Archive for March, 2012

Merger of 68th & 81st Street Schools is a go

Milwaukee Public Schools’ 68th Street School and 81st Street School programs will merge in a two-step process unanimously approved by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors Thursday night. We have covered the process of this merger heavily at SchoolMattersMKE. Search the site to find numerous articles about it. The programs will come together to serve […]

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MPS proficiency exceeds voucher schools’

MPS proficiency exceeds voucher schools’

(PRESS RELEASE) – Milwaukee Public Schools students largely mirrored the year-to-year change seen across Wisconsin in statewide test results released Tuesday. Students in Milwaukee Public Schools also posted higher proficiency rates than students using publicly funded vouchers to attend private schools, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, though the figures show much work […]

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School leadership continues to churn at MPS

School leadership continues to churn at MPS

How do you know it’s spring?  Is it the birds, the crocuses (croci?), or March Madness?  No–it’s that the first list of next fall’s school principal vacancies is in the Milwaukee Public Schools is out. Last year around this time, School Matters MKE’s own Bobby Tanzilo documented thoroughly the significant upheaval in school leadership positions […]

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Promoting Literacy at Northwest Secondary School

Promoting Literacy at Northwest Secondary School

In City Year Milwaukee at Northwest Secondary School, we hosted a week long event entitled “Getting Live in the Library.” We held the event in hopes of promoting the school library to the students. We invited external guests, the Milwaukee Public Library and the Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center, to the school’s library to engage students […]

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Sacrifice & the work ahead

Sacrifice & the work ahead

I am one of the parents praising the “bold” steps taken by the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association (MTEA) leadership in their willingness to open their contracts for discussion that could aid in the efforts to funnel more resources into our classrooms. According to this article dated March 16, 2012, the MTEA leadership is asking members […]

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MTEA plans “MPS Children’s Week,” including giving up a week’s pay

MTEA plans “MPS Children’s Week,” including giving up a week’s pay

Back in the day when I was an MTEA union rep for my school, “We can’t afford it” was a commonplace bargaining strategy from MPS administration.  There was even one time that then-Superintendent Bill Andrekopoulos confronted me after a town hall meeting, wagged his finger in my face, and scolded me:  “We can’t afford it!”  […]

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#stopMPSstereotypes

#stopMPSstereotypes

The racist, juvenile and ignorant commentary that flooded Twitter and Facebook following the Germantown victory over Rufus King in the WI-State Boys High School basketball tournament has awakened the sleeping giant – students, alum, parents, boosters and community members who support Milwaukee Public Schools are reacting and not one car has been set on fire […]

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Time for Milwaukee to support MPS kids and teachers

Time for Milwaukee to support MPS kids and teachers

Scott Walker is like the feudal magistrate who destroys the dam, floods the valley and then criticizes the villagers for not stockpiling enough sandbags. Dealing with the aftermath of Walker’s horrific cuts has been devastating to our public schools and to the community. And teachers have been at the forefront of the struggle to stand […]

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Local bully expert offers free materials for parents

Recently, Tae Kwon Do master Chan Lee, one of 200 certified bully experts in the United States, created a free anti-bullying “tool kit” for parents that features video lessons and interactive exercises. The kit is available on Chan’s website and  teaches how to prevent and / or stop bullying. Chan understands bullying on a personal […]

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Common Ground to redesign and rebuild SES tutoring in MPS

Common Ground to redesign and rebuild SES tutoring in MPS

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers and MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton agreed Monday night to work with Common Ground to improve Milwaukee Public Schools’ Supplemental Education Services tutoring program. Common Ground, a non-partisan organization of 40+ schools, congregations, neighborhood groups, nonprofits, unions and small businesses, will take a leading role in improving […]

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City Year brings College & Career Readiness Week to South Division

City Year brings College & Career Readiness Week to South Division

City Year Milwaukee will help students at Milwaukee Public Schools’ South Division High School get ready for college and careers with a week-long series of events starting Monday afternoon. “It’s great to see our partners stepping up to complement our efforts to get students ready for college and careers,” Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. This school […]

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MPS students make the gold standard in the AATG German Exam

Numerous Milwaukee area high school students earned a Gold Certificate’s for the 2012 AATG National German Exam this past Thursday. The American Association of Teachers of German offers its National German Exam annually. The students placed at or above the 90th percentile nationwide, which fulfills an eligibility requirement for Study Trip Awards granted by the […]

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MPS calls second public meeting to discuss violence

MPS calls second public meeting to discuss violence

Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds will convene another special Board session to discuss youth violence in the city, Saturday, March 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet St. A similar session took place on Tuesday, Feb. 28. That meeting drew a large crowd. […]

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Notre Dame Middle School launches primary program

Notre Dame Middle School launches primary program

Notre Dame Middle School, 1420 W. Scott St., in the southwestern corner of Walker’s Point, will open a K5-4 program in August at St. Patrick Parish school, seven blocks away at 1115 S. 7th St. The co-ed program, which will serve as a feeder program for the all-girls Notre Dame, opens with two K5 and two […]

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Tweetup with the Y at AJ Bombers on Thursday

On Thursday, March 8 you can help make an impact in our community. You also can sample a new black bean burger at AJ Bombers, 1241 N. Water St. Yep, it’s a Tweetup and the YMCA of Greater Milwaukee wants you to show up Thursday night to learn about how you can help lend your […]

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