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Key Communicator-August 29, 2014

Rosemary Young, MHS Teacher, Named August Golden Apple Award Winner

Rosemary Young, Special Education Teacher at MHS, was recently surprised in her classroom with the August Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple is awarded each month to an outstanding teacher in East Mississippi and West Alabama area for his or her commitment to excellence in the classroom. Ms. Young was nominated by a student and a substitute teacher. To read the full story about Ms. Young, click here.

MPSD is so proud of Ms. Young!

Labor Day Holiday

All MPSD schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.

PBIS Teachers of the Year for 2013-14

The Meridian Public School District recently recognized 12 teachers for their outstanding implementation of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program during the 2013-14 school year.

Congratulations to the 2013-14 PBIS Teachers of the Year: Thomas Adams, Crestwood Elementary; Jamie Manning, T.J. Harris Lower Elementary; Jessica Wilson, T.J. Harris Upper Elementary; Keila Crenshaw, Parkview Elementary; Bethany Garrett, Poplar Springs Elementary; Janice Turnage, Oakland Heights Elementary; Nell Barron, West Hills Elementary; Vickie Arnstein, Carver Middle; Amy Grady, Magnolia Middle; Jonathan Brown, Northwest Middle; Miranda Harrison, Meridian High; and Lori Gatlin, Marion Park.

To read more about this award, please click here.

Are You Ready for Wildcat Football?

After an impressive win against Neshoba Central last Friday night, the Wildcats will take on the Quitman Panthers tonight at 7 p.m. in Ray Stadium.

For a complete 2014 football schedule, please click here.

2014 Ticket Information:
-Reserved Chair-Back seating Season Ticket: $60 (includes reserved parking)
-Reserved Chair-Back Seating: $12 per game
-General Admission Seating: $8 per game

Love Wildcat Sports? Use one of the following passes to come to all sporting events for one low price!
-All Sport Adult Reserved Seating Pass: $100 (includes reserved seating at football games)
-All Sport Adult Pass: $80
-All Sport Student Pass: $50
-Student Athlete Pass: $25 (MHS Student Athletes can use this pass to attend other sporting events throughout the year.)

To purchase your tickets or for more information, please contact Karen Kimberl at 601.482.1225.

2014-15 Meridian High School Student Council Officers

The 2014-15 Meridian High School Student Council Officers are Amber Carter, President; Kaylee Zettler, Majority Vice President; Renuka Srivastava, Minority Vice President; Dayja Johnson, Secretary; and Madison Car, Public Relations.

2014 MHS Homecoming T-Shirts Available for Order

Meridian High School will host Provine for the 2014 Homecoming game on Friday, October 3 at Ray Stadium. Homecoming t-shirts are on sale now. The cost is $10 for sizes Small - X Large and $12 for sizes 2 X and 3 X. To order call Mrs. Carter in the MHS Front Office - 601.484.4427 or see Ms. Reed in Room 231, Ms. Fowler in the 9th Grade Building Front Office, or Mrs. Brown in the Ross Collins Front Office. The deadline to order is Wednesday, September 10. Click here to see the t-shirt design.

Fall Sporting Events

Meridian High School students are involved in many sports this fall. If you would like to support our students, check out the sports schedules listed below.

Softball – For the MHS Softball schedule, click here.

Volleyball – For the MHS Volleyball schedule, click here.

Cross Country – For the MHS Cross Country schedule, click here.

Golden Apple Award Nominations

MPSD is pleased to have five teachers from our district awarded Golden Apples since the program began at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. The Golden Apple Awards will continue this year, so nominate your favorite teacher 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, so mark your calendars!


Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 1

All MPSD Schools and Offices will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


Oakland Heights Elementary Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, September 2 through Friday, September 5


Poplar Springs Elementary Britt Gully as "Jimmie Rodgers"

Tuesday, September 2 - 9:15 a.m.

PSE Auditorium

Britt Gully will perform in character as "Jimmie Rodgers" to kick off the 3rd grade study of our hometown Meridian.


Meridian High School Parent Power Hour

Thursday, September 4 – 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The Parent Power Hour is a time for parents of Meridian High School students to learn about the expectations at MHS, the School Counts program, Common Core, Title I, graduation requirements, college readiness, and testing.


Parkview Elementary School Parent Meeting

Thursday, September 4 – 5:30 p.m.


Poplar Springs Elementary School Arts Integration/Multiple Intelligences Parent Workshop

Thursday, September 4 - Noon and 6 p.m.

PSE Library

Parents will have the opportunity to learn about Arts Integration and how PSE uses Multiple Intelligences as learning styles to promote student success.


Northwest Middle School Science Fair Workshop

Thursday, September 4 – 6 to 7 p.m.

Northwest Middle School Library

Informational session for parents, guardians, and students to learn how to better prepare for science fair. Various materials to help with Science Fair Boards will be free to attendees.


Carver Middle School Football at Magnolia Middle School

Thursday, September 4 – 6 p.m.

Ray Stadium


T.J. Harris Upper Elementary “Chillin’ Out” Dance
Friday, September 5

The “Chillin’ Out” dance will celebrate the students who did not receive a corrective strategy or office referral for the month of August.


Northwest Middle School ‘Meet the Bulldogs’ PTO & Title I Meeting

Tuesday, September 9 - 6 to 7 p.m.

Northwest Middle School Library

The Northwest Parent Teacher Organization will meet followed by the annual Title I Meeting to inform parents of their school’s participation in Title I programs, and to explain the Title I requirements and right of parents to be involved in those programs. This will also be a time to ‘Meet the Bulldogs’ with special appearances and performances by the Northwest Football team, Cheerleaders, and Band.


Carver Middle School Football at Northwest Middle School

Tuesday, September 9 – 6 p.m.

Ray Stadium


Magnolia Middle School PTO/Title I Meeting

Tuesday, September 9 – 6:00 p.m.


Oakland Heights Elementary Grandparent Celebration

Wednesday, September 10

Oakland Heights will be celebrating and showing grandparents how much they appreciate all that they do for the students each and everyday. 


Parkview Elementary School Picture Day

Wednesday, September 10


Crestwood Elementary School Patriot Day 9/11 Remembrance Parade 

Thursday, September 11 - 8:30 a.m.


Crestwood Elementary School Grandparent Lunch 

Thursday, September 11


T.J. Harris Lower Elementary “College Is Our Destination” Rally

Friday, September 12 – 2:00 p.m.

All T.J. Harris Lower Elementary students are focused on college! The “College is Our Destination” Rally is essentially a pep-rally that kicks off the year-long effort to promote college planning for students. Each classroom at T.J. Harris Lower campus represents a college or university. The students will learn the history of that school, follow the sports teams of the school, participate in math projects based on the sports stats, hear from guest speakers (in person or via podcast), and will host their own college fair. In addition, students that come to school on time every day, have no office discipline referrals, and maintain a "C" or better average will be allowed to wear their college t-shirts on Fridays because they have exhibited college bound behaviors.


MPSD Parent/Teacher Conference Day and Early Dismissal
Tuesday, September 16
Elementary Dismissal – 12:40 p.m.
Middle and High School Dismissal – 1:10 p.m.
Parents are encouraged to attend Parent/Teacher conferences from 2 to 6 p.m. to get an update on their student’s performance in school as well as pick up the first nine weeks progress report.


MPSD in the News…

Meridian High School Football Team Participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Meridian Star:


MHS Student Council Officers


MHS Student Lauryn Smith Places in National Poster Contest


Financial Literacy Program by State Treasurer Lynn Fitch – Features Ross Collins


Wildcats Win in Opener


Rosemary Young, MHS Teacher, Named August Golden Apple Award Winner


Friday Night’s Game


Summer Heat


Local Squads set to play in Jamborees


Meridian Outduels Neshoba Central in Preseason Jamboree Action


Dr. Taylor Delivers Annual State of the District Address to Rotary


MHS Football Preparing for Friday Night


WTOK’s Moms Everyday Story Features School Safety and Students and Teachers from T.J. Harris Lower


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