January 2019
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January 6
School Resumes

Early Release PCT - 2:28 pm Dismissal

January 8
LHS Art Gallery Opening 6:00 pm

Booster Club Meeting 7:00 pm C17

January 11
Saturday Academy 9:00 am LMC

January 13
Early Release PCT - 2:28 pm Dismissal

January 15
Incoming Freshman Scheduling Night 6:30 pm Room C17

January 20
NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21
Semester 1 Exams

January 22
Semester 1 Exams

January 23
Semester 1 Exams

January 24
NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

January 27
Early Release PCT - 2:28 pm Dismissal
Dear Lancer Families, 

As we enjoy these first few weeks of 2020, I want to spotlight Pathways as one of the pieces of our La Follette work where teachers are embracing innovative approaches and students are responding with positive engagement and deep learning. 

This year our Health Services Pathway has cohorts of students at 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, and our Information Technology and Communication Pathway has students at 9th. All together, 330 Lancer students are part of this approach which brings elements of the Pathway theme into their core English, Social Studies and Science classes and also connects them with a team of teachers who collaborate each week on ways to bring student voice and interest into the classroom.

Before I came to La Follette, I had worked in schools with similar approaches, so I am excited to see Madison’s commitment to Pathways as a way of making sure every student graduates with a personalized plan that connects to their own goals and strengths!

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.
Host Families Needed
Dear La Follette Families,

Our students and community is invited to participate in The Friendship Connection, a four week home-and-home exchange program between high schools in the United States and “Gymnasien” in Germany, primarily Hessen and Baden Wuerttemberg. Our exchange program was developed in 1981 by high school teachers here and in Germany. Our goal was to establish an “on going” and inexpensive alternative to the high priced national exchange programs. This year the German exchange students will be here from  March 30th – April 27th, 2020 .  Currently, we are looking for host families. You can just host a German exchange student for a month OR host a German AND travel to Germany as an exchange student yourself. He/She would be the same age and gender as you, share similar interests, live with your family and attend our school. If you choose to return the visit you would travel to Germany from June to July 2020 and visit your same partner in Germany, live with his/her family and attend a couple weeks of school.  La Follette students/families who are not learning German and simply want to host a student from Germany are more than welcome to do so. 

Please contact Herr Tollefson ( mtollefson@madison.k12.wi.us ) for more information and an application.

More details are also available on the following website:  www.friendshipconnection.org
Miss Black USA Talented Teen of Wisconsin
Lilyana Sims was recently crowned Miss Black USA Talented Teen of Wisconsin. This process consisted of Lilyana submitting an essay and an application as well as being interviewed by the Miss Black USA judges in which she has been selected. Based on her academic and extracurricular achievements she was chosen to represent our state in this National Competition. We are extremely proud and thankful to the LHS staff for supporting her in her accomplishments in and out of school. Please join us in celebrating this huge accomplishment for Lilyana and the Madison community. 
AVID Newsletter
What is AVID? AVID serves over 270 LHS students within an AVID elective class that focus on academic skills and college readiness. AVID also collaborates with school systems and staff to share best practices and resources so that all students at LHS are prepared for their future college or career.

9th: We welcomed over 75 9th graders into our AVID family at LHS this past quarter. Our 9th graders spent their first months of high school doing community building with their classmates and teacher for the next four years. They also spent a considerable amount of time learning about high school expectations and how to set themselves up for success here at La Follette and to create opportunities for their future beyond high school. Together, students learned about the power of a 3.0 GPA and we are proud to report that each class had well over a 3.0 GPA average for Quarter 1.

10th: AVID 10th graders have had a great start to the school year! We began the year reviewing and refining many of the skills and mindsets necessary for success in high school and beyond. Students had the opportunity to review their high school transcript and reflect on graduation requirements, GPA, and how 9th grade went. Students then set goals for quarter one that we monitored throughout the quarter. We also began a unit focused on developing students’ critical thinking skills. Our essential question for the unit was: Which has a greater influence on a person’s success internal motivation or external circumstances? Students watched short videos, read articles, excerpts from fiction and non-fiction texts and watched a movie related to the topic. Their final assessment was to discuss the essential question in connection to all of the texts through a Socratic Seminar.

11th: AVID 11 has had a rigorous start to our school year because 11th grade is all about the ACT! Before beginning our preparations for the March 3rd ACT, all AVID juniors took a full practice ACT test in September. They all got a “real” ACT score, analyzed that score, and set goals for themselves based on areas for growth. We then began digging deeper into the English section and learning about which English skills students are expected to know. As we begin quarter 2, we are moving onto the Math section in a similar fashion. We had our first field trip of the year to UW-Milwaukee. The students were happy to have a momentary break from all of the ACT prep and check out another college campus.

12th: The transition from junior to senior year was quite smooth for our AVID seniors, as they picked up right where they left off with their college research projects. The project involved in-depth research of 4 prospective colleges that students wanted to apply to, which they then presented in small groups of adults and students. The College Defense Presentations were a jumpstart to the college application process, which students have been doing since the beginning of the year. We are happy to report that many of our students have already received acceptance letters from colleges, and we look forward to seeing what the future has in store. Till then, we will continue our work with college applications and begin diving into scholarships.
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.
Attendance Newsletter
It’s important to find a way to get your child to school even when the weather is bad. If you’re having trouble getting your child to school, give the school social worker a call, we can connect you with staff members who can help problem solve.

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
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
February 10th, 12th & 14th , the Madison College dental clinic is offering FREE dental cleanings x-rays and sealants for children ages 3-17. 

Please call 608.258.2400 to schedule an appointment MADISON COLLEGE DENTAL CLINIC - RM 151 1705 HOFFMAN ST, MADISON 53704 

Medicaid/Badger Care accepted, copay is waived, Parent/guardian must accompany patient for entire appointment. 
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: January 11 and February 15.  

MSCR Metro Basketball League for 11-12th grade will start January 22. The deadline for 11-12th grade students to form teams is Thursday January 9. Individual students can still register as free agents until January 22. Teams will practice one day per week after school and play games on Saturdays.

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.

Applications for MSCR Leader in Training (LIT) will be accepted until January 17. LIT is a job training and placement program for high school students interested in working with elementary school youth in MSCR summer programs.

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