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  Petal School District
will be closed November 23-27, 2015,
for the Thanksgiving Holidays.  
Students and Staff will return
on Monday, November 30, 2015. 

Petal vs. Meridian
Home for South State Championship
Game Time 7:00pm
Tickets on sale
Tuesday from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday from 12:00pm - 2:00pm  

PHS Band  
The Petal High School Band, fourth graders from Petal Elementary and Peal Elementary music teacher Tracy Bowman were invited to perform at the outdoor Veteran's Day Program in Hattiesburg on November 11, 2015. The crowd enjoyed the special music provided throughout the program by the different groups.

 PHS Teacher Recognized
 Amanda Rogers

The Mississippi Board of Education recently recognized the 2014-15 state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program. PHS Teacher, Amanda Rogers was one of the five of the six finalists that attended the Oct. 15 Board meeting for the recognition ceremony.  For more information, click here.

New Chief of Police Named
at Petal School District
Chief Guy  
 The PSD School Board approved Gavin Guy as Chief of Police for the Petal School District Police Department at their regular School Board Meeting held on November 10, 2015. 

 Superintendent, Dr. Matt Dillon, had these words to say about Chief Guy at the meeting, "He has done a great job leading the police department the past few months and has earned the distinction of this important position."

 Pictured above are School Board Chairman, Bruce Magee, and Chief Guy.

 PHS Senior, Nate Godwin
Recognized at
November 10, 2015
School Board Meeting
Nate Godwin  

The Petal School Board recognized Petal High School Senior Nate Godwin at their November 10, 2015 meeting. As a student in Dr. Krystin Holmes’ polymer class at Petal High School, Godwin expressed an interest in the field of polymers and engineering. Dr. Holmes contacted the University of Southern Mississippi regarding Nate’s interests and the Polymer Science Department offered an opportunity for Nate to work in the lab of Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins. Godwin assisted Dr. Wiggins on a research project that involved putting carbon nanotubes into materials for airplanes. On September 28, 2015, Godwin was invited to present his work to representatives of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Boeing Research and Technology, who helped fund the project at the university level. He was given the opportunity to spend the afternoon with these researchers who are the top people in their fields and was given high praise by Dr. Wiggins, who also serves as the polymer science department chair. This was an excellent opportunity for Nate to meet and visit with renowned scientists.


Shown in the picture are Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon, Director of Career and Technical Education Wayne Pittman, Nate Godwin and teacher Dr. Krystin Holmes. 

VA Website Pic  

A Veterans Recognition Ceremony was held at Petal High School on Friday, November 6, 2015.  The Petal HS Army Junior ROTC Cadets hosted the event and nearly 200 Veterans and guests attended.  For story and pictures, click here.

Logan Baggett  
Petal Middle School 8th Grade Student, Logan Baggett, was recognized at the October 13, 2015, School Board Meeting.  Logan created and sold a t-shirt to bring awareness of autism in honor of one of his classmates. Money raised from the sale of this shirt was donated to the national non-profit organization Autism Speaks to fund research to help find a cure for autism.  Pictured above, left to right, Dr. Matt Dillon, Superintendent, Brad Baggett, Logan Baggett, Kristen Baggett, Terri Baggett, Michael Hogan, PMS Principal, and Kim Hinton, Teacher.

1st 9wks Honor Roll 2015-16  

Petal School District students who made all A's and B's on their report cards for the first nine weeks were presented with yard signs to post at their homes. Some students from Petal Middle School who earned the signs are shown with Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon.


Shown left to right are: (Seated) Christian Sandoval, Justin Yee, Jaxson Dye

(Standing) Jasmine Gibbs, Breanna Masterson, Jaden Ladnier, Dr. Dillon.

PSD Honors New Teachers
October 13, 2015
For additional information
and pictures

 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.



PPP Car Tag  

AUGUST 11, 2015

DRESS CODE FOR 2015-2016



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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 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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