Thursday, September 2, 2021
The neighborhood around Rogers Street Academy was filled with excitement on September 2 as families and buses dropped off children for the first day of the new school year. Red carpets were ready and students walked into school surrounded by cheering MPS staff, dignitaries, school partners, and more.
Children were excited to return to school, see their teachers and friends, and get ready for hands-on learning. Students arrived wearing masks and carrying supplies, looking forward to getting back into classrooms. MPS is returning to full-time in-person learning for the 2021–22 school year. MPS early start schools across the city, including all high schools, middle schools, and connected elementary schools, were back in session on August 16.
The morning celebration included welcome messages from Principal Ramon Cruz, Governor Tony Evers, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly, County Executive David Crowley, Mayor Tom Barrett, Sheriff Earnell Lucas, Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman, Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Bob Peterson, Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley, and MTEA President Amy Mizialko.
District speakers emphasized the importance of returning to classrooms for academic learning and mental wellness, and also outlined strategies to keep students and staff safe and healthy as the pandemic continues. The district has expanded COVID-19 mitigation measures that began in spring, which include maximizing ventilation, electronic HEPA filtration units throughout buildings, hand sanitizing stations, frequent hand washing, physical distancing, and wearing of masks by students and staff.
Dr. Posley recognized the efforts of district staff in preparing for the school year. “Our teams have worked very hard to ensure safety and to make sure students receive all the supports they need. We recognize how important this school year is and we are committed to ensuring all students have a chance to achieve.”
Rogers Academy is one of 21 bilingual schools in MPS that teach students in both English and Spanish as part of the curriculum. MPS also offers four language immersion schools (French, German, Italian, and Spanish) and World Language courses in a number of languages across the district. To learn more about bilingual education in MPS, visit mpsmke.com/bilingual.
Enrollment is still open! Visit mpsmke.com/enroll to learn more, or visit MPS Central Services for in-person registration.
MPS Central Services is located at 5225 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee. Call (414) 475-8159.