Pupil Nondiscrimination Self-Evaluation: Legal Notice

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The Howard-Suamico School District provides assurance that no student is discriminated against because of the student’s sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability.

The District is currently conducting a self-evaluation of its status of pupil nondiscrimination.  Residents of the community have an opportunity to provide comments in regard to the following areas of student activity:

  • Methods, practices, curriculum and materials used in instruction, counseling, and pupil assessment and testing.
  • Participation trends and patterns and school district support of athletic, extracurricular and recreational activities.
  • Trends and patterns in awarding scholarships and other forms of recognition and achievement provided or administered by the district.

If you wish to review a draft of the self-evaluation, or provide any comments, please contact:

Jerry Wieland
Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Services
2706 Lineville Road
Green Bay, WI  54313
920-662-8116
jerowiel@hssd.k12.wi.us

Any requests for comments, or to review current findings should be provided no later than May 7, 2017.

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).

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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 www.hssd.k12.wi.us.

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.

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HSSD Wins National School Communications Award of Excellence

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Suamico, Wis. – The Howard-Suamico School District was one of six districts nationwide to earn a National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) Publications and Electronic Media Award of Excellence in Social Media, the organization announced this summer. The HSSD Week in Review Social Media Update was cited for its positive outcomes in four critiqued areas: goals and objectives, research and planning, execution and evaluation, and results.

NSPRA’s Publications and Electronic Media Awards recognize outstanding education publications and marketing/informational materials (print and electronic), video/TV/radio programs, social media and websites. The 2016 award marks the second straight year HSSD was honored for excellence among its national peers. The Upward Together Education Campaign print materials won an award of excellence in the Special Purpose Publication category in 2015.

“Our teachers and principals do exceptional work sharing good news from school every day,” said District Communications Coordinator Brian Nicol. “We embrace Social Media in our District as a way to tell our story and it is humbling to be recognized among the nation’s best.”

About NSPRA: The National School Public Relations Association is a non-profit professional association that is recognized as the leader in school communication. Founded in 1935, NSPRA provides school public relations and communication training and services to education leaders throughout North America and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity schools worldwide. Visit www.nspra.org or follow @NSPRA on Twitter.

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 www.hssd.k12.wi.us.

 

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 www.hssd.k12.wi.us.

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Krueger Selected for Lexington Institute Fellowship

 

Dennis Krueger high res 2014The Lexington Institute recently announced its second class of Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) fellows, including Dennis Krueger, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs for the Howard-Suamico School District. The cohort includes leaders from public school districts ranging in size from 2 schools to 94, in states from Georgia to California.

“This fellowship represents an excellent opportunity for the Howard-Suamico School District to learn and lead as we move forward in our efforts to personalize learning for our students,” said Krueger. “It is humbling and exciting to represent our community at the national level.”

In addition to Krueger, the fellowship cohort includes: Angelique Nedved (Lawrence Public Schools, KS), Eric Hibbs (Marlboro Township Public Schools, NJ), Juan Cabrera (El Paso ISD), Valya Lee (Liberty County, GA), Wanda Creel (Gainesville City School System, GA), Kim Hendon (Roanoke City Schools, AL), Richard Hughes (Central Valley CSD, NY), David Pyle (Nuview School District, CA), and Kevin West (Roselle Public Schools, NJ).

The new fellows begin working together this month as part of a prestigious personalized learning fellowship sponsored by the Lexington Institute, a non-profit public policy think tank focused on education reform.  Over the course of two rounds for the fellowship, over 100 leaders applied for a coveted spot.  The first and second cohorts each supported the learning of 10 districts.

“I am thrilled with the caliber of these superintendents we have selected to be part of this program,” said Don Soifer, Executive Vice President of the Lexington Institute. “The commitment to being leaders for personalizing learning for all students that each of these fellows – and our 30 finalists – has shown makes me confident for the future of American education.”

Cohort leaders were selected because of their leadership qualities, their vision, and their ability to impact fundamental change in their district. Each leader has already demonstrated a commitment to personalize learning in their district, but each district is at a different stage in its personalized learning journey. The second cohort of LELA fellows will begin work with strategy sessions in their districts, followed by intensive supports, a gathering in March, and a final showcase in DC in June.  In addition to learning from each other and Education Elements, each district will be paired with an experienced mentor, who has launched personalized learning in their own district.  Mentors for this round include: James Bailey and Jaraun Denis of Uinta School District One, Wyoming; Ken Eastwood and Amy Creeden of the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, New York; Matt Akin of Piedmont City Schools, Alabama; Dena Cushenberry and Ryan Russell of Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, Indiana, and Darwin Stiffler of Yuma School District One, Arizona.

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 6,000 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 www.hssd.k12.wi.us.

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HSSD Wins State’s Top School Communications Award

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From left to right: Communications Coordinator Brian Nicol, Executive Secretary Sharon Rentmeester, Teaching and Learning Secretary Debbie Dorn, Educational Programs Administrative Assistant Cheryl Schmidt, Print Center Manager Kathy Anderson, Director of Information Services and Technology Kyle Siech, Superintendent Damian LaCroix

Suamico, Wis. – The Howard-Suamico School District received three Spectrum Awards from the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) at the group’s fall conference November 5. The District also won the organization’s Lighthouse Award, the top honor among all school public relations and communications campaigns in the state during the past year. The new HSSD website design and naming rights sponsorship proposals were recognized with Spectrum Awards of Excellence. The Upward Together Education Campaign won the top prize Lighthouse Award for its positive media relations, event planning, and publicity outcomes.

Spectrum Awards recognize high-quality public relations efforts produced by or on behalf of Wisconsin school districts. This year, this statewide competition honored 25 school districts with awards.

“Spectrum Award winners exemplify the very best communications work in school districts across the state,” said WSPRA President Kevin Hickman. “The winners demonstrate the value of engaging stakeholders in order to build community support for Wisconsin’s public schools.”

WSPRA’s Spectrum Awards are judged by members of the Illinois School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) on a four-point scale in four areas: goals and objectives, research and planning, execution and evaluation and results.

“Sharing good news about our students, staff, and schools affirms the investment that our community continues to make in its school system,” said Superintendent Damian LaCroix. “It is gratifying to have our communications team recognized for its excellent work.”

About WSPRA: The Wisconsin School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) is a professional association representing schools, school districts, educational associations, consulting agencies and organizations. WSPRA is a state affiliate of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). The mission of WSPRA is to expand the capacity of its members to provide effective communication management for the purpose of strengthening educational opportunities for all students.

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 6,000 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 www.hssd.k12.wi.us.

 

Wisconsin Leadership Symposium Featured on NBC 26

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The Wisconsin Leadership Symposium, hosted by Discovery Education and the Howard-Suamico School District Friday, November 13, was featured on the NBC 26 Partners in Education segment. School leaders from around the state gathered at the district office and training center. Click the link below to watch Megan Lowry’s report.

http://www.nbc26.com/news/partners-in-education/partners-in-education-closing-the-achievement-gap