June 1, 2016

    Thank you to you all for a great year of school.  I wish you and your families a great, safe summer.  For you returning parents, as well as our new parents from the Fifth Grade Center, I will be sending out updates as needed over the summer.


    Congratulations to Madison Grady and Nahom Tadesse, who were selected selected as our Diversity Cadre Students of the Year.  They are wonderful students and very deserving of this award.

    Congratulations to the LMS Science Olympiad team!  In the recent national finals, the team finished 14th in the nation.  Training for the event began in August and some of the kids even worked on events over the summer last year trying to get to this point.  The coaches are very proud of their determination and work ethic.  Thanks to all the teachers - Kindergarten and up, who contributed to their success by instilling such a wonderful love for learning!
    Team members are (an asterisk before a student's name indicates a top ten finish):  
Fayzan Ali, *John Cramblitt, *Jason Ding, *Gavin Giuliani, *Nevan Giuliani, *Akshay Govindan, *Kevin Jiang, *Stephen Jiang, **Akhil Kondepudi, *Shelei Pan, *William Pan, Raj Paul, **Katie Shaw, **Cindy Wang, *Christopher Ye, **Eric Yin, Lucy Yue and *Anna Zhong.
    The middle school is very fortunate to have the following staff members, former staff members, former students, and community volunteers who have been working with the kids since August to promote this fantastic STEM activity:
Emily Chu, Michael Clay, Donna Bancroft, Melody Frese, Christine Allen, Hugh McMonigle, Megan Grossbauer, Rachel Renna, Deb O'Hara, Kathy Murphy, Jodi Rozbicki, Reva Davis, Laurie Lambie, Kelly Hake, Mark Biernbaum, Roy White, Bill Middleton, Seema Patil and Bruce Stinchcomb.

    Congratulations to our departing 8th graders and their parents.  We wish everyone all the success in this next stage of their education.   

Our warmest wishes to the following LMS staff members who will not be returning in 2016-2017 due to retirement, relocation, and/or professional advancement:
  • Sonja Brewer - Apogee
  • Jay Burbridge - Teaching Assistant
  • Nancy Edwards - Principal Secretary
  • Courtney Hanstein - Special School District
  • Erika Niles - Reading Specialist
  • Christina Patrick - Nurse
  • Lloyd Winston - Grade 6 Literature


    The LMS Office will begin a four-day work week (Mondays through Thursdays, closed on Fridays) beginning the week of June 6 and ending the week of July 18.  During these weeks, our office hours will be 7 am to 4:15 pm.


    Some student medications remain from the end of school.  These can be picked up, by a parent, in our main office during this week.  Our office hours through this Friday, June 3, are 7:30 am to 3:15 pm.  Our office hours next week will be 7 am to 4:15 pm, Monday through Thursday.  After next Thursday, remaining items will be disposed by our district’s Nursing Supervisor.



Summer Math Packets
    Summer Math Packets are available on our Web site, both under “About Our School->News & Events” as well as under “Curriculum.”

Summer Reading Program
    Prevent the Summer Slide - Make Sure Your Child Participates in Our New Summer Reading Program!  Did you know that, on average, students lose between one and three months of growth in reading skills over the summer? However, studies show that this "summer slide" is easy to prevent. Students who read just four books (or 1200 minutes of reading) over the summer maintain their skills (and those who read more become even better readers).
    Our goal is to encourage every student to read for fun this summer! Summer is the perfect time to fall in love with reading. With that goal in mind, the LMS library is now offering summer checkout to all current 6th and 7th graders who will be returning to LMS next year. Students may borrow up to five books to take home for the summer. Please encourage your children to take advantage of this opportunity, and make time for them to read!
    To further encourage your children to read, LMS will be offering incentives to all LMS students who participate in the St. Louis County Library's summer reading program. Simply Click on the link at the end of this paragraph to register for the Summer Reading Club @St. Louis County Library (no county library card is required to be eligible for a prize from LMS). At the end of the summer the county library will share student reading logs with the LMS library. Those who log at least 1,200 minutes of reading at an appropriate level will win a gift card to an area business (Smoothie King, Barnes and Noble, Companion, Baskin Robbins, Deer Creek Coffee, etc.). Please go here to register. http://slcl.readsquared.com/ The SLCL also has a summer reading club for adults, so you can make it a family affair!
    Thank you for supporting literacy and reading in your home! Please visit the LMS Library website for more information or contact Melody Frese, our Library Media Specialist at mfrese@ladueschools.net if you have any questions.
School Supply Sale for 2016-2017
    The Ladue Middle School Parent Association is coordinating a school supply sale for the 2016-2017 school year.  The grade level packs include items from the LMS generic school supply lists.   
    There are two ways you can order…..
1)  Order online using the Educational Products Inc. website by June 12.  Sales tax will be added at checkout.  Go towww.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and enter school ID, LAD024
2)  Submit the paper order form to the school office along with a check made payable to the Ladue Middle School Parent Association (LMSPA) by May 21.  You won’t pay tax if you submit the paper order form since LMSPA is a tax exempt organization and will be processing the payment.
    Please note that some teachers may have additional class specific items you will need to purchase once school starts and that PE clothes are NOT included with school supplies.
    Click here http://www.mylmspa.com/school-supply-packs/ to visit the School Supply Sale webpage on the LMSPA website for all the details including copies of the LMS generic school supply lists and the EPI order form.  School supply packs will be available for pickup at LMS Packet Pick Up Days and Community Night regardless of how you choose to place your order.
    Questions? contact Megterry@me.com

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

HEALTHY THOUGHTS (from Nurse Patrick and Coach Wojtow)


Immunization Information
    There have been some immunization changes required by the state of Missouri that will affect students going into 8th grade next school year. Students entering 8th grade will now be required to have a meningitis immunization and a Tdap immunization prior to starting 8th grade. Your child may have already had both of these immunizations. Please check with your pediatrician to see if these have been completed and, if not, get an appointment scheduled.        
    Please send the updated immunization records that reflect that your child has these immunizations. You may fax these to (314) 983-5965 or mail in a paper copy of the record to the LMS Nurse's Office. For more information please go to:

Have a great summer,


Gregory Baber, Principal
Ladue Middle School

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