Archive for December, 2010

Keep the kids reading, writing over break

Today is the last day of school at MPS before the winter break and schools superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton has issued some suggestions for family fun. After suggesting some fairly pedestrian winter ideas (he’s from eastern Pennsylvania, so cut him some slack!) — sledding, ice skating, building snowmen — Thornton circles back, as he should, […]

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Know your AYP from your elbow: Becoming an informed public school parent

Rarely does a school day pass that I am not reminded of how much the parents at my child’s school know about what goes on in the building from day to day. They are committed, they are aware and they are watchful. And they speak out. So, it came as a bit of a surprise […]

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Tosa moves closer to public Montessori

When Wauwatosa kids start school next fall, some of them might be the inaugural students in the district’s first public Montessori program. Montessori programs are built upon the methods and philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori, who believed that children learn best when self-directed and freed to follow the natural tendency to work. Wauwatosa School District […]

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Milwaukee mathletes prepare to compete

The old joke runs, there are three kinds of people: those that can do math and those that can’t. Among the first group are America’s young mathletes. And the local numbers kids face off in the Greater Milwaukee Area MATHCOUNTS competition, which is held this year on Feb. 5 at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Public […]

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Donovan, MPS, MPD issue statements on Tech incident

This morning Ald. Bob Donovan issued a statement noting that alleged gang activity at Bradley Tech High School in Walker’s Point led 39 Milwaukee Police Dept. squads to respond to the school on Nov. 30 and 29 more squads to patrol the area around the school the following day. According to Donovan’s statement 20 people […]

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MPS’ statement on approval of new contract

Last night the school board approved a new, four-year contract with teachers. Below is the text of Milwaukee Public Schools statement, released this morning. And here’s a link to the OnMilwaukee.com

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Local school musicians hit high notes

I’ve gotten news in the past two days of two suburban public schools that are rockin’ some fun — and inspiring — musical news. First off, over in Tosa, the school district bought new uniforms for the marching bands at Wauwatosa East and West High Schools. Sure, that’s exciting for them, but what’s more interesting […]

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Engineering program points Vieau School kids toward career success

The blinds are pulled on the windows overlooking South 4th Street in Armando Dominguez’s Project Lead the Way classroom at Escuela Vieau, a bilingual MPS school on National Avenue in Walker’s Point. And despite the fact that one wall is papered with a Wave jersey and posters of international soccer stars like Wayne Rooney and […]

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MPS reports on Thornton’s first 100 days. What do you think?

Dr. Greg Thornton took over as Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent at the beginning of July. Today he released a report on what has occurred in the first 100 days of his tenure as MPS top-cat. The 12-page report is available for

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