www.milfordschools.org                                                                      August 12, 2016
Every Child Has A Unique Gift 
Dear Parents and Community Members:
It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Milford Exempted Village School District Superintendent.  My guiding principle has always been and will continue to be that every child has unique gifts and can develop the skills to achieve their dreams. 
It is my goal to work in partnership with the Board of Education, community, and school personnel to continue the upward trajectory of excellence and innovation not only within the classroom but also in our many co- and extra-curricular opportunities.
As we build on our successes, high academic standards, fiscal transparency and responsibility, and community involvement will remain as top priorities. Our schools must remain safe places where students are engaged, encouraged, and challenged to meet the standards for college or a career after graduation.  Our goal is to build trusting, productive, and sustaining relationships that demonstrate support for students and parents. 
I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to lead our wonderful school district. Delivering excellence will be our priority, and I look forward to achieving this together. 
Have a wonderful school year! #MilfordSoars
Nancy House

Back-to-School Checklist
The back-to-school countdown is on! Milford's first day of school is less than two weeks from today on Wednesday, August 24.
  • Is your calendar up-to-date? Find back-to-school events online at goo.gl/CdeU2Q
  • What about bus routes? Postcards will be mailed from our transportation department this week. If you do not receive a card by August 17, call 575-1563.
  • What time does school start and end? Check out the chart below.

New Immunization Requirements for Grades 7 & 12
Did you know there are new immunization requirements for grades 7 & 12? The requirements for this fall for all grades can be found under forms on the district website at the following link:  
Immunization Requirements
To assist parents/caregivers in getting their child's shots up-to-date, Clermont County Public Health is holding back-to-school immunization clinics. For more information, visit www.clermonthealthdistrict.org.

Community Open Houses For New Schools in September
Our construction and maintenance crews have been hard at work this summer to get our new schools ready. Milford's two new and beautiful  elementary schools, Boyd and Seipelt, will open on the first day of school on Wednesday, August 24.
The community is invited to come and tour our new buildings on the following dates:
Charles L. Seipelt 
Tuesday, September 13
5-7 p.m.
900 Route 131, Milford
Boyd E. Smith
Thursday, September 15
5-7 p.m. 
(prior to Board of Education meeting)
1052 Jer-Les Drive, Milford

At each open house, a short dedication ceremony will take place at 6 p.m.

Click here to view a photo gallery from groundbreaking through the beginning of August.

Communication Survey Results
The district shared an online communications and parent engagement survey at the end of the school year. We received more than 1,100 responses! Thank you to everyone who participated. We have shared this information with our administrators to continually improve our communication efforts.
Click on the link below to see the summary of the results and sampling of comments shared on the survey.

There are many ways to stay informed about what is happening in the district and in our schools.  
  • SchoolMessenger
    • A web-based mass communications tool used by the district and our schools for parent notifications via phone, text and email. Contact information for all students is pulled directly from our student management database called DASL. Please make sure your child's schools has your up-to-date contact information. 
  • Social Media
    • District Twitter @Milford_Schools
    • District Facebook @Milford_Schools
    • All of our schools have Facebook and Twitter pages. Links to these pages can be found on our website.
  • Eagle eNews
    • The district's bi-weekly electronic newsletter emailed to all parents and guardians and subscribers. 
  • Weekly School Newsletters
    • The elementary and junior high school email newsletters to parents and post links to the newsletter on social media and the website.

Edward Jones Holding School Supply Drive
Joe Kuethe, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones on Cook Road, is holding a school supply drive to benefit Milford students in need. Local residents, parents and businesses can help by donating supplies through August 19. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours on Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., at the office located at 5881 Cook Road, in Milford. Questions? Call 248-8054.
If your family needs assistance with back- to-school supplies, please contact your c hild's school.

Milford's Special Olympians Bring Home Medals
Pictured: Michael Gilhooley (center) who won a gold medal in the 50M run.
This summer, 20 athletes represented Clermont County Special Olympics at the Ohio Special Olympics summer games held at Ohio State.
Milford schools sent eight athletes-Shane Barnes, Elena Ferguson, Michael Gilhooley, Justin McMullen, John Wahl, Jake Wolffram, Grace Marshall and Yanni Seward. These athletes competed in shot put, 50 and 100 meter runs, long jumps, javelin and softball throw. Three Milford graduates also competed: Eric Vandenoever, Tyler Cook and Megan Meranda.  Congratulations to these special athletes who came home with gold, silver and bronze medals.   
Thanks to Jerry Comello, Trena Panko, and Milford parent,  Gary McMullen for acting as coaches/chaperones 
at the summer games.

Football Players Participate in Service Day
Kudos to our Milford Eagles coaches and football players who participated in Milford Football Service Day on July 15. More than 40 players extended a hand to those in need throughout our community. Head Coach, Shane Elkin, plans to make this an annual event. 
"This was a great opportunity for all of us to connect with our families and community through service," Elkin said.

Music Students Share Talents Over the Summer 
Milford Eagles are making their voices heard at the Ohio State Fair! Seven Milford High School choir students were selected for the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir. Along with 200 other singers from all over the state, they are spending three weeks living on the fair grounds in Columbus and providing entertainment for fair guests, and singing for important ceremonies and dignitaries.

Pictured are MHS Choir students (left to right): Emma Horman, Micah Brownfield, Hero Seto, Hannah Grady, Tori Anderkin, Maddie Stewart, Emma Lawrence 

Four Milford High School students were also selected to participate in the Loveland Stage Company production of West Side Story, which ran July 6-10. Felicity Gentry was part of the crew; Bailey Rogers was a Jet; and Zach Van Camp played the lead, Tony. Nevaeh Baker, an incoming freshman, was also a Jet girl in this play.
Community Input on Master Facilties' Plan
The Milford School District is completing a phase of its Master Facilities Plan with the opening of two new elementary schools on August 24. The next phase of the Milford's Master Facilities Plan calls for replacement of the two oldest buildings in the district, the Milford Junior High School and the Milford Preschool. The completion of renovations to the Milford High School building and campus is also part of the plan. The district is now in the queue for state funding in 2017 to complete these plans. The Milford Business Advisory Committee is exploring community partnerships to reduce the costs to the taxpayer and enhance the overall plan.
The district has formed a Milford Schools' Community Advisory Committee to gather community and staff input regarding our Milford District Facilities' Plan. The committee is composed of Milford school board members, superintendent, district office administrators, building level administrators, teachers and staff members, as well as, parent, student and community representatives. The committee will meet once or twice a month from September through December of 2016.  

The architects for our new elementary schools, SHP Leading Design, will lead a visioning process to enable our school community to learn more about and discuss the educational facilities that will be necessary to support teaching/learning in the 21st century.  A community survey (phone and online) is also being conducted in August to solicit feedback on the facilities plan.
Click on the link below to view an overview of the current plan.

Main Commemorative Bricks for Sale August 14
The demolition of Milford Main was completed over the summer. A total of 500 bricks were saved and are being sold by the Milford Schools Foundation. The Foundation will distribute the commemorative Milford Main bricks at the entrance to Milford Junior High on Sunday, August 14, from 2-4 p.m. Bricks are sold "as is" for $25 each. The price includes a photo of Milford Main and a certificate of authenticity. The Foundation will accept cash or checks made payable to Milford Schools Foundation.
Currently, they have more bricks than reservations, so spread the word that bricks are still available. Proceeds benefit current staff and students through grants offered by the Milford Schools Foundation.
If you have questions or would like to inquire about shipping bricks, please email mmbricks@outlook.com.

Thank you for subscribing to the Eagle eNews, Milford's bi-weekly newsletter. The Eagle eNews is also emailed to all parents and guardians. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to submit news items to  news@milfordschools.org.  
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