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The Monroe County Board of Education is considering three two-year calendar options.  Please follow the link to the survey below.  Your input is valuable as the Board of Education makes the final decision regarding the school calendar for the upcoming year and the 19-20 school year. This survey is open through Tuesday, December 5.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/18191920mcscalendar
Monroe Messages
Newsletter of Monroe County Schools

Where Pride Meets Passion: 
MP Football Headed to Final Four Friday Night
With a 51-26 defeat of Jefferson on Friday night, Mary Persons football advances to the GHSA 4AAAA semifinals with a rematch of last year's playoff game with Blessed Trinity on Friday night at home. Follow @MaryPersonsHigh on Twitter for details of this week's game.
 

MP and MCMS FFA Sweeps State
Championships in Land Judging
The Mary Persons FFA Chapter and Monroe County Middle School FFA Chapter recently competed in the state FFA Land Judging Competition in Tifton. The state competitions were held at the Black Shank Research Farm of the University of Georgia.
The senior team qualified for the state contest by winning the Area III competition on November first. The area competition was held at the River Bend Wildlife Management Area in Laurens County. Also, both junior teams qualified at this competition. The Monroe County Middle School FFA team won the Area III contest and the ninth grade team placed second in the Junior Division of the Area III contest.
At the State contest, the Middle School FFA Team of Cameron Sparks, Alex Soule, and Willow Waldrep won the Junior Division. The junior team from Mary Persons High School:  Tyannah Ogletree, Anna Grace Simmons, and Deanna Stokes placed third in the State for the Junior Division. Individually, Monroe County had the top four scores in the Junior Division, Willow Waldrep was high individual in the state, Cameron Sparks was 2nd high individual, and Deanna Stokes and Anna Grace Simmons tied for third place individually.
In the Senior Division of the State land judging, FFA Members Tyler Faulk, Matt Fields, Ashton Hooks, and Cody Sizemore won the state contest. By winning the state contest, this team earned the chance to compete in the national land judging competition in Oklahoma City on May 1-3, 2018.
   




Please Donate Empty 2 Liter Bottles to Hubbard Elementary First Grade Students' Project
Please donate empty 2 liter bottles to Hubbard Elementary School's first grade classes.  They are taking on the ambitious project of using 1500 2 liter bottles to build a greenhouse.  You can drop off your donations at Hubbard Elementary School.  Contact STEM Coordinator Susan Curtis at susan.curtis@mcschools.org for more information.
Thank You for a Successful MCS Block Party!
Thank you to Monroe County Schools students, families, staff members, volunteers, and community members who made the first system block party such a success.  Click the video link to see highlights of the evening.


Looking for an easy Christmas gift idea nobody is going to want to return?  Monroe County Schools Nutrition Association has you covered!  Please help support and visit the link to RADA Cutlery for some creative and useful gifts. You will thoroughly enjoy the variety of innovative kitchenware, and palate pleasing options. We greatly appreciate your contribution towards the MCS Nutrition Association.  If you are paying by check, see any nutrition services team member by November 17.  If you are purchasing online, the deadline is December 31.  Here is the link to the fundraiser:  http://bit.ly/2z8zQEJ. Contact Lisa Singley at lisa.singley@mcschools.org or Sandy Peppers at sandy.peppers@mcschools.org for more details.




Parents, Please Complete the
GADOE School Climate Survey
The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. Parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey.  Data will be used as part of  calculation of the School Climate Star Rating.  Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. 
Georgia Parent Survey:  http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents  
 
Message from Monroe County Schools Nurses:  Holiday Health -- Make a List and Check it Twice