Chappell students to connect with other cultures through Journey North program

Monarch ProjectSecond grade students at Chappell Elementary are connecting with other schools around the United States by participating in the Journey North program. The students created symbolic monarch butterflies which will journey to Minnesota to become part of a large group that will travel to Mexico, just like the butterflies that are currently migrating from Canada and the United States.

The symbolic butterflies will be looked after by students in Mexico who live by monarch butterfly sanctuaries near Angangueo, Mexico. The symbolic butterflies will return north in March like real monarchs, and many will find themselves in the hands of Chappell students. Once the students receive the symbolic butterflies in March and April, Chappell second graders will have the opportunity to connect with the students in Mexico, and learn more about their lives.

In the meantime, the students at Chappell will be learning as much Spanish as possible to communicate this spring with their new friends. As an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School, Chappell Elementary makes it a priority to encourage students to become lifelong learners with an understanding and respect for other cultures.

Bay Link Manufacturing Grand Opening

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On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Green Bay Area Public School District along with many community partners celebrated the opening of Bay Link Manufacturing, the district’s first manufacturing learning lab.

The Bay Link Manufacturing program will allow students to complete projects for local companies, and is located at West High School in Green Bay. High school juniors and seniors enrolled in the program will receive real-world experience in manufacturing, engineering, marketing and business careers. Projects will be completed in the areas of industrial welding, machine fabrication and metals.

Bay Link students will be prepared to attend a 2 or 4 year college to pursue on-going education in the field of manufacturing and engineering, or may be prepared to enter the world of work in an entry-level position.

The introduction of Bay Link Manufacturing into the Green Bay community will do its part to engage youth to support the labor force needs of local manufacturers, and to ensure a vibrant economy in northeast Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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On September 17, 1968, the U.S. Government passed a public law to recognize the accomplishments of Hispanic American citizens and created “National Hispanic Heritage Week,” which was celebrated during the week of September 15. This law was later expanded and amended and proclaimed as “National Hispanic Heritage Month.” Every year since, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated across the United States from September 15 – October 15. This month is celebrated to honor the cultural diversity and unique contributions of the Hispanic community in the United States, which includes people from at least 20 different Spanish-speaking countries.

The Green Bay Area Public School District recognizes the importance of meeting the educational and cultural needs of all students and families. The district recently hired a Bilingual Family Engagement Coordinator to address, develop and enact procedures to ensure parental involvement and student readiness to post-secondary education, career and community involvement.

The district is proud to have a diverse student population with approximately 26% of our students identifying themselves as Hispanic in the 2013-14 school year. The district also has many programs to support bilingual students, including our English Language Learner programs and dual language Spanish immersion program at five schools – Danz, Wilder, Baird, Jackson and Edison.

Celebrating this month and making all students aware of its importance is essential because it enables our society to become aware of and respect what Hispanics have accomplished and contributed to society. Also, we hope that this will instill in the present generation of Hispanic American students a renewed spirit of confidence in their heritage.

El 17 de septiembre de 1968, el gobierno de Estados Unidos aprobó una ley pública para reconocer los logros de los ciudadanos hispanoamericanos y creo  “La Semana Nacional de la herencia hispana,” que se celebró durante la semana del 15 de septiembre. Esta ley fue más tarde ampliada y modificada y se proclamó como “El mes Nacional de la Hispanidad.” El mes de la herencia hispana se celebra cada año desde entonces, a lo largo y ancho de los Estados Unidos desde el 15 de septiembre hasta el 15 de  octubre. Durante este mes se celebra y honra la diversidad cultural y las contribuciones únicas de la comunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos, que incluye a personas de al menos 20 países hispanohablantes.

El Distrito de Escuelas Publicas del Área de Green Bay reconoce la importancia de cumplir con las necesidades educativas y culturales de todos los estudiantes y sus familias. El distrito recientemente contrató a un coordinador de participación familiar bilingüe  para dirigir, desarrollar y ejecutar  los procedimientos para asegurar la participación familiar y la preparación estudiantil hacia la educación superior, carreras profesionales y su comunidad.

El distrito está orgulloso de tener una población estudiantil diversa con aproximadamente el 26% de nuestros estudiantes que se han identificado como hispanos durante el ciclo escolar 2013-14. El distrito también tiene muchos programas para apoyar a los estudiantes bilingües, incluyendo nuestros programas de aprendices del idioma inglés y de aprendizaje de dos vías, además de programas de inmersión en español en cinco escuelas – Danz, Wilder, Baird, Jackson y Edison.

Llevar a cabo las celebraciones durante este mes y hacer que todos los estudiantes estén consientes de su importancia es fundamental porque permite a nuestra sociedad conocer y respetar lo que los hispanos han logrado y contribuido a nuestra sociedad. Además, esperamos que esto inculque en la  actual generación de estudiantes hispanoamericanos un espíritu renovado de confianza en su herencia cultural.

You’re Invited: Bay Link Manufacturing to Host Public Grand Opening October 15

Bay Link Save the Date_EMAILJoin the Green Bay Area Public School District in partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance in celebrating the grand opening of Bay Link Manufacturing on Wednesday, October 15 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Bay Link Manufacturing is a high-precision manufacturing learning lab equipped to complete projects for local companies and is located at West High School.

Members of the community attending the grand opening will have the opportunity to walk through the Bay Link Manufacturing lab, and learn about how the program operates. The program is designed to provide high school students with real-world experience in manufacturing, engineering, marketing and business careers.

High school juniors and seniors enrolled in Bay Link Manufacturing will collaborate with NWTC students and manufacturing mentors to complete projects for local companies in the areas of industrial welding, machine fabrication and metals. Students will also design the marketing and business systems necessary to sustain a successful manufacturing business.

For more information about Bay Link Manufacturing, visit:

Danz Named School of Merit

Danz Merit AwardDanz Elementary School was selected by the Wisconsin PBIS Network as a School of Merit for their work accomplished through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The Wisconsin PBIS Network is a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) funded initiative.

PBIS applies evidence-based practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, decrease problem behavior, improve safety, and establish a positive school culture and learning environment. Danz Elementary has been a PBIS school for seven years and has established clear expectations for students by taking proactive steps to teaching, modeling, and reinforcing appropriate behaviors school-wide.Behavior data is consistently monitored to improve the behavioral outcomes of students and maximize student learning opportunities. Staff also use tools to self-assess and modify current practices in an effort to enhance student success.

Danz Elementary School was one of 195 schools statewide to be recognized as a School of Merit for the 2013-14 school year. Schools were recognized as Schools of Merit based on an application process that included team and meeting information, implementation and outcome data, and a narrative that described the data, systems, and practices of PBIS implementation. As a School of Merit, Danz Elementary School received a banner and recognition at the Annual PBIS Leadership Conference in August.

Congratulations and a job well done to the students and staff of Danz Elementary School!

(Danz Elementary PBIS Universal Leadership Team pictured in photo.)

Green Bay Area Public School District Meets Expectations: Increased Scores in Three Priority Areas

For the third year in a row, the Department of Public Instruction has released the state report cards, which measure four priority areas: student achievement, student growth, closing gaps and on-track and postsecondary readiness.

The Green Bay Area Public School District’s (GBAPS) report card finds that the school district meets expectations for the second year in a row, with the overall score increasing from 63.8 to 64.5.

Out of the four priority areas, GBAPS’s district scores increased in student growth, closing gaps and on-track and postsecondary readiness from the 2012-13 report card.

“The District’s report card reflects our focus on continuous school improvement,” stated Assistant Superintendent Mark Smith.  “What is most important to note in the report is our student’s improved growth. The District had a significant 5.3 point increase (57.9 vs. 52.6), with growth in both reading and math.”

The report card also shows the school district is making gains in closing the achievement gap, with an overall score of 63.5 vs. 62.7 in 2012-13.

Finally, the District’s on-track and postsecondary readiness score increased to 80.7 vs. 80.3 in 2012-13. The two areas where the District demonstrated improvements were in attendance and graduation scores.

“While we are happy to see that the trajectory for our district continues to move in the right direction, we recognize that we are not yet where we need or want to be,” stated Superintendent of Schools and Learning Michelle Langenfeld.  “We are confident that we will continue to see improvement as we collaborate with community partners, focus on education customization pathways, and partner with our staff, who work diligently on behalf of our students.”

School Accountability Scores

Each school within the district receives a report card.  The following chart shows how 35 schools within the school district were scored.  Bay View, Leonardo da Vinci and the John Dewey Academy of Learning did not receive scores this year. To view the report cards, visit
Report Card Table

Southwest High School Ranked by Newsweek as one of America’s Top High Schools

trojan logo 08-09According to Newsweek, Southwest High School has been named one of America’s top high schools. From more than 14,000 schools that were considered, Southwest ranked #495 in the country. Out of the Wisconsin public schools included in the ranking, Southwest ranked #13.

In creating the list, Newsweek aims to identify the public high schools in the U.S. that do the best job of preparing students for college. Enrollment rates, graduation rates, test scores and more are factored into the ranking system. For additional information, visit


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