MPS students walk the red carpet back to school

September 5, 2019

With the drumline from Reagan High School drumming a lively beat, students at MPS Parkside School of the Arts marched, strutted, and strolled along a red carpet to make their way into school for the start of the new year. Dr. Keith P. Posley, Governor Tony Evers, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, and others kicked off the new school year on September 3 at Parkside School of the Arts. Students received cheers and high-fives as they returned to school, ready for a busy year of learning.

Dr. Posley, Governor Evers, and others then offered remarks in the school library to wish success to students and emphasize the importance of a quality education. The group also visited classrooms to welcome students and staff and wish them a great year. MPS wishes to thank the morning’s panel of speakers.

• Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley
• Governor Tony Evers
• Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes
• State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor
• Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales
• Milwaukee School Board Director Megan O’Halloran
• Principal Lila Hillman
• MTEA President Amy Mizialko

As the 2019–20 school year begins, Dr. Posley is focused on core instruction—reading, writing, and mathematics— and attendance. District efforts are built around the Five Priorities for Success:

• Increase academic achievement and accountability
• Improve district and school culture
• Develop MPS staff
• Ensure fiscal responsibility and transparency
• Strengthen communication and collaboration

Additional focus areas for the 2019–20 school year include:

• MPS Ambitious Instruction Plan
• MPS Attendance Campaign

If you missed the start of school, enroll your child now! Visit to learn more, or visit an MPS school or MPS Central Services for in-person registration.

MPS Central Services is located at 5225 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, or call (414) 475-8159.