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11-20-20 Family Friday Newsletter

Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all our students, staff, and families! After a difficult year coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, we wish everyone a peaceful and relaxing holiday weekend.

Please continue to stay safe by wearing a mask in public and taking part in social distancing. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers helpful tips and guidelines to celebrate the holidays safely.

Share your blessings! Post a message, photo, or video of something you are thankful for using the hashtag #MPSProud or tag MPS in your social media posts. We want to share positive messages from our students and families. 

Reminder: Students do not have class November 25-27, 2020.

Note: The Family Friday Newsletter will be on holiday break November 27, and will return on December 4.

 

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

 

News and Updates - November 20, 2020

Pulaski High School Expands IB Program

Pulaski High School has been approved by International Baccalaureate to expand its IB programs this year. Students benefit from expanded access to classes and areas of study to help them become college and career ready.

Read more about Pulaski's new offerings that will make students more competitive in their college and scholarship applications.

MPS Postpones Winter Sports

With COVID-19 continuing to spike in Milwaukee, MPS has made the difficult decision to postpone winter sports. We will continue to evaluate conditions and work with the City of Milwaukee Health Department to determine whether we are able to start the season at a later date. The safety of our students and families is our top priority.

Please continue to #StayReadyMPS--we hope to return to sports when it is safe to do so. Student athletes are encouraged to safely take part in workouts to be in shape if sports make a return. Learn more on the MPS Athletics Facebook page.

College Exploration and Scholarship Events

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host an information session for students interested in the School of Education and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Join this Zoom meeting on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM by logging into https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/93345292593?pwd=MDZ4K1lNWjk2WmJ%20nZHR5OS8zTkNrQT09#success

MPS and the Marquette University Black Student Union will host an Urban Scholarship Help Session on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Learn about 40 full-tuition scholarships that are available. Join the Zoom meeting at https://milwaukeemps.zoom.us/j/89747596844?pwd=RklGS0FtdGdLOUx6UW5YWmhCVGZ6dz09#success and enter:

Meeting ID: 897 4759 6844

Passcode: 737097

For more information, contact Karolyn Taylor at henderkt@miwaukee.k12.wi or 414-475-8761.

National Scholarship Month

High school seniors -- it's time to apply for scholarships! National Scholarship Month is designed to encourage students to seek scholarships to help pay for college or career training. Try searching for scholarships online or visit the MPS Scholarships web page. Thousands of scholarships are available for athletics, school clubs or activities, volunteer work, hobbies, writing an essay, and more!

Make note of scholarship deadlines and start gathering needed documents such as transcripts and letters of recommendation. School counselors and College & Career Center advisors are available to help. Download helpful Scholarship Tips!

STEaM Summit for Girls

Attention, girls! The Milwaukee Business Journal STEaM Summit goes virtual this year. Enjoy videos with science activities, career information, and more. Apply for a scholarship to be used for STEM/STEAM camps or education. Deadline is January 30, 2021. Find all the details at https://partners.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/steam-summit/

Stay Healthy -- Stay Safe -- Stay Home

MPS wants all our students and families to stay safe and avoid COVID-19. This is especially important now, with hospitals becoming crowded. Please stay safe by following these practices.

  • Wear a mask or covering on your mouth AND nose when you are out.
  • Avoid crowded places.
  • Wash your hands any time you come home from a public place.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others when you are out.
  • Check on friends and loved ones who may need help.

If you have symptoms or think you have been exposed, get tested! Visit the City of Milwaukee Health Department website for locations and information. A free shuttle bus is available to the Miller Park testing site.

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!

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.

MPS Alumni Newsletter

Are you an MPS graduate? Check out our newsletter for alumni! Everyone who graduated from an MPS high school is considered part of the MPS Forever Family. Visit the MPS Alumni Hub or read our latest newsletter.

 

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.

Meal Distribution -- 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.

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.

 

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 Mummies: Hear an archaeologist talk about mummies.

How Legos Are Made: See how this popular construction toy is produced.

How Tornadoes Form: Learn about these dangerous weather events.

Octopus Intelligence: Watch an octopus figure out how to unscrew a jar to get a treat.

 

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: December

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. Dec. 1, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Tues. Dec. 8, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Thurs. Dec. 10, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Strategic Planning and Budget: Tues. Dec. 15, 5:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Dec. 17, 6:30 P.M.

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