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December 2016

A Message from Principal Sean Storch
 
Dear Lancer Families,
 
We have a lot to be thankful for at La Follette. Our hard working staff take care of each other and our students, so that we all learn, grow, and thrive.
 
We are very proud to share our progress from Quarter 1 with you. Compared to last year, the number of Fs among 9th grade students decreased 48%, and we noticed an increase in As, Bs, and Cs. This is evidence that our focus on supports for 9th grade students is having a positive impact. We are working hard to keep building on student learning, so that in later years, these gains support an increase in 11th grade GPA, and a continued increase in our graduation rates.
 
I recently met with a group of families to talk about our La Follette mission. We discussed our past experiences as students, and reflected in the teachers who made a difference in our lives, and what practices they used to support us. We noticed that these successful practices are in our LHS Theory of Action: continue reading here.
 
LANCERS ATTEND WHITEWATER CREATIVE WRITING FESTIVAL
 
Last month English teacher Andrew McCuaig took a group of 18 students to the Whitewater Creative Writing Festival on the UW-Whitewater campus. This field trip has been an English Department tradition since 1999 and students once again had a great time. They participated in workshops throughout the day led by professors and area writers in different genres. This year, senior Oona Miller won her second award in the Tales of Terror category. Her story "Wednesday Night Dinner" won third prize. Congratulations to Oona and to all our writers who participated in this terrific event.
MENS CLUB SPREADS THE WORD ABOUT UNITY
 
Over the last four years, LHS has partnered with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) in running a MENS (Men Encouraging Nonviolent Strength) club. MENS is a violence prevention program that provides young men with a safe space to discuss gender roles and expectations, communication, conflict resolution, healthy and less-healthy relationships and more.
 
This year, students in MENS club have been focusing their energy into putting what they have learned over the past three years into action. Out of this discussion came the idea of creating a hashtag campaign to spread the word about supporting people, groups, and cultures and strengthening unity with the hashtag #LancersUnited and #LancerPride. We are proud the work MENS is doing to increase awareness on issues impacting students and families.
CHANGES TO WINTER WEATHER GUIDELINES
 
Earlier this fall, families were asked to complete a winter weather survey in order to collect data regarding preferences for school closings during winter weather cold days. As a result, the district is moving the school closing guidelines so that we will consider closing schools with a Wind Chill Advisory at negative 25 degrees. You can read more about the winter weather guidelines here.
LANCER PRIDE - TERM 1

 
Congratulations to students who met the following criteria for Lancer PRIDE this first term:
  • 2.5 and above grade point average
  • No major behavior incidents
  • No unexcused absences, and
  • 3 tardies or less
These four expectations are very important for all of our students/staff to know and follow. Students are showing their Lancer PRIDE when they are engaged in learning, participating in curricular as well as extracurricular activities, being on time, showing up ready to learn, and exhibiting positive behavior. At the end of each term we recognize students who exhibit Lancer PRIDE. See awardees here.
FALL ALL-CONFERENCE AND ALL-STATE AWARDS

Congratulations to all Lancers who received fall All-Conference and All-State awards. If you see one of these athletes, be sure to give them a thumbs up! See all awardees here.
CONGRATULATIONS LEADING LANCERS

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 a "Leading Lancer" they must exhibit good citizenship, show accomplishments, have a positive attitude, and show academic success and/or improvement.
 
For staff, they must be noticed making learning interesting, showing sincerity and concern for students, having a sense of humor, and showing support for students' growth. Congratulations Leading Lancers! See our term 1 Leading Lancers here.
LANCER ZONE HAS EXTENDED HOURS IN DECEMBER

DRAFT The Lancer Zone is normally open during the lunch hour for students Tuesday - Thursday, HOWEVER, the Zone will extend its hours on December 16-17 and will be open for business from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
 
During this time regular merchandise will be 25% off, so come in and browse, visit the friendly staff, and purchase a nice holiday gift for your favorite Lancer!
 
There will also be a drawing for a $25 gift card both nights!
REUSABLE GROCERY BAGS NEEDED

The Key Harvest Food Pantry is in need of reusable grocery bags. If you have some extras around the house, please bring them in to Donna Kennedy in G11 or drop them off in the Welcome Center. They will be used to hold items being sent home for families in need of food products. Thank you!
YEARBOOK SENIOR AD SPACE STILL AVAILABLE

There is still time to recognize a graduating senior by purchasing a Senior Tribute ad for the 2016-17 Statesman yearbook. Space is limited - first come, first served.
AMISH CASHEW BRITTLE

The holidays are upon us! It's time to purchase our delicious, Amish made Cashew Brittle! This handmade cashew brittle comes in two flavors: plain cashew brittle or hand-dipped in milk chocolate. One pound costs only $9 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the LHS Key Club Chapter and the Key Harvest Food Pantry. Order yours early because supplies will be limited. Contact Donna Kennedy at dkennedy@madison.k12.wi.us or any of the La Follette Key Club members to order.
SAVE THE DATE FOR SPRING MUSICAL

La Follette will be presenting Smile, The Musical on March 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11 at 7:30 pm in the Auditorium. Smile is a scathing look into the world of beauty pageants. It was originally produced on Broadway in 1986. Music by Marvin Hamlisch and Lyrics and book by Howard Ashman.
 
You will be able to purchase tickets online and choose your seat or pay at the door. Tickets are $7 for adults. $5 for students and seniors. nbsp;
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