Milford Exempted Village School District
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August  2015
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Back-to-School Information
School supply lists, schedule pickups, open houses, welcome back picnics...
The first day of school is right around the corner on Thursday, August 20! Make sure to check our website and new calendar for all the back-to-school events being held at each of our buildings this week and next.

Back to School Supply Lists
 Transportation Department Update
Be on the lookout Tuesday, August 18, for our school buses. They will be on the road for a final dry run of our AM and PM routes. 

Parents will receive their child's bus information (bus number, pick up and drop off times and locations) in the mail the week of August 10. If you do not receive this mailer by Friday, August 14, please call our transportation department at (513) 575-1563.
Welcome to our New Staff
During the Board of Education meeting held on June 18, 2015 the Board approved several hiring recommendations for the district's administrative team.

John Spieser is the new Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction. He is taking the position previously held by Nancy House, who became Milford's Assistant Superintendent after Tim Ackermann was named the Superintendent of Kings. 

Stacy Smith was named the new Coordinator of Technology. The district created this position to provide systematic professional development for our teachers to use technology to enhance instruction.

Sarah Sloan
has been named as an assistant principal of Milford Junior High School.  She is replacing Todd Wells who is becoming the district's Director of Special Education.

Welcome to our new teachers shown at the right at staff orientation.

Click here to see our administrative changes for the new school year and click here  to meet the new high school team.
MHS Recognized in Cincy Magazine
Congratulations to Milford High School staff and students for their awesome showing in the 2015 Best High School edition of Cincy Magazine. Milford HS received an honorable mention in two categories - enrollment and average ACT score for the class of 2013. 

The magazine also ranked public schools in Ohio and Kentucky based on other factors such as per pupil expenditures, state performance measures, attendance rate, graduation rate, student teacher ratio, ACT results, and percentage of teachers with master's degrees. Milford High School ranked #14 out of the 73 schools rated with one of the lowest expenditures per pupil of the top 20 schools.

Schools Join Forces to Seek Local Control

On August 3, more than 40 school districts in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren Counties joined forces to send a simple message to Columbus and Washington D.C. - "Stop!" The newly formed Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network is calling for more local control of the public schools.

"We intend to engage our communities in understanding the unfunded mandates - and how those mandates impact our teaching professionals and our finances. We will also engage them in reaching our legislators so that we are heard," said Dr. Robert Farrell. "Here's what we know: Each day, our local public schools do an outstanding job. It's time for not just our voices to be heard on these important issues but for parents and taxpayer voices as well."

To read more about this initiative, click here.
Ohio Bill Reduces Testing
In June, State lawmakers passed a bill to get rid of the PARCC tests for the new school year and replace them with tests given by American Institutes for Research (AIR). Schools used AIR  last year for the state social studies and science tests. The bill calls for new tests to be given in one round at the end of the school year. This past year, PARCC gave tests in two separate rounds weeks and months before the end of the year. 

"We are extremely pleased that the state has listened to our concerns about the over testing of our students. This is a step in the right direction to allow us to focus more time and energy on teaching and learning," Milford Superintendent, Dr. Farrell said.

Click here to read more about testing changes from the Ohio Department of Education.
Monitor the Progress of our New SchoolsOur construction team has been busy this summer! We have posted a new photo gallery on our website showcasing the progress of our new elementary schools. Every few weeks new photographs will be posted of Boyd E. Smith and Seipelt Elementary Schools so you can follow our progress until our grand opening next fall!
Here's the link to the new photo gallery:
Generous Gift Makes Fley Family Scholarship Possible
A late Milford alumna and daughter of a former superintendent has made it possible to further the educational dreams of students for years to come thanks to a posthumous gift to the Milford Schools Foundation.

On June 30, the Foundation received a donation of $100,000 from the estate of Jo Ann Fley, a 1948 MHS graduate and daughter of former Milford superintendent James Fley, in order to establish the Fley Family Scholarship Fund.

Click here to read more about this impressive graduate and her generous gift.
Communication Survey Results
Thanks to all who participated in our communications survey conducted at the end of the 2014-15 school year. The purpose of the survey was to gather input on our current district communications in order to improve our program. We received close to 1,000 responses and the feedback is helping us improve our communications efforts. 

As an immediate result of the survey, we have added new and improved school and district calendars on our website. We are also changing this monthly eNews to a bi-weekly edition to make it a more concise and timely communication. Further, we will be sending out a link to parents in September to enable them to control the phone numbers that the snow delay notifications are sent.

Click here for a summary of the survey results.
Athletic Year in Review
Our athletic department has pulled together a recap of the 2014-2015 athletic year. It was a successful year and "The Flock" had both high academic and athletic results to make our Milford community proud. 

According to the report, Milford's student-athletes combined for a 3.3 GPA and finished in third in the ECC All-Sports trophy standings and won conference titles in boys golf, girls golf, boys basketball, baseball and softball.

"It was a great year for Milford," Athletic Director Mark Trout said. "We had a lot going on this season and were successful in many different areas."

Click here to read the complete year in review. 
Free Family/Community Swim

Our MHS pool has a fresh coat of paint and is open again for community swim. The calendar below lists open swim sessions for August. Children under 16 must be with an adult.

Click here for the August swim hours.

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