www.milfordschools.org                                                                                 April 2018
Miami Township and District Collaborate to Add New SRO
Milford Exempted Village School District and Miami Township have joined forces to add an additional school resource officer (SRO) beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. The new officer will be stationed at Milford Junior High School with the school district and Township equally sharing the costs for the new officer.
"Our school district is fortunate to have such a strong partnership with Miami Township Police Department. Having an additional full-time officer will increase the safety and security of our campus and will be a reassuring presence to our parents, staff, and students ," Milford Superintendent Nancy House said.
Currently, the district has a full-time officer, Kent Arter, who has an office in Milford High School and assists at Milford Junior High School when needed. The district also has Miami Township officer Skip Rasfeld, who works in our elementary schools and leads the DARE program. Beginning this school year, Miami Township Police Department has also committed to having every officer who works the day shift visit different schools during the school day for a more visible and frequent presence.

" This investment in an additional School Resource Officer is an example of the importance that the Miami Township Trustees place on the safety of our young residents. They also support the community-oriented policing style we use here and put value in proactive policing and engaging our students," stated Miami Township Administrator Jeff Wright.

A school resource officer is a sworn law enforcement officer who not only provides a safe learning environment but fosters positive relationships with students and works with teachers and administrators to develop strategies to resolve problems and prevent problems from escalating. An SRO also serves as an informal counselor/mentor to students.

Milford School district is also collaborating with both the Miami Township Police and Fire Departments and the City of Milford Police Department on a new Safety Task Force. The committee, which includes officers and district personnel, will be reviewing the current safety plan and input from the Board of Education's listening session on school safety. The task force will then make recommendations to the safety plan to the Board of Education.
Summary of Listening Session on School Safety
The Milford School Board of Education held a special meeting on March 7 to listen to the concerns and suggestions from our community about school safety. Approximately 120 people attended the meeting including Jamey Mills, Milford's Chief of Police, and Mike Mills, Miami Township's Assistant Chief of Police.

A total of 19 parents, community members, and a student shared thoughts and suggestions on safety. The Board and the district's new Safety Task Force will be discussing this input as they move forward to review and enhance the district's safety measures.

Click on the link below to read the summary of comments. 

On April 2, the district announced that Mr. Donald Baker will leave his position as principal of McCormick Elementary to become the district's new Coordinator of Special Education beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.  
Mr. Baker began his Milford career as assistant principal of Boyd E. Smith Elementary and then was named principal of Charles L. Seipelt Elementary. He was assigned to McCormick Elementary when the building opened in the fall of 2003. During his years at McCormick, Mr. Baker assisted in the research and development of our district's autism-behavioral units. The support of special education students and their families is a passion that he will carry into the position of Coordinator of Special Education.  
The district has begun the search for a replacement for Mr. Baker and will include McCormick teachers, parent representatives, and members of our administrative team on this search committee.  The goal is to name and introduce the new principal to the McCormick community before the end of the current school year.

Mr. Baker is replacing Mr. Todd Wells who was named as an Assistant Principal at Milford Junior High School.
Open Enrollment to be held in April
Registration for open enrollment will be held April 9-27, 2018. Milford School District accepts students from other school districts based on capacity guidelines for each grade level.

Applications for open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year must be submitted in person to the Milford School District's Central Office, 777 Garfield Avenue, during the following timeframe: April 9 - 27, 2018 between 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The application deadline is Friday, April 27, at 4:30  p.m.

Click here for the registration documents and details.
Future Teachers Excel at State Contest
Milford High School's future educators in the Teaching Professions Academy excelled at the Educators Rising state competition held on March 15 and 16 in Columbus. Milford also earned the Honors Chapter Distinction which is based on community service and overall chapter grade point average. Mrs. Jennifer Norsworthy is the instructor for Milford's Teaching Professions Academy.

The following were recognized at the state level. Students who earned top 5 recognition will be moving on to national Educators Rising competition to be held in Orlando in June.

1st Place-Researching Learning Challenges-Brianna Deitri ch, Lindsay Schaeffer, Sarah Ehrman, Shaila Peterson
2nd Place-Creative Lecture-Layla Plair
2nd Place-Exploring Support Services Careers-Laura Pirtle
5th Place-Children's Literature K-3-Simon Carter and Hannah Bauer
5th Place-Exploring Education Administration Careers-Shaila Peterson
5th Place-Exploring Education Non-Core-Madalyn Ridge
Top 10-Inside Our Schools, Carley Mills, Lily Grieser, Makenzie Swing
Top 10--Lesson Planning and Delivery- STEM, Emily Mullen,
Top 10-Job Interview - Jadyn Cox

At the Educators Rising state conference, Milford High School was honored for raising $4,525 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society--the most donations collected in the entire state for a service-learning project!  Our Teaching Professional Academy students were assisted in this fundraiser by the Milford High School Student Council who contributed with a $1,000 donation.
Results of ThoughtExchange
Milford School District held its first ThoughtExchange in the fall. This online discussion enabled more than 700 individuals to share input on the future direction of our school district and the knowledge and opportunities our students will need to be successful. This feedback will help guide our decision-making as we set a vision for the Milford Schools.

Milford Grad Shares Message with Pattison Students
It's powerful for our students to hear from successful graduates especially one as accomplished as Tyler Helton. Tyler, Milford High School class of 2014 and senior at West Point, visited Pattison Elementary and spoke with students.

"Ty came to talk to our 6th graders about how what they are doing right now relates to the future," said Pattison teacher Debbie Johnson. "He emphasized doing your best, math and literacy skills, and working well in teams."

Tyler is c urrently a cadet lieutenant in the United States Military Academy at West Point with an interdisciplinary science major in life sciences, physics, and nuclear engineering. He plans to graduate from West Point in May and hopes to continue his studies in Medical School to become an Army Doctor. He has been involved in research for three years studying the effect of blood flow in the body as different stressors occur.

Milford senior, Lisa Sullivan, will be the second Milford student to attend West Point. Lisa received an appointment and plans to continue her studies and play volleyball for the Military Academy.
Milford Board Member Honored
Mr. Dave Yockey was honored in March by the Ohio School Boards Association with the Master Board Member Award. He was one of only seven Board of Education members in the state of Ohio to receive this honor.

The Ohio School Boards Association annually recognizes board members for their commitment to learning and leadership with the Award of Achievement program. The Master Board Member Award, a lifetime distinction, is given to those leaders who earn  300 Award of Achievement credits over a four-year period.

Mr. Yockey, a retired Milford teacher, has served on the Milford Board of Education for more than 16 years.
Choir Students Join Forces to Raise Money for Charity
Milford High School was proud to participate in Sing for a Cause that was held on March 18 at Walnut Hills High School. Milford was joined by Taylor High School and Walnut Hills High School choral programs in this benefit concert. The event raised $9,000 to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Cincinnati.

"Thank you to everyone who donated. Every dollar will contribute to a happier and healthier Cincinnati. Together we can make a difference and enable us to improve lives as we Sing for a Cause," shared Tracy Carpenter, Milford High School choir director.
Winter Guard Ranked Top 10 in Country
The Milford High School winter guards just keep winning.  Both the Varsity and JV winter guards finished their local competition season last Saturday performing at Tri-State Marching Arts Championships at the BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University. Varsity ended their third consecutive undefeated season by winning their division. In addition, senior member Makennah Gvozdanovic was awarded a TMA scholarship. 

Varsity performs next week at the Winter Guard International World Championships where they will compete against more than 200 other high schools from 30 states. Varsity, under the direction of  Andrew Steinbrecher, is currently ranked 9th in the country heading into the three-day competition. 
Milford High School's Spring Drama Runs April 12-14
Milford High School is presenting Little Women on April 12, 13 and 14 in the high school auditorium.  To purchase tickets, visit http://milfordschools.seatyourself.biz

Mattress Sale to Benefit Band Program

Milford High School's 8th Annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser will be held on  Sunday, April 15  from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

New, name-brand, top-quality mattress sets at a great price with full manufacturer warranties. All sizes, price ranges, delivery, and financing will be available. Floor models will be on display in the Milford High School cafeteria on April 15.

Every sale will benefit the Milford High School Band Program.

Link to Presentation on Managing Your Child's Anxiety/Depression
Milford Junior High School's continued its Family Engagement & Empowerment Series and shared  "How to Manage Your Middle School Child's Anxiety & Depression" on  March 20.  The district's Comprehensive Mental Health Specialist, William Cates MS, LPC, NCC, was the presenter. Click on the link below to view Mr. Cates' presentation.
Video of the Month: The Milford Way
Each month at the Board of Education meeting, the district highlights different programs in the curriculum section of the meeting. The video of the month for March featured Milford's teachers sharing what they love about teaching in Milford Schools. The video is being used to recruit new teachers to the district.

Why Milford?

Annual District Fine Arts Fair to be Held April 20-21
Mark your calendar for Milford's annual District Fine Arts Fair on Friday, April 20, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Milford High School.

You will see amazing work from our talented students across all ages. Milford's art teachers will also have their work on display. In addition, Milford High School choir, band, and drama students will be performing throughout the weekend.
April Community Swim Sessions 
The Milford High School pool is open for school district residents to swim during community swim sessions. In addition to the morning swim sessions, there will be family swim sessions on April 7, 15, 21, and 28. Click on the link below for the full calendar.

A waiver of liability must be signed by all swimmers prior to swimming and by a parent or legal guardian for participants under the age of 18. Any participant under the age of 16 must have a parent or legal guardian present to swim.

Remember, you must bring a valid driver's license  or Ohio ID for entry through the high school security system.

Questions? Call Lois Leavens at 513-576-2208.

Click here for the April schedule.
Calendar Check 

7 Family Swim 
Milford High School Pool
10 a.m. - 2 p.m
15 Family Swim 
Milford High School Pool
10 a.m. - 2 p.m
19 Board of Education Meeting
Seipelt Elementary
7 p.m.
20 District Art Show
6-8 p.m.
Milford High School
21 District Art Show
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Milford High School

Family Swim
Milford High School Pool
10 a.m. - 2 p.m
28 Family Swim 
Milford High School Pool
12 p.m. - 4 p.m

10 Board of Education Meeting
McCormick Elementary
7 p.m.
18 Last Day of Classes
19 Milford High School Graduation
Cintas Center
7 p.m.
To view a complete calendar with district and individual school events, click here.
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