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




NASA Showcases New Rockets

On February 12, 2015 Carl and Beverly Merritt toured the Aerojet Rocketdyne facility at Stennis Space Center after attending a breakfast sponsored by the facility. Stennis Space Center is working closely with STEM educators to help motivate students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The tour included viewing and discussing the rocket engines that will power NASA's future missions to Mars. 
"It was really amazing to see the amount of technology, engineering, and organization it takes to create something so complex and so important to us." stated Carl Merritt. "Students need to be aware of how great an opportunity they have for careers just miles from our community."

Krutzfeldt Named Poplarville School District Teacher of the Year

Tammy Krutzfeldt is a fourth grade teacher at Poplarville Elementary.  She began her teaching career at the Poplarville Lower Elementary as an assistant teacher.  The teaching staff at PLE encouraged her to return to school to continue her dream of becoming a teacher.  After several years as an assistant, she pursued her degree by obtaining a Science Degree in Education from William Carey College.  Ms. Krutzfeldt started teaching as a third grade teacher in the Poplarville School District and is currently in her twelfth year as a classroom teacher at Poplarville Upper Elementary. 

Ms. Krutzfeldt is active in many educational and community activities.  She serves as a mentor teacher in the IMPACT2 math program at Mississippi State University.  She helps teachers prepare lesson and learn new strategies for teaching upper and middle grade students.  She is a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  She serves as a member of the Blueberry Jubilee Council, the Poplarville Chamber of Commerce, and works with the Poplarville City Planning Commission. 

Ms. Krutzfeldt stated, “Our school district is filled with many outstanding teachers.  I am extremely honored to have been selected as Teacher of the Year for the Poplarville School District among my peers.  There is no greater joy to me as a career than teaching in our community.”

Federal Programs Meeting Update

Parents, teachers, and administrators met Tuesday, November 11, 2014, for breakfast at the Parent Center to discuss the 2014-2015 Consolidated Federal Programs Application.  The CFPA is a plan that was developed by stakeholders to focus the use of federal funds. The Poplarville School district receives Title I funds that are used to improve student achievement, Title II funds for the development of educator quality, and Title VI funds in which the district employs a social worker.  During the meeting, an overview of these programs, new kindergarten and third grade assessments, and school-wide assessment data were presented. A copy of the brochure describing the information presented can be found at http://teachersites.schoolworld.com/webpages/pue/federal.cfm
Several more breakfast meetings will be held second semester to gain input for next year's plan.  The topics for February's meeting will be centered on Parental Involvement. If you would like to join this group, we welcome you to attend. You can be added to the meeting mailing list and receive a pre-meeting packet by calling Konya Miller, Federal Programs Director, at 601-795-8477 or by completing the following form http://teachersites.schoolworld.com/webpages/pue/forms.cfm?myForm=19875

School Bus Coloring Contest

At the start of our 2014-2015 school year our Lower and Upper Elementary students had the opportunity to participate in our first annual event of the school bus coloring contest.  All students were asked to participate by their school bus driver and to turn into their bus driver for judging by all the Poplarville school bus drivers. For our first year we had a good number of students to participate.
The student chosen by the drivers was Ariel Sones, a fifth grader who will receive a $10.00 gift card from one of our many merchants in our town. Congratulations from Greers Super Saver and all of our Transportation personnel.

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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