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03-11-22 Family Friday Newsletter

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Battle of the Drumlines TOMORROW - March 12, 2022

Join us for an exciting afternoon of drumline competitions! Reagan, Riverside, and Rufus King High Schools will face off and the sticks will fly. Come and cheer for your favorite group!

Saturday, March 12, 2022

12:00 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

Rufus King International High School

1801 W. Olive St., Milwaukee, WI 53209

Admission: $3.00


News and Updates

We Are the Drum - March 11-13, 2022

CAPITA Productions will present We Are the Drum: The Drumbeat of Justice on March 11, 12, and 13. This community production brings together song and dance with a powerful and uplifting message. Come and watch the talents of children and adults from our very own community!

  • Friday, March 11, 7:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, March 12, 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
  • Sunday, March 13, 3:00 P.M.

Milwaukee Marshall High School

4141 N. 64th St., Milwaukee

For more information, visit

Kindergarten Enrollment Closes March 13!

Kindergarten enrollment for Fall 2022 closes soon! Families should explore schools, make their top choices, and enroll. MPS has Head Start and kindergarten for children who will turn 3, 4, or 5 by September 1. Start your child's education journey and enroll today!

Visit for more information.

Enrollment closes Sunday, March 13, 2022.

Important Calendar Changes

March 15, 2022: ACT Testing for Juniors

All MPS high school juniors will take the ACT test on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, during the school day. All juniors should arrive at school prepared to take the exam. All high school freshmen, sophomores, and seniors do not report to school. All students in grades K-8 will have a regular school day.

Why is the ACT test important? This test is required by some colleges and universities for admission. All students in Wisconsin take the exam each spring to assist in applying to college and qualifying for scholarships.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022: All Students Attend School

Because of the school closure due to weather in February, students will now attend school on Tuesday, April 5. This date had been previously scheduled as a student day off.

Monday, May 16, 2022: Important Changes

All high school students will attend school on Monday, May 16 (previously a student day off for early start schools).

All K-8 students attending Early Start schools will not attend school.

All students in schools on the Traditional Calendar will attend school as previously scheduled.

To check your child's school calendar, contact the school or visit

Summer Architecture/ Engineering Program at UWM -- Apply by March 31

NAF Future Ready Scholars will host a summer program at UWM in 2022. Current high school sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply!

Engineering track students will live on campus for a week at UWM learning about current trends in engineering and will design a solar power station.

Architecture track students will live on campus for a week and then commute an additional three weeks for an immersive experience in the tools and trends in architecture. Students will design a community pavilion.

Attend a student/family information night on March 22 or March 30 at 5:30 P.M.

Register to receive a link to attend a virtual information session.

For program details, download a flyer.

Apply at

Help Children Develop Early Language Skills

Learn ways to help young children develop language skills! Early support helps infants and toddlers grasp language and comprehension. Attend a webinar on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Register at

For more information, download a flyer.

Take Our Family Survey!

MPS family members, we need your input! Take our parent/guardian survey to share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns. The survey takes about 10 minutes and answers are confidential. Your answers will help guide decisions about district planning and improvement.

Access the survey in multiple languages at

Surveys can also be taken at your child's school -- paper copies are available.

The survey will close March 31, 2022.

College and Career Night - April 6

Middle and high school students and families should plan to attend College and Career NIght! Learn to explore career paths, find out about schools and programs, narrow down your interests, and more! This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Register by April 4 at

For more information, download a flyer or contact Karolyn Taylor at


COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Testing at Three MPS Sites

MPS is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at three locations.

Wednesdays, 4:00–8:00 p.m.

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required at When prompted for the organization code, use the code below for the site you wish to visit.

MacDowell Montessori School

6415 W. Mount Vernon Ave.

Milwaukee, 53213

Registration Code: w6415

Milwaukee Marshall High School

4141 N. 64th St.

Milwaukee, 53216

Registration Code: w4141

Pulaski High School

2500 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Milwaukee, 53215

Registration Code: w2500

For more information including a QR code to register, download a flyer.

COVID-19 Vaccine Locations

COVID-19 vaccine is available FREE for all Wisconsin residents age 5 and older. Health insurance is NOT needed. Call the hotline at (414) 286-6800 for questions, to schedule an appointment or home visit, or to speak with a nurse.

Milwaukee Health Dept. Clinics

Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd.

Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St.

Mondays & Fridays: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12 - 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Menomonee Valley Site, 2401 W. St. Paul Ave.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12 - 6 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Vaccines are also available throughout the city at many pharmacies including CVS and Walgreens. Visit the Milwaukee Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine page (available in English, Spanish, and Hmong) for more information about COVID-19 vaccine locations.


In case you missed it . . .

Cesar Chavez Celebration: Art, Speech, and Writing Contests

Students in grades K-12 are invited to enter the Cesar Chavez art, speech, and writing contests! Entry deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 5:00 P.M. This year's theme is Respect for All Living Things. Winners will be recognized during the Cesar Chavez Celebration on March 20, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. The event is hosted by the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more at

MPS Reads

Each month, MPS provides a list of recommended books for preschool through grade 12 that allows students to see themselves, explore other cultures, and discover more about the world in which they live.

Help ignite a passion for reading! Access book lists on the MPS Reads page.


Stay Connected!

MPS offers tools to help families find the information and support they need. Log in to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, download the MPS App for updates, and follow us on social media. The Parent Coordinator at your child's school can also assist.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Technical Support

Live Parent Portal (Infinite Campus) support is available from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.

To recover a username/password: Parents/guardians should email Include the parent/guardian name, child’s name, birth date, and a contact number. If you do not receive a phone call or email within 24 hours, please call (414) 475-8159 for further assistance.

For assistance setting up a new Parent Portal account: Parents/guardians may call (414) 475-8159 or email


Get all the latest news and updates! Download the MPS App and follow us on social media. Fast access to news, updates, and the entire MPS website is available on the MPS App (for Apple and Android smartphone platforms). To download, use the links below.

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Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: March

If you'd like to follow the meetings of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, visit the Milwaukee Board of School Directors page to find the meeting schedule, agendas, and links to watch or listen to live meetings. Instructions for public testimony are also offered on this page.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Mar. 15, 2022 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Legislation, Rules and Policies: Thurs. Mar. 17, 2022, 5:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Mar. 24, 2022, 5:30 P.M.

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