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09-25-20 Family Friday Newsletter

High School Early Admissions Opens Soon!

It's time to select an MPS high school or middle school for the 2020-21 school year! Early Admissions in MPS will open Sunday, September 26. Enroll by Sunday, November 1, 2020 for your best chances of getting your first choice school.

MPS Select Criteria schools fill up quickly and have entrance requirements--read more on our Select Criteria web page.

Most MPS high schools and middle schools are scheduling virtual open house events! This is your best chance to learn about schools and programs that fit your student's education goals. Visit our Virtual Early Admissions web pages for all the information you need to select a school and complete your application.

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

News and Updates - September 25, 2020

Take Our Parent Interest Survey

Milwaukee Public Schools wants to understand how we can best support student learning and family needs. We also want families to know about opportunities to offer input to schools and the district. Your opinions are important to us! Please complete our Family Interest Survey to help us understand your needs. The survey takes about 10 minutes and will remain open until October 31, 2020.

Access the survey at Family Interest Survey 2020.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Milwaukee Recreation Offers Child Care, Camps, and Safe Places

Limited before- and after-school care is available in the district through Milwaukee Recreation. Programs are available for students in K5 through grade 12. Sites are open Monday through Friday, and hours vary by location. All-day options are available as well as before school and after school, with a few sites open until 7:00 P.M. Find out about available programs and locations for students in K5 through grade 12. Use our interactive map to find a site near you!

Be Informed about Student Rights & Responsibilities

All MPS families are encouraged to read the Parent/Student Handbook on Rights, Responsibilities and Discipline. This annual publication details many MPS programs, student and family rights, and the MPS Code of Conduct.

Copies of the book were mailed to MPS families in August. The book is available on the MPS website and all school websites. Rights and Responsibilities can be accessed online any time in Arabic, Burmese, English, Hmong, Karen, Rohingya, Somali, and Spanish. Read more about this handbook at mpsmke.com/rights.

District Advisory Council--Join Now!

The District Advisory Council (DAC) is made up of MPS family members and community members representing schools from across the district. The DAC meets monthly to discuss important issues and decisions facing Milwaukee Public Schools. Each MPS school has two representatives. Talk to the parent coordinator at your child's school if you'd like to be a member.

The first meeting of the school year will be held virtually on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 6:00 P.M.

For more information, email Cacy Masters at masterc@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Helping Student Athletes Stay Fit

With fall sports postponed, Milwaukee Recreation wants to help student athletes be ready for competition! Instead of sitting on the virtual sidelines, students can join in educational/athletic/training webinars, grade-specific informational sessions, mental health resources, character development, and physical fitness strategies.

Learn more about the #StayReadyMPS campaign and join in the fun!

Help Find Our Books!

Milwaukee Public Schools is searching for textbooks and library books that went home in spring but have not been returned. Help us welcome our books back to school! Students and families are asked to search closets, backpacks, shelves, under beds, and anywhere else a book might hide.

Return your textbooks and library books to the school that issued them by September 30, 2020. Important details:

  • Books that are returned in good condition by September 30 will NOT be fined.
  • Students with missing library books are not allowed to check out more books—return your books to restore library privileges.
  • Students who have missing textbooks AFTER September 30 will be billed for the cost of the book.

Contact the school for more information about drop-off.

Caring for Your Chromebook

Your student's Chromebook is their most important learning tool. Help students care for their Chromebooks to keep them working properly. Read these important Chromebook tips and share with your students so learning can continue without interruption.

Meal Distribution for Milwaukee Children

MPS continues distribution of weekday breakfasts and lunches. Federal guidelines for school breakfast and lunch programs allow MPS to offer meals to all school-age children in Milwaukee. To pick up a meal from a Stop, Grab, & Go location, MPS students and families will need to provide the following information:

  • Student’s first and last name or student ID number
  • Student’s school name
  • Student’s grade level

Children enrolled outside of MPS can receive meals by indicating that they are under age 18 and providing the name of the school where they are enrolled.

Locations and hours have been expanded for the new school year.

  • Sites are open from 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.
  • New sites opened for meal distribution with the start of the school year; a complete list is available on the MPS website OR download a flyer.
  • Students with special dietary needs and religious restrictions can now request specialty meals at http://mpsmke.com/stopgrabgo. Requests must be submitted a minimum of two days prior to meal pick-up at a Stop, Grab, and Go location.

Read more about the expanded Stop, Grab, & Go meal locations.

In case you missed it . . .

MPS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Plans are underway in Milwaukee Public Schools to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15. Watch in the coming weeks for photos and activities of students as they learn about the history, culture, and achievements of Hispanic Americans. We look forward to honoring the diverse backgrounds of MPS students, staff, and the community!

ACT Prep Class at UWM for Juniors and Seniors

The UWM Mini-Course Program is currently accepting registrations for upcoming ACT Preparation Classes.

Fall Course: October 3 - November 14, 2020; Register by Sept. 25, 2020

Spring Course: January 9 - February 20, 2021; Register by December 18, 2020

If you have additional questions, contact UWM at 414-229-6236.

Visit the UWM Mini-Courses web page for more information and to access an online application.

Clement Avenue Excels at Virtual Learning

With the first few weeks of school completed, students at Clement Avenue School have learned how to learn virtually from home! The staff proudly reports that children are engaged and excited about virtual school. Read more about how Clement Avenue has adapted to remote classrooms.

Register Now for Head Start--Seats Are Filling Quickly!

Head Start has space available for children ages 3 and 4. Like all MPS programs and schools, Head Start is currently offered online. Children who register and begin the program now will receive a Chromebook for at-home learning and will transition to in-school classes when schools can safely reopen. Seats will fill fast when school reopens, so enroll now!

Contactless registration is available September 23 to October 9, 2020, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Grant Gordon Learning Center. Enter Door 5 from 10th Street.

For questions or to schedule an appointment to register, contact a school or call the MPS Head Start Office located in the Grant Gordon Learning Center.

921 W. Meinecke Ave. (Enter on 10th and Meinecke)

Milwaukee, WI 53206

(414) 252-0350

Hours: 8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

For more information and to view schools offering Head Start, visit mpsmke.com/headstart

MPS Has Enrollment Available

MPS has seats available! If you need a school for your child or have not enrolled your student for Fall 2020, enroll now so your child can receive a Chromebook and start school. 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.

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: (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.

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 or call (414) 438-3400 . 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

Each week, we feature four new virtual field trips to add variety to learning. Enjoy virtual tours of museums, parks, and zoos around the world!

Each week, we feature four new virtual field trips to add variety to learning. 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: October

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 watch or listen to live meetings. Instructions for public testimony are also offered on this page.

Committee on Parent and Community Engagement: Tues. Oct. 13, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. Oct.15, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Oct. 20, 5:30 P.M.

Special Board Meeting: Tues. Oct. 27, 6:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Oct. 29, 6:30 P.M.

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