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. More »

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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 More »


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 More »

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Talking Rams Take Home Awards from First Conference Tournament

The Talking Rams, the high school speech and debate team, competed in its first conference tournament of the year this past weekend. Congratulations to the students below on their achievements! More »

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Cross Country Teams Place Third at District Meet

This past weekend, both the boys and girls cross country teams worked hard and both made a third place finish at the District Meet. The top four teams qualify for sectionals. Devin Callahan (8th), More »

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Talking Rams Place Second at Oakville Autumn Congress

The speech and debate team competed in the Oakville Autumn Congress this past weekend. The team placed 2nd overall! Congratulations to the students listed below — they each placed in their chamber! More »


Community Members Receive Friends of Education Award

Congratulations to the following recipients of the Friends of Education Award, who received the recognition at last night’s Sept. 27, 2016 Board of Education meeting: Ladue Education Foundation: Julie LaBonte’ Commit2Ladue: Carl More »

Girls Soccer Team Receives High Honor For Ethics

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Congratulations to the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Girls Soccer Team on being recognized with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)’s Platinum Award! This is the highest honor the association bestows for team ethics. The Ladue Schools team received the award because they didn’t receive any penalty cards the entire season!

“I’m very proud of the team for receiving this award,” Coach Dave Aronberg said. “This honor shows that character counts, and that’s what we want our players to take away from these experiences.”


High School Swim Teams Recognized for High Academic Rankings

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The Ladue Horton Watkins High School swim teams made waves this year in academic rankings! The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America (NISCA) All-American Scholar Team rankings have been released, and all Ladue Schools aquatic teams ranked exceptionally well!

Teams qualify for three levels of All-American Scholar Award status based on their average cumulative GPA: Bronze Level is 3.200-3.499; Silver Level is 3.500-3.749; and Gold Level is 3.750-4.000 (with 4.000 being the highest).

Ladue Grad Becky Sauerbrunn To Lead Team at Olympics

Becky Sauerbrunn and teammate Meghan Kilngenberg celebrate their win over Japan. Photo by Jonathan Hayward, courtesy of the Cavalier Insider.

Becky Sauerbrunn and teammate Meghan Kilngenberg celebrate their win over Japan. Photo by Jonathan Hayward, courtesy of the Cavalier Insider.

One of Ladue Schools’ own graduates, Becky Sauerbrunn, is headed to Rio in August to compete in the Olympics as a co-captain for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team!

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team is No. 1 in the world, having won the 2015 World Cup against Japan in Vancouver, British Columbia.

When asked how the two competitions compare, Becky told 101 ESPN: “You’ve got the World Cup that’s just for women’s soccer, and so it’s wonderful to have that spotlight just on your sport and the pressure that’s just on you. And then with the Olympics, it’s wonderful to be apart of something bigger and having all these other athletes from all these other disciplines. There’s more a sense of community and camaraderie, and that makes it really special, too, because you’re sharing something that’s bigger than just your sport.”

Becky is a 2003 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, and she recently visited the school’s girls soccer team to cheer them on at a match.

Becky was a distinguished LHWHS athlete, lettering all four years in soccer, volleyball and basketball. She was named 2003 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year, 2002 and 2003 Parade All-American, 2002 NSCAA Adidas (U-17) All-American and 2001 NSCAA Youth All-American.

Becky attended the University of Virginia. Currently, she plays for FC Kansas City in the National Women’s Soccer League.

To read more about Becky, visit her page on the U.S. Soccer website.

Ladue Schools Recognized as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2016 Top Workplace

TWP_TOP100_St-Louis_Portrait_2016_AWLadue Schools has recently been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2016 Top Workplaces. Only 100 local companies are recognized with this annual award, and our district ranked 11th in the category for large companies. This is the second time the district has participated in the program, and we are honored to have been selected for the award on both occasions!

“Ladue Schools strives to recruit the best educators and support staff members, and with that comes the responsibility of providing those employees with a work environment where they feel appreciated and can do their best work,” Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke said. “This award recognizes those efforts, and we are honored to be counted among the top local workplaces.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the full lists of Top Workplaces online on June 24, 2016. The lists—for small, medium and large companies—are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few. The survey distributed to Ladue Schools staff received a high response rate of 74%.

Talking Rams Bring Home the Wins from Nationals

The Talking Rams attended the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week. The students all performed phenomenally and were recognized with several awards!

The teams and individual awards are listed below:
Coach Molly Beck had this to say after the tournament: “Thanks to everyone who supported the team this year – it was our best season in five years! We look forward to kicking off the 2016-2017 season in August!”

Graduating Seniors Make Girls Soccer All-Metro Third Team

Two Ladue Horton Watkins High School girls soccer players made the All-Metro Third Team, which can be seen here. Both 2016 graduating seniors, Lizzy Puyo and Anna Hartig left their marks on the program with several prominent accomplishments during their careers:

  • Lizzy Puyo: “Puyo capped her historic career for the Rams by helping them win their first district championship in nearly three decades. Her team-leading 25 goals left her with 79 for her career, the most ever by a Ladue player. Puyo scored in 16 of her team’s 27 games while recording three hat tricks, and she also had six game-winning goals and three assists.”
  • Anna Hartig: “Nineteen of the Rams’ 24 wins came by shutout, and Hartig spearheaded that effort as a steady player on the back line. She was especially good at man marking and created her own matchup problems on the attacking end, finishing with 11 goals to rank third among Ladue players. Hartig was second on the team with four game-winners, helping the Rams win their first district title in 28 years.”

Congratulations, ladies!


Ladue Grad Wins Award in Youth Nationals Rowing Championship

13418953_10153562737975986_3424363859348201641_nA 2016 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Hunter Wallace, won first place in a youth national rowing championship! Hunter and his teammate, Will Lerwick, won the Men’s Youth 2!

Hunter is a member of the St. Louis Rowing Club, which sent its teams to Nationals on June 8. Hunter will attend Harvard University and row for their team.


Girls Soccer Team Takes Home Lengthy List of Recognitions

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The 2016 Girls Soccer team got numerous post-season recognitions that deserve to be shared!  Here’s a list of the girls’ accomplishments from the 2015-2016 season:

  • 2016 Suburban Central Conference Champions
  • 2016 District Champions (first time in 28 years)
  • Broke school record for most wins (24), most shutouts (19), most goals scored (112), fewest goals allowed (14)
  • All Regional Players: Anna Hartig, Lizzy Puyo, Hayden Hunt, Claire Petersen
  • All Regional Coach of the Year – Coach Aronberg
  • All State Players: 1st Team – Lizzy Puyo, 2nd Team – Anna Hartig and Claire Petersen
  • All Metro Players: 3rd Team – Lizzy Puyo and Anna Hartig
  • NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Gold Award – Zero cards received in an entire season!

Congratulations, girls!

Women’s Lacross Player Youngest on All-State Team

Congratulations to Kaylon Buckner, a sophomore who was recently the youngest selection for the 1st Team All-State Women’s Lacrosse Team! Kaylon made 98 goals for the team this season, which were second to only one other area player. She also scored seven goals four times and had eight multi-assist games this season.

This is the second year Kaylon has received this honor. As a co-captain, Kaylon assisted in leading the team to a 2016 District Championship. She has verbally committed to continue playing collegiately for Arizona State University.

Kaylon hopes to become a four-time all-stater and set the record in career points earned!


Reed Technology Integration Coach Recognized with Innovator Award

Congratulations to Reed’s Technology Integration Coach Jill Badalamenti who has been recognized as one of 10 educators nationwide who won a first place Henry Ford Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award in June.

This award recognizes educators who use the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking among its students. The winners were chosen by a team of judges and Discovery Hug, a team specifically focused on innovation at Shell.

Jill will receive a week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, from July 31 to Aug. 4. This includes behind-the-scenes tours with curators and archivists, a teaching innovation workshop and a special recognition ceremony.

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is a half-hour program on CBS that tells the stories behind historic innovators of the past and today’s visionaries.