Letter from the Superintendent
Greetings Arrowhead families, staff, and community members,
Thank you to our students, families and staff for a smooth start to the 2016-2017 school year.
While academic learning is a core mission of any school, learning ‘soft or life skills’ is extremely important as well. These skills are the personal attributes, dispositions, and habits that make for well-rounded citizens, students, and employees. Quite frankly, competency in these skills make our homes, schools, and workplaces more productive and enjoyable.
What are soft skills? Various experts and organizations use different terms and numbers of these skills… Monster has a list, National Career Service has a list, even the US Department of Labor has a list. Most lists share common themes, as summarized by the National Association of Colleges and Employers list:
- Ability to work with others in a team (people-skills)
- Ability to make decisions and solve problems
- Ability to communicate with people inside and outside the setting/organization
- Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
- Ability to obtain and process information/data
During Arrowhead’s ‘Welcome Back Session’ for staff members on August 30th, we reviewed information related to people-skills and promoting a wonderful work and learning environment. Perhaps these few tidbits learned by staff will be useful to you and your family:
- Building compassion and generosity is critical for current and future happiness and success. It enhances the likelihood a person will stand out from others, which increases the number of people who will cooperate with her/him. Thus, being generous and compassionate increases the chances of marketability, happiness and satisfaction in life.
- When feeling and demonstrating compassion for others, the portion of your brain that is activated is the same area responsible for feelings of pleasure, elation, and greater health.
- Gallup reports almost 70% of people surveyed in the USA say they receive no praise or appreciation in the workplace.
- From a study done within homes, just one of every 14 comments spoken was positive in nature. Within the workplace, just one of every 10 comments was positive.
- People show appreciation, and prefer to receive it, through five different styles. Try operating within a variety of these styles to ensure you are showing appreciation in a meaningful way to each person in your family or at work:
- Words of affirmation
- Quality time
- Acts of service
- Tangible gifts
- Physical touch
Feeling and showing appreciation and compassion goes a long way in making YOU happy, as well as the people around you.
Have a terrific month of October and may it be filled with compassion and appreciation!
Chapman, G. & White, P. (2012) The 5 languages of appreciation in the workplace.
DeBruyn, T. (2016). Compassion: a prerequisite to resiliency, The Master Teacher.
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Miller, K. (2012). Teaching compassion: changing the world through empathy and education, ParentMap.
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Director of Learning
Director of Student Services
Director of Technology
700 North Avenue
Hartland, WI 53029
800 North Avenue
Hartland, WI 53029
The World Languages Department
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. For October, we are featuring the World Languages Department. In an interview with Jeanne Psket, Program Leader, we discussed the very basics to the vision moving forward.
Why should students consider taking a World Language?
Proficiency in languages opens many doors for them. Many of our students decide to minor or major in languages in college, study abroad, volunteer in other countries, and work domestically and/or internationally in a job that requires proficiency in another language. Former students have even joined the military as language specialists. Whether your child is studying healthcare, mathematics, engineering, law, the trades, the arts, criminology, business, culinary sciences, social studies, or any other area of study, there will likely be opportunities to use a world language. Not only that, but language classes are fun! As world language teachers, we enjoy unlimited opportunities to capture students’ diverse interests. We can tackle just about any topic; as long as we are interacting in the target language, learning is a constant!
Another benefit of studying languages is that it can save students time and money in college. When students go to college, they can take a placement test in their language of study. Many of our students that study four or more years in high school place into 4th or 5th semester in college. If they take the recommended course in college and earn a B or higher, they can receive up to 16 free retroactive credits.
Arrowhead offers 4 years of Chinese, French, and German, as well as, 5 years of Spanish (AP Spanish) is it so important to offer a variety of languages?
The more languages Arrowhead can offer its students, the better prepared they will be to negotiate, engage, and collaborate in our world community. As a country, we need citizens capable of communicating with people from all corners of the world -- not only for tourism and business, but also for our own national security. Foreign languages can often be treated with suspicion -- it is human nature to fear the unknown. Trust is built when people feel that you have taken the time to learn about them and value their language and culture. Nelson Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” When solving the complex problems of the 21st Century, we need to equip citizens with the necessary skills to gain the trust and respect of our world community, and the first step is to learn their language.
What’s new this year?
We are busy launching the new Global Experience under the leadership of Global Coordinator Beth Schueth, one of our German teachers who spent 17 years living in Germany before returning to her alma mater to teach! Our first group of global students has started the junior Global Seminar Course, a dynamic class being co-taught this year by a wonderful, cross-curricular group of teachers. One important goal of the program is to act locally, but think globally as students develop skills to solve problems as citizens of our world community.
For next year, seniors in the Global Capstone will use the skills they learned in the Seminar to take action by creating a project related to a global issue and implementing change.
Successful completion of the Global Experience will lead to the prestigious Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC) awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Our global scholars will be honored at graduation for the first time in 2018, leaving our halls with a unique set of skills and credentials that will distinguish them as problem-solvers and leaders.
What co-curricular opportunities exist connected to World Languages (clubs, travel etc)?
Our language clubs are active and open to all students studying a world language. Students who wish to be part of the club attend events throughout the year that are announced in class. The clubs offer fun and educational activities that encourage students to use their language skills outside of class. Some examples of activities include scavenger hunts, culinary activities, Chicago cultural immersion trips, cultural holiday celebrations, the Holiday Folk Fair, trips to Concordia Language Villages and more!
Students can also apply for language Honor Societies. Active national chapters are available in French, German and Spanish.These opportunities provide our strongest students enriching challenges to complement the language learning from the classroom, not to mention the distinction of membership.
Our students are often given the chance to travel internationally. Last year, our students traveled to China, Germany, and Peru, while this year students will experience France and Spain. On our trips, travelers experience the language and culture of different countries through home stays, service projects, exploring new destinations and cuisine.
What’s ahead for the department?
We are working on approval for the new Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy. This award is presented to students who show proficiency in a second language and demonstrate sociocultural competencies.The seal is different from the GEAC because its goal is more language- focused, requiring students to achieve a high level of language and cultural proficiency. This certification will require an outside language assessment and proof of sociocultural competencies. We are hoping to be approved to offer this opportunity to our students by the spring of 2018.
Arrowhead World Languages Department
What are you most proud of?
We are most proud of the professional collaboration that happens every day in our department, all with a common goal of intercultural communication. I am beyond thrilled to work with such supportive, passionate and dedicated educators that truly care about students and their development!
Director of Learning
Student Services Matter
The Arrowhead Way
Communities play a huge role in the lives of children and children that grow up in strong, healthy communities thrive into adulthood. The Arrowhead community focuses on bringing to students together to collaborate on course work and co-curriculars. In the first month of school you can already see these aspects come to fruition as staff impart knowledge on how to act as a community and students take that knowledge and start to build their own communities.
- Be Responsible - On October 4th at Elmbrook Church - Lake Country (formerly Westbrook) Arrowhead will be presenting its 2nd installment of Stairway to Heroin. This presentation focuses on increasing awareness of the growing opioid problem in Lake Country and what to look for if someone close to you is using. The more we are aware as a community, the better the chance that our children will remain safe. See flyer below for more details.
- Theme of the Month - October’s theme will focus on the appropriate use of technology. Throughout the month students will receive reminders and helpful tips on what appropriate use looks like and what their use says about them. Help promote this theme at home by monitoring how often you look at your phone in front of your child.
- Think About Tomorrow Today - On September 14th all Arrowhead students engaged in an hour long session on Academic and Career Exploration. Students participated in grade level specific activities designed to help them think about their choices at Arrowhead and beyond as they begin to think about what may be in store for them after high school. Going forward all students will look to make wise course choices for their next semester at Arrowhead. In December Arrowhead staff will focus on delivering information on courses that represent the next step for students. Juniors should be preparing for post-secondary entrance exams and Seniors should be applying or preparing to apply for the next step in their journey.
Stairway to Heroin Information
Red Flags from AHS’ Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness(AODA) Counselor Barb Whyte
Director of Student Services
Stay Informed of Your Student’s Progress
Two Arrowhead systems that provide parents with an insight into their student’s learning, Skyward Family Access and Canvas, are easily accessed from shortcuts on the Arrowhead website. Both will help inform parents of student progress.
Skyward Family Access is available as both a free mobile app and as a web page linked to the Arrowhead website. Family Access displays student attendance and schedules, information including emergency numbers, food service information, and messages from teachers. Skyward Family Access is Arrowhead’s official grading application. This is where you will find the most accurate and up-to-date grading information.
Canvas is Arrowhead’s Learning Management System. All staff have course information linked from the Canvas webpage. Some staff have fully developed courses and resources within Canvas. In the latter instances, parents have the opportunity to become viewers of their student’s coursework within Canvas. Below you will find a video created by Arrowhead Physics teacher, Chris Streufert, which explains on how to create an account to view your student’s courses in Canvas.
As observers, parents are linked to a student or multiple students and are able to view data from observed student(s) including grades, assignments, and events. Although assignments can be graded within Canvas, this does not often represent the full picture of the student’s progress. Skyward, again, should be regarded as the most accurate grading system for Arrowhead students.
If you have questions on either of these systems, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Director of Library Media & Technology
There are many scholarship opportunities available to our students. Information regarding scholarships is available in the North Campus guidance office.
One of the scholarship programs with which arrowhead is involved is the “National Merit Scholarship Program”. Approximately 1.6 Million juniors entered the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Less than one percent of the students taking this exam are identified as National Merit Semifinalists. To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application which includes: academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership, employment, and honors/awards. National Merit awards approximately 8,700 scholarships each year. About 420 independent sponsor organizations (universities and corporate sponsors) currently fund the scholarships.
This year we have five semifinalists who are preparing their applications to become a finalist. Semifinalists include: Annika de Vogel, Travis, Gurlik, Devin Post, Camille Westlake, and Christopher Zheng. Remember, this means these students are in the top one percent of all students taking the exam. Not only may these students be eligible for scholarships, they will be able to use this on their college application forms to enhance their chances of being accepted into the university/college of their choice.
This year’s PSAT will take place on Wednesday, October 19th from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm at North Campus.
Question #1: Campus-Wide School Building and Site Improvement Program - $64,700,000
- Life Safety, Security, and Infrastructure
- Instructional Areas at North and South Campus
- Replacement Swimming Pool
- Fine Arts Auditorium
Question #2: Annual Operational Funding on a Recurring Basis - $173,000
- Ongoing expenses for maintenance related to adding square footage
- Ongoing expenses for increased utilities fees related to adding square footage
Visit the district website Referendum Information Page at http://www.arrowheadschools.org/about/referendum.cfm
Ask Superintendent Laura Myrah & a School Board member your questions at the the District Office every Wednesday in October from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Attend the Referendum Information Night on Wednesday, November 2 from 6:30-8 p.m. at North Campus Commons
Email your questions to email@example.com
Tour our schools on Thursday, October 6 and Tuesday, October 11, at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., beginning at the South Campus Welcome Center/Door A
Schedule an informational presentation by contacting the District Office at 262.369.3611, ext. 4110.
Be an informed voter on November 8!
More referendum information will come your way, during the coming months, through the Arrowhead Advisor e-newsletter, emails, flyers, social media, meetings, etc. For more information right now, please peruse the ever-expanding Referendum Information Webpage on the district’s website.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Arrowhead Referendum Tours
Thursday, October 6, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
South Campus Welcome Center/Door A
Tuesday, October 11, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
South Campus Welcome Center/Door A
School Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
District Office School Board Room
No School for Students
October 27 & 28
Referendum Information Night
Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
North Campus Commons
Stairway to Heroin Resource Fair & Program
Tuesday, October 4
Resource Fair 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.
Program 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.
Elmbrook Church- Lake Country (formerly Westbrook Church) 1100 Hwy. 83, Hartland
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