The Compass

HSSD Family Newsletter | January 27, 2022 | Vol 1, Issue 5

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:

  • Alumni Making Waves: Dr. Mary (Johnson) Pfeiffer, Bay Port 1982
  • Student Snapshots
  • Teacher Features
  • Humanity Heroes
  • And much more!

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

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Dr. Mary (Johnson) Pfeiffer, Bay Port Class of 1982, was honored as Wisconsin State Superintendent of the Year at the annual state education convention last week. As Superintendent of the Neenah Joint School District, Dr. Pfeiffer recently led a successful $114.9 million referendum campaign to build a new Neenah High School. Among the many family members and friends who joined her as she accepted the award were two special mentors: Terry Martin, former Bay Port teacher, and Karen Ries, former Bay View teacher. Read Dr. Pfeiffer’s full story here.

Nominate an Alumni feature: | View all Alumni Making Waves Features

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Nominate a Student Snapshot: | View All Student Snapshots
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Updates from the Board of Education Meeting January 10, 2022

  • The Board recognized UW-Green Bay Dean of Science, Engineering, and Technology John Katers for his leadership and partnership with the district.
  • The Board hosted a linkage meeting with post-secondary education leaders.
  • The Board received community feedback regarding school safety, COVID protocols, and elementary library books.
  • The Board authorized prepayment of debt, resulting in $220,000 in interest cost savings.
  • The Board approved Ends Policy E-5 Equity, Access, and Opportunity monitoring report.
  • The Board approved Executive Limitation EL-7 Ongoing Financial Condition and Activities monitoring report.
  • The Board will host the annual HSSD staff linkage January 31 at 4:45 p.m.

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

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Nominate a Teacher Feature: | View All Teacher Features
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In 2021, The Holiday Store served 223 families and 506 children. In addition, 565 volunteer hours were put into this community function. Angela Klumb, Food Pantry Supervisor, leads the planning for The Holiday Store where families can purchase specific items they know their children want and need for the holiday season.

Kourtney Feldhausen, Student and Family Engagement Coordinator, said, “One of our goals is to make sure our families feel welcomed, respected, and safe when they walk through our doors. Angela is the voice behind the food pantry phone, she is the first face that greets our families, and she is the behind-the-scenes woman who organizes the pantry to meet the food and personal care needs of so many families.”

Read the full story here.

Nominate a Humanity Hero: | View All Humanity Heroes

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At HSSD, our students are learning from the book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. In each edition of The Compass, the Student Services team will share a topic for families to reflect upon. Learn more about Social Emotional Wellness on our website.

Live the 7 Habits: Habit 4 - Think Win-Win

Leaders who think Win-Win balance courage and consideration. They have courage to say no when something isn’t a win for them, and they have consideration for what is a win for others.

Think of a situation where you and a member of your family are not getting the results you would like. Describe the situation. Now create a chart (a T-chart works great for this) and let each person share what a win would look like for them by asking, “What would be a win for you in this situation?”

  • Brainstorm multiple ideas.

  • Create a Win-Win Agreement based on what each person has agreed would be a win in this situation.

  • Check out this video to see how Manny and Clark think of win-win solutions.

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  • February 11: No School / Staff Professional Development
  • February 12: HSSD Music Festival
  • February 21: Bay Port Honors Recital
  • February 22: Parent/Teacher Conferences (virtual)
  • February 24: Parent/Teacher Conferences (virtual)
  • February 25: No School
  • March 28-April 1: Spring Recess

District and School Calendars | Bay Port Athletics Calendar

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If you tuned in to the Fox Sports pregame show for the Green Bay Packers game on Christmas Day, you may have noticed a familiar face. HSSD Communications Specialist Kimberly Uelmen performed some caroling favorites and spread some holiday cheer for a national TV audience as the lead singer of The Maroszek Brothers polka band. Click the button below to view the clip, in case you missed it!
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Mental Health Series Event February 9: Communicating with Your Child

This event will take place from 6-7:30 in the District Office. Click here to register and to see a listing of all Mental Health Series Events this semester.

Communicating with Your Child (February 9): Our daily interactions with our children provide opportunities for us to talk with them and to listen. While many of these interactions are positive, sometimes we struggle with our children’s behavior, encounter conflict, and need discipline. This event, featuring our community partner Triple P Parenting, will allow a space for us to discuss communication at different age levels and how we can best engage in positive communication.

StingCancer Carnival for a Cure T-Shirts for Sale

Bay Port STINGCANCER club’s Carnival for a Cure event is scheduled for Friday, February 18.

T-shirts are available - orders must be made by Friday, January 28. Sizes Youth Small through Adult 4XL are available. Short-sleeve shirts are $10 and long-sleeve shirts are $15. Additional charges apply for sizes 2XL-4XL. Order here.

Yearbooks for Sale

Bay Port is selling extra copies of yearbooks from a variety of graduating years. There are limited quantities, so reserve your copy today! Purchase yours through RevTrak. Once the order is placed, you can pick up the yearbook in the Bay Port Rotunda on Friday, one week after your purchase.

Job Openings

HSSD is hiring! Two support staff openings have been posted: Benefits and Wellness Specialist and Compensation Analyst. Click here to learn more.

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The Compass is produced and distributed by the HSSD School and Community Relations Department. Tell us what you would like to see in this newsletter and share story ideas with us by emailing
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