On the morning of Tuesday, March 5, the Ladue Middle School (LMS) cafeteria bustled with the Ladue Administrative team, counselors, Character Education Committee representatives, Character Council and Diversity Leaders, and representatives from the LMS Parent Association. All were in attendance to watch LMS receive the Missouri Schools of Character banners, presented by Nicole Dietz from Character Plus.
This year, 87 schools were certified as Schools of Character with Ladue Schools earning two of those spots (LMS and Ladue Early Childhood Center). Additionally, Ladue Schools District was also certified as a District of Character. The honor is high as qualifications to be a Schools of Character are based on 11 principles that were developed after a study compared a multitude of successful schools and their common traits. These final principles are what those seven successful and admired schools had in common. Furthermore, the schools that receive the certification are exemplary of those 11 principles.
After a few words from Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke and Nicole Dietz, Ladue Middle School officially received the Missouri Schools of Character banner. The air was charged with excitement, pride, and hope as students were asked to share with the room what this award meant to them. From stories about acts of kindness and feelings of acceptance to tales of leadership and school pride, the 11 principles were brought to life through the words and actions of the LMS students.