April 8, 2019   Parent Association News
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You are needed to help us 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.

We NEED MANY VOLUNTEERS to keep our kids safe the night of the party.  Click here, VOLUNTEERS or go to the Post Prom webpage to help.  If you can not volunteer to help please consider a donation to Post Prom.  

DONATIONS!!!  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.  To pay online, visit

All donations are considered tax-deductible and qualify for corporate matching gifts.

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.

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

Contact Amber, Maria  or Sherri  for more information or to volunteer to help.


***All students MUST have a WAIVER filled out by a parent and turned into the From Office by April 12th to attend Post Prom.


Faculty Frivolities is back! 

Once again the faculty and staff of Ladue Horton Watkins High School are auctioning their unique talents and services to raise funds in support of the LAASA Scholarship Fund.

100% of the money raised will be distributed to support the continued educational achievement of Ladue Horton Watkins High School students of African descent. 

To bid on any of the auction items please visit ."
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

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

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
It's finally Spring! Starting this week, the Green Team will be meeting on either Wednesdays or Thursdays each week in the Greenhouse.  Join our Google Classroom using code iua1lf to find out which day we are meeting on any given week.  On April 6th, we will be "touring" the worm farm and rain garden. Yes, we now have red crawlers helping us compost food waste from the Culinary Arts courses and shredded paper from certain classrooms. Remember #DoItForAnneLid. Stay Green, Team!

Faculty Frivolities is back!  Scan the QR codes on the screens in the halls to bid on great items and events donated by your teachers.  Check back daily as new items are constantly being offered.

Welcome to 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 will honor all Straight-A Students by publishing their names in the newspaper April 11th.

The Senior Art Show is now on display in the Ladue High School Art Gallery and surrounding areas on the 1st floor.  Please join us this Friday, April 5th, after school from 2:30-4:00, for the Senior Art Show Opening Reception. Families and friends are welcome!   Spread the word and join us as we celebrate the amazing artists of the Class of 2019!

Last call for juniors and seniors to sign up for the Special Olympics track and field event on April 29.  Check your e-mail for the buddy form. Questions? See Mrs. Guhr, Guiseppe Di Cera, Reghan Harris or Jordan Worth.

Need a gift for Mother's Day? Ladue Publications is taking family and senior photos April 14 from 1-4 p.m. at Tower Grove Park. Email Mrs. Kirksey for more details and to reserve a time slot. 

Calling all spirited people and Rams fans!! Come tryout for the Ladue Cheerleading team! Pick up your tryout packet from the athletic office and bring the completed packet with you to the first day of tryouts, Monday, April 8. All teacher evaluations must be submitted to the athletic office. Tryouts will be Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12 from 3:30-5:15. For questions, contact Coach Sailor at We hope to see you there! Go Rams!



The Ladue Chess Team traveled to Columbia to participate in the State Chess Tournament on Saturday, March 30th.  It was a great day, as our team took home first place in the tournament.  To my knowledge this is our first State Championship in Chess.
Our high school team was led by Iris Zhou (9th grade, ranked #2 in state) and Erik Tkachenko (10th grade, ranked #6), who were both undefeated on Board 1 and are co-champions on Board 1.  Erik had a phenomenal tournament, as he beat the #1 and #4 rated players in Missouri on his way to being undefeated.  On board 2, Ben Liu placed 5th.  On board 3, Sam Chen placed 1st and was the board 3 champion.  Jason Pummer finished in second place.  On board 4, Kanishk Shanmugam finished in 8th place.  Josh Wolk, Arya Bhushan, and Katherine Eisenman all finished in the top 20 as well. Sophie Kras and Andrew Fruend also made great contributions.

Please congratulate these students, as they have worked very hard all season for this!

On a side note, Ladue schools cleaned up on Saturday.  Ladue High School, Ladue Middle School (8th and under), Ladue’s Fifth Grade Center (5th and under), and Spoede Elementary (3rd and under) all won the state championships.

Golf Results vs Pattonville 

Congrats to the varsity golf team for defeating Pattonville, 4/3  248-290. Sophomore Darren Teh had the low score for Ladue with a 38!

Track: Special Olympics Sign UP 
All Track & Field members will help in Ladue’s hosting of Special Olympics Track & Field Meet. Please use the QR Code to sign up.


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.

This week on LHS-TV & Films, Ladue Seniors Courvaun Hill and Marilyn Lercel were a part of a winning team to produce a professional Public Service Announcement with 5 On Your Side (KSDK). Watch their winning video on our home page, as well as a news story by reporters Renee Knott and Allie Corey, talking about Ladue's long-standing city/county partnership with Gateway STEM High School and KSDK.    

Other Featured Videos this week include a "Lookbook" by Cleo Davis, an interview with an exchange student from Jordan by Noa Hahn, and you'll meet the costume designer from this year's musical, Footloose, in a story by Annabella Seeger. 

Learn more about the 5 On Your Side experience from student Annabella Seeger, visit our Featured Website of the Week by Tessa Davis, and watch the latest Ladue View show by clicking on the homepage slideshow banner. 
Have you bid on the amazing items for Faculty Frivolities in support of the LAASA Scholarship Fund? Take our Weekly Poll, visit their website, and let us know. 

The Senior Art Show is on display in our Photos of the Week picture gallery.


You Know it's Almost SPRING when...

Did you know 2019 marked the earliest Opening Day ever?
All 30 teams played on March 28th. 

Here are some other fun baseball facts:

  • The first World Series was played between Pittsburgh and Boston in 1903 and was a nine-game series. Boston won the series 5-3.
  • The New York Yankees have won 26 World Series Titles which is more than any other team.
  • Former Yankees right fielder Mickey Mantle holds the record for most career home runs (18) and RBI (40) in World Series History. 
  • Baseball stars from the National League and the American League played the first All-Star Game in 1933. The National League has won 40 of the 73 games. The game ended in a tie twice. In 1961 rain in Boston prevented extra innings and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. And in 2002, the game went 11 innings with the score knotted at seven before it was finally called off due to a lack of pitchers.
  • Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. didn't miss a game in 16 years. He played in 2,632 consecutive games from April 30, 1982 to Sept. 19, 1998.
  • Pete Rose, who played for the Cincinnati Reds and then was banned from baseball for life for betting on games while managing the team, holds the all-time record for hits (4,256) and games played (3,562).
  • In 2001, San Francisco's Barry Bonds broke the all-time single-season home run record when he hit 73. He broke the mark of 70, set by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire in 1998.
  • Fourteen players have hit four home runs in one game: Bobby Lowe, Ed Delahanty, Lou Gehrig, Chuck Klein, Pat Seerey, Gil Hodges, Joe Adcock, Rocky Colavito, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt, Bob Horner, Mark Whiten, Mike Cameron and Shawn Green.
  • Pitcher Nolan Ryan played 27 seasons in major league baseball and struck out more batters in his career than any other pitcher.
  • San Francisco's Barry Bonds has won the National League MVP Award seven times. That's four more times than Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, and Mike Schmidt, his closest NL co-winners. On the American League MVP list are Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and Mickey Mantle with three awards each.
  • Philadelphia A's (now the Oakland Athletics) manager Connie Mack has 3,755 career victories, more than any other manager in history.
  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum is located in Cooperstown, N.Y. It was created in 1935 to celebrate baseball's 100th anniversary.



Audra Harrold

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Calendar Notes

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

Saturday, April 13th
Post-Prom Party

Thursday, April 25th
Parent Education Event
LHS Teleconference Room

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

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