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Fall 2016
Fall 2016
Brad Ritchey, Ph.D.

In the past several weeks, I have tried to connect with as many staff members, students, parents/guardians, and community members as possible. As partners, our work is selfless and continuous, going above and beyond to provide the best possible school experience for our children. Across different groups, there is always a consistent message when I have the opportunity to speak with individuals – passion for the Milton-Union Schools and pride for our Bulldogs! Like so many of you, several staff members continue to live in the community, were Milton-Union graduates themselves, and are members of generational families from Laura, Ludlow Falls, Nashville, Potsdam, Union Township, and West Milton. Passion, pride, and respect for one’s beginnings are timeless ideas, and we appreciate the support so many of you continue to show your community school district. I have heard so many of you tell personal stories of how this community has supported and molded you or how you cannot imagine living anywhere else. In fact, many of you have spoken with me about your inner drive to “give back” as much as possible to our current generation of young people attending Milton-Union Schools.

Of course, our students inspire us! Our fall athletic programs have experienced great success! Student-athletes and teams continue to improve, grow, and succeed during this fall season. Musically and artistically, the Milton-Union Band of Pride qualified for state competition yet again, and our Show Choir has been practicing tirelessly for what will be an AMAZING performance! I am proud to see athletes in our Show Choir and Marching Band. Similarly, I love that members of our Future Farmers of America and Business Professionals of America not only learn leadership lessons through their associations but also by their participation in other student activities, athletics, and the arts. In short, our children are busy and extensively involved.
Most importantly, in the short time I have been here, I have seen individual children come to learn one of the more important life lessons – work ethic matters! Although competitive success is important, one’s education and participation in music and co-curricular programs, visual and performing arts, interscholastic athletics, academic clubs, and student activities are the training grounds for developing solid work habits. We are raising children with so many wonderful opportu-nities to compete, perform, grow, and learn! When you have the opportunity to do so, complement your children when you see them work hard!
As newer members of this community, my family and I were touched by stories of how our community has drawn together in times of celebration as well as supporting one another through more difficult circumstances. We are proud to become part of these traditions and enduring values, and we are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of Milton-Union staff members, students, parents/guardians, and community partners. I continue to deeply appreciate and remain humbled by your support of this school district and its young people.