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Talking Rams Compete in Parkway Classic

The speech and debate team competed in the Parkway Classic hosted by Parkway West this past weekend. The team took 4th place overall!

Please congratulate the team members listed below on their individual accomplishments!

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Hale Masaki (11) – 3rd place

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Olivia Liu (11) – 4th place
Fayzan Ali (10) – Semifinalist

Spoede Best in State for 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Congratulations to Spoede Elementary School, which has officially been named the #1 school in Missouri for logging the most minutes in the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge! Thanks to our inspiring teachers and parents, we have some excellent young readers in our schools, and they’re powered up to read throughout this school year!

Spoede Elementary students read a total of 191,466 minutes this summer!

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is designed to help kids turn the “summer slide”—the learning loss which can occur over the summer months—into a “summer leap” by discovering the power and joy of reading for fun. The program offered kids the chance to log their reading minutes to earn digital prizes as they completed weekly reading challenges, gaining access to 18 reading activities, including games, quizzes and videos based on popular children’s books. Parents and families also had access to free summer reading resources, including booklists across all age groups in both English and Spanish.

The school will be listed in the 2018 Scholastic Book of World Records and will receive a special personalized plaque to commemorate the students’ summer reading achievements.

Nearly 4,000 schools, libraries and community partners participated in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Students from the U.S. and around the world read a whopping total of 138,399,392 minutes! That’s the fifth year in a row kids logged more than 100 million minutes.

Ladue Middle School Counselor Roger Scherck Recognized with September Excellence in Education Award

Roger Scherck, a counselor at the Ladue Middle School, received the September Excellence in Education Award at the Sept. 25, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Roger on this prestigious recognition!

Roger has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 1994, when he took a position as a high school social studies teacher and soccer coach at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. During his time with the district, Roger has coached boys and girls soccer and track and cross country at the middle school, supported the Learning Center at the high school and taught three years in the Excel program.

Assistant Principal Sarah Adams Schwartz has said, there are few people who contribute more to the Ladue Middle School community than Roger Scherck. Roger offers his time, energy and support to various areas throughout the school and district. He is involved in Character Ed at both the district and building level, as well as in the local community.  He has coached in the 8th grade sports program, as well as coordinated the Middle School Milers running program. He oversees the I Am LMS day program that is put on by the LMS Diversity cadre.

2013 Graduate Annie Kopp Attends Emmys with Late Night Show

Annie Kopp, 2013 graduate, was at the Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, with the show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. For those of you that do not know her, she’s the one in the teal dress 4th from the left. Go, Annie!

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is a leading late night show that covers Washington politics, spotlights stories throughout the states and travels around the world to cover international news.

Twenty-One LHWHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Twenty-one Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors have recently been recognized as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition—the highest number of Ladue Schools students to be honored in a single year, and more students than any other school in the state. These students qualified based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken in their junior year.

“We are incredibly proud of these students. They have demonstrated the results that can be achieved through years of dedication to their studies and I have no doubt this is just the beginning of great accomplishments these students will experience,” Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke said. “This year, we celebrate the largest number of students to receive this recognition, but it’s important to remember that while this accomplishment is made in high school, every educator who has inspired and supported these students along the way has played a role in their success.”

All of these students are eligible for scholarships that will be offered next spring.

These students include (from top left to the bottom right of the attached picture): Abhay Cashikar, Anthony Schuster, Glen Morgenstern, Joel Hsieh, Charles Loitman, Aaron Umen, Eric Yang, Lily Hauptman, Audrey Wang, Julia Wang, Xiwen Zhang, Ryan Miller, Annie Liu, Evyn Levy, Justin Chen, Albert Liu, Aleesha Shi and Sophia Li. Levi Dyson, Macey Goldstein and Edward Wu were not pictured.

Ladue Schools 2016 Graduate Featured on KSDK for Rowing

Check out this neat feature by KSDK on Ladue Schools 2016 grad Hunter Wallace! Hunter is a national champion in rowing with fellow rower and Clayton grad Will Lerwick.

English-Language Arts Teacher Kim Gutchewsky Named 2017 Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year

The Ladue School District is proud to announce that Kim Gutchewsky, an English-Language Arts teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been named a Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year for the St. Louis region. This coming school year will be Kim’s 24th year of teaching and her 18th year of being an English-Language Arts teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She was honored at a celebration event hosted by the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center at Education Plus, 1460 Craig Road, on July 27, 2017. See pictures from the event here!

The Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year award is part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This program recognizes the efforts of effective teachers in providing a quality education to their students.

“We could not be more proud of Kim for this recognition at the regional level,” high school principal Brad Griffith said. “Kim sees it as part of her role to teach her wide range of students how to navigate their world, to embrace change, constantly evolve and utilize critical thinking. In addition, as chair of the English department, she has been a true teacher-leader, sharing innovative teaching practices, and a willingness to tackle difficult issues. Kim is more than deserving of this award.”

Kim is eligible to compete for the 2017 Missouri Teacher of the Year. The selection committee, comprised of teachers, business leaders and education organization leaders, will choose the Missouri Teacher of the Year following interviews with each finalist this fall. The winner and the finalists will be honored at a banquet in October in Jefferson City. The new Missouri Teacher of the Year will serve as the state’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The Missouri Teacher of the Year program is conducted with financial support by the Boeing Company and the Monsanto Fund.

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 the national competition in Houston, Texas, on June 24.

In the state competition, there were 188 young mathematicians from Missouri eager to participate in four different math test categories. The four FGC students took 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 7th places for the individual overall category. The Ladue FGC teams took first, fifth, and sixth places. In addition to our four top ten winners, two students won ribbons in individual categories.

5th grade:
Aditya Jain – 1st place
Kevin Tang – 2nd place
Aric Wang – 5th place
Rohan Suri – 6th place
Ari Willick
Abheek Dhawan
Sophia Xu
Sarah Liao
Matthew Awad

Spoede:
Jonathan Yao – 1st place, 4th grade

Johnathan Yao won 9th place overall for fourth grade at the national event, and the Ladue Fifth Grade Center team came in 6th place in the national sweepstakes category.

Photo 1 is of Jonathan Yao (fourth grader at Spoede) who won 9th place overall for fourth grade. The second phono is Jonathan Yao and Aric Wang

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 the third time the district has participated in the program, and we are honored to have been selected for the award on each occasion!

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the full lists of Top Workplaces online only June 25, 2017. The lists—for small, medium and large companies—are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few. The survey distributed to Ladue Schools staff received a high response rate of 70%.

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 was sent back to wrestle one more time after his graceful ceding of the match, and had one more chance to make state his senior year. He won.

Check out his story here.