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Family Day

September 28, 2015

 Family Day, Monday, September 28, is a national day that focuses on the importance of families sitting down to eat supper together. (Studies have found that the more often children eat supper with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use illegal drugs.)

 Make a commitment to eat with your family on SEPTEMBER 28 and EVERY DAY. To help insure that all Petal families have a healthy meal, we are asking students to bring non-perishable food items the week of September 21 – 25 to be donated to the Petal Children’s Task Force.

 Visit to learn more about the importance of making family meals a priority.


 National Distinguished Principal
 Kelli Brown and Family

Mrs. Kelli Brown was honored at the September 8, 2015 meeting of the Petal School Board for her selection as the Mississippi representative for the National Distinguished Principal program. The program is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in corporate partnership with Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company. According to the NAESP, the National Distinguished Principal program is designed to recognize the outstanding leadership of active principals. The program honors principals who have exhibited extraordinary leadership, commitment to their students and staff, service to their communities, and contributions to the overall profession.

 Mrs. Brown is a graduate of Petal High School and began her teaching career there in 1999. In 2006 she became Assistant Principal at W. L. Smith Elementary, and was appointed principal at Petal Elementary School in 2010. According to Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon, “Kelli Brown is extremely deserving of this award. She models the standards of excellence that are the expectation in the Petal School District. We are proud of the recognition for her personally and for our school district.”

 As part of the award, Mrs. Brown will be honored at a two day event in Washington, D.C. in October. The festivities and programs will culminate with a formal banquet recognizing all state winners.

 Shown in the picture are Mississippi’s National Distinguished Principal Kelli Brown, Mrs. Brown's family and Petal School District Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon. 

 Christian Gammill
Butterfly Gardens  \

Petal High School senior, Christian Gammill, was honored at the September meeting of the Petal School Board. Gammill completed his Eagle Scout project by building a butterfly garden for Petal Primary School. He joined Scouts when he was in first grade and has always had a strong interest in the environment. Therefore, he wanted his Eagle Scout project to be something that would enhance the landscape and educate others. He hopes the butterfly garden will serve as an outdoor classroom and bring beauty to the area close to the school’s pavilion and playground.


Shown in the picture are (left to right): Petal Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon; Christian’s mother, Dr. Deidra Gammill; Eagle Scout Christian Gammill; Christian’s father Robert Gammill; Petal Primary School Principal Kelly Lambert; Petal High School Principal Steven Hampton. 


Petal Education Foundation
Receives Donation from
Forrest County Board of Supervisors 
Forrest County Board of Supervisors  

The Petal Education Foundation was awarded $8175.00 by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors for the Excel By 5 Backyard Bus.  The funds will purchase air conditioning, language and literacy learning games, children’s books to be distributed to families and aid maintenance and operating costs.  The Backyard Bus is an outreach program of Excel By 5 and the Petal School District Center for Families and Children.  It is expected that at least 600+ different children will benefit from the offerings of the Backyard Bus beginning this school year.  Visit the bus every Thursday at Hinton Park, formally Relay Park, at 10:30 a.m.

 Pictured from left to right, Jimmy Havard, Forrest Co. Circuit Clerk, Chris Bowen, Charles Marshall, David Hogan, Dr. Matt Dillon, Sup. of PSD, Burkett Ross, Jr., Rod Woullard, Leahne Lightsey, Petal Education Foundation, Emily Herring, Outreach Coordinator-Center for Families and Children, Billy Magee, Forrest Co. Sherriff , Nadine Coleman, Director of PSD Center for Families and Children.


SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

 Petal School District substitute training will be held on September 24, 2015 at the Petal School District Central Office Board Room (115 East Central Ave) from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.    Individuals desiring to work as a substitute in the Petal School District must attend a training session for inclusion on the substitute list.  New substitutes are required to pay $25.00 for their background check.   New substitutes should have their driver’s license and social security card for completion of the background check.  Payment must be made by cash, personal check or money order.

Registration forms for the training may be obtained by visiting the district web site at or may be picked up from the Petal School District Central Office at 115 East Central Ave, Petal, MS.

 Space for the training session is limited to 50 participants.  The deadline for completed registration forms to be returned is September 18, 2015.

 For more information call 601-545-3002.



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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.

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

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