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1. Experts on post-Katrina New Orleans education reform speak in Milwaukee
With proposed legislation under discussion to bring to Milwaukee some of the education reform efforts that affected New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors has invited three experts who lived through and studied the reforms there to speak in Milwaukee.
2. Mobile apps created by Washington High School of IT students on display at iFair
A student-designed mobile phone bowling game - as well as a mobile app that gives prospective students a virtual tour of MPS' Washington High School of Information Technology - will be on display Wednesday at Washington's spring iFair, hosted by Harley-Davidson.
3. Milwaukee Public Market supports youth chess proposal
The Milwaukee Public Market, in response to a proposal by Milwaukee County Supervisor Martin Weddle, announced Friday it would provide up to $5,000 as a matching grant should the Milwaukee County Board approve the proposal to provide equipment and youth chess classes this summer at five parks: Washington, Lincoln, McGovern, Mitchell and Sherman.
4. Public school advocates to request hearing extension to testify against budget
Milwaukee educators, parents and students will arrive at the state budget hearing immediately after school this Friday, March 20 and ask that the hearing be extended so they can express their concerns about proposed budget cuts to public schools and universities.
5. Boys & Girls Clubs receive $2 million donation for basketball league
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) today announced it has received a $2 million donation from longtime donor and trustee Albert Nicholas, founder and chairman of the Nicholas Company, Inc. - a Milwaukee-based investment advisory firm - to fund and develop a recreational basketball league within its clubs.
6. Can dogs suffer from mental illness?
The question of weather a dog can actually be mentally ill is a controversial topic in veterinary medicine, but one that blogger Lindsay Garric asks anyway.
7. Dr. Driver meets with Obama at the White House today
Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver is one of nearly a dozen leaders of urban school districts headed to the White House this morning to meet with President Barack Obama as part of the Council of the Great City Schools' three-day annual legislative/policy conference in Washington.
8. The popularity of Funko's Pop! Vinyls and why I can't stop collecting
I haven't seen anything like Funko's Pop! Vinyls before last August.They're only 3.75 inches tall when standing up. They have an oversized, nearly squared head with pupil-free black eyes, a tiny nose and no mouth. They look more so like anime characters than anything else. Over the course of the following six months, what started as a quick impulse purchase had that led into a near obsession of collecting these figures.
9. I can be a friend by...
Every Monday, my child gets a writing prompt at school, and we've taken to discussing them in the car on the way to and from school. It's like a mini editorial meeting. We talk about potential content for the prompts.
10. First Stage displays solid grasp on sixth grade in "Big Nate: The Musical"
Being in sixth grade can be a real problematic time, full of the turbulence of hopes and fears all at once. First Stage captures the whole thing in "Big Nate: The Musical."
11. MPS approves contract to convert Malcolm X for King Middle School
The Milwaukee Board of School Directors on Thursday night approved the construction contract to renovate the vacant Malcolm X site, 2760 N. 1st St., into a new home for Rufus King International Middle School, which currently inhabits a former elementary school.
12. Board of School Directors President Bonds releases statement on Walker's budget
Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Dr. Michael Bonds announced Monday that the Milwaukee Board of School Directors will consider a resolution by Director Larry Miller calling on Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature to restore adequate funding to public schools in Wisconsin.
13. MPS hosts listening sessions linked to strategies for improving student outcomes
Milwaukee Public Schools is inviting interested students, families, staff and community members to attend one or more of a series of listening sessions tied to the eight strategic objectives the district is developing to improve student outcomes.
14. YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee and Direct Supply host Teen Summit
The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee hosts its second annual Teen Summit, "No Flex Zone," sponsored by Direct Supply, on Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28. The goal of the two-day summit is to help strengthen the Milwaukee community by providing local teens with the skills they need to excel as leaders among their peers, within their communities and in planning for their futures.
15. Puppy love: Study says Wisconsinites love their dogs 22nd most in the U.S.
It's Valentine's Day, which means many will be showing their love to their significant others, boyfriends, girlfriends and so on. But how much do we show our love to our pets - dogs in particular? According to a recent survey, as far as Wisconsinites go compared to the rest of the U.S., we're somewhere in the middle.
16. Northside YMCA hosts Family Fun Fridays Feb. 13 and 27
The Northside YMCA, 1350 W. North Ave., hosts Family Fun Fridays starting Feb. 13 and 27 for kids, adults and families. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., there'll be activities such as wellness tours, an indoor waterslide, movies, board and card games, sports, arts and crafts, and raffle drawings for free memberships.
17. Community vows to support public schools in face of attacks
Hundreds of parents, educators, students and community members will gather this Saturday at 9 a.m. at MATC in support of public schools and in opposition to proposed laws that would hand public schools over to private companies to operate.
18. Boys & Girls Clubs unveil new Time Warner Cable Learning Lab
This morning, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee announced that it will unveil the new Time Warner Cable Learning Lab at the Daniels-Mardak Club, located at 4834 N. 35th St., on Milwaukee's North Side.
19. Grant funds STEM programs at three Milwaukee schools
Students at three schools in Milwaukee will soon launch new STEM programs with support from Verizon. Bruce-Guadalupe Community School -- part of the United Community Center, Escuela Verde (part of the TransCenter for Youth) and Washington High School of Information Technology have each been awarded a $20,000 Verizon Innovative Learning Grant.
20. Manilow kicks off instrument drive by donating piano to MPS
Today, Manilow donated a new Yamaha piano to benefit MPS, kicking off a local instrument drive to support music education. From now through the day of Manilow's show, anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Potawatomi Gate ticket office will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) to the performer's final Milwaukee concert.
21. Area schools rank in top 20 for "Best Public Schools in Wisconsin"
Niche Ranking System recently announced its "Best Public Schools in Wisconsin" list for 2015, and all four of Shorewood schools made it into the top 20. Other area communities like Whitefish Bay, Elm Grove and Brookfield also are well represented.
22. Milwaukee YMCA emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy
This afternoon, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee announced that the United States Bankruptcy Court has approved its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
23. MPS' Bonds statement on New Opportunities for Milwaukee document
Statement by Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds, Ph.D., regarding the New Opportunities for Milwaukee document.
24. 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.
25. 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.