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05-13-22 Family Friday Newsletter

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District Spelling Bee Finals -- Join Us!

Join us for the Districtwide Spelling Bee and be amazed as students face off in this classic academic challenge. Watch the spelling bee on TMJ4's streaming applications like Roku or Apple TV, at, on the TMJ4 News App, or on the TMJ4 Facebook page. The live event at Vincent High School requires a ticket for admission.

Saturday, May 14 (times are approximate)
9:00 a.m.: 3rd grade
10:00 a.m.: 4th grade
11:00 a.m.: 5th grade

Saturday, May 21 (times are approximate)
9:00 a.m.: 6th grade
10:00 a.m.: 7th grade
11:00 a.m.: 8th grade


News and Updates

REMINDER: 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

Last Day of School

The 2021-22 school year is winding down! It's time to get ready for summer.

Early Start Schools: Last day of student attendance is Thursday, May 26, 2022.

Traditional Start Schools: Last day of student attendance is Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Celebrate Our Graduates!

MPS will host in-person graduation ceremonies to honor all students who have earned the right to wear a cap and gown. Help us celebrate!

Find a list of all graduation ceremonies at Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Laptop Scholarships for Graduating Seniors

Apply now for the Greater Milwaukee Urban League and Kohler Company Laptop Scholarship and $1,000 Senior Scholarship! Candidates must be accepted by a college or university for Fall 2022 and meet the eligibility requirements of academic excellence, community service/leadership, or character turnaround.

Candidates will need to submit transcripts and two letters of recommendation and respond to an essay prompt. All recipients must attend a celebration on June 14, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. Applications are due by noon on May 19, 2022.

Contact Maura Fitzgerald at for additional information.

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

College Decision Day

Throughout the first two weeks of May, MPS high schools honored students’ plans for college, technical school, military service, certificates, and apprenticeships. Each school planned an individual ceremony, with some events in person and some virtual. Of the approximately 3,500 seniors who will graduate, every student who has declared their career plan was recognized to celebrate their hard work toward graduation and the journey to the career of their choice. Read more about this important recognition!


In case you missed it . . .

MPS 49th Biennial Music Festival

On May 4 and 5, hundreds of MPS students from more than 70 schools across the district assembled at the UWM Panther Arena and filled it with music! Children in grades 1 through 12 performed in orchestras, bands, and choirs as proud parents and visitors took in their beautiful music. The event has been held every other year since 1924!

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.

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.

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.

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.


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 Department 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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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 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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