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11-06-20 Family Friday Newsletter

MPS Expands Seal of Biliteracy

MPS high school students can now earn the Seal of Biliteracy! After several years of planning, design, and approval along with an extensive pilot program, MPS is rolling out this recognition for high school students districtwide.

The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to high school seniors who successfully complete criteria related to English language proficiency and show a high degree of proficiency in a second language. It can be earned by native speakers of English or native speakers of about 20 different world languages.

This spring, a group of graduating seniors from the class of 2020 became the first recipients of the Seal after completing criteria through the pilot program. Accomplishing the Seal requires multiple years of work, so interested students should explore the program in their freshman year. Learn more!

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News and Updates - November 6, 2020

Free Fresh Produce for Families in November

Back by popular demand! MPS will offer bags of fresh fruits and vegetables to families on three Thursdays in November 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 health aspect: Immune Boosters, Super Foods for Super Kids, and Eating Better this Thanksgiving.

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 November 5, recipes will feature Immune Boosters. Read more about free produce for families!

High School Students: Empower Me Tour

The Empower Me Tour (EMT) is going virtual this year! EMT offers access to information and recruiters from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), college prep workshops, dynamic presenters, and award-winning education experts. Students can participate in on-site admissions, empowerment workshops, a college fair with over 35 representatives from HBCUs, premier private and public institutions, and an opportunity to interview to receive scholarships.

The event is hosted by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), which is the largest scholarship provider to students of color, awarding $100 million annually in scholarships to more than 10,000 students across the country.

This event is free! Download a flyer for more information and register now!

Free Flu Shots November 9-12, 2020

The City of Milwaukee Health Department will offer free flu shots at four MPS schools. Protection against the flu is especially important this year during the pandemic.

Vaccines are free to adults and children over 6 months old. No appointment or insurance is needed.

Consent forms must be filled out on site. Interpreters will be available.

All community members are invited. Bring your family on the following dates from 10:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

  • Monday, Nov. 9: Andrew S. Douglas Middle School - 3620 N. 18th St. 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10: Engleburg Elementary School - 5100 N. 91st St.  
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11: Anna F. Doerfler Elementary School - 3014 W. Scott St.  
  • Thursday, Nov. 12: Zablocki Community School - 1016 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Challenge Academy Virtual NEW 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, November 17, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. Join us through a Zoom session by registering at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/82e28c5b58ec436db427778f8e8ae8f3

Read more about Challenge Academy!

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

This month, take time to reflect upon the culture and history of indigenous peoples in the Americas. National Native American Heritage Month pays tribute to the rich traditions and ancestry of Native Americans. Read a book, create artwork, or watch a movie to better understand and appreciate Native Americans. Visit the Native American Heritage Month website to learn more, or visit the Wisconsin First Nations website to find information about tribes that have lived in Wisconsin for centuries.

Community Feedback on Classroom Conduct

MPS continues to evaluate and revise practices that impact classroom conduct. The district has ongoing efforts to foster a positive climate, respectful interactions, and thoughtful engagement. We invite families and community members to participate in these important discussions.

  • Share experiences regarding behavior and communication
  • Discuss approaches, actions, and attitudes to build trust
  • Suggest ways to strengthen school culture
  • Address concerns on discipline practices that deter learning
  • Provide ideas to enhance the learning climate/environment

Share your comments at: http://tinyurl.com/mpscommunityinput

Or attend a virtual meeting to take part in the discussion. The following sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Connect at https://tinyurl.com/y6snd3tz

  • November 11, 2020
  • December 9, 2020
  • January 13, 2021
  • February 10, 2021

Download a flyer for more information.

MPS Reads

Each month, MPS provides a list of recommended books for preschool through grade 12 that allows students to see themselves, explore other cultures, and discover more about the world in which they live.

Help ignite a passion for reading! Access the November book list on the MPS Reads page.

Meal Distribution -- NEW Evening Hours!

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

Hours have been added at three schools, which are also offering 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. Download a flyer for more information.

 

In case you missed it . . .

MPS Schools Remain Virtual

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors held a special meeting on October 27, 2020, to explore a future date to shift from virtual learning to a hybrid model. Because of current spikes in COVID-19, the Board voted to revisit the discussion at a special meeting in January. All MPS schools will continue virtual learning until further notice.

Read a letter from Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley about the MPS Roadmap to Readiness.

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.

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.

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.

Enrollment

If you need immediate enrollment, 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!

Ask a Scientist about Our Environment: Questions from kids answered by the American Museum of Natural History.

Devil's Tower, Wyoming: Hike around this natural wonder and learn the geology.

National Mustard Museum: Learn about the history of condiments at this unique Wisconsin attraction.

Washington Monument: Find out about this famous national landmark.

 

No Meal Distribution

November Dates

MPS does not distribute meals to students on scheduled days off. Families can request extra meals the day before an off-school day. Breakfast and lunch will not be distributed on the following dates this month.:

  • November 3
  • November 16
  • November 25, 26, 27
 

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: 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 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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