The Compass

HSSD Family Newsletter | May 27, 2022 | Vol 1, Issue 9

Welcome back to The Compass!

Thank you for staying connected with the Howard-Suamico School District.The Compass is an email Newsletter designed to engage, connect, and inspire HSSD families. It will be published the last week of each month.

In this issue:

We are excited to share stories and news with you and we welcome your ideas for future issues.

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Congratulations, HSSD CARE Award Winners!

The Howard-Suamico Education Foundation (HSEF) and HSSD made surprise visits at each building to recognize the inaugural HSSD CARE Award winners. Click here to view the photo gallery from the surprise visits.

One employee at each building was recognized for demonstrating positive characteristics that contribute to our caring learning community. These awards were determined through an anonymous peer voting process at each HSSD building. Voting was based on how the employees:

  • Exhibit joy in their roles and a love for public education

  • Foster healthy relationships with others

  • Contribute to a positive school climate

  • Value every contribution with respect and honor

Click here to learn more about the winners, award sponsors, and the HSSD Care Awards.

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From the Board of Education Meeting - May 16, 2022

  • The Board read a proclamation celebrating Staff Appreciation Week May 1-7, 2022
  • The Board held a linkage meeting with Clergy and Civic leaders
  • The Board received an administative update "Looking to the Future"
  • The Board received a Facilities Update progress report
  • The Board approved Governance Process GP-6 Board Committees monitoring report
  • The Board welcome new student representative, sophomore Madeline Thoreson, and welcomed outgoing student rep, Rohan Gala, for his service
  • The Board continued its book study of Craymer and Radwan's "Governing by Principles"

For upcoming meeting dates, agendas, and prior meeting minutes, visit the Board of Education page on our website.

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Nominate a Student Snapshot for 2022-23:

Audrey Nowak Named HSSD Fine Arts Coordinator

Audrey Nowak has been named as the new HSSD Fine Arts Coordinator.

In the move to this leadership role, Nowak will continue to teach and will work collaboratively with staff and administration to support and plan for the future of our esteemed fine arts program. Read the full story on our website.

Build Like a Girl Event June 22

Miron Construction is hosting its annual "Build Like a Girl" event Wednesday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Neenah. This event is designed for 7th-10th grade girls, as a way for them learn more about the construction trades and to help them realize anything is possible when it comes to their future! The day involves hands-on activities (carpentry, masonry, heavy equipment operating), as well as a job site tour (this year we’ll be featuring the ongoing work at Neenah High School), presentations, Q&A session and more! Click here to learn more at the event website.

We’re Hiring!

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Nominate a Humanity Hero for 2022-23:
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

What is mental health? Mental Health includes emotional, psychological, and social well being. It affects how people think, feel, and act. Mental health includes both the absence of mental health challenges and the presence of high levels of social, behavioral and emotional well-being.

Mental health is a range from wellness to illness. Everyone has mental health and we may fall in different areas depending on the day or what life circumstances we are facing.

During the month of May we work to bring awareness to the topic of mental health and encourage people to check in on each other. Learn how this Leader in Me 2021 Student Speech contest winner has created momentum for her friends and her school in making sure everyone is ok.

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Howard Kindergarteners Collaborate to Thank Local Nurses

Teacher Tiffany Edlebeck’s personal experience drives her passion

As the saying goes, teamwork makes the dream work. Kindergarten students in Tiffany Edlebeck’s class are learning about the HSSD Graduate Profile and that a collaborator is someone who is helpful and shares responsibility while working toward a common goal.

The youngsters collaborated in celebration of local health care professionals who embody that characteristic every day. Edlebeck recently received a $250 grant from Thrivent Action Teams with the goal of creating a positive change in the community, so she decided to enlist her Kindergarten students in creating thank you bags for nurses.

Read the full story on Howard’s website. Nominate a Teacher Feature for 2022-23:
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  • May 30: No School (Memorial Day)
  • June 2: Forest Glen Groundbreaking and Bay View Wallbreaking Events
  • June 6: Last day of school (4K)
  • June 7: Last day of school (K-4 Early Release)

  • June 7: Last day of school (5-12)

  • June 7: End of 4th Quarter

  • June 12: Bay Port Commencement

  • June 13: Summer School Session I Begins

  • June 30: Summer School Session I Ends

  • July 5: Summer School Session II Begins

  • July 22: Summer School Session II Ends

District and School Calendars | Bay Port Athletics Calendar

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HSSD Retirees 2022-23

To our 2022 retirees, thank you for your dedication to HSSD. We are grateful to have been part of your journey. In total, our 2022 retirees have dedicated a combined 408 years to our caring school communities.

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Lippert Named NMU Class of '22 Outstanding Graduating Senior

Jakob Lippert (Bay Port Class of 2018) is the recipient of Northern Michigan University's Class of 2022 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. A history major and German minor, Lippert was also awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English in Germany following his college graduation this spring.

The former Bay Port Pirate also became a nationally-recognized quiz bowl team leader for the NMU Wildcats during his four years in Marquette, Mich. with multiple team wins over Ivy League competition. Congratulations, Jakob!

Click here to read more about Lippert's honor and impact at NMU.

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