Articles By: Molly Snyder

Local teachers and parents share back-to-school tips for a smooth start

It doesn’t matter if your child is starting kindergarten or high school, preparing ahead of time for the first day is essential for a smooth back-to-school transition. Some schools have already begun, but many more will start tomorrow. With that in mind, OnMilwaukee.com contacted a variety of teachers and parents to hear their suggestions on […]

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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

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Waldorf education provides alternative approach to learning

Waldorf eduction is an approach to learning based on the philosophies of Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner. There is one Waldorf school in Milwaukee, Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 E. Brady St., and another in Pewaukee, Prairie Hill Waldorf School. Both schools go through eighth grade, but at this point, there is not a Waldorf high school […]

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Teacher mourns loss of teacher

This weekend, I came across this post in my Facebook feed. It’s from Dale Weiss, a teacher at my sons’ school, La Escuela Fratney, to the school’s longtime, beloved art teacher, Sue Browne, who was let go this summer due to budget restraints. It reads: “I went into the art room on Friday and got […]

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Local parents pack creative lunchbox cuisine

Parents who want to pack kids’ lunches that go beyond small bags of corn chips and pre-packaged granola bars sometimes struggle to find easy-to-eat alternatives to the usual lunchbox fare. So in honor of the start of the school year and a commitment to healthy midday eating, OnMilwaukee.com reached out to dozens of local parents […]

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Prepare kids for the first day of school

The school bell will toll in a couple of weeks – if it hasn’t already – and a new crop of kids will begin their academic careers. For some little people, starting school, or a new school, is exciting. For other kids, however, it is a challenge, and one that might trigger tummy butterflies and […]

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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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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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Shorewood senior nabs top film prize

Since its inception in 2008, Milwaukee Film offered an educational program called Collaborative Cinema that pairs up Wisconsin filmmakers with local high school students. The goal is to teach younger people screenwriting and filmmaking skills to help further the local film industry. Collaborative Cinema sponsored a screenplay contest this year, and earlier this week, the […]

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Support America SCORES

America SCORES is an organization dedicated to providing urban kids with quality after-school programming. On  Saturday, April 16, from 5 p.m. until midnight, America SCORES Milwaukee hosts its sixth annual charity adult co-ed soccer tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park, and proceeds will help four schools pay for after-school programs. Kate Carpenter has been involved in […]

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New exhibit teaches architecture to kids

OK, this sounds cool: a new hands-on art exhibit for kids introduces them to architecture by letting them design and build their own structure. My kids and I plan to check this out on Sunday — and I’ll post a full article about it on Monday — but for now, here are the details in […]

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School closings leave working parents in the lurch

Banking time days, holiday, snow days and teacher in-services seem to creep up on the parents of school-aged kids and sometimes, they find themselves in quite a jam. Although most schools have before- and after-care programs, they’re usually closed when classes are not in session. What’s a workin’ mom or dad to do? The problem […]

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Local schools celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month and lots of schools in Milwaukee are taking time to honor African American contributions to this country. Here is how a few local schools are recognizing the special month, and add your school’s celebration via the Talkback feature. Lowell Elementary School 4360 S. 20th St. Lowell is having a multi-cultural […]

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MPS teacher spotlight: John Kish

In this ongoing series, OnMilwaukee.com identifies talented teachers in the Milwaukee Public School system. In this latest segment, we talk to John Kish who instructs at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (WCLL), 3120 W. Green Ave., on Milwaukee’s South Side. Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning is the first year-round school in Milwaukee serving students […]

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Facebook adds anti-bullying application

In response to the recent bullying incidents that, in some cases, led to teen suicides, Facebook prompted SafetyWeb.com, the leading Web-based online monitoring software for parents, to introduce a new “Find Help”  application. This is the first online help tool of its kind that enables teens using Facebook to quickly report any violation to Facebook […]

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