MHSA student named one of the best, brightest young artists in the nation
Shampriel Morrise, an 11th grade voice major student at Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA), was one of 700 young artists selected from more than 10,000 applicants across the nation to receive the YoungArts Merit Award.
Raising grateful kids
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and many of us are counting our blessings and pausing to appreciate what's really important in life. But are we raising our kids to be thankful, as well?
Teen Vogue celebrates MPS' Alliance School & other educators feted, too
I'm not one to put much faith in the endless lists in every imaginable category, but I know how hard Tina Owen and the rest of the team at Milwaukee Public Schools' Alliance School of Milwaukee, 850 W. Walnut St., so I can't help but be excited about this... In a story for Teen Vogue called "The Coolest High Schools Across the Country," writer Heather Schwedel toasts such renowned schools as New York's LaGuardia High and The Brooklyn Free School. But also on this very short list - just five schools - is Alliance!
Poop exhibit totally doesn't stink
Bobby Tanzilo was the first to get the scoop on poop - which is the name of the current special exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum - but I went this weekend with my kids for a second take on this interactive show about number two.
Kids and technology: what's OK?
For all of the good things technology brings our kids, we fear the dangers, too.
KeyLime Cove never disappoints
Even though it's a simple set-up in some ways, Gurnee's KeyLime Cove has a slide for everyone from the wimp to the wild child. There's a nice-sized whirlpool and now a spa, too.
Get ready for the Holiday Parade
The 87th annual Holiday Parade in Downtown Milwaukee will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
My, how bowling has changed!
When I brought my family to JB's on 41 on a recent Saturday evening, and was greeted by their retro, funky sign out front, I expected to leave wanting to immediately wash all of our clothes. But I was pleasantly surprised to find a bright, modern facility complete with leather seats and contemporary decor.
Voting open for contest rewarding financially-focused teachers
North Shore Bank announced that public online voting has begun in a contest designed to honor local teachers who focus on money management education.
Celebration of Teachers and Teaching on Oct. 17
The Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM), a collective of deans from nine area higher education institutions, has partnered with MKEfoodies, a local food events organization, to create a celebration honoring the work of teachers in the Milwaukee area.
Bringing art and music back into the classroom
Lloyd Barbee Montessori school's compromised arts programming captured Lindsay Garric's attention earlier this year and she and her husband, along with friends, decided to do something to help.
Celebrate schools with Mayfair Mall and the National Family Partnership
Mayfair and the National Family Partnership announced two separate opportunities for kids and parents to have some fun and maybe raise some money for their schools in the process.
Our temporary kitten
My family is fostering a shelter kitten named Teddy. Talk about a win-win.
Report casts doubts on MMAC's recovery districts presentations
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - which has in the past supported stripping the elected school board of its power and drawing away funding from Milwaukee Public Schools to pay for private and religious school vouchers - sponsored a pair of PowerPoint presentations on education that were shown to its members in August. These slideshows touted the so-called "recovery districts" in New Orleans and Memphis and suggest to me that rumors that the group is pushing the recovery district idea for Milwaukee are true.
The organic alternative to Wisconsin apple picking
Peck and Bushel Fruit Company in Colgate doesn't just offer an organic alternative to your favorite apple varieties. Wisconsin's only organic apple orchard also offers a return to the old-fashioned fruit-picking experience.
Meeting on Dover Street School's future set
MPS will hold a meeting so community members can share their ideas and opinions on the future of Dover Street School, Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bay View Middle and High School, 2751 S. Lenox St.
MPS teacher awarded prestigious national educator prize
At Ronald Reagan IB High School, where I teach Spanish, Wednesday was a different kind of day for one teacher who stood out among educators across the nation.
Area apple orchards offer very different experiences
Autumn glory is upon us, and it's time for the most family-friendly outing of them all - apple picking! Our area offers no shortage of apple orchards to enjoy, and they each offer something a little different.
Opera singers visit Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Opera singers (and married couple) Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon will visit the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 W. Highland Ave., today at 2 p.m.
First toys for infants
For all children, toys are props and the process of play is valuable in the development of physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills. The toys an infant plays with today may help shape the skills a child masters tomorrow.
The five back-to-school apps you can't live without
It's back to school time for Milwaukee schools, and that can mean excitement and new beginnings. It can also mean chaos and stress for many families. Luckily, there's no problem a good app can't solve.
Getting ready for the new year: random notes on schools
Yesterday, I stopped at Allen-Field Elementary on Lapham Boulevard to drop off some school supplies that our friend Steve Palec, OnMilwaukee.com programmer Nick Barth and I had collected for kids at the K3-5 school with more than 700 pupils. Plus, some notes on school buildings.
Packers great brings anti-bullying campaign to Wisconsin schools
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl champion and Hall of Famer LeRoy Butler is making an appearance Saturday at the Great Lakes Dragaway to promote his grass roots approach to anti-bullying. His "Be a Buddy not a Bully" campaign against bullying. His campaign is striving to bring professionals, teachers, parents/families together to discuss, in an open microphone format, the social problems that derive from bullying in communities, churches and schools today.
Happy little camper
I didn't really go camping as a kid. It just wasn't something my family did. I started camping in high school and college, and have gone a handful of times since then. I enjoy it, as long as the trips are brief and showers are nearby. While I'm intrigued about really roughing it, I'm also OK with mixing in an easy camping outing every summer or two, and the time was finally right to introduce our daughter to the concept of enjoying the great outdoors.
Popular radio host gets real on air
During an audio blog with show co-host Kidd O'Shea, Elizabeth disclosed that she and her husband, Aaron, have been struggling to have a baby for two years and even had a miscarriage last April.