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December 1, 2011

Key Communicator - December 1, 2011

One of Our Very Own is a Published Author!

MPSD Behavior Specialist, Lindsey Joiner, recently authored and published a book called The Big Book of Therapeutic Ideas for Children and Teens. It was released Nov. 1 and is available on Amazon.

Congratulations Lindsey! We are so proud of you!


MHS Concert Choir to present annual Christmas Concert

The MHS Concert Choir, along with the Freshmen Choir and choirs from Northwest and Carver Middle Schools, will present their annual Christmas Concert on Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium.

The concert will be feature a selection of Christmas songs that will include: Come and See the Baby, Gloria, Gesu Bambino, When You are Singing, Joy to the World, Silent Night, and Agnus Dei.

There will also be skits presented by the MHS Drama Club and art displays from the MHS Visual Arts Department.

For a complete list of choir members, click here.

Congratulations to the Meridian Wildcat Football Team!

The Meridian High School Wildcat Football team had an excellent year! With a 13-1 record, they showed hard work, dedication, teamwork, and outstanding talent! We appreciate their hard work, and we would like to thank them for representing MHS and the city of Meridian so well!

Northwest Middle School STAR Students

Northwest Middle Schools has 292 STAR students for the first nine weeks! The STAR program focuses on safety, trustworthiness, academics, and responsibility.


There are different levels of the STAR program:

5 STAR students have straight A’s and no office referrals

4 STAR students have A’s and B’s and less than two office referrals

3 STAR students have A’s, B’s, and C’s and less than 3 office referrals

*Unexcused absences or out-of-school suspensions automatically disqualify students

To honor these students for their hard work and good behavior, the community generously sponsors events to celebrate the students. To celebrate the first nine weeks the 3 STAR students will have a pizza party, 4 STAR students had a skating party, and 5 STAR students are being treated to a limo ride to Weidmann’s Restaurant for lunch!

Way to go Northwest STAR students!!

On a Positive Note…

Don’t forget to check out Dr. Taylor’s blog “On a Positive Note…” each month!

Click here to see the latest entry.


Wildcat Players are Selling Custom Wreaths

The Wildcat Players (MHS Theatre Group) are selling custom wreaths. These would make wonderful Christmas presents!

The wreath can be made to support any school in Meridian and the surrounding area as well as several colleges: USM, MSU, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida State, Alabama, and Auburn.

The cost of the wreath is $50, and it takes one week to produce. Click here to see a sample!

To purchase a wreath, please contact Elizabeth Thomas-Hines at

Come Visit Us!

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

Oakland Heights Elementary Christmas Compassion Drive
Now - Friday, December 16
Students will bring spare change to their homeroom classrooms to raise money to help a family in need this Christmas. The homeroom with the most change collected will have a cupcake party.

Magnolia Middle Talent Show Auditions
Thursday, December 1 – 4:15 p.m.
Magnolia Auditorium 

Carver Middle PTO Meeting
Thursday, December 1 – 6 p.m.
The Band and Chorus will perform.

West Hills Elementary Literacy Night
Thursday, December 1 – 5:30 p.m.
3rd through 5th grades

Magnolia Middle Student Council Meeting
Friday, December 2 – 7:30 a.m.
Magnolia Library

Ross Collins Career & Technical Center Hosts National Auto Diesel College Representatives
Friday, December 2 – 8:30 a.m.
National Auto Diesel College representatives will speak to Auto Body/Repair and Auto Mechanics students.

T.J. Harris Elementary Kindergarten Parents Meeting
Friday, December 2 – 9:30 a.m. 

Poplar Springs Elementary Mithril Performance
Friday, December 2 – 2 p.m.
Meridian Symphony Orchestra guest artist, Mithril (Celtic group), will performance for 3rd through 5th grade students in the auditorium.

Meridian High School Christmas Choir Concert
Monday, December 5 – 7 p.m.
MHS Auditorium
The annual Christmas Concert will be presented by the MHS Concert Choir along with the Freshmen Choir and choirs from Northwest and Carver Middle Schools. The Concert Choir will be singing a selection of Christmas songs that will include: Come and See the Baby, Gloria, Gesu Bambino, When You are Singing, Joy to the World, Silent Night, and Agnus Dei. There will also be skits presented by the MHS Drama Club and art displays from the MHS Visual Arts Department.

Magnolia Middle Band and Chorus Concert
Monday, December 5 – 6 p.m.
Magnolia Auditorium 

Magnolia Middle Science Fair
Tuesday, December 6

Northwest Middle Christmas Band Concert
Tuesday, December 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Northwest Auditorium 

Carver Middle Reading Fair
Wednesday, December 7
Projects are due by Monday, December 5. 

T.J. Harris Elementary Reading Fair
Wednesday, December 7
Projects are due by Friday, December 2.

Meridian High Subject Area Testing Program Parent Fair
Wednesday, December 7 – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
R. D. Harris Building (9th grade building)
If you are the parent of a 9-12 grade student, this is for you! We will provide information to parents that will aid in preparing students to pass state tested subject areas: Biology I, Algebra I, English II, and U.S. History. For more information contact Mr. Neal at Meridian High School 601-482-3191. Refreshments will be provided. 

MPSD Christmas Lunch with Parents
Thursday, December 8 – Times will vary according to school
Students will invite parents for a traditional Christmas meal.
-Poplar Springs Elementary- Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 5th grade
-Parkview Elementary- 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades
-Oakland Heights Elementary- 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades
-Crestwood Elementary- Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade
-Magnolia Middle- 6th, 7th, and 8th grades
-T.J. Harris Elementary- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades 

Oakland Heights Elementary Reading Fair
Friday, December 9
Oakland Heights Auditorium


Poplar Springs Elementary “The ABC’s of Christmas”
Friday, December 9- 10:30 am
The first grade students will present an arts integrated program including music, drama, dance, and visual arts as they share "The ABC's of Christmas.” 

MPSD Second Nine Weeks Common Assessments
Monday, December 12 through Friday, December 16 

Crestwood Elementary PTO Meeting
Tuesday, December 13 – 6 p.m.


Carver Middle Band Concert
Wednesday, December 14th -6:30 p.m.
MHS Auditorium 

Northwest Middle PTO Christmas Banquet
Wednesday, December 14– 6 p.m.
Frank Cochran Center 

Meridian High School Spring Musical Auditions
Thursday, December 15 – after school
The Spring musical is Philadelphia Chickens which is a performance version of the popular children's book by the same name. 

T.J. Harris Elementary PTO Meeting
Thursday, December 15 – 6 p.m.


Oakland Heights Elementary PTO Holiday Program and Potato Supper Fundraiser
Monday, December 19 – 6 p.m.
Oakland Heights Auditorium
The students will present a holiday program followed by a brief PTO meeting. The baked potato supper will follow. Play admission: $1; potato supper: $5. All proceeds will go to the PTO which provides activities and supports the students and teachers at Oakland Heights. 


Carver Middle Holiday Dance
Monday, December 19th – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Carver Cafeteria
Students must earn a minimum of 25 Accelerated Reader points by November 30 to be eligible to attend. 

Crestwood Elementary Behavior Bash “White Christmas”
Monday, December 19
Students that did not receive a discipline referral for the second nine weeks are invited to the Behavior Bash which includes a DJ, pictures, and Christmas dance.

Magnolia Middle Talent Show
Monday, December 19


Parkview Elementary Christmas Open House
Monday, December 19 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parents are invited to the Christmas Open House. Teachers will have the student’s artwork on display in the classrooms, and the PTO will serve refreshments. Teachers will also recognize parents for their support this year.


Poplar Springs Elementary 26th Annual Giving Feast
Tuesday, December 20- 9 a.m.
Poplar Springs Elementary students and staff will celebrate the 26th annual "Giving Feast" with music, drama, and dancing. This is a culminating event for a month long collection of toys and bikes for Wesley House. The generosity of PSE students will be revealed as the Wesley House Executive Director Ginger Stevens will be on hand to accept gifts of toys and bikes. This is an especially heartwarming event as students "see" the abundance of toys that they have collected for needy children in our area.


MPSD Christmas Break
Wednesday, December 21 through Wednesday, January 4
The last day for of school for students will be Tuesday, December 20, and they will return on Thursday, January 5. Merry Christmas!!



MPSD in the News…

Two Ross Collins students honored by EMBDC

Reminiscing at the Ray- 3 Part Special on Ray Stadium

Poplar Springs Elementary Salutes Veterans

Around the District


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