Articles By: SchoolMattersMKE

The 127th first day of school

The 127th first day of school

Lately, I’ve been posting historical photos of Maryland Avenue Montessori School to the Old Eastsiders group page on Facebook and garnering lots of great feedback. Many of the group members attended the school for at least a year or two, some of them non-stop from kindergarten through eighth grade, and the photographs conjure memories of [...]

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MPS staggers start of school to help youngest students feel at home

MPS staggers start of school to help youngest students feel at home

Taking something of a page from the book of the district’s successful public Montessori schools, all MPS schools this year will use a staggered start to help introduce primary-aged children to their schools. In the past, the Montessori schools — whose K3, K4 and K5 kids share classrooms — welcomed K5 students on the first [...]

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Mitchell is among area schools getting a primp from GE volunteers today

Mitchell is among area schools getting a primp from GE volunteers today

Today, more than 2,500 current and retired GE employees, plus about 150 other volunteers, are walking into 16 Milwaukee Public Schools and four Waukesha Public Schools (as well as Greenfield High School) to paint, clean, organize and landscape to help the schools plan for the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 2. From 8:30 [...]

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MPS will offer free meals to all students

MPS will offer free meals to all students

All MPS students will now have access to free breakfast and lunch at school. Over the summer, Milwaukee Public Schools was accepted into a program, open to schools that take part in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, that allows it to offer free meals to all students enrolled in the district. “This [...]

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Have standardized school supply lists simplified your shopping?

Have standardized school supply lists simplified your shopping?

Three years ago, Milwaukee Public Schools decided — for better or for worse — to

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Common Core is not the problem: testing, paranoia, and pandering are

Common Core is not the problem: testing, paranoia, and pandering are

Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finally got off the fence and called for the state’s lawmakers to “repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by people in Wisconsin.” Clearly an attempt to motivate his base, Walker’s statement — like most anti-Common Core sentiments — missed the mark on what the real problems [...]

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5 great photos of fun at Milwaukee playgrounds

5 great photos of fun at Milwaukee playgrounds

We all have fond memories of summer fun on school playgrounds (don’t we?). This year, Milwaukee school playgrounds are back open offering a wide range of free fun for city kids. I can remember one summer when the high school near my house opened up for the summer and was flooded with kids who played [...]

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MPS selects 14 schools to be transformed as Commitment Schools

MPS selects 14 schools to be transformed as Commitment Schools

Thursday night, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors selected 14 MPS schools to be transformed through its new Commitment Schools effort. The goal is to revamp these identified underperforming schools into high-performing ones through the implementation of rigorous academic and behavioral interventions with increased resources to achieve greater success in readying students for college and [...]

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Grading MPS superintendent Thornton

Grading MPS superintendent Thornton

It’s kids and family week here at OnMilwaukee.com and, more than ever, we’ll feature articles and blogs about children’s health, education, travel, fun and more. Kids and family week is brought to you by Aurora Health Care. Now that my boss, Dr. Gregory Thornton, has nearly finished his tenure at the helm of Wisconsin’s largest [...]

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Packers, Edvest team up to keep kids reading

Packers, Edvest team up to keep kids reading

It’s kids and family week here at OnMilwaukee.com and, more than ever, we’ll feature articles and blogs about children’s health, education, travel, fun and more. Kids and family week is brought to you by Aurora Health Care. One of my favorite players to deal with on a weekly basis up in Green Bay is Micah [...]

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MPS names Driver acting superintendent

MPS names Driver acting superintendent

Tonight the Milwaukee Board of School Directors named MPS chief innovation officer Dr. Darienne Driver as acting superintendent, beginning July 1. Driver takes over for outgoing superintendent, Dr. Gregory Thornton, who officially leaves June 30 to

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Teens rally to demand: put the guns down

Teens rally to demand: put the guns down

Last week 10-year-old Sierra Guyton was shot while she played in the schoolyard at Clarke Street School. That, along with many other incidents, has fueled a group of middle school students at MPS’

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B93.3 awards "Teacher of the Year"

B93.3 awards "Teacher of the Year"

It goes without saying that education is important. However, because it becomes a necessary way of life, it often blends into the background of our normal routines. That’s why it is good to take the time to thank the educators and staff members that truly shine in their work to teach the next generation. WLDB-FM [...]

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AWE residency leads Starms kindergarteners to dig deeper into science

AWE residency leads Starms kindergarteners to dig deeper into science

Kids come and go from schools; it’s just the nature of things. But thanks to

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Chatting with Caldecott-winning author and artist Faith Ringgold

Chatting with Caldecott-winning author and artist Faith Ringgold

The day just got cooler today at two MPS schools. This morning, renowned author and artist Faith Ringgold read her 1992 Caldecott-winning children’s book “Tar Beach” to students at Hampton Elementary School. Then tonight at 6, Ringgold will give a public lecture at North Division High School. The two events coincide with the new “Stories [...]

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