True Blue Update

September 10, 2021

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September Is Attendance Awareness Month!

MPSD Announces Local Efforts to Celebrate the Attendance Awareness Campaign

Meridian Public School District has joined a nationwide effort to celebrate the Attendance Awareness Campaign in September and has pledged to raise awareness about the value of regular school attendance and focus on reducing chronic absenteeism in the new school year.


MPSD recognizes that good attendance is essential to academic success. But far too many students are at risk academically because they are chronically absent. Chronic absence is described as missing 10 percent of the school year—or about 18 days – for any reason, excused or unexcused. That’s the point at which absenteeism begins to affect student performance, research shows.


Nationally, nearly 8 million students miss almost a month of school in excused and unexcused absences every year. Starting as early as kindergarten or even preschool, chronic absence predicts lower 3rd grade reading scores. By middle school, it’s a warning sign that students will fail key classes and drop out of high school.

Crestwood students learn about the importance of attending school daily

Leslie Jenkins, counselor at Crestwood Elementary, coordinated with Denise Todd, MDE Attendance Officer, to present to students the importance of being at school.

Three Important facts shared with students are:

  • Missing TWO (2) days a month is considered CHRONIC absenteeism
  • Poor attendance can influence their reading proficiency
  • When attendance improves, a student improves their academic ability and chances for graduating.

September is "Attendance Awareness Month."

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Crestwood Elementary

Crestwoodland Week 5

Oakland Heights Elementary

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Poplar Springs Elementary

TJ Harris Upper Elementary

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"Begin With The End In Mind"

Sixteen fourth-grade scholars at TJ Harris Upper Elementary have recently mastered the standard of 4.NBT.4. Way to go scholars, and keep up the great work! These students are true examples of what it means to begin with the end in mind!

West Hills Elementary

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Carver Middle School

August Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to our August Teacher of the Month, Ms. Rush. Ms. Rush teaches 7th-grade history and is the girl’s head basketball coach. From day one, Ms. Rush set high expectations for herself, her students, and her basketball team. She is consistently well planned and prepared, each day, to engage her students in various ways. Is it history or English? They are one in Ms. Rush’s class. Thank you for giving your all daily!

August Staff of the Month

Congratulations to our August Staff of the Month, Ms. Barrett, academic counselor. In August, Ms. Barrett put on many hats to get school started. She was readily available to serve our families and help wherever she could. CMS appreciates you dearly!

Northwest Middle School

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Meridian High School and Ross Collins Career & Technical Center

Welcome to MHS And Ross Collins Career and Technical Center

MHS Class of 2022 is selling Pink-Out Game T-Shirts

The MHS Class of 2022 is selling Breast Cancer Awareness shirts for the Annual Pink Out game in October. Prices are $15.00 for Small-XL, and for $20.00 2X - 4X. Both white and pink shirts are available.


The last day to order is September 17, 2021. See Mrs. Barksdale or Miss Reed at Meridian High School.

RCCTC students practice Applied Academics

In Auto Collision Repair students had science lessons on humidity and temperature and how it impacts what they do. There was also a chemistry lesson on body filler and hardener! Could this be why the data shows that CTE students are more successful on state assessments and general academic course work? They are working an early 70’s Chevy Nova with a small block 350 V8.

August 2021 Students of the Month

Congratulations to these hard-working MHS students for being named August 2021 students of the month!

August 2021 Teachers/Staff of the Month

Congratulations to the following MHS teachers and support staff for being named the August 2021 Teacher/Support Staff of the Month.

Wildcats battle Knights on gridiron tonight!

It's Gameday for the Wildcats! Kickoff for the game against West Lauderdale is at 7 p.m. this evening in Collinsville. Tickets are $8 per person and must be purchased at the gate. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
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Catch the Lady Wildcat Volleyball team in action!

The Lady Wildcat Volleyball season is in full swing! Make sure to come to support them this year at one of their home games! See the schedule here!

Wildcat Cross Country Season is in full swing!

Wildcat Cross Country season is in full swing! Check out the schedule to make plans to cheer them on!


2021 MHS Cross Country Schedule

MHS Swim Team Competes In First Meet of Season

The Wildcat Swim Team competes in its first meet of the season on Saturday, September 11, 2021, when they travel to Laurel for the West Jones Invitational. The meet begins at 11 a.m.

Purchase Your Official MHS Wildcats Tag Today!

Show your Wildcat Pride by ordering the official Meridian Wildcats Tag today from any tax collector's office in the State of Mississippi!

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The mission of the Meridian Public School District is to develop excellence in each student in a safe, innovative learning environment supported by teachers, parents, and the community.