Milford Exempted Village School District
Eagle eNews
October 2014
In This Issue
Seipelt a Blue Ribbon School
Commended Students Named
State Superintendent Visits
BAC Chair Needed
Band Fundraising Day
Athletic/Activities Achievers
Service Learning Survey
College Planning Webinars
Photographer Inspires Local Project
Elementary Project Update
Fall Community Swim
Serving the Community
Road Game Rally
Halloween Events for Families

Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List
Mark Your Calendar

16 Board of Education Meeting-7 p.m.
McCormick Elementary
17End of First Quarter
2990-Minute Early Release Day
District Inservice
Thanksgiving Break

Thank you for subscribing to the Eagle eNews. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to submit news items to   

Seipelt Recognized as 

National Blue Ribbon School!

Charles L. Seipelt Elementary has been selected as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2014 for outstanding academic achievement. On September 30, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve at high levels. Seipelt is one of just 239 Elementary Schools from across the nation to be named an Exemplary High Performing School. Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. 


 "To earn this national recognition is very impressive and exemplifies what we are truly striving for by offering equal opportunities for all students to achieve at their highest potential," said Dr. Robert Farrell, Milford EVSD superintendent. "Seipelt has more than 40% of students on free and reduced lunch, yet achieves in a range of the most affluent school in the country." 


Seipelt administration and staff completed a lengthy application process last year when they found out from the Ohio Department of Education that they were eligible to apply for the award. The Department will honor all the schools at a recognition ceremony on November 10-11, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Four Named National Merit 

Commended Students

Congratulations to Jacob Dobrowolski, Amanda Dominique, Jamie Kuhn and Christopher McKnight (not pictured) who have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.              

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These students have placed in the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).


"We are very proud of these students for this exceptional achievement," said Milford High School principal, Mark Lutz. "We look forward to watching their continued success this school year and in college."

State Superintendent Visits Milford

On Thursday, September 25, Dr. Richard Ross, Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction, visited Milford School District to see the district's Straight A grant in action.  The district held an assembly at Milford Junior High School to showcase all the activities that students participated in as part of this grant.  Seventh graders were invited to the assembly because as sixth graders last year they were a part of this program developed and implemented by Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE), as well as, Milford teachers and administrators.


At the assembly, Charles Smith and Cassie Dorl, Meadowview 6th grade teachers, shared details about the case-based teaching in action and the real-world project students worked on for 3M Corporation.


Don Barnes, our partner from 3M, spoke more about his company's collaboration with the program and said, "Your work and research helped us. We used your results and thought it was great that you helped us. We want to continue to work with students."


In the next phase of the grant, students then worked with Northern Kentucky University to develop Apps. Chris Rider, NKU, showcased the Apps developed by Meadowview and McCormick 6th graders.  


"I am excited about what I have seen. I am hugely ecstatic about seeing your collaboration with a company like 3M and higher learning through NKU," Dr. Ross said.


To read more about the Straight A grant and Dr. Ross' visit, click here.

Board Seeks Chairperson for 

Business Advisory Council

The Milford School District Board of Education is seeking applications for a chairperson for the Business Advisory Council (BAC). The BAC is a resource of the Milford Board of Education, Superintendent and school district and makes recommendations on matters under the direction of the Board. The chairperson of the BAC is a volunteer position with a two-year term. The candidate should be a member of the Milford Exempted Village School District business community as a business person who lives or works within the district or owns or operates a business within the district. 


If you are interested in becoming the chairperson of the BAC, submit a cover letter and resume to Dr. Robert Farrell, Superintendent, 777 Garfield Avenue, Milford OH 45150 by Friday, October 31.  Click here for more details about this position and the BAC.

Milford Marching Band, Choir 

Knock Out 

First Fundraising Day 

October 11

The Milford High School Marching Band and Choir members will be knocking on neighborhood doors asking for donations during the first Donation Day Fund Drive on Saturday, October 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. Fundraising efforts will support the Milford Band Boosters and the Milford Choral Boosters, which provide students with music experiences beyond what the school district can supply, including transportation, travel costs, specialized instruction, accompanists, props, and more. One hundred percent of the donations will go directly to the booster organizations.

Band and choir members will be easily identifiable in marching band and choir t-shirts as they visit homes throughout the Milford School District. Students will leave a flyer with donation information for homeowners who are not at home for their visit. If you would like to donate but do not receive a flyer, please visit to make your tax-deductible contribution. All donations will be divided between the two booster organizations.

Activities & Athletic Achievers

Milford High School Marching Band, sporting brand new uniforms, received a 3rd place in the Ryle High School Competition on September 20. They also earned 4th out of 27 bands from all over the country at the Bands of America Regional competition in Dayton on September 27. 


District qualifiers in fall athletics: girls golf team, Nathan Arnold and Amanda Reinhart.
The Lady Eagles varsity golfers participated in the OHSAA Division I Sectional Tournament and qualified for the District Tournament at Weatherwax Golf Course on October 9. Milford is the three-time defending Eastern Cincinnati Conference Champions. The Varsity golf team includes: Rachel Berger, Megan Creager, Maggie Engelman, Hadley Munro, Chelsea Nagy, Abby Swensen and Rebecca Waits.

On October 9, Megan Creager advanced to the State Tournament as an individual. She is the first female golfer in Milford history to go to State! 


For the second consecutive season, Milford High School sophomore Nathan Arnold qualified for the OHSAA Southwest District Championships. He competed in Districts on October 9 at Weatherwax and shot a 79, but missed the cutoff to advance to State by just four strokes.


Milford freshman tennis player Amanda Reinhart qualified for Districts on October 9, by finishing in the top 4 at Sectionals. She ended her post-season run in three sets at the ATP Center in Mason (4-6, 6-1, 3-6).


Several Milford High School and Junior High School musicians were selected by audition for local, regional and state ensembles.

(Left to Right)

Steven Hart-OMEA All State Orchestra

Mac Ottlinger-Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble

Claire Cartheuser-Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra

Moriah Slaughter-OMEA All State Chorus 

Amelia Pittman-Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble

Sarah Wingo-OMEA All State Band 

Sarah Causby-CCM Prep Brass Choir

Megan Jofriet-Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble

Billie Richardson-Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra

Natalie Brady-Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble

Missing: Kelsey Brown-Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble


The following Milford Junior High School students were selected by audition for local ensembles.


(Left to Right)

Emilia Sander-NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra

Kayleigh Bush-Junior Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble

Lillian Hoerr-Junior Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble

Andrew Horning-Junior Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble

Catherine Gottsacker-Junior Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble

Austin Vo-Junior Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble

Students and Teachers Looking for Service-Learning Opportunities

This school year, a group of 18 Milford High School teachers will be using service-learning as an instructional strategy in their classrooms. Over the summer, they attended a full day of training by the Mayerson Foundation, which introduced the concept of service-learning and how to use it in their classrooms and clubs.


"Service Learning has been going really well this school year," said Andrea Carrier, MHS social studies teacher. "Students are starting to discover passion and excitement about people around the world. By taking their learning to this level, the class is slowly demonstrating how to be an interactive and involved citizen within the community."


As part of their efforts with the service-learning initiative, Milford students created a survey to share with the community. The survey is intended to gather responses regarding areas of concern that MHS students could help address. The information shared by community members via this survey can then be disseminated to teachers to see how their curriculum or extra-curricular club can help to fill this need, or further investigate existing resources. Special thanks to Milford senior and Key Club President, Morgan Barter, who created the online survey.


Click here for the Service Learning Survey


If you have any questions about Milford's Service Learning program, contact Milford teacher, Janelle Schunk at

College Planning Webinars Now Offered


MJHS and the Plan the Way Foundation are excited to bring to you a new approach to our College Planning Workshops.  Our workshops will now be available several days a month at a choice of times as online webinars.  You can register online at under "workshop registration" or call 513.753.1290.  After you register you will be sent a link for the webinar.  


"We hope you will enjoy this new way of learning about how to get your family ready for the journey towards a college education. It is never too soon to start thinking about college," said MJHS Counselor, Julie Beelman, who coordinates the program.


October Webinars

Photographer Shares Message of 

Redefining Beauty

Internationally acclaimed fashion photographer Rick Guidotti has photographed many of the world's most elite super models; however, it is the story of focusing his lens on the beauty of those who have genetic, physical, and behavioral differences that has inspired millions around the globe to reinterpret the meaning of beauty. Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival brought him to Milford High School on September 25 to share his message with two art classes.


To further extend this event into our curriculum, a Photography I class is partnering with our Multiple Disabilities classrooms to learn about the differences and similarities that connect us all. Through this connection, our photography students will also learn about the technical aspects of portrait photography and explore the idea of real beauty. The end goal will be to photograph the MD students to showcase their beauty, uniqueness and personalities. 

A celebration of beauty exhibition within our Milford community will be held to recognize our models and photographers on Thursday, October 23at Keiser Photography in Old Milford, starting at 6:30 p.m. This will be an open house style event for families and students.

Designs Explored for New Elementaries

Milford School District held two community forums in September on the new elementary building projects. At the forums, a presentation was giving by SHP about the design of the interior and exterior of the new building as well as the playground. Dr. Farrell also extended an opportunity to those present to join a committee to make recommendations for the playground, interior design and themes for the new Boyd E. Smith and Seipelt. This committee will give its recommendations to the Board for final approval.


Click below to view the presentation given by the design team at SHP. The slides also include the results of live voting of what parents at the forum thought about different design ideas.


Interior/Exterior Building Concepts-BES

Interior/Exterior Building Concepts-Seipelt


Fall Community Swim Schedule

Free adult lap/open swim

Every Tuesday & Thursday at Milford High School's pool

6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Through October 30, 2014


For more information, contact Lois Leavens, Community Swim Coordinator, Milford High School at

MHS Leading Community Service Efforts

Milford High School students have been leading the way in community service this school year. On September 12, the high school staff and students participated in the ice bucket challenge. Students were able to put money in the bucket of staff members they wanted to see participate and the top six collecting the most money took the ice bucket challege before the home football game. Milford High School and the community raised more than $1,100 with 50% of the money donated to ALS and 50% donated locally to Milford Miami Ministries.


In addition, the no school day on Friday, September 26, was a day of service for many Milford High School students. Senior Community Service Captains lead service work at a variety of local agencies in need--Matthew Ministries, InReturn and the Lymphoma-Leukemia Society. Pictured are students who worked in the warehose at Matthew Ministries.


Road Game Rally Before Turpin Game

Be a part of our newest tradition! Come out to watch the first-ever Milford Eagles Football and Milford Eagles Marching Band "Road Game Rally!"

  • When: Friday, October 173:15-4:15 p.m.
  • Where: Milford Eagle Stadium
  • Event: Before departing for Turpin High the Varsity Football team will walk through various plays on offense, defense and special teams. 
  • Immediately following the walk-through the award-winning Eagles Marching Band will perform its halftime show followed by the fight song in sync with the football team.

Come out and support our Milford Eagles! 

Halloween Events for Families

New flyers have been posted on our website ( promoting a variety of local 

Fall and Halloween activities.  

Click on the links below for details...


Haunted Hayrides-10/10 & 10/11

Halloween Costume Father Daughter Dance-10/25

Milford Drama's Haunted House-10/30 & 11/1

BooFest-Milford HS-11/1