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 »

A Cappella Group Viva Voce Takes First Place at 2018 Midwest ICHSA Quarterfinals

Congratulations to Viva Voce, the a cappella group at the high school that won first place last night at the 2018 Midwest ICHSA Quarterfinals! The group now will be moving on to compete in the semifinal round in DeKalb, Illinois, for a chance to sing at the Beacon Theatre in NYC!

Junior Menea Kefalov was also awarded Outstanding Soloist of the night.

See the team members below:

Reed Elementary Named a 2018 State School of Character

The Ladue School District is pleased to announce that Reed Elementary School was named a 2018 State School of Character (SSOC) by The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement. The State Schools of Character program recognizes schools that have demonstrated the use of character education and development to create a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.

“At Reed, we believe in making character education an integral part of our students’ daily lives,” Principal Dr. Chris Schreiner said. “To have our hard work recognized with the State School of Character designation is an incredible honor, and well-deserved by our staff, our students and their families who offer such tremendous support.”

Reed Elementary School has 418 students and is located at 9060 Ladue Road, St. Louis, MO, 63124. In 2018, along with Reed Elementary, 64 additional schools and 5 districts across the U.S. were recognized.

LMS Teacher Quentin Alimayu Selected for Missouri Council for Social Studies

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School teacher Quentin Alimayu for being selected to serve on the board of the Missouri Council for Social Studies. Quentin will serve as one of the regional delegates representing the entire Metro St. Louis area for the next two years. He will be seated next month.

“It’s exciting to know that Quentin will serve as an advocate for all students and will represent LMS and Ladue Schools at the state level,” Principal Tiffany Taylor-Johnson said. “What an accomplishment!”

Senior Julia Wang Selected as 2018 National Honorable Mention of NCWIT

Senior Julia Wang was selected as a 2018 National Honorable Mention (NHM) recipient of the National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.

More than 3,600 students applied for the 2018 Aspirations Award, and the NHMs represent the top 10 percent of all applicants.

For more information about the award, visit aspirations.org.

 

Alumna Betsy Heller Cohen Profiled for Work with St. Louis Mosaic Project

Recently, 1972 Ladue Schools alumna Betsy Heller Cohen was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for her work with the St. Louis Mosaic Project, a regional initiative with the goal of transforming St. Louis into the fastest growing major metropolitan area for immigration by 2020.

Betsy is the Executive Director of the organization, which is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis and a 27-member committee.

The article delves into Betsy’s penchant for international activities and relations.

“I’ve always been involved with different nonprofits and businesses,” she told the post-dispatch. “I think of myself as a connector.”

To read more about Betsy’s background, the St. Louis Mosaic Project’s mission or its initiatives, read the article here.

LMS Science Olympiad Teams Perform Well at Regional Competition

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad teams! Both teams performed exceptionally well at the regional competition held at Lindenwood University over the weekend. The Competition team took first place by a landslide and will be moving on to the state finals in Fulton, Missouri, in early April.

This is Ladue Middle School’s 27th consecutive year making it to the state finals!

 

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 http://lexus.scholastic.com.

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!