Archive for November, 2010

Academy of Chinese draws Taiwanese visitors

Academy of Chinese draws Taiwanese visitors

Lately I’ve been thinking about the immersion and bi-lingual schools in Milwaukee Public Schools. If you’re wondering if they’re drawing positive attention to MPS, here’s one example for you. On Thursday, two officials from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago’s Cultural Division will travel to Milwaukee to visit the Milwaukee Academy of Chinese [...]

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Big grant boosts St. Marcus growth

Big grant boosts St. Marcus growth

In the kind of news most Milwaukee schools can only fantasize about making, St. Marcus Lutheran School, 2215 N. Palmer St., announced today that it has gotten a $460,000 grant from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for its $12 million campus expansion project designed by Korb Tredo Architects. The school — which garnered headlines [...]

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Brewers bullpen catcher helps kids get their mitts on warm coats

Brewers bullpen catcher helps kids get their mitts on warm coats

Racine native Marcus Hanel is Brewers’ bullpen catcher. That means it’s his job to make sure the Brewers’ pitching staff stays warm. This morning, however, Hanel is making sure 300 of the 370 kids at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Brown Street Academy will stay warm this winter. Hanel hits Brown Street, 2029 N. 20th St., this [...]

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New reading curriculum spurs teacher creativity

New reading curriculum spurs teacher creativity

When Superintendent Gregory Thornton arrived to take control of Milwaukee Public Schools after the end of the last school year, he started to work on a number of changes. Certainly the most drastic change came almost right away. In July, MPS adopted a district-wide literacy curriculum to replace the 17 reading programs and 13 reading [...]

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MPS teachers ratify cost-cutting contract

MPS teachers ratify cost-cutting contract

Milwaukee Public Schools teachers have voted to ratify the first-ever four-year contract — an agreement that includes a retroactive pay freeze and a health insurance change that is estimated to save taxpayers up to $50 million over the next two years. Teachers will not only switch to a lower cost health plan but will contribute [...]

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PNC awards grants to several area preschool initiatives

PNC awards grants to several area preschool initiatives

The PNC Foundation announced a grant to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum today.  It will create a park-like exhibit that explores environmental stewardship and offers educational activities to improve understanding of nature and ecological science. Beth Wnuk, PNC regional president for Wisconsin, also awarded additional grants to First Stage Children’s Theater, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wehr Nature Center [...]

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MPS teacher spotlight: Kathy Xiong

MPS teacher spotlight: Kathy Xiong

In this installment of the OnMilwaukee.com Teacher Spotlight series, first grade teacher Kathy Xiong talks about how she soul-searched her way onto the teaching road and about her experiences instructing in two different states and four different schools. Currently, Xiong teaches at U.S. Grant School, 2920 W. Grant St. Grant is a Milwaukee public elementary [...]

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Voice your opinion to Congress on child nutrition

A number of people have appeared on my radar lately calling for changes — in Milwaukee, but also beyond — in the quality of meals for kids in schools. So, when I got an e-mail from Hunger Task Force the other day about the Child Nutrition Act, I read it with interest. Locally,

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Teachers get “Superman” deal

In honor of teacher appreciation week, teachers can show a credential and get in to see Davis’ Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman” at a reduced rate through Thursday at Landmark’s Oriental Theater, 2230 N. Farwell Ave. Despite the fact that it’s less than flattering to their unions and, some have argued, to teachers themselves, many educators [...]

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Harley appreciates teachers

Lately it might seem that teachers are getting guff from every side. But the folks at the Harley-Davidson Museum want teachers to know they’ve got a friend down in the valley. So, teachers can show an ID and get free admission to the museum through the end of November. The museum, at 400 W. Canal [...]

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MPS teacher spotlight: John Kish

MPS teacher spotlight: John Kish

In this ongoing series, OnMilwaukee.com identifies talented teachers in the Milwaukee Public School system. In this latest segment, we talk to John Kish who instructs at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (WCLL), 3120 W. Green Ave., on Milwaukee’s South Side. Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning is the first year-round school in Milwaukee serving students [...]

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Facebook adds anti-bullying application

Facebook adds anti-bullying application

In response to the recent bullying incidents that, in some cases, led to teen suicides, Facebook prompted SafetyWeb.com, the leading Web-based online monitoring software for parents, to introduce a new “Find Help”  application. This is the first online help tool of its kind that enables teens using Facebook to quickly report any violation to Facebook [...]

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Hayes students collaborate with Philly rockers

Hayes students collaborate with Philly rockers

This November, while some kids in Milwaukee Public Schools will go about the business of learning as they always do, some kids at Hayes Bilingual School, 2431 S. 10th St., will be writing songs. The school is one of a handful across the U.S. that will work with Philadelphia-based rock band The Great Unknown on [...]

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