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Nine Things to Know About the 2021-2022 School Year

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July 26, 2021

It’s almost time to return to the classroom already! I hope that your family's summer has been filled with fun and relaxation. The start of a new school year is always an exciting time with the hustle and bustle of preparing school supplies, planning to see school friends, and most importantly - setting goals for your child's education. Here are nine things that you should know about the 2021-2022 school year!

1. School Calendars for 2021-2022

Early Start schools begin Monday, August 16, 2021. Traditional Start schools begin Thursday, September 2, 2021. Our early start and traditional school calendars are available in multiple languages. Our contract schools may follow different calendars. Download your calendar by visiting our calendar webpage.

2. What to Expect

  • All MPS schools will be open for in-person learning five days per week.
  • School buildings will be open to the public, and families should contact the school office to schedule a visit.
  • MPS will require face coverings to be worn in all buildings, schools, and on buses. Face coverings will not be required outdoors or while individuals are eating or drinking. 
  • Students and staff will practice three feet physical distance, and classrooms and common areas will have a HEPA filter.
  • High-contact areas will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.

3. Student Gmail Accounts

Milwaukee Public Schools has selected Google’s Gmail as the new platform for student email. As part of this effort, we will change all students' email addresses starting August 2, 2021. All students will receive a new email address in the format of studentID@mymps.org. The old student email address (studentID@student.milwaukee.k12.wi.us) will be disabled. Read more information about this change.

4. Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

COVID-19 vaccine is now available for everyone age 12 and up! Help safeguard your family by getting the vaccine for your household. No appointments are needed. Please see the MPS COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinics flyer in English and Spanish for dates, times, locations, and please share widely with your family and friends! If these dates don’t work for you, find another opportunity here.

5. College Conversations

The school counseling team will host a virtual series to provide MPS staff, parents, and students with the most current information and resources for college planning -- there is still time to participate! The topics will cover the college application process, financial aid resources, athletics, and selecting the best-fit institution. Participants will learn from MPS school counselors and local experts in the field of postsecondary planning. See the flyer for specific topics, dates, and times and register through our form. If you have additional questions, please contact Karolyn Taylor, scholarship coordinator, at henderkt@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

6. Summer Bridge for Rising 9th Graders

The purpose of Freshman Bridge is to enhance students' experiences in the transition from middle school to high school. The program includes skill-enrichment projects, engaging community-building activities, and an introduction to after-school opportunities.

Students will

  • learn about courses, credits, and the importance of their GPA;
  • build relationships through group activities;
  • explore choices for after-school programs, clubs, and sports;
  • get tips from upperclassmen about being successful in high school; and
  • be introduced to student leaders, teachers, school counselors, and administrators.

Freshman Bridge will take place on August 5 and August 6, 2021. Times vary by school location. Register to attend today! EnglishSpanish

7. Athletics Registration

The student-athletes in MPS are building friendships, learning new skills, and creating lifelong memories. Sign up for a sport and join them! MPS Athletics has introduced a new online registration system for our athletic programs! All student-athletes must register through this online portal (mpsathletics-ar.rschooltoday.com) to participate in the fall high school sports season.

To assist with the updated registration process, MPS Athletics is offering an in-person date to help families sign up with the new system. Please stop by South Division on Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for assistance. You can also see your school’s athletic director or call 414-475-8219 to get involved and make high school count!

8. 14th Annual Run Back to School

Milwaukee Recreation is happy to announce that the 14th Annual Run Back to School event will be in-person and we invite you to join us on Saturday, August 28, 2021! We are working hard to ensure a safe experience for all. For more information or assistance in recruiting a team from your school, please contact Alex Poole at poolea@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or 414-475-8105. All proceeds benefit Youth Recreation Programs!

9. Stay Connected 

You must opt-in to receive important MPS messages on your phone. Opt-in by sending a text message to 67587 with “Y.” You can do this step with any mobile phone you would like to receive messages.

Sign up for the Parent Portal! Contact your child’s school to sign up for an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. The school secretary will ask you some questions to verify your identity. The secretary will provide you with an activation key for signing up. Once you have registered, you can access the Infinite Campus Parent Portal online at mpsmke.com/parentportal or through an Infinite Campus mobile application and view your child’s schedule, attendance, grades, and more!

I am looking forward to visiting schools in person once again and discovering all the ways that your children make everyone MPS Proud!

Sincerely,

Dr. Polsey's Signature

Keith P. Posley
Superintendent of Schools

Office of the Superintendent

Dr. Posley

Dr. Keith P. Posley is Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. 

As Superintendent, Dr. Posley works with the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and district leadership to improve student achievement; engage in effective and efficient operations that make best use of district resources; and, develop opportunities to increase parental and community involvement.

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