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Key Communicator-April 4, 2013

MHS Concert Choir Invited to Perform at Carnegie Hall!

A huge congratulations goes to the MHS Concert Choir for being one of only two schools from Mississippi invited to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in January with the Distinguished Concerts International New York Concert Series.

The Concert Choir also recently earned all ‘Superior’ ratings at the District Choral Festival.

To read the full story in the Meridian Star, click here.

Beth Lang, Poplar Springs Kindergarten Teacher, Honored with Golden Apple Award

Each month an outstanding teacher in the East Mississippi and West Alabama area is presented with the Golden Apple Award honoring his or her commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Beth Lang, Poplar Springs Kindergarten Teacher and Teacher of the Year, was recently surprised with the March Golden Apple Award. A student’s mother and a co-worker nominated Mrs. Lang for this honor. Mrs. Lang received the Golden Apple trophy, $300 check, and $1,000 for classroom supplies.

Congratulations Mrs. Lang! MPSD is very proud of you!!

To read the complete story from the Meridian Star, click here.

MPSD Calendar for 2013-14 School Year

The calendar for the 2013-14 school year is now available. Click here to get a copy!

Three MPSD Students Selected for Statewide Elementary Honor Choir

Elementary students from our district recently auditioned in Madison against other fifth and sixth grade students from across the state for a spot in the statewide Elementary Honor Choir.

The elementary students selected from our district are Monica Hampton (Parkview Elementary), Josie Hanegan (Poplar Springs Elementary), and Caleb Fields (Poplar Springs Elementary).

The selected students have been invited to attend and perform at the Mississippi Music Educators Association/American Choral Directors Association Conference being held this week (April 4-6, 2013) in Hattiesburg.

To learn more about the Elementary Honor Choir, click here.

Congratulations to these students!

2013-14 MHS Varsity Cheerleaders

MHS recently held Varsity Cheerleading tryouts. Congratulations to the following students that made the 2013-14 squad: Kryslin Brown, Katie Bruister, Devyn Chesney, Nakita Davis, Diana Gordon, Madeline Griffin, Margaret Griffin, Zykerria Harbin, Avery Harwell, Harini Patel, Alyssa Ricks, Jocelyn Rue, Brianna Scruggs, Angel Spencer, Joy Wade, Tykia Watts, and Tanika Williams.

ASM Material Camp 2013 – Register Now!

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

MHS Teacher, Shuana Waters, Chosen to Study Ottoman Empire in Turkey

Meridian High School English Teacher Shauna Waters was one of 30 teachers selected out of 200 applications nationwide to participate in a three week summer institute through the National Endowment for the Humanities. These teachers will study the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul, Turkey. Congratulations Ms. Waters!

2013 MHS Beauties and Beaus

Congratulations to the following students who took home top honors in the annual Meridian High School Beauty and Beau competition:

Most Beautiful: Claire McCraw

Most Handsome: Myles Bradley

Emily Ware, Alexis Crockett, and Kinsey Thornton

Kyle Boyken, Corbin Cross, and Alex Killingsworth

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…


Northwest Middle 5 STAR Student Dress Down Day

Friday, April 5


Northwest Middle Cheerleading Tryouts

Friday, April 5 - 4:00 p.m.

Northwest Gym

Tryouts for Northwest students only.


Oakland Heights Elementary Spring Dance for 4th and 5th Grades

Friday, April 5- 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission is $5.00, and all proceeds will benefit the student trip to Washington.


Magnolia Middle Picture Day

Monday April 8

Magnolia Auditorium


West Hills Elementary MCT2 Parent Workshop

Monday, April 8

Parents are invited to come and learn how to help their child prepare for the MCT2.


Carver Middle Spring Pictures

Wednesday, April 10


Oakland Heights Elementary Fairbanks Scale Tour

Wednesday, April 10- 10:00 a.m.

Mrs. Turnage’s 3rd grade class will tour Fairbanks Scales to see how scales are used in real world activities. Students will relate converting units to mechanical conversions.


Poplar Springs Elementary Gifted Gala

Wednesday, April 10

PSE Auditorium

The Gifted Gala celebrates the work of ArtQuest and Explore students. Fifth graders will honor Community Leaders during this event.


Poplar Springs Elementary Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, April 10 through Thursday, April 18

PSE Library

Hard and soft bound books will be available for purchase. This benefits PSE classroom libraries.


Ross Collins HOSA State Conference

Wednesday, April 10 – Friday, April 12

Natchez, MS

Seven Health Science Students from Ross Collins will compete in the State Competition against students from across Mississippi. They are competing for a chance to advance to HOSA National Competition held in Nashville, TN in June.


Meridian High School Spring Band Concert

Thursday, April 11 – 6 p.m.

MHS Auditorium

Please join us for the Spring Band Concert. The MHS Band will be taking monetary donations during the concert to help their fellow band students at Choctaw County High School in Butler, AL. CCHS was destroyed by fire recently, and they are raising money to purchase new uniforms.


T.J. Harris Elementary Awards Day - Lower Campus                                                                                                                      

Thursday, April 11                                                                                                                                              

Lower Campus Students will receive awards for the third nine weeks. Each program will take place during specials.


Regional Science Fair

Friday, April 12
Elementary Students from across the District will compete in the Regional Science Fair at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.


T.J. Harris Elementary Awards Day - Upper Campus                                                                                                                        

Friday, April 12                                                                                                                                                    

Upper Campus Students will receive awards for the third nine weeks. Each program will take place during specials.


Poplar Springs Elementary PTA Meeting and Panda-Monium (5th grade choir) Concert

Tuesday, April 16 - 6:00 p.m.

PSE Auditorium


Oakland Heights Elementary Visits the Jackson Zoo

Wednesday, April 17

First grade students will visit the Jackson Zoo and the Rainforest Exhibit as the culmination of the unit they have been studying about the Rainforest its inhabitants.


Carver Middle PTO Meeting Featuring the Spring Band and Chorus Concerts

Thursday, April 18 – 6 p.m.

Carver Gym


Northwest Middle Spring Band Concert

Thursday, April 18 - 6:00 p.m.

Northwest Auditorium

6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands will perform


T.J. Harris Elementary AR Club Cupcake Celebration                                                                                                                                

Thursday, April 18 - 2:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                        


AR Club students will have a cupcake celebration.


Poplar Springs Elementary 4th Grade Math/Language Arts Olympics

Friday, April 19

Students will compete in teams as they solve math and language arts problems. This is a fun and exciting way for students to apply skills learned in the classroom!

MPSD in the News…

MHS Youth Advisory Council Donates to Animal Rescue


Top Female Students in STEM areas Recognized (MHS Students Included)


MHS Hosts Believe in Blue Day



Meridian Star:


MHS Choir Invited to Perform at Carnegie Hall


Poplar Springs Adds Piano Lab


Northwest Career Fair


MPSD and Department of Justice Reach Agreement


Students and Parents Witness History - MHS Students Were at the Vatican When the New Pope Was Named


Mr. and Miss. MHS


Meridian Boys and Girls Track Teams Place First in Wildcat Relays


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