HSSD Wins State’s Top School Communications Award

WSPRA team photo
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.


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