Bay Port and Bay View Earn “Spirit of Excellence Award” as Best in State

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Bay Port High School and Bay View Middle School in the Howard-Suamico School District were named the “Spirit of Excellence Award” winners as the top high school and middle school in the state demonstrating excellence in leadership development, school spirit, sportsmanship, and service to school and community. It is the first time in the history of the statewide award that a middle school and high school from the same district were honored in the same year.

Schools across the state submitted detailed portfolios highlighting their achievements in various areas including leadership, service, and lowering the achievement gap. The portfolios were then judged by a team of school and affiliate organization leaders from throughout Wisconsin.

The award is presented by Wisconsin Association of School Councils, Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, Wisconsin Association of Middle Level Education, and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. The schools celebrated the achievement with award presentations at school pep rallies on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

“Our student council does an excellent job promoting school spirit and provides countless opportunities for student involvement,” said Bay Port Principal Mike Frieder. “I’m proud of our excellent group of student and staff leaders.”

“This is a great honor for our middle school and our entire school district,” said Bay View Middle School Principal Steven Meyers.  “For our students to be named at the top of the state out of over 200 middle schools in Wisconsin is a real tribute. Our staff continuously gives beyond what’s expected and our students respond in exemplary fashion.”

Bay View was also a “Spirit of Excellence Award” winner in 2013 and 2015.

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 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


Fourth Annual Taste at Bay Port Event Set for Friday, September 15


The fourth annual Taste at Bay Port event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15 at Bay Port High School leading up to the varsity football game between Bay Port and Pulaski. Local vendors will have delicious food for sale from 4:30-6:30 p.m. outside the main entrance to the athletics field. There will also be new and team-worn apparel for sale.

Menu items at the event will be available for $2-$4 each. Proceeds will benefit the Booster Club, which supports all athletics programs at Bay Port High School. Vendors include Anduzzi’s, Four Way, Dunkin’ Donuts, Tapped, LaJava, Mustard Seed Cafe, Olson’s Piggly Wiggly, Brainfreeze, Josephine’s, Townline, and Olde World Pastries Plus.

Bay Port’s Thomas Monfre Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist

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Bay Port High School Senior Thomas Monfre has been named a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Monfre is among a group of 15,000 students nationwide to earn the designation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. He becomes the 37th student in school history to earn the honor.

Thomas will attend Dartmouth College where he will pursue studies in Computer Science and Digital Arts. As part of a stellar academic record at Bay Port, Thomas was a participant in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program where he is eligible for certificates in English, German, and History. Outside of the classroom, he was a two-time nationals qualifier for DECA and served as a drum major for the Bay Port Band. He was a leader on the stage crew for the Bay Port Performing Arts Center as senior lighting technician and also participated in FBLA, National Honor Society, YSL, and German Club.

Thomas will be honored for his National Merit Scholarship finalist designation at the Monday, May 8 Board of Education meeting. He is the son of Bill and Karen Monfre of Howard.