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February 2017

A Message from Principal Sean Storch
 
As we start the new semester, it is important to revisit our values and commitments, so that we build on a culture that supports learning and growth. It is important to us that every student responds positively to the statement "I feel I belong at La Follette High School." Similarly, we want every family to respond positively to the statement "La Follette is a safe place for my child." Belonging and safety are important to learning and growth.

To support a positive culture of learning at La Follette, we practice Lancer P.R.I.D.E.
  • Personal Responsibility - Be accountable for actions, choices, and the results
  • Respect - Show consideration, appreciation, and acceptance
  • Integrity - Be honest, sincere, and use kind words and actions
  • Determination - Set goals and meet expectations
  • Excellence - Strive to do the best at all times

We support our students to reflect on what PRIDE looks like in all of our learning environments. Recently, we revised all of our PRIDE expectations, and will be posting them in classrooms, hallways, restrooms, and other common areas. We expect all Lancers to practice these values, so that they take care of themselves and each other, and support each other to learn, grow, and thrive.

To support student learning, we have also tightened up our supports for being on time to class. We are using "Hallway Sweeps" to gather students who in the hallways and are very late to class, and call families to discuss plans to make sure students are on time. Continue reading here > > >
 
 
ACADEMIC AND CAREER PLANNING (ACP) UPDATE

All Lancers are expected to attend their assigned homeroom on Mondays from 9:23-10:13 for Academic and Career Planning (ACP). Homeroom topics are a blend of three themes:
  • building a positive Lancer school community
  • personal goal-setting and reflection
  • college/career planning
First semester ACP Lessons included: setting academic goals, enhancing organization and time management skills, applying for part-time jobs, reviewing transcripts, financial literacy, applying for scholarships, sending transcripts, writing college essays, creating a resume and studying for final exams.
 
Some 2nd semester topics include: review of the PRIDE language and school-wide expectations, GPA calculation, strategies for ACT and Aspire testing, forecasts of career trends, career exploration, reflection on personal goals, healthy ways to manage stress, financial aid/FAFSA form completion, tips for interviewing, and real world finances. In addition, all 9th and 10th graders will complete an end-of-the-year presentation with an adult to discuss what they have learned in ACP throughout the year.
 
Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time to build on their skills and plan for their path after high-school!
JUNIOR PARENTS WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Spring is right around the corner and it is time to start planning for the Junior Prom and Post Prom. If you are willing to assist with either of these events we are looking for parents to help.
 
Please contact our Student Engagement Coordinator, Kit Laibly at 204-3777 or email her at klaibly@madison.k12.wi.us if you would like to help. These events are not a success without parent/guardian support and help. Thank you for your time and consideration.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES AND FOOD DRIVE

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, February 23, 2017. Teachers will be available from 4:30 to 8:30 pm to update you on your student's progress and foreshadow the remainder of the semester. Conferences will be held in teacher classrooms unless an alternate room has been arranged.
 
The Key Harvest Food Bank will also be collecting items for our school food bank during conferences. For a list of acceptable and needed items see our web page.
 
Also the Asian Club will be holding their bi-annual Egg Roll Sale.
FROZEN FIVE 2017 - SAVE THE DATE
 
It's time to enter La Follette's Annual Frozen Five Run/Walk to benefit the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. This race is coordinated by La Follette Student Athlete Advisory Council and is sponsored by our All-School Booster Club. The race begins at 9 am on Saturday March 4, 2017. Advance registration will get you a reduced price. Register here.
SEMESTER BUS PASSES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

Madison Metro semester bus passes for second semester are on sale in the Main Office for $165. Checks should be made out to Madison Metro. Students can purchase bus passes before school, during lunch, or after school the first week of February. After that, passes must be purchased directly through the Metro office.
CLASS OF 2017 - SENIOR TIMELINE
 

Seniors and parents/guardians please review the updated Senior Timeline and mark your calendars for upcoming important events, such as the Senior Class Breakfast, Final Exams, Graduation Rehearsal, Ceremony, and Ceremony Photography.
LA FOLLETTE TEACHER'S SHORT STORY GOING TO
BROADWAY
 
Congratulations to Lancer English teacher, Andrew McCuaig whose short story, The Wallet, will be performed on Broadway as an opera in May. This is such an impressive accomplishment and we are all super proud of Andrew. Isthmus reporter Jay Rath reported the story last week, and you can read it here.
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.
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La Follette continues its tradition of winning awards at the annual Wisconsin Scholastic Art Competition. Over 3500 entries from across the state from grades 7-12 were submitted this year! Congratulations to the following students who will have their work exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum in February. The awards ceremony will be on Saturday Feb 11 beginning at 11 am.
Calvin Hicklin--Gold Key, Jewelry
Valenzia Cina--Sliver Key, Jewelry
Hyrum Oliphant--Honorable Mention, Printing
Suabcua Vang--Honorable Mention, Printing

This spring the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMOCA) continues their biennial showcase of student art from the Madison Metropolitan School District. Student works from Grade K-12 will be exhibited in their main gallery from February-April with the show opening to the public on Sunday Feb. 26 from 3:00-4:30pm. Come out and support your fellow Lancers and other students of MMSD!

The following Lancers will have work on exhibit:
Sydney Powers
Sneha Sadia
Rossarin Camfoi
Cassidy Ledin
Chase Carter
Siena Schafman
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