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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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!
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. "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.
21. 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!
22. 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.
23. 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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24. 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.
25. 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.