Milford Exempted Village School District
Eagle eNews
February 25, 2016
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11 End of 3rd Quarter
17 Board of Education Meeting
7 p.m.
25 No School for Students
(Conference Make-up Day)
28 Spring Break Begins

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Milford Sends Three Spellers to Regional Bee Milford has three students who have qualified for the WCPO Region II Spelling Bee. A total of 67 spellers from schools in the greater Cincinnati area qualified for participation in this regional spelling bee to be held on March 12, at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. After winning their school bee, these spellers earned a score of at least 29 on the online test in order to move on in the competition.
We are so proud of the following Milford students who will be competing on March 12:
Brandon Larimore, 6th grade, Pattison Elementary
Maya Roediger, 6th grade, Seipelt Elementary
Ali Khan, 8th grader, Milford Junior High School
The champion of the WCPO 9 On Your Side Region II Spelling Bee and one parent will win an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Student Honored as Difference Maker
On Saturday, February 6, "Children for Change" was named as the Honoree in the School/Youth group for the 2016 Duke Energy Difference Maker Award during a ceremony at Duke Energy Children's Museum. "Children for Change" was founded by Milford senior Kristen Dalrymple.
Duke Energy Children's Museum's Difference Makers Celebration honors youth, adults, businesses and agencies that better the lives of children in our community. A group of community members and business owners came together to judge this year's finalists.
"Children for Change" empowers high school students to be mentors for elementary school students, teaching them how to be future leaders of their community. Through a combination of volunteering and on-site training at Milford elementary schools, "Children for Change" has demonstrated the importance of being a vehicle for change in their community. Students involved have worked with several organizations around the region.
"I was inspired to start Children for Change after seeing a need in our community for volunteers. I wanted to teach students in elementary school so that students could find a passion for volunteering that can last a lifetime," Kristen said.
Magic Show to Support Team Grace
McCormick's annual magic show will be held on February 26, at 7 p.m. It's a fun family night out for a great cause! Proceeds will go towards Team Grace  in support of Grace Gardiner, a sixth grader at McCormick, who was diagnosed with Lymphoma in late September.

MHS Grad Features in Ad Campaign
MHS grad, Aaron Strait, is the face of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Aaron was in Milford High School's autism unit, which provided him with academic opportunities and preparation for the workforce. Aaron works at the Milford Panera and was featured in a commercial for the Clermont County DD that was aired during the Superbowl. We are proud of Aaron's success!

MHS Drama Club Presents Show in March
Milford High School Drama Club will present "Once on This Island" on March 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. and March 13 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. This highly-original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, garnered eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score.
To reserve tickets in advance, go to the following link:
MHS Autism Raising Funds for School Service Dog
The Autism Behavior Unit at Milford High School is a specialized classroom serving students on the Autism Spectrum. The unit has been approved by 4Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio for an autism assistance facility dog. The dog will be trained to meet the needs of our students with disabilities and help them achieve their goals.
"We believe this dog will help us when we struggle, whether it's with behaviors caused by the many sensory and other trials that are part of this condition, communication and socialization, safety and independence, or simple comfort and security," said MHS Intervention Specialist, Trena Panko. 
An assistance dog to serve a classroom is unique and expensive to train. The class must raise $15,000 for the 4Paws for Ability organization before receiving their dog.
Mrs. Panko has set up a site for fundraising on (search Trena Panko MHS Autism Dog) so you can donate online.
Check out this awesome video produced by Milford High School student Leah Breuer, who lent her beautiful voice and lyrics for the autism unit's fundraising efforts!

District Awarded Life Skills Grant
The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) selected Milford Schools to receive the LifeSkills Training program grant. The grant will provide training and technical assistance, as well as curriculum materials, for the LifeSkills Training program for a period of three years, beginning in Fall 2016 at Milford Junior High School and Milford High School.  

LifeSkills training is a research-based program designed to prevent adolescent tobacco, alcohol, marijuana use, violence and other risk behaviors. The curriculum teaches students self-management skills, social skills, and drug awareness and resistance skills. The program consists of 30 classroom sessions to be taught over three years with 15 sessions in 7 th grade; 10 sessions in 8 th grade; and 5 sessions in 9 th grade.

"Beginning in our Eagles 101 class as 7 th graders, students will be exposed to the LifeSkills program in addition to the 'Keeping it Real' program delivered by Miami Township's School Resource Officer. Adding Digital Citizenship, Financial Literacy, and a study of Sean Covey's book,  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, will round out important instruction for new JHS Eagles," said John Spieser, Secondary Curriculum Director for Milford. 
Milford Junior High Robotics Rocks! 
Milford Junior High School robotics program, under the direction of  Great Oaks teachers Josh Haney and Mike Ulrich, has brought classroom lessons to real-world problem solving.
Three teams of students have spent between 80-100 hours on designing, building, programming, and testing a robot for area competitions. Through the Gateway to Engineering program, students at the junior high school have the option to take a design and modeling class, as well as, an automation and robotics class. They also have the option to participate in the robotics club after school. These pre-engineering program offerings are continued at the high school through Project Lead the Way.
"It is so critical to engage students at the Junior High level in these STEM activities.  I'm blown away by how well the teams have achieved at competitions with high school teams throughout the area.  I appreciate the endless hours Mr. Haney and Mr. Ulrich have spent with our students - it is making a positive difference for these innovators of the future," Milford Superintendent, Dr. Farrell said.

The junior high teams have excelled in area competitions. All three teams have qualified for the Ohio Middle School Vex Competition on March 4, 2016 in Marion, Ohio.  
Kindergarten Registration Update
The lottery for the full-day kindergarten program took place on February 12. Each elementary has one full-day class, and 10 students did not receive a spot in their elementary of choice. Because of the numbers enrolled, a second section of full-day kindergarten is being added at Pattison and spots will be available there for six non-Pattison students. If additional requests for full-day kindergarten are received in the next few months, an additional section could be added at another elementary, space permitting. A letter to parents who applied for full-day kindergarten was mailed on February 17.  

Parents interested in the half-day kindergarten program should register their child by May for planning and staffing purposes.  Kindergarten registration packets are available at all of our elementary schools and online under Central Registration at
Nominate an Outstanding Milford Alumni
The Milford Schools Foundation is searching for outstanding alumni. The Foundation's Outstanding Alumni Award honors graduates who have distinguished themselves in many diverse fields of endeavor after leaving Milford High School. They have done this through career achievements, service, or contributions to society in one of the following areas:
  • Arts/Humanities
  • Business/Industry
  • Community Service
  • Science/Education
  • Public Service
  • Military Service
  • Athletics
  • Special Recognition
Any Milford High School graduate who has excelled in his/her personal or professional life is eligible. Nominations are due by March 15.
Flight Night Tickets Going Fast!
Order your tickets now for Milford's "FLIGHT NIGHT" to be held on Thursday, March 10, at the Oasis Golf and Conference Center. Flight Night includes: dinner, silent, live auction, split the pot, basket raffle and two speakers, Pete Rose and Ron Oester. All proceeds benefit the Milford Athletic Boosters. Here's the link to the ticket order form:

Free Community Swim Sessions in February and March
R esidents of Milford School District can swim for free at Milford High School's pool during our open swim sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in February and March (except Spring Break week) from 7:15-9:15 a.m. There will also be open Family Swim sessions from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 12, 19 and 26. 

Any participant age 16 or 17 may lap swim for free at MHS pool without a parent or legal guardian present; however, they MUST have a waiver of liability form signed by a parent or legal guardian. 

If there is a snow day for Milford School District, community swim is cancelled. If you have questions, c ontact Lois Leavens, Community Swim Coordinator, at  or call the MHS Athletic Office at (513) 576-2208.
AAA Driving School Spring Session Offered at Milford High School!
The Spring session of AAA Driving School offered to Milford area students is scheduled to begin in March.Classes are conveniently offered after school on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning March 7, 2016. Students living in the Milford Exempted Village School District, who are at least 15 years 5 months old are eligible to participate in this program.
A flyer with details and a separate registration form can be found on our website at
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