Saturday, May 11, 2013
First time in a long time if the rain forecast holds off.
Ladue Horton Watkins High is planning its annual commencement exercise on Sunday, May 19, 5 p.m., in the football stadium. The last several years, graduation ceremonies have been moved in doors due to the threat of severe weather. This year's class is made up of 323 graduates; 176 females and 147 males. This marks the 61st graduation ceremonies for the high school. Ladue graduated its first class of seniors in 1952. If the ceremonies are moved indoors, each graduating senior will be given six tickets for family and guests. In the past, there has always been ample room in the Nielson Gymnasium. Parking on campus is somewhat limited. Shuttle buses will run between Ladue Middle School and Conway Elementary to the high school. Handicapped …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
That news comes two weeks after Ladue Horton Watkins High was left off the list of top-ranked Missouri schools by U.S. News & World Report.
When U.S. News & World Report released its ranking of the nation's high schools on April 23, Ladue Horton Watkins High School wasn't on the list. The news had some parents wondering and prompted a response from the Ladue School District. The short answer: U.S. News didn't include students who had taken end-of-course algebra I tests in eighth grade. It only counts the numbers from high schoolers. But now, a new ranking is out and it puts Ladue High at the head of the class among Missouri high schools. Newsweek has released its online ranking of the top 2,000 high schools in the country and Ladue ranks 166 in the country, the highest ranking among Missouri schools. The next closest is Clayton at 179. Ladue's ranking is up from 188 last year…
Saturday, April 27, 2013
It all comes down to algebra.
When the annual ranking of high schools by the magazine U.S. News & World Report came out on Tuesday, nine St. Louis-area schools were ranked in Missouri's top 20—but Ladue Horton Watkins High School was not among them. That prompted a response from the Ladue School District from Susan Dielmann, the district's director of communications. The details are below. The major reason, Dielmann's note said, was that the U.S. News survey in part relies on results from high school students on "end of course" tests in algebra I. In the Ladue district, "only 24 percent scored proficient or advanced, effectively eliminating Ladue Horton Watkins High School from the national rankings," she wrote. "However, the vast majority of our students take the …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The program is designed to test student knowledge about everything from biology to robotics.
The Ladue School District's Science Olympiad program have garnered statewide recognition. Ladue Horton Watkins High School and Ladue Middle School Science Olympiad teams both placed first at a state tournament held over the weekend. Students had to build a robotic arm among a series of events that also tested their knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics. The high school team finished first out of 32 teams and some members walked away from the event with college scholarships from the University of Missouri. LHWHS 2013 Science Olympiad Team Members: Chloe An Enze Chen Collin Christner Emily Chu Jialin Ding Runpeng Liu Yang Liu Allison Loynd Michael Prablek Rasika Sant Max Schindler Kisan Thakkar Haohang Xu Ben Zhang Eric Zhu Toby Zhu
Friday, April 5, 2013
Parkway North, Pattonville, Ladue Horton Watkins and Parkway Central all have student-athletes looking for your vote.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sophomores Cate Meyer and Kaitlynn Walker combined for 27 points and several big buckets for the Rams, but it wasn't enough to overcome Notre Dame's red-hot shooting from three-point land.
After losing star center Taylor Robinson at the beginning of December for an issue head coach Cord Dockery described as "personal time", the Ladue High girls basketball team has had to re-work its strategy and philosophy the last few weeks, at what for most teams would be the worst possible time -- right smack dab in the middle of the season. And with no definite idea when to expect the return of Robinson, a 6-foot-3 Temple University recruit who averaged 20 points and nine rebounds a game last season, Ladue has had only a few practices and even fewer games to try to figure out just how to play without her. Last week, it seemed like the Rams might've figured some things out, as they picked up two big wins over John Burroughs and Parkway …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary prompted immediate changes in security protocols at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.
The Ladue School district has instituted new security measures at Horton Watkins High School in the wake of the Newtown, CT school shootings which left 26 people dead Friday, including 20 students. Effective Monday, exterior doors at the high school are locked after the first bell, as is the case at other district schools. A letter to parents said the district was planning on making the switch next school year but that events prompted the change. There is "discussion" of increasing parking lot security at the high school. Below is the full text of the message sent out to parents: The physical and mental safety and security of our students is our number one priority in the Ladue School District. Unfortunately, unexplainable, horrible …
The co-founder of Square was praised as "a renaissance man."
Jim McKelvey has come a long way since he graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1983. He may be most well-known in the business world as the co-founder of Square, the mobile payments company, but is also the co-founder of the Third Degree Glass Factory, and sits on the board of directors for Lockerdome, social networking website for athletes. A CNN crew for Dr. Sanjay Gupta's program, "The Next List" followed McKelvey recently. The show according to its website, profiles "innovators, visionaries and agents of change. They’re not household names just yet, but they’re movers and shakers in their own worlds. We’re introducing them to you because these individuals are steadily mapping the course to the future with their new ideas…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Under the leadership of Joseph Powers, former principal of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, a Chicago school has received the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School recognition.
After leaving his mark at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, former principal Joseph Powers continues his legacy in the windy city. His new home, Jones College Prep, has been named by the US Department of Education a National Ribbon School, according to a press release in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The school is one of two high schools to be awarded the title in the state of Illinois in 2012. Among his accomplishments while at the Ladue School District, Powers raised his school's graduation rates, ACT scores and Advanced Placement Programs, according to the press release. The National Ribbon School honor for his current school is the result of leading his 2011 class to have one of the highest college enrollment rates of any …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Junior Cornell Johnston had eight points and 11 assists to lead the Rams, but had a critical turnover call go against him and a non-foul call not go for him in final seconds of a 52-51 loss to Belleville West.
For the first two full games and 31 minutes and 25 seconds of his team's games so far this season, Ladue High junior point guard Cornell Johnston ran circles around the defenses from Clayton, Eureka, and Belleville West High Schools. But in the final 35 seconds of Friday's 46th Annual Jerry Boeckman Memorial/Vianney Invitational Tournament championship game, Belleville West managed to catch up with Johnston and forced a critical turnover and a missed shot in the final seconds that allowed the Maroons to escape with a 52-51 win over the Rams. "It was a hard fought game," Ladue head coach Chad Anderson said. "We knew we had to match their intensity. I thought our kids battled, and for both teams I think it was difficult to score." It …