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November 2016

A Message from Principal Sean Storch
Dear Lancer Families,

We are fortunate that the best and brightest teachers work at La Follette High School. We care about each and every student, and work hard to support all of our Lancers to be prepared for college, career, and success in our community. Our strong graduation rates are evidence of strong relationships with our students and families, as well as rigorous learning opportunities. In order to continue this tradition of excellence, we need your help. On November 8, you have the opportunity to cast a vote on a referendum question. The district is asking to raise limits on revenue for our schools, which will impact how we are able to serve our students in the future.

I encourage you to learn more about the referendum at our district website. You may also watch this video of the referendum learning session that was held at La Follette HS on October 13. I hope you take time to share what you learn with others, and to encourage them to vote.

We just completed the end of the first quarter. Already, we see growth in our students that we are proud to celebrate with you. At La Follette, we know that a strong sense of belonging and respect supports learning and growth. That is why we take care of our kids and each other - so that we all grow and thrive.

You are always welcome to talk with me and learn more about our work. Thank you for your support!
Youth Volleyball Skills Clinic

Lancer Girls' Volleyball Coaching Staff is excited to offer the 3rd Annual Set for Success Youth Volleyball Skills Clinic to its area youth. The clinic will teach the fundamentals of volleyball including serving, passing, setting and hitting, and will also include numerous game-like activities. This is a great opportunity for the youth in the area to either be introduced to the sport or continue developing their skills. Participants will also get to interact with the La Follette Coaching Staff and a number of the varsity volleyball players. This clinic also serves as a fundraiser for our high school program, so thank you for your support. Read more or register here.

There is still time to recognize a graduating senior by purchasing a Senior Tribute ad for the 2016-17 Statesman yearbook. Space is limited - first come, first served.

La Follette will be a College Goal Wisconsin site this year and will be hosting a Free FAFSA Completion Workshop for all Madison seniors applying to college and their families. The workshop will take place on Saturday, November 12 with registration from 9:30-10 am and the workshop beginning at 10 am.

The holidays are just around the corner! Get a head start on the holidays by purchasing our delicious, Amish made Cashew Brittle! This handmade cashew brittle comes in two flavors: plain cashew brittle or hand-dipped in milk chocolate. Once you try it, we know you'll be a loyal customer. One pound costs only $9 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the LHS Key Club Chapter and the Key Harvest Food Pantry. Order yours early because supplies will be limited. Contact Donna Kennedy at or any of the La Follette Key Club members to order.

Save the date for La Follette's fall production of Steel Magnolias, written by Robert Harling and based on his experience with his sister's death. The title suggests the "female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel". The magnolia specifically references a magnolia tree they are arguing about at the beginning.
Steel Magnolias is directed by Matt Starika.

November 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 pm
Student Admission: $5
General Admission: $7
Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Lancer Parent Community is an opportunity for La Follette families to connect and talk about our children and families, and how to get the most from school opportunities to support their growth.
In October, Lancer families met to discuss ways to get the most out of conferences with teachers. We talked about what matters most for your student's learning and growth. For example, planning intentional conversations with your child's teachers is helpful and does not take a lot of time. Here are some guidelines for helping parents work together with the Lancer staff to help each student succeed:
  • Share your teenager's strengths with their teacher. Positive comments are critical for healthy growth.
  • Discuss specific ways you would like to see your child grow, and what potential hindrances might be to that growth. Is there a skill that has been a challenge to them in the past, or a specific habit you'd like to see them develop?
  • Set a specific goal with their teacher to help achieve these goals by the end of the semester.
  • Determine each person's role in meeting that goal (what you will do, what the teacher will do, and what your student will do).
With focused communication and consistent follow through, we all work together to support learning and growth.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, November 17, at 6:30 pm at La Follette. We will talk about making a plan to support your family's goals, and how the school can support your family mission. We hope to see you there!

This fall, our Lancers have taken part in Academic and Career Planning (ACP), a process aligned with Department of Public Instruction policy to deepen supports for students to explore, practice and articulate who and what they want to be and do. The work students are doing with ACP is occurring across the Madison Metropolitan School District and is intended to follow students as they move through high school.

Once a week (on early release Monday's only) all 9th-12th grade students at La Follette participate in an ACP advisory class for fifty minutes. In this class, students are identifying and reflecting on their values, interests, and strengths, learning how to read and reflect on their personal academic record, and setting short and long-term personal and academic goals for themselves. Read full article here.
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