www.milfordschools.org                                                                        January 2017
Board Names President/Vice President; Sets Meeting Dates
The Milford Board of Education held their annual organizational meeting on January 5, and set their regular Board meeting dates for 2017. The Board also named Gary Knepp as President and George Lucas as Vice President.

Starting in February, Board meetings will continue to be held on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Meeting locations will rotate monthly and will be held in different schools throughout the district. Click here for a list of dates and locations, which is posted on the district website.
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year began on January 3. To be eligible for Kindergarten, your child has to be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2017. 

Kindergarten registration is done by appointment only.  Both half-day and full-day incoming kindergarten parents, must contact Jay Batterson, Central Registration Coordinator, at (513) 576-4178 to set up an appointment. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The district plans to hold at least one full-day, tuition-based kindergarten class in each of the elementary buildings. Based on the anticipated demand and limited space, a lottery will be held if needed.  Parents, who are residents of Milford, can register for the lottery  through  Friday, February 10.

If you have any questions, contact Mr. Batterson at (513) 576-4178 or email at batterson_j@milfordschools.org. Additional details and registration forms are on the district website at www.milfordschools.org.

Milford to Host Game of Hope on January 25
The Milford and Turpin Basketball families are uniting once again to raise money for "The Cure Starts Now Foundation" and the fight against cancer on Wednesday, January 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Milford High School. Fans are encouraged to wear purple to represent all cancers.

"Our Game of Hope is to honor Lauren Hill and to keep her dream alive to find a cure for cancer. Our Game of Hope represents all cancers represented by the color purple and this year the color grey to represen t childhood cancer," shared Milford girls head basketball coach, Kristi McKenney.

Game of Hope Highlights...
  • T-shirts will be sold at the event or at school for $10. Students get in free with shirt purchase.
  • All donors will receive a #playfor22 bracelet.
  • Pre-game recognition of all survivors, caregivers, and fighters, and a special tribute to Lauren Hill.
  • Basket raffle, split the pot, and baked goods
  • Layup for Lauren Challenge from 4-7 p.m. in lobby and halftime of the varsity game.
Click here for more details.

Milford Student Artwork Selected for Statehouse Exhibit
Milford High School sophomore, Rebecca Moore, was selected to have her artwork displayed in the 2017 Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition in the Ohio Statehouse complex.

The competition is operated by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio House of Representatives in conjunction with the Ohio Art Education Association. This annual student art exhibition is an opportunity for high school students from each of the 99 House districts to display their work  in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts from January through December 2017.

"Rebecca is one of 99 students selected for this honor out of the entire state of Ohio. We are so proud to have her represent Milford," said Milford High School art teacher, Lacey Kilbarger.
Milford Art Students Excel in Scholastic Competition
Milford High School's talented art students have earned numerous honors in the regional 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition. Overall, Milford students earned four Gold Keys, ten Silver Keys, and five Honorable Mentions.

Sophomore Jenna Bellonby (pictured left) earned seven of these honors,including three Gold Keys! Sophomore Lydia Krage also earne d a Gold Key for her artwork (pictured right). 

Gold Key works are automatically considered for national-level recognition. National Med alists will be honored at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Scholastic winners' artwork is now on display at the Art Academy of Cincinnati through February 3, at 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Click here  to see a complete list of winners.

STEM Initiatives Begin in Elementary Grades
Milford students are gaining more and more STEM opportunities. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

A video shown at the January Board of Education meeting showcases many of Milford's programs from elementary through high school. For example, on Friday mornings, eight of Mr. Charles Smith's students at Meadowview, who are official "Code Ambassadors" help second grade students learn how to code using the website  code.org.

Students in junior high and high school are working on projects ranging from computer assisting drawing to robotics to modifying a toy four wheeler for a child with cerebral palsy. 

To learn more about the district's STEM programs K-12, click here to watch the video.
2017-2018 District Calendar
At the December Board of Education meeting, the district calendar for the 2017-2018 school year was approved.The first day of school for the upcoming school year is Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  

One of the guiding factors in setting the calendar each year is to ensure that the second quarter ends before winter break. This enables high school students to complete their semester exams before the winter break. 

Bobby Knight to Headline Flight Night
Milford Athletic Boosters has announced that the featured speaker for their 7th Annual Flight Night event is legendary coach Bobby Knight. This year's event is on March 9, at the Oasis Golf & Conference Center.

If you would like to find out more or purchase tickets to Flight Night, please visit the Milford Athletic Boosters website at:  www.milfordathletics.org or call the Milford Athletic Office at 576-2208.

Winter Community Swim Includes Open Family Swim 
Do you have a New Year's resolution to get healthy? Come to Milford High School pool during our free community adult swim sessions on most Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings in January and February. There will also be two open family swim sessions--one on Saturday, January 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and another on Saturday, February 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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. If school is closed due to inclement weather, community swim will not be held.

Click here for community swim for January and February.

Spring AAA Driving School Dates Announced
There will be one Spring 2017 AAA driving course offered after school at Milford High School. The Spring session is scheduled for two-hour classes on Mondays and Wednesdays on the following dates: March 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, and April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19.

Students living in the Milford Exempted Village School District who are at least 15 years and 5 months old are eligible to participate in this program.

Click on the link to our community flyers page and scroll down for details and registration forms:  AAA Spring Flyer 
Student Athletes in the News
Milford's dance and cheer squads had top finishes in the ECC competition on January 16. The Eagles cheer squad (pictured right) was named ECC Cheer Champions for the second year in a row and Milford's dance team was named runner up in the ECC.
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A total of 11 Milford High School student-athletes have been recognized for their outstanding performance during the fall sports season with inclusion on the 2016 Cincinnati Enquirer  Fall All-Star teams. Congratulations to  Skyler Fontaine, Katey Pena, Emily Noll, Charlie Hausfeld, Daniel Wood, Andrew Johnson, Amanda Reinhart, Nathan Arnold, Nick Glasgow, Lisa Sullivan and Chase Witte on this recognition. Click here to read more about their accomplishments.
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Senior Jimmy Murphy was named the Cincinnati Enquirer's Top Wrestler of the Week following his 100th and 101st wins against New Richmond.
Winter Weather Reminders...
In the event of a weather-related delay or closing, we will send an email, call and/or text to the contact information each school has on file. 

All weather-related school delays and closings are also posted immediately on the district's website ( www.milfordschools.org), as well as, Twitter  (Milford_Schools) and Facebook  (Milford_Schools).
Substitute Teachers Needed
Are you or anyone you know looking for a flexible day job? Consider being a substitute teacher for Milford Schools.   A bachelor's degree is required, but it does not  have to be in education.   
 
Please visit www.SubSolutions.org to submit your substitute application. There you will find information about substituting  and resources to assist with the hiring process. Comprehensive Substitute Solutions serves as our substitute management provider, responsible for the hiring and employment of substitute teachers. Although Milford is part of the substitute consortium, you can select to sub just in Milford Schools and choose specific schools within the district.

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Hill, administrative assistant, human resources at (513) 831-1314.
Calendar Check
February
16 Board of Education Meeting, Meadowview Elementary, 7 p.m.
17 NO SCHOOL for Students (In-Service Day for Teachers) 

20 NO SCHOOL - President's Day
       
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