2010-2011 School Year Filled with Great Achievements

A lot of great things happened in the district last year – but it took compiling the whole list to really get us thinking “Wow!” to the sheer significance of all that was achieved. Congratulations to all the students and staff who worked so hard for their well-deserved recognition!
District & Staff Achievements 
  • Beaumont, Chappell, Kennedy and Lincoln Elementary Schools were named Wisconsin Schools of Recognition.
  • Lombardi Middle School was named an Exemplary Middle School and then a Middle School of Excellence by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA).
  • East High School celebrated its 150 Year Anniversary.
  • Eisenhower Elementary School Principal Claudia Orr was one of 55 national educators to receive the prestigious Milken Family Foundation awards.
  • District social worker and homeless advocate Alison Draheim was named “Person of the Year” by the Green Bay Press Gazette.
  • Franklin Middle School teacher Ned Dorff and Eisenhower Elementary School principal Claudia Orr were named to the Chamber of Commerce’s Current Young Professional’s “Future 15.”
  • West High School was authorized as an International Baccalaureate School – Diploma Programme.
  • Howe Elementary School 1st grade teacher Janice Huhtala was named a Golden Apple award winner.
  • Martin Elementary teacher Brian Marchant was a finalist in the NAESP Foundation’s Children’s Book of the Year Award.
  • Beaumont Elementary was one of eight Wisconsin schools nominated to be a 2011 Blue Ribbon School.
  • The district was named to the AP Achievement List by the College Board.
  • Lincoln and Chappell Elementary School’s principal Kris Worden was named winner of WEMTA’s “Award of Excellence” for the use of technology in schools.
  • Lombardi Middle teacher Howard Lodl received a full scholarship to the 2011 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy.
  • Green Bay Preble High School was named Press Gazette’s Best in the Bay 2011.
  • Patricia Agee-Aguayo, a two-way bilingual teacher at Danz Elementary, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Academic & Co-Curricular Achievements 
  • Preble High School’s Show Choir made the top 10 in Parade Magazine’s Best Show Choir in America. They are also one of 100 show choirs selected for the book Sweat, Tears & Jazz Hands (The History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to Glee).
  • Southwest High School’s 2010 grad Jonathon Richardson was named one of two 2010 State AP Scholars from Wisconsin.
  • The highly successful East High School Mock Trial Team finished 6th out of 30 teams from around the world competing in the international Empire Invitational. 
  • Franklin Middle School 7th grader Kang Boa Vang was one of nine national winners of the What Kids Can Do “Where I am From” writing contest.
  • Washington Middle School 8th grader Emmanuael Sanchez was one of 50 national recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholar Award, providing multiple educational opportunities through Sanchez’s middle and high school years, and potentially covering his college tuition.
  • Four middle school students competed in the state-level geography bee: Spencer Guo (Red Smith), Samuel Schaberg (Lombardi), Roman Zimmerman (Washington), and Justin Bannister (Edison).
  • Southwest High School took 3rd in the State Academic Decathlon.
  • West High School student Hollis Reynolds was named a Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Initiative Scholar.
  • Aldo Leopold student Alexis Cole was featured in the What Kids Can Do book “Crisis & Hope: Youth Turn a Lens on the World.”
  • Southwest High School won six medals at the 15th annual WPS Solar Olympics, tying for 1st.
  • East High School’s Emily McKinney was named to the Press Gazette’s Academic Team.
  • East High School’s Eleanor Sieber placed 2nd in the state at the Wisconsin State Chinese Speech Contest at UW-Madison. Preble High School’s Michael Kraft finished 3rd.
  • The district had three 2011 All-State Scholars: Corey Warren (East), Katherine Huffer (Southwest), and William LaLuzerne (Preble).
  • Preble SKILLS USA teams placed 1st and 2nd at the State Conference Engineering Challenge.
Athletic Achievements
  • Southwest girls tennis team finished 2nd in State and were WIAA Sportsmanship Award winners for 2010 Fall Championships.
  • Preble girls golf team were WIAA Regional Champions.
  • Preble golfer Olivia Lindsley was named FRCC Player of the year and made 2nd Team All State.
  • Southwest’s Rachel Allen was named Tennis Player of the Year by the Green Bay Press Gazette, and named 1st Team All-State.
  • Preble/East boys volleyball player Shane Heyrman recieved Honorable Mention All-State honors.
  • Southwest’s Ryan Stachura was named Boy’s Soccer Player of the Year by the Green Bay Press Gazette and FRCC Player of the Year.
  • Preble’s boys soccer team were WIAA Regional Champions.
  • Preble girls cross country team qualified for the WIAA State Cross Country Meet.
  • Southwest Troyettes were state champions in two dance events.
  • Preble wrestler Marshall Pennings was named 2011-2012 FRCC Wrestler of the Year.
  • Southwest hockey player Evan Janssen, of the Green Bay United, was named FRCC Player of the Year in boys hockey and nominated Boys Hockey Player of the Month for January by the Wisconsin Sports Network.
  • The Preble Dance Team took 1st Place in Pom at the National Contest of Champions Competition in Orlando, FL.
  • Preble junior Kenzie Perttu was named FRCC Girls Basketball Player of the Year and voted Wisconsin Sports Network Basketball Player of the Month in February. She has a career high of more than 1,000 points.
  • Preble’s girls basketball team were WIAA Regional Champions.
  • The Preble boys track team won its 20th consecutive WIAA regional title, won their 2nd consecutive State Indoor Track Meet and finished 5th in WIAA State Competition.
  • Southwest’s Matt Freeman was named FRCC Boys Baseball Co-Player of the Year.
  • East’s Mike Fisher won the WIAA Division 1 state title in the high jump with a leap of 6’ 8”. He also won the high jump in the WTFA State Indoor Championships.
  • Preble’s Ben Daniels was named FRCC Boys Track Athlete of the Year andtrack coach Pat Prochnow was named FRCC Boys Track Coach of the Year
  • Preble’s Sierra Valentine was named FRCC Girls Soccer Player of the Year and was a Best of the Rest selection on the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association all-state team.
    • Chris Severson
    • August 10th, 2011

    Hi To Whom this may Concern:

    My good friend just got the mail..the GBAPS sent the form for free or reduced lunches which they send every year to every house but it states “You or your children DO NOT HAVE to be U.S. citizens to qualify” ????? WHAT ??????

    Why are we using her and our money to pay for non-US citizens?

    This is not the proper use of our funds and frankly needs to be brought to higher powers to correct this. Not….not acceptable.

    Sincerely a very concerned citizen,

    Chris Severson
    Green Bay, WI 54313

    • Mr. Severson,
      All United States public schools are required by federal law to educate and feed all children, regardless of race, income, disability, or resident status, as well as insure the safety of every child. To deny access to any child living within school attendance areas is a violation of federal law. There is a website that outlines who qualifies for what.
      The decision to feed all children and insure their safety, regardless of status, is defined in the Welfare Reform Act in 1996. The legislation was introduced by Republicans and brokered by Gingrich during the Clinton administration. U.S. Attorney General Reno defined this issue under services that provide services for protection of life or safety. The federal government provides reimbursement to the district for all students who qualify.

      Additionally, our school personnel cannot ask about residency status as determined by the 1982 Supreme Court decision Plyler vs. Doe. Please feel free to look directly into the Supreme Court’s Plyler vs. Doe and the Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 for background and accurate information. You may contact your federal congressional representative about any concerns.

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