Marquette High School
2351 Clarkson Road, Clarkson Valley, MO 63017
Phone (636) 891-6000
Fax (636) 891-8819
Principal 2017 - Richard Regina
May 15
Graduation FAQs

Cap and gowns that were not picked up on May 8

Students will pick these up in the senior office or in the gym after the mandatory graduation practice on Friday, May 19.  All fines must be cleared prior to picking up caps and gowns.


When is graduation?

The graduation ceremony is on Tuesday, May 23.


Where is graduation?  What time does it begin?

The ceremony will be held at the St. Louis University Chaifetz Arena located at #1 South Compton Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63103.  The ceremony begins at 7:00 pm and the doors will open to the public at 6:00pm.  Graduates are expected to be in the building no later than 6:00 pm.


When is the mandatory graduation rehearsal?

All seniors participating in the graduation ceremony must attend the rehearsal on Friday, May 19 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Marquette gym.  Graduates may leave campus as soon as practice is over.


Where do parents, graduates and visitors park?

Parking is available in the Olive Garage. This garage is located at the corner of Olive Street and Compton Avenue which is approximately 2 blocks from the Chaifetz Arena.   Once this garage is full graduates/parents/visitors will be directed to park in the Laclede Garage located at the corner of Grand Boulevard and Laclede Avenue which is approximately a seven minute walk from the Arena. Handicap parking is available in both garages. There is also very limited street parking on Compton Avenue.


Is there a handicap drop-off and seating at Chaifetz Arena?

There is a handicap drop-off located on South Compton Avenue in front of the main entrance. Once inside the Arena ushers can assist you with stair-free handicap seating which is available on the concourse level. 


Where do parents and guests enter the Arena?

Parents and guests may use Gates A, B, and C for entry into the Arena. 


Where do the graduates enter the Arena?

Graduates must enter through the VIP entrance located on the west side of the building.  This entrance is clearly marked.  Once inside, graduates will be directed to the staging area.  This information will be discussed with graduates at the mandatory practice on May 19th.  Only graduates and Marquette staff are allowed in the staging area.  


Can noisemakers, balloons, and other celebratory items be brought into the Arena?

Chaifetz Arena absolutely prohibits the use of celebratory items including, but not limited to, air horns, noisemakers, and balloons.  These will be confiscated at the gate.  In the event that any of these items are brought into the Arena,  Chaifetz security will remove the item and ask the owner to leave.


Following the ceremony where do we meet our graduate?

Family members and visitors are not permitted on the Arena floor at any time. This includes following the ceremony.  Graduates will return to the staging area immediately following the ceremony to exchange their gown for their diploma.   Family members and visitors should meet their graduate outside at a predetermined place.


Will a professional photographer take pictures during the ceremony?

Each graduate's picture will be taken by Lifetouch as he/she crosses the stage to receive his/her diploma cover.   Information about those pictures is given to students at graduation practice.    Also, 'Copy Cat Video' will video the complete ceremony with close-ups of all graduates as they receive their diploma.  Order forms to purchase the video were emailed last week, and they are also on the my blog.  


Can I take a picture with my graduate in their cap and gown at the Arena?

Graduates enter the Arena through a separate door from their guests and immediately return to the staging area following the ceremony,  there will not be an opportunity to take pictures with your graduate in their cap and gown after the ceremony.   So, please take all pictures of your graduate in their cap and gown with family members and friends before he/she enters the building.  ​

May 05
Graduation DVD

​Below is information regarding the GRADUATION DVD::

MARQUETTE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION WILL BE VIDEOTAPED ON MAY 23, 2017 BY COPY CAT VIDEO Video will include complete ceremony and close-ups Of all graduates receiving their diploma. Just send in the order form below with a check, Visa or Mastercard number.

$32.00 per DVD X_______=$________________________________ (tax and mailing included)
Participant______________________________________________ Ordered by_____________________________________________ Address________________________________________________ City, State, Zip___________________________________________ Phone__________________________________________________ E-mail__________________________________________________ MasterCard_____ Visa_____Exp. Date________Sec. Code*______ Card #__________________________________________________ Signature_______________________________________________ *Security Code is the 3-digit code on the back of the credit card.

Make Check Payable & mail to: Copy Cat Video 711 Old Ballas Rd. Suite 219 St. Louis, MO 63141 314-997-4599 Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.​
Apr 01
Deadline Approaching

​Tuesday, April 4 is the final day Six Flags tickets are available.  Tickets are $40, and that cost includes lunch and transportation.  Tickets are on sale on the stage during all lunch shifts.

Mar 27
Senior Field Trip

Tickets for Senior Day at Six Flags on April 19th will go on sale this Wednesday, March 29 during lunch shifts on the stage in the commons.  Tickets for the day are $40, and that includes transportation and lunch at the park.  Tickets will be sold from March 29-April 4.  No tickets will be sold after April 4 as I have to get an official count to Six Flags that day.

Mar 07
Graduation Slideshow

Can you believe it? There are just a few months left of high school for your senior(s). In preparation for graduation, we need a kindergarten school picture of each student for the slideshow that plays before graduation. In this slideshow, your student’s kindergarten picture appears and then morphs into their senior picture.  It literally looks like they grow up before your eyes.

 Please send a high quality JPEG file (PDFs cannot be used) of your child's kindergarten picture (or around that age) by Friday, April 21, 2017.

This slideshow will also run at the Senior Farewell.

Also, if you have any questions about this, please send them to Ms. Kylie Wurgler:

Feb 17
Donuts with Dad

One of the highlights for dads with elementary school aged students is Donuts with Dad.  In fact, I got the opportunity this Fall to attend Donuts with Dad for the first time this year with my daughter at her school.  I thought that it would be fun to give Dad (and Grandpa) the opportunity to have a final Donuts with Dad at school with their senior students.  

Donuts with Dad will take place on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 8:00am-9:00am in the Marquette commons.  It is a late start day that day, so parking will not be an issue as school does not begin until 9:46am.  As a little added twist, if dad wants to bring his dad (grandpa), he is invited to attend as well.  The Donut Palace will provide the donuts, and we will have coffee available as well. 

If dad is not available to attend, students are welcome to bring an uncle, grandparent, or any role model in their life.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by March 3 on the link to the Google Form below:

I hope to see many of you on March 6​
Feb 03
Upcoming Events

Renaissance Dodgeball Tournament– March 4th


The Renaissance Dodgeball Tournament is designed to provide a fun atmosphere in which we can raise funds for Renaissance as well as to bring students, staff, and our community partners together.  Last year's tournament provided fun for both the contestants and spectators alike. This year's Dodgeball tournament will take place March 4, 2017 starting at one o'clock in the afternoon.  Registration forms are due February 10th.



Donuts with Dads – March 6th


One of the highlights for all dads and kids in the elementary school is Donuts with Dads.  The senior office wants to give you the opportunity to have this special moment again. This inaugural event will take place on March 6th prior to Wacky Olympics.  Please look for the email invite in mid-February.


 Wacky Olympics- March 6th


Seniors will have the opportunity to participate in the Wacky Olympics on March 6th. 

On Monday, March 6th we will be hosting our annual senior Wacky Olympics. This is a day for the seniors to get together and have fun playing relay games and eating pizza. Students can participate two ways: on a team of 7 or sit in the stands and watch the festivities. Cost: $10 (for shirt and pizza) If a student just wishes to spectate, they have the option of only paying $5 to cover lunch. Every student going to Wacky Olympics must fill out a form and get it signed by their parent/guardian. Forms and money are due for teams on February 21. Spectator forms are due March 2.

Teams are made up of exactly 7 students.  The cost per team is $70.  Registration fees cover the t-shirt that is required to be on the floor during the activity. Registration form are currently available in room 224 and/or 301.

Prom – April 29thth 


Prom at the Frontenac Hilton will be held on April 29th, 2017 at 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  The ticket price is $65.00 each and will be sold beginning April 17th through April 21th at three lunch shifts in the Theatre Lobby.  All fines must be paid before tickets can be purchased. Any questions please contact Ashley Hobbs at: 


 Senior Field Trip to Six Flags – April 19th


Students attending the field trip must ride the bus.


Tickets will be sold for approximately $40.00 on the stage during lunch in early March Tickets will also be available in the Senior Office during this time. Make checks payable to Marquette High School.  Students who choose not to attend the field trip are expected to attend school on April 19thth.  Lunch at Six Flags will be provided.


  • 8:16 - Meet in the theatre for trip information.
  • 8:45 -2:15 - Field trip. All school/district rules and consequences apply.
  • 2:15 - Approximate return to Marquette. Those of you who drive or ride with others may leave at this time. If you are not able to leave, you must remain in the theatre until 3:05.


Awards Celebrations


•     Celebration of Excellence for recognized students will take place on April 18th at 7:00 PM in the evening in the theater.

  • Winners Circle for nominated students will take place Monday, April 24th at 7:15 AM in the morning in the theater.


Cap and Gown Distribution – May 2nd


The cap and gown distribution will be May 2nd. Caps and gowns will be distributed during all three lunch shifts in the Theatre lobby.  All fines must be paid before you can receive the cap and gown.  Watch for announcements or stop by the Senior Office for more details.



Seniors Last Day of School and Graduation Practice – May 19th


Regardless of the number of snow days we might have this year, the last day of school for seniors will remain as originally scheduled on Friday, May 19th. The mandatory graduation practice will be held from 10:00AM-1:00 PM on Friday, May 19th in the MHS gym.  Students must be present for the Friday practice to participate in the graduation ceremony. 

Seniors, make sure you eat a good breakfast on this day and feel free to bring a light snack since you will be reporting directly to the gym following your last final exam. 



Graduation – May 23rd


The graduation ceremony is on Tuesday, May 23rd.  The ceremony will be held at the St. Louis University Chaifetz Arena located at #1 South Compton Avenue, St. Louis, MO  63103.  The ceremony begins at 7:00 pm and the doors will open to the public at 6:00 pm.  Graduates are expected to arrive no later than 6:00 pm.  Parking is available in the Olive Garage and the Laclede Garage.  Graduates must enter through the VIP entrance and will be directed to the staging area.  Parents and guests may use Gates A, B, and C for entry. ​

Jan 18
Service Learning Opportunity

​Below is a note from Dr. Dan Ramsey regarding the annual Spring Break Service Learning Trip:

Dear Parents,

I wanted to inform you of a unique opportunity for Marquette students over Spring Break.  As you may know, the past five years Marquette students have given part of their Spring Break to help restore/improve the communities of Detroit, MI, Conway, AR, Joplin, MO, and Washington, IL, after natural disasters that struck each of those communities. Students who attended the trip had an amazing time. This year we will be going to Apalachicola, FL (in the panhandle). The area is often referred to as “The Forgotten Coast”.  The area has amazing natural beauty but has seen significant economic depression. We are working with the City of Apalachicola and a non-profit organization called Franklin’s (the name of the county) Promise. Our work will focus on improving and beautifying local parks, community centers, and the downtown area.

One of the perks of this trip is that while students will be involved in serving people who truly need their help, they will still be able to enjoy part of their spring break; we will only be gone five nights (March 12-17).   The retreat center that has agreed to house us is very nice and is located on St. George Island. It is located next to the bay and only a three block walk to the beach on the Gulf of Mexico, where students will spend every late afternoon/early evening relaxing.  In addition to significant beach time, we will be treated to a traditional seafood boil and we will tour and have lunch at a SEC University (TBD) on the way home.

Our first meeting is Thursday, January 19th, at 7:30 P.M., in the Marquette Theater. Parents are encouraged to attend the meeting. I believe so much in the trip that, as in the past, I am volunteering to chaperone with other Marquette staff. I hope we will have another overwhelming response for this trip as I think it will be a memorable event for everyone involved. We only have 162 spots and last year the trip filled up less than 24 hours after the initial meeting. 

The cost for this year’s trip will be $350 per student, which includes meals (except while traveling), lodging, transportation, and all activities. Financial aid and payment plans will be available for those in need (please let me know in advance of the meeting if you need more information about either of those options). We will begin taking reservations/payment immediately following the meeting. Please encourage your student to attend. In addition to the opportunity to do something to help communities in need, community service opportunities like this look great on college and scholarship applications and serve as a powerful essay topic.

If you cannot attend the meeting, please send me an email. I will be happy to get information to you at the conclusion of the meeting if spaces on the trip or waiting list are available.

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Dr. Dan Ramsey (​

Jan 11
Final Senior Picture Opportunity

​​​Please click on the link for information on the final opprtunity to have a picture in the yearbook:


Jan 09
Honor Cord Application


​Seniors, you may pick up an Honor Cord application with your teacher or you may access the application/criteria at:  Honor Cord criteria  HonorCordApp

All applications are due March 24, 2017.

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