Archive for March, 2011

Robots, French Immersion and some grant money

Milwaukee Public Schools hosts its annual science fair today at the Zoo from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and more than 120 students from kindergarten through high school will participate. But Team 1675, a group of a dozen students from Bradley Tech and Rufus King, has even more reason to celebrate today. The group nabbed […]

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Phoenix-based music charity group eyes expansion to Milwaukee

If you or your kids learned to play in instrument in school, you already know the value of music education. But with budget cuts looming across Milwaukee and Wisconsin, it’s not impossible to envision a time when schools no longer teach children how to play. Wisconsin is hardly the only state facing potential cuts, but […]

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Cuts slash budgets beyond MPS, too

Of course, as a Milwaukee resident and taxpayer — and the dad of an MPS student, and a prospective one — the stress I feel over the current budget battle in Madison is focused on how the decimation of public school funding will affect my children, the children of my friends, neighbors and co-workers and […]

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Cedarburg High kids host unique prom & MPS artists blossom

In case you’re wondering just what’s going on in the public schools in the area these days … Cedarburg High School Community Service coordinators Patty Clapper and Diane Kennedy sent out a note today about a dance their students are hosting at Webster Transitional Middle School, W75 N624 Wauwatosa Rd., on Saturday. You might ask, […]

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New exhibit teaches architecture to kids

OK, this sounds cool: a new hands-on art exhibit for kids introduces them to architecture by letting them design and build their own structure. My kids and I plan to check this out on Sunday — and I’ll post a full article about it on Monday — but for now, here are the details in […]

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How do I break the news?

Most Mondays, when I pick up my son after school, he talks about art class. He talks, that is, about how he wishes he could go. In his multi-age classroom, only the eldest kids go to art each Monday afternoon. The youngest attend only a half day and a small group of kids in the […]

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MPS board details “worst case scenario” of governor’s budget

Last night on Vliet Street, Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent Gregory Thornton and the Board of School Directors sketched out what Thornton called a “worst case scenario” for next year’s school budget. On top of the already-projected loss of $13 million in state funding — and tens of millions of dollars in federal funds — for […]

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School closings leave working parents in the lurch

Banking time days, holiday, snow days and teacher in-services seem to creep up on the parents of school-aged kids and sometimes, they find themselves in quite a jam. Although most schools have before- and after-care programs, they’re usually closed when classes are not in session. What’s a workin’ mom or dad to do? The problem […]

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