National Champs! Bay Port Duo Shines at National DECA Event

DECA ICDC 2016Bay Port High School seniors Katie Brown and Ethan Farr earned a first-place finish in the “Learn and Earn” category at the recent DECA national competition in Nashville, Tennessee. In the event participants apply entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to a single sales/service activity that is run as a real business venture. It is the first-ever first place finish for Bay Port competitors at the event.

The duo competed against over 180 top teams from all 50 states and seven other countries. Brown and Farr were part of a Bay Port team of 17 participants that competed in Nashville for team advisors Lindsay Matuszewski, Stephanie Reinerio, and Ross Toellner.

“Katie and Ethan achieved and amazing accomplishment at the ICDC (International Career Development Conference) event,” said Matuszewski. “The entire team had an incredible learning experience. We are especially grateful for the community partnership with Nicolet Bank which supports opportunities like this for our students.”

DECA Team 2016

Bay Port DECA Team Photo – Back row (l to r): Cole Owens, Josh Neerdaels, Tommy Monfre, Brett O’Shaughnessy, Ryan Smith, Ethan Farr. Middle row (l to r): Maggie Murphy, Katie Brown, Gabby Every, Hannah Hawker, Maddy Pritzl, Maddie Moore, Kelsie Cumber, Advisor Stephanie Reinerio. Front row (l to r): CJ Maternoski, Alex White. (Absent: Jake Neerdaels, Zach Gronski, Advisor Lindsay Matuszewski, Advisor Ross Toellner)

Sweet Safari May 12 – Tickets on Sale Now

sweetsafari2Tickets for the Sweet Safari for Education: A Wild Artistic Adventure are on sale now! The Howard-Suamico Education Foundation and the NEW Zoo are excited to host this new family event in our community Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 4-8 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance ($10 at the door; children under 2 are free) and are available at all Festival Foods locations, the Suamico Citgo, the NEW Zoo Visitor’s Center, and the Howard-Suamico School District office. Proceeds will benefit the HSEF and NEW Zoo education programs.

The event will feature over 150 pieces of endangered species-themed artwork by HSSD students and sweet treats from local businesses. While guests make their way through the zoo, they can participate in other fun activities including children’s games, live animal encounters, free carousel rides, and more. A bounce house and inflatable obstacle course will also be available.

Special thanks to our event sponsors and sweet treat stations: Beerntsen’s Candies; Breadsmith; CheeseCake Heaven, Inc.; Discovery Education; Festival Foods; KI; LaJava a Roasting House; Miron Construction; Monkey Tailz; Montoure Hanson Teske Orthodontic Care; Olde World Pastries Plus LLC; Poppin’ Z’s Gourmet Popcorn; Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria; SMT Machine & Tool, Inc.; The Avenue 91.1; The Shepherd’s Kids; Winner Green Gum; Wonder Sign; Woodman’s Markets; Zesty’s Frozen Custard & Grill.


HSSD Hires Smith for Assistant Superintendent Role

Mark SmithOn Monday, April 25, 2016, the Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education approved the hiring of Mark Smith as Assistant Superintendent of Organizational Development. Smith will assume his new role July 1, 2016.

Mr. Smith has served as Assistant Superintendent of Continuous Improvement for the Green Bay Area Public Schools for the last three years. He was a building-level administrator at Green Bay Preble High School and Green Bay Edison Middle School for six years prior to joining the district office staff.

“Mark’s character, leadership experiences, and perspective make him an ideal fit for our strategic shift toward an Organizational Development philosophy,” said Superintendent Damian LaCroix. “His emphasis on positive impact through teaching and learning is a hallmark of his leadership. As a Suamico resident and parent of two HSSD students, he is invested in the success of our schools and community.”

“I am very excited to join the Howard-Suamico School District,” said Smith. “I plan to learn, grow, and contribute to the tradition of excellence that has been established. I am thankful to Mr. LaCroix and the Board of Education for the opportunity to serve as the District’s first Assistant Superintendent of Organizational Development.”

Smith will fill the vacancy following the June retirement of James Freeman who served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for 13 years.

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 over 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



Nowak Named Kohl Fellowship Award Winner

nowakkohlfellow2016A $3,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2016 Fellowship was presented to Bay Port High School Orchestra director, Audrey Nowak, at a recent recognition luncheon hosted by former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.

The Herb Kohl Fellowship recognizes teachers who have demonstrated superior ability to inspire love of learning in their students, have motivated others, and have provided meritorious service both inside and outside the classroom.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has been recognizing educational excellence annually since 1990, awarding fellowships to 100 Wisconsin teachers and matching grants to each fellow’s school. Since it was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded $10.2 million to Wisconsin students, teachers, and schools.