Friday, May 17, 2013
Elizabeth Lenke Begins July 1.
This article is provided by Sapna Jos, the communications manager at Villa Duchesne, and reprinted in its entirety. The Board of Trustees of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is pleased to announce Elizabeth A. Lenke as the next Board Chair. Lenke held positions in outpatient upper management and physician network development with BJC Health System before retiring and has served on our board since 2006, most recently as Vice Chair. She also led the search committee this school year to identify our next Head of School, Elizabeth Miller. Lenke has extensive board experience having served The Magic House, Shooting Star Productions, Learning Disability Association, and Washington University Health Administration Program Alumni Association. We…
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Students welcomed judges and lawyers for a special docket.
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School hosted the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District on April 24. High school students watched as lawyers argued two cases on a special docket. This continues a tradition of the Eastern District of convening court in nontraditional settings to promote awareness of the state’s judicial system. Special docket Judge Gaertner said, “We hope that the Villa students, parents and faculty who attend the oral arguments will learn about the appellate process and gain a better understanding of our Court’s role in the judicial system. It is important that we make our Court and its judges accessible to citizens throughout Missouri.” The cases were presided by Judge Gary M. Gaertner Jr. and Judge Robert M. Clayton …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Kristen Buehne named one of the top 100 high school seniors in state
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School’s Kristen Buehne has been recognized by the Missouri Scholars 100 Program. Kristen is one of the top 100 high school seniors in the state as selected by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Selected students have met a rigorous academic formula that includes their ACT/SAT scores, GPA, class rank, and course load. Missouri Scholars must also prove to be exemplary school citizens.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Villa Duchesne students volunteered at a Costa Rican elementary school during Spring Break.
Four Villa Duchesne students were in Costa Rica for Spring Break, completing a service project for an elementary school in Pavones. Freshmen Allie Christopher, Sophie Carothers, and Kasey West with eighth grader Annelise Walker lived with local families and immersed themselves in the culture. The students enjoyed cooking lessons, traditional dance lessons, and conversed in Spanish. They also learned about the history of the country and explored the diverse ecosystem of Costa Rica through hiking, river rafting, and waterfall rappelling. This is the third year that Villa Duchesne Theology teacher Diane Everitt has led a service learning trip to Costa Rica.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Author David J. Smith Visits Oak Hill School in Frontenac.
Educator and author David J. Smith, creator of the award-winning curriculum Mapping the World by Heart, spent the day with the students and faculty of Oak Hill. Smith helped the elementary school students better understand subjects like population density, world geography, and children’s rights. Smith won the U.S. Department of Education's A+ for Breaking the Mold Award in 1992 for teaching students how to draw maps of the entire world from memory. He is the author of the bestselling books If the World Were a Village, If American Were a Village, and This Child, Every Child.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Villa Duchesne Team Places First in effort to first name normality of chemistry solutions.
Villa Duchesne seniors Rachel Arnold and Mary Hogan teamed up to place first in the Battle of the Burets. The contest challenges teams of high school chemistry students to determine within six minutes the normality of an unknown acid solution. Speed and accuracy are critical to win this annual event sponsored by the St. Louis section of the American Chemical Society. Villa Duchesne competed against twenty other high school teams from the region for the first place trophy. Note: A buret is a graduated glass tube used in chemistry.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Sarah Sutherlin will receive Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School senior Sarah Sutherlin was selected as one of Missouri's top High School Youth Volunteers in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She is invited to Washington, D.C. in May to receive her award along with 100 other high school volunteers from around the country. Sarah has personally raised more than $10,000 for the American Cancer Society after the disease claimed both of her grandmothers. Sarah says, "I joined the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in the hope that others won't have to watch a loved one suffer from this awful disease." Sarah has also qualified for the President's Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Mary Meadows was selected from more than 600 educators.
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School kindergarten teacher Mary Meadows is one of the newest members of the LEGO Education Advisory Panel. She was selected from more than 600 educators who applied from around the country. The panel collaborates with LEGO to develop classroom solutions and curriculum that elevate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts and 21st-century learning skills. Mrs. Meadows explains, “My organization and style of teaching involves many center-based activities that provide opportunities for students to collaborate and learn through exploration. The students in my kindergarten classroom work in one center area per day and move through the various cross-curricular centers throughout the week… Engaging …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Allison Federer honored by SIU-E
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School junior Allison Federer won the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance Celebration Poetry Contest sponsored by Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Her winning poem was entitled “The Dream.” Allison receives the high school poetry award on February 5 at the university’s annual MLK Humanitarian and Scholarship Awards Luncheon. THE DREAM Black, Indian, Biracial, White, coming together in a dream of the night. Has the dream become reality yet, or are stereotypes still set? Has the dream become permanent or will color stay a determinant? The dream is alive and awake ready to love and give without take. We are one nation indivisible; we are a diverse nation that is miscible. United we stand …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Award-Winning Show Choirs
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School’s middle school and high school show choirs performed their annual Christmas Concert in December for family and friends. Students sang holiday favorites like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night.” The school's award-winning show choirs are invited each year to perform around the country.