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From Lakefront Brewery to the Milwaukee Admirals and several concerts, many local events and businesses are taking precautions with the coronavirus. Here are all the closings, cancellations and postponements you need to know.
In 2016, Milwaukee Public Schools implemented ProStart, a nationally recognized culinary arts track for high school students that aimed to change the trajectory for students, offer them valuable life skills and prepare them for future jobs in the service industry. On this week's podcast, we chat with two key players who keep the program running at Bay View High School.
It's true that the long, low, single-story Hamlin Garland School on Milwaukee's far South Side isn't the style of building that typically grabs my attention. Call it a Midcentury Modern ranch house of a school building. But I try to never turn down an invitation to visit a public school, and stopping in at Garland recently reminded me why.
Four MPS College and Career Centers around the city are open this summer to help students navigate the steps to higher education and jobs, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
Milwaukee Public Schools is blessed with a number of really, really gorgeous old schoolhouses, but few can compete in the ornate category with Rufus King, which not only was built during the Great Depression, but really offered the ailing economy a giant middle finger with an almost insane attention to detail.
When eighth-grade teacher Stanley Levells announced Sandra Parks' death, members of MPS crisis response team were there with him, and others were dispersed throughout the school as the news was shared with students, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
This year, Wisconsin Vision, in partnership with the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association and Milwaukee Public Schools, provided free eyeglasses to about 200 students at Clarke Street School on the North Side and Zablocki Elementary on the South Side.
In addition to the "green necklace" of Milwaukee County Parks draped so alluringly around the area, MPS owns 52 neighborhood playfields that add a dose of green space - and fun - to some Milwaukee neighborhoods. One of those is Enderis Playfield, a New Deal-era gem built by the WPA.
Riverside University High School's history dates back to 1868. That history is traced by retired teacher Jim Gibson in a new book published to coincide with a 150th anniversary gala on Aug. 10.
The Milwaukee Public Schools board unanimously approved a proposal at its July 26 meeting to reconfigure nine schools in the 53206 ZIP code, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
So far this year, MPS students have earned upwards of $86 million in college scholarships and that number will continue to rise as colleges continue to report the numbers. That's more than $24 million than last year.
When I was a kid, summer school was thought of as a place for slackers and ne'er-do-wells, and kids that struggled to keep up during the academic year. Now, I think summer school can be valuable to everyone, from the lagging learner to the valedictorian.
It's safe to say Jabari Parker has been the most actively involved Bucks player in the local community, and on Wednesday, he was named one of 10 finalists for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award. Through May 6, fans can vote for Parker on social media and show their appreciation for his work.
Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver will leave Milwaukee Public Schools this summer to take a position as president and CEO of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, according to a report from Crain's Detroit Business.