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Old Bonhomme Reading Specialist Stacy Butz Presents Critical Literacy Workshop at ESJ Conference

At the Educators for Social Justice (ESJ) Conference at Wydown Middle School on Saturday, March 3, 2018, Old Bonhomme’s Reading Specialist Stacy Butz gave a presentation entitled Critical Literacy: Using Picture Books to Create Authentic Conversations in the Classroom.

Stacy Butz published her first children’s book through Guardian Angel Publishing entitled “A Mother’s Gift”, which tells the story of a boy named Matthew who recently lost his father. Struggling with his father’s death, Matthew resolves to give his mother a special gift for Christmas, and in doing so, discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

As an educator, Stacy strives to use children’s literature to generate authentic conversations among her students.

Stacy said that the purpose of the workshop was to allow educators to examine picture books and engage one another to create a lesson to be used in a classroom immediately.

“Literacy is more than reading and writing,” Stacy says. “It is inherently social, cultural, and political. As educators, don’t we want to teach our students to question and challenge the world around them so they become stronger citizens? Critical literacy is not only a type of pedagogy that is different from a more traditional approach; it is a different world view that transforms teaching and the way students and educators see and interact with the world. Critical conversations cross lines of culture, gender, race and class. It allows students to engage critically with the texts they read, as well as the world around them. It leads to an interest in literacy and a desire to use literacies in meaningful ways. The hope is that this type of instruction will yield stronger readers and stronger citizens.”

Eighth Grader Selected as Scholastic Writing Awards Contest Winner

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School eighth grader Isabella Peng for being recognized as one of the winners in the 2018 Missouri Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards Contest! Winners were selected from more than 1,000 submissions received from throughout Missouri and the Kansas City, Kansas, area. Winning pieces will be published in Missouri Youth Write, an online publication which will be available in June 2018. Bella’s entry included a beautiful, original poem written in response to a study of historical and realistic fiction.

Journalism National Conference Award Winners

Congratulations to the journalism students who attended the National Convention in Dallas this past weekend and brought home the following awards!

Ope Falako- Superior award in Poetry Writing
Anya Tullman- Excellent award in Newspaper Design
Hannah Suffian- Excellent award in Newsmagazine Design
Adam Rush- Honorable Mention award in News Writing
Madi Ward- Honorable Mention award in Sports Photography
Gigi Goebel- Honorable Mention award in Yearbook Writing
Jackson Bry- Honorable Mention award in Sports Writing
Lily Hauptman- Honorable Mention award in Feature Writing

Ladue Alumna Publishes Memoir, Credits Ladue Schools for Dream Education

Ladue Class of 1965 alumna Joy Passanante has recently published a memoir she had been working on for 12 years entitled Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father’s Wars.

The tale is told through her father’s eyes and is set against the backdrop of World War II. It takes place for the most part in North Africa and Europe during World War II, where Bart (Joy’s father) was a young physician and while Bart and Bertie were separated from each other for two years and eight months. There are also several sections that take place in St. Louis.

Joy shared the impact that attending the Ladue School District had on her success:

“I’ve thought over and over about what those Ladue schools gave me all my adult life. Like many parents whose parents were immigrants to this country,  mine moved into the Ladue School District (Chevy Chase for us) when I was five so that my sisters and I would be assured an excellent public education. They got what they had dreamed for. And I received something that, in retrospect, seems like a dream-education.

Journalism Students Take Home Recognitions in Journalism STL Competition

Recently, the Ladue Horton Watkins High School journalism students submitted their work from the past year into state and local competitions. Several students placed in the STL competition, with three taking away Best of Show awards. We also had two students, Katie Bry (12) and Audrey Wang (11), receive top honors in the state-wide competition for their work on the Panorama this year.

Missouri Journalism Education Association State Winners
Story of the Year Winner: Features: Katie Bry (12)
Newspaper Design of the Year State Award Winner: Katie Bry (12)
Art of the Year Winner: Illustration State Award Winner: Audrey Wang (11)
Newspaper Front Page Design Finalist: Aaron Greenberg (12)

Journalism STL Award Winners
Best of Show: Art: Audrey Wang (11)
Superior Award: Commentary: Sophia Li (11)
Excellent Award: News Feature: Katie Bry (12)
Best of Show: Sports Copy: Glen Morgenstern (11)
Honorable Mention: In-Depth Design: Katie Bry (12)
Best of Show: In-Depth Design: Katie Bry (12)
Excellent Award: In-Depth Design: Lily Hauptman (11) + Julia Biest (12)
Honorable Mention: Inside Page Design: Sophia Li (11)

Spoede’s Carter Freer Writes Essay, is Featured in Time For Kids Issue

121216_Carter FreerCongratulations to Spoede’s Carter Freer, a fourth grade student who was featured in this week’s issue of Time For Kids! As part of the argument writing unit in class, all fourth grade students submitted their opinion essay on “Should Schools Teach Cursive?” Carter’s essay was chosen by the TFK’s web producer to be featured!

Here is a screen shot of the page, including Carter’s essay. If you’re having trouble reading his argument, see the text below:

“Cursive should not be taught in schools. Students should learn technology skills instead of cursive. Students now do most of their work on computers. Computers are faster and more efficient than writing, and most kids enjoy using technology more than they do writing. Time in school could be spent instead on teaching kids how to do research on computers. Also, adults don’t use much cursive in their daily life.”


Two Fifth Graders Have Historical Family Stories Published

Fiona_Story AwardTwo Ladue fifth grade students had their historical family stories chosen for publication in “Grannie Annie, Vol. 11,” which will be released later this month. Fiona Hayreh’s “No Shoes, No Guardian, No Protection” and Julian L. Prakken’s “The Mysterious Man Who Lived in a Pipe” were both winners!

Only 36 of 555 submissions were selected. The stories will be published by the Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration. They will also be available as an eBook, a PDF book and on The Grannie Annie’s website.

Fiona is one of 13 young people who were honored at The Grannie Annie’s Family Stories Festival at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park on June 5.

Ladue elementary students have submitted stories to The Grannie Annie 10 of the past 11 years and have regularly had stories accepted for publication. Fiona’s story took place in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in 1893. It tells of two young girls who encounter a menacing surprise on their way home from a morning of berry picking.

Senior Published in Allergic Living Magazine

sema1Congratulations to senior Sema Dibooglu on the publication of her article, “Gluten-Free Muse: Celiac Disease Feeds My Art, Advocacy and Cooking” in this month’s issue of Allergic Living Magazine.

Allergic Living Magazine is an award-winning magazine distributed both in Canada and the U.S. Sema is one of the first gluten-free teen bloggers in the U.S. and worldwide. She began her blog “Eat Without Gluten” in 2013, and it is featured on the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’ webpage. The blog is written to provide positive, practical, educational and insightful information on the gluten-free diet. Additionally, Sema’s cartoon movie has been featured in many countries in Europe and in Australia.

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.

LHWHS Senior Wins National Psychology Essay Competition

The American Psychological Association committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) recognized Alison Gold’s essay “Alcohol and Adolescence: An Examination from the Biopsychosocial Approach” on the top four essays submitted for the 2015 APA TOPSS Essay Competition. She received a scholarship for $250 and a certificate as an award. Alison is a senior this year at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.