MPS School Reopening Survey will gather input until July 8, 2020

Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) released its School Reopening Survey for students and families to gather input on how to safely welcome back students for the 2020-21 school year.
Amid the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, surveys will be distributed to families via email, US Mail, and other methods and will ask how they feel MPS can best serve families this upcoming year. MPS administration recently outlined scenarios that will be considered for students and educators returning in the fall.
“This survey is one of the ways we are giving MPS families a voice in how we can meet the needs of our students and our community,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley said. “We will use this input, along with guidance from health officials and state and local leaders, to come up with the safest plan to provide our students the best environment to learn.”
MPS families can find a link to the School Reopening Survey on the MPS web site. The survey will be available until July 8, 2020. The Milwaukee Board of School Directors has called for a special board meeting in July to further discuss the district’s reopening plan.

Together for Justice – A letter from the Superintendent

June 6, 2020

Dear MPS community,

I know this week has been particularly difficult. Amid our efforts to cope with a global pandemic, we now must confront the hurt, pain, disappointment, and other emotions that have resurfaced with the racial injustice crisis following the alarming and tragic murders of Joel Acevedo, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others.

I acknowledge the range of emotions that our students, staff, families, and community members are experiencing. I think about how you are taking all of this in and coping, especially when compounded with the stress of facing COVID-19 and the school closure for the past three months. I think about how these racist and unjust acts affect your sense of self and development, and how so many of our parents, especially our Black parents, carry the burden of fear every time their sons and daughters walk out of their homes.

I understand the desire to be involved in planned marches and actions. I share your outrage, and I want everyone in our MPS community to be safe, heard, and valued. I want our city, state, and nation to move as one to finally face the difficult history that we have avoided for so long. These recent events have generated renewed urgency and importance for our collective efforts in that mission.

I am always humbled and inspired by our students’ resilience, intelligence, and fortitude. My hope rests with all of our children, and their capacity to move past the divisions, racism, and bigotry that have marked our country since long before its founding. I share their vision and belief in a just world where every person, of every race, belongs and is honored and celebrated.

MPS is committed to supporting our students and staff with curriculum and materials that reflect all of the students and families we serve. We will also have support teams available for students and staff to help process these recent events.

I ask the staff, city leaders, and all Milwaukee residents to listen to the voices of our young people. Together we can transform our city into a place where life-changing opportunities are within reach of every family.

If you are looking for resources to support you in talking to your child about race and racism, you can find a few suggestions in the link.
https://files.constantcontact.com/f2f33cc0401/949a4f13-10bd-47a4-84e4-2cb430ad8576.pdf
Please stay safe and well.

Keith Posley signature
Dr. Keith P. Posley
Superintendent of Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools
Office of the Superintendent
5225 W. Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414) 475-8001 • mpsmke.com

Updated Graduation Link

Dear Riverside University High School seniors and families,
We would like to thank you for supporting our students during our online graduation ceremony. During the presentation of the class of 2020 several technical glitches were noted. As a result, the video has been reworked and can now be viewed at our new graduation link:

Thank you for helping us to celebrate our class of 2020. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Riverside University High School Graduation

As we close the school year we would like to invite you to join us virtually in celebration of our graduating class of 2020. In order to view of the ceremony on Thursday June 4th at 3:00 PM go to https://www.youtube.com/MilwaukeeMPS/

Locker item pickup / item return

Good afternoon Riverside Families.

As we approach the end of the 2020 school year, we will need to provide an opportunity for students to pick up items from their lockers, pay any outstanding student fees, turn in technology devices that have been checked out, and return textbooks

To complete this process we are asking our families to enter the Riverside parking lot at their assigned time and follow the arrows for drive up service at exit 6 (Main Gym entrance). Here students will turn in textbooks and Chromebooks. Students enrolled in summer school should keep their Chromebook through the first session. Families and students will then pull forward to receive any items from their locker before leaving the parking lot. Please note that at station two we will have someone on hand who can work with you regarding student fees. Some families may have additional outstanding school forms that will be available for completion as well.

The distribution schedule will be based on assigned locker location within the building and is as follows:

Tuesday May 26th: Basement and Floor One
– 7:30 – 11:30: Students with a last name between A through M
– 12:00 – 4:00: Students with a last name between N through Z

Wednesday May 27th: Floor Two and Floor Three
– 7:30 – 11:30: Students with a last name between A through M
– 12:00 – 4:00: Students with a last name between N through Z

Thursday May 28th: Floor Four
– 7:30 – 11:30: Students with a last name between A through M
– 12:00 – 4:00: Students with a last name between N through Z

If you have not yet paid your student fees, or have a balance, please consider making payments on the website mypaymentsplus.com prior to your pick up time. If this is not a viable option for you please bring exact change for the amount owed.

I want to thank you for your flexibility and patience in this process, as these are certainly unprecedented times. Please know that any items not picked up will unfortunately need to be discarded as of July 1st. We look forward to seeing you at your scheduled pick up time.

Riverside Letter to Class of 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians of the class of 2020,

At the April 23, 2020 meeting of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, several important decisions were made that will impact you as you prepare for graduation. The district was approved to request a waiver from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to eliminate the Civic Test requirement for graduation. If you did not pass the Civics Test prior to the closure of schools, but have met other requirements for graduation, you will be able to graduate.

Additionally, graduation requirements have been modified for the students in the graduation cohorts of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. If you meet the credits required in Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 18.03, then you will graduate. Credits required include:
a. 4 credits of English
b. 3 credits of math
c. 3 credits of social studies (No specific course requirements)
d. 3 credits of Science
e. 0.5 credits of Health
f. 1.5 credits of Physical Education

If you recently transferred into MPS, the school counselor will evaluate your transcript to determine which courses count toward graduation. Counselors will reach out to families to inform them of their students’ status. If a student was currently enrolled in a class, and was passing at Term 3, they will pass the course. You can check your grades in the Campus Student Portal. Teachers will be providing enrichment to students who are passing to better prepare you for college and career readiness.
If you were currently enrolled in a class, but are not passing at Term 3 snapshot, here are the options available to you:
• Teachers will have reviewed snapshot grades and will have considered any new evidence or make up work. Check your student portal account to see if your grade has updated.
• We will contact you about opportunities to enroll in a specialized course to earn credit. English learners and students with disabilities will have support if this option is chosen.
• Your teacher may continue to work with you to help you pass your current course.
All grades for second semester will be Pass/Fail. If you still need to complete graduation requirements, watch for information about June and July summer school. There will be opportunities for earning credit and participating in credit recovery for classes where you have earned a D or F.

We understand that this has not been the senior year or the graduation season that you or your student(s) anticipated. We are planning exciting events to celebrate this milestone accomplishment with your child. Since we are unable to provide some of the events anticipated for seniors, we are reimbursing a portion of the senior fees paid by your family. Below you will find a breakdown of the senior fees and a list of the items that are being refunded. The items that we are not refunding will be provided for your student for their senior memorabilia. All refunds to seniors will be based on the amount paid and the method of payment. Thank you and congratulations to your family on the impending graduation,

Senior Fees – Total Charged for the Class of 2020 = $135.00

The Senior Fee is based on the following:
* Gown, Tassel, and Mortarboard: $25
* Diploma and Diploma Cover: $5
* RUHS Memorabilia Souvenir: $5
* Five Announcements: $5
* Senior Class T Shirt: $10
* Senior Picnic and Graduation Rehearsal Refreshments: $10
* Graduation Ceremony: $20
* Year book: $55

Reimbursement to seniors that paid the fee in full = $35.00
* Five Announcements: $5
* Senior Picnic and Graduation Rehearsal Refreshments: $10
* Graduation Ceremony: $20

The remaining items covered by the senior fee (graduation garb, diploma cover, souvenir, class t-shirt, year book) have already been purchased and will be provided to your senior. If you have not yet paid your fees, or have a balance, please consider making payments on the website mypaymentsplus.com.

Please see the attached schedule for distribution of senior items that will occur on Monday, May 11th, and/or Tuesday, May 12th. Seniors who still need to show proficiency in a required course for graduation will have another time to pick up materials from Riverside once the teacher has determined evidence of proficiency. Please call the main office if you have questions about this item. We are asking senior families to enter the Riverside parking lot at the assigned time and follow the arrows for drive up service at exit 6 (Main Gym entrance). Here, we will have you pay the balance of your senior fee if applicable, and receive all the senior items commemorating this special time in your senior’s educational journey.

If you have any questions please email me at laskyjm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or call the main office at 906-4900.

Sincerely,
Principal Lasky
Riverside University High School

Senior Pick-Up Schedule
May 11th, 2020
Time Student Last Name range
8:00 am – 9:00 am Abdi – Boothe
9:00 am – 10:00 am Brady – Clark
10:00 am – 11:00 am Clay – Eccles
11:00 am – 11:30 am No NEW arrivals
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
ONLY STUDENTS with AP TEST CONFLICTS (Janiya Whitney-Hill, Amaun Williams, Arlinda Yang, Jacobi Jackson, Kashayla Hayes, Calvin Thao, Plaski Vue, Tou Thao,
Chee Moua Vang, Kamirah Taylor, Kamiyah Thompson, Lilliana Rodriguez, Luz Sanchez, Naree Thao, Tristan Schupp)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Edwards – Grady
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Gramajo – Hollins
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Hollowell – King

May 12th, 2020
Time Student Last Name range
8:00 am – 9:00 am Kirk – McMillian
9:00 am – 10:00 am Medel – Odom
10:00 am – 11:00 am Olivares – Roberts
11:00 am – 11:30 am No NEW arrivals
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Robinson – Taylor
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Thames – Vang
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Vannavong – Williams
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Wince – Young

Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 BannerThis 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 comm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

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!

Parent Portal Technical Support

NEW!! Parent Portal Technical Support

MPS is now offering phone and email support for families who want to create a Parent Portal account and for those who have forgotten their username and/or password.

Live Parent Portal phone and email support will begin Monday, April 13, 2020, from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.

To recover a username/password: Parents and guardians should email parentportal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us. In your email, include the parent/guardian name, child’s name, birthdate, and a contact number to assist you in resetting your Parent Portal account. If you do not receive a phone call or email within 24 hours, please call (414) 475-8159 for further assistance.

For assistance setting up a new Parent Portal account: Parents/guardians may call (414) 475-8159 or email parentportal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.