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Eighth Grade Student Eileen Suarez Wins Social Justice Youth Art Contest

Congratulations to Eileen Suarez, an eighth grader at Ladue Middle School, who won the Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline Event & Youth Art Contest sponsored by Educators for Social Justice.

On Feb. 24, Eileen will receive her recognition and a prize for her artistic contribution at the Educators for Social Justice Conference. Her art work will be on the cover of the conference materials, and she and and her teachers will be recognized at the conference!

Her artwork and its description are below!

“There are 6 different people, their faces are split in half. One side is how they really are, the other is their race’s stereotype. My artwork reflects these themes—social justice, healing, and hope—by showing that people are not just their race/gender/sexuality that people expect them to be. They are individuals with likes, hobbies, and dislikes, and they are being shown more and more, that is why the color in the actual person’s background has color, which makes it stand out more. Also, the colors are bright, which shows a bright future.”

Talking Rams Compete in 2nd Conference

The speech and debate team competed in their 2nd conference tournament of the year this past weekend. Congratulations to the following students:

United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Gabe DiAntonio (09) – 6th place

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Max Kornfeld (11) – 2nd place
Fayzan Ali (10) – 3rd place
Sam Hiken (11) – 6th place

Ladue Middle School Students Audition for All Suburban Honor Orchestra

The following students have successfully auditioned into the All Suburban Middle School Honor Orchestra:

Olivia Hu, violin
Matthew Jing, violin
Rachael Lin, violin
Shreeya Ravindranath, violin
Emily Shaw, violin
Nevin Song, violin
Joyce Yu, violin
Lillian Chen, viola
John Cramblitt, cello

The All Suburban Honor Orchestras will perform at Ritenour High School on Jan. 6, 2018.

Five Students Earn Awards at All-Suburban Middle School Honors Bands

Congratulations to the following students who earned a place in the St. Louis All-Suburban Middle School Honors Bands. They were among the more than 500 students from the St. Louis Suburban District that took a blind audition.

“They represent themselves and Ladue Middle School with honor,” band director Aaron Lehde said. “I’m very proud of their hard work and dedication.”

  • Sophia Liu, 2nd chair flute
  • Benjamin Liu, 2nd chair clarinet
  • Anthony Wang, 3rd chair trumpet
  • Roshen Chatwal, 1st chair French Horn
  • Bryce Bernstein, 3rd chair trombone

The All-Suburban Honors Bands will perform at Kirkwood High School on Jan. 7, 2018.

Seventh Grader Writes Article for St. Louis Jewish Parents Magazine

Seventh grader Shreeya Ravindranath wrote an article for the St. Louis Jewish Parents Magazine entitled “Music—My first language”. Check out her article here, located on pg. 8!

Ladue Schools’ Morgan Taylor Opens for Benefit Concert at the FOX

Morgan Taylor, a freshman at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, opened for Brian McKnight and Genuine at a benefit concert for Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club last week at the FOX Theatre! This was the largest crowd Morgan has performed for to date. Check out the video below!

Around the district, Morgan is known for her strong voice and angelic melodies. Check out another clip here of Morgan (then an 8th grade student at Ladue Middle School) wowing well-known singer and songwriter Johnny Gill while he was touring St. Louis with Charlie Wilson (GAP band) and Fantasia. She sang “Total Praise” by Yaw Osei-Owusu and even shared her CD with Johnny!

Last year, she sang at the first Courageous Dialogue Meeting at Ladue Middle School and at AA Recognition Night.

Congratulations, Morgan!

 

LMS Gaming Educator Talks Game Design in Interviews

Our district’s resident gaming educator, Kathleen Mercury, has had a busy few weeks! Between podcasts and interviews, Kathleen has been able to share what she does and why she teaches her students the art of gaming in the classroom.

Check out one of the more recent stories about Kathleen’s teaching below:

“Teaching game design at this level (middle school) is almost unheard of; it’s why I pursue so many different ways to learn from actual game designers, developers, and publishers in the field,” Kathleen says. “It’s also why I share what I do via my website kathleenmercury.com for free for teachers around the world, so that it’s easier for other game design teachers to get started.”

What else has she been up to?

Kathleen recently participated in a number of sessions as they relate to her 8th grade classes (making siege warfare machines with wood and duct tape, RPG design). “I love innovating and finding new ways to teach and engage students, and I’m excited about what I learned,” she says. And good news: the 8th graders are excited to make pumpkin chunkin’ machines!

Also, in case you weren’t aware, Kathleen has her own game in development! Click here to learn more about this accomplishment!

 

Teachers Participate in Discovery Educator Network’s Institute

Quentin Alimayu, a teacher from Ladue Middle School, and Patricia Brown, an Instructional Technology Coach from Old Bonhomme Elementary, recently joined more than 100 fellow educators from around the world for the 2017 DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), an immersive, week-long professional development experience. The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. The six-day professional learning experience was held July 16-22 at the University of California, San Diego.

DENSI 2017 featured a number of interactive seminars and hands-on workshops designed to support educators as they combine the latest technologies and digital content to create authentic digital learning environments that engage students and improve achievement. In addition, DENSI provided an opportunity for participants to connect, collaborate, and share resources, ideas and strategies for integrating the latest technologies and digital content into classroom instruction.

LMS Science Olympiad Team Takes 14th at National Tournament

Congratulations to the LMS Science Olympiad team for their performance at the National Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Out of the top teams from around the country, they placed 14th in the nation!

Four events medaled:

1st place Microbe Mission: Christopher Ye and Cindy Wang
1st place Road Scholars: William Pan and Daniel Xu
3rd place Ecology: Steven Jiang & Ashna Chali
6th place Hovercraft: Eric Yin and Lucy Yue

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 boy and girl are selected based on their exemplary high academic performance, citizenship and service to the school.

Dr. Greenwood promoted these virtues in his pursuit of excellence during his career as teacher and principal. Winners receive Cross pen and pencil sets and have their pictures hung along with the previous winners.

Finalists included Sydney Clawson, Udonne Eke-Okoro, Rebecca Lang, Lucy Yue, Samuel Cobin, Gabriel DiAntonio, Stephen Jiang and Alexander Zhou