Cientificas is the only extracurricular program that offers bilingual STEM education to elementary and middle school-aged girls in the Milwaukee Area and raises awareness of the disparities apparent in the higher education pipeline, particularly in STEM fields. It is supported by a generous grant from the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee .
FIRST LEGO League
FIRST LEGO League introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Elementary and middle-school students get to:
- Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology
- Apply real-world math and science concepts
- Research challenges facing today’s scientists
- Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
- Participate in tournaments and celebrations
What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.
Milwaukee County Zoo Animal Ambassadors
Through the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors Program, students are given the opportunity to learn about animals, their habitats and how to protect endangered species. At the end of the program, students visit the zoo several times and participate in a graduation ceremony.
Sam’s Hope Literacy Foundation
More than 1,400 Milwaukee Public School children visit the Bradley Center to have Bucks players, coaches and Bango read and discuss books with them on the Bucks Court. Sam’s Hope Literacy Foundation assists in providing the children with a new book to take home with them. Sam’s Hope’s has been a partner with the Milwaukee Bucks for 16 years. The mission of this partnership is to encourage children in the inner city to read at home each day, to achieve in school and to provide new books for children to own through the 20 joint projects. Sam Garner was just 12 years old when he and his siblings founded Sam’s Hope.
Interfaith RSVP Tutoring
This program is a partnership between Interfaith’s RSVP Program and Milwaukee Public Schools. It is a volunteer driven tutoring program designed to improve the academic performance of MPS students. RSVP Members can take the role of recruiting, training, supporting and recognizing fellow volunteers in addition to tutoring. Volunteers work one-on-one or in s
mall groups with local students as they strive to improve their math and/or reading skills.
Students and teachers across the district gather to showcase some of the exciting STEM projects they’ve been working on during the year. The STEM Showcase provides MPS a wonderful opportunity to deepen and expand our business and community partnerships to further enhance the STEM education we provide. Dozens of local STEM partner businesses attend the event that connects MPS students to real-world careers.
District Science Fair
The MPS District Science Fair provides an opportunity for students to answer their own questions by constructing experiments. It sparks interest in science and it allows them to showcase it. All MPS schools and students are invited to participate.
MPS students learn science according to the district’s Comprehensive Mathematics and Science Plan (CMSP), which is based upon the rigorous Next Generation Science Framework.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee runs a before- school and after-school program at Hayes Bilingual. Before school care begins at 7am and runs after school until 6pm. Programming includes education, careers, sports, fitness, and recreation, health and life skills, the arts, character and leadership, and gender specific programming. Students receive a well-rounded after school experience when they enroll in the CLC at Hayes.
As a youth-development program, 16 boys and 16 girls from each SCORES school participate in the following program model:
- Participants receive 90 minutes of after-school programming 5 days per week for 20 weeks throughout the school year.
- Participants take part in 2 writing workshops and 3 soccer sessions weekly, each led by specially trained teachers who we refer to as soccer and writing “coaches.”
- SCORES programming offers challenging and engaging activities and learning experiences, with focus on mastering new skills during their time in the program.
MATC education students provide one on one and small group literacy tutoring to students in grades 1-3. Students become more confident readers and improve literacy skills and strategies.
Students learn traditional folkloric dance and perform at Cantos de las Americas, as well as school programs.
Middle School Students at Hayes have the opportunity to participate in the democratic election process and elect a student governing body. The student council demonstrates leadership in the school, organizing school dances, talent shows, school announcements, and fundraisers.
Project Lead the Way
Milwaukee Public Schools is home to the nation’s largest concentration of students involved in Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a rigorous, nationally-recognized program that utilizes hands-on learning to connect students to science, technology, math and engineering. Approximately 5,800 middle- and high-school-age students take part in Project Lead the Way’s engineering programs in more than 30 MPS schools. Nearly half of the students participating in those PTLW programs in MPS are female and roughly 85% are students of color. Even more MPS students participate in Project Lead the Way biomedical engineering programs. Students participating in PTLW in MPS boast stronger academic performance than district averages. Learn more about MPS and Project Lead the Way here.
PBIS is a joint effort between Milwaukee Public Schools Office of Family Services and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association to effectively reduce classroom disruptions and student suspensions through a school-wide systematic tiered-intervention approach. Data shows that schools that implement PBIS with fidelity see decreases in disruptions and suspensions and increases in student achievement. Hayes Bilingual is a PBIS School of Merit.
Students at Hayes wear uniforms, creating a strong school identity.