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Letter from the Superintendent

Happy and Healthy New Year! 

According to the Center for Disease Control, health-related goals are popular New Year’s resolutions, but it’s tough to know where to begin. Look forward to a healthy year with these simply, general health tips:

  • Make healthy food choices. Grab fruits, veggies, or low-fat cheese for snacks.

  • Be active. Try even simple things like taking the stairs instead of elevators/escalators.

  • Be smoke-free. Quit if you haven’t already, and keep yourself and your kids in smokeless environments.

  • Keep hands clean. During the winter cold and flu season, get in the habit of frequent hand-washing to prevent the spread of germs.

  • Get enough sleep. Sleep is a necessity for mental and physical health, not a luxury.

Additional information about sleep, which our children and young adults should know:

(From multiple sources including the National Sleep Foundation, the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences, and Sleep Outfitters)

  • The amount of sleep needed does vary person to person, but research indicates one in five people is sleep deprived. 
  • During sleep, the body’s cells, tissues, organs, and other systems repair themselves. Lack of sleep can lead to serious health consequences and jeopardize safety. Also, during each sleep cycle is a period when the brain consolidates information learned that day into long-term memory. If a person misses out on a sleep cycle, some information learned that day will not transfer into long-term memory.

Doesn’t reading this information just make you want to curl up and take a nap?!

Read more about sleep and teenagers, specifically, in the Principal's Corner article.

Enjoy a safe, restful, and healthy new year!

 



Laura Myrah

Superintendent
myrah@arrowheadschools.org


 

 




 

Table of Contents


 

 

 

Click Image Below for Arrowhead's Calendar


 

Contributors:  

Laura Myrah,  
Superintendent

Sue Casetta,  
Director of Learning

Adam Boldt,  
Director of Student Services

Donna Smith,
Director of Technology

Gregg Wieczorek,  
Principal
 




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Learning Matters

Interview with Career Technical Education  Program Leader Brenda KingBook image

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 Brenda King, Career and Technical Education (CTE)  Program Leader.  

What is CTE?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares our students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. Career and technical education gives students the opportunity  to gain a deeper understanding of academic concepts and the chance to gain real-world experiences through the business partnerships that Arrowhead as established with local industry leaders. Nationally, the vision for CTE is based on five guiding principles. We support these principles through the courses and programs we offer at AHS.  CTE:

  • is critical to ensuring that the US lead in global competitiveness
  • actively partners with employers to design and provide high-quality and dynamic programs
  • prepares students to succeed in education and careers
  • delivers learning experiences through comprehensive programs that align to national career clusters framework
  • is results-driven and demonstrates a positive return on investment

At Arrowhead, our vision for CTE:

The Career and Technical Education Program provides comprehensive course offerings that aids in preparing students for their careers and future.  The culture of CTE allows students to be engaged in applicable skills and knowledge, hands on learning, business partnerships, and real world experiences.

What departments are considered CTE?

  • Business & Marketing
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Technology & Engineering

What is required for graduation in CTE?

Currently, 1 CTE credit is required for graduation. However, Arrowhead offers courses directly related to students' interests.  Through the academic and career exploration process, CTE courses offer students additional credentials, certifications, advanced standing opportunities at WCTC or chances to earn transcripted credit at technical schools.

Through the Youth Apprenticeship programs (Health Youth Apprenticeship  and Technology & Engineering Youth Apprenticeship) high school students learn in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.

What co-curricular opportunities are available that connect to CTE?

Arrowhead offers many additional learning experiences through our Co-curricular offerings.  

  • DECA
  • Gaming Club
  • Coding Club
  • First Robotics
  • Skills USA-Automotive Competition
  • HOSA: Future Health Professionals

What are some of the new course offerings  in the area of CTE at Arrowhead?

Business and Marketing Department:  

Video Game Design: An introductory course to the theory and practice of video game design and development.  This course explores basic programming skills and introduces students to programming language features that are necessary for developing a video game.  By the end of the course  students are able to design, develop, program and construct a fully functioning and playable video game.

Family and Consumer Science:

Health Practicum: New this school year, the Health Practicum is designed for seniors who want to further their skills in health care professionals through workplace experiences, Health Youth Apprenticeships, or service learning connected to HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America).  

Tech. Ed Department:

The New Design Engineering and Manufacturing Center

  • Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing (IEM), new last year, is designed to introduce student to the fundamentals of both engineering and manufacturing. Students use state of the art technology including modeling software, lasers, CNC machines, 3D printers and others.  There is a heavy emphasis on problem solving skills to complete a variety of projects from design, prototype and build.

  • Manufacturing and Engineering with Materials (MEM), new last year, is designed to offer students a solid foundation of manufacturing processes. Students work with wood, metal, and other composite materials to create a variety of products. Students use 3D modeling software, CNC equipment, and numerous manufacturing techniques used in today’s local industry. This course shows students the vital connections between engineering and manufacturing.

  • Engineering Experience is in its third year which allows students a very unique experience teaming science and engineering instructors through Engineering and Mechanics, Systems and Controls, and, the capstone course, Engineering, Design, and Development.

What are you most proud of?

In addition to the many courses and learning programs, CTE provides students with abundant opportunities for community service work that builds strong civic leadership skills.  During the past 20+ years,  Arrowhead DECA marketing students have contributed over $250,000 and thousands of hours of service for local, regional, and national non-profit organizations. The 2016-2017 school year, the marketing students have committed to partner with major charity organizations: MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) Summer Camp and HAWS (Humane Animal Welfare Society) of Waukesha County Sheriff's K-9 Unit, local nursing homes,  Elmbrook Animal Shelter, Operation Christmas Child, plus much more! Additionally, Arrowhead Medical Terminology students have organized an annual pill drop that has taken over 1,600 lbs. of unused medications out of homes and off our streets (See picture above).
CTE Programs

Arrowhead CTE Teachers pictured above.

Sue Casetta

Director of Learning
casetta@arrowheadschools.org

Student Services Matter

The Arrowhead Way

Welcome back from what was hopefully a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. As we head into the cold, dark January and February stretch of the year, I find it useful to remind myself that we are getting more light each day!

BE RESPONSIBLE - In last year's pre-exam edition, Director of Learning, Sue Casetta shared some helpful studying strategies. Below are highlights from that article.

Give yourself enough time to prepare

Smaller chunks of time spent studying is more effective than one cram session, studies on memory have demonstrated this to be this case and it will cause less anxiety. Start now!

Organize your study environment

Find a quiet place free from distractions that is comfortable and will allow you room for materials.

Know how you study best and use your resources

Follow study guides.
Figure out how you best make sense of information.

  • Flash cards
  • Outlines
  • Practice problems
  • Discussion with classmates

Be healthy

  • Take breaks from studying
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Eat Healthy
  • Sleep!

BE APPROPRIATE - The end of the semester can be a stressful time for students as preparing for exams takes over. Unfortunately, this can lead to academic dishonesty through plagiarism and cheating as students look to ease their stress. Throughout the month your child may express that they are feeling overly stressed about exams or culminating projects. When this happens it may be helpful to remind them exams are a chance for them to demonstrate what they learned over the course of the semester and that while stressful in the moment exams will come and go and life moves on.

Page 26 of our Student and Parent Information Guide details what is defined as cheating and plagiarism, below are some examples from the guide:

Cheating examples include, but not limited to:

  • Creating and distributing copies of one's work so that credit may be dishonestly claimed by others
  • Giving or receiving unauthorized assistance on something graded
  • Using technology inappropriately

Plagiarism examples include, but not limited to

  • Finding an article or an essay and handing it in as one’s own
  • Copying phrases,sections, paragraphs, or graphics without citing the source
  • Having someone else write the assignment and putting your name on it


January’s Red Flags from AHS AODA Counselor Barb Whyte - Understanding Alcohol

Adam Boldt

 

Director of Student Services
boldt@arrowheadschools.org

InfoTech Matters

Phishing: How to Protect Yourself

So you receive an email from a friend or a colleague asking you to look over a report, or perhaps a refund is yours as soon as you hand over updated credit card information.

Phishing scams span different types of media. They can happen through phone calls, email,  or text messages with the common goal being the recipient supplies passwords or financial information or loads malware (short for Malicious software) on to a device.

Malware also comes in different forms, but is defined by intent. According to Symantec, a tech company with a focus on computer protection, “Today, much of malware is created for profit through forced advertising (adware), stealing sensitive information (spyware), spreading email spam or child pornography (zombie computers), or to extort money (ransomware)” (Symantec, 2017).

Phishing Video FTC

Click image above for video on computer security from the FTC.


There are steps you can take to protect yourself, your computer, and your information. The following are recommended by the Federal Trade Commission to avoid a phishing attack:

  • Use trusted security software and set it to update automatically. In addition, use these computer security practices.
  • Don't email personal or financial information. Email is not a secure method of transmitting personal information.
  • Only provide personal or financial information through an organization's website if you typed in the web address yourself and you see signals that the site is secure, like a URL that begins https (the "s" stands for secure). Unfortunately, no indicator is foolproof; some phishers have forged security icons.
  • Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to check for unauthorized charges. If your statement is late by more than a couple of days, call to confirm your billing address and account balances.
  • Be cautious about opening attachments and downloading files from emails, regardless of who sent them. These files can contain viruses or other malware that can weaken your computer's security.

You can also report a potential phishing email to spam@uce.gov or reportphishing@antiphishing.org (include the subject line if possible). You can also file a report with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

Err on the side of caution. Refuse to provide information via email or over the phone and delete suspicious email and text messages. Follow up by contacting the sender or institution directly to validate messages. If it is phishing, the spoofed sender will appreciate the notice.

Donna Smith

 

Director of Library Media & Technology
smith@arrowheadschools.org

Principal’s Corner 

The Principal’s Corner is typically used to share the various successes of our students and staff.  More and more research is indicating a strong correlation between student success and sufficient sleep.  One of our psychologists, Bridget Brinkman, received the attached video in regard to the importance of sleep and how it impacts student performance.   Here are the highlights from the presentation: “Optimizing Sleep to Improve Academic  and Athletic Performance” By Dr. Louella Amos of the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Children’s Hospital in Wisconsin


“I’m tired."  Is this a comment you hear often from your teen? You may have noticed over winter break an improvement in mood or focus; this is common because they are getting more sleep than they do in their usual routine.  

Recently Dr. Louella Amos, a sleep specialist, gave a local presentation at a high school in Milwaukee to parents and staff regarding the facts and benefits of adequate sleep for teens. She calls insufficient sleep among adolescents and adults an epidemic because of more activities, social media, and work duties than ever before. One interesting fact: sleep may even influence how tall we are!

A few highlights of the general impact on academics and sports are provided below, as the presentation is around 58 minutes. Some notes have listed the time in the presentation.  To view the whole presentation, click here: Sleep Presentation, Dr. Amos

GENERAL

  • If sleep time is less than 6 hrs. and 45 min, adolescents are more likely to be depressed
  • Adolescents require 9 hours of sleep which cannot be “made up” on the weekends (24:00)
  • Lack of sleep decreases your immune system and makes one more likely to become sick
  • Turn off electronic devices about 1 hour before bed if having sleep problems
  • Adolescents have a longer circadian rhythm than adults making them less likely to feel ready to go to sleep around the same time adults do; therefore, earlier appointments are not in their best interest (24:31)
  • Research studies show that compared to those without insufficient sleep, those with insufficient sleep had significantly
    • Lower academic rank
    • Increased academic stress
    • Increased familial stress
    • Increased depressive and impulsivity scores
  • Another interesting note: young people with insufficient sleep were shorter and understandably sleepier

SPORTS

  • Performance in sports improves when you extend sleep (21:42)
  • Adolescents who experience less than 8 hours of sleep per night are 1.7 times more likely to experience a sports injury
  • When college basketball players increased their sleep schedule by two hours a night they noticed
    • 5% increase in speed
    • 9% increase in free throw accuracy
    • 9.2% increase in 3-point percentages

These tips should be helpful, especially as finals approach.  Please take the time to discuss these findings with your child; the benefits could have a significant impact on their performance.

Gregg Wieczorek

 
 

Arrowhead Principal 
wieczorek@arrowheadschools.org

CALENDAR OF EVENTS


School Board Meetings

Wednesday, Jan. 4         
Special Meeting to discuss possible referendum at 5 p.m.
District Board Room, District Office in South Campus

Wednesday, Jan. 11        
Regular Board Meeting at 7 p.m.
District Board Room, District Office in South Campus

Best Buddies Talent Show

Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
North Campus Theater

Incoming Freshman Orientation

Please check the freshmen orientation letter sent in early January for your scheduled time.

Jan. 17, 6:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Jan. 18, 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.   
South Campus Library/Cafeteria

Semester 1 Final Exams

Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Thursday, Jan. 19 (see exam schedule below reader survey)

No School for Students/Teacher Inservice Day

Friday, Jan. 20

Above image is from http://www.familycounselling.com/tag/meditation/.

 

QUESTION OF THE MONTH


American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that teens get 8-10 hours of sleep per 24 hours to promote optimal health.

Does your child get 8-10 hours of sleep regularly?

1. YES
2. NO

 

December's Answer:

Results of December Survey

 

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