The Compass

HSSD Family Newsletter | March 24, 2022 | Vol 1, Issue 7

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:

  • Student Snapshots: Hailey Marquardt, Ozan Kalafat, and Jacob Ward
  • Summer School Information
  • Alumni Making Waves: Griffin Dombroski, Bay Port Class of 2020
  • 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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From the Board of Education Meeting March 14, 2022

  • The Board recognized the Bay Port Esports team in celebration of its recent Division I Overwatch State Championship.
  • The Board received community input regarding the Portside student newspaper and student locker room use.
  • The Board approved Ends Policy E-2 Graduate Profile: Communicator, Collaborator monitoring data report.
  • The Board received an informational update from the Teaching and Learning Department.
  • The Board received a summary of results from the recent Community Engagement Survey - which can be viewed online here.
  • The Board approved Executive Limitation EL-6 Budgeting/Financial Planning monitoring report.
  • The Board approved Governance Process GP-11 Board Member Violations monitoring report.

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

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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 6: Synergize

Habit 6 teaches us to use the strengths of Habits 4 (Think Win-Win) and 5 (Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood) to create outcomes that feel almost like magic. Synergizing does not just value differences, it truly celebrates differences.

When we are effective, we strive to create third alternatives. More than just “my way” or “your way,” a third alternative is a higher, better way. It’s something that neither person would have come up with on their own. This is the path to synergy.

Synergy is a creative process. It unifies and unleashes the greatest powers within people and families. When you truly synergize, you create “our way,” or the “3rd Alternative,” which is the highest form of creative cooperation.

Action Item: Invite your family to think of a certain issue where you can come up with a third alternative that would help your family get the results you would love to get. Use this strategy throughout Spring Break and see where it takes you!
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  • March 25: End of Third Quarter

  • March 28-April 1: Spring Recess
  • April 6: 4th Grade Music Elective Demonstration Concert
  • April 7: HSSD Festival of Choirs
  • April 9: 10th Annual NEW Donate Life Walk
  • April 15: No School
  • April 21: Taste of the Villages and Auction
  • April 23: 2Myles4Autism Run/Walk

District and School Calendars | Bay Port Athletics Calendar

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Summer School 2022

HSSD Summer School has something for every student, such as cooking, art, athletics, brain games, and more. This summer, there will be four Summer School periods. In the past there were three periods. Registration begins April 26 and 27. Learn more about Summer School 2022 on our website.

Session Dates:

Session 1: June 13-30 (no classes July 1)

Session 2: July 5-22 (no classes July 4)

We’re Hiring!

Certified Staff: The District has begun and will continue to post certified staff vacancies in as they become available, including Student Services and Teaching opportunities, for the 2022-23 school year.

Support Staff: We are seeking applicants for several support staff positions, including:

New Hours at HSSD COVID-19 Testing Clinic

Beginning Monday, March 21, 2022, COVID-19 testing hours at HSSD changed to the following. Tentative close date: April 8, 2022. Visit our website for the most current information.

  • Monday: 7-9 a.m.

  • Tuesday: 7-9 a.m.

  • Wednesday: 7-9 a.m.

  • Friday: 7-9 a.m.

Summer Swim Registration Begins May 6

View the Summer Swim schedule here.


The 11th Annual 2Myles4Autism will take place Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m. at Meadowbrook Elementary. Last year’s event was held virtually, so this year is dubbed the 10th Annual Event - On Repeat. The purpose of this event is to garner awareness and acceptance of autism. Registration is $10. Click here to register.

Road Closure Notice

Evergreen Ave. from Glendale Ave. to Linden Ln. will be closed April 4-September 30, 2022. Click here for detour information. Refer to the Village of Howard for more information.

Added Mental Health Series Event: Let's Talk Grief: Supporting Children and Teens

April 13, 2022 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the District Office (2706 Lineville Rd.)

In Wisconsin, one in 15 children will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the age of 18 (Jag Institute, 2021). The impact of grief and loss is far reaching and can affect a child or teen emotionally, physically, behaviorally, and academically. Grief can be difficult to understand and uncomfortable to discuss. Join in an honest and open conversation with the Unity Grief and Education Center to learn how children and teens respond to grief, to discover ways to extend support, and to learn what resources are available in our community.

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Griffin Dombroski, Bay Port Class of 2020, recently completed the NASCAR Technician Training Program in Mooresville, N.C. This program provides technical training for those seeking careers as technicians in the transportation industry.

He thanks Mr. Adam Cochart, Bay Port Technology Education Teacher, for the impact made on his life. “Mr. Cochart showed pride in his teaching and always pushed us to accomplish anything we wanted to learn in class,” Dombroski said. “He got me set up with an interview…and [I] fully completed a Level 2 Youth Apprenticeship working at Marquis Yachts, all thanks to Mr. Cochart’s guidance and support.”

Click here to read the full story.

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In March 2022, Bay Port held its annual National Honor Society induction ceremony. In this edition of The Compass we are blasting back to the 2005 National Honor Society induction ceremony. Find a familiar face in these photos? Be sure to share this newsletter with them!
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