Archive for May, 2011

MPS students raise money, learn valuable lessons

MPS students raise money, learn valuable lessons

Let me begin by fully disclosing that I’m about to write about something that took place in my son’s classroom. However, my reason for writing this isn’t coming from the proud mom perspective. Instead, it’s to highlight a positive and meaningful project that happened in a Milwaukee Public School as a reminder that, despite all [...]

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Hayes students’ song is on new CD by The Great Unknown

Hayes students’ song is on new CD by The Great Unknown

Last November

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Riverside High donates to Habitat

Milwaukee Public Schools’ Riverside University High School students and faculty are donating $60,000 to Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity today at the school’s “Swing into Spring” concert. For the past 12 years, students at Riverside High School, 1615 E. Locust St., have raised money to fund and sponsor the building of a Habitat home for a [...]

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An edgy day for public school supporters

An edgy day for public school supporters

Beginning at 11 a.m. today in Madison, the Joint Committee on Finance goes into executive session on a number of items, but two of special interest to Milwaukee public school parents, students, employees and supporters. Those folks are concerned about the upcoming state budget cuts to education and the potential for a voucher program expanded [...]

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Talking to the test

Talking to the test

If our tests stink, why aren’t we making them better? I tweeted that a few hours ago. So, you know I received today’s statement from the Dept. of Public Instruction with interest. The statement updates us on Wisconsin’s work with a consortium of 30 states to develop the components of a new system of assessments [...]

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First round of MPS principal recommendations emerge

First round of MPS principal recommendations emerge

Because of retirements and other factors, MPS has a large number of

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MPS’ Forest Home Avenue School wins a library makeover from Target

MPS’ Forest Home Avenue School wins a library makeover from Target

Today I learned that Target is giving Milwaukee Public Schools’ Forest Home Avenue Elementary School, 1516 W. Forest Home Ave., a school library makeover. That’s great news. Many older schools are in need of just this kind of boost.

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Looking at – and into – Trowbridge Street School

Looking at – and into – Trowbridge Street School

Trowbridge Street School of Great Lakes Studies, 1943 E. Trowbridge St., in Bay View has been staring me in the face for years. Living in Bay View for six years, I walked past it regularly. But I never really looked at it. I saw it, certainly. How could anyone miss the sea of concrete behind [...]

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Reagan High galleries testify to school’s world-class art program

Reagan High galleries testify to school’s world-class art program

At the start of May, Milwaukee’s

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St. Joan Antida hosts engineering fair for girls

St. Joan Antida hosts engineering fair for girls

Many girls grow up being told they can pick any career and “be” anything that want. However, so many fields – particularly the STEM fields of science, technology engineering and math – continue to be male-dominated. To get young women inspired about these fields of study, St. Joan Antida High School partnered with the Milwaukee [...]

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Checking in with new school board member Meagan Holman

Checking in with new school board member Meagan Holman

Two weeks into her career as a member of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, I finally got a chance to catch up with Meagan Holman, who has taken her seat representing the 8th District, via a means other than Facebook or Twitter. Talking over coffee at an East Side cafe, I asked her how [...]

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Celebrating the Montessori pioneers at MacDowell

Celebrating the Montessori pioneers at MacDowell

Milwaukee Public Schools has nearly 10 public Montessori programs. That’s unheard of in public districts. And the schools are among MPS’ best. So, I join the community in saluting

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Brown Street to Groppi High: A look at vintage school buildings

Brown Street to Groppi High: A look at vintage school buildings

Like me, it seems that quite a few other folks are curious about and fascinated by old school buildings. The response to my blogs about the Henry Koch-designed

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Yes, there IS good news at Bradley Tech

Yes, there IS good news at Bradley Tech

Just because you never hear good things about Bradley Tech High School in Walker’s Point doesn’t mean there isn’t any. Perhaps the key to hearing positive news about Tech is looking beyond Milwaukee. (That’s kind of a sad commentary, isn’t it?) You could look at pages 30-33 of the latest issue of NYSE magazine – [...]

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What does school budget centralization look like?

What does school budget centralization look like?

Looking at the Superintendent’s Fiscal Year 2012 Proposed Budget Overview released by MPS earlier this week, one line jumped out at me. That line says that the proposed budget, “begins the centralization process of school budgets to enable school leaders to spend more time on instructional leadership.” The first phase of this process, which is [...]

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