Bringing Speakers to MICDS, Even in a Pandemic

Beasley Welcomes Guest Artist and Author Dan Killeen

The talented author and illustrator Dan Killeen virtually visited with our Lower School students. He shared great stories and helpful advice on reading, writing, illustrating, and his unique creative process. “I hope reading my books makes reading fun, and it might inspire some kids to write and illustrate their own books.”


Upper Schoolers Learn About Food Sustainability from U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council Director

In the new Upper School Human Geography and Sustainable Development class, students hosted a virtual visit with Mary Zuccarello ’15, a director at the United States-United Arab Emirates Business Council in Washington, D.C., who focuses specifically on food security initiatives.


Erik L. Bond ’77 Lecture

This year’s speaker was Jeffrey Rush ’92. He shared his thoughts on his time at MICDS during the merger years, the importance of understanding differences and being an ally, and the non-linear path to developing personal leadership. Rush has the added distinction of being the first virtual Bond Lecture speaker.



Connexion Locale et Mondiale (Connecting Locally and Globally)

Our Upper School AP French students enjoyed a virtual visit with Clara Steyer, a French expat living in St. Louis who currently works in Washington University’s Office of Sustainability. The visit paired well with their ecology unit on environmental challenges—and creative ecological solutions—from all over the world.


Mayor of Ladue Spends Morning with 1st Graders

The mayor of Ladue, Nancy Spewak, gave a virtual presentation to excited Lower School students. She answered questions about communities and community leaders and shared how she regularly solves problems as mayor. “The most important thing about being mayor is learning to listen. All points of view are important.”




Young Composers Lift Off With Inspiration

The Upper School AP® Music Theory class welcomed Susan LaBarr, composer/arranger and Missouri Composer Laureate (2012 and 2013), to officially kick off their annual composition project. She is also the composer of the MICDS Alma Mater, commissioned by the school in 2013.