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
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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

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