MSP Middle School of Poplarville

The Middle School of Poplarville serves students grades 6th through 8th. The campus is located at 6 Spirit St, Poplarville, MS 39470. You can reach MSP at (voice) (601) 795-1350 or (fax) (601) 795-1351.

Principal: Heidi Dillon
Assistant Principal: Vicky Boone

MSP & PHS Students Will Compete in National Competition

Seventh grader Christian C. and ninth grader Zachary C. have been named the Mississippi Scholastic State Chess Champions and will compete in the national chess tournament. Tournaments will be held the first week of August at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. 

A Hot T-shirt Design for the Class of 20

After a lengthy voting process, the Class of 2020 The Hunger Games spirit t-shirt design has been chosen! In small teams, seventh graders in Mrs. Aube and Ms. Murray’s language arts classes worked for a week to prepare a design which met the theme of “Who’s the Bad Guy?”
Working within a $10.00 budget, all students created designs utilizing the creative tools on Keeping in mind a middle school audience, students also included elements from The Hunger Games novel, such as slogans based on the narrative or images and color palettes inspired by the novel.  Students presented their t-shirts to their respective classes in a small presentation which included a variety of tools of persuasion to “sell” the t-shirts to their audience.  To extend the activity, students gathered evidence from the text and prepared an essay with proper MLA citations to justify each element of their designs and to prepare for MCT3 expository writing. 
All designs with an “85” or above as the final grade were displayed in the hallway for the decision of which will be produced to be made by the students, their peers, and teachers.  The winning design, created by Mrs. Aube’s students, Rebekah G., Alice M., Sadie P., and Kara T., beat out almost twenty other designs in two rounds of voting to be titled the favorite design. Ms. Murray’s students provided stiff competition, as always.
The design will be produced as a limited edition exclusively for the Class of 2020. 
Congratulations, girls, on all your hard work!  

Choice Bus Visits MSP

The Middle School of Poplarville had a chance to partner with State Farm to provide the students with an educational experience that encourages students to stay in school and promote success in life.

The State Farm Choice Bus rolled onto campus and provided students with a 25 minute interactive presentation designed to show the relevancy of education to career choices and lifetime earning potential. Midway through the presentation, a full scale replica of a prison cell was revealed.  It was a powerful demonstration of how education -  and the lack of education – is connected to making good or bad choices.

During the presentation, The Choice Bus staff lead students in discussions about the importance of education, choosing friends wisely, avoiding gangs, being respectful to others and having a career interest.   

Students learned several eye-opening facts about education:

  • High school graduates earn more than high school dropouts

  • College graduates earn a million dollars more over their lifetime than high school dropout

  • High school dropouts are more likely to spend time in prison than high school graduates

  • 75% of prisoners are high school dropouts

The Choice Bus is sponsored by the Mattie C Stewart Foundation and State Farm. MSP would like to say a special thanks to State Farm Agent Bobby Weathersby and Stacey Wilks.


PRCC Baseball Player Speaks to MSP Baseball Team

On April 14th, Coach Rogers provided breakfast for the MSP baseball players to reward them for their academic and athletic accomplishments.
Zack Boone, Pearl River Community College baseball player, spoke to the players about setting goals and working hard to achieve them. He began by sharing a little about himself and steps he has taken that he feels has led to his success as a student and an athlete.
He stated that that a team must work together, have a positive attitude, have each others back, and work hard. He stressed to the students that in the game of baseball, they will face obstacles and the best way to face these is to listen to their coaches with open minds and work hard to be the best that they can be.
Zack used the following scenarios to demonstrate what makes a successful baseball player: If you think about it, baseball is a huge game of failure.  Great hitters hit .300 average.  Look at it this way, it means you FAIL 70% of the time. That’s a huge percentage.  You are guaranteed to fail.  As a pitcher, Zack said there are times when the fielder makes an error which causes a man to get on base. It is his responsibility to pick up his teammate and work hard to help get the out in order to finish the inning. He told the team you will always face adversity, but it is how you respond to it that makes the difference between good players and great ball players.
Zack closed with I Timothy 4:12. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Zack stated that it doesn't matter that they are young because God has a plan for them. He encouraged them to work hard, make good choices, and practice good character.

American Idol Finalist Visits MSP

On Monday, April 13th, Michael Simeon, American Idol finalist, visits the Middle School of Poplarville to help the cheerleaders with a fundraising event.
Michael joined the students in the cafeteria during lunch to sign autographs and take pictures. After lunch the students joined him in the gym to enjoy a concert. He shared pop songs with the students and motivated them to set goals and dream big. After Michael danced with Jennifer Lopez, it became a trademark for him. To carry on the tradiition, he requested a dance with Principal Heidi Dillon.

PTO Meeting Tonight!

PTO meeting at Scooters tonight at 5:30.
Don't forget to buy your PTO raffle ticket for the Kubota Zero Turn Lawnmower. Drawing is April 25th, and tickets can be purchased at any school.

MSP Coffee Talk with the Principal

MSP's Coffee Talk with the Principal and Enhancement Meeting is Fri., April 10th at 7:30 a.m.  
Come join us and share your ideas in a round table discussion. We will be asking for parental input on making revisions to the handbook for the 2015-2016 school year as well as discussing other information regarding upcoming events. 

MSP Yearbook Video

Reserve your 2014-15 Yearbook Today!


Yearbooks can be ordered online at Our yearbook printer, Picaboo Yearbooks, offers four free personalized pages with each yearbook. This is optional. To utilize this feature, you must order online and follow the attached instructions. Additional pages are available for purchase for $.99 each.

Hard Cover is $35.00 and Soft Cover is $27.00


Michael Simeon from American Idol will perform at the MSP Graffiti Dance

MSP Cheer 2nd Annual Graffiti Dance
with special guest
Michael Simeon from American Idol
Date will be Announced


Purchase your 2015 Graffiti T-shirt from the MSP Library to wear to the dance! Only $8!
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Admission: $5.00
Pictures: $5.00
Pizza: $2.00
Drinks: $1.00
T-Shirts: $8.00
Michael will be singing, signing shirts, and taking pictures.

The Fourth Annual Hunger for Knowledge Games at MSP

As part of their study of The Hunger Games, the seventh grade classes took part in a dodge ball tournament at the Middle School of Poplarville on Thursday, March 26, 2015.  To simulate the battle to the death competition of the novel, thirty-five seventh grade students and eleven eighth grade students were chosen at random as “tributes” to participate in the Hunger for Knowledge Games.  Students were awarded entries into the “reaping” ceremony according to their grades and sponsorship.
To fully understand the Hunger Games battle as it is portrayed in The Hunger Games novel, students spent the third nine weeks focused on the political climate of China, United States, and other countries and how these climates affect an adolescent’s ability to make informed decisions.  Students also discussed the definitions of utopia and dystopia as they pertain to the novel and their current living conditions. Finally, students reviewed and discussed the symbolism of the cornucopia as it was used in the original Thanksgiving celebration and how it is repurposed as a symbol of death in The Hunger Games.
Congratulations to Zoe F., victor of the first round of dodge ball, and Blaise B., victor of the second round!  You made the Class of 2020 very proud!
Special thanks also must be given to Mrs. Aube’s Writing Club, Mrs. Debra Allred, Mrs. Tonya Mixon, and Coach Glen Barber for making the Games come to life.  Without your help, the Hunger for Knowledge Games would not be possible.

Seventh Graders take Part in a Great Debate

After a week’s worth of preparation, seventh graders in Mrs. Aube and Ms. Murray’s language arts classes presented claim statements and evidence on a debate topic of their choice. Debate topics were all The Hunger Games-focused, created from discussions in class, and ranged from “Which setting is the true dystopia: the Capitol or District 12?” to “Who deserved to win the Hunger Games: Cato, the antagonist, or Katniss, the protagonist?”  Working individually and in small, differentiated groups, students chose a position in regard to the debate topic, wrote a claim statement to express their personal opinions with logical arguments, and gathered text-based evidence to support their claim. 
 In Mrs. Aube’s classes, one debate topic was chosen per class, and after dividing the class into both sides of the argument, students sparred until a winner was announced for individual rounds of debate.  
In Ms. Murray’s classes, students faced head-to-head to present their claims.  Not only did students embrace the art of debate in a formal setting, they worked to master new vocabulary including “counterclaim,” “rebuttal,” “clarify,” and “second” to guarantee the success of the debates.
Mrs. Aube and Ms. Murray hope to use this initial debate as a platform for larger scale demonstrations of the students’ ability to write, research, and present claims.

MSP Easter Egg Hunt

The students at the Middle School of Poplarville were rewarded with an Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 27th. Students who had 100% attendance for the month of March without any check-ins or check-outs were able to participate.
The students hunted for prize eggs and won cash prizes, free skating passes, McDonald's & Subway gift cards, free ice cream from Sonic, and many other special gifts! Refreshments were provided by our wonderful MSP parents, and the eggs were donated by the PTO.
Kelton H. won the prize egg worth $20.00. The students said they had a great time and enjoyed the 1st annual Easter Egg Hunt!

MSP Celebrates Academics & Behavior

Renaissance Rallies and Funtastic is Thursday, March 26th. Rallies are to recognize students who have perfect attendance, no discipline referrals, and excelled academically. Funtastic is to reward students who have no disciline referrals.
The obstacle course and frisbee tournament are free of charge.  Cost for other activities is $5 for armband or $2 for tickets. Refreshments will be sold in the concession area.

MSP Celebrates Ultimate Pi Day

Students in Mrs. Gennin’s math classes celebrated this year’s epic Pi Day a day early! Students volunteered to bring in pies of various sizes and flavors for a hands-on review of the circumference and area of circles. In each class, students measured the diameter of the pies and calculated the circumference and area of the pies. Students then were able to eat the pies while they took a quiz on circumference and area of circles to wrap up this week’s studies.

Professor Lipsmacker visits TLC

Professor Lipsmacker visited the Middle School of Poplarville on Friday, March 13th to speak at TLC, Teens Living for Christ.
He performed a science experiment to get the students' attention. Professor Lipsmacker took a half grape and placed it under a glass jar in the microwave oven for 20 seconds. After a few seconds, a fire ball, which seemed to be plasma, appeared upon the grape. The microwave created an electric current in the grape because of the ions. When the tiny links between the two half-parts is broken it creates an electric arc. The students were excited and Professor Lipsmacker definitely got the students' attention.
Professor Lipsmacker stressed to the students the little things in our lives matter. He compared the importance of the tiny links causing the experiment to work just like the small things in our lives matter to God. Everything we do, every problem we have (no matter how big or small), every decision we make is important to God. 

MSP Cheerleaders Perform for the PTO

The Poplarville School District PTO met on Tuesday, March 10th, at the Middle School of Poplarville. The MSP cheerleaders performed and did an excellent job. 
The PTO is raffling off a Kubota lawnmower on April 25th. Tickets are $10.00 and can be bought in the front office at MSP, other schools and at businesses around town. Support your PTO and become involved so that our students can have the best educational experience possible!
A special thanks to all who have already become members and are actively invovled in making a difference!

MSP Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. 
Mrs. Allred’s eighth grade ELA students took advantage of an extra credit visual report for the month February by completing a visual report on a notable figure of African descent. Students had the choice of creating a slide show or designing a poster board. Janelle J. chose to focus her report on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while Brix C. chose Olympic medal winner Jesse Owens. Angela A. decided on Condoleezza Rice from our era.

MSP Nerd Herd has a Snack Attack

MSP is proud to announce that enrollment in our technology club is at an all-time high with roughly 56 students signed up. Students in the club are involved in community outreach projects, STEM challenges, and computer projects. MSP is proudly providing our students with first-hand technology experiences!
MSP’s Nerd Herd recently completed a STEM challenge utilizing one of our favorite things – SNACKS!
Students had to choose between using sugar cubes or Oreos and were competing with their peers. In the Oreo challenge, students were given a set number of Oreos and were instructed to construct the tallest freestanding tower.  The sugar cube groups were given a box of sugar cubes and frosting and were instructed to design and create an arch that they felt would hold the most weight.
The arches will be tested in our upcoming meeting! The students enjoy being a member of Nerd Herd and are excited about testing their creative masterpieces. 

2015 MSP Whos's Who

Middle School of Poplarville 2015 Who’s Who Results
Miss MSP: Seana Rains
Mr. MSP: Ross Barnett
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
     Most Athletic          
Cassidy Cartwright
Aislynn Andrews
Rakeya Travis
Torry Polk
Blaise Breerwood
Antonio Barnes
Class Favorite
Evelyn Kimball
Star Newson
Mckenzie Wash
John Patrick Rush
Jordan Bolton
Mario Barnes
Most School Spirit
Jada Travis
Harper Pearson
Hunter Blackwell
Rhett Garrett
Austin Ashley
Most Artistic
Elizabeth Arbo
Brittany Slade
Danielle Arbo
Cole Larkin
Kevin Hart
Brandon Kennedy
Most Helpful
Audrey Bolin
Ravyn Garrett
Anjolie Francis
Zack Chauncy
Paxton Ladner
Mollie Brown
Macey Head
Seana Rains
Mason Anderson
Keith Herndon
Jasper Sanders
Most Likely to Succeed
Juliana Wells
Renee Harris
Mary Ruth Pridmore
Maddux Francis
Christian Couvillion
Canaan Ray

The Penny Lab

Mrs. Brittany's 6th grade science class wrapped up their inquiry science objective with "The Penny Lab". They used the Scientific Method to see how many drops of water a penny could hold. "I hypothesized that my penny would only hold 6 drops and it really held 48 drops" one student said.  "I was a little surprised". Mrs. Brittany's class is excited about science and is ready to begin learning the world's biomes this week!