Eagle eNews for January 2019
Board Discusses Master Facilities Plan and May Bond Issue
Moves Forward on Plan to Replace Junior High and Make Renovations to High School
The Milford Board of Education held a budget hearing, organizational meeting, work session, and special board meeting on Thursday, January 10. At the organizational meeting, George Lucas was elected president and Debbie Marques as vice president for calendar year 2019. The Board also set the regular meeting dates for 2019. All meeting dates and times will be posted on the district website.
During the work session, the Board discussed the master facility plan for the district. Board members reviewed and discussed the academic and cost benefits of constructing a building to include grades 6-8 to replace Milford Junior High School. This plan also addresses the need to replace the aging preschool building on Route 28. By building a middle school campus, the sixth-grade students will be moved out of the elementary schools. The additional space will allow for preschool classes to be moved to two of the elementary schools and open space to expand the full-time kindergarten program in each elementary. The preschool property on State Route 28 can then be sold. 

The Board also discussed needed renovations to the high school including new heating and cooling systems, roofing, replacing outdated athletic facilities, enhancing security, and creating 21st-century learning areas. In addition, a new auditorium to better accommodate the current student population was discussed. The proposed auditorium would hold 1,000 seats and be shared by both Milford High School and Milford Junior High School. The location of the new junior high school would be moved so the auditorium could be accessed by both schools. Construction of the new junior high school would impact some of the athletic facilities that would need to be replaced. The Board also discussed adding turf to the soccer field because of the impact that the construction will have on the current practice fields and the significant costs related to maintenance of the grass field.

The cost of completing these projects is approximately 98 million dollars to be financed through a bond issue. The Board approved a resolution to have the amount of millage needed to raise $98 million to be certified by the Clermont County Auditor. The auditor certified the millage rate at 4.7 mills. The cost of 4.7 mills on a home valued at $100,000 is $13.71 monthly or $164.50 annually. At the next Board meeting on January 17, the Board will approve the final resolution needed to place this bond issue on the May 7, 2019 ballot.
Call Now For 2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration
Milford School District looks forward to welcoming new Eagles into our flock! To be eligible for Kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old by September 30, 2019. Registration for incoming kindergarten students who reside in the Milford Exempted Village District begins on January 16, 2019. 

The district offers tuition-free half-day kindergarten to all residents of the Milford Exempted Village School District. Students are placed in AM or PM kindergarten based on where they live. The district plans to hold at least one full-day, tuition-based kindergarten class in each of the elementary buildings. Based on the number of applications received per building, a lottery will be held if needed. Additional sections of full-day classes will be added based upon the number of applicants. The official deadline for applying for full-day kindergarten is February 15, 2019. If there are still open spots in full-day kindergarten after this date, registration will remain open.

Registration must be done in person with Jay Batterson in Central Registration located at 1099 State Route 131. Please contact Carrie Clark at (513) 831-1314 to schedule a registration appointment.

Before you arrive for your registration appointment, you must complete FinalForms online registration. See the link below for forms and details. 

Milford Preschool Registration 2019-2020 to be Held in February
Milford Preschool will be holding registration on Tuesday, February 5, and Wednesday, February 13, from 4-7 p.m. The registration forms for the 2019-20 school year will be posted to our preschool page, under the registration tab. Parents must print and complete the registration form and bring the form and all necessary documents to registration along with the $65 registration fee.  

Milford School District’s Preschool offers an integrated preschool program for students aged three to five. The program is a mix of eight students with special needs and eight typically developing students. Our classes follow the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Content Standards. Milford Preschool is located at 1039 State Route 28. Children must turn age three by September 30, 2019 to be eligible for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please call the Milford Preschool office at 513-728-7400 if you have any questions.  

MJHS and MHS Robotics Teams Qualify for State Championship
Milford's nine VEX Robotics teams (48 students) competed in three competitions recently and took home several awards including Milford's first-ever tournament championship! These high school teams (8823D, 8823E) and Junior High team (98992C) are now qualified for the State Championship in March. The following Milford robotics teams were recognized:

- Tournament Champion, team 98992C 
- Tournament Finalists, 98992B and 98992D
- Judges Award, 98992A

- Excellence Award (highest award), 8823D
- Design Award (2nd highest award), 8823E
- Robot Skills 1st place, 8823E
- Robot Skills Finalist, 8823B
- Energy Award, 8823A
- 8823A and 8823D were undefeated 6-0 in qualifying rounds

Milford will host a VEX robotics tournament with 70 teams at Milford Junior High School on February 10, 2019. A mandatory parent info meeting for current 7th grade students interested in joining the 8th grade VEX Robotics teams next year will be held at MJHS on Thursday, January 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information please visit  milfordengineering.org  or email  milfordroboticsclub@gmail.com .
Kayleigh Shay On Vine
Milford Art Students Earn 42 Awards in Scholastic Contest!
Students in our art program at Milford High School have been excelling in regional and national competitions.

Milford High School students received 42 awards in the Regional Scholastic Arts contest this year! Overall, our student artists received 11 Gold Key awards, 17 Silver Key awards, and 14 Honorable Mentions. Pictured: Gold Key winner "On Vine" by Kayleigh Shay.

Some of the categories students competed in include: photography, digital art, printmaking, painting, and architecture and industrial design. More than 6,000 entries were submitted from 78 area schools and 1,600 of these entries received awards.

The Gold Key winners now advance to the National Scholastic Competition and will compete against other regional winners throughout the country.

Art students from Milford High School were also recognized in the following competitions:
Exhibition: State of the Arts, Ohio University Art Gallery in Athens, OH
Jenna Bellonby - Color Photograph

Xavier University's Biennial Regional Junior & Senior High School Juried Exhibition
Bre Severns - Black and White Photograph
Dylan Curfiss - Charcoal Drawing

2018 Drexel University High School Photography Contest in Philadelphia, PA
Molly Cambron, freshman
Jenna Bellonby, senior
Bre Severns, senior
ODE Recognizes Milford High School's Commitment to Military Families
On December 7, the Ohio Department of Education awarded Milford High School with the prestigious Purple Star designation. The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military.

In notifying Milford High School of the award, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria said, "We applaud and appreciate your outstanding commitment to serving military students and families in your school. Your dedicated program truly serves as an inspiring model for other schools in Ohio to follow."

The district has added a page on our website with valuable resources for military families. Please click here to access.
Mulberry Partners with Cincinnati Nature Center for
Art Exhibit
In December, Mulberry 5th graders had their artwork showcased at the Cincinnati Nature Center in conjunction with their annual Charley Harper Celebration/Exhibit. Mulberry students worked in math, science, and art to create works of art inspired by Charley Harper.

"Students gained a realization that science and math are all around them and not singular subjects. By working on the Charley Harper project, students began to see science and math as a language that describes the world," said Mulberry teacher Andrew Campbell.

We appreciate the partnership with Cincinnati Nature Center and the meaningful learning experience they provide for our students.
Alumni Spotlight: Milford Siblings Shine at Military Academies
We love to share and celebrate the success stories of our graduates! Pictured is Andrew Reinhart, Milford High School class of 2015, with his sister Amanda, class of 2018.

Andrew is a senior nuclear engineering major at the United States Naval Academy. He will attend graduate school next year as a Bowman Scholar before joining the Submarine Force.
Amanda, a freshman at the Air Force Academy, plans to major in Astronautical Engineering and pursue a career as an Air Force Pilot or Flight Test Engineer.
Hope Squad Making its Mark on Milford High School
Each month, a video highlighting programs in the district is featured during the regular Board of Education meeting. At the December Board of Education meeting, Milford High School's Hope Squad was featured. This is a school-based peer-to-peer suicide prevention program, which equips and empowers students to be the eyes and ears of a school as they watch out for youth in distress.

Milford is one of more than 20 Cincinnati area schools with a Hope Squad. Watch the video and learn more about the program.
Meadowview Students Create Holiday Cards for Troops Overseas
During their school’s kindness campaign, Meadowview Elementary first graders created special holiday cards thanking our troops. Captain Steve Bain, Aircraft Commander of a KC135, delivered these sweet cards overseas to the men and women he serves with in the United States Air Force. Captain Bain’s son Loki is a first grader at Meadowview.
Community Swim Sessions for January
The MHS 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.

*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 .

MJHS Family Engagement Session on Bullying
The next program in the Milford Junior High School Family Engagement session will focus on the subject of bullying. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 13, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the media center at MJHS. The program will feature speaker Alison Savage, MS, LPCC-S , a Psychologist with the Children's Home of Cincinnati. The program is open to all Milford School District parents.
Tickets on Sale for 9th Annual Flight Night
Tickets are now on sale for the 9 th Annual Milford Flight Night on Thursday, March 7, 2019, from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Oasis Golf & Conference Center in Loveland. The Milford Athletic Boosters organizes this annual fundraiser and all proceeds from Flight Night benefit Milford High School's student-athletes. Last year, the event raised a record $45,000!

The featured guest speakers are Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Famers, Joe Morgan and "Mr. Perfect" Tom Browning. Local sports columnist Paul Daugherty will be the emcee for the night. 

If you or someone you know, would like to purchase tickets to the 9 th Annual Milford “Flight Night,” please visit the Milford Athletic Boosters website at  www.milfordathletics.org or call the Milford Athletic Office at 576-2208.
Milford High School to Host 9th Annual Mattress Sale 
The Milford High School Band will be sponsoring Milford’s 9th annual mattress sale on Saturday, February 16. The sale features new, name-brand mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties at below retail prices. Delivery and financing will also be available. Every sale will benefit the Milford High School Band program.
Floor models will be on display in the Milford High School cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 16. If you need a new mattress before this sale or have questions, please contact Ultimate Fundraising Solutions at  dharbin65@yahoo.com