National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-12, 2017

Teachers give us so much. A boost of confidence when we really need one. Extra help when we’re having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. And though we know we can’t ever thank them enough, we can take a moment during National Teacher Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators in our lives.

Congratulations to the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Contest Winners! 

 

Congratulations to our 34th Annual - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Contest Winners!
The 2016 writing contest is co-sponsored by MTEA and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This year, over 3,400 students entered the contest under the theme, “We Shall Overcome.” Educators, students and families are invited to attend the free public Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Sun., Jan 15, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The writing contest winners will be honored at the celebration along with winners of the speech and art contests. Plan to join us!

2016-Writing-Contest-Winners
Thank you to everyone who participated!

Writing Contest Finalists

Grades 2 – 3 Winning Essays

Grades 4 -5 Winning Essays

Grade 6 Winning Essays

Grades 7-8 Winning Essays

Grades 9-10 Winning Essays

Grades 11-12 Winning Essays

The winning contest entries will also be published in a special section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in January. All teachers and students who participated will receive buttons and certificates from the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association in January. Classroom projects can be picked up at the MTEA at 5130 W. Vliet St. during regular office hours. For questions, contact Melissa Zombor at zomborm@mtea.weac.org or 414-256-6752.

MTEA-R & MTEA Winter 2016 Community Involvement Project

Donations Needed for the Sojomtea-r-soujourner-and-mtea-logourner Family Peace Center

MTEA-R and the MTEA have selected Sojourner Family Peace Center as our partner for the Winter 2016 Community Involvement project. Advocating for and protecting local families escaping violence in their homes, Sojourner Family Peace Center’s services are an integral part of creating a safer community for all. This winter, we ask all members of the MTEA and MTEA-R to donate in one or more of the following ways.

Donate items for Sojourner Grab ‘N Go Bags

A Grab ‘N Go Bag is a 1 gallon Ziploc freezer bag containing the following new/unused items:mtea-r-grab-n-go-bag

  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 3oz – 4oz tube of tooth paste
  • 1 bar of ivory or dove soap
  • 1 washcloth (white)
  • 1 8oz – 10oz shampoo
  • 1 8oz – 10oz conditioner
  • 1 Beanie Baby or comparable-size soft doll
  • 1 travel-sized Kleenex or tissues
  • 3oz – 5oz deodorant

Many of the items above are available at Target or Walgreens in the cosmetics travel section. Members can either buy supplies or build complete Grab N’ Go Bags. Both supplies and completed Grab N’ Bags can be dropped off at the MTEA Office during regular business hours throughout December and January.

Monetary Donations

  • Personal checks can be made payable to the Sojourner Foundation with “MTEA-R Support” noted on the Memo line. Donators who contribute and use the notation “MTEA-R Support” will NOT go on a solicitation list.Mail checks to:

Sojourner Foundation
619 W Walnut St
Milwaukee, WI 53212

  • Donate with a credit or debit card online via the Sojourner Family Peace Center website:
    1. Go to familypeacecenter.org
    2. Click the “Donate” link at the top of the page
    3. Scroll down and click on the yellow “Donate” button
    4. On the donation page, click “Add special instructions to the seller” and type in “MTEA-R Support”
    5. Enter your card information and click the blue “Donate Now” button

Sojourner Holiday Wish List

On the Donations link click on Holiday Wish list for other items in critical need

Donations are tax deductible.

As a 501(c)3, all donations to the Sojourner Foundation are tax deductible. Click here for a tax donation receipt form you can complete for your records.

Open Letter: A Commitment to Student Success in Public Schools

With the recent nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education, the nation is entering dangerous, uncharted territory. For the first time, our secretary of education could be someone whose sole “qualification” for the job is the two decades she has spent attempting to dismantle the American public school system.

One way you can stand up for public education right now is by signing this open letter that states in part:

“We expect our elected leaders and policymakers, regardless of political affiliation, to fundamentally believe in and value a strong and inclusive public education system that ensures every student can succeed, no matter their ZIP code.”