.”

In addition to all of her work at Spoede, Krystal is making time to raise her three daughters. Krystal is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Krystal and Cordez Vaughn have been together for one year, and she has three daughters: MaKayla, who attends Lincoln College; Rylee, who attends LHWHS; and Jaelyn, who attends LMS.

Krystal received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Harris Stowe University. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in Special Reading K-12 from Lindenwood University.

Spoede’s Carter Freer Writes Essay, is Featured in Time For Kids Issue

121216_Carter FreerCongratulations to Spoede’s Carter Freer, a fourth grade student who was featured in this week’s issue of Time For Kids! As part of the argument writing unit in class, all fourth grade students submitted their opinion essay on “Should Schools Teach Cursive?” Carter’s essay was chosen by the TFK’s web producer to be featured!

Here is a screen shot of the page, including Carter’s essay. If you’re having trouble reading his argument, see the text below:

“Cursive should not be taught in schools. Students should learn technology skills instead of cursive. Students now do most of their work on computers. Computers are faster and more efficient than writing, and most kids enjoy using technology more than they do writing. Time in school could be spent instead on teaching kids how to do research on computers. Also, adults don’t use much cursive in their daily life.”

 

Talking Rams Take First Place in Randy Pierce Winter Classic Sweepstakes

The speech and debate team competed at the Randy Pierce Winter Classic hosted by Pattonville this past weekend—the last tournament of the semester! The team took 1st place in Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to the following students for their achievements:

DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Patrick Naughton (12) – 2nd place
Pranay Peddinti (12) – 6th place
Hale Masaki (10) – Semifinalist

INTERNATIONAL EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Maya Mutic (12) – 1st place
Noah DiAntonio (12) – 4th place
Max Kornfeld (10) – Semifinalist
Aramis Rickey (12) – Semifinalist

High School Students Wins Seats in All-State Band and All-State Orchestra

Congratulations to the following Ladue Horton Watkins High School students on winning a seat in the All-State Band or All-State Orchestra. These students competed against students from across the state via blind auditions in Columbia, MO.

All-State Band:
Evyn Levy (11), 4th chair clarinet
Megan Bernstein (11), 16th chair clarinet
Joel Hsieh (11), Bass
Jacob Cytron (12), 2nd chair percussion

All-State Orchestra:
Cindy Geng (12), Violin 1
Anna Zhong (9), Violin 1
Grace Crockett (11), Violin 2
Nathan Hsu (12), Cello
Kenji Sherman (12), 2nd chair trombone

These students will represent LHWHS at performances at the MMEA convention at Tan-Tar-A on Jan. 25-28, 2017.

Talking Rams Take Home the Wins at George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational

Nine members of the Talking Rams, the high school speech and debate team traveled to Bradley University to compete in the George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational! This tournament is our toughest of the semester and is only offered to varsity members. This year was the group’s best performance at the tournament in the past six years!

Broadcast Technology Teacher Don Goble Published in Literacy Today

12516_Literacy Today PicLadue Horton Watkins High School Broadcast Technology Teacher Don Goble co-wrote an article entitled “Beyond Text: Literacy for a digital culture”, which was published in the August issue of Literacy Today. You can check out the article here!

2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year Rob Good Interviewed by UMSL Daily

Ladue Horton Watkins High School history teacher Rob Good was named the 2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. UMSL Daily recently interviewed Rob to learn more about his teaching career, his experience at UMSL and his passion for helping students understand their role as citizens. Check out the article here!

Senior Featured in Town & Style as Sport Standout

Senior Hans Chan was recently featured in Town & Style as a “Sport Standout” for his passion and drive in pursuing both piano and soccer throughout high school. Hans plans continue both in college, majoring in piano and keeping up with soccer on the side.