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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 20, 2017 - Superintendent’s Update

Posted by Dr. Amy J. Carter, Superintendent in General  |  Comments (2)

Week in Review:

Wow! What a Week for MPSD! The following are a few highlights celebrating accomplishments throughout the district.

Check out this week's highlights in the photo gallery by clicking here

School Board Member Recognition Week:

  • Special thanks to the MPSD Board of Trustees for your service and commitment to our teachers, students and overall community! Last weekend, the school board members and I attended Visioning Training. We are excited about the training to strengthen our support of our school district as we prepare our students for life beyond high school. Did you know this year’s Pre-kindergarten students will graduate in the year 2030? Our question will be - have we properly prepared them for their future?

  • Also many board members visited schools and participated in various events throughout the district, including:

             -Board and Superintendent Training,
             -Dr. Lyons assisted with the heart screenings for Teachers at MHS,
             -Rev. Maust provided training and hand-crafted materials to fourth grade students at T.J. Harris Upper Elementary               regarding the importance of angles,
             -Mr. Vanveckhoven offered business advice at the PSE College & Career Fair, and
             -Rev. Gary Houston provided the closing charge at the Faith Based Advisory Committee Meeting.

Academic Excellence:

  • The Meridian High Academic Team has won another championship!  At the Madison Central Quiz Bowl Tournament on Saturday, the Wildcat Academic Team brought home the first place trophy by defeating Clinton High School in the semifinals and Jackson Prep in the finals.  This is the second tournament that the Academic Team has won so far this year.  Standout seniors Silas Clymer and Caleb Harper once again led the team to this impressive victory.  The A-Team on Saturday also included seniors Muhammad Javed and Kelly Bator.  Congratulations to these students for achieving another great accomplishment for Meridian High School!!! 

  • Caver Middle School eighth grade Science students created a museum focused on Earth Science to help fifth grade student become more knowledgeable about phases of the moon, layers of the earth, the planets, stars, and galaxies. Mrs. Amanda Shadwick - way to make learning interactive for your students and for providing students with opportunities to demonstrate leadership and understanding of concepts! 

  • Ross Collins DECA students had an excellent showing at the State DECA Competition as well. Ross Collins student Kalyan McCoy was elected to serve as District IV Vice President, and four students earned top spots in the competition making them eligible to compete at Nationals in April.  

Extra-Curricular Excellence:

  • Congratulations to our Boys Basketball Team for earning the Region 5- 6A Championship in a victory over Oak Grove Friday night.

  • Another spotlight of congratulations goes to our Girls Powerlifting Team for placing 1st in the District Powerlifting Meet hosted by Oak Grove. Of the 12 MHS girls that competed, all 12 earned a first, second, or third place finish!

  • Last but certainly not least, is our Ninth Grade Boys Basketball Team. Congratulations to Coach Tony Tadlock and his staff for demonstrating four years of excellence on the court! 

Excellence Beyond the Classroom:

  • Special thanks to Poplar Springs Elementary School for hosting its first Elementary Career and College Day.

  • West Hills REAL Mentoring Program – For the past few weeks, Coach Liddell, along with school administration, has hosted sessions for our young men to meet leaders in our community.

  • Also, special thanks to those schools that hosted Valentine Dances and Pageants as a means of getting parents and students engaged beyond the classroom. 

Community Excellence:

  • Faith Based Community Breakfast: This past week, we were honored to host our first Faith Based Committee Breakfast. We had close to 40 participants brainstorm about ways we can strengthen our community partnerships. We are excited about the active role our faith based community is taking to assist us as we strive for academic excellence and collective support for our students, teachers, and families. Looking forward to strengthening our partnership in this area. 

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Survey:

  • Special thanks to the 177 teachers who provided feedback on the survey. I read each of the comments and want to thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. One thing that was loud and clear is we did not choose the profession for the money. We chose it for the impact we can have on students and our love for Meridian. As a result of the information you shared, a committee of leaders met and devised a recruitment and retention plan. Many of the ideas you noted were considered as the team devised the plan. Two advancements: New teachers can earn loan forgiveness and there is an available hosting allowance for new teachers moving to the area. We are still researching other opportunities to strengthen our retention efforts. 

Superintendent’s Itinerary:

  • I am honored to be sharing the work of MPSD in the area of student behavior at the University of South Florida’s Appreciative Inquiry Conference.

  • Also this week, I will be hosting our monthly administrators Leadership 52 meetings strategic planning meetings. 

Upcoming Events:

Monday, February 20 –

  • 5:00 p.m. - MHS Freshman Academy Parent Session

Tuesday, February 21-

  • 8:30 a.m. - Poplar Springs Elementary School First Grade visit from MCC Dental Program
  • 10:45 a.m. – MHS Mascot Practice
  • MHS Freshman Singers Compete in MHSAA District Contest
  • MHS Varsity Girls Cheerleading Tryouts

Wednesday, February 22-

  • 7:30 a.m. – MHS F.I.S.H. Club Meeting
  • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - MHS Hosts Get2College FAFSA Day
  • Poplar Springs Hosts Storyteller and Visiting Artist Terrence Roberts in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First grades
  • Poplar Springs Elementary School 5th Graders Tour Ross Collins

Thursday, February 23-

  • 2:00 p.m. – Northwest Middle School Black History Month Program
  • 4:00 p.m. – MHS Mascot Tryouts
  • Carver Middle School PTO Meeting & Black History Month Program
  • T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School Black History Month Program

Friday, February 24-

  • 9:00 a.m. – Oakland Heights Any Given Child
  • 4:00 p.m. – MHS Varsity Cheerleading Tryouts
  • Crestwood Elementary PBIS Event
  • Poplar Springs Elementary PBIS Celebration
  • Poplar Springs Elementary School $1 Blue Jean Day
  • T.J. Harris Lower Elementary PBIS Celebration
  • T. J. Harris Upper Elementary Pasta for Pennies Ends
  • T.J. Harris Upper Elementary Nacho Sale & $1 Blue Jean Day
  • West Hills Elementary School Black History Month Program
  • West Hills Elementary Pennies for Patients Ends
  • Oakland Heights Pennies for Patients Ends

Special thanks to each of you for the many sacrifices you make for our students each day! Have an amazing week! 

Comments on "February 20, 2017 - Superintendent’s Update"

2/23/2017 1:30:31 PM CST

1. Shanda said...

Love the blog.

2/23/2017 11:52:57 AM CST

2. Chip Cowsert said...

Excellent stuff, Dr. Carter.  I've been so impressed by the MPSD team members that I've gotten to meet since moving here this December.  Thankful for all of you.

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