April 29, 2019   Parent Association News
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Parent Association Annual Meeting

The LHWHSPA annual meeting is May 8 at 7 PM in the
Horton Watkins Conference Room in the front office at the High School.  
We hope you can join us.  Special thanks to all the volunteers who have helped with the success of the PA events this school year.

Senior Parents

Help make this year’s After Grad Celebration a fun, final get together for the Senior Class of 2019.
Donations and Volunteers are needed.

Donate Now


Tickets ($40)
to the After Grad Celebration
will be on sale during lunch periods on:  
4/29, 4/30, 5/1, 5/2, 5/3, 5/6 and 5/7.


Your chance to bid on a guaranteed parking space for the 2019-20 school year starts tonight!

Bidding on the parking space closes at 9 pm on Tuesday 4/30/19.

 Planned work by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) on the north parking lot during the 2019-2020 school year, as communication by Mr. Griffith on February 22, could reduce the number of available parking spaces from 85 to 100.  This will potentially affect current sophomores for at least a portion of the school year.

Senior Parents:

Bid on EIGHT reserved seats at graduation!

Bidding begins 5/1/19 at 5 pm and closes at 9 pm on 5/2/19

Opening Bid $50

Faculty Grant Program -
Say Thank you to LHWHS Faculty

Our teachers strive to enhance the delivery of curriculum in innovative ways. Ideas and opportunities may arise for curricular programs now available due to the new facilities.  The impact of such ideas should not be missed. To be immediately responsive, the LHWHSPA developed the Faculty Grant Program, which addresses faculty and staff requests throughout the year and supports your children today.
We understand the importance of investing your money where you can see its impact.  By investing in the Faculty Grant Program, your gift, of any amount, will be utilized for programs in the classroom and beyond.  As a Parent Association, our goal is to help teachers quickly put their ideas into action so your child experiences the potential to benefit, while still enrolled.
How you can help:
By Mail: Make your check out to LHWHSPA - memo line: Faculty Grant Program.  Please provide your contact information and child's name(s)/grade, and mail to 1201 South Warson Road, St Louis, MO 63124
Online: Make a donation from our Parent Association website:  It’s simple, allows space for a comment, and can be completed 24/7.
The LHWHSPA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so your donation is tax-deductible and available for corporate matching.  The LHWHSPA follows a strict audit and bank statement review protocol, so that you may be confident that your donations are used for their intended purpose. 
We truly appreciate your support.
Your 2018 - 2019 Ladue High Parent Association Executive Committee

It's Spring and your child is complaining of nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose.  It's the tree and grass pollen, mold and dust mites fault.  What can you do?  
  1. Keep your eye on the pollen count by going to:  
  2. Spring clean using these tips:
  3. Treat your child's allergy symptoms with medication prior to sending them to school.  The school's standing orders do not include medications like Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra or Xyzal.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mary Ellen Simmons, BSN,RN,CCM
Phone: 314-983-5431 Fax: 314-983-5387

Senior Parents  -  We Need Your Help!

Graduation is around the corner!  And so is your final opportunity to be a part of this graduating class’s high school experience.  Help us make the 2019 After Grad Party a night to remember.  


1.  Sign up to Volunteer:   Post-Graduation Party Volunteer Sign Up! Some of us parents have been together since kindergarten and before, and this is a fun chance for us to reunite in a final night of support for our kids!

2. Contribute a raffle gift or monetary donation.  We want every graduate to leave with a great gift from their Ladue High graduation, plus opportunities for lots of AMAZING raffle prizes (Last year’s prizes included Play Station, flat-screen TVs, concert tickets, Cardinals tickets, Chromebook, Bose wireless headphones, Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick with Alexa, wireless speakers, microwaves and so much more!)

Monetary donations can be given via credit card through MySchoolBucks, or send a check payable to LHWHSPA to the school office, note “After-Grad Party” in the memo line please. 

Gift item donations (gift cards, tickets, dorm supplies, electronics, etc.) can be donated by contacting Kim Bussard (, Janie Spirtas (, or Katherine Byer (

Don't Miss out on the FUN!

 - The 2019 After Grad Committee

Senior Parents:  Consider donating those bonus gift cards to after Grad!
After Grad Donations: Donate Now

Contact: Janie Spirtas and Kim Bussard
Have you always dreamed of going to Paris, or swimming in the sea off the south of France? Come to the French Department’s informational meeting onTuesday, April 30 at 6pm in room 2330 to learn more about our upcoming trip in 2020.

Come enjoy a night of music performed by members of the Ladue Orchestras on Wednesday, May 1st in the orchestra room (1215). This event will include songs from The Beatles, Joji, Toto, Disney tunes, and many more. The first performance starts at 6pm and second begins at 7:30pm. Both performances will have a variety in genre of music and instruments - come to one or both. We hope to see you there!

Senior finals will be given May 8th and May 9th in the Teleconference Room. Please see hall monitors for times and locations.

Attention Seniors! Remember, After-Grad tickets will be on sale in the cafeteria today.  Tickets are $40. If you forgot your money today, no worries. You can pay online through the Parents Association website or during lunch all week.  Please see your advisor if you need financial assistance. Don’t miss out! Sponsored by the Parent Association.

The Forbidden City - Tiananmen (Tee in a men) Square - the Great Wall of China: visit these amazing sites, and many more, next Spring Break, 2020. Sign up now to lock in the best price and guarantee your spot on this unforgettable trip. See Ms. Garavaglia or Ms. Kaupp for more information. 

JSU will meet tomorrow after school in room 3328. All students are welcome to learn about Judaism and eat pizza."

Track: Top State Performance & Sensational Underclassmen 
The Rams are coming off a great last two meets. Last weekend the boys and girls teams finished in the top 10 overall as they hosted the Ladue Brusca/Strobach Invitational. The meet was one of the largest and most competitive in the region with just around 70 teams. It was also senior day, as 23 seniors were recognized for their contributions to the program. 

Last night the Rams continued to round into form at the 86th Annual Clayton Marion Freeman Invitational. The veterans did their jobs as expected, turning into great performances including Collin Clark (1st place @ 800m), Levi Gibfried (1st place in Pole Vault), Lila Bensky (1st place @ 1600m, 2nd place @ 3200m), Dale Chesson (4th place @ 200m), Raiven Hamilton (7th place in shot put), Trey Fruend (7th in 1600m), Nick Fiacco (6th in discus). 

The night was made special by the performances of the underclassman, many just getting used to varsity competition. Freshman Virginia Schulte came up big, placing 6th in the 1600m run and 3rd in the 800m. Right behind her in the 800 was sophomore Diya Diwakaran, scoring an 8th place finish. Fellow sophomore Samantha Fischer tied her personal best in the pole vault, taking the silver medal in the event. In her varsity debut, sophomore Nariah Moorer ran a four second personal best in the 400m dash to score points with a 7th place finish. Freshman Chrissy Davis just missed scoring in the 100m dash. On the boys side, sophomore John Martin took home bronze in the 1600m run.  Freshman Charlie Krasnoff and Andrew Smock took 6th and 7th in the 3200m run.
All of the great individual performances came together for relay success. The boys 4x800m relay (Colin Clark, Markeith CrawfordNick CunninghamJohn Martin) won the event and ran the second fastest time in the state for Class 4. The girls 4x800m relay team of Diya Diwakaran, Lena Liang, Danielle Zhang, and Kendall Connors ran well and earned a 5th place medal. The girls 4x200m relay (Kaelyn Tobias, Andie Stern, Paris Hamilton, Kayliah Motes) followed up last week’s seasonal best with a 3rd place finish. Next up was the girls 4x100m relay team (Hamilton, Tobias, Kiara Crawford, Mariah Standifer) who also picked up bronze medals. 

The meet was capped off by the 4x400m relay under the lights, with strong performances from both squads, as they wore their signature “4×4” uniforms. The girls ran an exciting race and finished in 2nd place (Kayliah Motes, Kaelyn Tobias, Nariah Moorer, Andie Stern). The ladies were just a half second off of the 10th ranked state time they ran last week. The ladies proved their depth in the event running with two different legs from last week. Fueled by the excitement of watching their teammates, the boys were up next. They also ran with two alternates on the squad, but fought a hard race and picked up a silver medal. The Rams currently rank #2 in the state for Class 4. 
The Rams will cap off the regular season next Thursday & Friday at the Suburban Green Conference Championship meet.
Full Meet Results 

Marion Freeman Invitational

Track: Team Banquet May 8th 
The track team cook out & awards night will be Wednesday, May 8th 6-8pm in the high school multi-purpose room.

Field Hockey Summer Dates 

All incoming 9th grade and returning athletes are encouraged to attend the two prep camps listed below! Ladue is offering free Strength and Conditioning sessions for all athletes. This will be run by Coach Dillon throughout the summer. Times and locations are listed at below the camp information.
June 3-7th  4-6 pm  West Campus Turf
July 29-August 2nd  4-6 pm  West Campus Turf
Strength and Conditioning
June 3 – Aug 2
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (except July 4th & 5th)
LHWHS (weight room/turf)
Contact for more information

LHWHS Varsity Girls Soccer Player Named Athlete of Week-Apr. 24 

Congratulations to Maddie Milton for being named as one of the Athletes of the Week by the St. Louis Post Dispatch! Click the link below to view the article.


Varsity Golf defeats Northwest 
The boys extended their conference record to a perfect 7-0 by defeating Northwest 217-243.
A special congrats to Hadley Kramer for his low score of 41.
LHWHS State Champions Visit State Capital-Apr. 24

The 2019 LHWHS State Champions
were invited to visit the Missouri State Capital today. The athletes were able to meet State Representatives Dean Plocher (Ladue Alum ’88) and Tracy McCreery, as well as Senator Jill Schupp.
It was an honor and a day to remember.

State Girl Swim Team

State Football Team

State Wrestler, Jake Mann

Field Hockey Camp for 3rd – 8th Graders! 
Click the link below for more information and a registration form for Field Hockey Camp this summer!
3rd-8th grade camp
Summer Strength and Conditioning Program
All LHWHS athletes are welcome to attend summer weight training, June 3 through Aug. 2, 2019. Athletes should meet in the lower fitness center at the following times:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays:
Male Athletes: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Female Athletes: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE for Sports
Schedules and RESULTS!


Principal's Newsletter

Dear LHWHS Families,

Select this link to find the latest edition of the Principal’s Newsletter from principal, Brad Griffith.  The newsletter was mailed to LHWHS households this week.


This week on, our top stories include Ladue High School seniors Sydney Alexander, Raiven Hamilton, Courvaun Hill, and Evynne Jackson, share stories, memories, and advice to Ladue Middle School students, at the annual LMS Diversity Cadre African American Recognition Night. Plus, get a quick update on the news you may have missed in a new segment, the LHS News Minute. Other Featured Videos include powerful six-word video stories from Sandra Salib, Katie Silver, and Ava Vertsappen.

The Featured Student Website of the Week is by Junior Caroline Washington and the Featured Student Blog of the Week is Freshman Riley O'Neal. You can find their websites on our homepage slideshow banner 

How should parents handle a bad report card? Take our Weekly Poll and let us know. 

 The Ladue Middle School Diversity Cadre African American Recognition Night is celebrated in our Photos of the Week.

Remember to "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for watching! 



The first day of May is "May Day".

What exactly does that mean?
It means it is time to celebrate the coming of summer (and for some of us it isn't coming fast enough!) 

Here are some fun May Day facts:
1. Traditional English celebrations include Morris Dancing, crowning of a May Queen, and of course, dancing around a Maypole!

2. The Pagan name for May Day is Beltane, which means “Day of fire”, which marks the coming of summer and fertility.

3. Every year thousands of single men and women dance around a Maypole, holding on to ribbons until they become entwined with their new loves!

4. In 1644, Members of Parliament banned all festivities on May Day.

5. Unlike Easter and Christmas, May Day is the one festival of the year which has no significant church service. – Not too surprising really, considering it’s a Pagan festival!

6. In previous centuries people would often take the day of work to celebrate May Day, often without the support of their employer.

7. The USA and Canada do not recognize May Day!

8. Throughout the world, May Day is recognized as “International Workers Day”.

If you would like to celebrate May Day, pick some flowers or divide some plants and leave them for your neighbor...anonymously of course.

Here is to May and warmer weather (consistently!!!!!)  coming soon.


Audra Harrold

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Calendar Notes

Monday, April 29th
Four Schools College Fair
6:30-8:30 PM
Center of Clayton

Wednesday, May 1
Orchestra Chamber Concert 
6pm and 7:30pm
Orchestra Room 1215

Saturday, May 4
LAASA Brunch  

Tuesday, May 7
Seniors’ Last Day of Regular Classes 

Tuesday & Wednesday May 7-8
Senior Finals 

Wednesday, May 8
LHWHS Parent Association Annual Meeting 
Horton Watkins Conference Room

Friday, May 10
Senior Community Service Day 

Friday, May 10
Choir Spring Cabaret Concert 
7 pm

Tuesday, May 14
Graduation Rehearsal 
1 pm

Sunday, May 19
LHWHS Graduation 
7:30 pm
Chaifetz Arena

Sunday, May 19
After-Grad Celebration 
10:30 pm - 1:30 am
Clayton Plaza Hotel

Tuesday, May 21st
Raising Cane's FUNDRAISER event
15% of proceeds to LHWHS

Thursday, May 23
Last Day of School 
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LHWHS and LHWHSPA Calendars:   
LHWHS Parent Association
1201 Warson Road
ST LOUIS, MO 63124

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