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Key Communicator-January 17, 2014

Superintendent’s Special Recognition – MHS Football Team and MPSD Finance Department

During December’s Board Meeting, Dr. Taylor recognized the Meridian High School Football Team and Coaching Staff for an outstanding season and the MPSD Finance Department for an outstanding audit.

The MHS Football Team and Coaching Staff had an impressive season with a 10-4 record and progressing to the South State Finals. Congratulations to the Wildcats!

The MPSD Finance Department received a certificate of achievement in financial reporting from Stacey Pickering, State Auditor. This achievement comes as a result of having no material findings on the district’s annual financial audit for the year ending June 30, 2013. To read the full story from the Meridian Star, click here. Congratulations to the Finance Department!

Tiffany Plott, Carver Principal, Named JA Humanitarian of the Year

The Junior Auxiliary of Meridian has named Tiffany Plott as the Humanitarian of the Year! Ms. Plott will be formally recognized at the JA Ball on Saturday, January 18.

Click here to read more from the JA as to why Ms. Plott is so deserving of this award.

Congratulations Ms. Plott!!

New! MPSD Car Tags

Specialty car tags to support the Meridian Public School District are now available for pre-order!

The cost of the tag is $31. Of that cost, $24 comes directly to the school district and will be evenly split between academics and athletics.

To pre-order the Meridian Wildcats car tag, please contact Marie Harvey by phone (601.483.6271), email (, or in person at MPSD Central Office (1019 25th Ave).

To read the full story on the car tags from the Meridian Star, click here.

Ross Collins Students Win First Place for Float in Meridian’s Annual Christmas Parade

Congratulations to the students and staff of Ross Collins Career and Technical Center for a first place finish in the non-profit division of the Meridian Christmas Parade!

Click here to learn more and see pictures of the award winning float!

Teachers at Ross Collins and Meridian High Honored Today by City of Meridian

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 2013-14 school year. 

Today, Leisa Shumaker and Derrick Johnson were honored. Leisa Shumaker teaches Teacher Academy at Ross Collins and was also named Ross Collins’ Teacher of the Year. Derrick Johnson teaches English II at Meridian High School.

Congratulations to these outstanding teachers!!

Carver and Magnolia Students Take Top Awards in MCC’s Martin Luther King Essay Contest

Each year, Meridian Community College holds an essay contest for middle school students in Meridian and Lauderdale County in conjunction with their annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. This year, three students from Carver and one student from Magnolia took top honors in the contest! Congratulations to the following students:

6th Grade Essay Winners:
2nd place - Yovis Perdomo, Carver

7th Grade Essay Winners:
1st place – Shiolyn Brown, Carver
2nd place – Lindsey Macon, Magnolia
3rd place – Micahel Wood, Carver

Head of the Class Awards

The East Mississippi Business Development Center recently presented two Ross Collins health students with Head of the Class awards. 

The Head of the Class program is for high school students participating in technical and career education from each of the city and county schools, grades 10-12.  

Congratulations to Jeffery Alfred, Highest Overall and Marquez Ford, Most Improved!

MHS Lady Cats Sign Letters of Intent

Congratulations to Lady Cats Basketball players Miracle Dubose and Kayla Gordon for signing National Letters of Intent to further their education. Miracle inked with Delta State University and Kayla signed to play with Jacksonville University.

On a Positive Note…

Don’t forget to check out Dr. Taylor’s blog “On a Positive Note…” each month!

Click here to see the latest entry.

Vanessa Reed, MHS Teacher, Wins Golden Apple Award

Congratulations to Vanessa Reed, MHS teacher, for being nominated and named winner of the Golden Apple Award for the month of October. This is a huge honor, and we are so proud of you!

Click here to read the full story about Ms. Reed from the Meridian Star.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Many MPSD schools and organizations participated in various activities before Christmas break to spread holiday cheer. Some of those activities include:

*The MHS Girls Basketball Team adopted eight angels through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and collected toys, clothing, and other gifts for the children. Click here to see the Team delivering their donations.

*Ross Collins Career and Technical Center students in Marketing and Teacher Academy programs set up their annual Christmas store for the residents of Queen City Nursing Home. The Christmas store allows residents who may not be able to get out and shop an opportunity to pick out gifts for their loved ones. The students even wrapped the gifts!

* Several classes from Meridian High School participated in the 45th Annual Trees of Christmas at Merrehope/F. W. Williams houses this holiday season. To learn more about the MHS tree, click here.

*Poplar Springs Elementary hosted the 27th annual Giving Feast on December 20, 2013. The students collected toys and bikes during the month of December to donate to the Wesley House. Students got to see their collective efforts in an exciting program that featured a big reveal of the gifts collected. In all, over 200 toys and bikes were collected!

Come Visit Us!

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

Poplar Springs Elementary Hosts Julie White, Visiting Artist
Thursday, January 23 - 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visiting artist, Julie White, will teach model lessons to 1st/2nd grade students integrating math and movement. 

T.J. Harris Upper Elementary PBIS Parent Information Session at Carousel Place
Thursday, January 23 – 5:30 p.m.
Carousel Place Apartment Complex Meeting Room

T.J. Harris Upper Elementary PBIS Parent Information Session
Thursday, January 30 – 5:30 p.m.
T.J. Harris Upper Elementary Cafeteria

Oakland Heights Elementary School Loco Cocoa Day
Friday, January 31 - 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This day has been created to honor all students with excellent behavior during the 2nd 9 weeks.  They will have an opportunity to have hot chocolate and socialize with other students exhibiting responsible, resourceful, and respectful behavior.

Poplar Springs Elementary Fourth & Fifth Grade Attends "Peter Pan" MSU Riley Center
Friday, January 31
Students in 4th and 5th grades will attend the performance of "Peter Pan" integrating literacy, drama and music.

MPSD in the News…

MHS Choir to Perform at Carnegie Hall
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T.J. Harris Staff Spreads the Word about Upcoming Parent Meetings 

MPSD Car Tags 

MPSD SROs Attend Training
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Poplar Springs Hosts Giving Feast

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