www.milfordschools.org                                                                       October 14, 2016
Five Milford Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognizes students throughout the country each year who earn the highest marks nationally based upon their PSAT performance when taken during their junior year of high school.  Over 1.5 million students participate in the PSAT each year and this year, less than three percent of those students have been recognized as National Merit Commended Students.  

Congratulations to our Commended students:  Allan Anbalagan, Sam Dobrowolski, Kyle Jones, Melanie Parker, and  Blake Perkins on this outstanding achievement!

Prior to the announcement of commended students, the names of the National Merit Finalists were released. They are: Miranda R. Kunes, Brennan J. Dodds, and Amanda J. Lee.
New Parent/Student Hotline!
Milford School District is fully committed to curbing student bullying and school violence, and providing a positive learning environment for all students that enhances personal safety and promotes respect, dignity, and equality among students. As part of our commitment, the district is initiating a new, integrated program developed by former school officials.

Students who believe they have been harassed, bullied, victimized by fellow students, or have  other concerns which may jeopardize the safety of students, employees or school facilities, are asked to "Speak Up!" and promptly report the issue using our district's new student/parent hotline - accessible both online and by telephone.

Options to report an issue:

 After you finish your call or make your report online, the district will receive a confidential report from PublicSchoolWORKS. Your issue will then be investigated by our district.

 

A letter with details was emailed to all parents last week and is posted on the website. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.

Students Honored at Principal's Breakfast

As a part of our building-wide implementation of PBIS, Milford High School held its first Principal's Breakfast on Monday, October 10. The Principal's Breakfast is a quarterly nomination program that recognizes high school students for accountability, integrity, and resilience. Each department nominates one student in each of these three pillars for the quarterly program.

Twenty-four students were honored at the breakfast. Along with milk, juice and doughnuts, Milford High School Principal, Josh Kauff man recognized each student by reading the reason for his or her nomination.

"We are so much more than an outstanding academic institution and this morning we were able to celebrate a number of our students who have demonstrated our core values of Accountability, Integrity, and Resilience at an incredibly high level," Mr. Kauffman shared. "Our young people demonstrate greatness both inside and outside of the classroom on a daily basis and today is a great opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate that."
Facilities Survey Open through Friday
 
Milford School District is looking for community input on its master facilities plan. An online survey (link below) has been posted on the district website at  www.milfordschools.org  and will remain open through midnight on Friday, October 14.

The facilities plan currently includes the following: replacing the Milford Junior High School building; renovating parts of Milford High School that have not been updated; replacing the current  auditorium with one that meets the needs of the current student population; renovating athletic facilities; and replacing the Milford Preschool. More details on the plan are summarized in the survey.

Public Invited to Community Meeting on Facilities 
This fall, a committee of more than 70 students, parents, teachers, staff, board members and community members have been studying and discussing the future of the Milford School District's facilities. The committee will share their findings at a community wide meeting on Tuesday, October 25, at 7 p.m. in the Milford High School cafeteria.

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC), tasked by the Board of Education to study the dis trict's facilities plan, has participated in a visioning process to learn about and discuss the educational facilities needed in Milford to support teaching/learning in the 21st century.

"Flexible learning spaces are key to the future of our schools. We are focused on facilities that are student-centered and allow for innovations in instruction and learning," said Milford Superintendent, Nancy House. "The district is planning for facilities that will meet the needs of our students, teachers, and community moving forward."

The community meeting is a great opportunity for Milford parents, students, and community members to learn more about the future of our facilities. All are welcome. For more information, call the Board of Education Office at (513) 831-1314.

Constitution Day Celebrated in Milford
Constitution Day was held at Spirit of 76 Park in Miami Meadows on Saturday, September 24. Mrs. Anna O'Neill's Advanced Placement U.S. History class and Mrs. Sherry McCamley's Drama Club collaborated on the event.

Special thanks to our teachers and the students who coordinated this special day and volunteered their time. Nine Milford High School drama students portrayed Founding Fathers and Mothers of our country. Actors included: Ben Harris (George Washington), Sophie Moore (Martha Washington), Brennan McDonald (James Madison), Emily Perrin (Dolly Madison), Michael Roush (Thomas Jefferson), Caleb Cambron (John Adams), Kenzie Turner (Abigail Adams), Maria Turner (Mercy Otis Warren), and Grace Ruhlman (Alexander Hamilton). Adding atmosphere to the event were Chloe Elleman on fife and Nick Yankovsky on snare drum.  

Mrs. O'Neill's class members led people on tours through the event and held colonial games for school children attending the event. Attendees had a great time, plus learned about our U.S. Constitution and the men and women who helped found our country.
Marching Band Excels in Competition
Congratulations to Milford High School's Guard for winning first place at their competition held in Kettering on October 8. In addition, the Marching Band received Second Place in the AAA category!




Shadow Days at Milford NGC
Unsure where you're going to send your 8th grader to high school? Milford's Ninth Grade Community has shadow days set up for students who want to learn more about Milford High School as an option. Ideal for students who have not attended Milford for grade school and junior high. There are two remaining shadow days: October 25 and January 18.

Go to the NGC web page to learn more and schedule a shadow day.

Volunteers Needed for Drug-Free Coalition
The Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Township is looking for new members to help us create a healthy and drug-free community. 
This coalition of community members is working to address youth substance abuse in our community. The goal is to reinforce the message that most of ou r youth do not use or abuse alcohol and other drugs. The focus is on prevention through a board array of strategies including prevention education, community events, skills training, reducing access, policy change, and more.

Learn more by visiting the MMT Coalition website at  https://mmtcoalition.org/a nd our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/mmtcoalition/.

New volunteers are encouraged to attend the next coalition meeting on  Tuesday, November 1, at 4 p.m. at Milford High School in room N67. If you cannot make it to the meeting, but would still like to be involved just send a message to  drugfreemmt@gmail.com

CommUNITY effort to Stock Milford Food Pantry

The Milford Education Association has partnered with local business and organizations to help stock the Milford Miami Ministry food pantry with peanut butter and jelly. The community was encouraged to bring a jar of PB&J to the girls' varsity volleyball game on October 11 against Kings and receive a free t-shirt. More than 120 people attended the game, and many who were unable to attend sent in donations.

Thank you to everyone who participated. We collected 13 boxes with 285 jars of either peanut butter or jelly for Milford Miami Ministries!

Thanks also to the following sponsors: Warrens Landscaping, Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Township, Blackout Tees, Target, Milford Education Association, Milford Classified Employees Association, and the Milford Administrative Team.
2016 Night of the Stars Honorees Announced
The Milford Schools Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 class of Distinguished Alumni to be honored at this year's Night of the Stars.

The Foundation will honor:

Robert Nugent (Class of 1985)

Captain Kim Miller (Class of 1988)

Michael D. Barnett, Jr. M.D. (Class of 1991)

Joe Braun (Class of 1991)

Lt. Col. Joseph P. Siberski (Class of 1992)

Joshua Shaw (Class of 1995)

Mark Fishbach (Class of 2007)


Please make plans to attend the Night of the Stars on Saturday, November 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at R.S.V.P. off of Wards Corner Road in Loveland. Details and ticket information can be found at www.milfordschoolsfoundation.org/

Milford's  Edward Jones Collecting for BackPack Ministry
Milford's Edward Jones Office is holding a drive to collect items for BackPack Ministry and Milford students. Local residents 
and businesses may help by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours through October 31.


The items needed for the food drive include: kid-friendly foods that contain three of the four essential food groups. Items also include, but are not limited to, granola bars, raisins, applesauce, crackers, soups, macaroni and cheese, ready to eat peanut butter, tuna, individual cereal boxes, juice boxes, etc.

Donations can be dropped off at Edward Jones,  5881 Cook Rd., Milford, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please note that monetary donations cannot be accepted.

Calendar Check
October
20 Board of Education Meeting
MJHS Cafeteria
7 p.m.
21 End of First Quarter
25 Community Forum on Master Facilities Plan
Milford High School Cafeteria
7 p.m.
November
8 Election Day
NO SCHOOL for students. Teacher In-Service Day
23-25 NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Break
       
To view a complete calendar with district, building and athletic events, click here.
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