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Key Communicator Newsletter - 3.3.16

Key Communicator-March 3, 2016

Input Sought in Superintendent Search

The Meridian Public School District Board of Trustees has partnered with the Mississippi School Boards Association to launch a search for the next Superintendent of the Meridian Public School District.

The MPSD Board of Trustees and MSBA want input and feedback from staff, parents, and community members. Please click here to view the Superintendent Search Timeline and to fill out a Feedback Survey. Surveys are due Friday, March 4.

MPSD Pre-Kindergarten Registration

Registration for the MPSD Little Wildcats Pre-Kindergarten program for the upcoming school year will be open until March 18, 2016. If you have a child who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2016, please contact the Federal Programs Office at 601.484.4960.

MHS Senior John Thomas Goldman Named National Merit Finalist

The National Merit Scholarship Program's mission is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. John Thomas Goldman, Meridian High School Senior, took the P-SAT and placed in the top 1% as a National Merit semi-finalist. He recently found out that he has now been now named a finalist.

John Thomas plans to graduate from MHS in May 2016 and attend Texas A&M University in the Fall with a major in Aerospace Engineering.

Congratulations John Thomas! We are so proud of you!

MHS Boys Basketball Headed to the Big House

The Meridian High School Boys Basketball team beat St. Martin in the second round of the MHSAA playoffs last week, and they are headed to the Jackson Coliseum! The Wildcats play Tupelo High School in the Coliseum this Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. Let’s cheer on the Wildcats to a State Championship! Go Cats!

“Music in Our Schools” Month Concert – Saturday, March 19

March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of “Music in Our Schools” month. In honor of “Music in Our Schools” month, the elementary music and middle and high school choir classes of the Meridian Public School District have partnered to present a concert. On Saturday, March 19th at 1:30 p.m., selected students from ten of the Meridian Public School District campuses will present a concert of quality, choral repertoire at Meridian High School in the Auditorium. Click here for more information.

Melanie Pittman, Carver Math Teacher, Named NAAC Teacher Intern of the Year

Melanie Pittman, seventh grade math teacher at Carver Middle School, was named the Teacher Intern of the Year by the National Association for Alternative Certification. Mrs. Pittman served as a Branch Manager of Regions Bank for ten years before entering the teaching profession. She will be honored and formally presented the Teacher Intern of the Year Award during the NAAC annual conference this weekend in New Orleans. To read more, click here.

Congratulations on this prestigious award Mrs. Pittman!

February Teachers of the Month –

Congratulations to Melanie Jackson, T.J. Harris Lower Elementary, and Jessica Killen, T.J. Harris Upper Elementary, who were honored recently with a surprise classroom visit, flowers, and $25 gift card.

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School – Melanie Jackson

Melanie Jackson is a first grade teacher who motivates, encourages, and supports students throughout the learning process. Since she understands the influence parents have on their child's education, she collaborates with parents to ensure the success of all children. She also is a team leader who is always ready to share effective teaching strategies and innovative ideas with other teachers.

T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School – Jessica Killen

Jessica Killen is a first year SPED teacher at Harris Upper who has really stepped up to the challenge. She goes above and beyond to encourage her students to reach for the stars. She is extremely patient while explaining well developed lessons that reach the students. Mrs. Killen builds relationships with her students that make them want to learn. She is ready and willing to go above and beyond for not only her assigned students but all the children at Harris Upper.

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. Jackson and Mrs. Killen! We are very proud of you!

MHS Students Take Top Spots in Distinguished Young Woman of Meridian Program

Congratulations to MHS student Kai Horne who was recently named the 2017 Distinguished Young Woman of Meridian! In addition to the overall title, Kai won preliminary awards in physical fitness and talent. She also won the Spirit of Distinguished Young Woman for Meridian which is voted on by the other Meridian participants. Kai will move on to compete in the State DYW Program that will be held at the Temple Theatre in Meridian on July 14-16, 2016. Way to go Kai!

The Distinguished Young Woman program (formally Junior Miss) is a scholarship program that evaluates Juniors in high school in the following categories: Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%).

We are also very proud of MHS students Logan Nave, who was named first alternate, and Cassidy Hines, second alternate!

Carver Middle School Student Zora Prater Earns First Place in Regional Science Fair

Congratulations to Zora Prater, seventh grade student in Ms. Lane’s class at Carver Middle School, for earning first place in the Regional Science Fair held at Mississippi State University last week. Zora was also nominated for the Broadcom Masters Award! She will go on to compete at the State Science Fair on April 4 in Oxford, MS. Way to go Zora!

Second Annual “Race for the Future” a Huge Success 

The Meridian Public School District would like to thank all of the "Race for the Future" sponsors and participants for making the second annual race so successful! Please click here to check out the list of sponsors. We appreciate the support!

All of the money raised will be used for dropout prevention efforts within the Meridian Public School District.

Northwest Middle School Student Takes First Place at Math Tournament

Middle school students from Carver, Magnolia, and Northwest were recently selected to participate in the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics Junior High Math Tournament district competition hosted by Meridian Community College’s Math and Science Division.

Congratulations to John Landon Young, eight grade student from Northwest Middle School, who earned first place in the district competition! John Landon will be moving on to compete in the state level tournament held at Hinds Community College in Rankin on April 9.

Ross Collins Students Named Head of the Class for Fall Semester

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently recognized its fall 2015 Head of the Class award recipients. Troy Carter, Auto Service student, was awarded the Highest Overall Achievement, and Trevelle Ingram, Health Sciences I student, was awarded Most Improved.

Congratulations to Troy and Trevelle!

Come Visit Us!

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

Registration for MPSD Pre-K

Now – Friday, March 18

If you reside in the Meridian Public School District and have a child who will be four years of age on or before September 1, 2016, call your school office or the Federal Program Office at 601-484-4960 to register.


West Hills Elementary School Celebrates Read Across America Week

Monday, February 29 – Friday, March 4

Monday- Colorful sock day, Tuesday – Favorite Hat Day, Wednesday – Read In, Thursday – Wear Red and Blue with Uniforms, and Friday – Wear Green with Uniform of Jeans


Meridian High School Annual Beauty and Beau Pageant

Thursday, March 3 – 7:00 p.m.

MHS Auditorium


Meridian High School Varsity Singers Join Area Choirs for Concert

Thursday, March 3 – 7:00 p.m.

Meridian Community College Ivy Auditorium

The MHS Varsity Singers will join the choirs from Meridian Community College, West Lauderdale High School, and others for a concert.


Parkview Elementary School Beauty & Beau Pageant

Friday, March 4 – 6:00 p.m.

Magnolia Auditorium


Parkview Elementary School Spring Pictures

Friday, March 4


Meridian Public School District Spring Break

Monday, March 7 – Friday, March 11

All schools and offices will be closed for Spring Break.


Poplar Springs Elementary School Conservation Camp for Fourth Grade Students

Thursday, March 17 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Camp Banachi


Crestwood Elementary School Behavior Bash and Accelerated Reader Celebration

Friday, March 18


Northwest Middle School Diversity Career Fair

Friday, March 18


T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School JUMP Rope for Heart

Friday, March 18 – 2:00 p.m.


MPSD Music in Our Schools Month Concert

Saturday, March 19 – 1:30 p.m.

Meridian High School Auditorium

Students from each MPSD Elementary and Middle School have been selected to combine with the Meridian High School Concert Choir, Lamplighters, and Band to present a “Music in Our Schools” Month Concert. The concert will be conducted by Jennifer Davis, MHS Choral Activities Director. For more information, please contact Michelle Cook at 601.467.8430 or


Crestwood Elementary School Open House and Pre-Registration for Incoming Kindergarten Students

Tuesday, March 22


Oakland Heights Elementary School Spring Pictures

Tuesday, March 22


Crestwood Elementary School Spring Pictures

Wednesday, March 23


Poplar Springs Elementary School Spring Pictures

Wednesday, March 23

Individual and group pictures will be taken at this time.


Northwest Middle School Beauty and Beau Pageant

Thursday, March 24 – 6:00 p.m.

Meridian High School Auditorium


Parkview Elementary School PBIS Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday, March 24


Poplar Springs Elementary School Second Grade Students Present Grandparent’s Day Program

Thursday, March 24 – 10:30 a.m.


Meridian Public School District Easter Break

Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28

All schools and offices will be closed for Easter Break.


Third Grade Gateway Exam

Friday, March 25 through Friday, April 15

All students in the third grade will take the Third Grade Gateway Exam during this timeframe.


Meridian Public School District Report Cards Issued

Tuesday, March 29

Report cards will be sent home with students for the third nine weeks.


Parkview Elementary School Third Grade Parent Meeting

Tuesday, March 29 – 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Parkview Elementary School Host MS Power Presentation for Fifth Grade Students

Wednesday, March 30 – 9:00 a.m.


T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Awards Program

Thursday, March 31


MPSD Students Participate in MS All-State Choir

Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2

University of Southern Mississippi

MPSD had 19 students to audition and be selected for the All-State Honor Choir which will be held at USM in Hattiesburg, MS.


MPSD in the News… 

Crestwood Elementary Reads Across Meridian

Southeast Tigers Roar Back to Defeat Meridian 

Students Get Free Book on Read Across America Day 

Meridian Punches Ticket to Big House with Win over St. Martin 

Meridian Boys Beat St. Martin and are Headed to the Big House 

Meridian and Lauderdale County Distinguished Young Women Named

Distinguished Young Woman

MPSD Moving Forward One Positive Stride at the Time

Community Input Sought in Superintendent Search 

Horton Hears a Who 

MCC Dental Student Teach Oakland Heights Students about Oral Health 

MPSD Superintendent Search On Going 

EMBDC Recognizes Fall Head of the Class 

Bolden Tough on Malone But Standout Guard Prefers It

Public Input Sought in Superintendent Search

Meridian Girls End Season 

Panda Power TV Meridian School Produces Newscast 

Kerekes Column – Big Challenges Ahead for New Meridian Coach 

Meridian Defeats Brandon Earns First Round Bye in Playoffs

Calvin Hampton’s “On the Record” Interview 

Hampton Announced as New Football Coach at MHS

Meridian High Names New Football Coach 

Meridian to Introduce New Coach 

Ross Collins Students Make it to Head of the Class 

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