Teachers at Meridian Public Schools kick off school year

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Students at the Meridian Public School District will be heading back to school next week, but their teachers have already kicked off the school year.

Teachers from all across the district gathered Thursday morning for the back to school convocation. At the event, the teachers along with the school board, discussed the goals for the 2019-2020 school year, welcomed new teachers and discussed how to build on accomplishments from the last school year.

“I think we’re most excited about overcoming some of the challenges that we’ve faced academically last year. We’re excited about staff who returned and their part of the commitment and the level of excellence that we’re putting forth in our community,” says Dr. Amy Carter, the superintendent of MPSD. “We’re just excited about our focus on teaching and learning this year and our ‘Leader in Me’ initiative.”

“What we want to do is see a shift in all students becoming leaders in the classroom, being engaged in the academic process, and doing a lot more hands-on activities, where teachers become facilitators and students are really true learners engaged in the process,” says Justus Booth, the principal at Northwest Middle School.

The first day of the school year for students is Wednesday, Aug. 7.