PUE Poplarville Upper Elementary

The Poplarville Upper Elementary serves students grades 3rd through 5th. The campus is located at  #1 Todd Circle, Poplarville, MS 39470. You can reach PUE at (voice) (601) 795-8303 or (fax) (601) 795-3104.

Principal: Lynn Payne. 
Assistant Principal: Hilda Harwell


PUE Book Fair

Parents and Friends of the PUE Library are welcome to shop with your child on Thursday, September 8th from 3:30-5:00 in the PUE GYM. (Please note that the book fair is being held on the gym’s stage this year not in the Library.) Parents and Friends of the PUE Library can also shop online until September 26th. Orders will be shipped to the school and delivered to your child.

All of the books that are at the school book fair plus many more can be found at :


All profits from the book fair go to the PUE Library to enhance our students’ reading experience.





Good PUE 4th Grade Start

Fourth grade teachers left to right- Mary Beth Patten Tubbs, Hilleri Burks, Dylon Burge, Lauren Anderson (special services), Sharon Sanders, Kay Cappel, Tammy Krutzfeldt, William Denius (special services), and Kerri Farmer (not pictured - Katherine Bracey)

Fourth grade at PUE has had a wonderful start.  The students are already working hard to meet and push past fourth grade goals.  It is going to be a fun and exciting year in fourth grade this year!


PUE students celebrated their PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort) campaign with a special pep rally on Friday, August 12, 2016. The PHS cheerleaders hosted the pep rally to help the students at PUE celebrate their accomplishments. The cheerleaders led the students in several cheers, danced and stunted, as well as spoke to the students. Mikaela Bilbo, Senior and PHS cheer captain, talked to the students about the importance of always doing their best and giving 100 percent. PRIDE celebrations will be held monthly for those students who meet the PRIDE goals set by the PUE administration.

Help your child get this new school year off to a great start

It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to set the stage for learning success. Help your child get off to a great start with these simple strategies:
  • Get a head start. Many families find that organizing at night prevents morning “rush hour.” You can review school papers, pack and refrigerate lunches, set backpacks by the door and agree on outfits.
  • Establish sleep routines. Choose reasonable bedtimes so everyone is rested when it’s time to wake up. Make sure everyone sticks to their bedtimes.
  • Develop morning habits. If your child does the same things (in the same order) each morning, it’s less likely that she will forget a step. For example: make bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth and put on shoes.
  • Choose a homework time. With your child, pick a time when she will have the most energy and motivation to do assignments. Create a quiet study spot (complete with necessary supplies) where she can work at the same time each day.
  • Use tools for organization. Teach your child how to use calendars, to-do lists and a filing system for schoolwork and important papers.
  • Set priorities. Schedule things like schoolwork, family meals and even free time on a calendar. Treat them like appointments. If there are open blocks of time, your child can add activities.

Paper Strength

The fifth-graders were challenged with another STEM activity called How Strong is A Piece of Paper? The challenge: students had to create a triangular, square, and circular column. Then, standing the tower upright, books were placed on top of the columns. The object of the activity was to find out which column could hold the most weight. The students discovered that the circular column held the most book. After the activity, the classes discussed the use of support columns in building structures.

Scientific Method Review/Save Fred Activity

Ms. Sharon Sanders’ 4th grade class discussed problem-solving and the different problem-solving approaches.  We all have problems to solve every day whether they be big or little problems----what to wear to school, what lunch choice to make, where do I go to college, how do I answer that test question, etc…..
The students worked with a partner to fill out a handout about the activity and the scientific method...the problem, collecting information, their hypothesis, the steps to solve the problem, correct/incorrect hypothesis, conclusion.
The activity consisted of a cup (boat), 4 paper clips, a gummy worm (Fred), and a gummy Lifesaver (life preserver.  Fred was sailing along on his boat when a gust of wind blew it upside-down.  Fred ended up on top of the upside-down boat.
Unfortunately, his life preserver was trapped under the boat.  The students had to place the life preserver around Fred’s body without falling into the sea (onto the table) or injuring Fred.  The tricky part was that they could only use the paper clips to touch anything.  Poor Fred!
Will he be saved, or will he drown?  That is the problem!

PUE Perseverance

Fourth grade students began the new school year reading the book Stone Fox.  This book teaches students a lesson in perseverance through determination and strength.  The book is about a ten-year-old boy named Willy who lives with his elderly grandfather.  When Willy’s grandfather gets sick, Willy must take on the responsibilities of an adult to care for himself and his grandfather.  One of the biggest obstacles for Willy is money to provide for the farm, the animals, and his grandfather.  Willy and his dog, Searchlight, enter the National Dogsled Race to win the cash award.
Students learned about writing summaries, making predictions, and using text evidence to answer questions.  They will be watching the movie in order to compare and contrast the book and the movie.

Third Graders Get Year Started

Our new Third graders got to experiences something new this past week. Each student was given an individual chromebook and logins. Lots of smiles and wide eyed wonder accompanied this task. After logging in, they took IReady diagnostic test in both Language Arts and Math. As they were taking their tests, to their surprise, games were included. Upon finishing, teachers explained to students that they would get to experience this weekly up to forty-five minutes in both subjects. This can also be accessed at home so students can practice and play on their individualized leveled skills.

PUE STEM Marshmallow Challenge

The fifth-grade teachers challenged their students with a STEM activity called The Marshmallow Challenge. The challenge: students must create the tallest freestanding structure out of spaghetti noodles, a yard of string, a yard of tape, and one marshmallow in 18 minutes. The tallest tower was 28". The best part was the recap at the end of the challenge where the classes discussed that sometimes our original plans may not work out as we hoped, but in order to be successful, they may have to switch to plan B!