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January 2017

A Message from Principal Sean Storch
Dear Lancer Families,
On behalf of all of our staff members at La Follette, I wish you good health and happiness for the new year. A big part of what makes us special as Lancers is that we care for each other. We want you to feel a strong sense of belonging and success.
Last month, Superintendent Jen Cheatham wrote an article in Madison 365 about the power of gratitude. I want to make sure you see it, because it also highlights what we believe to be true about our families at La Follette. In this article, she explains four essential value statements we've been using as our guideposts for decision making within MMSD, offered to us by researcher and practitioner, Karen Mapp.
All families have dreams for their children and want the best for them.
All families have a special love for their children that is deep and intense. As a parent myself, there is nothing I want more than for my children to be healthy, happy, and successful. I think of your kids as my kids. I have the same high expectations for them. A strength of our Lancer community is that we take care of all of our kids like our own family. Families work through laughter and tears, and keep their children at the center.

We have one thing in common: We all have students at La Follette High School. These can be challenging years - not only for our students, but for parents as well! The monthly Lancer Parent Community gatherings provide an opportunity for Lancer parents to hang out together, chat with the principal, and work towards making the La Follette years the best they can be for our kids.
The next get-together will be on Thursday, January 12 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in C17. Read more here.

Our monthly Counselor Connection is filled with information about ACT and SAT testing, post high school planning, financial aid, scholarships, volunteer opportunities, college rep visits, and events and workshops all related to college and career preparation.

Please take not of the dates for Term 2 Exams. Exams will be on Thursday, Jan. 19 and Friday, Jan 20. The first day of Term 3 will begin on Monday, Jan. 23. All three days will have early release at 11:55 am. See a complete schedule here.

The Fall Emphasis Art Show is an exhibit that culminates the work that our own La Follette students have done this first semester. This is a mixed media show that features works of sculpture, metals, paintings, drawings, and prints. Refreshments will be provided.
You can see a preview slide show here.
Work will be on display from January 11 - February 10, 2017.
Wednesday, January 11
6:00 - 7:30 pm
La Follette Art Gallery (across from the LMC)

Midwest Informational Meeting
January 17, 2017
12:30 Auditorium
On January 17, 2017, Midwest representatives will be at La Follette for a senior meeting. At that time students will be given information regarding ordering graduation gowns, caps, and announcements, etc. Parents, be aware that this information should come home on January 17. Orders will be due January 24 and 25 during the lunch period. Senior students, please make sure you are at this meeting so you don't miss out on this important information.
Graduation Ceremony
June 9, 2017
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. For now, please note the time, date and location.

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.
La Follette High School, 702 Pflaum Road, Madison, WI 53716
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