You’re invited – Superintendent Family Roundtable

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Join MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne B. Driver for her monthly Family Roundtable on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Samuel Morse John Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented (4141 N. 64th St., Milwaukee, WI 53216).

Hear directly from Dr. Driver about STEM programming in MPS. Then join breakout discussions with district leaders to ask questions and share ideas before a question and answer session with the Superintendent.

For more information or to request accommodations or interpreting services call (414) 475-8285 or visit mpsmke.com/familyroundtable.

We’re looking for volunteers to read to our students 3/2!

Read Across America with MPS!

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and every elementary and middle school in Milwaukee Public Schools is throwing a reading party to celebrate! Join us on March 2, 2016 at your favorite MPS school and be part of the fun during Read Across America!

In elementary schools, volunteers will be reading a book, or maybe two if you’re lucky, to a classroom of eager students who are aspiring readers. If you volunteer in a middle school, you’ll work with students on a brief literacy project. Schools will host volunteers at either 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. or 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Please see the school drop down list on the registration form below.

Please volunteer to make sure every classroom and every child in MPS have a positive literacy experience during Read Across America. It’s a great way to help build the love of reading in our students and to celebrate the joy reading brings to you.

Click here or go to mpsmke.com/readacrossamerica to register to volunteer at the school of your choice.

MPS enrollment for fall now open: Apply through Feb. 19 for the best opportunity to attend your first-choice school

Annual Three-Choice Enrollment period comes as district continues to expand strong academic programs

MILWAUKEE – Families looking for a new school for the fall are encouraged to apply now through February 19 for the best opportunity to attend their first-choice school.

The annual MPS Three-Choice Enrollment process is opening as the district is continuing to expand access to strong academic programs.

Three-Choice allows parents and guardians looking for a new school for the fall to select up to three schools they would like for their child.

Families can apply online at mpsmke.com/EnrollMPS, at any MPS school or between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee 53208.

The MPS website offers a ‘Find a School’ feature – atmpsmke.com/findaschool – to help select the right school based upon program, grade level, location, or transportation.

Those seeking new schools or learning opportunities will find some with new locations, others undergoing expansion and still others growing or adding programs. This is part of MPS’ efforts to expand strong programs through its Regional Development Plan. Efforts now underway to offer more options include:

  • MPS is building an addition for Fernwood Montessori School, allowing the high-performing K-8 school in the Bay View area to accommodate the large number of early childhood students the school has enrolled in recent years as those students advance by grade level. The school has grown in recent years from about 550 students to more than 700.
  • Rufus King International Middle School is moving to a new location at 2760 N. 1st Street, Milwaukee 53212, providing the grade 6-8 International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme room to grow and continue to prepare students for the rigorous IB Diploma Programme available at three MPS high schools (King, MacDowell Montessori and Reagan).
  • Milwaukee Excellence Charter School, a new MPS charter school, will begin serving students in grade 6 in the fall, tentatively at the former McNair School site, 4950 N. 24th Street, Milwaukee 53209.
  • Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School is expanding to a second campus, 3575 S. 88th Street, Milwaukee 53228, to serve more students. This fall, the new campus will serve all of the school’s students in grades K4 and K5 with students in grades 1-5 attending school at the current MSIS campus, 2765 S. 55th Street, Milwaukee 53219. By 2017-18, the 88th Street campus will serve all 1st-grade students as well with the current campus serving grades 2-5.
  • Morse Middle School for the Gifted and Talented is moving to its own home at 6700 N. 80th Street, Milwaukee 53223, allowing both it and John Marshall High School for the Gifted and Talented (Morse Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented 9-12), 4141 N. 64th Street, Milwaukee 53216, to grow their programs.
  • Pulaski High School is planning to add International Baccalaureate programming and increase bilingual programming as it begins a new partnership with Carmen Schools of Science and Technology. The partnership provides for the two schools working together to improve student achievement, school climate and teaching and administrative practices as each school brings 200 new freshmen into the Pulaski campus this fall.
  • Victory School is expanding its Italian immersion program to include full immersion beginning with 4-year-old kindergarten (K4) this fall. The full immersion program will offer transportation to students citywide, excluding those living within the school’s walk zone.

MPS continues to advance its eight strategic objectives to improve student outcomes focused on student achievement, effective and efficient operations and family and community engagement. The district continues to build on success including its seven high schools rated among the best in the state and nation by U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post and its 82 schools recognized for reinforcing positive student behaviors and helping all students learn.

All applications received during the Three-Choice period are treated equally and a random selection process will take place if there are more interested families than seats in a given school and grade. Families receive an enrollment preference if a sibling is enrolled in the school or if it is their neighborhood school.

Enrollment applications received after February 19 are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Montessori Schools Summit

Join us! Participate in workshops, see glass classrooms and listen to a national Montessori keynote speaker

Saturday, January 23, 2016 • 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Edward A. MacDowell Montessori School

6415 W. Mt. Vernon Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53213

AGENDA –

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Glass Classroom Observation

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven J. Hughes, PhD, ABPdN, Neuro-Psychologist

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Breakout Session: Montessori 101

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Breakout Session: Montessori Parent Network

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Breakout Session: Montessori Teacher Network

  • Montessori Teacher Training – For prospective Montessori teachers, Montessori trainers will be on hand to share information about enrolling in Montessori teacher training programs. Trainers from the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee (accredited by AMI) and Seton Montessori Institute (accredited by AMS) will provide resources and information.
  • General Information – Parking is available in the Juneau playfi eld parking lot directly across from MacDowell on Mt. Vernon Ave. on the street adjacent to the school.
  • Childcare – Free childcare will be provided for school-aged children by CAMP MacDowell. Children will be served a snack and activities will be planned to engage children for the afternoon. Parents will be asked to sign children in and out of CAMP and provide a photo ID.

Register for your opportunity to attend this exciting event at: mpsmke.com/montessorisummit

Light snacks and refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

Contact (414) 935-1400 with any questions.

Download the event flyer.

Scarves for anyone who is cold!

Craig students created scarves for anyone who is cold!

Craig students created scarves for anyone who is cold!  The scarves were hung downtown in plastic bags.  Thank you for thinking of others, students!

Thank you, Miss Mandie Heidenreich for teaching the children to knit and for putting this together!

Photos: Teacher Appreciation Week 2015

Dr. Driver stopped by the Craig Montessori staff meeting Monday morning.

This week, as Milwaukee Public Schools celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week, we recognize the hard work and many talents of our dedicated teachers who influence the hearts and minds of our young people every day.