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1. MPS enrollment fair highlights programs ... but don't neglect the school visit
Maybe it's just because I love visiting schools, but I always tell prospective parents to go to a school that interests them as a potential option for their children. Sure, read Great Schools' ratings, talk to other parents, Google the school, but if you're going to do one thing only: go to the school. Not sure which school or schools to check out? Then the first step is to visit the MPS All-School Enrollment Fair on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.
2. MPS boys basketball teams take to big stage for "City Review"
As Milwaukee Public Schools works to improve athletic opportunities for students, six of the district's high school boys basketball teams will take to a big stage later this month. "The City Review" is set for Friday, Jan. 30, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panther Arena downtown at 400 W. Kilbourn Ave.
3. Ribbon cutting, reception marks opening of Center Street Park ice rink
Common Council President Michael J. Murphy will participate in the ribbon cutting and opening reception for the rink at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17 at Center Street Park, 6420 W. Clarke St. Other partners in the initiative will also take part, including Roscoe, the Milwaukee Admirals mascot.
4. Crossing guards receive deserving recognition this week
Milwaukee is joining communities across Wisconsin in commemorating "Adult Crossing Guard Recognition Week" - Jan. 12-16.
5. Morse-Marshall School students bring gifts for veterans
Students from the Morse-Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented will visit the Milwaukee VA's Spinal Cord Injury Building Jan. 12. Gifts of 10 handmade wheelchair hub caps are to be presented to veterans by the group of students.
6. MPS expands Junior Achievement Learning Journey for 5th graders
This morning at a press conference, Driver will announce that Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and MPS are again teaming up to expand the Learning Journey for district fifth graders at Junior Achievement BizTown, at JA Kohl's Education Center, 11111 W. Liberty Dr.
7. Community High School theater workshop engages students in reading, performance
Justin Brill, a Broadway actor who performed in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's production of "Harvey," facilitated a post-show workshop in Mr. Harvill's English language Arts class at Community High School.
8. White House summit brings news of $1 billion for early childhood education
"Invest in US," has drawn support from dozens of donors, who have already committed to contribute nearly $350 million to help jump start the expansion of high-quality ECE seats across the country. Another $750 million in federal funding will come from the Preschool Development Grants and Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships.
9. Who am I and how did I get here?
Who am I and how did I get here? These are questions genealogists seek to answer. As someone who's been working on family history for more than 20 years now, I've decided to take the next step.
10. Concordia online programs ranked among the best
Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) has been recognized as a national and statewide leader for three of its online master's degree programs. Two of the programs, master's in teaching and learning and master's of educational administration, were named as the best in the state, with master's in counseling as a runner-up. Of the four recognized, each were well placed nationally.
11. College Possible announces plan to expand college access at White House event
This morning, as a part of The White House College Opportunity Day of Action, College Possible CEO and founder Jim McCorkell - alongside President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders - announced new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.
12. Highland Community School's China trip is now "officially" complete
When Mayor Tom Barrett visited Highland Community School on Monday to welcome home a group of adolescent students from China, the trip -- according to the students themselves -- wasn't officially over yet. Today, it is officially complete.
13. Local photographer offers Flashes of Hope for kids with cancer
For families dealing with childhood cancer, the moments captured by photographers like Whitefish Bay's Ellen Cook through the organization Flashes of Hope at in-hospital photo shoots provide forever precious memories. Cook is hosting a benefit for the program on Sunday, Dec. 7.
14. 16 Highland Community School students land in China for conference
After 27 hours of travel, 16 students - age 13 to 15 - from Highland Community School, an MPS Montessori charter school, arrived today at the Zhongyou Garden Hotel in China.
15. MPS students benefit from $9.1M in competitive grants
Students in Milwaukee Public Schools will receive greater academic, behavioral and mental health supports thanks to the district's successful efforts to help bring in $9.1 million in competitive grants, the district announced this month.
16. Art project teaches Doerfler students about advocacy and community engagement
Today, I got an email from my friends at Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) about a project the group did this autumn with kids at MPS' South Side Anna F. Doerfler Community School in conjunction with Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) and the COA CLC program. What's it all about? Read on.
17. Firefighters donate 2,500 new coats to MPS kids
Milwaukee firefighters have been raising money throughout the year to support the "Warm Up Winter" campaign. Over the past two years Milwaukee Firefighters have donated 5,000 new winter coats to children in 11 MPS schools. This week, they donate at five MPS schools around the city.
18. Discovery World spotlights STEM
Discovery World hosts the sixth annual Time Warner Cable STEMfest on the lake shore from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
19. MPS educator named Midwest PE Teacher of the Year
Wisconsin's top elementary physical education teacher for 2014 -- Gail Milbrath of Milwaukee Public Schools' Greenfield Bilingual School -- just learned she's in line for an even higher honor. Gail Milbrath is also the Midwest PE Teacher of the Year for 2015!
20. A peek inside an 1890's Milwaukee high school
When Milwaukee's West Side High School graduated its first class in 1898, it published "Hesper," its yearbook. A copy of the book is preserved at Milwaukee Public Library and it opens a window into one of Milwaukee's earliest high schools.
21. Weekend festival welcomes "My Little Pony" fans of all ages
Wisconsin's first annual "My Little Pony" fan convention - called "Ponyville Ciderfest" - is expected to bring 600 fans to the Hyatt Regency this weekend, Nov. 7-9.
22. Washington High School wins app development curriculum
MPS announced today that the West Side high school is one of just 10 U.S. schools chosen to get a mobile app development and entrepreneurship curriculum.
23. MPS votes on new charter proposed for Lee, but that may end up elsewhere
The Milwaukee Board of School Directors will likely vote tonight on a petition to create a new instrumentality charter community school proposed for the former Lee Elementary School building at 9th and Meinecke. Though the site seems unlikely, the plan seems solid.
24. After 25 days, how we found our missing cat
I really didn't have any hope left after 25 days. As we entered the fourth week without our sweet, kind, missing cat, Jabie, I was beginning to come to peace with the reality that I'd never see her again. Then, yesterday, less than four blocks from home, a woman called my wife and said she had cajoled a black cat into her basement. My wife bolted home from work and immediately recognized Jabie coming up the stairs. Just to be sure, she took her to the closest vet to scan her microchip. And it came back as a match from Elmbrook Humane Society.
25. 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.