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Eagle eNews
December 2018
Meadowview's PBIS Program Receives State Honors
Kudos to our team of educators from Meadowview Elementary for earning the silver recognition from the Ohio PBIS Network on November 29 in Columbus. Each year, schools in Ohio are recognized for their Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) implementation. Schools are eligible to receive awards at the bronze, silver or gold level of distinction. 

The Ohio PBIS Network recognizes schools that demonstrate best practices and are open and transparent in the sharing of their knowledge and resources with other schools. The honored schools were recognized for doing a superior job of enhancing their school climate and culture in support of students and their academic achievement.

Pictured is the Meadowview team with Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction in Ohio. After receiving their certificate, the Meadowview team spent the afternoon presenting their successful PBIS program to educators from throughout the state at the 2018 Ohio PBIS Showcase.

“I was proud to represent Meadowview Elementary. Our Meadowview MonSTARs choose to be respectful, responsible, problem solvers. Our team was honored to share our success story with other educators,” said Meadowview Principal Kelli Ellison.
Students Caring for our Flock
Milford 7th graders Chloe Lewis and Jessie Hore collaborated on an art project turned service project during their WOW Art Experience time. During WOW, students are challenged to plan, collect materials, and implement their own self-guided, student choice projects. 

Chloe and Jessie decided to make and sew fabric bags to fill with donations for the needy. They cut the fabric, used the makerspace sewing machines, and created tote bags they later filled with food and personal items they purchased. They even created stamped personal notes and tied them to the bags.

"These girls truly did this from the heart and wanted to use their artwork to make a difference," said Adrian Hawk, MJHS art teacher.

Chloe and Jessie will be donating their handmade care packages to Milford's Feed Our Flock program to benefit Milford students in need.
DECA and Anthony Munoz Join Forces for Service Campaign
 Milford High School DECA students hosted their annual Mary Miller breakfast on December 4 to celebrate their charity drive to benefit Clermont County families. A total of 75 laundry baskets filled with health and beauty products and $2,000 in donations were collected by these Milford students.

The Adopt-a-Basket Campaign was coordinated by the DECA students and their DECA teacher/advisor Toni Parker as a part of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation Service Challenge. Former Bengal Anthony Muñoz was at the breakfast to congratulate the students for their effort as a part of his foundation’s service challenge. 

"I am beyond proud of the hard work and dedication that all of my students put into this project. Their efforts are greatly appreciated and I know that the recipients of these donations will be very thankful," Parker said.

The baskets and funds collected were given to Milford Miami Ministries and Wrapping Clermont Together (WCT). Milford Miami Ministries oversees the Mary Miller Fund, established in 1952 by lifelong Milford resident Mary Miller who devoted herself to serving the needy in our community. WCT is a collaboration of agencies, businesses, and individuals in Clermont County administrated by Landmark Ministries.
Mulberry Student Artwork to be Displayed at
Cincinnati Nature Center
On Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, the Cincinnati Nature Center will be holding a Mulberry Art Show in conjunction with their annual Charley Harper Celebration. Mulberry 5th grade students worked in math, science, and art to create works of art inspired by Charley Harper. 

"We are grateful that the Cincinnati Nature Center was willing to work side-by-side with the 5th graders at Mulberry," said Mulberry teacher Andrew Campbell. "Students gained a realization that science and math are all around them and not singular subjects. By working on the Charley Harper project, students began to see science and math as a language that describes the world."
National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Features Milford Junior High's Ohio Tree
Milford Junior High School was selected as one of just 56 schools across the nation to create ornaments for the National Christmas Tree. Milford Junior High School art teacher Adrian Hawk and Dan Yeager, Director of Fine Arts and Activities, visited Washington, D.C. on November 28 to witness the 96th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and see the Ohio tree our students decorated with their artwork.

"It was such an honor to get to visit our capital to see art created by my students in such a beautiful display in a National Park! The junior high art students really represented our state well through their thoughtful and creative designing of the holiday ornaments for our Ohio tree," Hawk said. "While in DC, I had the opportunity to visit some incredible art museums and brought back all kinds of inspiration and ideas to share with my students." 
Boyd E. Smith Science Teacher Receives State Honors
Boyd E. Smith science teacher Lisa Holt-Taylor has been recognized as one of three state finalists for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. She is one of only three elementary finalists in the state of Ohio.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honors for mathematics and science teachers. The program recognizes teachers for their contributions to instruction and learning, as well as their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
Student Artwork Showcased Monthly
At the district's monthly Board of Education meetings, student artwork is now being showcased and put on display at the district administrative offices. In addition, our talented artists are being recognized with their artwork at the meetings.

At our November Board meeting, five student artists from Milford High School were recognized. The following students currently have their artwork on display at the district administrative office--Ian McClain, Ellen Long, Clarissa Kester, Brooke Avance, and Peri Willoughby.

This month's featured art was created in our two-dimensional art courses: Photography, Drawing and Painting 1, Digital Design, and AP Art Studio. Kudos to our talented students and their teachers: Mrs. Schunk, Mr. Luessen, Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Schaefer, and Mr. Tucker.
Artists from top row (L-R): Peri Willoughby, Clarissa Kester, and Ian McClain. Bottom row: Ellen Long, Brooke Avance
MJHS Supports
Spirit of '76 Park
Milford Junior High School's student council raised more than $1,000 in donations to the Spirit of Spirit of 76' Park Arboretum and Garden project. Milford Junior High staff and student council representatives presented this contribution to the Miami Township Board of Trustees at their monthly work session in November.
District Awards First Innovation Grants
Milford Schools just awarded its first round of Eagle Innovation grants. Eagle Innovation is looking for innovative concepts that will have a positive impact on the education of our students, staff, and school community.

“We are looking for innovators who speak up, create ideas, and challenge themselves to elevate education to the next level. Innovation is not just technology. Innovation is a way of THINKING! It is a way of creating something new and better and discovering what is best for our learners,” said Stacy Smith, Director of Technology and Innovation.

Congratulations to the following teachers who were awarded the first round of Eagle Innovation grants:
  • Macy Fraylick, Mulberry Elementary 4th grade teacher, was a awarded a grant for Virtual Reality in the classroom. Through the grant, each elementary school now has a starter set of eight headsets using the Class VR system. These devices will be available for checkout in each media center for all students to experience the world beyond the walls of our school.

  • Milford High School teachers Brian Paul, Brian Underwood, Libby Hilton, and Phillip Schaefer were funded for their Makerspace/Idea Foundry. These teachers designed a hands-on creation and exploration lab for Milford High School students. 

  • Pattison Elementary staff, led by teacher DeAnn O'Toole, were funded to pursue "green" environmental awareness ideas beginning with a cafeteria recycling center for students to sort their lunch recyclables and trash each day.

The deadline for the second round of Eagle Innovation grants is March 1, 2019.
Feed our Flock Holiday Giving Needs
Milford’s Feed Our Flock team will be providing a holiday bag to 71 students in 7-12th grades who have been identified by staff as students who could benefit from something a little extra for the holidays and long winter break.

Click on the link below to see the list of needs:

Feed Our Flock will also accept checks and gift card donations. Make checks payable to Feed Our Flock. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday at the District Administrative Offices from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. or at the Milford High School front office between 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. You can also mail donations to Feed Our Flock, PO Box 438, Terrace Park OH 45174.

All donations are needed by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 12 .

Email with questions.
Milford Theatre Presents Cinderella with Princess Dinner
Milford High School Theatre Department will present Cinderella with a special princess dinner at 5:30 p.m. before the evening show on Saturday, February 9. The dinner will be held in the high school cafeteria and include Cinderella's favorite things to eat, craft time to create a tiara or princess wand, a photo booth with Cinderella, and princess dance lessons. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the event with limited seating. Please go to  to order tickets.
Parent Notification of School Emergencies, Delays and Closings
 In the event of a weather-related delay or closing, Milford Schools will notify parents through our parent/guardian notification system called SchoolMessenger via text, email, and phone. All weather-related school delays and closings are also posted immediately on the district’s website at  and our social media accounts ( Twitter , Facebook , and Instagram ). We also share with all the local media outlets.

Please note that once cell phone numbers are uploaded in the system, SchoolMessenger automatically sends out a text message. If you wish to receive these text messages, reply "Y" or "N" to opt out. You can also send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587. Click here for details.

If you do not receive a message from the district, please go to your FinalForms account to verify your contact information. Our building secretaries use this information to keep our parent notification systems up-to-date. If your contact information is correct in FinalForms, but you did not receive the call, please contact your child's school.
Winter Break
 Milford School District's Administrative Office will be closed during the Winter Break - Monday, December 24 through Friday, January 4.

There will be staff working in the building throughout this period, but no one will be present at the reception desk.

Winter break for students begins on Friday, December 21. Classes resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.
Kindergarten Registration Begins
January 16, 2019
Milford School District looks forward to welcoming new Eagles into our flock! To be eligible for kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old by September 30, 2019. Registration for incoming kindergarten students begins on January 16, 2019. 

The district offers both half-day and full-day kindergarten to all residents of the Milford School District. For transportation purposes, half-day students are placed in AM or PM kindergarten based on their residence. Each elementary building will offer at least one full-day, tuition-based kindergarten class. It is our goal to accept all registration requests for full-day kindergarten. Based on the enrollment numbers, it may be necessary for students to be placed in to a full-day program other than their designated building attendance area. If this is the case, parents will be responsible for transportation.

Call now to schedule your registration appointment. Registration must be done in person with Jay Batterson in Central Registration which is located at 1099 State Route 131. Please contact Carrie Clark at (513) 831-1314 to schedule a registration appointment. Before you arrive for your registration appointment, you must complete FinalForms online registration. Registration on FinalForms will not be available until after January 1, 2019. Click here for details.
Preschool Registration to be Held in February
Milford Preschool will be holding registration on Tuesday, February 5 and Wednesday, February 13 from 4-7 p.m. The registration forms for the 2019-20 school year will be posted to our preschool page, under the registration tab, afterJanuary 18. Parents must print and complete the registration form and bring the form and all necessary documents to registration along with the $65 registration fee.  If you have any questions, please call the Milford Preschool at 513-728-7400.  
Curriculum Video of the Month Honors Veterans
Each month, the district shows a video at the regular Board meetings highlighting curriculum and special programs in the district.

The November video featured our veterans honored throughout the district. More than 400 veterans were recognized in Milford Schools in honor of Veterans Day. Thank you to all the veterans who visited and shared their valuable stories with our students.
Beacon Gives Real-World Experience to MHS Anatomy Students
On November 28, Milford High School students were given a one-of-a-kind experience. Science teachers, Melody Moorhead and Pat Winkler, took a group of anatomy and physiology students to Beacon Orthopedic Summit Woods campus. Dr. Glen McClung gave students a lecture on the knee joint and an exploration of knee specimens in the cadaver lab. Students learned about common knee injuries and the specific surgeries necessary to repair them.

Our students were able to to participate in  dissection, muscle, tendon and ligament identification, and practice using an arthroscope. Students learned about the great respect given to the cadaver specimens acquired through organ donation.

“It was an awesome experience. We were all so grateful and inspired by this opportunity,” Moorhead shared.
Beacon offers this free program to schools through a partnership with Stryker Medical and the Beacon Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.

Milford High School Choir Students Shine in the Big Apple
Fifty-nine Milford High School Choir students visited New York City in November. In addition to performing, they visited several educational attractions such as Ellis Island, the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and attended a Broadway classroom workshop, and Broadway show. The students were accompanied by MHS choir director Tracy Carpenter, MJHS music teacher Tim Carpenter, and Milford's Director of Fine Arts Dan Yeager.
A clip of the choir's performance at the Statue of Liberty.
December Community Swim Sessions
Milford High School pool is open for school district residents to swim for free during adult open swim sessions. If you are attending an open swim session, please bring a driver's license or government-issued ID for entry through the high school security system. A waiver of liability must be signed by all swimmers prior to swimming. If the school district is closed because of the weather, open swim will be cancelled that day.

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