Milford Exempted Village School District
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April 2014
In This Issue
District Art Show
Common Core Webinar
3M Partnership
Calamity Day Update
Reminder-No Early Release
Open Enrollment
Autism Awareness
New Seipelt Site
After Prom Help Needed
Class of 2014 Information
Kindergarten Registration
Sports Physicals
Extended Day Registration
Summer School Update
Summer Athletic Camps

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April 2014
11District Art Show
6-8:30
12District Art Show
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
17Board of Education Meeting
7 p.m.
Mulberry Auditeria
18Make Up Day
School in Session
 21-May 9

Ohio Academic Achievement Tests
Grades 3-8

26Prom
8:00 p.m.-midnight
OASIS 
27After Prom
1:00-5:30 a.m. 
MHS 

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District Art Show...All Welcome!     
Friday, April 11 (Opening Reception) 6-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.


New Academic Standards (Common Core)
Webinar planned for April 16
On March 19, approximately 100 community members attended the district's forum on the new academic content standards, commonly referred to as the Common Core. District administrators gave an overview of the new standards and how they are being implemented in Milford. Five teachers spoke about the use of the Common Core standards in their classrooms and the positive impact on students. During the question and answer session, parents and community members shared concerns with the Common Core.
 
Follow Up
For those parents who missed the forum, it was televised by ICRC and is available at the following link--http://www.icrctv.com/video/milford-schools-community-forum
 
The district is also hosting a webinar on the Common Core on Wednesday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. The webinar will begin with an overview of the district's implementation of the Common Core and end with a question and answer session. Questions can be submitted electronically during the webinar. A link to sign up for the webinar will be posted on the district website by April 11.
Milford Sixth Graders Working on 
Real-World Case Study for 3M 

In December, Milford School District was awarded a Straight A Grant from Ohio as part of a consortium that includes all of Milford's sixth graders and Cincinnati Public Schools. The other non-profit partners are: Partners for Innovation in Education (PIE), Smarter Schools, Mayerson Academy, and Northern Kentucky University. 


The pilot project officially kicked off in March and focuses on using case-method teaching strategy similar to the approach used in medical and business schools. Typically, the case method places the student in an active, decision-making role. The case presents facts and context, but relies on the student to actively pursue a solution, with the instructor serving as facilitator and guide. 

The case study Milford sixth graders have been working on involves the local operation of 3M, a leading developer and manufacturer of assorted health support products for the ankle, knee, wrist and other body locations. The 3M staff presented to Milford's sixth graders the challenge of finding the best and least expensive material with the ability to transfer moisture away from the body. Students will be conducting experiments and evaluating multiple materials provided by 3M and determining the moisture transfer and/or wicking rates of each material. This information will be combined with cost and other factors to rank all materials according to observed results. After their research is complete, sixth graders districtwide will then present their findings and recommendations to representatives from 3M.

 
Through funds from the grant, the district has purchased two carts of Chromebooks for each elementary school. Sixth graders from Meadowview are pictured working on the Chromebooks creating a presentation about their research on 3M.
Calamity Day Update
District Needs to Make Up One Day
Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the "calamity-days" bill on March 26, 2014. This legisation did not help Milford School District because the bill grants schools four more calamity days, after they make up four days of classes first. Milford has missed nine days total because of inclement weather. Districts are allotted five days each year from the state. Milford used "Blizzard Bags" to make up three days, which still leaves us with one more school day to make up.
 
The Milford Board of Education voted to make Friday, April 18 (Good Friday) the weather/calamity make-up day. The rationale for the change is the value of an instructional day in April versus students coming back to school for one day on Monday, June 2. We recognize the religious significance of Good Friday to many of our families. For those parents who plan to keep their children home for this reason, the district will excuse their absence on April 18.
Reminder: No Early Release Days
All early release days have been eliminated for the remainder of the school year. Both April 11 and May 9 are now full school days. The elimination of Early Release Days was designed to give teachers the ability to make up for lost instruction time due to snow days and not to be used as a make-up day.
Open Enrollment Applications Accepted April 7-25

The Milford Exempted Village School district is accepting applications for open enrollment for the 2014-15 school year from Monday, April 7, 2014 through Friday, April 25, 2014.

Applications must be submitted in person to the:

Board of Education Office, 777 Garfield Avenue, Milford

Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Application deadline: April 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Interdistrict Open Enrollment applications are available at the Board Office or by clicking on the link below.  Questions?  Call the Milford Board Office at (513) 831-1314

Open Enrollment Documents (pdfs)

Application Process

Open Enrollment Application

Open Enrollment Policy

McCormick staff and students
Light It Up Blue 

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Milford Schools recognized Autism Awareness by wearing BLUE on Wednesday, April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day.


Milford currently provides services to 75 students with Autism throughout the district from age 3-22. Our Special Education department provides these services across many settings including the general education classroom, resource rooms, and specialized classrooms for students with multiple disabilities.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

If you are interested in learning more about Autism and Milford's educational resources, please click on the following link on our website-- Autism Awareness.

Route 131 Property Selected as Site for New Seipelt 
After months of study, the Milford Board of Education came to the conclusion that the district-owned property on Route 131 is the best site for the new Seipelt Elementary School. The Board voted 5-0 on the Seipelt site at its March meeting.

 

"Our district had two choices for the new Seipelt and we felt that it was critical to study both sites in order to find not only the best location, but ultimately the most cost-effective choice," shared Milford Superintendent, Dr. Robert Farrell.

 

A committee composed of residents, district personnel, a civil engineer, and architect conducted a thorough site selection study on the Route 131 property and the current Seipelt location. The study was extensive and included soil, topography, asbestos analysis, traffic impact, storm water, operational costs, emotional and political concerns, safety, site features, sound factors, zoning, and utilities.

 

Site development on the two new elementary schools will begin during the summer. The schools are expected to open for the 2016-17 school year. The construction of the new Seipelt and Boyd E. Smith Elementary is being funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. 

 

To read more about the funding of the project and details of the Seipelt site study, click here.

After Prom Needs You!

After Prom 2014 is almost here and they need you. Prom and After Prom are scheduled on April 26 and through the wee hours in the morning of April 27. There are dozens of volunteer slots to fill for After Prom! If you can help, please contact Cari Cerda, After Prom President, at caricerda@gmail.com.

Visit our preview of After Prom on April 26, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. It is fun and entertaining! 

Milford High School Class of 2014

Milford seniors are finishing up the final quarter of their academic career in our district. We will be recognizing the top 25 academic achievers at our annual Academic Signing Ceremony on Wednesday, May 7, at 3 p.m. in the Milford HS auditorium. This is a great tradition in Milford and truly inspiring to hear from our best and brightest.

 

Important Information for Class of 2014
Milford High School Graduation-Cintas Center
Saturday,  May 24, at 4 p.m. 
 
Class of 2014 website http://seniors.milfordschools.org
 

Kindergarten Registration 

Milford Exempted Village School District held kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year in March. In order to be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2014. If you have not registered your child, please call Jay Batterson at 576-4178 to schedule your appointment. Office Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Sports Physicals 2014-2015 School Year 

Mercy Health/Cincinnati SportsMedicine is the official medical provider for Milford Exempted Village Schools. Mercy Health is sponsoring an evening where Milford athletes can receive their phyiscals for next school year for a minimal fee.

 

Where: Milford High School (Cafeteria)
When: Wednesday, May 14
Time: 6-8 p.m. 
Who: Anyone in grades 7-12
Cost: $20
Attire: Athletes should wear shorts and a t-shirt.   

 

Sign up in the athletic office or by calling 576-2208. Click on the link below for more information and paperwork needed.

Sports Physicals 

Registration for 2014-15 

Extended Day Program 

 Registration for the 2014-15 Extended Day program for grades K-6 runs from Monday, April 7-Friday, May 2.

 

Extended Day hours of operation: 

6:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Milford Preschool/Extended Day Building, 1039 St. Rt. 28

(513) 831-9690   

 

Click on the link below for registration forms.

Extended Day-Kindergarten Registration 2014-15

Extended Day-Grades 1-6 Registration 2014-15

Milford 2014 Summer School

HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES 
(including ALL Math 1 and Health students) 
Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 27 
7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

GRADES 7 and 8 AND REMEDIATION 
Thursday, June 12 through Thursday, June 26 
9:00a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

LOCATION 
Milford High School -1 Eagles Way 
(513) 831-2990
 
REGISTRATION
June 5 & 6 at Milford High School, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
Registrations may also be dropped off with payment to the
MHS office, attention Andy Serger. Click on the link below for details.
Course Offerings and Registration Form 
 Summer Athletic Camps
 
 Milford athletics offers  a variety of 
youth  camps 
over the summer.

 
 More camps to come! Check on Milford's athletic department  page for updates on summer camps!  www.milfordathletics.org.