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Key Communicator-June 6, 2013

MPSD Voted 2013 ‘Best School’

We would like to thank the community of Meridian for choosing the Meridian Public School District as the 2013 ‘Best School’ in the Meridian Star’s Reader’s Choice Awards. We are thrilled to have earned this honor, and we are looking forward to continuing to serve the students of Meridian with a quality education!

Meridian High School Class of 2013

The Class of 2013 officially graduated on May 24, 2013. They left MHS with over $1.9 million dollars in scholarship offers to continue their education.

Emma Reeves represented the class as Valedictorian. Reeves is a National Merit Scholar, STAR student, Captain of the MHS Academic Team, and President of the Leo Club. She scored an impressive 31 on her ACT.

Kajol Champaneri was Salutatorian. She was a key player on the MHS Academic Team as well as served as an officer for the Student Council and National Honor Society.

MHS Top 10 students:

·         Emma Frances Reeves

·         Kajol Ben Champaneri

·         Joshua Taylor Lindemann

·         Emily Frances Ware

·         Hannah Renee Starnes

·         Raven De'Nyce Roberts

·         Joseph Tanner Goldman

·         Shaciarra Leshaie Drake

·         Wendy Zheng

·         William Glenn Harrison

More Information about the MHS Class of 2013:

·         286 total graduates

·         38 members of the National Honor Society (must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better)

·         36 graduated with Highest Honors (cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better)

·         51 graduated with Honors (cumulative GPA between 3.25 – 3.7499)

Congratulations to these graduates!

MPSD Summer Reading Lists

Summer is here, and we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity for students to continue exploring the world through reading!

Research tells us children who do not read during the summer may lose a month or more of the reading progress they made during the school year. Therefore, it is so important to keep children engaged in summer reading activities.

Click here to see the complete reading lists.

MHS Baseball Standout Signs with Jackson State

Congratulations to MHS Baseball standout Kendrick Walk who signed to play college baseball with Jackson State University!

Four Magnolia Students to be Honored at Mississippi Museum of Art

The Mississippi Museum of Art recently held a student art competition entitled Medgar Evers: Honor His Life, Live His Legacy. Four students from Magnolia Middle School will be honored for their art entries in this competition on June 12 - the International Day of Remembrance. Their work will be on display in the Grand Hall of the Museum from June 11 through July 31, 2013.

Congratulations to Bernard Boyd, Jostin Naylor, Tonyea Tims, and Katie Williams on this huge accomplishment! 

To see their art competition submissions, click here.

Threefoot Arts Festival Winners

MPSD was well represented in the Threefoot Arts Festival that was held in the Spring. Congratulations to the following students that placed in the art competition:

Mixed Media K-2

1st Place - Annie Martin, Poplar Springs Elementary

3D Sculpture K-2

2nd Place - Witten Cobb, Poplar Springs Elementary

Color Photography K-4

1st Place - Collier McRae, Poplar Springs Elementary

Black/White Photography 5-8

3rd Place - Virginia White, Poplar Springs Elementary

3-D - Sculpture 9-12

2nd Place- Emily Ware, Meridian High School

3rd Place- Angela Fowler, Meridian High School

Honorable Mention - LaQuavia Evins, Meridian High School

Painting 9-12

Honorable Mention - Laura Creekmore, Meridian High School

Color Photography 9-12

1st Place- Kristin Smith, Meridian High School

Drawing 9-12

2nd Place- Rashanda Connor, Meridian High School

Honorable Mention - Celeste Sharpe, Meridian High School

Magnolia Middle School Choir Featured in Legends Magazine

The Magnolia Middle School Choir grew from zero to one hundred students in a short time under the leadership of Choir Director Torey Parker. Now, the impressive choir is singing in churches and productions all over the city. They were recently featured in Legends the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Review magazine. To read the full story from Legends, click here.

Congratulations to Magnolia!

2013-14 School Year

Registration for all MPSD students will be held July 15-19 at each school from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parents and Guardians must bring photo identification and two proofs of residence.

For the 2013-14 school year calendar, please click here.

Six MPSD Staff Members Participating in MSU Meridian’s Educational Leadership Cohort this Summer

Twenty-six aspiring school leaders, six from MPSD, will be participating in the Mississippi State University-Meridian's Educational Leadership Cohort this summer. These MSU graduate students are receiving administrative training to lead K-12 schools into the 21st century.

We are very proud of Shevondra Clayton, Bettye Jones, Brooke Knight, Heather LaCoste, Debbie Linton, and Tawanda McClelland!

MPSD Administrator of the Year “Distinguished Visitor” on the USS Harry Truman Aircraft Carrier

LaVonda Germany, Poplar Springs Elementary Principal and MPSD Administrator of the Year, was nominated and selected to be a “Distinguished Visitor” on the USS Harry Truman Aircraft Carrier next week. The trip is sponsored by our local Navy Base. Congratulations to Mrs. Germany on this incredible honor!

Meridian High Spanish Students Score Well on National Exam

Meridian High School students recently took the National Spanish Exam and several students received national recognition for their performance. Madeline Griffin even earned an Honorable Mention award.

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding performance: Daeshonae Breland, Hetal Champaneri, Joquarius Dancy, Madeline Griffin, Vonyetta Hollomon, Chason Spivey, and Renuka Srivastava.

MHS Spanish students are also working hard to keep their foreign language skills sharp as they are continuing to meet together once a month during the summer at a Mexican restaurant to order their food and speak to one another in Spanish.

Patti Edwards, Poplar Springs Gifted Teacher, to be Awarded 2013 Distinguished Teacher Award

Poplar Springs Elementary Gifted Teacher Patti Edwards will be presented with the 2013 Distinguished Teacher Award from the National Council for Geographic Education at their National Conference in August. This award honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and learning of geography in the classroom. Congratulations, Mrs. Edwards, on this honor!

MHS Visual Art Students Create ‘Campus Pride’ Mural

Meridian High School Visual Arts students have recently created and installed another ‘Campus Pride’ art project at their school. This project was funded by an education grant from the Meridian Council for the Arts. The projects are designed to give students “real world” experience such as creating a large scale project, managing the project’s timeline, developing artistic skill, and increasing knowledge of their school and local history.

The most recent project to be installed was a mural designed by MHS Students Jamal Cole and Lori Lovette. Many other visual art students contributed to the painting of the project as well. To see the most recent ‘Campus Pride’ mural, click here.

Other ‘Campus Pride’ projects can be found in the Activities Building, History Department, English Department, and Cafeteria at MHS.

MPSD in the News…

MSU Meridian Educational Leadership Cohort (Many MPSD Teachers Involved)


Small Learning Community Training


Judge Approves School Settlement


Carver Parent is one of WTOK's "One Who Cares" for her work with a reading club at the school


Spring Head of Class Awards


T.J. Harris Students Graduate from the D.A.R.E Program


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