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Julia Wang Announced Regional Finalist in 2017 Siemens Competition

Senior Julia Wang was selected as a finalist in the 2017-2018 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. One of 101 finalists, Julia has a chance to compete for $100,000 in scholarship money.

These regional finalists were picked from an exceptional group of 491 semifinalists​ who were chosen from the pool of more than 1860 projects submitted this year. The 101 regional finalists will now advance to the next round of the competition – the Regional Finals. All regional finalists receive at least $1,000 in scholarship money while the 1st place individuals and teams from these regional competitions win $3,000 and $6,000, respectively.

The Regional finalists will compete in one of six regional competitions virtually hosted over three consecutive weekends in November at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Nov. 3-4); University of Notre Dame (Nov. 3-4); The University of Texas at Austin (Nov. 10-11); California Institute of Technology (Nov. 10-11); and Georgia Institute of Technology (Nov. 17-18); and Carnegie Mellon University (Nov. 17-18).

Winners of the regional events will advance to the National Finals to be held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4-5, 2017, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including the two top prizes of $100,000 and one of the most prestigious science honors awarded to high school students in the country today.

In a change from previous years, this year’s national finalist prize structure​​ will be: first place – $100,000, second place – $50,000, all other finalists – $25,000, elevating the minimum prize level in recognition of the overall high quality of research represented by national finalists.

Conway Elementary School Named Apple Distinguished School

The Ladue School District is pleased ​to announce that Conway Elementary School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017–2019 for its unique application of technology solutions in classrooms from kindergarten through fourth grade. Specifically, Conway Elementary has one-to-one technology availability for the 345 students the school serves and has intricately woven the use of technology into curriculum to leverage the ability to deliver differentiated instruction to meet the unique learning needs of each child. This integration is enhanced by a full-time technology specialist, Kristie Lehde, who works with both teachers and students.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, ​collaboration and critical thinking. Like Conway Elementary, the schools chosen to receive this designation showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

“The selection of Conway Elementary School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and ​compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment,” Conway Elementary Principal Dr. Lane Narvaez said. “The initiatives that have led to this designation have been supported broadly within our school and district and could not have been accomplished without the generosity and dedication of our parent association. We are proud of this designation as it signifies the teamwork and commitment of our community and the strides we are making in moving each and every student forward at his or her level of understanding.”

Conway Elementary School received the Gold Star Award for the 2002-03 and 2006-07 school years. This is the highest recognition granted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to an individual school. In addition, Conway Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2007-08, which is the highest recognition granted by the United States Department of Education to an individual school.

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.

High School Girl Scout Honored with National Computing Award

Rose Coughlin, a sophomore at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, was recently honored with the Aspirations Award in Computing from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) for her aptitude and interest in technology and computer, her solid leadership ability, her academic history and plans for post-secondary education. She was one of two area girl scouts honored with the award.

To learn more about Rose’s contributions as a girl scout, check out this article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Old Bonhomme Hosts Fifth Annual Spring Interactive Digital Art Show

On April 25, 2017, Old Bonhomme Elementary School students displayed their artwork with a twist. Using modern technology, visitors were able to learn about any particular art piece via QR Codes. Before the show, visitors downloaded a free QR reader on their smart device (mobile phone, iPad, etc.). Then, they scanned the barcodes on the artwork to hear a familiar voice sharing information about the art piece. New this year was the Eagle Innovator Student Technology group’s special showcase of STEM projects in the gym. Check out the video below to see how the event went!

Conway Elementary Parent Teaches Students How to Code

Conway parent Suparba Panda decided to leave her full-time job as vice president of technology at Equifax to teach young students how to work with innovative technology. Suparba created TymeMachine, a nonprofit designed to introduce students to evolving technologies such as robotics, biometrics, 3-D printing and more!

Suparba recently spent several weeks working with students at Conway Elementary, where her son attends school. She led an afterschool workshop teaching students an introductory coding class. To learn more, check out this article published by Ladue News!

High School Students Receive 2017 Aspirations Award for Computing

Several young women Ladue Horton Watkins High School have recently received the 2017 St. Louis & Southern Illinois Aspirations Award for their accomplishments in computing! Award recipients are selected for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Congratulations to our winners!

2017 Winners:
Amanda Steiner (12)
Julia Wang (11)

National Honorable Mention:
Rose Coughlin (10)

2017 Honorable Mentions:
Leda Liang (11)
Nikol Nikolova (10)

The 2017 Aspirations Award ceremony will be held 0n Sunday, March 26 at Saint Louis University.

LEGOs: Linking Learning, Creativity and Fun

This year for the first time, all four Ladue Schools elementary schools participated in FIRSTLEGO® League, a worldwide competition where teams of students ages 9 to 14 are challenged to research real-world problems and devise a workable solution over the course of eight weeks. The groups must also design, build and program a LEGO robot to complete a mission through an obstacle course, all while learning how to work together and draw from one another’s strengths.

The purpose behind FIRSTLEGO is to actively engage student creativity while they apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts. The “FIRST” in FIRSTLEGO represents: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

This year’s competition theme was “Animal Allies” with each team being given the tasks of identifying a way in which the lives of animals and humans intersect, researching a common issue and then brainstorming about how animals and people can help one another.

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.

LHWHS Senior Selected as Siemens Semifinalist

Ladue Horton Watkins High School senior Jeffrey Wang is among six semifinalists named across Missouri in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students.

Jeffrey was selected from more than 1,600 students who submitted innovative individual and team research projects across the U.S. He was mentored by Professor Dirk Englund and Dr. Gabriele Grosso of MIT.

“These semi-finalists should be extremely proud of this high-level academic accomplishment,” Siemens Foundation CEO David Etzwiler said. “Their projects represent some of the most noteworthy and exceptional of those submitted and reflected an advanced level of STEM research.”

Congratulations, Jeffrey!