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Preparing for college & career - December Issue

Early College STEM Academy Tour & Info Session

Attention current 10th grade student interested in a unique opportunity to earn college credit during high school studying science, technology, engineering, and/or math! Tour Madison College and learn more about the event by registering here . The application deadline is January 19th, so pick up an app (if you havent already) from your counselor before winter break and get a start on it.

Business Emerging Leaders (BEL) Program

  • Designed for promising students who come from diverse backgrounds and have strong academic records and demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Program participation gives students a distinct competitive advantage when adjusting to college life, learning in classes, and applying for internship opportunities, ultimately preparing them for successful careers in business.
  • BEL Program students who are admitted to UW–Madison and major in business are granted a full-tuition scholarship for four years of attendance.
  • Application opens December 1st and closes March 1st
  • Details and application here

Post High School Planning Night

Wednesday, Dec. 6th 2017 at 6-8pm

LaFollette High School

Open to all students. Junior students and their parent/guardian strongly encouraged to attend. We will begin the evening w/ a short presentation - College 101 (college timeline, how to be a competitive college applicant, and how to prepare for campus tours). Families will choose 2 of the following Breakout Sessions to attend:

  • WI Private colleges
  • UW Systems
  • UW Colleges
  • Madison College
  • Military
  • Apprenticeships

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Freshman Conferences Happening NOW!

Counselors at LHS stay w/ their students from when they start to their graduation day. In order to get to know students, we do a 15 minute check in with all Freshman to go over grades, attendance, academic supports, ways to get involved at LHS, etc. Students can set up their own appointment to do this. Links to counselor calendars are below.




Nordmeyer (subbing for Ms. Valdivia while she is on maternity leave)



**don't forget to pick up a pass from the Student Services secretary ahead of time!

Youth Apprenticeship Info Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 12th 2017 at 5:30-7:30pm

Room C17 - La Follette

More information

Sophomore students and their parent/guardian strongly encouraged to attend. Registration is open.

  1. Learn about the Youth Apprenticeship Program
  2. Receive assistance w/ the application process
  3. Program areas include:
  • Construction
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Manufacturing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
For more information, contact Sherrie Stuessy - 663-1978 or or check out the website

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

AFS Project Change

Tell us your idea for a volunteer project that could have a meaningful impact abroad. Get votes from your family and friends on your idea, and you could win a full scholarship to go abroad for 10-15 days and make your vision come to life!. All U.S. 8th to 12th grade students are eligible to enter. Learn more here

Deadline: December 18th

Our own Erin Schmitz from LHS won last year! Here is her feature in the WI State Journal.

Summer Science Research Internship Program Informational Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 13th 2017 at 11:30am

La Follette - Room LLC

11th grade students from MMSD are partnered with researchers at UW-Madison each summer. Each intern develops and researches a question of their own, designs protocols for data collection, and collects data over the course of the summer under the guidance of a professor, degree candidate, postdoctoral candidate or research associate. Sound interesting? Come and learn more!

PSAT Scores arrive December 11th!

  • Students: Check your email to access your scores
  • Parent/Guardians: Do you have questions about your child’s PSAT score report? Kaplan will be hosting a free live online interactive workshop on Sunday, December 18th at 5PM ET, to review the score report and next steps in the college admissions process. Visit to register.

Latino Parent Night

Wednesday, Dec. 13th 2017 at 6:30-8pm

LaFollette High School, LMC

College Fair!

Meet representatives from various colleges around the state. Learn about admissions requirements, what makes each college unique, and what makes an application competitive.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Casa Abierta - UW Milwaukee Bilingual Day

Saturday, Jan. 27th, 6:30am-3:30pm


This event is intended for 9th-12th grade Latino students and their families. All information shared during the event will be in English and Spanish

Students will be able to:
• participate in a resource fair
• take part in breakout sessions about high school preparation, admission to UWM and financial aid
• attend a student panel; ask questions and get the answers from the student perspective
• enjoy a campus tour and lunch

En este evento tendrán la oportunidad de participar en:
• Una feria de recursos e información
• Talleres de Preparación para el colegio, admisiones, y asistencia económica.
• Podrán hacer preguntas a un panel de estudiantes exitosos
• Tomar un tour de la universidad.

**Complete the Registration Form and see Ms. Poquette in room B15 for the permission slip. Learn more about the event here

ACT Test Information

All Juniors will take the ACT for FREE w/ their class at La Follette on February 27th.

MLK College Readiness & Success Summit

Saturday, Jan. 13th, 9:45am-2pm

1000 Edgewood College Drive

Madison, WI

Get a jump start on college planning by registering for this educational summit in honor and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and advocacy for equal opportunity for all.

Topics will include:

  • College Planning: Where to Begin?
  • The College Search Process: How to Choose the Right College
  • The Admissions Process
  • Financing a College Education
  • Writing Personal Statements and Scholarship Essays
  • Self-Advocacy and Adjusting to College
  • College Journey Panel

Space is limited. Learn more and Register HERE

Seniors: La Follette Local Scholarship Opens December 1st!

Complete one application and get in the running for 40-50 scholarships! All seniors planning to continue their education after high school should apply. The link will be sent to seniors' school email and can also be accessed here. Deadline: Jan 31st.
Get YOUR Financial Aid Preview : Net Price Calculator

Prospective students enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account.

FAFSA Overview
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

UW Colleges 2-year campuses waive application fee!

Apply by December 4th to a 2-year UW Campus and get your application fee ($50 value) waived!

SENIORS: Wrap your college applications up THIS MONTH! At minimum, colleges need the following:

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

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

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.

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