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Key Communicator-March 8, 2013

Spring Break

MPSD schools and offices will be closed Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15 for Spring Break!

MHS Girls Win South State Power Lifting

The Meridian High School Girl’s Power Lifting team won their fourth straight South State match last night. They move on to compete at the State level on April 13, 2013 in Jackson. To read the full story in the Meridian Star, click here.

Congratulations to the Power Lifting team on a huge win!

Last Call for Pre-K Registration

MPSD Pre-K Registration ends today - Friday, March 8, 2013. For more information, please click here.

Emma Reeves Earns National Merit Finalist and Star Student Awards

MPSD would like to congratulate Emma Reeves, Meridian High School Senior, for becoming a National Merit Finalist and being named MHS’s Star Student.

Reeves earned a 31 on her ACT and maintains a 4.377 grade point average while being actively involved in many clubs and activities. She is planning to attend the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall to major in English and minor in Psychology.

Reeves chose MHS English teacher Shuana Waters as her Star Teacher.

We are so proud of your accomplishments Emma!!

Believe in Blue Day at Meridian High School

Mark your calendar to attend Believe in Blue Day at MHS on Thursday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.!

Believe in Blue Day is all about highlighting all of the wonderful opportunities that MHS provides the youth of Meridian. Parents and community members are invited to tour the campus and new Multi-Purpose Building and learn about our new Small Learning Communities.

Seussical the Musical will be performed by MHS Theatre, Choral, and Band students at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Community members are asked to wear blue in support of this special day.

We hope you will join us on March 28!

Poplar Springs Librarian Bethany Garrett Earns National Board Certification

Congratulations to Poplar Springs Elementary School’s Librarian Bethany Garrett who recently earned National Board Certification. Her certification is in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood.

MPSD has a total of 38 educators with National Board Certification including teachers, counselors, and speech therapists.

MHS Senior MeMe Huff Named to WTOK’s All Scholastic Sports Team

MeMe Huff is being honored as a member of WTOK’s All Scholastic Sports Team. Huff earned the honor for six years of outstanding play on the MHS Ladies Tennis and Soccer teams. She will continue her tennis and soccer careers by playing for Meridian Community College next year. Huff also maintains a grade point average of 4.1 while serving in the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Dusty Social Service Club. To read the full story from WTOK, click here.

Congratulations to MeMe Huff! MPSD is proud of you!!

Health Occupations Student Society of American Students Earn Awards at District

HOSA students competed in District competition at the end of February at Meridian Community College and took home several awards.

Congratulations to the following students that are now eligible to compete in the HOSA State Conference in Natchez:

Tangier Trussell – 2nd place in Medical Reading

Corea Brown, Jazzmin Moore, and Cierra Spells – 4th place in Health Education (Dental Health)

Chelsi Stewart – 5th place in Clinicial Speciality (Pediatric Nursing)

DeJurnee Thomas – 5th place in Home Health Aid

ASM Material Camp 2013

The 2013 ASM Material Camp will be held at Meridian High School again this year from June 3 through 7, 2013.

This camp is designed for high school science, chemistry, physics, math, and technology teachers as well as middle school physical science teachers.

The course is free and includes four CEUs, materials, lunch, and snacks! This is made possible through the generous financial support of the Office of Naval Research, Mississippi State University, and the Navy League.

Interested teachers can apply by visiting or

MPSD ArtQuest Teacher Nancy Ray Named Volunteer of the Year by the Meridian Museum of Art

Congratulations to Poplar Springs Elementary School ArtQuest teacher Nancy Ray for being recently named the 2012 Volunteer of the Year by the Meridian Museum of Art! We are so proud of you!

Mr. and Miss. MHS

MHS students voted to have Denzel Turner represent them as Mr. MHS and Brianna Foy represent them as Miss. MHS. To learn more about Mr. and Miss. MHS, please click here.

Congratulations to these outstanding students!

MHS Students Take Home Top Honors in the Distinguished Young Women Program

Meridian High School was well represented in the DYW program this year with several winners!

Congratulations to the following ladies:

DYW Meridian -

Winner: Mia Hall

1st Alternate: Margaret Griffin

2nd Alternate: Katie Bruister

DYW Lauderdale -

2nd Alternate: Kinsey Thornton

Golden Apple Award Nominations

Don’t forget to nominate your favorite teacher for the Golden Apple Award 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.

Come Visit Us!

We have tons of opportunities for you to be involved in our schools…


Crestwood Elementary School Behavior Bash: Beach Party

Friday, March 8 – 1 p.m.

Crestwood Cafetorium


Magnolia Middle Students vs. Teachers Basketball Game

Friday, March 8 – 1:30 p.m.

Magnolia Gym


Parkview Elementary School Hershey Day (A Virtual Field Trip)

Friday, March 8

Parkview Snoopy Center

Students will take a virtual field trip to Hershey, PA. They will take a walk through the museum, see the packaging process in the factory, take a ride on the roller coaster, get their picture taken in a photo booth, and they will receive a package of chocolate from the Hershey store.


West Hills Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) Party

Friday, March 8


MPSD Spring Break

Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15

Schools and offices will be closed during this week for Spring Break.


T.J. Harris Elementary and Oakland Heights Elementary Fifth Grade Tour of Carver Middle School

Tuesday, March 19

Fifth grade students from T.J. Harris and Oakland Heights will tour Carver Middle School which is where they will attend school for sixth grade.


Carver Middle School Family Literacy Night

Thursday, March 21 – 6:00 p.m.


Poplar Springs Elementary BBQ for the Arts

Thursday, March 21 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Squealer's BBQ plates available for purchase as a fundraisng event for the PSE arts initiative.


Northwest Middle Diversity Fair

Friday, March 22 – 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Northwest Gym


Poplar Springs Elementary LinkUp- 4th Grade Concert

Friday, March 22 – 9 a.m.

MSU Riley Center

Fourth grade students participate in LinkUp concert with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra at the MSU Riley Center.


Poplar Springs Elementary Piano Keyboard Open House

Monday, March 25 - 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

PSE Auditorium

Through a Meridian Junior Auxiliary Mini Grant and private donations, a piano lab with 22 keyboards has been added to the Poplar Springs Elementary music program. Fifth grade students will be demonstrating, and parents and the community are invited to see this lab in action.


West Hills Elementary Third Grade MCT2 Workshop

Monday, March 25 – 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.

This is an informative workshop for parents to help them understand how to help their child prepare for the MCT2 (state test) in May.


Crestwood Elementary Kindergarten Open House and Pre-Registration

Tuesday, March 26 - 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Crestwood Elementary Library

Parents and Guardians of children that will start Kindergarten at Crestwood Elementary during the 2013-14 school year are invited to this Open House and Pre-Registration.


Crestwood Elementary School Accelerated Reader Celebration

Wednesday, March 27 – 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Crestwood Breezeway


Meridian High School Believe in Blue Day

Thursday, March 28


Poplar Springs Elementary Grandparent's Day Celebration

Thursday, March 28 – 10:30 a.m.

PSE Auditorium

2nd Grade students celebrate Grandparent's Day with an arts integrated program.


Meridian High School Wildcat Players Present Seussical the Musical

Thursday, March 28 – 7:30 p.m.

MHS Auditorium

Cost: $7 for adults (18 and over), $5 for students, teachers (with ID), and military (with ID), and free for children 4 years old and under. Families of four will get a discounted price of $20.

The MHS Wildcat Players are joining forces with the MHS Choir and Band to present this musical as their spring production.


West Hills Elementary Fifth Grade MCT2 Prep Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday, March 28

Students hunt for Easter eggs and then work the problem found inside the egg in preparation for the state test in May.


Poplar Springs Elementary "Absolutely Abstract" Student Art Exhibit

Thursday, March 28 - 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Meridian Museum of Art

Third through fifth grade students at Poplar Springs have completed artwork with Artist in Residence Charlie Busler. This artwork will be exhibited at the Meridian Museum of Art. There will be an “Artist Talk” with Charlie Busler at 6 p.m.


MPSD Spring Recess

Friday, March 29 through Monday, April 1

All MPSD students will be out of school for Spring Recess.

MPSD in the News…

MPSD Teachers Learn How to Integrate Arts into the Classroom


MHS Senior MeMe Huff named to WTOK's All Scholastic Sports Team


MHS Girls Win South State Power Lifting Competition


Front Page of Meridian Star:

Meridian Star:


Read Across America Day was celebrated on Friday by many schools across the area including our elementary schools:


MHS Student Torloff Thomas Named MS/AL All Star


MHS Student Kayla Gordon Named All Star


Black History Month Program at T.J. Harris


Terrance Roberts Tells African and African-American Stories at Poplar Springs as part of Black History Month


MHS Students Participated in "College Goal Sunday"


Multi-Purpose Building Opening


Distinguished Young Women Program

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