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Ladue Horton Watkins High School Ranked #2 in State

Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases its list of best high schools in America. This year, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) was ranked second overall in Missouri and 363rd nationally.

In Missouri, 517 high schools were ranked, with LHWHS being the highest ranked public school and coming in second overall behind Metro Academic and Classical High School, a magnet school of St. Louis Public Schools. In the next three public school spots were Clayton High School, Lafayette High School (Rockwood), and Kirkwood High School.

“We know these rankings are only one measure of our school’s success.  However, we have every reason to be proud of our students and staff districtwide,” said LHWHS Principal Brad Griffith. “This level of achievement begins long before our students enter our doors. It is a testament to the support of our parents, our teaching staff from kindergarten on, and a community that truly values education. We are proud to be the culminating point of that experience and are truly honored to receive this acknowledgment of our students’ dedication and hard work.”

The study’s parameters are based on each individual high school’s performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. These rankings may shift after being released as subsequent information is considered.

For more information, visit www.usnews.com.

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.

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Seniors Score Perfectly on ACT

Eight Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors earned perfect scores on their ACTs. Noah DiAntonio, Patrick Naughton, Maya Mutic, Jeffrey Wang, Hans Chan, Gloria Zhou, Jake Loynd and one other senior, who wishes to remain anonymous, each earned a 36 on the college readiness test.

This means that the students correctly answered every question in each of the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning.

KSDK ran an extended segment on the students’ achievement, which you can view here.

“We have a large number of seniors who achieved a perfect score on the ACT this year, but it’s important to remember that while these accomplishments are made in high school, they are a product of our students’ learning experiences throughout the district,” Principal Brad Griffith said. “Every educator who has inspired and supported these students along the way has had a hand in helping them succeed, and we are all excited to see what our students will go on to accomplish after graduation.”

Noah is the son of Aaron and Bronwen DiAntonio; Patrick is the son of Michael and Cathy Naughton; Maya is the daughter of Sasa and Jada Mutic; Jeffrey is the son of Peter Wang and Natalie Chen; Hans is the son of Tat Chan and Carol Wong; Gloria is the daughter of Jianpeng Zhou and Jing Liu; and Jake is the son of Michael and Katie Loynd.

Each student plans on attending a four-year college after graduation. Noah plans on majoring in political science; Jeffrey would like to pursue computer science and continue playing tennis; Gloria is interested in scientific fields and studying abroad; Hans plans on majoring in piano and economics; Patrick will major in electrical engineering and computer science; and both Maya and Jake plan on studying engineering.

Students Excel on MAP Test

Congratulations to three Ladue School District schools students and staff for their spots on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s lists of schools that mastered the MAP test this past year!

Ladue Horton Watkins High School was a stand-out for the math portion; Ladue Middle School was a stand-out for the English-language arts, math and science portions; and Reed Elementary was a stand-out for English-language arts and math.

Click here to see our district and its overall scores in English, Math and Science. We know our kids are great, but it’s a treat when the community gets to see how our students’ and staff’s hard work pays off!

Ladue Schools Recognized for Reaching Out to Normandy

The Ladue School District is one of several regional districts that have worked to support the Normandy School District over the past year. Staff members have visited Normandy to help with literacy efforts and to support new principals. Our own Cheryl Kirchgessner, principal at Old Bonhomme Elementary, is quoted in an article published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this weekend.

Our district’s involvement, along with Cheryl’s contributions, are nicely highlighted in this article. Check it out here!

 

Ladue Schools Recognized as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2016 Top Workplace

TWP_TOP100_St-Louis_Portrait_2016_AWLadue Schools has recently been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2016 Top Workplaces. Only 100 local companies are recognized with this annual award, and our district ranked 11th in the category for large companies. This is the second time the district has participated in the program, and we are honored to have been selected for the award on both occasions!

“Ladue Schools strives to recruit the best educators and support staff members, and with that comes the responsibility of providing those employees with a work environment where they feel appreciated and can do their best work,” Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke said. “This award recognizes those efforts, and we are honored to be counted among the top local workplaces.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the full lists of Top Workplaces online on June 24, 2016. 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 74%.

Ladue School District Honors Teachers of the Year

Every year, each building chooses a teacher of the year to be recognized by the Ladue School District. Then, one teacher is chosen as District Teacher of the Year. Each of the following individuals have dedicated time and effort into making learning a positive, fun and fulfilling experience for our students, and we thank them for their contributions!

Sweeney La Barge was chosen as District Teacher of the Year. Ask Sweeney what the best part of his job is, and he’ll tell you, “Easy—the people around me.” And he means all of them: students, teachers and administrators. He loves the interactions he has with all of them.

It’s this team mentality that Sweeney loves. Ladue Schools is the best team he’s ever been on, and he genuinely believes that we’re all better because we’re on this team. To use his words: “We reach more students when we’re a team. We impact our community as a team. Sometimes we disagree, but we respect each member of our team.”

Eleven LHWHS Seniors Sign Letters of Intent to Play College Sports

Congratulations to all of our Ladue Horton Watkins High School senior athletes who signed letters of intent to join sport teams at their colleges and universities of choice! The event was held on Feb. 3, 2016, in the LHWHS cafeteria.

The following athletes will play sports at the following schools:

Benjamin Cobin Grinnell College Tennis
Misa Gamble Canisius College Rowing
Anna Hartig College of Wooster Soccer
Brandon Jarrett Lindenwood University Belleville Baseball
Kaitlin Mills Missouri Baptist University Lacrosse
Justin Moore Robert Morris University Football
Christopher Naunheim Maryville University Soccer
Mark Rogers Truman State University Basketball
C.J. Tammons Rhodes College Football
Hunter Wallace Harvard University Rowing
Alexander Morose Truman State University Wrestling

Four Ladue Schools Students Published in Collection of World War II Stories

Four Ladue Schools students from three elementary schools have stories and an illustration published in “Echoes from World War II: Young Writers Sharing Family Stories.” This book has been published by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration in honor of its 10th anniversary.

Students selected for Community Music School ensembles and orchestras

Several Ladue School District students have been selected for the Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) orchestras and ensembles. Each group performs several concerts during the school year. The concerts are free and open to the public and are held at the Community Music School Center, 535 Garden Ave. in Webster Groves.

The following Ladue Horton Watkins High School students are members of the CMS Percussion Ensemble: Jacob Cytron, Laura Ewald and Miles Kim. The first Percussion Ensemble concert was held on Dec. 20, 2015, and the next one will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016.