February 2021
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February 10th - Evening Parent Teacher Conferences Virtual

February 11th - NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conferences Virtual

February 26th - No School Mid Winter Break
Dear LHS Families,

We started the year with one grounding message: Welcome to La Follette. You belong here! As we begin the second semester the message is the same: You belong here! As we enter 2nd semester we continue to refine our approach to virtual learning and grounding on connecting as humans and meeting your student and families needs. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to share your experience, your thoughts, your brilliance and expertise, or your concerns. We will continue to navigate this current world the way that La Follette does best: together, with love in our hearts. 

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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.
Sign Language Interpreting Services

Please submit this google form or contact Gretchen Kelley at gkelley@madison.k12.wi.us to make a request.
Keeping it Together
Weekly Wellness Tips! Starting 2nd Semester La Follette School Psychologists, Aaron Dickson and Lindsey Bucki, will share short videos for students to help keep our minds, bodies, and spirits healthy. This week you will find out how to get support at LHS and how to get better sleep to feel more rested. Stay tuned for new strategies each week!

Find their weekly videos here: tinyurl.com/4fshdk68
LHS College and Career Center
LHS College and Career efforts have been in full swing as we concluded semester one and transitioned into semester two. We started off the year of 2021 off with course registration in all science classes. This process can be challenging as so many students have a specific track towards graduation. We are proud of all our Lancers and LHS staff for tackling this task as a team. 

  • As we transition into the month of Feb/ March we continue to expose students to options beyond LHS. Our 10th grade class will be going through a virtual post high school options fair to learn more about all options beyond LHS and hear from Lancer Alum on their experiences. Our 12th grade class is getting some extra “love” around planning for their futures. We are working with a variety of amazing LHS staff teams to check in on Seniors progress and the support needed to wrap up any plans for success after graduation. 

LHS College and Career Center is open from 11:30-1:00 every MONDAY(Click here for LHS C/C Center- zoom link

These virtual center hours will include…
  • College and Career Recruitment Visits- see schedule here 
  • Individual students supports on college and career task (EX: College applications, resumes, job applications and more) 
  • Student driven workshops- dependent on student needs (EX: FAFSA, Common App, UW System App, college essay support, organization tips, and more) 

If your student would like to request a specific college or career recruiter please advise them to fill out this request form

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us! 

MacKenzie Swanson 
LHS College and Career Coordinator/AVID Teacher 

Anne Hank Braga
LHS College and Career Coordinator/AVID Coordinator and Teacher
Your La Follette Neighborhood is here to support you!
We have made it through the first semester together through hard work, commitment, and communication. Virtual Learning is a struggle for many, but La Follette staff continues to adjust and refine based on what we hear from you and your Lancer.

Your Neighborhood team is here to support you, so if first semester wasn't quite what you were hoping for, or you are looking for some additional support, please reach out! Your Neighborhood Coordinator is a great place to start and is happy to work with you to get you what you need.

Howard (includes ITC Pathway):
Chrissy Mitlyng, cmitlyng@madison.k12.wi.us

Mackenzie Douglas, mmdouglas2@madison.k12.wi.us


Tuskegee (includes Health Services Pathway):

Interested in knowing more about the Historically Black College or University your Neighborhood is named after? Check out our Virtual Learning website for information on each HBCU (see the bottom of the page for links). These awesome documents were created by one of our own Lancer seniors, Lydia Burke.

The Virtual Learning website is also a great place to find information like how to get help with Chromebooks, our daily schedule, and more!

Happy second semester!
Your Neighborhood Coordinators
La Follette MSCR Updates - January 2020
Hello Lancers,

MSCR continues to offer a variety of virtual programs for LHS students this winter. Please read below to learn more about some new or ongoing programs that are open for new students to join. Other programs will be added throughout the school year so stay tuned 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 is inviting all board game lovers to join our new online MSCR Board Game Arena. Students will meet on Zoom and play board games online for free. This group will meet on Mondays at 4:00 pm starting January 4th. Interested students should sign up here.  

MSCR Up First is a new afterschool group for students who enjoy discussing current events and politics and learning ways to get involved in the issues they care about. This group will meet on Thursdays at 4:00 pm on Zoom starting January 7th. Interested students should sign up here.

In addition to these programs for La Follette students, MSCR offers a variety of virtual and in-person programs to the entire Madison community. Please visit mscr.org or follow MSCR on social media 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. 

With respect,

Dane Gottschall
MSCR Recreation Specialist 
La Follette High School
work cell: (608) 622-7014
email: drgottschall@madison.k12.wi.us
Last chance to submit yearbook portraits!
This is your LAST CHANCE to submit a portrait for this year's yearbook. If you do not submit, you may not make it into this year's book. Submit now! Click here for instructions!
La Follette High School Virtual Learning
Check out the La Follette High School Virtual Learning Website here!!
COVID Cello Project
Sophomore Orchestra student, Valentine Schneider, let me know about the COVID CELLO PROJECT right before Winter Break. I researched it and informed my cello players of this global event. Valentine was really motivated and joined 400+ cellists from around the world on the last recording, "Concerto Grosso". Once again, Lancers making their presence felt in many ways beyond our building "walls." 

Valentine is wearing a white hat and has a grayish/curly art background. She can be seen at:

5:25, 6:09, 6:48, 10:12, and her name is credited at 12:13. Yes it does say Columbus, WI, as Valentine lives in Columbus but made/will continue the commute from Columbus to attend La Follette. - 3rd row from the top, 4th in from the left.

L's up - Enjoy this piece while you do some grading. Thanks for supporting La Follette Music and Performing Arts.

Click here to view!
Mr. Olson - La Follette Orchestras & Guitar I

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