www.milfordschools.org                                                                 April 7, 2016
Milford Junior Earns PERFECT Score on ACT!
Milford junior, Brendan Eveslage, earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT! Less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the highest possible score of 36.
A letter from ACT stated, "Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. In the class of 2015, only 1,598 out of the 1.92 million students earned an ACT composite score of 36."
Brendan took the ACT when it was administered to Milford's entire junior class in March. It w as the second time he has taken the ACT. He earned a 33 the first time.
At Milford High School, Brendan participates in Marching Band, Winter Drumline, Jazz Band, German Club, and Robotics. He is currently enrolled in three Advanced Placement (AP) classes and plans to take four AP classes next year. Brendan hopes to pursue a career in sound design for motion pictures.
"We are incredibly proud of Brendan's outstanding accomplishment. To perform at the high school level takes accountability, integrity, and resilience-traits we strive to see in all Milford High School students. On behalf of the Milford High School faculty, staff and administration, I commend Brendan for his incredible achievement," MHS Principal, Josh Kauffman said.
Brendan credits part of his success to the preparation he has received in Milford Schools. He has been a Milford student since kindergarten. Brendan is the son of Sean and Tami Eveslage.
Milford Board Seeks Input on Next Superintendent
Dr. Robert Farrell
Milford Exempted Village Schools is asking for community input in their search for the district's next superintendent. The vacancy is the result of the retirement of Dr. Robert B. Farrell, who has served as superintendent since 2007. Steve Horton, Board Services Consultant for the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), will be gathering input from staff, local business leaders and community members the week of April 18.
A focus group is planned for community members on Tuesd ay, April 19, from 6-7 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at 777 Garfield Avenue, Milford.
The focus group will last for one hour, during which Horton will review the hiring process and ask for input on the following three topics:
-Major issues facing the district for the next three to five years.
-Performance, personal and professional expectations for the next superintendent.
-Unique qualities of the community and school district.
Steve Horton will provide the board of education with a detailed report of the meetings held, which will help the board develop a more detailed profile of the ideal candidate, enhance their understanding of perceived future challenges and opportunities, and assist them in setting specific criteria for the screening, selection and evaluation of candidates.
The Milford Exempted Village Schools Board expects to have a permanent superintendent appointed by August 1, 2016.
Please RSVP by Friday, April 15, if you wish to attend the community focus group to MEVSD Treasurer, Debbie Caudle, caudle_d@milfordschools.org.
Open Houses Set to Say Goodbye to Boyd and Seipelt
This Spring, Milford Schools will be marking the end of an era for Boyd E. Smith and Seipelt Elementary. Both schools will close their doors after the end of the school year as they prepare to move to their new school buildings over the summer.  

The following dates have been set for these open houses for the community.  We welcome back all former students and staff. Please share to help us reach as many as we can! 

Boyd E. Smith Open House
Thursday, April 7
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Charles L. Seipelt Open House
Sunday, May 1
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Community Invited to the "Main Event" on April 17
On Sunday, April 17, the community is invited to the "Main Event" to remember and celebrate Milford Main School from 1-3 p.m. at Milford High School. The afternoon will start with a program in the auditorium followed by a reception with refreshments in the cafeteria. 

In addition to Milford High School choir and band members performing, the contents of a time capsule from 1951 recently discovered, will be shared. The time capsule includes lists of signatures from students who attended Main at that time. The district has published this list on its website (www.milfordschools.org  ) and will share on social media to find and invite these former students to the program. Copies of these original student lists will also be available as mementos. There will also be displays of old yearbooks and historical photos shared by Promont House Museum/Greater Milford Area Historical Society. 

The district is encouraging those who attended Milford Main to share their memories on video. We will have our photojournalism students at the program on April 17 to record memories of former students. These video clips will be edited together and will be available online.
After exhausting all options for the 104-year-old building, the Milford Main property was sold by the school district to the City of Milford. The city's offer covered the district's cost for abatement and demolition of the build occurring during March and April.

To help us prepare for the event, please RSVP if you plan on attending by April 13 at the following link: Main Event RSVP. Direct questions to the Board Office at (513) 831-1314.
Milford Students Develop Prosthetic Arm for Local Girl
A local girl named Hope is receiving a new mechanical prosthetic arm, thanks to a group of Milford High School students and our partnership with 3M.

Students in the Project Lead the Way program, offered by Great Oaks at Milford High School, developed and built a prosthetic arm for a little girl named Hope. Instructor Peter Leeper knew of Hope's family from his church. A conversation with a business advisory committee member, Don Barnes of 3M, led to a donation of a 3D printer and materials. The printer and materials were used to make the prosthetic arm for Hope.

"What better way to apply the principles we are learning in class than by helping someone else? It was an authentic experience for our students," Leeper shared.

Pictured are students involved in the design and production of the prosthetic arm: Katie Belcher, Hannah Periman, Connor Hart, Jack Brown, with Hope and Mr. Leeper.

All three local stations featured this special story when Hope and her family came to Milford High School in March to meet with the students and have a final fitting. 

Watch/read the news clips at the links below:
1:1 Program to be Implemented for Incoming 7th Graders
Milford Exempted Village School District will implement a 1:1 Digital Learning Program beginning with every student in grade 7 for the 2016-2017 school year. The 1:1 Program consists of an annual technology payment through school fees of $100/year towards Chromebook ownership or parents have the option of purchasing their own Chromebook.

Every incoming 7th grade parent for 2016-2017 must complete a form by April 22 to indicate if your student will be purchasing a Chromebook through Milford Schools or bringing his/her own device. A Chromebook orientation is planned during Meet the Team Night on Monday, August 22.

More information can be found on the district's technology department site (link below). Questions should be directed to Stacy Smith, Technology Coordinator,  smith_st@milfordschools.org.

April is National Autism Awareness Month.
Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life
The Autism Behavior Unit at Milford High School is a specialized classroom serving students on the Autism Spectrum. The unit has been approved by 4Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio for an autism assistance facility dog. The dog will be trained to meet the needs of our students with disabilities and help them achieve their goals. An assistance dog is expensive to train and the class must raise $15,000 for the 4Paws for Ability organization before receiving their dog.
Mrs. Panko, MHS Intervention Specialist, has set up a site for fundraising on  Razoo.com (Trena Panko MHS Autism Dog) so you can donate online. Her class is also selling t-shirts at MHS.
Here's a link to the Ohio Department of Education website with documents and information that provide more information on autism identification, treatment and support:
Winter Guard Only School to Earn Two Gold Medals 
Congratulations to the Varsity and JV Winter Guards for winning their respective divisions at State Championships on Sunday, April 3! Milford was the only school to have more than one team win gold medals. Both teams also had undefeated seasons.
Varsity next travels to Winter Guard International World Championships where they will compete against 120 other high schools from 28 states.
Drumline Earns Silver; Moves on to WGI World Championships
Congratulations to the Milford HS Winter Drumline for earning the silver medal at MEPA championships at Kettering Fairmont High School on Sunday, April 3. The 
group finished just shy of earning a gold medal with a score of 86.6 in the PSA class. They next compete in Dayton, Ohio on Thursday, April 14 at the WGI World Championships.
Elementary Staff Tour New Schools
Boyd E. Smith and Seipelt staff had the opportunity to tour the inside of their new schools before Spring Break. Both schools are on track to be ready for our students on the first day of the new school year this August.

Check out a complete photo gallery on the progress of our new schools, by clicking here.

Milford Students Recognized by Clermont County Chamber
Congratulations to Milford seniors, Kevin Hansbauer and Zach Lorenz, who were recognized for their volunteerism at the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Salute to Leaders awards program held at the Oasis Conference Center on March 23.
Kevin and Zach led the planning of the Remembrance at the Meadows memorial event held in November at the Miami Meadows - Spirit of 76 Memorial Park. The event, which raised funds for the Memorial Park, featured a 5K walk/run, a patriotic art show, Milford High School/Great Oaks JROTC Color Guard, music, food, a veteran's ceremony, and family activities.
Milford Business Hosting Food Drive 
The Edward Jones office in Milford is hosting a food drive for the Backpack Ministry through SonRise Church from April 4-22. This ministry provides packs of food for many Milford students, which enables them to have meals over the weekend.
Please donate non-perishable items to the Edward Jones office at 5881 Cook Road between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday-Friday through April 22.
George Foster to Keynote Community Event

The following event is free and open to the public...

A time of celebration and visioning for those who are investing  in the lives of children will be held on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: George Foster

Miami Township Civic Center,  6101 Meijer Drive, Milford.

Sponsored by Community United, a task force dedicated to addressing the opiate epidemic in the greater Milford area. Community United is encouraging those who work with youth such as coaches, scout leaders and teachers to attend this event.

For More Information
Contacts: Laura Saunders (513) 831-0262 or George Hart (513) 478-7973

Flyers for area summer camps are posted on our website. New flyers are posted frequently so check back for updates.
Calendar Check

7 Boyd E. Smith Community Open House and Art Show
5-7 p.m.
17 The "Main Event"- a celebration of Milford Main School
1-3 p.m.
Milford High School
19 Community Focus Group on Superintendent Search
6-7 p.m.
Milford Board of Education Meeting
7 p.m.
Mulberry Elementary

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