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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

February 26, 2017 - Superintendent's Update

Posted by Dr. Amy J. Carter, Superintendent in General  |  Comments (4)

I hope everyone had a restful weekend! Mardi Gras, Community Cookouts, and the Meridian Children’s Museum were just a few of the events that took place over the weekend!

I am excited to celebrate the following accomplishments this past week in MPSD - 

Academic Excellence:

  • Congratulations to Mr. Michael Clymer and our MHS Academic Team on another quiz bowl tournament win and trophy for the MHS Academic Team! For the second week in a row, the Wildcat Academic Team won a big trophy—this time the team won 3rd Place at the University of Mississippi Academic Invitational Tournament.  This is one of the largest quiz bowl tournaments in the state, with 48 teams competing from Mississippi and Tennessee.  Meridian High School was the only Mississippi public school to reach the semifinals—and the only team that defeated the eventual champion (St. Andrew’s Episcopal)—at this tournament.  This was another awesome performance by Meridian High! A-Team members were Silas Clymer, Caleb Harper, Muhammad Javed, Ben McMahan, and Kelly Bator.  The MHS B-Team also did well at the tournament, reaching their bracket quarterfinals.  B-Team members were James Pruitt, Logan Nave, Audra Robinson, Adam Zuchowski, and Jenna Abel.  These students have already put together a truly remarkable season, and still have one more quiz bowl tournament remaining (in March).  Great job, Wildcats!!  

MHS Academic Team

  • Congratulations to Alyriea Davis for joining the Principal's Millionaires Club at Oakland Heights Elementary School. Alyriea has read over 1,000,000 words so far this year. Oakies are Readers! 

Alyriea Davis pictured with Oakland Heights Principal Barbara Young

  • Robert Powell and Ethan Clopton joined the ranks of the 30 point ACT club at MHS! Way to model academic excellence!

Beyond the Classroom Excellence:

A special thanks to all of the MPSD schools for hosting excellent programs during Black History Month. Our schools hosted essay and art contests as well as dynamic, arts-integrated programs during the month, and we are so proud of the extra effort each school put in to make those programs successful. The middle schools also hosted “Shaking Hands with Your Future” events to allow students to meet and shake hands with local leaders in professions in which they may be interested.

Community Excellence:

The Mississippi Children’s Museum - Meridian, the Meridian Lauderdale County Public Library, and the Junior Auxiliary of Meridian partnered with Mr. Booth, Northwest Principal as the Cat in the Hat, to host a successful Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Celebration.

Justus Booth, Northwest Middle School Principal, is pictured in the center as Cat in the Hat with the Meridian Lauderdale County Library Staff at the Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. 

Extra Curricular Excellence:

  • The MHS Basketball Team continues to excel with a win against Gulfport last week. The Wildcats will take on Tupelo this Saturday at 12 p.m. at Jackson State University. Go Cats!!  

  • Ross Collins Teacher Academy students recently competed in the Educators Rising State Competition held in Jackson, and our students took two first and one second place finishes! Great job, aspiring teachers!

Standards Studies  (PLC) Excellence:

  • Teachers, I want to personally thank you for the many sacrifices you make to attend the Standards Studies sessions. I hear great things are taking place in the areas of collaboration, deeper understanding of the standards, and networking as it relates to sharing ideas, resources, and enhance planning for overall student success! Please know that your hard work in this area is not going unnoticed.
  • Special thanks to MHS Freshman Academy teachers Christine Beeker, Quade Goble, and Jamie Buxton for sharing an overview of the Leader in Me program recently with the District Leadership Team. The MHS Freshman Academy team is exploring this as an option to strengthen students’ exposure to leadership and character building opportunities. 

Superintendent’s Schedule:

  • Monthly parent meeting with the Meridian Housing Authority Resident Advisory Board to discuss ways to strengthen parental engagement and partnerships in our schools.

  • Superintendent’s Academy – I will attend the final session of training with 25 other superintendents throughout the state.

What’s Ahead this Week:

Our middle school principals are meeting with a Project Lead the Way representative, MPSD Technology Director Tim Boutwell, and Ross Collins Career and Technical Center Director Rob Smith to participate in an overview of Robotics and Automation as a course to be considered for the upcoming year.

Wednesday, March 1

  • 3rd Nine Weeks Common Assessments
  • Oakland Heights Elementary Choir students tour MHS
  • West Hills Elementary School March Madness Kick-Off of School Reading Competition

Thursday, March 2

  • 3rd Nine Weeks Common Assessments
  • T.J. Harris Lower Elementary Hosts Head Start Visit & Celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
  • Oakland Heights Elementary Schools 5th Grade Fish Fry
  • T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School AR Celebration
  • Crestwood Elementary School Hosts Read Across Meridian Day
  • Parkview and Poplar Springs Celebrate Read Across America Day
  • 7:30 a.m. – MHS Student Government Officers Meeting
  • 12:15 p.m. – T.J.  Harris Upper Elementary Schools Hosts “Oh the Places You will Go” Career Day
  • 1:00 p.m. – West Hills Elementary School Family Literacy Day
  • 6:00 p.m. – Music In Our Schools Month Concert at Meridian High School featuring choirs from the Elementary, Middle, and High Schools

Friday, March 3

  • 3rd Nine Weeks Common Assessments
  • Poplar Springs Kindergarten & First Grade students along with West Hills Second Grade students will attend the MSU Riley Center’s production of The Cat and the Hat
  • Magnolia Middle School 8th Graders will learn about the MS Scholars Program
  • 7:30 a.m. – MHS Juniors Student Government Officers Meeting
  • 9:00 a.m. – Oakland Heights Elementary School will receive 500 books to be distributed to students from the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women
  • 10:30 a.m. – Poplar Springs Elementary School’s First Grade Grandparent’s Day Program


Comments on "February 26, 2017 - Superintendent's Update"

3/1/2017 10:09:20 PM CST

1. Amy Carter said...

Greetings Charlotte, thank you for sharing your talent and passion for learning with the children of our city. It was great to see several community partners share in the Dr Suess celebration. I may have to borrow that outfit next year:) Continue to believe in Blue!!


3/1/2017 12:38:32 PM CST

2. Amber Morgan said...

The Meridian Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi is so happy that we were able to secure the book grant of 500 new books for the students at Oakland Heights Elementary!  Our Lead>Read>Achieve program helps promote literacy efforts to children all across the United States, so we are super proud to watch it help children in our own community!  Thank you for working so hard with our future leaders.  So sorry I can't make it to the event on Friday, but I will be there in spirit!

3/1/2017 10:52:39 AM CST

3. Charlotte Tabereaux, Ph.D. said...

THANK YOU for not putting the picture of US at the library on Saturday!  You and the others looked great at the Dr. Seuss Birthday Party!  However, I looked HORIBLE in my costume and am thrilled that you used a BETTER picture!  :-)

3/1/2017 10:50:36 AM CST

4. Charlotte Tabereaux, Ph.D. said...

Good morning, Amy,
It is REFRESHING and a great way to start my day when I get to read about all of the wonderful accomplishments of our school district!  Thank you so much for including me in the newsletters and for allowing me to work in partmership with you and your schools.  I am very proud to believe and bleed BLUE!! :-)

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