District Offices District


Welcome to the District Offices of Poplarville School District.
Our address is 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS 39470.
You can reach us at (voice) (601) 795-8477 or (fax) (601) 795-0712.

Superintendent of Schools:  Carl Merritt

Federal Programs Director and Director of Curriculum:  Konya Miller
Special Services Director:  Shannon Anderson
Technology Coordinator and Student Data:  Stephen Seal
Director of Finance: Samantha Sandifer

Transportation Director:  Ed Sternod
Maintenance Director:  Gene Stevens
Food Services Director:  Gwen Seal


School Board Members:
Samuel Gentry, Lisa Graves, Violine Jordan, Shirline Magee, Tommy Strahan




Bus #60 Decked out for Halloween

With spiders and webs along with skeletons and candy corn lights hanging from our bus ceiling, all students on bus #60 wish a Happy Halloween to everyone. 

Road Work Starts on Monday

Beginning Monday, October 24, 2016, road construction is set to begin on the underpass on Main Street in Poplarville.  This area of the roadway will be completely blocked, and drivers will need to find an alternate route to move from one side of the city of Poplarville to the other.  If there are no delays, construction is expected to last one to two weeks.

As always, thank you for your cooperation


Students having perfect attendance for the months of October 2016 and November 2016 will be eligible for a drawing at each school for a chromebook!

If you have any questions about this contest please ask your principal.

We can’t wait to put your name in our hat!





MDE Releases Family Guides for Student Success to Support Parents

Pamphlet Cover
JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE)developed family guides to assist with grade-level at home strategies and activities that support both student and parent understanding of the English language arts and mathematics standards. Parents can use the activity booklets at home to support what their children are learning in the classroom.
The Family Guide for Student Success booklets outline what children should know and be able to do in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level from pre-kindergarten through 8thgrade. Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, said parents understand best their child’s needs, strengths, abilities and interests, and they can partner with their child’s teacher to provide opportunities to learn and grow.
“Parents are their child’s first teacher in life. That responsibility doesn’t end when a child enters school. These guides were created to encourage parents and children by reinforcing classroom activities at home and to build a strong partnership with their teachers,” Wright said.
The guides list expectations for children at each grade level and activities that families can do at home. They will be translated into Spanish and available to parents and teachers in October.
Robin Lemonis, MDE’s director of Student Intervention Services in the Office of Elementary Education and Reading, led the project to create the booklets as a resource for parents who wanted to help their children reach learning goals but needed examples of how to do it.
“Often parents do not understand the terminology and methodology associated with the standards that their child is expected to learn in each individual grade. This project stemmed from my desire to simplify the language used within the standards so parents could help support their child’s learning. In addition, it provides teachers with an opportunity to communicate the needs of the student and offers them a chance to model and share these simple strategies and activities with parents,” she said.
MDE staff and Mississippi teachers contributed their expertise and time in the development of the guides. The following teachers contributed to the guides: Brandy Howell with the Itawamba County School District, Beth Garcia with the Rankin County School District, Jena Howie with the Yazoo City Municipal School District, and Janalee Leak and Paula Phillips with the North Tippah School District.
“I want to thank staff and teachers for all the hard work they put into creating these booklets. I believe that these resources will help build students’ knowledge and skills and provide a strong foundation for academic success,” Wright said.
The guides can be found here http://mdek12.org/ESE/Guides

New Fire Alarm Systems Tested

Fire Drill Photo
The district has installed new and upgraded fire alarm systems throughout all schools in the Poplarville School District. Ben Whatley, Network Manager of the Poplarville School District's IT department (PSD-IT), headed up the massive project and worked closely with Poplarville Fire Chief, Jonathan Head, to focus on student, faculty, and community safety. 
"It was well worth the time and effort to keep kids safe in the district," Whatley stated looking back over the project. "Fire Chief Head was right there with us from the beginning. We'd like to thank him so much for all the time he put into this project over the summer."
All schools have drilled for fire emergencies since the beginning of the school year. All staff, students, and visitors participated in campus drills. System checks are also monitored during the drills by Whatley, SRO Al Tynes, PSD officer Joe Smith, and each school's administrators. The new system is monitored 24/7. 

Eruptions in 4th grade

Picture of students watching demostration
Students in 4th grade have been learning some valuable information about our planet Earth.  They had to locate each of the seven continents and the four oceans on a map.  They learned about map skills----compass rose, scale, legend, latitude lines, longitude lines, etc.  They have also been viewing videos and lessons about volcanoes.  During this time, Mrs. April Fowler has conducted numerous volcano experiments with the classes.  She brought a model of the Earth and reviewed the seven continents and the four oceans with the students.  She also talked about the different types of volcanoes giving descriptions of each….composite, cinder, shield.  She demonstrated a cinder volcano using baking soda and vinegar.  She also demonstrated a composite volcano using Diet Coke and Mentos.  The students really enjoyed these experiments, especially when she gave them Pop Rocks to experience an eruption in their mouth!
Bottle Exploding

MHSAA Policy on Drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

Drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for regulating the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) as specified under Public Law (PL) 112‐95, FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012; Chapter 447 of Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.); 49 U.S.C. & 40102; and Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 1 & 1.1

Understanding that airborne UAS/drones poses a safety hazard, the Poplarville School District forbids anyone from flying a drone or any remote‐controlled aircraft in the skies over any of its school campuses or school properties, including, but not limited to individual schools within the district, football stadiums, and athletic fields without authorization for the FAA.

The FAA has serious concerns about the safety of operating UAS near people or stadiums. Therefore, any school personnel and/or students operating UAS/drones shall familiarize themselves with the FAA website: http://www.faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft/. (The site provides links at the left side and bottom of the home page to the three different types of UAS Operations.)

Additionally, the following three links are beneficial as a reference by illustrating the Do’s and Don’ts of UAS flying pictorially and also the various types of No Drone Zone signage examples for designated prohibited areas, and should be reviewed by any staff and/or students operating or considering operating UAS/drones.




The superintendent or his/her designee shall report any unauthorized operation of UAS/drones over school property to law enforcement authorities and/or the FAA.

Any person violating this policy could be subject to immediate removal from school property and could be banishment from school property. Violators will also be reported to appropriate law enforcement to include the FAA.

Any student violating this policy shall be dealt with according to the district’s “student code of conduct.” Any school district employee violating this policy shall be subject to formal disciplinary action.

Attendance Officer of the Year

Congratulations to Bill Johnson, School Attendance Officer serving Poplarville School District and PRC School District for  the Mississippi Department of Education. 
Bill was recently recognized as SCHOOL ATTENDANCE OF THE YEAR  at the annual MDE conference on Compulsory School Attendance.
Keep up the good work Bill! 

PUE Participates at the Pearl River County Fair

Mrs. Patten's class  made art projects for the Pearl River County Fair. The focus of the project was to write about what the students want to be when they gr​ow up. Many students want to be nurses and teachers while others want to be chemists, fire fighters, and paleontologists​. The future of Poplarville, Mississippi is looking bright!

Bus Regulations

Possession of any form of tobacco/nicotine to include e-cigarettes, vapes or other electronic devices to include cell phones is forbidden on all buses at all times. Per 2016-2017 student handbook.