Parents for Public Schools-MKE

Parents for Public Schools-MKE Join Parents for Public Schools-Milwaukee as we work to promote and strengthen Milwaukee Public Schools by engaging, educating and mobilizing parents.
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Join a committee, attend an event, check out a monthly meeting, take up an action. As PPS-MKE grows its membership across Wisconsin's largest school district, there will be many ways to get involved. But nothing that we do can be done without parents!

Join a committee, attend an event, check out a monthly meeting, take up an action. As PPS-MKE grows its membership across Wisconsin's largest school district, there will be many ways to get involved. But nothing that we do can be done without parents!

Mission: PPS-MKE promotes and strengthens Milwaukee Public Schools by engaging, educating and mobilizing parents.

"Amanda Porterfield spotlights all the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc. work on CBS 58 Sunday Morning. We appre...
08/11/2020
MPS Foundation works to connect every Milwaukee student with tools for virtual learning

"Amanda Porterfield spotlights all the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc. work on CBS 58 Sunday Morning.

We appreciate these opportunities to share why the #ConnectMilwaukee campaign is critical before day one." Wendell Willis, MPS Foundation

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- It's the question parents of school age children in Wisconsin have been asking all summer, what will school look like when classes resume in the fall?For many, virtual learning

MPS families in need of a hot spot for connectivity during the virtual return to school --> please complete this survey....
08/11/2020
Wi-Fi Hotspot Request

MPS families in need of a hot spot for connectivity during the virtual return to school --> please complete this survey.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgQyp7XVXf9wWxfDsO8Rd2CmhiUunv8iWuCy08Wqx7VP-sow/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1cT3vcNEgSXHclPmdU_MSi7y96AnGv4CJMlw60ebdqrDPfIlXMY2m8w3k

Please complete the information below if you need access to a Wi-Fi Hotspot in order to complete virtual learning this fall. A single Wi-Fi hotspot can be used by several students in the same home. Once you have completed the form, staff from the Library Department will reach out to you to schedule....

Our nation has not prepared us for the return to school.Opinion:
08/09/2020
The Woeful Inadequacy of School-Reopening Plans

Our nation has not prepared us for the return to school.
Opinion:

We wasted the summer, while President Trump sowed distrust and promoted heedlessness. What’s left now is to see what can be salvaged.

08/06/2020
Wisconsin Public Education Network

#VotePublic

LAST DAY BEFORE THE AUGUST PRIMARY ELECTION!!

Voting by mail is easy, secure, and the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe while exercising your right to cast your ballot! TODAY is the last day to request your absentee ballot.

If you haven’t done so already, request your ballot by clicking here bit.ly/votebmail and share it with your friends to do the same.

We’ve been working with partners this week to encourage absentee voting. You can request your ballot for BOTH August and November right now!! #VotePublic

08/05/2020
Virtual Tour of South Division High School

This beautiful video was created by South Division educator Kika Meraz!

Feeling #MPSPROUD in sharing this splendid way to greet an incoming class of 9th graders during the virtual back to school.

Production & filmography:
Eric Kleppe Montenegro, MKE filmmaker & photographer
Narration & direction:
Kika Meraz, South Division HS ESL educator extraordinaire


https://youtu.be/JfnVUOJR0fs

08/04/2020

MPS has launched a NEW website dedicated to the 2020-21 school year. It includes MANY tutorials on the various virtual platforms and a lot of information for parents/guardians and students. Check it out!

https://mymps.org/

Attention MKE Teens!The future of storytelling is in your hands! Use storytelling as a tool to speak your truth, make ar...
08/04/2020

Attention MKE Teens!

The future of storytelling is in your hands! Use storytelling as a tool to speak your truth, make art, organize with your friends, excel in school, or even snag your dream job. Be a part of this digital and interactive summer long storytelling experience with the Milwaukee Public Library and Ex Fabula.

Attend free virtual workshops all summer long to hone your skills and prepare your story, then enter for a chance to perform at the end of summer StorySlam and win a cash prize! A panel of expert judges will determine the winners.

FREE VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Attend as many as you like from July 16 to August 8.
Tuesdays, 2-5 p.m.
Thursdays, 5-8 pm
Saturdays, 11 am-2 pm
Advance registration is encouraged but not required

Signup link: http://www.mpl.org/summerreading/teens/create.php

The future of storytelling is in your hands! Use storytelling as a tool to speak your truth, make art, organize with your friends, excel in school, or even snag your dream job. Be a part of this digital and interactive summer long storytelling experience with the Milwaukee Public Library and Ex Fabula.

Attend free virtual workshops all summer long to hone your skills and prepare your story, then enter for a chance to perform at the end of summer StorySlam and win a cash prize! A panel of expert judges will determine the winners.

FREE VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Attend as many as you like from July 16 to August 8.
Tuesdays, 2-5 p.m.
Thursdays, 5-8 pm
Saturdays, 11 am-2 pm
Advance registration is encouraged but not required

Signup link: http://www.mpl.org/summerreading/teens/create.php

08/03/2020
Wisconsin Public Education Network

From our friends at the Wisconsin Public Education Network!
#VotePublic

Let's make sure that all of our votes count this year. Requesting an absentee ballot is super easy and the deadline to do so for the August primary is THIS THURSDAY. Click this link to add a frame to your profile picture to let people in your community know how to request their ballots! www.facebook.com/profilepicframes/?selected_overlay_id=2711126738988396

The #VotePublic campaign means working together, getting organized, and staying safe. That's why we're working in partnership with the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, Leaders Igniting Transformation, Southside Organizing Center, and Voces de la Frontera this week to make sure all supporters of strong, equitable public schools are ready to vote by mail in 2020!

Talia Soglin from the Journal Sentinel is seeking to interview parents/guardians regarding the virtual return to school ...
08/01/2020

Talia Soglin from the Journal Sentinel is seeking to interview parents/guardians regarding the virtual return to school for MPS.

Are you hiring tutors or creating a *pod*?

Are you worried about how to balance work and your children being home?

Want to talk to Talia about how you are planning to work it out?

Feel welcome to send her an email and let her know you are interested in chatting.

[email protected]

08/01/2020

From Megan O'Halloran of the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors:

MPS has given out 1,300,000 meals since the buildings closed in March. We have noticed upticks as the pandemic has persisted, and within the month (end of month is busier than earlier). We are currently operating 25 sites. We will expand as the school year begins because more buildings will be online. This will make it easier for families to access meals closer to home. I just want to publicly thank the MPS nutrition team for continuing to care for our students health even as buildings have been closed.

A message which will resonate with all educators, administrators, parents, guardians and students across the state of Wi...
07/31/2020
Wisconsin State Legislature Home Page

A message which will resonate with all educators, administrators, parents, guardians and students across the state of Wisconsin cosigned by the Superintendent of Sun Prairie Public Schools, Brad Saron and School Board President, Steve Schroeder:

To the Sun Prairie Area School Community:

We invite you to pause with us for a moment and reflect on the events and decisions surrounding the reopening of schools this fall.

There are certainly many reasons to be confused, saddened, and even angry about how the current health crisis is affecting schools. Our students have been put in the undesirable spot of having to access instruction remotely. Our exceptional educators are feeling a tension between their professional calling to teach and care for students and the health and safety of themselves and their families. Parents are put in the binary position of making high-stakes choices between factors that compete against each other. And yes, administrators and School Boards across Dane County and the State of Wisconsin must determine next steps for thousands of kids while standing squarely in the midst of many forces and competing objectives.

Since announcing the decision to have students attend school via distance learning for First Quarter this fall, we have responded to a wave of polarized feedback. While these comments give us insight into our community’s frustrations with the pandemic, we are duty bound to address a particular strand of criticism toward our staff. To that effect, any comments that disparage our staff or question their commitment to the kids of the SPASD are absurd.

We made the decision in March to focus on “kids over content” to ensure we were meeting the social and emotional needs of students first. Our staff not only exceeded our expectations as they transitioned to distance learning on a moment’s notice, setting a standard of excellence for our state, but they have shown time and again their dedication to and care for our kids.

We also recognize the need for more academic rigor as well as continued focus on social and emotional learning as we begin the new academic year. We are confident that our staff will not only meet our students' needs this fall but again exceed any standard of educational delivery for the State of Wisconsin.

To be clear, criticisms of our staff are unfair, undeserved, and must stop. If community members feel the need to criticize and second guess, direct that toward us, not the SPASD employees who dedicate themselves to children day in and day out.

Indeed, our staff had no part in creating the health crisis we now find ourselves in. Anger toward educators is an unnecessary diversion from communicating with the decision makers--our elected governmental leaders--who can implement policies that will directly impact our current situation in the state.

So, join us in allowing ourselves to feel confused, saddened, and angry at the opportunities lost over the past several months at the hands of this pandemic. We also invite you to contact elected state officials with your frustrations and recommendations:

Governor Tony Evers
[email protected]; 608-266-1212; 115 East, State Capitol, Madison PO Box 7863, Madison, WI 53707-7863

Assembly Speaker Robin Voss
[email protected]; SpeakerVos.com; 608-266-9171; 888-534-0063 (toll free); 608-282-3663 (fax); Room 217 West, State Capitol, PO Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
[email protected]; 608-266-5660; Room 211 South, State Capitol, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882.

We ask you to join us in showing gratitude to the exemplary staff of the SPASD, who will once again rise to the occasion and teach, inspire, and love our children.

With respect and grounded in Every child. Every day,

Brad Saron, Superintendent
Steve Schroeder, School Board President

https://legis.wisconsin.gov/

A time to take action (call our Senators!) message from our friends at GRUMPS: ‘Mornin’ GRUMPS,Disappointing, maybe even...
07/28/2020

A time to take action (call our Senators!) message from our friends at GRUMPS:

‘Mornin’ GRUMPS,

Disappointing, maybe even devastating! That’s what the announced allocation for K-12 schools looks like in the new Republican Stimulus Bill. A total appropriation of $70B with at least $30B earmarked for fully opened schools, which won’t include most large districts in Wisconsin. Remember, when you hear that $105M is the proposed allocation for education that includes $30M for high ed and $5M for governors to use at their discretion.

Do some back-of the-napkin math on this. If Wisconsin qualifies for an average appropriation from the $40B, that equates to approximately $800M for Wisconsin. The state has more than 400 school districts. That’s roughly $2M/district. Madison may get more because of size and low-income numbers, so let’s be generous and say MMSD will receive $4M. THAT’S A DROP IN THE BUCKET!! The current estimate for the deficit in the Food Service budget alone is $3M.

The District has already cut $8M from the budget and is projecting another possible loss of $8M because of the state’s revenue picture. We are in deep trouble.
Step up, again, GRUMPS. Call Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. They must do better for the nation and Wisconsin’s children. Education matters!!

https://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/
202-224-5323
https://www.baldwin.senate.gov/
202-224-5653

This is what the national education organizations were asking for:
· at least $175 billion to stabilize education funding,
· at least $56 million in directed funding for personal protective equipment (PPE),
· at least $4 billion to equip students with hot spots and devices to help narrow the digital divide and close the homework gap,
· Sufficient funds to test and trace.

07/28/2020

Attention MPS Families:

MPS Has A NEW Communication Tool & You Need to OPT IN!

TAKE ACTION:

The district is now utilizing the SchoolMessenger system to send text messages to the mobile phones of MPS staff and families to keep everyone up-to-date with important information, safety alerts, school closing and more. MPS staff and families will need to opt-in to continue to receive important district and school messages to their phone.

Everyone who wishes to use this service will need to opt-in:

Text "Y" or "YES" to 67587

You can do this step with any mobile phone you would like to receive messages. For questions or assistance, please contact the Department of Communications and Marketing at 475-8274 or [email protected]

"We’ve always known that school does more than just educate kids. But COVID-19 has proven it. COVID-19 has also proven t...
07/26/2020
COVID-19 Has Proven That School Is So Much More Than Education

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We’ve always known that school does more than just educate kids. But COVID-19 has proven it. COVID-19 has also proven that schools have picked up these roles because no one else was doing it. Now that we’ve lost our in-person school time, we’ve lost our safety net for these things, because we rely on school to do it for them."

https://www.scarymommy.com/covid-19-has-proven-that-school-is-so-much-more-than-education/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=FB&utm_content=split_analysis&utm_campaign=07_24_covid_19_has_proven_that_school_is_so_much_more_than_education&fbclid=IwAR286Wk8ZE3-X2qlL8NqQNG_Ro8bK12IhRGCLBAn3RRm8_V_osTK2E8S4oA

We've always known that school does more than just educate kids. But COVID-19 has proven it.

From our friends at the UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership & Research:Hello!We would like to invite you...
07/23/2020

From our friends at the UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership & Research:

Hello!

We would like to invite you to register your student for the UWM fall virtual tutoring session. We anticipate much higher capacity during the fall and any students registered for summer who did not receive a tutor will be accommodated first. Please share this widely! Feel free to pass along to friends and family. Students from the Milwaukee area and Wisconsin will be prioritized for placements with tutors, but anyone can sign up. Matching will not take place until late August and early September, so there will be some lag time between signing up and hearing from a tutor.

The virtual tutoring program is staffed by a variety of students at UWM, including teacher education students, paid America Reads tutors, and service learners and will be coordinated by the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, & Research. The program seeks to provide academic and social support elementary and secondary students impacted by distance education, continued professional experience for college students, and an opportunity for the UWM community to support the education of young people. This is a free service and is at no cost to tutees and their families. Families can register their children for the program and select the type of tutoring support to best meet their children's needs.

The fall session of the Virtual Tutoring Program will begin in mid-September and will continue for 8-10 weeks. Those interested in tutoring services should register before August 24th for priority placement. More detailed information regarding dates and times will be provided after registration and before the program begins.

There are two programs to choose from.

The first is a reading buddy program for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. This program will use a structured curriculum and will emphasize literacy and other reading skills. Students will meet one or two times per week in approximately 30 minute intervals with their tutor.

The second program is individualized tutoring for kindergarten through 12th grade. Students will meet at least twice per week in 30 to 45 minute intervals with their tutor.

All tutors will be trained and go through a background check process. There are limited spots for individualized tutoring. If your child is in kindergarten through 5th grade and needs reading support, we suggest registering them for the reading buddy program. We will do our best to match all students with tutors.

Please contact me with any questions.

Take care,

Ben


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Benjamin Trager

Director of Community-Based Learninh
Union G28
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
414.229.3161

Find us online:
Website: community.uwm.edu
Facebook: facebook.com/community.uwm
Twitter: @uwm_ccbllr

Registration form:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=w3rKC7b8_U6J623pdgPPIVuhCwh_WT9CsYk4wAAZ0o1UNlZPUVNQTVdWSTBRMDQ1UkNROFJGNEZKQS4u

More about the CCBLLR:
https://uwm.edu/community/

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PPS-MKE is just what it sounds like: a group of Milwaukee parents with children in Milwaukee Public Schools who believe that true education reform, strong schools and successful students do best when parents are effective and engaged advocates for public education - in their living rooms and in public hearing rooms. PPS-MKE is founded and operates independent of Milwaukee Public Schools, the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, and organized political parties. PPS-MKE thrives on collaboration, however, and seeks out partnerships with any of the above, and others, whose good ideas and hard work put our children first.

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Can someone tell me who the organizing committee is for this group?
To ALL of the graduates, from pre-k on up, know that the Characters of Character are glad that you didn't give up! Be PROUD of yourself and embrace this next chapter, make all of your dreams come true and live happily ever after! Congratulations from us all and Miss Joni, too!
The amazing Chance The Rapper is talking to Milwaukee Public Schools Parkview School teacher Margaret Roushar right now on Instagram for #TeacherAppreciationWeek Story here:
This show is @ Discovery World tomorrow but is also available to schools.
Seed grants up to 2000 for youth initiated and led projects!
AND Grandparents.
I just received an email asking me to contact Dr. Driver b/c the 9th grade German class is facing a 37/1 student teacher ratio at MSL. This is unacceptable. I am contacting Dr. Driver to urge her to correct this. My children are part of MPS b/c I was able to enroll them in the German Immersion program. I would have otherwise relocated to Wauwatosa. I am not happy with MPS right now. I am not happy with school starting August 14th. Two weeks of summer is being stripped from our children. How many of the schools are air conditioned? Why should our kids be locked up in hot buildings during summer? August is the hottest month of the year. I am not happy with the uniform policy. If MPS cannot afford to properly staff the classrooms then how can we afford uniforms? These choices make no sense to me.
LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT! PUBLIC HEARING scheduled for GUNS IN SCHOOLS bill. Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety Public Hearing on Senate Bill 169 Wednesday May 31, 9:30 a.m. Room 411South See notice: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/raw/cid/1388008 From the bill: Current law generally prohibits an individual from carrying a concealed weapon unless the individual has a license to carry a concealed weapon that is issued by the Department of Justice or unless the individual has a law enforcement identification card indicating that he or she is a qualified current or former law enforcement officer. This bill eliminates the general prohibition against going armed with a concealed weapon without regard to licensure status. This bill also eliminates current law prohibitions against carrying firearms in specified places, but retains the current law that allows certain persons to post buildings and grounds so that individuals who carry a firearm in violation of the posting commit trespass. For instance, this bill eliminates the prohibition on carrying a firearm on school grounds and, for persons without a license to carry a concealed weapon, in a school zone. Instead, this bill allows schools to post their buildings and grounds under the trespassing laws. An individual who violates the trespassing provision is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor if the individual is in a posted school building and a Class B forfeiture if the individual is on the posted grounds of a school.