Archive for Category: "buzz"

Former McKinley School faces demolition

Former McKinley School faces demolition

I have a special affinity for the old McKinley School, 2001 W. Vliet St., which has been owned by V.E. Carter Development, and according to the city’s website, still is. The group ran a day care and, I think, a school in the building, but something appears to have changed. (There are no listings for [...]

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Blank’s slate is full

Blank’s slate is full

On the day I met and interviewed Rebecca Blank, the newly appointed chancellor at the University of Wisconsin, one of the headlines of the day out of Madison was that a journalist had been arrested because he was reporting that people were being arrested for gathering and singing in the capitol building without a permit. So, my first [...]

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Bay View Milwaukee Observatory opens this weekend

Bay View Milwaukee Observatory opens this weekend

The Milwaukee Observatory, a historical and archaeological “pop-up museum” created by students from Bay View and Bradley Tech high schools, is having its grand opening at South Shore Park this weekend. The Observatory is open Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, and features an art installation measuring a quarter of an acre, plus seven different “experiences” created [...]

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Foley and Lardner celebrates second year of partnership with MPS school

Foley and Lardner celebrates second year of partnership with MPS school

Foley & Lardner LLP, a national law firm with roots in Milwaukee, is celebrating its second year of partnership with its adopted school, Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning, 1017 N. 12th St. Foley & Lardner marked the anniversary last night, Aug. 1, by hosting a school “supply store” at the WCLL, providing students with backpacks [...]

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Four MPS teachers named Star Discovery Educators

Four MPS teachers named Star Discovery Educators

Four Milwaukee Public School teachers have been named STAR Discovery Educators by Discovery Education. Sally Ferguson of Samuel Morse John Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented, Amy Baumgart of Allen-Field Elementary School, Charlene Drum or Dr. Benjamin Carson Academy of Science and Leden Wood of River Trail School were all recognized for their efforts in using digital [...]

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Common Ground releases "Fair Play Report"

Common Ground releases "Fair Play Report"

Earlier this week, Common Ground, a non-profit focusing on social issues in Southeastern Wisconsin, released the “Fair Play Report,” detailing the need of Milwaukee county public school and athletic facilities to receive the same public funding as a potential new Bradley Center. The report is the result of the inspection completed by over 100 Common [...]

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Reagan students to host visual arts showcase tonight

Reagan students to host visual arts showcase tonight

This evening, the public will have a unique opportunity to view the work of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Art students at MPS’ Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School. The students, who participated in the two-year intensive visual arts program, have each created a 30-piece body of work with a central theme and have chosen [...]

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79 MPS students earn national German language awards

79 MPS students earn national German language awards

  Seventy-nine Milwaukee Public Schools students have won national honors for their German language skills from the American Association of Teachers of German. More than two dozen of the MPS students – 27 – received Gold Certificates for scoring in the top 10% nationally on this school year’s AATG National German Exam. Another 30 MPS [...]

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Why vote in state schools superintendent race?

Why vote in state schools superintendent race?

Why vote in this race? There are almost a million reasons. If you are writing a column and you want people to take a nap while pretending to read it, try writing about the exciting race for Superintendent of Schools in Wisconsin. But once you shake your head to rid it of exciting thoughts you [...]

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MPS students, teachers get $15k

MPS students, teachers get $15k

Ten MPS students and educators have been awarded Herb Kohl Educational Foundation scholarships and fellowships. Five students won $1000 Kohl Foundation Initiative Scholarships, which recognize “exceptional initiative in the classroom” and “strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.” The winning MPS students are:Aaliyah Barnes – Samuel Morse/John Marshall School for the Gifted and TalentedArieal [...]

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Former Milwaukee education reporter writes about New Orleans

Former Milwaukee education reporter writes about New Orleans

Sarah Carr, a former Milwaukee education reporter who moved to New Orleans in 2009 to cover schools in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, sees some similarities in both troubled public education systems. “I think they both have their strengths and their weaknesses,” Carr said in a recent interview. “I think both places have great and [...]

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An old neighborhood landmark gets a new lease on life

An old neighborhood landmark gets a new lease on life

We often rue the loss of old buildings. Especially ones that were near and dear to us. And no buildings fit that bill more than schools, where we grew up. It’s a shame, for example, that schools like Jefferson (at Juneau Village), Jackson in the Third Ward, 18th Street (now a parking lot) and 21st [...]

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Milwaukee High School of the Arts earns Grammy Community Award

Milwaukee High School of the Arts earns Grammy Community Award

The Grammy Foundation has awarded Milwaukee Public Schools’

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Bradley Tech students connect the past, present and future

Bradley Tech students connect the past, present and future

“What do you think makes up a neighborhood?” Donesha Jackson, a junior at Bradley Tech High School, asked me this yesterday as we stood on the school’s west lawn. I couldn’t even begin to answer her. But this is the question that she and 34 other students from Bradley Tech and Bay View high schools [...]

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Urban spelunking in an old Milwaukee schoolhouse

Urban spelunking in an old Milwaukee schoolhouse

If you watch this space, you know I’ve written a bit about vintage schoolhouses. Those pieces have usually focused a bit on history, a bit on architecture and on the building’s public spaces. As a kid, at P.S. 199 in Brooklyn, the lower levels of the school were entirely off limits to students and thus [...]

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