Ninth Grade Now on MHS Campus

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Meridian's new ninth grade academy opened to students Tuesday. It was paid for with funds from the school bond issue passed almost three years ago.

Ninth grade administrator Victor Hubbard says he can't brag enough on his students.

"They remembered the orientation that was given before the break, so the students knew where to go, where their classes were, and how to go to gym, what time classes start," Hubbard said.

And now for students and teachers it was business as usual.

After months of anticipation and years of planning, the hallways were full. And if the pristine learning environment is indicative of the months ahead, it's going to be a good second half of the year.

Hubbard walked the halls on the first day amazed that the school is finally in its new building.

"I feel extremely good. I owe it to the teachers; they are working hard. I owe it to the students but most importantly the parents," said Hubbard. "Working together they will make sure we'll have a successful year. We can already talk about it because we have results to show."

"It is tremendous; this is an historic event," said Meridian High School principal Vicky Hood. "Most of the high schools around the state are 9-12 so we now have the concept of a high school here, a school within a school. We will still keep them as separated as possible, but they will still get the high school experience here."

Hubbard's goals are pretty straightforward. He said he wants the kids to get a quality education and for academics to soar.

The building is named after the late MHS principal, R.D. Harris. It is 65,000 square feet. The total cost of the building is over $9.5 million. The building has 35 classrooms, as well as a library and a computer lab.


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  • by Proud Parent of MHS Graduates Location: Meridian on Jan 13, 2010 at 04:42 PM
    I can honestly say that BOTH my children received a fine education at MHS! And BOTH have been successful on the college level. But I was one of the few who CHOSE to keep my kids in the system and support it! Teachers/Administration knew me by name and I was on campus at least once a week if not more. I supported my kids and their friends & the administration. I made many trips with a lot of fine young men & women from MHS and was blessed by getting to know each one of them. If you don't support your children, schools & your community then it is your loss Meridian!
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Meridian on Jan 11, 2010 at 07:42 PM
    the administration is making a good decision separating the two (9th from 10-12). Be real people, these are still young kids they should not be involved with 17 year old young adults. If they allowed them to be apart of the high school, our younger kids (9th grade) will be sexual and mentally involved with something they don't need exposure to. Even though I'm sure most are already exposed. Also, I hate they added them onto the high school because I'm afraid parents will be sending innocent young men to jail for statutory rape (when they know their child probably consented). Let's get real... this world is not what it used to be. So stop complaining about the safety the administration is trying to enforce for your children.
  • by All teachers deserve positive support Location: meridian on Jan 7, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    All teachers throughout the district deserve to have the same adminstrative support as the new 9th grade accademy is receiving from their administrators. School should be about education. No teacher should have to deal with the daily verbal abuse that students dish out. Meridian public schools has some of the best educators in this state. Mr. Hubbard and Mr. Hagwood should be commended for a job well done. Perhaps they could share with the other schools how they are dealing with the repeat offenders who continue to disrupt the education of those who want and deserve to have a learning environment where they feel safe and where their teachers are not having to spend the majority of the time dealing with disrespectful and disruptive students.
  • by Concern Parent Location: North Meridian on Jan 6, 2010 at 06:48 PM
    My comment is in respond to the writer about the 9th graders not having the same privileges as 10-12. First and foremost did you attend the parent meeting that was held in reference to the transitional plan that was put in place for the 9th grade students? All the information was well explained to the parents and community members that attended. It is TIME OUT for finger pointing and not supporting our adminstrators and teachers of Meridian Public School. If you and others took time to visit the 9th grade building you would find that it is well structured and the students are well behaved. "Order is in place", which should be in all schools, teachers can teach, and students feel safe. So I salute Mr. Hubbard, Mr. Hagwood, and the teachers for doing an OUTSTANDING job! Keep doing what you are doing.
  • by Parent Location: Meridian on Jan 6, 2010 at 03:44 PM
    I do agree the facility is great. My question is how would the students feel as if they're apart of Meridian High School if they're seperated from grades 10-12. If that's the case, the building should've been built off campus or elsewhere. There's a certain RED ZONE that no one can cross. If someone gets caught crossing the RED ZONE, there will be disciplinary actions taken. When 9th graders arrive to school, they have to report directly to the gymnasium. They can't interact and mingle with grades 10-12 before starting the school day. They're surrounded by a high school atmosphere but get treated as if they're in an elementary atmosphere. From my understanding, Meridian is the last district to consolidate 9th graders on the high school campus. What's the purpose when they don't have the same privileges as high school students??
  • by Parent Location: Meridian on Jan 6, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    Keep up the positive attitude, Mrs. Hood! You are what our district needs-Positivity and Hope. I hope you get the support you deserve.
  • by Teacher on Jan 6, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    NO, the teachers are NOT satisfied with the LACK of support from parents/guardians at home. Parents blame the teachers for their child getting in trouble - even when the child is a severe distraction in the classroom and verbally attacks the teacher on a daily basis. Many of our students do not care enough to even come to school, let alone pay attention and learn something. I was a student in the MPSD my entire life and THIS is nothing like it used to be. Test scores do NOT reflect the ability nor TREMENDOUS effort of the teachers. At some point, we HAVE to give some responsibility back to the students and hold them accountable for their actions!
  • by 10th Grade student at MHS Location: n/a on Jan 6, 2010 at 06:57 AM
    We put so much money into this school. Also we used all the money on the building we can't even get new descent books issued to us. I'm just trying to graduate as easy as possible.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2010 at 08:05 PM
    Most teachers are doing the best that they can do with the children they have. There are alot of fantastic teachers in MPS and it is frustrating to have the public think that because a district is failing in test scores that the teachers are horrible and not doing their job. A big majority of the students in MPS have little to no support at home. PARENTS AND TEACHERS are responsible for educating their children and for how they are performing in schools. Don't point fingers at just the teachers. I would like to ask: Are the the teachers in MPS satisfied with the support their students are receiving at home?
  • by Observer Location: Meridian on Jan 5, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    Such a nice facility and the school has a failing grade by the MDE. Are the parents of the children in Meridian Public Schools satisfied with the education their children are receiving?
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