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Devon LaRosaDear Senior Students,

When we started this year together none of us could have imagined that this would be where we found ourselves in March and April and looking forward to May and June. 

We entered the year with a vision of where the year would take us: starting new things, ending others, and wrapping up a 13 year journey of education. Our current reality is drastically different than what we had imagined, but I need you to know a few things: 

  • These circumstances are difficult and beyond our control. We know that you have been dealt many disappointments as sport seasons, potential state championships, prom, and graduation have been changed or cancelled. Those emotions are real, they are valid, and they are not wrong.  We are here to support you.  We will yell with you in your anger. Stand with you in your confusion and the unknown. Cry with you in your sadness. Dream with you in your hope and creativity.  Encourage you when you can’t find your courage on your own. We are here and will continue to be here through the challenges, the trials, the tribulations, the losses and the new creations as we continue forward… together.   Remember we are all still LANCERS!

  • You are strong.  You are a class that has carried La Follette through some difficult moments and have emerged as leaders as we are rebuilding community in La Follette, rediscovering our roots, and reexamining our identities. You have been leaders all year and you will continue to be leaders now and into the future.  It’s okay if you are not in a place right now to lead.  Let’s lean on each other, and lean on those around you.   Some of you are needing to lead in your families right now. Soon you will all need to lead in our  community.   La Follette is inviting seniors to lead in imagining what the next weeks could look like as well as reimagining what milestones and memories we can help you make as you culminate 13 years of education. 

  • You’ve got this.  In the midst of all that is swirling about we know that it can be hard to focus on your studies and to keep focused on finishing those final classes.  You’ve got this. You have a team of people who care about you and are committed to helping you reach your goals and achieve your graduation.  Your counselor is your head coach while all your other trusted adults will be cheering you on and supporting you in every way possible to ensure that you finish what you need to in order to reach that finish line.  

  • We’ve got you. This year when the teaching staff opened up the 2019-2020 school year we started by saying: Leading with Love and Positive Presupposition. That is what we have tried to do each and every day.  Some days we have experienced more success than others, but each and every day we woke up with one goal: Lead with Love.  We wish that we had the power to change our current circumstance and reverse time. But we do have the power to stay positive, to listen and lead with love. We look to you Seniors as our partners and want to empower you as we plan our celebration moving forward. 

  • We want to talk to you. We want to listen. We want to hear your pain, frustration, confusion, ideas, hope and creativity.  We are going to be offering 3 Zoom listening sessions this week which are completely optional. We hope you will be able to join.  We will spend time together checking-in, processing the realities of this, and then we will dream.  We will dream together about the possibilities. What we can still build together out of the pieces? How we can rise together to create something new, different, but yet beautiful… together.  We hope to see you soon.   Zoom meeting invites and times below:

Zoom Meeting Times and Codes for Student Meetings: 

Meeting 1: Tuesday, 14 April, 12:30 - 1:30 P.M.

https://zoom.us/j/93450467132?pwd=ZmtVS0pwTS80ZzdvRnpmOEFFSnlVUT09

Meeting 2: Wednesday, 15 April, 3:30 - 4:30 P.M.

https://zoom.us/j/99761802781?pwd=bUVGSzJUdUJoeGdiM1dZUzJFajIxQT09

Meeting 3: Thursday, 16 April, 12:30 - 1:30 P.M.

https://zoom.us/j/92852298088?pwd=WC9ja0YzQVVZck0ySWJ1T0dNa01iUT09

Hope to see you soon!

Devon Larosa - Head Principal 

dplarosa@madison.k12.wi.us

Cherie Thibodeaux - Assistant Principal Southern Neighborhood 

crthibodeaux@madison.k12.wi.us

Jen Ploeger - Assistant Principal Spelman Neighborhood

jrploeger@madison.k12.wi.us

Cullen Haskins - Assistant Principal Tuskegee Neighborhood

cjhaskins@madison.k12.wi.us

Mat Thompson - Assistant Principal Howard Neighborhood

methompson@madison.k12.wi.us