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Key Communicator-October 1, 2014

Meridian High School Homecoming Week

This is Homecoming Week at Meridian High School, and there are plenty of ways that you can be involved!

Dress Up Days –
*Thursday – Generation Day
*Friday – Wildcat Spirit Day

Homecoming Parade -
The Homecoming Parade is Thursday, October 2. Participants should begin lining up in front of Central Office at 4:30 p.m., and the parade begins at 5:30 p.m. The parade route will start at Central Office and proceed south to 9th Street, east to 21st Ave, south to 6th Street, and west to end at City Hall. The Homecoming King will be crowned during the Pep Rally in front of City Hall.

Homecoming Pep Rally –
The Pep Rally will be held on Friday, October 3 at 3:00 p.m. in the MHS Boys Gym. The Homecoming Court will be presented during the Pep Rally.

Homecoming Game –
The MHS Wildcats will take on Provine on Friday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Ray Stadium. During half time, the Homecoming Court will be presented and Queen will be crowned.

Go Wildcats!

MPSD Fall Break

Students will be out of school for Fall Break on Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10.

Teachers and staff will participate in Professional Development on Thursday, October 9.

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary Hosts Fall Festival this Saturday

Join T.J. Harris Lower Elementary on Saturday, October 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the Fall Festival focused on family, fun, health, and safety.

There will be tons of games and prizes, delicious food, many special characters for the children to meet, fire truck, and petting zoo.

Arm bands will cost $10 and additional arm bands are $5. You don’t want to miss this fun family event!

Important Information for Parents of Third Grade Students

The Mississippi Legislature passed the Literacy-Based Promotion Act in 2013 to ensure that students exit the 3rd grade reading at or above grade level. Due to the Literacy Based Promotion Act, all 3rd grade students will take a test at the end of the year to determine promotion to 4th grade.

You should have received a letter recently from your child’s school indicating your child’s current reading level. If you did not receive this letter, please contact your child’s school as soon as possible. We want to be sure that all of our students are successful, so if you have any questions about the new literacy act or your child’s progress, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or principal.

To learn more about the Literacy Based Promotion Act and what MPSD is doing to help students, click here.

To read more from WTOK, click here.

September Teachers of the Month – Jennifer McDonald and Carla Bonner

Congratulations to Ms. McDonald at Northwest Middle School and Ms. Bonner at West Hills Elementary who were recently honored with a surprise classroom visit, $25 gift card to Red Lobster from Nino’s Daycare, and roses from Cartoons and Balloons.

Northwest – Jennifer McDonald
Ms. McDonald teaches sixth grade math at Northwest Middle School. She was chosen for this honor because she is a team player, works hard, and loves her job and students. She also uses creative ideas and innovative lesson plans to keep her students engaged in learning.

West Hills – Carla Bonner
Ms. Bonner teaches second grade at West Hills Elementary School. Ms. Bonner was chosen for Teacher of the Month at West Hills because she turns in her lesson plans on time, is always on time to work, has perfect attendance, and good classroom management skills. She also is using great teaching strategies in her classroom and has a strong rapport with her students.

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 2014-15 school year. 

Congratulations to Ms. McDonald and Ms. Bonner! We are very proud of you!

MPSD Teachers with Perfect Attendance for Two Years

The Meridian Public School District recently recognized the following 11 teachers for perfect attendance during the 2012-13 AND 2013-14 school years:

Nell Barron, West Hills

Jonathan Brown, Northwest

Rhonda Burrage, Magnolia

Holli Cobb, Meridian High

Kimberly Coley, Meridian High

LaNelle Griffith, Poplar Springs

Shirley Silliaman, Meridian High

Louis Sutton, Meridian High

Tony Tadlock, Meridian High

Patti Walker, Meridian High

Teresa Nicole Worthy, Meridian High

We appreciate your dedication to the students of Meridian!

MPSD Facebook and Twitter

Don’t forget to follow MPSD on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest information and news from around the District.

Facebook – Meridian Public School District
Twitter - @MPSD_Wildcats

Magnolia Middle School Students “Pie-A-Teacher”

Students at Magnolia Middle School got to “Pie-A-Teacher” for good behavior. As an incentive through the PBIS program, students who did not have an office referral during the first nine weeks voted for teachers and staff members that they would like to see “pied.”

The students chose the following staff members to get “pied”: Shannon Hosey, Counselor; Dr. Redd, Physical Education; Betty Lewis; 6th grade Social Studies; Summer Bridges; 7th grade Language Arts; Angela McQuarley, Principal; Amy Grady, 8th grade Science; and (front row) Sherrod Miller, Assistant Principal.

During a special assembly, these teachers and administrators got “pied” while the students watched excitedly.

To see the photos on Facebook, click here.

2014-15 Reading Fair

The Office of Instructional Support is pleased to announce our participation in the annual Mississippi Reading Fair. The state Reading Fair provides students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to share their favorite book through a story board display.

Students have the option of entering projects individually, with peers, or with family members.  

Each school will set its own date for a school Reading Fair.  First place school winners will advance to the District Reading Fair. The district level Reading Fair will be held January 22, 2015.

For more information, 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!


Meridian High School Homecoming Parade

Thursday, October 2 – 5:30 p.m.

The parade will end with a pep rally and crowning of the Homecoming King in front of City Hall.


Crestwood Elementary School Behavior Bash 

Friday, October 3


T.J. Harris Lower Elementary First Grade Students Host Special Guests

Friday, October 3

First grade students at T.J. Harris Lower Elementary will receive a special visit from the U.S. Postal workers as in conjunction with their Community Helpers unit.


T.J. Harris Upper Elementary Picnic with the Principal

Friday, October 3

Students with no corrective strategies or office referrals will get to enjoy a Picnic with Mrs. Miller.


Meridian High School Homecoming Pep Rally

Friday, October 3 – 3:00 p.m.

MHS Boys Gym


Meridian High School Homecoming Football Game

Friday, October 3 – 7:00 p.m.

Ray Stadium

The Homecoming Court will be presented and Queen will be crowned during half-time.


T.J. Harris Lower Elementary Fall Festival

Saturday, October 4 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join T.J. Harris Lower Elementary for the Fall Festival focused on family, fun, health, and safety. There will be tons of games and prizes, delicious food, many special characters for the children to meet, fire truck, and petting zoo. Arm bands will cost $10 and additional arm bands are $5. You don’t want to miss this fun family event!


T.J. Harris Upper Elementary Accelerated Reader Celebration

Monday, October 6 – 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.


Northwest Middle School Book Fair

Monday, October 6 through Monday, October 13

Northwest Library

The Northwest Middle School Book Fair exists to develop a culture of reading among middle school students and to expose them to different genres of books that enhance the educational experience.  Students will be allowed to choose from a huge assortment of books and other items that are available at reasonable prices! Parents can also order books online.  Those interested in online ordering can go to the following website:


Northwest Middle School Reading Fair Workshop

Tuesday, October 7 - 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Northwest Auditorium

The Northwest Middle School Reading Fair Workshop will inform parents and students of the guidelines dealing with participating in the Reading Fair as well as tips and tricks to make the Reading Fair experience a rewarding and successful one for all students. Free materials will be provided to all Northwest Middle School students who attend.


Crestwood Elementary School Accelerated Reader Field Trip

Wednesday, October 8


Meridian High School College Day

Wednesday, October 8

MHS Boys Gym


Parkview Elementary School Reading Fair Parent Night

Wednesday, October 8 – 6:00 p.m.

Free tri-fold project boards will be given to those who attend


MPSD Fall Break

Thursday, October 9 through Friday, October 10

All students will be on Fall Break Thursday and Friday. Teachers and staff will participate in professional development on Thursday, October 9.


Crestwood Elementary School Celebrates National School Lunch Week 

Monday, October 13 through Friday, October 17 


Meridian High School Picture Day

Tuesday, October 14

MHS students in grades 9 through 11 will take school pictures.


T.J. Harris Lower Elementary Parent Literacy and Awards Night

Tuesday, October 14 - 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Come out for a fun night of Literacy and the Awards program.


Oakland Heights Elementary School PTO Meeting and Parent Literacy Night

Tuesday, October 14 - 6:00 p.m.  


Poplar Springs Elementary Fourth Grade Field Trip - Choctaw Day at Lauren Rogers Museum

Tuesday, October 14 - 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Students will watch a Choctaw basket weaving demo, create hands on arts projects, sample fry bread, and watch Choctaw dancing as they learn about the history of MS.


Poplar Springs Elementary PTA Meeting

Tuesday, October 14 – 6:00 p.m.


Northwest Middle School “Get your Growth On” Dance

Thursday, October 16 - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Northwest Gym

The “Get Your Growth On” Dance is an event for students who attended NWMS last year and showed growth on their MCT 2 test. Last year’s 8th Grade students who were promoted to 9th grade will be invited back to participate in this dance. Current 7th and 8th grade students who showed growth on two areas will receive a “Get Your Growth On” t-shirt. Current 9th grade students who showed growth on all 3 areas will receive a free picture at the dance. This dance is for 7th-9th graders only.


Poplar Springs Elementary Science Fair Parent Workshop

Thursday, October 16 - Noon

PSE Library

Mrs. Linda Posey, PSE Science Fair Chairman, will discuss the guidelines for the Science Fair as well as share sample projects and resources.


MPSD in the News…


Ross Collins Industry Appreciation Luncheon


Meridian Star-


New Third Grade Reading Law


Teachers of the Month Honored by the City (Northwest and West Hills)


T.J. Harris Elementary Plans Festival


Wildcats Beat Jim Hill On Road


T.J. Harris Lower Students are College Bound


MPSD Asks City Council for MAC Program Funding for Security


MHS Kicker Kelly Bator’s Talent


Wildcats Drop Road Game at Clinton


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