This was a fairly quiet month, outside of the sale of Milford Main (see first bullet below). Here are the highlights from the July board meeting: Continue reading
A parent’s job is to raise his or her children to be adults who can go out in the world and find their own success. Part of this is also helping our kids learn to be good adults – people who are honest, trustworthy, who support others, and who are able to raise their own children to be good & successful adults.
This Huffington Post article outlines 30 principles author John Simmons sees as key to helping raise good adults. It was shared by one of our wonderful HS English teachers, Allison Willson. Hope you enjoy it!
Here are the highlights from last week’s board meeting. There are no athletic or extracurricular reports during the summer.
- Last month, we recognized MJHS seventh graders for “Paying It Forward” this spring. Now, we’d like to extend a formal “Thank You!” to the bus drivers who very generously gave of their time to drive these students around. They are (in alphabetical order): Sandra Coyle, Dean Hamilton, Pam Light, Rachel Light, John Rettig, Rhonda Robinson, Kym Salas, Libby Sheehy, Renee Tucker, and Mindy Wilson.
- The school board approved new science materials to be used starting in the 2014-15 school year. In the younger grades, the National Geographic program was chosen as it is very interactive and provides lots of great exercises and other options to engage children. One of the best features is having our own National Geographic Scientist, who will come out to work with children and present on different topics!
- The construction projects are on time with work progressing smoothly. Classroom design is ongoing, as are surveying needs. A test of geothermal potential is being conducted to see if this is a viable option. A public forum will be held probably in early September to update the community about where we are with the two new elementary schools.
- Food Services reports meal sales overall are steady. The district has a unique model where we service not only Milford, but a number of other schools as well. This allows us to truly cover our costs – not only the direct costs, which is what most schools look at, but indirect costs such as custodial, utilities, administrative support, etc. This summer, Food Service personnel will be participating in the Cook for America program through a grant. They will learn more about cooking from scratch for large groups, which will help provide meals that taste better and are healthier for our children.
Dr. Jill Chin, Director of Elementary Curriculum, and Mrs. Nancy House, Director of Secondary Curriculum, led an effort to evaluate the testing being given at each grade level. The goal was to identify which tests are absolutely necessary either because of legal requirements or because we believe they help our students’ academic development. The results were surprising – and frustrating. Continue reading
In a world filled with testing, it sometimes seems our children have no room to breathe in their educational process. Yet for high schoolers, legislators have also provided an option that is diametrically opposed to the rigidity created by a full testing schedule. Continue reading
MHS track named “Bill Marran track”
May 2014 Five Year Forecast approved
Milford JHS participates in second Pay It Forward Day
MHS recognizes 2014′s Top 25 academic students
Sixth grade column contest teaches persuasive writing in fun way
A tremendous amount happened not only at the May 15, 2014 school board meeting, but also the following Monday (May 19) and Thursday (May 22). Here are the highlights:
- Dave Meranda and Nancye Bruck were recognized for their service to the Milford school district through the Athletic Boosters. These two impressive leaders have worked for several decades combined, working to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the district and our students in a variety of ways – the most recent of which is the turf football field, the single-largest donation the Athletic Boosters have made.
- Students in the Future Educators of America program were recognized for their accomplishments at the National FEA Conference. Read more here.
- DECA students Gered Lockwood, Ben Saulnier and Madison Kemp were recognized as National Level DECA competitors.
- Erin Gottsacker was recognized for being named to the Ohio Music Educators Association All-State Band, where she played First Chair clarinet.
- The softball team was recognized for winning the first league championship in Milford School history. Click here to read more (along with a surprising report on sportsmanship from a Track & Field event).
- The Milford Schools Foundation awarded its spring grants, bringing the total it has awarded in the years since its inception to over $181,000! This year, the Foundation awarded $21,900 in grants for a variety of items. Click here to see the grants that were awarded.
- The Milford Schools Foundation has a number of events coming up. They will have their second annual golf outing in October; last year’s was very successful. Also in October, they will hold a jeans day for Milford staff, where staff can wear jeans if they make a donation to the Foundation. The annual Night of the Stars, a fundraiser, dinner and event to honor alumni, will be Saturday, November 1. The Wednesday before the winter break will be “funny dress day,” another in-school fundraiser. And finally, the Foundation is encouraging voluntary payroll deductions from Milford staff members to help support the organization that supports them. Visit their website here.
- Jeff Johnson, Operations Manager, presented an update on the construction project for the two new elementaries. Information, including sketches & floor plans, can be found here.
- On Monday, May 19, the district held a public auction for Milford Main and Seipelt Elementary. No bids were received. The auction is the first step in the sale process for publicly-owned buildings; the district is now free to accept private offers and negotiate outside the public process. The district has already received one proposal and has heard of more interest.
- At a special board meeting on Thursday, May 22, the board approved a new transportation contract. After opening the process through a Request for Proposals, Operations Manager Jeff Johnson received and reviewed three bids. One company did not meet the requirements of the RFP; the other two proposals, from Petermann and First Student, were both excellent and competitive. After a thorough review and evaluation, Mr. Johnson and Dr. Farrell recommended accepting the five-year Petermann contract. This new contract saves the district appr. $500,000/year vs. the current contract, and also provides more technology for our buses.