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 Petal School District helps
Petal Children's Task Force 
Food for Task Force  
Petal School District employees helped meet a community need last week by participating in a food collection blitz for the Petal Children’s Task Force. The PCTF works closely with the school district help families in the Petal School District who are in need of assistance. Margaret Tynes, Director of Human Resources and Federal Programs, became aware of the critical need for non-perishable food from Demaris Lee, Director of the PCTF. According to Lee, the Task Force was out of canned corn and green beans and was in need of several other items. Tynes emailed the employees of the school district explaining the need and challenged them to donate 500 cans of food within five days. The employees more than met that challenge! By Friday, August 21st the generous staff of the Petal School District had donated 2,907 items of food to the Task Force! Shown at the Task Force building with the donated food are (left to right) Margaret Tynes; Chandler Farris and Hunter Sylvest from the Petal School District Maintenance Department; Demaris Lee; and Aaron Hamil also from the Petal School District Maintenance Department.  

PPP Car Tag  

AUGUST 11, 2015

 Mini Grant Winners
The Petal Education Foundation presented 12 Mini-Grants to Petal School District teachers on Monday, August 3, 2015.  Each grant presented was for $1000.00 each.  Thirty-seven proposals were submitted for review.  Congratulations to the recipients.  For more, click here.

New Teachers Welcomed!

New Teachers 2015-2016

 The Petal School District welcomed 35 new teachers to the 2015-2016 school year beginning with two days of new employee orientation. Teachers were treated to a breakfast sponsored by the Petal Education Foundation on Thursday, July 30th and then learned about the districts history, culture and expectations from Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon and Director of Human Resources and Federal Programs Margaret Tynes. Andy Schoggin, Chief Operations Officer, along with Assistant Superintendents Stephanie Brewer and Dr. Dede Smith conducted training on instructional initiatives. After enjoying lunch at Carterville Baptist Church the new support staff employees joined the teachers in a session to learn about the district’s Mission and Core Beliefs and the benefits offered through the district. On Friday, June 31, the teachers began the day with breakfast at First Baptist Church of Petal and then participated in a tour of each school in the district. After school administrators joined them for lunch at Macedonia Baptist Church, the teachers participated in training sessions at their individual school sites. 

For additional pictures, click here. 

DRESS CODE FOR 2015-2016

School Board Recognition

July 21, 2015

 Dr. Dillon and Dr. Smith


Dr. Dede Smith was honored at the July 21st Petal School Board meeting for completing the requirements to receive her Ph.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Smith serves as one of assistant superintendents for the school district. Shown with Dr. Smith is Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon.



We are very excited to offer online registration this year. Unfortunately, it won't be ready for you to register until this coming weekend. We are having our final training session this week to ensure the process is as efficient for parents as possible. Please be on the lookout for information from us later this week regarding the registration launch. 

In the meantime, please have a look at the following document as we hope it may answer any questions you may have.

Click here for Registration Letter


JUNE 9, 2015

The Petal Early Learning Collaborative* is recruiting students who will be 4 years of age by September 1, 2015 for VOLUNTARY FREE PRE-K classes.  Students must live in Petal School District and meet the Head Start income guidelines. The program will serve children with special needs.  There will be openings for 80 four-year-olds with three classes at Charles H. Johnson Head Start (located in the Petal Center for Families and Children facility) and one class at Petal Primary School. Of the eligible applicants, 20 children will be randomly selected to have the option of attending the program at Petal Primary School and 60 children will have the option of attending the Head Start program in Petal. All of these services are FREE to families.

If you are interested in applying, stop by the Charles H. Johnson Head Start Center, located at 201 West Central Avenue (right next door to the Center for Families and Children).  Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  In order to start the application process, you must have proof of residency, family’s proof of income for the previous month and verification of birth.


Petal School District Press Release

June 2, 2015
Hampton Family  

 The Petal School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Steven Hampton as principal at Petal High School at a special called meeting on June 1, 2015. Hampton will replace current Principal Steve Simmons who recently announced his retirement effective June 30th.

 Hampton is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and completed a Master’s of Education degree In Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is currently in the last phase of earning a PhD in Educational Leadership from USM.  He began his teaching career at Greene County High School in 1998 and taught for one year at Richton Middle School before joining the Petal School District in 2006. From 2006-2008 Hampton was a teacher/coach at Petal Middle School. In 2008 he became the Assistant Principal at PMS and in 2013 was appointed as the Career-Technical Education Director/Assistant Principal at Petal High School.

 Hampton will begin transitioning into the principal position immediately. When asked for his comment, Hampton stated, “I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead Petal High School. I look forward to working with students, staff and parents to continue the tradition of excellence prevalent in the Petal School District for many years.”




Petal School District Press Release

June 2, 2015


Passport to Learning
Passport to Learning  

The Petal School District has launched "Passport to Learning," our very first summer learning program. This voluntary program was developed in order to prevent summer learning loss for students ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade.


Students who participate will earn a stamp on their own "passport" as they complete grade-level specific activities in reading, writing, science and math.


"Passport to Learning" also encourages students to participate in programs at the local libraries, take virtual museum tours and continue working with Accelerated Reader. The goal is to have fun while learning throughout the summer months. Students will also receive incentives for participation.


Students in kindergarten through fourth grades received a paper passport, while fifth through eighth graders were enrolled in a virtual Google classroom. Each school’s library will be open on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. throughout the summer for students to have additional support and internet access.


For further information, contact your child’s school.


Stay tuned for updates on our web page and district and school Facebook pages throughout the summer.


Dr. Milton Baxter, Sr.

PSD 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee
Dr. MIlton Baxter Sr  
For story on Dr. Baxter, click here.



 New Immunization
Requirement for Entering 
Seventh Graders


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Now Hiring Bus Drivers


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Mission Statement


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The mission of the Petal School District is to empower all students with the attitudes, knowledge, and life-long learning skills essential to thrive as responsible citizens in an ever-changing global society.



Core Beliefs


We believe that:


  • A person's potential to learn is limitless.
  • All people have intrinsic worth.
  • Strength comes from engaging the full diversity of the community.
  • Teamwork is essential to the continuous success of an organization.
  • Family is the most important influence in the development of the individual.
  • People can direct their own future.
  • People are influenced more by what others do than by what they say.


Non-Discrimination Policy

The Petal School District will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or natural origin with regard to any policy, procedure, or program application.

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Petal, MS 394965


Petal School District
115 East Central Avenue
Petal, MS 39465
Phone:  601-545-3002

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