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Key Communicator Newsletter - 2.6.15

Key Communicator-February 6, 2015

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Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal  

Parent and teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, February 10 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. We encourage parents to attend to get an update on their student's performance in school.

We will have early dismissal for the conferences. Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:40 p.m. and middle schools and the high school will dismiss at 1:10 p.m.

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"1, 2, 3 Come Play with Me" Math-Themed Family Fun Night  

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Math Family Fun Night to be held on Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the MCC Tommy Dulaney Center on Highway 19.

This event is a continuation of our Parent University programs and will be focused on fun ways that parents can help their student improve in the area of math.

The event will feature games, student performances, and door prizes.

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Little Wildcats Pre-K Registration – Going on Now!

Registration for Pre-Kindergarten is going on now through March 6. For more information, click here.

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MPSD Names Administrator and Teacher of the Year

MPSD Administrator of the Year – Candi Robertson, Principal of West Hills Elementary

As Principal of West Hills Elementary and with 13 years of experience in the field of education, Ms. Robertson leads the second highest performing elementary school in the Meridian Public School District. West Hills is also the fourth highest performing elementary school in the East Mississippi area. Under her leadership, West Hills has earned a "C" rating for two of the last three years. Ms. Robertson holds a Specialist Degree in Education Administration and Leadership.

MPSD Teacher of the Year – Linda Posey, Fifth grade Science teacher at Poplar Springs Elementary

The 2015 Teacher of the Year Linda Posey has over 26 years of teaching experience and holds a Master's Degree. Ms. Posey has been teaching fifth grade Science at Poplar Springs Elementary for five years, and she helped guide 90 percent of her students to score advanced and proficient (the highest levels) on the 2013-14 state test.

School Teachers of the Year:

Crestwood Elementary School – Carla Murphy
Oakland Heights Elementary School – Brandi Smith
Parkview Elementary School – Sophia Evins
Poplar Springs Elementary School – Linda Posey
T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School – Tatricia Walker
T. J. Harris Lower Elementary School – Anastasia "Stacy" Shuler
West Hills Elementary School – Carla Bonner
Carver Middle School – Cicily Patton
Magnolia Middle School – Dyamond Borland
Northwest Middle School – Kimberly Hill
Meridian High School – Michael Clymer
Ross Collins Career and Technical Center – Martin Jack
Marion Park Alternative School – Lori Gatlin

Congratulations to these Wildcats! We appreciate your hard work so much!

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Middle School Students Take Top Honors in MCC's Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

Each year, Meridian Community College holds an essay contest for sixth and seventh grade students in our area. This year's contest was entitled "Remembering Freedom Summer: The Color Unity." The first place winners get to read their essays during MCC's Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration.

MPSD is pleased to announce that four out of the six winners were from our District! Congratulations to KoBriauna Davis, sixth grade, first place - Northwest Middle School; Summer Stennis, sixth grade, third place - Northwest Middle School; Tadashia Flowers, seventh grade, first place - Carver Middle School; and Zykerial Miller, seventh grade, third place - Carver Middle School.

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Ross Collins Students Chosen as 'Head of the Class'

Each semester, the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation chooses the "Best Overall" and "Most Improved" students from teacher nominations. Recently, Emilia Calderon was chosen as "Best Overall" from the Teacher Academy and Shaomari Cole was chosen as "Most Improved" from Collision Repair.

Congratulations to Shaomari and Emilia!

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January Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to Sophia Evins and Shannon Hosey who were honored recently as January Teachers of the Month.

Parkview – Sophia Evins, a fourth grade Reading and Language Arts teacher, was recently surprised in her classroom with a $25 gift card to Applebees from Nino's Daycare and flowers from Cartoons and Balloons. Mrs. Evins consistently pushes and motivates her students to show growth and to do their best work. She is ranked an "A" teacher this year due to her hard work and level of commitment. Mrs. Evins is a "teacher's teacher" who motivates her team and the entire school with her ability to reach the children with the most difficult behaviors and low academic scores. With 16 years of experience, she is a no-nonsense teacher who expects her student to excel no matter what.

Magnolia – Mr. Hosey was recently surprised in the Magnolia office with a $25 gift card to Applebees from Nino's Daycare and a label maker from Cartoons and Balloons. Mr. Hosey serves as the Behavior Counselor at Magnolia Middle School and has done a tremendous job with the implementation of PBIS.  He has developed a positive relationship and rapport with the students, and he keeps the teachers and students informed of where the school is when it comes to discipline.  Mr. Hosey models the expected behavior in the classrooms as well as provides the teachers with strategies that can assist them with classroom management.  Mr. Hosey does everything with a positive attitude.

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 Sophia Evins and Shannon Hosey! We are very proud of you!

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District Reading Fair 

The Meridian Public School District hosted the District Reading Fair on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Reading Fair winners from each school came together to compete for the chance to move on to the Regional Reading Fair which will be held in Jackson, MS in February. The projects were amazing! Click here to see a complete list of winners.

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Northwest Middle School Wins City Basketball Tournament

Special congratulations to the Boys and Girls Basketball teams at Northwest Middle School for earning the City Basketball Tournament Championship! This is the fourth consecutive win for the Boys team! We are so proud of you!

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MPSD Teachers Awarded Grants from the Meridian Junior Auxiliary

Each year the Meridian JA awards grants to teacher across the county to use in their classrooms, and this year our District had several grant recipients!

Congratulations to:

Stacy Davis- Carver Middle School-$252
Abby Dennis- Poplar Springs Elementary School- $1500
Elizabeth Fisher- Meridian High School- $1500
Lyntressa Bourrage- Meridian High School- $641.97
Jamie Kelly, Cathy Hall, Kasey Lott, & Holly Triplett- Poplar Springs Elementary School- $1105.99

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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 www.meridianstar.com or www.wgbctv.com and clicking on the Golden Apple logo.

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

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Come Visit Us!

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

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary Book Review Project
Monday, February 9 through Friday, February 13
Each day students will spotlight a different element of their favorite book.  

T.J. Harris Upper Elementary Valentine's Dance
Monday, February 9 – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $3; Casual wear

MPSD Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conference Day
Tuesday, February 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.  

Meridian High School College Goal Sunday
Thursday, February 12 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Meridian High School Main Campus Computer Lab (next to Library)
College Goal Sunday is a program to help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial aid forms.  Parents should bring their latest tax information with them to the school.  More information can be found on www.mscollegegoalsunday.org. Refreshments will be served to parents, and GEAR UP MS will draw one $250 scholarship award from the parents or students that attend this event.

Northwest Middle School Valentine's Dance
Thursday, February 12 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Northwest Middle School Gym
The cost for the dance is $5 in advance and $7 at the door.  Refreshments will be provided and pictures will be available for purchase.

MPSD Closed for President's Day
Monday, February 16 All MPSD schools will be closed in honor of President's Day.  

Northwest Middle School Open House for Fifth Grade Students
Tuesday, February 17 – 6:00 p.m.
Parents and guardians of fifth grade students at Poplar Springs and West Hills Elementary Schools are invited to visit the campus and hear from the different departments in order to see what wonderful things Northwest has to offer. Teachers will be introduced, a tour of the school will be given, and refreshments will be served.  This event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at approximately 7:30 p.m.

MPSD Hosts "1,2,3 Come Play with Me" Math-Themed Family Fun Night
Thursday, February 19 – 6:00 p.m.
MCC Tommy Dulaney Center on Highway 19
MPSD is hosting another Parent University, and this one is focused around math. The event will help parents and guardians learn how to help their child improve math skills through fun ways – games! There will be games, student performances, and door prizes. You don't want to miss this!

Meridian High School Wildcat Players Present 'The Wiz'
Friday, February 20 – 7:00 p.m.
MHS Auditorium General Admission costs $7. A discounted price of $5 will be offered to students and teachers.

T.J. Harris Upper Elementary Black History Program
Friday, February 20 – 1:00 p.m.

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary Invention Week
Monday, February 23 through Friday, February 27
Students will spotlight an invention and report or enhance that invention by using their creativity.  

Oakland Heights Elementary School PTO Meeting and Black History Program
Tuesday, February 24 - 6:00 p.m.
Auditorium
Our theme this year is "If You Follow the Drinking Gourd."  Students will be participating in a musical drama to showcase their talents, our praise dancers will perform, and the almighty stepping Oakies will present a fascinating drill performance.  We are also having an essay contest for third through fifth graders and the winning essay will be presented. 

Oakland Heights Elementary School PTO Meeting and Black History Program
Thursday, February 26 - 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Auditorium
Our theme this year is "If You Follow the Drinking Gourd."  Students will be participating in a musical drama to showcase their talents, our praise dancers will perform, and the almighty stepping Oakies will present a fascinating drill performance. 

T.J. Harris Upper Elementary Explore Field Trip to Jackson
Thursday, January 26

Magnolia Middle School Beta Club Induction
Monday, February 26 – 6:00 p.m.
Magnolia Auditorium
Please join Magnolia students for the first annual Beta Club Induction program.

T.J. Harris Upper Elementary PBIS Good Behavior Treat
Friday, February 27 

Northwest Middle School Pizza Social
Friday, February 27
Northwest will be having a pizza social for all students who made the Honor Roll and Principal's List during first semester.

Oakland Heights Elementary Read Across America
Friday, February 27
As we promote literacy, students will stroll throughout the building to read about different locations in our country.  The halls will be decorated with facts, landmarks, or other information from various regions.

Meridian High School Black History Program
Friday, February 27

Poplar Springs Elementary School "Rock and Roll Forever!"  Second Grade Program
Friday, February 27 - 10:30 a.m.
Poplar Springs Auditorium
Second grade students celebrate their grandparents through music, drama, dance and visual art.  

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MPSD in the News…

Inking for the Future – Area Players Sign with Schools
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/inking-for-the-future-area-players-sign-with-schools-to/article_b369c0b6-acec-11e4-8d33-0f27a468f004.html

PSE Hosts Open House
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Poplar-Springs-Elementary-Hosts-Open-House-290724031.html

Ross Collins Head of the Class Awards
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Cole-Calderon-Receive-Recognition-289633711.html

MPSD Teachers Learn CPR
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/MPSD-Teachers-Learn-CPR--289477381.html

Quitman Boys Top Meridian In Battle of Top Programs
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/quitman-boys-top-meridian-in-battle-of-top-programs/article_2d8bb162-a6b0-11e4-82fd-83eddb27f5f4.html

Learning about State Government
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/learning-about-state-government/article_02371ae8-a6aa-11e4-8884-7b4b920c0fb5.html

Meridian Eyes Final Regular Season Games
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/meridian-eyes-final-regular-season-games-region-tournament/article_dd798706-a774-11e4-8092-abccc14a0511.html

Meridian Boys Top Brandon
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/meridian-boys-top-brandon-get-no-seed-in-hoops/article_cae75d1e-a389-11e4-9eae-7f72a4a96d7b.html

Girls Tie and Meridian Boys Win in Soccer
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/girls-tie-meridian-boys-win-in-soccer-vs-west/article_880e3918-a389-11e4-a114-f377cfb15ae6.html

MHS Female Kicker – Football is Family Legacy
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/for-meridian-high-s-female-kicker-football-is-family-legacy/article_4b503bfe-8e38-11e4-9f2b-ffca33d62553.html

MPSD Superintendent Raises Concern Over Education Policies
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/MPSD-Superintendent-Raises-Concern-Over-Education-Policies-286971881.html

Taylor Urges Citizens to Held 3rd Graders Improve Reading Skills
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/local_news/taylor-urges-citizens-to-help-rd-graders-improve-reading-skills/article_9d9ab646-85af-11e4-8269-8b6642b5751d.html

Lamplighters Spread Christmas Cheer
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/local_news/lamplighters-spread-christmas-joy/article_d86a3fba-85b1-11e4-b7d9-1ff52425ce26.html

Citizen Input Sought at Community Forum
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/citizen-input-sought-at-community-forum/article_8419b292-9619-11e4-bf9c-73ff2c77b04b.html

100 Volunteers Needed
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/needed-volunteers/article_fd6c5ef6-9619-11e4-b967-d7bd7370a620.html

100 Volunteers Needed for MPSD 3rd Grade
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/100-Volunteers-Needed-MPSD-Third-Grade-287718511.html

Three MHS Players Named to All Star Games
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/three-meridian-players-named-to-all-star-games/article_88a0fc38-9c6a-11e4-a5cc-e77397fd3791.html

Race to Benefit Drop Out Prevention
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/race-to-benefit-dropout-prevention-program/article_e8c8b8d0-9b9d-11e4-bbb8-db61209bc0d9.html

Reading Initiative – Smart and Practical
http://www.meridianstar.com/opinion/reading-initiative-smart-practical/article_5e54fe42-9946-11e4-8335-cf0bc7f3a19a.html

MPSD Reading – How You Can Help
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/MPSD-Reading-How-You-Can-Help-288296571.html

MPSD Reading Volunteers
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/MPSD-Reading-Volunteers-288283081.html

MCC Holds Annual MLK Celebration – MPSD had 4 winners
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/mcc-holds-annual-mlk-celebration/article_4e9d752e-9d3d-11e4-b225-a792d9c70486.html

Keeping the Dream Alive
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/keeping-the-dream-alive/article_6137881c-a05a-11e4-9ab4-63d458aa5e7e.html

MPSD Hosts First Annual Race for the Future
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/mpsd-hosts-first-annual-race-for-the-future/article_d2fa0dde-9ecb-11e4-95e7-b776b9c8b6b9.html

Runners Race for the Future
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Marathon-Runners-Race-for-the-Future-288924231.html

MPSD Administrator and Teacher of the Year
WTOK -http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/MPSD-Administrator-and-Teacher-of-the-Year-289336461.html
Meridian Star - http://www.meridianstar.com/news/mpsd-administrator-teacher-of-year-named/article_bdef92c0-a1ef-11e4-9d6f-6f9d1baa90c6.html

Small Group to Lead MHS Baseball Team http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/small-to-group-lead-meridian-high-s-baseball-team/article_b15f9720-a1f0-11e4-8b1d-176b52b2bc12.html  

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