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Key Communicator Newsletter - 10.19.12

Key Communicator-October 19, 2012

MHS Band Earns All Superior Marks!

The Meridian High School marching band recently earned all Superior Ratings at the MHSAA Region III Festival.

The MHS Band, known as the “Greatest Band in All the Land,” received Superior ratings in Percussion, Color Guard, Drum Major, and Band. They earned the impressive score of 93.3 with the highest score being 98.

The Wildcat Band competed with more than 30 bands from our region for State Marching Evaluations.

The Festival was hosted by the MHS Band Boosters and held on October 13, 2012, at East Mississippi Community College.

Congratulations to the MHS Wildcat Band!!

Click here for a complete list of band members.

Making a Change Program

In a press conference on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, MPSD and our community partners officially announced the Making a Change Program that is designed to help at-risk youth.

The MAC program is a joint partnership between the Meridian Public School District and the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors, Love’s Kitchen, Meridian Community College Workforce Development, Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry, Men for Change, NFusionX, and Weems Mental Health Center.

The program provides online learning, one-on-one tutoring, counseling, mentoring, and workforce development opportunities. It is designed to help youth that have been expelled from school stay on track for graduation or create a career plan.

For complete details about the MAC Program, click here.

MPSD Teacher University

October 20 and 27 – 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Meridian High School – R.D. Harris Building (new 9th grade Building)

MPSD’s top teachers and administrators will present sessions on various teaching strategies and techniques that are working in their classrooms and schools to other teachers in our district.

MPSD Teachers – You don’t want to miss this!! It is a great way to gain valuable information and earn CEUs!

A Special Thanks… 

A special thanks goes to Community Bank for the donation of $1,000 to Meridian High School for ACT Preparation.

Another special thank you goes to Trustmark National Bank for the $500 donation to Oakland Heights Elementary for student incentives.

A special thanks also goes to Wal-Mart for supporting MPSD teachers. Wal-Mart donated twenty $50 gift cards and lunch to Crestwood Elementary teachers this week. They will be doing the same for teachers at Carver Middle School next week.

Bridging the Gap

The Meridian Public School District will have the annual Local Education Agency (LEA) Head Start Meeting on Thursday, October 25 at 10 a.m. The meeting will take place at the MPSD Parent Resource Center located at 4000 10th Street, Trailer A, Meridian MS 39307.

Come Visit Us!

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

Red Ribbon Week
Monday, October 22 – Friday, October 26
Students and staff will focus on the importance of being drug free.

Carver Middle School Family Literacy Night
Monday, October 22 -5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Parents and students are encouraged to attend this monthly gathering where the Carver staff will share information on what students are learning in the classroom. Parents and students will participate in fun activities and refreshments will be served.

Crestwood Elementary School Red Ribbon Rally
Tuesday, October 23 – 9:00 a.m.
Crestwood Cafeteria

Northwest Middle School Blood Drive
Tuesday, October 23 - 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Northwest Middle School Library 

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary Red Ribbon Rally
Tuesday, October 23 – 1:30 p.m.

Northwest Middle School 4 STAR Skating Party
Wednesday, October 24 – 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Skate Odyssey
The STAR program was created to reward students for academic achievement and good behavior. The STAR program encourages students to focus on the areas of safety, trustworthiness, academics, and responsibility. Four STAR students have A's and B's, no office referrals, and no un-excused absences. 

Poplar Springs Elementary STAR School Celebration Awards and Picnic
Wednesday, October 24
8:30 a.m. – 5th grade Awards
9:15 a.m. – 4th grade Awards
Fourth and Fifth grade students will receive medals based on MCT2 performance. Students will also have a STAR school celebration picnic during their designated lunch period. The cafeteria staff will grill hamburgers for students and homeroom parents will provide a special STAR snack for each class.

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary Awards Day (Lower Campus)
Wednesday, October 24
Pre-K: 9:00 to 9:45 a.m
Kindergarten: 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.
1st Grade: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
2nd Grade: 1:35 to 2:35 p.m.
Lower Campus Cafeteria
Awards will be presented to Pre-K through 2nd grade students. 

Bridging the Gap
Thursday, October 25 – 10:00 a.m.
MPSD Parent Resource Center (4000 10th Street, Trailer A, Meridian MS 39307)
MPSD’s annual Local Education Agency (LEA) Head Start Meeting

Carver Middle School Science Fair
Thursday, October 25
Students will share their science fair projects with parents and members of the community. Prizes will be awarded. Parents are invited to view the projects between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

Northwest Middle School 3 STAR Pizza Party
Thursday, October 25 – 2:30 p.m.
The STAR program was created to reward students for academic achievement and good behavior. The STAR program encourages students to focus on the areas of safety, trustworthiness, academics, and responsibility. Three STAR students have A's, B's and C's, up to one office referral, and no unexcused absences. 

Poplar Springs Elementary Fourth Grade Mississippi Program – MS: My Home
Thursday, October 25 - 10:30 am
Poplar Springs Auditorium
Fourth grade students will share what they have learned about our home, Mississippi, through their Mississippi Studies class using music, drama, dance and visual art.

Northwest Middle School 5 STAR Downtown Tour and Lunch
Friday, October 26 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Downtown Meridian
The STAR program was created to reward students for academic achievement and good behavior. The STAR program encourages students to focus on the areas of safety, trustworthiness, academics, and responsibility. Five STAR students have all A's, no unexcused absences, and no office referrals. These students will be treated to ride on the trolley from Northwest to Downtown Meridian for a tour of City Hall, visit with the Mayor, tour of the Meridian Museum of Art, and a special lunch.

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary Awards Day (Upper Campus)
Friday, October 26
3rd Grade: 12:35 p.m.
4th Grade: 1:15 p.m.
5th Grade: 1:50 p.m.
Upper Campus Gymnasium
Awards will be presented to 3rd through 5th grade students.

Poplar Springs Elementary Fall Festival
Saturday, October 27 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The community is invited to the annual PSE-PTA Fall Festival held from 10 am-2 pm on the campus of Poplar Springs Elementary. The festival features food, games, prizes, haunted house, and fun for the entire family. This is a fundraising event for PTA and all proceeds are benefit students and school.

Poplar Springs Elementary Reading Fair (Pre-K through 2nd Grades/Family)
Tuesday, October 30
Poplar Springs Cafeteria
Students in Pre-K through 2nd grades and family category entries will display Reading Fair projects which are judged by community judges. Winners advance to the MPSD Reading Fair later in the school year. 

Meridian Main Street Candy Crawl
Tuesday, October 30 – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Meridian Main Street Association will host the annual Candy Crawl in Downtown Meridian. You will not want to miss this exciting event! It will include a performance by the MHS Band and cheerleaders, geography scavenger hunt, musical instrument petting zoo, talent contest, school fundraisers, costume contest, tons of hands-on activities, and much more.

Crestwood Elementary School Accelerated Reader Celebration
Wednesday, October 31 - 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
Students that have met their monthly Accelerated Reader (AR) goal will be treated to a Pumpkin Party.

MPSD in the News…

Appraisal for Kate Griffin Building


MHS Homecoming Details


MHS Homecoming Parade:

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Wildcats Host Brandon for Homecoming


Wal-Mart Thanks Teachers at Crestwood


Dual Enrollment/Vocational Classes


Making a Change


Crestwood Students Learn About Careers


Making a Change Program

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