www.milfordschools.org                                                                               August 2018
Welcome Back, Eagles!
The Milford Exempted Village School District is excited to welcome our students back on Wednesday, August 15 for the 2018-2019 school year!

Links to Important Back-to-School Information
Reminder: Make sure to update all your child's forms and parent/guardian contact information at  FinalForms.


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Visit www.milfordschools.org for more information, news, and announcements. You can also follow the district on social media. Find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

We've Moved!
In July, Milford School District's administrative office moved from the Milford South building on Garfield Avenue to the former Milford Miami Township Library at 1099 State Route 131. The new space, which is more centrally located in the district, has a Board meeting room, conference space, and offices for the Superintendent, Treasurer, Curriculum, Human Resources, Food Service, Business, Technology, Central Registration, and EMIS staff. 
Beginning later this fall, regular Board of Education meetings will be held at this location.

The main phone number for the district's administrative office is still (513) 831-1314, but our central office fax number has changed to (513) 965-6159. A community open house to tour our new offices will be held later this school year.
District 2018-2019 Calendar
This school year there are a few changes to our traditional calendar. Based on feedback from teachers, staff, and parents, we have added a Fall Break. This five-day break runs from Friday, October 14 through Tuesday, October 16.  Spring Break will begin after the last day of the third quarter on Friday, March 15. Classes then resume on March 25. In addition, we will not have school the Friday before and the Monday after Easter (April 19 and 22). 

For working parents who are in need of child care over these breaks, our extended day program will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. except for April 19 and 22. For staffing purposes, parents must enroll in extended day and sign up in advance. Extended day is waiving the administrative/enrollment fee for those using the program only for Fall Break. For child care during Fall Break, you must sign up between  September 3-7, 2018. Extended day must have 50 or more children signed up each day to open. Please contact our extended day program for details at (513) 831-9690.

Each year, a public hearing on the school calendar is held at a regular Board meeting. After feedback is received from staff and parents, there is a first reading of the calendar and then the Board approves the final school calendar at the following meeting. Approval of the 2019-2020 school calendar is expected to take place this fall.

Milford Parents Start Foundation to Feed our Flock
Two Milford parents saw a problem and stepped up to find a solution.

Milford parent Sara Huseman began Feed our Flock in the spring of 2017. Sara was inspired after she and Audra Haynes began volunteering to distribute weekly food bags provided by the SonRise Backpack Ministry program. Each week, more than 320 Milford elementary students in need of meals over the weekend receive a food bag. The Backpack Ministry program stops at 6th grade, but Sara and Audra saw a need at th e junior high and high school. The pair has collected money and food items to stock movable pantries at Milford Junior High, the Ninth Grade Community, Milford High School, and the Success Academy. Students are able to take what they need and do so in a discreet way.

Over the past year, the program has grown to the point that a storage space was needed for items used to stock the pantries bi-weekly. The district found space in the cafeteria at the high school and with the help of the kitchen and maintenance staff, plus $800 in funding from the Milford Kiwanis Club, the new pantry will be up and running for the start of school.

If you are interested in becoming involved or donating to Feed our Flock, please contact Sara Huseman at feedourflock@gmail.com. Learn more by following them on Facebook and Instagram.

Feed our Flock Foundation is a charitable trust organized for the exclusive purpose of relieving poverty, facilitating access to wellness, and tending to care of the whole person of children in Milford. They are a non-profit 501(c)(3).

We appreciate this generous donation from the  Milford Kiwanis Club which was used to purchase shelving and  SonRise Church Cincinnati for their ongoing generosity to support our students in need.
Local Business Holds School Supply Drive
Joe Kuethe, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Milford, is supporting local schools and kids in need by using his office as a drop-off location for a school supplies drive.

Bring items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours through August 13. The branch address is 5881 Cook Road.

The items needed for the school supply drive include 2-pocket folders, #2 pencils, wide-ruled notebook paper, glue, glue sticks, crayons, colored pencils, 12" rulers, wide-ruled composition books, highlighters, backpacks, book bags, 3-ring binders, kid-friendly scissors, and washable markers, etc. Monetary donations cannot be accepted.

The District appreciates Joe Kuethe and his staff for their ongoing support of our schools!
Milford Develops Portrait of a Graduate
Over the past several months, Milford Exempted Village School District has been working to develop our vision for student success, called Portrait of a Graduate. Milford has partnered with Battelle for Kids to facilitate the Portrait of a Graduate work. Our planning team is composed of district administrators, teachers, support staff, Board of Education members, parents, band and athletic boosters, graduates, and business and community leaders. The team has been reviewing current research and relevant data and asking important questions to identify a prioritized set of competencies that will best prepare students for success in college, careers, and citizenship in the 21st century. The plan is locally developed with a global perspective.

"The Portrait of a Graduate is a different approach to strategic planning. We are beginning with the end goal, which is centered on the key competencies a Milford student needs to be successful after graduation," said Milford Superintendent Nancy House. "In the fall, we will engage our community in a strategic planning process that will put into place an updated vision, mission, and measurable goals to turn this Portrait of a Graduate into a reality."

Future Teachers Earn National Recognition
Seven Milford Teaching Professions Academy students competed in four events and placed in two at the 2018 Educators Rising National Conference held June 21-24, in Orlando, Florida.
Congratulations to Layla Plair for receiving third place in Creative Lecture and Shaila Peterson for fourth place in Exploring Administration Careers!

"I am so impressed by these awesome students...they stepped outside their comfort zones, pushed themselves to do something they never thought they w ould, and they did it with grace, integrity, and honor," said Jenn Norsworthy, Milford's Teaching Professions Academy instructor.
Special Athletes Shine 
Clermont County Special Olympics had 35 athletes attend the 2018 summer games held at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Ohio State's campus. Milford High School teacher Trena Panko was in charge of the Milford crew. A total of nine athletes from Milford High School and five Milford graduates called "Cheetahs" attended and competed in these track and field events and came home with ribbons and medals.

A Milford graduate won a medal at nationals. Johnny Vilardo came home with a silver medal for golf at the USA Special Olympic games held in Seattle! Johnny was the Clermont County representative on Team Ohio.
Website Updates
Over the summer, Milford updated the district website to make it more user-friendly for our visitors. The site now has links to the school pages in a more prominent location. Quick links have been replaced with "Shortcuts" to our most frequently-visited pages. You will also find news and upcoming events on the main page. In addition, the main navigation bar has been streamlined and features dropdown menus for easier navigation.

The district funds the bulk of our website costs through advertising revenue. If you are interested in purchasing an ad, please contact Legend Web Works at (513) 492-9008.
College 101 for Grades 6-12
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 29, from 5:45 p.m. - 8 p.m. for College 101--the largest college event of the year at Milford High School!

At this event, you will be able to attend financial aid presentations, college admissions rep presentations, plus have the opportunity to meet with the reps themselves in a college fair setting. Although this may seem early for those who are not in high school, it is actually a great time to start planning. At the very least, join us for the financial aid presentation! 

College 101 Schedule: All events will be at Milford High School.
  • 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Financial Aid Presentation (Auditorium)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - College Rep Presentations - What should you be doing now to prepare for college?
    • 6th - 10th grade - Northern Kentucky University (Media Center)
    • 11th grade - University of Cincinnati (Auditorium)
    • 12th grade - Miami University (Cafeteria)
  • 7:15 p.m. - 8 p.m. - College Fair
Record Summer Volunteer Hours for Service Recognition
Make sure your 9-12th grade students are recording their summer volunteer hours for service recognition. Students can record hours for their own purposes and awards through  Innerview.org. For school recognition/awards, students should turn in their service verification forms to their class advisors on the first day of school. (Mission trips, VBS, camps do count). Any hours for a 501 organization can be recorded for school awards.

Service hours are no longer required for graduation, but our students continue to volunteer countless hours to our community. Pictured is an overview of service hours recorded for May.

For service verification forms and details about our service program, visit:
Apply for Free and Reduced Meals Online
Milford School District's Nutrition Services Department serves Milford, Madeira, Finneytown, Williamsburg, and Wyoming School Districts, as well as, St. Columban, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, John Paul II, CECS & CECN Schools.

Applications for free and reduced lunches are now exclusively processed online. To apply, simply go to  www.lunchapplication.com and click "Apply Now"; choose Milford when prompted to SELECT A DISTRICT. This site is an easy, secure, and convenient way to apply for free or reduced-price meals.

For families without access to a computer, all forms, menus, and meal applications are available at each school, or arrangements can be made to send them home with your child by contacting the Nutrition Services Department at 831-2290.
Mark your Calendars for a Dog's Day
Don't miss this day of family fun, education, and entertainment all about dogs. All proceeds benefit the care and costs for Buffy, Milford High School's autism assistance facility dog.

September 8, 2018 
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Miami Meadows Park
1546 St. Rt. 131, Milford 

5K Dog Walk, food, music, games, inflatables, and doggie photo booth!

To learn more, click here.
August 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 throughout the month of August.

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 August schedule.
Flyer Distribution Request
The Board has a policy that allows for the distribution of flyers or materials in the schools. The flyer(s) must be pre-approved by the Superintendent. 

If you have any questions, please email Terry Kruszynski at kruszynski_t@milfordschools.org.
Calendar Check 

6 Milford High School Schedule Pick up and Lifetouch Pictures
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Mulberry Bowling/Meet the Teacher Gr. 4-6
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Eastgate Lanes

Meadowview KDG Play Date
6 p.m. - 7p.m.
Primary Playground
7 Milford High School Schedule Pick up and Lifetouch Pictures 
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

8 MJHS Schedule & Chromebook Pick-up
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
MJHS Library

9 MJHS Schedule & Chromebook Pick-up 
12 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
MJHS Library

11 Seipelt PTA Welcome Back Breakfast
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Pattison Kindergarten Play Date 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

13 & 14 Open Houses
Click here for calendar with times and locations.
15 First Day of School
16 Milford Board of Education Meeting
7 p.m.
Milford High School Auditorium
To view a complete calendar with district and individual school events, click here.
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