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Preparing for college & career - February Issue

Course Requests for 2018-19 School Year

Student are beginning to enter their course requests into Career Cruising. Please communicate with your student about their course selections for next year and if they have questions about what to take, they should contact their counselor asap.

AP Test Sign Up Information

Registration Window: Feb 5th - March 9rd

How to Register: Log into your MyPaymentPlus Account and click on this link for STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

PreAdministration Session: Attendance is Mandatory. You will receive detail after you register.

Testing Accommodations Deadline: Feb 23rd (see your case manager or Ms. Acker ASAP if you think you qualify for accommodations)

Still have questions? See the district link for EVERYTHING you need to know about the exam or make an appointment with your counselor

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Host an Exchange Student for the fall semester of 2018

There is an opportunity for one of our Lancers to study abroad in German through the Hessen-Wisconsin Student Exchange Program. The student that she will be exchanging with is in need of a host family to spend 1st semester with. If your family would be interested in hosting a student from Germany, please contact Michael Tollefson at by February 14th.

African American Youth Career & College Fair

Friday, Feb. 23rd, 9am-2pm

1701 Wright Street

Madison, WI

Click the link for more details
***See Mr. Milton for details and register here

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Central Library will be hosting an event including a screening and opportunity to learn more about HBCU's and paying for college on February 8th at 6pm.

How to Pay for College: Info Session for Students and Parents (3-5 pm)

Learn about some of the scholarship and financial aid options you have for paying for college. Presented by Michael Cox from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and representatives from other area educational institutions.

The HBCU Experience: Discussion and Q&A (5-6 pm)

Before the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, come hear about the HBCU experience firsthand from some graduates of historically black colleges and universities who are now living in the Madison area.

Refreshments will be provided between the afternoon events and the film.

Film Screening of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (6:30-8 pm) - We'll show the film, and invite the audience to ask questions afterwards.
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AASPIRE Internship

Do you have a high school grad who is currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college and will be in Madison this summer? If so, encourage them to apply!

Resources for Spanish Speakers

Breakthrough to Nursing for Future Latino Nurses

Tuesday, Feb. 20th, 5:30-8pm

1705 Hoffman Street

Madison, WI

Latino students interested in a career in nursing - bring your parents!

Dinner is at 5:30

Space is limited. Call 246-6514 or email to register

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Multicultural Open House

Monday, Feb. 5th, 5-7pm

1000 Edgewood College Drive

Madison, WI

This event is open to students and their guardians. Contact Maureen Zach for details at

All Dressed Up

Saturday, March 3rd, 7:30am

1701 Wright Street

Madison, WI

Need a dress for Prom, but worried about covering the cost? Shop for a FREE prom dress at All Dressed Up.

Registration is open Feb 3 - Feb 18 and is REQUIRED.

Pharmacy Preview Day

Saturday, April 14th, 8:15am-4pm

777 Highland Avenue

Madison, WI

  • Learn more about the event here and about what you can be doing now in school and in your community to put you on the right path to college and eventually pharmacy school.
  • Breakfast and Lunch Provided
  • Registration by April 6th required

JUNIORS: Set up your Post High School Planning meeting now!

Have an in depth conversation with your counselor about your senior schedule, post high school plans, ensure you are on track for graduation, meaningful things to do this summer to explore colleges, volunteer, explore a career interest and more!




Nordmeyer (substitute for Ms. Valdivia)



**don't forget to pick up a pass!

All JUNIORS take the ACT for Free February 27th. Need to prep? Here's how:

JUNIORS: Interested in applying to a UW school next year and want to receive texts from them about how to prepare? Text "PREPARE" to 99000 to enroll

College Planning Checklist

Check out this roadmap to get you through high school college ready

New program makes college possible for low-income students

Madison College Scholars of Promise is a new program providing financial aid, advising, support and lots more.

High school juniors and seniors may be eligible for payment of a portion of their tuition. To apply you must submit:

  • Madison College Admissions application
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and
  • A written essay by April 1.
Fall applicants will be notified by the end of June or early July.

Talk with your counselor to find out more.
Need a Job - Click Here!

One stop link to all the Job and Internship opportunities shared with Student Services staff. Keep an eye on this page if you are a graduating senior, interested in exploring a career through internship, or need to make some cash.

Seniors - the rest is for you! See below for specific post high school planning details. The image portrays what you reported during your Senior Conference as your intended area of study or work after you graduate from LHS

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Tackle your Post-high school To-Do list. Here are some ideas to get you started

  • Complete your applications and/or verify all required materials were received. All colleges need ACT score(s), high school transcript, and application. Some colleges require other materials as well. Check your student account for each college to make sure everything is submitted and find out what your next steps are (ex. set up online account, complete housing contract, confirm your enrollment, sign up for placement tests, admitted student events, and orientation)
  • Sign up to take Placement Exams.
  • Scholarships - Check out the January highlighted scholarships, each of your colleges scholarship offerings, and scholarship search engines like and Scholly
  • FAFSA - This is where the bulk of your financial aid will come from. New this year, FAFSA is based off your 2016 taxes, so do not wait to submit this application or you could miss out on valuable aid. Students will need to create an FSA ID as will their parent/guardian. FREE support is also available. See events below
  • Check out each of your school's Cost of Attendance information so you are aware of real costs (google COA then your college's name).
  • Apply for a Job and save money for life after high school
  • Apprenticeship - looking to get paid while you go to school? Many careers in the trades are in very high demand. Contact Elizabeth Roddy to take the first steps to starting your career after you graduate.
  • Wondering how to get in the loop on a regular basis regarding this info? Check out this newsletter monthly and/or receive texts (Text @lhslancers to 81010)
Senior Timeline

Mark your calendars for these important events leading up to and including graduation

Admitted Students Day @ Edgewood College

Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 9am-2pm

1000 Edgewood College Drive

Madison, WI

This event is for students admitted to Edgewood. Connect with Maureen Zach for more details at
Placement testing for UW System Schools

Attending a UW System School? You must take Placement Exams. Registration opened February 1st - Sign up today!

Univ of Minnesota Share My App Program

Students who applied to University of Minnesota Twin Cities can apply to Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester for Free! Click the link for more details

FAFSA Workshop during Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 6pm

Rm G10 at LHS

This will be one of the last workshops LHS will be offering to student to complete their FAFSA
  • FREE professional assistance completing the FAFSA during ACP (Homeroom)
  • View the list of WHAT TO BRING

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

11th & 12th Grade College Bound Athletes & NCAA

Students who plan to participate in Division I or II collegiate athletics during college, must complete an NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse form. Students should register at the end of their junior year, work with their counselor and coach.

SENIORS & School Email

Seniors: Do not use school email for ANY matters related to life after high school.

Examples: college apps, parchment account, ACT, FAFSA, scholarship applications, etc

**School Email becomes inaccessible to graduates 2 wks after graduation

College Reps coming to La Follette!!!

Open to all students. Juniors & Seniors STRONGLY encouraged to meet with college reps to hear first hand about what various colleges have to offer.