Ladue Middle School Students Hold Memorial for Lives Lost in Parkland, Florida

On Wednesday morning, our middle school students held a moving demonstration to join together in support of the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida. All three grades walked out to the field More »

Broadcast Students’ Video to be Aired on KSDK

Congratulations to LHWHS seniors Kaycee Little and Jaylen Sykes for being the school’s winners in the KSDK/Gateway STEM/Ladue “Pair & Share Program.” For the last 15 years, students from LHWHS and Gateway More »

Six Talking Rams Team Members Heading to National Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Speech and Debate Tournament, and took home several awards! The team took 7th in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st in Congress Sweepstakes, 1st More »

Ladue High School Chorale Students Recognized for Outstanding Performances

The Ladue High School Chorale students have been recognized for outstanding performances in the last week. Five students from the Ladue High School Chorale participated in the St. Louis Suburban District Music More »

High School Catering Connection Club Takes on Run and Run S’more Event

Congratulations to the Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Catering Connection Club for their performance at the Run and Run S’more event! The students worked tirelessly through the three days leading up to More »

LHWHS Students Take Top Two Places at 2018 St. Louis Brain Bee

Akhil Kondepudi, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, won the 2018 St. Louis Brain Bee, an annual neuroscience competition held at Washington University in St. Louis! The second place winner More »

Spoede Fourth Grader Competing on MasterChef Junior

Any MasterChef Junior fans? A Spoede Elementary student has become a TV star! Fourth grader Juelz Bugg made the top 24 chefs for Season 6! The season premiere of the show aired More »

Speech and Debate Team Has Three Tournament Champions at Capital Classic

The LHWHS Speech and Debate team competed in the Capital Classic hosted by Jefferson City High School on Jan. 26- 27. The team took 5th place in Overall Sweepstakes!

The team also had several students advance out of preliminary rounds in the tournament.

Check out the winners below!

High School Students Worm Their Way to Sustainability

A group of nine high school students have made it to the Finals portion of the LEXUS EcoChallenge! This competition is a national STEM competition for grades 6-12. Student teams are encouraged to tackle environmental issues that affect their communities and create practical solutions while competing for a total of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. This is the first year students from our high school have entered the challenge.

The students’ project centers around feeding styrofoam waste to mealworms, critters that can safely digest the refuse. The two teacher sponsors are Monica Bowman and Katie Kane, and the students include: juniors Antonio Amore Rojas, Alice Breternitz, Faith Deddens, Carolyn Duncan, Eleanor Duncan and Megan Ross; and sophomores Abigail Bernstein, Cindy Wang and Christopher Ye.

In Monica Bowman’s science classroom, nestled behind bundles of yarn, are twelve 8-oz. cylinders, each filled with mealworms and superworms happily munching away at bits of styrofoam.”The yarn keeps them warm,” junior Alice Breternitz said, smiling.

“The interesting part of this project, for me, is the creative problem-solving as a group,” Alice said. “We found a problem—styrofoam that’s just thrown away after it’s used—and then we needed an out-of-the-box solution, something that would be sustainable. We learned that mealworms eat styrofoam, and that led to more research about how to make this work for our school.”

The students collected styrofoam from around the high school and began experimenting. They soon found that a group of superworms can eat 1 to 1.5 containers filled about 3/4 of the way with styrofoam each week.

“The part that impresses me most is that the students found this interesting idea, and it motivated them to try it out for themselves,” Katie said. “These students threw themselves into this project using their enthusiasm and critical thinking skills to figure out how they could make this a sustainable process for our school.”

Sustainability is key to this project, so the students are not only working on breaking down the styrofoam. They are also experimenting with using the feces of the worms as compost. And when the mealworms eventually turn into beetles, they will be used as food for the reptiles living in science classrooms.

“We would like to start collecting styrofoam from the middle school and the elementary schools, too, so that we can
make an impact at the district level,” Alice said.

For the Finals, the students’ project submission is due on March 5, 2018. To learn more about the Lexus Eco Challenge, please visit

Ladue School District #1 in Missouri for Best Districts in America

The Ladue School District made the list of Best Districts in America by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. Ladue Schools was listed #155 in the nation, first in the state. KSDK did a brief story and interviewed English-Language Arts teacher GregSchmitz. Check it out here!

For the list of top schools, click here.

Ladue Schools Freshman was Featured Speaker at Women’s March

Lauryn Donovan, a Ladue Schools freshman, was chosen to be a featured speaker at the Women’s March in St. Louis on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018! The Women’s March is a women-led movement committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance with a mission of harnessing political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Congratulations, Lauryn!

LECC Music Teacher Julianne Schankman Recognized with January Excellence in Education Award

Julianne Schankman, an early childhood music teacher at Ladue Early Childhood Center, received the January Excellence in Education Award at the Jan. 22, 2018, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Julianne on this prestigious recognition!

Julianne has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2011, when she took a part-time position as the music teacher at the LECC.

It is without question that Julianne plays such an important role in the lives of all of the young students at the Ladue Early Childhood Center. As LECC Director Kerri Wetzel has said, “Julianne makes it a point to get to know each child’s name in our school, and her tender and warm approach invites them to learn acceptance and understanding of the world around them.”

Five Ladue Schools Teams Advance to FIRST Lego League Championship

Five Ladue teams advanced to the FIRST Lego League Eastern Missouri Championship Tournament at St. Louis Community College in Florissant Valley on Saturday, Jan. 13th. Forty teams from around Missouri advanced to participate in the tournament. Old Bonhomme, Spoede, and Reed each had a fourth grade team led by teachers Tammy MacLean, Kathie Dolan, Carol Kliesen and Karen Engelkenjohn. One FGC team led by parent coach Sherry Wolk and one LMS/FGC team led by coaches Gaurav Suri and Sonali Jain also qualified to participate. Of the five Ladue teams, three teams won awards at the tournament Saturday.

LMS Student Donates Birthday Presents to Children in Need

For Ladue Middle School seventh grader Orli Hahn’s Bat Mitzvah, she chose to collect birthday presents for children in need at Birthday Joy Foundation headquarters rather than receive presents herself.

Orli chose to work with Birthday Joy Foundation, where her mom also volunteers. She invited friends to bring toys and add their name to the “Birthday Joy Wall of Fame.”

Birthday Joy donates to organizations that provide them with lists with the names of children and their birthdays.

Check out the video segment on KSDK here!


LECC Students Learn About Diversity for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

To commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day last week, some teachers at the Ladue Early Childhood Center organized an educational activity for the kiddos. In the Fish room, the students cracked open a white and brown egg to see how they are the same on the inside even though the exterior colors are different. The teachers than translated that observation to the students by asking them to look at how their skin tones were diverse, but everyone is the same on the inside.

Check out some photos from the activity below!

LHWHS Debater Edward Wu Earns Top Recognition

Edward Wu, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, earned his Degree of Premier Distinction in the National Forensic League, the honor society for the National Speech and Debate Association. Throughout his four years on the team, Edward has earned over 1,500 points and this places him in the top 1% of speech and debate competitors in the country.

The Degree of Premier Distinction is the highest degree level a student can attain in the National Forensic League. The Degree of Premier Distinction is a reflection of Edward’s work ethic, dedication to the team, and competitive excellence. Edward is currently the team president and, for the second year in a row, is the co-coordinator for Public Forum Debate and Congressional Debate. This past weekend, Edward and his partner placed 1st in Public Forum Debate at the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association Conference Tournament and Edward was named Conference Champion in Congressional Debate.

Speech and Debate Team Named 2017-2018 Conference Champions

The Talking Rams competed in the third, and final, tournament of the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament Series on January 12th and 13th at Ritenour High School. At the conclusion of the tournament, the conference awards were also announced.

For the fourth year in a row, and the sixth time in seven years, the Talking Rams were named the Overall Conference Champions! The team also placed 1st in Debate Sweepstakes and 1st in Congressional Debate Sweepstakes, along with placing 3rd in Interpretation Sweepstakes.