Final Evidence for Semester 1

Dear Riverside families;

In an effort to align our assessment practices with Standards Based Grading principles, Milwaukee Public Schools has revised our Final Exam policy to offer students a Final Evidence of Proficiency. This is recorded in Administrative Policy 7.34. Final evidence is no longer graded separately from the coursework completed but will instead be evaluated by the teacher along with all the course evidence to determine a student’s final proficiency level. Listed below are the important details of the Final Evidence procedures to support students in demonstrating their highest levels of content mastery for each course.

What is final evidence? Final evidence is a comprehensive assessment of the standards for the course which could be a paper test, online assessment, performance or portfolio of work. Teachers will determine what evidence will be collected during the final school days to demonstrate mastery of the standards that each student needs.

Who needs to complete final evidence? ALL students should complete final evidence to show mastery of the standards for each course. Final evidence allows students an opportunity to demonstrate their highest level of mastery of the course standards and that final mastery level (coursework including the final evidence) will be recorded on the semester report card. Only those students that are eligible for an exemption may be excused from the final evidence schedule. Exemptions are conditional based on proficient status in the course, no unexcused absences, attendance at or above 95% for the course and no unfinished business (except senior fees). Students who meet these criteria may still complete the final evidence in order to show advanced work and receive a higher grade on the semester report card. In addition, Riverside will grant an exemption to a student if they have a course-evidence average of 100%, but may not meet the other conditions. Students can exempt all courses for which they meet the above criteria.

When is final evidence collected? Final evidence will be offered in all high school courses in the last 3 days of the semester. For this semester, December 18, 19 and 20 will be final evidence days. Students will complete/submit final evidence according to the school schedule in the morning and students will be dismissed early on each of the final evidence days. Final evidence days are school days and all students other than those with approved exemptions are expected to be in attendance on December 18-20. Please check out our calendar for specific schedule for evidence days.

María González Edwards

State Report Card

Please check out Riverside’s State Report Card for the 2017-18 school year. State law (Act 55) specifies that annually every public school, including charter schools, and each private school participating in a Choice program is to provide parents with a copy of their school report card and a list of their educational options, including the Special Needs Scholarship Program.

For a list of educational options, please visit:

Community Conversations on School Culture

Milwaukee Public Schools invites the public to attend one of eight Community Conversations throughout October and November to discuss how to strengthen school culture. We encourage a friendly, open and positive climate in all of our schools for every child to learn and grow in. We need to hear all voices including families, students, staff, business partners, and city leaders. Input from the community at large is critical as MPS works to develop solutions that create the best possible learning environment in every school.

Topics of conversation will include:

  • Developing a welcoming environment
  • Safety and discipline
  • Leveraging resources

Schedule of Community Conversations on Strengthening School Culture

Date Time Location

Monday, October 15, 2018

5 – 6:30 p.m.

North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

5 – 6:30 p.m.

South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Blvd.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

5 – 6:30 p.m.

James Madison Academic Campus, 8135 W. Florist Ave.

Monday, October 29, 2018

5 – 6:30 p.m.

Alexander Hamilton High School, 6215 W. Warnimont Ave.

Monday, November 5, 2018

5 – 6:30 p.m.

Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 W. Highland Ave.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

5 – 6:30 p.m.

Bay View High School, 2751 S. Lenox St.

Monday, November 12, 2018

10 – 11:00 a.m.

MPS Central Services, Auditorium, 5225 W. Vliet St.

Monday, November 12, 2018

1 – 2:00 p.m.

MPS Central Services, Auditorium, 5225 W. Vliet St.

MPS is implementing Five Priorities for Success:

  • Increasing academic achievement and accountability
  • Improving district and school culture
  • Developing staff
  • Ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency
  • Strengthening communication and collaboration

Every MPS school has developed a School Work Group focused on reviewing discipline data to determine whether specific interventions or services help improve student behavior. Additionally, every middle and high school has a Student Discipline Committee that recommends how school climate can be improved. The district has discovered that student voice is essential for improving school climate because students know best what they need. To gather community input, seven public informational meetings were held in April, 2018, to garner input regarding student discipline in MPS.

For more information on our efforts to strengthen our school community, please

Picture Day!!

Underclass yearbook pictures will be taken in English classes. Freshmen are scheduled to take their pictures on Wednesday, September 26th and sophomores and juniors are scheduled for Thursday, September 27th. Pictures will be available for purchase from our photographers, Pixel Visionaries, LLC. An order form is included here for your convenience.

Riverside Photo Order Form


MPS Career Fair on Saturday, Sept. 8, at South Division High School

MPS Career FairMPS is hiring! Visit our career fair at South Division High School on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon to apply and get more information!

Positions for teachers, paraprofessionals, facilities workers, and food service professionals are open in Milwaukee Public Schools. Learn about open positions, benefits, requirements, and more. On-site interviews will be available for teachers and paraprofessionals.

In addition to full-time teaching positions, part-time teaching is a new option in MPS that offers a great work-life balance for retirees or teachers juggling a family and a career. A limited number of positions are available. MPS offers a track to a teaching license for individuals who meet specific criteria, including those with a bachelor’s degree looking to make a career change. Paraprofessionals should ask about completing a bachelor’s degree through MPS University and other programs.

Facilities and food service workers will enjoy flexible schedules and will be on track to earn $15 per hour under the MPS Road to $15 plan. Under this initiative, all MPS employees will earn $15 per hour during the 2020–21 school year.

Interested applicants can also find job openings and apply on the MPS Employment Page. All candidates who receive a job offer must pass a physical exam and criminal background check.

South Division High School is located at 1515 W. Lapham Blvd. in Milwaukee. Plenty of free parking is available.

Drumline Rocks Maple Tree

Our Drumline under the direction of Mr. Van Pelt welcomed back students at Maple Tree Elementary School on the city’s northwest side. Superintendent Posley was there to greet the staff, students and parents for their first day of classes.

MPS Career Fair on June 23, 2018

Part-time teaching is a new option that offers a great work-life balance for retirees or teachers balancing family and career. A limited number of positions are available. MPS also offers a track to a teaching license for individuals who meet specific criteria, including those with a bachelor’s degree looking to make a career change. Representatives at the Career Fair can provide details.

Principals and school leaders will be on site to offer on-the-spot interviews. Candidates should bring several copies of their resume. Selected candidates will be moved directly onto a pre-employment track that will require additional documents, background check, and other steps.

Check out these exciting reasons to work for MPS!

  • Excellent benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, professional development, pension, and tuition reimbursement
  • Nearly 160 schools across the city that include options for bilingual education, language immersion, Montessori, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, special education, and more
  • Technical education programs including agriculture, automotive, business, construction, culinary arts, engineering, finance, health science, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, marketing, and welding
  • Rewarding work among a diverse student body in an urban setting
  • Strong support and mentoring system for new teachers
  • Pathways for career advancement including principal/administrative track
  • MPS is home to seven of the top high schools in Wisconsin according to U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post.

No registration is needed. If you cannot attend or have questions, call (414) 475-8224. For more information, visit our Career Fair web page.

South Division High School is located at 1515 W. Lapham Blvd. in Milwaukee and offers plenty of free parking.

Enrollment Bus Kickoff Event

Enrollment Bus HeaderWe cordially invite you to attend the Milwaukee Public Schools  Enrollment Bus Kickoff event. This year the district is taking  enrollment buses throughout the city in June and July to enroll children for the 2018-19 school year. Families can enroll students in the convenience of their own neighborhood! Please join MPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley for this celebration.

Wednesday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m.*
Wick Field
5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208

*Rain date is Thursday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the same location.