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Parent Engagement Opportunities

Are you interested in additional Parent and Family Engagement opportunities at East? If you are interested in meeting with the principal and other staff to share important information and partner in our efforts to provide your student with the best educational experience possible at East, please join our parent groups listed below.

East High Purgolder United Parent Group
Staff Contact: Interim Principal Mikki Smith
Next Meeting: Wednesday,  May 18, 2022 from 6:30-7:30pm via Zoom

Latino Parent Group
Staff Contact: Spanish Bilingual Resource Specialist Silvia Gomez 
Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 6:00-8:00pm at East high School
Facebook Group: Padres Latinos de East High School Facebook Group

Asian Parent Group
Staff Contact:
 Hmong Bilingual Resource Specialist Ge Vang
Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 from 6:30-7:30pm via Zoom

African-American Parent Group
Staff Contact: Multicultural Services Coordinator Sean Gray
Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 from 6:30-7:30pm via Zoom

Check out this Capital Times article "Volunteers continue to bring 'good energy' to East High" featuring East High School parents and community members.

We are still working with district staff to as they finalize a new process to clear volunteers to work with students during COVID.

MMSD is targeting the second semester for volunteers to be allowed in the buildings to work directly with students and staff. However, this will be determined based on local community conditions particularly after the holiday season. Also, the Board of Education is requiring all staff, partners, and volunteers to be vaccinated. When an approved plan is in place, we will share the details with staff and volunteers. Until that time, after the background check is cleared, volunteers will be allowed to work outside or virtually with students. Please note, volunteers may NOT initiate Zoom meetings with students, but rather the Zoom call must be initiated and monitored by MMSD staff. The students and volunteers may be put into a breakout room.

Beginning November 29, 2021, MMSD is implementing a new and more efficient background check process for ALL volunteers and/or community members who work directly with our students. The process typically takes between one to five days. Social security numbers (SSN) are required for national criminal background checks. Volunteers who are unable to provide a SSN should contact the partnerships department ( for further instructions prior to filling out the volunteer application. A background check will still be completed, but will take longer. Please note that U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for volunteering, and citizenship status is not a part of a background check report. Volunteers are automatically emailed the results of the clearance (approved or denied). The details of the background check report are not shared with building staff nor saved in Volunteer Tracker.

Thank you to all the supportive adults in the community who volunteering in an unofficial capacity to provide a calming and reassuring presence in the neighborhood during transition times, including open campus lunch.

Those interested in volunteering can sign up with the district here.


Restorative Justice and Trauma Informed Care Trainings for Parents and Community Members, presented in partnership with Freedom Inc., Journey, Safe Harbor, Department of Health Services , Dais, 4'cs, Milwaukee Public Schools and retired RJ Coaches, were held on Saturday December 11th and 18th, 2021 at East High School. 

If you are interested in future trainings, please contact East High School Restorative Justice Coach, Ericka Brown at

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