Although the following letter is for MPS families, there are many great ideas for all of the community to keep busy during Spring Break. Remember MPS and all schools for that matter can only do so much. Sitting at home does not help MPS or any school educate your children. Let’s partner up and get parenting during Spring Break!
Yes I know it is not always easy. We don’t all have vacation time and we must work. There are plenty of online classrooms and printable activities that you can access to help your kids stay sharp. One last thing we must do, let’s read with and to our kids! It truly is the key to their freedom and future.
It is truly that Dr. Thornton is proactive about our kid’s education. Let’s help him help our babies!
Peace Family,


Dear MPS families,
Happy Spring! I hope you’re enjoying what we all hope is the beginning of warmer weather and you’re enjoying spring break!
It’s a long time from winter break to spring break. I certainly am looking forward to a few days off and spending time with my granddaughter. But I also know those days off with her can get pretty long if we don’t have some activities planned. Here are a few free or low-cost activities you might consider doing with your children during the break.

• Celebrate spring by visiting the Jelly Belly factory in Pleasant Prairie where you can take a free factory tour and see jelly beans being made!
• Mondays are free admission days at the Milwaukee Public Museum. There is a separate fee for the Real Pirates exhibits, planetarium and IMAX Theater. Make sure to bring a photo ID for free admission.
• Mequon Nature Preserve offers miles of trails and a cool observation tower that lets you see for miles! You can also visit and hike the paths at any of our Milwaukee County Parks
• It’s never too early to think about college! Take a walking tour of one of our many fine local colleges or universities. Call the admissions office for a guided tour


• First Thursdays are free at the Milwaukee Art Museum, so plan a visit on April 4. The Kohl’s Education Center inside the museum offers fun opportunities and activities for preschoolers, grade-schoolers, teens and families

• Visit any Milwaukee Public Library to check out a book or movie. Check out the library’s calendar of events for cool things happening during the break (
• Saturday, April 6 is a free admission day at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Parking fees still apply, but you can park on a nearby street for free!

Wow! There’s a lot to do in Milwaukee. So lace up your tennis shoes and plan to stay busy! I wish you and your family a safe and healthy holiday. I’m looking forward to seeing our traditional and IB students on April 8 and our year-round students on April 15.
Gregory E. Thornton, Ed.D.