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Key Communicator Newsletter - 10.8.15

Key Communicator-October 8, 2015

MPSD Fall Break

Students will be out of school for Fall Break on Friday, October 9, Monday, October 12, and Tuesday, October 13.

Teachers will participate in professional development on Friday, October 9.

Barbara Young Named 2015-16 MPSD Administrator of the Year

The Meridian Public School District is pleased to announce that Barbara Young, Principal of Oakland Heights Elementary School, has been named the 2015-16 Administrator of the Year. Way to go Ms. Young! We are so proud of you!

MPSD Recognizes Teachers with Three Years of Perfect Attendance

The Meridian Public School District recently recognized the following seven full-time teachers for perfect attendance during the 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 school years:

Nell Barron, West Hills Elementary
Jonathan Brown, Northwest Middle
Rhonda Burrage, Magnolia Middle
Kimberly Coley Wilkerson, Meridian High
LaNelle Griffith, Poplar Springs Elementary
Shirley Silliaman, Meridian High
Teresa Nicole Worthy, Carver Middle

We appreciate your dedication to the students of Meridian!

September Teachers of the Month – LaMaresha Johnson and Jonathan Brown

Congratulations to Ms. Johnson, West Hills Elementary School, and Mr. Brown, Northwest Middle School, who were recently honored with a surprise classroom visit, flowers/gift basket, and $25 gift card.

West Hills – LaMaresha Johnson
Ms. Johnson is a Kindergarten teacher at West Hills Elementary School. Ms. Johnson was selected as Teacher of the Month for her dedication and energy demonstrated to the West Hills family. She goes above and beyond to meet the individual needs of her students on a daily basis.

Northwest – Jonathan Brown
Mr. Brown teaches seventh grade Language Arts at Northwest Middle School. He was chosen for this honor because of his dedication to mentoring new teachers throughout the summer and beginning of the school year. Mr. Brown works very hard and is dedicated to Northwest which is evidenced by three consecutive years of perfect attendance.

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 2015-16 school year. 

Congratulations to Ms. Johnson and Mr. Brown! We are very proud of you!

The Wildcat is Back!

The official school newspaper of Meridian High School is back as an online publication after a long absence.  Check out the hard work the journalism students have put in by visiting:

Mary Swindell Named 2015 Outstanding Informal Science Educator

Congratulations to Mary Swindell, Assistant Director of Ross Collins Career and Technical Center and Science Instructional Specialist, for receiving the 2015 Outstanding Informal Science Educator Award from the Mississippi Science Teachers Association! Ms. Swindell will receive special recognition on October 27 at the Annual Convention of the Association. Way to go Mrs. Swindell!

Important Information for Parents of Third Grade Students

The Mississippi Legislature passed the Literacy-Based Promotion Act in 2013 to ensure that students exit the 3rd grade reading at or above grade level. Due to the Literacy Based Promotion Act, all 3rd grade students will take a test at the end of the year to determine promotion to 4th grade.

To learn more about the Literacy Based Promotion Act and what MPSD is doing to help students, click here.

MHS Homecoming 2015 Review

Meridian High School had a great homecoming week! Congratulations to MHS Homecoming King Raheem Warren and Queen Ziquiashia Thames!

To view pictures of the:
Homecoming Court, click here.
Homecoming Parade, click here.
Homecoming Football Game, click here.

The Wildcats beat Jim Hill 42 to 6! Go Cats!

Northwest Middle School 2015-16 Cheerleaders

The Northwest Middle School cheerleaders attended camp at Mississippi State University this summer, and the squad earned a Superior Ribbon in Home Pom Dance, Superior Ribbon in Cheer and Chant , first place overall in small group for Extreme Dance Routine, third place overall in small group for Cheer, and third place overall in small group for Game Day Routine. Way to go Northwest!

The 2015-16 squad includes: Zaria Williams – Captain, Maya Bramlett - Co-Captain (All-American), Kacie Nabors - Co-Captain (All-American), Naomi Anderson, Kortnee Roberts, Brianna Gowdy, Jalen Thomas, and Tilleah Cole.

MPSD Facebook and Twitter

Don’t forget to follow MPSD on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest information and news from around the District.

Facebook – Meridian Public School District
Twitter - @MPSD_Wildcats

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

Come Visit Us!

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

MPSD Common Assessments

Tuesday, October 6 – Thursday, October 8

Students will take assessments for Language Arts and Math.


Crestwood Elementary School Behavior Bash

Thursday, October 8


Magnolia Middle School Fall Festival Concert and Science Night

Thursday, October 8 – 6:00 p.m.


MPSD Fall Break for Students

Friday, October 9 through Tuesday, October 13

Students will be out of school for Fall Break on October 9, 12, and 13.


Meridian High School Lady Cats Basketball Team Fish Fry Fundraiser

Friday, October 9 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

MHS Ray Stadium/Back Gate of Girls Gym

Plates will be $10 and will consist of catfish, 2 sides, dessert, bread, and beverage. Fish sandwiches will be $6. Pre-orders are encouraged, but walk-ups will be accepted. Delivery to groups with a $50 purchase is available.


MHS Hosts the MHSAA State Marching Evaluation Band Festival
Saturday, October 10 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

East Mississippi Community College


National School Lunch Week

Monday, October 12 through Friday, October 16


PSAT offered at Meridian High School
Wednesday, October 14


National Earthquake Drill
Thursday, October 15 – 10:15 a.m.


Parkview Elementary School Literacy Fun Night

Thursday, October 15 – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Literacy Fun Night will include hands-on activities and games.


Oakland Heights Elementary School Parent Literacy Night and Reading Fair Workshop

Thursday, October 15 – 6:00 p.m.


Poplar Springs Elementary School Science Fair Parent Workshop for Parents
Thursday, October 15 – Noon and 6:00 p.m.


Meridian High School Parent Power Hour

Thursday, October 15 – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
MHS Auditorium

MHS Parents are invited to the Parent Power Hour to learn more about important testing information, graduation requirements, Jostens, The School Counts Program, and how to log into Powerschool to check student grades. Don't miss this important information along with special student performances!


Meridian High School Picture Day

Friday, October 16

MHS students in grades 9 through 11 will take school pictures.


T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School Fall Festival

Friday, October 16 – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


MPSD Report Cards

Monday, October 19

MPSD students will receive their report card for the first nine weeks.


MPSD Common Assessments for Science, U.S. History, and Biology I

Monday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 21

Students in fifth and eighth grade Science classes as well as students in U.S. History and Biology I will take common assessments.


Crestwood Elementary School Reading Fair Workshop

Monday, October 19 – 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.


Crestwood Elementary School Canned Food Drive

Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 30


T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School Canned Food Drive

Monday, October 19

Students are asked to bring canned goods.


Magnolia Middle School Homecoming Football Game

Tuesday, October 20 – 5:00 p.m.

Magnolia vs. Philadelphia


Meridian High School College and Career Fair

Wednesday, October 21 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Crestwood Elementary School Awards Day

Thursday, October 22

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. – Third through Fifth Grades

2:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Pre-K through Second Grades


Parkview Elementary School “Reading is Fundamental” Program for Second Grade

Thursday, October 22 – 9:00 a.m.


Poplar Springs Elementary School Hosts Visiting Artist

Thursday, October 22

Fifth grade students will work with visiting artist Richelle Putnum.


T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School Awards Day

Thursday, October 22


Northwest Middle School PBIS Celebration and Fall Festival

Friday, October 23


Parkview Elementary School Reading Fair Projects Due

Friday, October 23


Parkview Elementary School Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Friday, October 23 – 1:30 p.m.


Poplar Springs Elementary School Fourth Grade Students Present Mississippi Program

Friday, October 23 – 10:30 a.m.


T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School Energy Efficiency Program for Fourth and Fifth Grades

Friday, October 23


West Hills Elementary School Helmets for Kids

Friday, October 23 – 10:00 a.m.


West Hills Elementary School Breast Cancer Awareness Pep Rally

Friday, October 23 – 1:15 p.m.


ACT offered at Meridian High School

Saturday, October 24

MPSD in the News…

Riley Center’s ArtSmart Program hosts Bullying Workshop


Meridian Star -


Perfect Attendance Teachers


Tough Road Ahead for MHS Football


Warren, Running Game Lead Meridian to Win


MHS Homecoming Queen


Wildcats Blow Out Jim Hill


MHS Homecoming Parade


Meridian Falls to Southeast


MPSD Hosts the Compass – Our Roadmap to Success


MPSD Parent University


Homecoming Parade Thursday


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