Bay View Presented with “Spirit of Excellence” award as state’s top Middle School

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Bay View Middle School in the Howard-Suamico School District was named the “Spirit of Excellence Award” winner as the top middle school in the state demonstrating excellence in leadership development, school spirit, sportsmanship, and service to school and community. The honor was presented at the school Thursday by statewide educational leaders as part of an energetic all-school assembly.

“This is a great honor for our middle school and our entire school district,” said Bay View Middle School Principal Steven Meyers.  “The Bay View staff continuously gives beyond expectations and our students respond in exemplary fashion. This award speaks to their character and goodness as people. There is no place I’d rather be and no group of people I would rather work with.”

The award is the result of an extensive application process guided by student leaders Paige Kopke and Victoria Weseloh on behalf of the Bay View student council and student body. Accepting the award, Weseloh shared credit with her audience.

“Every single student had something to do with this award,” said Weseloh. “And thank you to our incredible staff for helping us earn this incredible achievement.

As she introduced the presentation, Michelle McGrath, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association of Student Councils (WASC), identified the characteristics that separated Bay View’s portfolio from over 200 middle schools across the state.

“Your outstanding examples of leadership truly set the bar for middle schools in the state of Wisconsin,” said McGrath.

Shelley Joan Weiss, past president of the Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education and current representative on the National Middle School Association Board was also present to address the students, adding, “This is an award that represents what you do day-in and day-out as middle school students. How good I feel to know we have this kind of passion and dedication leading us into the future.”

Howard-Suamico Superintendent Damian LaCroix joined Meyers and Weseloh in accepting the award. He shared his pride in the achievement with students and staff, saying, “Excellence is never an accident; excellence is intentional.”

Bay View Middle School, serving 840 students in grades 7 and 8, was also a “Spirit of Excellence Award” winner in 2013 and was a runner-up for the award in 2014.

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