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September 18, 2015

Key Communicator-September 18, 2015

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Mark Your Calendar! MPSD Parent University: The Compass – Our Roadmap to Success

The Meridian Public School District will be hosting the first Parent University of the 2015-16 school year entitled “The Compass – Our Roadmap to Success” on Tuesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. in the MCC Dulaney Center. This event will feature information on MPSD’s new direction, feature student performances, offer opportunities to win door prizes, and much more! You don’t want to miss this Parent University, so mark September 22 on your calendar!

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MHS Homecoming Parade Applications Due Today!

The Meridian High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Thursday, September 24 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 by the end of the day today (Friday, September 18). For the parade application, please click here.

There will be a Parade Float Sponsors meeting on Monday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m.

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Meridian High School Homecoming Week

Meridian High School Homecoming is next week, and the 2016 theme is “Hunt or Be Hunted.” There are plenty of ways that you can be involved:

Dress Up Days –
-Monday – America Day – wear patriotic items
-Tuesday – Team Tuesday – wear your favorite team’s shirt or jersey
-Wednesday – Color Wednesday – each grade wears their color (freshmen – lime green, sophomores – purple, juniors – black, seniors – yellow, and faculty and staff – orange)
-Thursday – Hunt or Be Hunted – wear the attire of a hunter
-Friday – Spirit Day – wear your homecoming t-shirts or other MHS spirit shirts
*Jeans are allowed if students are wearing the day’s attire. If not, they must wear school uniform.

Fundraisers –
As part of the 2016 Homecoming activities, students are raising money for charity. Collection boxes are located in English and Social Studies classrooms.

Freshmen – St. Jude
Sophomores – American Cancer Society
Juniors – Alzheimer’s Association
Seniors – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Faculty and Staff – Diabetes Association

Powder Puff Game -
The 3rd annual Powder Puff Game will take place on Monday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m. in Ray Stadium. The admission is $2.00.

Homecoming Parade -
The Homecoming Parade is Thursday, September 24. Participants should begin lining up in front of Central Office at 4:30 p.m., and the parade begins at 5:30 p.m. The parade route will start at Central Office and end at City Hall. The Homecoming King will be crowned during the Pep Rally in front of City Hall.

Homecoming Pep Rally –
The Pep Rally will be held on Friday, September 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the MHS Boys Gym. The Homecoming Court will be presented during the Pep Rally.

Homecoming Game –
The MHS Wildcats will take on Jim Hill on Friday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Ray Stadium. During half time, the Homecoming Court will be presented and Queen will be crowned.

Go Wildcats!

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NEA President Visited MPSD on “Back to School” Tour

The Meridian Public School District was honored to host National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia in Meridian this week during her “Back to School” tour across the Southeast!

President Eskelsen Garcia along with the Mississippi Association of Educators President, Associate Executive Director, and staff members greeted teachers with breakfast and visited classrooms at Crestwood Elementary School and toured and visited classrooms at Meridian High School.

To read more about the MPSD visit, click here. Be sure to check out the Mississippi highlights section that includes pictures and videos from the tour of our students and staff!

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2015-16 Reading Fair

The Office of Instructional Support is pleased to announce our participation in the annual Mississippi Reading Fair. The state Reading Fair provides students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to share their favorite book through a story board display.

Students have the option of entering projects individually, with peers, or with family members.

Each school will set its own date for a school Reading Fair. First place school winners will advance to the District Reading Fair. The district level Reading Fair will be held January 21, 2016.

For the new State Reading Fair guidelines, click here.

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Dual Credit Continues

Dr. Taylor, MPSD Superintendent, signed an agreement recently with Meridian Community College to continue offering Dual Credit classes to Meridian High School students.

Dual credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit while earning credit toward a high school diploma. Dual credit classes offered at MHS and Ross Collins include academic courses such as College Algebra and English Composition as well as Career and Technical classes such as Engineering, Marketing, and Welding.

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New Bridge at T.J. Harris Lower

Through the Safe Routes to School Program, the City of Meridian and the Mississippi Department of Transportation donated a walking bridge to help students safely walk to and from school at T.J. Harris.

Click here to read more.

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Northwest Middle School to Create Outdoor Learning Centers

Thanks to a $1,000 donation from Direct Auto and Life Insurance Company, Northwest Middle School will be creating two outdoor learning centers in the existing courtyard areas. The centers will extend the learning environment from the four walls of the classroom and will concentrate on integrating Science, Math, and Language Arts in an engaging, real-life setting.

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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, so let’s use this opportunity to highlight the talent in our District!

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Come Visit Us!

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

Poplar Springs Elementary School Jean Day
Friday, September 18

Poplar Springs Elementary School Hosts Visiting Artist Holly Triplett
Friday, September 18

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School Freezer Pop Friday
Friday, September 18

West Hills Elementary School Blue Jean Day
Friday, September 18

MHS Homecoming Parade Applications Due
Friday, September 18
If you wish to participate in the MHS Homecoming parade, applications are due by Friday, September 18.

MHS Homecoming Parade Sponsors Meeting
Monday, September 21 – 5:30 p.m.

Meridian High School Powder Puff Game
Monday, September 21 – 6:00 p.m.
Ray Stadium
Admission is $2.00

MPSD Parent University: The Compass – Our Roadmap to Success
Tuesday, September 22 – 6:00 p.m.
MCC Tommy Dulaney Center

Poplar Springs Elementary School PTO Meeting
Tuesday, September 22 – 6:00 p.m.

T.J. Harris Upper Elementary Doughnuts with Dad
Tuesday, September 22 – 7:20 a.m.
Dads of students at T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School are invited to enjoy a doughnut breakfast with their child.

Meridian High School Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally
Thursday, September 24 – 5:30 p.m.

Crestwood Elementary School Blue Jean Day
Friday, September 25

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School Spirit Day
Friday, September 25
Students at T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School are invited to show school spirit in honor of MHS Homecoming. Students can wear Wildcat shirts or jerseys with jeans or cheerleading outfits.

Parkview Elementary School PBIS Fall Dance
Friday, September 25

Meridian High School Homecoming Football Game
Friday, September 25 – 7:00 p.m.
Ray Stadium
Join us for the 2015 MHS Homecoming game against Jim Hill.

Northwest Middle School PBIS Celebration
Friday, September 25

West Hills Elementary School Blue Jean Day
Friday, September 25

Parkview Elementary School Parent Night
Tuesday, September 29 – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
No children are allowed for Parent Night

Poplar Springs Elementary School Reading Fair Parent Workshop
Tuesday, September 29 – Noon or 6:00 p.m.

Magnolia Middle School Faculty & Staff Basketball Game
Wednesday, September 30

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MPSD in the News…

NEA President Visits Meridian Schools
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/NEA-President-Visits-Meridian-Schools-327740651.html

Artsmart Program Promotes Art as Teaching Tool h
ttp://www.meridianstar.com/news/local_news/artsmart-program-promotes-art-as-teaching-tool/article_a23cd246-5b61-11e5-806d-a7610c578b26.html

Artsmart Program to Promote Arts as Teaching Tool
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Artsmart-Program-to-Promote-Arts-as-Teaching-Tool-327467531.html

Weems Gets 100th Win at MHS and Wildcats Blank Noxubee
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/weems-gets-th-win-at-mhs-wildcats-blank-noxubee/article_8bce7a5a-5909-11e5-9194-ffc67e69fd99.html

Wildcats Set to Honor Squad
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/wildcats-set-to-honor-squad/article_3196cb34-583f-11e5-8938-73a346efcd08.html

MHS Choir Invited to Perform at MSU
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/mhs-choir-invited-to-perform-at-msu/article_58e16594-56a7-11e5-ade6-bf40a27cedc4.html

Another Tough Loss for Meridian High
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/another-tough-loss-for-meridian-high-school/article_0726023a-5442-11e5-8ebb-0bf823a2676e.html

MCC Renews Dual Credit Program with Area Schools
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/local_news/mcc-renews-dual-credit-program-with-area-schools/article_ebf160ee-537f-11e5-aa50-b7cf724e10d4.html

Wildcats Fall in Final Minutes
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/wildcats-fall-in-final-minute/article_5032d660-5389-11e5-8806-eba430ca3334.html

West Hills Brief Evacuation
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/School-Briefly-Evacuated-No-Danger-to-Students-324185121.html

Prep Football
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/kerekes-column-some-early-impressions-of-this-year-s-prep/article_8777d5ae-51f3-11e5-a7fb-bb2c9d89940a.html

MHS Travels to Wayne County
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/meridian-high-travels-to-wayne-county/article_27c36c00-52bf-11e5-95e6-af7ea9257e30.html

Clarkdale Beats Meridian
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/softball-roundup-mcleod-leads-way-as-clarkdale-beats-meridian/article_af023bc0-52be-11e5-abcf-ff247deffd26.html

MHS Reforms Interact Club
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/MHS-Reforms-Interact-Club-324026491.html

Safe Routes to School Project Unveiled
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Safe-Routes-to-School-Project-Unveiled-323997371.html

Pedestrian Bridge to Provide Students Safe Route
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/pedestrian-bridge-to-provide-students-safe-route/article_7a4350c2-51e7-11e5-b09b-d75b81279d19.html

Dual Credit MOU Signing with MCC
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/324153301.html

Altman Brothers Band Together to Make Music
http://www.meridianstar.com/news/brothers-band-together-to-make-music/article_098c144a-4ed1-11e5-abb1-3308d9d421e5.html

Meridian Showed Heart in Loss to South Panola
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/meridian-showed-heart-in-loss-to-south-panola/article_bb140f26-4ecf-11e5-ab0f-1f5a6ec957ca.html

Former Stars Look Back on Title Win
http://www.meridianstar.com/sports/former-stars-look-back-on-title-win/article_d77e9772-4d3e-11e5-937b-bb522ce22dd7.html

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