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Key Communicator Newsletter 10.7.11

Key Communicator-October 7, 2011

Welcome Back to School Fling

MPSD Parent Resource Center and Tobacco Free of Lauderdale and Newton County are hosting the Welcome Back to School Fling on Saturday, October 8 at Highland Park, Pavilion number 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a day filled with food, fun, and door prizes!

The special guest is Coach Ken Carter from the movie "Coach Carter." He is the famous high school basketball coach that locked his undefeated, state play-off bound team out of the gym and forced them to hit the books and stop counting on athletic potential as the only ticket out of a tough, inner city life. Coach Carter will speak on the importance of accountability, integrity, teamwork, and leadership to succeed both on and off of the basketball court.

You don't want to miss this! See you Saturday!

MHS Hosts Region III Marching Band Festival

On Saturday, October 8, Meridian High School will host the Region III Marching Band Festival. The MHS Band Boosters are hosting the event along with the Mississippi High School Athletic Association to raise money for the MHS band. Thirty-four bands will be performing, including area schools Southeast Lauderdale, Union, West Lauderdale, Northeast Lauderdale, Enterprise, and Clarkdale. The first band will take the field at 9:30 a.m. The East Mississippi Community College Mighty Lion Band will be the morning performance and Jones County Junior College Maroon Typhoon will present the evening performance. The Wildcat band will end the day by taking the field around 6:45 p.m.

The admission fee is $6, and free parking will be provided on the band practice field. Programs and concessions will be on sale to help raise money for the MHS band to refurbish instruments, purchase new uniforms and drums, cover travel expenses, etc.

Be sure to join us on Saturday, October 8 to support the Wildcat Band!

Crestwood Elementary and Magnolia Middle Celebrate in International Walk to School Day

Crestwood Elementary and Magnolia Middle Schools joined other schools from around the world to celebrate International walk to School Day on October 5, 2011.

Approximately 150 students from Crestwood and 200 Magnolia students walked to school Wednesday along with parents, teachers, and community leaders.

Walk to School Day was established in the U.S. in 1997 to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools, and the broader community.

For the complete details, click here.

Meridian High School Announces Homecoming Court

Meridian High School will celebrate Homecoming the week of October 24-28. The Meridian High Wildcats will host Terry at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 28. The votes have been counted, and representing MHS on the Homecoming Court are:

Freshmen Maids

Freshmen Beaux

Ayanna Baylor

Corey Cole

Traci Bryan

Nathan Gatling

Jasmine Thomas

Joseph Ramia

Kirsten Todd

Jamarcus Smith



Sophomore Maids

Sophomore Beaux

Ashley Ross Chisolm

Kyle Boykin

Katie Glenn

Aaron Garrett

Madeline Griffin

Alex Killingsworth

Mia Pittman

Jerrod Scott



Junior Maids

Junior Beaux

Kajol Champaneri

Qadry Burrage

Laura Huff

Sandy Ferrell

Kendall Knox

Miles Huff

Aisha Robertson

Taylor Lindemann



Senior Maids

Senior Beaux

Shabria Amos

Pieter Both

Brittney Davis

Tavarus Gordon

Jessica DeLeon

Emmanuel Grant

Kelly Evans

Daniel May













Larry Weems Inducted into Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame

Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame honored distinguished former Eagle athletes and coaches with an induction dinner on September 29.

The Meridian Public School District is proud to claim one of these inductees as our very own, Larry Weems. He was a football and track and field standout for the Eagles from 1970 to 1972.

Weems is the head coach of the Meridian High Wildcat football team. He is in his fourth stint with the Meridian Wildcats and claims a 5A state championship title from 2008.

Congratulations Coach Weems!!

Northwest, Oakland Heights, and Parkview Receive Whole Arts Grant

Three of our schools, Northwest Middle School, Oakland Heights Elementary, and Parkview Elementary, have each been awarded a $5000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. These grants are a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission will award in 2011-2012 and will be used to integrate arts into the classroom.

Schools participating in the Whole School Initiative integrate the arts into the core curriculum with the goal of improving student achievement and student engagement. The Whole School Initiative trains teachers through summer institutes, retreats, and on-site training to use movement, music, drama, and visual art to engage students in learning. For example, students might dance a concept in science, use a drawing to illustrate a math concept, or use an art print as a prompt for writing. Visiting artists and arts educators bring the arts into the school to further integrate the arts into the core curriculum.

Congratulations to these schools on a huge accomplishment!

To learn more about the MAC Whole School Initiative, click here.

Come Visit Us!

We have tons of opportunities for you to be involved in our schools, so mark your calendars!

Parkview Elementary MCT2 Fair
Friday, October 7
Parents and students will work together on two areas of the MCT2 math test- Geometry and Data Analysis.

Welcome Back to School Fling
Saturday, October 8 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Highland Park, Pavilion #4
MPSD Parent Resource Center and Tobacco Free of Lauderdale & Newton County are hosting a day filled with food, fun, and door prizes! Special guest is Coach Ken Carter from the movie "Coach Carter." For more information, contact Gretchen Luvene 601-484-3646 or Sabrina Wilson (601) 479-0753.

Region III Marching Band Festival
Saturday, October 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Ray Stadium at Meridian High School
Sponsored by: MHSAA and MHS Band Boosters
Admission: $6
For more information, please contact MHS Band Director Joel Hosey, 601-482-7192.

MPSD Fall Break
Monday and Tuesday, October 10 and 11
Schools will be closed.

Northwest Middle School Basketball Tryouts for 7th and 8th grades

October 12-14 - 4:15 p.m.
Northwest Middle School Gym
For more information, contact Maurice Naylor-

Carver Middle School Science Fair Workshop for Parents
Thursday, October 13th - 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Parents will learn how to help students with science fair projects. All parents that attend will receive a free project board, letters, and supplies.

Poplar Springs Elementary Reading Fair Workshop for Parents
Thursday, October 13 - Noon or 6 p.m.
Presenter: Gena Dye
PSE Library

Northwest Middle School Science Fair Workshop for Parents
Tuesday, October 13 - 5 to 6 p.m.
Northwest Middle School, Room 512

Report Cards
Monday, October 17
Report cards for the first nine weeks will be sent home with students district wide.

Early Dismissal
Tuesday, October 18
Elementary School students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m.
Middle and High School students will be dismissed at 1:10 p.m.

Community-Wide Welcome Event for Dr. Taylor
Hosted by Parents for Public Schools
Tuesday, October 25 - 5:30 p.m.
Dumont Plaza
Join us as we welcome Dr. Alvin Taylor, MPSD Superintendent, and hear his goals and vision for the school district. We will also hear from community leaders about the importance of tutoring, mentoring, and parent involvement, and the role the community plays in those areas.

Northwest Middle School PTO's Fall Festival
Tuesday, October 25 - 5 to 7 p.m.

Parkview Red Ribbon Week Assembly
Wednesday, October 26 - 1 p.m.

T.J. Harris Elementary School Fall Festival
Thursday, October 27 - 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Harris Upper Gym

Northwest Middle School Red Ribbon Week Rally
Friday, October 28 - 2 p.m.
Northwest Auditorium
Guest Speaker: Deputy Ricardo Taylor from Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department

Poplar Springs Elementary PTA's Fall Festival
Saturday, October 29 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Activities include: hay ride, petting zoo, games, inflatables, bake sale, cake walk, toy walk, raffle and more.

Northwest Middle School Selling Old Yearbooks

Northwest found a large supply of old yearbooks dating back to the 1970s. If you are interested in purchasing an old yearbook for $5, please contact the school office at 601-484-4094. All proceeds will go to support the Northwest STAR program which focuses on Safety, Trustworthy, Academics, and Responsibility.

Congratulations to the MHS Wildcats as they are 6-0 going into the Oak Grove football game on Friday night. Come out to Ray Stadium at 7 p.m. to support the Cats!

If you can't make the game, be sure to listen to all of the action on 105.7 The Beat.

MPSD in the News...

Oakland Heights Elementary third graders get new books:

Parkview Elementary students learn about bullying:

Number Three Wildcats Survive Against Tigers:

International Walk to School Day:

Around the District

Be sure to check the MPSD website,, for updates on school events and other district news!

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