Board of Education Community Survey


The Board of Education is seeking your input via a Community Survey to inform our policy development, vision, and operations.

The brief survey is now available until November 30, 2016. Please share your feedback to help guide our work. 

You can take the survey online at or you can request a paper copy and postage-paid return envelope by calling 920-662-7878.

Mark Ashley, President
on behalf of the Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education

HSSD Schools Meet or Exceed State Expectations


The Howard-Suamico School District and all eight of its schools meet or exceed expectations as defined in the new Accountability Report Cards released to the public today by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

“While we are pleased to see our schools meeting this measure as defined by the state, we know there are multiple ways to demonstrate and celebrate the success stories of our students,” said Superintendent Damian LaCroix. “Ultimately today’s Accountability Report Cards are one data point among many that measure and affirm the achievements of our students in HSSD.”

Reports for the District and each school are available on the Wisconsin DPI website public portal dashboard.

School Grades Rating
(out of 100)
Bay Harbor Elementary K-4 83.2 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Forest Glen Elementary K-4 79.2   Exceeds Expectations
K-4 69.8 Meets
Meadowbrook Elementary K-4 74.9   Exceeds Expectations
K-4 92.2 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Lineville Intermediate 5-6 77.5 Exceeds Expectations
Bay View
Middle School
7-8 70.5 Meets
Bay Port
High School
9-12 70.2 Meets
Howard-Suamico School District K-12 75.4 Exceeds Expectations

Resource links:
Assessment literacy resources
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction resources

Damian LaCroix Named 2017 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year


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The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators is pleased to announce the selection of Damian LaCroix as Wisconsin’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year.

LaCroix has served for 12 years as the Superintendent for the Howard-Suamico School District (HSSD), a high-performing Pre-K-12 district serving 6,100 students in Northeast Wisconsin. His vision for public education has resulted in the development of innovative student programming aimed at ensuring that all students are college, career, and citizenship ready.

Under LaCroix’s leadership, HSSD won the Proficiency Award from the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, Bay Port High School has been recognized nationally by Newsweek and the Washington Post as one of the top high schools in America, and two elementary schools have been acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award winners. Furthermore, in the past five years he has mentored team members to high levels of professional achievement including the Wisconsin Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year, Business Official of the Year, and the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association Lighthouse award.

His partnership with community supporters has contributed to successful referenda efforts for school facilities totaling $60 million during his career. Additionally, more than $2.5 million has been recently raised through stakeholder donations for targeted community and educational causes such as the Giving Tree Food Pantry and the Howard-Suamico Education Foundation.

While it is recognized nationally for its work toward a digital transformation of teaching and learning as a charter member of the League of Innovative Schools, HSSD is also highly-regarded for its collaborative and innovative staff. With enrollment growth up 25% over the course of LaCroix’s tenure, HSSD has become a destination District for students and teachers alike.

In the nomination for Superintendent of the Year, Howard-Suamico Board of Education President Mark Ashley discussed the leadership qualities and the drive LaCroix possesses.

“The Board of Education is extremely pleased that Damian was chosen as the Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year,” said Ashley. “We believe this award reflects the genuine desire he shares with our dedicated educators: to serve our students, to provide hope, and to offer a 21st century education.”

Ashley said LaCroix inspires the community to support its schools. “Damian’s consistent engagement with the community and our business partners has established an unprecedented level of support for public education in Howard-Suamico.”

“This award honors the collaborative efforts of our Board of Education, District staff, families, and community in preparing our children for their future,” said LaCroix. “I am humbled to serve in public education and I am grateful for this recognition of exemplary work being done throughout our District every day.”

LaCroix noted community support for public education as a cornerstone of HSSD’s success. “Our community truly inspires the District ethos of Serving, Learning, and Achieving – Together,” LaCroix said. “In turn, our schools and the students we serve reflect the values of our community.”

A lifelong educator, LaCroix began his career as a high school Social Studies teacher for the Pulaski Community School District in 1991. He later served as an associate principal and principal at Pulaski High School before joining HSSD as principal of Suamico Elementary in 2002. He was named HSSD Superintendent of Schools three years later.

LaCroix served as chair of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators large district caucus. He is an advisory board representative for the League of Innovative Schools, served in a similar capacity for EdLeader21, and a participates in the Educational Research and Development Institute. He has also served as a member of numerous business and civic organizations serving the greater Green Bay area, including the Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education Board, the Green Bay Community Church Elder Board, the Howard-Suamico Business Professional Association, Achieve Brown County, and the New North Regional Economic Development Board.

LaCroix earned his Bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University where he is enshrined in the Athletic Hall of Fame following an All-America football career. He completed his Master’s Degree from Marian University and earned his specialist’s certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

LaCroix resides in Suamico with his wife, Melissa. They are the proud parents of four children: Maxwell (20), Zachariah (17), Abraham (16), and Abigail (15).


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 6,100 students in eight schools and 10 community-based four-year-old kindergarten sites, making it the 25th-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

About the Superintendent of the Year Award
Since its inception 30 years ago, the Superintendent of the Year program has become widely acknowledged as the most prestigious honor a school system leader can attain.  Applicants are measured against criteria such as successfully meeting the needs of students; personal and organizational communication; professionalism; participation in local community activities; and an understanding of regional, national, and international issues. This award pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our nation’s public schools.

LaCroix will be representing Wisconsin in the National Superintendent of the Year Program, which is sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), VALIC and Aramark, at AASA’s National Conference on Education in New Orleans in March. The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators will be presenting the 2017 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year award to LaCroix at the joint WASB/WASDA/WASBO Convention in Milwaukee in January.


Bay Port Students Earn AP Scholar Awards



Seventy-five (75) students at Bay Port High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the student’s performance on AP exams.

At Bay Port High School:

Two students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.  This outstanding honor was earned by Katherine Brown and Eric Hess.

26 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Jordan Bain, Adam Breister, Katherine Brown, Rachel Casleton, Madison Dudek, Natalie Englebert, Gabrielle Every, Brooke Forseth, Erin Froelich, Eric Hess, Elisabeth Knutson, Caitlin Krueger, Taylor Lauscher, Nathan Leach, Trenton Ledocq, Katlyn Nohr, Jack Rathburn, Zach Salmi, Andrew Slick, Alexander Stoeberl, Gretchen Trast, Jacob Vandenheuvel, Austin Vanderheiden, Simon Wagner, Caleb Wilson, and Nicole Wolter.

11 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Ethan Farr, Faith Fuller, Colin Harkin, Alexa Leiterman, Riley Loehner, Ryan Marcotte, Buruj Mohammed, Thomas Monfre, Jacob Neerdaels, Timothy Olson, and Colleen Torzala.

38 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Taylor Arbour, Drew Breun, Natalia Draghicchio, Aaron Ferkovich, Jacob Flisakowski, Jadyn Gentz, Christian Giesler, Griffin Gillespie, Daniel Glendenning, Mitchell Grosam, Samuel Jasmer, Jonathan Jordan, Tanner Klaus, Hans Koenig, Madisen Korpi, Stephanie Krausert, Alexander Laluzerne, Devin Lorentzen, Miranda Moen, Christyna Nowakowski, Ryan O Connell, Carter Olson, Shelby Ostrom, Lindsay Pederson, Kirsten Petersen, Kyle Prosser, Gill-Helene Schomaker, Amber Schulz, Erik Schuster, Alexis Srenaski, Connor Sullivan, Bryan Tanck, Christopher Tetzlaff, Jake Weber, Matthew Wech, Jack Weronka, Brianna Wied, and Clarissa Younkle.

Of this year’s award recipients, 31 are current juniors and seniors:  Taylor Arbour, Natalia Draghicchio, Gabrielle Every, Aaron Ferkovich, Jacob Flisakowski, Jadyn Gentz, Christian Giesler, Daniel Glendenning, Mitchell Grosam, Colin Harkin, Jonathan Jordan, Tanner Klaus, Madisen Korpi, Stephanie Krausert, Ryan Marcotte, Buruj Mohammed, Thomas Monfre, Jacob Neerdaels, Christyna Nowakowski, Carter Olson, Shelby Ostrom, Zach Salmi, Erik Schuster, Bryan Tanck, Christopher Tetzlaff, Colleen Torzala, Simon Wagner, Jake Weber, Jack Weronka, Brianna Wied, and Clarissa Younkle.  These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduate on rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.