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

Oh, Goodie!

Students of the Middle School’s Technology club, affectionately called Nerd Herd, have been busy sharing their skills with our community.
In December, students made goodie bags and designed holiday cards for the patients of the Pearl River County Nursing Home and the South Mississippi Regional Center. The students used their computer skills to create personalized cards. They sent the cards and goodies to help spread holiday cheer to the patients!


MSP's MATHCOUNTS Sponsor, Mrs. Gennin, along with Mrs. Mitchell took a group of students to the chapter competition at The University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Friday, February 20th. The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is the only competition program of its kind and is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math who need to be challenged. MSP’s students were engaged in exciting, “bee-style” contests in which they competed against and alongside other bright, motivated students.
MSP placed 3rd in the competition! Chris Castaneda and Olivia Branum were in the top 25% of students!  All of our students did a fabulous job! 

Dillon Named Poplarville School District Administrator of the Year

Heidi Dillon was chosen to represent the Poplarville School District as the 2014-2015 Administrator of the Year. She has been an educator for eighteen years and is presently serving as the principal of the Middle School of Poplarville. Mrs. Dillon is an instructional leader. She has high standards and expectations for herself and others. Her personality and enthusiasm is contagious.

Since Mrs. Dillon has become the principal, she has implemented programs to increase student attendance, teacher morale, student achievement, and parental involvement.  She nurtures, supports, and leads a dynamic learning community that works collaboratively to strengthen the academic and social achievement of students and the relationship between home, school, and community.  She is always looking for ways to improve the school and then figures out how to make these improvements no matter how difficult it might be. She takes responsibility both in success and failures of the school. She puts the needs of others in front of her own. Her goal is to always do what is best for the students.


Mrs. Dillon recognizes the small things that make such a large impact on providing a school environment that promotes a positive school culture and increases student learning. Teachers, students, and parents are recognized for their hard work. School wide events are planned to motivate students to perform academically and to promote positive behavior and attendance. For example, students with 96% attendance or above were able to participate in “Dancing in the Streets” with Momma V from Kicker 108. “Coffee Talk with the Principal” has been implemented to encourage parental involvement and allow parents to have a voice. Mrs. Dillon has been duct taped to the wall to encourage student attendance, has recognized teachers for their hard works, and continues to manage the school and work as a team player while facing the ongoing changes in education. Mrs. Dillon has led trainings to help teachers grow professionally, worked with community members to develop partnerships, and has continued to find time to tutor students who are having difficulty with math skills.


The sky is the limit with Mrs. Dillon. She is a natural leader who takes whatever steps are needed to ensure that the students are receiving the best educational experience.





MSP Writing Club Presents Poetry to Poplarville PTO

During this month’s PTO meeting, MSP’s Writing Club presented writing samples to demonstrate what they have learned in the creative writing craft.  Writing Club members, including Alice M., Sadie P., DJ R., Maya S., and Lindsay S., presented examples of their poetry, reflecting their new mastery of haiku and lyric poem structure.  Inspirations for their presentations ranged from popular dystopian themes in young adult literature to experimentation with sounds and rhyme as used by the famous author Dr. Seuss.  As an alumnus of Writing Club, Kaitlyn S. also presented a unique lyric poem dedicated to the struggles with depression faced by her close friends—a poem that contained a message of hope to which many PTO members responded personally.  
It must be noted that all Writing Club members give up one hour weekly for an after-school creative writing class that is CCSS-aligned and prepares them for more advanced writing by exposing the rules of writing in a tangible way.  The Writing Club allows for self-expression paired with an exploration of deeper writing tasks that cannot be completed within the traditional classroom.  The Writing Club exists solely because of the dedication of its members, and the members, as well Mrs. Aube, are honored the PTO chose to recognize them at this month’s meeting.
Be looking for Writing Club’s yearly anthology of works titled “The UnNamed,” to be released May 2015.

MSP Recognizes Outstanding Students

Middle School students attended the Renaissance Rally to recognize them for  perfect attendance, no discipline referrals, and academics for the 2nd nine weeks.
The criteria to be in the Diamond Club, Platinum Club, and Gold Club is based on grades, attendance, and behavior. Teachers presented "WOW" awards to the student in each class that worked hard, had a great attitude, and exhibited exceptional behavior. 
The React Team led the rally and played games with the students to celebrate and recognize them for their hard work and dedication!
The following pictures are of students that received the WOW Awards for the 2nd nine weeks.

Mardi Gras Comes to MSP through The Hunger Games

While reading The Hunger Games in Mrs. Aube’s and Ms. Murray’s seventh grade language arts classes, students practice for upcoming MCT3 testing by discussing allusions to Greek mythology as well as character motivation and name symbolism in the novel by Suzanne Collins.  To expand the discussion, students create Mardi Gras masks to “allude” to a character from The Hunger Games or any novel previously read in class.

In order to receive a perfect score, students not only createthe mask; they also write an argumentative piece including a claim statement and text-based evidence cited with MLA citations to justify their allusions.  Currently, samples of the students’ work are on display in the seventh grade hallway, and Ms. Murray and Mrs. Aube are proud of the students’ final products!







TLC Draws Big Crowds at MSP

Within the months of January and February, MSP’s Teens Living for Christ (TLC) has hosted breakfast and lively speakers for its student participants.  Two weeks ago, members were treated to a breakfast of donut holes provided by the TLC officers along with a short video of Christian-themed comedy.  Over 100 students were in attendance.  Last week’s meeting featured Tyler Ball, a former Poplarville District student, who spoke about the power of music and how positive choices begin with something as simple as the songs students listen to on their way to school.   Likewise, this meeting drew in over 100 students.  In the coming weeks, Tyler Ball will return to continue his discussion of modern music, and live musicians will be featured, as well as other local, influential speakers.  
It is important to remember that TLC is entirely student-run, so none of this would be possible without the hard work of the TLC officers, their parents, and the support of the local community to bring positive messages to the MSP student body.


MSP’s BETA members were invited to bring their rocking chairs and to spend the night at the middle school on Friday, February 6th.  We traveled to Space Tag in Ellisville, MS for a fun night of laser tag and driving go-carts and bumper cars.
When they arrived back to the middle school, they got comfy in their rocking chairs. They rocked, watched movies, rocked, played video games, rocked, talked, rocked, and snacked until 6:30 Saturday morning.
MSP's BETA Club is made up of 7th and 8th grade students who had an 87 average or above in ALL subjects first semester.  #mspbeta2015

Yearbook Sales at MSP

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.


Contact Tammy Goins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions about personalizing.

You have a choice of a hard or soft cover.

Hard Cover is $35.00 and Soft Cover is $27.00





MSP Spring Book Fair

MSP Book Fair

February 10th - 13th

7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Family Night

Feb. 10th 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


MSP Blood Drive Today!

MSP Student Council Blood Drive
Thursday, February 5th
2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.



MSP 2015-2016 Cheerleaders

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Middle School of Poplarville cheerleaders!
Ashanti Bolton - Captain
Harper Pearson - Co Captain
Katherine Adcox
Lana Bagley
Hailey Bond
Ally Carr
Cassidy Cartwright
Jacenta Davis
Ravyn Garrett
Payton Hartfield
Macey Head
Victoria Lambert
McKenzie Owen
Janna Peterson
Karlee Rodriguez
Madysen Sheppard
Ren Theriot

2015 MSP Football Banquet

The Middle School of Poplarville Football Banquet was held to celebrate the team's accomplishments as district champs and to recognize outstanding players. Offensive and defensive awards were given to 7th and 8th grade students.
7th grade OffensiveAwards:
Offensive Line Award - Devin H.
Running Back Award - Chase S.
Receiver Award - Jordan B.
Offensive MVP - Corey K.
7th Grade Defensive Awards:
Defensive Line - Chandler N.
Defensive Back - Ethan T.
Linebacker - Seth J.
Defensive MSP - Zach O.
Heart of a Hornet - Caziah D.
8th Grade Offensive Awards:
Offensive Line Award - Seth G.
Receiver Award - Cole N.
Running Back Award - Amahd B.
Offensive MVP - Tyson H.
Special Team Award - Cody L.
Heart of a Hornet - Kyle C.
8th Grade Defensive Awards:
Defensive Line - Calab E.
Defensive Line Backer - Ross B.
Defensive Back - Antonio B.
Defensive MVP - Mario B.



MSP Student Wins Coast Electric Calendar Contest

Shane D., a sixth grade student at the Middle School of Poplarville, was chosen by employees of Coast Electric Power Association as a winner for the 2015 calendar contest. His artwork was selected as the overall winner and was printed on the cover page.
Each winner received a copy of the calendar, certificate, and a $10.00 Walmart gift card. As the overall winner, Shane also received a $50 Walmart gift card. Pictures will be printed randomly throughout the year in Coast Electric’s Today paper listing the artist’s first name, last initial, and age.
Congratulations Shane! We are so proud of you!

MSP Student Council Blood Drive Thursday, February 5th 2:30p.m. -7p.m.

MSP Student Council Blood Drive 
Thursday, February 5th 
2:30p.m. -7p.m.

The health history must be completed the same day as the donation; it cannot be completed a day or two ahead of time.

To help streamline the donation process, complete your health history questionnaire online before you come to the drive.The health history must be completed the same day as the donation; it cannot be completed a day or two ahead of time. To access the questionnaire, go to the following website:

New! United Blood Services can now accept a Fast Track Ticket from some mobile devices (smartphones or tablets) as long as their staff can scan the barcode from the ticket. Simply complete the health history questionnaire on your mobile device and bring the device with you when you donate. Or, you can still complete the questionnaire on your computer, then print and bring the Fast Track Ticket with you.

Important: Before you start the questionnaire, please enter your first and last name exactly as it appears on your donor ID card (if you don’t have a card, use your legal name). Do not use punctuation marks (such as apostrophes) or special characters (such as hyphens).

Thanks for being a HERO!

MSP Student Council

MSP Basketball Team Take 2nd in the District

The MSP boys' basketball team traveled to Pass Christian on Thursday, January 15th, to compete for the district championship. The boys played hard and placed 2nd in the district. WAY TO GO BOYS!!!  We are so proud of you!!

MSP Recognizes National Board Certified Teachers

Governor Phil Bryant declared the week of January 12, 2015 as National Board Ceritified Teacher Recognition Week. The Middle School of Poplarville recognized Wendy Bond, Jeanne Sanders, and Liska Lodriguez by presenting them with proclamation certificates. Mrs. Dillon said, "She is proud to have these distinguished teachers as part of the MSP staff and congratulates them on their accomplishments."

MSP Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to
2015 MSP
Teacher of the Year!