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November 4, 2022


‘Windows on West Street’ to Reopen on Wednesday

Student-Run Restaurant Makes a Comeback After Pandemic Closure

 

Student cooking pasta   Culinary class at MHS  
There's nothing better than freshly made pasta.  (Photo credits: Mike Levin)
 
By coming to our restaurant, you are helping train and
support our students.   
 

 

Milford, NH - After its abrupt closure due to Covid pandemic, the student-operated restaurant "Windows on West Street" (or WOWS) is back on its feet again and the doors will officially be open to the public on Wednesday, November 9th from 11:15 to 12:15.  Operating in full swing on Wednesdays and Thursdays, culinary students are all geared up to serve quality gourmet food with very reasonable prices.

 

"We were sorry to have to close Windows. It is important for our students to be able to apply their learning," according to culinary arts teacher, Chef Mike Levin.  "As you are aware it was not possible to operate the restaurant remotely," he quickly added.

"We will be posting our menu and schedule weekly on our school website," explained Levin in detail. "Remember the school schedule will dictate ours.  From buffets to a la carte service, sandwiches, bread in a roll, breakfast pastries and desserts will be just the start of WOW’s menu selection.  We will be expanding our options with catering events and special services.  Hosting smaller events in the restaurant will help expand WOW’s returning guests.  No job is too big or small for our students; they are up for the challenge and are eager to succeed."

For many years, WOWS has been a solid training ground for Milford High School students who want to learn the foundational steps of becoming professionals in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Students are learning food service management skills related to the operation of  “Windows on West Street”, “Windows To Go” and “West Street Event Catering."  

"The students create all menus, cost recipes, and are responsible not just for safety and sanitation but for marketing as well," Levin furthermore said. "Two teams of students will also be competing in the National ProStart Invitational in culinary arts and restaurant concept development." 

"We look forward to re-opening for the community," replied CTE Director Samantha Belcourt. "This program is an amazing opportunity for our students to get real world hands-on experience; Chef Levin and Culinary Arts Associate Tara Savino are doing such an incredible job."
 
Culinary Associate is working with a studentCulinary Arts students couldn't agree more.  They articulated how the program prepares them for the future because through it, they get to experiment with new recipes and techniques which provides them with real world skills and experience.

“I love this class," student Connor Cook spoke up.  "I enjoy learning to make all types of food and learning what goes into the food we eat."

"Cooking is a passion of mine," Tyler Theriault declared. "Chef Levin has helped me improve my culinary skills."

Many of the customers who are equally excited are employed by the school district.  "It is great that the MHS is reopening Windows on West Street," Darren Fleury said. "Last year the 'bowl and a roll' was fantastic, and I look forward to the soup selections coming soon, this year."

Seventh grade teacher Katy St. George, on the other hand, shared how she was so impressed by the beautiful banquet the culinary team put together for senior night. "From set-up to breakdown, everything was seamless," she reminisced. "The delicious spread made for an extra special evening!"

"I just want to thank Chef Mike for the wonderful food his students are preparing," Jill Larro quietly expressed.  "It's nice to have the quiches available and all the rest of the food for consumption and purchase!" 

 
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September 12, 2022


Public Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records

 

  Destruction of records
Destruction of records is the best protection against improper or unauthorized disclosure.
 
 

 

Milford, NH - In accordance with the state and federal regulations implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA), the Milford School District Student Support Services will destroy records that have been collected, maintained and/or
used in providing special education services for special education students born in 1992 or before.
 
This destruction policy applies to Special Education Students born in or prior to 1992 only. 
 
To request records, please contact the Milford Department of Student Support Services at 603-673-6709 x5203 prior to October
31, 2022.
 
Records will be provided only to former students 18 years of age or older, or to a legal guardian(s) of a said student. Record
release requires photo identification.
 
 
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September 7, 2022


Students Head Back to School in Milford

 

 
A young student is rewarding Superintendent Christi Michaud with a crown.
Crowns are usually given in our classrooms to highlight a student's achievement, good behavior or special occasion.  Here, a young student is shown rewarding Superintendent Christi Michaud with a crown.  (Photo by Chris Motika)
  Jacques first day of school
At Jacques Memorial School, excitement is running high on the first day of school.  A top priority for educators is making sure the transition goes as smoothly as possible and the general ambiance for learning in the campus is well-maintained.    (Photo by Maria Kelloway)
 

 

Milford, NH - For the first time in three years, the first day of school felt normal. You could see smiles in everyone's faces and hear
friends sharing their summer stories. 

The classrooms and hallways were squeaky clean. Teachers and staff greeted students as they walked through the doors. 
 
Behind the scenes, the school district worked hard to prepare for the new school year.  School administrators held their beginning-
of-school-year retreat focusing on team building discussions and activities.  A few school board members even worked with the
team on the district strategic plan. 
 
Days before the students came, hundreds of teachers and staff gathered at the Milford High School to welcome and get to know
one another.  They also spent the day refocusing on the organization's mission statement and goals as well as discussing security
plans and holding several lockdown drills with local law enforcement personnel participation.
 
It was a crunch time for everyone but the first day of school across the district was successful.  Some of our students came with
nerves and tears, some with smiles and optimism.  Teachers and staff members welcomed the students with excitement and every
school began practicing their routines and procedures.
 
Students are now ready for a safe, healthy, and successful school year.
 
 
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August 16, 2022


Back to School Information for the 2022-2023 School Year

 

Milford, NH - A new school year always brings excitement to the district and we can't wait to welcome back students

and families for the 2022-23 school year.

 

School Bus

 

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

August 31st is our school district's First Day of classes!
August 31 - First Day for Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9
September 1 - First Day for Gr. K, 7, 8, 10, 11 & 12
September 5 - No School (Labor Day)
September 6 - First day for MEEE Program
 
SCHOOL HOURS

Jacques Memorial School: 8:25 am - 2:45 pm
Heron Pond Elementary School:  8:40 am - 3 pm
Milford Middle School:  7:30 am - 2:10 pm
Milford High School:  7:40 am - 2:12 pm
 
NEW ADMINISTRATORS
 
The Milford  School District administrative team has undergone several changes.
Please welcome the following people to new roles: 
  • Christopher Motika, Assistant Superintendent
  • Keith Jones, MHS Assistant Principal
  • Samantha Belcourt, CTE Director of Technical Studies
  • Don Gutterson, Athletics Director
  • Stephen Capraro, HP Assistant Principal
  • Lilya Perliger, Middle/High Special Services Coordinator
  • Maureen Oakman, Elementary Special Services Coordinator
 
SUGGESTED SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Visit School Supply Lists for Grades 2 to 5 on this page.
 
SCHOOL MEALS

The USDA has ENDED free meals. Due to the discontinuation of the USDA free student lunch and breakfast program,
students who do not qualify for free or reduced lunches will be purchasing lunch and breakfast. If you believe you could
qualify for free or reduced meals please complete a free or reduced meal application here
 
The Milford School District uses the EZSchoolPay school lunch payment system. Parents can make online deposits and
keep up with their students’ lunch balance. It allows the lunch line to move faster so kids can spend more time with their
 
There are changes for this year's meal costs:
 
Breakfast: 
Elementary School - $1.35
Middle School - $1.60
High School - $1.85
 
Lunch:
Elementary School - $2.50
Middle School - $3.00
High School - $3.25
 
PARENT/STUDENT PORTAL
 
The Milford School District uses PowerSchool for its Student Information System (SIS). If you have questions about
PowerSchool,  please contact your child's school. You can also check our PowerSchool FAQs page.
 
The Milford School District is committed towards providing updated information online via our websites for easy
access.  Additional information will continually be added as it becomes available. 
 
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May 9, 2022


MHS Honors 7 Student Athletes

 

Milford, NH - Seven high school senior student athletes are able to take a bow.

 

(From Left to Right) Alyssa Godlewski, Abbey Halloran, Caroline Raiano, Sarah Sawyer, Nick Giordano, Zachary Naun, and Caden Zalenski

(From Left to Right) Alyssa Godlewski, Abbey Halloran, Caroline Raiano, Sarah Sawyer, Nick Giordano, Zachary Naun, and Caden Zalenski
 
To honor the efforts, strengths, and grit of student athletes who have endured rigorous training for years, the MHS Athletics Department handed out the NHIAA 3 Sport Athlete Award to seven seniors.  
 
Award recipients are nominated each year based on criteria which require the high school seniors to participate in an NHIAA sanctioned sport for each season of their high school career. The NHIAA 3 Sport Athlete Award recipients were:

  • Nick Giordano
  • Alyssa Godlewski
  • Abbey Halloran
  • Zachary Naun
  • Caroline Raiano
  • Sarah Sawyer
  • Caden Zalenski
 
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April 14, 2022


Milford School District Embraces Advanced Smart Board Technology

 
This smart board increases student engagement in the classroom.

Milford, NH - To replace the aging smart boards and projectors, the Milford School District has recently adopted a future-oriented smart education solution that improves teaching and learning in our schools. These Viewsonic boards deliver incredible interactive capabilities for 21st century classrooms. Featuring huge touchscreens, ViewBoard displays let multiple users write, edit, and draw onscreen for dynamic presentations and creative brainstorming.  The IT staff are currently working hand-in-hand with the Building and Grounds staff in setting them up in various locations all throughout the school district.

 

 

 

 

 

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March 16, 2022


MHS Hands Out Awards at the End-of-the-Season Banquet


Milford, NH - Our very own Dan DeBernando took the title "Champion of Champions" for this year's Division 2 and State Wrestling. From the MHS Wrestling Awards Banquet held March 16th in the cafeteria, these are photos courtesy of Danielle DeBernardo.

 

Ben Kilgore- Div 2 Wrestling Champion Dan DeBernardo and Ben Kilgore Dan DeBernardo - Div 2 and State Wrestling Champion

Left to Right: Ben Kilgore- Div 2 Wrestling Champion; Dan DeBernardo and Ben Kilgore; Dan DeBernardo - Div 2 and State Wrestling Champion.

 

On Wednesday, March 9th, three awards were handed out during the Boys Basketball Program Awards Banquet at the MHS Cafeteria. Ryon Constable received the Coach Dan Murray Award as well as the Varsity Team - Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award while Alex Christopher received the Reserve Team - Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award.

 

Ryon Constable ( Coach Dan Murray Award ) Alex Christopher ( Reserve Team - Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award ) Ryon Constable ( Varsity Team - Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award )

Left to Right: Ryon Constable ( Coach Dan Murray Award ); Alex Christopher ( Reserve Team - Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award ); Ryon Constable ( Varsity Team - Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award )

 

For the Girls Basketball Awards, student athletes, coaches, family and friends gathered in the cafeteria on Wednesday night, February 23, 2022 .  Plaques, certificates, and Varsity letters were given out to recognize the commitment that all the student athletes have put into the Varsity and Junior Varsity Teams.

 

Varsity Team's recipients of the Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award - Kate Hansen and Bailey  Johnson. Julianna DaLuz and Keely Giordano from the JV Team, recipients of the Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award

Left to Right: Varsity Team's recipients of the Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award - Kate Hansen and Bailey  Johnson; Julianna DaLuz and Keely Giordano from the JV Team, recipients of the Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award.

The Milford Swim team also held its end-of-season awards banquet on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in the MHS Cafeteria. This was a special way to recognize and honor the tremendous effort of the team and the graduating senior class.  Coach Nancy McManus gave out certificates, Varsity letters, and plaques to student-athletes.
 

4 Year Varsity Letter Award winners ( L-R ) : Brady Mitchell, Juliann DeGraffenried, Josh Anderson   Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award recipients : Jasmine Blay, Josh Anderson   Seniors ( L- R ) : Noah McCandless, Brady Mitchell, Juliann DeGraffenried, Josh Anderson

Left to Right:  4 Year Varsity Letter Award winners ( L-R ) : Brady Mitchell, Juliann DeGraffenried, Josh Anderson; Tom Peters State Farm Insurance Character Award recipients : Jasmine Blay, Josh Anderson; Seniors ( L- R ) : Noah McCandless, Brady Mitchell, Juliann DeGraffenried, Josh Anderson.

 

 

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November 23, 2021


Choose Love Bus Tour Stops at Milford School District 


Milford, NH - Choose Love Founder Scarlett Lewis and the Choose Love On the Move bus tour made a productive stop at Milford School District on November 17-19, 2021. The District has successfully implemented Choose Love curriculum across grade levels since last year which fun-filled mini-lessons focus on COURAGE + GRATITUDE + FORGIVENESS + COMPASSION-IN-ACTION.  

 
Choose Love Tour   Choose Love  

Led by Choose Love New Hampshire Director Shannon Delites, the bus tour team members engaged hands-on creative and reflective activities with students at Heron Pond Elementary School and Jacques Memorial School. The teachers, staff, and students had a great time reflecting and celebrating love and community.


How It All Began


Nine years ago, many innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary School were killed in a horrific school shooting.  One of these children was six-year old Jesse Lewis whose mother, Scarlett Lewis, started the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement.  This movement sparked conversations about kindness, compassion and forgiveness in small local communities which later on spread through social and mass media. Throughout these years, Scarlett Lewis has been devoting her time advocating for social-emotional character development learning in schools to empower both children and adults emotionally, mentally, personally, and socially. 


Why Choose Love?


Because essential life skills and tools make students become better learners, more desirable employees and happier, healthier human beings, the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement is committed to getting such training into as many schools around the world as possible for free. In 2018, New Hampshire became the first state to officially adopt and support Choose Love.  


Choose Love is a program for Pre-K through 12th grades, designed to teach students, educators and staff how to choose love in any circumstance thereby creating a safer, more connected school culture. Schools can either teach the lessons in a separate SEL class or weave them into regular academic subjects.  


Choose Love doesn’t track how many schools have embraced its curriculum but it has been downloaded by more than 500 schools in New Hampshire alone, and by countless others in all 50 states and in 111 countries.  The Milford School District therefore recognizes its pivotal role in helping the students to always be kind, be grateful, be courageous, be compassionate, and above all, to Choose Love! 

 


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