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The SSAC: Investing in our Future . . .

The Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (SSAC) represents a diverse team of student voices from each high school in the district. The purpose of this Council is for students to engage with the Superintendent in meaningful dialogue while sharing studnets' views and perspectives. Members oif the SSAC must be willing to serive as advocates for all students.

About the SSAC . . .

Students of the SSAC represent the vast diverse population of Milwaukee Public Schools. Students from grades 10-12 are eligible to be members and should be willing to serve as members of their school's leadership council. The students who participate on the SSAC will play a critical role in the communication process between their school and the district. 

Members Role . . . 

  • To communicate honestly, openly, and directly with the Superintendent and other building administrators 
  • To encourage student engagem,ent throughout their school
  • To work collaboratively to help create a student culture of mutual respect
  • To provide feedback for improving the high school experience for all students

Mission of the SSAC:

  • To engage diverse student voices and to provide input on district initiatives.
  • To build student aptitude as it relates to communication, leadership, advocacy and civic engagement.
  • To create a sustainable difference at the students’ respective schools and positively impacting the district.
  • To communicate honestly, openly and directly with the Superintendant and other building administrators.

Structure and Alignment:

The SSAC consists of students from each MPS high school. The council is led by elected officers; nominated and selected by the membership. Students of the SSAC are selected with the goal of achieving academic, socio-economic and cultural diversity among members. The alumni and student engagement associate will serve as the SSAC advisor.

Five Priorities for Success:

The mission of the SSAC aligns with the district's Five Priorities for Success and features the following opportunities for students:

Priority 1: Increase Academic Achievement and Accountability

  • Research
  • Communication
  • Decision-making
  • Developing and applying critical thinking skills
  • Formulating ideas/concepts into action
  • Leading their peers
  • Being visible within the community

Priority 2:  Improve District and School Culture

  • Diversity within the membership of SSAC
  • Working as a cohesive group toward improving schools and the cultures from within
  • Being a liaison between administration and student body
  • Function as an integral component of change

Priority 4: Strengthen Communication and Collaboration

  • Work collaboratively as a large diverse population
  • Speaking out/presenting
  • Implementing ideas
  • Conversations with school leaders
  • Sharpen listening/reasoning skills
  • Advise/support MPS decision makers
  • Conflict/resolution discussions

Purpose:

To support the Superintendent in developing a connection to each high school in the district, allowing for bilateral communication. Comprised of a diverse team of student voices, the SSAC benefits the Office of the Superintendent by capturing the pulse of what is happening in MPS high schools across the district - providing feedback for improving the high school experience for all students.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  How do I apply to be a member of the SSAC?

See the right side of this web page for a link to the application for the 2021- '22 school year. Print and complete the form, then forward it to MPS Central Office at 5225 W Vliet Street, Room 131, Milwaukee, WI 53208, or scan it and email it to valdesd@milwaukee.k12.wi.us Directions of how to send it are located on the last page of the application. Note that all school principals have applications available.

  Is busing included to get to Central Office?

If you normally receive transportation to and from your school, you are eligible to receive transportation from your school to Central Office for the meetings, and then to your home address after the meeting.

  What are the criteria to be a member of the SSAC?

Application Guidelines

  1. Excellent school attendance

  2. 2.5 GPA or better

  3. Willingness to collaborate with peers

  4. Skills demonstrated in problem-solving, creative thinking, initiative, flexibility and a desire to inspire positive change

  5. Skills exhibited in communication and presentation.

  6. Attend monthly meetings at MPS Central Office

  7. Ability to balance coursework with extra-curricular and community activities

  When and where are the meetings?

Students are scheduled to arrive at 4:30PM, and we will provide dinner while students mingle  until 5:00PM.  The business meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:00PM and adjourns at 6:30PM.  *Meetings are held at MPS District Office, 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208

*Due to Covid restrictions at this time, we will be meeting virtual until the CDC allows us to meet face-to-face, safely.

  What exactly do we do at the meetings?

Meeting Agendas vary.  Agendas are created each month so students are able to tackle issues and concerns within the MPS community. SSAC student elected officers assist with setting the monthly agendas. 

Contact

Alumni Engagement Associate:
David Valdés

Phone: 414-475-8633
Email: valdesd@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Customer Service

Phone: 414-475-8285
Email: partners@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Department of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Service

SSAC Meetings

September 29, 2022
Central Office - Room 206/208

October 27, 2022
Central Office - Room 206/208

November 17, 2022
Via Zoom call

January 26, 2023
Central Office - Room 206/208

February 23, 2023
Central Office - Room 206/208

March 23, 2023
Central Office - Room 206/208

April 20, 2023
Central Office - Room 206/208

Leadership Development: dates to be announced

*All meetings will be at Central Office once a month. Transportation will be provided. 

Interested in being a member?

                   

Promo Video: https://youtu.be/ess0wxH4YT0

Join us by applying. Click here to access the application for 2022-2023

For a glimpse at the SSAC "Year in Review 2020-2021" Click Review

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