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Picture Day at Story School will be Thursday, November 17th, 2016
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.
Story School has an after school program available to all students. Students are involved in homework help, academic enrichment and recreational activities from 2:30 to 5:00 pm. Dinner is served during the program hours to all attendees. This year’s program will begin on Monday, September 26th.
Registration Forms are available in Story School’s office.
Story School will hold its Fall Open House this Thursday, September 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Please come and meet your child’s teacher and take a look at what is going on in their classrooms. We will be serving a spaghetti dinner to all families who attend the Open House. We are looking forward to meeting you!
See you there!
Welcome Back to Story School! We are so excited to begin another year of academic excellence! Hope everyone enjoyed the “Red Carpet” walk into to school this morning.
Next year there will be an important change to help improve academic outcomes for your child. We will replace the Student Achievement Guarantee in Education program with the new Achievement Gap Reduction program. This is due to a change in state law, but it also gives us more flexibility to develop local solutions to improve student achievement.
Because you are our partner in improving student success, we invite you to join us for a Family Information Session to learn more about the new Achievement Gap Reduction program. Spanish translation will be available at both sites
· March 21, 6-7 p.m. at Kluge School
5760 North 67th Street
· March 21, 6-7 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue School
1817 West Lincoln Avenue