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03-25-22 Family Friday Newsletter

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MPS Lifts Mask Mandate

Beginning April 18, 2022, masks will no longer be required for students and staff in MPS schools and buildings. The wearing of masks will be optional at all MPS locations.

The decision was made on March 24, 2022, during the regular monthly meeting of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. Discussion included analysis of current trends of COVID-19 and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Milwaukee Health Department. The April 18 date was selected to avoid any possible surges in COVID-19 following various dates for spring break across the state.

Read more about optional masks in MPS.

 

News and Updates

April is Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month! This is a great time to learn more about personal finances, managing money, and planning for the future.

MPS is hosting three informative sessions to offer helpful tips about banking, building credit, planning for college, and more! Students in grades 4–12, staff, and families are invited to virtual workshops to help grow knowledge of daily finances and investing. Attendees can play financial literacy games to earn prizes.

Read more to get the full schedule and register.

Student Meal Benefits for MPS Families

Families–find out if you are eligible for food benefits for your child during the pandemic!

The State of Wisconsin is compensating families for breakfast and lunch meals that students would normally receive in school but are unavailable when schools close due to COVID-19. MPS is committed to working with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to make sure all families with eligible children get the benefits they need.

Most benefits will be provided on families’ existing QUEST or P-EBT cards. If a family is getting benefits for the first time, a new card will be sent to them in the mail.

In March, 2022, families began to receive benefits for the months of August, September, and October of 2021.

For more information, visit https://mps.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/en/Families/Resources/School-P-EBT-Food-Benefits-for-Students.htm

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 mpsmke.com/spcssurvey

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 their 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 mpsmke.com/mpschooseyourpath

For more information, download a flyer or contact Karolyn Taylor at henderkt@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.

Save the Date! Biennial Music Festival

A Milwaukee tradition continues in 2022! Milwaukee Public Schools will host the 49th Biennial Music Festival on May 4-5, 2022, at the UWM Panther Arena. MPS student musicians will take the stage to perform in band, modern band, orchestra, choir, drumline, and world drumming.

MPS family members and staff are invited to volunteer for one or both evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. To volunteer, register by April 8, 2022, at https://mpsmke.com/3t68SI8. Volunteers receive a free T-shirt!

Mark your calendar and plan to attend!

Youth Apprentice Job Opportunity

High school sophomores and juniors can apply for an exciting youth apprenticeship with Leonardo DRS! Learn electrical and mechanical skills on the job as an electromechanical assembler. Work 15 hours per week while still in school and learn wiring and how to read blueprints. Transportation will be provided to the facility in Menomonee Falls. The goal of this program is for participants to transition to full-time work after graduation. TEN positions are available!

Apply by April 8, 2022 at https://careers.leonardodrs.com/job/Menomonee-Falls-Operations-Youth-Apprentice-Program-WI-53051/841727000/

Teachers Wanted! Attend the MPS Job Fair on April 9, 2022

MPS is hiring! Teachers are needed for kindergarten through high school in the areas of math, science, world languages, bilingual, art, music, physical education, Montessori, and more.

Attend our job fair on Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Bradley Tech High School

700 S. 4th St., Milwaukee, WI 53204

Learn more and apply at mpsmke.com/careers.

Download a flyer.

Virtual Student Job Fair for Seniors - April 13, 2022

MPS high school seniors are invited to the MPS Student Job Fair! The virtual event will take place on April 13, 2022. Employers are invited to sign up and meet students looking for part-time, full-time, and long-term work.

For more information, students should contact their school counselor or visit their school's College and Career Center. Download a flyer for more information.

Employers: Space is still available! Sign up to host a virtual booth.

Register for the April 13 virtual job fair. Students: click on Guest. Employers: click on Apply for a Booth.

 

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 TrackbyNovir.com. 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 https://marcuscenter.org/cesar-chavez.

Important Calendar Changes

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 https://mps.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/en/Families/Resources/School-Calendars.htm

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.

Recycling Poster Contest - Entries Due April 25, 2022

The Milwaukee Department of Public Works is hosting a poster contest for MPS students in kindergarten through grade 12. Using the theme "Know Before You Throw," students are invited to create posters encouraging residents to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Interested students should talk to their teacher -- three posters may be submitted per grade level in each school.

For more information, visit https://city.milwaukee.gov/recycle/What-Can-I-Recycle/DPW-Poster-Contest or download a flyer.

 

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 parentportal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us. 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 parentportal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

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Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: March & April

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.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Apr. 21, 2022, 5:30 P.M.

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