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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

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1. Boys & Girls Clubs take over YMCA Sponsor-a-Scholar program
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee today announced that Boys & Girls Clubs will assume leadership of the YMCA's Sponsor-A-Scholar program, an initiative designed to enhance college access for underserved youth and support their ongoing academic and career success.
2. King IB Middle Years Campus will move into renovated Malcolm X site in 2016
The high performing International Baccalaureate middle school program that MPS board members and administration has been promising for the former Malcolm X Academy, 2760 N. 1st St., is an existing program. The plan is to move Rufus King International Middle School, currently housed in the former McNair Elementary, at 4950 N. 24th St., in time for the start of the 2016 school year.
3. Kooky Cooky House returns
Many Milwaukeeans who grew up in the `60s, `70s and `80s remember the Kooky Cooky House - an electronic gingerbread cookie factory that featured dozens of moving parts - that was located in the now defunct Capitol Court Mall. This year, an updated Kooky Cooky House returns to Discovery World.
4. Lessons from NYC and Chicago can help us do universal pre-K right
I've been watching with interest as New York rolls out its first phase of $340 million statewide universal early childhood education plan this autumn, and as Chicago debates how it will get its version off the ground next year. By watching others, we can see what works and what doesn't. We can learn the best ways to create and more smoothly implement universal pre-K that is effective and helps close the achievement gaps and boost the success of all children.
5. MPS hosts 58th Council of Great City Schools conference in Milwaukee
This week, the Council of the Great City Schools hosts its 58th annual fall conference in Milwaukee, hosted by MPS, and some big names in the world of education and beyond will be on hand for the event, which runs Oct. 22-26. The conference -- "Fresh Water, Fresh Thinking in Urban Education" -- takes place at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and will bring about 1,000 school superintendents to Milwaukee.
6. Manhattan Project scientist among 11 Washington alums set to join Hall of Fame
Eleven accomplished alumni of Milwaukee Public Schools' Washington High School will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Friday. Among them is Dr. Glen Barbaras, the Manhattan Project scientist who graduated from Washington in 1937.
7. Back to the old (school)house after nearly 70 years
Though Jack Pettey's name isn't the biggest graffiti in the attic at Maryland Avenue School, for some reason it -- and the date, 1946 -- jumps out at you. When I snapped some photographs, Pettey's distinctive scrawl made it into the frame and his name was etched in my memory. Last week, I snapped another photo of it. This time, Pettey himself was in the picture.
8. Milwaukee teens excel in multi-state Shakespearean acting competition
For the eighth time, the nationally acclaimed First Stage Young Company sent 14 of its members to compete in the Utah Shakespearean Festival/Southern Utah University Shakespeare Competition, held Oct. 10-11 in Cedar City, Utah. The team of 14 high school students from the First Stage Theatre Academy's pre-professional training program for teens won first place overall for its division, as well as placing second for its ensemble scene, third place for monologues and another first place in the duo/trio category.
9. "AninA" teaches students an important message at education screening
School by school, 4th through 6th grade students, teachers and chaperones filed into the theatre and took their seats in the main house of the Oriental Theatre, waiting to be taken away by the beautifully crafted Spanish-language animated film "AninA." The screening was held as part of Milwaukee Film's education screenings during the film festival.
10. Fall's a fine time for apple picking
Welcoming the fall season means getting ready for festive activities that many have been looking forward to all summer. No, we are not talking about raking leaves. We are talking about apple picking!
11. MPS details Malcolm X settlement for city committee
A group of Milwaukee Public Schools officials appeared before the Common Council's Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee at City Hall Tuesday morning to offer updates on the plan to open an International Baccalaureate Middle School at the former Malcolm X Academy, 2760 N. 1st St.
12. Social media and our missing cat
Just about a week ago, our sweet little cat, Jabie, disappeared from our Bay View home. Maybe one of us left the patio door open a bit, I'm not sure. But after hours upon hours of walking the neighborhood, taping up posters and talking to every stranger we see, she's still nowhere to be found.
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13. With a mandate, Driver must now row harder than ever
In what appears to be a pretty unprecedented move Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors called off the search for a permanent replacement for former superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton and named interim supe Dr. Darienne Driver to the post, beginning today. Hey, Dr. Driver, no pressure.
14. Driver named permanent superintendent of MPS
In a special board meeting Tuesday night, the MPS Board of School Directors voted to hire acting superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver as the permanent superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, effective Wednesday, Oct. 1.
15. Malcolm (X) in the middle
MPS announced a change in the ongoing project to open a high-performing International Baccalaureate middle school program in the former Malcolm X Academy (aka Center Street School), at Palmer and Center Streets, and the drama quickly began.
16. Picking, grinning
Sunday morning, we headed to Mequon to pick apples, although not to Barthel's. On a friend's tip, we visit R-Apples (Roesch Farm), right next door at 12422 Farmdale Rd. What a wonderful, low-key experience. Not only was it peaceful and quiet, we picked apples and pears of many different varieties. Then we headed to their vegetable garden, and picked peppers and raspberries.
17. DCD issues RFP for Garfield Elementary
Today, the Department of City Development sent out an RFP notification about the 1887 Koch-designed Garfield Avenue School on 4th and North, describing it as among the city's "Commercial Properties, Development Opportunities/RFP's, Surplus MPS Properties."
18. Life Size Mousetrap coming to town
Life Size Mousetrap, a giant machine based on the classic board game, will make its Wisconsin debut at Maker Faire Milwaukee on Sept. 27-28 at Wisconsin State Fair Park.
19. What do Johnson's Park, Farrell's Ice Cream and Showbiz Pizza have in common?
These now-defunct, kid-friendly restaurants have many things in common, including this ...
20. Social media could help MPS parent coordinators connect
When school opened for the majority of MPS schools this week, most every program had a new 30-hour-a-week parent coordinator paraprofessional on staff to help school staff and families build bridges. At least one school's coordinator has constructed a successful one via social media. It's a model that could be successfully duplicated at other schools.
21. The 127th first day of school
Most of MPS' more than 150 schools all across the city -- including Maryland Avenue Montessori, whose building opened in 1887 -- swung open their doors today, welcoming kids of all colors, classes, religions and needs.
22. 3 end-of-summer kids mini-trips
Back in June, I wrote about the five summer kids trips I couldn't wait to take. Well, summer got busy, and despite my best intentions, I only made it to one of my top five suggestions. But that's not to say I was a deadbeat dad this season. My almost-6-year-old and I had lots of fun this summer, and in fact, we found a few other places to visit as the calendar inched closer to the return of school. All three were just within an hour from home.
23. MPS staggers start of school to help youngest students feel at home
Taking something of a page from the book of the district's successful public Montessori schools, all MPS schools this year will use a staggered start to help introduce primary-aged children to their schools.
24. Mitchell is among area schools getting a primp from GE volunteers today
Today, more than 2,500 current and retired GE employees, plus about 150 other volunteers, are walking into 16 Milwaukee Public Schools and four Waukesha Public Schools (as well as Greenfield High School) to paint, clean, organize and landscape to help the schools plan for the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
25. Have standardized school supply lists simplified your shopping?
In my sixth summer of shopping for school supplies, how could I possibly have thought I'd just "run in" to a big box store and grab some supplies?
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