Katie Cunningham, Media Relations Supervisor
Milwaukee Public Schools
WHO and WHAT
Katie Cunningham, Media Relations Supervisor
Milwaukee Public Schools
WHO and WHAT
September 19th kicked off the Fall 2016 semester of PEARLS groups. With 44 groups around the city, there is sure to be a group for a girl in your life to attend. Find one HERE!
CINCINNATI, OHIO – Kaprice Maxwell, an incoming senior at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, won the Gold Medal in Contemporary Voice at the 38th Annual NAACP ACT-SO National Competition “The Olympics of the Mind” in Cincinnati, Ohio, last weekend.
Maxwell is one of five MHSA students who qualified for the national competition by winning gold medals at the local competition in April. The other students are Adjua Nsoroma, incoming senior (Painting), Biluge Ntabala, incoming senior (Oratory), Norskuski Rivers, class of 2016 (Poetry) and LaTora Smith, class of 2016 (Classical Voice).
Maxwell won with her performance of a transcription of Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin. She also was selected to perform as a soloist in the Prince tribute during the awards ceremony. Maxwell, Ntabala, Smith and Rivers also sang in the ACT-SO choir at the ceremony.
“I have been involved with the ACT-SO program for 25 years. It is replete with academic and artistic rigor and affords our students opportunities to exchange ideas with the best and brightest teens from around the nation,” said Raymond Roberts, MHSA Choral Director. “The long lasting impact on all of these students is the greatest reward for their participation. But, being awarded the gold medal is fantastic, too!”
“We are so proud of Kaprice, Adjua, Biluge, Norskuski and LaTora and all of their hard work. They and Mr. Roberts deserve this prestigious honor,” said MHSA Principal Barry Applewhite. “We are pleased to have so many talented students and teachers at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.”
The MPS students competed with 750 other students, each representing their local branch of the NAACP. ACT-SO is an acronym for Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics, and it is the principal youth initiative of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). It is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. There are 29 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts.
Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to redefining the MPS experience by expanding its fine arts programming, in an effort to improve outcomes for all students. The district continues to grow arts opportunities for students, including the addition of more than 100 art, music and physical education specialist teaching positions in recent years.
MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver and the entire MPS family congratulate Kaprice and her classmates on this national recognition!
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools has set another record for the number of schools awarded by an independent, statewide organization for promoting positive behaviors: 100 schools, up from 79 last year.
MPS also broke records for the number of schools recognized in the area of academics: 62 in reading, up from 39 last year and 52 in math, up from 22 last year.
The honors come from the Wisconsin RtI Center, a statewide organization that helps schools implement successful, proven programs including Response to Intervention (RtI) behavior – Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which helps build strong school environments, and RtI academics, which builds supports to meet students’ individual needs so all can achieve academic success.
“A positive school environment helps students learn and we are honored that so many of our schools are being recognized by an independent organization for doing just that,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “Meeting the individual learning needs of all students is equally important and a growing number of MPS schools are being honored for that work as well. Congratulations to our educators, support staff, district-level administrators as well as students and families for making this happen.”
The MPS schools were recognized as either a School of Distinction, the highest honor, or a School of Merit. The schools are:
The City of Milwaukee Youth Council has recommended the allocation of $138,755 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to six agencies that will use the money for initiatives ranging from leadership development, expungement services and job skills training, to reducing crime and preparing Milwaukee youths for their futures.
The allocations were recommended following agency presentations that took place Monday, June 20, 2016 during a regular meeting of the Youth Council at City Hall. During that meeting, agencies presented details about their proposals and answered questions posed by Youth Council members.
The funding recommendations will now go to the Common Council’s Community & Economic Development Committee and later to the full Council for a final vote.
The recommendations were:
Follow the Youth Council on Twitter @mkeyouthcouncil or via the MYC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mkeyouthcouncil/.
This summer, three Milwaukee Public Schools students will compete nationally in a showcase of Career and Technical Education students.
Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education (BOSCTE) students Trevion Brownlee, Adrian Ellis and Maurice Pulley – along with their coach Dave Kontz – are headed to Louisville, Kentucky later this month for the 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC).
They will also compete against nearly 6,000 other students from across the country in the SkillsUSA Championships. At the national championships, students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.
The students earned their spots at the national competition by placing first in the statewide contest. Juniors Adrian Ellis and Maurice Pulley won the Robotics and Automation Technology competition and senior Trevion Brownlee placed first in the Job Skill Open Class Demonstration.
SkillsUSA is a student organization for middle and high school technology and engineering education programs. BOSCTE is currently the only MPS school with SkillsUSA. Both Pulaski and Bradley Tech high schools are expected to join BOSCTE next school year.
Central to the district’s plan to increase academic achievement as part of its eight big ideas is the redesign of the MPS experience to include expansion of fine arts, athletic programs and the opportunity for all students to participate in student clubs, associations and organization that support their interests and increase their connection with their school and community.
These activities offer opportunities for students to learn the values of teamwork, individual and group responsibility, physical strength and endurance, competition, diversity, and a sense of culture and community. Extracurricular activities provide a channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom, offering students the opportunity to apply academic skills in a real-world context, and are considered part of a well-rounded education.
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools will on Thursday celebrate its eight high schools that earned a spot on 2016 national top school lists created by U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.
The number of MPS high schools recognized in 2016 is up from seven in 2015. For the second straight year, MPS is home to the state’s top two schools on the Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. MPS is also home to two of Wisconsin’s 10 best high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.
School leaders and students will be recognized at an event set for 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at MPS’ Milwaukee School of Languages, 8400 W. Burleigh Street, Milwaukee 53222. Media are invited and welcome to attend.
The winning schools and their rankings among Wisconsin high schools on each list are:
MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver congratulates the students, families, educators and support staff who continue to achieve great things. “As we reimagine high schools, we are replicating what is helping drive these successful schools,” Dr. Driver noted.
Those efforts include:
The district has already grown the number of students taking college-level AP and IB courses by 25% since 2013-14.
Rethinking high schools is one of MPS’ eight strategic objectives or “big ideas” to improve student outcomes. To learn more, visit mpsmke.com/strategicobjectives.
Tony Tagliavia, MPS Media Manager
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Board of School Directors on Thursday night approved a 2016-17 budget for Milwaukee Public Schools that increases support to schools by $26.6 million compared to the current school year. The plan puts 90 cents of every dollar in the district’s School Operations Fund toward the direct education of students. That compares to 87 cents last year.
“This budget is a win for our children and for our staff, putting more resources into classrooms and schools,” Board President Mark Sain said.
MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said the budget reflects the district’s plan to succeed.
“It is a blueprint for building on past accomplishments and funding future achievement. We crafted the 2016-17 budget with our most precious resource–MPS students–at the forefront, placing significant emphasis on supports that will also provide our staff with the tools to grow our success.”
The budget builds on the district’s Eight Big Ideas–strategic objectives focused on improving student achievement, community partnerships and district operations.
Among the highlights of the approved 2016-17 $1.1 billion budget are:
The district is also launching new school sites in 2016-17 including a second campus for the high-performing Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School; a new home for Rufus King International Middle School, which offers an International Baccalaureate program; Morse Middle School for the Gifted & Talented; and Milwaukee Excellence Charter School. In addition, a new partnership between Pulaski High School and Carmen Schools of Science & Technology will bring new opportunities to students and an International Baccalaureate program to Pulaski.
Overall district revenues and expenditures are projected to be down $1.3 million next year compared to the 2015-16 budget. The decrease comes in part from a projected revenue limit that is lower in 2016-17. The full budget can be seen at mpsmke.com/budget.
Noted Milwaukee Attorney Michael Hupy is offering a $25,000 monetary reward to the first person who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the shooting of nine-year-old Za’layia Jenkins.
Jenkins was shot in the face from a stray bullet on May 5 while she was watching TV in her home. She was legally pronounced brain dead at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16.
The shooting took place near 15th and Meinecke. Two groups were engaged in a shootout and stray bullets entered Za’layia’s home. Over 40 shell castings were recovered from the scene.
Officials held a news conference Tuesday, May 17, to announce the reward at the Third District Police Station, 2333 N. 49th St.
This is the third reward Attorney Hupy is offering in the past year, where children have been shot in their own homes by bullets flying through the wall.
Attorney Hupy has offered rewards in the past to stop violence in the area, including a $25,000 reward toward the incident in which 5-year-old Layla Peterson was shot and killed while sitting on her grandfather’s lap inside her home and when 10-year-old Alfredo Bautista was shot and injured.
Authorities continue to investigate the shooting and are working to identify suspects. Anyone with information regarding this incident can call 414-935-7360.
–Compiled by MCJ Staff
Washington, D.C. (May 25, 2016) — Today, during the White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that Milwaukee Public Schools is joining the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities signature program, Turnaround Arts. Four MPS schools – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lancaster, William T. Sherman Multicultural Arts, and Roosevelt Creative Arts Middle School – will kick off the 2016 -17 school year as four of only 68 schools selected as Turnaround Arts schools in the nation. The MPS schools are the only schools in the state of Wisconsin receiving Turnaround Arts intensive arts education resources and integration as a strategy to close the achievement gap through a highly-competitive application process.
“Turnaround Arts is proven to not only provide greater arts access to students, the program has also increased student achievement using the integrated arts model,” said MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver. “Over a four-year period, Turnaround Arts schools in other communities experienced on average a 12.6% improvement in reading proficiency and a 22.5% improvement in math proficiency. Attendance increased and suspensions decreased following the implementation of the Turnaround Arts’ program.”
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