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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, April 18, 2014

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201. MPS committee agenda packed with school changes
The Milwaukee Public Schools Board Committee on Innovation and School Reform has a packed agenda for its meeting tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m. Most of the 20 items relate to closing or changing school programs.
202. MPS discussion of changes to MacDowell moves to Tuesday
It was suspected that some action items on facilities plan recommendations to close, move or alter some schools would be heard at a meeting next Thursday. That is true in some cases. But others have been moved up to another committee meeting on Tuesday. Public testimony will be heard at both meetings.
203. MPS sock drive extended
Milwaukee Public Schools' sock drive will extend collection until Wednesday, Nov. 23. The first-ever "Sock It To Me For MPS Kids" new sock collecting effort is a district-wide effort to encourage people to donate warm socks for kids who need them.
Tagged with: MPS sock drive
204. Six area students to compete in CMA Collegiate Music Competition
Six Milwaukee-area musicians will compete in the Civic Music Association's annual Collegiate Music Competition & Recital Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.
205. An improved environment for families under stress
Families are hurting when their newborns have to spend any time at all in an isolette. The reasons are plentiful and obvious. Add in that they must tend to their stress and emotional strain with very little privacy and it doesn't make it any easier. The new $3.5 million Doerr Family NICU is the first all-private room NICU in southeastern Wisconsin.
206. The Brewers and Koos for Kids help keep kids warm this winter
Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel, along with his charitable organization, Koos for Kids, and the Brewers Community Foundation, are teaming up again this year to keep over 700 Milwaukee kids warm this winter.
207. 94labs team working to make Classroom Catalyst a reality
By now you may have heard of the Milwaukee Public Schools and partnership to create the Milwaukee Classroom Catalyst. This week, thanks to the 94labs Social Cause Hackathon taking place at Marquette University, a team is working hard to create the Catalyst web site and infuse it with all of the features required to make the partnership a success.
208. MPS starts rolling out new school web sites
Thanks to Amy Kant, Milwaukee Public Schools is beginning to get its interwebs in order. Next week, the district will officially launch the first fruits of her labor to create web sites for all MPS schools.
209. Milwaukee Succeeds gets big grant; will focus on 3rd grade reading
The Helen Bader Foundation on Monday committed a three-year, $300,000 grant to The Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Milwaukee Succeeds public / private initiative, the GMC has announced.
210. The moral void at Penn State
Bad behavior, scandal and evil are part of the human condition. So is giggling and gossiping about it. A week after news of the Penn State football pedophilia scandal broke, I still can't wrap my brain around it, and the story won't leave my consciousness.
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211. MU Law hosts education conference
The Marquette University Law School and Marquette University College of Education will collaborate on an education conference called "Fresh Paths? Ideas for Navigating Wisconsin's New Education Landscape," Thursday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.
212. MPS facilities plan suggests some big changes
After months of meetings and research and progress reports, the MPS Long Range Facilities Master Plan was released today with little fanfare. Among the recommendations are some school closures, relocations and other moves.
213. Kick off your dancing shoes for "Footloose"
Wauwatosa West High School's Trojan Players bring their production of "Footloose" to the stage for one final weekend.
214. GEAR UP grant launched this morning
MPS held an event this morning at Audubon Technology & Communication Middle School, 3300 S. 39th St., to celebrate the official announcement of the district's federal GEAR UP grant.
215. Indulge your taste buds, benefit a great non-profit
This Friday (hey, that's 11-11-11) could be your lucky night. Not only lucky for you, but for the hundreds of Milwaukee area teens who'll benefit from your attendance to the third annual Night by the River supporting local non-profit ArtWorks for Milwaukee.
216. You get what you need
I can't ever remember wanting biological children. Now, as I find myself stepmom to a beautiful, incredibly smart, terribly gifted and unbelievably talented 16-year-old superstar, I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to "parent" in the capacity that I have been.
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217. Budget cuts increase challenges to art education
A number of recent art-related anecdotes help describe the current challenges to art education in Milwaukee Public Schools.
218. Free exams and eyeglasses help kids focus on schoolwork
Dear business community, ever wonder how you can help Milwaukee's kids do better in school? Here's a story for you.
219. Playshore: simple and friendly
To prove that "never the twain shall meet" is wrong, just take a morning trip to Playshore, the free kids' play area in Bayshore Town Center.
220. Montessori math conference arrives at the perfect time
The North American Montessori Teachers' Association hosts a double-themed conference in Milwaukee at the Hyatt Regency this weekend. In addition to discussing "Strengthening the Montessori Culture in the Public and Private Sectors," the conference, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, will also look at "The Essential Montessori Mathematics."
221. Does anyone still put the "trick" in "trick or treat?"
Childhood memories wouldn't be complete without a couple traumatic incidents thrown in, and this naturally applies to Halloween. Do you know a house that doles out a little bit of a scare before letting the costumed kiddos make off with their reward?
222. CSI: Milwaukee at Discovery World
Visitors to Discovery World will have the chance next weekend to discover their true detective skills and learn from the experts how crimes are really solved.
223. A candlelight vigil for Keshaun
Today, I got this statement from MPS.
224. Scent of success wafts from some schools; how do we expand it?
While everyone searches high and low for examples of success to build on, many Milwaukeeans don't realize there are these flashpoints in the district already. The challenge of the current administration - and teachers and parents and students, too - is how to replicate these successes.
225. Where is the disconnect for Milwaukee students?
Lately I've been volunteering at my grandson's grade school. I'm there for lunch and recess and watch as the little kids make their way through the school day. And I've been struck by the disconnect I see between these kids and the dismal performance record of the Milwaukee Public Schools system.
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