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 [...]

Great Teachers are Collaborative Teachers

Great Teachers are Collaborative Teachers

By Cecilia Marrero – Have you ever been in a second grade classroom with ninety students and four teachers? I have. But before you start freaking out, let me explain. I want you to figuratively tear down the classroom’s interior walls and think about a classroom like a body. The blood represents the students and they [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Celebrate Teachers: Mrs. Rosalind Bennett

Celebrate Teachers: Mrs. Rosalind Bennett

By Kathy Bergant – First on my list of best, favorite, most dedicated, and most influential teachers is Mrs. Rosalind Bennett. She taught second grade at Morgandale Elementary School on Milwaukee’s south side, and I feel most fortunate to have been among her students. She and her hubby were middle-aged and childless, so Mrs. Bennett counted [...]


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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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Great Teachers are Collaborative Teachers

Great Teachers are Collaborative Teachers

By Cecilia Marrero – Have you ever been in a second grade classroom with ninety students and four teachers? I have. But before you start freaking out, let me explain. I want you to figuratively tear down the classroom’s interior walls and think about a classroom like a body. The blood represents the students and they [...]

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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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Celebrate Teachers: Mrs. Rosalind Bennett

Celebrate Teachers: Mrs. Rosalind Bennett

By Kathy Bergant – First on my list of best, favorite, most dedicated, and most influential teachers is Mrs. Rosalind Bennett. She taught second grade at Morgandale Elementary School on Milwaukee’s south side, and I feel most fortunate to have been among her students. She and her hubby were middle-aged and childless, so Mrs. Bennett counted [...]

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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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Praise Song for Teachers

Praise Song for Teachers

Praise Song for Teachers by Reggie Finlayson Like those who plow the virgin soil, hard as granite on northern shores, like those whose mud-caked, callused hands clear new ground of rounded stones, like those whose sown dreams burst forth in amber fields of grain, like those whose weathered faces set so proudly ‘gainst harsh winds, [...]

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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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That’s How We Teach Teachers

That’s How We Teach Teachers

By Dr. Jennifer Fontanini – Yesterday, my colleague, Linda and I went to our university’s photo shoot for our new marketing campaign. We met several energetic, kind, and creative young people who took our pictures and recorded short interview videos.  Throughout the process we asked their names and tried to get to know them in [...]

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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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Teachers Change Lives: Thank You, Dr. Jody Jessup-Anger

Teachers Change Lives: Thank You, Dr. Jody Jessup-Anger

By Sally Doyle —  In May 2013, I graduated with a Master of Education degree from Marquette University. Dr. Jody Jessup-Anger is at the top of a long list of individuals to whom I owe a debt of gratitude. Without her support, wisdom, guidance, advice, and care for me as an individual, I would not [...]

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