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08-07-20 Family Friday Newsletter

Welcome Back-to-School Spirit Week

As MPS prepares for the 2020-21 school reopening, we want families to share in the excitement for a new school year. Next week, we will host a virtual Welcome Back to School Spirit Week as a lead up to the first day of early start schools. The district invites students, families, staff, and the community to participate in virtual Spirit Week.

We want to see your spirit! Post your photos and videos using the hashtags #MPSspiritweek and #MPSProud, tag MPS in your social media posts, or email your photos and videos to comm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us Be sure to include your name and the name of your school. Have fun, and welcome back to school!

Spirit Week Daily Themes

Monday—Motivational Monday! Share a quote or message that inspires you.

Tuesday—Show Your School Spirit! Post photos wearing your school colors and/or clothing.

Wednesday—Welcome Wednesday! Make a video telling why you are excited for school to start and welcoming students, staff, and friends back to school.

Thursday—School Picture Day! Post a new or throwback school picture.

Friday— What are you Looking Forward to Friday? Post a picture or video of what you are looking forward to about the new school year.

Stay connected with MPS by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

 

News and Updates - August 7, 2020

New! School Reopening Website for Families

MPS has launched a new website with important information for students and families. Find everything you need about virtual learning, using your child's Chromebook, and school and district supports. Visit https://mymps.org/

Congratulations, Summer Graduates!

Every summer, MPS recognizes students who worked hard, completed credits, and earned the right to wear a cap and gown. Virtual summer graduation will be Saturday, August 8, 2020. The district will celebrate 94 young women and men who have earned their high school diplomas.

The summer graduation video will be posted on the MPS YouTube channel on Saturday morning. We invite the entire community to congratulate our graduates.

Best wishes to all our graduates, and much success to you in the future!

MPS Hosts New Educator Institute

Following an annual tradition, new MPS teachers have gone back to class! Through virtual learning, new educators are taking part in orientation and five days of professional development to access mentoring, classroom tools, and district supports. This annual event helps teachers who are new to MPS find their way and have a successful year. Read more about this important event. Welcome, new teachers!

 

New School Year to Begin with Virtual Learning

MPS will reopen in a phased-in approach. In Phase 1-Virtual Learning, teachers will facilitate live whole and small group instruction as well as individual support online. During Phase 2-Hybrid, instruction will be provided both face-to-face in school and online. In Phase 3, face-to-face instruction will be provided in school with a virtual option. The district will monitor public health conditions to determine movement between each phase. 

The district will follow two approved school calendars, with schools on the early start calendar beginning on August 17, 2020, and schools on the traditional calendar beginning on September 1, 2020. Both calendars can be found on the MPS website.

Read more about this important decision.

Enroll Now for Fall 2020

If you have not enrolled your student for Fall 2020, enroll now to make sure your child is on our records when school starts. Visit mpsmke.com/enroll or call our Enrollment Hotline at (414) 267-5100 from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.

IMPORTANT!! Opt in to Receive District Text Messages

MPS has transitioned to School Messenger to send text messages to families with the latest updates, safety alerts, school closings, and more. Families should send a text message to 67587 to connect to the new system. In the message, send Y or YES to ensure that you continue to receive important texts from your school and the district.

 

In case you missed it . . .

#ConnectMilwaukee

Technology is no longer a luxury — it's an essential tool so children can learn safely at home. The MPS Foundation, together with a number of local philanthropy partners, has launched #ConnectMilwaukee to raise funds so students have the technology they need to access online learning this fall. Watch this story on WISN 12 about how internet access is now a basic need for learning.

Visit the MPS Foundation website to learn more and make a gift to a child's future!

Summer Meals

MPS will continue to distribute packaged breakfasts and lunches throughout the summer. A list of locations can be found on our COVID-19 Updates page under Stop, Grab, and Go sites.

MPS Reads

Every month, MPS offers recommended reading on the MPS Reads web page. Books are selected for all grade levels, and lists are available in a printable format that can be taken to the library or bookstore. Many books are accessible through Overdrive for free. Set a summer reading goal and enjoy some great books!

 

We're here to help!

For questions about your child or your school, please email your child's teacher or principal.

MPS Central Services Phone Line: (414) 475-8393

MPS Hotline during school closures: (414) 475-8900

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

For specific questions regarding a child with disabilities, call the Department of Specialized Services at (414) 438-3648.

Families who need support for English language learners can call (414) 777-7806.

Enrollment: Enroll now for fall 2020! Contact a school directly, visit mpsmke.com/enroll, or call (414) 267-5100.  Curbside enrollment will take place Aug. 3-4; see above.

Chromebook Support

If your student's Chromebook is not working properly, do not try to repair it yourself. Email the MPS Technology Support Center at tsc@milwaukee.k12.wi.us immediately. Please include a phone number, school name, student name and ID number, and description of the problem in the email so we can contact you.

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.

 

Helpful Links

Virtual Field Trips

This summer, take a vacation online! Enjoy virtual tours of museums, parks and zoos around the world!

More Helpful Links for Students and Families

 

Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: July and August

If you'd like to follow the meetings of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, visit the Electronic School Board page to find the meeting schedule, agendas, and links to listen or watch live meetings. Instructions for public testimony are also offered on this page. Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. July 30, 6:30 P.M.


Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. Aug. 13, 5:30 P.M.
Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Aug. 18, 5:30 P.M.
Committee on Legislation, Rules and Policies: Thurs. Aug. 20, 5:30 P.M.
Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Aug. 27, 6:30 P.M.

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