Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Parents Night
Thursday, February 15th

*Please call the front office if you wish to schedule a meeting.
Georgia Student Media Festival
  • The Georgia Student Media Festival will be held in May. 
  • School-level judging will take place this month. 
  • Projects do not have to be created just for this festival. They may be something you have created for one of your classes, this semester or first semester.  
  • The deadline for submitting entries is Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  
  • If you have any questions, please see Mrs. English (or email 
  • You may visit for details.
Cadets competed in their 2nd drill competition of the season. They placed 3rd or better in multiple events at both competitions. This weekend they will compete at Osborne High School.

MPHS rifle team will compete against  Spalding County High School. The rifle team is competing in its 5th match of the season and is in pursuit of surpassing the 1000 point mark. The rifle team is at  Spalding County High School  on Thursday.

MP Profile
Meet Jessica Stokes. She has a son, Jaylen, and amazing parents.  She also has 2 brothers, one sister and 2 amazing nephews, and one extraordinary niece.  She is in her second year as the media clerk in the library at the main campus. The wonderful staff and interesting students make her day. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, nature observation, and rock and shell collecting. If she could go back in time, she would like to go back to 2001 before "my classmate stole my diary!" If she did not have to sleep, she would use the extra time to read, exercise, and to love on her son, Jaylen.  When people come to her for help they usually need encouragement for spiritual and emotional needs. Who has influenced her life the most? "Jesus has made all the difference for me." What keeps her up at night? "Bills that I have to pay on the 1st!" She loves to play the piano. She played in concerts when she was younger, but she "has definitely gotten rusty over the years."
5th Annual Poet Laureate's Prize

Georgia's Poet Laureate, Judson Mitcham, in collaboration with Georgia Council for the Arts, is pleased to announce the fifth annual  Poet Laureate's Prize , awarded for an original poem written by a Georgia high school student. A winner and four finalists will be selected by the Poet Laureate and announced in early April 2018. The winning poet and finalists will have the opportunity to meet Governor and Mrs. Deal and the Poet Laureate when they are honored at the Georgia State Capitol in the spring. The winner and finalists will also tour the historic Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta. The winning and finalist poems will be published by Atlanta Magazine.  Entry deadline is  March 1, 2018
2018 Washington Youth Tour
  • All expenses paid, week-long trip to Washington D.C.
  • Open to sophomores and juniors. 
  • Students who live in one of the 14 counties we serve are eligible to enter.
  • The students are not required to live in residence served by CGEMC.

This week-long tour of Washington, D.C., will take place June 7-14, 2018.  The deadline for applications is  February 8, 2018



This year's Prom will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 8:00 p.m. to midnight at the Macon City Auditorium. See page 58 in the MP Student Handbook for eligibility details.

Date Approval Forms are due no later than Friday, March 30th.

Prom Ticket Sale Information
January 22 - January 31 $55 for MP Jr or unpaid Sr; $25 guest
Month of February $60 for MP Jr or unpaid Sr; $30 guest
March 1- March 30 $70 for MP Jr or unpaid Sr; $40 guest
*The "guest" fee applies to Freshmen, Sophomores, or non MP students. Date Approval Forms are ONLY NEEDED for non-MP guests.

Prom dues and guest fees are due no later than March 30th. Anyone with an incomplete balance will NOT be admitted into Prom. 

Tickets can be purchased from Ms. Metcalf in room 504 AFTER school. Refunds WILL NOT be made. Keep all receipts as proof of payment.
Yearbook News
Yearbooks are now $70. 
See Mrs. May to place your order, or go to
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - for Rising Juniors

Please see Ms. Sanders for more information! 
The Forsyth-Monroe County Rotary Club will pay for the cost of the camp.
Counselors News
Class of 2019 & Class of 2020 
IMPORTANT - Dual Enrollment Information!!!!

We are implementing a May 1st deadline for Dual Enrollment participation for the 2018-2019 school year.

The first step is to ensure you have a HOPE GPA of 3.0 for Middle Georgia or Gordon State and then to obtain a qualifying SAT or ACT test score (Gordon & Middle Georgia State only). Juniors are eligible for SAT/ACT waivers if they receive free or reduced lunch.  The last two national exams a student can take in order to have their scores in time for the deadline is below.  You can also take institutional exams offered at each institution.
(given @MP)
February 10
Standby  Registration Only
- $99 fee and you cannot use 
a fee waiver 
(January 20-February 2)


March 10

February 9 Deadline 
- $46 registration fee
Institution SAT given at Gordon State - $50 cash or money order; 
Call to schedule a test date 
Middle Georgia State University will accept dual enrollment students with qualifying PSAT scores, SAT score or ACT scores. You ae able to access your PSAT scores at CollegeBoard . Students will also be receiving their PSAT score reports next Tuesday, January 30th, during MP Period. You can apply to MGSU online . The application fee is waived for all dual enrollment students.  Additionally, students provide the following documents: high school transcript, test scores, immunization form, and verification of lawful presence (birth certificate or driver's license). 

Gordon State College will accept dual enrollment student with qualifying Accuplacer scores, SAT scores or ACT scores. Students must complete the paper application and mail it into Gordon State along with your high school transcript, test scores, verification of lawful presence and immunization record. You will also have to physically take a certified birth certificate to Gordon State as proof of verification of lawful presence if you have not had a drivers licence for at least two years. Students interested in applying to Gordon State College for dual enrollment must complete the attached admission application. Please mail the completed application to: Gordon State College, Office of Admissions/Dual Enrollment, 419 College Drive, Barnesville, GA  30204.  Please do NOT include and application fee as it is waived for all dual enrollment students.

Central Georgi Technical College  will accept dual enrollment students for degree level courses with the following minimum test scores. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) by maintaining a 2.0 GPA. Students must complete a paper application. Email completed dual enrollment applications to The Accuplacer is given at the CGTC location in Forsyth. Contact Desiree Watkins at to schedule your test. The cost is $25.00.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your counselor. One-on-one meetings with accepted dual enrollment students will be held once course registration opens up at the various institutions. 
Bulldog Blessings
Are you interested in supporting Bulldog Blessings, or want to learn more about how our counselors support MP students who are in need? Click here to visit their new Google Site.

Adopt-A-Senior 2018 is a new program sponsored by the Bulldog Blessings.

Senior year is expensive, and we're asking our local organizations, groups and citizens to chip in and adopt some of our seniors who are in need of support. Our goal is that ALL MP Grads experience the full memory of their senior year and don't have to skip out on any activities due to cost. 

Click here to learn more about the Adopt-A-Senior 2018 program.
 You can request more information as well as signup online to help support this worthy cause.
Visit the MP Counselors' Web Page!!!
*Do you need a transcript?
*Do you need an Attendance & ADAP Form?
You can find all of this and more on the Counselor's Web Page.

To get up-to-date news from the counseling department please check your emails and join the MP Counseling Department's Remind.  Text  @mphsco to 81010.  

ACT & SAT Information
Students who are planning to attend a four year college, must take the SAT or ACT and obtain qualifying score.  Mary Persons  is a testing site for BOTH tests. We are able to provide waivers only to juniors or seniors who participate in the free/reduced lunch program. Eligible students can see their counselor or Mrs. Miller to receive fee waivers.

SAT Registration: Go to to register for the SAT. You must have a waiver code or credit/debit card to register. Cost without a waiver is $46.00 (no writing) or $60.00 with writing.

ACT Registration: Go to to register for the ACT. You must have a waiver code or credit/debit card to register. Cost without a waiver is $42.50 (no writing) or $58.50 with writing.
Attention Seniors
The FAFSA┬« is the application that students must complete to apply for federal student aid, which can be used to attend an eligible college or career school. Federal student aid includes Federal Pell Grants, federal student loans, and work-study opportunities. In addition to determining eligibility for federal student aid, many states, private organizations, colleges, and career schools rely on information from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for nonfederal sources of aid. 

ALL students must complete this form regardless of parent income. 
Fine Arts News
Art News

Congratulations to Destiny Thompson for being  selected as a semifinalist for state interview/auditions of the  Governor's Honors Program  process in the area of Visual Arts.  Below are samples from Destiny's portfolio, which she will take to her interview for evaluation.

Chorus News

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to be a part of the GMEA District 11 Honor Choir.

Taylor Brown
Tim Clements
Charles Dean
Sunny DeVane
Jeffrey Dunbar
Kennedy Finch
Torri Harris
Abby Hodges 
Grant Mitchell
Emily Joseph 
Natalie Pippin
Zoe Potts
Emmy Tane
Pierce Tapley

Haley Thompson
Naomi Sanders

Cayton Sink
James Smith
Kiarra Smith
Richard Smith
Liam Spence
Leia Williams

Clubs & Organizations News
  • Next meeting will be Wednesday, February 14.
  • Get your Coke products from an FBLA member or adviser. FBLA will be selling Coke products through February 9.
  • Buy a Crush for your Crush for only $1! Sale starts Monday, February 5 and ends Tuesday, February 13. Crushes will be delivered on Wednesday, February 14.
  • Members who are eligible to attend State Conference need to return their parent letters to Mrs. Little ASAP!
  • Blizzards will be sold Thursday after school - $2 each
FFA News
Congratulations to the Mary Persons FFA Wildlife teams for competing in the Appling County Wildlife Event.   The Wildlife Career Development Event allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in identifying aquatic plants and animals, White-tailed Deer Management, general wildlife, plant, and tool identification, and game bird identification.  Team members are scored according to their particular event and individual team member scores are added to determine the winning team.

The Junior team placed 1st overall in the contest.  Team members where Thomas Warren, Anna Grace Simmons, Tyannah Ogletree, and Jack Demarest.  Jack Demarest placed first in Aquatic Management, Thomas Warren placed 2nd in White-tailed Deer Management, and Anna Grace Simmons placed 3rd  in Game Bird Biology.  

The Senior Team placed 2nd overall in the contest.  Team members where Jessica Hammock, Gracie Thompson, Dylan Floyd, Gus Proctor, Matt Fields, Cody Sickman and Hatcher Davis.  Jessica Hammock placed 1st in White-tailed Deer Management, Cody Sickman placed first in Game Bird Biology and Gracie Thompson placed 3rd in General Wildlife ID.
TSA News
Meat sticks are back! Swing by the Tech Lab to purchase ALL flavors for only $1 each! 

TSA Students Speak at Rotary Club Meeting
MP students, Hailey Watson, Devun Harbin, James Shannon, and Aaron Toles represented our Technology Student Association at the Rotary Club recently. They talked about the Energy Pathway Electrathon Car project! They also talked about VEX robotics and our upcoming Bowling for Bulldog Bots fundraiser coming up on  February 11th . We are proud of these students for representing us! If you'd like to know more about this organization or the projects mentioned, email the TSA Advisor,   or click here for the flyer to learn more about the Electrathon Car Project.

TSA Jelly Belly & other Easter goodies fundraiser 

We are gearing up for our State Competition in March, & your purchases help make it more affordable for our STEM students!

You may shop online

Or click below to view the flyers:  
The deadline to place your order is  February 19th . Orders will be back in time for Easter! 

Orders can be sent through email or school mail to Christina Barfield at MPHS:

Checks should be made out to MPHS.

Send items in to the Tech Lab, room 220 at MP Main Campus, or call  (478) 994-2812, ext. 5039  if you have any questions or need more details. Thank you for supporting Technology Student Association and keeping out earth green! Contact Christina Barfield (
Sports News
Baseball News
Basketball News

Golf News

There will be a meeting after school on  February 8th  in the Media Center. If you are serious about playing, please make plans to attend this meeting. Practice begins on  February 12th  at the Forsyth Golf Course.

Soccer News

Softball News
Congratulations to Tiella Banks! She has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Andres College.  She is pictured her with her dad, Michael Banks, as well as Coach Laura Darden (Assistant Coach at Andrew College), and Coach Hannah Grossman (MP Head Coach).
Tennis News
Media Center Message
Media Center Offers Extended Hours

Both Campuses - Open Daily until 3:45.

Freshman Campus Media Center - Open Tuesdays until 4:00

Main Campus Media Center - Open Thursdays until 4:30

Students who wish to take advantage of the extended time 
must  arrive  to the Media Center after the dismissal bell rings.
*See Mrs. English for passwords to the  resources that require a password.
Link Your Ingles Card to MPHS

Ingles cards must be 
re-linked each year. 
Our school code is 10509.
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