High School Cheerleaders Take Home Awards from National Cheerleading Camp

The Ladue Horton Watkins High School cheerleading team attended the National Cheerleaders Association camp at Lindenwood University from July 6- 9. The team won numerous awards, including multiple Superior ribbons (the highest More »

Students Take Home Awards from MCTM State Math Contest

Ladue Fifth Grade Center students participated in the MCTM State Math Contest in Columbia on Saturday, May 6. Four students placed in the top 10 and were eligible to move on to More »

Speech and Debate Members Compete in National Tournament

Eleven members of the speech and debate team competed in the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament last week. The tournament takes place over six days and was held in Birmingham, More »

Ladue Schools Recognized as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2017 Top Workplace

Ladue Schools has recently been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2017 Top Workplaces. Of the 1,100 local companies nominated, only 100 are recognized with this annual award. This is More »

Alumnus Honored by St. Louis Business Journal

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Vin Ko, who has been selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “30 Under 30” honoree! Vin is a 2005 graduate of Ladue More »

Senior Wrestler Gives Lesson in Sportsmanship

Leor Goldfarb gave up a win he would have received after his opponent made an illegal move—and giving it up meant he was giving up a spot at the state tournament. Leor More »

Second Graders Visited by BJC Hospital’s Book Brigade

Second graders at Spoede Elementary were treated with a visit from the BJC Book Brigade, a school outreach and youth development program that distributes books to children. This year—the group’s second year More »

LMS MathCounts Team Takes First in Missouri MathCounts Competition

The Ladue Middle School MathCounts team placed first in the Missouri MathCounts Competition on Saturday.

The four-person team consisted of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7) and Will Bender (7). In the lightning-quick Countdown round, Anthony Wang (7) took 2nd place and William Pan (8) placed 4th.

Nine LMS students participated in the Individual competition, all of whom placed in the Top 20. Seven of the Top 10 Math kids in the state are Ladue Middle School students!

Note that the top four finishers (three from LMS) make up the Missouri team that competes in the National MathCounts competition in Orlando in May!

Here are the students and their final positions:

1) Stephen Jiang (8)
2) Anthony Wang (7)
3) Jason Ding (8)
5) Will Bender (7)
7) William Pan (8)
9) Samuel Chen (7)
10) William Xie (8)
16) Marina Sha (8)
18) Iris Zhou (7)

LMS Student to Compete in Missouri Geography Bee

Congrats to Winston Chen, the LMS winner of the geography bee, who qualified to compete in the Missouri Geography Bee on Friday March 31! Winston is a seventh-grade student.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year.

School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017.

Good luck to Winston in the next round!

Old Bonhomme Team Wins Award at Creative Convention

On March 2, 2017, students from Old Bonhomme elementary participated in the 2017 Academic Challenge Cup, held at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The competition consists of a half-day event designed to challenge students in second and third grade in creative problem solving. Five Old Bonhomme teams participated, and The Builders of the Mind team took home one of four Level Of Excellence awards.

This competition draws bright students from diverse areas and brings them together for a morning of friendly competition. Academic Challenge Cup is sponsored by the Gifted Resource Council.

LEGOs: Linking Learning, Creativity and Fun

This year for the first time, all four Ladue Schools elementary schools participated in FIRSTLEGO® League, a worldwide competition where teams of students ages 9 to 14 are challenged to research real-world problems and devise a workable solution over the course of eight weeks. The groups must also design, build and program a LEGO robot to complete a mission through an obstacle course, all while learning how to work together and draw from one another’s strengths.

The purpose behind FIRSTLEGO is to actively engage student creativity while they apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts. The “FIRST” in FIRSTLEGO represents: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

This year’s competition theme was “Animal Allies” with each team being given the tasks of identifying a way in which the lives of animals and humans intersect, researching a common issue and then brainstorming about how animals and people can help one another.

LMS Science Olympiad Teams Compete at Regional Tournament, Head to State Finals

Congratulations to the LMS Science Olympiad team members and coaches, who represented the school well at last Saturday’s regional tournament! The competition team will go on to the state finals on Saturday, April 8, at Westminster University in Fulton, Missouri. Below is a listing of team members and coaches.

Competition Team:

Fayzan Ali (9), Ashna Chali (8), Harry Chen (8), Jason Ding (8), Stephen Jiang (8), Aditya Kondepudi (7), Shelei Pan (9), William Pan (8), Marina Sha (8), Cindy Wang (9), Daniel Xu (7), Max Yang (6), Christopher Ye (9), Eric Yin (8) and Lucy Yue (8).

Training Team:

Arya Bhushan (7), Yuvan Chali (6), Chris Chen (7), Samuel Chen (7), Huamin Gao (8), Richie Jiang (6), David Ju (6), Shriya Koneru (8), Evan Schreiner (7), Emily Shaw (6), Rohan Tatikonda (7), Ryan Tung (7), Vyomini Vakil (7), Anthony Wang (7) and Justin Zhang (7).

Coaches:

Martin Long (Coordinator), Christine Allen, Mark Biernbaum, Michael Clay, Melody Frese, Kelly Hake, Natalie Jeney, Donna Matthews, Hugh McMonigle, Kathleen Murphy, Deb O’Hara, Elizabeth Rendine, Jody Rozbicki and Lisa Stein.

Three LHWHS Students Participate in St. Louis Area Brain Bee

Congratulations to three Ladue Horton Watkins High School students for their performances in the St. Louis Area Brain Bee neuroscience competition held at Washington University.

Akhil Kondepudi (10) and Shelei Pan (9) both moved on to the top 10 oral round competition, with Akhil taking second place and Shelei taking third place. Jakhi Riley (11) also competed and performed well!

 

Old Bonhomme Speech/Language Pathologist Rhonda West Recognized with February Excellence in Education Award

Rhonda West, a Speech/Language Pathologist at Old Bonhomme Elementary, received the February Excellence in Education Award at the Feb. 27, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Rhonda on this prestigious recognition!

Rhonda has worked for the Ladue School District since May of 2012, when she took her position at Old Bonhomme.

If you ask the staff at Old Bonhomme Elementary about Rhonda West, they’ll tell you that she’s an exceptional educator, one whose commitment to her student is foremost and outstanding. She’s skillful and talented when it comes to instructional planning and delivery, and her reservoir of support and encouragement for her students and fellow staff members seems endless.

Senior’s story on Vandalism Published to Global Audience

The Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri was vandalized over President’s Day Weekend and Ladue Senior Broadcast Technology student Ian Mason covered the story. The Global Student Square picked up on Ian’s video and worked in concert with him to complete article and publish to their global audience.

VIDEO: Family members express sorrow, anger over vandalism at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

Students Take Home Wins from Gateway Chess League Action Tournament

Ladue School District students competed at the Gateway Chess League Action Tournament held this past Saturday, February 18. Spoede Elementary won the 3rd grade and under division, and three students (Alex Zhang, Katie Eisenman, and Tom Xiong) placed first in their individual grade levels.

Third Grade and Under Division

  • The Spoede Elementary team of Alex Zhang, Celina Zhou, Christopher Huang, Roy Zhu, Kevin Wu, Rex Zhu, and Anish Shinde won the 3rd Grade and Under division. The Conway Elementary team of Ayden Huang came in 9th place.
  • Anish Shinde finished in 2nd place in the Kindergarten individual standings.
  • In the 1st grade individual standings, Alex Zhang came in 1st place, Ayden Huang received 2nd place, Roy Zhu came in 4th place, and Kevin Wu finished 6th.
  • In the 3rd grade individual standings, Celina Zhou came in 3rd place, Christopher Huang finished 9th, and Rex Zhu finished in 12th place.

Superintendent Discusses Digital Citizenship on METC Conference Panel

Ladue Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke discussed the importance the district places on digital citizenship while participating in an “Issues in Education” live broadcast that was part of METC’s 2017 conference (Midwest Education Technology Community). The event was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at St. Charles Convention Center.

Joining Donna on the panel were Orlando Sharpe, STEM Program Director at YMCA Community Development & STEMpact Facilitator; Julie Smith, Adjunct Professor at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville and Webster University; and a student from Ritenour School District.

These conversations are aired live on The Big 550 KTRS Radio, streamed nationally, and then videotaped for later access on YouTube and on www.issuesineducation.net.