Have a great summer!

140321 81st Street School04Dear MPS families,

It’s hard to believe the school year is over for students.  Summer vacation has begun!

Even though summer break is just around the corner, it doesn’t mean students take a vacation from learning.  There are many educational – and fun – things to do in Milwaukee and many are low cost or free.  Here are a few for you to check out this summer:

  • Milwaukee Recreation, a division of Milwaukee Public Schools, has lots of free or low-cost activities, including organized activities at neighborhood playgrounds.  Your child can learn to swim, try a new sport or see new places and things.  Visit milwaukeerecreation.net for more information.
  • MPS Extended Learning Opportunities offer children the chance sharpen their math and reading skills, catch up academically, or learn do new things.  Call 414-475-8238 for more information on enrolling your child.
  • The Milwaukee Public Library has free activities throughout the summer for students in elementary through high school.  Students can also sign up to become Super Readers.  The library’s website – www.mpl.org – has a full calendar of events. See our summer reading lists for each grade level on Pinterest.
  • The first Thursdays of the month are free admission at the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum.  Visit their websites for other fun activities.

This summer will be busy for me, too, as I become the Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools.

I’m pleased to share with you that the Milwaukee Board of School Directors has selected Dr. Darienne Driver to be the Acting Superintendent of MPS effective July 1, 2014.  Dr. Driver – who currently serves as Chief of Innovation for MPS – is a dynamic leader with significant experience in developing programs to improve student achievement.  She began her career as a classroom teacher and those experiences drive her passion to provide every child with a world class education.

I want to express my sincere thanks to MPS parents and families for giving me the privilege of serving you and your children.  Working together, we’ve accomplished great things for our students and MPS is headed in the right direction.  Let’s continue our best efforts for students throughout the summer so every child is ready when the school bell rings next year.


Gregory E. Thornton, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools