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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
A candlelight vigil for Keshaun
Today, I got this statement from MPS.
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.
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.
Some Friday school tidbits
Here are some news items from the Italian Immersion Program at Victory School, MPS' first College Access Center and the Midwest branch of Alliance for Climate Education.
Riley Elementary kids rap: "Baby, I'm From Milwaukee"
Last month I told you about Chicago rapper Psalm One coming to Milwaukee as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency at America SCORES to write a song with kids at MPS' Riley School on the South Side. Now, there are some videos that capture the experience and preview the song.
Charter school award nominees announced
The Wisconsin Charter Schools Association (WCSA) announced the nominees for the four Awards of Excellence it will present at its Fourth Annual Charter Schools Awards Gala on Friday, Oct. 21 at Discovery World.
Brady Street pet parade is Sunday
This Sunday, Brady Street celebrates its 10th annual Pet Parade from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brewers made Friday an extra-special dad/son night out
On Friday, my son and I went to the Brewers game. While we expected it would be our last game of the regular season, I didn't really think it would be an historic moment in Milwaukee baseball history. Surprise!
Psalm One collaborates with Riley Elementary kids
This month, rapper Psalm One kicks off the annual ASCAP Songwriter Residency tour - inaugurated in 2006 - in Milwaukee with kids at James Whitcomb Riley on the South Side. Psalm One - a Chicago Public Schools alumna - will spend Sept. 26 and 27 at Riley, writing with the kids. Then, on Sept. 28, they will head Downtown to Tanner Monagle Studio to record the song.
MPS facilities meeting draws big crowd at Reagan
This week MPS held a series of public sessions at schools around the city as part of its long-range facilities plan, which the administration plans to bring to the school board in November. Last night's meeting at Reagan High on the South Side was unlike any of the others. The school's cafeteria was packed and estimates put the number of people on hand at around 300.