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




Merritt Goes Pink for Attendance

On October 23, 2014, School Superintendent Carl Merritt dyed his mustache pink to celebrate October Attendance and to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness month. 
Merritt began the day at Transitions Day Spa here in Poplarville where Claudia Thrash dyed Merritt's mustache pink after a bright shade of pink was choosen by district office staff who accompanied Merritt to the salon.
After the day's preparations, Merritt and Attendance Intervention Coordinator, Lisa Magee, scheduled visits at all campuses to celebrate October Attendance. 
"Regular school attendance is critical to a student's academic success. We are so proud of all of our students and their families for helping us reach our attendance goals," stated Magee.
The event also celebrated October as Breast Cancer Awareness month. According to BreastCancerAwareness.org, "October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same."
After the day's events, Merritt said, "It was a wonderful experience. I made a promise to the students of the district that if they met their attendance goals I would dye my mustache pink. They did their part so I had to do mine. It also brought attention to Breast Cancer Awareness month which is important. Breast cancer has touched so many lives in our community and district. Today was a wonderful experience and a fun way to bring attention to two important causes."

Sub Workshop

Poplarville School District will hold a substitute workshop on Tuesday, October 28,  2014 at 9:00 AM. The workshop will be held at the Central Office, 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS. For more information you may call 601-795-8477

Hornet PRIDE

Hornet PRIDE Motto – Do you have it?  Do you want it?  Do you show it?  Ask about it!
Dropout prevention is a major concern for Poplarville School District, the State of Mississippi, and the Nation.  In response to this concern, the Poplarville School District implemented its Dropout Prevention Plan called Hornet PRIDE.  Hornet PRIDE is the district plan developed in SY 2008 and revised in 2011.  The latest published results for the current plan as implemented cite a graduation rate for Poplarville School District in SY 2013 of 84.6% and a dropout rate of 7.5%.
Below are the highlighted PRIDE initiatives in existence. 
PRIDE = Personal Responsibility In Daily Efforts
PRIDE in Attendance – Encourages attendance in school as a critical dropout prevention strategy;
PRIDE in Safe and Healthy Schools – A safe and healthy school climate provides a supportive atmosphere that encourages students to stay in school;
Professional PRIDE – Ensuring a highly qualified staff that understands and addresses the diverse needs of our students;
Parent and Community PRIDE – Motivating parents, community, and schools to support the efforts of our students;
Project PRIDE – Promotes academic success of all students.
Students, parents, staff and community are invited to actively participate in our Hornet PRIDE initiative as we strive to decrease the number of students who dropout and increase the number of students who graduate.

Parent's Right-To-Know

In accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Section 1111 (h)(6) PARENTS' RIGHT-TO-KNOW, you have the right to request and receive information in a timely manner regarding the professional qualifications of your student's classroom teachers. The information regarding the professional qualifications of your student's classroom teachers shall include the following:
  • If the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas taught;
  • If the teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status in which the state qualifications and licensing criteria are waived;
  • The teachers baccalaureate degree major, graduate certification, and field of discipline;
  • Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications
In addition to the above information you will be notified if your student has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher that is not highly qualified.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your student's school principal or the federal programs coordinator.

Ice Ice Baby

Poplarville High School Officials Take the Ice Bucket Challenge, Raise Awareness and Money for ALS Association
Superintendent Carl Merritt, Principals Jon Will and Dr. Marlene Cole, and Bookkeeper Laurie Langolois took the ALS Ice Bucket challenge recently.
The challenge involves having buckets of ice cold water dumped on participants in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. They were challenged by family members, co-workers, and friends.  In return, they challenged family members and other school representatives.
All decided the experience could be summed up in one word: shocking!
“At first, it was a shock; but, because it was so hot that day, the ice water actually felt pretty good”, said Superintendent Carl Merritt.
All agreed they would do the challenge again, since it is for a worthy cause.

Read Your Way to the Egg Bowl

To participate in MAE's Be a Champion and Read Your Way to the Egg Bowl ​contest, the student must read six (6) reading-level appropriate books and record the titles on the Book List form. When the Book List is complete, it will be sent home to be signed and returned. A parent/guardian signature is required to be eligible to win. The signed Book List Form/parent letter must be returned to the student’s language arts teacher by October 29th. 
Students will choose one team they support (MSU or Ole Miss) and can only enter the contest once. There will be a MSU winner and an Ole Miss winner. The two winning students and two guests each will receive free tickets to the Egg Bowl. They will be guests in the athletic hospitality room and visit the field during the pre-game activities.
​The contest is open to Mississippi students in grades K-8. ​Winners will be notified by November 21, 2014.

District Policy Review

District policy is being submitted for review on the topics of "Absence from Duty," "Family Medical Leave Act," and "Fraud Waste and Abuse."
The topics can be found in the pdf file which can be viewed here.
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Carl Merritt Elected as MASS Secretary

The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents and the Alliance of Educational Leaders of Mississippi held their annual convention during the week of July 13 – 18, 2014.  Over 1000 public school administrators from across the state were in attendance.  

During the convention, Carl Merritt, Superintendent of the Poplarville School District was elected by his fellow Superintendents to serve as Secretary of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents for the 2014 – 2015 school year and he will move up to President-Elect for the 2015 – 2016 school year and will serve as President for the 2016 – 2017 school year.

The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (MASS) was organized in 1969.  There are 146 school districts in Mississippi with 58 elected Superintendents and 88 appointed Superintendents, all of which are eligible for membership in MASS.  

If a superintendent is a member of MASS, then all the other administrators in that school district automatically become members of our affiliate organization called the Alliance of Educational Leaders of Mississippi (The Alliance) at no additional costs.  There are approximately 2200 administrators, in addition to Superintendents, throughout Mississippi

This year MASS celebrates forty five years of being the Voice of Education in Mississippi.  The continuous effort of working with legislators and state leaders has given our Association an opportunity to influence many legislative issues before they become law.  The MASS/Alliance coalition, in cooperation with other professional educational organizations, continues to be a strong supporter for public education in the difficult times of the Legislative process.

The leadership of MASS/Alliance believes that every individual public school educator in this state has an obligation to provide a safe environment for our children and then to make sure that each child receives an appropriate education to function effectively in our complex society.   We are on a mission for our children.

Clay Garrett Selected for Youth Leadership Program

Clay Garrett of Poplarville High School was one of six high school students selected to represent Coast Electric Power Association at the annual Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson this past February and the Youth Leadership Tour in Washington, D.C. this past June. In Jackson, the students participated in team-building exercises, enhanced their leadership skills, and visited with their state legislators.  The group of 66 Mississippi High School Students then joined some 1600 teens from across the nation for the weeklong rural electric youth tour in Washington, D.C. where they visited many of our nation's historic landmarks and met with Mississippi's senators and representatives.

Youth Tour is a rich, once-in-a-lifetime experience for every student who participates. Each student is sponsored by his or her local electric cooperative, earning the trip in a competitive process.

Clay Garrett is the son of Brad and Sonya Garrett of Poplarville. He is currently a senior at Poplarville High School. 





Get Acquainted Day at PUE and PLE Planned

There will be a "Get Acquainted Day" at Poplarville Lower Elementary and Poplarville Upper Elementary on August 4, 2014. Parents and students are invited to the schools at the following times: PLE 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; PUE 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Parents should bring student supplies to PLE during this time. For a complete list of supplies for the Poplarville School District click here.


Supply Listing for 2014-2015



AUGUST 4, 2014

1:00 – 3:00 PM






Poplarville Lower Elementary

Kindergarten Supply List 2014-2015


1     Dry Erase Markers (Fine Point)

10   Large Pencils (Ticonderoga Beginner)

1     Pkg. Crayola washable markers (Broad-tip, Classic Colors
8     Boxes Crayola Brand Crayons (No Off Brand)

10   Elmer’s Brand glue sticks (not glue sticks for glue guns)

2     Large box Kleenex

1    Writing Tablets (true white)

1    Pair FISKAR scissors (rounded ends only)

2    Pkgs.WHITE construction paper (true white not off white and NO drawing paper)

(Found at Hobby Lobby and School & Carnival Stores)

1    8½”  x 11” clipboard  

2    8” x 10” zippered pencil bag

6    Pink erasers (not pencil top erasers)

1    Backpack without wheels – no purse size backpacks - Find one that is easy to open with a very simple zipper closure and few or no pockets.

1    Change of clothes - extra uniform with underwear and socks (please label all clothes with  your child’s name)

1    Clorox/ Lysol Wipes

1    Roll of paper towels

1    Pack of copy paper



1  Quart size Ziploc bags                                            

1 Hand Sanitizer (8oz or Large)  



1  Gallon Zipper top Ziploc bags

1  Box of baby wipes


Please label ALL items that only your child will use such as book bag, pencil bag, crayons, clipboard, scissors, glue sticks, markers, and extra change of clothes. There is NO need    to label items that will be used by all students such as tissue, construction paper, or Ziploc bags.


A $15 instructional fee will be due on the day of Meet the Teacher. This fee is to cover instructional materials such as consumable workbooks, etc… that your child will use throughout the year.           






AUGUST 4, 2014

1:00 – 3:00 PM





**3 boxes KLEENEX  (Not a purse pack)

**2 bottles  SCHOOL GLUE – 4 oz size

**4 boxes 24 CRAYOLA CRAYONS – regular size (No Rose Art Brand)

**2 pkgs. WOOD PENCILS –(TICONDEROGA brand only)

1 pair of FISKARS SCISSORS – (blunt-tipped; no plastic)

3 10x13 manila envelopes (DO NOT put your name on envelopes)

2  - PLASTIC folders with prongs and pockets

2 marble composition notebooks  (Norcom brand -no spiral- no holes)

1 pack loose-leaf paper

1 box pencil-top erasers

2 pink pearl erasers

1 BACKPACK - Please do not send a backpack with wheels.  The reason for this is a safety concern. Students have to walk up and down stairs with the backpacks.

1 pack white construction paper

Expo dry erase markers 2-pack - black only

1 pack of copy paper


1 regular size baby wipes
1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags
1 Individually wrapped roll of paper towels  

1 Clorox Wipes
1 box of quart size Ziploc bags
1 hand sanitizer – no travel size


$15.00 YEARLY INSTRUCTIONAL FEE  (Ex. art, learning centers) 

DO NOT SEND: Writing Pens, Markers, Mechanical Pencils

**These items are to be replenished as needed.




AUGUST 4, 2014

1:00 – 3:00 PM




Poplarville Lower Elementary

Second Grade Supply List


3  Boxes pencil top erasers

1  Pack loose leaf notebook paper (wide-ruled not college ruled)

1  Composition notebooks (single subject; 70 sheets each)

4  Or more #2 Ticonderoga wood pencils (12 count or more)**

2  Boxes crayons – 24 regular size (Crayola is best)**

3  Gue sticks – (NO squeeze glue)**

1  Pair Fiskar scissors

1  9 X 12 manila envelopes

1  Pack of copy paper

1  Backpack without wheels. - Please do not send backpacks with wheels the is a safety precaution. Students have to carry backpacks up and down stairs.

1  Roll of paper towels

1  Container of Clorox wipes

3  Boxes of Kleenex

Girls- 1 box of quart ziploc bags

Boys- 1 box of gallon ziploc bags

$15.00 instructional fee used for special projects and classroom items payable the first day of school.

**These particular items may need to be replenished as needed.

Please label ALL items with the child’s name that only your child will use such as book bag,  supplies, and jackets/sweaters.





AUGUST 4, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 PM


Poplarville Upper Elementary
3rd grade – Supply List

36 pencils
2 packs pencil top erasers
2 box 24 count Crayons (Crayola preferred)
1 Zipper pencil bag
4 marble composition notebooks
1 pack of index cards
3 plastic folders with pockets and prongs (different colors preferred)
3 packs of wide ruled notebook paper
2 packs of white copy paper
1 pack of small tip dry erase markers
4 large boxes of Kleenex
4 glue sticks
1 package of construction paper
1 old clean sock to use as an eraser for dry erase markers
1 container of disinfectant wipes
1 box of band aids
1 clip board for activity
1 two inch three ring binder


1 box gallon zip lock bags
2 bottles of unscented hand sanitizer

1 box quart zipper bags
2 six packs of 3” post it notes




AUGUST 4, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 PM


Poplarville Upper Elementary

4th grade – Supply List

36 pencils
1 clip board for activity

1 pack of pencil top erasers
1 pack of colored markers
2 boxes 24 count Crayons (Crayola preferred)
1 pack of assorted highlighters
4 glue sticks
1 pair of blunt Fiskar scissors
2 one inch three ring binders
2 pack of 5 tab dividers
4 plastic folders with prongs and pockets (variety of colors preferred)
3 marble composition notebooks
4 one subject spiral bound notebooks
4 boxes of Kleenex
2 packs of copy paper
2 pack of construction paper (unbound multicolored)
2 rolls paper towels
2 six pack of 3” post it notes
1 bottle hand sanitizer
4 packs wide ruled notebook paper
2 boxes band aids
1 box quart zipper bags
1 pack fine tip dry erase markers
1 pencil bag or box




AUGUST 4, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 PM


Poplarville Upper Elementary
5th grade – Supply List

4 plastic pocket folders with prongs
4 packs of loose leaf notebook paper

1 pack construction paper (unbound multicolored)
1 pack fine tip, Bold colors (not red or yellow) dry erase markers
1 box 24 count crayons (Crayola preferred)
2 glue sticks
2 packs copy paper
1 pack highlighter
8 marble composition books
36 pencils
3 boxes Kleenex
1 box colored markers
1 pair blunt scissors
1 package pencil top erasers
1 large pencil box
1 roll of paper towels
2 six pack of 3 inch post it notes
1 pack of 3”x5” index cards


1 bottle hand sanitizer
1 box quart zipper bags


1 box of band aids
1 box gallon zipper bags


MSP Supply Listing Links.
Click each link to view listing.


Sixth Grade Supply List

Seventh Grade Supply List and ELA Letter

Eighth Grade Supply List