Eagle eNews for April 2019
Learn More About May Bond Issue

Milford School District has a bond issue on the May 7, 2019 ballot.

Approval of the bond will enable the district to complete the following projects from our Master Facilities Plan:
  • build a middle school (grades 6-8) to replace the current Milford Junior High (grades 7-8);
  • add a new 1,000 seat auditorium to be shared by the new middle school and high school;
  • replace the HVAC in the 10-12 section of the building and part of the roof at Milford High School;
  • provide new learning spaces in the unrenovated portions of the high school;
  • replace several athletic facilities that are in poor condition; and
  • complete the stadium renovation to address safety issues and make it ADA compliant.

The conceptual drawing shows the proposed location of the new middle school at the west end of the current practice fields located next to the stadium. The proposed middle school will share an auditorium with the high school.

A part of the building program will be adjusting Eagles Way to allow for improved traffic, site circulation, and parking. The exact design of the new Milford Middle School and Eagles Way will be a 12-18 month process with staff, student, parent, and community input. We cannot bid out the design and construction projects until the bond passes, and soil/other tests must be done before confirming the exact plans. 

The district worked with industry experts (SHP and Turner Construction) to come up the cost estimates for the proposed projects. These experts are both in the construction industry as well as in the architectural field who compared similar schools built recently and factored in construction inflation. During the design and bidding processes, numerous estimates are completed and competitive bidding processes are used to make sure we design a building within budget and that we secure high-quality contractors at the best prices.

To learn more about the bond, click on the link below:

Final Community Chat on April 17
Have questions about the bond issue or our schools?
Join Milford School District Superintendent Nancy House, Treasurer Brian Rabe, and Director of Business and Operations Jeff Johnson at our last Community Chat. Drop in for an informal conversation during the following time and location.

The district is holding its final of four Community Chats on Wednesday, April 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Biggby Coffee,
732 Middleton Way (on Branch Hill Guinea Pike across from Kroger).

If you are unable to make the chat and still have questions, please email Brian Rabe at rabe_b@milfordschools.org or Nancy House at house_n@milfordschools.org .
Milford Names Aaron Zupka as Athletic Director
At its March meeting, the Milford Board of Education approved Mr. Aaron Zupka, C.A.A. as the new athletic director for the district effective July 1, 2019. Zupka has been the athletic director for Middletown City Schools since 2016. Prior to Middletown, he was the athletic director at Clark Montessori for four years.

“I’m extremely honored to be the next athletic director at Milford High School. I feel I bring an immediate jolt of energy and enthusiasm to my work and that will be contagious to all who are around me,” Zupka said. “My main focus will be building positive student relationships and culture while looking to modernize how we do business in the athletic department. I can’t wait to get going and meet all the wonderful students, staff, coaches, and families in the Milford School District. I’m ready to soar with the Eagles!”
Milford Senior Earns Perfect Score on AP Portfolio
Milford High School senior Jenna Bellonby earned a PERFECT score from The College Board for her Advanced Placement 2-D Portfolio.

The College Board shared, "Jenna not only received the top score of 5, but she was also one of only 7 students (amounting to just 0.019 of the exam takers) from around the world to earn every point possible on this difficult assignment.”

Over the past few years, Jenna has grown to be an accomplished artist, designer, and photographer and has shown her work in national and international exhibitions and has been featured in various publications such as Vogue Italia, Cincinnati Magazine, and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Click here to read more and see images of Jenna's portfolio.
Open Enrollment for 2019-2020
Applications for open enrollment must be submitted in person to the Milford School District's Administrative Offices, 1099 State Route 131, Milford OH.

Dates: April 8-30, 2019*  
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
*(Closed April 19 & 20)

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Elementary Artists Recognized
At the March Board of Education meeting, student artists from Pattison Elementary were recognized. Art teacher Tracy Huggins selected outstanding artwork from her students (listed below). Each received a certificate from the Board members and their artwork will be on display at the district's administrative offices until the April Board of Education meeting.

Layton Reeves, Grade 3
Karoline Schultz, Grade 5
Clarissa Mueller, Grade 4 (pictured)
Grayson Hardoerfer, Grade 4
Delaney Huseman, Grade 6
April is World Autism Month
According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today. Milford serves 104 students with autism throughout the district who range in age from 3-21.

“We are always staying current on best practices, resources, and planning to allow for optimal post-secondary success for our students with autism. We are very aware and proud of the many strengths and talents that our students with autism offer,” shared Jennie Berkley, Director of Student Services.

Here is a photo of Buffy who serves as the Autism Assistance Facility Dog in our Autism Behavior Program at Milford High School. Buffy is trained to respond to five different behavior commands from our staff and students and is also trained in tethering. She is the first Autism Assistance Facility Dog to be placed in a public school from 4 Paws for Ability.
Winter Guard Top 10 in World Championships
On April 6-7, Milford High School Open Guard qualified for their third consecutive appearance in WGI World Championships.

Milford was the ONLY high school from Ohio to advance out of the preliminary round, through semi-finals, and on to the finals to finish 10th overall!
Congratulations to Andrew Steinbrecher, Director of Milford Color Guard, and his talented crew for another outstanding season!
Milford Choirs Excel at Districts
Milford High School Concert Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Tracy Carpenter performed in the OMEA District 14 Large Group Contest, in Class B and Class AA, on March 15. Both groups received top ratings in each of their classes' sight singing portion of the competition and in their overall rating and both groups qualified for the state competition.

MHS Chamber Singers will be continuing on to the state competition, while Concert Choir will be preparing for their Spring concert and their graduation performance. We wish our Chamber Singers good luck as they perform in state-level competition on April 26 at Lakota East High School.
Concert Choir
Chamber Choir
DECA Students Heading to Nationals
Congratulations to the Milford High School DECA students for their success at the state competition held March 15-16 in Columbus! A total of 19 Milford students competed in the two-day event accompanied by DECA advisor Toni Parker.

Jacob Sullivan and Murphy Heffernan placed FIRST in the state in Sports and Entertainment Marketing and qualified for Nationals to be held at the end of April in Orlando, Florida!

Three Milford students also qualified for the finals in their competitions! Angel Dominguez in Quick Serve, Lindsey Miller in Entrepreneurship, and Finn Huxell in Apparel and Accessories.
Drama Students Heading to Nationals
Milford seniors Claire Striet and Alexa Mueller both received a double Superior ranking for their individual events at the 2019 Ohio Thespian State Conference held at the Akron School for the Arts, March 29-31. Claire showcased her talents in the Monologue contest and Alexa in Solo Musical Theatre. Both seniors qualified to perform at the National level this summer! Katie Arber is the MHS drama teacher and club advisor for the Drama Club and Thespian Society.
Milford Hope Squad Recognized
Milford High School Hope Squad was selected as the Ohio Hope Squad of the Month! Thanks to our Hope Squad members and advisors, Will Cates, Kevin Metzger, and Mary Beth Corbin for all your efforts to make a difference at Milford High School!

Milford Schools, in partnership with Greater Cincinnati’s Grant Us Hope, began its Hope Squad this school year. Hope Squad is a national school-based peer-to-peer suicide prevention program. The program is designed to empower students to be the eyes and ears of a school as they watch out for students in distress.

Click on the link to read the feature on Milford's Hope Squad in the April edition of the  Grant Us Hope  newsletter.  http://bit.ly/HopeSquad

Annual Special Needs Dance on April 14
Milford High School's student council is hosting its annual Embrace the Differences dance on Sunday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m. in the MHS gym.

Spread the word! This special evening is open to students from all area schools.

To register or volunteer, go to  BIT.LY/DANCE19 .
Eagles Fine Arts
Don't Miss Alice In Wonderland This Weekend!

Milford's spring play, Alice in Wonderland, runs from April 11-13. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Milford High School Auditorium, 1 Eagles Way.

To purchase tickets, go to: http://milfordschools.seatyourself.biz
Milford High School Hosts Color Run to Raise Money for Cancer Research
Milford High School will be honoring staff members who have battled cancer this school year through a Color Run to be held on May 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the high school. The seniors are spearheading this effort and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to Cancer Research in the names of the Milford staff members who have fought or are fighting cancer. 

All families/members of the Milford community are encouraged to attend. Registrations must be mailed or dropped off to the Milford High School main office with cash or check (made out to Milford High School).  

Click here for the registration form.

Community Swim Hours for April
The Milford High School pool is open for school district residents to swim for free during community swim sessions. A waiver of liability must be signed by all swimmers prior to swimming 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. If school is closed due to inclement weather, community swim will not be held.

Open family swim sessions will be held on April 13 and April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

*NOTE: If you are attending an open swim session, you must bring a driver's license for entry through the high school security system. Contact Lois Leavens if you have any questions (513) 576-2208 or email her  leavens_l@milfordschools.org .