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February 28, 2012

Key Communicator-February 28, 2012

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Kimberly Kendrick Named 2012 MPSD Administrator of the Year

Kimberly Kendrick, Crestwood Elementary School Principal, will represent Meridian Public School District as 2012 Administrator of the Year.

Kendrick, a 17 year education veteran, is in her second year as Principal of Crestwood Elementary. She began her career as a teacher at Alberta Elementary in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Nine years later, she was promoted to Assistant Principal of Eastwood Middle School in Tuscaloosa where she served for four years.

“It was always a goal of mine to return to Meridian to serve the community that nurtured me as a child,” said Kendrick. “I am happy to be here, at Crestwood Elementary, doing just that.”

Kendrick was selected for the honor of MPSD Administrator of the Year based on the tremendous growth her school showed on the MS Curriculum Test, Second Edition given this past May. Crestwood Elementary had a Quality Distribution Index (the score of the MCT2 test that is used to measure school performance) of 105 in the 2009-10 school year, and Kendrick was able to guide her school to raise that score 19 points to a 124 in the 2010-11 school year, which is an impressive 18 percent growth. Under the leadership of Kendrick, Crestwood had the highest percentage of growth for the whole Meridian School District.

Kendrick earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters degree from the University of Alabama, and she is a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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MPSD Reading Fair  

All MPSD schools held a Reading Fair earlier this year, and the winners of the school fairs went on to compete in the District Reading Fair.

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the District Reading Fair! The first place winners will go on to compete in the State Reading Fair in March. 

KINDERGARTEN-INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

1st

BEN BACHMORE

Poplar Springs Elementary

2nd

KAYDENCE PATTON

West Hills Elementary

3rd

GABRIELA PARKER

Parkview Elementary

     

1st GRADE - INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

1st    

SPENCE HANNEGAN

Poplar Springs Elementary

2nd

CAMILLE CRENSHAW

Parkview Elementary

3rd

JACOB RUSSELL

Poplar Springs Elementary

     

2ND GRADE - INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

1st

McKENZIE WATSON

Oakland Heights Elem

2nd  

NOELLE CLAY

Poplar Springs Elementary

3rd

MAGGIE GRACE TRIPLETT

Poplar Springs Elementary

     

3RD GRADE - INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

1st

SARAH PAIGE SHIRLEY

Poplar Springs Elementary

2nd

CONNER McOLGAN

Poplar Springs Elementary

3RD

KELIK MARISCEY

Harris Elementary

     

4TH - 5TH GRADES - INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

1st

VIRGINIA WHITE

Poplar Springs Elementary

2nd

BLAKE ORTIZ

Poplar Springs Elementary

3rd

MILES AXTEL

Poplar Springs Elementary

     

6TH - 8TH GRADES - INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

1st

LAURA SMITH

Carver Middle School

2nd

SIMONE AMOS

Carver Middle School

3rd

CHRISTIAN McCALL

Northwest Middle School

     

9TH - 12TH GRADES - INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

1st

BRYSTON BROWN

Meridian High School

2nd

JOSHUA DAVIS

9th Grade R.D. Harris

3rd

AARON KIRBY

9th Grade R.D. Harris

     

4TH - 8TH GRADES - NON-FICTION PROJECTS

1st

KEIMONI RUFFIN

Crestwood Elementary

2nd

JA'LAWN GREEN

Magnolia Middle School

3rd

TANIKA WILLIAMS

Northwest Middle School

     

K - 3RD GRADES - GROUP PROJECTS

1st

MRS. LOVETTE'S CLASS

West Hills Elementary

2nd

MRS. CLARK'S 1ST GRADE

Poplar Springs Elementary

3rd

MRS. DAVIS 1ST GRADE

Crestwood Elementary

     

4TH -8TH GRADES - GROUP PROJECTS

1st

JAYLEEN HUTTON

Carver Middle School

 

SABRINA BOYD

 

2nd

BRIANA PORTER

Carver Middle School

 

TIJIANA RAMSEY

 

3rd

MRS. SMITH'S 4TH GRADE

West Hills Elementary

 

CLASS

 
     

9TH - 12TH GRADES - GROUP PROJECTS

1st

LYDIA BROWN

Meridian High School

 

DAVAROUS JONES

 

2nd

OCTAVIA HURN

Meridian High School

 

DAVON KIRK

 
 

JOHNIQUE HOPKINS

 

3rd

AMANDA PRICE

Meridian High School

 

LAUREN GADDIE

 
     

K - 3RD GRADES - FAMILY PROJECTS

1st

MONTANA MIMMS

Poplar Springs Elementary

2nd

ANNE PRESTON McRAE

Poplar Springs Elementary

3rd

IMARIA CISTRUNK

Parkview Elementary

 

AMANI CISTRUNK

 
 

KOREY CISTRUNK

 
     

4TH - 8TH GRADES - FAMILY PROJECTS

1st

TaTRIANA TUBBS

Poplar Springs Elementary

 

DENALI TUBBS

 

2nd

JADA PRICE

Oakland Heights Elementary

3rd

SAM GARRETT

Poplar Springs Elementary

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MHS Academic Team Places Top in the State

On Saturday, February 4, the Meridian High School Academic Team competed in the University of Mississippi Academic Invitational Tournament. This is one of the largest tournaments in the state and includes the top public and private high schools from Mississippi and Memphis, TN.

In this prestigious competition, the Meridian High Academic Team won their bracket and finished 3rd overall! This is an outstanding accomplishment and one of the best showings ever by a Meridian High Academic Team.

Congratulations to the members of the Wildcat Academic Team for this impressive display of intellectual prowess!

Michael Clymer serves as the sponsor and coach of this amazing team.

The Academic Team was also honored as WTOK’s Team of the Week in honor of their outstanding accomplishments!

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Meridian High Senior Named to WTOK’s All Scholastic Sports Team

MHS Senior, Maya King, was featured in a long segment on WTOK as she was announced to the All Scholastic Sports Team which honors students for their impressive work both on and off the field.

Maya plays basketball and golf for the Wildcats. She is also a Battalion Commander in the JROTC, and she has won many awards serving in this capacity. In addition, Maya is a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and she is Vice President of Alpha Omicron Kappa. She also serves as an assistant coach for Boys 8 and Up Basketball with the Meridian Parks and Recreation League.

She does all of this while maintaining a 4.15 grade point average!

Congratulations Maya on this huge honor!

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MPSD Wins National Energy Savings Award

Faculty and staff at Meridian Public School District have consistently paved the energy conservation pathway for other organizations while achieving significant savings with energy-efficient behavior — and now those good habits have earned the district national recognition.

MPSD has achieved a 25 percent energy cost savings totaling $2,772,713 in a ten year program since forming a strategic alliance with Energy Education. The national energy conservation company presented Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor with its Chairman’s Sustainability Award at the board meeting on February 20th.

The award lauds the organization’s success in implementing the company’s Transformational Energy Management® process — a comprehensive organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation at all levels of the organization.

This award would not have been possible without the MPSD staff that has worked hard over the years to make this happen! A special thanks to MPSD Executive Director of Operations Archie Scarbrough and Energy Education Specialist Clay Sims for leading the way!

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Do you have a family member or friend that is a Senior at MHS?

It's not too late to purchase a text message for your favorite Meridian High School Senior to be included in the Meridian High Yearbook, Reverie.

Messages are only $10 each. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers - anyone is welcome to honor a member of the class of 2012!

Please send your message(s) and money to Mrs. Lorie Anderson at Meridian High School no later than Friday, March 2.

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Come Visit Us!

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

Crestwood Elementary PTO Meeting/Black History Month Program

Tuesday, February 28 – 6 p.m.

Oakland Heights Elementary Black History Month Program

Tuesday, February 28 – 6 p.m.

The program will feature praise dancers, pantomime presentation, and singing.

Ross Collins FAFSA Day for Seniors

Wednesday, February 29 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Educational Services Foundation will be at Ross Collins to process financial aid paperwork for Seniors.

Meridian High School Cheerleading Technique Clinic

Wednesday, February 29 – Thursday, March 1

The clinic is open to students that would like to improve their jumps, overall technique, and other cheerleading skills. It will be very beneficial to middle school students planning to try out for cheerleading this spring or students that have never cheered.

$20 per student

Contact Fred Delk or Laura Hyche at Meridian High School to register.

MS Writing Assessment Program

Thursday, March 1

Students in 4th grade, 7th grade, and English II will participate in the Mississippi Writing Assessment.

Carver Middle’s Night at Raising Cane’s

Thursday, March 1

You can help support Carver Middle School by eating at Raising Cane’s. If you mention Carver when you order, a portion of the sales will go to support Carver Middle School.

Common Assessments (Third Nine Weeks Exams)

Tuesday, March 6- Friday, March 9

Parkview Elementary MCT2 Prep Parent Workshop

Thursday, March 8 – 1 to 2 p.m.

Highway Village Apartments

T.J. Harris Elementary Doughnuts with Dads

Friday, March 9 – 7:30 to 8 a.m.

Harris Upper Campus Gym

Dads of Harris students are invited to join their children for breakfast.

Northwest and Magnolia Middle School Explore Students’ Learning Festival

Friday, March 9 – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Central United Methodist Church

Spring Break

Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16

Students will be out of school and the District will be closed for the week.

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MPSD in the News…

13 Wildcat Football Players Signed with Colleges

http://meridianstar.com/sports/x584478138/Moving-On

Kendrick Named 2012 MPSD Administrator of the Year

http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Kendrick_Chosen_Administrator_of_the_Year_138814544.html

http://meridianstar.com/local/x2009903626/High-Honor

MHS Ninth Graders take a trip to "Realville"

http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/MHS_Students_Take_Trip_to_Realville_138886444.html

Third Grade Students at Poplar Springs Celebrate Meridian’s Birthday

http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Students_Celebrate_Meridians_Birthday_139131639.html

'Biggest Loser' Patrick House Visits Carver

http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Reality_TV_Star_Visits_Local_School__139262093.html

Northwest Career Fair

http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Northwest_Hosts_Diversity_Career_Fair_139552233.html

Poplar Springs Students Host Mardi Gras Parade

http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Students_Study_New_Orleans_Mardi_Gras_139917023.html

Stevens Named CFO

http://meridianstar.com/local/x402364396/Stevens-named-MPSD-CFO

Northwest Middle 5 STAR Students Honored

http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Five_Star_Students_Recognized_140236263.html

MPSD Receives Energy Award

http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/School_District_Receives_Special_Award_139778533.html

Meridian High School Students Take Honors in Distinguished Young Woman (Junior Miss) Program
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Distinguished_Young_Woman_140451363.html
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/DYW_Winners_140513023.html

MPSD Pre-K Registration
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Deadline_Nearing_for_Meridian_Pre-K_140631663.html

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Around the District

Be sure to check the MPSD website, www.mpsd.k12.ms.us, for updates on school events and other district news!

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