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June 2017

A Message from Principal Sean Storch
 
 
Dear Lancer Families,
 
Congratulations on completing another year of learning and growth! I am proud of our class of 2017 graduates, and proud of all of our Lancers who will be moving on up. Planning and preparations for next year are well underway, and I look forward to welcoming a new class of Lancers to La Follette and sharing our Lancer traditions with them.
 
I have some good news to share. We are on track to meet several of our school improvement goals, including increasing our graduation rates, reducing the number of students who fail courses, and supporting all of our learners to improve in literacy and math skills. We believe that our growth is a result of our hard work to support students to feel belonging and respect, and to challenge them to interact with each other's thinking. Our daily focus is on getting students to read, write, think, and talk with each other about rigorous texts. That is where true learning happens - together with other hard working Lancers.
 
I wish you all the best this summer. I know I will see some of you at summer school at La Follette, some at athletic events, and some at social events across the city. I'll be working hard over the summer with teams of Lancer teachers and school leaders to get ready for another successful year. You are always welcome to call or visit. La Follette is where you belong. Have a great summer!
 
Sincerely,
 
 
 
Sean Storch, Principal
 
LANCER PRIDE BREAKFAST RECOGNITION
 
The following five 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.
  • P is for Personal Responsibility: To be accountable for actions, choices and the results.
  • R is for Respect: To show consideration, appreciation, and acceptance.
  • I is for Integrity: To be honest, sincere, and kind in words and actions.
  • D is for Determination: To set goals and meet expectations.
  • E is for Excellence: To strive to do the best at all times.
Congratulations to students who met the criteria for Lancer Pride 3rd Term. Full list of all Lancer PRIDE students.
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 the full list here.
WALL OF HONOR CEREMONY
 
 
Last month we held a ceremony to honor Annie Greencrow Whitehorse at La Follette High School and added her to our Wall of Honor.

The Ho-Chunk Nation made a generous donation to La Follette in her name. We are grateful for this gift, and proud of all of our current Lancer students and Lancer alumni who carry forward the Ho-Chunk legacy.

Annie Greencrow Whitehorse exemplified the traditions and culture of the Winnebago people, who are part of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Annie was always a teacher, from University lecturer to joining her grandchildren's classrooms for educational exercises. She was often called upon to share traditions and culture of the Winnebago people. Annie was also an environmentalist, and proud of the fact that the earth provided what she needed. She was known to repeat the phrase, "Don't waste anything, we have everything we need."

Annie provided critical input and insight on housing, race relations, education and Winnebago culture and language to many elected officials.

We are very proud to highlight her legacy on our Wall of Honor.

Our Board of Visitors, including Chuck Chvala, Terry Meissen, Celeste Richards-Gannon, Mark Mueller, and Dan Koellen, worked hard over the past two years on this partnership to honor Annie and the Ho-Chunk Nation, and support our great school.
SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION DUE JUNE 2
 
There is still time to register for Summer School. Final deadline is June 2. Summer School will meet Monday - Friday, June 19 - July 28 (no school on 7/3 or 7/4) from 8:00 - 10:05 am and from 10:10 am - 12:15 pm. Everything you need to know can be found here.
 
JUNIORS WHO WILL BE SENIORS . . . 2018 GRADS
 
Parents, your 2018 senior should have their picture taken soon! Senior photographs for the 2017-18 Statesman yearbook must be in the hands of the Statesman staff by Friday, September 22, 2017. Read info here for photo specifications, deadlines, and consent to be in the yearbook. Don't wait until the last minute!
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 9. 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 2017-18 school year see the letter from the health office here.
WISHING LANCER RETIREES A WARM AND FOND FAREWELL
 
La Follette will be saying farewell to two outstanding educators this summer. Michele Guyette, American Sign Language teacher, and Lisa Sailing, Physical Therapist will be moving on, however, both will always be Lancers.
 
 
Michele Guyette has been a vital part of the La Follette community for many years since starting our ASL program. She has orchestrated the student signers at pep rallies for Homecoming, Prom, and Graduation. Always a cheery, caring person, Ms. Guyette was also the driving force behind our Lancer of the Month/Leading Lancer acknowledgement program. She is someone who makes everyone who works with her smile and feel special--as she would say, we are "tickled all shades of pink" to have worked with her here!
 
 
Lisa Sailing has been an integral part of the LHS community for the past 16 years. She is a kind, compassionate and caring person who is respected by colleagues, students, families and community members. Lisa has been a strong advocate for the students she has worked with. She has served many of these students since they were in elementary school. Lisa will be greatly missed by all! We wish her the best in all of her future endeavors.
CLASS OF 2017 - UPDATED 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. And don't forget financial obligations. Check with neighborhood secretary and librarian!
 
SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR FOR 2017-18

Already thinking about next year? You can see the 2017-18 calendar on the district website.
ENROLLMENT INFORMATION FOR 2017-18

Online enrollment for the 2017-18 school year begins August 1, 2017. Remember you must enroll your child every year. At La Follette, returning MMSD students register Tuesday, August 15 from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and on Friday August 18 from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm. See the Registration & Enrollment page for all the information you will need.
JUNE DATES
  • June 02 - Senior Class Breakfast
  • June 02 - Year-End Staff Golf Outing
  • June 03 - Lancer Saturday Academy - Last one!
  • June 07 - Final Exams - Blocks 1 and 2 - Dismissal at 11:55 am
  • June 08 - Final Exams - Blocks 3 and 4 - Dismissal at 11:55 am
  • June 08 -LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
  • June 08 - Graduation Rehearsal and Picture
  • June 09 - NO SCHOOL
  • June 09 - La Follette High School Graduation - Kohl Center - 7:30 pm
 
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