The simple joys of fruit picking
This weekend was the first opportunity to enjoy the strawberry harvest at Barthel Fruit Farm, which will continue for a few weeks. And it was just about as fun as I remembered.
Wisconsin boy wins Google contest
Dylan Hoffman, a second grader who lives in Caledonia, won the annual Doodle 4 Google competition. His pirate-themed drawing won him a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant for his school, a Chromebook laptop and a trip to New York City.
Abbreviated MPS music extravaganza takes place Wednesday
Tomorrow is the day when the best young musicians from around Milwaukee get together for a big biennial extravaganza. That event is the 44th Biennial Music Festival at the U.S. Cellular Arena at 6:30 p.m. and more than 2,500 student musicians from MPS schools - from elementary through high school - and, for the first time ever, non-MPS schools, will perform.
Kagel kids explore world cultures
Last week, Albert Kagel School in Walker's Point celebrated Cultural Diversity Day and though I couldn't make it down to check it out, I asked principal Nancy Martinez to send an update. She tells me that the after-school event was a big success.
Confirmed: it's legal for first cousins to marry in Wisconsin
The things you learn on Facebook. Judge Derek Mosley's morning status update confirmed that it's legal in Wisconsin for first cousins to get married. With restrictions, of course. But still.
Prince Fielder's All-Star MVP now benefitting Milwaukee County Parks
Prince Fielder may be long gone, but when the big first baseman won the 2011 All-Star Game MVP as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, he designated the Milwaukee County Parks as a recipient of a donation in his honor. The result is the newly named James W. Beckum Park, which will host a ribbon cutting on Thursday, April 26.
When picking my sons' names it was a huge and exciting undertaking for me. I thought about it constantly. I made lists. I read books. I scoured movie credits, indexes and researched my family history for unique names. I even made up a few.
MPS Children's Week offers a slate of events to boost our kids
MPS and the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association are working together to create MPS Children's Week, which kicks off Sunday, April 22 and runs through Friday, April 27, with a series of events aimed at giving Milwaukee students a leg up.
Democrats should support public education
As an advocate of public education, working for over 80,000 Milwaukee students, my goal is to steer education policy and funding away from privatization, and toward teaching all students with equity in funding and resources.
Lending a hand ... a few bucks at a time
One of the best emails I've gotten so far this month arrived from a teacher I don't know, at an MPS school I've never visited.
Rename The Hog and raise money for the MACC Fund April 4-5
102.9 The Hog morning hosts Bob & Brian are holding their annual Radiothon for the MACC Fund this April 4-5, and the station's (temporary) naming rights are up for grabs.
Milwaukee landmarks go blue for World Autism Awareness Day
Milwaukee landmarks will add a little color throughout April in support of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.
Time for Milwaukee to support MPS kids and teachers
Dealing with the aftermath of Walker's horrific cuts has been devastating to our public schools and to the community. And teachers have been at the forefront of the struggle to stand up and reclaim our state. But right now we have to do something to stop the flooding.
Common Ground to redesign and rebuild SES tutoring in MPS
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers and MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton agreed Monday night to work with Common Ground to improve Milwaukee Public Schools' Supplemental Education Services tutoring program.
Do as I say, not as I did
Being a parent triggers the most unlikely rage buttons. My stepdaughter and I had a lovely "girl's night" last weekend. As we were jabbering away about school, friends and boys I noticed a pinker than usual glow to her skin and a delicate, slim porcelain line extending from the outer corner of her eye to her temple. My heart began to palpitate. My gorgeous stepdaughter, with a flawless, fair, doll-like complexion, was compromising her health and beauty by baking in a tanning bed.
MPS students make the gold standard in the AATG German Exam
Numerous Milwaukee area high school students earned Gold Certificates for the 2012 AATG National German Exam this past Thursday. The American Association of Teachers of German offers its National German Exam annually.
Help support a "grape" cause at Vetro Winery
Vetro Winery, 1414 Vino Lane in Jefferson, is teaming up with Special Olympics Wisconsin for a fundraiser and afternoon of fun for special needs kids in Jefferson County schools.
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.
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.
Strawberry abundance returns to Cedarburg this June
Historic Cedarburg's 27th annual Strawberry Festival will be held Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.