Milford Exempted Village School District
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March 2014
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Community Forums in March
Two Receive Military Appts
4th Annual Flight Night
Calamity Day Update
Reminder-No Early Release
Future of Milford Main
Kindergarten Registration
Booster Mulch Sale
Science Olympiad Team
Family Workshops
Open Swim
Summer Camp
Athletic Update

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March 2014
4Community Forum
Future of Milford Main
7 p.m.
Pattison Auditeria
10Community Forum
Site Selection for Seipelt
7 p.m.
Milford High School Cafeteria
19Community Forum
Academic Content Standards
7 p.m.
Mulberry Auditeria
20Board of Education Meeting
7 p.m.
Seipelt
24-28Spring Break 

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The Milford Board of Education and district administration will be holding community meetings in March to allow for discussion and public input on the following issues facing the district: the future of Milford Main (see article in this issue); the construction site for the new Seipelt; and the new academic standards, often referred to as the Common Core. 

Topic: Site Selection for the New 
Seipelt Elementary
Board Work Session
Date: March 10, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Milford High School Cafeteria

Milford Superintendent, Dr. Robert Farrell, has established a site selection committee composed of district administrators, Board of Education members, community members, and the project team which includes the architect (SHP) and construction manager (Turner). The team will present their findings from the site studies conducted at both potential locations for the new Seipelt building. One option is the district-owned land on Route 131, and the second is the space behind Seipelt's current location.
 
There will be a public participation section during the work session. Based on the site study, recommendation of the site selection committee, and community input, the Board expects to approve the final site selection at the regular Board of Education to be held at Seipelt Elementary on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

Topic: New Academic Standards (Common Core)
Date: March 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mulberry Elementary Auditeria

The forum includes an overview of Milford's adoption of the new academic standards. The evening will include a teacher panel and opportunity for community comments and questions. 

Two Milford Seniors Receive Prestigious Military Appointments

Congratulations to Milford's Ty Helton who is headed to West Point and Thomas Moore headed to the Naval Academy. We are proud of this tremendous accomplishment!

 

Helton has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he will play baseball. As an Eagle, he earned first team All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference honors, was the team's offensive player of the year, and earned a spot on ECC All-Academic Team. He is an AP/Honors, straight-A student at Milford High School and stands in the top 3% of his graduating class. Helton is also a member of the National Honor Society, tutors other students, and volunteers in the community. 

 

Senior Thomas Moore

has accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he will play soccer. While at Milford, Moore also excelled in football as a punter/kicker. In soccer, Moore was a second team All-Ohio selection; first team All-Southwest District; and Eastern Cincinnati Conference. Moore finished his prep career as a two-time first team All-ECC selection. Moore also earned second team all-district and first team All-ECC honors as a punter on the football squad. 

 

Despite playing two varsity sports at the same time, Moore achieved over a 4.0 in his AP and Honors classes and is in the top 5% of his class. He also volunteers and is a member of the National Honor Society.


Update on Calamity Make-Up Days 
As of March 3, Milford has missed nine school days because of the winter weather. Currently, we have been allotted eight calamity make-up days (three blizzard bags and five calamity days). 

Governor Kasich has proposed a law to give Ohio districts four more calamity days. Currently, the House and Senate are not in agreement on the proposed legistion. Full voting sessions of the House and Senate are not scheduled until March 12. 

Until the legislation has been signed by the governor, school districts have been directed to continue to follow their district's current policies on calamity days. 

If we do not receive additional calamity days from the state, the district is considering Good Friday (April 18) as an alternative make-up day to Monday, June 2 . Dr. Farrell plans on making this recommendation to the Board o Education at the Board meeting on March 20. If more than one day is needed, the district would go back to June 2-6 as make-up days.
Reminder: No Early Release Days
To make up for lost instruction time due to snow days, all early release days have been eliminated for the remainder of the school year. The following days will now become full days: March 21, April 11, and May 9. 
The Future of Milford Main Discussed at Community Forum
Milford Schools held a community forum on future options for Milford Main on Tuesday, March 4 at Pattison Elementary. Approximately two dozen community members as well as members of the Business Advisory Council, district administration, and the Milford Board of Education discussed the financial viability, potential community use ideas, and historic preservation of Milford Main.  
 
Under the direction of the Board, the Milford Business Advisory Council (BAC) studied Main and the current and future business potential of its space. According to the BAC's report, the cost to maintain the 100-year old building is currently being offset by revenue from several tenants. The BAC concluded that the revenue from these tenants does not accommodate any major maintenance need. Because of this financial risk to the school district, the BAC recommended placing the building up for auction with a restriction to preserve the fašade of the oldest section or to integrate some of the recognizable architectural elements from the fašade. The Board has also agreed to preserve the Rookwood Fountain and mural located outside Main's auditorium.   
 
Community members at the forum advocated keeping the original part of the building intact to keep the historic feel and not having the building torn down and replaced with a strip mall. Some community use ideas favored by the group included an artist's collaborative/cultural center or use as a community center. In the area of financial viability, the group agreed the Board should continue with its current renters and possibly hire a management firm to garner new tenants. There was a consensus that the district cannot bear the financial burden for the future of Main. The majority of the group agreed that the preservation of Milford Main needed to be a collaborative effort between the school district, city, and/or private foundation.  
 
"We need to make a decision about the future of Main and the model we have now is not sustainable. We appreciate the input from the community and need to explore the viability of the options presented, but we cannot drag out this decision over a long period of time," said Milford Board Member, George Lucas.  
 
Milford Superintendent, Dr. Farrell added, "I value the input given and am looking to these individuals to pursue those ideas they are passionate about, which includes researching potential sources of funding and sharing this information with us."  
 
The Board is open to suggestions for the building and ideas for funding sources to maintain Milford Main. Email Dr. Farrell at farrell_f@milfordschools.org or contact a Milford Board of Education member. Contact information is posted on www.milfordschools.org. 

Kindergarten Registration in March

 

Milford Exempted Village School District will begin kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year in March. In order to be eligible for kindergarten, the child must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2014.

 

Registration is by appointment only. Please call Mr. Jay Batterson at 576-4178 to schedule your appointment. Office Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Appointments are held at the Board of Education Office, 777 Garfield Avenue, Milford.

 

Details of information required and the kindergarten information packet are located under Central Registration on the district website at www.milfordschools.org. If you have any questions, contact Milford School District's Central Registration Department at (513) 576-4178.

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ANNUAL MULCH SALE 2014

  WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

 WHERE: Mayan Sun - 1111 St Rte 131 Milford 

(Across from MHS; next to Public Library) 

 
WHY: To support the Milford Band Programs at all grade levels. 

 

Click on flyer for details: MULCH SALE (pdf)

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Milford Medals in Science Olympiad 
 

Pictured from left to right (back row) Spencer Wilson, Max Hartley, Ryan Barringer, Sam Cain, Simon Anthony, Jacob Dobrowolski, Connor Marshall (front row) Anna Anbalagan, Caroline Moore, and Coach Katie Hoekzema.

 

The Milford High School Science Olympiad Team competed at the Regional Competition on March 2 at the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash. The Olympiad is a series of 23 events with students competing in pairs in all disciplines of science. Events range from testing machines students built before the olympiad, to answering challenging questions, to performing scientific tests and analyzing results. Milford students medaled in eight of these events. Overall, Milford placed 8th out of 23 teams!

 

It is the first time that Milford High School has participated in a Science Olympiad Competition. The team consisted of nine juniors-Simon Anthony, Sam Cain, Zach Remm, Anna Anbalagan, Chris McKnight, Caroline Moore, Jacob Dobrowolski, Spencer Wilson, Clark Harrison and five Seniors-Corbin Hooker, Chandler Cooper, Connor Marshall, Ryan Barringer, Max Hartley.  

 

Milford School District is offering a series of free family workshops through Beech Acres Parenting Center. A variety of topics are offered throughout the school year at each of our elementary schools. The sessions are relevant for parents of all students--preschool through high school. 

 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 
McCormick Elementary 6-7 p.m.

TOPIC: Communication

Building strong family relationships through powerful communication skills.

 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pattison Elementary 6-7 p.m.
TOPIC: Discipline Solution
How to stop nagging, pleading, and punishing so you can enjoy time with your child.

 

Beech Acres Parenting Workshops (pdf)

Community Swim/Open Laps at MHS Pool

Milford Schools have opened the high school pool up to the public for open swim sessions. The following sessions for adults only are available in March: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.If school is delayed or canceled, open swim will not be held.

 

Contact Information: MHS Athletic Office (576-2208) or Lois Leavens, Community Swim Coordinator at leavens_l@milfordschools.org 

Extended Day Summer Camp

Looking for a fun way to keep your children busy this summer? Milford's Extended Day program will be hosting its annual Summer Camp. Lots of field trips and great activities are planned. Registration will be held March 3 - 28. 

 

Two Sessions:

Wednesday, June 4-Friday, July 11

Monday, July 14-Thursday, August 14  

 

Hours of operation: 6:00 am - 6:30 pm

Milford Preschool/Extended Day Building

1039 St. Rt. 28
513-831-9690   

 

Click on the link below for more information and registration forms.

Extended Day Summer Camp 2014

Winter Athletic Highlights 

Milford Eagles had a strong winter season and both teams and individuals excelled in the postseason. 

  • The girls basketball team made it to the second round of the post-season tournament.
  • In Eagle's wrestling, Jack Noll and Jake Ashcraft  finished 2nd and 3rd at sectionals and earned a spot at districts.
  • A total of 11 student-athletes represented Milford at the Southwest District Swimming Championships after success at sectionals. All three relay squads with swimmers Alex Hahn, Nathan Buttram, Josh Fritz, Tyler Karan, and Paul Keefer posted season-best times, as did Hahn in the 100 butterfly.For the girls, both relay squads with swimmers Carolyn Storch, Skyler Fontaine, Chelsea Sick, Haley Kennedy, and Abby Leatherwood posted season-best times. Senior Carolyn Storch posted season-best times in two individual races.
  • Eagle bowlers, Racheal Mitchell and Brandi Norman, qualified for Districts.
  • Cheer and Dance competition squads both recently posted wins at their respective national competitions with Cheer qualifying for the Ohio State Competition in Columbus which was postponed the weekend of March 2-3 because of weather.

For more details on Milford athletics, go to www.milfordathletics.org.