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LMS Science Olympiad Team Places at Nationals

After a year of hard work, the Ladue Middle School Science Olympiad team finished 14th in the nation at finals! Training for the event began in August and some of the kids More »

2016 Teachers of the Year-Group

Ladue School District Honors Teachers of the Year

Every year, each building chooses a teacher of the year to be recognized by the Ladue School District. Then, one teacher is chosen as District Teacher of the Year. Each of the More »

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High School Seniors Show Off Artwork At Exhibit

Each year, the high school art department encourages all senior art students to exhibit selections of their artwork from throughout their high school careers. This work is displayed in the Performing Arts More »

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“Mr. Fashion” Jay Gaskin Named 2016 Mr. Ladue

The annual “Mr. Ladue Contest” was held at Ladue Horton Watkins High School Performing Arts Center with “Mr. Fashion” Jay Gaskin winning the coveted title. Thirty young men, chosen by their coaches More »

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Old Bonhomme Hosts 4th Annual Interactive Art Show

Old Bonhomme Elementary hosted its 4th Annual Spring Interactive Art Show last Tuesday, April 19. Parents and visitors downloaded QR code reading apps on their smart devices. With phone or iPad in More »

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Reed Elementary Raises $30,000 for American Heart Association

Congratulations to students and staff at Reed Elementary for breaking its record for donations to the American Heart Association! This year, the school raised more than $30,000 through Jump Rope for Heart. More »

LMS Nurse Ann Body Is Finalist For 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award

Ladue Middle School’s lead nurse Ann Body has been recognized as a finalist for the 2016 St. Louis Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards! Congratulations, Ann!

More than 250 nurses were nominated, the largest number of entries since the beginning of the program. A selection committee chose 66 finalists from this pool, and 24 winners will be recognized at the seventh annual Excellence in Nursing Awards reception on Thursday, April 14 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. The event will be hosted by St. Louis Magazine and is presented by Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. More than 450 guests are expected to attend.

LMS Partners Club Volunteers at Food Pantry

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The LMS Partners Club took students on a service project to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry on Tuesday, March 29. The students worked hard repacking food for the pantry’s customers, and the group can’t wait to help out again! Check out some of the photos below of our students working hard!

Computer Science Teams Place at Webster University Programming Challenge

Ladue Horton Watkins computer science teams placed 2nd and 4th in the Webster University Programming Challenge! Our 2nd place team solved the same number of problems as the first place team but had a slightly larger time penalty. There were 31 high school teams in this competition which is the largest number of teams in the 15-year history of the competition. In the last 7 years, Ladue Schools teams have always placed in the top three: 1 third place, 3 second places and 3 first places.

Please congratulate these students:
Gregory Farn
Patrick Naughton
Jeffrey Wang
Spencer Chen
Seema Patil
Moses Schindler
Alec Goldberg
Ori Miller
Kevin Xue
Felix Hu
Patrick Hwang
Sophia Li

LMS Students Excel at State Mathematics Contest

Thirteen LMS students participated in the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics State contest at Selvidge Middle School last Saturday.  They competed with 231 students from 64 schools across the state.  The results were:

6th Grade Individual:
1st – Will Bender
5th – Samuel Chen
10th – Iris Zhou

7th Grade Individual:
1st – Jason Ding
2nd – Stephen Jiang
3rd – Harry Chen
8th – William Xie
9th – William Pan

8th Grade Individual:
1st – Jeremy Ouyang
5th – Anna Zhong

1st place team: Jason Ding, Stephen Jiang, Jeremy Ouyang, and Anna Zhong

2nd place team: Willam Bender, Harry Chen, Samuel Chen, and William Xie

Congratulations to these students on their accomplishments!

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

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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

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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

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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.