Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 29, 2014

Good afternoon, everyone. 

Tiffany, Janey, Roger and I will be flying to Washington, DC for the National Character Education Conference tomorrow afternoon, so I wanted to take a moment to get this out early this week before I got distracted with something else and forgot. 
As previously mentioned, LMS has been named a National School of Character and our building will be recognized during the conference.  This is a great accomplishment and comes after many years of dedication and hard work from our staff, current and past students, and current and past parents.  Janey, Tiffany and Roger have been instrumental in this effort and deserve the recognition.  I am lucky enough to be included as well.   


Congratulations to the following students that had a great audition and will play in the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators All-Suburban Honors Orchestra.  These students were selected from the over 300 young musicians that auditioned Monday evening.
Becky Tan, Cello
Hope Shimony, Viola
Anna Zhong, Concertmaster (Violin)
Shelei Pan, 3rd chair Violin 1
Egret Jin, 6th chair Violin 1
Louisa Yang, 7th chair Violin 1
Akshay Govindan, Violin 1
Katie Shaw, Violin 1
Yifu Zhu, Violin 1
Brendan Yang-violin 1
Felix Hu, Violin  2
Cindy Wang, Violin 2
Moses Schindler, Violin 2

Congratulations to the following students that earned a spot in the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association All-Suburban Honors Band.  These students were selected from the over 500 young musicians that auditioned.
Hannah Harder, Flute
Sarah King, Percussion
Tyrone McNichols, Trumpet
Luke Minkler, Percussion
Seema Patil, Clarinet
Reece Rode, Percussion
Joji Sherman, Baritone B.C.
Ethan Wang, French Horn
Brandon Yan, Trumpet

Congratulations and thanks to Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson and secretary Mary Lobosco for putting everything together for our Fall Conferences.  Having the responsibility of running conferences previously at LHWHS, I can appreciate everything that is needed to pull this off. 

Congratulations (again) to Janey Worthington, who will be honored as the Missouri School Counselor of the Year at a conference at Tan-Tar-A on Sunday, November 2.


Sunday, 11/2
Daylight Savings Time ends (Fall Back)

Tuesday, 11/4
Election Day; Voting in LMS Library
Wednesday, 11/5
LMS Orchestra concert, Grades 7 – 8; 7 pm; HS Performing Arts Center
Friday, 11/7
Ram Award Pizza Day; All lunch shifts
LMS Fall Play; 4:30 pm and 7 pm; HS Performing Arts Center

Monday, 11/10
LMS Penny Wars begin (see below)
Tuesday, 11/11
6th Grade Parents to Lunch; 10:38 – 11:08 am
ELL Pie Night; 7 pm; LMS Cafeteria
Wednesday, 11/12
7th Grade Parents to Lunch; 11:26 – 11:56 am
LMS Vocal Music concert; 7 pm; HS Performing Arts Center
Thursday, 11/13
7th Grade Trip; Trout Lodge and City Museum
8th Grade Parents to Lunch; 12:14 – 12:44 pm
Friday, 11/14
No School; Professional Development Day for Teachers

Monday, 11/17
LMS Canned Food Drive begins (see below)
Tuesday, 11/25
LMS Turkey Trot and Assembly (see below)
Wednesday, 11/26 through Friday, 11/28
Thanksgiving Break; No School


If I discover I have left anything of importance out of this, I will put out a follow up message this coming Sunday.


LMSPA and California Pizza Kitchen
The LMSPA is offering another great excuse not to cook through a weeklong Dine to Donate event.  Simply present the flyer attached to this Blackboard Connect email any time Monday, November 3 through Sunday, November 9
at California Pizza Kitchen in Creve Coeur and they’ll take care of the rest.  Thanks for your support.

Title I/Parent Right To Know 
Ladue Middle School receives Title 1 Funds under the regulation of the "No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) that was signed into law by President George Bush on January 8, 2002.  This funding allows us to provide math intervention classes and resources for students that meet eligibility requirements.  Parents of eligible students have been contacted.  Attached to the Blackboard Connect email is a letter explaining NCLB and parent rights under NCLB.  We are required to send this letter annually to our entire student body in order to receive the funding. 

Mural Project
Local artist Robert Fishbone has been commissioned by the LMSPA to work with our Art students in developing a mural in our building.  He has already met with Michelle Graf’s students in developing a theme and concept.  Mr. Fishbone and the students are scheduled to be work in early November.  Once completed, I will try to remember to get some pictures and attach them to a Parent Update.



Ladue Middle School 17th Annual Turkey Trot, Penny War and Canned Food Drive
Penny Wars:  November 10 – 14
Show that your grade level is the most caring and has the most spirit.  Each grade level will have a jug placed in the lobby all week for donation collection.  All pennies and checks (made out to Ladue Middle School) placed into a jug count as a positive amount.  All silver coins and paper money counts as a negative dollar amount equivalent to their denomination.  The grade level with the greatest positive (or least negative) amount at the end of the week wins!  All donations will go to Free the Children Create Change program to help children and families in impoverished countries.
Canned Food Drive:  November 17 – 24
LMS is collecting can and money donations for Gateway 180, an area shelter that distributes food and funds to many area homeless shelters.  There will be a competition to see which class at each grade level can bring in the most cans.  The class with the best overall per student donation average will win a pizza party.  The winning class at each grade level will receive a soda and chip party.  You may choose to bring in money instead of cans.  One can equals $.50 (make checks out to Ladue Middle School).  All cans will be turned into the before school grade level waiting area (cafeteria or gym) and collected by parent volunteers as well as members of the Social Justice Club and National Junior Honor Society.
100 Can Club – All students bringing in 100 cans will receive a 100 Can Club Certificate hung in the hall with their name on it and their name read on the afternoon announcements.  Members of the 100 Can Club will have the opportunity to throw a pie in one of their favorite faculty member’s face!
Turkey Trot:  November 25
A special Turkey Trot schedule will be created with shortened periods that will allow for the running of three separate one-mile races, one for each grade level, as well as an all school celebration at the end of the school day. 
All School Celebration Assembly:  November 25; 2:25 – 3:05 pm
We will recognize the winning grade level of penny war, the winning classes of canned food drive, 100 can club members and turkey trot winners. 100 can club members will be selected at this time to throw a pie in the face of some of their favorite faculty members!

Canned Food Drive
Parent volunteers are needed for the LMS Canned Food Drive.  This will occur Monday, November 17 through Monday, November 24 (7:15 to 8:20 am).  Please contact Nancy Edwards (my Secretary) at or call (314) 983-5502 if you are able to volunteer for this great event.  We need one volunteer for each grade per day.  You do not have to work every day.  Working even one morning would be a tremendous help.

Ski Trips
For the past eighteen years, LMS has provided students opportunities to ski and/or snow board at Hidden Valley.  There were more than 450 students who participated last year alone, with almost 150 who learned to ski for the first time.  There are two options for students to participate this year:
1.    Students may purchase the Friday season pass, which allows them to go skiing or snow boarding every Friday that Hidden Valley is open for the season.
2.    Students may purchase a single-day pass good only for our first ski trip on January 9 (all dates are listed below).
Ski Trip registrations will be held in the mornings, before school/beginning at 7:15 am, on the following dates:
·      8th grade: Tuesday, November 4
·      7th grade: Wednesday, Nov. 5
·      6th grade: Thursday, Nov. 6
·      If students missed your day: Friday, Nov. 7
 2015 Ski Trip dates are:
·      Jan 9
·      Jan 23
·      Jan 30
·      Feb 6
·      Feb 20
·      If needed Feb 27 will be our makeup day
Informational sheets should be provided to all students to bring home today.  I am attaching a copy of the sheet to the Blackboard Connect parent update email for your information.

LMSPA eBlasts
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Board Briefs
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found on

Have a great remainder to your week and weekend.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

LMS National Junior Honor Society


Good afternoon.  The following information is being sent to all current 7th and 8th grade parents, in the event that your student(s) may qualify for consideration for National Junior Honor Society.

Mrs. Lambie and Mrs. Crabtree will continue to serve as our NJHS Sponsors.  I will coordinate the process of completing the January mailing listed below and will serve as the primary contact during candidate evaluation and selection.

In January, 2015, a packet will be mailed to 7th and 8th grade students who have achieved the following:
·      A cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or above.
·      Six or more “O” Citizenship grades in the first semester of the current school year.
·      No “I” or “U” Citizenship grades in the first semester of the current school year.
The scholarship and character requirements outlined above will permit these students to take part in the application process, if they so desire.  The application packet will allow them to provide information to be used by the selection committee (comprised of LMS faculty members) to support their candidacy.
Completed applications must be submitted to the LMS Office no later than 3 pm on Friday, February 20, 2015, to be eligible for review by the selection committee.  It is imperative that all directions be followed when completing the application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Students who are eligible for candidacy must:
·      Have completed fifteen (15) hours of community service.
  • Not have been assigned to BIC or have had an out of school suspension during the current school year.
  • Complete the NJHS Candidate Form, including the Student Activities Form and Honors and Awards form.
If all of the above requirements are met by the deadline stated on the Candidate Form, it will be reviewed by the selection committee.  Please be aware that  completion of a Candidate Form does not automatically guarantee admittance into the National Junior Honor Society.  The selection committee (under my direction) will make final membership recommendations. 

Community Service
Below are some guidelines about community service and a list of suggested activities where past and current NJHS members have volunteered.
Service is generally considered to be those activities undertaken by the student, which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service.
Possible Community Service Organizations:
Click on the following website:  This website lists volunteer opportunities for kids of all ages – just enter a zip code and age, and it provides a list of age-appropriate opportunities.
Other suggestions:
Toy Drives
Food Shelters
Art Start
Hosea House
Soup Kitchens
Operation Food Search
Feeding the homeless
Service projects through religious organizations
Ronald McDonald House
Kids Connection (tutoring club at LMS)
Circle of Concern
Nursing Homes
Autism Speaks
Parc Provence
Pet Co
Recycling Projects (outside of school)
Inner city tutoring

I hope this answers some questions you might have.  Please contact me should anything remain unanswered or unclear.  Since this is my first year being involved in the notification and selection process, there is the chance that I may have made mistakes in the above.  If that occurs, I will get out a correction asap.

Thank you for your time,


Gregory Baber, Principal

Ladue Middle School

LMS Parent Conference Information

We look forward to meeting with parents next week during PT Conferences. Below are a few conference reminders:

Wednesday, October 23
This will be a regular/full day for students. 
Conferences begin at 3:50 pm.
Core Team teachers will have their dinner break from 4:30 to 5:10 pm.
Elective/Explo/Off Team teachers will have their dinner break from 5:10 to 5:50 pm.

Though they teach Communication Arts, Math, and Science classes, Mr. Flewellen, Ms. Keys, Mr. Turney, Mr. Strayhorn, and Mr. McMonigle are considered Off-Team teachers, and therefore will be eating dinner from 5:10-5:50 p.m. 

Conferences will end for ALL teachers at 7:30 pm.  Families with Core Team appointments at 6:50 and 7:10 pm should plan on meeting with Elective/Explo/Off Team teachers BEFORE their team appointment.

Thursday, October 24

This will be an Early Release day for students, at 12:40 pm. 
Conferences begin at 1:20 pm.
Core Team teachers will have their dinner break from 4:20 to 5:00 pm.
Elective/Explo/Off Team teachers will have their dinner break from 5:00 to 5:40 pm.

Conferences will end for ALL teachers at 6:40 pm.  Families with Core Team appointments at 6:00 and 6:20 pm should plan on meeting with Elective/Explo/Off Team teachers BEFORE their team appointment. 

Though they teach Communication Arts, Math, and Science classes, Mr. Flewellen, Ms. Keys, Mr. Turney, Mr. Strayhorn, and Mr. McMonigle are considered Off-Team teachers, and therefore will be eating dinner from 5:00-5:40 p.m. 

General Information
· There should be no after school activities on Wednesday or Thursday.
· When you arrive, please come to the lobby or gym door to pick up a conference room location sheet and any other information needed.  Staff and students will be available to help you find team/teacher locations.
· Report Cards will be issued at the Team Check in Table. 
· Conferences are scheduled with Core Team teachers in 20 minute increments.  This will allow an average of 5 minutes with each of the Core Team teachers.  Core Team teachers rotate between four parents (or groups of parents) every 5 minutes during the 20 minute period.  If more time is needed with a particular teacher, it is recommended that a subsequent meeting be scheduled.
· Elective/Explo/Off Team teachers will be located in the Gym.  Each teacher will have an easel for sign ups.  Conferences with these teachers are on a first come, first served basis. 
· Plan on visiting the Elective/Explo/Off Team teachers before or after your Core Team appointment (see above for END times each evening).  
· The approximate time to allocate to meet with all 8 teachers is 1 hour, which includes 1) 20 minutes with the Core Team, 2) 10-15 minutes to travel to and from the Core Team location to the Gym and time to sign up for conferences on the easels provided, and 3) 20 minutes to meet with Elective/Explo/Off Team teachers. 
· Please arrive on time for your team appointment. Should you arrive late, you will only be allowed to conference for the remaining time allotted. 

Grade 6
Orion Team - 121  (Osborne, Heckendorn, Murphy, McCruden)
Pegasus Team - 112/113  (Davis, Baniak, McBride, Aronberg)
Phoenix Team - 114/115  (Valadez, Bickel, Harris, Reber)

Grade 7
Olympian Team - 223  (Schmitz, Garner, Petersen, Braun)
Spartan Team - 201  (Thomas, Washington, Steck, Hurley)
Titan Team - 219/220  (Beracha, Chambers, Deibel, Crabtree)

Grade 8
Patriot Team - 135  (Lambie, Bullman, Clay, Shacklette)
Pioneer Team - 136  (Moeckel, Eller, Long, Allen)
Trailblazer Team - 236  (Johnson, Kearns, Webb, Kovarik)

Elective/Explo/Off Team teachers - Gym
PE/Health, FACS, Art, Industrial Technology, Robotics, Art/Graphic Art, Architectural Design, Computer Technology, Digital Photography, Apogee, World Languages- Spanish, French, German, Band, Orchestra, Music Through Technology, Chorus, Creative Writing, Video Journalism/Film, St. Louis Adventure, Drama, Superhero Science, Modified Science, Build A Lot, Reading, Literature, ELL, Ell Reading, Multi-Cultural Studies, Off Team Math, Math Lab 6 & 8, Tier 3 Math, Off Team Comm Arts, Study Support  
Special School District 
Burns/Zaegel - 230
Pietzrak - 137
Forister/Goldson - 140
Leuthen - 139
Nieters/Reinders - 123
Pritchett/Leary - 237

Should locations need to change, or teachers need to be absent due to unexpected circumstances, this will be communicated when you arrive in the Welcome Center.

I hope this helps.