Bay View Middle School’s Paul Hermes Named Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year

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Howard, Wis. – In a surprise presentation at his school, the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators named Paul Hermes of Bay View Middle School as the winner of this year’s Associate Principal of the Year Award.

The Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year program recognizes an Associate Principal whose leadership has resulted in improved student learning, instructional collaboration, and a safe and positive school environment. Nominations come from fellow administrators, school board members, teachers, students, or parents. Criteria for being chosen to represent the state’s school associate principals include a commitment to personal excellence; collaborative leadership; personalization; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and being an established and respected member of the community.

Hermes has been associate principal at Bay View Middle School for six years. During that time, he has created and led an effort to introduce data collection and analysis to help make data-informed decisions. He has also created the Harbor Program, which offers academic, social, emotional, and behavioral supports that help ensure that students with special needs succeed.

“The Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year program recognizes an Associate Principal whose leadership has resulted in improved student learning, instructional collaboration, and a safe and positive school environment.  This award is personified in the collective work of Paul Hermes,” said Bay View Principal Steve Meyers. “There is not a person I know who is as passionate and hard-working as Paul, doing the right things the right way for students and teachers in schools.”

The Associate Principal of the Year Selection Committee is made up of representatives from the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, the Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, Wisconsin Association of School Boards, and Wisconsin PTA. Major support comes from the Meemic Insurance Company.

Mr. Hermes will formally accept a plaque at the State Associate Principal Conference on January 28 in Madison. In addition, he will receive a check for $1,000, to be used for a project at his school. Finally, Mr. Hermes will represent Wisconsin at the national principals’ convention in Orlando, Florida in February, where the 50 national Associate Principals of the Year will be honored.

“It is a tremendous honor to recognize school leaders with this annual award,” said Jim Lynch, Executive Director of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators. “Wisconsin has a rich and very proud tradition of outstanding school leaders. Paul Hermes represents the great work associate principals do throughout the state.”

 

Chrysler World Joins HSSD Upward Together Campaign to Support New Bay Port Fieldhouse Scoreboards

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Suamico, Wis. – Chrysler World has donated $10,000 to the Howard-Suamico School District’s Upward Together campaign. The District will announce the donation in a pre-game ceremony tonight at the Bay Port High School boys basketball game vs. Pulaski. Tip-off is set for 7:15 p.m. The donation supported the new scoreboards in Bay Port’s fieldhouse.

“Without partnerships with local businesses we would not be able to have the programs and facilities we have in the Howard-Suamico School District,” said Bay Port Principal Mike Frieder. “We truly appreciate the support.”

“The Howard-Suamico community has been supporting us since the beginning. It was the right time to give back to the community,” said Chrysler World General Manager Pete Mueller. “Also, a number of our employees have children in the district schools including Bay Port so we thought it was important to participate in this way.”

About Chrysler World: The Abrams-based auto dealership has been serving Northeast Wisconsin since 2002. Chrysler World’s creation was the result of merging three smaller stores from the north into one facility near Green Bay.  The new location still makes Chrysler World easily accessible from Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Located only 10 minutes from Green Bay, Chrysler World has expanded their inventory to over 500 vehicles of various makes and models.  Customers will have many choices when fulfilling their vehicle needs.  Chrysler World also possesses a complete service, parts and collision center to further service its customers.  For more information about Chrysler World, visit www.chryslerworld.com.

 

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.

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HSSD Wins State’s Top School Communications Award

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From left to right: Communications Coordinator Brian Nicol, Executive Secretary Sharon Rentmeester, Teaching and Learning Secretary Debbie Dorn, Educational Programs Administrative Assistant Cheryl Schmidt, Print Center Manager Kathy Anderson, Director of Information Services and Technology Kyle Siech, Superintendent Damian LaCroix

Suamico, Wis. – The Howard-Suamico School District received three Spectrum Awards from the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) at the group’s fall conference November 5. The District also won the organization’s Lighthouse Award, the top honor among all school public relations and communications campaigns in the state during the past year. The new HSSD website design and naming rights sponsorship proposals were recognized with Spectrum Awards of Excellence. The Upward Together Education Campaign won the top prize Lighthouse Award for its positive media relations, event planning, and publicity outcomes.

Spectrum Awards recognize high-quality public relations efforts produced by or on behalf of Wisconsin school districts. This year, this statewide competition honored 25 school districts with awards.

“Spectrum Award winners exemplify the very best communications work in school districts across the state,” said WSPRA President Kevin Hickman. “The winners demonstrate the value of engaging stakeholders in order to build community support for Wisconsin’s public schools.”

WSPRA’s Spectrum Awards are judged by members of the Illinois School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) on a four-point scale in four areas: goals and objectives, research and planning, execution and evaluation and results.

“Sharing good news about our students, staff, and schools affirms the investment that our community continues to make in its school system,” said Superintendent Damian LaCroix. “It is gratifying to have our communications team recognized for its excellent work.”

About WSPRA: The Wisconsin School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) is a professional association representing schools, school districts, educational associations, consulting agencies and organizations. WSPRA is a state affiliate of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). The mission of WSPRA is to expand the capacity of its members to provide effective communication management for the purpose of strengthening educational opportunities for all students.

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.