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 »

First Lego League Team from LMS and FGC Advance to Championship

A First Lego League Team, The 8 Sharks from Middle School (7 students) and Fifth Grade Center (1 student), recently participated at a St. Louis Region FLL Qualifier Event on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The team performed very well and received the “Champion’s Award” for their outstanding work and the “Robot Performance Award” for the top Robot game score.
They have advanced to the next level and will now be participating in the Eastern Missouri Championship on Jan. 13.

This year, about 12 teams from our district participated in the competition (250 competed in total), and five Ladue Schools teams have advanced to the next level (a total of 40 students advancing). The participating students are below.

Alumna & Playwright’s Third Play to Debut on Broadway in Chicago

Hollye Levin, Class of 1972, an accomplished playwright, will have her third play, “A Taste of Things to Come”, debuted on Broadway in Chicago beginning in March 2018. See here for details.


It all began in the Ladue School District. Hollye attended Old Bonhomme Elementary and then West Ladue Junior High, where she was on the cheerleading squad and began to play guitar and write my own songs. Her first professional job as a guitar player was at a lounge in Euclid when she was 16.

“I got my first paid gig because the ‘regular’ guitar player had the flu, and he called me to take over a few nights,” she says. “I was nervous, thrilled, but then said, ‘I’m not ready!’ And he said, ‘If you are not ready now, you never will be!’ I got paid $60 that night, and it suddenly hit me that I might have a future as a songwriter and guitar player.”

Spoede First Grade Teacher Jenny Weber Recognized with December Excellence in Education Award

Jenny Weber, a first grade teacher at Spoede Elementary, received the December Excellence in Education Award at the Dec. 11, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Jenny on this prestigious recognition!

Jenny has worked for the Ladue School District since July of 2008, when she took a position as a mathematics teaching assistant at Spoede Elementary School.

If you ask her fellow educators, they will tell you that Jenny is a “whatever it takes” kind of teacher. She doesn’t see her determination as going above and beyond for her students; rather, she just sees the effort as necessary to do what needs to be done for these children in order for them to succeed to the best of their own personal abilities. This also translates outside of the classroom, where Jenny plays a key role on the Character Education Committee at Spoede, serving as co-chair.

Dr. Stallons notes that Jenny is the type of teacher who takes the time to form positive relationships with every one of her students. She understands that being an educator is more than imparting knowledge to students—it’s also making sure that these students know that someone cares about their happiness and well-being, that they have that support system at Spoede.

Jenny is originally from St. Louis. She and her husband, Kris, have been together for 14 years and married for the last 11 years. Their 11-year-old son, Tyler, attends Northeast Middle School.

Jenny received her bachelor’s of arts degree from UMSL. She then went on to earn her master’s degree from Lindenwood.

Second Novel of Alumnus Ed Protzel to be Published in February

Ladue Alumnus Ed Protzel’s sequel to his darkly ironic historical series, DarkHorse Trilogy, will be released and in stores on Feb. 2, 2018, by TouchPoint Press. Honor Among Outcasts offers a glimpse into a time and place that pit neighbor against neighbor in America’s most bloody conflict—the Missouri-Kansas border war of 1863.

As much morality tale as history lesson, Honor Among Outcasts weighs the bonds of friendship and loyalty against personal risk, using actual events such as Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Kansas, and the Union army’s infamous Order No. 11.

In addition, Protzel’s futuristic thriller, The Antiquities Dealer, was just acquired by the same publisher and will be released next year.

Protzel, of University City and a graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Class of ’64, has completed three novels, five original screenplays for feature film and developed scripts/projects for 20th Century Fox. The first book in his DarkHorse Trilogy, The Lies That Bind, was his first published work; the trilogy will conclude with Something in Madness. He holds a master’s in English literature/creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Alumnus to Participate in 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Class of 1989 alumnus Stephanie Hammond Smith will travel to Oslo, Norway, to participate in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum on Dec. 11. She is scheduled to participate on the discussion panel to talk about the state of affairs concerning indigenous peoples in the world.

LHWHS Junior Heads to International Math Competition

Moses Schindler, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, is one of 12 students selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2018 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship featuring top math students from the U.S, Canada, and the UK. The contest will be held as part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, California, on Jan. 13.

Moses was selected for the 2018 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship based on his score on an online qualifying test with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability, and math history, which was administered by high school math teachers in the U.S, Canada, and the UK using Maple TA, a product of Maplesoft.

LHWHS Students Selected for All-State Band and All-State Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as members of the All-State Band and All-State Orchestra. These students won a blind audition as they competed against students from across the state and will represent LHWHS at performances at the MMEA convention at Tan-Tar-A, Jan. 24 – 27, 2018.

All-State Orchestra
Grace Crockett, Violin 1
Rebecca Lang, Violin 1
Shelei Pan, Violin 2
Anna Zhong, Violin 2
Jacob Sheldon, viola
Daniel Diringer, cello
Evyn Levy, 2nd chair clarinet

All-State Band
Pema Childs, 7th chair clarinet

Congratulations again on a job well done!

Ladue Middle School Student Ben Rich Creates Charitable “Mitzvah Market” For Those in Need

Check out the awesome charity work that Ladue Middle School student Ben Rich is doing through the process of becoming a bar mitzvah! Ben organized a clothing drive and market for people who might not be able to purchase new or used clothing.

“I just wanted to be able to help out people who need it, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do it,” Ben said in an article by the St .Louis Jewish Light.

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Fourth Grade Robotics Teams Excel at Regional FIRST Lego League Competition

Nine fourth grade robotics teams from all four elementary schools in the district competed in the regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Competition on Nov. 12 and 13 at Brittany Woods Middle School. One team from Reed, one team from Spoede and one team from Old Bonhomme will be moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship Event at St. Louis Community College on Jan. 13, 2018.

Congratulations to Reed team “Water Bots”, Spoede team “Nasty & Necessary #7” and Old Bonhomme team “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” for this accomplishment. Other teams were awarded, as well. The “Brain Waves” team won the Project Award for their innovative ideas and presentation skills. The “Tidal Waves” and the “Nasty and Necessary #7” teams won the Core Values award for their team-work and gracious professionalism, and the “Water Bots” and the “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” each won the Champion’s Award, which means they did great work in all three categories. Both Spoede teams were awarded Monsanto Fund grants to participate in the event.

The project was led by teachers Karen Engelkenjohn, Tammy MacLean, Kathie Dolan and Lindsay Lombardo. Congratulations goes out to all the teams, parent helpers and teacher coaches for their hard work. Best of luck to all the teams moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship in January!

Old Bonhomme’s Stacy Butz Has First Book Published

Old Bonhomme Reading Specialist Stacy Butz just published her first children’s book through Guardian Angel Publishing entitled “A Mother’s Gift.”

Just in time for the holidays, “A Mother’s Gift” tells the story of Matthew, a boy who recently lost his father. Struggling with his father’s death, Matthew resolves to give his mother a special gift for Christmas, and in doing so, discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

Publishing a children’s book has always been a dream of Stacy’s. As an educator, she strives to use children’s literature to generate authentic conversations among her students. After losing her sister-in-law, writing became her therapy.

“This particular story was one I was determined to publish,” Stacy says. “I wanted to write about grief after losing someone tragically. I want my readers to feel hope, and to know that even though it is hard to move forward, your loved ones will never be forgotten. Love wins!”

Stacy has been reading “A Mother’s Gift” to her classes at Old Bonhomme for the past seven years. Each time she reads it, she asks the students for feedback, which helped her during the editing and revision. When she received the published version recently, many students told her they were adding it to their holiday wishlists!

“A Mother’s Gift” can be purchased both on Amazon or at

About Stacy

Although originally from Chicago, Stacy grew up in Chesterfield with her parents, Bob & Maura Whittingham and five siblings, Gina, Bob, Eric, Sara & Megan. She currently lives in St. Louis with her husband Tim and wonderful children, Matthew & Alison. She is thankful for all their support and love. She also enjoys going to school everyday to work with the students at Old Bonhomme. Her colleagues and students have been encouraging through this writing process. She would like to thank local publisher, Lynda Burch, for her hard work in getting the book published before the holidays and the talented illustrator, Marina Movshina. Stacy credits local author, Stephanie Bearce, for helping her achieve her dream. Stephanie invited Stacy to a writing critique group seven years ago and introduced her to many talented, local authors around town.


“This is a beautifully written and touching story about a young boy who is sad that his dad died, but finds hope for the future in the love of his mother. We definitely recommend this book for other teachers and their students, for families dealing with difficult times (death, divorce, hospitalizations, etc), and for counselors working with those children and their families.”

— Leah Crawford, 4th Grade Teacher

“As an educator, I see a great need for more books that speak to the losses many of our students have endured. This beautifully written story takes an honest look at the pain of losing a parent, while simultaneously infusing hope into the future. I love the part in the book when the main character’s mother says, “You know, there will be days when we feel as if everything is falling apart. But we can hang up the white feather all year long to remind us that we have something special.” I am grateful to the author, Stacy Butz, for writing this book.”

— Jennifer Riesenmy; ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher

“I got goosebumps when I read this touching story! The author’s gentle story about grief and hope is accessible to children of all ages and would be a welcome addition to any collection. I look forward to reading this aloud to my elementary students for many years to come!”

— Susan Kelley; Librarian

“This is a beautiful story for processing grief and loss. Living through a heartbreaking experience, together this family honors difficult emotions in the grieving processing while staying hopeful about the future. I love sharing this book with my daughters as a powerful, simple message for moving through the ups and downs of everyday life.”

— Michelle Marie Brady; Owner & CEO, MMB Music, Inc., Speaker & Coach