Two LMS Eighth Graders Receive Ed Greenwood Memorial Award

Congratulations to Katherine Eisenman and Andrew Fruend, who were presented with the prestigious Ed Greenwood Memorial Award at the 2017 Ladue Middle School 8th Grade Farewell Ceremony. Each year, one eighth grade More »

Students Perform in Annual Marvin’s Songfest

On Friday, May 12, Ms. Johnson’s 2nd grade class performed in Marvin’s Songfest, an annual event at the school. Marvin, a resident of Ladue Schools and a parent of Ladue Schools graduates, More »

Ladue Schools Students Compete at U.S. Chess Federation SuperNationals VI

Seventeen Ladue School District students competed in the U.S. Chess Federation SuperNationals VI tournament from May 11-14 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the largest-rated chess tournament in history, with 5,577 competitors and More »

LMS Students Compete in National MathCounts Competition

Last week, on May 12, the Missouri MathCounts state team competed in the national competition in Orlando, Florida. The four-student team consisted of three Ladue Middle School students and one Parkway student. More »

Senior Reilly Ahearn Sets Records on the Golf Course

Reilly Ahearn, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been in the news lately for his achievements as a golf player. On May 8, Reilly shot 7 under par for a More »

2012 Graduate and Football Star Jehu Chesson Drafted by Chiefs

Jehu Chesson, a Ladue Schools 2012 graduate, was recently chosen by the Chiefs in the NFL draft! Jehu, wide receiver for the Michigan Wolverines, is one of the top receivers in the Big More »

Eighth Grade Science Bowl Team Takes Fourth Nationally

Congratulations to the 8th grade Science Bowl team, who placed 4th in the nation in Washington D.C. this weekend! This marks the third year in a row the middle school team has More »

High School Students Participate in the First High School Invitational in Many Years

Congratulations to the following 11 Ladue High School Science Olympiad students who participated in the first high school S.O. invitational in many years!

The team competed against 25 other S.O. teams, 12 from Missouri and 14 from Kansas. The competition was held at Staley High School in Kansas City, Missouri. With only part of the high school team able to make it to this rescheduled competition, the team still finished in 2nd place!

Congratulations the following students who competed:

Luke Biernbaum (12)
Abhay Cashikar (11)
Justin Chen (11)
Anna Cramblitt (12)
Noah Goldman (11)
Kevin Jiang (10)
Albert Liu (11)
Charlie Loitman (11)
Katie Shaw (9)
Jeffrey Wang (12)
Stephanie Zhong (12)

The regional tournament is not for another five weeks.

“We have much work to be done,” coach Mark Biernbaum said. “However, this was a terrific way to begin our competition season!”

Sixth Grader Wins LMS Spelling Bee and Heads to Semi-Finals

Congratulations to 6th grader Sassy Saleeby, winner of this year’s LMS spelling bee! Sassy will go on to compete in the semi-finals of the Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the St. Louis Post Dispatch on March 11, 2017. Finalists from that written bee will go on to compete in an oral bee on March 18, 2017. The winner of that Spelling Bee will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. later this spring.

Eighth graders Ashna Chali and Anna Demkovitch also earned perfect scores on the written bee (including getting all of the tie-breaker words correct). An oral bee was held after the written bee between the three finalists to determine the winner of the school bee. The winning word this year was “edamame”.

Thank you to Brian Beracha, Laurie Lambie, and Janice Davis, the teachers who helped grade spelling tests and supervise the 45 students who participated in the bee!

Olivette Residents Invited to Create Community Art Project with Old Bonhomme

Old Bonhomme Elementary students are partnering with their local heroes—Olivette Police and Fire—to create a community artwork for the new Olivette City Center that is scheduled to open in April! The project is a mosaic tree pieced together from clay tiles to be installed in the foyer of the new building. The tree symbolizes the community’s growth, strength and individualism.

And not only do the kids get to have a hand in being a part of history, but the public is invited to participate, too! The Old Bonhomme Art Department will host two open studio days for community members to craft a piece of the Olivette Community Tree, personalize it and choose a final color. The actual creation of the piece should take no more than 30 minutes. The students will then complete the glazing and firing of the clay pieces. The installation of the piece will be the week of April 10.

2017-01-20 15.08.36_editedThe two dates are:

  • Sunday, Jan. 29 from noon to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

In order to ensure adequate space, the school asks that everyone RSVP here.

Lisa Roth, the school’s art teacher, has been planning this community art project for over a year with the help of Chief Knox and the City of Olivette. Each student at Old Bonhomme has made a clay piece to be included, with the help of Olivette police, fire and the mayor’s office staff. These heroes visited the art classes to help the kids create their clay creations for the tree, whether that was leaves, flowers, bugs, birds or any number of creative ideas!

Check out the pictures here!

 

 

LMS Teacher Kathleen Mercury’s Board Game Will Be Pubished

We have a published game-creator on staff! Kathleen Mercury, the Gifted Teacher for Apogee at Ladue Middle School, has recently signed a contract with IDW, a game publisher for her board game, Crash Course.

The game is currently in the development phase, which means that it is currently undergoing playtesting and tweaking of the rules. “It’s exciting to be part of this process as a designer, as I’ll get to work with a variety of other game design professionals to push this game to completion,” Kathleen said.

Crash Course is a race game in space, where players race around a circular board trying to outlast the other racers by using lasers, shields and other fun toys. IDW has a game in the works called “Rayguns and Rocketships,” and this game will fit into that story line.

Her love of games translates to the classroom, too! Teaching board game design has been a part of the Apogee curriculum for the last 10 years, Kathleen said, but for the last eight years or so, the students have shared their games online. They engage in online discussion and answer questions from other games, designers and publishers. You can check out some of the students’ work here!

Spoede Students Spell Their Way to the Top in Annual Bee

Spoede Elementary just held its annual spelling bee on Jan. 19! Third and fourth grade students participate. This year, the champion was Will Kodner, and Isabella Huang was the runner-up.

The students who participated were those who scored the highest in the preliminary rounds in December.

Participants in the Spelling Bee included:

LECC Special Education Teacher Terri Linhoff-Balk Recognized with January Excellence in Education Award

Terri Linhoff-Balk, an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, received the January Excellence in Education Award at the Jan. 23, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Terri on this prestigious recognition!

Terri has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2000, when she took her position at the LECC.

Part of the Special School District’s vision and mission is the Commitment to Excellence, which includes nine core belief statements. One of those is: ‘We believe that what we do is more than just a job.’ Terri exemplifies this belief every day in her work with students and their families. She goes beyond what is expected to strive to make learning as fun and meaningful for her students as she possibly can. Through her efforts, she creates learning experiences that many of her students would not have the opportunity to experience outside of school. A few of these include the circus, the princess ball and the Thanksgiving feast.

LMS 8th Grader Speaks at Women’s March on St. Louis Rally

This past Saturday at the Women’s March on St. Louis, LMS 8th grader and activist Lauryn Donovan spoke to the more than 20,000 marchers as the youngest of the rally’s scheduled speakers! She led the march with fellow speakers organizers including Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.

The march was held in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C.,  to show unity in the fight for the rights of women and other marginalized groups. The march began at Union Station and headed down Market Street, ending at Luther Ely Smith Square with a rally. Non-partisan group DefendHERS, LLC organized the event.

Read more about the march and Lauryn’s activism here!

Reed Elementary Students Share Dreams on MLK Day

To celebrate and reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day last week, Reed Elementary once again created the MLK Graffiti Wall! Each class brainstormed dreams for themselves, for their school, and for the world.

Some examples include:

I have a dream for me:
To become the first woman to be president
To become a fashion designer
To have a happy life in Paris
To become a gymnastics champion

Talking Rams Take First Place at Round Robin Debates

The speech and debate novices competed in the Oakville Novice Events Round Robin and Eastern Missouri Novice Debate Round Robin last weekend. They took 1st place in debate sweepstakes and 1st place overall! Congratulations to the following students:

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING
Nevan Giuliani (10) – 2nd place

ORIGINAL ORATORY
Cindy Wang (9) – 2nd place

7th Grader & U.S. Youth Chess Team Member Opens Winter Chess Camp for Peers

Iris Zhou, a seventh-grade student at Ladue Middle School and a member of the U.S. national youth chess team, has decided to share what she has learned and teach her peers how to play the game.

Iris was the only student to represent Missouri on the U.S. team in the 2015 World Youth & Cadets Chess Championship, and she qualified for both the 2016 and 2017 competitions.

During winter break, Iris gave a three-day chess camp, free of charge, to the young children in the local community. The “2016 Ice Cream Winter Chess Camp” was held from Dec. 28-30 at the St. Louis Modern Chinese School in the afternoons.

“So many young kids are interested in chess,” Iris said. “I feel good that I can help some of them learn, especially when I inspire some of the young girls to get involved with chess.”