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Preparing for college & career - March Issue

Wisconsin Education Fair - Over 100 colleges in Attendance!

Monday, March 9th, 5-8pm

201 South Gammon Road

Madison, WI


Financial Aid Presentations: 6:00-6:30pm and 7:00-7:30pm in the Auditorium By Cheryl Rapp, College Affordability Specialist, Look Forward Wisconsin

Colleges in Attendance: View a list of past attendees here. (Please note, not all of these colleges will be in attendance at the Madison WEF. A final list will be available on this website after March 1)

Registration: Pre-registration is highly recommended. Please register for a barcode at BEFORE coming to the college fair.

Transportation: Bussing is available through your school. Please see your school counselor for details.

See the following link for additional details and the video Memorial counselors made to promote the event.

Secret Santa 2019

With a very long overdue but sincere thank you to Tera Delabarre and ALL of the generous LHS families for the most wonderful holiday season LHS has had. Below you will find a quick explanation of our mission, some direct quotes from our students about the generosity of our families and a few thank you’s

During the Thanksgiving season of 2019, Tera sent me a message and asked if there were any students who may need a little something to brighten their holiday season or if any students were in need of anything in particular to help make life a little easier. The answer? YES!! That holiday season, we helped three students with some needs and wants and it warmed our hearts beyond belief. Both the giver and the receiver were moved beyond words. That year we were surprised at the “needs and wants” of our students, such as bath towels, shoes, food, etc. So it became Tera’s mission to expand the Secret Santa 2018 to include more students and families. Her targeted number? 60! Actual student count? 76! Mission accomplished! The whole process went off without a hitch. All presents were delivered and appreciated. One gift at a time, true joy was witnessed from both the giver and receiver.

Secret Santa 2019 exploded with over 90 students and my office was filled multiple times a day with awesome gifts for well deserved students.

Below are a few responses from our students and written by the Student Services team who helped create the wish lists and distributed the gifts:

He loved his gift and saved a couple of the gifts to enjoy opening at home with his mom on Christmas. He was so excited to get the game, Need for Speed! He also opened the pringles right away! He said to say thank you to his Secret Santa!

"Wow! (and was unwrapping the gift slowly and carefully) I have never received a wrapped gift ever."

another student got very emotional and wanted to know who gave her the gift so she could express gratitude.

I had to explain to one student how to use a gift card because they have never received a gift card and didn't know what it was.

Our LHS Alums are making a difference in the world!

Class of 2014 Lenai Johnson's experience in the Peace Corp

Upcoming March Events-Check out what is happening at LHS this month!

UW Madison Pharmacy Preview Day

Are you, or do you know a high school student interested in learning more about pharmacy career options and UW Madison School of Pharmacy programs?

Attend the Preview day!

Who: Any high school student interested in a career Pharmacy

When: Saturday, March 28th, 9-2:20

Where: UW Madison School of Pharmacy

Cost: Free (registration is required)

This is a day long event that will feature the many career paths available in pharmacy. High school students (and their guests) will have the opportunity to meet with School of Pharmacy academic advisors, faculty, and current pharmacy students. A complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Host an Exchange Student next year!

Have you ever considered hosting a high school exchange student? Hosting is a wonderful way to learn about other cultures and languages, and it results in life-long friendships that transcend national borders. Ayusa Exchange Program needs host families at La Follette for both fall semester and the academic year for students from Chile, Spain, France, Germany, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, the Netherlands, and other countries. The students will arrive in August 2020 and stay until either January or June 2021.

Host families are volunteers. They provide three meals a day, a bedroom, and a supportive home environment. Students come with their own health insurance and spending money to cover all personal expenses.

Please visit to learn more about the program and view the many fantastic students waiting for a host family. If you have questions, contact Parthy Schachter at

Summer is coming! What will you do to make your time worthwhile?

UW Independent Learning Opportunities this Summer

High school students can take advantage of college courses this summer through UW Independent Learning.

There is

  • Guaranteed Enrollment
  • Courses that transfer to UW campuses
  • More than 70 online courses to choose from
  • Early College Credit Program tuition rate=$109 per credit hour + cost of materials

Classes begin Monday, May 6th and end Friday, August 30th

Visit the website for more information

Deadline to register for Summer is April 15th!

Need a Job - Click Here!

One stop link to all the Job and Internship opportunities. 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.

Badger Summer Scholars

Participants in the program will immerse themselves in campus life and gain valuable experience in a dynamic and challenging learning environment, all while interacting with UW–Madison faculty at a top-ranked university. You will chose one academic track to focus on during the academic day. Class sizes are kept small to allow for an engaging course and are taught by UW–Madison instructors who have the same level commitment and involvement from Badger Summer Scholars as they would from college students. Click the link for more details. Scholarships available.

Summer School at La Follette

Enrollment opens March 21st

Check out the website for more information about time and date of programming.

Rise Up and Write Summer 2020 Offerings

Rise Up and Write is an advocacy writing summer camp for high school students. It provides youth with the opportunity to use writing as a way to raise awareness and create change.

It is a program from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Education, the Greater Madison Writing Project, and the National Writing Project.


  • Youth Voices for the Environment: June 22-26 @ UW Madison Arboretum
  • Youth Voices for Human Rights: July 6-10 @ UW Madison
  • Art Activism: July 20-24 @Bare Knuckle Arts
  • Youth Voices for the Environment: July 20-24 @ Northland College
  • Mathematical Activism: August 10-14 @ UW Madison

Register here!

Wanda Fullmore Internship

This is a unique opportunity for Madison youth to get involved with local government, and gain training and employment. 40-50 Madison youth will be placed in 2019 in city departments and offices such as the Clerk's Office, Community Development, Civil Rights, Economic Development, Engineering, and the Fire Department.

Youth who are selected to participate in the program will receive:

  • Mandatory pre-internship training
  • 8 week summer internship opportunity
  • Regular mentoring and support from Common Wealth
  • Mandatory weekly professional development training
  • $10.50/hour for employment and training hours

Priority is given to current 11th and 12 graders. The application packet must be submitted at any of the open interview meetings. There is an open interview opportunity at La Follette on March 12th @ 3:45PM.

Check out the application packet here!

Engineering Camp for Female Students

Engineering Tomorrow’s Career (ETC) Camp is a week-long outreach effort open to female high school students in the Midwest. It is run by two SWE officers who are represented by the College of Engineering Diversity Affairs Office (DAO) with support from the ETC Committee, National SWE, and the Pre-College Council. June 14th-June 19th. Find the application and details here

Forums, workshops, career and interview fairs. This spring is packed w/ events!! Continue scrolling down for details

Juniors: The next few posts are for you!

Experience Madison College

Applied Science, Engineering and Tech: March 13th

Goodman South Campus: March 27th

Protective Services: April 17th

Arts & Sciences/Liberal Arts Transfer: May 1st

See the link to learn more

QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program

The QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program gives outstanding low-income high school juniors an early advantage in college admissions. Deadline: March 20th, 2019
College Planning Checklist

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

Junior's To-Do List

  1. 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
  2. Juniors: Nice job on the ACT! If you haven't already created an account, do so ASAP using a personal email address and a password you can remember!
  3. Sign up for your Junior Conference and 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!







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

ACT English #1 - Being concise on the way to a 36.
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Dont use your school email your post-high school apps

Juniors/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

Senior Information

Going to Madison College in the fall?

Madison College will be holding Advising and Registration sessions for newly admitted program students. Sessions begin late April and continue throughout the summer. Students will receiving academic advising for their program and hands on assistance with class registration.

Admitted students should watch for communication in the mail and email in March!

Contact with questions

Placement testing for UW System Schools

If you are planning to attend a UW System school, placement tests are required. Registration opened February 1st - Sign up today!

AP Credit Policy

See the credits that your AP test scores could earn you at your college(s) of interest

Summer Early College Academies for Seniors

The following are available this summer. See your counselor if you are interested and click the link for details.

IT Service Technician

Nursing Assistant

Phlebotomist/Specimen Processor

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