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
 

PTO Provides Cinco De Mayo Luncheon for MSP

On May 5th, the Middle School of Poplarville teachers celebrated Teacher Appreciation and Cinco De Mayo.
 
The PTO showed their appreciation and support to the MSP teachers by preparing them a Mexican Fiesta. Everyone enjoyed the taco bar and desserts while listening to Mexican Mariachi music.
 
The teachers and administration want to extend a special thanks to the parents and PTO for everything you do for the Poplarville School District.
 
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Backing the Blue

PSD K-8 students will wear blue jeans and blue shirts on Thursday, May 21st,  to show support for their local law enforcement.
 
 

6th Grade "Rock the Test" Rally

During the month of April, the students at the Middle School took the PARCC Assessments. The 6th grade teachers planned a rally to motivate the students to do their best on the test. 
 
Students competed in a rally to see who could make the most noise, the teachers performed a skit, and a student created video was shown. 6th grade teams competed against one another and wore team colors to show spirit. Students brought air horns, train horns, band instruments, and even invited the police and fire department to help make noise. The orange team which was Mrs. Martinez and Mrs. Roger's classes won the trophy again this year for having the most team spirit!
 
A great big thank you the Poplarville Fire Department and the Poplarville Police Department for helping us show our spirit. Congratulations to Mrs. Rogers and Miss Martinez classes for winning the spirit contest. 
 
 
 
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2015 Spring Fling

On Saturday, May 9th, the eighth graders came out to celebrate the end of their careers at the Middle School of Poplarville! Spring Fling, held at the armory, was a night for everyone to eat mexican treats and dance the night away with their friends. The people behind this fun filled night were Mrs. Harmony Hester and Mrs. Tiffany Davis. They put their creative minds together and planned a night we are sure to always remember! Spring Fling is something to look forward to for everyone!

 
By: Tatum Gennin
 
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MSP Uniform Drive

The Middle School of Poplarville is conducting a uniform drive. If you have gently used uniforms that you would like to donate to our clothes closet, please drop them off at the front office. If students bring uniforms to school on Wed., May 20th, to donate, then he/she can wear jeans and a t-shirt to school.
 
 
 
 

MSP Band Accomplishments

On April 17th, the advanced band students from the Middle School of Poplarville competed in the South Mississippi Band Festival and received an all superior rating. This was a great experience for the students! We are so proud of them!
 
On May 14th, the Middle School of Poplarville band students performed in their  end of the year band concert led by Mr. Josh Tidwell. The beginner band opened the concert by performing several pieces and the intermediate and advanced band followed. 

 
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MSP Earthpalooza

On April 22nd, the 6th grade students at the Middle School of Poplarville participated in Earthpalooza. This special event was planned to celebrate Earth Day.
 
Bringing Earth Day into the classroom allowed  students to explore the purpose and significance of the holiday and raises their awareness of environmental issues. The students incorporated skills they had learned into games and provided an afternoon of educational fun learning experiences for other student to enjoy. This opportunity provided the students with learning experiences that encompassed a wide variety of environmental activities andissues, from recycling to pollution to energy conservation.
 
 
 
 
 
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United Blood Services Rewards MSP Students

United Blood Services rewarded several MSP students with a pizza party and glow-in-the-dark glasses for having someone participate in MSP Student Council's blood drive held in February. The students were also given award certificates recognizing their participation in the Be a Hero campaign. 
 
The students are pictured with Katie Martin, Senior Donor Recruitment Representative for United Blood Services.
 
 
 
 

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 CustomInk.com. 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.
 
 
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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.
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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 NOW AVAILABLE!

Yearbooks can be ordered online at msp.picaboo.com. 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
6:30-8:30
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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.
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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.
 
 
 
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