www.milfordschools.org                                                                 September 1, 2016
Community Invited to Tour New Schools 
After years of planning and 15 months of construction, Milford School District  opened two new elementary schools on the first day of the 2016-2017 school year. The community is invited to visit and tour the new Charles L. Seipelt and Boyd E. Smith  on the following dates:

Charles L. Seipelt Elementary
Tuesday, September 13
5-7 p.m.
900 Route 131

Boyd E. Smith Elementary
Thursday, September 15
5-7 p.m. 
1052 Jer-Les Drive

At each open house, tours of the new school will be offered from 5-6 p.m. followed by a brief dedication ceremony in the auditeria from 6-6:30 p.m. Visitors are then welcome to walk through the building on their own from 6:30-7:00 p.m.  

If you have any questions, please contact the Board Office at (513) 831-1314.

Milford School District's Core Beliefs
Milford's leadership team identified eight core beliefs to guide our school district.  The following core beliefs were approved by the Board of Education at the August meeting.

  1. We believe that children are at the center of everything we do, and our practice should reflect their best interests.
  2. We believe that character is important, and schools can help shape a child's character.
  3. We believe that service to the community is important.
  4. We believe that all financial decisions should reflect prudent fiscal management and be based on providing the best educational opportunities for children.
  5. We believe that schools must partner with the community to provide the most optimal educational experience possible.
  6. We believe that schools should be welcoming places with a positive climate.
  7. We believe that schools are places built for the education of children, not for adult employment.
  8. We believe that within every school employee has the capacity for leadership.

Watch Notable's Performance of "It Takes a Village."

"It takes a whole village to raise our children. It takes a whole village to raise one child. We all everyone m ust share the burden. We  all everyone  will share the joy."
The beautiful sounds of Notable, under the direction of Mrs. Tracy Carpenter, performed "It Takes a Village" at the convocation for staff and teachers held at Milford High School on August 23.  

Dr. Farrell Honored at Convocation
At the Milford School District Convocation held on August 23, the staff surprised Dr. Robert Farrell with a special recognition for his nine years of service as Superintendent. He ended his tenure as Superintendent on July 31, but will continue in a consulting role with the district until December.
"We wanted to show Dr. Farrell our gratitude for his leadership and for how he has inspired and helped us to soar as a district," said current Superintendent, Nancy House.
Staff from each building stood and held a word that reflected Dr. Farrell's character traits and included words like leadership, compassion, wisdom, humor and dedication. Kristen Bruce, 3rd grade student at Meadowview, read the poem Starfish and a Starfish statue was presented to Dr. Farrell.

Milford High School's acapella group, Notable, also sang a beautiful rendition of the song "It Takes a Village." The program concluded with the Milford High School band and cheerleaders leading everyone in the high school fight song.

"I have been so fortunate to work with so many talented and dedicated professionals who serve the students and community of Milford," Dr. Farrell said. "I was overwhelmed by the recognition and very appreciative - I will never forget their kindness. I have been blessed to spend the last nine years working in a community that cares so much about their young people."

DARE Celebrates 25 Years in Milford Schools
Milford Schools and Miami Township are celebrating an anniversary. It
' s been 25 years of offering DARE to our students. Miami Township Police Chief, Sue Madsen, and Sergeant, Kevin Petrocelli, presented a banner to the Board of Education at its June meeting commemorating the 25th year of the DARE program in Milford Schools.
Chief Madsen thanked the district for allowing students to experience DARE. More than 126,000 students in Milford Schools have gone through the DARE program over the past 25 years.

Benefits of Full Day Kindergarten Presented

At the August Board of Education meeting, Dr. Jill Chin, Director of Elementary Curriculum, shared a follow-up report on the full-day kindergarten program. She shared results of the part-time and full-time student reading and math assessments, as well as, parent and teacher survey results. 

Overall, the benefits of the full-day program are: increased academic growth; social time with peers; participation in special area classes; and pace of curriculum/teaching. Currently, every full-day kindergarten class in the district is full and a second full-day class was added at Pattison. There are also waiting lists at some of the schools for full day.
To view the presentation on full-day kindergarten, click here.
NGC Celebrates Eagle Day

Welcome class of 2020! The Ninth Grade Community (NGC) celebrated Eagle Day 2016 on August 26. The day was filled with team building, skill challenges and fun!
"Our hope with Eagle Day is to make our students feel welcome and allow them to begin to make meaningful relationships," said NGC Associate Principal, Adam Reed.

Milford Selected to Participate in Shakespeare Initiative

Milford High School was selected to participate in PROJECT38, a free arts education initiative sponsored by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. During this school year, 18 actors from the CSC ensemble will visit area high schools as teaching artists.
Milford High School English teacher, Kirstie (Rheinheimer) Ford, and Drama teacher, Sherry McCamley, will coordinate the program. Students in Acting III and Mrs. Ford's first semester Shakespeare class will be participating.
"I'm so excited for our students to be able to enjoy Shakespeare through so many different outlets in the 2016-2017 school year: reading Shakespeare in English class and in taking the Shakespeare elective, through the marching band's show, through MHS Drama's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream this spring, and through PROJECT38. What a great year for Shakespeare at Milford High School," shared Mrs. Ford.
The program culminates in the PROJECT38 festival multi-day celebration, which all the students will gather and share what they've created. The festival will take place during the week of April 20-23, 2017 at Washington Park.

Junior High Students Explore Robotics and Engineering
Milford Junior High School hosted a one-week robotics camp in August. The annual robotics camp gave incoming 7th and 8th grade students the chance to explore engineering, robotics and programming through hands-on STEM applications.
During the school year, the junior high offers two after-school robotics clubs, as well as, a Gateway to Engineering course in both 7th and 8th grade. The 7th grade course is a quarter-long STEM elective which focuses on engineering through creativity and design. The 8th grade course is a semester-long STEM elective which focuses on engineering through mechanical building and programming.

Milford School District has an active social media presence on both Facebook and Twitter. Social media has become a timely, valuable and cost effective tool to communicate with students, parents, and community members. Now, each of our schools have both Twitter and Facebook pages. You can also get district news by following Milford Superintendent Nancy House at @Houseync. 

Direct links to Milford Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Milford School District
Milford_Schools @Milford_Schools
Milford High School MilfordHS  @MHS_Kauffman
Ninth Grade Community*
Milford Athletic Department @Milford_Eagles
Milford Junior High School
MJHS Eagles @ MJHSEagles
Boyd E. Smith
Boyd E. Smith Elementary @ bes_elementary  
Charles L. Seipelt**
Seipelt Elementary @ seipeltsoars
McCormick Elementary

Mulberry Elementary
@ MulberryEagles  
Pattison Elementary School @pattisonpath
Milford Preschool @Milford_PS

*NGC on Snapchat ( MHS_NGC) and Instagram ( MHS_NGC). 
**Seipelt on Instagram (seipeltsoars)
Note: Milford High School has several Twitter accounts maintained by administrators, clubs, and both the senior and junior class advisors.

Constitution Day Celebration  
Milford will celebrate Constitution Day by offering a weekend program open to the public. Our Constitution Day program will be held at the Spirit of '76 Park from 10 a.m-12 noon on Saturday, September 24.
Similar to last year's program, Milford High School history and drama students will be putting on a living history event with actors playing the roles of the founding fathers and mothers. In addition to musicians playing, there will be students dressed as historical figures placed throughout the park to greet and share historical events with visitors. Colonial games will be set-up in the parking lot and pocket Constitutions will be handed out.

Calendar Check

NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
Community Open House
Charles L. Seipelt Elementary
5-7 p.m.
15 Community Open House
Boyd E. Smith Elementary
5-7 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting
Boyd E. Smith
7 p.m.
NO SCHOOL for students - Inservice Day for Teachers
To view a complete calendar with district, building and athletic events, click here.
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