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Key Communicator Newsletter - 5.23.12

Key Communicator-May 23, 2012

Today is the last day of school for the 2011-12 school year! Time flies when you are having fun!

Early Dismissal Schedule for Wednesday, May 23:

Elementary – 12:40 p.m.
Secondary – 1:10 p.m.

Thanks to all who have helped make this a wonderful school year!

National Honor Society Induction

Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m.

MHS Auditorium

MHS will be inducting 56 new members to the National Honor Society. These students must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA and pass a faculty review committee that judges applicants based on service, leadership, and scholarship. At the ceremony, they will install new officers, honor outgoing officers, and induct new members.

MHS Graduation

Friday, May 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Ray Stadium

We hope you will come out to support the class of 2012!

Congratulations to all of our graduates- we are so proud of you!

2012 Graduating Class

Daniel May will represent the 2012 graduating class as Valedictorian, and Pieter Both is Salutatorian.

Top 10 Students (in alphabetical order):

  • Bishop, Evan
  • Both, Pieter
  • Coleman, KaShyra
  • Evans, Kelly
  • King, Maya
  • Langston, Alexis
  • Lewis, Aujarimere
  • May, Daniel
  • Price, Christopher
  • Scruggs, Brooke

The 2012 class has reported over $2 million dollars in scholarship offers!!

This outstanding class was recently honored at a Senior Awards Night. Daniel May took top honors as Star Student and National Merit Scholar. For a complete list of awards and scholarships, please click here.

2012 Retirement

The following teachers and staff are retiring this year:



Alford, Alphonso

Food Services / Harris

Baldner, Jodi

Music / Poplar Springs

Barfield, Lisa

Principal / Parkview

Barnes, Sandra

Teacher / Magnolia

Brewer, Candace


Bridges, Patricia

Teacher / MHS

Carter, Amanda

SPED Teacher / MHS

Carter, Deborah

Teacher / Poplar Springs

Covington, Diana

Teacher / Poplar Springs

Doebbler, Shirley

Environmental Services Coordinator/ Central Operations

Dyess, Charles

Custodian / MHS

Ethridge, Christine

Library / MHS

Evans, Jesse

Food Services Manager / Crestwood

Farrar, Deborah

Teacher / West Hills

Faulkner, Marilyn

SPED Teacher / Harris Lower

Giles, Isaac

Security / MHS

Harris, Chris

Teacher / Harris

Ivy, Barbara

Teacher / Harris

Jackson, Dorothy

Librarian/ Carver

Jones, Larry

Mechanic/ Harris Complex

Lewis, William

Drafting Teacher / Ross Collins

Marshall, Sheryl

Teacher / Parkview

Michael, Liz

Teacher / MHS

Nichols, Larry

Teacher / MHS

Owens, Carol

Librarian / MHS

Porter, Debra

Librarian / Magnolia

Pringle, Althea

Speech Pathologist / Parkview

Selman, Laura

Teacher / MHS-RDH

Shannon, Dianne

School Nurse / Crestwood/Magnolia/Harris

Spence, Linda

CFO / Central Office

Wilson, Herman

Custodian / Poplar Springs


We want to thank each and every one of the retirees for their dedication and service to the Meridian Public School District and the students of Meridian. You have touched the lives of many, and we will miss you greatly! Good luck on the next chapter!

Outstanding Year for Meridian High School Track Team

This has been a great year for the Meridian High School Track team! Listed below are the highlights:

·         The MHS Girls track team won the District Meet in Hattiesburg.

·         MHS Girls and Boys track teams were victorious in the Region 3, Class 6A Regional Track Meet held Meridian High on April 28 which made them eligible to compete at South State in Gulfport.

·         Nine girls and 10 boys qualified for the State Meet at Pearl High School, including 8th grader Keyana Boyd.

·         At the State Meet:

§  Triple Jump – 2nd place- Chauncey Wells

§  Boys 4x100 – 3rd place -LaDerrick Roberts, Keundrae Davis, Eddie Cole, and LaVon Brewster

§  Girls 4x100 – 2nd place- Shacaria Drake, TyQuisha Naylor, Demetrius “DD” Smith, and Jameica Johnson

§  Boys 4x200 – 2nd place- LaDerrick Roberts, Keundrae Davis, Eddie Cole, and Scottie Hearn

§  Girls High jump – 3rd place- Demetrius “DD” Smith

§  Girls 4x400 – 2nd place- Shacaria Drake, Demetrius “DD” Smith, Kadaisha Brown, and Keyona Grant

§  Girls 300 Hurdles- 2nd place- Shacaria Drake

§  Boys 300 hurdles – 1st place- Scottie Hearn (2nd year in a row!!)

·         Senior Scottie Hearn earned a track scholarship and signed with Mississippi State University!! Congratulations Scottie!!

215 Panda Place

One local grandparent is going the extra mile for her grandchildren’s school. Former educator and devoted grandmother, Dr. Carrol Wicker, is helping Poplar Springs Elementary School in a very unique way.

In August of 2011, Dr. Wicker opened “215 Panda Place” inside the Atrium Mini Mall located on Highway 493 next to the new Mugshots restaurant. “215 Panda Place” offers a unique assortment of new and like-new items including home décor, costume jewelry, upscale children’s clothes, and cook books. All items for sale in the store have been generously donated and all proceeds go directly to the Poplar Springs Parent and Teacher Association (PTA).

“215 Panda Place” is open year-round at the Atrium, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m. Whether you would like to donate items to be sold, shop for your home or for a gift, there is something for everyone.

For more information or questions, please contact “215 Panda Place” Manager Dr. Carrol Wicker at 601.447.8420 or

To read the full story about “215 Panda Place” click here.

New President and Vice President of Mid-Eastern Region MCA from MPSD

The Mid-Eastern Region of the Mississippi Counseling Association has elected MPSD staff members to serve as their President and Vice President. Ray Matheny, Counselor at T.J. Harris Elementary, will serve as President and Deborah VanDevender, Counselor at Marion Park, will serve as Vice President. They will both serve a two year term.

The mission of MCA is to encourage the personal and professional development of counselors; to influence decisions that affect the counseling profession; and to promote progress, understanding and improvement of counseling.

Congratulations to Mr. Matheny and Ms. VanDevender!!

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