GBAPS Announces John Magas as Associate Superintendent of Continuous Improvement

John MagasThe Green Bay Area Public School District is pleased to announce that John Magas has accepted the position of Associate Superintendent of Continuous Improvement, starting July 1. Magas previously served in the Sun Prairie Area School District, where he was the Director of Secondary Teaching, Learning and Equity.

With 20-plus years in education, Magas brings extensive experience to the District leadership team having served as an educator, principal, English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor, and in his current role responsible for curriculum, professional learning communities, ESL services, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) and at-risk education. Prior to serving in Sun Prairie, Magas was a middle school principal in the Appleton Area School District for nine years, and an associate principal for a charter school for highly gifted students. He has also served as an administrator and ESL, Reading, English and Spanish teacher in Washington state.

“John Magas will be a great addition to our leadership team,” stated Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld. “His passion for serving all students; experience leading important school district priorities; and his proven success in communicating with students, families and community members both in English and Spanish were all important factors in our decision. In addition, John’s past experience using data to impact student achievement, will be important as the District continues to fulfill its mission of educating all students to be college, career and community ready.”


Green Bay High School Greenhouses Open for the Season

All four Green Bay Area School District High Schools are opening the doors of their greenhouses to the public. Students and staff have prepared a variety of plants, vegetables, decorations and hanging baskets that are available for purchase. Each school has set hours throughout the month of May.

Green Bay Preble: Preble’s greenhouse is open Monday–Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Preble’s offerings include vegetables, flowers, hanging baskets and more. All proceeds will benefit the Preble Agri-Science program, and will help fund future student projects. Preble is located at 2222 Deckner Ave.

Green Bay East: East’s greenhouse is open Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. East will have a variety of student-grown flowers and vegetables for sale. East is located at 1415 E. Walnut St.

Green Bay Southwest: Southwest’s greenhouse will open its doors Monday-Friday from 3:05 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:55 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. until items are sold out. Southwest students and staff have prepared over 250 hanging baskets for sale, including a variety of plants and garden chairs. Southwest is located at 1331 Packerland Dr.


Green Bay West: West will open its doors beginning May 7, and will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Items include flowers, baskets, hanging bags, herb arrangements, vegetables and decorations, all created by students. Bay Link Manufacturing students have created large metal flower decorations and hand-painted flowerpots will also be for sale. All proceeds will benefit Bay Link Manufacturing, West High’s art program, and the West High Science Club. West is located at 966 Shawano Ave.

East & Preble Students Advance to National FBLA Competition

On April 11 and 12 Green Bay Area Public School District students traveled to La Crosse, WI to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state leadership conference. Students from more than 120 schools across the state participated in business and marketing related competitions. Students who placed in the top four of their event qualified to compete at the national leadership conference in Atlanta, GA on June 29 – July 2. The results are as follows:


FBLA state

East High School


  • Nathan Kohls – 1st place; Healthcare Administration
  • Logan Green – 2nd place; Spreadsheets
  • Rebecca Schelk – 4th place; Computer Applications
  • Josh Villars – 6th place; Computer Problem Solving



FBLA state

Preble High School


  • Brandl Bonetti – 1st place; Sales Presentation
  • Haley Siegworth & Paige Wimberly – 2nd place; Publication Design
  • Emily Johnson & Kelsey Guzman – 2nd place; Business Plan
  • Sara Sendelbach – 4th place; Database Design & Applications
  • Pascal King & Nathan Rahmlow – 7th place; Computer Game & Simulation Programming


FBLA state


Southwest High School

  • Devin Vincent – 5th place; Mobile App Design
  • Elena Cain – 7th place; Personal Finance





West High School

FBLA State Competition

  • Ben Pasterski, Travis Fontaine, Tim Salzer – Competed in Computer Game & Simulation Programming

District Hosts Successful Academic Competition for 500 Local Students

On April 12, the Green Bay Area Public School District hosted an academic competition at West High School. Nearly 500 students from 14 Northeast Wisconsin schools participated in the event that was led by the District’s Gifted & Talented Department. Students competed in one of four subject areas with questions written by University of Wisconsin – Green Bay professors and other area educators. In addition to objective questions, English teams also competed in an impromptu essay event. The competition results are as follows:

English Language Arts

East ELA Team

East ELA Team

1st Place – De Pere coached by Becky Hawley

2nd Place – Denmark coached by Carrie Latus

3rd Place – Green Bay East coached by Suzi Carlson

4th Place – Bay Port “A” coached by Janelle Bailey

For the impromptu essay event, the following students won awards for achieving perfect scores: Kathryn Nohr (Bay Port), and Alden Hunt (De Pere).


East Math Team

East Math Team

1st Place – Ashwaubenon “A” coached by Sue Krausert and Cassie Burns

2nd Place – Green Bay East “A” coached by Brandon Quinn and Will Garay

3rd Place – Sturgeon Bay coached by Cliff Wind

4th Place – Green Bay Southwest “A” coached by Jeff Streckenbach



Preble Science Team

Preble Science Team

1st Place – Green Bay Preble “A” coached by David Haller

2nd Place – Bay Port coached by Anne Schmidt

3rd Place – Green Bay Southwest “A” coached by John Sebranek

4th Place – West De Pere coached by Jack Batten



Social Studies

1st Place – Manitowoc “B” coached by Tom Hamann

2nd Place – Ashwaubenon “A” – coached by Amy Bunkleman

3rd Place – West De Pere coached by Matt Lambrecht

4th Place – De Pere coached by Bob Spice

SW Math Team

Southwest Math Team

GBAPS Students & Teachers Receive 2016 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Awards

Michelle Flicek - King Elementary

Michelle Flicek – King Elementary

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2016 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for students, teachers, and principals. The $3,000 awards are being made to 100 teachers, 16 principals and their schools, and 184 graduating high school students. Four individuals from the Green Bay Area Public School District have been honored with awards: Jena Vandenhouten of Preble High School, Anna Schaut of West High School, Michelle Flicek of King Elementary School, and Lisa Merkel of West High School.

Jena Vandenhouten of Preble High School has been named an Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Initiative Scholar. Initiative Scholarship recipients are chosen by their schools and have demonstrated exceptional initiative in the classroom and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.

Anna Schaut of West High School has been named an Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholar. Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena, have high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.

Michelle Flicek and Lisa Merkel have been chosen as Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellows. Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service inside and outside of the classroom.

Lisa Merkel - West High

Lisa Merkel – West High

The recipients from the Green Bay Area Public School District will be honored alongside other local educators and students at a recognition luncheon on Sunday, April 17 at West De Pere High School at 12:30 p.m.

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship Program was established by Herb Kohl, U.S. Senator (Retired) in 1990. To date the foundation has awarded $10.2 million to Wisconsin educators, students, and schools.

District High Schools Succeed at State DECA; Preble & Southwest Head to Nationals

On March 8-10, teams from the four Green Bay Area Public School District high schools competed at the state DECA competition in Lake Geneva, WI. Each student competed in two written exams, role plays, and several students also wrote competitive business papers. DECA is a business and marketing organization that allows students to compete individually or in teams 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. State competition results are outlined below.

East High School

  • Medalist – Shyloh Galiano; Apparel & Accessories
  • East High School also received an Acts of Kindness Award

Preble High SchoolIMG_1325[1]

  • 1st Place – Sydney Onesti & Sheridan Michaud; Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
  • 1st Place – Ellie Brennan; Marketing Communication Lesson
  • 3rd Place – MaKayla Hansen & Ericka Brandsma; Public Relations Plan
  • 3rd Place – Ericka Brandsma; Food Marketing
  • 3rd Place – Ellie Brennan; Business Services Marketing
  • 3rd Place – Samantha Brusky; Hotel and Lodging Marketing
  • 4th Place – Sydney Onesti; Food Marketing
  • Top 10 – Christian Schommer; Sports and Entertainment Marketing

The following students will be competing in the national competition in Nashville, TN on April 23-26, 2016: Ellie Brennan, MaKayla Hansen, Ericka Brandsma, Sydney Onesti, Samantha Brusky, and Sheridan Michaud.

Full group 2 (1)Southwest High School

  • 1st Place – Trisha Hanold, Katie Folsom, and Connor Jones; Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan
  • 2nd Place – Connor Jones; Food Marketing
  • 3rd Place – Megan Batten; Sales Presentation
  • 3rd Place- Payton Fick & Clayton Ladsten; Sports Marketing
  • 3rd Place – Kabir Bedi & Syon Verma; Financial Services Marketing
  • 6th Place- Zach Ferraro; Financial Consulting Sales Presentation
  • 6th Place – Zach Ferraro; Quick Serve Restaurant Marketing
  • Top 10 – Jessie Smith; Apparel & Accessories Marketing
  • Medalist – Trisha Hanold & Katie Folsom; Marketing Communications
  • Medalist – Isabella Bence; Hotel & Lodging Marketing
  • Medalist – Kai Schmitt; Apparel & Accessories Marketing
  • Medalist – Kyle Campbell; Apparel & Accessories Marketing
  • Medalist – Andrew Nickel; Marketing Management

The following students will be competing in the national competition in April: Trisha Hanold, Katie Folsom, Connor Jones, Kabir Bedi, Syon Verma, Payton Fick, Clayton Ladsten, Jessie Smith, Cyen Bero, Griffin Goltz, Ruben Guzman, Megan Batten, and Zach Ferraro.

In addition, Southwest DECA earned a variety of chapter awards:

  • Gold Chapter for school and community involvement
  • Diamond Level Achievement through international DECA
  • 100 Hours of Community Service
  • MDA Award
  • Winner of Community Service Project award
  • Acts of Kindness Award
  • Thrive Campaign

Southwest DECA would like to thank their corporate partners for their continued support of Marketing Education and DECA: Cousins Subs, Elaine’s Wedding Center, Happy Joe’s, Kaufman Associates, Macco’s Floor Covering, and Symbolic Creations.

West High SchoolPaige and Katie DECA state

  • Top 10 Medalists – Paige Bogner & Katie Hynek; Learn & Earn

Jefferson & Keller named WI Schools of Recognition

Jefferson & Keller WI Schools of RecognitionCongratulations to Jefferson and Keller elementary schools for being named Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition for the 2015-16 school year.

Specifically Jefferson and Keller were named “Beating-the-Odds” schools, which means they are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state. They have demonstrated above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels.

State Superintendent Tony Evers said in a press release, “These awards recognize the work of students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement.”

Click here for more information from the WI Department of Public Instruction.

Congratulations to Jefferson & Keller!

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