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Preparing for College & Career - June Issue

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Juniors-there's lots going on this summer and into the fall!

Moving out of LHS area but want to attend LHS next yr?

You MUST apply for an internal transfer if you plan to move out of the LHS attendance area but want to return next fall. Application window is open from May 7th-August 17th but applying between May 7th-25th is recommended.

Mark your calendars for La Follette 2018-19 Enrollment & Registration

Follow these steps to enroll your student:


  1. Complete the online enrollment beginning August 1st
  2. Come to La Follette on August 15th from 11am-6:30pm OR August 18th from 7:30am-1pm

Additional Enrollment & Registration information can be found here

Helpful Harvest-an Epantry pilot shopping experience

This summer Second Harvest is working with the East YMCA and Pinney Branch Library on an epantry pilot shopping experience for Madison's east side neighbors. It is an easy way to order grocery items online and have it delivered to either the East YMCA or the Goodman Community Center on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.


This service is free for eligible people.


Visit the website

RECENTLY UPDATED!!! Lancer Honors - Recognizing Excellence in our Lancer Community

If you don’t know already, we are VERY proud of our Lancers! Check out our newsletter that highlights some of the amazing ways our Lancers are being honored! We will be updating this page often, so please visit the page more than once!


Know a Lancer who’s been recognized? Let our Counseling Department know by emailing Ms. Christensen at jdchristense@madison.k12.wi.us

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

Teen Summer Challenge at Planet Fitness!

Planet Fitness will be opening its doors to teens for FREE all summer long!

Teenagers 15-18 can work out for free Planet Fitness May 15-September 1st.


More information here (sign up instructions toward the bottom of the article)

Planning to attend summer school?

MMSD Summer School


  • June 24th-August 2nd


Course Catalog and Registration Form


  • Families can check enrollment status via the Parent Portal. Families will be contacted only if there are scheduling conflicts - otherwise there will be no confirmation of enrollment via phone or email - only through the portal.
  • Contact your school counselor to find out what classes you should take


Bus Information:

  • If you receive free/reduced lunch, you will be provided with a bus pass.
  • There are also Unlimited Ride Passes available for purchase from Metro for $30 for ages 5 - 17 or still in High School. Metro Summer student pass info
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.

Juniors - the next few posts are for you!

Class of 2020: Want to get a jump-start on your college applications?

LHS will be hosting a College Application Boot Camp for our rising senior students on August 15th from 8am - 2pm in Room C17 at La Follette High School. Get help starting your college applications, get tips on writing your college essays, and learn from an admissions representative what colleges are looking for in an application. Lunch will be provided.


Interested and want to attend? Sign up to attend here!


Have a question? Email counselors Ms. Christensen (jdchristense@madison.k12.wi.us) or Ms. Acker (jacker@madison.k12.wi.us) This is a student-only event, so please share with your student.

Figure out your college fit - prioritize a campus visit this summer!

Take a little day trip or incorporate a visit into your larger family vacation. Check college websites for Tour dates and information. Read 10 Questions to Ask on a College Campus Tour before your visit.


UW System Campus Tours

Madison College

WI Private Colleges

Minnesota Private Colleges Week

Planning to get a start on college apps over the summer?

  • 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 is deactivated soon after graduation.
  • Complete the Activity Sheet (Shared w/ you by your counselor in an email following your Junior Conference. Share w/ the teacher you would like to write you a letter of recommendation and to reference for college and scholarship application essays)
  • Work on Application Essays - this is often the hardest and most critical piece of your application!
  • Study for the ACT-Counselors recommend that all college bound students take the ACT at least 2 times. Use this document to help you sign up.
  • Join the UW System Texting Campaign to receive text messages that assist with the transition to your senior year. Join by texting PREPARE to 99000. Topics include:
    • Choosing a rigorous senior year schedule
    • Taking the ACT/SAT
    • Making the most of summer
    • Visiting campuses
    • Applying for admission
    • And more!


UW System application Chat session for PARENTS!

Are you a parent who would like to know more about the application process for a UW System campus? UW HELP staff will be available to answer your questions about the admission process and the application. Check back for available webinars

AP Exams

Nice job on your AP exams! Now what?

  • Scores will become available through student's online AP account in July
  • If you are college bound, make sure your scores have been sent to your college as this could save you valuable money and time in college!
  • Find out if your college offers credit or placement here


Still have questions? See the district link or the AP website for more information

AP + PLTW Student Recognition

To earn this student recognition, you must:


  1. Complete three courses in a pathway - one AP course; one PLTW course, and a third course, either AP or PLTW
  2. Earn a qualifying score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam(s) and a score of Proficient or higher on the PLTW End-of-Course (EoC) Assessment(s).
  3. Click here to get started



Applications received by June 30th will be considered for awards issued the following fall.

Click here for additional information
11th & 12th Grade College Bound Athletes & NCAA

Planning to participate in Division I or II collegiate athletics in college? Complete an NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse form or amateurism cert, send final 2017 transcript through Parchment, and use code 9999 to send ACT scores through ACT.

Operation Fresh Start-Strive

Are you between the ages of 17-24, and have earned your high school diploma, HSED, or GED and have no immediate plans following graduation? No enrolled in college and looking for more than just a minimum wage job? Operation Fresh Start-Strive-Construction program just might be the perfect fit! Strive is an employment training and career counseling program for young women and men specifically geared towards providing young people a path to self-sufficiency through empowerment, employment, and mentorship.


STRIVE Construction is a 7 week paid training program where eligible participants will receive:

  • OSHA 10 certification
  • Flagger certification
  • CPR/First Aid certification
  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Effective communication skills
  • Hands on training in the construction trade


They are currently recruiting for the June 10, 2019 cohort!

Sign up here

senior's final to-do list

All Seniors:
College Bound Seniors:
  • Send your final transcript: Log into Parchment TODAY. To send your final transcript to your college (click "Hold for Grades"). Also, double check that you have a personal email listed (not your high school email - this will become deactivated soon after you graduate). COLLEGES CAN WITHHOLD FINANCIAL AID AND/OR ADMISSIONS IF YOU DO NOT SEND YOUR FINAL TRANSCRIPT.
  • Complete the FAFSA: If you have not completed the FAFSA, this should be your top priority. Students who delay may miss out on valuable financial aid for college. Madison College offers FAFSA Workshops open to all students planning to attend college in the future regardless of whether they are attending Madison College in the fall. 3 things to remember:
    1. First step: Parent/Guardian AND Student must create their own FSAID
    2. Second step: Complete the FAFSA application
    3. Enter parent/guardian 2015 tax information into the FAFSA application.
  • Confirm your Enrollment
  • Sign up for your Orientation, Advising & Registration Session. This is the time that you typically sign up for classes. Don't delay, classes fill up quickly!
  • Take your Placement Exams: If you are planning to attend a UW System school, this is a requirement.
  • Secure Housing & Choose a Meal Plan: Refer to your campus' website for details. Submit down payments by the deadline.
  • Ensure that your AP scores will be sent to your college of choice. Log in to your AP account on July 7th to double-check.
2019 Summer College Texting Campaign

Sign up to receive text reminders about things you need to do to get ready for college in the fall (house, deposits, register for classes).

Selective Service

Almost all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.


  • It's important to know that even though he is registered, a man will not automatically be inducted into the military.
  • Registration allows you eligibility for federal student loans and federal jobs/job training.
  • Visit the Selective Service website to register
Minnesota-Wisconsin Tuition Reciprocity Application

Headed to a college/university in Minnesota in the fall? If so, you MUST complete the reciprocity application in order to receive in-state tuition rates

Tips for NEW college parents

  • Choose your closing words - Psychology instructor at Emory University says, "Whatever wisdom you have to offer, whether it is ‘I love you,’ ‘I’m behind you,’ ‘I’m proud of you,’ say it. Your children will remember your messages and hold on to them."
  • Don't change their room (at least not before talking to them) - Coming back to a place that is familiar and feels like home (even if it it decorated with one direction posters or high school sports trophies) is exactly what they will be looking forward to on their first break.
  • Be patient - You don't become a college student over night. It may take months for your child to learn how to navigate life on their own.
  • Provide support, but don't rush to save the day - Though your college student will come to you with many problems and anxieties, they often need a listening ear more than someone to call the school trying to solve everything.
  • Send them care packages - Nothing is more exciting than going to the mail box and actually having mail. Packages with baked goods, energy drinks, coloring books, ramen noodles and a few bucks will definitely make their day!

***Read more at 8 Things to Remember If You Have A Kid Starting College

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