Our Common Bond

On a cold, windy day in January 1983, former USM headmaster Robert D. Johnston sat down at his desk to pen his “Headmaster’s Corner” article for USM Today. At the time, USM was poised on the precipice of great change. Construction had begun to consolidate two campuses into one, thanks to the launch of a $13 million Our Future is Now capital campaign—the largest fundraising … Continue reading Our Common Bond

A Classroom Without Walls

Imagine that you have been given a 4″x6″ notecard with a horizontal line drawn through the middle. The space above the line represents air, and the space below represents soil. Now, without any help from Google, draw the entire potato plant, from the roots to leaves. Can you do it? For students in Kip Jacobs’ 7th-grade science class, that is their first assignment at the … Continue reading A Classroom Without Walls

Educating at the Speed of Change

For her senior-year capstone project, Anne Havlik ’17 tasked herself with the ambitious goal of building—from scratch—a solar-powered computer. She knew it would be a challenge but, given her interest in technology, it would also be a good opportunity to teach herself new skills. In her mind, Havlik envisioned a laptop powered by solar panels that could fit in a backpack, combining portability over rough … Continue reading Educating at the Speed of Change

A Community of Excellence

A diploma from University School of Milwaukee signifies many things. For starters, it signifies that successful completion of a challenging, engaging, and exciting curriculum from one of the nation’s top independent schools. It also signifies a commitment to academic excellence and exceptional behavioral standards. Perhaps most importantly, it denotes membership in an extraordinary community of alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff. But just what is … Continue reading A Community of Excellence

Innovation Ready: Profiles

Madeline Cohen ’15 A passion for computer science and information technology developed late for Madeline Cohen ’15, but she has more than made up for lost time. Cohen joined USM’s House of Technology during her junior year and quickly developed an interest and aptitude for troubleshooting devices as she answered tickets and entered classrooms to repair devices. That interest evolved as Cohen took on more … Continue reading Innovation Ready: Profiles

Innovation Ready: Curiosity, Exploration Key as USM Students Build

Inspired by University School of Milwaukee’s Strategic Plan, and its mission to graduate students who are innovation-ready as they enter college and beyond, USM has established academic curriculum and dedicated space to foster creativity, curiosity, and exploration for all students. Demonstrating a commitment to innovative learning across all three divisions, USM features makerspace areas in the Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School that allow … Continue reading Innovation Ready: Curiosity, Exploration Key as USM Students Build