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First Day of School at MPS

Day one at Maple TreeDear MPS Students and Families,

With much enthusiasm and excitement, I welcome you back for another great school year with Milwaukee Public Schools!

The start of the new school year is one of my favorite times of year. It’s a fresh start for our students, families, and staff, and is the perfect time to recommit ourselves to the very important work ahead.

Exciting things are happening in MPS, and our staff have been working diligently to prepare for a strong year. As we begin our 2018–19 school year, I firmly believe that we will make progress in our district with a strong academic focus in reading, writing, and mathematics.

We are committed to applying the following Five Priorities for Success.

  • Increasing academic achievement and accountability
  • Improving district and school culture
  • Developing our staff
  • Ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency
  • Strengthening communication and collaboration

We are also focused on ensuring that every student is in school every day, and that all students are getting the support they need. We launched a new attendance campaign, Attend Today. Achieve Tomorrow. with the goal of increasing student attendance so all students can succeed and graduate on time. We need your help to make daily attendance a priority!

Parent involvement is the key to a student’s academic success, and I encourage your active involvement and partnership with our staff to ensure a successful year. Please contact your school’s office to find out how to get involved!

As a district, we are celebrating many successes that we will continue to build on this school year.

  • The graduating class of 2018 earned a record-breaking $82 million in scholarship offers.
  • This July, we celebrated 173 summer graduates.
  • We received a grant of more than $3.3 million from the Wisconsin Department of Justice to make upgrades and improve safety efforts in our schools.
  • Pulaski High School earned authorization to deliver the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, giving students access to IB coursework. Pulaski is the fourth MPS high school to earn this distinguished honor.

Thank you for being part of the MPS family, and I look forward to a successful school year. With your partnership, we expect to win!

Dr. Keith P. Posley

Interim Superintendent of Schools

MILWAUKEE (September 4, 2018) – Today is the first day of school for MPS elementary schools on the traditional calendar. The District welcomes back more than 45,000 elementary school students to kick off the new school year. The official celebration of the first day of school will take place at Maple Tree School, and will include a press conference with Mayor Tom Barrett, State Superintendent Tony Evers, Police Chief Alfonso Morales, MPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley and members of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.

"Every school year is a fresh start for our students, staff and administration," said Dr. Posley. "Our staff is ready to have a great school year and to increase student achievement. We can impact the futures of our students by providing them with a world-class education."

Students will walk the red carpet into school and will be welcomed by the Riverside University High School drumline and be cheered on by city and state leaders, parents, teachers, Interim Superintendent Posley, members of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, MPS staff and members of the Milwaukee Teacher Education Association.

MPS Five Priorities for Success

* Increasing academic achievement and accountability
* Improving district and school culture
* Developing MPS staff
* Ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency
* Strengthening communication and collaboration

As the 2018–19 school year begins, Dr. Posley is focused on core instruction – reading, writing and mathematics – and has devised a new plan for MPS known as Ambitious Instruction.

The Ambitious Instruction Plan highlights our commitment to assuring high-quality instructional programs and methods of teaching designed to strengthen instruction and build a strong foundation in reading, writing, and mathematics. MPS works to assure that every student receives what he or she needs to perform at high levels in every grade and graduate on time, prepared to be a success in postsecondary college and career options.

Teachers will use data-driven, rigorous instruction strategies that genuinely engage our students. Schools will receive the assistance, professional development, and resources necessary to meet the needs of all learners as we monitor student progress.


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About Milwaukee Public Schools

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 2018 earned $86+ million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to seven of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

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