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Letter from the Superintendent

Greetings Arrowhead High School Community,

Henry Ford professed, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”  We invite any and all adults in the Arrowhead community to stay young and keep learning with us at Arrowhead through a program titled, Learning Never Ends.

On March 16, Arrowhead is offering this unique program wherein faculty members volunteer to provide high interest, free seminars for Arrowhead area parents and other adult citizens. Learning Never Ends is a wonderful way for educators to give back to taxpayers, and for citizens to get into the school to meet and collaborate with some Arrowhead employees. The 75-minute courses range in subjects from pasta-making to presidential elections, from basics in computers to basics in social dance… a topic for everyone!

Learning Never Ends

March 16, 2016
Session 1:  6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Session 2:  7:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Arrowhead High School North Campus

For more information, including course descriptions and a link to registration materials, visit the Learning Never Ends webpage on the Arrowhead High School website, or call 262-369-3612  ext. 3704.   

Classes are filling-- Sign up now and we’ll see you on March 16!

 

Laura Myrah

Superintendent
myrah@arrowheadschools.org

Learning Matters:

Academic and Career Planning

28%... Adults 25 years and over in Wisconsin who have a bachelor's or higher degree
60%... High school graduates in Wisconsin who immediately enrolled in higher education at any public or private 2 or 4-year institution (Between 70- 80% of Arrowhead graduates)
$28,810… State average for student debt
70% … Students in public 4-year and private 4-year institutions who will graduate with debt


(Source: Office of Policy Analysis and Research: University of Wisconsin System - 2013 data and WISEdash Public Portal: Post Enrollment Trends)

The above statistics can make any parent or student nervous about his future. “What do I want to do when I graduate from high school?” is a looming question over most high school students.  Although students do not have to have a crystal clear answer to that looming question, being exposed to a variety of meaningful learning experiences, learning about one’s strengths and interests, exploring academic and career options, and learning essential planning skills and tools can help students make post-secondary plans a reality. As General Dwight D Eisenhower once said, “  I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

Arrowhead High School, as part of our school vision and mission, prepares students for their futures. Arrowhead  has always placed importance on the post-secondary planning process for our students. Planning for the future is an essential component of our students’ high school experiences.  Students make plans for their future through our programming, course selection process, goal setting, parent and student topic discussions, individual planning conferences during freshman and junior years, and many college and career events throughout the year.  

This year, Arrowhead High School is continuing our commitment  with a renewed vision for Academic and Career Planning. We were selected as part of a statewide pilot program, along with 25 other schools, exploring new opportunities that can assist students in the academic and career planning process. We have a dedicated team in place that has surveyed students and staff, developed and reviewed planning materials, and will be making  recommendations for a school-wide implementation process for Academic and Career Planning.  

As students are making course selection choices for next year very soon, they should be looking  ahead to what prerequisites they need to have for future coursework and explore college requirements for admissions to schools they are interested in attending.  Students should review personal interests, college goals,  and career goals when determining what courses they wish to take for next year. Many of these planning activities can be done in  the Naviance Family Connection program. Students  should also engage in conversations with parents, counselors and teachers to help them reflect on their strengths and weaknesses to determine courses that will assist them in meeting their goals

There will be more information and opportunities for parents, students, and community members to provide feedback on the process. If you have questions or want to know more, contact Brianne Mehlos: mehlos@arrowheadschools.org

Sue Casetta


Director of Learning
casetta@arrowheadschools.org

Student Services Matter:
The Arrowhead Way

Welcome all to the start of the 2nd semester and the steady climb to more light and warmer weather!

  • Be Appropriate, Be Respectful, Be Responsible - Sometimes our students, their closest friends, and/or family struggle with the three expectations above and experience difficulties with drugs and alcohol. For those affected by use themselves or by loved ones, Arrowhead is proud to announce it has partnered with Rosecrance to begin the Student Assistance Program (SAP) at Arrowhead.

The SAP will be housed at Arrowhead so students can conveniently find the support they need. Every Wednesday a professional drug addiction counselor will work with groups of students on

  • Preventing use

  • Overcoming addiction

  • Handling the stress of a loved one who is using

If you have questions about the program or would like to refer your child please contact Mrs. Whyte at whyte@arrowheadschools.org

  • Theme of the Month - February’s theme will be “Random Acts of Kindness” brought to you by the Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer, and Technology & Engineering Departments. This theme supports the message our students all receive as freshman at Wings, which is one little act of kindness can make all the difference in the world for somebody, imagine what 2,200 little acts can do. Support this theme by talking with your teens about what little act they may do for someone during their day.

  • Think About Tomorrow Today - Second semester is here and students will already be selecting courses for next year before they know it. It is important to remember that an intentional path of study can help prepare a student for post-secondary options. Remind your teens to take their time, think about their course selections, and to ask their teachers and counselors for course recommendations if necessary. Remember, one of the worst reasons to take a class is “because my friend is doing it.”

Useful Links from Arrowhead’s AODA Counselor Barb Whyte:
Light and Unite

 

Adam Boldt

Director of Student Services
boldt@arrowheadschools.org

Information Technology Matters:

Helping Your Students Focus While on Tech

Let’s face it, technology can weave users down a winding road lead by bright underlined hyperlinks and newly opened tabs. Who hasn’t been pulled by a clever headline promising the greatest 5 whatevers or given into the lure of a social network tab?

But how do we help our kids focus and not spend fruitless hours watching cute puppies or funny cat videos?

Multitasking is not the answer. Despite the fact that multitasking is a skill many brag about (as a mom, I admit to proclaiming myself a multi-tasker). Multi-tasking may lower our productivity, increase careless errors, and even lower our IQ according to David Rock, co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute and author of Your Brain at Work (HarperCollins, 2009).  Nooooooo!

Yes! And if you study with earbuds in or plopped in front of the TV, you may be impairing your studying. According to University of Wales Institute - Cardiff  lecturer Dr. Nick Perham's 2010 study, "Can preference for background music mediate the irrelevant sound effect?", music can interfere with short-term memory performance.

But how can you make studying productive, engaging, and even fun?

Challenge your child to train his or her mind by focussing on one thing longer. We do not actually lose focus, our focus changes to something new and different. This is natural. Ask your child to focus on her work for five minutes straight. Follow this focus with a 5-minute break where she listens to music, runs around the house, or explores her social networks.

Have your child increase the length of focus time by a minute each time. She will be surprised at how much more effective this focussed work time is.

If your child has trouble maintaining focus time, have her load a Chrome productivity extension. There are many, here are a few.

Stay Focussed: This Chrome extension allows you to block certain sites or allow only certain sites. You can set a time for these limits.



WasteNoTime is a similar extension with more robust settings. By clicking on the settings in the app, the WasteNoTime allows you to use a website time tracker, set block and allow lists, and define times allowed (set working/school hours).

TooManyTabs is an extension that gives the user a visual display of all tabs open. The pinned icon shows the number of tabs open and the tabs can be exported easily to Google Drive.


Finally, Webtimer calculates the amount of time you have been on the web and breaks the session time up by website in a graph form. This can be quite telling for your little multitasker! I know I found it pretty interesting myself.

Regardless of whether your child uses an extension to aid in her search for focus, make sure she balances her focused time with music, laughter, and fun.
 

Donna Smith


Director of Library Media & Technology
smith@arrowheadschools.org

Principal’s Corner

Scholastic Art Award Winners

Every fall, thousands of art students from all over the state submit their best work to the Scholastic Art Awards contest in hopes of being named a Gold or Silver Key recipient.  For most of the students this is their first juried contest; to make it even more difficult they are only given basic criteria and do not know how the judges are assessing their work.  Of the over 3,000 pieces submitted, only about 10 percent receive a Gold or Silver Key.

Arrowhead students submitted 45 pieces to the competition.  Eleven of those pieces were named either Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention.  The Gold and Silver Key recipients currently have their work displayed at the Milwaukee Art Museum until the end of February.  Senior Gabrielle Dyke and sophomore Maia Kohnlein are Gold Key recipients and will have their work forwarded on to the national competition in New York.  Silver Key award winners include: Sophomores Emma Barajas and Maia Kohnlein (3 pieces) and freshman Reagen Mann.  Seniors Isabel Case, Kristen Struebing and Rheanna Kademan along with sophomore Maia Kohnlein were named to the Honorable Mention list.   

 

The Gold Key recipients will have their work displayed in the National Exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School for Design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery.  These students will be competing for more than $250,000.00 in scholarships with over a thousand of the most artistic and creative teenagers from all over the country.


Gregg Wieczorek

Arrowhead Principal 
wieczorek@arrowheadschools.org
Student work above (from top, left to right):
Maia Koehnlein, Silver Key
Maia Koehnlein, Silver Key
Reagan Manne, Silver Key
Emma Barajas, Silver Key
Gabrielle Dyke, Gold Key


Student work below (left to right):
Maia Koehnlein, Gold Key
Maia Koehnlein, Silver Key
 
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

State-required Civics Test

Wednesday, February 3

Tested during first hour classes for Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors


Senior Picture Day
Wednesday, February 3
Seniors report to the East Gym at 8:45 a.m.

 

Meet the Teachers Night - Semester 2

Wednesday, February 3

5:30-7:30 p.m. in the North Campus West Gym and Commons areas

Please enter at Door 15

 

School Board Meetings
Wednesday, February 10  

District Board Room, District Office in South Campus

  • Special Meeting to discuss possible referendum at 6 p.m.

  • Regular School Board Meeting at 7 p.m.

 

No School

Friday, February 19 & Monday, February 22  

 

Thanks to our readers for their suggested topics seen above!

February Feedback:
What is your primary purpose in attending
Meet the Teacher Night on Feb. 3?

1. Get to know the teacher.
2. Get an understanding of what will be taught in class.
3. Share academic information about my child.
4. Share social/behavioral information about my child.
5. I will not be attending Meet the Teacher Night.
 

 

Like Us on Facebook, Follow Us on Twitter

Communications expert David Voss recently shared that 70% of parents of school-age children check their Facebook account on a daily basis. According to social media author and strategist Jay Baer, 7% of Americans use Twitter on a regular basis.  In our continuing efforts toward timely, interesting, transparent, and efficient communication practices, Arrowhead High School hosts a district page on Facebook, as well as a Twitter account.  

Upon doing a search in Facebook, you will find several Arrowhead-related pages, including for different athletic teams, programs, and even one unofficial “Arrowhead High School” page.

The official district Facebook page is titled “Arrowhead Schools.” Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for timely news, emergency announcements and fun photos of learning at Arrowhead High School.

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