Eagle eNews - February 2020
Milford Bus Driver Saves Man With Dementia Stranded Outside on Cold Morning

Bus driver Stacie Dunn was driving her usual route Thursday morning when she saw a man lying on the ground. It was a cold, dark morning, and Stacie's quick thinking likely saved the man's life. The 79-year-old with dementia had been missing from Evendale since the previous afternoon. She got off the bus to check on him and put her coat over him, then called transportation dispatch and they called 9-1-1 to bring help.

Stacie’s quick thinking likely saved this man’s life! We are so proud of her and so fortunate that she is a part of our team of caring bus drivers.
Cheerleaders Win Second Straight National Championship

Milford High School's varsity competition cheerleading squad won their second-straight national championship in Florida at the UCA Nationals in February! They won the Gameday Division and finished third overall in the Traditional Performance routine.

It is an incredible feat to not only make it to the national championship level, but to beat the hundreds of other teams competing. We are so proud of these determined, hardworking student athletes.

Unified Cheer Team Also Brings Home a Big Win

Milford High School is designated as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School, which means that the school promotes social inclusion through activities and sports, creating a climate of acceptance where students with disabilities feel welcome and are a part of opportunities and school functions. In the fall, a Unified Cheer Team was added to the school's Athletics lineup, and the squad participated in weekly practices and cheered at four football games.

After the season, six senior cheerleaders led the charge to continue the squad and prepare for the Special Olympics State Games. Last weekend, the squad participated in the Competition Cheerleading games, and they were named high school champions - they brought home gold medals! The hard work, time and passion of the entire squad is commendable. Congratulations!

This was the first time Ohio Special Olympics held Winter Games. Six different sports were included in two different competition events: the indoor winter games (swimming, basketball, and competitive cheerleading) were held at Bowling Green State University and the outdoor winter games (Alpine skiing, snowboarding, and exhibition snowboarding) were held at Brandywine Ski Resort in Sagamore Hills. More than 1,000 athletes competed from across the state in the Winter Games.
Superintendent Nancy House Announces Retirement

Superintendent Nancy House has announced that she will retire this summer. She will retire July 31, 2020 after serving as superintendent for five years. Mrs. House has worked in Milford for 27 years and is retiring after a total of 38 years in education.

She taught English and Publications at Milford High School for 15 years. Then she moved into the roles of assistant principal and principal at the high school for two years, before becoming the district's secondary curriculum director, then human resources director, roles she held for five years prior to being named superintendent in 2016.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in a leadership role in the community where I have lived since 1988," Mrs. House said. "It is the right time to step into retirement. I will forever have incredible memories of teaching at Milford High School and working with amazing young adults and talented, dedicated colleagues. Every new role provided the opportunity to work with more members of our Milford family. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to get to know and work with the hundreds of Milford staff through the years, many of whom I call friends."

The Board of Education will now make plans to search for Mrs. House's replacement.

"My decision to retire was difficult, but it’s simply time for me to be with my loved ones. Life is precious, and life is short. I plan to spend more time with my husband, Ernie, who has been retired from Milford for four years, and our daughters Libby and Erika," Mrs. House said.
Save the Date: State of the School District Event March 18

Be sure to join us Wednesday, March 18 at Charles L. Seipelt Elementary School for a "State of the School District" presentation. The event begins at 7:00 p.m.

Superintendent Nancy House will present an overview of our strategic plan and the work we are doing to prepare our students for their future. Mrs. House will discuss how, with our advanced curriculum, Milford graduates are ready to succeed at top-teir colleges, in the modern workplace, and in the military. She'll also review the district's finances and will provide information on report card data and other measures of academic success.
High School Musical Jr. Opens March 19

Milford High School's Drama Club will present High School Musical Junior March 19-22 in the high school auditorium.

The musical is adapted from the popular Disney film High School Musical and features familiar characters Troy Bolton, Gabriella Montez, and Sharpay Evans.

Show times:

March 19, 20, and 21: 7:00 p.m.

March 22: 2:00 p.m.
New Publication: Milford Matters!

Our new printed publication called Milford Matters was sent to homes earlier this month. Gabriel, a second grader at Pattison Elementary, is on the cover. This first edition provides a snapshot of the state of our school district on topics that matter most.

We intend to follow it with periodic mailings throughout the year, to share stories from our classrooms to keep you informed on our students' accomplishments and important district news. Click here to read the online edition.
Artists Featured at February Board Meeting

Six talented artists from Mulberry Elementary School were recognized at the February Board of Education meeting - Andrea Camacho, Zoe Dunbar, Liam Kegley, Hailey Gruesser, Kate Hyott, and Sophia Wright. Their work is pictured below:
Kate Hyott
Grade 1
Zoe Dunbar
Grade 2
Liam Kegley
Grade 3
Andrea Camancho
Grade 4
Hailey Gruesser
Grade 5
Sophia Wright
Grade 6
New Video: Studying Oceanography in Landlocked Ohio & Discovering Other Fascinating Sciences at Milford High School

While continuing to re-envision the high school experience for students, the goal is to tap into student's interests and passions. Five science courses - oceanography, field ecology, human genetics, infectious diseases, and forensics - are all brand new this year, and they were all created by teachers based on student interest.

These new science courses are offered to students as electives, giving them the opportunity to explore new topics in a low pressure environment that may lead to a college major interest or a career connection.

This video highlights the courses:
Leap into Reading, Leap Into Giving!

McCormick Elementary's PTO is hosting a book fair to benefit the Milford Food Bank and Feed Our Flock tomorrow, February 29, which is Leap Day. The Book Fair is open to the community. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon in the school's library.
Mental Health Training Available

The following mental health training is available for community members through the Grant Us Hope organization:

Youth Mental Health First Aid - March 19 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Grant Us Hope Training Center: This training focuses on methods of assisting a young person who may be in the early stages of developing a mental or behavioral health problem or be in a mental or behavioral health crisis. Click here to learn more about the training and register or to learn about other trainings offered.

Grant Us Hope is the rising change agent for teen suicide prevention in our region. The provide resources and facilitate Milford High School's Hope Squad, which is a school-based peer-to-peer suicide prevention program for students. Hope Squad members are students nominated by peers as trustworthy classmates and are trained to identify at-risk students, provide friendship, and seek help from an adult. Click here to learn more .
March Open Swim Schedule

Milford High School is hosting family/adult swim sessions in March. District residents can swim for free. Click here to check out the calendar of open swim dates . A waiver of liability must be signed by all swimmers and by a parent or legal guardian for participants under the age of 18. Any participant under the age of 16 must have a parent or legal guardian present to swim. Contact Lois Leavens if you have any questions at (513) 576-2208 or  email her .