Mark Kaiser & Ann Franz Named Recipients of State Superintendent’s Business Friends of Education Award

Business Friends of Education AwardCongratulations to Mark Kaiser, President and COO of Lindquist Machine Corporation, and Ann Franz, Strategic Partnerships Manager for the NEW Manufacturing Alliance for receiving the State Superintendent’s Business Friends of Education Award! Kaiser and Franz were selected by the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education to receive the award. Eight recipients were selected out of 26 nominations to receive this recognition for the positive impact their business has had on student success.

Kaiser and Franz have been especially instrumental in making Bay Link Manufacturing possible, a manufacturing learning lab located in West High School that will open in October of this year. Thank you to Lindquist Machine Corporation and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance for helping our students graduate college, career and community ready!

Pictured above: Mark Kaiser, President and COO of Lindquist Machine Corporation, and Lori Peacock, Career and Technical Education Partnerships and Program Coordinator for the Green Bay Area Public School District.

Preble Celebrates National Library Week

photo 2Every April, libraries and schools across the country celebrate National Library Week, an event sponsored by the American Library Association.

This year’s National Library Week will be held April 13-19. Preble High School is celebrating by holding a spine label poetry contest, which involves using the words on the spines of library books to create poetry. The photo above shows an example of a spine label poem. All Preble students and staff are invited to submit entries for the contest.

The spine label poetry contest entries will be judged on Tuesday, April 15. Prizes include coffee and biscotti in the Preble Library Media Center Hard Cover Café.

District Students Compete in State FBLA Competition; East & Preble Advance to Nationals

Preble FBLA

Preble FBLA



On April 7 and 8, students from all four Green Bay Area Public School District high schools traveled to Appleton to compete in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state competition. FBLA is an education association that helps a quarter million students prepare for careers in business and business-related fields. The results from the state competition are as follows. An asterisk (*) denotes the students that have qualified to compete in the national competition in Nashville, Tenn. June 29 – July 2.

East High School

Andrew Pfluger – 2nd place in Business Plan*
Jacob Thomas & Nick VanMatre – 3rd place in Mobile App Development*
Dustin Mellberg & Steve Bors – 3rd place in Website Development*
Kaitlyn Holzer – 4th place in Business Communications
Breanna Killian – 5th place in Word Processing

Preble High School

Madeleine Kotz – 1st place in Client Service*
Marcus Jenerson, Jordan Plate & Alex Vernon – 2nd place in Public Service Announcement*
Vaughan Collins – 6th place in Job Interview
Alex Vernon – Who’s Who in FBLA nominee

Southwest High School

Devin Vincent – 2nd place in Web 2.0 open event
Devin Vincent – 6th place in Cyber Security

West High School

Leo Cortright & Jacob Jones – 8th place in Community Service Project
Leo Cortright – Who’s Who in FBLA nominee

Preble Marketing Class Partners with Nicolet National Bank

A_NB03-0114 GPS Nicolet TBN NC ad_Final2_LREvery year at Preble High School, the marketing co-op class partners with a local business to complete an in-depth marketing plan. This year, Nicolet National Bank was the local business partner. Preble marketing students acted as an advertising agency and developed an ad campaign for the bank. The final projects were presented to the CEO of Nicolet National Bank, Mayor Jim Schmitt, celebrity guest Packers player Mike Daniels and other local VIP’s in November.

The students presented a variety of advertisement strategies for the bank including print ads, TV commercials, social media marketing ideas, and guerrilla marketing strategies. The winning team was selected and won a prize from the bank.

As a result of this community partnership, Nicolet National Bank actually used some of the student’s ideas for their real-world advertising, including the ad pictured above. Thank you to Nicolet National Bank for offering our students this valuable experience!

District Teams Achieve Two 1st Place Wins in Academic Competition

On April 1, more than 400 students from 15 Northeast Wisconsin high schools participated in the Academic Competition sponsored by the Green Bay Area Public School District at West High School. Students competed in one of four subject areas with questions written by University of Wisconsin – Green Bay professors as well as other area educators. The results of the competition for district schools are as follows:

English Language Arts
1st place: East High School, coached by Suzi Carlson
3rd place: Preble High School, coached by Jennifer VanRemortel

2nd place: East High School, coached by Brandon Quinn and Will Garay

1st place: Southwest High School, coached by John Sebranek
2nd place: Preble High School, coached by David Haller

Social Studies
4th place: Southwest High School, coached by Jay Krings and Tony Kraszewski

Southwest High School Educators Tour Georgia-Pacific

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This February, Southwest High School teachers and staff members took a tour of Georgia-Pacific in Green Bay. The tour was organized to mutually benefit both Southwest High School staff members and Georgia-Pacific.

Goals of the tour included:
• Provide the educators with an opportunity to connect the classroom to the world of work.
• Showcase Georgia-Pacific as a vital employer in the Green Bay area that focuses on preparing students for high-demand career pathways in manufacturing and engineering.
• Adequately address next generation work-specific employability skills and communicate workforce and economic development opportunities for students.
• Create a mutual understanding of learning for all students to support developing and sustaining strong leaders and life-long learners in partnership with business and industry.

During the tour, educators toured with mill employees and observed first-hand manufacturing careers in action, while working to achieve the above goals. Staff members were also given a close-up look at modern manufacturing and its benefits in the community, and met with Georgia-Pacific leaders to learn more about the company.

Due to the success of the tour, Georgia-Pacific will continue to provide “Educators on Tour” opportunities for staff in other schools. Thanks to strong community partnerships like this one, schools, businesses and community members can work together to ensure all students graduate college, career and community ready.

District DECA Students Compete in State Competition; Advance to Nationals in May

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On March 18-20, teams from three Green Bay Area Public School District high schools competed with other schools across Wisconsin at the DECA state competition in Lake Geneva, WI. DECA is a business and marketing club that allows students to compete in teams of one or two as they present solutions to business and marketing issues. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The results from the state competition are as follows. An asterisk (*) denotes the students that have qualified to compete in the national competition in their respective events on May 3-6 in Atlanta, GA:

Preble High School
Kassidy Koch & Blake Schweiner – 1st place, Hospitality Services*
Nick Olsen – 1st place, Restaurant & Food Marketing*
Tom Brennan & Ellie Brennan – 1st place, Public Relations Project*
Brandl Bonetti – 3rd place, Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan*
Tom Brennan – 4th place, Human Resources Management*
Sheridan Michaud & Sydney Onesti – 4th place, Fashion Merchandising Project*
Sydney Onesti – 5th place, Food Marketing*
Luis Franco – 5th place, Business Services Marketing*
Brennan Dougherty & Joe Walters – 6th place, Buying & Merchandising*

Two Preble DECA members were also named state officers. Riley VandenPlas was named vice president of community service, and Tom Brennan was named vice president of chapter development.

West High School
Jacob Jones – 3rd place, Restaurant and Food Service Management*
Robbie Jaklin & Ryan Leisgang – 5th place, International Business*
Kaitlyn Huff, Michael Yeager & Jennie Hanson – Gold Certified School Based Enterprise*

Southwest High School
Elizabeth Conard – 1st place, Economics Exam; 6th place, Marketing Management*
Sam Humphrey & Mitchell Reed – 3rd place, Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan*
Mitch McMahon – 4th place, Sports & Entertainment Marketing*
o McMahon was also elected to serve Wisconsin DECA as state president for the upcoming year.
Andrew Nickel – 6th place, Principles of Marketing*
Emily Haines – 6th place, Human Resources Management*
Kabir Bedi & Syon Verma – Top 10, Financial Services
Andrew Stieber – Double Medalist, Apparel & Accessories
Trisha Hanold & Katie Folsom – Medalist, Marketing Communications
Megan Ludolph – Medalist, Retail Merchandising
Savannah Kuehn – Medalist, Hotel & Lodging

At the state competition, Southwest DECA also earned a variety of chapter awards, including: MDA Award, Gold Chapter Award, Acts of Kindness Award, and the Thrive Campaign Award.


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