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MPSD Parents and Community Members,

I am very pleased to say that the 2014-15 school year is off to a phenomenal start! The students and staff are working very hard, and I am so proud of them!

You should have received your child’s progress report at Parent and Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, September 16. If you did not receive it, please be sure to contact your child’s school. Monitoring your child’s performance and staying in communication with the teacher and the school is vital to helping your child be successful.

For the 2014-15 school year, one of the main focuses of the Meridian Public School District is literacy. To help with this, 90 minute blocks of reading and math have been implemented in each school to provide laser-focused instruction in these areas which will help improve overall literacy.

The State of Mississippi has also given schools a few new guidelines this year, so I wanted to be sure you knew about those as well:

*Common Core – MPSD began implementing Common Core a few years ago in Elementary schools. This year is the first year of full implementation and state testing on the Common Core standards. The Common Core standards are academic benchmarks of what students are expected to learn at each grade level. MPSD staff chooses the curriculum materials that are used for day-to-day instruction, including textbooks, homework assignments, projects, and other materials.

*63% Attendance Law – This new law requires that students be present at least 63% of the day or they will be considered absent for the whole day. Be sure to check with your child’s school prior to scheduling appointments or checking out early so that you can ensure that your child is at school 63% of the day and counted present.

*Third Grade Reading Gateway Test – The State now requires all students in third grade to take a Gateway Test that measures his or her reading level. If a student does not pass the test, he or she will not be promoted to the next grade – no matter what his or her class grades reflect. This is VERY important for all parents to be aware of, but especially important for parents of third grade students. MPSD sent letters home with every Kindergarten through third grade student on Tuesday, September 16 with more information regarding this law and the individual student’s performance at this point. If you are the parent of a child in kindergarten through third grade, please make sure you received this letter and that you read and understand it. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school immediately.

Common Assessments will begin next week to measure where our strengths and weaknesses are at this point in the year so that we can adjust to ensure that each student is getting the instruction that he or she needs to be successful.

I appreciate your support of the Meridian Public School District as we continue to make positive strides!

Always Believe in Blue,
Dr. Taylor

1019 25th Ave | Meridian, MS 39301 | PH: 601-483-6271