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1. MPS seeks input on a new program at Happy Hill
The former Happy Hill Elementary School has been closed since 2006. But don't think folks at MPS haven't been thinking about it. Now, the district is again turning to the community as it seeks to re-open the school - built in 1958.
2. Maker Faire concocts geek-chic DIY fun
Maker Faire rolled into Milwaukee this weekend with a stop at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Running along Harvest Fair, kids of all ages were treated to all sorts of science projects, maker projects and DIY culture. Some 175 vendors participated, and organizers said more than 45,000 attendees visited the show.
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3. 9 cat questions my 7-year-old asked our vet
My 7-year-old daughter is a big fan of cats, and not coincidentally, she's a big fan of our veterinarian, Dr. Becky Banks, from the Small Animal Hospital. In honor of OnMeowaukee Cat Week - and Becky and Mara's friendship - my daughter prepared nine questions about cats for Dr. Banks, which I shared with Becky over coffee. Here they are, in Mara's own words.
4. Free, family-friendly Maker Faire comes to State Fair Park
More than 150 makers will showcase their work, knowledge and skills during the 2015 Maker Faire Milwaukee - a free, family-friendly event, Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27 at Wisconsin State Fair Park.
5. "Innovation in Education" showcases teachers, students making difference
Educators Credit Union, My24 and CW18 will team up for "Innovation in Education," an initiative focused on showcasing teachers and students throughout Southeastern Wisconsin schools making a difference in their classrooms and communities.
6. Milwaukee schools host Friday walk-in to support public education
This Friday, Sept. 18, families will gather outside more than 80 Milwaukee Public Schools and walk in together to show their support for public education. Once inside, parents and community members will share information about the state plan to take over schools
7. Dog and caregiver reunited after a month-long search
Last month, reported on Alana Wooldrige's missing dog, Fenrir, a pitbull she adopted in New Orleans who disappeared from her yard on July 21. After weeks of searching, social media posts and daily interactions with various animal organizations, Alana and Fen were reunited tonight.
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8. $5 million committed to Milwaukee Succeeds
Milwaukee Succeeds, the cradle-to-career community education collaborative that launched nearly four years ago, today announced that five prominent funders have joined together to commit $5 million over the next four years to help sustain and accelerate its efforts.
9. Is this Milwaukee's last piece of "dangerous" playground equipment?
Is this old school piece of playground equipment dangerous or fun or both?
10. Bucks and MPS team up for new school attendance initiative
This afternoon, the Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Public Schools announced a joint initiative, featuring Jabari Parker as spokesman and aimed at increasing awareness of the value of attending school all day, every day.
11. Suburban spelunking in Slinger: winners announced soon
Last week, I got a message from Paul Walter, a co-facilitator at the Slinger Authors' Camp, a youth program that's part of the Fox Valley Writing Project (which is, in turn, affiliated with the National Writing Project). The 17 kids in the program are suburban spelunking in their town.
12. Help find Fen!
Last week, Fen - a 2-year-old pitbull - was most likely taken from his backyard in the Harambee neighborhood. His best friend and caregiver, Alana Wooldridge, would really like to get him back.
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13. Montessori pathway is a silver lining in the education omnibus
The WMA managed to get an alternative teacher-licensing track included in the omnibus that allows graduates from a program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, (MACTE) to apply for a Wisconsin state teaching license to teach in a public or charter Montessori school.
14. Lowell becomes 7th MPS IB school
Lowell Elementary School is MPS' 7th "International Baccalaureate" school; district now home to more than 25% of the IB schools in Wisconsin.
15. SOS Wauwatosa parents respond to Sen. Vukmir and Rep. Kooyenga's statement
Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) shared a statement earlier today. The following is a statement in response from Mary Young, Wauwatosa Support Our Schools (SOS) President.
16. Legislators respond to Wauwatosa SOS
Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Dale Kooyenga offer a rebuttal of a Wauwatosa SOS commentary on the public school omnibus amendment to the upcoming Wisconsin budget.
17. Betty Brinn Children's Museum receives gift of more than $1.2 million
The Betty Brinn Children's Museum, a 501(c)(3) organization, today announced it received a more than $1.2 million gift from a local anonymous donor. The donation is only the second seven-figure unrestricted contribution to the museum in its 20-year history.
18. Say no to K-12 Omnibus motion
Read the K-12 Omnibus Motion, authored by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) scheduled to pass this week. Charter school teacher Melissa Pallin says she is crying out to the public to get vocal now.
19. Communities host walk-ins to protest anti-public school measures in state budget
Parents, students, community members, teachers and staff are staging "walk-ins" to support public schools this morning at nearly 20 Milwaukee Public Schools.
20. Students create street mural for their neighborhood and learn civic engagement
Artists Working in Education, Inc. (A.W.E.) has partnered with Milwaukee Public Schools' Anna F. Doerfler Community School and Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) to engage students in creating Milwaukee's first street mural. The celebration and unveiling of the mural will take place on Friday, June 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Anna F. Doerfler Community School.
21. SOS: A distress signal to parents of Wisconsin public school kids
On May 20, 2015, the Joint Finance Committee voted on education spending for the 2015-2017 biennium. After the vote, Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), a JFC member, said the JFC went "above and beyond restoring funds to K-12 education." Nothing could be further from the truth.
22. Joint statement from MPS board & superintendent on JFC budget action
Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Dr. Michael Bonds and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver issued the following statement regarding Joint Finance Committee action on the state budget.
23. Create a Super Reader and prevent your child taking the "summer slide"
It's that time of year again. The time when I'm thrilled that my kids are thrilled to sign up for Milwaukee Public Library's Super Reader summer reading program.
24. $5 million gift helps Boys & Girls Clubs establish academic support program
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) today announced it has received a $5 million gift from longtime donors Keith Mardak and his wife Mary Vandenberg to establish the MarVan Scholars, an extended learning day program in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). The gift is the largest donation in recent BGCGM history.
25. A pair of school visits offers contrasting images
This morning the folks in the facilities department of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District were kind enough to give me a tour of a closed school building. As an added bonus, my tour guide offered to show me an interesting school nearby, too. The contrast was striking.