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 »

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 and 13 at Brittany Woods Middle School. One team from Reed, one team from Spoede and one team from Old Bonhomme will be moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship Event at St. Louis Community College on Jan. 13, 2018.

Congratulations to Reed team “Water Bots”, Spoede team “Nasty & Necessary #7” and Old Bonhomme team “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” for this accomplishment. Other teams were awarded, as well. The “Brain Waves” team won the Project Award for their innovative ideas and presentation skills. The “Tidal Waves” and the “Nasty and Necessary #7” teams won the Core Values award for their team-work and gracious professionalism, and the “Water Bots” and the “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” each won the Champion’s Award, which means they did great work in all three categories. Both Spoede teams were awarded Monsanto Fund grants to participate in the event.

The project was led by teachers Karen Engelkenjohn, Tammy MacLean, Kathie Dolan and Lindsay Lombardo. Congratulations goes out to all the teams, parent helpers and teacher coaches for their hard work. Best of luck to all the teams moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship in January!

High School Broadcast Teacher Participates in HEC-TV’s Media Literacy Programs

High school broadcast teacher Don Goble participated in HEC-TV’s Media Literacy programs this year. Each program is linked below for viewing!

Media 5:  Media Literacy in the Social Media Age (Middle School Program)

Media 8:  Media Literacy in the Social Media Age (Elementary School Program)

Media 9:  Media Literacy in the Social Media Age (High School Program)

Old Bonhomme’s Stacy Butz Has First Book Published

Old Bonhomme Reading Specialist Stacy Butz just published her first children’s book through Guardian Angel Publishing entitled “A Mother’s Gift.”

Just in time for the holidays, “A Mother’s Gift” tells the story of Matthew, a boy who recently lost his father. Struggling with his father’s death, Matthew resolves to give his mother a special gift for Christmas, and in doing so, discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

Publishing a children’s book has always been a dream of Stacy’s. As an educator, she strives to use children’s literature to generate authentic conversations among her students. After losing her sister-in-law, writing became her therapy.

“This particular story was one I was determined to publish,” Stacy says. “I wanted to write about grief after losing someone tragically. I want my readers to feel hope, and to know that even though it is hard to move forward, your loved ones will never be forgotten. Love wins!”

Stacy has been reading “A Mother’s Gift” to her classes at Old Bonhomme for the past seven years. Each time she reads it, she asks the students for feedback, which helped her during the editing and revision. When she received the published version recently, many students told her they were adding it to their holiday wishlists!

“A Mother’s Gift” can be purchased both on Amazon or at guardianangelpublishing.com/mothers-gift.htm.

About Stacy

Although originally from Chicago, Stacy grew up in Chesterfield with her parents, Bob & Maura Whittingham and five siblings, Gina, Bob, Eric, Sara & Megan. She currently lives in St. Louis with her husband Tim and wonderful children, Matthew & Alison. She is thankful for all their support and love. She also enjoys going to school everyday to work with the students at Old Bonhomme. Her colleagues and students have been encouraging through this writing process. She would like to thank local publisher, Lynda Burch, for her hard work in getting the book published before the holidays and the talented illustrator, Marina Movshina. Stacy credits local author, Stephanie Bearce, for helping her achieve her dream. Stephanie invited Stacy to a writing critique group seven years ago and introduced her to many talented, local authors around town.

Reviews

“This is a beautifully written and touching story about a young boy who is sad that his dad died, but finds hope for the future in the love of his mother. We definitely recommend this book for other teachers and their students, for families dealing with difficult times (death, divorce, hospitalizations, etc), and for counselors working with those children and their families.”

— Leah Crawford, 4th Grade Teacher

“As an educator, I see a great need for more books that speak to the losses many of our students have endured. This beautifully written story takes an honest look at the pain of losing a parent, while simultaneously infusing hope into the future. I love the part in the book when the main character’s mother says, “You know, there will be days when we feel as if everything is falling apart. But we can hang up the white feather all year long to remind us that we have something special.” I am grateful to the author, Stacy Butz, for writing this book.”

— Jennifer Riesenmy; ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher

“I got goosebumps when I read this touching story! The author’s gentle story about grief and hope is accessible to children of all ages and would be a welcome addition to any collection. I look forward to reading this aloud to my elementary students for many years to come!”

— Susan Kelley; Librarian

“This is a beautiful story for processing grief and loss. Living through a heartbreaking experience, together this family honors difficult emotions in the grieving processing while staying hopeful about the future. I love sharing this book with my daughters as a powerful, simple message for moving through the ups and downs of everyday life.”

— Michelle Marie Brady; Owner & CEO, MMB Music, Inc., Speaker & Coach

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 the toys they have outgrown and decided to donate included in the entire school’s collection! The students then hear from the charity groups about who will benefit from the toys and items collected. For one week, the students and families make contributions of canned goods, used clothing and toys, diapers and other necessities that those in our community need. When students search the garage and basement for favorite toys they’ve outgrown or want to share, it teaches them that generosity isn’t just for grownups. The fourth graders help to sort and then load the items for delivery. A few students and teachers help to deliver the items to the agencies. This Old Bonhomme School event started 37 years ago, and each year it has grown. The items collected go to a variety of local service and charity agencies.

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 face from those who brought in 100 or more cans. See the pictures below!

Eighth Grade Student Eileen Suarez Wins Social Justice Youth Art Contest

Congratulations to two Ladue Middle School eighth grade students for their participation in the Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline Event & Youth Art Contest sponsored by Educators for Social Justice! Eileen Suarez was first place, and Abby Soldwish-Zoole was runner-up in the competition.

On Feb. 24, Eileen will receive her recognition and a prize for her artistic contribution at the Educators for Social Justice Conference. Her art work will be on the cover of the conference materials, and she and and her teachers will be recognized at the conference.

The two girls’ artwork and descriptions are included below:

“There are 6 different people, their faces are split in half. One side is how they really are, the other is their race’s stereotype. My artwork reflects these themes—social justice, healing, and hope—by showing that people are not just their race/gender/sexuality that people expect them to be. They are individuals with likes, hobbies, and dislikes, and they are being shown more and more, that is why the color in the actual person’s background has color, which makes it stand out more. Also, the colors are bright, which shows a bright future.” — Eileen

 

 

 

 

“In my artwork, women are looking out with an expression of hope for change. They are three difference races, but more than just three different colors or hair or eyes. This reflects social justice because it shows our differences as part of what we are. The three faces all come from the same whole strong body. The faces embrace differences, but all share the same expression of hope.”  — Abby

Journalism National Conference Award Winners

Congratulations to the journalism students who attended the National Convention in Dallas this past weekend and brought home the following awards!

Ope Falako- Superior award in Poetry Writing
Anya Tullman- Excellent award in Newspaper Design
Hannah Suffian- Excellent award in Newsmagazine Design
Adam Rush- Honorable Mention award in News Writing
Madi Ward- Honorable Mention award in Sports Photography
Gigi Goebel- Honorable Mention award in Yearbook Writing
Jackson Bry- Honorable Mention award in Sports Writing
Lily Hauptman- Honorable Mention award in Feature Writing

High School Students Make All Suburban High School Honor Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who have successfully auditioned into the All Suburban High School Honor Orchestra:

Diya Diwakaran, Violin 1
Grace Hu, Violin 1
Cindy Wang, Violin 1
Boran Li, Violin 2
Kelly Phung, Violin 2
Ryan Lam, Viola

The All Suburban Honor Orchestras will perform at Ritenour High School on Jan. 6, 2018.

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 two respective universities.

Kaylon Buckner signed with Arizona State to play lacrosse, and Megan Present signed with West Virginia for rowing.

These are the only students known to intend to sign early with their respective universities at this time. Subsequent signing events will be celebrated as they occur throughout the school year.

Julia Wang Announced Regional Finalist in 2017 Siemens Competition

Senior Julia Wang was selected as a finalist in the 2017-2018 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. One of 101 finalists, Julia has a chance to compete for $100,000 in scholarship money.

These regional finalists were picked from an exceptional group of 491 semifinalists​ who were chosen from the pool of more than 1860 projects submitted this year. The 101 regional finalists will now advance to the next round of the competition – the Regional Finals. All regional finalists receive at least $1,000 in scholarship money while the 1st place individuals and teams from these regional competitions win $3,000 and $6,000, respectively.

The Regional finalists will compete in one of six regional competitions virtually hosted over three consecutive weekends in November at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Nov. 3-4); University of Notre Dame (Nov. 3-4); The University of Texas at Austin (Nov. 10-11); California Institute of Technology (Nov. 10-11); and Georgia Institute of Technology (Nov. 17-18); and Carnegie Mellon University (Nov. 17-18).

Winners of the regional events will advance to the National Finals to be held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4-5, 2017, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including the two top prizes of $100,000 and one of the most prestigious science honors awarded to high school students in the country today.

In a change from previous years, this year’s national finalist prize structure​​ will be: first place – $100,000, second place – $50,000, all other finalists – $25,000, elevating the minimum prize level in recognition of the overall high quality of research represented by national finalists.