The Orchestra Plays On:
On Behalf of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, I am pleased to announce that one of your teachers, Audrey Nowak, has been selected as the 2014 teacher of the Year. Audrey's passion and dedication to enriching students' lives through her music instruction has been exceptional, first through the Appleton Area School district, then through her work with the Green Bay Youth Symphony, and now with her outstanding contributions to the Howard-Suamico School District.
A Growing Endeavor At Bay Port High School
Expanding Program Wins International Music Festival Honors;
Instructor Audrey Nowak receives Golden Apple;
Orchestra program triples in size
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2013 National History Day Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year for the State of Wisconsin
Bay View Middle School Social Studies teacher Erin Patchak has been named a 2013 National History Day Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year for the State of Wisconsin.
The Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding National History Day educators. Each affiliate selects a junior and a senior division recipient, who will receive a $500 cash prize. The names of these individuals are advanced by the state coordinator for competition at the national level. Junior and senior division winners of the National Behring Award each receive $10,000.
Patchak is a 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Bay View Middle School in Howard-Suamico. She has been a National History Day teacher since 2006. According to Bay View Middle School Principal, Steven Meyers, “Mrs. Patchak is an incredible teacher and has helped students achieve the highest levels both in the classroom and at local, state and even national competitions.”
During the month of April, Mrs. Patchak is featured for her accomplishments on the National History Day Website at http://www.nhd.org/teacherhighlight.htm
Kohl Teacher Fellowship
Congratulations to Howard Elementary teacher, Beverly Rittenhouse, on being named as a Kohl Teacher Fellowship winner! Click to read Green Bay Press Gazette release
The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin. Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. http://www.kohleducation.org/teachers/
Annually, the Foundation awards 100 teachers with $1,000 Kohl Fellowship grants, and each Kohl Fellowship recipient’s school receives a matching grant $1,000 grant. Beverley’s professional accomplishments will be celebrated at a recognition luncheon on April 6 at Red Smith School.
Please celebrate Beverley’s recognition as she is a great representative of our profession and school district!
Wrestling Coach of the Year Award
At the end of the wrestling season, nominees for each district are sent to the state organization (WWCA). The nominees are placed on a ballot. Brad was voted as the District 4 coach of the year. Award recipients are selected based upon a variety of criteria including their coaching record, background, coaching honors, and involvement in community and school organizations.
The district coaches of the year are entered on a new ballot for the state coach of the year. This person is selected to represent the state of WI. Brad Shefchik was chosen state coach of the year as well. Each state submits their coach of the year as a nominee for the national coach of the year, which included Coach Shefchik.
Brad stated, “This award is the result of great kids who work hard, a supportive wrestling club and administration, and a quality coaching staff from our youth program through our middle and high school programs.
Each year approximately 1000 coaches are recognized at the state level, 168 coaches are recognized at the sectional level and 21 coaches are recognized at the national level.
2013 - Our team had a record-setting year. We qualified eight individuals to state and had six state medalists, both school records. We defeated Wisconsin Rapids, 21 time state team champions, in order to qualify for our first team state appearance in school history. We lost to the eventual state champions, 30-32, in the state semi-finals.
The Bay Port Pirates Wrestling Team have either shared or won the FRCC title the past three seasons.
Brad Shefchik - I have been the head coach since the 2003-04 season, career dual meet record (125-67)
2013 - WWCA State Coach of the Year (Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association), which is recognized by the NFHS (National Federation High School Association)
2013 - WWCA District 4 Coach of the Year
2013 - Green Bay Press Gazette Coach of the Year
National Blue Ribbon School
Today the United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, announced that Suamico Elementary School is the recipient of a 2013 National Blue Ribbon award. A school-wide celebration and assembly was held today, Wednesday, September 25 to announce the award to the Suamico Elementary School community. Suamico Elementary is located at 2153 School Lane, Green Bay, WI.
Suamico Elementary’s selection is in recognition of its ability to maintain high achievement standards over the last five years. Suamico Elementary is among schools in the top 15 percent for performance levels on the state’s reading and mathematics assessments and is considered within the “Exemplary High Performing School” category. It was among five Wisconsin public schools nominated by State Superintendent Tony Evers.
This National Blue Ribbon acknowledgement has occurred only two other times in the Greater Green Bay area in the last twenty years. In 2006, Jackson Elementary of Green Bay Public Schools was recognized and in 1993, another Howard-Suamico School District school, Bay View Middle School, was honored.
Suamico Elementary Principal Ryan Welnetz said, “We were pleased to be nominated by State Superintendent Tony Evers last November. To now know that we’ve received this rare National Blue Ribbon status is incredibly rewarding for our teachers and students.”
“Suamico Elementary encourages each student to be a safe, respectful and responsible Suamico Panther,” said Welnetz. “Each day, students embrace that role so we are giving each of them their own blue ribbon to mark their efforts.”
Damian LaCroix, Superintendent of Howard-Suamico School District said, “Our mission is to work together with families and the community to ensure our students have the knowledge and skills to succeed in our ever changing world. The National Blue Ribbon award helps us know we are accomplishing just that.”
Suamico Elementary was established in 1954 and enrolls 325 kindergarten through fourth grade students. Located in Suamico, Wisconsin it is one of the eight schools in the Howard-Suamico School District. A unique feature of Suamico Elementary is its 17-acre school forest where students explore curriculum concepts with learning experiences on the hiking trails and at the outdoor classroom stations. Technology is heavily integrated in the elementary environment and the staff sets improvement goals centered on individual student growth.
The National Blue Ribbon announcement comes on the heels of the school’s state rating as “significantly exceeds expectations” and was the 21st highest rated public school in Wisconsin. The state’s “exceed expectations” rating was awarded to the Howard-Suamico School District and the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence recognized the district with the Wisconsin Forward Proficiency Award in 2011. Other recent district distinction includes Bay Port High School being among this year’s highest scoring ACT schools in the region. Bay Port is also recognized by Newsweek as a 2013 “America’s Best High School.”
Principal of the Year Award
During Mike Frieder’s visit to Washington D.C. September 18-20, he had the chance to meet with our senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill to discuss educational legislation and its potential impact on their schools, partake in a roundtable conversation with representatives from the Department of Education and share and receive best practices with other principals from around the nation. The Principals Institute concluded on Friday night with the Awards Gala, kicked off by a keynote address from US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Each principal was invited on stage during the gala to receive their award and be formally recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in their schools.
The event came just before the start of National Principals Month in October. The search for the national principal of the year began in early 2013 as each state principals’ association selected its state principal of the year. From this pool of state award winners, a panel of judges selected three middle level and three high school finalists, who were then narrowed down to the two national winners. For more information about the MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Program and winners, please visit www.nassp.org/POY.
Howard Elementary School – Committed to Excellence
MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers announced 167 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards for the 2013-14 academic year, an honor that recognizes success in educating students from low-income families. “What a great way to start the school year,” Evers said. “By recognizing schools for their success at educating our students, we put the focus where it belongs: on our children.” All award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children.
Howard Elementary School – Committed to Excellence
This year’s 167 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award recipients include 14 High-Achieving and 26 High-Progress schools. Six schools earned awards in both the High-Achieving and High-Progress categories. Overall, 131 elementary schools, 23 middle or junior high schools, and 13 high schools earned awards. The state superintendent will host an awards program at the State Capitol on Oct. 8 to further recognize Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award recipients. Each school will receive a plaque and $500 for use by the school.
“The staff and administration of these schools are committed to breaking the link between poverty and low academic achievement through rigorous programming and attention to student needs,” Evers said. “The partnerships these schools create among teachers, parents, administrators, other school staff members, and the community provide an educational environment that supports children’s learning so our students graduate college and career ready.”
Beating the Odds Schools
• are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state
• have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels
Bay Port Music Parents Association Celebrating the Band Team:
The parents purchased three banners to be displayed in the band rooms of Bay Port, Bay View and Lineville Intermediate Schools to recognize the band teachers for their leadership and musicianship. The team was nominated and selected for Golden Apple Award Teachers of Distinction for the last two years. The Bay Port Music Parents Association was organized to:
- promote a positive student / parent relationship.
- support and enhance activities to benefit students in the Bay Port music programs.
- help finance extracurricular music opportunities for students.
Whatever the musical event, you can be sure that volunteers will be nearby to fundraise or help the students and hard-working faculty manage the activity. They are a registered, non-profit organization and any parent or guardian of a Bay Port student who participates in any band, orchestra or choral group is automatically a BPMA member and encouraged to become involved. Membership is also open to all other persons interested in promoting the welfare of the music programs, regardless of age, race, religion, sex or national origin.
If you are interested in the Association's activities or finances, please consider attending their meetings to help set the direction for the organization. Feel free to contact the following people for more information on how you can help this organization at http://bayport.hssd.k12.wi.us/music
Congratulations to Bay Port High School Principal
Congratulations to Bay Port High School Principal, Mike Frieder, on being named as Wisconsin’s recipient of the 2014 MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Award! The Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) President, Joseph Moylan, recognized Mike during a surprise reception hosted after school at Bay Port High School on Tuesday, March 12.
Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity select one high school principal to represent their state.
Mike Frieder will be the state’s high school principal of the year to represent the state of Wisconsin at the NAESP National Distinguished Principals program this fall in Washington D.C.
Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction
Congratulations to Renee Gantz, Bay Harbor Elementary School, Jacklyn Gombar, Forest Glen Elementary School, and Grades 5-12 Instrumental Music Team – Luther Appel, Tim Johnson, Geoff Stenson, Andrew Zipperer, and Sue Zipperer. These individuals have been selected as Teachers of Distinction because of their commitment to all students, their active involvement of students in relevant learning opportunities, and their creation of learning environments that stimulate student interest in learning. Teachers of Distinction will be guests of Partners in Education at the Golden Apple Awards Dinner Program on April 17.
Suamico Elementary Nominated for National Blue Ribbon Award
In late November, State Superintendent Tony Evers nominated Suamico Elementary for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, an award that recognizes excellence in student achievement. Suamico Elementary was one of five schools in the state of Wisconsin that was nominated for this award.
Schools are nominated in two categories:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools – for schools that are in the top 15 percent for performance levels on the state’s reading and mathematics assessments and achievement for disaggregated groups shows similar results (this is the category in which Suamico Elementary was nominated).
- Exemplary Improving Schools – for schools where at least 40% of students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and are making great improvements in achievement on state assessments.
The staff at Suamico Elementary will now go through the application process (to be completed by February 15, 2013) and the national review process (spring 2013). The United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, will announce the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools award winners in September 2013.
Congratulations to the Suamico Learning Community on its commitment to excellence! This award shows how a partnership between the school, staff, students, parents and community can help to produce results that are celebrated locally, within the state and (now) at the national level!
Bottom –Lani Kleczka, Tricia Ehmke, Missy Socha, Susie Mikle, Cassie Arndt, Kristin Culligan
Next row: April White, Danielle Bemmels, Dawn Willems, Linda Birder, Ryan Welnetz, Ruth Lund, Nicole Smith, Beth Held, Janet Hughes
Next row: Amy LaRonge, Carrie LaFrombois, Ann Werlein, Terri Bender, Melanie Nyquist, Kelsey Lealiou, Mary Jo Miller, Jodi Prien, Kristin Barrett
Top last row: Lynn Bortz, Victor Murphy, Allison Hamacher, Joe Price, Cathy Yurk, Lisa Hanson, Michele Nigbur, Allison Capelle, Stacey Vissers
Howard Elementary -Wisconsin School of Recognition honors
MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers praised Howard Elementary School for being among 132 schools in the state that received Wisconsin School of Recognition honors for the 2012-13 school year during a special Oct. 2 ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison.
Evers welcomed, from left: Beverly Rittenhouse, Vickie Dassler, Tony Evers, Sue Tegen, to the recognition event. To be recognized, schools must be among those with the highest poverty rates in the state, have met adequate yearly progress goals under federal education law for the past two years, and have student achievement on state mathematics and reading assessments that is higher than schools with similar poverty levels and grade configurations.
“The staff and administration of these schools are committed to forging partnerships among teachers, parents, administrators, other school staff members, and the community to create an educational environment that supports children’s learning,” Evers said.
“I owe a debt of gratitude to a great team, everyone whether teacher, aide, custodian, food service staff, counselor, secretary, etc. contributed to the success of this school,” said Vickie Dassler, Principal.
Howard Elementary School Recognized for Excellence
Tony Evers, State Superintendent announced on Wednesday, September 5, Howard Elementary School is one of 132 schools that will receive the Wisconsin School of Recognition award for the 2012-13 academic year, an honor that recognizes success in educating students from low-income families.
“I owe a debt of gratitude to a great team, everyone, whether teacher, aide, custodian, food service staff, counselor, secretary, etc. contributed to the success of the children in this school” said Vickie Dassler, Principal.
“Congratulations on a strong start to the 2012-13 school year,” Evers said. “These schools are being recognized for their work to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement through rigorous programming and attention to student needs. Their efforts align with our Agenda 2017 goals: to improve graduation rates, reduce dropout rates, and close college and career readiness gaps.”
The schools receiving awards have some of the highest poverty rates in the state based on free and reduced-price school lunch data. Student achievement in reading and mathematics was above average for schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels. All award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children.
Schools meeting all criteria will receive a plaque at an Oct. 2 awards ceremony at the State Capitol and $1,000 for use by the school. During the awards ceremony, eight schools will receive flags for earning the Wisconsin School of Recognition award for five consecutive years. Another 20 schools have received the award for more than five years; one school — Marengo Valley School in the Ashland School District — has earned the award for all 10 years of the program. This year’s 132 Wisconsin School of Recognition Award recipients include 99 elementary schools, 25 middle or junior high schools, and eight high schools.
“The staff and administration of these schools are committed to forging partnerships among teachers, parents, administrators, other school staff members, and the community to create an educational environment that supports children’s learning,” Evers said. “They understand the importance of working together to ensure that every child graduates ready for college and careers.”
The Wisconsin Title I Association recently announced the recipients of its Administrator Award for 2012
Vickie Dassler from the Howard-Suamico School District was one of two very deserving administrators selected and will receive a plaque and a $100 award for her school.
Susan Tegen, Literacy Specialist, and Julie Ditty, Title I Reading Specialist, nominated Vickie, for this award. Vickie is the principal at Howard Elementary School. Both teachers credit her as being the driving force behind their school’s move to implement a school wide Title I program three years ago. All of those who wrote letters of recommendation for her acknowledged her as a literacy leader, not only in her school, but also in her district.
Howard Elementary has become a district model for effective literacy instruction and intervention as a result of her leadership. Of particular note in every recommendation letter was her implementation of “Sneak Peek,” a late-summer, early intervention program, which allows teachers to assess students’ reading levels prior to the start of the school year. Her dedication and high expectations for students and passion for literacy earned Vickie this award.
We congratulate these Administrator Award winners and thank them all for their devotion to the education of the Title I children of Wisconsin.
Golden Apple Award Recipient
Congratulations to Vanessa Moran, 3rd Grade Teacher at Meadowbrook, Golden Apple Award Winner! Each year, the Golden Apple Awards program improves community awareness of the quality of education in the Greater Green Bay area by recognizing high standards of professionalism, leadership and innovation in teaching with the Golden Apple Awards. Seven recipients (individuals and/or teams) are selected annually through a multi-level screening of anonymous applications and personal interviews. Selection criteria are based on the National Board of Professional Teaching standards, which identify the essential knowledge, skills and dispositions expected of experienced, quality teachers. The selection process focuses on elements such as:
•commitment to student learning;
•assessment of and use of tools to advance student progress;
•efforts to stimulate student interest in learning
The process begins in October when business people visit all the area schools to present a token of appreciation to each of the K-12 educators.
In the next phase, community members nominator area educators (individuals and teams of educators). Nominated educators elect to enter the selection process by submitting an application. Teachers of Distinction are selected in the first round of the anonymous process. From this pool of educators, another group of applicants are selected for personal interviews. Through the interview phase, seven recipients are selected. They are:
•honored during the televised Golden Apple Awards program on WLUK TV-11
•given lifelong membership in the Golden Academy
2012 Kohl Fellowship Recipient
Sue Zimmerman, School Counselor, Howard Elementary School, has been selected as a 2012 Kohl Fellowship recipient. She was chosen for this award from among many fine candidates throughout the state because of her skill as a leader, agent for positive change, and her superior ability to inspire a love of learning. Since Sue became a member of our staff, we have seen a steady progression in the creation of a positive culture and climate where the students take ownership for their behavior and actions in learning. This is attributed to her dynamic leadership, educational knowledge and her desire for improvement with the students. Being child-centered, Sue believes in building a relationship with the children as a foundation for developing the whole child. Throughout the year as relationships develop, discussions take place on how they learn best, their home life, what to do when they need to be “safe”, dealing with diversity, bullying, cultural differences and misunderstandings. Sue works hard to help children understand their value. She has observed that when the child feels valued, opportunities for learning increase and assessment scores improve.
Howard Elementary School will receive a $1,000 grant and will be recognized along with Sue at a regional luncheon on Saturday, March 24 along with other Fellowship, Kohl Excellence Scholarship and Initiative Scholarship recipients.
Golden Apple Award Teachers of Distinction
Congratulations to Renee Gantz, Special Education Teacher Bay Harbor Elementary School and Vanessa Moran, 3rd Grade Teacher Meadowbrook Elementary School. Both have been selected as Teachers of Distinction in the first round of the Golden Apple Awards selection process!These educators were selected because of their commitment to all students, their active involvement of students in relevant learning opportunities, and their creation of learning environments that stimulate student interest in learning as described in their applications. Teachers of Distinction will move to the next level of the selection process and will be guests of Partners in Education at the Golden Apple Awards Dinner Program on April 18, which is the major fund-raiser for Partners in Education programming. The 2012 Golden Apple Award recipients will be announced March 7.