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Letter from the Superintendent

Greetings Arrowhead Community,

Why in the world would kids purposefully wear their pajamas inside out?  I’ll give you a hint: It is the same reason a superintendent can be a hero and a villain at the same instant. SNOW DAY!  While kids may think a fun superstition can produce a snow/cold day, in reality it’s far more complex than that.

The cancellation of school as a result of a snow storm involves gathering information from various national and local weather services, neighboring school districts, and local resources (Dousman Transportation, Dept. of Transportation, law enforcement, etc.). Available data regarding the condition of local streets, school district facilities and grounds, busing services, and projected timing of the snowfall are all considered when cancelling school for a snow day. When considering the cancellation of school as a result of bitterly cold temperatures, the issuance of a wind chill WARNING (a sustained wind chill of around -35 to -45 degrees or colder), is the key decision-point for nearly all school districts in southeastern WI. Please note, this is different than a wind child advisory. Finally, a 4 a.m. conference call is held with Waukesha County superintendents, as well as representatives from all of Southeastern Wisconsin to compare information and decisions.  

A top priority is the health and safety of our students, parents, and staff, while also preserving as much learning and work time as possible for all of those parties involved. When school is in session, parents certainly may determine the weather conditions are too risky to the health or safety of their own child(ren). Please remember to call in the absence, so it will be deemed an excused absence.

When school is cancelled for Arrowhead and its seven K-8 feeders districts, it means all school-related activities (athletics, co-curricular clubs, performances, etc.) for that day and evening are also cancelled, unless you hear different information directly from an Arrowhead staff member or coach.

Families are notified of school cancellations through the following means, typically in this order, as soon as the decision has been made:

Here’s hoping for a mild, safe winter!  I also hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.



Laura Myrah

Superintendent
myrah@arrowheadschools.org


 

 




 

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Contributors:  

Laura Myrah,  
Superintendent

Sue Casetta,  
Director of Learning

Adam Boldt,  
Director of Student Services

Donna Smith,
Director of Technology

Gregg Wieczorek,  
Principal
 




Arrowhead

South Campus
700 North Avenue
Hartland, WI 53029

North Campus
800 North Avenue
Hartland, WI 53029


 
Learning Matters

Interview with Social Studies Program Leader Shanna Hechimovich

The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) recently surveyed nearly 44,000 people  across the country to learn the communications preferences of both parents and non -parents.  Rounding out in the top five topics was communication regarding curriculum descriptions and information on instructional programs. In an effort to help parents and community members understand, I will use my monthly “Learning Matters” article to feature one department each month. This month, I interviewed Shanna Hechimovich, Social Studies department program leader.  

What are the goals or vision for the Social Studies department?

The Social Studies Department works to instill in our students both the knowledge and skills that will help them be successful in their futures, whether that be college or careers.  Ideally, we hope that all students leave Arrowhead with a high degree of civic mindedness and engagement, and have developed into well-rounded, informed citizens.  We hope that students become curious about the world around them and that they have the tools to satisfy that curiosity.  We hope that our students learn how to conduct their own research and inquiry process, how to find and use credible sources (both primary and secondary), and ultimately derive meaning from them. Additionally, the Social Studies Department has made a concerted effort to help our students improve their content area literacy by incorporating more reading and writing skills into our course expectations.  

Six credits of social studies are required for graduation. What social studies classes do colleges expect students to take?

All students must take a United States history class and Social Studies 9.  Students should take a form of American civics before they graduate from Arrowhead High School.  Arrowhead requires six semester credits in social studies but most students take at least eight credits and many students take more.  Colleges and universities like to see that students have taken courses that are challenging and rigorous.  In the Social Studies Department, we offer a plethora of advanced placement courses including Psychology, Macroeconomics, United States Government and Politics, United States History, and Modern European History.  While AP courses are not required for college admissions, we encourage students that are college-bound to take at least one advanced placement course in social studies during high school.  We also encourage all students to take at least one course during their high school career in each of the social studies subject areas, which include history, civics, behavioral sciences, economics, and geography.  
Social Studies

What new social studies courses or opportunities have been added to the program recently?

Our newest experience has been our involvement in launching the Global Education Achievement Certificate opportunity this school year.  Several social studies courses count toward achieving the certificate and the Junior Year Global Seminar focuses heavily on contemporary global social issues.  Additionally, both our AP Modern European History and AP US History courses have responded to the College Board redesigns by incorporating specific historical thinking skills into their curriculums.  In the past few years the honors path in social studies has been entirely replaced with AP courses, as students choosing this pathway take AP Human Geography as freshmen and AP United States History as sophomores.  Both courses are heavily aligned with an Honors English counterpart that collaborate to help students build skills to succeed on the AP exams.  

For students who are interested in social studies related careers what essential skills are important?

Generally speaking, strong reading, writing, and research skills are incredibly important in social studies careers.  Having the ability to find information from credible sources, read and understand it at high levels, and apply it to various situations are skills used in all social studies careers.  Speaking and communication skills are also often important skills for careers in the social studies.  Additionally, using social studies to increase global awareness is an important skill in a wide variety of careers.  

What extracurricular activities can a student participate in related to social studies?

We have several extracurricular options to suit a variety of interests students might have.  Students can participate in Model United Nations where they take on the persona of a country and represent that country while debating an issue in a simulated United Nations.  We offer Psychology Club that meets monthly to discuss a variety of psychology-related topics and/or brings in speakers who have careers in psychology-related fields.  Additionally students can join JSA (Junior State of America), a student-run organization that focuses on debating contemporary political issues.  Students may also join the SAVE Team (Survivor and Veteran Experience), an organization that focuses on interviewing World War II veterans and Holocaust survivors and participating in other veteran events.  Lastly, students may apply to become a member of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. This group organizes a Veterans Day breakfast for area veterans and participates in other social studies-related events.  

What is the department most proud of?

We are most proud of the strong interest our students have in social studies courses throughout high school.  Most Arrowhead student take more than the six credits required for graduation, and many double-up on social studies classes by taking multiple courses concurrently.  Additionally, we have significant participation in all of our social studies clubs.  We have dedicated teachers in the department who know how to make learning rigorous, interesting, and fun!  Often, students cite social studies courses and teachers as being their “favorites.”  Finally, we are proud of the civic mindedness and qualities of good citizenship that many of our students exemplify both in and out of school.  

Sue Casetta

Director of Learning
casetta@arrowheadschools.org

Student Services Matter

The Arrowhead Way

One holiday in the books, still more to come. Holidays can be joyful occasions but they can also place additional stress on families and students. A great way to reduce this stress is to practice and encourage your child to practice mindfulness, which is living in the moment and being aware in the moment. This helps to reduce stress about the success or failure of past or future events and to concentrate on what is going on right now.

Academic and Career Exploration - Living in the moment is important at times, however, planning is an essential part of life. Therefore, in mid-December, classroom teachers will be discussing options and providing information on course choices to students in their classes. Starting on Dec. 14 with an introductory session to course planning, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be provided with guidance on what future classes entail and what to think about when choosing different courses of study.

Seniors will obviously not be choosing classes for next year at Arrowhead, so they will have two options for the introductory period on Dec. 14.

  • Those who have selected their colleges of choice or other post-secondary options of their choice are encouraged to attend a session in the theater to hear about current and future job trends as well as unique options available to them after high school regardless of their paths.

  • Those who are deciding on what colleges to attend are likely to benefit from a session in their previously established homerooms focused on organizing college materials and what to consider when choosing a college.

Be Responsible - An empty stomach does not help learning or your emotional state. Arrowhead offers an excellent breakfast at both North and South Campus prior to school beginning and at North Campus lasting until 10 am. Those who qualify for free or reduced lunch also qualify for breakfast provided that three items are taken and one is a fruit. You can view the breakfast menu at http://arrowheadschools.nutrislice.com.

Theme of the Month - December’s theme of the month is “Your presence is our present” brought to us by the Student Services Department. Help promote this theme at home by continuing to stress the importance of being present during learning, which means being at school as well as being mindful during class. Thanks!

For those looking for additional resources outside of the school. Check out the link below:

Community Resources

Adam Boldt

 

Director of Student Services
boldt@arrowheadschools.org

InfoTech Matters

We Value Your Opinion: SpeakUp for Educational Technology

On Wednesday, November 30, all students and staff participated in the Speak Up 2016 online survey to share their ideas about education and technology with our national leaders. The annual survey is now open for input and is facilitated through public, private, and charter schools all around the country; every school is eligible to participate.

The results provide important insights about education, technology, and student aspirations to individual schools, state departments of education, and national leaders. Arrowhead leaders have used the results of the Speak Up Survey to inform our educational technology decision-making.

“Each year more schools sign up to be part of Speak Up because it offers them – their students, parents, staff, and members of the community – a way to express their opinions about the future of learning, local and national policies, how teaching could be improved, and more,” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, the survey’s facilitator and a national leader in empowering students to have a voice in improving education in the 21st Century.

Arrowhead has been recognized as a Speak Up Loud and Clear School for its 2015 participation. More importantly, that participation provides Arrowhead with more accurate data for our planning.

Please join us in participating! Take the online survey Follow this link  http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/ and click on the TAKE THE SURVEY text in the upper right hand corner of the website. The survey is open until Jan. 13, 2017.

Individual participation and responses provided in the Speak Up survey are completely confidential and completing the online survey takes only 20 minutes. Start a discussion at home by asking your student about participation in Speak Up!

About Project Tomorrow

Speak Up is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, the nation’s leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders, and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up data represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st Century skills, schools of the future, and science instruction. Education, business, and policy leaders report use the data regularly to inform federal, state, and local education programs.  For additional information, visit www.tomorrow.org.

Donna Smith

 

Director of Library Media & Technology
smith@arrowheadschools.org

Principal’s Corner 

 

As we end our fall season of activities it’s important to recognize the accomplishments of our students.  As usual, our student groups had a high level of success throughout the beginning of the school year.  Some of these accomplishments have been shared in previous Arrowhead Advisors.  Here are just some of our students’ accomplishments from the first third of the school year:

ATHLETICS

Teams

  • The Girls Golf Team won a state championship; this is the fourth year in a row that they were 1st or 2nd at State.
  • Girls Cross country 2nd at State
  • Boys Cross Country 2nd at State
  • Girls Field Hockey 2nd at State
  • Girls Swim and Diving 3rd at State
  • Boys Volleyball qualified for State
  • All athletic teams were first, second, or third in the Conference

Individuals

  • Zach Wegner 1st Team All-American, 1st team All State-Soccer
  • Dante Bova 1st Team All State-Soccer
  • Emily Lauterbach State Champion, 1st Team All State-Golf
  • Abby Cabush State Champion 200-yard Freestyle-Swimming
  • Cole Sandvold 1st team All State-Cross Country

MUSIC

 
 
 

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The Broadway Company performing at Present Music's annual Thanksgiving concert.


Choral

  • The Broadway Company were invited to be special guest performers on Present Music's annual Thanksgiving concert at St. John the Evangelist
  • The Addams Family musical has been nominated for 20 Tommy Awards (Wisconsin’s high school equivalent to the Tony Awards)
  • South Select Choir was selected to perform for the Veterans Breakfast at South Campus
  • In September, the North Choir students were selected to sing at the Arts Midwest Conference with the a cappella group "Ball In The House" for over 600 arts representatives from all over the midwest

Instrumental

  • The Band performed at the return home celebration for a Washington D.C. World War II/ Korean War Honor Flight.
  • Hanah Vlatowski was named to the State Honors Orchestra

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS

Our co-curricular programs have been involved many community service activities, the following are two examples:

  • The National Honor Society sold tee shirts and raised $2,900 for the G9 Gold in September childhood cancer fund.
  • The DECA program raised over $10,000 during their Hawkfest celebration. The money raised went to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, G9, Humane Animal Welfare Society, and a local nursing home.

As you can see our co-curricular programs have had a very successful start of the school year.

Gregg Wieczorek

 
 

Arrowhead Principal 
wieczorek@arrowheadschools.org

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Blood Drive hosted by Student Senate

Friday, Dec. 9,  8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

North Campus - West Gym
 

Holiday Band Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 13,  7 p.m.

North Campus - Theater
 

Regular School Board Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

District Board Room, District Office in South Campus
 

Holiday Choir Concert

Monday, Dec. 19,  7 p.m.

North Campus - East Gym
 

No School

Dec. 23 - Jan. 1:    Winter Break, Happy Holidays!

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American Academy of Pediatrics recommends developing a Family Media Plan.

Do you set rules for technology use at home?

1. YES
2. NO

 

November's Answer:



 

The Hartland Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is due to arrive in downtown Hartland – the only stop in Waukesha County – on Tuesday, December 6 at approximately 6:15 pm, at the intersection of Cottonwood and Pawling Avenues.  The train is bejeweled with 100,000 thousand twinkling lights, and travels across the US and Canada to raise awareness and donations for local food pantries.  All visitors are encouraged to bring donations. Contact the Hartland Chamber of Commerce for more information 262-367-7059 or www.hartland-wi.org.

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