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Key Communicator Newsletter 1.18.12

Key Communicator-January 18, 2012

Carver Students Shine in MCC’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay and Art Contest

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Meridian Community College held an essay and art contest. The Meridian Public School District is pleased to announce that our Carver students took top honors in these contests! Our students were honored on January 12, 2012, at the annual celebration, and essay contest winner, Asryia Grayson, read her essay to all in attendance. We are so proud of these students!

Essay Contest Winners:

Asryia Grayson - 1st

Jahnita Williams - 2nd

Ashley Moton - Honorable Mention

Art contest winners:

Coutney Smith - 1st

Anastassia Nicholas - 2nd

TaDarius Williams- 3rd

To see pictures from the event, click here.

Meridian High School Boasts Ten Scholastic Art Award Winners

The Scholastic Art Awards have been celebrated for 88 years as a unique presence in the nation’s classrooms by identifying and documenting outstanding achievements of young artists. Meridian High School has had another significant showing this year with 14 winning pieces of artwork: two Silver Key and twelve Honorable Mention representing ten of the school’s art students. Three MHS teachers submitted their student work for the judging: Steve Westbrook, Jamie Lee Williams, and Marsha Iverson.

The Mississippi Museum of Art hosts the Mississippi Regional Competition each year, and students from middle, junior high, and senior high schools from across the state participate in the competition. More than 2,000 entries are judged by a panel of judges over a course of several days in a wide variety of categories: painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, graphic design, animation, and textile fiber design, as well as art and photography portfolios. In this search, judges look for originality, skill and technique, and evidence of the emergence of a personal/artistic vision and style. All Silver Key and Gold Key winners are on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson from February 4 until April 15, 2012 when all awards will be presented to the students. Honorable mention artwork is on display in the MHS library.

The following Meridian High School students received awards in the Mississippi Regional Art competition:

Sedenya Kiara Burnside - painting, Silver Key; painting, Honorable mention
Taylor L. Williams - digital art, Silver Key; painting, Honorable mention
Paige Bajus - Ceramics & Glass, Art, Honorable Mention
Gabriel Cole - Drawing, Honorable Mention
Rashanda Conner - Painting, Art, Honorable Mention
Pierre Dunigan - Painting, Honorable Mention
Joseph Goldman - Drawing, Honorable Mention
Jerome Hodge - Drawing, Honorable Mention (3)
Manpreet Singh - Digital Art, Honorable Mention
Enriquez Swift – Fashion, Honorable Mention

Congratulations to these students and teachers! Click here to see a picture of the award winners.

Wildcat Band Selected for Inaugural Parade

“The Greatest Band in All the Land," Meridian High School, was one of 25 high school and college bands selected to march in the Governor's Inaugural Parade which will take place on Saturday, January 21. The newly elected Governor Phil Bryant hand-picked the bands to represent the state, and the Wildcat band is extremely excited and proud to be a part of this prestigious event. Among the bands selected are: University of Southern Mississippi, Brandon High School, Jones County Junior College, Olive Branch High School, Pearl High School, University of Mississippi, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and Mississippi State University.

Congratulations Wildcats!

Arts Integration at Parkview Elementary

Parkview Elementary recently hosted a Puppet Arts Theatre production of “Peter and the Wolf.”

Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" is an exciting way to introduce children to classical music and puppetry. The world-famous musical tale has been performed often, but very rarely using the unique Czech black theatre technique. This complex but stunning style of presentation allows complete freedom of movement for the almost-life-size puppets who interact on stage with a real-life narrator to create a feel of a big screen animated cartoon.

This performance was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

MHS Wildcat Players Ranked ‘Excellent’ at the MS Theatre Association North State Festival

The Meridian High School Theatre group, Wildcat Players, received the mark of ‘Excellent’ at the MTA North State Drama Festival for their performance of Tennessee Williams' play “This Property is Condemned” during the first weekend in December.

Cast Members:

Emma Reeves as Willie

Alex Ricks as Tom

Ashley "Pearl" Reynolds - lights

LaQuanda Harvey - hair/makeup

Aubrey Williams - hair/makeup

Chance Anderson - crew

William Griffin - crew

Cast Member Emma Reeves was selected as part of the ‘All Star’ cast as well!

Congratulations to the Wildcat Players! For pictures from the festival, click here.

Carver Middle School Band Student Chosen for Mississippi Bandmasters State Band Clinic

Congratulations to Clayton Keeton, a Carver Middle School trumpeter, who was chosen to perform at the Mississippi Bandmasters State Band Clinic in Natchez, MS. Clayton traveled with the Meridian Band staff and three other students to audition and perform with band students from across the state on December 7 through 10. Carver Band Director Amber Roland says "Clayton represented his band and the school very well during our trip to State Band Clinic. I am very proud of this young man, and I am excited to watch him grow as a musician as he prepares to audition for the high school band in May 2012."

Carver Middle School Band Gives to Love’s Kitchen

In the spirit of Good King Wenceslas, the Carver Middle School Band chose to sponsor a local charity as they prepared for their Christmas performances this December. Final donations of canned goods and various pantry items were organized at the conclusion of their December 14th Christmas Concert. With the help of band students and Carver faculty, the Band was excited to donate approximately 100 cans and 14 bags of rice/beans to Love's Kitchen.

Ross Collins Teacher Academy Featured in MSU Research and Curriculum Unit’s 2010-11 Magazine

The Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit’s 2010-11 Annual Report featured an article entitled “The Teacher Academy: Growing teachers for Mississippi’s Schools.” The Teacher Academy at Ross Collins Career and Technical Center was featured in the article with quotes from the RCCTC Director Terry Moore and Teacher Academy Instructor Laurel Rigdon.

We are proud of the work you are doing at the Teacher Academy! Congratulations!

To read the complete article, click here.

Come Visit Us!

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

Carver Middle Project ALERT Program

Tuesday, January 19

6th grade

The Project ALERT Program is presented by Weems Community Mental Health Center and East Mississippi State Hospital as part of a federal grant. The two-year program focuses on teaching youth how to say “no” to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The program starts on January 17 and will continue on January 19, 24, 26, and 31.


Crestwood Elementary Awards Program

Thursday, January 19
Pre-K through 2nd grade- 8:30 a.m.

3rd through 5th grade- 9:30 a.m.


Ross Collins DECA District Competition

Thursday, January 19

Jones County Junior College


Ross Collins Tour

Friday, January 20

Northwest Middle School students will tour the Ross Collins Career and Technical Center


T.J. Harris Elementary

Monday, January 23

Science Fair Projects Due


T.J. Harris Elementary Reading is Fundamental

Monday, January 23

2nd grade

Harris Lower Library


Poplar Springs Elementary Science Fair

Tuesday, January 24
Kindergarten through 2nd grade


T.J. Harris Elementary Reading is Fundamental

Tuesday, January 24

3rd through 5th grade

Harris Lower Library


West Hills Elementary PTO Meeting

Tuesday, January 24 – 6 p.m.


West Hills Elementary Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, January 25


Crestwood Elementary Reading is Fundamental

Wednesday, January 25
2nd through 4th grades- 9 a.m.


T.J. Harris Elementary Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, January 25

Harris Lower Campus


Crestwood Elementary Popcorn and Coke Sale

Thursday, January 26 – 1 p.m.


Poplar Springs Elementary Science Fair

Thursday, January 26
3rd through 5th grades


T.J. Harris Elementary Science Fair

Thursday, January 26


Parkview Elementary MCT2 Math Fair

Friday, January 27

3rd through 5th grades


T.J. Harris Elementary Awards Ceremony

Friday, January 27

Harris Upper Campus


Poplar Springs Elementary Open House and PTA Meeting

Tuesday, January 31
5:30 p.m.-Open House for prospective students

6:30 p.m.-PTA Meeting


MPSD in the News…

-MHS Boasts 10 Scholastic Art Award Winners

Meridian Star:


-MLK Program at MCC (Carver Students Won Essay and Art Contests!)


Meridian Star:


-Boys and Girls Club Grant for Project Learn

Meridian Star:


-Meridian Star: The front page of the Meridian Star recognized one of our Poplar Springs Elementary teachers, Holly Triplett, and her family for all of the work that they do with the set designs for the Meridian Little Theatre.

Around the District

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