From the Board of Education: Student Representative

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Bay Port senior Rachel Ceaglske shares her reflections on a year of service as the Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education student representative:

Communication is an integral part of the functioning of any group. The Howard-Suamico School Board is no exception. Dialogue within the Board must be professional and smooth, thus Policy Governance was implemented. The staff and administration needed to be on the same page as the Board, so staff is welcome and encouraged to attend Board meetings. Communication with the community, who are the stakeholders of HSSD, is also a key part of the Board, so Community Conversations were hosted at public locations. Finally, two-way communication between the student body and the Board is important because the purpose of the Board and the District is to prepare students for a changing world. Thus, in 2006, the nonvoting position of Student Representative to the Board was created.

I, Rachel Ceaglske, served in this position for the duration of the 2017-2018 school year. In this role, I gave the students’ perspective about decisions the Board was making. I brought the concerns of the student body to the Board and worked to find solutions to issues that students had. I also brought messages from the Board back to the students. During my time on the Board, I realized what an integral part I was playing in the successful communication of the Board. I was a valued member, and my thoughts on behalf of the student body were considered seriously.

This experience has been very eye opening for me. I hadn’t realized that the inner workings of the District were so complex. It is comforting that there is a team of administrators and Board members who work tirelessly behind the scenes to shape HSSD into the progressive district that it is. The role of the Board, which is to be accessible to the community and accountable for the performance of the schools, is a delicate one because it requires balancing the needs of the community with the needs of the school while focusing on the development of students within the schools. The HSSD Board has taken on this challenge and has succeeded. The Board has been flexible and ever changing to meet the needs of those it serves.

The HSSD Board of Education sets the standard high for the district, and the administration, teachers, and students have risen to the challenge. I am grateful to be a part of a district with a dedicated Board, forward thinking administration, passionate teachers, and strong students. The Howard-Suamico School District has great things in store for the future, and I look forward to seeing where the Board of Education leads the community.

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Walker and Wiebel Join HSSD Leadership Team

Walker Wiebel

The Howard-Suamico School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Becky Walker and Mr. Jonathan (Jo) Wiebel to its administrative leadership team. Dr. Walker will serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Academics and Innovation and Mr. Wiebel will join the Bay Port High School staff as an Associate Principal.

“Becky demonstrates a passionate commitment to coaching, development, and innovation in schools,” said HSSD Superintendent Damian LaCroix. “Her 20 years of leadership experience will be a tremendous asset for our staff, students, and community.”

Dr. Walker joins HSSD following three years as the Director of Learning Services at CESA 7 in Green Bay, serving 38 school districts throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Prior to her leadership role at CESA, Walker was an administrator for the Appleton Area School District for 18 years, serving as Director of Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction as well as an Associate Principal and Principal of Appleton East High School and the Tesla Engineering Charter.

“I am humbled and excited to lead learning for Howard-Suamico School District and to join such an amazing community,” said Walker. “I look forward to collaborating with educators, students, and families around flexible, innovative learning with goals of high expectations and success for all.”

Walker earned her Doctorate in Educational Administration and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Marian University. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. Norbert College in Mathematics, Computer Science, Spanish, and Education.

Mr. Wiebel joins the leadership team at Bay Port High School following 10 years as an administrator in the Green Bay Area Public School District, including the last six years as Principal of Edison Middle School. He earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he also completed his undergraduate degree in Public Administration.

“Jo brings a wealth of teaching and administrative experience at the middle and high school levels,” said LaCroix. “We anticipate his perspective and instructional leadership will have a significant impact at Bay Port.”

“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to join the students and staff at Bay Port,” said Wiebel. “I look forward to joining the Pirate Nation and building relationships within the Howard-Suamico community.”

Both leaders will fill their respective positions beginning July 1, 2018. Due to past budget reductions, the District’s Assistant Superintendent position had been vacant since 2017, while the Bay Port Associate Principal position had remained unfilled since 2011.


Bay Port’s Heusterberg-Richards Named WCTE State Teacher of Excellence


Amy Heusterberg-Richards, an English Language Arts teacher at Bay Port High School, has been selected as the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence award winner, the organization announced this spring.

In selecting Heusterberg-Richards as its state-level award winner, the WCTE cited her leadership and collaboration as hallmarks of successful practice.

“Amy’s investment in professional development, focused on the intersection of English and technology, is notable among her peers,” said WCTE selection committee member and UW-Stevens Point Associate Professor of English David Roloff. “The wide variety of her classes, from remedial to IB English, and her service as an advisor to a number of extracurricular groups demonstrate her dedication to her students.”

Heusterberg-Richards was nominated for the award by her colleagues within the Bay Port High School English department.

“Amy is an outstanding teacher,” said Bay Port High School Principal Mike Frieder. “She understands the importance of building quality relationships with all her students, she has high expectations, and she is passionate about teaching.”

She will receive the honor along with other state honorees at the National Council of Teachers of English convention in November.


Bay View Middle School Teams Earn State, National Awards for Financial Savvy

HSSD 12 Days-2015

Congratulations to Mr. Kelly’s Bay View Middle School teams on their recognition for financial savvy and performance in the PNC Bank Christmas Price Index SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game Challenge. Students researched and predicted the total cost of purchasing all the gifts from the classic holiday song.

Middle School 1st place Wisconsin/2nd place nationally
($150 gift card each + trophy)
Emma, Avery, Myranda

Middle School 2nd place Wisconsin
($100 gift card each + plaque)
Eli, Braden, Braeden

Thank you to PNC Bank, the SIFMA Foundation, and Economics Wisconsin for a wonderful awards ceremony and prizes.



Smith Named Howard-Suamico Education Foundation Director

Smith HSEF Director

The Howard-Suamico Education Foundation (HSEF) Board is pleased to announce the selection of Nicole Smith as its first full-time Director. Founded in 1992 to provide financial support for teaching and learning in the Howard-Suamico School District, the HSEF identifies and cultivates community champions for the purposes of funding innovative projects, leadership development, educational enrichment and scholarship programs that benefit HSSD students.

In her new role, Smith will develop and nurture relationships with the community, businesses, families, and staff to create engagement in the purpose and vision of the foundation. She will oversee day-to-day operations of the foundation and serve as the liaison between the foundation board and the district.

“I am grateful for the community support of our schools and for the continued gifts of time and talent on our HSEF board,” said Smith. “I look forward to working with the board and our community to provide opportunities for students and staff to reach their full potential.”

“We are excited to have Nicole serve in this leadership role as an educator and a Bay Port alumna.” said HSEF vice-president Jayne McQuillan. “Our board is a growing group of passionate and engaged volunteers. Nicole’s vision and dedication will expand the influence and impact of the HSEF in our district and community.”

The HSEF will welcome Smith to the Director role July 2 following 10 years as a teacher in the Howard-Suamico School District, most recently on the Gifted and Talented team with whom she was a Golden Apple award recipient last year. Smith began her teaching career in third grade at Meadowbrook Elementary. She is a 2008 St. Norbert College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and is also a 2004 graduate of Bay Port High School.

Smith and her husband, Billy, own and operate Bearcat’s Fish House in Algoma, Wis. They are proud parents of two daughters and a son.


Sweet Safari for Education Tickets on Sale Now – Third Annual Event Rescheduled for Friday, June 8, 5-8 p.m.


The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park, in partnership with the Howard-Suamico Education Foundation, is pleased to announce the third-annual hosting of a fundraising event:
The Sweet Safari for Education: A Wild Artistic Adventure.

The event will be held on Friday, May 11th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Sweet Safari will feature free samples of tasty treats from a variety of local vendors and restaurants. While guests make their way through the zoo to enjoy these delicious samples, they can also participate in several other fun activities, including children’s games, live animal encounters, carousel rides, and more. A special art show, featuring over 100 pieces of artwork from Howard-Suamico School District students, will also be on display for guests to enjoy.

Advance tickets are available at Festival Foods Green Bay West and Suamico; at the Howard-Suamico School District Office; and at the NEW Zoo’s Visitor Center building starting Tuesday, May 1st. Tickets will also be sold online at Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children under 3 will be free.

All proceeds raised during the event will benefit education programs, both at the NEW Zoo and throughout the Howard-Suamico School District. Special thanks to our Tasty Treat Stations and event sponsors: Anduzzi’s, BMO Harris Bank; Breadsmith; Festival Foods; Howard Suamico Business & Professional Association; Initiative One; Kohl’s; LaJava a Roasting House; Lamers Bus Lines, Inc.; Mackinaw’s Grill & Spirits; Miron Construction; Montoure/Hanson/Teske Orthodontics; Optimists of Howard-Suamico; Poppin’ Z’s Gourmet Popcorn; RODAC Development & Construction, Woodman’s Markets; Zesty’s Frozen Custard & Grill.

Please note, the NEW Zoo will close from 4 to 5 p.m. on June 8th in order to prepare for the event.

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