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New Voice Photo Exhibit January 19

The Milford School Community is invited to the New Voices Photography Exhibition on Sunday, January 19, from 2-4 p.m., at First Lutheran Church on 12th and Race in Over-The-Rhine. This fall, Milford had nine female students (listed below) involved in the New Voices program. The girls worked with female residents from The Drop Inn Center, which is the largest homeless shelter in Cincinnati. The group collaborated on a photographic project over 12 weeks and built relationships to connect each of the communities.

"It was a hard process and we all learned a lot about people experiencing homelessness. The girls formed very tight bonds and were able to break down boundaries of misconception," shared MHS photography teacher, Janelle Schunk. "Our students also worked very hard to create final exhibition work that will be permanently installed in The Drop Inn Center and Milford HS. Milford should be very proud of all their hard work and we would love to see you at the show."

Participants: Britni Toms, Savannah Kennedy, Alicia Kerby, Madi Kemp, Molly Milinovich, Arianna Dyman, Olivia Nielsen, Ashley McFadden, Hannah Rogers

Focus on College and Career Readiness

Dr. Robert Farrell, Superintendent

College readiness and career pathways have been a focus this school year at Milford High School. We have met extensively with our local Chambers of Commerce in Milford/Miami Township and Clermont County and solicited input from local businesses about forming partnerships to promote career awareness and career experiences for our high school students.

This school year, Ed Pregitzer, a retired and accomplished Marketing Management & Research professional instructor and former DECA advisor at Milford High School, is working part-time for the district. He is using some of our state career funds to make connections with local businesses so that more and more career experiences will be available for our students this year and in the future.  By helping students make the connection between the classroom and the "world of work," we feel their motivation at school will increase. Career experiences will also help students find direction and drive to master subjects that will open doors for them in college.

Our intent is also to bring into focus, through our course books and guidance to our students, what subjects and knowledge are necessary to be successful in particular career fields.  Students in our country often drop out of college when they don't go into college with specific aspirations, and the students that complete college in our country take an average of more than six years. We want Milford students to complete their degrees in four years or less, and find occupations that allow them to reach their full potential and become successful and productive citizens.

A survey was sent to all of our high school seniors and parents concerning measuring their current levels of knowledge about college and careers. The survey shows we still have much work to do to get seniors ready to graduate this year. We also solicited parents and community members to get involved to help us to speak to classes about their careers and relationship to subject matter, or provide career shadowing or mentorships experiences to our students.  We are always looking for professionals to share these important career experiences with our students. If you want to get involved, please contact Ed Pregitzer at

Giving Thanks

Dr. Robert Farrell


Milford Exempted Village School District


As Superintendent of the Milford School District, I have 6,500 reasons to be thankful every day when I walk through our schools and see our students engaged in learning, athletics, and the arts. I have another 700 reasons to be thankful when I watch our dedicated staff working with our students, and thousands more when I attend a school event and see so many of our dedicated parents.

I am truly thankful for all our staff who come together to serve our students. From our maintenance staff who keep our facilities clean and operational; to our kitchen staff who serve thousands of healthy meals every day; to our bus drivers who get thousands of students to and from our schools safely; to our dedicated teachers and administrators who work  together to help all students succeed.

For me, Thanksgiving is a time to pause from our hectic schedules and spend time with our families. Juggling jobs, PTO, sports, and after-school activities makes it difficult to find a balance and I admire all the parents who make it work. So, enjoy this holiday break and we look forward to seeing our students back in school on December 2.


Dr. Bob Farrell

5 Things You Need to Know About MAP Testing

Dr. Jill Chin
Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 
(513) 831-1314


1. MAP means Measures of Academic Progress

MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) and it is a computer-based assessment tool. In September, Milford’s students in grades K-2 took MAP tests in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 3-6 took MAP assessments in reading, mathematics, and science. Students will take the tests again in January and in May to track their progress.

2. A test that responds to the student 

MAP tests present students with engaging, age-appropriate content. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. This is challenging and rewarding for the student and provides valuable information for teachers, parents and administrators.

3. Data as the basis for individualized learning 

Each child learns differently. MAP tests are computerized and adaptive, enabling teachers to see their students as individuals. Teachers are able to see where students are and what they need to learn. Teachers are able to use MAP data to differentiate instruction, create flexible groupings of students, and develop effective intervention strategies.

4. Students' growth measured over time 

With MAP testing, student growth that can be measured over time from kindergarten to high school. Because the tests adapt to the students, they produce a true measure of student growth and achievement. Students can use these measures to set targets for their growth and become more focused and engaged in their academic success  

5. Improving student achievement, child by child

MAP is a way for us to measure and promote growth for all students. By using MAP assessments, Milford's teachers and administrators will be able to maximize the use of data to improve student achievement. With the data gathered, we can observe trends, evaluate program effectiveness, and focus on improving student achievement. 


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New Voice Photo Exhibit January 19
Focus on College and Career Readiness
Giving Thanks
5 Things You Need to Know About MAP Testing