Update on transformation at Bay View Middle and High School featured during Bay View Gallery Night

Believe in Bay View success; student artwork to be highlighted at school on June 6

MILWAUKEE–140521_3d_printerStudents, staff and community members will present an update on the process of transforming Bay View Middle and High School is progressing during a special presentation at the school at 5:30 p.m. on June 6. The event will take place during Bay View Gallery Night activities.

“I am incredibly proud of our students and staff for their on-going commitment to the new Bay View High School,” said Aaron Shapiro, principal of Bay View. “Our attendance is up. Suspensions are down dramatically. Most importantly, students and staff have demonstrated a commitment to focus on the new Bay View and what’s working.”

The plan to transform Bay View High School was approved last year by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors based on extensive community, student and staff input received through the Believe in Bay View process. The school has a focus on creativity and innovation, building upon strong science/technology/engineering/arts/math (STEAM) programming. New efforts include project-based learning that relies and builds upon student knowledge across multiple subject areas. The plan also phases out the middle school.

In addition to the curriculum redesign, students and staff were asked to recommit to the school and participate in restorative justice practices. A pre-AP program is also in place.150521_boat

“I’m proud to showcase the work being done at Bay View High School. Change takes time, however our community started the ball rolling and, under the leadership of Principal Shapiro, the School of Creativity and Innovation is coming into view. I hope you’ll join me to see the progress for yourself.”

In addition to the community update, the art gallery at the school will be open for a display of student artwork. Students will also provide guided tours of the historic building.

Photos: Students involved in 3D printing, boat build projects

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