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May 23, 2013

Key Communicator-May 23, 2013

Early Dismissal Days

All MPSD schools will dismiss early on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24. Elementary schools dismiss at 12:40 p.m. and Middle and High Schools dismiss at 1:10 p.m. Friday, May 24 is the last day of school for students and teachers.

MHS Graduation – This Friday!!

Please join us on Friday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Ray Stadium to cheer on over 300 graduates. We hope you will come out to support the class of 2013!

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

2013 MPSD Parent of the Year

Ron Turner was recognized at the May meeting of the Board of Trustees as the MPSD Parent of the Year. Congratulations to Mr. Turner! We appreciate all that you do for the school district!

For more details and a list of each school’s Parent of the Year, click here.

Amanda Hanegan, MPSD Teacher of the Year, Recognized as MSU-Meridian Outstanding Graduate

MSU-Meridian recognized five students at the Spring Commencement Ceremony for being chosen 2012-13 Outstanding Graduates. Amanda Hanegan, MPSD and MHS Teacher of the Year, was among those honored. Mrs. Hanegan received a Master’s of Arts in Teaching Community College Education degree during the Ceremony as well. Congratulations to Mrs. Hanegan!!

For the complete story, click here.

LaVonda Germany Selected as Mississippi’s Third Congressional District Administrator of the Year

MPSD Administrator of the Year and Principal of Poplar Springs Elementary, LaVonda Germany, was selected as Mississippi’s Third Congressional District Administrator of the Year! This is a HUGE honor as Mrs. Germany was chosen from among the state’s elite administrators. She is one of four that interviewed for the Mississippi Administrator of the Year title, and we are still awaiting those results.

MPSD could not be more proud of Mrs. Germany!

2012-13 Retirees

Congratulations to the following 2012-13 MPSD retirees:

Earnestine Adams – Custodian, Magnolia Middle School
Linda Alford – Teacher, Crestwood Elementary School
Katie Bragg – Career Center, Meridian High School
Sandra Brantley – Pre-K Coordinator, Federal Programs Office
Lee Burrell – Teacher, Meridian High School
Amy Deen – Teacher, Magnolia Middle School
Rhonda Denton – Gifted Teacher, Poplar Springs Elementary
John Griggs, Jr. – Bus Driver, MPSD Transportation
Kevin Henson – Printing Specialist, MPSD Print Shop
Laura Hyche – Teacher, Meridian High School
Corrine Jordon – Teacher, Meridian High School
Carolyn Larkin – Teacher, Carver Middle School
Cynthia McCormick – Teacher, Oakland Heights Elementary
Dorothy Nelson – Teacher Assistant, West Hills Elementary
Martha “Kay” Pellegrin – WIA Teacher, Marion Park Alternative School
Laurel Rigdon – Teacher Academy Teacher, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center
Lewis Sanders – Maintenance, MPSD Central Operations
Kathy Scott – Teacher, West Hills Elementary School
Marilyn Smiley – Teacher, Carver Middle School
Diane Wall – Counselor, West Hills Elementary School
Janice Williams – Teacher, T.J. Harris Elementary School
Carol Williamson – Teacher, Magnolia Middle School
Carolyn Woods – Teacher, Parkview Elementary School
Gerald Worthy – Teacher, Meridian High School

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!

Spring Head of the Class Awards

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recently awarded two Ross Collins students with the Spring Head of the Class Awards. The Highest Overall Career and Technical Award went to Health Sciences II student DeQuon Anderson. The Most Improved Career and Technical Award went to Construction Technology student Brandon Lee.

To read the full story from WTOK, click here.

Meridian High School Economics and Government Students Toured the State Capitol

Forty-one seniors from Meridian High School enrolled in Economics and Government classes toured the State Supreme Court Building and the State Capital recently. During the tour of the Capital, the students were recognized in both the Senate and House chambers. House Representative Toby Barker, a 2000 graduate of MHS, explained the work of the Legislature to the students. The tour was hosted by Rep. Charles L. Young, Jr.

MHS Basketball and Track Students Sign to Play at the Next Level

Three Meridian High School basketball players recently signed to play on the college level next season -Dennis Miles, East Mississippi Community College; Jarricus Hubbard, Holmes Community College; and Torlorf Thomas, Georgia Southern University.

Today, four MHS Track athletes will sign to move on to the next level as well - Chauncey Wells and Shaciarra Drake, Grambling University; Jamal Elkins, Concordia University; and Boderick Oliver, Mississippi State University.

Congratulations to these outstanding students!

Future Business Leaders of America Students Place in State Competition

Congratulations to the following Ross Collins students that recently placed in the Future Business Leaders of America State Conference in Jackson, MS:

Computer Problem Solving: Kyler Drury - 3rd Place and Robert Hammon - 4th Place
Networking Concepts: Bradley Willis - 1st Place and Nick Parker - 3rd Place
Technology Concepts: Jamie Welch - 2nd Place
Web Site Design: Kolton Drury and Dakota Wright - 2nd Place

Ross Collins HOSA Students Earn Top Honors at State Competition

Ross Collins HOSA students recently attended the Mississippi State Leadership Conference in Natchez, MS. Congratulations to the following students for earning top spots in the competition: DeJurnee Thomas, 2nd place Home Health and Top 10% Healthcare Issues Exam; Tangier Trussell, 1st place Medical Reading; Cierra Spells, Top 10% Healthcare Issues Exam; and Chelsi Stewart, 2nd place Clinical Specialty-Pediatric Nursing.

Northwest Middle School Beauty and Beau Winners

Northwest Middle School recently held their annual Beauty and Beau pageant.

Congratulations to the following students:

Most Beautiful- Darby Gillette and Most Handsome -James Prewitt

Top Beauties: Kayla Emerson, Erica Gaddie, Darby Gillette, Cassidy Hines, Kai Horne, and Kaylan McCoy

Top Beaus: Carliente McClelland, Nick Williams, James Prewitt, Tavion Bell, and Ethan Clopton

Poplar Springs Students Win State PTA Reflections Awards

Public school students from all across state entered creative pieces into the 2013 Mississippi PTA Reflections Program. The Reflections Program was started in 1969 as a means to encourage students to explore their creative talents and a venue for them to express themselves through art. First place winners in all categories and divisions will represent the state of Mississippi at the National level.


Congratulations to the following Poplar Springs students:

Isabella Durgin—1st place, photography

Spence Hanegan—1st place, visual arts primary division

Sarah Paige Shirley – 1st place, visual arts intermediate division

Virginia White – 1st place, literature

Ava Durgin – 2nd place, music composition intermediate division

Josie Hanegan – 3rd place, visual arts intermediate division

Conner Shirley - 3rd place, visual arts primary division

Meridian High School National Honor Society Induction

Last week, Meridian High School inducted 58 students into 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. During the ceremony, they installed new officers, honored outgoing officers, and inducted new members.

2013- 14 National Honor Society Officers:

President – Jacoby Alford
Vice-President – Margaret Griffin
Secretary – Lisa Abel
Treasurer – Lauren Gaddie
Reporter – Cathy Sims

For a complete list of inductees, please click here.

Come Visit Us!
We have tons of opportunities for you to be involved in our schools…

Early Dismissal Days
Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 (Last Day)
Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m.
Secondary students will be dismissed at 1:10 p.m.

Northwest Middle School Eighth grade Promotion Ceremony
Thursday, May 23 - 6:00 p.m.
Graduation ceremony for 8th grade students

Poplar Springs Elementary Talent Show
Friday, May 24 -9:00 a.m.
The talents of third through fifth grade students are showcased in this final activity of the school year.

Meridian High School Graduation
Friday, May 24 – 7:30 p.m.
Ray Stadium

MPSD in the News…

MHS School Counts Program

2013 MPSD Parent of the Year (This article names each school's parent of the year as well)

West Hills May Festival

Crestwood Talent Show

MHS Students Earn Closer Look at Medical Field

MHS Students Explore Career Options

MHA Awarded Scholarships to MPSD Students

2013 MPSD Retirement Reception

Top Career and Technical Students Honored

Spring Head of the Class Awards and Head of the Class Breakfast

Crestwood's MCT2 Pep Rally

Ross Collins Head of the Class Awards

Parkview Students Are Rewarded for Good Behavior (PBIS)

DAR Recognizes Poplar Springs Student

Meridian High's C.J. Hampton received an offer from Alabama!!

Art at MHS

Field Day Fun at Poplar Springs Elementary

Parkview Students on the Front Page of the Meridian Star for their roles in the Peter Pan Play at MCC

Mississippi's Distinguished Young Woman Spoke to PSE students

MHS Walk of Fame

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