April 15, 2019   Parent Association News
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All LHS parents are invited to this Parent Education Event on
Thursday, April 25 at 7pm in the LHS Teleconference Room on:

Resilience & Adaptability in a Changing World: A Discussion on How Parents Can Promote Psychological Resilience to Help Teens Cope with Anxiety and Pressures to Achieve
with special guest speaker, Julie Geeting, NCC, LPC
Mental Health Counselor & Coach, PALM Health

Thank you to our Conference Meal chairpersons, Stephanie Elzein and Ann Parish, for coordinating the 4 conference meals this school year. And thank you to our volunteers for donating food items, helping setup, serving and cleaning up.  The teachers really appreciate having meals during the busy conference time.  Thank you to all for making this possible.

Thank you to our Staff Breakfast chairpersons, Sherri Connors and Anna McDonald, for coordinating the 4 staff breakfasts throughout this school year.  And thank you to all the volunteers for donating the delicious food, setting up, serving and cleaning up.  The staff loved the food and loved being pampered and appreciated!
Parent Association Annual Meeting

The LHWHSPA annual meeting is May 8 at 7 PM in the
Horton Watkins Conference Room at the High School.  

Everyone is welcome!

Tickets 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.

April 5, 2019
Dear Parents of Current Juniors and Sophomores:
As you may be aware, a meeting was held for current 10th and 11th grade students today to review parking procedures for the 2019-2020 school year.  A summary of important points is included below, including eligibility criteria and information regarding the sign-up process.
Please also be aware that planned work by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) on our 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 our current sophomores for at least a portion of the school year. Of course, partial refunds will be provided to the students/families impacted. We will continue to encourage our students to carpool and utilize district-provided transportation.

Parking Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a 2019-20 parking space:

  1. Student attendance records will be reviewed for the LAST 6-WEEK GRADING PERIOD of 2nd semester.
    1. No more than 6 excused OR unexcused tardies
    2. No more than 3 unexcused class period absences
  2. Students must have a valid driver’s license to be able to park for the 2019-20 school year.


Parking Sign-Up Process

Current Juniors/Rising Seniors

  1. From Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, current juniors will be given priority to complete a parking application via an electronic link.  Please note that dishonesty in this process (sharing links, multiple sign-ups, etc.) will warrant automatic disqualification.
  2. Current juniors will be informed via email of their parking status in June, AFTER the last 6-week grading period has ended and attendance data has been reviewed.
  3. Current juniors awarded parking will complete their registration process during Packet Pick-up in August.  At that time:
    1. A valid driver’s license must be presented
    2. A $100 check payable to LHWHS must be provided
    3. Students will receive their parking tag

Current Sophomores/Rising Juniors

Current sophomores deemed eligible to park will participate in a “lottery system,” providing an equitable opportunity for all members of this class to receive their parking privilege for the remaining spaces not used by seniors.
  1. From Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26, current sophomores will be given the opportunity to apply for the lottery via an electronic link.  As with current juniors, please note that dishonesty in this process (sharing links, multiple sign-ups, etc.) will warrant automatic disqualification.
  2. Current sophomores will be informed via email of the parking privilege in June, AFTER the 6-week grading period has ended, as well as after rising senior spaces have been allocated and eligibility has been reviewed.
  3. As with rising seniors, rising juniors awarded parking will complete the registration process during Packet Pick-up in August.  At this time, a valid driver’s license must be presented, and a $100 check payable to LHWHS must be submitted.  
  4. Remaining eligible students not awarded a parking space through the lottery will be placed on a randomized waiting list and will be notified should a parking spot becomes available.

Please Note:  Students must have documentation of required vaccinations prior to the 2019-20 school year, and parking eligibility could be affected for students who are not up to code.  For questions regarding vaccinations, please contact Nurse Mary Ellen Simmons (

Gregory Baber
Activities Coordinator
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Are you going to college next year?  If so, we in the College Office need to send your Final Transcript to your school of choice.  If we do not know where to send it, you may not be able to register for classes next year.

Please stop by the College Office within the next week to update Mrs. Weed on your collegiate plans.

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

Jr. Class Parents - you made this event possible!   

Mary Stiebler
Timi LaMore
Jane Loitman
Barbara Kahn
Amanda Lucier
Katie Loynd
Jocelyn Fundoukos
Susie Sachs
David & Kim Waldman
Amy Garland
Xuemei Si
Leah Bernstien
Mitzi Pummer
Eric & Lisa Sheldon
Yuanlan Liao
Siri Sinnett
Karen Knoll
David  & Julie Eastlund
Ashley Schneider
Andy & Laurie Wayne
Lisa Goebel
Julie Muller
Keith & Deb Harder
Angela Grady
Liz Rea
Melisa Humphrey
Susan Kelley
Collen Sheley
Larry Yang
Craig & Alexis Morely
Abu & Priya Abraham
Jodi Minkler
Princess Okenwa
Robert Swanson
Snow Sili 
Shanna Singer
Elizabeth Cobin
Jill Gaither
And of course we would like to thank all the parents who so generously donated the funds that made the party possible.

 And one last, extra special shout out to the Parking Lot Crew who braved pouring rain, winds, and freezing temperatures all night!!!
Amber Ott,  Maria Del Cid and Sherri Swanson
Motivated by Marie Kondo? Doing some Spring cleaning? Donate your used goods to Finders Keepers For a Cause, an event hosted by Ladue's Kids For Wish Kids! This April, students will be selling items donated by the Ladue community, and all proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish Missouri to help grant wishes to critically ill children! In order to make this event a success, Kids For Wish Kids will be collecting donated new and gently used items such as clothing, shoes, toys, and books from now until April 19th. Look for the bin titled "Finders Keepers for a Cause" and help grant another deserving child a wish!

It’s St. Louis Baseball Season!  If you earned at least a 3.7 GPA this past fall, come by the Registrar's Office by the PAC lobby and pick up your voucher for two free Cardinal baseball tickets. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch honored all Straight-A Students by publishing their names in the newspaper April 11th.

Spring Break just ended but are you already dreaming about your next adventure?  Come to an informational meeting to learn more about Spring Break 2020 in China! Stop by and speak with Mrs. Garavaglia in room 3348 for more details.

German students did themselves proud on Thursday, April 4 at Washington University's German Day, placing third overall in a field of over 16 schools.  Senior Rebecca Cunningham placed first in the Level IV declamation contest, the beginning spelling team (Jake Goldman, Anika Speicher, Kian Howe, Jadon Bowman and Jackson Proper) took third, and the B Advanced Trivia team tied for first, losing in the tiebreaker to take 2nd place.  The overall point total led to a third place finish!

JSU will be hosting a special meeting next Tuesday, 4/16/19, after school in room 3328.  We will be hosting a chocolate seder. All are welcome!

Please pick up a Senior LAASA Scholarship application form from Mrs. McCord in the Counseling Office.  The deadline for submission is Friday, April 19th at 2:30 p.m. The scholarships will be awarded at The LAASA Brunch on May 4th. 

Third time's the charm!!  Fishing club is re-rescheduling its first Spring semester fishing trip to Suson Park for Saturday, April 20th.  Put it on your calendar and let's go fishing!

Green Team will be meeting on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  The LMS Green Team visit is rescheduled for Thursday and we need to work on the Spoede Garden. Stay Green, Team!

I am happy to announce that, for the fourth consecutive year, the LHWHS Math Team has placed first in the Missouri Math League Competition!! This competition is comprised of six events spread out over the school year, and this year 26 Missouri high schools competed statewide. Remarkably, Ladue earned 174 out of a possible 180 points, which is the most in the last ten years and the best margin of victory with the second place team (Clayton) earning 147 points. Please congratulate the following members of the Math Team when you see them.

Seem Patil (tie 1st in state)
Marina Sha (tie 1st in state)

Anthony Wang (tie 1st in state)
William Bender  (tie 5th in state) 
Akhil Kondepudi  (tie 5th in state) 

Moses Schindler (tie 5th in state) 
Akshay Govindan (9th in state)   

Nevan Giuliani (11th in state)
Jeremy Ouyang (13th in state) 
Samuel Chen (19th in state)
William Pan
Rohan Tatikonda
Aditya Kondepudi  


John Pais, Ph.D.
Mathematics and Computer Science
Ladue Horton Watkins
1201 S. Warson Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63124
(314) 983-5748

 Boys Varsity Tennis wins both matches Friday 
The Rams had a successful day Friday as they defeated Hickman High School in the morning (8-1) and then played Jeff City in the afternoon and defeated them 9-0. What a great way to start the weekend!

Boys Varsity Tennis defeats SLUH 5-4 

The Rams had a huge victory over SLUH today. After being up 2-1 after doubles, they were able to win 3 singles matches to clinch the match. Bryce DeGraw was the final match and he won in a third set tiebreaker. This was one of the toughest matches of the season thus far and we can’t wait to see how far the boys go!


JV Baseball beats Parkway West 17 – 5 with its 1st ever grand slam! 
17 - 5

Camdenton Tourn. @ Lake of the Ozarks 

Congrats to the Ladue varsity golf for finishing 12th out of 27 teams at the Camdenton Invitattional at the Lake of the Ozarks.  A special congrats to Arya Dahiya for his low of 84.

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

June 3rd - August 2nd
Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, Fridays (Excluding 7/4 & 7/5) at LHWHS

     Males - 8:30-10:30
     Females - 10:30-12:30

There isn't an official sign-up for summer strength and conditioning, but we will take attendance.  We are encouraging all of our programs to to encourage their players to participate.  No fee for summer strength and conditioning program.   

Coach Mike Dillon will be our new Strength and Conditioning Teacher/Coordinator.

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.



Well, the dreaded day is here....
so how did we get here?

 After Congress passed the 16th Amendment, they named March 1, 1914 the first tax day. Why this day? It was about 1 year after the Amendment was enacted. Taxes back then were 1% for income under $3000 ($4000 for married couples) and up to 6% for the wealthiest Americans. 

Tax day has since moved twice. March 15, 1918 and then to April 15 in 1955. The reasoning from the IRS is to allow more time for employees to handle an increased workload. (Economists will argue its so the government can hold onto refunds longer and therefore benefit from more interest!) 

 Here’s some interesting tax facts:

  1. The federal code was 400 pages in 1913. In 2010 it was 70,000 pages.
  2. The average number of days a person has to work to pay his or her taxes is 103 days (2009).
  3. The number of words in the book Atlas Shrugged is 645,000. The bible has approximately 700,000 words. The number of words in the federal tax code: (ready for this?) 3,700,000.
  4. It is estimated the collective cost of tax evasion over the last 10 years in the US is about $3.09 BILLION.
  5. There are at least 480 tax forms on the IRS website.
  6. If someone reports their company for tax evasion in the US, he or she will receive 30% of the amount collected.
  7. Everyone who earns a paycheck pays federal income tax. Only 43 of the 50 states charge a state income tax. Who doesn’t? Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.
So, where’s the silver lining you ask?  Be glad you don’t live in the following countries with the highest tax rates:
  1. Aruba – highest tax rate at 58.95% (starting at $171,149)
  2. Sweden – tax rate 56.6% (starting at $85,451)
  3. Denmark – tax rate 55.38% (starting at $70,633)
  4. Netherlands – tax rate 52% (starting at $70,090)
(Dollar amounts are in US Dollars)

Audra Harrold

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Calendar Notes

April 5 to April 26
Senior Art Show 

Wednesday, April 17
6 pm - 8:30 pm
Big Sonia Screening

Thursday, April 18
Senior Awards Night

Friday, April 19
RamPride Awards 
8am - 9am

Thursday, April 25th
Parent Education Event
LHS Teleconference Room

Friday, April 26
Senior One Acts 

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

Wednesday, May 1
Orchestra Chamber Concert 
7 pm

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 Parent Association
1201 Warson Road
ST LOUIS, MO 63124

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