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Thursday, March 30, 2017

March 29, 2017 - Superintendent's Update

Posted by Dr. Amy J. Carter, Superintendent in General  |  Post a comment


I hope you are having a great week! I also hope you are planning to join us for the Celebration Parade tonight to honor the MHS Basketball Team, Girls Powerlifting Team, and Academic Team for their recent championships! The Parade begins at Central Office at 5:30 p.m. and concludes on the front lawn of City Hall.

I wanted to provide you with a quick snapshot of previous accomplishments and opportunities to celebrate forthcoming success:

Academic Updates/Models of Excellence

State Assessment:

We have four weeks until the first state testing administration which provides our students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply the knowledge we have provided them over the course of the school year. In other words, “Keep Calm and Stay Focused” in the final weeks as we approach the time to personalize remediation and enrichment for our scholars.

MHS Academic Team:

MHS has another state championship to celebrate! On Saturday, the Meridian High Academic Team won the NAQT State Championship of Mississippi tournament hosted at Itawamba High School! The Wildcat Academic Team defeated hometown rival Lamar School in a thrilling double-overtime final to become the NAQT State Champions! Congratulations to the MHS Academic Team for an outstanding season!

Extra-Curricular/Model School Excellence

PBIS Model School Status:

Congratulations to 12 of our 13 school sites who have accomplished PBIS Model School status. This means our teachers and administrators are leading the way across the state of Mississippi in the area of student behavior. This is also noteworthy recognition for teachers, counselors, students and parents who continue to work so tirelessly to recognize those students who exemplify the positive choices and for the team members who continuously work to provide the necessary supports to students who may not always make the right choices.

Tech Cats:

The MHS Freshman Academy is providing a new experience for students interested in the field of Technology through the Tech Cats Team. Under the supervision of Technology Director Tim Boutwell and Network Technician David Carter, the Tech Cats team includes MHS Freshman Academy students DeVontae Hunter, Edwar Hernandez, Henry Zheng, and Tylan Bell. The students are learning more about computers, technology, and trouble shooting, so that they can assist teachers and students with technology needs at the high school. This team even rebuilt four computers from scratch and installed them in the Ross Collins Child Care classroom for students to use.

Community Excellence

T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School Community Garden:

T.J.  Harris Upper Elementary School partnered with the City of Meridian to break ground on a new community garden recently.  Third grade students will be the keepers of the garden which will feature cherry tomatoes, squash, carrots, snap beans and other produce.

Poplar Springs Elementary Playground Equipment:

Poplar Springs PTA, students, community volunteers, and staff partnered to fundraise for and install new playground equipment at the school. Volunteers spent Friday and Saturday installing the new equipment that should be ready for play very soon.

2017-18 School Calendar


The 2017-18 school calendar has been approved. To view the calendar, please click here. Based on feedback provided by the Teacher Advisory Committee as well as administrators, your voice has been heard. Please note that there will be full days for Parent and Teacher Conferences again and President’s Day remains a holiday. After the Winter Break, teachers will return for Professional Development on Tuesday, January 2. I also want to confirm that our calendar aligns with neighboring school districts and the community college.

PLC Wednesdays

We are looking into the possibility of having early release days for students on Wednesdays so that teachers and administrators can have time for Professional Learning Communities. We are collecting information to determine potential barriers and the structure of the PLC Wednesdays to minimize any hardship this may cause the community. I heard you when you said there were too  many after school meetings that are taking you away from  your family, and I am working hard to make that better. I will update you on the specifics of this option once the details have been worked out and this has been confirmed for the upcoming year. 

Wildcat Wellness

Biggest Loser Challenge:

Congratulations to Kim Hill and Paul Lester for winning the Biggest Loser challenge! It is amazing that our District is over 350 pounds lighter after this short challenge. Congratulations to all of the staff who participated, and I want to encourage you to keep up the good work. Also, special thanks to Wellness Coordinator Arthur Harris and the school and department coordinators for a successful program!

MPSD Biggest Loser Female Kim Hill (left) with MPSD Employee Wellness Coordinator Arthur Harris (right)

MPSD Biggest Loser Male Paul Lester (center) pictured with MPSD Wellness Coordinator Arthur Harris (left) and Northwest Middle School Wellness Coordinator Yesenia Smith (right). 

MPSD Health Fair:

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming employee Health Fair on Monday, April 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the MHS Boys Gym. Coach Harris will be sending out more information on this event soon.

I sincerely appreciate all that you do for our students and District!

Continue Believing in Blue,
Dr. Carter

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