Tag Archives: Character Education

Spoede Elementary Celebrates National Day of Character

For last Wednesday’s National Day of Character, all students and staff at Spoede Elementary created a heart on one of their fields! Check it out below! #SpoedeRocks

“Mr. Soccer” Teddy Vincent Named 2017 Mr. Ladue

The seventh annual “Mr. Ladue Contest” was held at Ladue Horton Watkins High School Performing Arts Center with senior “Mr. Soccer” Teddy Vincent winning the coveted title. This year, 35 young men, chosen by their coaches and club sponsors, competed in minute-to-win-it games and talent roulette. The top 16 boys competed head-to-head in games like moving oranges across the stage using only their knees.

Once only eight boys remained in the competition, the activities moved on to talent roulette. The boys were given a random talent like lip-syncing, a dramatic reading of a rap song or creating an outfit from a selection of clothes and modeling that outfit. Teddy selected the talent of demonstrating a makeup tutorial.

The judges then chose the top four boys, who then answered interview questions. The judges selected their top two, who then competed in a dance-off and, Teddy was selected as the winner by the crowd.

The $8,085 raised through ticket sales will go directly to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis!

Ladue Middle School Holds Annual “I Am LMS” Day Celebrating Diversity

Last week, the Ladue Middle School held it’s annual “I am LMS” Day, which celebrates the diversity that exists at the school. Students in all three grade levels learned about the effects of prejudice on different groups of people and the importance of working together for the good of all. The theme for the day was “eracism”, and included a dance presentation and talent show starring LMS students. All students also participated in a coding activity and created an art project on eracism, as well. The day ended with various opportunities for students to reflect on what diversity means to them. The day was sponsored by the LMS Diversity Cadre.

Check out more pictures of the event here!

LHWHS Students Raise Funds for Children’s Miracle Network

This Saturday, Feb. 4, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students held their annual Ladue Dance Marathon at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, where their efforts to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals culminated in their largest donation to date.

This year, the students raised a grand total of $44,237.04, about $11,000 more than last year. You can watch the big reveal video here! Over the past four years, Ladue Dance Marathon has raised close to $127,000. All funds stay local, going directly to Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon to help pay for new patient programs, equipment and facility renovations.

Students who participate in Ladue Dance Marathon spend months fundraising and wrap up their efforts at the event with music and dancing, games and philanthropic activities. Several patient families, known as “Miracle Families,” also attend the event to share their inspirational stories with the students who support them.

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 4.02.48 PM“Our executive directors, Julia Biest and Shirley Gelman, started raising money last summer, well before any previous year’s efforts had begun,” faculty co-sponsors Mike Farrell and Julie Blank said. “They never stopped striving to motivate the executive board. All of our student leaders worked tirelessly to create fundraising opportunities (through companies such as Waterway and Kendra Scott), to recruit dancers, and to inspire the participants to remember why they signed up for the event: not for the party, but for the kids.”

Dance Marathon is a nationwide organization that raises funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network. Ladue Dance Marathon is student-led and was the first high school Dance Marathon in Missouri, and is now one of two in the Greater St. Louis region.

Check out more photos here!

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

High School Students Attend Gateway2Change Summit on Race

Gateway2Change held its second Student Summit on Race this year last Thursday, Nov. 17, at Emerson World Headquarters. Several Ladue School District students participated in the summit this year, along with students from about 40 other area schools.

During the summit, student leaders joined the representatives from local businesses and organizations who will present real-world challenges they are facing in the areas of social and cultural difference, diversity and equity. Students learned about problem-solving methods that can be utilized to create solutions to these challenges. Several local businesses and organizations participated in the summit, as well, including: 1st Financial Credit Union, Build-A-Bear, Children’s Medical Network, Edward Jones, Emerson, Monsanto and Mayor Slay’s office.

Students were paired with a sibling school, and over the next few months, they will meet and collaborate on solutions for solving the real-world challenge. These plans will be presented to business leaders at the final summit on March 10, 2017.

The movement began following the events at Ferguson and provides students opportunities to become reform agents for racial and diversity issues.

You can check out this short video recap from the CharacterPlus Facebook page here.

Spoede Students Raise Money for Hurricane Victims

Check out this piece by FOX 2 featuring second grade teacher Jessica Moore’s class! This group of Spoede kids spent time raising money for hurricane victims this week.

LHWHS Junior Selected for Cultural Leadership Program

Congratulations to Malone Hanis, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, who was selected as for the Cultural Leadership Class 12! Cultural Leadership is a unique year-long educational leadership program including classes, cultural activities, travel/study, public speaking,and conducting diversity workshops. The goal is to teach teens about social injustice, racism and discrimination and inspire them to work toward change, promote mutual respect and dispel stereotypes.

The 2016 Cultural Leadership Class 12 is comprised of 24 students representing 14 high schools from throughout the St. Louis region both public and private, and is racially and culturally diverse with students from 13 different houses of worship, and the voices of 13 black students, 8 Jewish students, and 3 allies. The program began in 2004 originally for African American and Jewish students and has since expanded to accept students of all ethnicities.

Reed Elementary Invites First Responders to Recess

DSC_0072_editedEach year, Reed Elementary invites local first responders to recess, where these heroes hand out popsicles to the students and answer the kids’ questions about these important careers. Last Friday, the firefighters and EMT officials took time out of their day to visit with kids on the playground, tossing balls and throwing frisbees. While some students played sports with these guests, others clambered through the firetruck and ambulance.

At one point, the ambulance was called away to respond to an emergency call during the kindergarten recess. The students lined up and watched in awe as the lights flashed and the sirens pealed. The ambulance sped away down the street. When it returned, you can bet the kids had their questions ready!

The students also make cards and draw pictures as a thank you for all that these men and women do for our community. Check out the pictures here!