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Letter from the Superintendent

Greetings Arrowhead High School Community,

Wow! The 2015-16 school year has flown by so quickly, yet was filled with many significant events, hundreds of daily activities, and loads of learning.

During these last couple weeks of the school year, it takes extra diligence for students to maintain focus on school and learning. Like the track star who continues to sprint all the way through the finish line, we want our students to finish strong. Thanks for your help and teamwork in keeping our students engaged through the last day of school.

The end of the school year brings with it a variety of emotions. Most students, and admittedly many staff members, are happy the summer break has arrived. On the other hand, the end of the school year also brings about some sad goodbyes… to favorite teachers, to students/friends for the summer, to staff retiring or leaving Arrowhead, and to students entering the world of college or careers. To all those making significant moves, best wishes for a smooth and successful transition. To our 2016 graduates, your potential is extraordinary and a successful future is at your fingertips… remember to be nice, work hard, and have fun along the way!

Finally, just around the corner on June 19 is Father’s Day. As promised in May’s Arrowhead Advisor newsletter, here is a bit of Father’s Day trivia for the dads out there:  The strongest promoter of Father’s Day was likely Mrs. Bruce Dodd of Spokane who wished to honor her father, a civil war veteran. The day was not denoted as a national day of recognition until President Calvin Coolidge did so in 1924. He stated the purpose of the day is to “...establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.”  As you may recall from the May newsletter, Julia Ward Howe had suggested Mother’s Day as a day dedicated to peace.  So, the way I see it… Mother’s day is meant for a day of peace (for Mom) while Father’s Day is meant for Dad to understand and fulfill his obligations. I like it!  I bet about half the parents out there would agree with me. 

Have a safe and happy summer!



Laura Myrah

Superintendent
myrah@arrowheadschools.org

Learning Matters:

A Growth Mindset

I have a sign in my office that says “Today is your life, live with intention, speak the truth, make mistakes, take risks, have an adventure...embrace the journey.”  As the school year for our students is winding down, I find myself reflecting and wondering, do our students enjoy the journey of learning in high school?  As they reflect on another year of school, do they see how much they are growing while on this journey? To what do they attribute successes/failures?  How they answer these questions can reveal a great deal about their mindsets.  Mindsets can impact student learning and perception of school.

Dr. Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford University is a leading researcher in mindsets. She has written a book Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success. In the book she explains that people have one of  two types of mindsets--- a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.

(Image from: http://wsnl.co.uk/prep/sustaining-success-through-growth-mindset/)

“A fixed mindset assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart. A growth mindset, on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of not being intelligent, but as an opportunity for growth and for stretching our existing abilities”. At the core  of what makes the growth mindset  so appealing,  is that it creates a passion for learning rather than a need for approval. A person with a growth mindset sees that intelligence and creativity can be refined through effort and practice.  “Not only are people with this mindset not discouraged by failure, but they don’t actually see themselves as failing in those situations — they see themselves as learning.”


We have hard-working and dedicated students and athletes at Arrowhead High School. They put in effort, they seek extra help, they put in the time it takes to learn and grow. Many already embrace the growth mindset.  As we reflect on this year and consider what lies ahead (another year of high school, college or work) I encourage students, staff, and parents to reflect on the mindsets of the learning process. Students:  I encourage you to not fixate on the grades earned, but more so on how much you grew this year. Consider the study skills and learning strategies you employed, consider the times you solved a tough problem, think about the new writing or reading strategies that you learned and so on. When students think about the process of learning, when they focus on growth over grades...they own the learning.  That is truly empowering as a student and great to see as a teacher or parent!

There are thousands of articles online on growth mindsets.  I encourage teachers, students and parents to read more. These articles linked below were reviewed and consulted for this piece.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/11/23/teachers-parents-often-misuse-growth-mindset-research-carol-dweck-says

http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/11/16/growth-mindset-clearing-up-some-common-confusions/

https://hbr.org/2016/01/what-having-a-growth-mindset-actually-means

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/recognizing-overcoming-false-growth-mindset-carol-dweck

Sue Casetta


Director of Learning
casetta@arrowheadschools.org

Student Services Matter:
The Arrowhead Way

I attended a conference this year where the speaker talked about the importance he had found in his personal life of having a family meeting. He found extraordinary benefit in these weekly meetings because it provided a venue for his family to be reflective on what went well and what needed improvement going forward in all aspects of home life.

Reflection puts meaning to our experiences. Arrowhead staff will be reflecting on our year of teaching, and, at some point after final exams, I encourage you to help your child reflect on the past school year by asking “what went well” and “what do not go so well” and to follow up each of those questions with “what did you learn for that experience.” If they are willing to answer, these three questions can go a long way with them carrying this year’s lessons forward.

  • Be Appropriate, Be Respectful, Be Responsible - As stated in the first edition of this publication, these are Arrowhead’s expectations for all students. They are broad terms that can apply to most situations through which students and adults can ask “is it appropriate, responsible, and respectful?” Over the summer you can continue to link school to home by using these terms when praising your child for his or her behavior or when discussing a troublesome behavior.

  • Summer School - If your son or daughter is interested in taking summer school click this link to find out how to register. In the past students have found summer school beneficial for taking a class they needed to repeat or to take a class they were unable to fit into their schedules during the year. Take a look at the courses and see if any fit for your child.

  • Think About Tomorrow Today - During the school year this section has provided suggestions for looking toward the future for our students. At the same time, a team of staff members has been working to develop Academic and Career Exploration at Arrowhead. Over the summer that team will be developing all school activities for our students to participate in during the 2016-2017 school year and beyond. Activities will focus on helping them explore college and career options they find interesting. These activities will also involve…...you guessed it. REFLECTION!

Have a great summer!

 

Adam Boldt

Director of Student Services
boldt@arrowheadschools.org

Information Technology Matters:

Extend Learning Beyond the School Year, Outside School Walls -- For Free!

Can’t fit summer school into your family schedule, but would like to encourage your student(s) to continue learning throughout summer? Looking for an academic challenge that will increase college options? Free and flexible online learning opportunities can fill these needs.

Online learning experiences can help your student pursue personal interests at his or her own pace without the pressure of grades attached. These opportunities often allow students to dip their toes into possible college majors.

Lynda.com is a new resource Arrowhead has purchased for both students and staff. Students can explore learning paths such as Becoming an IOS App Developer or Becoming a Songwriter. These paths have between 20-30 hours of expert-created video tutorials and student practice. There are also individual courses such as Writing Ad Copy and Finding a Remote Job. Students login at www.lynda.com using their Arrowhead computer login. Completed courses can be noted in LinkedIn.

Badgerlink, a free resource for all Wisconsin residents though the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, also offers professional online training. To access go to www.badgerlink.net and prove  you are a Wisconsin resident by logging in with your public library card information.



Students will know this resources as a database to find research for papers and projects. But Badgerlink is so much more than just journal articles.

Once in Badgerlink, look under the “Learn” graphic to explore interests. By clicking on the “College and Jobs” area, you will have access to The LearningExpress Library. Here you can choose to hone skills in specific areas, like reading and math in the Adult Learning Center, or you can study for your AP, ACT, SAT, or college entrance exams in the LearningExpress Library College Center.

According a 2015 New York Times article, “How High Schoolers Spent Their Summer: Online, Taking More Courses,” high schoolers are highlighting online courses, for which they may never receive credit, along with their extra-curriculars and volunteer work in college applications. Free online courses are becoming the new resume builder for students.

So where can students find these online courses? Students are enrolling in MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses. These courses are free and open to large numbers of people (hense the name). Three of the most popular platforms are:

  1. EdX - A not-for-profit enterprise with MIT and Harvard universities as founding partners.

  2. Coursera - A for-profit, venture-backed company founded by computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University.

  3. Udemy - An online learning platform that allows anyone to host their video courses.

Don’t know where to start? Class Central, a free online course aggregator that curates MOOC listings and reviews from students, has ranked the ten most popular MOOCs for this June (Click on the ClassCentral picture below).

https://www.class-central.com/report/ten-most-popular-moocs-june-2016/

So, enjoy the beautiful weather and outdoor opportunities this summer, but remember, learning doesn’t have to end when school is out.  Help your children find their passions through flexible online learning opportunities.

Harris, E. A. (2015). How High Schoolers Spent Their Summer: Online, Taking More Courses. Retrieved May 27, 2016, from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/26/nyregion/online-summer-courses-attracting-college-bound-high-schoolers.html?_r=0

Donna Smith


Director of Library Media & Technology
smith@arrowheadschools.org

Principal’s Corner

 

As summer approaches, students historically spend more time driving and riding with others in cars.  The leading cause of deaths in young people between the ages of 12-19 is traffic accidents.  In an attempt to raise awareness, the Department of Public Instruction has forwarded a video to all high schools and asked them to find a way to show it to their students.  The link in this document will take you to the site with the video.  You are encouraged to watch the 25 minute video with your child and proactively discuss how they can better protect themselves in the future.

Here are a few facts from the Center Of Disease Control and Prevention in regard to teen driving:

  1. In 2013, 2,163 teens in the United States ages 16–19 were killed and 243,243 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. That means that six teens ages 16–19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries.

  2. In 2013, the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 16 to 19 was almost two times that of their female counterparts.

  3. The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers. This risk increases with the number of teen passengers. (You will see this portrayed in the video)

  4. Crash risk is particularly high during the first months of licensure.

Here is the video:

Teenage Driver Safety Campaign
Watch the Video
107,969 views

Have a safe and great summer!

Gregg Wieczorek

 

Arrowhead Principal 
wieczorek@arrowheadschools.org

Design Engineering Manufacturing Center Celebrates First Year

Earlier in the year, Arrowhead Advisor featured a story about our new Design Engineering Manufacturing Center.  The center, located at South Campus, has been booming with new learning opportunities in Engineering and Manufacturing.  The shift in learning experiences is evident for anyone who visits the Center.  Students in the two foundational courses taught in the DEMC (Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing  and Manufacturing and Engineering with Materials)  learn important technical skills, but also design and innovative thinking, project planning, collaboration, and problem-solving.                                                                                                                                                 pic.jpg

The final project in MEM class this year was the design and production of a homework table.  Students worked in teams to design, prototype, refine, plan and manufacture the thier designed tables.   Jeff Luetschwager, MEM teacher, reflects on this exciting year, “Students that understand the manufacturing process are truly capable of doing amazing things even at this young age.  If we teach them the process and identify materials and equipment along the way, they can apply them to any challenge they are presented with.  I really believe this group of students understands how to turn a dream into a reality and this experience made it happen.”

We are just getting started!  Our vision is to develop learning experiences that will spark interest in engineering and manufacturing for our students. In turn, we help foster our regional economy and begin to close the skills gap with graduates who motivated, interested and appropriately skilled.Our celebration would not be complete without thanking the business partners who have donated equipment, time, money and materials to our program.  Without these important partnership, none of this would be possible.
Thank you to:
Bradley Corporation- Bryan Mullett
Price Engineering- Tom Price
Fisher-Barton Group- Rick Craven
Paul Decker- Maverick Innovation
Dorner Manufacturing Group
Ace Precision
Goetzke and Associates
Everson Family
Kaiser Family
Betty Bachmann
Waukesha County Community Fund
Johnson Controls
Sjoberg Tool and Manufacturing Corporation- Metal Tubing
AD- Tech Industries- Powder Coating
First Technologies Inc- Afinia 3D Printers

If you are interested in learning more about our vision for 21st century learning in Engineering and Manufacturing, contact Sue Casetta, Arrowhead Director of Learning (casetta@arrowheadschools.org).

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Graduation 2016
Saturday, June 4 7:30 pm
(Rain date: Sunday, June 5, 1:30 pm)

Arrowhead Stadium

Semester 2 Final Exams
Wednesday, June 8 through Friday, June 10

School Board Meetings
Wednesday, June 8 
District Board Room, District Office in South Campus
Special Meeting to review Facilities Planning Community Survey Results at 5 pm
Regular School Board Meeting at 7 pm

Tuesday, June 14
District Board Room, District Office in South Campus
Special Meeting to discuss Facilities Planning Community Survey Results and to prioritize potential referendum projects at 6 pm

Wednesday, July 13, 7 pm
District Board Room, District Office in South Campus

Wednesday August, 10, 7 pm
District Board Room, District Office in South Campus

Summer School
Monday, June 13 through Thursday, July 21

Student Registration
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 9 and 10 8 am to 5 pm 
South Campus


Makeup Registration
Thursday, August 25 12 pm to 7 pm
South Campus

Budget Hearing
Wednesday, August 17, 7 pm
North Campus Theater


Annual Meeting
Wednesday, August 17, 7:30 pm
North Campus Theater


Wings
Freshman Orientation
Wednesday, August 17 through Friday, August 19
South Campus

New Student Orientation
New to AHS, 10th-12th graders
Wednesday, August 31

First Day of School
Thursday, September 1

Arrowhead has been a district for 59 years.

The Arrowhead Advisor will return in September.
Have a great summer!



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