Green Bay Packers to “Tackle Cancer” at Oct. 16 Bay Port Football Game

packersThe Green Bay Packers, in partnership with the NFL and NBC 26, will team up to “Tackle Cancer” on Friday, Oct. 16, when Bay Port hosts De Pere in the High School Showdown Game of the Week.

The game, which begins at 7 p.m., is a matchup between two formidable local high school teams, the De Pere Redbirds (8-0) and the Bay Port Pirates (7-1). Part of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) month and the annual effort to spread awareness, the “Tackle Cancer” event will offer high school athletes, students, parents and friends the opportunity to participate in in the breast cancer awareness effort.

Game attendees will have the opportunity to interact with Packers players, including defensive tackle Mike Pennel, who is taking part in the breast cancer awareness initiative, and his teammates Micah Hyde, Jayrone Elliott and Sam Barrington.

The game itself will feature several pink elements on the field, including equipment, similar to NFL games throughout October. Fans can purchase pink rally towels for $5 and have the chance to win autographed Packers items, such as signed BCA footballs, through bucket raffles. The money raised will benefit the Breast Cancer Family Foundation of Northeast Wisconsin.

The game will air on My NEW 32, in partnership with NBC 26, with pregame beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Packers are participating in the game through the support of the NFL’s National Partnership Fund grant, which is offered to encourage broadened partnerships between NFL teams and non-profit organizations in their markets that support either breast cancer awareness or appreciation for the men and women serving in our Armed Forces.

The NFL’s national breast cancer awareness campaign, A Crucial Catch, is underway as well with players and coaches from every team wearing pink. The campaign continues throughout the month, and was featured at the Packers’ Oct. 11 home game against the St. Louis Rams.

A Crucial Catch is currently in its seventh year and has raised more than $8 million for the American Cancer Society, with the majority of the donation coming from the sale of pink team apparel, which will be available again this year at the Packers Pro Shop and online at In addition, game-worn pink merchandise and footballs will be autographed and auctioned at NFL Auction ( to support the cause.

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-Katie Hermsen, Green Bay Packers

Three HSSD Elementary Schools Earn PBIS Recognition

MeadowbrookPBIS School of DistinctionThree Howard-Suamico School District elementary schools were recognized by the Wisconsin Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Network for their efforts in implementing and sustaining the program this year. Meadowbrook Elementary was named a School of Distinction. Forest Glen Elementary was named a School of Merit for the second straight year, and Howard Elementary earned School of Merit recognition for the first time.

About the Wisconsin PBIS Network: The Wisconsin PBIS Network ( is a collaborative project between DPI and the 12 CESAs to provide high quality PBIS professional development and technical assistance regionally throughout Wisconsin. The Wisconsin PBIS Network operates within the Wisconsin RtI Center ( to help Wisconsin schools implement and sustain Response to Intervention (RtI) systems to support the behavioral and academic needs of ALL students. An advisory group that includes educators and other stakeholder groups helps to guide the PBIS initiative. For more information on PBIS in Wisconsin, please visit the Wisconsin PBIS Network at

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

Speak Up Online 2015 National Technology Survey

SpeakUp_PT_logoParents, students and staff are asked to participate in the Speak Up 2015 Online Survey October 1 – December 18, 2015 and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning.

The national Speak Up survey asks students about how they use – and how they would like to use – technology for learning. This year marks the fourth year the Howard-Suamico School District is participating in the survey.  Students will be asked about their use of mobile tools, social networks and gaming as part of their learning in and out of the classroom. Teachers and administrators will be asked what tools they use and what they want to use and how prepared they are for technology use. Parents will be asked how they feel about the role of technology in their children’s lives and learning.

Students will also be given the chance this year, through two open‐ended questions, to “brief the President” on their ideas for improving education and to describe how they would make one of their classes more interesting and valuable if technology was better used in that class.

The Speak Up online survey will be completed by more than 400,000 K‐12 students, educators and parents around the country. The results provide important insights about education, technology and student aspirations that are used every year by individual schools, districts, state departments of education and national leaders.

The 2015 online survey – open to all K‐12 students, parents, teachers, librarians and administrators at – offers the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered input on education and technology from those ‘on the ground’ in the schools. The annual survey about education and technology is facilitated through public, private, parochial and charter schools all around the country; every school is eligible to participate.

For more information click on this link Speak Up 2015 Online Survey.

Wisconsin Association of School Boards honors Greg Klimek and Klemm Tank Lines

klimekThe WASB Business Honor Roll recognizes outstanding local businesses that support their schools. Member school boards nominated businesses, including newspapers or other media, which have been helpful to their schools over the past year. Howard’s Klemm Tank Lines and its Executive Vice President Greg Klimek were recognized on the WASB 2015 Business Honor Roll. Some of the partnerships were featured in this piece “Partners for Education” in the October 2015 issue of Wisconsin School News.

Klimek is the president of the Howard-Suamico Education Foundation and volunteer co-chair of the Howard-Suamico School Disitrict’s Upward Together Education Campaign. A proud alum of Bay Port High School, Greg was also instrumental in the development of the Pirate Nation alumni and fan association. Greg’s volunteerism, personal financial commitment to the campaign, and passion for creating opportunities for children are all testaments to his selfless leadership in our community.