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Be counted on Third Friday Count day—September 17, 2021

Student at desk Being in school every day is one of the best ways to succeed! One of the most important days of the school year for attendance is coming up. On the third Friday of September every year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction counts all students enrolled in Wisconsin schools. These numbers are used for calculating state funds that are provided to public schools.

Be counted! Make sure your child attends school on Friday, September 17, so the school receives funding for every student. The Third Friday Count determines the dollars that your child’s school will receive to deliver a quality education.

As an incentive for students to be in classrooms, the district is excited to announce the return of one of the favorite school lunches of all time—mock chicken leg! This popular item will return to cafeteria menus this school year beginning on September 17.

We look forward to seeing everyone in class every day, and especially on Third Friday Count day!


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager
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Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • Ninety percent of 2019-20 budget dollars go directly to classrooms;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to five of the state and nation's top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

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