Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Early Release Due to Eclipse
Monday, August 21, 2017
MP to Follow Altered Schedule on August 21st

Since 6th and 7th periods are affected by pep rallies, CHAMP, and assemblies, we decided to attend those periods on this day (especially since the Jackson pep rally is on  Friday Aug 25). We will attend the periods in descending order and go to our natural 5th lunch period. 

Below is the schedule we will follow:

8:00-8:50  7th period
8:55-9:45  6th period
9:50-11:45 5th period
     1st Lunch  9:50-10:22
     2nd Lunch  10:27-10:54
     3rd Lunch  11:00-11:27

11:27 3rd lunch students report back to 5th period
11:32 Annoucements
11:45 Dismissal 

The Freshmen campus will dismiss at  11:35am. Mrs. Alford will adjust these times to match the FC dismissal (freshmen will still attend 7th, 6th, and 5th with 2 lunch periods). 

MOWR or WBL students will need to attend their MOWR classes or WBL assignments based on what this schedule is. For example, if you have no 6th or 7th period, you will not need to report until  9:45 a.m. If you do not have 5th, 6th, or 7th, then you will not have to report at all. Remember, if students are absent from school or check out before early release on this date due to the eclipse, the absences will be unexcused; however, we will allow students to make up any assignments missed on this date. 
Get Involved!!!
Club Sign Ups
August 16-23, 2017      Click Here to Sign Up!

Students may also access this link through an email sent to each students' school email.
Yearbook News

Get your yearbook at the Back to School price of $55 before September 1st. Please give all payments made to MPHS yearbook to Mrs. McKneely.

Senior Baby Ads are on sale now. Please see Mrs. McKneely to pay and reserve your spot. 

Senior Picture Retakes will be August 30th. A sign up sheet will be placed on the door of room 206 for Seniors who did not take their pictures during the summer.  Please email Mrs. May ( if you have any questions.
Senior Economics Students Prepare for Real World 

This week students in Mr. Simmons' class have been working on getting set up in our Classroom Economy, which includes applying for jobs and emailing teachers for recommendations. This economy will be the basis for the way the class operates for the rest of the year as they earn money and pay their bills like rent for their desks.

Friday, August 10 was the first day of business and the MPorium's very first customer was Geoffrey Alcala, pictured below.
MPorium - School Store

The Access Program is now running a school store, the MPorium, during lunch every  Friday. The store is located in the Commons Area. 

They are currently selling school supplies including pens, pencils, Sharpies, composition notebooks, paper, Sketchbooks, and more!  This Friday they will be selling Jackson t-shirts. They will have MP spirit gear throughout the year. Come out and get your supplies and support the Access program!

Yellow Pencil $0.25 Mechanical Pencil $0.25
Highlighter $0.50 Black Pen $0.50
Blue Pen $0.50 Pink Eraser $0.50
5 pack dividers $1.00 Pack of Paper $1.00
Composition Notebook $1.00 Spiral Notebook $1.00
5 pack striped pencils $1.00 Fine Sharpie $1.00
Pen Style Sharpie $1.00 1-in 3 Ring Binder $2.00
Sketchbook $5.00
Ireland, Scotland, & England

There are a few spots open on our school's trip to Ireland, Scotland and England next summer, in mid June. We will be exploring the diverse landscape and rich culture of the beautiful British Isles.
Students will explore the cities of Dublin, Derry, Belfast, Edinburgh and London. From seeing the Book of Kells, visiting the Titanic Museum, seeing the historical city of Edinburgh and Scotland's country side, to visiting Big Ben and Buckingham palace,  this will be a once in a life time experience.

To enroll, you will need a link to our group's Tour Website and pay the $95 enrollment fee. The final enrollment deadline for this tour is  August 31st 2017.  Email Mrs. Calhoun ( for more information. The trip is open to 9th through 11th graders.
Your feedback is needed for Monroe County Schools' Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles. These are keystones of our operations, planning, and decision making. Please take the short survey linked below to review the mission, vision, and guiding principles for Monroe County Schools.  This survey will be open through August.

Homecoming Dance Tickets
Homecoming Dance Tickets will be available for purchase August 28th - September 13th in Room 116. Tickets are $6 each, or $5 with the donation of a canned good. Date approval forms are due by September 8th and can be found in the Front Office. 
Forsyth-Monroe County Boys & Girls Club - Coming Soon!

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia is excited to announce that we will be opening our Forsyth-Monroe Count Unit very soon! Registration has begun and will run from  1- 6 p.m. Monday thru  Friday. Please stop by the location at 500 Highway 83 South on the old eighth grade wing (toward the old gym) of the Hubbard Campus of the Monroe County Middle School. 

In addition to signing up Club members, we are looking to fill staff positions and for volunteers to help with the after-school program. Please call (478) 992-5605 or email our Unit Director, Joel Tolliver, at  
We look forward to becoming a part of the Monroe County community and extending our "Great Futures Start Here" philosophy to the students and families of Monroe County Schools.
Student Flu Vaccination Schedule

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

9:00-10:30 - Main Campus

10:45-11:30 - Freshman Campus

Counselors News
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.  

Attention Juniors & Seniors
Interested students are invited to learn more about Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia during their annual Peach State Tour Information Session. The event is FREE and open to ALL high school students and their families, but space is limited! Register online to secure your spot ASAP! The location closest to MP will be held on  Monday, August 22 at  Stratford Academy in Macon from 6-8 p.m
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.  The 2018 FAFSA application will become available  October 1st .  
MP Cinch Bags Fundraiser

The counseling department is selling MP Cinch Bags for $10 as a fundraiser for our Bulldog Blessings fund. All of the proceeds will go directly to our neediest students allowing us to purchase school supplies, toiletries, blankets, coats, technical college application fees, special school events, etc. 
Creations by CHAMP can add a name for an additional $5.00.
Fine Arts News
Chorus News

Sign Up for the Chorus Parent Remind:

TEXT THE NUMBER  81010  with the message   @mpcho
Adult Tickets are $15!
Clubs & Organizations News
Academic Team News
Our informational meeting will be  Wednesday, August 23, right after school in Mr. Magda's room on the main campus (205). If you're interested in expanding your knowledge base, please consider joining. 
Email Mr. Bernard 
or Mr. Williams 
for more information.
Art Club News

Best Buddies News
Anyone interested in joining Best Buddies for the 17-18 school year should submit a membership application online at
FCA News   
FCA will meet on Fridays 
in the Media Center at 7:30 a.m. 
All students &faculty are invited!
Key Club News
There will be a mandatory meeting for anyone interested in joining Key Club. You may attend either the 3:15 meeting THIS Thursday, August 17th or the 7:30 a.m. meeting on Friday, August 18th. The meetings will be held in Mr. Mark H. Smith's room (203).
TSA News
TSA (Technology Student Association) will once again be selling Country Meats for only $1. They have EVERY flavor in stock! Swing by the Tech Lab, room 220, to get yours! Follow the American flag!
Sports News
Basketball News

Please support Girls Basketball!  See a Girls Basketball player to purchase a chocolate bar. A few of the choices are Caramel, Dark Chocolate, & Almond. The cost is $1 per bar. Go Lady Dogs!!
Cross Country News
Order Your MP Bulldog Gear for the Year!!!

Help support the MP Cross Country Team by purchasing your Gear for the Year! T-shirts, shorts, jackets and more!! Browse our online store!

Online ordering ends Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
For more information contact Coach Mac,
Football News

Please contact Mrs. Barfield if you have any questions.
Mary Persons vs Lee County
Thursday, August 17 @5:15
Mercer University Five Star Stadium
Softball News

Mary Persons Softball opened their season at home defeating ACE 8-0. Lori Smith started her senior year with a grand slam her first at bat. Destiny Middleton and Emmalee Hayman helped contribute at the plate going 2-3. Defense was a total team effort. The Lady Dogs are 1-0 to start the season, and play again at home tomorrow against Jasper. 
Volleyball News

Volleyball season is 
in full swing!

Please help support the Mary Persons VOLLEYBALL team by purchasing your gear for the year.

Visit the link below to shop on our online store.

Ends on August 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm!!
Email if you have any questions.
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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