The Compass

HSSD Family Newsletter | September 30, 2021 | Vol 1, Issue 1

Welcome to Our Premiere Issue!

Welcome to The Compass, the eNewsletter designed to engage, connect, and inspire Howard-Suamico School District families. The Compass will be published the last week of each month.

In this issue, you will find:

  • Board Briefs
  • Teacher Features
  • 7 Habits of Happy Kids
  • Student Snapshot
  • Upcoming Events
  • Humanity Heroes
  • News to Know
  • Social Media Round Up
  • Alumni Making Waves
  • Throwback to Bay Port Homecoming 1970

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

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Updates from the September 27, 2021 Board of Education Annual Meeting and Budget Hearing

  • Community members in attendance received a detailed review of the school district’s 2021-2022 proposed budget and voted to adopt it as presented.
  • The Board of Education will vote to approve the final budget and tax levy at its October 25, 2021 meeting.
  • President Garry Sievert shared a presentation of district highlights from the previous year.
  • Superintendent Damian LaCroix gave his annual state-of-the-district presentation.
  • The Board received community feedback on the topics of COVID-19 safety mitigation and quarantine protocols.
  • The administrative team provided a COVID-19 response update.

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

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What are Teacher Features?

We are proud of our educators at HSSD! Teacher Features are nominated by students, parents, and staff. To nominate a teacher for this section of The Compass, email
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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.

Live the 7 Habits: Habit 1 - Be Proactive

Be Proactive teaches that you are in charge of yourself. One of the key components of Habit 1 is to “choose your weather.” You control your mood and attitude. Will you choose sunny (proactive) or rainy (reactive) weather?

Family Reflection: Take time with your family this month to describe both types of weather and moods. How can your family be proactive in choosing your weather?

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  • Friday, October 1: Bay Port Homecoming Football Game
  • Thursday, October 7: Bay View Idol
  • Friday, October 15: No School (Professional Development for Staff)
  • Tuesday, October 19: Bay Port Orchestra Concert
  • Tuesday, October 26: Parent/Teacher Conferences - Virtual
  • Thursday, October 28: Parent/Teacher Conferences - Virtual
  • Friday, October 29: No School
  • Friday, October 29: Bay Port Student Council Halloween Fest

District and School Calendars | Bay Port Athletics Calendar

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What is an HSSD Humanity Hero?

At Convocation, our welcome back event for staff in August, Superintendent Damian LaCroix shared our theme for the school year: #BringHumanityBack. The theme is inspired by our beloved colleague Heidi Hussli, who passed away last school year. Heidi had a passion for kindness and mutual respect and we are celebrating the kindness our support staff show each day in school.

Do you know a support staff member (aide, custodian, secretary, etc.) who has gone above and beyond for your child or family? Nominate the staff member to be recognized as a HSSD Humanity Hero by emailing

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Reminder: Call the COVID-19 Hotline

If your child is feeling ill or if you have questions about COVID-19, the place to start is the COVID-19 Hotline: 920-662-7233. Learn more about the COVID-19 Hotline, exposure protocols, and quarantine procedures on our website.

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences - Virtual
HSSD will be hosting fall parent/teacher conferences to support student academic, social, and emotional growth. Conferences will be held remotely via Google Meet video conferencing. Reasonable accommodations will be made for in-person conference requests in partnership with the school principal. Detailed information about sign-up procedures will be sent to you by October 12, 2021. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress.

HSSD is Hiring!
We are looking for passionate, caring teammates in a variety of support staff roles, including lunchroom/playground supervisors, special education aides, and support staff substitutes. Click here to apply.

From the IT Help Desk

Need to pick up your new Macbook or iPad? Return your old device and cords to school ASAP and we will trade it in for a new one! Visit the Technology Support page on the HSSD website for FAQ and information.

Bus Drivers Wanted
A referral of a successful candidate to Lamers can earn your club or community organization $500. Visit for more information.

Village Connections

Looking for More Info? Visit our HSSD School Newsletters:

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What is Round Up?

Round up is where we share popular social media posts, recent news, and awesome photos from within our schools.

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Sara Brown, Bay Port Class of 1998, is a familiar face at Lineville. After teaching at Milwaukee Public Schools, she and her family moved back to Green Bay. Brown took a few years off from teaching to care for her children and to develop a photography business.

Her neighbor, the late Jim LaBlonde, convinced Brown to begin substitute teaching at Lineville. When LaBlonde passed away in 2019, Lineville turned to Brown to support its physical education team as a long-term substitute teacher.

It was during this period that Brown developed a love for the intermediate school level and, in particular, the staff at Lineville. Feeling accepted by the staff was what ultimately compelled her to apply when a full time position became available. She is looking forward to a great year with Jody Stangler and their Lineville students. Click here to read Brown’s full story on the HSEF website.
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Homecoming 1970: A Queen Fit for...Two Kings

Pictured above is the 1970 homecoming court at Bay Port. From left to right: Mike Mellen, Sherry Schmidt, Ted Olsen, Monette Bebow, Co-King Gary Hilbert, Queen Candi Rusch, Co-King Randy Vine, Linda Boehm, Frank McGregor, Cindy Steinbrecher, and Jim Williquette.
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Contact Us

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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