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10-22-21 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.

City of Milwaukee Health Department - $25 Incentive

Milwaukee residents age 12 and older who receive their second COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a $25 incentive! Learn more at


News and Updates

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Speech, and Writing Contests

Save the date! Milwaukee's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration will be held virtually on January 17, 2022. Students who wish to enter the art, speech, and writing contests should read rules now and prepare to submit their work. This year's theme is "We Must Speak."

MPS Job Fair - November 6, 2021

MPS is hiring! Do you want to support Milwaukee students as a member of a school team? MPS is seeking motivated individuals to work with children as teachers, paraprofessionals, food service workers, and building operations workers. Training is provided and many positions have summers off!

Attend our job fair on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

North Division High School

1011 W. Center St., Milwaukee, WI 53206

Register and learn more at

Mentors Wanted

The MPS Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement wants you! Mentors are needed to work with students during monthly lunch events. Men of color are invited to share success stories and life lessons. Download a flyer for more information!

Saturday Music Lessons

MPS will offer a variety of lessons for students who want to learn piano, ukulele, woodwinds, brass, and more! Classes will run Jan. 29 to April 30, 2022, and are taught at Hamilton High School and Milwaukee Marshall High School. Download a flyer to learn more. Register by Dec. 10, 2021.

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.

Students Wanted: Youth Sports Jobs

Milwaukee Recreation is hiring high school students (ages 15 and up) for part-time Youth Sports jobs this winter! Positions include youth sports monitor, youth sports scorekeeper, and elementary school basketball official. Milwaukee Recreation's Youth Sports leagues operate on Saturday mornings and afternoons. Pay rates vary by position. Learn more and apply today at

Emergency Connectivity for Students

Students who qualify can receive a Chromebook and/or hotspot from MPS for use at home through a grant from the federal Emergency Connectivity Fund. Devices will be available during the second semester. Families can fill out an online form for each student in the household at through Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

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 .

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


MPS Weekly Spotlight

Mike Wenzel Honored for 60 Years of Service

The MPS Department of Athletics has honored former teacher Mike Wenzel for 60 years of service to the district. Mike was presented with a plaque during halftime at South Stadium on October 15, 2021. A physical education teacher for 34 years, Mike has also played on the field, worked the chains, worked concessions, officiated games, and served as the field manager. He provided valuable input into the South Stadium renovations in 2014. Mike says he is simply doing what he loves. Watch a video on TMJ4 of Mike's inspiring story!


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. 

NEW!! Menomonee Valley Site, 2401 W. St. Paul Ave.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12 - 6 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 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.

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 . . .

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!

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

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.

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 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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