www.milfordschools.org                                                                                April 2017
District's Fine Arts Fair This Weekend!

Milford Exempted Village School District's 
7th Annual Fine Arts Fair 
Friday, April 7, from 6-8 p.m. 
Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Both student and staff artwork will be on display in the Milford High School cafeteria and will feature a wide range of selected student artwork from all six elementary schools, the junior high school, and the high school. Our music, band and drama programs will also be featured.

Poster design by Milford sophomore Jenna Bellonby.

New Secondary Curriculum Director Named
At Milford's Board of Education meeting held on March 16, Mr. Paul Daniels was hired as the Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction for Milford Schools. Mr. Daniels has worked in education for 14 years, seven as a teacher and seven as an administrator. During the past four years, he has been the principal of Withrow High School in Cincinnati Public Schools. In addition to his responsibilities as the principal of Withrow High School, he also serves as a Principal Coach for   CPS.

Mr. Daniels begins on August 1, 2017. He will be responsible for the management and development of curriculum in grades 7-12. He replaces Mr. John Spieser, who became the Director of Human Resources, a position held by Mrs. Nancy House before she became Milford's Superintendent.
Milford School District will be accepting applications for open enrollment in April. Applications for interdistrict open enrollment for the 2017-18 school year must be submitted in person between April 10 - 28, 2017 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Milford School District's Central Office, 777 South Garfield Avenue, Milford. The application deadline for interdistrict open enrollment is April 28, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

The interdistrict open enrollment policy allows a student who does not live in the Milford School District to attend one of our schools, if space is available. Intradistrict enrollment allows Milford District residents to attend an elementary school within the district, but outside of their attendance area. Intradistrict enrollment is open until April 13, 2017.

Details on open enrollment and the applications are available under the central registration department  at www.milfordschools.org . If you have any questions, please call (513) 831-1314.
Photojournalism Class Tackles the Heroin Epidemic
This semester, Milford High School photojournalism students in Janelle Schunk's class have been tackling a tough issue. The class has been focusing their lenses on the faces of the heroin epidemic.
Students have been interviewing recovering addicts, medical and mental health professionals, reporters, law enforcement, and families who have been impacted by addiction. The students have been creating photographic portraits of those they interview, along with written commentary that explains each perspective and what they have learned through the interview.  
"The project goal is to portray that the current heroin epidemic impacts an entire community, not only those directly touched by opiate addiction. Students will learn more about this issue through many perspectives as they also discover both the problems and potential solutions," Mrs. Schunk said.
A panel of students involved in the project presented the lessons they have learned at the Community United meeting on Tuesday, April 4. This group has been meeting for the past three years to address the opiate issue in Clermont County.
"I have learned that everyone has a story to tell and the heroin epidemic not only effects the user, but it impacts the entire family and community," said Gwene Kline, photojournalism student.
As a final demonstration of learning, the class is hosting a public exhibition to share with the community. The students' work will be showcased in an exhibition entitled, No Boundaries, on May 8, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, in Milford.

Milford Teacher Wins $10K on  Wheel of Fortune
On March 8, Milford teacher Matt Gillispie was a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune. Mr. Gillispie, an Ninth Grade Community English teacher, won $10,000!  He shared that playing on Wheel of Fortune was an amazing experience. 

" One of the greatest parts of this experience was to come back and tell my students about it. I had previously told them I had auditioned, but I did not tell them I filmed the show until about a week before it aired," Mr. Gillispie said. "I am a firm believer that anything is possible as long as you try, and to share this achievement with my students has been neat.  Hopefully, this will encourage others to go after any dream they may have."
Music Students Excel in Area Competitions
On March 11, 
Milford High School Concert Choir and Chamber Singers competed in the OMEA District 14 competition at Taylor High School. Both the Milford High School Concert Choir (Class B) and the Chamber Singers (Class AA) received Superior ratings. Both choirs also earned Superior ratings in sight reading. The choirs are under the direction of Mrs. Tracy Carpenter.

On April 1, Milford's varsity Winter Guard won the Winter Guard International Mid-South Power Regional held at WKU in Bowling Green, KY after being promoted up a
  division when they won the WGI Indianapolis Regional in February. Milford is the only high school in the country to win two regionals in two different divisions this season. The Winter Guard is under the direction of Mr. Drew Steinbrecher.

Milford High School Drumline received second place on April 2 at the Mid East Performance Association (MEPA) championships in Dayton. The Mid East Performance Association is the premier winter performance venue for winter guards and percussion ensembles throughout Ohio and surrounding areas. The Drumline is under the direction of Mr. John Espy.
Milford Cheerleaders National Champs!
Milford High School competition cheer team competed in the AmeriCheer Nationals in Florida in March and were named Division Champs and Grand Champs! The Eagles received first place in their division and 4th place overall--including ALL divisions.  The Eagles also 
competed to qualify and received an InBid for Nationals, the only team at the competition to receive one. InBid is an invite to Nationals with $200 per girl off the price. Coaches are Christy Gregory, Alicia Wall and Desiree Paolo.
Student Artwork on Display in Columbus
State Representative John Becker presented an award to Rebecca Moore, a sophomore at Milford High School on April 3 at the high school. Rebecca's artwork was selected for the Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition, representing the 65th House District.

State Representative John Becker is currently serving his third term at the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 65th District in northwestern Clermont County, which includes Loveland, Milford, Newtownsville and Owensville,  as well as Goshen, Miami, Stonelick, Union and Wayne townships.

Photo: Visual art teacher, Ms. Lacey Kilbarger; Representative John Becker; Rebecca Moore, and Milford High School Principal, Mr. Josh Kauffman.

Milford Students Design Assistive Device for Young Athlete
Students at Milford High School are using their engineering skills to help others in a remarkable way. It is the second year they have used their problem-solving and design skills to help a child in need of a prosthetic device. Through use of a 3D printer, Milford 
students' helped a 12 year old hockey player with an assistive device to enable him to continue playing competitive ice hockey.

Through Great Oaks' Project Lead The Way, Milford High School students take a variety of design and engineering courses at the high school. These classes are taught by Mr. Peter Leeper.

Thanks for Courtis Fuller and WLWT, who featured this wonderful project. Watch the story at the link below.

Video Spotlight on Fine Arts
Milford School District is proud of our fine arts program offered in grades K-12. We showcased our art, drama and music programs in our latest curriculum video shown at the March Board of Education meeting. 

Parents Who Host Lose the Most Program on April 10
The Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Township is hosting its annual "Parents Who Host Lose the Most" event on April 10, beginning at 7 p.m. at Milford High School. Parents of junior and senior students who attend will receive a free after-prom ticket.

The program includes information for parents, grandparents and community members about local substance use trends, the legal ramifications of hosting parties for minors, the importance of protecting the adolescent brain and more from a panel of experts.

Marketing and Teaching Professionals to Head to Nationals

Milford DECA students attended the Ohio DECA State Competition in Columbus and brought home the hardware! Ten students will head to California and seven more earned top 10 in Ohio!

The following students earned the opportunity to represent Milford and Ohio DECA at the 2017 DECA International Career Development Conference to be held in Anaheim, California from April 26-29: Tyler Campbell, Jeremiah Dentino, Amna Rustom, Lindsey Lawson, Tori Gilman, Limo Rustom, Ben Gerding, Emily Perrin, AJ Turner and Aidan Kelly.  Terri Rothfuss is the Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor.

Our Teaching Professions Academy competed in their state competition on March 16-17. Eight Milford High School students qualified to move on to the Future Educators of America national competition this June in Phoenix, Arizona! They are 
Taylor Caldwell,  Madalyn Ridge,  Micayla King,  Morgan Whitaker,  Colleen Schumacher, Rachel Vonderhaar, Kate Schaeffer, and Shaila Peterson.

English Students Take on Shakespeare
This school year, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) has partnered with 38 different area schools, giving each school one of the 38 plays in Shakespeare's canon. Through this collaboration, 
Milford High School will perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on  Friday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall on Elm Street. 

During this school year, 18 actors from the CSC ensemble went into area highs schools as teaching artists. Each actor is paired with one or two schools and will work with teachers and students to develop and co-create interpretations of one play from Shakespeare's  38  plays.

Milford High School English teacher, Kirstie ( Rheinheimer ) Ford, and Drama teacher, Sherry McCamley, coordinate the program. Students in Acting III and Mrs. Ford's first semester Shakespeare class are participating. Two actors from the CSC, Billy Chace and Patrick Phillips, have also volunteered their time to work with the students.

Over the course of the year, Milford students have read the play together, identified key scenes, worked with the language to cut down the script, have auditioned for parts, and are rehearsing for their public performance.

"Billy and Patrick have graced us with their time and presence in working with our students and have provided incredible strategies for how to take on Shakespeare," said Mrs. Ford. "They have shared their enthusiasm and love for Shakespeare with our students and made this such a rewarding experience."
Milford Students Mastering the ACT
The ACT is one key piece of the college application process and Milford students have the opportunity to prepare through an elective called "Mastering the ACT" taught by Mr. Geoff Wahl. 
The  semester-long class meets on Mondays,  Wednesdays and Fridays.

Students learn test-taking techniques, take a practice ACT and enter the scores into the TCA prep online program. Students spend time during the class using the TCA prep site to prepare for the ACT test based on their practice test results. 

"I have numerous students in my Mastering the ACT class who have raised their score(s) by multiple numbers," said Mr. Wahl.
Free Adult Lap Family Swim Sessions in April & May
Milford School District residents can swim for free during our weekly community swim sessions at the Milford High School pool. 
Family swim times have been added to the schedule on April 8 and 29, as well as, May 6, 13, and 20. Check the swim calendar for times and details.

A consent form must be signed prior to swimming and any swimmer under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian complete a form. All swimmers under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Students age 16 or older may swim without an adult, however, they must have a completed and signed waiver by a parent/guardian.

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

3 Classes Resume
7 District Art Show 6 -8 p.m.
8 District Art Show 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
14 NO SCHOOL (Conference Make-Up Day)
20 Milford Board of Education meeting - 7 p.m. - Mulberry Elementary
20 Graduation - Cintas Center - 4 p.m.
26 Last Day of School for Students
To view a complete calendar with district, building and athletic events, click here.
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