Freshman Parent Meeting and Open House 2015

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Before you go, visit Infinite Campus for a copy of your student schedule(s), which will also be available in the PAC lobby. DECA will be selling Ladue spirit wear, so bring some cash.

  • Freshman parents, your evening begins at 6pm with a meeting in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).
  • In case you need one, printed schedules will be available in the PAC lobby at 6:30pm.
  • You can drop off forms in the commons. Don't be late for your first-hour class!
  • Returning parents, you’ll want to arrive before the first bell rings at 7pm.

Newsletter-BacktoSchool_2015-16.pdf, page 17

What time is It? DUES Time!

We’d like to start by thanking you for your support, both past and present. Dues are our primary source of funding. They are the one thing that we ask each and every family to pay.

Donate and pay dues online:

Through your dues and participation in other campaigns, we have been able to do so much for our school community. We have purchased items, invested in new ideas, supported our students and teachers, provided hospitality, opened lines of communication, and so much more.

Here’s a quick glance at what dues do for our community:
Teacher, Classroom and Activity Grants
Staff Appreciation
Breakfasts and Luncheon
Staff Conference Dinners
Parent Network Lunch Series and Book Club
Student Clubs, Organizations and Sports
Family Connections
After-Grad Celebration
Post-Prom Party
Campus Beautification
Parents for Scholars - College-bound and Current Student Scholarship Fund
Our goal is to have every family pay dues, no matter how much they can give.

We suggest that you try to give at least $35 this year. We could do so much more if everyone participated!

Junior Parents: Please support the Post-Prom party now! (If you give online, use the filter on the left or go to the second page.)

Senior Parents: Please support your After-Grad celebration early!

We can make this a great year! - Your Parent Association Executive Board

Freshman and "New to Ladue" Family Night

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Parent Association (LHWHSPA) wants you to feel at home in your new school.

Join us for an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, from 5-8pm, in the high school courtyard (beautified, courtesy of LHWHSPA) - we’ll have signs to get you there.

Complimentary BBQ will be provided by LHWHSPA and the Ladue Dads Club.

Parent volunteers will be there to help answer your questions, giving you an opportunity to learn more about the high school and all it has to offer.

High school students will answer questions about schedules, classes, organizations and activities.

Students can walk their schedules (they will not have the opportunity to walk their schedules at Orientation) and become comfortable moving around the building. Remind yours to bring a copy of their schedule, as no paper copies will be available.

You can turn in all your school and parent association paperwork!

See you on August 4! You can come when you can and stay as long as you like.

Will you be there? An RSVP to is appreciated.

Welcome Back!

The new school year is just around the corner! By now, you should have received your first "Herd in the Halls" newsletter. The LHWHSPA encourages you to read it each week, as it contains a wealth of information about what's happening at the high school. This will be your most reliable source of news throughout the year! 

Thanks for visiting our website and please check back often if you need more details about events, ways to become involved with the LHWHSPA, or anything else. We are here to help parents, students and families navigate the often chaotic high school years!

Please don't hesitate to reach out to our executive committee if you have questions or concerns, and we wish you and your student(s) the best of luck in the coming year!

Schedule Sports Physicals Now!

Practice Starts August 3, 2015!

Is your student planning on participating in a sport during the 2015-2016 school year? If so, the LHWHS Athletics Office must have a current physical and parent permission on file.

These forms must be dated on or after February 1, 2015 , to be valid for the 2015-2016 school year.

Please visit the Athletics tab at to download the required forms , or stop by the Athletics and Activities Office.

The first day of fall sports practice is August 3, 2015 . We encourage students to turn in the needed paperwork to the Athletics Office as soon as possible. Athletes will NOT be permitted to practice without a current physical and parent permission on file with the Athletics Office.

As a reminder, all athletes must pay the $75 activity fee prior to the first MSHSAA sponsored event. The fee can be paid one of three (3) ways: cash, check or online through

Please contact Jenifer Strohbeck at 314-983-5421 or for more information.

All-District Parent Meeting Regarding the High School Renovation - May 4, 2015

Your Ladue School Community Is Invited!

All-District Parent Meeting Regarding the High School Renovation

7pm, Monday, May 4, 2015
“Black Box” Theatre in the Performing Arts Center
Ladue Horton Watkins High School

The details…

The district has been researching the possibilities of a high school renovation for well over a year. This building was identified in the district’s Facilities Master Plan approved by the Board of Education in 2011 as the property most in need of significant renovation. The core academic areas of the building have not been structurally renovated since they were originally built in the 50s and 60s and are not designed for the interdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential learning we know will be so important to students being successful in today’s post-secondary educational institutions and in their careers.

While we have historically been consistently ranked as one of the best public school districts in the area, state, and even the nation, we are reaching a point where our high school’s physical structure is impeding our ability to deliver today’s instructional best practices. Having done a great deal of research, we are now engaging our various communities in discussions regarding what they would value most in a newly renovated high school and we have preliminary concepts to share.

Please keep in mind, the earliest the district would move forward with putting a bond referendum on the ballot would be April 2016. Therefore, today’s fifth-graders would be the first freshmen in a fully renovated facility.

Please encourage your parent communities to attend one of these meetings which will begin with a presentation by Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke regarding the research that has been done to date on this project. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the current facilities, with photographs of how our current facility compares with other public school districts in our area. As many who have already toured the building have told us, “Seeing is believing.”

In addition, the district will be hosting another Community Forum at 7pm on Monday, May 11 , 2015, in the high school cafeteria.

Learn More About the High School Renovation:

An Invitation from the LHWHSPA Beautification Committee: DECA Spring Cleanup

Our thoughts have turned to spring and the DECA student organization is here to help. Help and supervise our DECA students as we do cleanup and planting projects throughout the high school grounds. We can use volunteers at the following times (updated on April 14, 2015):

  • 9:10-10:42am on Wednesday, May 6
  • 10:47am-12:20pm on Wednesday, May 6
  • 12:55-2:25pm on Wednesday, May 6
  • 10:47am-12:20pm on Thursday, May 7 

If you are able to help out at any of these times, please contact Lynda Rater.

2015 Summer Plant Watering (Painting Too!)

(Updated April 20, 2015) Do you enjoy caring for plants and being around nature? We are currently scheduling for parents to water plants during the 2015 summer months. We have one remianing opportunity for watering. (We have filled the slots for watering potted plants in the PAC - Thanks!)

Water plants around the perimeter of the high school. The beautification committee has added some beautiful plantings on the south side of the building throughout the years. During the dry time of the year, this requires additional watering. Watering can be done at any time (including weekends).

We will also be painting the benches on the north side of the school during July. Dates are flexible.

If any of these look like a good fit for you, contact Lynda Rater at

Parent Education Book Club Meets April 24

Join us for LHWHSPA's Parent Education Book Club at noon this Friday, April 24, in room 116. We will discuss chapter 14 and the conclusion of "Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World" and how it relates to LHWHS families. The book discusses technology and how it relates to family life and the social development of children of all ages.

Contact Elizabeth Cobin with questions.

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue...

QUICKLY - Represent Ladue by 9am on FRIDAY, March 27, 2015.

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something ROYAL BLUE!!!

The LHWHS community has a unique opportunity to decorate two tables (made from old barn doors) with Ladue memorabilia, stickers, photos, freehand painting and more, that will be used as dining tables at a brand new restaurant in Frontenac. The location is right off of Lindbergh - the former home of Coco's and The Salted Pig.

This project is sponsored by OG Hospitality Group, the owners of several restaurants in the St. Louis Area.

Mr. Brian Garner is looking for items that represent sports teams, clubs, organizations, performing groups, departments, and general LHWHS iconic symbols. Any photos will have to be void of any recognizable faces. What you donate will not be returned unless it is not used in the final design. How cool will it be to have Ladue represented in this manner?!!!

Here's the challenge - Mr. Garner will only have the doors at school until Monday. Bring what you are willing to donate to the Athletics and Activities office by 9am Friday morning. Daniel Raedeke and his 2nd-period art students will design, paint and arrange each door from 9-10:30 Friday morning. Also, please share this information with students, parents, and community members.

Parties for Scholars - Sign Up Now!

We have some great parties coming up - sign up while you still can! (Make sure you reserve two spots if you are bringing a date.) These parties will be lots of fun, and it’s all for a good cause - our Parents for Scholars fund.

Girls' Night Out Party, Hosted by Carolyn Jaeger!

7pm, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - $35/person

Carolyn Jaeger is hosting a final gathering on her way out after 21 years as a parent association volunteer! Come and enjoy the company of some amazing women in the Ladue School District, you! Refreshments – definitely... A laugh or two – guaranteed… Your attendance – a must!

Cinco de Mayo Party

Hosted by: Jodi & Mark Blucher and Michele & Mark Curran

6:30pm, Saturday, May 2, 2015 - $35/person

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo (a few days early) with plenty of delicious Mexican food and drinks!

Outdoor Cards Watch Party

With Rob & Sherri Connors, Sam & Jenny Page, and Jim & Patty Sherman
6pm, Saturday, May 9, 2015 - $35/person

The Cards may be out of town, but that won’t stop us from rooting them on to victory. Enjoy the game in HD with a cold beverage and traditional ballpark cuisine, all in the comfort of a backyard setting. Game starts at 6:05pm (CDT).

Parties for Scholars: LHWHS PA Schoolbucks Store

Parent Education Book Club Meets March 27

Join us for LHWHSPA's Parent Education Book Club at noon on Friday, March 27, in room 116. We will discuss chapters 12-13 of our book Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World and how it relates to LHWHS families. The book discusses technology and how it relates to family life and the social development of children of all ages.

Our final Book Club meeting is at noon on April 24, in room 116.

Contact Elizabeth Cobin with questions.

LHWHSPA Financial Reporting

The LHWHSPA Executive Board works hard to maintain your trust by maintaining the highest standards in regards to financial reporting. We have multi-level controls and procedures in place to ensure that all dollars raised by our organization are spent as budgeted and within our bylaws.

First, the LHWHSPA Board reviews all bank statements and year-to-date financial reports monthly and two rotating non-check-signing members sign off on them.

Second, an audit committee comprised of non-check-signing members audits our books every year at fiscal year-end.

As an organization granted 501(c)3 not-for-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service, our financials are open for public review. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a LHWHSPA financial matter, contact any LHWHSPA Board member.


This is  LAST CALL  for  SADDLE UP FOR SCHOLARS... You'll be treated to a great night full of surprises and fun so  buy your tickets now  (and support college scholarships and more!), then check your calendar for date-specific auction items and parties.

Check out our amazing auction items!

This just in!

Bid on an autographed Hank Aaron Bat!

(Photo Credit: Fine Art America.This photo not included.)

Making the Grade

One-of-a-Kind Sports Offerings

  • Autographed JV/V Boys Soccer Ball
  • Football autographed by 2014 Ladue Varsity Rams, plus case
  • Football autographed by 2014 Ladue Freshman Rams, plus case
  • Girls Field Hockey Autographed Picture
  • Boys Swim Team Signed Swim Cap and Goggles
  • Boys XC Autographed Shirt

For Music Lovers

  • Four Reserved Seats for the 7pm, Friday, May 15 LHWHS Cabaret Concert, including refreshments. Hosted for the last time by - you know him, you love him - Jack Lavey.
  • Half-Hour Strolling Strings Concert

Something for Everyone

  • Kleitz Education Group: 10 Hours of ACT/SAT/PSAT Test Preparation
  • Breeze Blow Dry Bar: Party for Six! Perfect for Prom!
  • Dinner for Four at Brio Tuscan Grille - $200 Value!
  • Four Cardinals Tickets in the Redbird Club for a mutually agreeable date.
  • 12-Person Wine Tasting from PRP Wine International.
  • An evening of clay shooting, appetizers and cocktails for four at Strathalbyn Farms Club, hosted by Ted & Wendy Guhr.
  • Sweetology Party - Up to 12 people will decorate a 6" two-layered cake. Includes wine, espresso or drinking chocolate as well as cake kits.
  • Pilates Party for Eight by Shawn Grow
  • Strauss Peyton Portrait Session
  • MUNY 3rd-Generation Tickets for "Into the Woods" on July 21. Center Box, Row L, Seats 3 and 4.
  • Private Yoga Party for up to 12 in the studio, or in your home - from Melissa Stanza.
  • Temple and Hentz Certificate for Two Hours of Design Services

There's more in the (Partial) Auction Catalog, and we're adding even more all the time!



Ready to bid? Then join us! We're...



Ladue Horton Watkins High School Parent Association presents
6th-Annual Dinner and Auction
Saturday, Feb. 28
The Gallery at ISC
9215 Dielman Industrial Drive,  63132


RSVP by Monday, Feb. 16.

Real Talk About Bullying with Jim Bisenius

For LHWHS Parents: MICDS has extended an invitation for you!

6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
MICDS - Brauer Hall on the Upper School Campus
101 North Warson Road

Real Talk about Bullying: How to Help Your Child if He/She is a Target, a Bully, or a Bystander

PARENTS of students of ALL ages and
High School STUDENTS invited

MICDS is pleased to bring back award-winning speaker Jim Bisenius for an exciting and informational program titled Real Talk about Bullying: How to Help Your Child if He/She is a Target, a Bully, or a Bystander. In this program, parents and Upper School students will learn how to respond to verbal bullying, physical bullying, social bullying, and group manipulations.
Participants will walk away with knowledge of the various roles of bullying as well as tools they can immediately implement and master (or teach their child) in order to eliminate bullying from his or her life.

Participants will learn specifically how “popular” bullies isolate, control and manipulate their peers. They will learn exactly what steps must be taken to stop them. In addition, parents will be able to use all of these techniques in their own life to deal with controlling or intimidating adults.

Questions? Please contact the Parent Network at

LHWHSPA Parent Education questions: Contact Elizabeth Cobin

Saddle Up for Scholars

Reserve your tickets now for the 6th-annual LHWHSPA Dinner and Auction!

Saddle Up for Scholars

7-11pm on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
@ The Gallery at ISC
RSVPs are due by Monday, Feb. 16!

Online Tickets and Donations:
LHWHS PA Schoolbucks Store
(Filter for College Scholarships)

Order Tickets and Donate by Mail:


Put some bling in your giddyup with Boot Belts!

Twenty percent of sales go to Saddle Up for Scholars, now through March 31, with the code LHS.

Check out these unique auction items!

  • 3rd-Generation MUNY tickets - You couldn't buy these if you tried!!
  • Signed Boys Soccer Ball
  • Four Cardinals Club Seats
  • Girls Tennis, Cross County and Field Hockey
    (Items that will be never-ever to-be-had again.)
  • Coach Harder Driving School Driving Lessons
  • Wine Tasting for 12 or eight
  • Strauss Peyton Portrait Photography Session
  • Massage with Mani/Pedi
  • These are just a few of our fantastic offerings!

Saddle Up for Scholars benefits current LHWHS students and graduating seniors.

Parent Education: Book Club Feb. 27

Join us for LHWHSPA's Parent Education Book Club at noon on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in room 116. We will discuss chapters 10-11 of our book Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World and how it relates to LHWHS families. The book discusses technology and how it relates to family life and the social development of children of all ages.

Contact Elizabeth Cobin with questions.