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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

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201. MPS changes course to collaborate with West Side communities
It was welcome news to community organizers when MPS recently assigned director of school administration Anita Pietrykowski to take over discussions about the future of 68th Street School's early childhood program and a community proposal to merge the program into nearby 81st Street School.
202. MPS' call to end violence
On Feb. 28, over 400 people assembled in the Milwaukee Public Schools central office auditorium in response to a call to action following the recent shooting deaths of four young men, along with other acts of violence witnessed in Milwaukee.
203. Strawberry abundance returns to Cedarburg this June
Historic Cedarburg's 27th annual Strawberry Festival will be held Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24.
204. Thornton: Where is the outrage?
Last month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors meeting began with a moment of silence for four students who had died in the previous weeks. Again. Four kids - school-age kids - dead. This weekend, MPS superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton asked why we are not angry at the violence in Milwaukee?
205. Bethune Academy kids inaugurate Kohl's Education Center at MAM
A 5th grade class from Milwaukee Public Schools' Mary McLeod Bethune Academy was the first to check out the new Kohl's Education Center at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., today. The kids were at the museum from 10 a.m. until noon creating art projects and interacting in the the news spaces that are designed to spark creativity and instill an appreciation of art into kids.
206. A visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
Recently I had a chance to observe some of these teachers at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Unannounced, I accompanied the principal into seven classrooms.
207. Merger proposal is a reminder that MPS must engage communities
The proposed merger of 68th Street School with nearby 81st Street School has been on our radar, as you've likely noticed if you follow what I write about Milwaukee schools. The issue is an important one. Folks across the city are watching to see how this plays out. Future enrollment in the district may not be affected not simply by how it ends, but also by how it is handled by MPS.
208. 81st Street School teacher says merger plan leaves sour taste
If you've been watching this site, you've read about proposals by the community and by MPS to move the educational program that currently resides at 68th Street School, which will close at the end of this school year. You've heard what others have said about the proposal before. Now, we asked 81st Street School teacher Joe Brusky what his school thinks of the plan and the current situation.
209. LEGO KidsFest coming to Milwaukee this summer
A three-day touring LEGO festival is coming to Downtown Milwaukee in June.
210. 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.
211. 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.
212. 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.
213. 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.
214. 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.
215. 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.
216. 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.
217. 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.
218. '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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219. 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.
220. 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.
221. 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.
222. 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.
223. 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.
224. Become a "Kid From Wisconsin"
Wisconsin's summer musical performing troupe Kids From Wisconsin is accepting applications for its 2012 season.
225. 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.