Dear Lancer Families,
Welcome to La Follette High School. Every year we grow a lot over the summer, bring in new teachers and leaders, and improve together. I am very excited to meet our new students and families who will learn and grow with us over the next year together. We have a tradition of grit and resilience at LHS that helps us focus on opportunities and to strive towards success. We believe in ourselves, and we never give up.
I’m very proud to share that through our hard work and perseverance, we met several important improvement goals last year. We increased our graduation rate for all student groups, and our graduation rate for African American students leads the district. Our ACT scores in English, reading, math and science increased for all student groups, and most significantly for our African American students. Finally, the percentage of 9th grade students with course failures decreased, and the percentage of 9th grade students on track for success at La Follette high school increased, and also leads the district.
This year, we have the following school improvement goals:
Increase the percentage of students 9th on track for success at the end of 9th grade
Increase the percentage of 11th grade 3.0 GPA and 12th grade graduation rates
Increase percentage of students who respond positively to “I belong at LHS”
Increase students who are proficient in literacy and math on the ACT and ASPIRE assessments
I encourage you to review our School Profile on our website, which describes our vision, strengths, opportunities, and strategies for continuous school improvement.
We are excited to welcome many new staff to LHS this year. At the end of last year, three of our assistant principals were promoted to positions outside of LHS. With this opportunity for new leadership, we are fortunate to welcome assistant principals Mat Thompson, Randi Kubek, and Cullen Haskins. Mat Thompson has decades of experience in the MMSD in administration and leadership for special education. Randi Kubek is joining us from East HS and bringing significant experience leading master scheduling. Cullen Haskins is coming up from Texas, and helping us build strong systems to support a positive culture and climate. Also, DD Sturdevant is joining us from Toki Middle School, where she served as assistant principal. She will support our leadership team as a Dean of Students and Positive Behavior Support Coordinator. We have hired exceptional staff members over the summer who will support us to continue to grow.
Safety and security is also on our mind, following concerns last year at La Follette, in our district and city, and in our state and nation. In response, we’ll be making key adjustments to our safety and security expectations:
We will require students to show identification at school and school sponsored events.
We will lock and secure inside and outside doors during the school day.
We will increase supervision throughout the school, specifically at passing periods and lunch.
We will increase security precautions at school sponsored events, including athletic events.
It is very important to us to support a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment for our students, staff, and families. We’ll continue to partner together to gather feedback and make adjustments.
Finally, I want to end with some inspiration. As I mentioned above, a big part of our Lancer culture is developing grit and resilience in our school and community. We have three goals: 1) Believe in yourself. 2) Never give up. 3) Earn a 3.0 or better GPA.
Individuals who believe in themselves and never give up always earn success. Students who graduate with a 3.0 or better are in excellent position to pursue the college and career pathway of their choice. In partnership with you, we believe we will help all of our Lancers meet these goals. We will never give up until we do. We take care of our kids and each other, so we all grow and thrive.
Sean Storch, Principal