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November 3, 2011

Key Communicator - November 3, 2011

MHS Academic Team Takes First Place

The Academic Teams from Meridian High School recently competed at the Itawamba Invitational Tournament in North Mississippi.

The Wildcat A Team won first place, and the Wildcat B Team won third place in the B-team division.

The A Team was led by captain Daniel May, and the B Team was led by captain Kelly Offenberger. Hats off to all the Academic Team members for a great job!

These students represented Meridian High School extremely well, and we are very proud of them!

To see pictures of the teams, click here.


Gloria Johnson Named NEA Classroom Superhero

Gloria Johnson, Art teacher at Magnolia Middle School, was named as a Classroom Superhero in the fall 2011 issue of the National Education Association magazine, NEA Today.

To read the full article, click here.

Congratulations to Ms. Johnson!

MHS Band Scores Superior!

In October, the Meridian High School marching band scored a superior rating in all categories for their show, "A Taste of Latin Jazz," at three band competitions- West Jones Marching Classic, MHSAA Region III Marching Festival, and Chunky River Band Classic. The Wildcat Band has received 12 trophies overall for their 2011 contest show. 

The band is under the direction of Joel Hosey, Amber Roland, Andrew Pryor, Antonio Altman, and percussion instructor, Damon Barnes.


To read more, click here.

MHS Literary Pumpkin Project 

For the seventh year, students in Shauna Waters AP English Class created a pumpkin decorated/carved to look like a major character from a well-known literary work. Students could choose from any work of AP-quality literature.


The purpose of the project was to get students to look at works of classical literature and their favorite characters in greater depth and to encourage other students to read those works as well. 

Completed pumpkin projects were displayed in the MHS Library. MHS Faculty and staff voted on their favorite project in the categories of Most Creative Use of Materials, Most Unique Character, and Best Overall.


Click here to see the winning creations! 

The Wildcat

The fall issue of the Meridian High School student newspaper, The Wildcat, has been published! It is packed full of great articles.

Click here to check out the online edition!

November’s Visual Art Students of the Month at Meridian High School

The following students were selected for their outstanding work:
Santrice Collier – Art I
Lakia Collins– Art II
Simone Lanier – Ceramics
Tobias Griffin – Drawing I
Lee Creighton – Painting I
Kristin Smith – Photography
Rodriques Warren – AP Studio Art

MHS Homecoming Court

This past Friday night, Brittany Davis was crowned MHS Homecoming Queen during half-time of the football game. The night before, during the annual Homecoming parade, Emmanuel Grant was crowned Homecoming King. Click here to read more about the 2011 King and Queen.

To see the full Homecoming Court, click here.

Do you have books you would like to donate?

The English II teachers at Meridian High School are trying to fill their classrooms with current books for the students to check out. If you have current books you would like to donate, please contact Melody Pennington by email at

Come Visit Us!

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


Oakland Heights Fall Festival
Friday, November 4 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oakland Heights PTO Meeting and Literacy Night
Monday, October 7 – 6 p.m.
Oakland Heights Auditorium


Poplar Springs Elementary Veteran’s Day Program
Tuesday, November 8 – 9:30 a.m.
The program will be held in front of the school – 4101 27th Avenue. Poplar Springs students will place flags that they have purchased in honor of veterans or active military in the boulevard in front of the school. Each flag will have a yellow ribbon tied to it with the name of the person it is honoring and their branch of service or name of war in which they served. If you are interested in purchasing a flag for $1, please call Poplar Springs Elementary at 601-484-4450. 

Northwest Middle School Reading Fair
Wednesday, November 9
Reading Fair projects are due no later than November 7.


Parkview Elementary School Reading Fair Workshop for Parents
Thursday, November 10 – 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

Oakland Heights Thanksgiving Lunch
Thursday, November 10
Parents of Pre-K through 2nd grade students are invited to attend. The cost will be $3 per adult.


Parkview Elementary School Thanksgiving Lunch
Thursday, November 10
Parents of Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students are invited to attend. 

Poplar Springs Elementary Thanksgiving Lunch
Thursday, November 10
Students in grades 1, 2, and 4 will invite family members to come to the school for Thanksgiving lunch. 

T.J. Harris Thanksgiving Lunch
Thursday, November 10
Pre-K, SPED, Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th grades will be participating. 

T.J. Harris Elementary Reading Fair Workshop for Parents
Thursday, November 10 – 2 to 4 p.m.
Grades K-2 will be in the Lower Campus Library
Grades 3-5 will be in the Upper Campus Library
The Reading Fair Workshop is a partnership between the MPSD Parent Resource Center and T.J. Harris Elementary. Parents will learn how to help their child with the Reading Fair project, and receive free supplies!


Crestwood Pizza with the Principal
Friday, October 11 – 2 p.m.

Students will be recognized for their Random Acts of Kindness.


Northwest Middle School PTO Meeting
Tuesday, November 15 - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Poplar Springs Elementary “Carnival of Animals”
Wednesday, November 16
PreK-2nd grades- 9 a.m.
3-5th grades- 10:30 a.m.
MS Puppet Theatre will present "Carnival of Animals" for all PSE students in the auditorium.


Progress Reports
Thursday, November 17
All MPSD students will receive a progress report.


Northwest Middle School Fall Festival
Thursday, November 17- 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Join us for food, games, and prizes! Armbands are $6. 

Poplar Springs Elementary PTA Meeting
Thursday, November 17 – 6 p.m.

Poplar Springs Elementary Auditorium


West Hills Elementary DEAR
Friday, November 18 – 2:20 p.m.

Community members and students will “Drop Everything and Read” at West Hills.


Magnolia Middle School Reading Fair
Friday, November 18

Magnolia Middle School Turkey Trot
Friday, November 18
The Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk for Magnolia students. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and each age-division winner will receive a frozen turkey!


Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 21 through Friday, November 25

All MPSD schools will be closed for Thanksgiving Break.


Poplar Springs Elementary MCT2 Parent Workshop
Tuesday, November 29 - Noon or 6 pm
PSE Library
Parents will have the opportunity to gather information about the MCT2 for 3-5th grade students, the MS 4th Grade Writing Assessment, and the 5th Grade Science Test. There will be door prizes!


Northwest Middle School Science Fair Judging
Wednesday, November 30
Science Fair Projects are due no later than November 28.


Parkview Elementary Reading Fair
Wednesday, November 30 

MPSD in the News…

WTOK-School Counts comes to MHS


Meridian Star-MPSD Teacher traveled to Germany with TOP


Impact Newspaper-Phil Hardin Grant


MS Business Journal- Phil Hardin Grant


WTOK-MHS Homecoming


Meridian Star- MHS Homecoming


WTOK-MHS College Day


WTOK-Step Up! Sign Up!


Congratulations to the Mighty Wildcats – 10-0!!

Be sure to join us at Ray Stadium this Friday night at 7 p.m. as the Wildcats take on Forest Hill.

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

Around the District


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


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