Hello Panther Nation!
Our new theme for the 2020-2021 is Forward Panthers! As we experience this new and exciting
school year, let us be reminded it is important to continue to move Forward in a safe and
responsible way. In an effort to stay in school all year without closure, please consider doing
your part to promote social distancing and wear a mask in large gatherings. Our school district is
a bright light in our community and with that comes a lot of responsibility and pride. No matter
the circumstances or how often they will change, we plan to move Forward for the sake of our stu-
dents, families, staff, and community as a whole. As documented in the past, Panthers always
overcome, and this will be no different. Our approach might be different but our goals remain the
same, and that is a commitment to our people. Join me in marching Forward into a new school year,
and know the best is yet to come!
As a reminder, please visit our website and official Petal School District Social Media Outlets
often for detailed and accurate information. Please understand the need for patience and grace as
we walk this path together. Due to the potential to change as the year progresses, direct
communication will be key to the success of our approach. We understand that you might have
questions or concerns throughout the school year. I encourage you to share your thoughts directly
with us. You can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get detailed and accurate
information. In addition, you can reach out to your building administrator, or central office by
phone at any time for personal assistance. Thank you for your continued support of the Petal School District.
Matthew L. Dillon, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools