Representatives from all district schools will be present to showcase programs and answer questions; families can enroll on site
- More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
- The MPS Class of 2016 earned $51+ million in scholarships; and
- MPS is home to eight of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and The Washington Post.
The Bartolotta Restaurant Group in its continued ProStart partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools will host an ice cream competition among students
Wednesday The Bartolotta Restaurant Group and Milwaukee Public Schools are excited to announce a fun and educational ice cream-making competition among students through their shared partnership, ProStart. ProStart, a culinary arts program, was started to build broad career readiness skills needed for post-high school success and to connect students to restaurant and hospitality industry opportunities.
The ice cream competition will take place on Friday, January 20 and will feature Jerry Greenfield, the co-founder of the national company, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, to serve as one of the four judges. The competition will occur at James Madison Academic Campus located at 8135 Florist Avenue from noon to 3 p.m. Additional judges for the competition will include Dr. Darienne Driver, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, Jennifer Bartolotta, CEO of Train-2-Gain, Mr. Gregory Ogunbowale, principal of James Madison Academic Campus.
With the goal of connecting students and hospitality industry leaders, Jerry Greenfield will bring his expertise as a culinary leader and entrepreneur. Through national partnerships with CEO’s like Jerry Greenfield, the schools are confident that they can continue to show students the path to success in the hospitality industry.
Ben & Jerry’s was started in an old gas station in the 70’s and has since grown to almost 200 franchised shops, a wonderful example to the students of the retail side of the industry. Jennifer Bartolotta, a key mentor in the ProStart Program said “Through continued partnerships with successful businessmen like Jerry, we are thrilled to continue to teach our young adults in the ProStart program all of the opportunity that lies before them if they want to make hospitality a career.”
Six students from the four MPS high schools within the ProStart Program – Bay View, James Madison, Vincent and Washington – will complete and will each be responsible for creating two flavors of ice cream. They will be judged on texture, flavor, creativity, and presentation. The competition will continue to focus on key hospitality skills such as time management and budgeting. The winning team will have their ice cream featured on the menu at Osgood’s located at The Mayfair Collection for the month of February.
About Bartolotta Restaurant Group
The Bartolotta Restaurants is a Milwaukee-based restaurant group owned by brothers Joe and Paul Bartolotta. Their first restaurant, Ristorante Bartolotta, opened in 1993 and today, the group owns and operates 17 restaurants and catering facilities, including four upscale establishments, two upscale casual concepts, a pair of supper clubs, a pizzeria, a barbeque joint, an upscale food court, and a lakefront custard stand, as well as three quick-casual restaurants in the Milwaukee airport. More information can be found at www.bartolottas.com.
About Milwaukee Public Schools and ProStart
Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:
- More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
- The MPS Class of 2016 earned $51+ million in scholarships; and
- MPS is home to eight of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.
ProStart is a hands-on curriculum created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for high school students. It features real-world culinary arts and food service management opportunities that help students learn skills that can last a lifetime. Students also earn a certificate when they complete the program as well as college credits while they’re still in high school.
About Ben & Jerry’s
From a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, to far-off places with names we sometimes mispronounce, the journey that began in 1978 with 2 guys and the ice cream business they built is as legendary as the ice cream is euphoric. http://www.benjerry.com/about-us
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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The 35 winning MPS students, their high schools, the tournaments in which they will compete and their categories are:
- Nzinga Acosta, Rufus King, NCFL: Oral Interpretation of Literature, NSDA: Program Oral Interpretation
- Seania Avery, Rufus King, NSDA: Duo Interpretation
- Celeste Beals, Rufus King, NCFL: Public Forum Debate
- Alanna Bielawski, Ronald Reagan, NCFL: Oratorical Declamation
- Julia Brunson, Ronald Reagan, NCFL: Original Oratory
- Keziah Carter, Bradley Tech, NCFL: Duo Interpretation of Literature
- N’namdi Carter, Bradley Tech, NSDA: Int’l Extemporaneous Speaking
- Morgan Coleman, Rufus King, NCFL: Public Forum Debate
- Steven Daniels, Bradley Tech: NCFL: Oral Interpretation of Literature
- Mae Edwards, Rufus King, NCFL: Congressional Debate
- Ruth Fetaw, Rufus King, NSDA: Duo Interpretation
- Collin Fetherston, Ronald Reagan, NCFL: Extemporaneous Speaking, NSDA: U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking
- Durran Goodwin, Rufus King, NCFL: Dramatic Interpretation
- Kalanni Grady, Rufus King: NSDA: Duo Interpretation
- Kenneth Guy, Rufus King, NCFL: Policy Debate, NSDA: Policy Debate
- Kirstin Hackbarth, Ronald Reagan, NCFL: Oratorical Declamation
- Diamond Harris, Bradley Tech, NCFL: Duo Interpretation of Literature
- Fefe Jaber, Ronald Reagan, NCFL: Duo Interpretation of Literature, NSDA: Humorous Interpretation
- Noelle Larson, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, NCFL: Oral Interpretation of Literature
- Kristen Leer, Ronald Reagan, NSDA: Informative
- Anne Liners, Ronald Reagan: NCFL: Oral Interpretation of Literature, NSDA: Oratory
- Cherise McMahon, Ronald Reagan, NCFL: Oral Interpretation of Literature
- Janiyah Moore, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, NCFL: Dramatic Performance, NSDA: Dramatic Interpretation
- Audrey O’Brien, Rufus King, NCFL: Congressional Debate, NSDA: Congressional Debate
- Carleon Outlaw, Rufus King, NCFL: Dramatic Interpretation, NSDA: Duo Interpretation
- Jeremiah Patton, Rufus King, NCFL: Policy Debate
- Marissa Robertson, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, NCFL: Original Oratory
- Ishmael Robinson, Rufus King, NCFL: Policy Debate, NSDA: Policy Debate
- Nick Savage, Rufus King, NCFL: Policy Debate
- Jaya Sims, Golda Meir, NSDA: U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking
- Talithia Taylor Hicks, Rufus King, NSDA: Dramatic Interpretation
- Harrison Tremarello, Ronald Reagan, NCFL: Extemporaneous Speaking, NSDA: International Extemporaneous Speaking
- Joe Vitrano, Ronald Reagan, NCFL: Duo Interpretation of Literature, NSDA: Humorous Interpretation
- Amber Weissert, Ronald Reagan, NCFL: Dramatic Performance
- Chue Feng Yang, Rufus King, NCFL: Lincoln Douglas Debate, NSDA: Congressional Debate
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Annual Three-Choice Enrollment period comes as district continues to expand strong academic programs
- Enroll now at mpsmke.com/EnrollMPS
- Find the right school for your child by visting mpsmke.com/findaschool
MILWAUKEE – Families looking for a new school for the fall are encouraged to apply now through February 19 for the best opportunity to attend their first-choice school.
The annual MPS Three-Choice Enrollment process is opening as the district is continuing to expand access to strong academic programs.
Three-Choice allows parents and guardians looking for a new school for the fall to select up to three schools they would like for their child.
Families can apply online at mpsmke.com/EnrollMPS, at any MPS school or between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee 53208.
The MPS website offers a ‘Find a School’ feature – at mpsmke.com/findaschool – to help select the right school based upon program, grade level, location, or transportation.
Those seeking new schools or learning opportunities will find some with new locations, others undergoing expansion and still others growing or adding programs. This is part of MPS’ efforts to expand strong programs through its Regional Development Plan. Efforts now underway to offer more options include:
- MPS is building an addition for Fernwood Montessori School, allowing the high-performing K-8 school in the Bay View area to accommodate the large number of early childhood students the school has enrolled in recent years as those students advance by grade level. The school has grown in recent years from about 550 students to more than 700.
- Rufus King International Middle School is moving to a new location at 2760 N. 1st Street, Milwaukee 53212, providing the grade 6-8 International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme room to grow and continue to prepare students for the rigorous IB Diploma Programme available at three MPS high schools (King, MacDowell Montessori and Reagan).
- Milwaukee Excellence Charter School, a new MPS charter school, will begin serving students in grade 6 in the fall, tentatively at the former McNair School site, 4950 N. 24th Street, Milwaukee 53209.
- Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School is expanding to a second campus, 3575 S. 88th Street, Milwaukee 53228, to serve more students. This fall, the new campus will serve all of the school’s students in grades K4 and K5 with students in grades 1-5 attending school at the current MSIS campus, 2765 S. 55th Street, Milwaukee 53219. By 2017-18, the 88th Street campus will serve all 1st-grade students as well with the current campus serving grades 2-5.
- Morse Middle School for the Gifted and Talented is moving to its own home at 6700 N. 80th Street, Milwaukee 53223, allowing both it and John Marshall High School for the Gifted and Talented (Morse Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented 9-12), 4141 N. 64th Street, Milwaukee 53216, to grow their programs.
- Pulaski High School is planning to add International Baccalaureate programming and increase bilingual programming as it begins a new partnership with Carmen Schools of Science and Technology. The partnership provides for the two schools working together to improve student achievement, school climate and teaching and administrative practices as each school brings 200 new freshmen into the Pulaski campus this fall.
- Victory School is expanding its Italian immersion program to include full immersion beginning with 4-year-old kindergarten (K4) this fall. The full immersion program will offer transportation to students citywide, excluding those living within the school’s walk zone.
MPS continues to advance its eight strategic objectives to improve student outcomes focused on student achievement, effective and efficient operations and family and community engagement. The district continues to build on success including its seven high schools rated among the best in the state and nation by U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post and its 82 schools recognized for reinforcing positive student behaviors and helping all students learn.
All applications received during the Three-Choice period are treated equally and a random selection process will take place if there are more interested families than seats in a given school and grade. Families receive an enrollment preference if a sibling is enrolled in the school or if it is their neighborhood school.
Enrollment applications received after February 19 are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools graduates have earned a record-setting scholarship total for the third straight year, with the Class of 2015 netting $36,831,081 and still counting.
The total tops the Class of 2014’s more than $31 million, the Class of 2013’s $24 million and it more than doubles the Class of 2012’s $17 million.
“This incredible momentum is the result of the hard work of students, families, educators, support staff – and it is the result of MPS’ continuing commitment to college and career readiness,” MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver said.
Scholarship winners were recognized by Dr. Driver June 9 at a celebration at MPS’ Riverside University High School.
MPS’ college and career readiness efforts include:
- Increasing access to college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs
- Two College Access Centers, supported by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, to help more students think about and prepare for post-secondary education
- GEAR UP, which is strengthening preparation for and awareness of college for students in the Classes of 2017 and 2018 in eight high schools
- Increasing the number of strong high school options, including last year’s opening of a high school at top-rated Golda Meir School for the Gifted and Talented
- Partnering with College Possible Milwaukee, which works to make college admission and success possible for low-income students through coaching and support
The efforts are yielding a steady increase in the percentage of MPS grads going immediately onto two- and four-year colleges.
MPS grads set another record this year: Eight high schools earned a collective $1 million or more in scholarships. The schools and their totals as of June 9 are:
- Rufus King International High School, $7,737,500
- Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, $7,568,022
- Carmen High School of Science and Technology – South Campus, $5,747,208
- Riverside University High School, $5,584,090
- Alexander Hamilton High School, $2,005,730
- Milwaukee High School of the Arts, $1,589,850
- Milwaukee School of Languages, $1,462,484
- South Division High School, $1,062,154
Winning students are heading to destinations from coast to coast and close to home including: Alverno College, Barnard College, Brown University, Clark Atlanta University, Howard University, Marquette University, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and many more schools.
MILWAUKEE (April 29, 2014) What’s a better fertilizer: Fish feces or Miracle-Gro? Can chewing gum improve your memory? And what difference does a green roof make versus an asphalt roof?
MPS students from kindergarten to high school are answering these questions and more than 200 other questions as a growing number of students and schools are participating in the Milwaukee Public Schools District Science Fair, now in its seventh year.
The event is set for Thursday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Peck Welcome Center, 10001 W. Blue Mound Road, Milwaukee 53226. Media are invited and welcome to attend; the best times to visit are: 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The 7th annual District Science Fair will include 219 projects put together by 273 students from 36 schools, up from 181 projects from 208 students and 28 schools in 2013.
Our science fair is a showcase of students seeking solutions to real-world problems, MPS Science Curriculum Specialist Jon Breedlove said. We’re excited to see more students and more schools participating and we’re looking forward to continuing to strengthen this wonderful event as our district continues to expand science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) efforts including expanding our Aquaponics programming.
(Photos: Participants in the 2013 MPS District Science Fair)
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MPS’ aquaponics program is getting a boost thanks to AT&T and the NEA Foundation; pictured from left to right: Bradley Tech High School Principal Jody Bloyer, Growing Power CEO Will Allen, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Bradley Tech teacher Rochelle Sandrin, Bradley Tech student Odell Chalmers, AT&T Wisconsin President Scott VanderSanden, MPS STEM Director Lena Patton, Wisconsin Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Thompson, and MTEA Executive Director Lauren Baker
MILWAUKEE (January 29, 2014) AT&T and the NEA Foundation are teaming up to increase low-income students interest in STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education by supporting Milwaukee Public Schools Urban Schools Aquaponics initiative through a
two-year contribution that includes $98,000 that will directly impact the program.
The goal: provide more students with the skills and knowledge they’ll need for 21st century jobs and develop curriculum and instructional
content that educators can use to build similar programs nationwide.
Projects like these empower educators to develop and use proven practices to deliver rigorous, engaging learning experiences that we know
excite and interest underrepresented student groups in STEM, said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation.
In order to keep our country’s economic growth and innovation engine moving, it’s critical that we develop STEM skills in our young
people, said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. Programs like this one with the NEA Foundation ignite the interest of
the next generation in the STEM skills they’ll need to succeed throughexciting, real-world applications.
MPS Urban Schools Aquaponics (USA) initiative was selected because of its early success in advancing STEM education among low-income and
minority students. The contribution will support the expansion of the program to five new schools, reaching a total of 1,500 MPS students over
It will also support the development of a cohesive, comprehensive aquaponics curriculum aligned with the newly released math and science
standards that will be piloted in the participating schools. Ultimately, aquaponics coursework would be available in all MPS high schools and it
would be a component of science coursework in all MPS K-8 schools, with the potential to reach all 78,500 students in the district.
Aquaponics is a strong part of our STEM education efforts and we’re grateful and proud to be able to strengthen and grow that program, said
MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton. This program gives students hands-on STEM experience, and exposes them to career options in a new and growing field.
Aquaponics is a highly efficient and sustainable form of farming in which water from aquatic animals is used to feed hydroponically grown plants.
The plants filter the water, which is then re-circulated back to the fish. Aquaponics programs enable students to use and explore science, math and
engineering principles in a variety of ways as they gain valuable 21st century skills and knowledge.
Through its Aquaponics program, MPS is providing our young people with the STEM education they need to be prepared for careers in the 21st
Century, said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. We are excited this innovative program is expanding to reach even more students thanks to this
Over the last three years, MPS Urban Schools Aquaponics initiative hasbeen integrated into nine new schools, thanks in part to support from the
NEA Foundation and the AT&T Foundation. This new contribution will support five new schools, for a total of 18 Milwaukee public schools.
Research indicates that under performance in STEM education arises from a variety of complex issues: teachers with little professional support;
inadequate alignment of standards and curriculum; and insufficient understanding of the relevance to students’ lives about the need to
achieve in these subjects. This project will focus on providing more personal, engaging, coordinated, and consistent STEM learning.
MPS Aquaponics initiative is one of two contributions awarded nationally as part of a $300,000 total contribution that will also support
the development of case studies and evaluation of the two programs from fall 2013 through fall 2015. Project EATS(http://k12.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=841542679ec1eb1303710a0cd&id=d4ac2878b6&e=2e7386ccb5), a program of the Active Citizens Project, in New York City, NY, was alsoselected.
Formative and summative evaluation will be employed throughout the funding period to assess progress in both cities, to identify areas for
improvement, gather evidence of success, and enable future replication in schools across the country, with the goal of increasing high school
students engagement, interest, and excellence in STEM.
Read more about the foundations STEM work in the NEA Foundation report, Harnessing the Potential of Innovative STEM Education Programs: Stories of Collaboration, Connectedness and Empowerment