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Key Communicator Newsletter - 2.21.13

Key Communicator-February 21, 2013

A special thanks…

To EMBDC, HoneyBaked Ham, Mugshots, MPSD Food Service, Wal-Mart, and World of Flowers for their generous donations that helped make the Open House and Ribbon Cutting at the new Multi-Purpose Building a success! We truly appreciate their support!

District Reading Fair Winners

The first place winners of each school’s Reading Fair recently participated in the District Reading Fair. To see the complete list of District Reading Fair Winners click here. Congratulations to these students as they advance to the Regional Competition!

Pre-K Registration

MPSD Pre-K Registration is going on now and ends on Friday, March 8, 2013. For more information, please click here.

Two MHS Teachers Recently Earned Doctoral Degrees

Myra Catchings teaches Comprehensive Health to tenth through twelfth grade students at Meridian High School, and she recently earned her doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. Her dissertation focuses on “The Effects of an Integrated Health and Physical Education Program on Student Achievement.” She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Alcorn State University, a master’s degree in Physical Education from Mississippi State University, and another master’s degree in Special Education.

Blanca Ramirez teaches Accounting and Financial Technology at Meridian High School, and she recently earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Belhaven University and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of West Alabama.

Congratulations to these outstanding teachers on such a huge accomplishment! We are so proud to have you teaching in the MPSD family!

Grant to Train Middle School Teachers

Mississippi State University- Meridian is generously providing 24 MPSD middle school teachers with a 20-day summer institute that will focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills. The goal of the project is to improve teaching and learning literacy in order to raise achievement in core academic subjects.

To learn more about the grant, please click here.

MHS Teacher Jonathan Cornell Recognized for Outstanding Work with MS Teacher Corps

Meridian High School Teacher Jonathan Cornell was recently recognized for his outstanding work by his alma mater – The University of Mississippi. Cornell played football while attending Ole Miss and graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is now in his first year at Meridian High School through Mississippi Teacher Corps.

To read the full article from the Meridian Star, click here.

A special thank you goes to the Phil Hardin Foundation who funds Teacher Corps teachers.

Ross Collins FBLA Students Earn Top Awards

Students in Information Technology at Ross Collins Career and Technical Center recently participated in the Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) competition that was held at East Central Community College.

Congratulations to the following students that took home top awards:

Kyler Drury- 1st place Computer Problem Solving

Bradley Willis- 1st place Networking Concepts

Jamie Welch- 1st place Technology Concepts

Nick Parker- 2nd place Networking Concepts

Robert Hamburg- 2nd place Computer Problem Solving

MHS Students Sign to Play at the Next Level

On National Signing Day, four MHS seniors signed to play college football:

Isaac Johnson – East Mississippi Community College

JaQuarius Scott – East Mississippi Community College

Jason Yabor – North Western State University

Shaquille Fluker – University of Georgia

Last week, three MHS seniors signed to play sports at Meridian Community College:

Meme Huff – Soccer and Tennis

Val Hartley – Soccer

Miles Huff – Soccer

Congratulations to these students for their hard work both on and off the field!

MHS Students Donate to Hattiesburg Schools in Need

After the recent tornado that hit the Hattiesburg area, Meridian High School students collected funds to send to Oak Grove and Hattiesburg High Schools. They collected $500 to help the Hattiesburg area students. To read more from WTOK, click here.

Golden Apple Award Nominations

Don’t forget to nominate your favorite teacher for the Golden Apple Award by visiting either or and clicking on the Golden Apple logo.

Nominations can be submitted by parents, faculty, or community members, as well as past and present students.

Come Visit Us!

We have tons of opportunities for you to be involved in our schools…

Ross Collins DECA Students Compete in State DECA Competition

Thursday, February 21 through Friday, February 22

Jackson, MS


Carver Middle School Family Literacy Night

Thursday, February 21 – 5:30 p.m.


Poplar Springs Elementary School Storyteller, Terrance Roberts

Friday, February 22

‘Da Story Weaver’, Terrance Roberts, will work with all students PreK-5th grade integrating storytelling with literacy and social studies.


Ross Collins HOSA Students Compete in HOSA Central District Conference

Saturday, February 23

Meridian Community College


Crestwood Elementary School Black History Program

Monday, February 25 - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Crestwood Cafeteria/Auditorium


Carver Middle School Movie Night

Tuesday, February 26 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Carver Library

Students will watch the movie “Red Tails,” and admission is based on bringing a school supply item.


Meridian High School District Choral Festival (grades 10-12)

Tuesday, February 26

William Carey University


Poplar Springs Elementary School Artist in Residence - Charlie Busler

Wednesday, February 27- Friday, March 1

Third through fifth grade students will complete a mural during this final week of the artist residency.


Carver Middle School Black History Program

Thursday, February 28th – 8:30 a.m.

Carver Gym

Special Guest Dustin Markham


T.J. Harris Elementary School Black History Program
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 9:00 a.m.

MPSD in the News…

Northwest Middle School Students Educated on Cyberbullying and Internet Safety

Men of Action Address Students at Magnolia

Multi-Purpose Building Open House

MHS students collected over $500 for Oak Grove and Hattiesburg High Schools

The EMBDC awards Fall Semester Head of Class Awards

MHS Teacher Jonathan Cornell

MHS Teacher Natalie Nations' Award

Magnolia Middle School Participated in a Concert to Raise Money for COFO Building

Poplar Springs Elementary Third Graders Presented an Arts Integrated Program to Celebrate Meridian's Birthday

Grant to Help Middle School Teachers
Meridian Star –


MHS Students Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill

Teen Crime Summit

Meridian Star –

MHS Reality Check

Junior Civitan Club Chartered at MHS

MHS Boasts 18 Scholastic Art Awards

Meridian Star's “Star of the Week” is our very own Shauna Waters (MHS)

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