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Preparing for College & Career - June Issue

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 1st-August 18th. Applying early is HIGHLY recommended

Mark your calendars for La Follette 2017-18 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

For the amazing students graduating in June!

See the world , meet new people, push yourselves and expand your minds. We are counting on you to make this world a better place.
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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 FREE Workshops (Click Submit>Register) to anyone 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
  • Attending Madison College? Sign up for a College Success Session! Make sure you are ready when you walk in the door and earn credit in the process.
  • 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!
  • Sign up to receive text reminders over the summer to make sure you are ready to hit the ground running in the fall. Parents/Guardians encouraged to sign up as well.
  • 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.

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

AP Exams

Nice job on your AP exams! Now what?

  • Scores will become available through student's online AP account July 7th.
  • 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

Click here for additional information

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! Fresh off the press: The UW System essay prompts
  • Study for the ACT if you need to retake it (Aug 4th is the deadline for the Sept 9th test). Log into Career Cruising>My Plan>Method Test Prep
  • Join the UW System Texting Campaign to receive text messages that assist with the transition to your senior year. Topics include:

    • Choosing a rigorous senior year schedule
    • Taking the ACT/SAT
    • Making the most of summer
    • Visiting campuses
    • Applying for admission
    • And more!

    Join by texting PREPARE to 99000.

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.

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.

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

Earn credit towards graduation! Take Personal Finance

Earn .5 credit online working at your own pace (5-10 hrs per week) w/ 2 face-to-face mtgs. June 20-Aug5. See your counselor to sign up.

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.

Planning to attend summer school?

MMSD Summer School

  • June 19th-July 28th

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 ticket daily.
  • 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

Planning to take a college class next fall?

Course Options deadline is mid-summer for fall. Courses at Madison College are free. Students taking courses at UW Madison will have to pay half the cost of tuition. View the page for details and the application form.

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