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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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1. What's a CogAT? Your second grader knows
This year, nearly all second graders in MPS took a Cognitive Abilities Test, dubbed CogAT, that was mandated to ensure that kids at the highest levels are receiving a sufficiently challenging education. Have you even heard of this test? If so, what do you think about it?
2. Walk with Next Door to help children and families in need
Struggling with poverty is a difficult challenge, especially when children are relying on you to provide them with a stable, healthy life. But helping families in need can be as easy as putting one foot in front of the other.
3. Donder appears to lead pack of MPS interim superintendent finalists
Veteran, and recently retired MPS principal Dan Donder looks set to become the interim superintendent at MPS.
4. If these walls could talk: Saying goodbye to the old South Stadium
As a group of dignitaries officially broke ground on a new South Stadium today in the shadow of Hayes Bilingual School, it was hard not to look around and think, "if these walls could talk."
5. Bradley Tech receives $250,000 gift for welding lab expansion
Wednesday afternoon, MPS announced that Bradley Tech High School received a $250,000 gift from the Bucyrus Foundation, a donor-advised fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, to go toward expanding the school's welding lab.
6. The halls are alive with the art of students
The one thing that makes a closed school building look lifeless and truly dead is the lack of student artwork on the walls. For me, other than the people, the thing that's most interesting in any school is the student artwork on display.
7. Secretary Kerry recognizes two local schools for exchange program efforts
MPS' Rufus King High School and Wauwatosa West High School both received nods from Secretary Kerry for their roles in hosting exchange students and, in part, supporting public diplomacy efforts.
8. Mayfair to honor a special teacher for National Teacher's Day
Think your teacher is the best? Mayfair is currently seeking nominations for top teachers in the area for a part of its Celebrate Teachers! program.
9. The Milwaukee County Winter Farmers' Market is the most family-friendly of them
Based on the crowd Saturday morning at the Milwaukee County Winter's Farmers' Market at the Mitchell Park Domes, I may be the only person left who hasn't already fallen in love with this free, weekly family-friendly event.
10. Smokey Bear exhibit at Betty Brinn brings the outdoors inside
It's been a rough winter, even for hardened Wisconsinites like us. If the frigid temperatures have kept you and your kids inside, you may want to check out the latest green-built exhibit at the Betty Brinn's Children's Museum for a taste of the outdoors.
11. Teacher appreciation day or skirting collective bargaining?
On Monday, Milwaukee Public Schools teachers and school psychologists received a letter from outgoing Superintendent Gregory Thornton notifying them that their March 28 paycheck would include a one percent bonus. But some view the bonus as an end-run around collective bargaining.
12. Kids will run for literacy
SHARP Literacy Inc. and Summerfest Foundation announced today that the first "Kids Run to Read" fun run will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at Henry Maier Festival Park. The event is part of the fourth annual Summerfest Rock `n Sole Run.
13. Please don't mock the chicken leg - an "education" summit, part 1
United by a passion for - OK, a curiosity about - mock chicken leg, MPS' Cooper School on the South Side hosted a Mock Chicken Leg Summit.
14. They're coming by the busload to see our public Montessori schools
Surely, you've heard me say it before. Milwaukee Public Schools' family of public Montessori schools is unrivaled in the United States. No other city can boast seven traditional public Montessori schools plus one district charter Montessori program. On March 7, a busload of folks from Madison is coming to check out three of the schools.
15. Raw fail
Lindsay Garric's dog writes a blog. About bones, of course.
Tagged with: raw diet dog
16. Is re-centralization helping school budgets?
One of the legacies of outgoing MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton will be the re-centralization of many items previously included in individual school budgets. Will that be a positive legacy? I want to hear your thoughts.
17. Picking a new superintendent isn't easy, but this board can do it
Some will cheer and some will jeer whoever is ultimately selected to serve first as interim and later as permanent MPS superintendent, but I have faith that the school board can make the right choice for my children and all Milwaukee's children, and I believe that we need to make ourselves part of the discussion and work with the board.
18. When it comes to accountability, voucher schools aren't special
Last week, I went after an actual columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, so this week it may not seem fair that I go after a letter to the editor, one discussing the issue of voucher school accountability.
19. MPS superintendent stepping down
Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton is leaving his position. Thornton held the job since 2010, when he replaced former superintendent William Andrekopoulos.
Tagged with: Gregorty Thornton MPS
20. Guidelines for talking to a pregnant woman
Here's what to say - and what not to say - to pregnant women. Got it?
21. CW 18 and My 24 bring Family Fest to Southridge Mall
It turns out the lure of television isn't the only method CW 18 and My 24 are using to keep people out of the cold. This weekend, the two stations will be hosting Family Fest, a free community event, at Southridge Mall in Greendale.
22. Get playoff tickets by joining Wave soccer camps
Online registration is live for the Milwaukee Wave Summer Soccer Camps, and anyone who pays in full for a full-day or Overnight Academy during February receives four free tickets to the Wave's MISL Semifinal home game.
23. MPS, MTEA aim at feet, squeeze trigger
Basically, what was up for a vote at a school board meeting last week was exactly what MTEA wanted - a process that empowered community voice over administrative fiat - and MTEA beat it back, and called it a win. After the meeting, MTEA said, "now we can start the community process at our schools," which, you know, is exactly what they would have been doing had the vote gone the other way, too. And with district funding, personnel and support for the process, which now we don't have.
24. MPS aquaponics program expanding to five new schools
Milwaukee Public Schools' Urban Schools Aquaponics initiative has received a two-year, $98,000 contribution from AT&T and the NEA Foundation. The new funding will expand the program into five new schools and a total of 1,500 MPS students over a two-year period.
25. Golda middle schoolers advance in mobile app competition
A team of middle school students from MPS' Golda Meir is one of two Wisconsin school teams among 80 winners in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.