Archive for October, 2011

Free exams and eyeglasses help kids focus on schoolwork

Dear business community, ever wonder how you can help Milwaukee’s kids do better in school? Here’s a story for you. According to the folks at Wisconsin Vision, which conducted school vision screenings recently with volunteers from Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, at least one out of every four MPS students tested had a vision problem. That number […]

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Montessori math conference arrives at the perfect time

The North American Montessori Teachers’ Association hosts a double-themed conference in Milwaukee at the Hyatt Regency this weekend. In addition to discussing “Strengthening the Montessori Culture in the Public and Private Sectors,” the conference, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, will also look at “The Essential Montessori Mathematics.” The conference arrives here at the perfect […]

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A candlelight vigil for Keshaun

Today I got this statement from MPS: “There is to be a candlelight vigil at Lincoln Avenue School, 1817 W. Lincoln Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. This vigil will be near the playground, which is located on the north side of the school. “We are sharing this information with you at the […]

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Scent of success wafts from some schools; how do we expand it?

This weekend, Dave Begel – a veteran of school administration – posted a blog about his grandson’s MPS school – the same school Begel’s children and his mother attended. He wrote: “I’ve been struck by the disconnect I see between these kids and the dismal performance record of the Milwaukee Public Schools system. “I see […]

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Where is the disconnect for Milwaukee students?

Lately I’ve been volunteering at my grandson’s grade school. I’m there for lunch and recess and watch as the little kids make their way through the school day. And I’ve been struck by the disconnect I see between these kids and the dismal performance record of the Milwaukee Public Schools system. I see these kids […]

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Some Friday school tidbits

Here are a couple public school tidbits for your Friday afternoon…. From my friends at the Italian Immersion Program at MPS’ Victory School on the far South Side: Victory will host a program from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 that will recreate the language immersion experience that students – including my […]

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Riley Elementary kids rap: “Baby, I’m From Milwaukee”

Last month I told you about Chicago rapper Psalm One coming to Milwaukee as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency at America SCORES to write a song with kids at MPS’ James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School on the South Side. She came, they wrote and they headed Downtown to record their tune, “Baby, I’m From […]

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Charter school award nominees announced

The Wisconsin Charter Schools Association (WCSA) announced the nominees for the four Awards of Excellence it will present at its Fourth Annual Charter Schools Awards Gala on Friday, Oct. 21 at Discovery World. Any type of public charter school can win as long as it is from or operates in Wisconsin. All of the nominees […]

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