Archive for Category: "family"

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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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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New coordinator position ought to bolster schools’ parent engagement

New coordinator position ought to bolster schools’ parent engagement

Most everyone seems to agree that parent involvement and community engagement are among the key factors for school success (though there is conflicting research out there, too, that says having involved parents offers a child no guarantee of success and can even inhibit student success as parents are distracted by bake sales and politics). If [...]

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German teachers association honors local schools and students

German teachers association honors local schools and students

This afternoon, the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) released the results of their annual National German Exam. Of the 20,000 high school students across the country who took the exam, 680 students were from Wisconsin. Of that group, 74 placed in the top 10 percent nationwide – 22 of which from MPS’ Milwaukee [...]

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Rethinking Schools book project nears funding goal

Rethinking Schools book project nears funding goal

Milwaukee-based

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Kids marathon puts running and reading on summer to-do lists

Kids marathon puts running and reading on summer to-do lists

Parents dreading their kids’ summer boredom and those “awwwe mom” moments can thank veteran marathoner Bill Schneider for creating an incentive to get youngsters reading and running. Now in its fifth year, the I Run Kids Marathon motivates children in grades one through eight to log 26.2 miles and 26 books, or 26 hours of [...]

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MPS has seen successes in past four years, but there’s room to improve

MPS has seen successes in past four years, but there’s room to improve

In the wake of news that Dr. Gregory Thornton would leave his post as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools to take the same position with Baltimore City Schools beginning in July, a number of media outlets reported on Dr. Thornton’s

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