French Immersion School students to perform at Bastille Days

MILWAUKEE – Students from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Milwaukee French Immersion School (MFIS) will show off their French singing skills as they perform this weekend at the East Town Association’s Bastille Days in downtown Milwaukee.

The MFIS singing performance is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Renewal by Andersen Showcase Stage in Cathedral Square Park, located between Jefferson and Jackson streets, Wells Street and Kilbourn Avenue.

A Milwaukee Recreation adult hoop dance class is also set to perform later that day at 1 p.m.

Students from Milwaukee Public Schools' Milwaukee French Immersion School perform at Bastille Days in 2010

Students from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Milwaukee French Immersion School perform at Bastille Days in 2010

In addition to the singing performance, French Immersion students, along with school staff and parents, will also host a booth throughout the free festival, which begins Thursday and continues through Sunday. The booth will have giveaway buttons, magnets balloons and bookmarks – and it will offer information about the school, which helps students learn French through French-language instruction in all subjects. French Immersion boasts 85% reading proficiency, above the state average of 82% and well above the MPS district average. Parent volunteers will be available to talk about their experience with the school.

“We love that we have this opportunity to help promote French language and culture – and our school,” MFIS “Directrice” (principal) Virginia McFadden said. “Our motto is: ‘Thinking globally, learning locally’ and that will be on display thanks to our booth, interactions with visitors and the demonstration of our students’ musical talent.”

Team MFIS will also kick off the event by taking part in the “Storm the Bastille” run/walk. You’ll be able to recognize them in their red ‘Got French’ t-shirts. Milwaukee Public Schools is grateful to the East Town Association and Safe Schools Healthy Students for making MPS’ participation possible!

Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000, growing math standardized test scores representing 10-point growth in the last six years and growing ACT scores.