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March 2017

A Message from Principal Sean Storch
 
Dear Lancer Families,
 
I am proud of our Lancer traditions, and our shared commitment to taking care of each and every one of our students. Repeated budget cuts from the state have made our work especially challenging. We are fortunate to live in a community that strongly supports our public schools, where we recently passed a referendum that provides us with more local funding to help our students continue to learn and grow.

It is important that you continue to share your voice and what you think about state funding of public education. Governor Walker's 2017-19 state budget proposal includes more funding for public schools, yet it also includes a requirement for districts like MMSD to increase our employee premium health insurance contribution in order to receive that state funding.

We believe this is an unnecessary proposal to remove local control in our budget-making decisions. Together, we have worked hard to keep our health insurance costs down, while preserving one of the most important benefits for our employees. We attract and retain high quality teachers to teach our students. We are proud of the way that we have worked together with our employees in recent budgets, and we'll continue to take that approach as we learn more about the state budget and develop our own.


As Black History Month comes to an end, I want to leave you with two powerful quotes from Frederick Douglass, an American who was born into slavery, and freed himself through hard work, personal sacrifice, and true grit. His words are worthy of celebration all year round.

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." - A powerful reminder of the power of learning and growth.

"Without struggle, there is no progress." - A reminder that lasting progress comes with hard work over time.
 
At La Follette High School, we take care of our kids and each other, so we all grow and thrive.

Sincerely,
 
 


Sean Storch, Principal
 
 
LA FOLLETTE STAFF SHARES THE LOVE

La Follette staff shared the love on February 14 to recognize our Madison community for always supporting and valuing education.
 
All of us at La Follette appreciate our Lancer community's support for our school, students, educators, and staff.
"SMILE" OUR SPRING MUSICAL OPENS THIS WEEK

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. Recommended for ages 13 and up or with parent supervision.
 
You will be able to purchase tickets online and choose your seat or pay at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults. $5 for students and seniors.
FROZEN FIVE 2017 - SATURDAY MARCH 4
 
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.
WINTER CONCERTS MARCH 15 AND 22
 
 
We have two winter concerts scheduled for March. All concerts are performed in the Vander Meulen Auditorium at 7:30 pm and are free of charge. Please join us for a night of music!

Band Concert, March 15, 2017
Chorus Concert, March 22, 2017
FINAL EXAMS AND SENIOR AAPPL ASSESSMENT

Term 3 final exams are on Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28. The first day of Term 4 is Wednesday, March 29. All three days will have a 11:55 am dismissal time. For a complete schedule of exams and information on the AAPPL Assessment, which is the Spanish language portion of the qualification for the Seal of Biliteracy, see our Term 3 Exam Schedule page.
MEN ENCOURAGING NONVIOLENT STRENGTH
LHS MENS Club (Men Encouraging Nonviolent Strength) presented at the Goodman Center as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Our young men have been together over the last four years and and have recently been gaining some notoriety for their positive interaction and success here at LHS. We are so very proud of the work that this group has done.
LEADING LANCERS - TERM 2

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, he or she must exhibit good citizenship, show accomplishments, have a positive attitude, and show academic success and/or improvements.
 
For staff, they must be noticed making learning interesting, showing sincerity and concern for students, having a sense of humor and showing support for student growth. Click here for a complete list of Term 2 Leading Lancers. Congrats!
LANCER PRIDE - TERM 2

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. Congratulations to students who met the criteria for Lancer Pride.

Students with 2.5 and above grade point average, no behavior referrals, no unexcused absences, and three tardies or less were recognized at a Lancer PRIDE gathering (with juice and doughnuts) on Friday, February 24 in the LHS cafeteria. We are proud of you. Go Lancers! Click here for a complete list of Lancer PRIDE names.
JUNIOR PARENTS WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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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.
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.
WE LOVE OUR COUNSELORS

Our Lancer Counselors are always looking for a reason to celebrate. So National School Counselor Week brought them out with signs and smiles.
 
MARCH DATES
 
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