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10-08-21 Family Friday Newsletter


Milwaukee Public Schools will host its first Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week October 11-16, 2021. Students should watch for a number of awareness activities for students, staff, and the community that will highlight the positive impact that HBCUs have on the American postsecondary system. Read more about activities that will take place, with some events accessible to students and families at home.

Download a flyer with a schedule for the week.

Empower Me Tour

All high school seniors are invited to attend the annual Empower Me Tour (EMT). Learn about colleges, the admissions process, scholarships, financial aid, and more. Colleges will be in attendance to offer on-the-spot admission. Two dates are available: Friday, Oct. 15 from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. and Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Learn more and register at To find out more, download the EMT flyer.


News and Updates

Indigenous Peoples' Day

MPS joins the city and county of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin in celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, October 11. The MPS Department of First Nations Studies has selected a variety of activities, videos, and resources to help families and community members celebrate this holiday. Visit the First Nations Studies web page for more information.

Fatherhood Summit Saturday, October 9

The Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative is hosting its annual Fatherhood Summit on October 9 from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Participants can register for services, take part in job interviews, learn how to recover a driver license, and receive financial counseling. Register on the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative website. This event will be virtual on the Zoom platform.

Townsend Street School Observes Fire Safety Week

During Fire Safety Week, Townsend Street School hosted the Milwaukee Fire Department to learn how to hold a family fire drill, review safety messages, play educational games, and stay safe! Read more about their exciting visit, and visit the Fire Prevention Week website for important information, videos, and activities.

MATC Gap Year Program

Are you a high school graduate from the class of 2020 or 2021? Do you need help making a plan for college? The MATC Gap Year Program is for graduates who have not started college and are searching for guidance.

  • Program is FREE and runs Dec. 9, 2021, to March 24, 2022.
  • Participants receive career exploration and education planning support.
  • Transportation, lunch, and snacks are included.
  • Program is limited to 25 students.

Applications are open--apply now! For more information, visit MATC Gap Year.


MPS Weekly Spotlight

MPS Teacher Connects English Language with Student Cultures

Francisca Meraz, an English as a Second Language Teacher at South Division High School, was featured this week on TMJ4 for her work with students who are Hispanic, LatinX, African, and Asian. Meraz places equal importance on learning English and celebrating student cultures and roots. Her goal is to help students become bilingual and multilingual by learning English and maintaining their native languages. Watch a video and hear Meraz's story!


Tips for Staying Safe & Healthy

MPS Vaccine Mandate

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors approved an incentive of $100 for MPS students age 12 and older who become fully vaccinated by November 1. More information will be coming soon.

Families should take note that children must receive BOTH doses of the Pfizer vaccine by November 1, 2021, in order to be eligible for the $100 incentive. The second dose of Pfizer vaccine must be given at least 21 days after the first dose.

Read more about this important decision!

COVID-19 Vaccine Locations

COVID-19 vaccine is available FREE for all Wisconsin residents age 12 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. Mobile 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. 

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.

Saturday, Oct. 9

El Rey

1320 W. Burnham St.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

**Flu vaccine also available

Free Vaccines Available Wednesdays

The COA Youth and Family Centers Goldin Center offers free COVID-19 testing and vaccines on Wednesdays from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Appointments are not needed. Drop in at 2320 W. Burleigh St. in Milwaukee. To stay up to date on the latest trends, visit the Facebook COVID-19 Information Center.

Straight Talk About COVID-19

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe? How did it become available so quickly? Should my family get vaccinated? Find answers to these questions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine page. Also learn about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens and the importance of vaccines in stopping the spread of COVID.

COVID-19: Find Help for Family Needs

Information is available to help families with health care, mental health, and many types of assistance. The Children's Defense Fund offers resources for families who are immigrants, in a W2 or welfare program, or seeking information during the pandemic. Visit the Children's Defense Fund for information to assist vulnerable children and families.

Have you been exposed to COVID-19 (or tested positive) and wonder how to tell your contacts? This helpful flyer from the City of Milwaukee Health Department offers guidelines for sharing information with friends, family, and co-workers.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has prepared several flyers to clarify isolation and quarantine procedures. Most publications listed below are available in multiple languages.

How long should I quarantine?

COVID-19 and School: Information for Parents and Guardians

COVID-19: Isolation and Quarantine

COVID-19: Quarantine Release Times - I live with someone diagnosed with COVID

Access these guides to stay up to date and help keep your family safe.

Let's Say Good-Bye to COVID!

We all need to do our part to put an end to COVID-19. Following practices to eliminate COVID can help end the pandemic.

  • Wear a face mask in public, even if you are vaccinated.
  • Maintain 3 feet of physical distancing.
  • Wash hands frequently, especially when returning home.

Check your child every morning for signs of illness. Keep them home if symptoms are present, and contact a health care provider to ask about testing.

ONE of the following symptoms

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

TWO or more symptoms

  • Fever of 100.4° F or above
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New onset of headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting

Download helpful guidelines for sick children.

Are Your Child's Vaccines Up to Date?

Families are reminded to review and update children's vaccines like measles, mumps, and polio. A number of vaccines are required for school attendance. Contact your health care provider or the Milwaukee Health Department.

For a list of required childhood vaccines, visit the MPS Immunizations page.


In case you missed it . . .

Hispanic Heritage Month

Milwaukee Public Schools is proud to promote Hispanic Heritage Month. This week, Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School held a monarch butterfly release! The event was more than a year in the making as students learned about the monarch life cycle, annual migration to Mexico, and the symbolism of monarchs in multiple cultures. Watch a video of the event!

Middle and High School Enrollment

Eighth-grade and fifth-grade students and parents are encouraged to choose an MPS high school or middle school for the 2022–23 school year now and enroll during early admissions. To find a high school or middle school that best fits your needs, visit How to Select a School on the district website. Early admissions closes Oct. 31, 2021. Read more about this important process!

MPS Reads

Each month, MPS provides a list of recommended books for preschool through grade 12 that allows students to see themselves, explore other cultures, and discover more about the world in which they live.

Help ignite a passion for reading! Access book lists on the MPS Reads page.

Miss Medical Mastermind

Miss Medical Mastermind is an exciting opportunity for high school girls interested in a medical field career. The free event is hosted by the American Medical Women’s Association on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Due to the pandemic, two formats are available.

In person: 9:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Girls will work through an interactive case, learn to take vitals, do a neurological physical exam, get hands-on experience with “Stop the Bleed,” and learn to suture. A Q&A panel will follow, with lunch provided. Medical students and physician volunteers will facilitate.

Virtual: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Girls will work through an interactive case, followed by a Q&A panel.

To apply, girls must fill out the application by Sunday, October 17, at 8:00 a.m. Selection is first-come, first-served for the first 60 girls who sign up (50 participants/10 waitlist). The event is open only to students who have not attended a Miss Medical Mastermind event before.

10-Digit Phone Dialing Begins October 24

Starting on October 24, all phone calls to Wisconsin locations will require the three-digit area code in addition to the seven-digit phone number. A total of 82 area codes across the country will also follow this practice. Be sure to update your contact lists to dial the 10-digit phone number!

Student Meals Available for Pick-up

Families with children enrolled in an MPS virtual program can pick up meals beginning August 16. Each child will receive breakfast and lunch, while supplies last. Pre-orders are NOT required.

School days from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

  • Andrew Douglas Middle School - 3620 N. 18th St., Milwaukee, 53206
  • North Division High School - 1011 W. Center St., Milwaukee, 53206
  • South Division High School - 1515 W. Lapham Blvd., Milwaukee, 53204
  • Vincent High School - 7501 N. Granville Rd., Milwaukee, 53224
  • Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language - 2430 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, 53233
  • Milwaukee Parkside - 2969 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee, 53207

Stay Connected!

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: October & November

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.

Special Board Meeting: Tues. Oct. 14, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Oct. 19, 5:30 P.M.

Special Board Meeting: Tues. Oct. 26, 5:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Oct. 28, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Parent and Community Engagement: Tues. Nov. 9, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. Nov. 11, 5:30 P.M.

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