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04-22-22 Family Friday Newsletter

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Biennial Music Festival, May 4-5

Join us for an MPS tradition that goes back 98 years! The MPS 49th Biennial Music Festival is a celebration of music across the district. School bands, choirs, and orchestras will perform on stage at the UWM Panther Arena. Families and the Milwaukee community are invited. Admission is free.

May 4-5, 2022
6:00-8:00 p.m.

UWM Panther Arena
400 W. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203

News and Updates

Join a Community Conversation - May 4, 2022

We invite families and community members to participate in important discussions about classroom behavior and promoting positive school environments.

  • Share experiences regarding behavior and communication
  • Discuss approaches, actions, and attitudes to build trust
  • Suggest ways to strengthen school culture
  • Address concerns on discipline practices that deter learning
  • Provide ideas to enhance the learning climate/environment

MPS will host a virtual meeting on Wed., May 4, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.

Register at

Share your comments at:

Download a flyer to learn more!

COVID-19 Testing Consent

MPS offers free COVID-19 rapid testing for students and staff. Families can fill out a consent form to be kept on file with their child’s school. If a child shows symptoms of COVID-19, the school can arrange to have the child quickly tested. Children who have signed consent forms are also eligible for testing if a classroom, group, or the school needs to undergo testing.

If you have not already done so, visit to access the COVID-19 Student Testing Consent Form or download a flyer to access a QR code. Contact your child’s school with any questions.

High School Seniors -- Get Help with College Application Expenses

Class of 2022 graduates can apply for a grant to help with expenses related to enrolling in college in summer or fall 2022. Students need to submit an itemized receipt or bill (must list the specific item the funds are being requested for) and have completed the FAFSA (if eligible). Individual student awards are limited to $250.00. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Approved expenses include:

  • College application fees
  • Housing deposit or enrollment deposit (not deferable or covered by financial aid)
  • Technology needs
  • Books, transportation costs, or supplies
  • Residence hall or college supplies
Learn more and apply: College Enrollment Grant Application

Enroll Now for Summer Academy!

Summer Academy will be here before we know it! Sign up now to reserve your spot. MPS has summer programs for students in K5 through grade 12. Summer programs are free for students living in the city of Milwaukee. Some sites offer after-school care for a fee.

Summer learning is designed to be fun and to support skill building. Students who attend a summer session start stronger in fall and feel better prepared for the challenges of the next grade level.

New this year: College 101 courses that earn both high school and college credit

Detailed information and online registration are available on the MPS Summer Academy web page. Registration will close two weeks prior to the session. Seats may be limited. Sign up soon!

District Highlight of the Week

MPS Hosts United Nations World Fair

Nearly 3,000 students in grades 4 to 8 from 16 MPS schools filled the UWM Panther Arena on April 19 to share their research of countries across the globe. Student displays included photos, maps, and important facts about each country and culture. The highlight of the day was a series of student performances that included drumming, dancing, traditional songs, and a multicultural fashion show. The World Fair was the culmination of the year’s United Nations Schools of International Learning (UNSIL) program, which is implemented in 16 MPS schools. Read more about this exciting event!

In case you missed it . . .

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.

MPS Alum Cavalier Johnson Is Milwaukee's First Elected Black Mayor

Congratulations, Mayor Johnson! Milwaukee has elected its first Black mayor, who is a 2005 graduate of Bay View High School. Johnson was sworn in on April 13, 2022. He is a lifetime Milwaukee resident who plans to make Milwaukee a safer city. Read more about his career and future plans.

Important Calendar Changes

Monday, May 16, 2022
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

Run Back to School

Save the date for the 15th annual Run Back to School on August 27! Enjoy a fun run or walk plus activities at Wick Playfield. Registration for individuals and teams is now open. Read more and get all the details!

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.

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


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Upcoming Meetings

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.

May Board meetings will be listed here after they are posted by the Office of Board Governance.

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