Curtin Family Newsletter

September 22, 2021

Upcoming Events

Picture Day Friday, September 24th

NO SCHOOL – P/T Conference Friday, October 22nd

NO SCHOOL – October Break Monday, October 25th

NO SCHOOL – Records Day Monday, November 15th

NO SCHOOl – Thanksgiving Break Wednesday, November 24th – Friday, November 26th

School Happenings

Field Day was a success!

Last week our students participated in Spirit Week. We ended our week with a Friday Field Day and popcycles. I want to thank all the staff and our 8th graders who helped facilitate Field Day Stations.

Picture Day this FRIDAY, September 24th

School photos will be taken this Friday, September 24th.

It is recommended that orders be placed online.

Click here to order online

If needed, you can also send your child's paper order form that was sent home last week along with your child's smile. Please assure to include the 5.6% sales tax with your payment.

Fall Testing Schedule

Each year, students take a universal screening assessment three times a year. This assessment, STAR, will be given to our students in grades 2-8 for reading and math. STAR early literacy is given to grade 1. The testing window opens Monday, September 13 and will end Friday, October 8, 2021. Students in grades K4-K5 will be assessed on reading readiness.

It is important that students are well-rested and eat a good breakfast on their day of testing. The assessment helps inform instruction to best meet the needs of all of our students.

For more information regarding assessment and your child, please refer to the parent assessment guides.

Assessment family guides linked here:

English Spanish Arabic Hmong Somali Karen Rohingya

Look at what Middle School is doing in reading class!

Our students were engaged in a Socratic Seminar on Tuesday. What is a Socratic Seminar? Students read and research a topic and build an opinion. Students then discuss the topic in a circle fashion where there is equity in voice. This gives students the opportunity to share their thoughts and listen to other's opinions on the subject matter. Student ideas blossom through the sharing of ideas.
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Student Chromebooks and Student Usage

In order to support the learning of every child in MPS, every Curtin Leadership Academy student received a Chromebook for use at home. This Chromebook should remain at home until the teacher asks your child to return it back to school.

Should your child leave the school or the district you are responsible for returning the Chromebook and power cord back to the school you received it from. If you are moving to another MPS school, the new school will provide you with a Chromebook.

The Chromebook should be used for educational purposes only. Please help by monitoring your child’s use of the Chromebook for educational purposes only.

Health and Safety

Guidelines for Health and Safety

To ensure the health and safety of all, MPS will continue to follow current CDC and Milwaukee Health Department guidelines.

  • Masks required by staff and students indoors except while eating or drinking

  • Masks not required outdoors

  • Masks required on buses

  • Plexi barriers on student desks when facing one another

  • A distance of 3 feet will be maintained in all school settings to the greatest extent possible

  • School Visitors- visitors with a scheduled visit are welcomed (masks required)

  • Water fountains/bubblers will be used as water bottle filling stations. Send your child with a water bottle daily.

Student Absence due to Quarantine or Bus Issues

In order to support our Curtin students when absent due to quarantine or bus issues, please assure that your child is completing their assignments found on google classroom or Seesaw.

Our school support teacher is also offering Academic Support virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-10:30 a.m. AND 1:30-2:00 p.m. using the google meet code "curtinsupport"

If your child is absent due to quarantine or bus issues, AND, completes their assignments found on google classroom/Seesaw, they WILL be marked PRESENT.

What should I do if my child is sick?

If your child is sick, please keep your child and his/her siblings who live in the home at home.

Please call the school office at 414-902-7700 and share the following:

-Name of your child who is ill

-Symptoms your child is experiencing

-Date that your child began feeling their symptoms

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Help Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

MPS is now offering COVID-19 School Based Testing for students and staff with COVID symptoms. Testing will help reduce community spread of COVID-19 and ensure that our schools are safe for learning and working. Please consider completing this consent for testing. Students and staff who complete this form and display symptoms of COVID, may be able to be tested at Curtin.


Parents, if you have updated immunization records, please fax it to Curtin at 902-7715 or email Nurse Myka Vang at I do check my voicemail daily so you may also call me at 414-902-7720.

Stay Connected

Sign Up for Remind

Remind offers a great two way communication between the families and Curtin! We will send out the newsletter, important dates and reminders, and teacher announcements. Signing up is simple! Download the app, create an account and join your child's classroom by using the following codes:

  • Curtin School: k4gf4c
  • Camp Curtin: da86a4
  • Physical Education: d4f983cd6k

  • K4: fkk63h6gab
  • K5: babekghcbb
  • 1st: 6a23ggd7dd
  • 2nd: 7ag9k6dg3a
  • 3rd: cf43af3883
  • 4th: f3b93d6hga
  • 5th: 7af2hhk42f

  • 6 Grade and Middle School Social Studies: dhf4de94ah
  • 7A Grade and Middle School Science: cf977b7adb
  • 7B Grade and Middle School English Language Arts___
  • 8th Grade and Middle School Math: k642973397

Arrival and Dismissal

School Hours

Office: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Breakfast 7:20 a.m. (in the classroom)

School starts: 7:20 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:20 p.m.

After School Camp 2:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Student Entry Procedures

All students enter from the playground area between 7:15 a.m. and 7:20 a.m.

Late arrivals should use the main entrance on 32nd street beginning at 7:30 a.m.

**Buses students will pull in on Morgan Avenue. Families please do not block in coned areas as it causes a safety hazard to bus students. **

Dismissal Procedures

All students exit onto the playground at 2:20 p.m. using the same doors during arrival.

Students who are not picked up by 2:25 p.m. will be brought to the library. Parents should pick up at the main entrance on 32nd street.

Curtin Camp

At this moment, we do not have any opening for additional camp students. If are interested in being put on a waitlist, please contact Ms. Connie at 414-902-7711


Parent(s)/guardian(s) are expected to notify the school by phone/letter of a student’s absence. Personal illness is a legally excused absence. The building principal may request a medical statement from a physician or other health care provider when student(s) have a history of excessive absences. If your child(ren) is going to be absent, please be sure to call 902-7700. We have a 24 hour automated service.

Please be aware that vacations, going out of town, etc. are only excused if it is in a written notification prior to the absences.

PTO & School Engagement Council

Our next School Engagement Council Meeting and Parent Teacher Organization Meeting on September 22 from 2:35-3:30 using the Google Meet link below. Please come to share your suggestions, have questions answered and plan how to support Curtin students.

School Engagement Council

Wednesday, September 22nd from 2:35-3:30 PM

Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 219-401-0603‬ PIN: ‪836 127 869‬#

More phone numbers:

8th Graders


Parent Portal is a system used by MPS to give parents and guardians access to student information such as busing, immunization records, grades, etc. This system is also used for early admission for high school!

If you are an 8th grade parent and have not signed up or do not remember your username, please contact the office at 414-902-7700 or email Curtin at

8th Grade: High School Early Enrollment Parent Meeting

Good afternoon,

I will be leading a High School Enrollment Parent Meeting on Wednesday, September 22 at 5:00 (English) and 5:30 (Spanish – Ms. Leshok translating). The purpose of the meeting is to go through the MPS high school enrollment process and answer any questions. I have invited all middle school teachers in case they want to be more familiar with the process.

Date? Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Time? 5:00 (English) and 5:30 (Spanish)

Google Meet Link:

Key Points for Early Admissions:

*Application opens 9/25/21-10/31/21

*High School Fair for families to attend will be the weekend of 10/2/21 (more info to come)

*Application will still be in the Parent Portal

The Early Enrollment Website is NOT updated completely, but the Select Criteria Scoring is updated:

Thank you,

Rachelle Nisleit

School Counselor


2021-2022 Coaching Opportunities—COACHES NEEDED!

Fall Sports

  • 4th-5th Grade Coed Soccer

    • Games every Saturday, September 25th-November 6th

Winter Sports

  • Middle School Coed Basketball

    • Games every Saturday, December 11th-March 5th

  • Middle School Coed Volleyball

    • Games every Saturday, December 4th-February 26th

Spring Sports

  • Middle School Softball

    • Games every Saturday, April 23rd-June 4th

  • Middle School Soccer

For all Sports:

  • Practice two nights a week minimum (1.5-2 hrs long) starting after school day ends

  • Practices will begin 1-2 weeks before start of season based on availability

  • Gear will be supplied for you

Contact Lauren Long (phy ed teacher/Sport Coordinator)

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