Annnnd ... winter's back
Following highs in the mid 50s on Monday, winter whips back across Wisconsin on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lindsay Garric's dog writes a blog. About bones, of course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guidelines for talking to a pregnant woman
Here's what to say - and what not to say - to pregnant women. Got it?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Milwaukeean calls out Wall Street Journal on schools op-ed piece
Jay Bullock tells the Wall Street Journal, "In short, what (the author of the article) has offered in your pages, dear Wall Street Journal, is an error-riddled piece of propaganda designed to elicit sympathy for a single school."
Local nature centers celebrate winter this weekend
This weekend alone, Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside are all offering winter-themed events and celebrations.
The guy who hates school vouchers
You probably heard a voucher school, LifeSkills Academy, closed last week "in the dead of night." Anybody who's watched the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, known colloquially as the voucher program, was not surprised by this development.
MHSA teacher honored for support of Martin Luther King Jr. celebration
This morning, Milwaukee Public Schools and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts honored teacher Katherine Katter at a surprise event in her classroom at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts.
I might have taken the whole "embrace winter" thing a degree too far, but when temperatures dip below zero, I find myself wanting to do the least wintery things I can think of.
Realistic family resolutions
There's nothing more hopeful than a clean slate. With the new year upon us, we can put our imperfections and mistakes behind us, and journey into 2014 sans last year's baggage. What are your parenting resolutions for 2014?
Family-friendly Milwaukee bucket list, 2014
I am looking forward to a year of beautiful memories with my growing family. Here is my attempt at creating the quintessential Milwaukee Bucket List for Families for 2014.