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Spoede Elementary Hosts Annual S.T.E.A.M. Carnival

Last week, Spoede Elementary held its annual S.T.E.A.M Carnival (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) over two days! The event helps kids get excited about the science and technology topics they will explore throughout the year. All of the 1st and 2nd graders attend one day, and 3rd and 4th grade students attend the next day. Students are placed in groups of five or six and rotate through eight stations, which are run by parents, teachers, community members, high school teachers, and high school students. The stations provide opportunities to explore scientific topics the learn about in the curriculum throughout the year, but in fun and engaging ways. This year, the students had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; they got to touch a real human brain!

Booths This Year:

  • Lava Lamps (mixtures and solutions)
  • Blueberry DNA
  • Virtual Reality
  • Microscope Investigations
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Human Body
  • Rockets
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Electricity
  • Sound
  • Leaf Identification
  • Nutrition

Check out the gallery of photos below, and click here to view more!

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.

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

Spoede Educators Share Tips On KSDK On How to Get Students Organized

Thanks to some Ladue Schools educators, KSDK shared tips on how to get your students organized for school! Spoede teacher Jennifer Johnson and retired educator Jan Caimi discussed some classroom-proven tips to make things easier at home. Watch the video and see the tips via KSDK below!

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

Second Graders Visited by BJC Hospital’s Book Brigade

Second graders at Spoede Elementary were treated with a visit from the BJC Book Brigade, a school outreach and youth development program that distributes books to children.

This year—the group’s second year of supporting literacy—the BJC Book Brigade gave away more than 26,000 books to second graders in the area. Top hospital administrators volunteer as guest readers before providing a take-home book for every student.

In the spring of 2016, BJC held its first Book Brigade, which provided more than 22,000 books to second graders to read before they began their summer vacation.

Picture courtesy of second grade teacher Lauren Stotlar.

“Through you and your colleagues, we are aware of the importance of children reading on grade level by third grade. As health care providers, we know the link between education and health outcomes,” June McAllister Fowler, Senior Vice President of Communications said in a news release. “Our BJC Book Brigade employee service project will keep its mission of placing a summer reading book in the hands of every second grader transitioning into third grade in public school districts where BJC has a hospital or significant presence.”

Students Perform in Annual Marvin’s Songfest

On Friday, May 12, Ms. Johnson’s 2nd grade class performed in Marvin’s Songfest, an annual event at the school. Marvin, a resident of Ladue Schools and a parent of Ladue Schools graduates, has visited Spoede for the past 18 years to teach students old classic songs.

Marvin teaches the kids oldies but goodies, according to Ms. Johnson. These include patriotic songs (Yankee Doodle, Star Spangled Banner,…), some show tunes songs (My Favorite Things, Do Re Mi, … ), and Disney songs (Whistle While You Work, Zippity Doo Dah, It’s a Small World,…). He also teaches them some real oldies (Sing a Song, Abba Dabba Honeymoon).

Her students practice once to twice a month with Marvin and then put on the songfest in May and invite the entire school, along with parents and friends.

About 20 years ago, Marvin began as Ms. Johnson’s OASIS tutor. Every time he came to pick up the student that he was tutoring, he would come into the room to sing songs to the rest of the students. The following year, he asked if he could just come in and sing with the kids. The rest is history.

Ladue Schools Students Compete at U.S. Chess Federation SuperNationals VI

Seventeen Ladue School District students competed in the U.S. Chess Federation SuperNationals VI tournament from May 11-14 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the largest-rated chess tournament in history, with 5,577 competitors and 1,586 teams from 50 states.

Students competed in tournament sections according to their grade and U.S. Chess Federation rating. Ten students from Ladue Schools returned to St. Louis with trophies from their individual tournament sections.

Ayden Huang (1) from Conway Elementary competed in the K-1 Championship section and finished in 21st place among 190 players. He was the only student from Missouri to compete in this section. Aaron Lin (2) from Conway Elementary played in the K-3 Championship section and finished 25th in a field of 214 students.

Sahil Chatwal (4) from Spoede Elementary played in the K-8 Under 750 section, and Celina Zhou (3) from Spoede Elementary competed in the K-3 Championship section.

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!

Thirty Students Compete in Gateway Chess League Class Tournament

Thirty Ladue School District students competed at the Gateway Chess League Class Tournament held on Saturday, March 4th.

Third Grade and under division

  • The Spoede Elementary team of Rex Zhu (3) , Roy Zhu (1), Anish Shinde (KG), Celina Zhou (3), Kevin Wu (1), Christopher Huang (3), and Bodie Buxner (2) won the 3rd and under division.
  • The Conway Elementary team of Aaron Lin (2), Alex Wang (3), and Ayden Huang (1) came in 3rd place in the 3rd and under division.

Fifth Grade and under division

  • In the 5th grade and under division, Atharva Shinde (4), Cooper Buxner (2), Harper Buxner (4), and Sahil Chatwal (4) (Spoede Elementary) finished in 3rd place.
  • The Ladue Fifth Grade Center team of Zachary Barrett (5), Aditya Jain (5), and Ari Willick (5) finished in 5th place in the 5th and under division.
  • The Reed Elementary team of Jenna Song (3) came in 12th place in the 5th and under division.