Archives for September 2012

MPS, Junior Achievement team up to provide financial literacy to all 8th-graders

MILWAUKEE – Managing an investment portfolio, calculating net income, building a nest egg for college and developing a family budget may seem advanced to eighth-grade students.  But the importance of these challenges has life-long consequences; and it’s not too soon to face them. That’s why Milwaukee Public Schools and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin have combined […]

MPS’ tough-but-necessary actions cut $1.4 billion from long-term liability

MILWAUKEE – Tough-but-necessary actions undertaken by Milwaukee Public Schools have cut the district’s long-term retiree health and life insurance benefit liabilities by $1.37 billion – including cost reductions of more than $117.2 million annually – as of fiscal year 2012. “This is an important step upon which we will continue to build,” Board President Michael […]

Central Services staff collect school supplies for homeless students

Donations from employees at MPS’ Central Services building filled more than 40 backpacks with a complete set of school supplies for MPS students who are homeless and living in shelters. Dr. Thornton helped distribute some of the backpacks on Thursday, September 6.

MPS opens 2nd TEAM UP College Access Center

MILWAUKEE – On the heels of the success of its first TEAM UP College Access Center on the city’s north side, Milwaukee Public Schools celebrated on Thursday the opening of its second College Access Center, this one along highly-visible South 27th Street. The centers, which are open on evenings and weekends, help demystify the process […]

Flowers for Maple Tree

Third graders at Maple Tree Elementary School were happy to see all the beautiful flowers outside when they returned to school last week. Mr. Marco B, “temporarily” donated flower pots and mulch to beautify the school’s landscape. Mr. Marco B, also known as “The Dirt Doctor,” is one of the school’s community partners and neighbors.

Maryland Ave. Montessori cuts ribbon on outdoor classroom, rain garden

by Susan Pringle MILWAUKEE–Much has been written lately about the nature “deficit” that exists today as children spend more and more time indoors and less time outside exploring nature. On Friday, Maryland Avenue Montessori School (MAM), part of the Milwaukee Public Schools family, took its own step toward reducing that deficit with the opening of a […]