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Letter from the Superintendent

Greetings Arrowhead Community,

National Education Week falls later in November (Nov. 16-20). The purpose of this week is to recognize and highlight the importance of bringing together school staff, parents, students, and communities in a unified effort to build, maintain, and celebrate great public schools.  Thanks to all stakeholders, every one of YOU, for the teamwork in making the Arrowhead High School an excellent place to learn and work!

Also in November, the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday may have us feeling particularly thankful for people, circumstances, things, etc. Often within our busy lives, we forget to feel and express gratitude on a daily basis. Gratitude is simply defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. According to Dr. Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkley and a leading scientific expert on gratitude, studies have documented social, physical, and psychological benefits of gratitude including:

  1. Brings happiness

  2. Reduces anxiety and depression

  3. Strengthens immune system, lowers blood pressure, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains

  4. Makes us sleep better

  5. Makes us more resilient

  6. Strengthens relationships

  7. Promotes forgiveness

  8. Makes us “pay it forward”

  9. Gratitude is good for kids:  When 10-19 year olds practice gratitude, they report greater life satisfaction, more positive emotions, and feeling more connected to the community.

  10. Gratitude is good for schools:  It makes students feel better about their schools and it also makes teachers feel more satisfied and accomplished and less emotionally exhausted.

In addition to being thankful for my family, friends, health, and working at Arrowhead, I also am now thankful for reading about the benefits of gratitude!   For more information, see the Greater Good Science Center website: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/gratitude

In this month’s edition of the Arrowhead Advisor, you may notice a common theme of connecting--  How staff members learn about and connect with students, how students connect with each other, how students connect with the community through service projects, how the school connects with families through events and feedback surveys, etc.  One goal of ours is to help YOU feel connected to Arrowhead High School and all the terrific things that happen here!

Enjoy your day... and the entire month of November,

Laura Myrah

Superintendent
myrah@arrowheadschools.org

Learning Matters:
State Assessments at Arrowhead High School

As a parent, you are likely aware of the standardized assessments administered every year to your son or daughter. State assessments can help high school students and families understand academic progress in core areas and help students understand what they need to work on in order to be ready for college and career. Certainly not everything about readiness for college and the workforce can be measured on a standardized test.  Creativity, collaboration, innovation, leadership, and adaptability are just a few college and career readiness skills we want for all of our students, but are not easily tested.


The state of Wisconsin mandates the following  tests listed below.  The district uses the results of the assessments to identify trends in achievement of our students and possible academic growth areas.
Below is a summary of each of the assessments administered at Arrowhead this year.  

 

Name of Assessment Content Tested Grade (s) Dates for 2015-2016 School Year
Wisconsin Forward Exam Social Studies 10th grade Testing Window:March 28-May 20
ACT Aspire College/Career Readiness in English, Reading, Writing, Science  and Math 9th and 10th grade 9th grade- May 24/25
10th grade-May 16/17
The ACT Plus Writing College readiness in English,Reading Mathematics, Science, and Writing 11th grade March 1, 2016
ACT WorkKeys Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information 11th grade March 2, 2016
 

Additionally, lawmakers in the state of Wisconsin voted this past summer to add a required Citizenship test for all students to pass in order to graduate from high school starting with the 2016-2017 school year (Class of 2017).  Students must take the Civics Test (modeled after the Naturalization Test used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) and earn at least a 60 out of 100 in order to pass. Furthermore, students can take the assessment as many times as necessary in order to pass. The district is developing a process to administer the test to this year’s juniors and in the future the test will be taken by students prior to the junior year. Social Studies teachers at Arrowhead have discussed ways to review for the assessment, which focuses on American History and Government.  To view the questions on the exam and see related study materials-  please visit http://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-civics-test
More information about when the test will be administered will be shared very soon.

As the test dates for your children approach, help them understand how taking the assessment can be useful. The results of these assessments, although only one tool, can provide some useful information of progress toward readiness for college and beyond. Taking the assessment seriously can give students the most accurate picture of progress.

As the test dates for each assessment approach, we will share more information about the format of the tests, schedule for the day, preparation tips, and more.  

Sue Casetta


Director of Learning
casetta@arrowheadschools.org

Student Services Matter:
The Arrowhead Way Unifies Arrowhead Students and Staff

An interesting finding in educational research is just how much students feeling connected to their school matters in terms of academic achievement. During our October in-service session, faculty discussed the importance of connectedness to school, how it is fostered, and what it looks like. To the faculty, connectedness can be seen through students engaged in the learning process, having conversations about learning with staff and peers. Staff believe that strong connections with adolescents are made when they are able to have conversations with students that do not pertain to their academics, but to their lives in general. Many club leaders and coaches felt as though after school activities provide them with this opportunity. Given this information, if you are looking for an opportunity for your child to feel a greater connection to the school click the following links to our Activities and Sports pages to find information on how to join.

  • Be Appropriate, Be Respectful, Be Responsible - The Arrowhead Way committee looks at data each month for trends in student behavior. Last year we experienced a decrease in overall Office Discipline Referrals (ODR’s). This September numbers in referrals remained consistent with the previous year. However, at the time this is being written, we are seeing a 34% decrease in ODR’s for the month of October as compared with last year!
  • The Month for November is “Giving Thanks” put on by the Performance departments of Art, Music, and Physical Education. Throughout the month students will be encourage to express what they are thankful for throughout the school. This encourages students to look at positives within their lives, which research calls “protective factors.” Taking stock in these positives or “protective factors” can help build students resilience in times of adversity by seeing all the good they have in their life. This can also reduce the likelihood of engaging  in risky behaviors as risky behaviors tend to come from a place of dissatisfaction with life and recognizing what you have can protect students from looking to engage in such activities.  
  • Think About Tomorrow Today - At the October in-service, faculty also discussed what skills, knowledge, and habits are important for students to have when thoughtfully planning for their future. As you think about your own career journey consider what you wished you would have known, considered, or learned in high school that may have helped you plan for your future. To approach this topic with your child, it may help to share your career journey with them as this can be seen as simply sharing your experience rather than telling them what to do.

Behaviors of Note
Skipping Class is responsible for 25.32% of referrals

Use/Possession of “Vape Pens” is responsible for 5% of referrals, this is of note as the prominence of these items has risen in comparison to last year when they were responsible for just .46% of referrals. (See links below for more information)

Useful Links from Arrowhead’s AODA Counselor Barb Whyte:
Red Flags - Vape Pens
Parent Strong Network

Adam Boldt

Director of Student Services
boldt@arrowheadschools.org

Information Technology Matters:

Parental Input & Involvement Benefit Everyone

Education at Arrowhead is a true community effort exhibited through attending events and volunteering time and resources. Arrowhead administration, in turn, has a goal of clearly informing the greater Arrowhead community of all of the great things happening here at Arrowhead.

Communication goes both ways, and Arrowhead wants parental feedback so decisions made in education best fit community needs. With that, Arrowhead will be administering three surveys to students and parents.


Why take the time to give your input? Parent involvement in a child’s education is one of three factors that most accurately predicts a student’s achievement in school. Parent involvement is more important in this prediction than racial background, income, social status, or parents’ level of education (Henderson and Berla, 1994). It also benefits parents in that they can have conversations with their students around education. Parents who are involved become more active regarding policies that affect education. Parent involvement and input also benefits educators as it fosters a mutual respect for perspectives and positions of each group. As a result the school benefits through a supportive community with quality programs. Parental involvement and input benefits everyone.

There are three opportunities for parental and student input in the November described below. Use these three surveys as conversation starters with your student and help shape education at Arrowhead.

Surveys
Academic and Career Planning Survey
When?
Administered to Students: Nov. 4 during an extended class period.
What is it?
College and career readiness is an increasing priority of secondary schools, school districts and states. The changing economic and technological landscape has necessitated that schools provide students with the skills to navigate the complex requirements of the 21st century workplace. Arrowhead High School is examining student needs and increasing ways to prepare students through individual Academic and Career Planning. These personalized plans are developed collaboratively by students and school personnel to set goals that help students focus on their academic and career futures and keep them on track toward meeting these goals.
How will the data be used?
The survey students will be taking helps to identify the where Arrowhead students are currently at in terms of Academic and Career Planning and how the Arrowhead community could build sustainable infrastructure to better meet their planning needs.


SpeakUp
When?
Administered to students Nov. 4 during an extended class period.
Parents can take the survey anytime from now until Dec.18 by visiting http://www.bit.ly/SU15survey  and click the blue parents button.
What is it?
Speak Up is the first survey designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)'s education. Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of nearly 4 million students, teachers, and parents from all 50 states, as well as internationally.
How will the data be used?
By participating in Speak Up, parents are expressing their views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community—and contributing to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce. Locally, the survey results are use in district strategic technology planning.

When?
Administered to students November 16th - November 23rd
10 minutes during study hall
What is it?
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey helps inform Arrowhead of what troubling behaviors students may be engaging in, subsequently informing the educational needs of our students. The survey is anonymous and students are surveyed in an environment that allows for privacy as dictated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This environment gives us the best chance at getting honest data from our students.
How will the data be used?
Data from the survey works to inform preventative measures such as health classes, Parent Strong, and The Arrowhead Way, as well as, direct student intervention conducted by school counselors and psychologists.

We hope these surveys will spark rich conversations with your students. Thank you for taking time to provide valuable feedback that will benefit all students at Arrowhead.

Donna Smith


Director of Library Media & Technology
smith@arrowheadschools.org

Principal’s Corner

Arrowhead Students Give Back

Arrowhead and its students have had a strong tradition of giving back to others in need.  There have been numerous individual students who have started projects on their own in order to help others.  For example, we had a student who raised funds for an orphanage in Africa whose children lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic; there was also a recent graduate who developed a library and collected books for children in the inner city.  At an organizational level, many of our co-curricular programs take on community service projects.  It allows our students an opportunity to help the less fortunate and learn about people who have had a very different life experience.  The following is a collection of some of our fall  co-curricular activities and their community service projects:

2015-16 Fall Volunteer Projects
Girls Volleyball
Sixty athletes made 37 blankets and donated them to local homeless shelters and the Red Cross.
Girls Swimming and Diving
The Girls Swim and Dive held their annual 24 hour hour relay. The team collected over 3,900 canned goods for the Hartland Food Pantry, funded the Stacy Mayer Scholarship fund and raised over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Girls Tennis
The Girls Varsity Tennis team made sweet treats for the Salvation Army to put in lunches.
Boys Cross Country
The boys cross country team collected over 400 pairs of shoes and donated them to a program called Shoebox Recycling; the shoes have been sent to various 3rd world countries.  The team also sponsored the Arrowhead district-wide grade school cross country run in which over 700 runners participated.  
Girls Cross Country
The Girls Cross Country Team sponsored the Arrowhead district-wide grade school cross country run in which over 700 runners participated.
Football
Football filled backpacks for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, contributed to the Chiefs scholarship fund, and will be assisting with the downtown Hartland trick or treat night as well.
Warhawk Interact Club
As a start to their year, they have completed the following community service projects:
-Homecoming Parade Float
-Hawkfest Fingernail-Painting and Hair-Braiding Booth
-Wisconsin Upside-Down Buddy Walk Volunteering
-Zachariah's Acres Trail Run/Walk/Roll Volunteering
-AHS District Gifted & Talented Night Volunteering (November 19th)
Boys Volleyball
Will be collecting items for the Hartland Food Pantry during their banquet
DECA
Hawkfest:

  • Raised $5000 for HAWS (Humane Animal Welfare Society)
  • Raised $4800 for MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) Summer Camp to send 6 kids to a week-long camp
  • Raised $1500 for new Arrowhead garbage can containers
  • Raised $2000 for Marketing Student Scholarships                
  • Raised $4000 for Marketing Nights Basketball - giving out free t-shirts, school spirit items, etc.... at two home basketball games along with other free items and promotional things during the games.  Also, paying for Milwaukee Bucks entertainment TBD  

Adopt a Senior Citizen Pen Pal:  
DECA Students were given 60+ senior citizen names from local nursing homes and sending out cards, notes, letters, etc. throughout the school year including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter.
Earth Club
Completed Hwy 16 clean up for 2 hours between North Ave and Hwy 83.
Girls Field Hockey
Held a Gold in September game for G9 and sold t-shirts and baseball caps.  Money from the sales will be donated to G9 and childhood cancer.  All 3 teams wore the t-shirts to school and for warm-ups the day of the game.
Marching Band
Held a middle school marching band event where the middle school students performed at half time with our band.  The middle schoolers made connections with older students and got a glimpse of high school band.
Broadway Company
Sang the National Anthem for the opening of a golf outing that was raising funds for the Honor Flights to Washington DC.  They are preparing to sing holiday songs for various community groups.
National Honor Society
Has served dinner at St. Ben’s community meal program for the homeless in Milwaukee.

Many of our students have indicated they benefit more from doing the community service than those receiving the assistance.   It helps them put their lives and problems into perspective.

Gregg Wieczorek


Arrowhead Principal 
wieczorek@arrowheadschools.org
LEARN FACTS ABOUT
THE ARROWHEAD SCHOLARSHIP FUND
IN 60 SECONDS OR LESS!

DID YOU KNOW THAT…
•ASF is made up of a completely volunteer board of teachers, parents and community members.  We are looking for new board members to help continue our strong tradition of almost 60 years!  To date we have awarded over $1.2 million dollars to AHS seniors.
•ASF provides many scholarships, but over 25 of them are awarded to AHS seniors who meet a specific criteria – attending a technical college, pursuing an accounting or engineering degree, strong in community service, 3.0 GPA and gifted athlete, strong financial need…and many more!  Chances are there will be a scholarship fit for your child.  Scholarship information will be available in late January.
Our fundraiser will be Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Rustic Manor in Delafield.  More information will be coming out about this fantastic event.  Please plan to attend and bring a gang of friends to help support a great cause!
 
Please contact Mike Ziegler, President of ASF, at mike.ziegler@qg.com for more information on ASF Board participation and fundraising.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Breakfast for Veterans
Hosted by Arrowhead’s Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society
Wednesday, November 11
8:00-9:30 a.m.
South Campus Cafeteria
Invitation/RSVP

School Board Meetings
District Board Room
Wednesday, November 11
Special Meeting to discuss possible referendum at 6 p.m.
Regular School Board Meeting at 7 p.m.

No School
November 25, 26, 27 -  Happy Thanksgiving!




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Like Us on Facebook, Follow Us on Twitter

Communications expert David Voss recently shared that 70% of parents of school-age children check their Facebook account on a daily basis. According to social media author and strategist Jay Baer, 7% of Americans use Twitter on a regular basis.  In our continuing efforts toward timely, interesting, transparent, and efficient communication practices, Arrowhead High School hosts a district page on Facebook, as well as a Twitter account.  

Upon doing a search in Facebook, you will find several Arrowhead-related pages, including for different athletic teams, programs, and even one unofficial “Arrowhead High School” page.

The official district Facebook page is titled “Arrowhead Schools.” Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for timely news, emergency announcements and fun photos of learning at Arrowhead High School.

CALLING ALL PARENTS!
Be a part of the conversation! Starting on Oct. 1st we will be participating in the SpeakUp national research project. SpeakUp is the first survey designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers as well as the business community.
 
TAKE THE SURVEY
1. Go to the SpeakUp website.
2. Click "Start Survey."
3. Read the instructions and begin the survey!

WHY PARTICIPATE
IN SPEAKUP FROM
10/1 -
12/18 ?
1. Ensure your voice is heard.
2. Help Arrowhead make more informed funding decisions.
3. All surveys are 100% confidential and free.
4. It takes less than 20 minutes to participate!

Last year Arrowhead's participation earned us a SpeakUp Loud and Clear top school award!
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