March 2020
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March 3
ACT Testing Grade 11 ONLY - NO SCHOOL Grade 9, 10 or 12

March 5
13 Spring Musical - 7:30 pm Auditorium

March 6
13 Spring Musical - 7:30 pm Auditorium

March 7
Saturday Academy 9:00 am LMC

13 Spring Musical - 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm Auditorium

March 9
Early Release PCT - 2:28 pm Dismissal

MMSD College Fair 5pm - 8pm Memorial High School

March 11
Booster Club Meeting 7:00 pm C17

March 12
13 Spring Musical - 7:30 pm Auditorium

March 13
13 Spring Musical - 7:30 pm Auditorium

March 14
Saturday Academy 9:00 am LMC

13 Spring Musical - 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm Auditorium

March 16
Early Release PCT - 2:28 pm Dismissal

March 17
ACT Makeup Testing

March 18
Chorus Concert - 7:30 pm Auditorium

March 19
Strings Festival - Auditorium

March 20
No School - Professional Development Day

Strings Festival - Auditorium

March 21
Strings Festival - Auditorium

March 23
Early Release PCT - 2:28 pm Dismissal

Band Concert - 7:30 pm Auditorium

March 26
M SCR Fine Arts Showcase - 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

March 27
M SCR Spring Dance Recital 3:00 pm

March 30 - April 3
Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
Dear Lancer Families, 

Our AVID/TOPS students have been hard at work. The freshman students reflected on Semester 1 grades and learned about growth mindset and how different types of failures can help students learn. Our sophomore students completed career and college research and made pennants that will be used to make an art installation in our new College and Career Center in Student Services. Juniors have focused on preparing for the ACT test by doing practices sets, collaborating to analyze questions and passages and by bringing in content specialists to give them tips on each section of the test. March 3rd is the ACT test and we wish our juniors good luck!

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
There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every parent can take to help avoid absences this year: Make back-up plans for bad weather and keep your children healthy.

Student Fee Communication
Sign Language Interpreting Services

Please submit this google form or contact Gretchen Kelley at 204-3643 to make a request.
La Follette Theater Presents
Junior Families, We Need Your Help!!!
Spring is right around the corner which means it's time to start planning for the Junior PROM! We are looking for Junior parents to assist. Please contact our Coordinator of Student Engagement, Molly Hayes at 204-3777 or e-mail at  mchayes@madison.k12. if you would like to help. Thanks for your time and consideration! These events are not a success without parent/guardian support and help!
Robert M. Schuster Short Prose Award
La Follette College and Career Center Updates
Greetings from the LHS College and Career Center. 

We have an exciting new addition to the LHS college and career center, Aimee Shull from Dane County Workforce Development is now working out of our center Wednesday afternoons. Aimee’s goal is provide support that Dane County Workforce Development offers within the community, here at LHS for our amazing Lancers. Students and staff are able to fill out this google form , to request support. Feel free to take a look and discuss with your student a possible visit to the center. Our goal is to meet as many students as we can! 

Beyond our wonderful addition of Aimee into the center, we have been busy with college and career visits. College reps are eager to come in and network with our Junior students. With the ACT around the corner, we have seen an increase in students attending college visits. Check out the list of College and Career Visitors

Our Academic and Career Planning (ACP) work this month has been a focus on reviewing transcripts after semester grades and making sure that all students are on track to meet MMSD graduation requirements. This activity happened within Math classes and was supported by our college and career readiness team. Upcoming ACP includes our 10th and 12th grade interviews. Please check out this flyer . We are looking for all sorts of volunteers for these events, please check out this form and consider signing up to help. 

As always, 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

MacKenzie Swanson 
LHS College and Career Coordinator  
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 June 9th.
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.
All Senior Tribute Ad space is sold out for the 2020 yearbook.

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 ( ) 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,

If you have any questions, please email me:
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 1 or 2 weekends each month. Help is available for any La Follette students and snack is provided. MSCR Lancer Saturday Academy will be open on the following upcoming dates: March 7, March 14 and April 18.

Applications for the MSCR Scholarship Driver’s Ed Program will be available on March 23. Completed applications are due by April 17. This program provides access to students to get their driver’s license who otherwise might not be able to afford it. This program covers all costs of classroom instruction, driving permit, behind the wheel lessons, and driving test. Students must be born in 2004 to be eligible for next summer’s cohort. This is a competitive application process with space limited to 30 students, so not all eligible applicants will be selected. 

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
Chicago International Auto Show
On February 12 almost 100 students from Memorial, West, East and La Follette joined together and made the annual trip to the Chicago Auto Show. Students had the opportunity to explore hundreds of cars from all of the major car manufacturers around the world. While experiencing the nation's largest auto show, students were able to explore how the design, engineering, automotive and manufacturing worlds combine to show off the latest technology in new cars. Students were able to interact with hundreds of displays, demonstrations and virtual reality experiences with their day long trip to the Chicago Auto Show.

Students who were 18 were allowed to participate in Jeep, Ram and Toyota ride and drive demonstrations as well as several computer controlled simulated road races. Students under 18 had to have an adult present to participate. Our 18 year old students could be the adult for their underage friends. Teachers from each of the schools and adult chaperones were also available to sign for students to participate in all of the activities. If you are interested in making the trip next year, students in all automotive classes will be able to participate in 2021.

The 1619 Project
Volunteer Staff Thank You
Dear La Follette Music Students, Parents, Families, and Friends,

We just want to take this opportunity to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you who helped make our district-wide Solo/Ensemble Music Festival, held on Saturday, February 22, a tremendous success. We have received many compliments regarding the event; most notably comments regarding how friendly, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful our volunteer staff was!

First off, we want to thank all the people who donated a food or beverage item for the adjudicators/directors luncheon. Thanks to your kindness and generosity, we had enough food items to also send our volunteers through the “taco bar / salad bar” buffet line whenever they were able to get a break away from their duties.

Secondly, we want to express our appreciation for all the students, parents, families, and staff members who took time out of already busy schedules to help with setting up, running, and finally, cleaning up after the contest itself. Whether you were a door monitor outside a site, a room chairperson working with a judge in a given performance venue, a runner picking up critique forms for tabulation and posting, a volunteer helping with food service, or a worker in the concessions area; you all played a key role in making the festival run efficiently and effectively.

Finally, we want to acknowledge any of our students or parents who arranged to be in attendance on Solo/Ensemble Saturday without having a specific job, duty, or assignment. Whenever we play host to this event, we always try to have some volunteers who do not have a specific task to perform. These "utility players" act as an important back-up for any of our other volunteer positions. Without a set job or role, it can make for an extremely tedious and long day; and we greatly appreciate your patience and self-sacrifice. 

The team effort on display was a very heartwarming (and humbling) example of the La Follette school community coming together and performing at its very best! Thank you all, once again, for your combined efforts in helping to make the festival a great success. It was a pleasure working with each and every one of you! And, of course, thank you for your continued interest in and support of music education in the Madison Metropolitan School District and throughout the La Follette High School Attendance Area!!


Kevin Blakeslee, Levi Olson, Mark Cyra,
Choir Director Orchestra Director Band Director
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Student of the Year Campaign
Hello Lancers! We are thrilled to announce we have a team of La Follette staff and students, led by Junior Mina Linsenmayer, working with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through their Student of the Year campaign. This 7-week initiative, running from January 18th to March 6th, is an exciting opportunity to raise funds in a friendly competition with other teams from around the Madison area to help fund groundbreaking blood cancer research and support patients and their families. Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a type of blood cancer, and more than ⅓ of patients don’t survive five years after diagnosis. Together, our La Follette community can help change that.The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the single largest donor to blood cancer research in the United States, having funded 41 of 47 new FDA approved treatments since 2017. They even fund research at our very own University of Wisconsin, Madison!

Please consider making a donation at the link below:

Thanks so much,
Mina Linsenmayer
La Follette High School - 702 Pflaum Road - Madison, WI 53716