Monday, December 8, 2014

Inclement Weather Impacting School Operations

Arrowhead Union High School District
Parent Communication
December 8, 2014

Re: Inclement Weather Impacting School Operations

Dear AHS Students, Staff, & Parents,

With the potential for inclement winter weather upon us, I wanted to share with you avenues for determining if the weather has impacted school operations.  The following are the means that will be used to communicate with parents, students, and staff:

Communication Tool                                                               Approximate Time to Process

Twitter:                         Posted as soon as a decision is made.

Parent Connect Phone Call (Sky Alert)                        Depending on system usage from a few  minutes to approximately 15 minutes.

District Web-site:         Approximately 10 minutes from the time the decision is made.

District Phone Message System: 262-369-3611                 Approximately 10 minutes from the time the decision is made.

Local Television Stations & Web-sites                 Dependent on the individual stations communication systems (approximately 15 to 30 minutes)

               Television Stations in the order they are contacted:


Arrowhead is responsible for determining school delays and cancellations for all Arrowhead K-8 feeder schools.  Decisions are based on gathering information from a variety of weather services, neighboring school districts, and local resources (DOT, Dousman Transportation, law enforcement, county, etc.).  Every effort is made to obtain the most accurate information in making a determination of whether to run school.  As always, the final decision of whether it is safe enough for your child to travel to school is yours, the parent.  If a determination is made that school is in session and as a parent you do not want your child traveling to school, you should call school and ask that your child be excused for the day. 

Being an optimist and because I prefer not getting up in the wee hours of the morning, here’s hoping we have a mild winter.


Craig Jefson
Arrowhead Superintendent

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Instrumental Music Recognized

Arrowhead Wind Ensemble Honored

The Arrowhead Union High School Wind Ensemble has been selected by the WMEA (Wisconsin Music Education Association) selection committee to perform at the 2014 Wisconsin State Music Conference at the Monona Terrace Conference Center in Madison, Wisconsin on October 31, 2014.

This is one of the highest honors an ensemble can receive in the state of Wisconsin. Arrowhead Instrumental Music Director, Jake Polancich, when asked about the honor said, “I couldn't be more proud of these kids! So much dedication, hard work, superior musicianship.”

Numerous ensembles from around the state submit recordings of their students to be selected to perform at this Conference. Typically, only 1-2 high school ensembles are chosen to perform at the WMEA State Conference each year. 

The Arrowhead High School Wind Ensemble will perform in front of hundreds of music educators/students/administrators and do their utmost to proudly represent a high level of music achievement in Arrowhead High School and the district. We are very proud of all of our students, our music directors, Jake Polancich and Stacey Zwirlein, and the entire music program here at Arrowhead.  Please join us in acknowledging our students and staff on this amazing accomplishment and prestigious honor. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

AHS Production of Oklahoma Wins 8 Tommy Awards

Arrowhead High School's production of Oklahoma wins 8 Tommy Awards.

For the past five years Madison's Overture Center of the Arts has been recognizing outstanding high school musical performances.  The Overture Center's Tommy Awards program is an education initiative that recognizes, honors, and encourages excellence in musical theater production among Wisconsin high school students.  This year, 66 shows were considered.  Speaking on behalf of the reviewer team, Tim Sauers VP of Programming & Community Engagement stated, "It was such a pleasure experiencing your production.  Over 200 awards will be presented this year to the participating schools.  We continue to be impressed with the quality of the work and dedication of all the students, professionals and volunteers participating in and working on the shows.  I want to personally congratulate you on your deserving achievements and the hard work you do to assure that everyone involved has a positive learning experience."

Musicals of participating schools are reviewed by a panel of educators, theater experts and industry professionals.  Based on reviewers’ comments and tabulations, productions and individuals receive awards in specific categories at a ceremony held each year at Overture Center on June 8th at 6:00 pm.  The ceremony also features performances and production numbers from award winners in several categories.  

The Arrowhead staff and Board of Education would like to congratulate the Arrowhead Broadway Company, their directors Nancy Jorgensen and Grace Bielski, and all of the staff, parents, and volunteers that support and contribute to the success of our students.  Please help us in congratulating the following Arrowhead High School Tommy Award winners: 

As part of their project called the Young Performers Initiative, Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will be recording the 2014 Tommy Awards Ceremony.  The resulting television program will feature excerpts from the ceremony and will be broadcast in the fall of 2014. Watch for more announcements in the coming months – we’ll let you know when to tune in! 



On Friday, May 16th, Arrowhead High School students in the Medical Terminology & Business Practices course hosted their annual Pill Drop.  This year’s event was the most successful yet.

Arrowhead High School students in Mrs. Annette LeMieux Medical Terminology & Business Practices Class organized the 2014 Pill Drop at AHS.  A couple of Hartland Police Departments finest in the background.  Thanks to Chief Rosch and his staff for assisting with the event

A total of 319 lbs. of prescription and non-prescription drugs were collected.  This compares to 278 lbs. that were collected in 2013.  Survey results show that our community is learning more and more about the need to dispose of these drugs in a proper manner by participating in the Pill Drop.  This year we had 158 participants compared to 103 in 2013.  Ninety-five of the 158 participants said this was their first time contributing to any drug collection event.

AHS students sorting and packaging prescription and non-prescription drugs for disposal
Hosting such a successful event makes our students very proud to know that they play a big part in getting these drugs off our streets and keeping them out of our landfills and water supplies.

Arrowhead students under the supervision of Hartland Police Department Chief Bob Rosch collecting and sorting pills dropped of at the Mullett Ice Center.
The Arrowhead staff and Board of Education would like to extend our appreciation to the Arrowhead students who organized and ran the Pill Drop, their teacher Mrs. Annette Lemieux, the Hartland Police Department and specifically Chief Bob Rosch, as well as all the community members that participated in and supported this event in being a huge success.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Arrowhead High School
Pill Drop

Please consider joining our students and staff in an effort to keep our community safe. Drop off your unwanted prescription drugs and keep prescription medicine away from our children and out of the water supply!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Three AHS Instrumental Music Students Named Best in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Honors Band

Three AHS Instrumental Students Named Best in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin State Honors Band recently announced audition results for 2014. The Honors project chooses the best high school Instrumentalists in the state of Wisconsin.  Of this elite group, three are from the Arrowhead instrumental music program.  The students chosen for the Wisconsin State Honors Program are:

Michael Condly
 Tenor Saxophone (Band)

Christian Anderson 
Cello (Orchestra)

Hannah Ulatowski
Violin (Orchestra - Alternate)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Seven AHS Choir Students Named Best in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Honors Choir
Seven AHS Choir Students Named Best in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin State Honors Choir recently announced audition results for 2014. The Honors project chooses the 100 best high school singers in the state of Wisconsin for Treble Choir and Mixed Choir. Of this elite group of 100 singers in each choir, seven are from the Arrowhead choir program. Three AHS choir students were also named alternates for the program.

Our seven AHS choir students will participate in the Wisconsin Honors Choir four-day camp in June, working with a nationally renowned choral conductor. Next October they will present a concert at Madison's Overture Center. The students chosen for this elite choir are:

David Heinrich
Mixed Choir
Emily Landry
Treble Choir

Elise Baumgartner
Alternate - Treble Choir
Katie Rick
Treble Choir

Katrina Schmidt
Treble Choir
Maria Calandranis
Alternate - Mixed Choir

Nicole Slaski
Mixed Choir
Regan Lyons
Treble Choir

Kathryn Koenen
Mixed Choir
Dana Marklund
Alternate Mixed Choir