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Milwaukee Public Schools wants to understand how we can best support student learning and family needs. We also want families to know about opportunities to offer input to schools and the district. Your opinions are important to us!
As we navigate virtual learning and we anticipate ongoing changes, family opinions are more important than ever. The best way to help us serve students is to take part in our survey as soon as possible.
Please complete our Family Interest Survey to help us understand your needs. The survey takes about 10 minutes and will remain open until October 31, 2020.
Access the survey at Family Interest Survey 2020.
Thank you in advance for your participation!
The new school year is almost here! MPS wants to celebrate the start of the new school year, which will take place through online learning. To kick off a fresh start, students, families, and the community are invited to take part in Welcome Back-to-School Spirit Week!
During the week of August 10 to 14, fans of MPS are encouraged to have fun and show school spirit on social media. Each day of the week offers a different theme to promote creative activities. Students and families are reminded to stay safe and maintain social distancing while making their photos and videos.
We want to see your spirit! Post your photos and videos using the hashtags #MPSspiritweek and #MPSProud, tag MPS in your social media posts, or email your photos and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to include your name and the name of your school. Have fun, and welcome back to school!
Spirit Week Daily Themes
- Monday—Motivational Monday! Share a quote or message that inspires you.
- Tuesday—Show Your School Spirit! Post photos wearing your school colors and/or clothing.
- Wednesday—Welcome Wednesday! Make a video telling why you are excited for school to start and welcoming students, staff, and friends back to school.
- Thursday—School Picture Day! Post a new or throwback school picture.
- Friday— What are you Looking Forward to Friday? Post a picture or video of what you are looking forward to about the new school year.
Milwaukee Public Schools’ (MPS) phased-in reopening recommendation for the 2020-21 school year was unanimously approved by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. The Board, in a 7-2 vote, also approved to maintain the early and traditional start calendars for the school year.
The phased in approach includes, Phase 1-full remote learning, Phase 2-hybird learning, and Phase 3-face-to-face learning with virtual option.
MPS will start the school year with virtual learning for all students. As the spread of COVID-19 decreases, students will return to schools for two days each week for face-to-face learning and virtual three days each week. Phase three will allow all students to return to the classroom five days a week, when conditions are healthy to return. MPS will monitor public health conditions to determine movement between each phase.
“To help preserve the health and well-being of our students and staff, we believe virtual learning is the best scenario at this time,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley said. “This was a difficult decision but a necessary one as we work diligently to provide the best education for our students. We look forward to returning to in-class instruction but only when we can do so safely.”
As details continue to develop, the district will provide information to students, families, and staff regarding the upcoming school year. Families are encouraged to stay up to date with information about the fall semester by visiting the MPS website, downloading the MPS App on their smartphones, and following MPS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
To enroll, visit mpsmke.com/enroll, call 414-267-5100, or take part in Curbside Enrollment at MPS Central Services on August 3 and 4.
Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! As we navigate school closures during the coronavirus pandemic, please share your thanks and support of all teachers who educate and care for our children. Our students’ futures depend on the work of teachers and school staff.
Help us celebrate teachers! Send us a creative photo, message of thanks, or short video honoring a favorite teacher or your school. Post on social media and tag with #TAW2020, #MPSProud, or #MPSTeacher, or send your messages to us at email@example.com
Teaching is a balancing act of academics, safety, behavior, and student needs, now with added layers of complexity during the Safer at Home order. MPS teachers are finding new ways to engage with their students through social media, Google Classroom, online learning, and more. Browse MPS social media posts on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram to see the many ways that teachers are staying connected and supporting students.
Nationwide, teachers are in demand. A national shortage of teachers means that schools will be searching to fill teaching positions at least through the next five to ten years. Consider becoming a teacher to impact the next generation!
Thank you to every one of the more than 5,000 teachers who work for MPS! Our students, families, and the community appreciate the dedication and hard work that teachers put in every day. We encourage the entire Milwaukee community to thank our teachers!
Help your child keep learning! With schools closed due to coronavirus, it’s important for students to learn while at home. MPS will be closed for at least three weeks of regular class time.
MPS is currently offering instructional learning materials at all 20 “Stop, Grab, and Go” locations along with packaged meals for students. Learn more about this program on the MPS COVID-19 Update page. These instructional materials are filled with activities to support and enrich learning during the extended closure.
Students and families can also access a number of online resources selected by the MPS Office of Academics. Online access to websites for enrichment in reading, writing, math, science, and more for all grade levels are provided below.
Accessing the Student Toolbox
Step 2: Click ‘Log in with Google’ (Use your MPS Google login).
Students first will be asked for their Google login. Students should enter their S# followed by @milwaukee.k12.wi.us; for example, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students then will be asked to enter their password. Students should enter their date of birth in the format of mm/dd/yy; for example, 03/10/05.
Step 3: Select a program and start learning!
Getting a first job is a huge step in the life of a teenager. To help students explore jobs, meet hiring managers, and succeed in the world of work, Milwaukee Public Schools will host its third annual Job Fair on March 11, 2020. Approximately 800 students are expected to attend in search of summer and year-round work. Employers are invited to register for the fair, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Student Union.
Following the first job fair in 2018, MPS received an overwhelming response from employers, who hired hundreds of students and begged for the job fair to become an annual event. Space has been expanded to include more employers and provide more options for students.
In addition to searching for immediate jobs, students have the chance to explore new fields that may lead to lifelong careers including automotive, construction, health care, law enforcement, manufacturing, and more. After the 2019 job fair, Daniel from South Division High School said, “I was nervous at first, but the employers were really nice. I filled out three applications plus I found some really cool careers I didn’t even know about.”
Employers should sign up now to meet our enthusiastic, motivated students. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-mps-student-job-fair-registration-84653540017
Space at the job fair is free and includes one parking spot and a light lunch for two people. An area will be available for on-site interviews. For questions and registration information, contact Tamera Coleman at employMPSstudents@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
Students who completed a Work Readiness session at their school are eligible to attend the job fair. Work Readiness sessions help prepare students to fill out job applications, interview, and be ready for the world of work. Students can speak with their counselor or stop in any College and Career Center with questions and to receive a permission slip. Bus transportation will be provided for students to attend the job fair.
The UWM Student Union is located at 2200 East Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53211.
The vision of Milwaukee Public Schools is to provide an equitable educational environment that is child-centered, supports achievement, and respects and embraces diversity. The district is launching a community survey designed to gather input about important education topics and is seeking the input of students, families, educators, staff and all community members. The results of the district survey will be used to determine how we can strengthen our students’ academic experiences and enrich opportunities for them.
Everyone in the city is encouraged to take the survey and attend a listening session. The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, can be accessed at mpsmke.com/survey. Survey responses are confidential, and the survey will remain open until September 12, 2019.
MPS encourages attendance at a series of listening sessions designed for the community to provide feedback and help guide MPS in creating a learning community that achieves a vision. Please plan to attend one or more sessions.
- Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (WCLL; 1017 N. 12th Street) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Reagan High School (4965 S. 20th Street) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
- Monday, September 23, 2019 at North Division High School (1011 W. Center Street) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Vincent High School (7501 N. Granville Road) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For questions regarding this process, please contact MPS at 414-475-8388 or email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!