Bay View Middle School Awarded State “Spirit of Excellence” Honor

BV shieldBay View Middle School, in the Howard-Suamico School District, was recently named the “Spirit of Excellence Award” winner among middle schools in Wisconsin. The award is given to the top middle school in the state demonstrating excellence in leadership development, school spirit, sportsmanship, and service to school and community.

The award is sponsored by top state educational associations including the Wisconsin Association of Student Councils (WASC), the Wisconsin Association of Middle Level Educators (WAMLE), the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA), and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). Representatives of the organizations will attend an all-school assembly at Bay View on Thursday, March 5 to present the award to students, staff, and administration. The public and media are also welcome.

“This is a great honor for our middle school and our entire school district,” said Bay View Middle School Principal Steven Meyers.  “To be recognized out of over 200 middle schools in the state of Wisconsin is a real tribute to our school’s commitment to offer students quality opportunities to develop service, leadership, sportsmanship, and school spirit. The Bay View staff continuously gives beyond expectations and our students respond in exemplary fashion.”

Meyers also recognized Bay View’s award-winning student council which applied for the award under the leadership of students Paige Kopke and Victoria Weseloh, and advisers Mary Swinford and Gail Burant.

Bay View Middle School was also a “Spirit of Excellence Award” winner in 2013 and was a runner-up for the award in 2014.

HSSD Announces Upward Together: The Howard-Suamico Education Campaign

PrintThe Howard-Suamico School District is embarking on a $3.5 million educational campaign to enrich student experiences, expand faculty and staff learning opportunities, and enhance facilities, Superintendent Damian LaCroix announced today. Under the leadership of volunteer community leaders, the Upward Together: Howard-Suamico Education Campaign is a 12-month targeted fundraising effort aimed at elevating the school system to another level of excellence.

“I’m excited about where we are as a school district, and even more so about where we are headed in the coming years,” said LaCroix. “Support from our communities, our alumni and area business partners is instrumental in helping us realize our goals of becoming the best place to teach and most innovative place to learn.”

Over $1 million has already been raised through the initial phase of the campaign, including today’s announcement of a $125,000 gift from Larry and Kay Ferguson family to name the Ferguson Family Orchestra Center at Bay Port High School. In addition, the Ferguson family offered a matching gift challenge for music instruments throughout the District. Additional financial support from Bellin Health, Festival Foods, and the Green Bay Packers via the NFL Foundation Grassroots grant provided a head start in advance of the campaign’s public introduction today.

“The Upward Together campaign gives us a chance to advance opportunities for our students beyond what we are able to do under current budget restraints,” said campaign co-chair Greg Klimek, president of Klemm Tank Lines in Howard. “As a business leader and community member, I am excited to participate in this important initiative.”

The campaign kickoff celebration at Forest Glen Elementary School this morning also featured a performance by members of the Bay Port High School Orchestra under the direction of Golden Apple Award recipient, Audrey Nowak. Student leaders from each of the eight HSSD schools shared their appreciation on behalf of the District’s 6,000 students before a balloon release finale capped the event.

For more information on the Upward Together campaign or to become involved, visit

Bay Port Engineering Students Named Finalists in National Competition

Nate Giese

Erik Carstens


Bay Port engineering students Erik Carstens and Nate Giese were selected as two of four national finalists in the teen division of the Future Engineers 3D Printing in Space contest last week. Although the Bay Port juniors did not win the competition, for their accomplishment of reaching the finals Carstens and Giese won a trip to Los Angeles to visit SpaceX and the Oscar-award winning digital visual effects studio, Digital Domain.

As part of their contest entry Carstens and Giese designed a digital 3D model of a tool they think Astronauts would need in space. After 10 national semifinalists were named, both Carstens and Giese made the cut to the final four. The students then participated in an online video interview with a NASA astronaut to describe their designs.

Carstens designed a multi hex key tool with multiple sleeves. Giese’s design was for a finger splint with a locking ring to accommodate fingers of different sizes. The students completed the projects under the guidance of Bay Port technology education teacher Scott Gutschow.

About SpaceX: SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

About Digital Domain: Digital Domain is an Academy Award-winning visual effects company that has worked on over 100 movies including “Iron Man 3,” the “Transformers” series, “Ender’s Game,” and “XMEN Days of Future Past.”

About the Howard-Suamico School District: Founded in 1961, the Howard-Suamico School District encompasses 53 square miles in one of the most popular and attractive areas of Wisconsin. Located in the villages of Howard and Suamico – just eight miles northwest of Green Bay’s historic Lambeau Field – the district serves approximately 6,000 students in eight schools and 10 community-based four-year-old kindergarten sites, making it the 26th-largest school district in the state of Wisconsin. The HSSD vision, mission and beliefs can best be summarized by the motto: Serving, Learning, Achieving – Together. For more information about the Howard-Suamico School District, follow us on Twitter (@HSSD) or visit

Open Enrollment – New Families Welcome

HSSD logoWisconsin’s public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they reside during the application period which begins today. On-line applications may be submitted here: starting in February for each following school year. Notices of approval or denial as well as specific school placements will be mailed to applicants from the non-resident district. Accepted applicants must notify the nonresident school district where they will attend school by the specified date each June. If you have any questions regarding open enrollment, please contact Sharon Rentmeester at (920) 662-7709.