Milford Exempted Village School District
Eagle eNews
March 2015
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13End of Third Quarter
19Board Meeting
Seipelt Elementary
7 p.m.
30Spring Break Begins
6Classes Resume

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New Principal Hired for Milford High School Beginning in 2015-16

On Monday, March 9, Milford's Board of Education held a special meeting to hire a principal for Milford High School. Starting with the 2015-16 school year, Mr. Joshua Kauffman will become the new Principal of the high school. Current Principal Mark Lutz has chosen to return to the classroom and coaching next school year. Mr. Kauffman is currently the Principal at Indian Hill Middle School. Prior to holding this position, he was the Assistant Principal at Indian Hill High School for three years. He has also been an Assistant Principal at Fairfield High School, as well as, an English teacher and Communication Specialist at Oak Hills High School. 

"I am humbled by the opportunity to lead Milford High School into the future.  Milford has  a strong tradition of excellence, appreciation for the arts, and commitment to developing students to reach their fullest potential. I feel blessed to be a Milford Eagle and look forward to the important work that lies before us," Mr. Kauffman said.


Click here to read more about Mr. Kauffman and the hiring process.

Three National Merit Finalists Named


Congratulations to Milford seniors Steven Hart, Andrew Reinhart and Andrew Hall who have been named 2015 National Merit Scholar Finalists.

The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability based on their performance on the PSAT taken during the junior year. Students with the highest scores on Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in each state qualify for recognition. Out of the 1.5 million students in the nation who took the PSAT, only 15,000 ended up as 2015 National Merit Finalists! 

Dr. Farrell Named Educator of the Year

Milford Superintendent Dr. Robert Farrell was named Educator of the Year by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce and honored with other area leaders at the 22nd annual Salute to Leaders awards banquet held Tuesday, March 11.

Dr. Farrell came to the Milford Exempted Village School District as Superintendent in 2007. During his tenure, he has led the district to high academic achievement, as well as, fiscal accountability and stability. Dr. Farrell leads with a collaborative management style that involves all members of the school community to achieve success for all students.

According to Board President, Andrea Brady, "Dr. Farrell has turned around community involvement and trust in our school district."

Eagles Claim OHSAA Sectional Crown

Milford Eagles boys basketball team claimed an OHSAA Sectional Championship with a 56-33 win on Friday, February 27. The team's 22-3 record surpasses the school record for the most wins in a season.The win also clinched the team a berth in the Southwest District Championship Saturday, March 14 at the University of Dayton Arena. It is Milford's first District Championship appearance since the 1970-71 season. 

OHSAA Region 4 DI Boys Basketball District Championship
Milford HS vs. Huber Heights Wayne HS
University of Dayton Arena

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm 

  • Presale = $6 (available in MHS Athletic Office, 8:00-5:00 PM daily)
  • UD Ticket Office = $7
  • Children older than two (2) will need a ticket.
  • Doors for fans will open at 12 PM (Noon). One ticket will permit fans to see two (2) games (see below).
  • UD Arena will be cleared after the 3 PM game and will reopen the doors at 6 PM for the late games.
  • Winner of this game will play in the Regional Semi-Finals vs. Centerville or Elder on 3/18.
  • Milford is ranked #7 in Cinti. area and is unranked in Ohio.
  • Huber Heights Wayne is ranked #1 in Dayton area and #8 in Ohio.Mi


Go Eagles!

The Future of Milford Main 

Here is the latest on the status of Milford Main. On July 3, 2014, CMC properties reached an agreement to purchase Milford Main from the district for $250,000 based on approval of inspections and zoning permits. The developer, Jim Cohen, presented a plan for a 92-unit apartment building for zoning approval and it was rejected by Milford's City Council in February. Mr. Cohen has since withdrawn his offer to the Board to purchase the property. 

District administrators have reached out to the city, members of the community, city council and neighboring churches to discuss other viable options for the Milford Main building. The Board of Education will be examining its options and listening to community input as they plan the next steps for the future of Milford Main. The Board has not set a timeline on this decision.

Student Finalist in National Photo Contest

Milford High School junior Gwen Krage has been selected as a finalist in the Photographer's Forum annual high school photography contest. Gwen is being recognized for her awesome photo called "Phantom Hand" shown above. Her work will be published in a hardbound book, and she is also still in the running for a Gold, Silver, or Honorable Mention cash prize. 

MJHS & MHS Science Students Qualify for State Competition

It was a great day for Milford's budding scientists! On March 7, Milford Junior High and Milford High School students competed against students from two dozen schools across the region in the Cincinnati Regional Science Olympiad presented by iSPACE. 

Congratulations to Milford Junior High School for their 5th place win in their first year of Science Olympiad competition.

Milford High School earned a 6th place win out of 24 teams in the high school region including St. Xavier, Mason, Wyoming, Lakota East and Cincinnati Country Day.



Both teams qualified for the  Ohio State Science Olympiad Tournament to be held on Saturday, April 11, at the Ohio State University! Teams can reach the National Science Olympiad Tournament by placing in the top two at the state tournament.


The Science Olympiad challenges student teams in 23 different events. Ranging from anatomy to ecology, from physics lab to meteorology, students rotate through a series of timed experiments designed to test their problem-solving skills as well as their subject knowledge.

Milford Grad Featured on Local Billboards to Promote Developmental Disabilities Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In recognition of this special month, Milford High School graduate Aaron Strait will be the face of Clermont County Developmental Disabilities on local billboards across the Tri-State Area promoting awareness of the strengths and achievements of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Aaron had a successful career from kindergarten through high school in Milford Schools. He ended his high school career in the Autism classroom with Trena Panko, who provided him with many opportunities both academically and in preparation for the workforce. Aaron is now employed at the Milford Panera.


Aaron is also an accomplished artist who has been recognized for his work throughout the area. During Autism Awareness Month in April, he will donate 50% of the profits of his artwork back to the Autism Society. For additional information or to purchase available art, please contact Trena Panko, or Jennie Berkley,

Milford Senior Earns Difference Maker Award

Kudos to Molly Milinovich who was recognized with a Youth Honoree Difference Maker Award by the Duke Energy Children's Museum on February 7. Molly, a Milford High School senior, has completed more than 500 service hours during her high school career! 
Before Molly's junior year was over, she had earned the President's Volunteer Service Award and is heading for 200 service hours in her senior year.


Molly's zest for community service began in 7th grade when she volunteered at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, which she has continued for the past five summers. She has more than 600 volunteer hours at the Zoo alone!  Molly has also participated in two service learning groups through Milford High School. First, with her photography class and the New Voices program and with the Mayerson Foundation Summer Service Learning camp who worked with various social service agencies around downtown Cincinnati. 

Duke Energy Children's Museum's Seventh Annual Difference Makers program recognizes community members who work to benefit the lives of children while also celebrating children and the work they do in their own communities to make our world better. A total of 20 young difference makers were honored at the Museum Center Difference Makers celebration.

5th Annual Flight Night This Week!

Only a few tickets are left for Flight Night! 

The Milford Athletic Boosters Club is proud to present the 5th Annual Milford "Flight Night" dinner on Thursday, March 12 at the Oasis Golf and Convention Center. The event runs from 6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in the Milford Athletic Office from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. For event questions and ticket information, please call the Milford High School Athletics/Activities office at (513) 576-2208. Click here for details:

Summer Physical Education and Health 

This summer, MIilford High School students will have an opportunity to complete a portion of Physical Education (P.E.) requirement for graduation from high school. Each student must earn .5 credits (2 semesters) of physical education. Taking P.E. during the summer will free up more time for students to take other requirements and/or electives during the school year. Summer P.E. provides students the opportunity to be active during the summer and meet new friends through participation in supervised activities.

Additionally, students may take the required health credit via the Apex curriculum for an additional $75. Health coursework must be completed outside of summer school hours by the final summer school date of June 19.

Please click here for the Summer PE and Health Registration form. Please be sure to complete the Emergency Medical Formand attach to the registration form.







Ohio's new College Credit Plus can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students.

A meeting about College Credit Plus was held on February 12 at Milford High School for parents and guardians of Milford students who will be entering grades 7 through 12 during the 2015-16 school year. 

If you were unable to make the meeting, please click on the links below for more information:


General Information about CCP

CCP Intent to Participate Form

Thousands of Books Collected for Charity
Kudos to Boyd E. Smith for collecting more than 2,000 books in their book drive for Adopt a Book, a organization that helps local children by collecting new and gently used children's books. One more great example of the generous and caring school community we live in!

Kindergarten Registration Update

Milford's kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year began in January. Children who will be 5 by September 30, 2015 are eligible for kindergarten in Milford Schools. Milford has a central registration department and kindergarten registration is done by appointment only.


Milford is offering a full-day option for next school year. Currently, McCormick and Pattison are full, and Meadowview has only limited openings.  There are still openings for full-day at Seipelt, Mulberry and Boyd E. Smith. The district is now taking applications for these full-day openings on a first-come, first-serve basis from residents in the district. If parents provide transportation, students may go to an elementary school outside of their attendance area.  


To schedule your registration appointment, contact Jay Batterson at (513)576-4178. Registration will take place at the Milford Board of Education Office at 777 Garfield Avenue. 

Registration for Milford Preschool 

Milford School District is holding open registration for its preschool program for the 2015-2016 school year. Registration can be done by appointment on school days from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Milford Preschool is located at 1039 State Route 28. Children must turn age 3 by September 30, 2015, be toilet-trained and current on immunizations to be eligible for enrollment. 


Milford's Preschool offers a 3-year old 4-day integrated program and a 4-year old 5-day integrated program.  This program is a mix of eight special needs students and eight typically developing students to serve as role models.  


To find out more and register, go to the preschool webpage at

Nominate and Oustanding Alumni & Teacher for Award!


The Milford Schools Foundation is accepting applications for

the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards, as well as, Outstanding Educator Award. Nominations for both awards must be received by the Milford Schools Foundation by Sunday, March 15, 2015. 

Visit the Milford Schools Foundation wesbsite at for details.

Adult Lap/Open Swim Schedule

Milford Exempted Village School District is once again opening its pool to the community for open swim sessions. The new session of adult lap/open swim will be held every Tuesday and Thursday morning at Milford High School, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., through Thursday, May 21, 2015. 


Please note: Open Swim will not be offered on March 31 and April 2 because of spring break or when school is closed or delayed due to inclement weather.  Each swimmer will be required to register and complete a waiver of liability form prior to swimming and can do so at pool.


For more information, contact Lois Leavens, Community Swim Coordinator, at