Eagle eNews for March 2019
Learn More About May Bond Issue

Milford School District has a 4.7 mill bond issue on the May 7, 2019 ballot.

The bond will:
  • 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 and sections of the roof at the 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.

We welcome you to see the junior high firsthand and learn more about our facility plans. An open house will be held at Milford Junior High School, 5735 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, on Wednesday, March 13, from 5-7 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m.- noon.

The exact location of the new middle school will be identified once the design process begins and engineering studies occur, but it is anticipated that the new building will be located at the west end of the current practice fields located next to the stadium. A part of the building program will be adjusting Eagles Way to allow for improved traffic, site circulation, and parking.

To learn more about the bond, click on the link below:
Community Chats
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 one of our Community Chats. Drop in for these informal conversations during the following times and locations.

Tuesday, March 26
7-8:30 a.m.
Starbucks-Miami Township, 1064 St. Route 28

Thursday, March 28
9-10:30 a.m.
McDonalds, 990 Lila Avenue

Tuesday, April 2
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Miami Township Library Meeting Room A, 5920 Buckwheat Road

Wednesday, April 17
6-7:30 p.m.
Biggby Coffee
732 Middleton Way
Rising Educators Head to Nationals!
Students in Milford High School’s Teaching Professions Academy participated in the Educators Rising Ohio's conference on February 28-March 1 at Capital University. They participated in professional development and competed in events aimed at demonstrating their skills and knowledge related to the teaching profession. Twelve Milford students qualified for the Educator Rising National Competition in Dallas, Texas in June!

Pilot Internship Program Launched
In an effort to promote both career and college readiness, Milford High School has launched a new pilot internship program with Miami Township Fire Department and Lykins Oil company. Milford teachers Taryn Baker and Jimmy Carter have been working with the students and employers.

At Miami Township, four students are working with a mentor crew of firefighters for three hours each  week. Students will go through seven rotations which “shifts” with the crews and includes training exercises and joining the firefighters on emergency runs. At the end of the training, students will participate in the traditional physical challenge/firefighter confidence exercise.

“We are seeing a deficit in the available labor pool for people who are interested and qualified to work in public safety jobs like firefighting, EMS and law enforcement. This pilot internship program will hopefully introduce the next generation of public safety professionals to a meaningful career that they might not have thought of previously,” Miami Township Fire Chief Steve Kelly said.

The second internship is with Lykins Oil where four students are working thre hours a week in six different areas of the office: customer service, sales, dispatch, finance, information technology, and human resources. Each week the Lykins liaison for that department gives the students a challenge task. They also have an internship manual and weekly assignments/reflections.
“We want our students to graduate with soft skills and we want them to be career ready. I am a firm believer that career readiness is as important as college readiness,” said Milford High School teacher and Special Education Department Chair, Taryn Barker.

Voter Registration Deadline in April
To be eligible to vote in the May election, you must register by  April 8, 2019. You can register to vote through Ohio’s online voter registration system at  myohiovote.com.
This system provides a convenient and secure way to:
* Register to vote in Ohio
* Check on your voter registration status
* Update your voter registration address
To register online you will need to provide the following:
* Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number
* Name
* Date of Birth
* Address
* Last four digits of your Social Security number
Voter registration forms will also be available at the district’s administrative offices and in each of our school offices. Once you complete this form, you must sign and send it to the Clermont County Board of Elections, 76 South Riverside Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103-2695.
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.

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

LaSoupe Partners with Success Academy
Milford School District's Nutrition Department has established a partnership with La Soupe, a local non-profit that rescues otherwise wasted produce to create delicious and nutritious meals for customers, non-profits, and food-insecure families.

For eight consecutive weeks, one of La Soupe's volunteers, Chef Jim Dechert, will be teaching cooking classes for our Success Academy students on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:05 p.m. The Success Academy will be La Soupe's first school-cooking program to actually take place during the school day.

Chef Jim will be starting with more simple-to-prepare meals. La Soupe is providing the food as well as recipes. Students will also learn to prepare meals in the Crock-Pot. To assist with the program, Feed Our Flock donated Crock-Pots and other needed cooking utensils. Each student who participates is given a Crock-Pot along with cooking tips and recipes to feed themselves and their families.
Milford Vex Robotics Team Earns First-Ever State Honors
The Milford/Great Oaks VEX Robotics Teams had a successful season with all nine Milford teams qualifying for the 2019 VEX Robotics State Championship held in Marion, OH on March 1-2. At the State Championship, one of the Milford JHS team's (pictured) won the Create Award, Milford's first-ever award at state! Team members are: Skylar Cox, Maria Mastromauro, Cecelia McGinnis, and Sarah Morgan.

There are 29 students on the Milford High School robotics teams and 19 on the Milford Junior High School teams. In competitions, these teams earned a total of 24 honors this school year including five tournament championships.

A special thank you to our Great Oaks Engineering teachers, Mr. Haney, Mr. Ulrich, Mr. Leeper, and Ms. Bondok for educating and leading our students and to Milford Engineering and Robotics Boosters (MERB) for supporting our students and teachers.
Award-Winning Guard and Percussion Groups to Perform at Home
Milford Winter Guard and Drumline are one of the best in the region! Our students have been bringing home the top honors in their competitions.

You can come out and watch the Milford Winter Guard and Drumline perform at Milford High School. Milford is hosting a Tri-State Marching Arts competition on Saturday, March 16, beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is $9.

Milford Winter Drumline finished first in the Mid-East Performance Association (MEPA) performance at Centerville High on March 3 and first in the MEPA performance at Bellbrook High School on February 23.
The Milford High School Open and “A” Winter Guards won their respective divisions Tri-State Marching Arts show at Campbell County on February 24. The Milford Junior High Winter Guard also put on a beautiful exhibition performance.
Magnolia Springs Seniors Partner with McCormick
McCormick Elementary teachers Jennie Johnson and Mary McMahon teach a social skills group and decided to put the group's new skills to the test by visiting the residents of Magnolia Springs, a senior living community next to the school.

Once assigned to a game table, our students set up the games and it was their job to explain to the residents how to play. In turn, one of the residents taught some students how to play pool.

“Our students were AMAZING! Watching them use the skills we have been working on with people they do not know was so rewarding. The kids did an awesome job of introducing themselves to the residents, and going over and talking to the adults without any prompting,” added Mrs. Johnson."It was truly an exhilarating experience for all of us.”
Milford Swimmer Places Top 5 in Ohio!
For the third straight year, Milford senior swimmer Tyler Babinec was a top-five finisher in Ohio! Babinec placed third overall in the 100 breaststroke at the OHSAA State Championships!

Babinec also helped the 200 medley relay squad of Sam Leatherwood, Evan Fentress, and Chase Fisher to a ninth-place finish overall. In the 50 freestyle event, Fisher finished 16th overall.

Babinec will be continuing his education and swimming career at Auburn University.
Milford Engineering Students Help 2-Year Old Gain Mobility
Milford High School students in the Project Lead the Way Engineering program have helped countless children over the years by using their engineering skills and creative problem solving to meet a variety of special needs.

Our students recently met Reid who is an active two-year-old who requires feeding tubes for nourishment. The large pole that holds the IV bags prevented him from being mobile.

Milford engineering students Mitchell and Catherine came up with a creative solution. They hacked a scooter and used PVC to create a special cart that can now hold two IV bags and pumps and allow Reid the mobility a two-year-old needs.

Elementary Artists Recognized
At the February Board of Education meeting, student artists from Meadowview Elementary were recognized. Art teacher Kristin Scott selected outstanding artwork from each grade level. Her student artists (listed below) received a certificate from the Board members and their artwork will be on display at the district's administrative offices until the March Board of Education meeting.

Charlie Duncan, Kindergarten (pictured)
Connor Edwards, Grade 1
Ella Campbell, Grade 2
Colbie Hicks, Grade 3
Amelie Weber, Grade 4
Milford Cheers Takes National Championship
Our Milford High School Competitive Cheer Team brought home a UCA National Championship in the small varsity non-building Game Day category! The Eagles out-cheered 15 other schools at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando in February.

The National High School Cheerleading Championship is the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country and nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2.

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 .
Milford High School Students Mentoring Young Minds
Mentoring Young Minds is a new class at Milford High School--a class inspired by input from our high school students. It's heartwarming to see the relationships that have formed between our high school mentors and our elementary students. Check out the video about the program shown at the February Board of Education meeting.
Hamilton Actor Visits Milford High School
Katie Arber's Acting 3 class at Milford High School had a royal visitor! Peter Matthew Smith who plays King George from the production of Hamilton spoke to the students and shared his experiences with the class.
Eagles Fine Arts
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:
Milford High School Drama
Department presents
Ages 9-13 can enroll.

June 3-7, 2019
9 a.m.- NOON

Early Bird Registration
By April 1, 2019
Milford High School Pool Closed for Maintenance in March
PLEASE NOTE: Milford High School's pool will be closed from March 9 through 31 for maintenance. It will reopen on April 1, 2019.