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10-16-20 Family Friday Newsletter

Parent-Teacher Conferences

During virtual learning, parent-teacher conferences are more important than ever. These valuable meetings are a chance for parents to ask questions, learn about their child's progress, and share concerns. Teachers are eager to share student successes and offer support.

Schools are scheduling virtual conferences on platforms such as Zoom and Google. Parents and guardians are asked to watch for their appointment times and prepare questions so they can make the most of their conference.

Students will not have school on Friday, October 23 and Monday, October 26. Please contact your child's school if you have any questions.


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News and Updates - October 16, 2020

Enroll Now for Middle and High School -- Fall 2021

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. Read an important letter for families of 5th graders and families of 8th graders.

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

Visit our Virtual Early Admissions web pages for all the information you need to select a school and complete your application.

We Energies Seeks Interns and Youth Apprentices

Start training for a career while still in high school! We Energies is looking for high school juniors interested in training as line mechanic and gas technician interns or natural gas design youth apprentices. Students are paid while they train. Attend an information session to learn about these programs. Read more about this opportunity.

Thank a Principal!

October is National Principals Month! Principals work hard to engage students and families, promote school success, and foster positive school culture. MPS appreciates the commitment and dedication of our school leaders!

Do you know a principal going above and beyond for their students and staff? Tell us about them by posting on social media. Tag MPS in the post and use the hashtag #ThankAPrincipal #MPSProud.

Celebrating 15 Years of Saving Lives with AEDs

Fifteen years ago, MPS began installing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools. The devices are able to restart the heart during an incident such as a heart attack. Over the years, nine lives have been saved thanks to quick-thinking trained staff using the portable units. This week, MPS celebrated Heart Safe Schools -- read more about this critical program designed for student and staff safety.

Herb Kohl Scholarship--Apply Now

The Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship recognizes student leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. The foundation awards $10,000 scholarships to 100 Wisconsin high school graduates each year.

Applicants must be graduating high school students who intend to enroll in a public or nonpublic university, college, or vocational/technical college. Students who are Wisconsin residents and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Application materials are due online November 17, 2020, by 5:00 P.M. Visit the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation website to learn more. An application guide is available for download.

Twilight Centers Are Open for Youth

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.

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.

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!

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 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. On October 22, recipes will celebrate Asian culture. Read more about free produce for families!

In case you missed it . . .

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.


If you need immediate enrollment, contact a school directly, visit, 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 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 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

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!

Wisconsin Cheese: Learn about the process and career of being a cheesemaker.

Giant Sequoias: Hike through giant trees and learn about forest preservation.

Harriet Tubman Animation: Follow the story of the Underground Railroad.

Kids in Colonial Williamsburg: Find out about growing up as America's first settlers.

Helpful Links for Students and Families

MPS School Reopening Website: These new pages will support students and parents as we transition to the new school year virtually this fall.

MPS website: Everything you need to know about the district.

OverDrive/SORA: Help your child log in and access online library books for summer reading.

Enrichment Activities: Dance, yoga, crafts, and more to keep children engaged.

Family Resources: Get support with helping your child learn at home.

Local COVID-19 Testing Sites and Information

If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider or access information about testing sites in the Milwaukee area.

Community Resources: Find supports for food access, mental health, financial assistance, and more.

IMPACT 2-1-1: A network of local resources to assist families.


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 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 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.

Committee on Parent and Community Engagement: Tues. Nov. 10, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. Nov.12, 5:30 P.M.

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