Parents are Winter Festival for Thursday December 15, 2016 has been cancel. The event has been rescheduled on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 4:30p.m. to 6:30p.m
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Our annual food drive have started, From December 1, 20016 through December 22, 20016. Come out and help support our school
Troops to Education Veterans & Family Members Career Fair
Serve in a New Way.
Teachers, paraprofessionals, building service helpers, safety assistants and more
Applications will be accepted on-site!
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning
1017 North 12th Street, Milwaukee, WI
0900 to 1300 hours
(Coffee and light refreshments at 0830)
Register today at http://mpsmke.com/troops
Parents come out to are Math Night November 17, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
MPS plans to seek approval to move forward with one calendar and an early start date. We invite you to learn more about this proposal and to share your thoughts at one of 10 community listening sessions scheduled November 7-30.
Learn more and share your thoughts on our website: http://mps.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/News/MPS-plans-to-seek-approval-to-move-forward-with-one-calendar-early-start-date.htm
MILWAUKEE (October 12, 2016) Milwaukee Public Schools is no longer required to participate in the Opportunity Schools and Partnership program, according to a letter released today by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
The letter issued today informed MPS it will not have to participate in the program because the district is no longer in the bottom category in the state school report card. Only school districts in the lowest category of the state report card for two consecutive years are required to participate in OSPP.
“While we are energized by the progress we’re making, we still have significant work to do,” said Dr. Driver. “We are working with students, staff and dozens of community partners to better prepare all of our young people for success, particularly at the secondary school level.”
MPS has committed to rethinking high schools by expanding college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes as well as career and technical education offerings. This year, 21 percent of all MPS high school students are taking a college-level class. The district also added more than 350 students to a culinary arts program as it expands career and technical education options.
While the details of the state report card will not be released until next month, MPS’ local STAR assessment data shows growth in student achievement and signs that the district is closing achievement gaps:
- Literacy is improving across all grade levels.
- The number of students on target for proficiency in reading improved last year by two percent.
- Early reading skills increased significantly, with 51 percent of all K5 and 1st grade students on target at the end of the school year compared to only 43 percent on target at the beginning of the school year.
“We are heading in the right direction. Our collective focus as a community must be on working together to support our young people,” said MPS Board President Mark Sain. “If we continue to do the right thing for our students, we will not fail.”
Last year, the Wisconsin Legislature made changes to the school report card to improve transparency and authenticity. That included weighting school performance to account for student poverty rates, student disabilities and the length of time a school has had to influence a student’s academic progress.
Join us! MPS Superintendent Darienne B. Driver, Ed.D. invites you to attend her October Family Forum to learn more about how families can take leadership roles in schools. All MPS families and staff are welcome!
Saturday, October 1, 2016 • 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bradley Tech. High School
700 S. 4th St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
RSVP – mpsmke.com/familyforum
We will have child care available for children ages 3 and up.
Lunch will be provided. Accommodations and interpreting services are available upon request. RSVP today!
Family Forums are full-day events that encourage learning, discussion and collaboration between MPS staff and families. These events are planned in partnership with family representatives from the District Advisory Council and will have a variety of workshops geared toward both families and staff. Additionally, each forum features an opportunity for discussion with the Superintendent around current issues facing MPS.
Summer is a time to relax and enjoy, but it is also a time to keep learning! Literacy experts agree that one of the best things parents and other adults can do to support a child’s learning and development is to encourage a life-long love of reading.
Through summer reading, students can visit distant lands, explore new ideas and learn about different cultures and time periods. Summer reading is a great way to exercise your mind.
Each summer, Milwaukee Public Schools’ reading experts pull together summer reading lists for students entering three-year-old kindergarten through grade 12.
This year’s lists include John Newbery Medal winner “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead, “Booked” by Kwame Alexander and Caldecott Medal winner “Finding Winnie” by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
Our summer reading lists feature books for each grade level curated on the district’s Pinterest account. By clicking on a book cover image from our pinboards, you will be directed to the Milwaukee Public Library‘s website, where you can reserve the book.
We encourage MPS students to take advantage of everything the Milwaukee Public Library has to offer, including its summer reading program!
See all of our summer reading lists at mpsmke.com/summerreading.
To Our Milwaukee Public Schools Community,
We truly appreciate your dedication, time and support to promote and encourage the success of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) students and want to provide you with this update on the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program (OSPP).
In June 2015, the state legislature passed a law creating the OSPP, which gives Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele the responsibility to appoint a commissioner who has the authority to transfer an MPS school or schools from the district to the OSPP.
On April 21, 2016, Commissioner Demond Means presented a proposal to MPS with a June 23 deadline for response. We appreciate the desire of County Executive Abele and Commissioner Means to develop a partnership proposal that attempts to limit harm to MPS students. However, as we have examined the OSPP proposal over the past six weeks, we have identified the following concerns:
- The academic and curricular programming lacks detail and clarity
- The school funding plan is unclear
- The school qualitative reviews outlined in both state law and the OSPP proposal have not been conducted
- The request for proposals seeking a school operator was not issued and steps have not been taken to select a school
- The OSPP proposal contains elements which contradict the legislation, namely that staff at the OSPP schools will remain employees of the district with little guidance about how this would be compliant with state law
Given these concerns, we recently requested a meeting with County Executive Abele and Commissioner Means to discuss an alternative to the OSPP proposal. We know the fundamental needs of our families include greater access to high-quality early childhood education, sustained resources and support, stable school communities, rigorous curriculum led by strong instructional leaders and having a voice in the decisions that impact their children.
With these critical factors in mind, and given that the qualitative analysis as outlined in the OSPP proposal was not completed, selecting a school would be unfair to school communities because they have not had an opportunity to participate in a qualitative review. We have developed an alternative option that will add value and align with the critical work already underway at MPS:
- Create a high-quality early childhood education program, addressing a community need acknowledged by local leaders and the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education
- Provide the choice for families to opt-in to OSPP
- Locate the program inside the former 35th Street Elementary School, which is well suited to serve our youngest learners; it would share a separate and distinct space in the same building with Assata, an MPS partnership school; this is a model that has been used in the past and allows for improved achievement and better student and family engagement and support at both schools
- Next year, as outlined in the OSPP proposal, would be a planning year, with the program opening in the 2017-18 school year
Improving student outcomes is challenging and much work remains. As a district, we have implemented strategies for school turnaround rooted in collective impact including:
- Developing intentional, mutually beneficial partnerships
- Making data-informed decisions
- Implementing research-based programs
- Strengthening current infrastructure
- Maximizing resources and managing our assets
Our efforts are yielding results. More students are earning scholarships with a record-breaking $47.8 million awarded this year; more high schools are ranked among the best in the state and nation; and over 100 MPS schools are recognized for promoting positive behaviors by an independent statewide organization. Community engagement is leading to stronger families and a healthier community. With ongoing support from committed community partners, we will continue to see positive results.
MPS is committed to ensuring that all partnerships bring additional value and enhance our current standard of care. In doing this, we must also ensure our school communities are kept intact and we believe our alternative does just that. We are prepared to discuss this alternative with County Executive Abele and Commissioner Means and will continue to keep you informed throughout the process.
For more information, please visit www.mpsmke.com/ospp or call 414-475-8274.
Behind every successful Milwaukee Public Schools student there is a dedicated teacher providing guidance and direction. During Teacher Appreciation Week, please join Milwaukee Public Schools in celebrating the hard work of our teachers who shape the minds of our young people.
MPS’ weeklong celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week includes a special video message from Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver, expressing her thanks to teachers for all they do to prepare young people to be life-long learners who are ready for success in college and career.
Many other activities are planned to show teachers our appreciation, including:
- An email message of thanks from Dr. Driver
- A list of various free and discounted offers from local retailers and cultural organizations (available on mConnect)
- Billboard messages located around the metro area, which have been donated by Clear Channel
- MPS Proud window stickers and lapel pins for all staff
Families are encouraged to submit photos and notes of appreciation to the MPS Tumblr account at milwaukeemps.tumblr.com.
Signs of appreciation for use by students and families can be downloaded here.