Milford Exempted Village School District
Eagle eNews
September 4,  2015
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Labor Day
4-6 p.m.
Miami Meadows Park

Board of Education Meeting
Boyd E. Smith
7 p.m.

Teacher Inservice Day
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Milford Schools will bring history alive during a special celebration of Constitution Day on Thursday September 17, from 4-6 p.m. at the Spirit of '76 Memorial Garden at Miami Meadows Park.  

Milford High School AP History students and drama students are collaborating for the celebration. During the guided tours, students will be dressed as historical figures and will share historical facts. A scavenger hunt and Colonial-themed games are also planned.

The event is free and open to the public and perfect for preschool/elementary age children and their families. Click here for more details.
Parent Portal on Website
We have posted a new
Parent Portal on our webpage which gives parents important links in one convenient location. Through the Parent Portal, parents and guardians have instant access to important information such as Progress Book, EZPay, forms, our SHARE pages, the District eNews, social media links, and lunch menus. Click here to access the Parental Portal.

SMART Goals and Strategic Choices

At the Board of Education meeting held on August 20, Milford Superintendent Dr. Robert Farrell, presented the following SMART goals for the upcoming school year.



2015-16 SMART Goals for the 

Milford Exempted Village School District



  1. The district will provide Professional Development for 100% of classroom teachers to utilize technology to enhance student learning during the 2015-2016 school year.
  2. The district will improve student achievement for all students by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. All students will exceed more than a year's growth.
  3. Strengthen the Milford School community through ongoing communication, collaboration, trust and appreciation to enhance teaching and learning.
  4. We will provide professional development to support teaching strategies regarding high expectations for students, service learning, and student feedback and student/teacher relationships.

Strategic choices for the district have also been updated in the areas of Professional Development, Communications, Staff Structure and Ratios, Technology, Curriculum and Intervention. 

Click here for the detailed SMART goals and strategic choices.

Curriculum Highlights at Board Meetings
In an effort to showcase our teaching and learning initiatives across the district, teachers, administrators and students will feature a variety of PK-12 programs at regular Board meetings.

At the September Board meeting, Ms. Kirstie Rheinheimer (MHS English teacher) and Mr. Adam Samuels (Mulberry teacher) presented on the "Student Feedback-Professional Development Initiative for Teachers." Both teachers serve on the district professional development team with three other teachers and three administrators. The team has attended training on John Hattie's research on visible learning and what works in schools to improve learning. Adam and Kirstie and additional teachers and school administrators are part of a professional development cohort that will inservice
Milford teachers this year regarding the use of student feedback to enhance student learning. 

If you would like to watch their presentation, click the following link and go to the cue for the Superintendent's Report.
Did you know that senior citizens can get into our home athletic events and school productions for FREE through our Milford School District Silver Eagles Program?

Being a Silver Eagle means...
-Free admission to all Milford School District sporting events
-Free admission to all Milford School District drama productions

-Must live in the Milford School District or be a MEVSD retiree/alumni
-Age 62 or older
Call the MHS Athletic Office at (513) 576-2208 for an application.
Counseling Department Events
Milford High School's Counseling Department now has one counselor devoted to each grade level (9-12) and a new counselor focused on Career and College Readiness. Mrs. Liz Emmons, who moved from the Ninth Grade Community to this new position, has planned a variety of activities this fall with the counseling department.
College Night
Milford High School
Wednesday, September 9
6 p.m.

College Application Blitz
Friday, September 25
9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Milford High School

September 29 at 8 a.m.
All 11th grade students will take the ACT.

6th Grade--Early Planning for High School & College
October 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Milford High School

College Night at Milford's Home Football Game
October 9 at 6:15 p.m.

Click here for details on these programs.
Drone Footage of New School Construction 
The elementary buildings are making great progress. Both the new Seipelt and Boyd E. Smith schools are on track to be under roof by December 1, 2015. 

Special thanks to Kevin Frye and Jeff Wyler Automotive for the images and video taken by their drone of the construction sites. Click here to see more shots from the drone and  here to see the video footage.

Standards-Based Report Cards Introduced for Grades 4-6
Five years ago, Milford School District began a gradual implementation of standards-based reporting. Grades K-2 transitioned first, followed by grade 3. 

"We believe that this kind of specific information regarding individual students' progress toward the standards is an important method of focusing on student growth," shared Dr. Jill Chin, Director of Elementary Curriculum.

Our team has developed an implementation model for this school year. At grades 4-6, we will continue to utilize a traditional letter grade report card system. During the parent-teacher conferences in October and February, parents will receive the regular report card, along with the new standards-based progress report. At the end of the school year, both versions will again be distributed.

Elementary principals will also host informational sessions to explain standards-based progress. Throughout this school year, we will gather feedback about the clarity and value of the information from the standards-based progress report from both parents and teachers to determine future implementation. 

A powerpoint with information about standards-based progress reports can be accessed via our website.  Click here for a direct link.
Free Community Swim at MHS Pool
Residents of Milford School District can swim for free at Milford High School's pool during our open swim sessions. Dates for September and October have been set and include every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:15-9:15 a.m. Any participant ages 16 or 17 can lap swim without a parent or legal guardian present; however, they first must have a waiver of liability form signed by a parent or legal guardian. An open family swim will be held on Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Any participant under the age of 16 must have a parent present to swim during this session. 

The swim schedule is posted under community flyers on the district website at For more information, call the Milford High School Athletic Department at 576-2208 or email Lois Leavens, MHS Community Swim Coordinator, at  
The Milford High School Band Boosters are once again selling Milford Eagles spirit wear via an online spirit wear store at All orders placed online will be available in the high school store.  The Band Boosters will also have a spirit wear booth at all of the home football games. All proceeds from the sale of this spirit wear benefit the Milford HS Band Boosters.
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