MHS Principals Get Up Close and Personal

Meridian school officials are trying a fresh new approach to reach parents.

The principal and assistant principals from Meridian High School Thursday pounded the pavement in an effort to directly reach the community, in hopes of getting this coming year off to a better start than last year's tumultuous two semesters.

It all started around 11 a.m. The first stop was Sowashee Courts Apartments.

Throughout the day, head principal, Victor Hubbard, and all five assistant principals from MHS went door-to-door throughout the city to meet the public.

They say the purpose is multi-faceted. One of the reasons was to bridge the gap between the school and the community.

"I feel a little bit more comfortable, because I got to meet him earlier," said parent Tonya Chambers of Hubbard.

By these door-to door visits, administrators say they hope to let parents know the school's expectations and for them to find out the community's concerns.

"Please come out to MHS because we have an open door policy," said Hubbard as he continued the visits.

At each stop the administrators provided residents with a sheet that has Meridian High's mission statement and certain guidelines for students, called the 5 PAW rules.

The rules stipulate that it's mandatory for students to respect all adults, their peers and themselves, mandatory attendance and the adherence to the dress code. It also stresses to parents that any student who does not abide by the 5 PAW rules will face appropriate disciplinary action immediately.

"We're reaching out to parents to say, 'Yes, we need your help.' We're also reaching out to parents to say what happened last year will not be a reflection of what will happen this year," said Hubbard. "We are going to hold teachers accountable for delivering quality instructions, we're going to hold students accountable."

Hubbard says this is just the first of the district's efforts to reach out to the public. If needed, he says school officials will continue door-to-door visits.
Classes begin for students in Meridian Public Schools Aug. 9.

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  • by CHEERING FOR SUCCESS on Aug 14, 2010 at 06:30 AM
  • by Anthony Location: Newton, Mississippi on Aug 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    I hope and pray that every school, every child and every school employee will be blessed and that the outcome is positive for everyone involved. May the peace of God be with Mr. Hubbard and all who serve in this role. Amen!
  • by Just MY Opinion Location: Meridian on Aug 2, 2010 at 06:54 PM
    I agree that Mr. Hubbard will give his all. However, this is what is and should be expected from every teacher, student, and administrator anywhere. Lets not put the cart before the horse. Lets see how things go before we start praising everything. I will be the first one to congratulate him on his success once it happens. We have but a few more days to see him in action as the Site administrator and see how his faculty, staff, and students work with him. Again, I offer my sincerest wishes of success to Mr. Hubbard, et. al.
  • by for Just MY Opinion Location: Observer on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:54 AM
    There's no reason to believe that Mr. Hubbard will do any differently than he did at the Ninth Grade Academy. I hope and pray he can transform the HS with similar success. All I know is that he will do everything within his power to try and return MHS to a high performing school. It won't be easy, but no one can accuse this man of not-giving-it-his-all.
  • by Rhemalyn Lewis Location: Jackson, MS on Aug 1, 2010 at 05:48 PM
    Mr. Hubbard is a great inspiration to me for doing a marvelous job with the students of Meridian. This has to be a passion and gift from God!
  • by Agreeing with Julie Location: Meridian on Aug 1, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    Julie you are dead right. The battle can only be truly won IF your statement becomes reality. "Now----if the parents will just fall in line and give their support and enthusiasm"
  • by Meridian Elementary Teacher Location: Meridian on Jul 31, 2010 at 12:52 PM
    Can we bring some of what Mr. Hubbard is doing for the high school on down to the elementary? Wow, if my school had him, we would be in great shape. If I were principal of a school, I would do everything in my power to make sure it is THE BEST school. Why doesn't my principal see that she is not raising the bar for our school. She, in fact, has lowered the bar. Come on, Elementary schools, lets get on board with Mr. Hubbard. :)
  • by Just MY Opinion Location: Meridian on Jul 31, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    Yes, Mr. Hubbard seems to be getting off to a good start. However, the proof will be "in the pudding" so to speak. Don't give too much credit before it is due. I hope he is able to live up to the high expectations that have been placed upon him. However, I am a "show me" kind of person. Having a vested interest in Mr. Hubbard's success (my child is a student @ MHS), I have to hold my praise until I see success. Good luck Mr. Hubbard, et. al. Please, PLEASE remove my doubts. Humble me. I look forward to eating crow.
  • by Julie Location: Meridian on Jul 30, 2010 at 02:56 PM
    Thank you for people like Mr. Hubbard, his caring, and his proactivity. He and his "crew" made the first step for those of you associated with the Meridian Public School System; how about following in their footsteps? I had truly given up on MPSD, but it looks to be that if Mr. Hubbard continues to lead the way, there will be hope. Now----if the parents will just fall in line and give their support and enthusiasm-----
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    To MHS Teacher, your grammar is making Michael look like he knows what he is talking about. I hope you are not an English teacher.
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