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

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