Howard, Wis. – The United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, announced today that Howard Elementary School is the recipient of a 2015 National Blue Ribbon award. Howard Elementary is one of 335 schools nationwide to earn the honor this year, joining Suamico Elementary School (2013) and Bay View Middle School (1993) as Blue Ribbon-recognized schools in the Howard-Suamico School District. The Department of Education will honor the award-winning schools at a recognition ceremony Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C.
Howard Elementary’s selection is in recognition of its ability to maintain high achievement standards over the last five years. Most notable are literacy and math results that rank among the top 15 percent in the state, earning Howard “Exemplary High Performing Schools” status. Howard was among eight Wisconsin public schools nominated by State Superintendent Tony Evers.
This National Blue Ribbon acknowledgement has occurred only four other times in the Greater Green Bay area in the last 25 years. In addition to the Howard-Suamico School District’s two prior award-winners, Beaumont Elementary of Green Bay Public Schools was recognized in 2011 and Jackson Elementary in Green Bay was honored in 2006.
“Our mission is to work together with families and community to ensure that our students have the knowledge and skills to succeed in a changing world,” said Howard-Suamico Superintendent Damian LaCroix. “The National Blue Ribbon award is a wonderful affirmation of that mission. We are thrilled for our Howard Elementary students, staff, and families.”
“Howard Elementary School is a special place because we have a collaborative, nurturing, and child-centered learning community with focus on relationships, continuous learning and growth,” said Howard Elementary Principal Kristin Ashley. “Our culture here is a successful blend of the art and science of teaching.”
“This award is meaningful because it provides recognition of a proven model that every child can learn, fulfill their goals and create a pathway to their dreams,” said former Howard Elementary Principal Vickie Dassler, who retired at the end of the 2014-15 school year.
Howard Elementary School was established in 1955 and enrolls 289 kindergarten through fourth grade students. Located in Howard, Wisconsin it is one of the eight schools in the Howard-Suamico School District, including Bay Port High School. Technology is heavily integrated in the elementary environment and the staff sets improvement goals centered on individual student growth. The school’s literacy program was singled out for recognition from the International Literacy Association earlier this year as a model for instruction.
The National Blue Ribbon announcement comes on the heels of the school’s rating as “significantly exceeds expectations” on the 2014 state report card. The state’s “exceeds expectations” rating was awarded to the Howard-Suamico School District and the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence recognized the district with the Wisconsin Forward Proficiency Award in 2011. Other recent district distinction includes Bay View’s “Spirit of Excellence” honor in 2015 as the state’s top middle school and Bay Port being recognized by Newsweek as a 2013 “America’s Best High School.”
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 www.hssd.k12.wi.us.