“Mr. Fashion” Jay Gaskin Named 2016 Mr. Ladue

The annual “Mr. Ladue Contest” was held at Ladue Horton Watkins High School Performing Arts Center with “Mr. Fashion” Jay Gaskin winning the coveted title. Thirty young men, chosen by their coaches More »


Old Bonhomme Hosts 4th Annual Interactive Art Show

Old Bonhomme Elementary hosted its 4th Annual Spring Interactive Art Show last Tuesday, April 19. Parents and visitors downloaded QR code reading apps on their smart devices. With phone or iPad in More »


Reed Elementary Raises $30,000 for American Heart Association

Congratulations to students and staff at Reed Elementary for breaking its record for donations to the American Heart Association! This year, the school raised more than $30,000 through Jump Rope for Heart. More »


LMS Choir Students Sing Their Way to the Top at Solo/Ensemble Festival

This weekend, the LMS Choir had six students participate in the St. Louis Suburban Solo/Ensemble Festival. Every student prepared two solos, each singing a classical/folk and a foreign language song! Lillian Sheley (8), More »


LMS Partners Club Volunteers at Food Pantry

The LMS Partners Club took students on a service project to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry on Tuesday, March 29. The students worked hard repacking food for the pantry’s customers, and More »


Reed Elementary Welcomes Author & Marshall the Miracle Dog To Unveiling of Bully Bench

After a few years of planning, Reed Elementary finally unveiled its Buddy Bench on Friday, April 1. To celebrate this new addition, Cyndi Willenbrock, author and producer of a children’s book that More »


Third Grade Students Learn Through Climbing

Greenery is growing on the Ladue Schools campuses again, and for the first time, Old Bonhomme third graders had the opportunity to learn all about the flora through the disciplines of botany, More »

Ladue Middle School Named 2015 Missouri Gold Star School

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On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced that eight Missouri public schools, including Ladue Middle School, have received one of the state’s highest honors by being recognized as Gold Star Schools.  The program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students. 

LHWHS Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team Wins Suburban Central Conference


Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Junior Lizzy Puyo was named All Conference Player of the Year after the girls’ varsity soccer team finished the 2014-2015 regular season with a record of 17-7-1.

LMS’ Taylor-Johnson Honored with 2015 Excellence in Education Award

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Congratulations to Ladue Middle School Associate Principal Tiffany Taylor-Johnson who received the prestigious 2015 Excellence in Education Award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 28th Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship & Awards Gala!

The St. Louis American published a profile of Tiffany, which painted  painted a picture of Dr. Tiffany’s approach to education through her own word, and also aptly captured her personality and dedication to her students and to her school through vignettes.

LHWHS’ Luong Chosen to Represent Missouri at 2015 Congress of Future Medical Leaders


Ladue Horton Watkins High School sophomore Anhthi Luong was nominated based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine. She will represent Missouri at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA on June 24-26, 2015.

Two LHWHS Science Olympiad Team Members Win Scholarships


The Ladue Horton Watkins High School Science Olympiad Team was one of two Missouri teams to participate in the National Olympiad Competition at the University of Nebraska on May 15-16, 2015. Sophomores Luke Biernbaum and Patrick Naughton won first place gold medals in Mission Possible, considered the most challenging engineering event in the competition.

The two spent hundreds of hours on their Rube Goldberg device, an invention intended to do one simple task through complex maneuvering and moving between various forms of energy like mechanical, electrical, thermal, etc. In this case, Luke and Patrick created a device that drops six golfballs into three cups before a timer runs out. The mechanisms include levers, a motor, a timer and a switch, among others.

“We wanted to come up with a genius idea based on the rules but that had a simple design, because that would be more reliable,” Luke said.

The boys’ plan to implement a simple design worked; their device worked perfectly for the judges, and the two received the highest score in their event!

Luke said the two are already looking forward to this next year’s competition. He said he and Patrick plan to work as a team again, maybe this time in a category on model cars.

Both were also awarded $1,500 scholarships, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, toward the college of their choice. Each also earned an annual $13,000 scholarship to the University of Nebraska. Luke plans on going into mechanical engineering.

Overall, the LHWHS team finished 38 out of 61 teams and five places behind Pembroke Hill from Kansas City.

The 2014-2015 LHWHS Science Olympiad Team:

Michael Prablek, senior

Royce Dong, junior

Tom Liu, junior

Logan Page, junior

Spencer Chen, junior

Luke Biernbaum, sophomore

Hans Chan, sophomore

Anna Cramblitt, sophomore

Yang Liu, sophomore

Patrick Naughton, sophomore

Alex Tan, sophomore

Jeffrey Wang, sophomore

Stephanie Zhong, sophomore

Charlie Loitman, freshman

Jonathan Lin was the team’s volunteer coach from Washington University. Contributions made by the Ladue Dad’s Club and Ladue Parent’s Association assisted in the team’s travel expenses.

LMS Science Olympiad Team Takes First Place in Events at Nationals

On May 15-16, 2015, the Ladue Middle School team traveled to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and competed against the 61 top teams from 49 states. They earned first place in Anatomy—coached by Peggy Doty; and Wheeled Vehicle—mentored by Bill Middleton; then second place in Entomology—coached by Michael Clay. Overall, the team finished the school year in 13th place.

LHWHS Alum Pomranz’s Children’s Book Makes a Difference in the Publishing World

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Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Craig Pomranz, Class of 1974, is igniting an international conversation about “embracing our differences” among readers with Made by Raffi.

Made By Raffi was shortlisted from 1,000’s of books internationally for the Little Rebel Children’s Book Award.  https://littlerebelsaward.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/eight-little-rebels-have-been-shortlisted/

Fifth Grade Center Poems Featured on “The Poem Farm”

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On Friday, May 15, 2015, Ladue Fifth Grade Center Teacher Lindsey Holt and her students joined author Amy Ludwig VanDerWater for Poetry Friday on “The Poem Farm.”

To read their work, click here:


LMS Hosts 10th African-American Recognition Night

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On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the Ladue Middle School’s Diversity Cadre sponsored its tenth African-American Recognition night, which was designed to showcase African-American students’ talents and celebrate their accomplishments in the areas of academics, citizenship and school involvement.

Three LHWHS Girls Recognized by the Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri as Future Tech Leaders

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Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) seniors Rowan Faulkner and YiFan Zhou and junior Jessica Thoelke were among six area Girl Scouts mentioned in a recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch article: Today’s Girl Scouts are Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders.

Pictured left to right are Rowan Faulkner, Jessica Thoelke, YiFan Zhou.