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Milwaukee Public Schools officials celebrate new culinary lab at Washington High School

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Fox6Now.com: Some Milwaukee Public Schools students are serving up some tasty dishes in a brand new culinary arts lab.

MPS celebrated the completion of the new lab at Washington High School Thursday, November 16th.

The lab is equipped with commercial-grade equipment so students can learn on the same type of equipment that chefs use.

The principal said getting the new equipment into the building presented some challenges.

“This beautiful, fully-functioning commercial kitchen was brought up four flights of stairs that many of you just walked up, so you can imagine how hard it was for 25 men who struggled to bring up many of the pieces you see in the kitchen,” Angelena Terry, Washington High School principal said.

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Murals Spark Creativity at MPS

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: It was the photo of the three kids on a tractor that struck Milwaukee artist Ken Brown.

The combination of youthful joy and mechanical practicality summed up the spirit and aims of Harold S. Vincent High School on Milwaukee’s northwest side.

So, Brown used that photo, and others like it, as inspiration for six panels that were unveiled Friday.

“The students are in these murals,” Brown said of his painted artwork that focuses on six disciplines at the school, from culinary art to animal science.

Brown’s artistic vision is that the murals “empower the students to embrace their career paths.”

The murals helped kick off Arts @ Large programs at Milwaukee Public Schools. Since 2001, the group has helped integrate arts into the classrooms at MPS.

U.S. Bank and the Brewers Community Foundation also participated in the mural effort as MPS launched what it called “The Year of the Arts.”

“We’re going to maximize what we already do and and show off the good things that we do,” said Deb Jolitz, manager of fine arts for MPS.

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MPS students complete high school in Summer Academy

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Milwaukee Public Schools: Milwaukee Public Schools has honored 167 students who completed graduation requirements during summer school and earned the right to wear a cap and gown. This year, MPS put a concentrated effort into summer high school, seeing it as a critical opportunity to ensure students have every chance to graduate and move on to college and career. A summer graduation ceremony recognizing their accomplishments was held July 28 at South Division High School.

This summer, MPS doubled the number of schools offering the summer high school program and included Madison, Obama, Pulaski, Riverside, South Division and Transition High Schools. Intensive outreach to students attracted those who could directly benefit from accelerated or recovery options. Offerings were increased and led to large enrollment and student success.

Students wore their school colors and accepted their diplomas from their own school principals at the large ceremony that was attended by family and friends.

MPS is proud to present these students with diplomas and send them on their personal journeys ready for college and career.

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Milwaukee Public School District To Expand Free Driver’s Education Program

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Wisconsin Public Radio: The Milwaukee Public School District is expanding its free driver’s education program to 1,400 students this upcoming school year. All students age 15 ½ to 17 ½ are eligible to participate in the program.

Annie Kubes, coordinator of citywide programs with the district, said today’s students need a valid driver’s license in order to find jobs.

“Seventy-five percent of the job openings in Milwaukee County in 2012 were in the suburbs,” she said. “Most were beyond the bus line so they weren’t necessarily accessible so having a driver’s license is really key in terms of accessing employment.”

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MPS, Burlington and Edgerton School Districts Featured in Video

A video featuring innovative programs at Escuela Vieau School in Milwaukee, Burlington High School and Edgerton Community Elementary School was shown to a group of about 60 legislators and their staff members during an “Education Academy,” hosted by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, the Wisconsin School Administrators Alliance, Southeastern Wisconsin Schools Alliance and the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance.

Milwaukee Public Schools reps visit Northwoods fab labs

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News Watch 12: Sparks flew in front of Valencia Carthen’s eyes, sparking inspiration to take back home.

“The first thing you learn as a brand new teacher is steal, steal, steal the best ideas,” Carthen said.

The Milwaukee Washington High School principal was getting ready to unpack her school district’s first fab lab equipment Friday. Thursday, she and 12 other Milwaukee Public Schools members checked out several Northwoods labs with 3D printers, laser engravers, and routers.

“I had a small idea, which I thought was a big idea, but just going on this tour… The sky’s the limit for these kids,” Carthen said.

The tour through Northland Pines, Three Lakes, and Florence happened after a conversation between State Representative Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) and MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver. The two agreed small and big districts need to work together.

“A lot of times people think the rural schools just won’t have access to different resources, but they’ve shown us what they can do with what they have,” Dr. Driver said. “So, now my folks are going back and we’re all thinking like, OK, we can do this.”

State Representatives Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz), and Felzkowski made a point of visiting Three Lakes. In 2014, it became the first K-12 district in the state to get a fab lab.

“This is where future education is heading,” Three Lakes senior Jack Connelly said.

Connelly and his team showed off their creation to lawmakers and school representatives. They also explained their goal of forming a business.

“I have no doubt in my mind that any student is capable of replicating what we’ve done here,” Connelly said. “The reason I know that is because I didn’t think I could do this six months ago.”

Since Three Lakes’ successful launch two and a half years ago, about 150 school districts statewide have built or signed on to build fab labs.

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MPS students gear up for Galapagos Islands adventure

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MilwaukeeNNS.org: At the beginning of the school year, Molly Schuld, a science teacher at Reagan College Preparatory High School, dreamed of taking students on a trip to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. Now it appears that her dream will come true.

“I care about three things: my students, science and traveling,” Schuld said. “I never really thought before about how I could put those three things together. But when this idea came across to me via a flier in my mailbox, I just thought to myself, ‘How could I say no to this?’”

Schuld received approval from Milwaukee Public Schools for the trip, and students have raised more than $22,000, including nearly $3,000 through GoFundMe. In addition, participating students have been making monthly payments toward the trip, using money from work, savings and donations from their families.

“We are all so incredibly appreciative of the support we have received from everyone in the community,” Schuld said. “This trip is going to broaden the cultural knowledge of these students and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the amount of effort they have put into making this happen.”

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Milwaukee French Immersion principal honored by France

mps_bianchiOnMilwaukee.com: On Tuesday night, Milwaukee French Immersion School Principal Gina Bianchi was honored for her work at this MPS school – which exceeds expectations according to its most recent DPI report card – by the French government.

At a ceremony at the school – located in the former Steuben Junior High at 2360 N. 52nd St. – Bianchi was presented with the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms) Tuesday by the French Consulate Denis Quenelle – on behalf of French national education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem – during the school’s winter concert.

Bianchi has been principal at the school – where she got her start as a teacher – for three years. MFIS was established in 1978 and has been located in a few buildings since. It is the state’s only French immersion school.

According to MPS, The Palmes Academiques is a national order of France for distinguished academic figures in the world of culture and education. The order was established in 1808 by Emperor Napoleon. Bianchi was nominated by Anne Leplae, executive director of Alliance Francaise de Milwaukee, who also is a recipient of the award.

“(Ms. Bianchi’s) passion for French language and culture as well as for teaching is evident as soon as you meet her,” wrote Leplae in her nomination letter.

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“I try to feed homeless people:” Students from Milwaukee’s north side spread message of hope

mps_dreamsFox6Now.com: Thousands of students from the north side of Milwaukee spread a message of hope and success. It’s all part of an event called “Flood The Hood With Dreams.”

The playground at MPS’ Milwaukee College Prep: Lloyd Street Campus is full of inspiration.

“I try to feed homeless people and clean up the community,” said Kyon Myles, 4th grade student.

“I think I influence others to do what I do and get good grades,” said Michael Morgan, 6th grade student.

Each student is looking for ways to change their community for the better. More than 2,000 students from all four Milwaukee College Prep Campuses come together for the “Flood The Hood With Dreams” event.

It’s a day dedicated to highlighting everything positive about their communities.

“They are flooded on a daily basis with so much negativity and it is so important that we flood them with hope, optimism and dreams,” said Jarett Willliams, parent.

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