Milford Exempted Village School District
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September 24,  2015
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Teacher Inservice Day
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Milford Senior Named National Merit 
Semi-Finalist
Milford High School senior Amelia Pittman has qualified as a National Merit Semifinalist. Amelia earned this distinction based upon her PSAT score taken during her junior year. Less than 1% of high school seniors in the nation are named semifinalists. There are only 603 semifinalists in Ohio and 115 in the Cincinnati area.

Amelia has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $32 million that will be offered next spring.
Quality Profile Showcases Milford Schools
On September 14, Milford Exempted Village School District joined more than 60 school districts throughout Ohio to release a Quality Profile, a more comprehensive companion to the state's district report card. It is the second year for our district to issue the report, which includes additional accountability measures that define a high quality education and are not captured by the state report card.

"Our Quality Profile provides a comprehensive picture of the district more so than the state report card," said Milford Superintendent, Dr. Robert Farrell. "It provides much more information about what makes up a total education: from academics to arts; to student activities; to how students serve the community; to parent and community involvement. It really makes the whole student experience come to life and gives you a real feel for what it's like to be in Milford Schools."

Meet Ohio's New Youth Ambassador
Milford Senior, Kristen Dalrymple, has been selected as the National Child Awareness Month (NCAM) Ambassador for Ohio. She was in Washington, DC this month for a three-day, all-expense paid leadership training. This year-long program helps young leaders (ages 16-22) create change around critical issues facing youth today. 

Kristen began the Children for Change program for Milford elementary students to learn about volunteerism. As part of her NCAM selection, she will receive $1000, professional service support, and resources to expand the Children for Change program within Milford.

"Kristen is a rising student leader and has quietly made a large impact within our district. Now, she will also serve as the youth voice for our entire state," said Janelle Schunk, art teacher and senior class advisor.
Constitution Day a Big Success
Thanks to our high school teachers and students for all of their efforts on our Constitution Day program held September 17, at Miami Meadows-Spirit of '76 Park. Anna O'Neill with her AP American History students, and Sherry McCamley with her drama students put together a "Living History." Our student historians, actors, tour guides, game helpers, and muscians all made the event a tremendous success! More than 200 people attended. We hope to make this an annual celebration. Special thanks also to Board member, Gary Knepp, for his efforts in planning this event.
Nature as a Classroom
Throughout September, Pattison teachers, parent volunteers, and educators from the Cincinnati Nature Center worked with 5th graders on a hands-on program studying and recording their observations of native plants and pollinators on the grounds behind the school. The Nature Center also brought a monarch and attached an identifying tag before they released it for its journey south for the winter. 
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.
ACT
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.
Milford Students Starring in Local Show
Milford students are taking to the stage this weekend! Guys and Dolls, starring several Milford students, will be presented by Acting Up-Young Performer's Community Theater on September 25, 26, 27 at the Mason High School Theater, 6100 Mason Montgomery Road.

Milford students in the show are: front row-Ellen Long (as Ensemble) and Alyssa Hart (as Big Julie). Back row-Amanda Bauer (as Ferguson), Claire Striet (as Ensemble), Alexa Mueller (as a Hot Box Dancer) and Connor Hart (as Big Julie's Thug).
Visit www.ActingUp.com or for ticket information.
BAC Recommends Future Board Office Move
Milford School District's Business Advisory Council led by local businessman and parent, Mr. Chris Hamm, presented at the Board meeting held on September 17. The Board of Education gave the BAC the task of evaluating the current location of the district administrative offices, which have been located in the former Milford South Elementary school for the past 10 years.

The BAC recommended that the Board approve the move of the administrative offices to the library site on SR131, with the assumption that the property swap with the library is completed soon. Reasons cited by the BAC for their recommendation include: the SR 131 building is centrally located in the district; the building is already ADA compliant; and the building offers space for larger meetings, staff development, Board meetings, and community events. Additionally any renovation and configuration costs for the SR 131 building are anticipated to be less than the cost to renovate Milford South.

The library is projecting to move into their new site in 2017. Renovation of the former library could be completed as early as the summer of 2017 for the potential move of the district administrative offices.
Board Makes Lacrosse Varsity Sport
At their meeting on September 17, the Milford School Board adopted Lacrosse as a varsity sport beginning with the 2016- 2017 school year. The district will sponsor four teams: varsity and junior varsity teams for both boys and girls, grades 
9-12.

The Board also reduced or eliminated the turf fees for the varsity and junior varsity boys' and girls' school sponsored club teams. In addition, the school district will purchase netting beginning with the 2015-2016 season, so spring sports teams can then use the track at the same time the turf field is being used.
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 every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:15-9:15 a.m. in September and October.
Backpack Ministry Food Drive

Edward Jones is supporting our local Backpack Ministry and our elementary school children by using their Milford office as a drop-off location for a food drive. Items may be donated during regular business hours through October 21, at the Edward Jones location at 5881 Cook Rd. Items needed, but are not limited to, granola bars, raisins, applesauce, crackers, soups, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, tuna, cereal, juice boxes, etc. Thanks in advance for your support!
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