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November 21, 2014

Key Communicator-November 21, 2014

MPSD Thanksgiving Break

All MPSD schools and offices will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on Monday, November 24 through Friday, November 28.

The Wildcat Family is so grateful for our outstanding team of teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents who work together to help our students be successful. We wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

A Special Thanks…

A special thanks to the MPSD Food Service Department for the delicious Thanksgiving meal that they provided last week for students and parents!

The Food Service team prepared:
7,744 servings of dressing and gravy,
6,348 servings of yeast rolls,
6,108 servings of sweet potatoes,
5,289 servings of green beans,
6,838 freshly baked cookies, AND
552 meals that were not turkey and dressing!

We appreciate your hard work!

2014-15 Wildcat Basketball Schedule

The Wildcat Basketball teams are off to a great start, so be sure to catch them in action this season! For a Wildcat Basketball Schedule, please click here.

November Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to Deloris Riddle, T.J. Harris Lower Elementary, and Tatricia Walker, T.J. Harris Upper Elementary who were honored today with a surprise classroom visit, $25 gift card to Wal-Mart from Nino’s Daycare, and roses from Cartoons and Balloons.

T.J. Harris Lower – Deloris Riddle is a first grade teacher at T.J. Harris Lower Elementary. During November observations from various sources (District and State), one name kept coming up for good classroom management, successful practices, and high levels of rigor and that was Ms. Riddle. Harris Lower says “Riddle Rocks!”

T.J. Harris Upper – Tatricia Walker is a 5th math teacher at T.J. Harris Upper Elementary, and she is the ultimate team player. She is always willing to go above and beyond to assist students, and she is often the first to volunteer. With an encouraging spirit, she makes learning fun and provides great modeling. Harris Upper says “she's awesome!”

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 2014-15 school year. 

Congratulations to Ms. Riddle and Ms. Walker! We are very proud of you!

Empty Bowls, Empty Hearts Dinner and Christmas Extravaganza

Make plans to attend the Empty Bowls, Empty Hearts Dinner and Christmas Extravaganza hosted by the Meridian High School Visual and Performing Arts Department on Monday, December 8.

The Dinner will be in the MHS Cafeteria from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., and the Extravaganza will be presented by the MHS Choir (including middle school choirs) at 7:00 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium.

Tickets cost $10. A portion of that money will be donated to support L.O.V.E.’s Kitchen. You will also receive a hand-crafted bowl to take home as a tangible keepsake of your filling another’s empty bowl.

For more information, contact or

MPSD to Host “Run for the Future” 5K, 2 mile Walk, and 1 mile Fun Run

The Meridian Public School District is hosting the first annual “Race for the Future” 5K Run, 2 mile Walk, and 1 mile Fun Run on Saturday, January 17 at 9:00 a.m. at MHS.

For more information or an application, please click here.

Nine MHS Students Named to 2014-15 Leadership Lauderdale Class

We are proud of Hetal Champaneri, Amanda Corey, Somai Fikes, Alyssa Goodman, Maddie Griffin, Chelsea Grisset, Kaylah Roberts, Renuka Srivastava, and Walton Turnage for representing MHS in this year's Leadership Lauderdale Class!

MHS Students Featured in the Winter Institute’s Fall Magazine

Congratulations to Simone Amos and Logan Nave for being honored in the Winter Institute’s “Inclusion is the Wellspring of Democracy,” The Youth Issue, Fall 2014 magazine. They were featured for their work with the Meridian Makes a Change (M.M.A.C.) youth council that works to improve communication among students, teachers, and administrators; student problem solving; and volunteer opportunities.

Carver Middle School Students Learn from Veteran

On Veterans Day, Ensign Rolletta, a student pilot at NAS Meridian came to Carver Middle School. He spoke to Mrs. Rolletta and Mrs. Pittman’s 7th grade math classes about Veteran’s Day and the importance of math throughout his career. He explained the different branches of the service and what it means to be a veteran. Ensign Rolletta was previously an air traffic controller in the United States Marine Corps. He walked the students through his career and explained how he used math through basic training, as an air traffic controller, and now as a pilot in the Navy. The kids enjoyed his presentation and watching him put his gear on!

Golden Apple Award Nominations

MPSD is pleased to have five teachers from our district awarded Golden Apples since the program began at the beginning of 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.

MPSD in the News…

MHS Student Commits to LA Tech


Wildcat Players Perform Preview of Competition Show


Meridian Falls to D’Iberville


PSE Students Honor Veterans


MHS Students in Leadership Lauderdale Youth Class


MHS Students Place in State World Trade Center Institute Art Competition


Third Stretch for MHS as it Faces D’Iberville


Wildcats Focused on What is in Front of Them


Playoffs on Line for MHS


Meridian Standouts Commit to MSU


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