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Key Communicator Newsletter - 9.6.13

Key Communicator-September 6, 2013

MHS vs. South Panola Tonight at 7 p.m.

You don’t want to miss this match up!! We hope to see you at the Ray!

For a complete 2013 football schedule, please click here.

2013 Ticket Information:
-Reserved Chair-Back seating Season Ticket: $75 (includes reserved parking)
-Reserved Chair-Back Seating: $15 per game
-General Admission Seating: $8 per game

Love Wildcat Sports? Use one of the following passes to come to all sporting events for one low price!
-All Sport Adult Reserved Seating Pass: $100 (includes reserved seating at football games)
-All Sport Adult Pass: $80
-All Sport Student Pass: $40
-Student Athlete Pass: $25 (MHS Student Athletes can use this pass to attend other sporting events throughout the year.)

To purchase your tickets or for more information, please contact Karen Kimberl at 601.482.1225.

Last Day to Purchase MHS Homecoming T-Shirts

Today is the last day to purchase MHS Homecoming T-shirts. If you are interested, please click here.

MPSD E-mail Change

The Meridian Public School District has changed e-mail providers, so please update your contact information for all faculty and staff to reflect the new addresses.

The change is easy to remember…the first part of the e-mail address stays the same (the letters before the @ symbol), and all that is changing is the portion after the @ symbol. The change will be from to For example, if the old email address for John Doe was, the new email address will be

Thanks for your help in making this a smooth transition!

Teachers at Northwest Middle and West Hills Elementary Honored by City of Meridian Today

Mayor Percy Bland, Meridian Parks and Recreation Director Kelvin McGruder, and local businesses, Cartoons and Balloons and Nino's Daycare, will be recognizing an outstanding teacher or staff member from two MPSD schools a month during the 2013-14 school year. 

Congratulations to Ms. Hill at Northwest and Ms. Pippin at West Hills who were honored today with a surprise classroom visit, $25 gift card from Nino’s Daycare, and roses from Cartoons and Balloons.

Northwest - Kimberly Hill
Ms. Hill teaches 8th Grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra. She was selected for her ability to engage students in actively learning Math, going out of her way to tutor students at their convenience, and taking the initiative to work collaboratively with her peers.  

West Hills - Britney Pippin
Ms. Pippin teaches first grade and is being recognized for having lesson plans, assessments, and newsletters turned in on time, having perfect attendance, being on time to work each day, going above and beyond the call of duty, keeping a positive attitude, and updating grades in the grade book on time.

Congratulations! We are very proud of you!

MPSD Early Dismissal and Parent and Teacher Conference Day

Mark your calendars! Tuesday, September 10 will be Early Dismissal and Parent and Teacher Conference day for all MPSD Schools.

Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m., and middle and high school students will be dismissed at 1:10 p.m.

Parents are encouraged to attend Parent/Teacher conferences from 2 to 6 p.m. to get an update on their student’s performance in school as well as pick up the first nine weeks progress report.

We hope to see you there!

MPSD Teachers Featured in Latest Issue of 393 Magazine

Have you seen the August/September issue of 393 Magazine? The 411 section of the magazine highlights MPSD teachers Jonathan Cornell and Amanda Hanegan. Mr. Cornell teaches Government and Economics at Meridian High School, and Mrs. Hanegan teaches Math at Meridian High School.

Be sure to check it out!

MHS Homecoming Parade Applications

The Meridian High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. If your school, club, or organization would like to participate by having a float in the parade, the applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24.

For the parade application, click here.

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary Students are College Bound

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary recently held a College Rally to kick-off the "College is Our Destination" program. In line with the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) program, T.J. Harris Lower is rewarding students for positive behaviors by allowing the students to wear a college t-shirt to school on Fridays. If a student has been on time every day, has no office discipline referrals, and maintains a "C" average, they will be allowed to wear their college t-shirts on Fridays because they have exhibited college bound behaviors. In addition, students will learn the history of the college, follow the sports of the school, participate in math projects based on the sports stats, hear from guest speakers (in person or via podcast), and will host their own college fair. Their classroom's identity for the entire school year will be connected to the college that has adopted their class, not a room number or grade level. 

MHS VAPA Students Unveil New Campus Mural

As part of the 'Campus Pride Mural Art Project,' Meridian High School Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) students have created and painted six murals around the school campus. The latest mural, 'The Tree of Creation,' was unveiled recently. This mural is located at the top of the stairs in the Activities Building at MHS, and it features the word CREATE with each letter representing a different focus of the arts - Connect, Risk, Explore, Appreciate, Think, and Experience. 'The Tree of Creation' was designed by students Ashley Reed and Rosey Lau, but it was painted by many VAPA students. All of the 'Campus Pride Mural Art Projects' are part of an education grant from the Meridian Arts Council.

Golden Apple Award Nominations

MPSD was pleased to have three teachers from our district awarded Golden Apples in the 2012-13 school year. The Golden Apple Awards will continue this year, so nominate your favorite teacher 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, so mark your calendars!


Crestwood Elementary School Book Fair

Monday, September 9

Crestwood Book Fair Begins


Magnolia Middle School Title I/PTO Meeting

Monday, September 9 – 6:00 p.m.


MPSD Parent/Teacher Conference Day and Early Dismissal

Tuesday, September 10

Elementary Dismissal – 12:40 p.m.

Middle and High School Dismissal – 1:10 p.m.

Parents are encouraged to attend Parent/Teacher conferences from 2 to 6 p.m. to get an update on their student’s performance in school as well as pick up the first nine weeks progress report.


Crestwood Elementary School Reading Fair Parent Workshop

Tuesday, September 10

During Parent/Teacher Conferences, Crestwood will host a Reading Fair Workshop for parents.


Crestwood Elementary School Day of Remembrance

Wednesday, September 11 - 8:30 a.m.

Students, Faculty, and Staff will remember and pay tribute to those heroes who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The program will cumulate around the flag pole with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.


Crestwood Elementary School Second Grade Lunch

Thursday, September 12

Crestwood Cafeteria


Poplar Springs Elementary Title 1 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, September 17 – 6:00 p.m.

PSE Auditorium

Mrs. Germany, Principal, will update parents on Title 1 Plan for Poplar Springs.


Ross Collins Career and Technical Center Health Science Students Job Shadow at Rush Hospital 

Tuesday, September 17

Rush Hospital

Students enrolled in the second year of Health Sciences will begin job shadowing at Rush Hospital.


Ross Collins Career and Technical Center Health Science Students Job Shadow at Andersons Hospital 

Thursday, September 19

Anderson Hospital

Students enrolled in the second year of Health Sciences will begin job shadowing at Andersons Hospital.


Crestwood Elementary School Picture Day

Monday, September 23

Crestwood Cafetorium


Parkview Elementary School PTO Meeting and Parkview Pride Performance

Tuesday, September 24 – 6:00 p.m.

Parkview invites parents to attend the PTO meeting as well as the Parkview Pride student performance.


Ross Collins Career and Technical Center CPR Training for Teacher Academy Students

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 24 and 25

Peavey Auditorium

Teacher Academy students will participate in CPR training.


Crestwood Elementary School Celebration for Meeting Accelerated Reading and Math Goals

Thursday, September 26 - 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.


Poplar Springs Elementary Reading Fair Parent Workshop

Thursday, September 26 - 12:15 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m.

PSE Library

Parents will receive guidelines and information on Reading Fair from Mrs. Bethany Garret, Librarian, and sample projects will be on display.


Northwest Middle School Science Fair
Thursday, September 26 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Northwest Gym


Northwest Middle School PBIS Pep Rally
Thursday, September 26

Northwest Middle School Gym


Meridian High School Homecoming Parade

Thursday, September 26


Carver Middle School Teacher Advisory

Friday, September 27

Students will attend Advisory meetings with their Homeroom teacher.


Carver Middle School PBIS Store Grand Opening

Friday, September 27 - 8:10 a.m. to 9:08 a.m.

This will be the first opportunity for students to spend their PBIS tickets.


Parkview Elementary School Mustang Pride Party

Friday, September 27

During each grade level activity period, students with great behavior during the month of September will be rewarded with relay races, blow pops, and pictures.


Meridian High School Homecoming Football Game

Friday, September 27 – 7:00 p.m.

Ray Stadium

MHS vs. Jim Hill


MPSD in the News…


MHS Takes on South Panola at the Ray


Wildcats Take Down Panthers


Tree of Creation at MHS


New School Year, New Discipline Policies in the City


Officials Field Questions


T.J. Harris Students Aim High


MHS Unveils New Mural


New Parks & Recreation Initiatives


Cats Ready for Clash with Panthers


Mississippi Increases Graduation Rate


Wildcats Open the Season at Northwest Rankin


School Leaders and Parents Discuss Furthering Education


MPSD School Nurse Addresses Mosquito Concerns


Interim State Superintendent of Education to Visit Meridian


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