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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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."
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. Crossing guards receive deserving recognition this week
Milwaukee is joining communities across Wisconsin in commemorating "Adult Crossing Guard Recognition Week" - Jan. 12-16.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.