Progress Reports go home on Thursday, April 20.  Most students will be involved in Georgia Milestones Testing beginning on Monday, April 24 or Tuesday, April 25.  Testing continues throughout the last week of April and into the first week of May for many of our students.  Don't miss the test taking tips for parents and students shared in Monroe Messages this week.
Monroe Messages
Newsletter of Monroe County Schools
Congratulations System Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Leanna Linnenkohl, the Monroe County Schools Teacher of the Year!  Mrs. Linnenkohl teaches at KB Sutton Elementary School.  Mrs. Linnenkohl is pictured with KBS Principal Becky Brown along with Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman and MCBOE Chairman Nolen Howard.  Congratulations to all of our Teachers of the Year. Pictured below are KBS Principal Becky Brown and Mrs. Linnenkohl.

Pictured above  are Paula Mitchell, TG Scott Elementary School  Teacher of the Year and TGS Principal Dr. Richard Bazemore.
Pictured above are Amber Ridley, Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary School Teacher of the Year and HES Principal Jay Johnston.

Pictured above are Teacher of the Year Amy DeVane, Monroe County Middle School and MCMS Principal Dr. Efrem Yarber.

Pictured above  are Mary Persons High School Teacher of the Year Christie Johnston and MP Principal Dr. Jim Finch.

Thank you to our TOTY sponsors:  Volume Chevrolet, Forsyth-Monroe Chamber of Commerce, Southern Smiles, Persons Banking Company, Middle Georgia RESA, United Bank, BB&T, AllState, Anchor of Hope, Fit Co., State Farm, Oglethorpe Power, Central Georgia EMC, Akins Feed & Seed Co., Evergreen, West Mane Salon, High Cotton, Cotique Boutique, Flowers by Helen, and MidSouth Federal Credit Union.
Thank you to Scott Jernigan of Josten's.  Josten's will provide Mrs. Linnenkohl with a white gold ring.  A special thank you to Holly and Jason Connell and the staff of Volume Chevrolet of Barnesville.  Mrs. Linnenkohl was presented with a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu for her use in the coming year.
MCBOE Recognizes System's Top Spellers

Congratulations to Jhavier Locus!  Jhavier is a fifth grader at TG Scott Elementary School. He is the  2016-2017 System Spelling Bee Winner.  He was recognized at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting. He is pictured along with his principal, Dr. Richard Bazemore.  Also pictured are Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman and MCBOE Chairman Nolen Howard.  The Board of Education also recognized Lawson Harris, runner-up for the system spelling bee title.  He is a sixth grader at MCMS Hubbard Campus.  Lawson is pictured with his principal, Dr. Efrem Yarber along with Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman and MCBOE Chairman Nolen Howard.

MCBOE Hears Selections from Mary Persons' Award-Winning Men's Quartet
Under the direction of MP Choral Director Charles Hernandez, the award-winning men's quartet of Mary Persons High School sang at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting. Members of the quartet are:  Jeffrey Dunbar, bass; Jackson Harvey, baritone; 
Clay Moore, first tenor; and Beau Watson, second tenor.

Preparing Your Child for Standardized Testing
Testing time is approaching, and we look forward to partnering with our families during this time of the year.  Parents, you can help your child by making sure your student gets to school on time after having a healthy breakfast.  Remember, we also serve breakfast in all of our cafeterias as well.  It's important that your child be at school every day, and testing time is no different.  We need your student here and ready to test each day.    Adequate rest does make a difference!  Make sure your child has a consistent bedtime routine with healthy sleep habits encouraged.  Reschedule appointments and make sure your student comes comfortably dressed each day in compliance with dress codes.
Have conversations about the test with your student.  Make sure to discuss the tests openly and in a positive way with your student. Encourage your child to give his or her best, but don't pressure.  Reassure by telling your child you are proud when they give their best effort.
If your child experiences test-taking anxiety, remind them these are normal feelings.  Help them to remember to take deep breaths and think positive thoughts about the process. Have realistic expectations about your child's performance.  Emphasize the test is only one measure of academic performance, and you love your child regardless of the results. 
Go over some test-taking tips with your student.  Remind them to follow all written and verbal directions carefully.  They are to read each question carefully.  They should identify key words.  Georgia Milestones may have more than one correct answer on some questions, and this is new this year, so attention to detail will be important for your student.  It's important the student reads each question very carefully without getting stuck on a single question.  Cell phones are not allowed in the testing area during Georgia Milestones End of Grade and End of Course tests. 
Help Your Child Prepare for Georgia Milestones Test with the Practice Online Site
The Georgia Milestones Tests are coming in April/May.  Students in grades 3-8 will take the End of Grade tests.  The practice site at gives students the experience of the test. There are practice questions do not represent grade specific level questions, but the site is designed to acclimate students and parents to the upcoming test.

Mary Persons High Spring Sports ChaMPs!

Congratulations to Mary Persons High School's girls track team!  They are region 2AAAA champions!  Congratulations to the boys track team!  They are region runner-ups!  Next steps for both teams is sectional qualifying. Girls sectionals are in Carrollton and boys sectionals are in Augusta on  April 29th .
Congratulations to Mary Persons High's Tennis Team!  The boys and girls teams finished the season Region 2AAAA runner ups.  As #2 seed, MP will host both girls and boys first round of state playoffs. Times and dates for the matches will be announced soon.

Monroe County Special Olympics:  Great Day for Great Athletes and their Supporters!
Monroe County Schools hosted the local Special Olympics on Friday.  Athletes and their supporters joined together for a day of competition and celebration.

Show Your MP Bulldog Spirit!
MP Cheer Selling T-Shirts through April 28
The Mary Persons Cheerleading Program is selling three t shirts and a tank top  for the annual t-shirt sale! You can order these from any MP Cheerleader. Tank Tops are ONLY available in Adult XS - Adult 4XL. Tank costs are AXS - AXL - $15, A2XL - $17 A3XL - $18 and A4XL - $19. 
Shirts sized YXS - AXL are $15, 2XL is $17, 3XL is $18, and 4XL is $19 All checks are payable to MPHS Cheer Booster and are due April 28! We will NOT be ordering any extras so make sure you get your order in!

Next Year's School Supply Lists Are Here
Monroe County Schools released the 2017-2018 school supply lists, and these are available at for your reference.  The elementary list applies to all three elementary schools.  The middle school list is below. Each teacher provides a syllabus at high school which includes supply needs.  For a PDF of the elementary school list, click here.   For a PDF of the middle school list, click here.

Wear Purple April 28 to Support Military Kids
Our school system has selected Friday, April 28 as our special day to honor the children of military service members.  On this day, we ask staff and students to wear purple to express gratitude, respect, and support of our military students and their families. "Please help us spread the word to our students and parents. We appreciate your support," Alicia Elder, Assistant Superintendent

The Georgia Department of Education joins other states and organizations across the country in celebrating April as Month of the Military Child , a time to honor the strength and sacrifices of military children.  
"There are more than 30,000 children of military families in Georgia's public schools," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. "Nothing could be more important than recognizing and honoring them. We owe our freedom to the sacrifices of these families and, as the child of a military family myself, I want to express my gratitude and respect. It takes dedication and resolve to keep working hard in school in the face of all the challenges and transitions of military life. We at the Georgia Department of Education remain committed to providing the support our military students and families need."  Find resources and information on the Month of the Military Child here.
A Message from Monroe County Schools Counselors: April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition characterized by challenges with communication, social skills, and repetitive behaviors. The symptoms of ASD vary from mild to severe and create a vast community of people manifesting the condition in different ways. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 68 children across the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. This is an increase of 30 percent since previous estimates in 2012. Signs of autism can show up between 2 and 3 years of age and in some cases, even earlier. 
What can parents and community members do for those with ASD?
Learn about autism. The more you know about autism spectrum disorder, the better equipped you'll be to make informed decisions for your own child with ASD.  As a community member, knowing more about the disorder will help you understand the children you see in the grocery store or at the recreation department fields.  These children are a special part of our community.   
Become an expert on the child. Every child is an individual with his or her own affinities. Figure out what triggers challenging or disruptive behaviors and what elicits a positive response. What does the child find stressful or frightening? Calming? Uncomfortable? Enjoyable? If you understand what affects the child, you'll be better at troubleshooting problems and preventing or modifying situations that cause difficulties.
Accept the ASD child, quirks and all. Rather than focusing on how an autistic child is different from other children and what he or she is "missing," practice acceptance. Enjoy this child's special quirks, celebrate small successes, and stop comparing the child to others. Feeling unconditionally loved and accepted will help a child more than anything else.
Don't give up. It's impossible to predict the course of autism spectrum disorder. Don't jump to conclusions about what life is going to be like for an ASD child. Like everyone else, people with autism have an entire lifetime to grow and develop their abilities.
For more information, see
A Special Movie and a Chance for the "Golden Ticket" for Elementary Students and their Families

A Message from Monroe County Schools Nurses:  Second Hand Smoke Harms