Archive for May, 2011

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

Last November I told you about the kids from MPS’ Hayes Bilingual School, 2431 S. 10th St., who wrote and recorded a song in a Downtown Milwaukee recording studio with visiting Philadelphia rock band The Great Unknown. The ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES project that paired the band with local kids around the country, […]

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

Last November I told you about the kids from MPS’ Hayes Bilingual School, 2431 S. 10th St., who wrote and recorded a song in a Downtown Milwaukee recording studio with visiting Philadelphia rock band The Great Unknown. The ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES project that paired the band with local kids around the country, […]

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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

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

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

Because of retirements and other factors, MPS has a large number of schools getting new principals and the list of the first 21 new principal recommendations has emerged. The recommendations — below — are made by superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton and must be approved by the school board. The list of candidates will likely be […]

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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. Earlier today I wrote that principal Tom Matthews spent a year making over his school’s once-decrepit […]

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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

At the start of May, Milwaukee’s ArtMail featured the accomplished work of more than a dozen senior art students at Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School, 4965 S. 20th St., on the city’s South Side. That coincided with news that the proposed MPS budget would heavily cut art teachers in the district and led […]

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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

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

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 MacDowell Montessori School, 1706 W. Highland Ave., as it celebrates 35 years as a public Montessori. Built in 1965, MacDowell was a key battleground in the […]

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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 Garfield Avenue School and Kagel Elementary were well-received and got me a number of e-mails and in-person comments. One teacher, for example, told me that Longfellow School […]

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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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