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April 23, 2012

Key Communicator-April 23, 2012

2012 Parent of the Year

The Meridian Public School District has named Poplar Springs Elementary Parent/Teacher Association President Michael VanVeckhoven as the 2012 Parent of the Year.

VanVeckhoven’s dedication to the Meridian Public School District is seen in his tireless volunteer efforts. In addition to serving at 2011-12 PTA President for Poplar Springs Elementary, he is one of the coordinators for the MPSD Study Buddy program. Through the Study Buddy program, 50 volunteers tutor and mentor students throughout the school district. VanVechkoven meets with his Study Buddy at Magnolia Middle school for one hour each week.

Click here to read the full article.

MPSD also congratulates the following Parents of the Year at each school:

Darry and Tanya Clark, Crestwood Elementary
Kim Houston, Oakland Heights Elementary
Denise Pugh, Parkview Elementary
Crystal Dubose, T.J. Harris Elementary
Tanija Pierce, West Hills Elementary
Stephanie Thomas, Carver Middle
Felicia Brown, Magnolia Middle
Jackie Dunn and Paige Corey, Northwest Middle
Brad Huff, Meridian High School

SATP Rally at Meridian High School

Preparations for the Subject Area Testing Program at Meridian High are in full swing. The SATP is the state test that students in English II, Biology, Algebra I, and US History take each year. To get students and parents geared up for the tests that begin next week, MHS is holding an SATP Rally on Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Rally will include a “Boot Camp” for testers, motivational speaker Bryson Bernard (a.k.a. “Little Cupid”), and a cookout!

Please join us on Saturday, April 28!

“Teens and Texting” Parent Meeting

The MPSD Parent Resource Center is hosting a parent meeting to make parents aware of the potential dangers in the misuse of text messaging. This session will also give parents practical tools to use to keep their children safe and emotionally healthy.

Join us on Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Parent Resource Center located at 4000 10th Street, Trailer A. For more information, call: (601) 484-3646.

MHS Senior Pieter Both Named to WTOK All Scholastic Sports Team

Meridian High School Senior Pieter Both was recently named to the WTOK All Scholastic Sports Team.

Both was also recently selected as Mr. MHS by his classmates. He is extremely involved at MHS as a member of the football, soccer and tennis teams. He does all of this while maintaining a 4.27 grade point average which earns him the seventh spot in the class of 332 students.

Off the field, Both is a member of the MHS Academic Team and National Honor Society.

Both plans to continue his education at Mississippi State University and major in bio-medical engineering.

Click here to read the full story from WTOK.

Congratulations Pieter Both!

Mr. and Miss. MHS

In recent student body elections, Shabria Amos and Pieter Both were chosen Mr. and Miss. Meridian High School.

To learn more about these two stand-out students, click here.

MPSD Students Shine at Three Foot Arts Festival

The Meridian Public School District was well represented at the recent Three Foot Arts Festival! We had 17 students place in the competition!

Check out the winners and their artwork by clicking here!

MHS Students Travel to the Emerald Isle

Over Spring Break, a group of Meridian High School students and staff traveled to Ireland.

Click here to read all about their adventures written by a junior at MHS, Kelly Offenberger.

Dr. Taylor’s Blog – On a Positive Note…

Click here to check out Dr. Taylor’s latest blog entry!

2012 National Spanish Exam

The Meridian High School Spanish Department is excited to announce great accomplishments on the 2012 National Spanish Exam. They are proud to say that 120 students took the exam this year compared to only 25 students the first year it was given, and Meridian High School students earned awards in every level this year!

Congratulations to the following Spanish Students for their hard work!

Gold metal:
Emma Reeves

Silver metals :
Maverick Hamilton
Kyler Drury

Bronze Metals:
Mathew Fera
Lauren Gaddie

Honorable Mentions:
Lisa Abel
Jacoby Alford
Katherine Bruister
Zachary Corey
Brianna Foy
Avery Goodman
Jalen Gordon
Kayla Gordon
Margaret Griffin
Jymarcus Hearn
Pearson Kelly
Nicholas Parker
Alicia Parks
Amanda Price
Stephanie Puckett
Jessica Reyes-Peralta
Daniella Tellez
KInsey Thorton
Kayla Williams
Miranda Williams
Creckmore Laura
Smith liyah
De Leon Mayra
Williams Jaquarious

MHS has 22 Published Poets!

Twenty-two students from MHS ninth grade will have poems published this year!

Thousands of students, from all across the United States, send in poems yearly to be published; however, MHS ninth grade has a long history of having over twenty or more of its students’ work published on a yearly basis.

The students are from Mrs. Michael’s English classes.

Congratulations to the following students that will have poems published in the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans, a national publication.

Bianca Franklin

Jerree Ruffin

Laura Creekmore

Demestrius Smith

Destiny Dunn

Chasity Hawks

Treasure Nichols

Myi Fikes

Andrea Romero

Deja Price

Doorress Anderson

Tia Hall

Ayanna Baylor

Nicholas Larkins

Traci Bryan

Nathan Gatlin

Joshua Davis

Mayah Emerson

Jasmine Thomas

Amber Todd

Kiamber Hall

Keyairre Sims

Come Visit Us!

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

Carver Middle’s 2nd Annual “Carver Mania”

Monday, April 23

This is an extensive review program where students work on engaging activities directly aimed at targeting areas of weakness in order to prepare for the MCT2. The centers are completed through Social Studies classes in grades six through eight. Students earn incentives for participation.


Magnolia Middle Band and Chorus Spring Concert

Monday, April 23 – 6 p.m.

Magnolia Auditorium


Parkview Elementary Parent Recognition

Tuesday, April 24


Ross Collins Students Visit University Medical Center

Tuesday, April 24

Allied Health II and Health Science I students at Ross Collins will visit the University of Mississippi Medical Center to tour the Physical Therapy School, Dental School, and School of Health Related Professions.


MPSD Parent Resource Center Presents “Teens & Texting”

Tuesday, April 24 – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

MPSD Parent Resource Center

If you are the parent of a middle or high school student, this is for you! Come and learn more about your teenager and their text messages!


Northwest Middle Spring Band Concert

Tuesday, April 24 – 6:30 p.m.

Northwest Auditorium


Carver Middle School Gifted Gala

Wednesday, April 25 - 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Room 147 A

Join us for a "Festival of Knowledge," and enjoy light refreshments as you view the work that your child has done this year!


Poplar Springs Elementary Field Day

Thursday, April 26 – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12 to 2:30 p.m.


Carver Middle Band Performance

Thursday, April 26 – 6:30 p.m.

MHS Auditorium


Oakland Heights Gifted Gala

Friday, April 27 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oakland Heights Auditorium

Please join us for light refreshments as you view the work your child has done this year!


West Hills Elementary Gifted Gala

Friday, April 27

Explore and Art Quest students’ work will be on display.


West Hills Elementary ‘Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?’

Friday, April 27

5th grade students will test community member’s skills in Reading and Language Arts from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Math from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to see if they are smarter than a 5th grader!


West Hills Elementary MCT2 Boot Camp

Saturday, April 28 – 9 a.m. to Noon


T.J. Harris Beauty and Beau Pageant

Saturday, April 28 – 5 p.m.

Harris Upper Gym


Meridian High Parent/Community SATP Rally

Saturday, April 28 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Boot Camp” for testers will begin at 8 a.m.
Information and booths for parents will begin at 8 a.m.

Speaker: 10 to 11 a.m.

Cookout: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us to learn more about the SATP!


Northwest Middle Gifted Gala

Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4

Students’ work will be on display in the Library.


Oakland Heights Kindergarten Pre-Registration

Tuesday, May 1

All parents and guardians of children entering Kindergarten at Oakland Heights Elementary during the upcoming school year are encouraged to attend.


MPSD in the News…

2012 Parent of the Year


Carver Middle School Raises Money for Care Lodge


Mr. and Miss MHS


MHS Senior Pieter Both was named to the WTOK All Scholastic Sports Team (this is our second student to receive this honor!)


West Hills Students Seek Nominations of Heroes for Peace

2 Magnolia Students Shine in Region 5 Science Fair


MHS JROTC Regional Inspection


Poplar Springs Students Salute Grandparents


Area 5 Special Olympics


School Choice Bus stops at Magnolia and MHS

Meridian Star:



Poplar Springs Gifted Gala


Carver Raising Money for Relay for Life


2012-13 MHS Cheerleading Squad Named


New Board Member Appointed


Around the District

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

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