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Mississippi Department of Education Releases Accountability Labels

In the official release of the state accountability statuses for schools and districts in the 2010-2011 school year, the Meridian Public School District is ranked as “low performing.”  

“While we are not where we want to be, I feel that the district is moving in the right direction,” said Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor. “The overall district Quality of Distribution Index improved, and five of our ten schools improved their QDI scores as well. We will use that momentum to move forward.”

To read more about the accountability statuses of the Meridian Public School District and to see the QDI scores and Labels for each school, click here.

Teachers with the Highest Growth Announced

MPSD is honoring the teachers in our district that were able to show the most growth with their students on the Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition for the 2010-2011 school year. These teachers will receive $2,000 for job-embedded professional development that they will provide to other teachers in our district.

This is a very big accomplishment, so please help us congratulate the following teachers:



1. Kristen Magee – 3rd Grade Math – 137 QDI

2. Dana Bell – 4.28 Growth – 130 QDI

3. Shavondra Clayton – 3.43 Growth – 137 QDI


Oakland Heights

1. Leanne Robinson – 3rd Grade Math – 186 QDI

2. Dena Patterson – 3.78 Growth – 148 QDI

3. Angie Wilkinson – 2.47 Growth – 130 QDI



1. Kirby Simmons – 3rd Grade Math – 179 QDI

2. Sophia Evins/Rachel Whittington (Language Arts/Reading) – 2.09 Growth – 130 QDI


Poplar Springs

1. Jennifer Dupont – 3rd Grade Math – 264 QDI

2. Amy Temple/Bridget Purdy (Language Arts/Reading) – 4.58 Growth – 185 QDI

3. Diana Covington – 3.16 Growth – 192 QDI


T. J. Harris

1. Kim Runyon – 3rd Grade Math – 147 QDI

2. Judy Harper – 3.15 Growth – 135 QDI

3. Lisa Woodrick – 2.62 Growth – 140 QDI


West Hills

1. Kathy Scott – 3rd Grade Math – 156 QDI



1. Etoria Hill – 3.08 Growth – 159 QDI


Meridian High School

1. Ed Abdella – U.S. History – 212 QDI

2. Hattye Jones – U.S. History – 137 QDI

3. Frederick Delk – 2.83 Growth – 152 QDI

4. Donna Smith – 1.98 Growth – 156 QDI


Poplar Springs Elementary Held Commemorative Ceremony for 9/11

Ten years after the attacks, Poplar Springs Elementary School held a special 9/11 commemorative program Thursday, September 8. The students, teachers, and staff formed human flag on the PSE field. The program featured the pledge led by Mayor Cheri Barry, special music by PSE Kindergarten teacher Beth Lang and Meridian High School Lamplighters, and the reading of the poem "United We Stand" by fifth grader James Prewitt.

In the news:


Pizza with the Principal at Crestwood Elementary

Crestwood Elementary is on the look-out for random acts of kindness from students. The school is hoping to promote a focus on positive behavior from students with this program. Students that were “caught” performing random acts of kindness were honored with Pizza with the Principal.


Click here to see the students enjoying their pizza and time with the principal, Kimberly Kendrick.


MHS Volleyball Team Donates $200 to Cancer Research

On Tuesday, September 6, the Lady Wildcat Volleyball team hosted Jim Hill, but what made this game different from all of the rest is that it was meant to help raise awareness about breast cancer. “We have all been touched by cancer in one way or another, and we wanted to do our part to raise awareness about the disease here in Meridian,” said Coach Jamie Buxton.

Dr. Berg, Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center Cancer Clinic, and Jewel Rushing, breast cancer survivor and teacher at Carver Middle School, spoke to raise awareness about the disease between the junior varsity and varsity volleyball games. The team served cake and punch and gave out breast cancer flyers, stickers, bookmarks, and necklaces.

“The girls and I were so happy to see the number of supporters we had in attendance, and we were able to raise $150 for cancer research,” Buxton said. The team even went above that by donating an additional $50 from their budget.

The Volleyball team presented the check for $200 to JARMC at the September 15 game against Oak Grove.

Ross Collins Child Care Celebrates Grandparents

The Child Care Center at Ross Collins celebrated grandparents during the week of September 6.  Grandparents visited the classroom throughout the week to read to the students. On Friday, September 9, the Child Care Center hosted a “Grand Afternoon” which featured a short program for the grandparents by the children. They also shared in food and fun.



MHS Hosts Region III Marching Band Festival

On Saturday, October 8, Meridian High School will host the Region III Marching Band Festival.  The MHS Band Boosters are hosting the event along with the Mississippi High School Athletic Association to raise money for the MHS band. Thirty-four bands will be performing, including area schools Southeast Lauderdale, Union, West Lauderdale, Northeast Lauderdale, Enterprise, and Clarkdale. The first band will take the field at 9:30 a.m. The East Mississippi Community College Mighty Lion Band will be the morning performance and Jones County Junior College Maroon Typhoon will present the evening performance.
The Wildcat band will end the day by taking the field around 6 p.m.

The admission fee is $6, and free parking will be provided on the band practice field. Programs and concessions will be on sale to help raise money for the MHS band to pay for the refurbishing of instruments, new uniforms and drums, travel expenses, etc.


Be sure to join us on Saturday, October 8 to support the Wildcat Band!


Come Visit Us!

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


Crestwood Elementary School PTO Meeting
Tuesday, September 20 – 6 p.m.
Crestwood Cafeteria


Northwest Middle School PTO Meeting
Tuesday, September 20 – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Northwest Auditorium


Oakland Heights Kindergarten Parents’ Meeting
Tuesday, September 20 – 5:30 p.m.
Kindergarten Classrooms

Parkview Elementary “Daddy Donuts”
Tuesday, September 20  - 3 p.m.
Calling all Parkview Dads! We want to show our Dads that we appreciate them, so you will get a sweet treat when you pick your child up from school!


Poplar Springs Elementary PTA Meeting

Tuesday, September 20 - 6 p.m.

PSE Auditorium

Magnolia Middle School PTO Meeting
Thursday, September 22 – 5:30 p.m.
Magnolia Cafeteria

Parkview Elementary
Friday, September 23 – 9:45 a.m.
Dr. Susan Carmichael,
Program Evaluator and Therapist for Weems Community Mental Health Center, presents important information to students about bullying.

Northwest Middle School Science Fair Workshop for Parents
Tuesday, October 4 – 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Northwest Middle School, Room 512


Poplar Springs Elementary Science Fair Workshop for Parents

Tuesday, October 4 - Noon or 6 pm

Presenter: Dr. Carrol Wicker

Room 106 in 1st Grade Center

Parkview Elementary MCT2 Fair
Friday, October 7 (parents sign up for time through student’s classroom)
Parents and Students will work together on two areas of the MCT2 math test- Geometry and Data Analysis.

Welcome Back to School Fling
Saturday, October 8 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Highland Park, Pavilion #4
MPSD Parent Resource Center and  Tobacco Free of Lauderdale & Newton County are hosting a day filled with food, fun, and door prizes! Special guest is Coach Ken Carter from the movie “Coaching Carter.” For more information, contact Gretchen Luvene 601-484-3646.

Region III Marching Band Festival
Saturday, October 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Ray Stadium at Meridian High School
Sponsored by: MHSAA and MHS Band Boosters
Admission: $6
For more information, please contact MHS Band Director Joel Hosey, 601-482-7192.


Can’t come to the Wildcat football games? No problem! Listen to home and away games on 105.7 The Beat!


Around the District


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