February 2020
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February 7
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

February 10
Early Release PCT - 2:28 pm Dismissal

Winter Orchestra Concert - 7:30 pm Auditorium

February 12
Booster Club Meeting 7:00 pm C17

February 13

February 15
Saturday Academy 9:00 am LMC

February 17
Early Release PCT - 2:28 pm Dismissal

Winter Jazz Ensemble - 7:30 pm Auditorium

February 18

February 19
Art Gallery Opening - 6:00 pm

February 21
District Solo Ensemble

February 22
District Solo Ensemble

Saturday Academy 9:00 am LMC

February 28
NO SCHOOL - Mid-Winter Break
Dear Lancer Families, 

It is time to start thinking about graduation. It will be here before we know it.

We are working hard to plan a wonderful experience for your senior student including meeting with a parent group and with staff and students to get creative ideas for this important celebration.  

In this issue you will find important dates you may want to keep on hand.  

Just remember ... 136 days until June 12, 2020.  

Commencement Ceremony
La Follette’s Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 12th at 7:30 at the University of Wisconsin – Kohl Center located at 601 West Dayton Street, Madison, Wisconsin. We are fortunate to have access to this outstanding facility which provides ample seating, air conditioning and an excellent sound system. Tickets are not required for this   event allowing graduates to invite as many guests as they desire. More Information to follow.
Midwest Scholastic – Graduation Attire
Mark your calendars! Seniors who will be participating in the graduation ceremony on June 12 th , are required to wear a (La Follette) cardinal cap & gown, silver stole and cardinal & silver tassel.

The week of January 13 th , we distributed the graduation packets and order forms in your senior English classes. These packets contain a catalog for the cap and gown requirements along with all of your class of 2020 apparel including class rings.
Midwest Scholastic representatives will be at La Follette High School on Tuesday, January 28 th  in our commons during the lunch hour. The representatives will be collecting the order forms and payments as well as any question you may have. AFTER January 28 th , all orders must be placed directly with Midwest Scholastic online or by phone. La Follette High School will not accept orders or payments.

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.
Attendance Newsletter
Help your child learn to persevere. Today, they may learn to overcome a snowdrift to get to school. In the future, your child will have the grit to triumph over even greater obstacles to their dreams.

Student Fee Communication
La Follette College and Career Center Updates
Greetings from the LHS College and Career Center. As we rang in 2020 our College and Career efforts were in full force. Our college and career readiness team has been working with students in their science class planning out course selections for school year 2020-2021. The goal of this event is to assist students in thinking about MMSD graduation requirements, as well as their own personal college and career goals. 

As science classes have been a buzz, our College and Career center has been hopping hosting our first theme career week. Careers within Health Sciences is our current theme. Each day we have career individuals coming in to meet with students pertaining to career opportunities, as well as educational opportunities they may offer. Some events happened within classes, others were during our Lancers lunch. 

We are thrilled to work with all Lancers in different capacities as they work through the process of figuring out what their goals for success are after LHS!

If you have any questions pertaining to our College, Career, and Community Readiness efforts, please reach out to me at mmswanson@madison.k12.wi.us

MacKenzie Swanson 
LHS College and Career Coordinator  
Host Families Needed
Please allow me to share with you a few words about taking German as a curricular choice in grades 9-12. German is one of the few modern foreign languages in Madison, which does not begin in the 7 th  grade here in, and therefore is sometimes overlooked as a viable high school foreign language option. Yet the UW university placement test scores of our students reveal that after taking only four years of German students have consistently achieved comparable scores to those with six years of preparation in other languages.
Most students who choose German, for a variety of reasons, are enthusiastic about their choice and remain with the language for their years of high school. As a part of the student’s learning experience the German program sponsor social, cultural and civic activities, and exchange programs with high schools in the respective countries, which introduces students to another culture and in many cases produces deep friendships, rounding out a total learning experience. The students who take German also have the benefit of having the same teacher and fellow students throughout their language study at La Follette due to the smaller class sizes.
Wisconsin has a very rich German cultural heritage and Germany has now become, similar to the U.S., an extremely diverse multi-racial nation of immigrants. Please check out these excellent reasons to study German, including my personal favorite “to attend a German university”, where they often do their instruction in English even, and which is free for both Germans and foreigners alike.
I hope those of you not yet taking a foreign language class will consider this option when you register for next year. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. I would be privileged to introduce you to the rewards of language study.
Michael Tollefson (German Language Instructor La Follette -  mtollefson@madison.k12.wi.us )
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 elclark2@madison.k12.wi.us 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. Click here for more information.
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 ( dkennedy@madison.k12.wi.us ) 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,  dkennedy@madison.k12.wi.us

If you have any questions, please email me:  dkennedy@madison.k12.wi.us
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: February 15, February 22, and March 7.

MSCR Metro Basketball League for 11-12th grade continues until February 29. Teams practice after school either Tuesday or Thursday and play games on Saturdays. 

MSCR Ski & Snowboard Club has two more trips on February 6 to Devil’s Head and February 21 to Cascade. No experience is necessary - beginners are encouraged to join! Lessons and rental equipment are available. Space is limited and the deadline to sign up is one week before each trip - so don’t wait to sign up!  

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

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
La Follette High School - 702 Pflaum Road - Madison, WI 53716