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Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 27, 2014


Good afternoon.

I hope you and your families are enjoying your weekend so far.  I attempted to get this out on Friday, but ran out of “day.” 

For those of you with current 8th graders, we will get out a more detailed email to you with specific information regarding year-end activities very soon.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Wednesday, April 30
LMS Band Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday, May 2
8th Grade 6 Flags Trip permission forms are due in the Welcome Center
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
8th Grade Dance; 7:30 – 10:00 pm

Monday, May 5 – Friday, May 9
Teacher Appreciation Week
Wednesday, May 7
LMS Orchestra Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday, May 9
Citizenship Ceremonies; LMS Gym
·      8th Grade @ 8:15 am
·      7th Grade @ 9:30 am
·      6th Grade @ 12:45 pm

Tuesday, May 13
LMSPA Meeting; 1:00 pm
LMS Choir Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, May 14
Science Olympiad to national competition
LMS Diversity Cadre's African American Student Recognition Night; 6:00 pm;     
     LMS Cafeteria
Friday, May 16
Band field trip; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, May 21
LMS Variety Show; Gym; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 22
8th grade Six Flags trip
Friday, May 23
8th grade Farewell Assembly; 12:00
End of 4th Quarter

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to French Teacher Beth Heuermann and several of her 8th grade students.  Eleven of them took the National French Exam (called Le Grand Councours”) on Saturday, March 8.  The exam, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, evaluates students on their written, oral, and listening comprehension skills.  Nearly 100,000 students, from all fifty states, competed in the recent event. 
Students who achieved local recognition included:  Audrey Wang (1st); Grace Wallace, Glen Morgenstern and Sarah Eisenman (4th); Fatima Sheriff and Evyn Levy (5th); Aly Francone (6th); and Maayan Gazit (9th).
National Winners were:  Audrey Wang (6th), Glen Morgenstern (9th), Sarah Eisenman (10th), and Grace Wallace (10th).  The top ten places are recognized nationally, but we had two place 11th (Evyn Levy and Fatima Sheriff), and 15th was Maayan Gazit.

Congratulations to the following students who won the World Language Trivia Contest after school this past Thursday:  Sean O’Brien, Hayden Aronson, Riley Gage, Josh Horowitz, Zach Wild, Edward Keith, Ronit Kirumaki, and Zach Weller.

CORRECTION(S)

NEW ITEMS

LHWHS Sports Physicals for next year (for current 8th graders)
Attention all 2014-2015 LHWHS incoming freshmen!  Are you planning on participating in a high school sport next school year?  If so, the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Athletics Department must have a current physical and parent permission on file. Students are not eligible to try out for a sport without these documents on file. These forms must be dated on or AFTER February 1, 2014 to be valid for the 2014-2015 school year.  Completed forms can be turned into the Athletics office now through August 4, 2014 for fall sports. Please visit the Athletics tab on the Ladue Horton Watkins High School website to download the needed forms. 
For the fourth year in a row, DUE CARE will sponsor physicals provided by Logan College of Chiropractic to all Ladue Horton Watkins High School students.  Physicals will only be $15 per student on Saturday, May 31 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the LHWHS Cafeteria. Appointments are not needed!  However, parents must be present to sign all forms at the completion of the physical examination.  If you haven't made arrangements for getting a sports physical for the 2014-2015 school year, we encourage you to take advantage of this special opportunity. If you have any questions, please call the LHWHS Athletics and Activities Office at (314) 983-5421.

Student Community Service Project
LMS student Lauren Vanlandingham (7th grade/Titan Team) is coordinating a sugar free mint gum drive to help kids and teens undergoing chemotherapy while they battle cancer.  If you can help, donations of gum or money will be collected each morning in the Welcome Center before school starts.  The gum drive will be held on April 28 - May 9.  On Friday, May 2, students who make a dollar donation may wear their favorite hat to school.  All donations will benefit Friends of Kids with Cancer, a St. Louis organization that helps children with cancer cope with the challenges they face, make the best out of the situation they are in, and most importantly, remember that it's ok to still just be a kid.

Citizenship Ceremonies/Parking
Our yearly Citizenship Ceremonies (this year on May 9) result in outstanding parent attendance.  This is great.  The challenge comes in regarding parking.  The back lot will be available and doors will be accessible on the rear portion of the Gym.  We will also have a shuttle bus reserved, which will be running between our building and Ladue Chapel, if this helps.

UPDATED ITEMS

REPEAT ITEMS

LEF Survey
The mission of the Ladue Education Foundation is to advance the excellence of the Ladue School District by expanding opportunities for extraordinary student success.  They would like your help.  Please click on the link below to take a brief survey and let them know if you are willing to share your talents and expertise, or if you would like to learn more about the Foundation.
The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 9.  For more information, please contact Diane Patershuk or Kristen Wild at 314-983-5334 or at lef@ladueschools.net

Public Meetings/Strategic Plan
The Ladue School District will hold the second of two public meetings to present our district Strategic Plan.  This meeting will take place on May 1, at the Reed Elementary Library, at 7:00 pm

LMSPA eBlasts
If you are not currently receiving LMSPA email news blasts but would like to, please click on the following link to subscribe:

Board Briefs
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found on boardbriefs.blogspot.com

I hope you enjoy the remainder of your Sunday, at least until the predicted rains arrive.  I would say “Lets Go Blues” again, but not sure if it would matter at this point.  Chances are, the playoff whiskers are about to go (much to my wife’s delight).

Best,
Greg

PS:  On a personal note, we visited with my parents/family yesterday in my hometown.  While there, I collected my father’s Korean War Army uniforms (which were in surprisingly good shape after being stored in a lard can for the past sixty some odd years).  I would like to have these cleaned and preserved for my children and beyond, but am unsure how to do this so that they are not damaged.  Does anyone have experience with this?  If so, your input would be greatly appreciated.

Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014


Good afternoon, everyone.  I typically refrain from counting down the days remaining on the school year for as long as possible, since it seems to make the time seem longer (administrators look forward to the upcoming summer as well).  Next Monday will mark 25 days left in the current school year.  Things are ramping up leading up to that day, with multiple concerts, grade level activities, and recognition programs.  In my interactions with students, I try to reinforce the hope that they continue their best efforts through the final day.  Now is not time to coast.  I feel confident that they will continue to devote themselves to their work, while also maintaining positive behaviors that they have exhibited throughout the year.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25
World Languages Week
Wednesday, April 23
Administrative Professionals Day (we could not function without the work of our great LMS Secretaries!)
LMS Vocal Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Wednesday, April 30
LMS Band Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday, May 2
8th Grade 6 Flags Trip permission forms are due in the Welcome Center
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
8th Grade Dance; 7:30 – 10:00 pm

Monday, May 5 – Friday, May 9
Teacher Appreciation Week
Wednesday, May 7
LMS Orchestra Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday, May 9
Citizenship Ceremonies; LMS Gym
·      8th Grade @ 8:15 am
·      7th Grade @ 9:30 am
·      6th Grade @ 12:45 pm

Tuesday, May 13
LMSPA Meeting; 1:00 pm
LMS Choir Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, May 14
Science Olympiad to national competition
LMS Diversity Cadre's African American Student Recognition Night; 6:00 pm;     
     LMS Cafeteria
Friday, May 16
Band field trip; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thursday, May 22
8th grade Six Flags trip
Friday, May 23
8th grade Farewell Assembly; 12:00
End of 4th Quarter

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to the members of the LMS Science Olympiad team for placing 1st place in last Saturday’s State competition. As a result, they have qualified for the National tournament, held this year at the University of Central FL, for the 20th time in LMS' 25 year club history.
Team members are:  Biernbaum, Luke; Chan, Hans; Chen, Justin; Cochran, Ethan; Giuliani, Nevan; Hsieh, Joel; Jiang, Kevin; Liu, Albert; Liu, Annie; Loitman, Charlie; Naughton, Patrick; Paul, Raj; Prablek, Kate; Shaw, Katie; Subramanian, Karthik; Wang, Audrey; Wang, Cindy; Wang, Ethan; Wang, Jeffrey; Ye, Christopher; Zhong, Anna; and Zhong, Stephanie.
Congratulations as well to our LMS Science Olympiad coaches for their time and dedication: Beth Steck (Coordinator), Amy Baniak, Amy Bullman, Christine Allen, Liz Petersen, Hilary Clay, Hugh McMonigle, Kathleen Mercury, Kathy Murphy, Karen Harris, Mark Biernbaum, Melody Frese, Michael Clay, Peggy Doty, Reva Davis, Kelly Hake, and Velma Valadez.

CORRECTION(S)

NEW ITEMS

UPDATED ITEMS

National School Of Character site visit
With the conclusion of our site visit this past Monday, all we can do is wait at this point to see if we have been designated a National School of Character.  Thank you to Counselor Janey Worthington for spearheading this effort.  We hope to have a communication somewhere around the middle of May.

Community Service Project
LMS student Emma Singer is coordinating a collection of personal care items to benefit The Bridge, an organization that helps provide sanctuary and support for homeless and at-risk persons in St. Louis.  If you can help, donations will be collected on the LMS parking lot on April 26, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  A flyer is attached to the Blackboard Connect update for your reference.

LEF Survey
The mission of the Ladue Education Foundation is to advance the excellence of the Ladue School District by expanding opportunities for extraordinary student success.  They would like your help.  Please click on the link below to take a brief survey and let them know if you are willing to share your talents and expertise, or if you would like to learn more about the Foundation.


The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 9.  For more information, please contact Diane Patershuk or Kristen Wild at 314-983-5334 or at lef@ladueschools.net

REPEAT ITEMS

Public Meetings/Strategic Plan
The Ladue School District will hold two upcoming public meetings to present our district Strategic Plan.  These meetings will take place on:
April 21;  LHWHS Library, 7:00 pm
May 1;  Reed Elementary Library, 7:00 pm

LMSPA eBlasts
If you are not currently receiving LMSPA email news blasts but would like to, please click on the following link to subscribe:

Board Briefs
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found on boardbriefs.blogspot.com

I hope you are able to enjoy this wonderful weather on a Friday afternoon and that you have a great weekend.  If I have forgotten anything, I will send out a revised update over the weekend.

Lets . . . Go . . . Blues (the playoff beard has apparently worked for at least one game).

Greg

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 12, 2014






Good morning, everyone.  I hope you are enjoying this glorious Saturday morning.

Since I was out on Friday, I ran in to the office this morning to get my weekly updates out.  When I pulled into the parking lot, I was very pleasantly surprised to see members and leaders of Boy Scout Troop 344 doing some landscaping work around the front of our building.  They informed me that this work is their way of saying ‘thank you’ for LMS hosting their troop meetings in our multipurpose room.  Thank you to Troop 344!

On another more somber note, if you have or will drive by our building today and notice our flags at half-staff, this follows an order by the Governor below:
“By order of the Governor, all flags of the United States and the flag of Missouri at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from sunrise until sunset in honor of Sergeant Timothy Wayne Owens who died during the Fort Hood shootings.”

CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, April 14
National School Of Character site visit at LMS
Thursday, April 17
Percussion Concert; Grades 6 – 12; 7:00 – 8:30 pm; LHWHS
Friday, April 18
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm (Professional Development)

Wednesday, April 23
LMS Vocal Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Wednesday, April 30
LMS Band Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday, May 2
Early Release Day; 12:40 pm
8th Grade Dance; 7:30 – 10:00 pm

Wednesday, May 7
LMS Orchestra Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday, May 9
Citizenship Ceremony; times TBA

Tuesday, May 13
LMSPA Meeting; 1:00 pm
LMS Choir Concert; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, May 14
Science Olympiad to national competition
LMS Diversity Cadre's African American Student Recognition Night; 6:00 pm;     
     LMS Cafeteria
Friday, May 16
Band field trip; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thursday, May 22
8th grade Six Flags trip
Friday, May 23
8th grade Farewell Assembly; 12:00
End of 4th Quarter

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Each spring, we recognize students who, through exemplary behavior, have qualified for our Citizenship Honor Roll.  The breakdown, by grade, is as follows:
·      6th Grade – 51% (157/306)
·      7th Grade – 45% (158/348)
·      8th Grade – 55% (176/322)
·      Overall – 50% (491/988)
This is outstanding!

I was provided with an inclusive list of students who earned recognition in the Duke TIP program, and thought it good to post the entire list.  Those LMS students who achieved State Recognition include:  Lucas Blucher, Stephen Bowen, Declan Curran, Linden Faulkner, Abbie Hoefer, Felix Hu, Anik Jain,
Peter Jakiela, Egret Jin, Joanna Jurgiel, Sarah King, Sarah Lett, Boran Li, Noah Melson, Paige Mitchell, Scott Myers, Manav Patel, Kelly Phung, Monty Rickey, Joji Sherman, Sam Shoyket, David Steiner, Hannah Suffian, C J Taylor, Josh Thomeczek, Ainsley Watkins, Zach Wild, Joel Willick, and Jackie Zeng.
Those LMS who also achieved national Grade Recognition include:  Rebecca Cunningham, Nathan Lieu, Hale Masaki, Seema Patil, Nick Rausch, and Ethan Wang.  Congratulations to all students, and their parents/families, for these accomplishments.

Congratulations to Harrison Wright, who recently earned his Eagle Scout.  He collected 3,442 items for St. Louis Crisis Nursery, which their director said was the largest single donation ever received by the Nursery.  Harrison and his family are most appreciative to LMS, and to the volunteers and donors of our community for making this Eagle Scout Service Project such a huge success.

CORRECTION(S)

NEW ITEMS

Community Service Project
LMS student Emma Singer wishes to organize a community service project in honor of her bat mitzvah.  She has been working with a great organization, The Bridge, which is a homeless shelter in downtown St. Louis.  Emma would like to collect personal care items on the LMS parking lot on Saturday, April 26, between 11:00 and 1:00 if you can help.  I am attaching a flyer for your reference on the Blackboard Connect email. 

8th Grade 6 Flags Trip information
Six Flags permission forms went home with 8th graders yesterday.  Please sign and return them with cash payment to Ms. Bullman (Patriots), Mr. Long (Pioneers) or Ms. Kovarik (Trailblazers).  The deadline to return the forms is May 2. There are extras in the Welcome Center.

UPDATED ITEMS

MAP Testing
Thank you to LMS students, staff and parents, for all your efforts and cooperation during last week’s MAP testing.  As previously communicated, we are not all about test scores, but this opportunity does provide us with valuable information in regard to tracking performance and making appropriate placements for the coming year.  Organizing a week of testing is a significant task.  The students I spoke with appeared to take the exams seriously, which is obviously our goal each year.

National School Of Character site visit
As previously communicated, LMS is in consideration to be named a National School Of Character.  The next step in the process is a site visit to our building, scheduled for this coming Monday.  Staff have been encouraged to wear our “Why” shirts and students are encouraged to wear any LMS spirit wear or colors that they have: team shirts, ski shirts, LMS shirts, theater shirts, camp shirts, etc. Blue and white is also welcome!

Samantha’s Gift
BJC Hospice is providing times for younger helpers to get together for a "card making party." The project is part of the campaign named "Samantha's Gift," an ongoing mission to provide comfort items to the older BJC Hospice patients started by a 13 year old and her aunt. Young people will have a chance to meet others and to learn the joy of volunteering, while having fun at this easy project.
The cards will be taken by our BJC Hospice staff to terminally ill patients still at home, or to those who are in nursing homes. Hospice employees and volunteers continually report how receiving a bright, happy card does make a difference to patients and their families.
I am attaching a flyer for your reference on the Blackboard Connect email. 

REPEAT ITEMS

Public Meetings/Strategic Plan
The Ladue School District will hold two upcoming public meetings to present our district Strategic Plan.  These meetings will take place on:
April 21;  LHWHS Library, 7:00 pm
May 1;  Reed Elementary Library, 7:00 pm

Spring Parent Conference feedback
Thank you for attending Spring Portfolio Conferences. Please take a moment to complete this survey to give us your feedback at:

LMSPA eBlasts
If you are not currently receiving LMSPA email news blasts but would like to, please click on the following link to subscribe:

Board Briefs
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found on boardbriefs.blogspot.com

Please enjoy the rest of the weekend and thank you for all you do.

Greg