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High School Signing Day is underway, as middle school students commit to MPS high schools

High School Signing Day High School Signing Day 2023 is here, the culminating event in School Counseling to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of Milwaukee Public Schools’ top-grade students and to promote attendance at MPS high schools. 

The program is in its second pilot year.  

“High School Signing Day is a great opportunity to celebrate our eighth-grade students as they pursue their dreams and plans,” said Ophelia T. King, Manager II in School Counseling.  

The event gathers a community’s eighth-grade or other top-grade students so that High School Signing Day can celebrate students’ paths and commitment toward high school in a public way. In some participating schools, the students are in fifth grade. 

Some of the celebrations include field trips, autograph signing, locker decorating, and assemblies.   

High School Signing Day amplifies the MPS aim to have students start, succeed, and stay, and it sets students on the path for planning their post-secondary education. It also builds relationships between students and their school counselors, and it allows students to make their first verbal commitment to graduating from high school. 

Fourteen MPS schools are participating in this year’s High School Signing Day, which is observed May 2 through 12. It is the same time-frame as Decision Day, when seniors’ commitment to education after high school is celebrated, whether they are heading to universities, community colleges, the military or training programs. 

MPS continues to expand opportunities to nurture a college-going culture. 



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