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Talking Rams Make Prestigious 200 Club

Congratulations to last year’s Talking Rams, the high school’s speech and debate team, and its sponsor and coach Molly Beck for their recent recognition by the National Speech & Debate Association for their More »

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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. More »

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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 More »

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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 More »

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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 More »

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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 »

Ladue Schools Recognized for Reaching Out to Normandy

The Ladue School District is one of several regional districts that have worked to support the Normandy School District over the past year. Staff members have visited Normandy to help with literacy efforts and to support new principals. Our own Cheryl Kirchgessner, principal at Old Bonhomme Elementary, is quoted in an article published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this weekend.

Our district’s involvement, along with Cheryl’s contributions, are nicely highlighted in this article. Check it out here!

 

STRIDE Making a Difference at Ladue Horton Watkins High School

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Data aggregated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows that there is a disconnect between the enrollment of African-Americans in the St. Louis regional schools and the percentage of those African-American students taking AP classes in high school, but teachers at Ladue Horton Watkins High School are tackling the issue, and their efforts are making a difference.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article in May giving voice to the issue and spotlighting Ladue Horton Watkins High School as an entity that is working to make a positive change. Teachers at the school volunteer their time with STRIDE, Students Taking Rigorous Instruction Developing Exceptionally, an after-school club for African-American and Hispanic students enrolled in AP classes. According to the article, in the four years since the program was launched, the number of black and Hispanic students enrolled in Ladue’s AP courses has increased by 159 percent.

Some of our students and staff were quoted in the article, explaining the program and how it affects their opportunities going forward! To read more of this article, click here.

Alumna Susan Medart Gets Crafty, Business Flourishes

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Susan Medart, a 1980 Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumna, found her calling just seven years ago when she decided to try her hand at starting a business for her handmade crafts.

Susan always enjoyed designing and creating her own pieces, and from this passion, Knollwood Lane was born. The business was named after a family property in Wisconsin. Susan’s business has since blossomed, and she found two other local mothers, Crystal Lindsey and Julie Frizzell, who joined her.

Ladue News featured a story about Susan’s success, and you can read more about the business and its wares here!

 

 

Reed Elementary Invites First Responders to Recess

DSC_0072_editedEach year, Reed Elementary invites local first responders to recess, where these heroes hand out popsicles to the students and answer the kids’ questions about these important careers. Last Friday, the firefighters and EMT officials took time out of their day to visit with kids on the playground, tossing balls and throwing frisbees. While some students played sports with these guests, others clambered through the firetruck and ambulance.

At one point, the ambulance was called away to respond to an emergency call during the kindergarten recess. The students lined up and watched in awe as the lights flashed and the sirens pealed. The ambulance sped away down the street. When it returned, you can bet the kids had their questions ready!

The students also make cards and draw pictures as a thank you for all that these men and women do for our community. Check out the pictures here!

LMS’ Computer Technology Teacher Kelly Arl Chosen for Google Innovator Academy

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School’s Computer Technology Teacher Kelly Arl, who has been chosen to attend the Google Certified Innovator Academy, which will be held at Google’s headquarters in Toronto, Canada in October.

The program includes three days of hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learning about innovative instructional strategies and receiving resources to share with colleagues.

Arl is one of 30 participants chosen worldwide for their innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology. She’s excited to go represent Ladue Schools, share ideas with fellow educators and bring back resources for the classroom.

“At the Google for Education Innovation Academy, you will discover how to unlock creativity, translate insights into solutions, experiment rapidly, and build an effective innovation culture in their own schools and organizations,” according to its website. “The Innovation Academy is just the beginning of a journey with peers—and Google—to impact education in their communities.”

With the completion of the program, the participants will become Google Certified Innovators.

16 Seniors Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

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We are proud to announce that 16 of our high school students have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists this year! These students qualified based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken in their junior year!

These students include: Michael Burke, Jeffrey Wang, Maya Mutic, Noah DiAntonio, Hans Chan, Alexandra (Sasha) Rice, Kevin Zhang, Patrick Naughton, Donna LaMore, Julia Biest, Stephanie Zhong, Gloria Zhou, Amanda Steiner, Anna Cramblitt and Alexander Tan. Michael Muzinich also qualified, though he no longer attends Ladue Schools.

About only 20 percent of high school students take the SAT. These students are among a small group of LHWHS seniors who have achieved this accomplishment in the past 20 years.

Boys Soccer Team Ranked 50th Nationally

For the first time ever, the high school boys soccer team has been ranked nationally! TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked the team 50th in the nation.

Head Coach Dave Aronberg says the boys are happy with the recognition and that this news is just another reason the team is celebrating the great start to the season! While Aronberg said it is difficult to compare teams nationally (these teams never play each other), being ranked among the best in the country is an honor.

 

Art Teacher’s Painting for Peace Submission Featured in Exhibition

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Congratulations to new Ladue Horton Watkins High School art teacher Christine Warner for being included in a community art exhibition: Outside In: Paint for Peace.  The exhibition features paintings from the Painting for Peace art movement that arose in Ferguson and spread throughout St. Louis in 2014.  This collaborative community exhibition showcases the power of the arts to create conversation, understanding and healing.

Outside In: Paint for Peace will be on view at the following presenting and program partners:

  • The Millstone Gallery at COCA (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Missouri History Museum (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Vaughn Cultural Center (Sep. 2 – Nov. 4)
  • Ferguson Youth Initiative (Sep. 2 – Oct. 30)
  • The Sheldon Art Galleries (Oct. 7 – Nov. 19)
* Christine’s painting is number 7: “Phoenix Rising in the Arch” and can be seen at the 1:30 mark of this video
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Freshmen to Perform Concertos With MBU/SCC Orchestras

Congratulations to freshmen Anna Zhong and Christopher Ye of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, who both auditioned and were chosen to perform with the Missouri Baptist University and Saint Charles Community College Symphony Orchestras in the 1st annual Solo Concert at MBU.

Both Anna, playing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Opus 64 in e minor (3rd Movement), and Christopher, playing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto Opus 22 in g minor (1st Movement), will perform on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, on the campus of Missouri Baptist University in the Pillsbury/Wainwright Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Feel free to come and support these two young musicians representing Ladue Schools!

Kudos also go out to the LHWHS orchestra music education and instructors Twinda Murry, Ruth Panhorst, and Elizabeth Dalbey, for identifying and nurturing these students’ talents.

The event is organized by SCC Symphonic Orchestra Director, Mary Sweetin. The link for more information about the concert is here.

Two LMS Eighth Graders Receive Ed Greenwood Memorial Award

Congratulations to Anna Zhong and Christopher Ye, who were presented with the prestigious Ed Greenwood Memorial Award at the 2016 Ladue Middle School 8th Grade Citizenship Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Each year, one eighth grade boy and girl are selected based on their exemplary high academic performance, citizenship and service to the school.

Dr. Greenwood promoted these virtues in his pursuit of excellence during his career as teacher and principal. Winners receive Cross pen and pencil sets and have their pictures hung along with the previous winners.

Finalists included Jenna Gold, Shelei Pan, Lucie Rowe, Katie Shaw, Giuseppe Di Cera, Will Minifie, Jeremy Ouyang, and Michael Wayne.