Up & Coming Nashville Star Returns to Former Elementary School
Kesler De Ruyter, Bay Port High School graduate and rising Nashville country music star, returned home to Howard Elementary School to spend some time before Thanksgiving break to visit with the 4th graders. He spoke about the importance of school and working hard for what you want in life, setting goals, following your dreams, and being a good person all of the time. Two weeks ago, Kesler signed with a publishing company then flew home to sing “The National Anthem” at the Packer-Vikings game before spending some time with his family. He picked up a guitar at the age of 7, but never had any formal lessons. He has been busy writing songs for a while. Vande Hei, 4th Grade Teacher, remembers Kesler as “a quiet yet active boy with an amazing voice”. Amy Bero, Music Teacher said, “I knew he would become someone someday if he continued to sing”. We are so proud of Kesler and look forward to following him on his path to continued success! He will begin touring next year.
Bay Port Academic Decathlon Team
The 2012-2013 Academic Decathlon teams from Bay Port High School represented Wisconsin in the Large School Online National Finals April 26.
Wisconsin’s State Finals Division winners have participated in USAD’s “National Virtual Competition” for the past six years. This year’s theme was “Russia.” Bay Port High placed 4th among the nine schools in their second year in the Large School division. Decathletes individually tested, accumulating points for the team total. The online competition included Art, Economics, Essay, Language and Literature, Math, Music, Science and Social Science and excluded Speech, Interview, and the Super Quiz. Led by Coach Janelle Bailey, Bay Port’s second national online competition earned the all new nine-member team six individual medals with an overall score of 22,904. Honor student Ben Stampfl was the highest scoring student on the team = $250 scholarship and captured a Silver medal in Science and two Bronze medals in Art and Economics. Also in the Honor category, Justin Barhite won a bronze medal in Lang. & Lit. Scholastic student Corey Stevenson earned two Silver medals in Essay and Math. Bay Port Team: Justin Barhite, Courtney Guc, Matt Grosam, Ben Stampfl, Natalya Mudry, Nick Hubbard, Taylor Willems,Corey Stevenson, Travis Morton
Photo-Bay Port Academic Decathlon Team: Front, L to R: Travis Morton, Matthew Grosam, Courtney Guc, Natalya Mudry, Taylor Willems
Back, L to R: Coach Janelle Bailey, Nick Hubbard, Justin Barhite, Ben Stampfl, Corey Stevenson
Lineville Intermediate Environmental Science Fair
Another great success and incredible display of knowledge were evident at the Environmental Science Fair! Thank you to all of the students and their families who took the time to research and create projects. The evaluators raved about the ingenuity and complexity of the students’ work. They were impressed with what the kids knew about their topics, how excited they were and how well they communicated their thoughts. All of these are very important lifelong skills. Thank you to the following staff and community members who helped to make this fair a success: Laura Vandenberg of Sanimax for their Exhibition and monetary support; Casey Lamensky, DNR Waste Management Specialist Exhibit, American Transmission Company for donating the prizes for the top three projects; Boat House Science Fair Planning Committee and Howard-Suamico Staff who evaluated the projects; Steve DeBauche, Custodian for setting up and taking down the displays. We look forward to the 2014 Environmental Science Fair. Kim Lemberger, Environmental Science Fair Coordinator
Cornerstones for Success
The UW-Whitewater wheelchair men’s basketball team visited Bay View Middle School
Bay View Physical Education teachers, Ms. Bloemer, Mr.Knutson, and Mr. Neuser wrote a grant to bring UW - Whitewater wheelchair basketball to Bay View Middle School. Fifty students at Bay View Middle School experienced firsthand what it is like to play basketball in a wheelchair during an assembly presented by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Wheelchair Basketball Team. In the program, called “Cornerstones for Success,” the assembly began with an introduction of the players and background information about their disability, their lives and experiences.
Cornerstones for success is a unique program that dispels myths about persons who have a disability and shows students how they can be successful in and out of the classroom. The team brings world class athletes who happen to have a disability to schools to "tell it like it is" about life with a disability. They will share with students the successes they have experienced both on and off the basketball court, and show how these experiences have benefited their overall lifestyle. Past presentations have served as motivation for many students throughout the Midwest by pointing out that everyone has challenges that must be overcome.
Fashion and Design at Bay Port is a Work of Art and Gift from the Heart
Students in Judith Greisinger’s Fashion and Interior Design class presented Stacy, Representative from the Golden House a donation of her students made. Students made a pair themselves and volunteered time and materials to make several more pairs for mothers and children in need at the Golden House.
Students in the class designed and sewed individual tote bags to display as a work of art that is useful too. The final projects were displayed at the Art Fair at LaJava May 17.
Names of students in photo with totes: Natalie McNamara,Sonya McGrane,Miranda Moen, Kirsten Brunette, Grace Gretz,Morgan Grib,Brooke Harris, Allison Gorniak, Sara Toraason, & Meghan Groeschel. Front row, left to right: Jenny Vega, Tahlia Rasmussen, Desirae Nachtwey, Emerson Pirlott, Sophia Styczynski, nthoni Ahnen
Howard Students & Staff Participate in the LUV2RUN Program
40 Howard Elementary Students five Staff & several Alumni students participated in the Prevea Luv2Run (L2R) program which is its training program for the Cellcom Green Bay 5K. Prevea L2R is a six-week program designed to prepare elementary and middle school age children for the 3.1-mile Cellcom Green Bay 5K held on May 18. The Luv2Run program was developed in 2008 through a partnership between the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay and the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon to increase youth interest in the sport of running. The program aims to engage youth in a positive free time activity that can turn into a lifelong healthy hobby. Prevea signed on in this year as the title sponsor of the program.
Leading the Way
Lucy Nezbed and Jennifer Holloway will be representing Bay Port High School at two summer leadership programs this summer. Lucy will attend the Wisconsin Leadership Seminars (WILS), program at UW-Whitewater. WILS identifies outstanding high school sophomores throughout Wisconsin for being responsible citizens in their community and/or school and provide them with the opportunity and encouragement to recognize their leadership potential.
They fulfill this mission through an annual 3-day leadership seminar encouraging leadership development through emphasis on personal responsibility, volunteerism, increased awareness of social issues, and open-minded analysis of all sides of an issue when making
Jennifer Holloway will attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program at Edgewater College. Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. Holloway is being sponsored by the Howard-Suamico Optimist Club.
Hat-Head Rock Going Viral
Watch for the premiere of a new song featured on YouTube played featuring the Lineville Intermediate School 5th grade band. "Hat-Head Rock", is a musical composition featuring wind, brass and percussion instruments written by Andrew Zipperer, Band Director. This recording and posting on YouTube constitutes a "World Premiere" of this piece, which was written in January 2013. A link to the YouTube recording is available on the Lineville Intermediate School band webpage: http://lineville.hssd.k12.wi.us/band Hat-Head Rock: Lineville Intermediate School 5th grade Band
DONATE LIFE WISCONSIN WALK A SUCCESS!
The Bay View Student Council, in conjunction with area businesses -- Team Apparel, Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, Festival Foods and Sam’s Club -- held the first ever-northeastern Wisconsin Donate Life walk on Saturday, April 20 at Bay View Middle School. The walk hosted approximately 200 walkers and raised just over $3000! Festivities before the walk included DJ entertainment from Top Hat Entertainment, comedy provided by our very own Maestra’s Funny Bunch and Zumba led by Jenn Schultz. Surprise visits included Senator Rob Cowles and three Packer players – Morgan Burnett, Sean Richardson, and Jerron McMillian -- and their coach, Darren Perry. Silent auction items were donated from many area businesses, making the day a total success. The Student Council is already looking forward to next year’s walk, which will be held on Saturday, April 19th, 2014. Get the date on your calendar today!
State Forensic Winners Bring Home the Gold!
Thirteen Bay Port High School students achieved a perfect score of 25 to receive a gold medal at the State Forensics competition in Madison April 19. Receiving a perfect score is difficult in a very competitive environment of talented students. Photo: Front row l to r: Allia, Kenzie, Maddie, Megan, Hannah
Back row-l to r: Katie, Courtney, Mariah, Aly, Megan, Haley Stevenson, Caitlyn (Teddy Shim, not in photo).
2013 Wisconsin Public Service Volunteer Awards
Morgan, Senior, Bay Port High School, received the WPS/Schreiber Volunteer Youth Award. Morgan began to volunteer at the age of seven when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She then became engaged in the Service Learning Club at Bay Port High School. Over the past four years, Morgan has surpassed 1,500 hours of volunteer services throughout Northeast Wisconsin. She has focused most of her efforts through the American Cancer Society raising money through several events, including the Relay for Life, Breast Health Walk, Runway for a Cure, American Cancer Birthday Run, and many other cancer related events. Morgan has also assisted people with a variety of health issues by volunteering at both St. Vincent and St. Mary's Hospitals. Morgan continued to volunteer even when she was facing some of her own health challenges. At the age of 14, she was diagnosed with a disease that caused a swelling of the optic nerve and fluid on the brain, causing her to lose her peripheral vision and could have caused permanent blindness. After months of doctors' appointments and tests, she underwent brain surgery. Even during this emotionally and physically difficult time, Morgan continued to volunteer. Kris Shuller and Erin Davison, Anchors for Local WFRV-TV 5 News are in the photograph with Morgan.
National History Day Winners
On Saturday, April 6, a group of Bay View students competed at the Northeastern Wisconsin Regional National History Day Competition on the UW Green Bay Campus. Students chose a historical topic related to the annual theme, "Turning Points in History" and then conducted months of primary and secondary research. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing a conclusion about the significance of their topics, they presented their work in the form of exhibits, performances, documentaries, and websites to history professors and professionals on campus. Six Bay View entries, won their divisions and will take their projects to the state level competition on Saturday, May 4 on the University of Wisconsin Madison campus. The picture shows the student winners following the awards ceremony. Names and project titles are listed below. Congratulations to all participants and good luck at state! Junior Group Performance: "Title IX: Bat "Her" Up"- Gabby and Maggie Junior Group Exhibit: "Ruby Bridges: Silent Steps to Greater Schooling"- Liv and Jada
Junior Individual Website: National Historic Preservation Act- Simon
Junior Group Documentary: "Jackie Robinson" Changing the Race, the Face, of American Sports"- Brett, Quinn, Cole
Junior Group Exhibit: "Wright Brothers: Fathers of Flight"- Tommy and Cole
Junior Individual Website: "The Boston Massacre: A Spark that Started the Revolution" Andrew
Spirit of Excellence Award
Bay View Middle School was awarded the state Spirit of Excellence Award for middle schools. The award is given for “the top middle school in the state demonstrating excellence in leadership development, sportsmanship, initiatives, and service.”
This honor is awarded by the Wisconsin Association of Student Councils (WASC), the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), the Association of School Administrators (AWSA), and other statewide leaders
To celebrate this achievement, Bay View will receive a school banner and an assembly featuring statewide leaders. The assembly will take place on March 6.
Members of the selection committee and supporters of this award include the WIAA, WASDA, WASC, WAMLE, PTA, Rotary, and WEA Trust.
A special thank you goes out to Spirit of Excellence Award Chair, Courtney Jarvey, Student Council Advisors Mrs. Swinford and Mrs. Burant, and our entire Student Council for their hard work in nominating our school.
Congratulations Bay View, your spirit of excellence, makes our middle school number one out of over 200 middle schools in the state of Wisconsin.
Empowering Yourself No Matter What
Students at Lineville Intermediate School had the opportunity to hear Rob Davis from the Green Bay Packer Organization. His presentation focused on empowering yourself no matter what circumstances come your way. He used the word CULTURE as an acronym for students to remember the following things: C-care about something (I don’t care are 3 dangerous words), U-understand what is expected of you( there should be no gray areas), L- have loyalty towards someone or something, T-toughness (not being tough) but who do you answer to when you are feeling down, U-utilization of everyone and everything to get you to where you want to be in life, R-respect yourself (love the person you see in the mirror every day, find a way to earn in and keep it), E-education you need it to help yourself become a confident human being who can communicate and create opportunities for yourself.
HSSD Launches 3rd Grade Financial Literacy Program
The Howard-Suamico School District launched a new financial literacy program for 3rd grade students. Through a DPI financial literacy grant and the support of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, each 3rd grade student received a Penny the Pig piggy bank. The four slotted piggy bank teaches students the concepts of “saving,” “spending,” “donating,” and “investing.”
Financial institution representatives from Associated Bank, Bank Mutual, BMO Harris Bank, Fox Communities Credit Union and Nicolet Bank introduced the students to the program through classroom presentations. Follow up take home activities will be on-going throughout the school year. Students will track their spending habits and periodically report on their experience in allocating money to the four areas.