AHS Opens Student Union

Student Writer
Bri Meyers
Student Writer
Livi Pitzo

Arrowhead High School seniors Brianna Meyer and Livi Pitzo contributed the following article to the Lake Country Publications to be published in the Living Lake Country Sunday February 17th edition:

Arrowhead Opens a Student Union

Students enjoy some free
time playing a game of foosball
Earlier this year, Arrowhead South Campus added a new program to their lunchroom: the Arrowhead Student Union, more commonly known as The U. In The U, eligible students can buy snacks, play games, or study during free periods. During every study hall up to 18 students with a GPA of 3.3 or higher are eligible to come to the U. There, they can buy snacks like coffee, hot chocolate, sparkling ice, or fresh baked cookies. Students also have the opportunity to play games like ping pong, foosball, and bag toss. The U is meant to provide students with a fun and relaxing environment that they can’t get in regular study hall, said teacher supervisor Ann Krueger. “I like to come to the “U” because you can socialize with your friends and have a good time,” said Arrowhead sophomore Mike Tanke.

Students use employment &
communication skills in running
the school business
The U started as a way for students with special needs, particularly those with autism, to learn employment and communication skills. By running The U, students learn skills such as customer service, handling money, advertising, maintenance of business equipment, and pricing items to make a profit.

Students are responsible for
all aspects of running the business
Through the games, the students learn social and communication skills by interacting with other Arrowhead students.  

“The interaction of students provides an opportunity to learn leisure skills in a school setting,” said Krueger. “I’ve seen many schools with cafes, but we found that most don’t have the aspect of the games.”

Krueger said the games provide an important collaboration between students and individuals on and off the autism spectrum.  

Students earning a 3.3 GPA or higher
are provided the opportunity to
use "The U" during free periods
“I like to go to the U to hang out with friends without having to be quiet in the study hall room,” said Arrowhead sophomore Hannah Frankowski. “Plus, they have great food and a foosball table.”  

Allowing the students to run the business side of The U exposes them to the skills they will need in the community. By practicing the skills under supervision, the students will be more prepared to use them later in a job setting.

“The students are on all different levels of skills,” said Krueger.

AHS Staff member Scott Asher works
with a student assembling a game
Since its beginning, The U has been a totally self-sufficient business and has not had to borrow any money from the school. This allows them to work on their own calendar and return the money made immediately back to the business.

“After four months, we have broke even, which is pretty incredible,” said Krueger.

Krueger said once The U starts making more money, they would like to give it back to the students. They want to spend the money on things like speakers and mentors, which can help the students develop into skilled young adults. It can also be put towards the cost of getting students into vocational jobs.

Students are responsible for financial
management of "The U"
The U provides a learning experience not only for students with autism, but also other students as well. Students have the opportunity to earn independent study credits by working at The U. By accepting cash and not lunch accounts, The U also teaches students how to be conscientious about spending and managing their money.

The U is open and staffed hours one through four and seven through ten. It is located in the east corner of the South Campus lunchroom and welcomes eligible freshmen and sophomores to come down and check it out.

As freshman Mitchell Pralle says: “The U has everything--food, drinks, and fun. It makes me want to keep my GPA up.”
Students using "The U" to
study during a free period
Students enjoying a game of
ping pong
Students take a break to
compete in a shooting

"The U" is a popular stop for students
The student run business provides a
great opportunity, under staff supervision
to learn employability skills

Sam Reynolds Finalist "Dear Mr. President" Essay Contest

Rand McNally Reveals Finalists of “Dear Mr. President” Essay Contest for Students
Local Student Among the Winners!

Hartland, Wisconsin, February 11, 2013 – After receiving nearly 8,000 essays from 7ththrough 12th graders across the country, Rand McNally has announced the ten finalists in its “Dear Mr. President” short essay contest. Sam Reynolds of Arrowhead Union High School is among the ten finalists selected, and will travel to Washington, D.C. for a February 17th ceremony at which two Grand Prize winners will be named.

Launched in August, “Dear Mr. President” challenged student authors to present a 400 to 600 word persuasive essay answering the question, "What important issue would you like the President to address?"  The ten finalists addressed a wide range of topics including economic issues, such as farm bill funding and tax structure; health issues, such as diabetes research and autism health care funding; and social issues such as immigrant visas, education and the environment.

Sam’s submission is titled “Tax Rates Ruin Entrepreneurial Spirit” and was submitted by Elizabeth Jorgensen (Sam’s English teacher). 

The ten finalists and a parent or guest will travel to Washington, D.C. for a three-day trip, compliments of WorldStrides®, the global leader in accredited educational travel programs. The finalists will have their essays published in a free e-book at NOOK.com.

From the ten finalists, two Grand Prize winners will be selected and announced at February 17 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Grand Prize winners (one from 7-9th grade and one from 10-12th grade) will receive a $5,000 College 529 Savings Plan. The schools of the Grand Prize winners will receive $5,000 of classroom products from Rand McNally.

While in Washington, D.C. – just prior to President’s Day - the ten finalists will experience an exclusive WorldStrides DiscoverNow! program. WorldStrides is the nation’s largest educational travel organization. Finalists will spend three days and two nights exploring the nation’s capital with the guidance of a WorldStrides-certified course leader. Highlights of the experience will include:
·        Witnessing the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns;
·       Reciting Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and visiting the newly dedicated Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial;
·     Experiencing life in the first “white house”, George Washington’s beloved Mt. Vernon;
·    Seeing the government in action through a visit to the Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol Building. 
The list of winners and complete contest rules for “Dear Mr. President” are available at bestoftheroad.com/education. In addition to contest guidelines, the site also features lesson plans for educators, activity guides to assist student writers, and correlations to the Common Core State Standards.

At the March 13th Arrowhead Board of Education meeting Sam, his parents Gail and Gary, along with Sam's teacher Liz Jorgensen will be present to be recognized and to share their experience traveling to Washington D.C.  CONGRATULATIONS SAM!!!

Army National Guard Recognizes AHS Football


Warhawks roll to fifth

Division I state championship

            HARTLAND, Wis., Feb. 12, 2013 — The Arrowhead High School football team has finished No. 39 nationally for the 2012 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 16,000 high school varsity football teams.
            Arrowhead (13-0) claimed its fifth Division I state championship when the Warhawks routed Sun Prairie, 35-14, on Nov. 16.  The Warhawks have been a finalist 10 of the last 20 seasons.  Arrowhead is one of 50 schools being honored on the eighth annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard.
            The school was also honored on the 2007 Tour when it finished No. 27 in the country by MaxPreps.
            "For nearly a decade, MaxPreps and the Army National Guard have honored America's finest high school football teams with the prestigious Army National Guard national ranking trophy,” said MaxPreps President and Founder Andy Beal. “Coach Malling and the Arrowhead Warhawks have proven on the field that they are among the nation's truly elite high school football teams."
                “The kids that play in our program are geared towards internal rewards, but it’s always nice to be recognized on a national level and we appreciate it,” said Arrowhead head football coach Greg Malling, who completed just his second season.
            Senior quarterback Brady Kelliher engineered Arrowhead’s explosive spread offense that averaged nearly 45 points per game. He passed for 2,625 yards and 24 touchdowns. Dom Todarello was an all-purpose player in the Warhawks’ offense, rushing for 568 yards and 13 TDs, had 593 receiving yards and three TDs and threw for 322 and six scores.
            Defensive back Jackson Abresch, who moves on to Minnesota Statein the fall, picked off eight passes to go along with 59 tackles.
            Wisconsin Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Daniel Rockwell presented Coach Malling and the team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy prior to the boys’ varsity basketball game Tuesday night. The team also received a banner for their accomplishment.
            “For eight years the Army National Guard has recognized nationally ranked football teams with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy,” said LTC Christian J. Johnson of the Army National Guard. “We take great pride in doing so because it symbolizes the indomitable spirit common to high school athletes and the U.S. Soldier. It is our honor to share this symbol with the team, coaches, parents, and school. It is an award for the entire community and is much deserved.”
MaxPreps uses a sophisticated computer program, known as the Freeman Rankings, to determine team rank for the Tour of Champions. The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents), margin of victory, and strength of schedule. Playoff games are weighted 2.1 times a regular season game.
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