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Wellness and Prevention Office

The Wellness and Prevention Office includes the MPS Health and PE departments, MPS Ropes and Challenge Course, Safe and Drug-Free Schools, and other grant funded programs. Our mission is to support the physical, social, emotional, and academic development of all students.  Our goal is to develop confident, self-reliant, and self- directed individuals who are capable of reaching their full potential as productive members of society.

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Health Education

The concepts and skills learned in health education become the cornerstone for developing healthy habits that students will use every day for the rest of their lives. Students will learn how to analyze influences, access accurate health information, use positive communication skills, make healthy decisions, set goals, practice healthy/safe behaviors, and advocate for their own health and those around them.

Physical Education

MPS uses the nationally recognized SPARK curriculum for grades K-8. MPS physical education at the high school uses a variety of courses to help students learn what it means to be physically active for a lifetime.

Coordinated School Health

Coordinated school health (CSH) is recommended by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a strategy for improving students' health and learning in our nation’s schools. Students need to be healthy to learn and they need to learn to be healthy. CSH is not a separate program; it is a comprehensive model for school/community collaborations around student health to reduce barriers to learning.

Ropes and Challenges

The MPS Ropes & Challenges Program began in 1995 and is located within Potter’s Forest adjacent to Whitnall Park. Due to risk management and liability issues the MPS Ropes & Challenges Course at Potter’s Forest is open ONLY to MPS Traditional Schools and MPS Instrumentality Charter schools. The MPS Ropes & Challenges Education Curriculum is based on the experiential learning model which allows students to learn and practice positive social skills through hands-on learning activities. Skills include: listening, cooperating, effective communication, teamwork, and problem solving. School groups complete at least 6-8 prep sessions before coming to the course. Participants are encouraged to use their new skills in other areas of their lives.

Primary WPO Contact

Phone: 414-475-8057
Fax: 414-475-8455

Brett Fuller
Wellness and Prevention Office

Mailing Address:
Milwaukee Public Schools
Wellness & Prevention Office
5225 W. Vliet St., Room 253
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a research survey that asks students about nutrition, physical activity, sexual behaviors, and tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. 

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