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10-23-20 Family Friday Newsletter

Students: Submit Entries Now for Dr. King Art, Speech, and Writing Contests

Milwaukee will host its 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on January 17, 2021. For the first time, the event will be held virtually. Students should begin submitting original artwork, essays, and speech entries for this annual competition. Learn more about this year's theme, Keep Moving Forward, along with event information and competition rules, on the MLK Birthday Celebration page of the Marcus Performing Arts Center website.

Read more about this exciting annual event and enjoy a video about participating in the program.

Stay connected with MPS by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


News and Updates - October 23, 2020

Meal Distribution -- NEW Evening Hours!

MPS continues to distribute packaged breakfasts and lunches to children age 18 and under at 50 Stop, Grab, and Go sites. All sites are open from 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. on school days.

Beginning Tuesday, October 27, hours will be extended. Three schools will also offer meals from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M.

  • North Division High School, 1101 W. Center Street
  • Obama High School, 5025 N. Sherman Blvd.
  • South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Blvd.

Read more about updates to this important program that provides nutritious meals to children.

Enrollment Help for Families

Tomorrow-Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 A.M.

Students who will enter high school in fall should enroll by Sunday, November 1, 2020, during Early Admissions. Families can get help selecting a school and filling out their application on Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon. Register at to attend this session. School counselors will answer questions and offer valuable information about MPS high schools.

Enroll Now for Middle and High School -- Fall 2021

Time is running out! Select an MPS high school or middle school for the 2021-22 school year now! 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.

Time is Running out -- 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 29, recipes will celebrate African-American culture. Read more about free produce for families!


In case you missed it . . .

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.

Find tips to keep students safe on the MPS Online Safety page or 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.

Need Money for College? 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.


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!


Australia Zoo: Meet koalas, lemurs, alligators, snakes, and more with Robert Irwin.

Everglades National Park: Take a tour with a park ranger.

Making of a Tunnel Mural: Watch an artist design and paint a mural.

Runaway Duck: Follow a duckling who makes mistakes but learns the value of home.


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.

MPS Stop, Grab, & Go: Information about meal distribution sites.

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.

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.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Nov. 17, 5:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Nov. 19, 6:30 P.M.

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