Olivette Residents Invited to Create Community Art Project with Old Bonhomme

Old Bonhomme Elementary students are partnering with their local heroes—Olivette Police and Fire—to create a community artwork for the new Olivette City Center that is scheduled to open in April! The project is More »

Spoede Students Spell Their Way to the Top in Annual Bee

Spoede Elementary just held its annual spelling bee on Jan. 19! Third and fourth grade students participate. This year, the champion was Will Kodner, and Isabella Huang was the runner-up. The students More »

LECC Special Education Teacher Terri Linhoff-Balk Recognized with January Excellence in Education Award

Terri Linhoff-Balk, an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, received the January Excellence in Education Award at the Jan. 23, 2017, Board of Education More »

LMS 8th Grader Speaks at Women’s March on St. Louis Rally

This past Saturday at the Women’s March on St. Louis, LMS 8th grader and activist Lauryn Donovan spoke to the more than 20,000 marchers as the youngest of the rally’s scheduled speakers! More »

Reed Elementary Students Share Dreams on MLK Day

To celebrate and reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day last week, Reed Elementary once again created the MLK Graffiti Wall! Each class brainstormed dreams for themselves, for their school, and for More »

Talking Rams Take First Place at Round Robin Debates

The speech and debate novices competed in the Oakville Novice Events Round Robin and Eastern Missouri Novice Debate Round Robin last weekend. They took 1st place in debate sweepstakes and 1st place More »

7th Grader & U.S. Youth Chess Team Member Opens Winter Chess Camp for Peers

Iris Zhou, a seventh-grade student at Ladue Middle School and a member of the U.S. national youth chess team, has decided to share what she has learned and teach her peers how More »

Old Bonhomme Students & Staff Harvest Sweet Potatoes

Old Bonhomme’s sweet potatoes were ready to harvest this week! Kate Pichon, a parent volunteer who works with the Old Bonhomme garden, approached Chartwell’s about doing an activity with the students using the potatoes.

First, the second grade students harvested more than 60 of the potatoes on Wednesday.

“It was great to be there and watch the students dig up the potatoes,” Sue Blumm, the district’s in-house representative from Chartwell’s, said. Melissa Garth, a Chartwell’s employee, even got in with the students and got her hands dirty.

Then on Thursday, the cafeteria employees made fresh sweet potato fries with the students, and every kid got to sample the fries during lunch. They also learned some fun facts about the spud.

“Students loved making the connection between what they took from the garden one day to what they were eating the next,” Sue said. One student even told them, “Thank you for all your hard work. It couldn’t have been easy cutting up all those hard potatoes.”

Talking Rams Debate Team Takes First Place in Debate Sweepstakes

The speech and debate team competed in the Francis Howell North Events Round Robin and the Francis Howell Central Debate Round Robin this past weekend. The team took 1st place in debate sweepstakes and 2nd place in overall sweepstakes!

VARSITY FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING
Akshay Govindan (10), 6th place

VARSITY ORIGINAL ORATORY
Olivia Liu (10), 2nd place

Harlem Wizards Take On Ladue Schools Staff

This past Sunday, the Harlem Wizards visited the LHWHS Nielson Gym to take on a team of Ladue Schools staff! Everyone enjoyed watching the fun, and our team members proved to be good sports. The event was the first of its kind and hosted by the Ladue EducationFoundation (LEF) and the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Boys’ Basketball Program.

 

Team Ladue consisted of:

Maggie 2Staff Members:
Dr. Chris Schreiner – Reed Elementary Principal
Kurt Garner – Reed Elementary Teacher
Mark Williams – Spoede Elementary Teacher (and alumnus)
Quentin Alemayu – LMS Teacher
Matt Strayhorn – LMS Teacher
Connie Jander – Old Bonhomme Elementary Teacher
Chad Anderson – LMS Teacher and LHWHS Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
Jeff Guidry – LHWHS Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

District Parents:
Gary Bussard
Bruce Schneider
Tom Harmon

Also Participating:
Score Keeper: Brian Archibald, LHWHS Math Teacher
Referee:  Dr. Derrick Wallace, Director of Student Services

Check out this video!

Alumna Kristy Jackson Featured in Show-You STLs Entrepreneurship Project

Ladue Horton Watkins graduates go on to excel in any field they decide to take on after high school; and we love to share their success stories! Kristy Jackson, a 1991 graduate, was recently featured in Show-You STL’s Entrepreneurship Project for her creative consulting and event planning company, DK Solutions.

“I am a connector and innovator with a passion for helping others reach their full potential,” Kristy told the group. “This is my personal, spiritual and entrepreneurial mission. I am blessed to have the opportunity to have found my purpose and to work in it full time.”

The company has several brands to find the best fit area businesses and community development. You can check them out here!

 

 

Speech and Debate Teacher Molly Beck Receives First Diamond Coach Award

Congratulations to the high school’s speech and debate teacher, Molly Beck, on being recognized with the prestigious Diamond Coach Award! This award is bestowed from tne National Speech & Debate Association’s Honor Society to those with professional careers that combine excellence and longevity in speech and debate.

Check out the news release below:

Spoede Students Raise Money for Hurricane Victims

Check out this piece by FOX 2 featuring second grade teacher Jessica Moore’s class! This group of Spoede kids spent time raising money for hurricane victims this week.

LMS Students Accepted into the 2016-17 All Suburban Orchestra

Congratulations to the following LMS Orchestra members who were recently accepted into the 2016-17 All Suburban Orchestra! They were among 120 top orchestra students from around St. Louis County.

Hugh Chan (8)
Harry Wang (8)
Diya Diwakaran (8)
Ryan Tung (7)
Athena Vinch (8)
Winston Chen (7)
Lucy Yue (8)
William Pan (8)
Ryan Lam (8)
Daniel Diringer (8)
John Cramblitt (7)
Benjamin Wang (8)

And congratulations to Roland LaBonte (8), who placed in the orchestra for the second year!

Reed Elementary Wins Selfie Contest

Congratulations to Reed Elementary, the school that won the selfie competition! We asked that each school’s teachers try and take a selfie with every student as an activity to reach “Every Student. Every Day.” As a treat, the Kona Ice truck stopped by during each recess!

The number of selfies all Ladue Schools teachers took with their students was astounding. While we hoped everyone would have a little fun with it, interacting with students one-on-one can sometimes make their day!  “Every Student. Every Day.” is a high standard, and we find that our staff work hard to make this a reality. So thanks to our teachers  for diving right into this activity with us!

LHWHS ELA Teacher Lisa Crawford Recognized with October Excellence in Education Award

Lisa Crawford, an English-Language Arts teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, received the October Excellence in Education Award at the Oct. 24, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Lisa on this prestigious recognition!

Lisa is known among her coworkers as an engaging teacher, always encouraging students to strive for their absolute best in the classroom. These students understand that Lisa holds them to this high standard so that they can achieve the highest level of success once they leave LHWHS. And of course, she professional and hard-working; Lisa is usually the first person to arrive in the mornings, ready to start the day imparting knowledge to her students.

As Principal Brad Griffith said, Lisa is sharp and extremely intelligent; and seamlessly teaches to a wide range of ability levels.

“Seeing Lisa’s dedication and commitment toward her craft, it’s obvious that teaching is her calling,” Principal Brad Griffith said. “I wish I had the fortune of having her as one of my teachers when I was in high school.”

Lisa has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 1991, when she took a position teaching at the high school. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She and her husband, Joe, have been married for eight years and have one child: 4-year-old Erin.

Lisa received her undergraduate degree from Southwest Missouri State in 1990. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in English from St. Louis University.

Alumna Returns Library Book 50 Years Overdue

At the Class of 1966’s 50th reunion last week, Sarah Steinman Mock returned a book to the LHWHS library…. it was only about 50 years overdue! The book is “A Comprehensive Anthology of American Poetry”, and Jim Goldwasser, the faculty member giving the tour, decided to waive the fee!