Bay Port Senior Gabby Every Named Prudential Spirit of Community Award Distinguished Finalist


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Gabby Every, a senior at Bay Port High School, was selected as one of Wisconsin’s top youth volunteers of 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program for honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Prudential representative James Lonick presented Every with an engraved bronze medallion and cited her accomplishments at the Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education meeting April 10.

Every served in a leadership role as the Wisconsin DECA Vice President of Community Service, during which time she established goals for the state organization in the areas of community engagement and involvement. Locally, Every worked with classmate Maggie Murphy to organize the “Bay Port vs. Cancer” fundraiser, pregame charity event at a Pirates home football game that raised more than $2,300 for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund. The event, which also aimed to support families in HSSD who had experienced cancer, featured two local students who survived the disease and were given the opportunity to run out on the field with the varsity players.

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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 22nd year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

HSSD Gifted and Talented Team Wins 2017 Golden Apple Award

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The Howard-Suamico Gifted and Talented team was selected as a Golden Apple award recipient, the Greater Green Bay Chamber announced today. The team was surprised with the award this morning at the District Office and Training Center. Team members include Lyzette Maroszek, Brenda Rank, Mike Jameson, Nicole Smith, and Danielle Schuh. The team joins six individual award winners from throughout Northeast Wisconsin who will be honored at the Golden Apple Awards Ceremony Wednesday, April 19, 2017.




Bay Port, Bay View Earn Spirit of Excellence Award Honors

Bay Port High School was named the Region 3 Spirit of Excellence award winner by the Wisconsin Association of Student Councils. Bay View Middle School earned runner-up status in the Junior and Middle School division this year, after being named statewide winner in 2015.

The schools were honored at the Milwaukee Bucks game last weekend. Congratulations to the student leaders involved in the nomination and portfolio development process.


(Bay Port High School student leaders. Left to right: Jesse Robak, Abbey Ambrosius, Alexis Tingley)


(Bay View Middle School student leaders. Left to right: Michaela Jordan, Ella Beauleau, Emma Drier, Brooke Huben, and Calvin Muraski)

Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction Includes 12 HSSD Teachers


Congratulations to our 12 HSSD Teachers of Distinction!

These individuals and teams will advance to the final round of consideration for the Golden Apple awards. The winners will be announced in early March and honored at the awards banquet April 19, 2017.

Jody Oberstar, Lineville
Jennifer Perry, Bay View
Kurt Prien, Bay View
Megan Zavernik, Forest Glen

Bay Harbor 3rd Grade Team:
Melissa Pieschek, Andy Brandt, Kristen Sperber

District Gifted and Talented Team:
Mike Jameson, Lyzette Maroszek, Brenda Rank, Danielle Schuh, Nicole Smith

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.