Eagle eNews - April 30, 2021
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UPDATES & INFORMATION:
TEACHER APPRECIATION IS NEXT WEEK

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! This school year has been unique and full of challenges due to the pandemic. We have also celebrated many successes, which are the direct result of our staff’s hard work and dedication to our students!

Please join us next week in showing appreciation for our teachers. We will premiere a special video tribute to our staff at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4 - which is National Teacher Appreciation Day. It’ll play on our Facebook page and our YouTube Channel

We encourage you to show your appreciation to your child’s teacher(s) by sending an email or note of gratitude next week. To find email addresses for staff members, check out our Staff Directory online.
3 SENIORS EARN NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLAR RECOGNITION

Milford High School Seniors Blake Marcin, Vishnu Rajkumar, and Emma Strickland have been named NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS!
 
"I am extremely proud of Blake, Vishnu, and Emma," said MHS Principal Josh Kauffman. "Their hard work, perseverance, and dedication to growing intellectually during their time at Milford High School is exceptional and I am eager to see the incredible things they accomplish after graduation." 
 
Congratulations to all three! 
 
More info about The National Merit Scholarship program: the mission of the program is to promote scholastic excellence through a very rigorous competition. Scholarship winners are chosen based on their abilities, skills, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in college and beyond. To qualify, students first take the PSAT their Junior year. Of the 1.5 million students who enter the scholarship program, about 50,000 earn PSAT scores high enough to qualify for Semifinalist recognition. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state. Qualifying scores vary from state to state and from year to year, but the scores of all Semifinalists are extremely high. Semifinalist then advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and by fulfilling the requirements of the application. Approximately 15,000 of the Semifinalists move on to Finalists. Finalist then compete for scholarships which are awarded by the National Merit Program itself and also by corporations, business, and colleges.





Pictured from left: Emma Strickland, Vishnu Rajkumar, and Blake Martin
HELPING THE NATIVE SONGBIRDS

The field behind Mulberry Elementary School is the perfect ecosystem for native plant and animal species. However, the field does not provide the necessary nesting cavities for native songbirds. Since the Bluebird is a native songbird to this area, and its population is in decline, Andrew Campbell's fifth grade class decided to work on a project to help. In collaboration with the Cincinnati Nature Center, Eagle Scout and Milford High School Student Vaughn Gray, along with the staff at Mulberry, there are now 10 nesting boxes dotting the third of a mile nature trail in the field. The boxes will help not only the Bluebirds, but also other native cavity-dwelling birds. A couple of the boxes currently house baby Bluebirds that have recently hatched! Tree Swallows are also utilizing the boxes to build nests.
COMING SOON: INTO THE WOODS, JR.

Milford High School Theatre is excited to return to in-person performances next school year, and will kick off the season with Into the Woods, Jr. on October 8 and 9.

The cast list was recently announced for Into the Woods, Jr. and is included below.

Save the date: Prior to the performance of The Little Mermaid in March, there is a Princess Party planned.

CAST LIST - INTO THE WOODS
Stage Manager - Alex Billias
Assistant Stage Manager - Alexandra LaBella
Assistant Directors - Blake Hehn, Lawson Hamilton, and Ava Wilson
Assistant Choreographer -Alyssa Hart

Narrator - Michael Tidd
Baker - Dylan Hoffacker
Baker’s Wife - Ali Kleiner 
Cinderella - Brenna Mullen
Jack - Jacob Flynn
Jack’s Mom - Molly Cambron
Little Red Ridinghood - Kyra Sander
Witch - Lydia Tucker
Rapunzel - Brooke Chamberlin
Cinderella’s Stepmother - Lauren Key
Florinda - Ashley Frye
Lucinda - Ella Sander
Cinderella’s Prince - James Marshall
Rapunzel’s Prince - Gerry Dalziel
Cinderella’s Father - Ethan Verderber
Cinderella’s Mother - Emily Laslo-Haer
Granny - Hailey Walls
Wolf - Max Hawkes
Steward - Michael Wedding
Mysterious Man - Cohen Rice

Spirits of the Woods: Alyssa Hart, Eve Land, Kylie Colson, Kennedy Mclaren, and Naomi Mulatu.

CREW LIST - INTO THE WOODS
Stage Manager - Alex Billias
Assistant Stage Manager - Alexandra LaBella
Stage Manager Apprentice - Ella Hassman 
Assistant Directors - Blake Hehn and Lawson Hamilton
Backstage Stage Manager - Lillie Bryant-Morrison
Backstage Crew Head - Parker Baumgartner
Light Crew Head - Daniel Gray
Sound Crew Head - Noah Gonzalez
Prop Head - Katherine Ehlers
Makeup Crew Head - Ellie Huhn
Art Crew Head - Cherish Patton
Costume Crew Head - Leah Donovan

Stage Crew - Parker Baumgartner, Jackson Baumgartner, Irie Begley, Grayson Drummond, Skylar Hayes, and Ella Hummel

Light Crew - Daniel Gray, Madison Peters, and Lisa Bell

Sound Crew - Noah Gonzalez, Victoria Sizemore, Faith Howlett, Peyton Rogers, and Audrey Frilling

Makeup - Ellie Huhn, Destiny Seng, Emily Watts, Hannah Hacker, Tia Elam, Breanna Gale, and Avery Sargent

Costumes - Leah Donovan, Lilly Harmon, Mallory Reese, Rachel Vandergrift, Avery Childress, Morgan Buckler, and Kenley Sandlin

Art Crew - Scenic Design - Cherish Patton, Ellie Huhn, Claire Donovan, Madilyn Steiger, and Pluto English

Props - Katherine Ehlers, Emily Zeek, Jenna Foy, Sam Smith, and C.J. Jacobs
MHS RANKS HIGHEST IN CLERMONT COUNTY, AGAIN

In the annual U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools rankings, Milford High School has again ranked the highest in Clermont County!

U.S. News & World Report determines these ratings based on students’ graduation rates, performance on state tests, and college readiness benchmarks.

Milford High School is ranked 18th in the Greater Cincinnati region, far higher than other Clermont County High Schools - the closest in rankings is Goshen High School, coming in 35th. In the state, Milford High School ranks 61st and ranks 1,880 in national rankings.
FACEBOOK LIVE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT MAY 18

We want to know - what are some key insights that you’ve gained from this school year that you think we should integrate into the future?

On Tuesday, May 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Superintendent John Spieser will host the next “Live Chat with the Superintendent” event on Facebook. He will answer submitted questions first and then open the floor for live questions toward the end of the hour. To participate, please provide your questions or comments using Thought Exchange

Tune in on Facebook May 18. A recording of the event will be available to view on our Facebook page afterward. 

(Thought Exchange is our online feedback gathering tool - click here to learn how to use it.)
SEEKING KEY COMMUNICATORS

Milford School District is forming a Key Communicators Network and is seeking interested members.

A Key Communicator is someone in the district who is seen as somewhat of a leader who has the "ear" of a significant group of residents and is someone others go to when looking for information about the school district or related civic issues.

A Key Communicator is usually someone who is supportive of the district, but not necessarily 100 percent of the time. Key Communicators could be active parents, employees, active residents, community leaders, members or leaders of community organizations, or members of clubs or boosters. Key Communicators must currently live in Milford School District.

We ask that Key Communicators be willing to receive periodic updates from us (typically by email) and to share the information as appropriate. They would serve as our "eyes and ears" in the district as well, to help us share information and in turn share insights with us that would help us do a better job in any number of ways.

The Key Communicators Network will kick off with an in-person meet-and-greet meeting in May, then will communicate primarily through email/phone/video conference throughout the summer and into next school year.

Interested? Click here.
FACILITIES PRESENTATION

At the April 15 Board of Education meeting, District administration presented to the Board a proposed plan to replace Milford Junior High School with a new grades 6 to 8 Middle School, complete site circulation/safety, and obtain Ohio Facilities Construction Commission funding. Click here to download the presentation.

You can also watch a video recording of the meeting to see both this Facilities Presentation and a recap of the recent community survey. Click here to view the recording - the survey results presentation begins at 13:48 and the Facilities Presentation begins at 53:55.

If you have any questions please send us an email.
SUMMER SCHOOL OFFERED FOR GRADES 7-12

Milford High School will once again host Summer School from June 1 to 18.

Credit recovery courses are offered for students in grades 9-12 in the following subjects: English 9, Algebra 1, Physical Science, World Studies, English 10, Math II, Biology, U.S. History, English 11, Math III, Chemistry, and English 12.

Accelerated learning opportunities are available for students in grades 7-12 for health and physical education. Click here for registration details and more information. Questions? Email Andy Serger, Teacher, Summer School Coordinator, or call: (513) 576-2338.
OFFICER RASFELD NAMED D.A.R.E. OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Miami Township D.A.R.E. Officer Skip Rasfeld has been selected as the 2021 Larry Cox D.A.R.E Officer of the Year. Congratulations!
Officer Skip!

We are thankful for his commitment to our students. He is a fantastic representative of Miami Township and a great ambassador and role model in our schools. He teaches first, fifth, and seventh graders D.A.R.E. lessons in five of our elementary schools and at the junior high, plus he provides Seatbelt Safety lessons for third graders. He typically has 1,400 D.A.R.E. students each year. He also runs six summer camps for kids ranging in age from 6 to 16, plus a Junior Police Academy for students aged 13 to 16.

Officer Skip will be honored at a D.A.R.E. Awards Ceremony at Kings Island on June 20.
IN-PERSON GRADUATION @ CINTAS CENTER MAY 22

Graduation will be held Saturday, May 22 at Cintas Center - in person! We are pleased to be able to celebrate our graduates with an in-person ceremony. We will be following all social distancing and masking rules set forth by the Cintas Center, and graduates each have a limited number of tickets for their attendees. The ceremony will be live-streamed as well - we will share the link closer to the event.
FREE MEAL PLAN BENEFIT EXTENDED

We are happy to announce that the Ohio Department of Education, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition Services, has notified our district that 100 percent of students attending Milford Schools are eligible for free breakfast and lunch through June 2022. This means that all Milford students in grades Preschool through 12 will not be charged for meals they purchase at school for the remainder of this school year and for the 2021-2022 school year.
CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS

Click here to access our CONTACT US page on our website. The page includes contact information for administrators and building principals.

Or you can always email our general email address: contactmilford@milfordschools.org.
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