February 25, 2019   Parent Association News
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Girls Swim/Dive Wins
Missouri Class 1 Team State Championship 

Photo credit Michael R. Gulledge

The Girls Swim/Dive Team won their first State Championship in 43 years after an incredible performance this weekend at the Missouri Class 1 Swim/Dive State Championship!  The Rams last won the crown in 1976, the first year of the event. Congratulations on an outstanding season!!

Senior Paige Mitchell won the 200 and 500 Freestyle Events at the Class 1 Girls Swim/Dive State Championship! Paige set the Missouri State Record in the 500 Freestyle for all class on Friday night!  Congratulations Paige!

Sophomore Mary Dieckhaus finished third in the 100 Backstroke and 7th in the 200 IM.

Junior Sophie Fredman placed 6th in the 100 Breaststroke and 16th in the 50 Freestyle.

Junior Harriet Bezzant placed 8th in the 500 Freestyle.
Sophomore Talia Warticovschi placed 9th in the 100 Butterfly and 10th in the 200 IM.
In Diving, Sophomore Samantha Fisher placed in 12th place.
Ladue finished second in all three relay events with Mary, Sophie, Talia and Sophomore Amy Pumm swimming the 200 Yard Medley Relay.  Sophie, Amy, Harriet and Paige swam the 200 Freestyle Relay.  Paige, Mary, Talia and Harriet swam the 400 Freestyle Relay.

Be sure to check out the article by clicking the link below:


Class 1 Girls Swim/Dive State Champions!!

Get your team gear at the Ladue Swim & Dive State Championship Store My Team Shop by February 28th!  Apparel must be ordered prior to the store closing on 2/28.

Click the link below:

Jake Mann Wins Missouri Class 3 State Championship 

Sophomore Jake Mann wins the first Wrestling State Championship in 53 years at Ladue.  Jake won the Class 3, 120 lb weight class by finishing the state tournament a perfect 4-0!

Click the link below to read about it in


Max Kornfeld Earns Degree of Premier Distinction 


LHWHS senior, Max Kornfeld, earned his Degree of Premier Distinction in the National Forensic League of the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA)! This is the highest honor a student member can attain in the NSDA.

Less than 1% of members earn their Degree of Premier Distinction. Every time a student competes, (s)he earns points — earning the Degree of Premier Distinction requires earning 1,500 points. This honor reflects Max’s time, energy, dedication, and commitment to excellence.

Congratulations, Max!


Thank you to all those who coordinated, worked and provided food for the staff breakfast on 2/7/19.  The staff appreciate these meals greatly!

LHWHS Parent Association Executive Committee
Nominations for 2019-2020

We are planning for next year and would like your input for the annual nominations and election of the LHWHSPA Executive Committee. Please take a few minutes and nominate anyone you feel would be a great addition to the executive team. A current Executive Committee member will contact you.
We are seeking nominations for Grade-Level Co-Vice Presidents (Parents of the Class of 2023 - Class of 2020), Secretary, Parent District Council Representative and Communications Coordinator.
To assist the Nomination Committee, we ask that you list any previous experience the nominee may have at school or in other organizations.
Two Ways to APPLY - Please reply by March 31, 2019.
  1. You may view job descriptions on the website and submit nominations
  1.  or email NAME, GRADE LEVEL OF CHILD(ren) in 2019-20, EXPERIENCE, and AREA OF INTEREST to Elizabeth Cobin,
Monthly Executive Committee meetings are generally the third Wednesday of each month.  Next year we hope to alternate between 12:30-2:30 and evening meetings.
Questions? Please contact any member or the Co-Presidents, Elizabeth Cobin, or Jodi Minkler,
Attention Seniors:
There will be a class meeting on Monday, February 25 in the PAC during Seminar, L1. Information regarding scholarships, senior class meeting and graduation will be discussed.



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

Contact: Janie Spirtas and Kim Bussard


Your help is needed to make Post Prom a FUN, SAFE EVENING FOR ALL.

The Ladue 2019 Junior/Senior Prom will be held on Saturday, April 13th with the Post Prom party following from 11 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. at Adrenaline Zone in St . Charles.  The Parent Association will sponsor the party in a safe and fun environment free from the influence of drugs or alcohol, at no additional charge to the student’s Prom ticket.

Your junior class students are responsible for planning Prom and the junior class parents are responsible for planning and hosting the Post Prom party.

In order to make this event a success, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!  The Parent Association will help defray the costs of this evening; however, the bulk of the party is funded by junior parent donations.  Know that any amount is greatly appreciated.  All donations are considered tax-deductible and qualify for corporate matching gifts. 

To pay online, visit DONATIONS.

Checks are also welcome and may be made payable to the LHWHSPA with a note “Post Prom” in the memo section. Please mail to the high school or drop off at the front office addressed ATTN: Post Prom Cmte.

We also need many volunteers to keep our kids safe the night of the party.   Volunteer information can found in upcoming newsletters and on the Post Prom web page.  If you cannot volunteer to help please consider a donation to Post Prom.  Once again...any amount is greatly appreciated.

To volunteer, visit VOLUNTEERS. 

Contact Amber, Maria  or Sherri  for more information.

Thank you for all your support now and throughout the school year!  Your generosity of time and money makes all the difference.

Most sincerely,

Amber, Maria, and Sherri

2019 Post Prom Lead Chairs



Parents/guardians: Check one thing off your “worry” list for your “Rising Senior”.  Please confirm they are up-to-date with their meningococcal vaccine or exemption. A booster vaccine is required by the State of Missouri after age 16 and before starting school or school activities their senior year. This is to ensure full coverage against the meningitis viruses A,C,W,Y for the next 5 years.  If your student has already gotten the vaccine, please send proof to me via email or fax. I currently have proof of vaccination for only 36 of the 293 “Rising Seniors”. If you are wanting an exemption for your student, please call to make an appointment with me.  You will need to allow 15 minutes for this appointment.
Thank you in advance!
Mary Ellen Simmons, BSN,RN,CCM
314-983-5431  fax: 314-983-5387


Students in AP classes:

If you are currently enrolled in an AP class and intend to take the test in May, it is time to register.  Please stop by the College and Career office to pick up a copy of the “Green Sheet” so that we can order a test for you.  Tests cost $100. There is a deposit of $20 per test due when you submit your Green Sheet.  The balance of $80 can be paid any time between now and the day of the test. If the cost of the test presents a hardship, please stop by the College and Career office.  The last day for registration is Friday, March 8.

This week during Seminar, students will receive a copy of the courses they requested for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please take the time to review these course requests with your student, as they reflect their permanent schedule for the 2019-2020 school year.  
Students will have until March 8th to meet with their counselor and adjust their schedule.  Once that window has closed, scheduling changes will be limited to the following reasons: course conflicts, course closing due to low enrollment, clerical error, or student completing summer school.

LHWHS Counselors and Administrators

Update on Remaining "Snow Days"

There is one more day “in the bank.” If school is called off for a fourth day, students will go a full day on May 21 (currently a half day) and have finals the next three days, ending the year with a half day (exam day) on Friday, May 24. (Thursday, May 23 is currently the last day of the school year for students.) The Professional Records Day for teachers would then be on Tuesday, May 28.

The 4th Annual Run and Run S'more 5k / 1 mile Fun Run is right around the corner! 
Come join us March 2nd at 9 am to once again run the streets of Ladue and raise money benefiting the St Louis Childrens Hospital and the Jackson Hill Foundation.  Come for the race, family fun zone and gourmet s'mores.

Register now

Run and Run S'more Website

The Jackson Hill Foundation gives families tools to stay healthy and well during hospital stays by funding and building Jackson Hill Wellness Centers in U.S. pediatric hospitals.  Our centers are open 24/7, offering cardio, weights, yoga, exercise videos and relaxation areas free to patients' families.   

We opened our second Jackson Hill Wellness Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital January 2018 

We hope to see you at the race, 
- The Jackson Hill Foundation

Are you 17 and 1/2 years old, and a U.S. citizen?  Then you can register to vote on Monday, March 4th in the Multipurpose room at lunch.  Be sure to bring your drivers' license and the last four digits of your Social Security Number so the volunteers from the League of Women Voters can assist you.

During the entire month of February, the Ladue community can help grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses by simply eating pizza from Papa John’s! When using the Papa John’s promo code MAKEAWISH10, you will receive a 20% discount off the regular menu price, and 20% of your order will be donated back to the Make-A-Wish foundation!

Hey Juniors and Seniors! We are hosting a track and field event for Special Olympics on April 16 this year.  We are looking 100% participation from both classes. Check your e-mail to sign up before February 28. Questions? Contact Mrs. Guhr.

Your Black History Fact for Today!
Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown is from Olivette, MO. He is the first African-American actor to win a Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for in a Drama Series — This Is Us.  
Brown is from OLIVETTE, Mo.

Angela Davis was an African American educator and activist for the civil rights movement. After gaining her PhD at Humboldt University of Berlin, she joined the U.S communist party. She was best known for her books such as Women, Race and Class and also her participation in the Black Panther Party.

Congratulations to Club Neuro for their incredible success at the area Brain Bee at Washington University on Saturday, February 16th! Nine Ladue students competed overall, and four Ladue students placed in the top ten: Chris Ye (10th place), Shriya Koneru (5th place), Adi Kondepudi (3rd place), and Shelei (Shirley) Pan (2nd place).

Are you interested in earning $120, serving your community and possibly earning extra credit?  Then see your Social Studies teacher about applying to be a Student Election Judge for the April 2 election. You must be a U.S. citizen, at least 15 years old and be in 10th grade or higher.

There is an informational meeting regarding auditions for the senior directed one acts next Tuesday, February 26th after school in the theatre. Audition packets as well as production staff and crew forms are available in the scene shop now. Contact Courvaun Hill, Nikol Nikolova, Trey Schwartz, David Steiner, or Abigail Yearout for more information and hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the Chess Team on their dominant 7-0 regular season.  Of the 35 individual games played this season, the Ladue Chess Team only lost 1. Good luck in the playoffs versus Parkway West. 

Don't forget to attend the International Week Poster Contest on Monday, Feb. 25th from 2:40-4:40 in Mr. Raedeke's room #1179.  You can only attend if you already signed-up with your foreign language teacher. Also, don't forget to bring necessary art materials that you will need in order to create a poster demonstrating the theme, "Languages Build Bridges."  We will provide the poster board. 

The Chamber Music Concert, featuring students from the high school concert and symphonic bands, will be held on Wednesday, February 27 at 7PM in the High School Orchestra Room (Room 1215). Admission is free.

The annual Jazz Concert will take place in the PAC on Thursday, February 28 at 7PM. The performance will feature the High School Concert and Symphonic Jazz Bands, along with the Middle School Jazz Bands. Admission is free.

Anime Club will be meeting on THURSDAY Feb. 28, 2019 after school in room 2343, instead of Wednesday. See you there!


2nd Place Finish for Chess Team 

Six LHWHS chess players [Sophie Kras (11), Katie Eisenman (10), Roshen Chatwal (9), Ian Rothstein (9), Alex Rybak (9), and Kanishk Shanmugam (9)] competed at the Gateway Chess League Action Tournament held at St. Louis University on Saturday February 9th, finishing in 2nd place in the team competition.
In the individual standings, Roshen won the 9th grade division. with Alex placing 3rd, Kanish 5th, and Ian 22nd . Katie finished in 2nd place in the 10th grade division, and Sophie was 5th in the 11th grade standings.
Go Rams!

Congratulations to the speech and debate team on winning the 2018-2019 Greater Saint Louis Conference Championship this past weekend! The team took 3rd in Interpretation Sweepstakes, 2nd in Debate Sweepstakes, 1st in Congressional Debate Sweepstakes, 1st in Public Speaking Sweepstakes, and 1st in Overall Sweepstakes!  A special congratulations to our conference champions - Ayush Ajmani in Congressional Debate, Max Kornfeld in International Extemporaneous Speaking, and Grace Hu and Anna Reis in Duo Interpretation.
Spring Sports Parent Meeting-Mar. 5 

If your child is participating in a spring sport this year, please attend a parent meeting on Tuesday, March 5. The meeting will be in the Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m.
We hope to see you there!

If you are a baseball/girls soccer/girls lacrosse/boys varsity tennis or track athlete (sprinter) that needs bus transportation to practice, follow the information below:
  • Track athletes (sprinters only) can take bus #20 to MICDS. After practice, the activity bus will pick up students at MICDS at 5:10 p.m. that need a ride home.
  • Bus #12 will take baseball/girls lacrosse/boys varsity tennis or girls soccer players to the West Campus for practice.
Both buses will be in the front of the school at dismissal. As a reminder, there is NOT a bus home from the West Campus after practice.
If you practice at LHWHS, you are able to take the 5:15 p.m. activity bus home after practice. Please give the driver your address when boarding. The bus will be at the Nielson Gym Lobby entrance.

Please call 314-983-5421 if you have any further questions.
Purchase a Yard Sign!
Show Your School Spirit
Purchase a Yard Sign for Your Student or Athlete Today!
$25 per sign…order by March 8, 2019
Use this link to order:
Signs will be distributed by the end of March
Questions?  Email Katherine Byer:

*Note that you may purchase a sign with a Ram on it for your student and/or one for your athlete with their sport’s symbol as well as name and/or jersey number. 

All Conference Wrestlers Announced 

Please click on the link below to view the All Conference Wrestlers:

Ladue Boys Varsity and JV Tennis 

Boys Tennis (All levels) will begin Monday, February 25, at 3:15 pm. We will shoot to practice at Ladue Middle School until 5:15. If the weather is bad, we will be going into the gym at the middle school. We will make another post as we get closer to our start date to confirm location.

First Day of Track Practice
The first day of practice is Feb. 25th. We will meet outside on the track at 2:45. BRING YOUR PINK PARTICIPATION FORM, obtained in the Activities Office. This requires you to turn in a physical and parent permission form.


Baseball Try-outs Feb. 25th 
Baseball try-outs begin Monday, February 25th at the Fifth Grade Center starting at 3:00. Please make sure that all necessary paperwork is turned in to the athletic office prior to that date.

Spring Break Schedule 
Varsity players:
Please be aware that we will practice Thursday 14th and then return to practice Wednesday March 20th in the afternoon. We Begin play Saturday March 23rd.
Wednesday 3-5:30
Thursday 10:00-12:00
Friday 10:00-12:00
Junior Varsity will have optional practice Thursday March 14th and return to practice on Thursday March 21st.


If you are participating in a spring sport, please stop by the Activities Office between today and your first practice, to pick up your participation slip. This is your “ticket” to get into practice. You will not be admitted into practice without this form.

Participation slips are given to athletes that have all of their physical and parent permission forms completed and turned into the Activities Office.
Please contact the Activities Office if you have any questions. Thank you!

Ladue Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams play in post season district tournament games this week. 

Ladue Girls Varsity vs. Westminster on 2/25/19 at 5:30 PM at Ladue High School.  Winner plays on 2/28/19 at 5:30 PM at Ladue High School.

Ladue Boys Varsity vs. Westminster on 2/26/19 at 7:00 PM at Ladue High School.  Winner plays on 2/28/19 at 7:00 PM at Ladue High School.

Come out and cheer them on!  Go Rams!

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 LHS-TV & Films, the student television show Ladue View is back. Art, creativity, and the "Humans of Ladue" are featured in this edition.

Also, this week we feature our LHS-TV & Films student leaders, Marilyn Lercel, Courvaun Hill, and Cleo Davis. Visit their digital portfolios on our homepage slideshow banner. 

Do you think that "Empire" actor, Jussie Smollett, should be fired, or face any other consequences for his actions? Take our Weekly Poll and let us know. 

Meet our new clothing sponsor Livn Legnz in our Photo of the Week.

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


The Ladue Education Foundation & Alumni Association (LEF) invites alumni, parents and the community to celebrate and support innovation in Ladue schools. This year, we highlight sports and physical education at our annual spring gala, “Innovation Celebration: Sports Edition.”

As medical research continues to demonstrate the importance of physical activity on both healthy growth and academic performance, the LEF is proud to shine a light on the excellent programs in the district.
Please join us on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center Sports Arena in Creve Coeur.

The program will feature:
  • Cocktails and Dinner
  • Games and Entertainment, featuring the LHWHS Pep Band and the Laduettes
  • Nutritious Smoothie Tasting with the LHWHS Catering Club
  • Pop-up Shop with State Championship Football and Just ’Due It Gear.
  • Silent Auction
  • Live Auction, Assisted by Ladue Schools Athletes
Our keynote speaker will be Ben Newman, Ladue School District alumnus (‘97) and a highly regarded Performance Coach, International Speaker and Best-Selling Author, whose clients include Fortune 500 companies and professional athletes in the NFL, PGA, NBA, MLB, UFC and NCAA.
For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit or call the LEF at 314-983-5455.

Click HERE for LEF link

Happy Washington's Birthday!
I know this was a week ago, but the info is still good! 

Here are a few fun facts about this holiday...

1. It isn't really called Presidents' Day: The official name of Presidents' Day is technically still called "Washington's Birthday" who was born on February 22, 1783. There have been several attempts to officially change the name, once in 1951 and again in 1968, but it never became official. Some states do refer to it as Presidents' Day.

2.  Washington's Birthday is never on Washington's birthday anymore:
Thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed in 1971 (so government workers and other agencies get a three day weekend and not a random day off during the week), the celebration of Washington's birthday always falls on the 3rd Monday in February. This means the celebration will fall between the 15th and the 21st - never on the 22nd - his actual birthday.

3. Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12th failed to become a federally-designated separate holiday despite attempts to do so: This may have something to do with two federal holidays so close to one another. The good news is some states DO celebrate Lincoln's actual birthday: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and West Virginia. Funny, Kentucky is not one of those states despite being Lincoln's birthplace... 

4.  Cherries anyone?  Many people celebrate with desserts made from cherries. Why? This of course relates to the story invented by Mason Lock Weems that as a boy Washington confessed to his father that he chopped down a cherry tree because he "could not tell a lie." So, go ahead, have a piece of cherry pie to celebrate! Don't forget the whipped cream.

5. 130 years later (1862), the House and Senate celebrated by reading aloud Washington's Farewell Address to Congress. It was originally read in the middle of the American Civil War as a way to boost morale. The address was and is important as it warns of political factionalism, geographical sectionalism, and interference by foreign powers in the nations affairs. Washington stressed the importance of national unity over sectional differences.

6.  Washington's birthplace, in Colonial Beach, Virginia, is a National Monument.



Audra Harrold

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Calendar Notes

Tuesday, February 26th
Parents Education Presentation

Wednesday, February 27th
Chamber Music Concert 
7 PM -  Room 1215

Thursday, February 28th
Jazz Concert 
7 PM  - PAC

Tuesday, March 5th
Spring Sports Parent Meeting
6:30 PM - PAC

Friday, March 8th
Deadline to register for AP Exams

Friday, April 12, 2019
LEF Spring Event at the J
Benefiting Athletics and Physical Education across the district

Monday, April 29th
Four Schools College Fair
6:30-8:30 PM
Center of Clayton
Athletics: ArbiterLIVE...   Sports Photos:

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