Archive for November, 2011

List of expected MPS facilities changes shrinks

No one ever said it was going to be easy, but the road to the changes recommended in the Milwaukee Public Schools Long-Range Master Facilities Plan has perhaps been more winding than expected. And that road, in some cases, it seems, has circled back on itself. The report, prepared by an outside firm after months […]

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Schools prepping for facilities action

A few weeks ago MPS released the results of its months-long facilities plan research. It’s an exercise the district undertakes every 10 years. In the report were a number of suggestions that weren’t yet actual proposals. But most folks pretty much assumed these first-year ideas would quickly be turned into specific administration proposals to the […]

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MPS sock drive extended

Milwaukee Public Schools’ sock drive will extend collection until Wednesday, Nov. 23. The first-ever “Sock It To Me For MPS Kids” new sock collecting effort is a district-wide effort to encourage people to donate warm socks for kids who need them. Drop new kids’ socks in the donation boxes that are inside the main entrances […]

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Six area students to compete in CMA Collegiate Music Competition

Six Milwaukee-area musicians will compete in the Civic Music Association’s annual Collegiate Music Competition & Recital Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. The finalists include Sarah Butler, a graduate of Brown Deer High School; Lydia Rose Eiche, a graduate of Milwaukee High School of the Arts; Phillip Dobernig, a […]

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The Brewers and Koos for Kids help keep kids warm this winter

Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel, along with his charitable organization, Koos for Kids, and the Brewers Community Foundation, are teaming up again this year to keep over 700 Milwaukee kids warm this winter. Representatives from both organizations and the catcher himself will distribute new coats to students at Milwaukee’s Hayes City-Wide Bilingual School, 2431 S. 10th St., […]

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94labs team working to make Classroom Catalyst a reality

By now you may have heard of the Milwaukee Public Schools and OnMilwaukee.com partnership to create the Milwaukee Classroom Catalyst. The site (you can see a quick explanation at this promo page) will allow schools to post their needs – be it time, labor, supplies, talent, etc. – so that individuals, community groups, businesses and […]

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MPS starts rolling out new school web sites

Thanks to Amy Kant, Milwaukee Public Schools is beginning to get its interwebs in order. Next week, the district will officially launch the first fruits of her labor to create web sites for all of the nearly 180 MPS schools. Kant, who started on Vliet Street a couple months ago, got going with 10 schools […]

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Milwaukee Succeeds gets big grant; will focus on 3rd grade reading

The Helen Bader Foundation on Monday committed a three-year, $300,000 grant to The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Milwaukee Succeeds public / private initiative, the GMC has announced. The mission of the partnership – the Bader Foundation sits on the Milwaukee Succeeds Executive Committee and Leadership Council – is to improve education in Milwaukee. “All of us […]

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MU Law hosts education conference

The Marquette University Law School and Marquette University College of Education will collaborate on an education conference called “Fresh Paths? Ideas for Navigating Wisconsin’s New Education Landscape,” Thursday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St. Speakers will discuss the future of public K-12 education and what has […]

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MPS facilities plan suggests some big changes

After months of meetings and research and progress reports, the MPS Long Range Facilities Master Plan was released today with little fanfare. Among the recommendations are some school closures, relocations and other moves. The Year 1 Facility Options outlined in the report suggest: Closing 68th Street School, an early education center on the West Side […]

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GEAR UP grant launched this morning

MPS held an event this morning at Audubon Technology & Communication Middle School, 3300 S. 39th St., to celebrate the official announcement of the district’s federal GEAR UP grant. MPS is receiving $14.8 million from the U.S. Dept. of Education, along with $11.7 million from local partners to provide support and services to help students […]

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