Pirate Nation: Alumni and Friends

Volume 1, Issue 2

The Howard-Suamico Education Foundation (HSEF) is excited to introduce the new Pirate Nation: Alumni and Friends eNewsletter designed to engage, connect, and inspire HSSD alumni and friends.

We hope you enjoy the features and updates included below. Contact Nicole Smith at nicosmit@hssdschools.org with any feedback, story ideas or suggestions of what you would like to see featured in an upcoming Alumni newsletter.


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Alumni Making Waves: Wes Hodkiewicz

Wes Hodkiewicz is a digital reporter for the Green Bay Packers, beginning his 15th year in sports journalism. He started at the Green Bay Press-Gazette and spent 10 years covering his hometown teams for the newspaper before joining the Packers as a writer and on-camera reporter. A 2006 Bay Port graduate and a life-long resident of our community, Wes caught up with The Current and shared a powerful Packers story he covered.

Click here to read more about Wes.

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Highlights from Bay Port

At the age of two, Kira Mevis was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic neurological disorder which affects nearly every aspect of life, including her ability to speak, walk, eat, and breathe. Since then, Kira has been paving her own way.

With encouragement from Bay Port band directors Ashley and Kyle Siegrist, Kira's latest activity at school aligns beautifully with her passion for music.

On Friday evenings under the bright lights of the Bay Port Pirate stadium, you can find Kira in her new all-terrain wheelchair, performing with the Bay Port band. Kenz Mevis, one of Kira’s most influential advocates, marches alongside their younger sister.

Click here to read the full story about how love of music, an impressive new wheelchair, and inclusion championed by teachers, friends, and family have empowered Kira to march alongside her peers.

October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month.


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Bay Port's computer science program was recently featured by Spectrum News 1 Wisconsin. You can check out the story here!


Mark Your Calendars!

Bay Port is excited to announce their 2021 Fall Play - "Peter Pan"

Show Dates and Times

  • November 11 at 7 p.m.
  • November 12 at 7 p.m.
  • November 13 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets. We hope you can join us.


Stay up to date with Pirate Nation Alumni News!

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If you have any Pirate alumni friends or family who are not already members of Pirate Nation, be sure to encourage them to sign up!