June 2019
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May 31

June 7
Block 1B 8:14 am - 9:50 am
Block 2B 10:10 am - 11:45 am
Block 3B 12:35 pm 2:10 pm

June 10
Block 1A 8:14 am - 9:50 am
Block 2A 10:10 am - 11:45 am
Block 4B 12:35 pm 2:10 pm

June 11
Block 3A 8:14 am - 9:50 am
Block 4A 10:10 am - 11:45 am

June 12
Last day of School

June 14
Dear Lancer Families,

This is my final Lancer Legend, and I want to keep it simple. The best advice I’ve heard in a long time is, “If you want to have a good day, then do good things.” Many times, we feel overwhelmed by the complex world we live in, and the stress placed upon us by others. But if at the end of each day, if you can recall doing good things in service of others, then you can call it a good day.

Doing good is not easy, but it is who we are. There are two deeply held beliefs that all people everywhere in the world share. We all experience compassion, and we all yearn for justice. The problem we face together is that people draw different circles around those for whom they have compassion, and for whom they believe deserve justice. In the inner circle are family, friends, and neighbors - they are loved and cared for in responsive ways. Outside of the circle are “others” who are different - they are objects who are judged and dismissed. It is my continued mission in life to help everyone expand their circle of compassion and justice to include everyone as family, friends, and neighbors. I hope that as a student, teacher, and principal at La Follette, that I have helped our community to feel a part of our big Lancer family, and that we see all of our Lancers as deserving our compassion and support for social justice. If I can say that I have done this good thing, then I will call it a good day.

Read more  ( English Español ) >>
Counselor Connection
The Counselor Connection Newsletter is filled with event details, post high school planning info, scholarships links, college visit dates, and help with college applications and financial aid. There is also information about unique opportunities for students such as the Youth Apprenticeship, Early College Stem Academy, and Summer Research Scholars. The monthly Counselor Connection is accessible through the Lancer Legend, What's Happening, And Student Services Page in the LHS website.
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 jdchristense@madison.k12.wi.us and include a photo so we can share more great news about our Lancers! Click here to view the new website!
The last day for MSCR Homework Club is Thursday June 6th. All LHS students are welcome to stay after school to get help on homework or studying for exams.

There are still openings for the Lancer 101 freshmen orientation program August 5-8. Half-day sessions in the morning and afternoon are available. Lancer 101 is free and open to any incoming 9th grade student at La Follette. New freshmen will learn from upper class students, teachers, and other school staff what they need to know to have a successful transition to La Follette High School. Visit www.mscr.org for online registration and follow links for High School Programs.

Read It and See It Club and Writer’s Splash will hold one week “Summer Splash” sessions June 24-28 at La Follette. Writer’s Splash will meet from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. This for students who like to write, play with words, and share their creativity in a relaxed setting. Read It and See It will meet from 1:30 - 4:30 pm. This is a book and film club. The summer session book this year is Anna and the Apocalypse. Both programs are free and open to any interested LHS students. Contact Darcy Poquette at dmpoquette@madison.k12.wi.us for more information.

For more information regarding MSCR after-school programs please contact: Dane Gottschall, MSCR Specialist at La Follette High School office: (608) 204-3625 email: drgottschall@madison.k12.wi.us
Sign Language Interpreting Services

Please submit this google form or contact Gretchen Kelley at 204-3643 to make a
Student Chromebook Distribution for the 2019-20 
Student Chromebook distribution for the 2019-20 school year will happen during registration. As part of your journey through the registration process, one of the last stops for students will be to check out the Chromebook and charger. Students will bring their device fully charged to school on the first day in the fall.
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.
Graduation Ceremony June 14, 2019
La Follette's commencement ceremony will be held on  Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin – Kohl Center , located at 601 W. 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.

Click  here  to view the Class of 2019 Senior Timeline!

Click  here  to order your cap and gown.
IMPORTANT Senior Picture and Senior Ad Information
Please review the attached documents regarding  SENIOR PICTURES  and  SENIOR ADS  f or 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.


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
FREE Sports Physical
Save the Dates!
Homecoming Week 2019
Homecoming week begins October 7th!

10/9: Activities Night at LHS
10/11: Pep Assembly time TBA
     Game time 7:00, Lussier Stadium
10/12: Dance at LHS 7:30-10:30

More information about Theme Days, Spirit Week, Activities Night, our Homecoming Game and Dance will all be available on our website in September.
School District Calendar for 2018-2019
Already thinking about next year? You can see the  2019-2020 calendar  on the district website. 
Lancer of the Month
Every term La Follette students and staff select their peers who exhibit the qualities that make good leaders. For a student to be chosen as Lancer of the Month, he or she must exhibit good citizenship, show accomplishments, have a positive attitude, and show academic success and/or improvements.   Click here  for a complete list of Lancer of the Month. Congrats!
Are you moving or have you moved this year?
If you have moved or plan on moving outside of your school's attendance area prior to the first day of school, you may need to fill out an  internal transfer application  in order for your student to continue to attend the same school or feeder school for the upcoming school year. To find your new attendance area, use the  Find Your School tool  online or contact your student's school.
End of Year Medication Pick Up Information
Parents are responsible for picking up all medications by the end of the school year. The health office does not store medications over the summer. Leftover medications will be brought to drop off location and destroyed on June 8th at 12:00 Noon. Medications that can be sent home in your child's back pack include epi-pens, diabetic supplies, and inhalers. For more information and to read about medications during the 2018-19 school year see the   letter from the health office. 
2nd Annual Robert M. Schuster Prize Awards
La Follette High School's 2nd annual Robert M. Schuster Prize awards were recently decided. Endowed by local author and La Follette High School alum David Benjamin (Class of 1967) in honor of "La Follette's First Writer," Bob Schuster (Class of '66), this year's theme was "A Funny Thing Happened...." Junior and Senior students were invited to enter an original work of writing on this theme -- fiction, memoir or essay.

This year's winners are:
1st Prize: "An Honest Guffaw" by Abigail Rogers ($5000)
2nd Prize: "Learning to Fly" by Grace Reynolds  ($2500)
3rd Prize: "Tragically Ironic" by Celia Ammeraal  ($1500)
Honorable Mention: (certificates and inclusion in our anthology)
"Rinse and Repeat" by Mamie Beauchamp Blumke
"Window to the Past" by Donald Conway
"Spring Day Scandal" bv Chad Cumming 

* Celia Ammeraal also won $500 for Best Line, as chose by Mr Benjamin, our prize sponsor. Here is the line: "I didn't know what to do, Steve was having thirty second seizures, he couldn't stand up, he needed the hospital, not a 15-year old girl whose only medical knowledge came from British TV shows."
Central Wisconsin Soccer Camp
Location: Sennett Middle School Fields
Dates: June 24th - June 27th
Time: 5pm - 8pm (Friday the 28th is a rain date)

This camp is for Kindergarten through 8th grade athletes only. Click here for more information!
Summit Credit Union
Wishing Lancer Retirees a Warm and Found Farewell
La Follette will be saying farewell to six outstanding educators this summer. Brent Bailey, Sharon Bartosch, Steven Bartow, Deborah Bursinski-Winde, Agnés Valley and Barbara Washa will be moving on, however, will always be Lancers.
Brent Bailey
Brent Bailey has worked in the MMSD since 1981 and plans to go wherever the road takes him. He will strongly miss his coworkers and officemates.
Sharon Bartosch
Sharon Bartosch has worked at La Follette since 1992. The kids she worked with saw her as a wonderful story teller and full of life. She looks forward to spend her days at her cabin.
Steven Bartow
Steve Bartow has been at La Follette since 2000. He was known for being a really great friend towards his staff and the students he worked with. He is currently teaching in China.
Deborah Burzinski-Winde
Deborah Burzinski-Winden has been at La Follette since 1999. She’s loved and will miss working with the people here at LHS, but she is looking forward to spending more quality time painting.
Agnés Valley
Agnés Valley has taught at La Follette for 17 years. She plans to continue to teach French in the future to adults and preschoolers and she will also recover her knack for painting.
Barbara Washa
Barbara Washa will be finishing her 26th year at LHS. The English teacher will miss the staff and working with students everyday, but looks forward to getting more sleep and traveling.
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