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10-15-21 Family Friday Newsletter

Student COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive

To encourage vaccination, Milwaukee Public Schools is offering an incentive to students age 12 years and older who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021. The incentive will be provided as a $100 rewards card that can be used as cash. To receive the rewards card, parents/guardians must complete an application and provide proof of full vaccination no later than November 15, 2021.

The Student COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive webpage provides information about eligibility, receiving the vaccine, and applying for the incentive.


News and Updates

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. Join the fun on 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.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

MPS joined the City and County of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin in celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, October 11. This holiday recognizes Native American histories, values, cultures, and accomplishments. Wisconsin is home to 11 federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands, plus one tribe that is seeking to regain its federal status. Visit the First Nations Studies web page for more information.

Join the Equitable Access Work Group!

MPS is forming a work group of parents/guardians to review equitable access to creative rigorous curricula, advanced course offerings, and welcoming school environments for middle and high school students. Participants will learn about programs, identify any inequities, and provide recommendations to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. The commitment includes attendance at three virtual meetings from 5:30–6:30 P.M. on October 27, November 11, and December 1, 2021.

Participants who cannot attend the sessions will need to review the recorded meetings and provide feedback after each scheduled session. If you are interested, please register at MS/HS Equity Work Group.

For questions, please contact Matthew Boswell at (414) 475-8027 or and/or Melanie Stewart at (414) 475-8751 or .

We Energies Seeks Interns and Youth Apprentices

High school juniors can start training for a career now! We Energies is looking for students to train as a line mechanic or gas technician intern, or as a design engineer youth apprentice. Get paid while still in high school! Applications are open now.

Final application deadline is Nov. 12, 2021, but apply SOON to be invited to We Energies open house events. For more information, download a flyer.

Parent Guides to Standards-Based Report Cards

Updated parent guides to assist in understanding standards-based report cards are now available for the 2021-22 school year. Two versions are available for Elementary/K-8 Report Cards and Middle School/High School Report Cards. These guides are especially helpful for families who are new to Milwaukee Public Schools. Spanish versions will be available soon. To access, visit the MPS webpage for Standards-Based Report Cards.

Parents/guardians: You can print report cards right from Infinite Campus/Parent Portal accounts! After logging in, go to Index > Documents to see all items available to view and print.

For assistance setting up a new Infinite Campus/Parent Portal account: Parents/guardians should contact the parent coordinator at their child’s school, call (414) 475-8159 (Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.) or email

Challenge Academy Information Sessions

Wisconsin Challenge Academy is designed for high school students who have fallen behind in school and are at risk of not graduating. Challenge Academy uses proven practices to help students gain the values, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed. Youth have the chance to get on track to earn their diploma! Students live, work, and learn for 5 ½ months at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin. Learn more at

Attend a virtual information session! Register using the link below. A Zoom link will then be sent to your email address.

Three Sessions—Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Join us for a Zoom session by registering at

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

Artist Jacob Pfeiffer Solo Exhibition

Milwaukee High School of the Arts graduate Jacob Pfeiffer has gone on to great things as an artist! He is currently featured in a solo exhibition at the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His still life oil paintings depict everyday household items along with fruits and vegetables, presented in arrangements that are whimsical and display a sense of humor. To the right is his painting entitled "Pine Apple." Jacob lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin. Learn more about his work at


Tips for Staying Safe & Healthy

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!

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.

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

Committee on Strategic Planning and Budget: 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.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Nov. 16, 5:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Nov. 18, 5:30 P.M.

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