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Letter from the Superintendent

Greetings Arrowhead High School Community,

In the October edition of the Arrowhead Advisor, I provided background information regarding a potential referendum for Arrowhead High School in November 2016. Much work and many School Board discussions have occurred since that point in time. It is time for an update.  

Key Informational Points and Timeline of Events:

  • The Arrowhead School Board is renewing its focus on key components of the district’s long range facilities master plan as it considers campus-wide facilities’ needs for a potential November 2016 referendum. Significant planning work to address a variety of identified needs was conducted in 2009-2011 but efforts were put ‘on hold’ primarily due to community feedback gathered in a district-wide survey in 2011.

  • Some of the previously identified needs have been addressed through the Arrowhead’s operating budget. Yet, many needs remain or have worsened with age, despite an average of $1.1 million annually being spent on building maintenance projects. These major projects can no longer be funded through the operating budget without greatly impacting educational programming and/or co-curricular programming for students.

  • Arrowhead has not pursued a referendum for additional revenue since 1999.

  • Immediate areas of priority and future improvement areas of exploration include:

* Facility Needs/Building Envelope Projects

* Enlarged School/Community Theater Space

* Campus Safety and Traffic Patterns

* Enlarged School/Community Gymnasium Space

* Improved Academic Areas

* Improved School/Community Pool Space

* Site/Stormwater Management

 
  • As part of the due diligence process, the School Board has authorized Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) to update key sections of the comprehensive Facilities Report, originally completed in 2010. The two major areas of the report currently being updated include:

    • Educational Programming:  Assessment of how effectively our buildings function programmatically and/or provide appropriate learning spaces to support existing and future instructional programming for students

    • Architectural/Building Conditions: Review of all major buildings systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, building envelop) and their anticipated remaining life expectancy

  • EUA and AHS administration met with staff groups to reassess the buildings and a summary presentation was given to the School Board on February 24, 2016. When complete, the full report will be posted on the district website at www.arrowheadschools.org.   The simplistic summary of EUA’s assessment findings:

    • Many classroom areas at North and South campuses are undersized, outdated, and fail to provide the flexibility desired for today’s teaching & learning strategies.
    • Small, irregularly shaped classrooms also create congestion, safe exiting concerns, visibility issues, and limit access to in-room storage.
    • The buildings generally lack updated, easily adaptable common areas that can be used for individual instruction, collaboration activities with small groups, and large student body programs or assemblies.
      • Many areas lack natural light, appropriate storage and are using outdated, inflexible furniture.

      • Technology infrastructure is outdated and cannot meet current demand (electronic devices).

      • The Fine Arts program space (theater and music) is undersized, outdated and lacks practice rooms, storage, large performance space, and student display areas.

      • The gym and  fitness center areas are generally outdated and lacking in storage.

      • Building access could be improved at both campuses with the creation of secure, controlled main entrances that bring visitors directly into the main office prior to accessing the school.

      • The facilities are well maintained; however, some major building systems such as sections of the roofs and HVAC controls are close to reaching their useful life expectancy with other sections needing updates within the next 1-5 years

      • The exterior building envelope is generally in good condition; however, some walls are in poor condition (pool and green house).

      • Electrical systems are generally in good condition; however, key components such as generators, lighting, power and fire alarm systems need updating and should be brought up to current code. Surge protection for the main services should also be considered.

      • Plumbing systems are generally in good condition; however, the sanitary waste system at North Campus is in poor condition.

      • The buildings do not currently have automatic fire protection systems, which may be required for future expansion.

      • Site needs fall into three major categories: stormwater management, site safety and capital maintenance.

        • Improvements to North Campus storm water management may also likely alleviate South Campus concerns.

        • Investigating relocation of Arrowhead Campus Drive further east may improve student pedestrian safety by moving the tennis courts and southeast student parking lot closer to the building.

        • Most of the parking lots and drive areas were built in the early 2000’s, naturally approaching their life expectancies.

  • Once the School Board has confirmed and prioritized facility needs, preliminary options or solutions will be developed with estimated costs. The Board intends to share these options with all school district residents and request feedback via another community-wide survey in May/June to inform their final decision about a fall referendum.

  • For more information regarding a potential referendum, please feel free to attend any School Board Meetings. Of particular interest may be the Special Board Meeting planned for March 9 at 5:30 p.m. wherein the School Board will continue discussion and prioritization of the district’s identified needs.   

Source: Key Messages and Facility Assessment Report, Eppstein Uhen Architects, February 25, 2016

It has been a busy winter at Arrowhead High School. With spring right around the corner, I hope you have set aside some time for relaxing fun in the (hopefully) warm Wisconsin (or elsewhere) sun.

Enjoy your day,



Laura Myrah

Superintendent
myrah@arrowheadschools.org

Learning Matters:
State Assessment Updates

I wrote about state assessments in an earlier edition of the Arrowhead Advisor. Here are a few updates parents and students should be aware of.

ACT - By the time parents and students are reading this, the ACT at Arrowhead will be complete.  All juniors at Arrowhead are taking the ACT on March 1.The ACT is a curriculum- and standards-based tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. Students in Wisconsin take the ACT with writing. Students receive score reports for the ACT 3-8 weeks after testing (Mar. – May). Here is a link to additional information about ACT score reports:

UNDERSTANDING YOUR ACT SCORE REPORT

Additionally, North Campus counseling will be holding a session in May to help parents and students understand the report. More information to come.

ACT WORKKEYS-  On March 2, Juniors take the ACT WorkKeys assessment. This is also a required test by the state of Wisconsin. ACT WorkKeys tests are research-based measures of foundational work skills essential to career success across industries and occupations. These tests are criterion-referenced to the skill requirements of the workplace and yield information that helps individuals document their skills and evaluate career opportunities. ACT WorkKeys tests assist educators in evaluating curricular outcomes and preparing their students for the workplace, as well as help employers to make better decisions about who to hire, train, and promote. Students who take ACT WorkKeys Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information are eligible to earn the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™.  Students receive score reports for ACT WorkKeys 5-7 weeks after testing (April).  Here is a link to additional information about ACT WorkKeys Reports: UNDERSTANDING WORKKEYS SCORE REPORTS

WISCONSIN FORWARD EXAM- This is a  new state mandated test taken by Sophomores only.  The Forward Exam is a computer-based assessment  that assesses social studies knowledge, skills,and standards. Arrowhead will be administering the test to Sophomores on April 18 and 19.  Sophomore students and parents will receive additional information via Skylert on specific details of the test, including test samples items and when their son/daughter will be taking the assessment soon. STAY TUNED!

ACT ASPIRE TEST- Wisconsin requires the ACT Aspire assessments to be taken by Freshmen and Sophomores.  ACT Aspire is a summative assessment that measures what students have learned in the areas of: English, Reading, Math, Science, and Writing. ACT Aspire is an online assessment.ACT Aspire scores predicts how a student will perform on both The ACT and ACT WorkKeys when they reach 11th grade. Students who need academic interventions or challenges can be identified earlier in their high school careers.Sophomore students will be testing on May 16/17.  Freshmen students will be testing on May 23/ 24. Students should receive ACT Aspire score reports  6-8 weeks after testing.  We will be sending additional information via Skylert about the testing schedule and location for students soon.

The class of 2018 and 2017 took the ACT ASPIRE test at the end of last year.  The score reports from this test are available through your Skyward Family Access account.. Log on to Family Access (with either the family logon or student logon), Highlight "Portfolio" (bottom left of screen), then click on "May 2015 Aspire Results." 

In addition to all of the tests listed here, freshmen, sophomores and juniors also completed the mandated Citizenship test on February 3 (see the Principal’s Corner). This test is required for graduation beginning with the Class of 2017.

Regardless of how we feel about standardized tests, Arrowhead remains committed to preparing all of our students for their futures. These tests can serve as one of many indicators we can use to assess student readiness for college and career.  

Sue Casetta


Director of Learning
casetta@arrowheadschools.org

Student Services Matter:
The Arrowhead Way

 

 

The Arrowhead Way strives to connect students, school, and community to one another. This month you will see one  bullet point attempting to connect students with community and another bullet attempting to connect families to the school.

  • Be Appropriate, Be Respectful, Be Responsible - Over the course of this year Arrowhead has continued to take the alcohol and drug use amongst our students very seriously. In November students took the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to give the school data on current student issues. Last month we announced the beginning of the Student Assistance Program for drug and alcohol users and those affected by drug and alcohol use.

April 4th-11th, all 10th graders will be completing an individual survey and conversation on drug and alcohol use. The survey will be completed during their study hall time and will take 10 minutes or less. Each student will be asked a series of questions and depending on the results of that survey will be either encouraged to continue to abstaining (most students) or will be guided towards treatment options.

A Skylert has gone out to all 10th grade parents/guardians, however, the information is also available below

Letter to Parents

Parent and Student Fact Sheet with Sample Survey

  • Be Appropriate, Be Respectful, Be Responsible (Part II) - Students showing up tardy to class continues to be one of the biggest student issues we face at Arrowhead. At the beginning of the second semester faculty emphasized their tardy policy and have recently revisited their tardy policy. Currently, students receive an office referral if they are tardy to the same class four times in a semester.

We ask that parents and guardians review with their children how important it is to be on-time. There is a famous quote that can be used in this discussion:

“I want employees who show up late all the time”  - No Boss Ever

Arrowhead Statistics

  • 2208 students

  • 935 students were tardy at least once 1st semester

  • 3731 tardies recorded 1st semester

  • Most tardies occur to 1st hour class

  • Students with 4 or more tardies were 4 times as likely to have a “D” or “F” 1st semester than those with 3 or less                             

  • Theme of the Month - March’s theme is brought to us by the Math Department whose theme is Insπre (Inspire). Students will be able to nominate teachers who inspire them and teachers will nominate students who inspire them as a way of connecting students and staff.

Useful Links from Arrowhead’s AODA Counselor Barb Whyte:

Xanax Abuse and Parent Strong Flyer

 

Adam Boldt

Director of Student Services
boldt@arrowheadschools.org

Information Technology Matters:

Keeping Up With Teens and Tech

Keeping Up with the Kardashians is easy. Keeping up with what teens are using with their technology is a bit more difficult. Unlike the many of the other surveys, Business Insider truly captured teens’ tech use today. Here are some highlights from the BI Survey, where teens are asked about the Kardashians, too!

When do teens get their first phones? All teens polled (ages 11-19) had phones. The youngest received a phone at 8 years old and the oldest to receive a phone was 16.

What social network are teens using? Snapchat and Instagram were reported as the most used apps. Students are also on Twitter to update friends quickly. Facebook is used mostly as a messaging app. Why don’t teens like Facebook? Because parents and other adults are there.

What else is uncool (besides everything I do or say in front of my own kids)? Google+, Whisper, and Vine. Teens love Buzzfeed with its videos, quizzes, and Tasty. However, as soon as a topic gets to Buzzfeed, that topic is already uncool.

Uncool, BTW, is using the terms bae and fleek. If you missed these terms, they meant “before anyone else” and “nice, smooth, sweet,” respectively, according to urban dictionary.  Cool (probably uncool by the time you read this) throwing shade or spilling tea to talk negatively about someone; yasssss when you are excited; and hype, flames, or lit to mean cool.

Teens are savvy users. They set up fake social media accounts so they can post messages to friends without affecting their digital footprint in a negative way. Teens also use social apps where they can post anonymously. These anonymous apps can be simply to post private thoughts, but these apps have been used negatively to harass and threaten others.

What apps do they use for fun? Neko Atsume (where you collect cats), Wishbone (where you compare two things), or Color Therapy (a coloring app. Think, color therapy). All apps are available on both iTunes and Google Play, if you want to try them out.

So, how is this behavior different from hanging on the phone (connected to the wall) and playing Intellivision? I am not sure it really is. And as far as the Kardashians go, teens don’t admit liking them. However, teens know a lot about the family and many (millions) load the Kardashian/Jenner girls’ apps. Who wouldn’t want to add Kimojis to their text messages?  

See the whole Business Insider article here.

 

Donna Smith


Director of Library Media & Technology
smith@arrowheadschools.org

Principal’s Corner

 

Recently we have had a number of days with altered schedules in order to accommodate state mandates. The following is a synopsis of those activities:

  1. On February 3, our freshmen, sophomores, and juniors took the state civics test.   All Wisconsin public school students must pass this exam in order to graduate from high school.   Of the 1,577 Arrowhead students who took the test, an impressive 99.36% passed it on their first attempt.

  2. We held a crisis drill on February 24.  During the drill the school went into lockdown mode where teachers closed doors, turned off lights, and put the class in a safe position in the room.  Teachers then took the students through a  mini-lesson on what to do if we had an armed intruder in one of the buildings. Our staff and students responded well to this drill.

  3. This year Arrowhead is involved in a pilot program to help students with their academic career planning.   On February 25, while the juniors were registering for their ACT tests and the seniors stayed home, the freshmen and sophomores went through the first orientation for academic and career planning. The following is a link to a video that explains Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction goals for Academic and Career Planning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpXQIKzgya0

 

Hopefully, this will help keep you informed as to what is happening during the altered schedules.

Gregg Wieczorek


Arrowhead Principal 
wieczorek@arrowheadschools.org
SAVE THE DATE
for the Arrowhead Scholarship Fund's 17th Annual Dinner Auction
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 6-11 pm
Exciting New Venue ~ Rustic Manor 1848
Hwy 83 - Delafield

Dust off your
cowboy hats & boots
and help us 
Rope the Moon!

Good Company | Buffet Dinner | Blind Auction
Silent and Live Auctions | Raffles | Music
 
Please contact Mike Ziegler, President of ASF, at mike.ziegler@qg.com for more information on ASF Board participation and fundraising.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS
Wed., March 9

District Board Room, District Office in South Campus

  • Special Meeting to discuss possible referendum at 5:30 p.m.
  • Regular School Board Meeting at 7 p.m.

ARROWHEAD SCHOLARSHIP FUND (ASF) DINNER/AUCTION
Fri., March 11, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Rustic Inn, Hwy 83, Hartland
Advanced tickets required- http://www.arrowheadscholarshipfund.org/
 

LEARNING NEVER ENDS
Wed., March 16, 6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
North Campus- various assigned classrooms  
Advanced registration required - http://www.arrowheadschools.org/about/Learning.cfm

 

NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK
Fri., March 25 through Fri., April 1

Thanks for your feedback on Meet the Teacher Night.

MARCH Feedback:
What are your students most looking forward to over spring break?
1. Catching up on school work.
2. Looking forward to relaxing/sleeping in
3. Putting extra hours in at a part-time job.
4. Spending time with friends and family.
5. A little bit of all of the above.
 

 

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