December 2017 

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It's a testament to the strength of the Ladue School District that it can boast of having families like the Lochmoeller clan, which includes three generations of alumni. This photo from the 50th wedding anniversary of Steve and Ginger Lochmoeller, both class of '63, includes their daughter, Marion Schulte, who graduated in '93, as well as eight grandchildren who attend or have graduated from Ladue Schools (Neely, Tripp, Maggie, Dory, Lucy, and Luke Lochmoeller and Ginger and Andy Schulte). Maggie also happens to be one of the founding members of the LEF Student Ambassadors!

We are fortunate to have the involvement of alumni who appreciate the difference the Ladue School District made in their lives and seek meaningful ways to get involved in the present and future life of the community. The Ladue Education Foundation & Alumni Association is eager to hear from alumni of all ages about the impact of attending Ladue Schools and what paths our alumni have taken after graduation! Don't hesitate to let us know if you have a memory of a beloved teacher or a bit of news to share. So please STAY IN TOUCH...

...and if you're in town over the holidays, we'd like to extend a special invitation for you to come out and socialize with your fellow alumni on Dec. 27 from 5-7 p.m. at Schneithorst's Restaurant & Bar, 1600 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 63131.
There will be complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. We'll give you an update on the LHWHS renovation, including photos, and you'll have the chance to talk with LHWHS Principal Brad Griffith.
Join other Ladue graduates, connect with old friends, and hear about what's happening in the district at this festive event! Please RSVP to by Dec. 24. Questions? Contact Kristen Wild at 314-983-5334 or



Our focus on innovation continues for a second year at our spring event on April 13, 2018. We'll be at the Danforth Center for another celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Education (STEAM) so mark your calendars! 
—We are excited to announce our keynote speaker, 1980 alumnus, Jonathan Losos— 



“Music can change the world because it can change people,” the musician and philanthropist Bono has said. This idea was central to the LEF’s recent Giving Tuesday campaign, which has raised more than $12,000 to ensure musical instruments are available to all students who want to play. The small but powerful fundraising campaign inspired the generosity of a community that is clearly passionate about the impact of music education. Dean Schramm, an agent, manager and producer in film and television, was one such person. An alumnus of the class of 1980, Dean was inspired to donate because of his experience in the Ladue School District.

Despite living 2,000 miles away in Los Angeles, Schramm, who enjoys a successful career working in the  entertainment industry, traces his love for music back to his experience at Ladue Schools. Schramm began playing the violin when he was at Reed Elementary School. He then went on to participate in the string program in middle school and high school and says music was a signature part of his life. “The string program was terrific, with fantastic teachers. Lois Percival and Marilyn Humiston, who led the string program, are some of the best music educators I have ever encountered,” he says. After attending Amherst College, going on to law school and then working in the field for several years, Schramm turned his attention back to the arts. He is currently producing a documentary of Gustavo Dudamel, world-renowned Venezuelan music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Even with all the professional success Schramm has enjoyed, his experience at Ladue isn’t far from his mind and has shaped his desire to help others in his L.A. community. Ten years ago he helped start a string program at LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, the largest after-school program in the country, involving 180 schools, and he also serves on their board. “I wanted to do for others what I had been the beneficiary of at Ladue Schools and bring opportunities to them in L.A.,” he says. Schramm also serves as the Chair of the Board of the SOL-LA Music Academy, a non-profit performing arts organization, and he was on the LA Phil's steering committee to create YOLA, the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles inspired by Dudamel to provide instruments and instruction to kids from underserved neighborhoods. “Our mission is to serve all kids, regardless of their financial status,” he says. “A lot of these kids come from challenging environments, and playing an instrument is transformative in their lives,” he says. “To be able to experience the joy of making music spills over into everything they do.” 

In fact, several of the kids who have participated in these programs have gone on to pursue successful careers in music. “Their participation in these programs will last them their entire lives,” says Schramm, reflecting on his own path. “I am benefitting from Ladue’s commitment to the music program when I was there, and I wanted to help give that experience to other kids.” The LEF is grateful to alumni like Schramm, who pay it forward in so many ways.

To donate to the musical instruments fund or other LEF initiatives, please visit our website.



​Bricks are a way to be a permanent part of LHWHS history, and our Fall Brick Giveaway winner, Raizell Kalishman, will have the opportunity to leave a legacy with a small commemorative brick, valued at $350! Thank you to everyone who entered by providing your name and contact information at the LHWHS tour, responding to our October newsletter, or by responding to the request to login on the alumni website.

Commemorative bricks are also a terrific way to support the capital campaign, or to honor someone who played an important role in your experience at LHWHS. Two choices are available. Small Commemorative Brick: (4”x8”) $350 (order two or more and pay $250 each). Large Commemorative Brick: (8”x8”) $600. They make great holiday gifts! ORDER HERE...

The renovation project remains on schedule and under budget. We are working with the district to offer additional naming opportunities, including athletic facilities, so stay tuned for more information. You can see our current list of opportunities on our website. LEARN MORE...




Join us on February 4th for a Ladue Education Foundation & Alumni Association Fundraiser. 20% of proceeds will benefit the LEF when you shop between 12-3 p.m. Perfect time to shop for Valentine’s Day gifts!



Kick up you heels with us on 
Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 p.m!

Come learn the basics of Salsa and other popular dances at a fun, relaxed event. No prior dance experience is needed.

In case you need a little extra coaxing to get on the dance floor, drinks will be served!

Tickets are $25. Click here to purchase.

The Ladue Education Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that
enables individuals and organizations to support student achievement
in the Ladue School District through tax-deductible donations.

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