December 2020
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December 21st - January 1st - Winter Break

January 4th - School Resumes
Hello Lancers & Lancer Families!

As we move into December, there is so much to be thankful for despite the many challenges that confront us.  I want to acknowledge the joy that the La Follette community of students and families brings to us a staff.  So many staff members shared how energized they felt after seeing you at conferences.  Whether we connected with you through an email, text, phone call, or zoom conversation, every opportunity to partner with you in a new virtual format was valued.   

Additionally, we are incredibly thankful for the community support in the referendum, which will lead to $70,400,000 invested in improving the experiences of students at La Follette.  We look forward to having your voice at the table as we start the exciting planning process. 

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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.
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Are you tired of the stereotypes and boxes people put you in as a young man? Do you believe that being strong means more than having huge biceps and not backing down from a fight? If so, Men Encouraging Nonviolent Strength (MENS) Club at La Follette needs you! Join us Thursdays at 11:30 to talk about healthier, nonviolent models of manhood so that we can create a society with less sexual assault and more equity in relationships. Reach out to Mr. Dickson at (608) 571-7781 or, or Mr. Flowers at, to learn more.
Personalized Pathways at La Follette
Even though school looks different this year, our Pathways teams are working hard to help students see connections between the learning and the real world. We have been very fortunate to have guest speakers from the community join us to help make these connections.  

In ITC, we had two graduate students from UW-Limnology join during Biology to talk about their work and the importance of learning about ecosystems. Students asked questions about careers, research, a typical day of a grad student, paying for school, and so much more. As a part of US History, students learn about the HBCU represented by their neighborhood. The students in ITC were able to hear from a MMSD graduate that attended Howard University. He spoke about what HBCUs are, opportunities available at Howard, experiences he had while at Howard including getting to travel, as well as how he uses Information Technology and Communication in his current job as a social worker in Madison.

In October, the 9th grade students in Health Services were able to hear from a variety of community members as they learned about the different parts of the wellness wheel. Despite all that is happening right now, a doctor from Washington took time out of his day to speak to the 12th grade students about the inequities in health care.

The 9th grade ITC Pathway has been making connections to the question, “How do you be an individual and be an engaged member of a community?” through learning about narratives, ecosystems and the election process. They will now be moving into making connections between the graphic design they are learning in Bits and Bytes to advertising and propaganda related to what they are studying in other content areas. The 10th grade ITC Pathway students will study the themes, characters, and cinematography of the movie Invictus, a story about how the South African rugby team worked with Nelson Mandela to unite their country in order to to make connections between systemic racism in America and apartheid in South Africa. We know that interacting with community members is a powerful way to launch our students into deeper learning and are currently working on scheduling guest speakers related to these topics.

For more updates about Personalized Pathways at La Follette, follow us on Instagram @lafollettepathways.

Chrissy Mitlyng and Kris Howard, La Follette Pathway Coordinators
La Follette MSCR Updates
Hello Lancers,

MSCR is offering a variety of virtual programs this winter. In addition, MSCR is offering a variety of virtual and in-person programs to the entire Madison community. Please visit or follow MSCR on social media for more information. 

MSCR is offering virtual academic tutoring by appointment using Zoom. Tutors and LHS teachers will be available by appointment during after school hours Monday-Friday.  

MSCR invites any student who enjoys writing - fiction, poetry, scripts, short stories or whatever! - to join MSCR Creative Writing Club. Students will share work, get ideas, and learn from other writers. This club is open to all MMSD high school students. Interested students should complete this short registration form

MSCR is also partnering with the UW-Madison JVN Project to offer One Life spoken word workshop series. This group meets on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 pm. Check out this video for more information and sign up here

MSCR Read It & See It Club meets weekly on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm to discuss their book and then later watch the movie based on the book. New students are welcome to join for the next book in January. Books will be purchased by MSCR and mailed to all participants. Wednesday 12/16 is the deadline to register for the new session starting in January.  

Students preparing to take the ACT exam are invited to join MSCR ACT Study Club. The group meets on Zoom on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Interested students should complete this registration form 

Other virtual programs/clubs will be added throughout the school year. Stay tuned for more information. If any Lancer students or families would like more information about any of these programs, please contact me. MSCR wants to support Lancer students and families in whatever way we can during virtual school. Please contact me with suggestions, questions or requests! 

With respect,

Dane Gottschall
MSCR Recreation Specialist 
La Follette High School
work cell: (608) 622-7014
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