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04-29-22 Family Friday Newsletter

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Join Us for These Events!

MPS Language Festival

The MPS Language Festival will offer informational booths, live performances, and a special ceremony to honor graduating seniors who will receive the Seal of Biliteracy.

The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to high school seniors who successfully complete criteria related to English language proficiency and show a high degree of proficiency in another language. Download a flyer.

Saturday, May 7, 2022
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Rosa Parks Auditorium, Golda Meir Campus
1615 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53212

Please register in advance at forms.gle/jUrnug7ByNkcsZ586


MPS Refugee & Immigrant Family Community Resource Fair

The MPS Refugee & Immigrant Family Community Resource Fair will give families access to resources and community organizations in Milwaukee, including health care, child care, employment, food access, housing, legal support, language services, and education and literacy options. Download a flyer.

Saturday, May 7, 2022
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Milwaukee High School of the Arts
2300 W. Highland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233


Our Lights Are On Community Event for the 53206 ZIP Code

Join us to explore Milwaukee Public Schools and meet neighborhood partners!
Meet staff from MPS schools in the 53206 ZIP code and learn about MPS offerings:

  • Head Start and early childhood programs
  • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs
  • College and career preparation
  • After-school and recreation programs
  • School services including counseling, psychologists, social workers, and more

Discover employment options in MPS. Find neighborhood partners and services in 53206. Enjoy refreshments and prizes!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Andrew S. Douglas Middle School
3620 N. 18th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206

Download a flyer!

 

News and Updates

Childhood Immunization Clinics

Is your child up to date on vaccines? The City of Milwaukee Health Department offers free vaccines for children who qualify. Protect your child from measles, mumps, whooping cough, hepatitis A and B, and more!

Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd.
Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St.

  • Mondays & Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Vaccines are given on a walk-in basis. For a list of vaccines and how to qualify, visit Milwaukee Health Department Immunization Clinic Services.

For questions, please call (414) 286-8034.


MPS Releases Preliminary Budget

Milwaukee Public Schools has released the 2022–23 proposed budget totaling $1.3 billion. The superintendent’s proposal represents a student-focused budget. Ninety-one cents of every dollar budgeted in the School Operations Fund is used to support students, schools, and school staff.

View the entire budget on the MPS Financial Planning and Budget Services webpage.


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


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 mpsmke.com/communityconversations

Share your comments at: tinyurl.com/mpscommunityinput

Download a flyer to learn more!


Earn and Learn Summer Youth Jobs

Milwaukee youth ages 14 to 24 are eligible for the Milwaukee Earn and Learn program. Jobs and internships are available starting at $12.21 per hour. Work 20 hours per week during the summer and gain valuable career skills. For more information, visit the City of Milwaukee Earn and Learn program website.


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 Teachers Honored by WIABE

Milwaukee Public Schools congratulates 14 MPS educators and five students who were honored during the annual convention of the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education (WIABE). This year, 23 Wisconsin educators received Educator of the Year awards, with 13 MPS teachers among this honored group. In addition, Yolanda Hernández-Garcia was presented with the Tony Báez Advocacy Award for 32 years of service in MPS actively promoting bilingual education. Read more about our honored students and teachers!

 

In case you missed it . . .

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!


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

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 mpsmke.com/covidtesting 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.


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


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 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.

 

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

MPS App

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: May

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 Strategic Planning and Budget: Thurs. May 5, 5:30 P.M.
  • Committee on Parent and Community Engagement: Tues. May 10, 2022, 5:30 P.M.
  • Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. May 12, 2022, 5:30 P.M.
  • Committee on Strategic Planning and Budget: Thurs. May 19, 5:30 P.M.
  • Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Mon. May 23, 2022 5:30 P.M.
  • Committee on Strategic Planning and Budget: Tues. May 24, 5:30 P.M.
  • Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. May. 26, 2022, 5:30 P.M.

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