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10-09-20 Family Friday Newsletter

Twilight Centers Open

Students are invited to visit Milwaukee Recreation's FREE Twilight Centers to safely spend time with friends, participate in our open gym shoot-around, hop into an e-sports competition, or enjoy a board game!

Seven sites are open this fall on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings.

Andrew Douglas Middle School (open for ages 10-15 from 5-8 P.M.)

High school sites are open to ages 12-18 from 6-9 P.M.

  • James Madison High School (JMAC)
  • North Division High School
  • Obama High School
  • Pulaski High School
  • South Division High School
  • Washington High School

Read more and watch our video on Twilight programming and safety measures.

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News and Updates - October 9, 2020

October is "Keeping Kids Safe Online" Month

With students spending many hours online for virtual learning, keeping them safe is more important than ever. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor has proclaimed October as "Keeping Kids Safe Online" Month in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Department of Justice are providing resources that focus on cyberbullying, mental health, appropriate social media use, and family supports for students.

Visit the DPI Internet and Online Safety page and the Parents/Guardians page to access resources. Families who have concerns about student Internet use can always feel free to talk to their child's teacher or parent coordinator.

Challenge Academy Virtual Information Session

High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are behind on credits may be eligible for Wisconsin Challenge Academy. For more than 20 years, Wisconsin Challenge Academy has been helping students develop character, gain life skills, and graduate. Traditional school doesn’t work for all students, and the Wisconsin Challenge Academy is designed for young people at risk of not graduating. Challenge Academy uses military practices to help girls and boys gain the values, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed. Youth have the chance to get on track to earn their diploma!

Wisconsin Challenge Academy is free! Students live, work, and learn for 5 ½ months at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin. Most MPS recruits (95%) return to Milwaukee Public Schools to complete their education.

Attend a Virtual Information Session to learn more, including safety measures during the pandemic. MPS will host a Family Information Night on Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 P.M.

Join us through a Zoom session by registering at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/82e28c5b58ec436db427778f8e8ae8f3

Read more about Challenge Academy!

GE Healthcare Virtual Open House

High school students and families can learn about GE, receive college and career readiness tips, ask questions, and meet GE leaders during a virtual open house on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 P.M. Sign up to participate at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ge-healthcare-open-house-for-high-school-students-tickets-121633752829

Important Student Immunizations

As the pandemic continues, immunizations for flu and childhood diseases are especially important. Families are encouraged to stay on schedule with their child's shots and to make certain to get the flu shot this year. Speak with your child's healthcare provider or find information from the City of Milwaukee Health Department.

College Financial Aid Available--Fill out the FAFSA!

The first step in finding money for college is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is free and will reveal what loans and grants may be available to students. Read more about FAFSA and plan to fill out your application soon. Help is available to students through MPS College and Career Centers.

Your Opinions Matter -- Take Our Family 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!

Register for Child Care through Milwaukee Recreation

Milwaukee Recreation is offering affordable childcare at more than 50 schools throughout the city. Our Camps, Community Learning Centers, and Safe Places provide academic support, enrichment, social skills development, and more to our young people.

Many Milwaukee Recreation childcare locations are open all day. All sites are maintaining safe practices including cleaning protocols, face coverings, and social distancing. Click to see our site directory and contact the site coordinator to register.

Early Admissions is Open Now for Middle and High School

It's time to select an MPS high school or middle school for the 2021-22 school year! Early Admissions in MPS is open through Sunday, November 1, 2020. Enroll now 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 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.

Free Fresh Produce for Families in October

MPS will offer bags of fresh fruits and vegetables to families each Thursday in October through the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Each bag will contain nutrition facts and recipes so families can enjoy new healthy food options. Each week will celebrate a different world culture to offer new experiences.

Families can pick up a produce bag at Stop, Grab, and Go locations during regular meal distribution hours of 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. On October 15, recipes will celebrate European culture. Read more about free produce for families!

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!

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.

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

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!

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

Explore and Learn: 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!

Avenales Ranch: Explore a California ranch on horseback and meet the cattle.

Kenai Fjords National Park: Travel on foot and by kayak to see Alaskan wilderness.

La Brea Tar Pits: Wander this unique archeological site and see the ancient tar pools.

Taliesin: Take a guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's home in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

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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