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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

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201. LEGO KidsFest coming to Milwaukee this summer
A three-day touring LEGO festival is coming to Downtown Milwaukee in June.
202. Do you know where your children are? Try Twitter.
In between newscasts on weeknights, Fox 6 announces the following: "It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?" Children, especially older teens, tend to move pretty quick. With technology in hand, these teens move even faster.
203. Win big with First Stage's Golden Ticket sweepstakes
First Stage Children's Theater is marking its 25th anniversary year and upcoming production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" with a Golden Ticket Giveaway.
204. MPS student gets a gig at the Grammys
Milwaukee High School of the Arts student Felix Ramsey has been invited to attend and perform at the Grammy Awards and official celebration.
205. MPS sends out budget priorities survey
Milwaukee Public Schools is sending kids home with a survey asking parents to list their spending priorities, from 1 to 14, for upcoming budgets. Principals need to finalize their school budgets by Thursday, which means the survey arrives a little late. However, the district does have time to alter budgets, as happened last year after education cuts arrived from Madison.
206. Future of 68th St. School program up for discussion at public meeting Thursday
The offices of Alds. Michael Murphy and Jim Bohl have organized a public meeting Thursday evening at Milwaukee School of Languages, 8400 W. Burleigh St., to discuss a community proposal to merge the early childhood program of 68th Street School into nearby 81st Street School.
207. Milwaukee-area students show their bright side in political debate
As parents, it's pretty nice when our kids teach us a lesson or "show us how it's done." At a time when much political debate in Wisconsin and nationally seems intensely partisan, personal and petty, more reasoned and rational political discussion comes from a local group of high school students who annually take part in a national civic education program and competition known as We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.
208. Local ballet student wins top honors at the Youth America Grand Prix
The Youth America Grand Prix, America's first and the world's largest student ballet scholarship competition, has awarded Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy student Jennifer Hackbarth first place in the Junior Division.
209. Kids love sharing the school cafeteria table with a guest dad
If you ever want to feel like a celebrity. Or maybe a celebrity therapist, have lunch with your kid in the cafeteria at school.
210. 'Tis the season of the school budget
With a new calendar year comes the planning for a new fiscal and academic year. At the school level, that means principals are tinkering with last year's budget to try and get a working budget together for the next school year.
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211. MMAC proposes creation of a caste system of schools
This is reminder to those of you who follow K-12 education in Milwaukee: there's a new plan waiting in the wings that includes another attempt at the takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools.
212. Five signs I have failed as a parent
I always knew there were blind spots in my parenting scope, but lately, they have been extremely visible.
213. Get your Green and Gold fix at Discovery World this weekend
Prep for Sunday's Packers playoffs with two days of Green-and-Gold projects at Discovery World.
214. Neighborhoods continue to seek 68th Street School merger
On Monday night, neighborhood activists from Cooper Park and surrounder areas met with School Board Directors Jeff Spence and Terry Falk at the Enderis Park Fieldhouse, where petitions were signed over the weekend supporting a merger of the program at 68th Street School - which the district will close at the end of the year - with nearby 81st Street School. Here is an update from a community member working to make the merger a reality.
215. First in line for MPS enrollment
OK, so there wasn't really a line at all. But I'm proud to say I was the first to enroll our youngest child at our eldest child's MPS school this morning. The district's three-choice enrollment period for the upcoming school year begins today and runs through Jan. 27.
216. Become a "Kid From Wisconsin"
Wisconsin's summer musical performing troupe Kids From Wisconsin is accepting applications for its 2012 season.
217. Community pursues merger of 68th & 81st Street Schools
In December the MPS board voted to close the 68th Street School building at 68th and Moltke, but to give administration more time to come up with ideas to preserve the program that currently inhabits the building. The neighborhood associations of Enderis Park, Enderis East, Lenox Heights and Cooper Park support merging 68th with nearby 81st Street School, at 81st and Chambers.
218. One more polar bear plunge
I said I would never do it again. But this year, I did it again, this time to be with my dear friend and the mother of three beautiful daughters who suffered a serious brain injury
219. Winterfest skates off to a promising start
This afternoon, I took my wife and 3-year-old daughter to Winter Fest, the 10-day indoor family-friendly party at the Frontier Airlines Center. I went not just because is a proud sponsor of the event, but my kid said she wanted to see some "winter stuff" and right now, Milwaukee isn't very wintry (not that I'm complaining).
220. EdCamp Milwaukee begins to buzz well in advance of May unconference
EdCamp Milwaukee doesn't take place for another six months, but Twitter's already abuzz about the education "unconference" slated for Saturday, May 12, 2012 at South Milwaukee High School.
221. Newt Gingrich berates poor and black children
Gingrich's implication that poor and black children are lazy and undisciplined is the same racist and revisionist historical argument that was used in defense of slavery, Jim Crow segregation and job discrimination. He adds to this insult that black teenagers should become cheap labor to replace janitorial services. I wonder how many homes of the "really poor" and working poor Mr. Gingrich has visited.
222. Adam Bradley on hip-hop
In a previous blog posting I talked about Adam Bradley's "Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop" as a source for teachers to understand and connect curriculum to popular culture. I have since learned that Adam Bradley has edited an entire anthology on rap.
223. A guide to MPS facilities changes
The MPS board met Tuesday night to vote on a number of school closings, moves and other changes. Here is a quick guide to the results.
224. Discovery World helps build the "Water Generation"
One hundred students from six area high schools will participate in Discovery World's "Building the Water Generation," a special program created to help high school students understand the importance of freshwater resources.
225. Schools need a truly multicultural approach
Teachers must learn and invest in the cultures of other people's children. They must learn the history and culture of the students they teach and connect whatever they're teaching to the students' lives.