Over the past three months, parents in Next Door’s Parent Ambassador program have collected 1,068 pairs of old children’s shoes. These shoes represent the number of child abuse and neglect cases in one year in Milwaukee County. As part of Child Abuse Awareness Month, the shoes will be hung in the Rotunda at City Hall. On April 16, a ceremony was held in City Hall featuring survivors of child abuse telling their stories. The event recounted the realities of child abuse in Milwaukee, as well as highlighted children’s artwork and personal stories. “Our parents are committed to making sure people know the impact of abuse and neglect on our community. Creating this display brings the point home in a powerful way. Every shoe really does tell a story,” commented Carol Keintz, Executive Director. The shoe project is part of a new initiative for parents at Next Door. The Parent Ambassadors program trains parents of the Next Door children to be advocates for their children and their community. This is just one of many support services for the “whole child” at Next Door. Next Door uses a research-based curriculum to ensure that every child we serve is prepared to be successful in school. Next Door also provides critical support for families, and partners with community leaders to improve our Metcalfe Park neighborhood.
The unique performance featuring 23 MPS second graders – including eight who are deaf or hard of hearing – was the Florentine Opera Company’s first involving both students and sign language. Florentine Opera’s work in MPS and other schools is made possible by the Herzfeld Foundation.
Students and company members performed “Little Red’s Most Unusual Day,” an operatic version of the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
Sarah Jones, Education & Community Engagement Manager, provided the students with an introduction to opera along with discussion about the specific piece. Milwaukee Sign Language School teachers taught the students the music and the corresponding signs.
“I go to dozens of schools every year and have been completely inspired by the students and staff,” Jones said. “It’s been an amazing pleasure for us to work with them.”
Students benefit from exposure to professional performers and the arts, which foster student learning tied to the rigorous Common Core State Standards, Principal Taimi Parey noted. In this case, the students efforts’ tie into the Common Core areas of speaking and listening; collaboration; and fictional literature.
Milwaukee Sign Language School is one of 10 MPS GE Foundation Demonstration Schools, which use innovative methods to implement the Common Core.
All students at MSLS receive instruction in American Sign Language. The school is open to neighborhood students as well as students from across the city who are deaf or hard of hearing and their siblings.
On Sunday, March 24, the Garden Homes Lutheran School Vikings (24th and Roosevelt- Milwaukee) secured the National Lutheran Basketball Tournament of Champions crown with a 39-35 victory over Central Lutheran of New Haven, IN. Earlier victories over Lutheran Interparish School of Williamsburg, IA (69-51), Risen Savior Lutheran School of Mankato, MN (46-31), Holy Cross Lutheran School of Ft. Wayne, IN (53-26), and Faith Lutheran School of Las Vegas, NV (45-42 OT), got GHLS to the championship game. The tournament, hosted at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN, brings Lutheran grade school basketball teams from all over America to compete against each other. The GHLS Vikings qualified for the national tournament by winning the Wisconsin State Championship on March 3. They ended their 2012-13 basketball season with a 27 wins, 1 loss record.
Legendary comedian and actor brings excitement to a special fundraiser for college bound students.
Los Angeles – Hall of Fame comedian and legendary “Def Comedy Jam” host , Joe Torry, is the special guest host for the Beloit Memorial High School’s (BMHS) 4th Annual Rhythm of the Knight Showcase, Saturday, April 20, 2013. The “Knightingales’” annual dance and step show fundraiser will take place in the Beloit Memorial High School Auditorium in Beloit, Wisconsin. Proceeds will go towards the students’ HBCU College Tour.
Although Torry is busy shooting Cinemax’s latest hit series Zane’s Chronicles, The Jump Off; preparing to film his new stand-up comedy film, “Be Careful What You Ask For,” live in Florida; and on a world tour with “Joe Torry Live,” hitting a different stage virtually every weekend, Torry understands the importance of supporting youth. As a father and an HBCU alumnus, he looks forward to giving back to the community at family-friendly events such as The Rhythm of the Knight Showcase. The BMHS Knightingales have had successful showcases every year since its beginning, but this year they look to bring lively entertainment and comedic flare with Torry as host. Torry is a graduate of Lincoln University and is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. serving as the ideal front man to host the Knightingales’ HBCU frundraiser.
The BMHS Knightingales is an organization created to encourage young women to participate in community service athletic events and to explore higher education with enthusiasm, dedication and determination. Attendees can expect a range dance, step and cheer performances highlighting this year’s “The Color Purple” theme. Next month, students and faculty will visit HBCUs in Mississippi and Louisiana including Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Dillard University.
The Rhythm of the Knight Showcase begins at 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Michelle Hendrix-Nora at 608-361-3197 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Group ticket prices are also available.
ABOUT JOE TORRY
Joe Torry is a Hall of Fame Comedian and a legendary host of Russell Simmons and HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” Torry has been in the industry for over 20 years, making his mark in the acting world on top of his comedic talent on stage. Torry has starred in many box office hits including “House Party 1 & 3” with Martin Lawrence, “Strictly Business” with Halle Berry, and John Singleton’s “Poetic Justice” featuring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. To learn more about Torry, please visit www.joetorryepk.com.
Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce that Marissa A. Evans, a senior at Marquette University, is the 2013 Student Journalist of the Year. Evans is one of several honorees who will be recognized this summer at NABJ’s 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando.
Evans is studying Journalism with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Political Science. She graduates in May and this summer she will be an intern at The Seattle Times as a Metro reporter.
“A lot of young people aspire to be journalists and yet some of them aren’t clear about what it takes to excel in this craft. Marissa A. Evans is not one of those young people. A student multimedia journalist at Marquette University, Evans has devoted herself to studying the craft, undertaking internships and practicums to get real world experience, and to helping inspire others. Persistent and passionate, she has blossomed into a well-rounded storyteller who can work across platforms,” said NABJ Communications Chair Christopher Nelson.
Evans is the beneficiary of a slew of internships and honors ranging from being a 2012 Chips Quinn Scholar to serving as the Metro reporting intern for The Washington Post. Other internships include working at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Star Tribune, and U-T San Diego. Evans’ mentors include but are not limited to Herbert and Mira Lowe, Benét Wilson, Duchesne Drew (Star Tribune) and Jim Nelson (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). When she was notified that she would be recognized as the student journalist of the year Evans said that she was honored that an organization she loves chose her for this special honor.
“I remember when President Lee called and I was truly stunned. I’m still at a loss for words actually. I’m humbled and blessed to know that NABJ, an organization I love and care about so much, has faith in me and the work I’ve been striving to do as a young journalist. I’m excited to continue serving the organization and hope to inspire the next generation of journalists coming behind me,” Evans said.
Evans is the founder and President of her student NABJ chapter at Marquette University and is an alumnus of the Online News Association student newsroom and The New York TimesStudent Journalism Institute. She was also one of the “30 under 30” honorees in San Diego County in 2011.
In her leisure time, Evans invests her talents into InHue magazine, her online publication which gives a minority voice to health reporting by concentrating on issues that impact people of color. InHue, which can be read at www.inhuemag.com, analyzes a range of topics from food tips to exercises to relationship advice. Boasting a diverse and talented staff, InHue is starting to pick up speed and online buzz as its readership increases daily.
Philadelphia’s Universal Companies Dedicated to Improving Communities through Education
Milwaukee Public Schools and Universal Companies, a Philadelphia non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities through education, real estate, social services technology and wellness, announced today that they are partnering to bring a new charter school to the Milwaukee area.
Universal Companies will launch Universal School of Milwaukee at two campus locations in fall of 2013. The MPS campuses will implement a unique and innovative curriculum for “college and career bound” students by offering program specialty areas at both school sites catering to students with an aptitude for the arts, or who have excelled in other schools or show the potential for gifted and talented programs.
“Families and community must work together to educate our children,” said Ronn Johnson, Executive Vice President of Education – Midwest for Universal Companies and longtime local proponent of high quality educational opportunities in the city.
“The Milwaukee Public School system supports and celebrates this progressive stance by offering educational options for parents within its own school system by embracing new and innovative ways to educate our young people.”
Universal Companies is a not-for-profit community development and education management corporation formed under the efforts and direction of one of Philadelphia’s greatest talents, world-renowned music composer and producer Kenneth Gamble.
Devastated by the blighted conditions of the south Philadelphia neighborhood where he was raised, Gamble, along with his wife Faatimah, cofounded Universal Companies to challenge and reverse the effects of urban decline. Since 1993, Universal Companies has been working to rebuild predominantly African American communities with a comprehensive holistic approach to community revitalization.
The Universal Plan integrates real estate and economic development with education, social and supportive services to build stronger communities and change lives for the better.
Universal School of Milwaukee marks the company’s expansion into other educational markets. The company chose Milwaukee because it shares similar characteristics with Philadelphia, from student demographics and low student achievement levels to neighborhoods characterized by disinvestment and high poverty rates in urban areas.
“We cannot control the color of our skin, the family we are born to, or our nationality,” said Chairman Kenneth Gamble. “We cannot control life, nor can we control death. We focus on the things we can control: quality of life, ignorance and poverty.
“Universal Companies has developed a mission around finding solutions to the problems that continue to devastate our neighborhoods, our communities, our cities and our country. Education is at the core of true community development.”
“Milwaukee represents a welcoming and congenial environment for charter schools,” said UC President Rahim Islam. “We’re very enthusiastic about the opportunity presented to Universal, not only by the well-known and loved school campuses, but by the vibrancy of the communities surrounding them.”
The elementary school (Universal School of Milwaukee – Millennium Campus) will be located at 8th and Capitol Drive (the former MPS Green Bay Avenue School) and will serve 400 students age kindergarten through 5th grade for the 2013-2014 school year.
The middle school campus (Universal School of Milwaukee – Renaissance Campus) will be located at 55th and Green Tree (the former MPS Webster Middle School) and will serve 200 students in 6th and 7th grade. Once accepted, students may remain at USM until graduation from 12th grade.
The schools will begin accepting applications for enrollment in early April. In addition, the schools will be accepting applications for 24 classroom teachers, 16 specialists and 30 support staff members.
For more information on the schools, please visit UniversalSchoolMilwaukee.org, call 414-355-5858 or call Ronn Johnson at (414) 233-8173. For information on Universal Companies, please visit universalcompanies.org.
Riverside girls basketball player Alona Johnson hoists the Division One state basketball trophy with some help from her teammates after they defeated Mukwonago 55-41 in Green Bay.
by Troy Sparks
On St. Patrick’s Day, something good happened. It did with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Marquette men’s team. The Milwaukee Riverside girls basketball team had good luck the night before when they won the Division 1 state championship, Mar. 16, in Green Bay.
The Bucks were seven games ahead of Toronto for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings entering their home game with Orlando with a 32- 32 mark. They’re trying to avoid playing Miami in the first round of the playoffs. The Heat clinched a playoff spot and is occupying the penthouse.
Early on, the Magic didn’t play like an 18-48 team that was in the outhouse of the Eastern Conference. So it was obvious that they were feeling lucky after a 54- 44 lead at the half.
Orlando took the crowd out of the game and wished that the Bucks put those retro 90s green and purple uniforms away.
It was a different story in the second half for the Bucks. They scored 71 points in the third and fourth quarters. It was like watching a Western Conference game. Milwaukee scored a whopping 45 points in the last quarter alone.
Both teams were either content in having a shootout or didn’t care to play any defense. A lack of D was missing from the Bucks, but they won the game, 115- 109 behind Monta Ellis season-high of 39 points.
“I’m happy that we won the game,” Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan said. “I’m concerned with the way that we’re playing right now. You can’t rely on scoring 45 points in the fourth quarter to pull a game out at home.”
A lack of effort on defense some nights is a big problem with this Milwaukee Bucks team. They don’t make enough stops on the defensive end and let teams hang around where the outcome can swing either way.
“The defensive end is where the problems are, period,” Boylan said. “We’re not committed to it. We don’t play hard enough. Defense is a first effort. Defense is a second effort. “Defense is a third effort. Defense is a fourth effort and defense is a rebound. And we give one effort, maybe two, and that’s it.”
Boylan is tired of seeing the same old output night in and night out from his team. It’s a team that the average fan might see going through the motions and think that they have the playoffs locked up.
“We need to turn it up and we need to be a serious team,” Boylan said. “We’re not playing like a serious team.”
Luck found the Marquette men’s team as they gathered inside the Marquette Annex building with coaches, media and other guests. They roared when they saw on TV who they would be playing in the second round, where and when.
They face Davidson on Thursday, Mar. 21, in Lexington, KY, in the East Regional. If they win their first game, they could face either Butler or Bucknell. The Golden Eagles are a No. 3 seed.
“I don’t know about the (Davidson) players,” coach Buzz Williams said. “I know that they were back-toback league champs in the Southern Conference. But other than that, I don’t know much about their personnel.” Here a hint, coach: Contact UWM coach Rob Jeter because they beat Davidson at the Klotsche Center (73-68, Nov. 17) and get your hands on some film of that game.
As for whether he expected his team to get a No. 3 seed, Williams thought it was earned based on playing tough teams in non-conference action.
“I think that the committee is much more aware and probably paying more attention to out of conference scheduling,” he said. “I think in our tenure here, each year, we have become more accountable.
“The problem is, when you go on the road, you probably at times going to get smacked like we did at Florida (82-49, Nov. 29). But in the end, it comes back and helps you because it proves to the committee that you were willing to try.”
It’s the job of outgoing senior guard Junior Cadougan to keep his team focused to the task at hand and not to look ahead, thinking that either mid-major team (Bucknell or Butler) will fold against a high-major team. “This is the last straw for me,” he said. “We just have to come with that hunger and (remember) what got us to this point and just come ready to play at all times, every possession.”
I was a non-believer of the Milwaukee Riverside girls basketball team at first. MCJ sales representative Jimmy Johnson, who’s related to freshman guard Alona Johnson, didn’t know that I didn’t have the Tigers winning the City Conference championship in 2012-13, which they did.
They were ranked at the top in preseason, won the first game, lost four in a row and won every game after that. The Tigers reeled off 23 straight wins to claim the title over Mukwonago, 55-41, and finished with a 24-4 record.
When I watched them on TV and saw the confidence in the Tigers that they were going to complete their mission, I was a believer. They had 6-foot-5 senior center Breanna Lewis, Alona Johnson and Amari Wilborn. They wore black T-shirts that said, “Gold Ball or Bust.” They brought home the gold ball, which hasn’t happened for a City team since 2009.
Photos and question by Christopher McIntyre
Question: Did you listen to 1290 AM & what do you think about it being no longer on the air?
Cedric Noble: “I didn’t listen to 1290 AM but it’s a shock to hear that. I never would have known.”
Christopher McIntyre: “My mother loved to listen to 1290 AM so I heard it for years growing up. When I got wind that it was bought out to play Elvis music, I felt like the community lost a jewel but when you have enough money to pay you can play whatever you want. If people don’t like it, the community should create a radio station for themselves.”
Exhibit at Milwaukee High School of the Arts Runs Through March 22
Two Mount Mary art professors worked with more than a dozen Milwaukee High School of the Arts students for five months to create “Standing on Their Shoulders: Memories of Bronzeville,” a multi-media exhibit on the African American neighborhood.
Through oral histories, photo collages and painted murals, the teenagers captured key elements of the historic area.
Led by Mount Mary art professors Paul Calhoun and Brad Bernard, the students learned a variety of skills, including interviewing, writing, editing and storytelling. Most importantly, the students were educated about Bronzeville.
According to Calhoun, none of the students, most of whom were African American, knew anything about the neighborhood.
“The students conducted more than a dozen interviews with elders who lived in Bronzeville,” says Calhoun. “They heard first-hand about segregation and what it was like at the turn of the 20th century.”
The student work focuses on three aspects of Bronzeville – the importance of religion and jazz and African American life during that time.
The exhibit is on display at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 W. Highland Ave., Milwaukee, through March 22.
The project is supported by a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund and Know Thyself.
Awards net students, staff and schools $15,000
Five Milwaukee Public Schools students and five MPS educators have won Herb Kohl Educational Foundation scholarship and fellowship awards, the foundation has announced.
The five students won $1,000 Kohl Foundation Initiative Scholarships, which are awarded to students “who have demonstrated exceptional initiative in the classroom and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond, but have not yet received other academic-based scholarships.”
The five educators won $1,000 Kohl Foundation Fellowships. They were chosen for their “superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.” The teachers’ schools each won $1,000 as well. In total, MPS students, staff and schools netted $15,000.
“I’m proud of our students who show so much promise and our educators who inspire them with service in and out of the classroom,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said.
The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by recently-retired Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl in 1990. Since then, the foundation has awarded $8.2 million to Wisconsin educators, students and schools.
“Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation,² Kohl said. “I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students and teachers, and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future.”
Winning MPS students are:
Aaliyah Barnes, Samuel Morse€John Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented
Arieal Jones, Milwaukee School of Languages
Brianna Portwood, Casimir Pulaski High School
Taliyah Robinson, Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Pamela Villanueva, Alexander Hamilton High School
Winning MPS educators are:
Renee Bast, Academy of Accelerated Learning
Monica Czyzewski, Lincoln Avenue School
Steven Glaeser, Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School
David Long, Rufus King International School
Shoshannah Pass, William G. Bruce School
The awards will be presented at noon on Saturday, March 23 at Greenfield High School, 4800 S. 60th Street, Greenfield, WI 53220.
This news is available online: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/dept/superintendent/2013/03/5-mps-students-5-mps-educators-win-kohl-scholarships-fellowships/
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin¹s largest school district, serving more than 78,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS¹ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000.