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 »

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.

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.

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.

High School Senior and Girl Scout Awarded Scholarship

Congratulations to senior Jessica Thoelke, who received a $5,000 scholarship for higher education from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. The honor was given to recognize Jessica for her leadership abilities and for recently completing her Girl Scouts Gold Award project.

The Gold Award is bestowed after the recipient has undergone a rigorous, in-depth project. Jessica’s project consisted of creating and facilitating a coding program for Ladue Middle School students. At the beginning of the year, Jessica recognized a lack of opportunities for young students to learn coding. She approached administrators and worked with teachers to structure an after-school Code Red coding program. Now, 30 to 40 students attend the sessions to learn the basics of coding and explore the possibilities.

The best part of her experience was watching the students grasp the concepts and then put them into practice, Jessica told the Girl Scouts.

Jessica will attend Washington University in the fall to study engineering. She hopes to become an aerospace engineer.

 

Ladue Middle School Chess Teams Succeed at State Championship

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School chess teams for their performance at the state championships this past weekend, March 19, in Columbia, Missouri!

The sixth grade team took home the 2016 state championship title. The team’s co-captain Benjamin Liu took home six wins and no losses two years in a row now. He is also the 2016 Missouri State Champion as an individual.

The members of the school’s 6th grade team include: co-captain Benjamin Liu, co-captain Roshen Chatwal, Daniel Ye, Domenic Fenoglio, Arya Brushan, Aryan Gowda, Alex Rybak, Kanisk Shanmugam and Ian Rothstein.

Ten High School Students Qualify for International DECA Competition

Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s DECA students competed in the Missouri State DECA competition from March 13-15 in the Lake of the Ozarks. About 10 of those students qualified for the international DECA competition in Nashville, Tennessee in April!

DECA prepares students to become leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

In addition to our international qualifiers, senior Semhar Mekonnen was awarded the Lester B. Kesterson Scholarship in the amount of $1000 for her contributions to DECA throughout high school. Sophomore Kaycee Little was named a finalist in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.