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During October, thank a principal!

National Principals MonthThis month, thank a principal or school leader! Each October, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators honor the hard work and dedication of America’s principals. National Principals Month is a great opportunity to show appreciation to principals everywhere.

Principals are often taken for granted, and few people understand the long hours and hard work that are needed to run a school. Principals are accountable to the school district, school staff, and families—a balancing act that requires patience, compassion, and dedication. In addition, principals continually drive student achievement while maintaining a positive environment and managing school safety, family engagement, a wide range of student needs, transportation, extracurriculars, and minor emergencies. Very often, the principal is the first person in the door in the morning and the last person to leave at night.

The pandemic has brought new challenges to all our principals, who are working to support students, families, and staff as they navigate concerns about health and safety along with new issues students are facing in their lives. Yet principals persevere and rise to the challenge of keeping education on pace while students and teachers continually adapt to the evolving pandemic.

MPS is grateful for the dedication and commitment of our school leaders, especially during this ever-changing school year. Thank you!


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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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