Welcome to your MPS Back to School Headquarters, featuring resources to help you be prepared for the coming school year and ideas for summertime activities.
School Supply Lists
Similar to last school year, the district has condensed all the different school supply lists into ONE list that our K-8 schools are asked to use. We did this to keep costs manageable for our families. Look for the list in English and Spanish in the sidebar to the right.
Our year-round schools begin August 6, 2012. Almost all of our other schools are on a traditional calendar, and their first day of classes is September 4, 2012. Both Ronald Reagan High School and Rufus King International School start August 13, 2012. Look for the downloadable school calendars in the sidebar to the right.
Summer Reading Lists
Are your children making reading part of their summer routines? Our reading experts recommended great summertime books for each grade level. Find them on Pinterest or in the Summer Reading Lists in the sidebar to the right.
Did you know that Milwaukee Recreation offers FREE summer activities at playgrounds across the city? The program runs from June 18 – July 27 and offers sports, arts & crafts, field trips & more. For more information, call (414) 475-8811 or click here. Additionally, the Milwaukee Public Library and other local organizations offer a variety of summer camps, entertainment and other programs for students and families. Look for links to these resources in the sidebar under Other Resources.
Summer Meal Sites
MPS is once again partnering with Hunger Task Force and Kohl’s Cares to provide summer meals for children 18 and younger. These generous community partners play a significant role in organizing, funding, and marketing the summer meal programs. Hunger Task Force also provides schools with much needed picnic coolers, and ice packs. Hunger Task Force also canvasses community members, going door to door, as the summer rolls on, making sure no child goes hungry. Click here to view a list of the free summer meal sites in Milwaukee.
Summer Academy (Summer School)
Summer offerings include: an elementary program, a grade 8 promotional program, a high school credit recovery option, leadership development programs and programs for students with special education needs. Many programs provide academics in the morning and academic enrichment and recreation in the afternoon.
Applications for most programs are taken up until the first day of the program. Applications are available at any MPS site, at MPS Central Services (5225 W. Vliet Street) or online by clicking here.
The largest programs — elementary and credit recovery – begin June 25. Other start times vary. Details about specific programs along with how and when to register for each type is available here.