www.milfordschools.org                                                                               August 2017
Welcome Back, Eagles!
S chool District is ready to welcome back almost 6,700 students for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  
Here's some important back-to-school information:
  • Most of our schools will have open houses on August 14-15. Click here for our online student calendar. The 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 district calendars can also be found on the website.
  • School supply lists for our elementary schools and junior high school are on the district website. High school teachers will share a list of needed supplies during the first week of school. 
  • Milford's transportation department mailed a postcard on August 8 with your child's pick up and drop off times and locations. You can also check his or her bus route online.  Please submit alternate transportation and shared parenting forms so our transportation department can process them before the first day of school.
  • There are school fees charged for workbooks, art supplies, and special reading materials, etc. for the school year by grade level. Fees for the junior high and high school are dependent on the individual course schedule. Pay fees online through EZPay. 
  • Please make sure your child's school has your most current email and contact information. 
  • What's for lunch? Click here for breakfast and lunch menus by building.
  • Stay connected! Our schools have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. For direct links to these pages, go to the home page of each school. Below are the district social media links.
Welcome New Staff
Milford School District welcomes 32 new teachers to the Flock!

Katherine Aielli Special Ed Milford High Schoool
Jody Bailey Special Ed Pattison
Crystal Bartlett English/LA Success Academy
Sarah Benhase 6th Grade Mulberry
Chad Blackburn 5th Grade Meadowview
Kaitlin Callahan Kindergarten    Meadowview
James Carter Special Ed Milford High School
Eric Chapman Science Success Academy
Olivia Clark 3rd Grade Mulberry
Tara Dupps 1st Grade Mulberry
Macy Fraylick 4th Grade Mulberry
Julia Gaylard 6th Grade Mulbery
Jason Gregory Math Milford High School
Tom Grippa Phys Ed Milford Junior High 
Tabitha Gruber 1st Grade Seipelt
Sarah Harrison 1st Grade Seipelt
Adrian Hawk Art Milford Junior High
Jessica Hensley 1st Grade Seipelt
Hilen, Stephanie 2nd Grade Mulberry
Jennie Johnson Special Education District
Matthew Jorden Math Milford High School
Meg Lynch Social Studies Milford High School
Allison Nagle Science 8th gr Milford Junior High
Emily Nicolas English Milford High School
Thomas Robinson Special Ed Milford Junior High
Greg Rose Social Studies Milford High School
Phillip Schaefer  Art MJHS/MHS   
Kara Settles Special Ed Milford Preschool
Katie Swing 4th Grade Boyd E. Smith
Erin Veatch Spanish Milford Junior High
Allie Washing Psych Intern District
Brian Wellbrock English/LA Milford Junior High

MHS Stadium Renovations Almost Complete
Eagles stadium will have a new look this fall. This summer, ADA-compliant bleachers are being installed on the north side of the stadium which will expand seating from 1,000 to 2,100. The Eagles will switch to this revamped north sideline as the home team. A new press box is also being constructed.

The project also includes the installation of a new surface on the Bill Marran Track that circles the football field. The new track has a life  expectancy of approximately 20 years.

The renovations are expected to be complete by the first varsity home football game on September 1, at 7 p.m.

T he stadium project is being financed through the district's Permanent Improvement fund. Permanent Improvement funds are used for making improvements to property and fixed assets and cannot be used for the district's current operating expenses, including salaries.
Milford Eagles Represent Cincinnati in Taiwan

A contingent from Milford High School spent two weeks in New Taipei City Taiwan in June as part of the Cincinnati/Taiwan foreign exchange program. It is the fifth year of this exchange program. Milford High School juniors Claire Striet and Sydnee Smith represented Milford Schools, while Assistant Principal Robyn Jordan served as the lead delegate representing the city of Cincinnati and surrounding school districts. Carl Jordan, MHS staff member, also accompanied the team as a chaperone.  In October, students and educators from New Taipei City will be visiting the Cincinnati area. 

" I had a once in a lifetime experience in Taiwan. During my first week in New Taipei City, I attended Guang Fu High School. I made friends with the staff and students and learned what it is like to go to school in an Asian culture setting. I was welcomed in the best way possible and have made some life-long friends and memories," Claire Striet said.
Claire discovered that education in Taiwan is much different than America. In the high school she visited, students stayed in the same classroom for their 10-hour school day and had limited elective choices. In the second week of the visit, the delegation visited 
elementary schools throughout the country. 

"By going to school and visiting different schools I learned the value of my education, how I should cherish going to school, and not view it as a task that must be done, but as a task that I should want to do," Claire said. 

"From the people to the food to the landscape, my experiences in Taiwan were absolutely amazing and unforgettable," shared Mrs. Jordan (pictured above). "I loved being fully immersed in Taiwanese educational systems and culture.  I left Taiwan feeling inspired."

Milford Students Selected for Educational Pilgrimage
Two Milford juniors were selected for the educational trip of a lifetime this summer. On July 15, Milford High School junior Grace Molett and senior Erika House left for the Educational Pilgrimage for Youth. During their 11-day pilgrimage, they joined 150 students from across the country in their travels to Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg. Grace and Erika 
t oured the United Nations building and listened to behind-the-scenes briefings and each presented a speech at the U.N.

"The United Nations Pilgrimage was a great opportunity to learn about our nations' history and develop our public speaking skills, while also developing connections with people across the nation and across the seas. It was an experience I will never forget," Erika House said.

Thanks to Milford's Laurel Lodge Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs for sponsoring this trip.  The annual pilgrimage is open to all high school students 16 or 17 years of age with a minimum of one year of high school remaining. Applications are reviewed by the selection committee for evidence of leadership, character, concern for community welfare, and interest in world affairs.
Milford Teachers Share Expertise with Peers at Tech Summit
Milford's annual Tech Summit took place on August 8-9, with Milford teachers leading hands-on technology sessions for their peers. In addition to sharing their expertise in
digital tools on storytelling, formative assessment, differentiation and Google tools, Milford teachers from every grade level had the opportunity for collaboration and creation time during EdCamp sessions. 

"It was inspiring to see our teachers leading so many innovative sessions and to watch the level of collaboration and enthusiasm our educators bring to the table. It sets the tone for a fabulous school year," said Milford Superintendent Nancy House.

To see the sessions that were offered, click here.
Online Parent Survey Feedback
In May 2017, the Milford School District sent out an online survey to parents focused on a variety of important topics to help us improve our school district. The topics addressed in this survey included: the quality of our educational program and services; communication from our district, schools, and teachers; and opinions on homework. 

The district received 1,325 responses. Almost 60% of the respondents gave the district an "A" with 35% giving the district a "B."  The summary of the survey results and comments were shared with district administrators and building principals to help us improve communication, school climate, and make changes to our homework policy. 

"Thank you to all the parents who shared their input on our annual survey and to those who shared their comments with me via phone conversations and email," said Milford Superintendent Nancy House. "We are always striving to be better and your feedback is invaluable to the improvement of our district."

Click here for a summary of the survey results.
Dog's Day in August Benefits Autism Assistance Dog
To raise funds needed for Milford High School's Autism Assistance Service Dog, a "A Dog's Day in August" will be held at Miami Meadows Park on Saturday, August 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 5K owner/dog walk will take place at 10 a.m. in the park.

"A Dog's Day in August" will include:
  • 5K Owner/Dog Walk
  • Food
  • Music
  • Raffle Baskets 
  • Bounce House
  • Dunk Tank
  • T-shirt Sales
  • Games
The event is sponsored by the Milford Schools Foundation and Brewhaus Dog Bones. 

Register at the link below for the 5K dog walk. There is a $25 fee which includes a t-shirt. To learn more and register, click on the following link:   Dog's Day in August 5K

Questions? Contact Trena Panko at  panko_t@milfordschools.org or by phone 513-266-5126.

MJHS to Host Parent Engagement & Empowerment Series 
Milford Junior High School has joined forces with Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Clermont County Library to present four educational workshops for parents of middle schoolers. The first in the series will be held on September 21.

Who: Parents, educators and community members of 7 th and 8 th graders
When: Thursday, September 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Milford Junior High School Media Center (Purple Hallway)

Milford Junior High School is hosting its first in a series of four workshops designed to help participants understand a middle school student's developmental shifts; learn about counseling services available; and share expectations for students. It will be a  great opportunity for parents to ask questions and get immediate answers at the onset of their child's middle school experience.
August Community Swim Sessions
Free family swim sessions will be held for the remainder of August at the Milford High School pool.

A consent/waiver form must be completed prior to swimming and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Here's the August schedule.

Questions? Email Lois Leavens, swim coordinator, at leavens_l@milfordschools.org.

Calendar Check 

First Day of School
Board of Education Meeting
Milford High School Auditorium
7 p.m.

NO SCHOOL for Students - Teacher Inservice Day
To view a complete calendar with district and individual school events, click here.
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