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Reed Elementary Physical Education Teacher Brian Driscoll with March Excellence in Education Award

Brian Driscoll, a physical education teacher at Reed Elementary, received the March Excellence in Education Award at the March 12, 2018, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Brian on this prestigious recognition!

Brian has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2006, and has been teaching physical education at Reed ever since. He was given the job vacated by now Director of Student Services Derrick Wallace, and Brian says he knew he had big shoes to fill. His first principal was Dr. Donna Jahnke, and during his first year teaching, the Cardinals won the World Series!

Brian is an effective Physical Education teacher, and he and his colleague, Kim Plogger, have continued to build upon the tradition of excellence that Reed has come accustomed to in regards to its PE Program.

“Brian’s greatest impact isn’t easily assessed,” Principal Chris Schreiner said. “However, it is easily observed, experienced, and felt—and that is his impact on how students and staff treat one another. Brian is Reed’s Character Education trailblazer. Like all effective teachers, Brian forms positive relationships with students and models character—or Panther PRIDE—through his daily interactions with students.”

Brian has been Reed’s Character Education Committee Chairperson for many years. He was one of the first staff members to sponsor student leadership positions (STARR Teams) and has consistently been a role model for his special area colleagues by consistently attending class meetings.

For years, Brian took the initiative to organize numerous events and celebrations that focused on character. For example, he turned a simple can drive into a major service project that involves ALL students, staff, and parents—regardless of whether or not they made a donation. Students can participate by donating, helping organize cans or educating others about the can drive’s importance. Parents are also involved by helping to educate students. The food drive culminates in an assembly and is capped off by students going on a field trip to deliver the food themselves. Over the years, Brian has inspired numerous teachers to organize and lead character-focused activities, attend Character Education workshops, and become certified in this area.

“This year, Reed was recognized as a State School of Character,” Principal Chris Schreiner said. “Although every current and past Panther (students, parents, and staff) needs to take credit for this recognition, as the Reed Principal, I can honestly say that we would not have been recognized without Brian’s leadership and determination. Brian is truly deserving of the Excellence in Education Award.

Brian is originally from St. Louis. He and his wife, Kerri, have been married for 11 years, and have two children: Logan, 14, who attends Fort Zumwalt West High; and Tyson, 10, who attends Rock Creek Elementary.
Brian received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education/Health for K-12 and his Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Ladue Schools Spelling Siblings Qualify for Regional Spelling Bee Finals

Congratulations to Sophia “Sassy” Saleeby, a 7th grader at Ladue Middle School, her brother, Jack Saleeby, a 4th grader at Reed Elementary, and Franklyn Yang, a student at the Fifth Grade Center, for earning top scores in the St. Louis Post Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee Semi-Finals! All three students will compete in the finals at on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The winner of this Bee goes on to Washington, D.C. next spring.

Reed Elementary Technology Specialist Jill Badalamenti Honored with METC STEM Educator Award

Congratulations to Reed Elementary Technology Specialist Jill Badalamenti for being recognized at the 35th Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) Conference with the STEM Educator award. Jill was chosen as the one STEM K-12 educator who has demonstrated emerging practices of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in her teaching, while engaging and empowering students for their success. Congratulations on this deserved recognition, Jill!

You can follow Jill on Twitter at @jillbad.

Reed Elementary Named a 2018 State School of Character

The Ladue School District is pleased to announce that Reed Elementary School was named a 2018 State School of Character (SSOC) by The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement. The State Schools of Character program recognizes schools that have demonstrated the use of character education and development to create a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.

“At Reed, we believe in making character education an integral part of our students’ daily lives,” Principal Dr. Chris Schreiner said. “To have our hard work recognized with the State School of Character designation is an incredible honor, and well-deserved by our staff, our students and their families who offer such tremendous support.”

Reed Elementary School has 418 students and is located at 9060 Ladue Road, St. Louis, MO, 63124. In 2018, along with Reed Elementary, 64 additional schools and 5 districts across the U.S. were recognized.

Five Ladue Schools Teams Advance to FIRST Lego League Championship

Five Ladue teams advanced to the FIRST Lego League Eastern Missouri Championship Tournament at St. Louis Community College in Florissant Valley on Saturday, Jan. 13th. Forty teams from around Missouri advanced to participate in the tournament. Old Bonhomme, Spoede, and Reed each had a fourth grade team led by teachers Tammy MacLean, Kathie Dolan, Carol Kliesen and Karen Engelkenjohn. One FGC team led by parent coach Sherry Wolk and one LMS/FGC team led by coaches Gaurav Suri and Sonali Jain also qualified to participate. Of the five Ladue teams, three teams won awards at the tournament Saturday.

Fourth Grade Robotics Teams Excel at Regional FIRST Lego League Competition

Nine fourth grade robotics teams from all four elementary schools in the district competed in the regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Competition on Nov. 12 and 13 at Brittany Woods Middle School. One team from Reed, one team from Spoede and one team from Old Bonhomme will be moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship Event at St. Louis Community College on Jan. 13, 2018.

Congratulations to Reed team “Water Bots”, Spoede team “Nasty & Necessary #7” and Old Bonhomme team “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” for this accomplishment. Other teams were awarded, as well. The “Brain Waves” team won the Project Award for their innovative ideas and presentation skills. The “Tidal Waves” and the “Nasty and Necessary #7” teams won the Core Values award for their team-work and gracious professionalism, and the “Water Bots” and the “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” each won the Champion’s Award, which means they did great work in all three categories. Both Spoede teams were awarded Monsanto Fund grants to participate in the event.

The project was led by teachers Karen Engelkenjohn, Tammy MacLean, Kathie Dolan and Lindsay Lombardo. Congratulations goes out to all the teams, parent helpers and teacher coaches for their hard work. Best of luck to all the teams moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship in January!

Reed Makes Top 20 Local Elementary Schools in Math

The new Post-Dispatch public school guide compares schools on a variety of issues, including test scores. The guide ranked the 20 local elementary schools with the highest rate of proficiency on statewide tests on math, and Reed Elementary made the list, coming in at #19! Statewide, the rate for proficiency in math is 48.6 percent. At Reed, that rate is 80.2%. Check out the list here!


High Five Fridays Spotlighted on FOX2

Check out this video from FOX2 shining light on the High Five Fridays at Reed Elementary this past year! These morning greetings pump the kids up for school, making them feel empowered and supported. The tradition will carry on to the next school year!

Ladue Schools Students Excel at St. Louis Science Fair

The Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair has released the results from their competition, and the Ladue School District’s students have performed beautifully!

LMS won one red ribbon; Old Bonhomme won four blue ribbons and one red ribbon; Spoede won six blue ribbons and one green ribbon; Reed won five blue ribbons, six red ribbons and 11 green ribbons.

Congratulations to all of the students who participated!

Reed Elementary Gifted Specialist Karen Engelkenjohn Recognized with March Excellence in Education Award

Karen Engelkenjohn, a Gifted Specialist at Reed Elementary, received the March Excellence in Education Award at the March 13, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Karen on this prestigious recognition!

Karen has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2005, when she took her position at Reed Elementary.

Karen practices what many educators preach. She truly believes that all students have areas of strength and can learn. In the classroom, Karen challenges every student and acknowledges and celebrates the uniqueness of each. She encourages students to ask questions and facilitates lessons in such a way that students assume responsibility for their own learning.