Talking Rams Sweep the Eastern Missouri District Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament this past weekend. The team took 2nd place in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st place in Congressional Debate Sweepstakes, 1st place in More »

LMS Science Bowl Team Headed to D.C. for Nationals

Congratulations to the 8th grade Science Bowl, which took first place in the regional Science Bowl and won themselves an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. at the end of April to compete More »

Ladue Middle School Holds Annual “I Am LMS” Day Celebrating Diversity

Last week, the Ladue Middle School held it’s annual “I am LMS” Day, which celebrates the diversity that exists at the school. Students in all three grade levels learned about the effects More »

Speech & Debate Racks Up Wins at MSHSAA District Tournament

The speech & debate team competed at the MSHSAA District Tournament this past weekend! The team finished with: – 3 district champions – 4 entries/5 students qualify to the state tournament – More »

Old Bonhomme Team Wins Award at Creative Convention

On March 2, 2017, students from Old Bonhomme elementary participated in the 2017 Academic Challenge Cup, held at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The competition consists of a half-day event designed to More »

LEGOs: Linking Learning, Creativity and Fun

This year for the first time, all four Ladue Schools elementary schools participated in FIRSTLEGO® League, a worldwide competition where teams of students ages 9 to 14 are challenged to research real-world More »

DECA Students Qualify for Missouri State Competition

Congratulations to the following DECA students for qualifying for the Missouri State DECA competition at the Lake of the Ozarks in March! One student, Kaycee Little, also automatically qualified for the international More »

Old Bonhomme Students Surpass Last Year’s Jump Rope for Heart Donation

This year, Old Bonhomme leapt into fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart, donating a total of $24,200 to the American Heart Association!

The total is about $2,000 more than the students raised last year. Eight classes raised at least $1,350, earning them a free recess! The second grade alone raised $6,800. What a group of students!

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 deals with the issues of inclusion and bullying, visited Reed Elementary and did a book reading.

Friday morning, students gathered in the gym to hear the story, “Marshall the Miracle Dog,” which describes an animal rescue and subsequent adoption. Marshall, the dog for whom the book was written, visited with students as they discussed how acceptance and empathy can change a life. After the reading, students performed a skit on how to use the new Buddy Bench.

DSC_0108 DSC_0099The Buddy Bench is just that—a bench installed on the playground where students can approach one another and invite classmates to play. The concept of the bench began when one boy at an elementary school in Pennsylvania wanted to make sure students weren’t lonely and feeling left out during recess. When students and staff members at Reed Elementary heard about this new way to foster friendships, the process to build a bench began.

Alumna’s Work Shown on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Ladue Schools alumna Candace Shacklette, Class of 2010, had her work shown on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on March 31! Candace does graphic design in New York City for Jazz at Lincoln Center. The background images and album cover that Colbert holds during the musical performance were created by Candace! The musical guests were Wynton Marsalis, Lil Buck, & Jared Grimes. If you would like to see more of Candace’s work, visit her website.

Three LHWHS Girl Scouts Recognized for STEM Accomplishments

See the full press release below from the Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri:

St. Louis, MO – March 24, 2016 – Three area Girl Scouts were recently honored by the local chapter of National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) for their aptitude and interest in technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history and plans for post-secondary education. The organization honored Jessica Thoelke (12) with the Award for Aspirations in Computing, and named Rose Coughlin (9) and Marguerite Goodrow (11) as runners up. All three girls attend Ladue Horton-Watkins High School.

LHWHS Alumni Ed Protzel Sees Book Published

After more than 10 years in the making, Ladue Schools Alumnus Ed Protzel’s darkly ironic historical novel, “The Lies That Bind – DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1,” has been published.

Protzel, of University City and a graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Class of ’64, has written five original screenplays for feature film and worked developing film scripts/projects for 20th Century Fox. He has a Master’s degree in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a B.A. in English from the University of Hawai’i. The novel is based on his screenplay, which was recognized by the Missouri Playwrights Association and had brief Hollywood exposure.

On Thursday, June 23, Ed will be reading from and signing copies of his book at Left Bank Books in the Central West End.

Art Teacher Emily Taylor Recognized with March Excellence in Education Award

Emily Taylor_March Excellence in EducationEmily Taylor, an art teacher at the Fifth Grade Center, received the March 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the March 28 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Emily on this prestigious recognition!

Emily began working for the Ladue School District as an art teacher at Ladue Middle School—back when it was Ladue Junior High—in the Fall of 1996.

Emily is known in her building for putting in extra effort every day by finding ways to help all of her students become engaged and find success. Fifth Grade Center Principal Julie Helm said that Emily accomplishes this by building confidence in those students who feel that they “can’t” and by challenging those students who love art to become better and try new ways of being creative.

Speech and Debate Student Earns Highest Degree

Rasika Sant, senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has earned the highest degree of membership in the National Forensic League (NFL) by surpassing 1,500 earned points over her career.

Sant earned Premier Distinction while competing in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament when she reached 1,571 points. Earning this degree places Sant in the top half of one percent of all members in the NFL. Currently, she has the second most points on the team, is ranked 4th in the Eastern Missouri District and 39th in the state. Attaining the Degree of Premier Distinction reflects a strong dedication to the team, excellence in speech and debate and an incredible career.

This news comes as Sant qualified to the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament in International Extemporaneous Speaking for the second year in a row. Sant joins her teammate, Simi Falako, as the only two current team members to achieve this level of success.

Three Seniors are Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Competition

Congratulations to three Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors who are the first students to been recognized as National Merit finalists. The students include Steele Stewart, Rasika Sant and Tom Liu. More finalists might follow in the weeks to come.

The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of NMSC’s scholarship programs are:

  • to promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular
  • to shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education
  • to stimulate increased support from organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent

Old Bonhomme First Lego League Teams Place at Competition

Congratulations to all of the Old Bonhomme Elementary teams that participated in the Junior First Lego League Competition last Saturday, March 26!

The students represented the school so well that parents from other schools came up to Coach Tamara McLean and complimented them on a great job! They won the following recognitions:

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, biology and ecology—all while safely suspended in one of the school’s beautiful trees!

The event “Science in a Tree” was held on March 23 and 24. The program is founded and operated by Dean Eckhoff, a former teacher with a Ph.D. in physics. “Tree Guy” Mott, a certified arborist and climbing instructor, teaches the students how to climb safely. The two travel to local schools to offer students the adventure of recreational climbing mixed with fun scientific experiments conducted on the way up.

Linden Haynes & Jack Lloyd_edited_OB“The Science in a Tree program was built with the students and teachers in mind,” Eckhoff explained. “We focus on science activities and topics that can’t be studied properly in the classroom. Our experts work directly with the schools before, during and after the event to deliver content that matches the educational goals of the teachers.”

The third grade team was excited to create memories for the students that will last forever, while also fostering teamwork and perseverance as the students learn about scientific topics.

The chosen tree was prepared by Mott, who teaches climbing with the Global Organization of Tree Climbers. Each third grade class spent three hours climbing, exploring and learning with “Science in a Tree.”

For more information, visit the “Science in a Tree” website.