December 2019
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December Calendar

December 2
School Resumes

Early Release PCT - 2:28 pm Dismissal

December 4
Post High School Planning Night 5:30 pm C17

ACCESS Testing

December 5
ACCESS Testing

December 7
Saturday Academy 9:00 am LMC

December 9
NO SCHOOL Professional Development Day

December 11
Booster Club Meeting 7:00 pm C17

December 12
Sennett Combined Winter Concert 7:00 pm

December 16
Early Release PCT - 2:28 pm Dismissal

Band Concert 7:30 pm Auditorium

December 17

December 23 - January 3
Winter Break

January 6
School Resumes

Early Release PCT - 2:28 pm Dismissal
Dear Lancer Families, 

Our College and Career Readiness team is thrilled to officially opened the La Follette College and Career Center. This center is designed to support students in their efforts to explore, plan, and succeed in their post high school plans. The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 1st-6th period or by appointment. Since officially opening, we have already served over seventy- eighty students. Many of these visits to the center include community partners, such as college/ career reps and recruiters. 

Read more  ( English Español ) >>
Counselor Connection
Stay connected to the latest La Follette news, events, and communication related to college and career. Learn about student job and volunteer postings, college application, FAFSA, and post high school support, important test dates, and various opportunities to explore career interests through the monthly  Counselor Connection.
Lancer Honors
Check out our Lancer Honors from last year!

Please visit the LHS counselors' site recognizing excellence in our Lancer community. This page highlights the many positive honors our Lancers are receiving. If you have something for us to share on this page, please email counselor Judy Christensen at and include a photo so we can share more great news about our Lancers! Click here to view the website!
Parent Volunteers Needed!
Dear La Follette Music Parents,

Saturday, February 22, 2020 marks a very big day in the music department calendar of La Follette High School. On that day we will be hosting the Solo/Ensemble Music Festival for the Madison Metropolitan School District. In order to make this event a positive, memorable, and successful experience for our music students, district-wide, we will need many adult volunteers to assist with set-up (the Friday prior, after school), serve as room chairpersons, office workers, concession workers, and to help with clean-up (immediately following the festival, Saturday afternoon).  

In addition, it always helps to have a few adults “unassigned” who can fill in at any of these jobs if someone else needs to hear their own child or children perform. We are looking for people who can help for the full day, or for a half-day. Even if you can spare just a couple of hours, it would be most helpful and greatly appreciated!

P l ease feel free to contact us if you are willing and able to volunteer or if you have any questions. Hard copy forms seeking both adult and student volunteers will be distributed in the high school music classes prior to winter break. Thank you, in advance, for your continued assistance and support!


Mark Cyra
Band Director
Festival Manager

Levi Olson
Orchestra Director

Kevin Blakeslee
Choir Director
Chromebook Replacement Chargers
Chromebook replacement chargers can now be purchased from the school library. Chargers are $35 and can be paid for online or in the neighborhood office. Please note that students must first stop in the library to let Ms. Clark know that they would like to order a new charger. Chargers can be paid for the following day and then picked up in the library. Email with questions.  
Sign Language Interpreting Services

Please submit this google form or contact Gretchen Kelley at 204-3643 to make a request.
General Graduation Reminders
Civics Testing MUST be completed by June 1, 2020. This test will hold you up on getting your diploma. Obligations need to be taken care of before rehearsal (Date TBD).
Graduation Ceremony - June 12th, 2020
The Graduation Ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Kohl Center. More detailed information will be sent in mid-May, which will give graduates, parents and family all the pertinent details relating to seating, parking and other concerns that you will want to hear about. For now, please note the time, date and location.
Attendance Newsletter
Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after winter break. It’s time to break that cycle.

Lancer Pride - Term 1
Congratulations to students who met the following criteria for Lancer PRIDE this first term: 

  • 2.5 and above grade point average
  • No major behavior incidents
  • No unexcused absences, and
  • 3 tardies or less 

These four expectations are very important for all of our students/staff to know and follow. Students are showing their Lancer PRIDE when they are engaged in learning, participating in curricular as well as extracurricular activities, being on time, showing up ready to learn, and exhibiting positive behavior. At the end of each term we recognize students who exhibit Lancer PRIDE. See awardees  here
The Lance - Student Voice of LHS
We would like to introduce our new Online piece to the Lance Newspaper. Each quarter we will continue to print a regular news magazine but will have current weekly content posted to our website.
Hurry, Spots are Selling OUT!  Senior Ads for 2020 Grads Still Available
Parents, Purchase a senior tribute ad for your senior soon. Space is limited so send your complete order in over the summer to reserve your spot. Only complete orders will be processed, spots will not be held for any reason. Click  here  for the 2019-2020 order form. 
Purchase a yearbook by December 20, 2019 to have a book reserved for your student at the June 2020 distribution day. There will be a limited quantity for purchase in June 2020.  
IMPORTANT Senior Picture and Senior Ad Information
Please review the attached documents regarding  SENIOR PICTURES  and  SENIOR ADS  for the  2020 Statesman yearbook Senior pictures  are  due  no later than  Friday, September 27, 2019  due to yearbook deadlines our publisher has given us. You can also find this information on the LHS website here

If you have any issues making arrangements getting your senior picture taken by deadline, please contact me ( ) by the end of the school year (June 12, 2019) or by September 6, 2019 to get on the list to have a professional photographer take your picture at La Follette free of charge before the deadline of September 27, 2019. We also have other low cost options available upon request.

Senior Ads for the Statesman yearbook  should be turned in as soon as possible. Space is limited and may sellout early at the start of the school year. Senior Ads must be turned in complete to be assigned a spot in the yearbook. We do not reserve or hold spots for incomplete ads (missing any content such as text, images or payment). We will accept senior ads now for next school year or send in over the summer to the listed address on the order form.


The last day to pre-order a Statesman yearbook is December 20, 2019. If a book is not ordered  and  paid in full by Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 students can purchase a book at the end of the school year. Limited quantities will be ordered, first come first serve at that time.

Do NOT submit your senior picture to my email,

If you have any questions, please email me:
MSCR Updates
MSCR Homework Club is open after school Monday-Thursday in the LMC: PCT Mondays from 2:28-4:15 pm and Tuesday-Thursday from 3:37-5:15 pm. Help is available from LHS teachers and MSCR tutors for any student who needs help with schoolwork. Snack is provided. 

MSCR Lancer Saturday Academy is another option for students to get extra help. Saturday Academy is held in the LMC from 9am-noon on Saturday mornings 3 or 4 weekends each quarter. Help is available for any La Follette students and snack is provided. MSCR Lancer Saturday Academy will be open on the following upcoming dates: December 7 and January 11.  

MSCR Extramural Basketball Intermediate League for 9-10th grade students started on November 26. This is a no cut league open to all LHS students not on the school basketball teams, all skill/experience levels welcome. Practices are held on Tuesdays from 3:45-5:15 pm and games on Saturdays (game locations and times vary). The 11-12th grade MSCR Metro Basketball League will start January 22. The deadline for 11-12th grade students to form teams is Thursday December 19. Individual students can still register as free agents until January 22.

MSCR Ski & Snowboard Club begins in January. MSCR will offer four low-cost trips to Cascade Mountain or Devil’s Head. No experience is necessary - beginners are encouraged to join! Lessons and rental equipment are available.

The following MSCR after school clubs are meeting weekly: 

Critical MASS - Monday 2:30-3:50 pm (PCT Mondays only) in room A24

Kendo Club - Monday 2:30-3:50 pm (PCT Mondays only) in the field house

Rap Up - Monday 2:30-4:30 and Thursday 3:45-5:00

Read It & See It - Tuesday 3:45-5:15 pm in room B14

Writer’s Splash - Wednesday 3:45-5:15 pm in room B14

International Friends Club - Thursday 3:45-5:00 pm in room B14

ACT Study Club - Thursday 3:45-4:45 in room B23 (primarily for 11th grade students)

For more information regarding and MSCR after-school programs please contact:

Dane Gottschall, MSCR Specialist at La Follette High School
School Office: (608) 204-3625
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