Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Progress Reports
Thursday, October 19th

Homecoming Week - October 16-20
2017 Homecoming Representatives

Kaylee Gordon,  Freshman
Molly Poland, Freshman
Lindsie Robbins, Sophomore
Summer Sandefur, Sophomore
Mary Kate Jones, Junior
Stephanie Nix, Junior
Laila Bell, Senior
Hannah Blessett, Senior
Alayna Criswell, Senior
Kennedy Finch, Senior
Trinity High, Senior
Payton Poland, Senior

2017 Homecoming Court

Homecoming Parade
Thursday, October 19th
Begins @5:00 p.m.

Students who park in the junior parking lot should move their vehicles by  3:30  on  Thursday, September 14  for the Homecoming Parade. You will be blocked in if you do not move your cars!

Homecoming Game
Friday, October 20th
7:30 p.m.

Homecoming Dance
Saturday, October 21st
8:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Homecoming Shirts for Sale
Homecoming shirts are available in 
the  Front Office.  Shirts are $10 and $12 
for  sizes XXL & up.  Questions? 

MP Profile

Meet Coach McElhaney & Mrs. Coach McElhaney. They have been married for 5 years, and have a 2 year old son named Landon.  Coach McElhaney is in his 6th year of teaching P.E. at Mary Persons, and this is Mrs. Mac's 5th year of teaching Health and P.E. to 9th graders.  She coaches track and cross country, and he coaches football and basketball this year. When asked what they like most about their job, Coach Mac says "no two days are alike!", and Mrs. Mac likes "building relationships with my students." Her hobbies include sleeping, coaching, and traveling.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends. If Mrs. Mac could go back in time, she would like to travel to the year 2000, "because you don't have 'real' responsibilities in high school." Coach Mac would go back to his senior year of high school. He said "Knowing what I know now, things would be different." If he didn't have to sleep, he would use the extra time to relax from a long hard day at work. When people go to them for help, they usually go to her for "advice on making better decisions," and to him for "advice about life".  Mrs. Mac said that her mother has influenced her life the most because "she has always inspired and encouraged me. She supports me." Coach Mac said that the male figures in his life  (dad, step-father, and grandfather) have had a big influence on his life. He said "I know what a father should look like." Coach Mac wanted to add that "Life is hard and often times there are no directions so I always say 'find a way or make a way.'"  
JROTC in Action

JROTC Raiders compete.  Cadets work hard to qualify for the state 
Raider competition on 28 Oct at Spaulding County High School.
Spanish 2 Students Learn to Board Plane in Spanish
Spanish 2 students in Ms. Rowland's class learn how to board a plane en Espanol!!
Economics Students Learn to Budget

Mrs. Peacocks 4th period Economic class is learning how to 
manage  their money. During this month's bill day students save their 
money  to pay rent, maintenance, insurance, and invest in stocks and 
bonds.  Students earn their income by having a classroom job, or 
working well  throughout the month to earn extra money. 
Abigail Hightower saved up her money to buy her desk, so she no longer 
has to pay rent  for the rest of the year. 

More students worked hard to earn enough money to buy their own desks!!!

Mrs. Peacock's Economics classes had their first classroom auction recently. Students earned their money from doing various jobs throughout the class 
and saved up to buy donated items. Some of the donated items included chips, gift cards, a song by Gabe Medlin, and other various items. 10% of the total revenue from the auction went back to those students who donated an item. Pictured above are  some students showing off items they purchased 
with their class money. 

Aleah Davis (top left) was the very first student overall to pay her desk off 
in Mr. Simmons' & Mrs. Fields' Economics class! Congratulations Aleah!

Auction Day in Mr. Simmons' Class   
These pictures are of some of the students with their purchases. 
Several students even bid on mystery boxes, one selling for $1200!
Choosing the Best
Mr. Kelly Canady recently spoke with 11th grade students as part 
of the  Choosing the Best program.  He discussed the new drug, 
pornography,  adolescent brain development and addiction.
Access Mixedbag Fundraiser

The Access Department at MP is doing a Mixed Bag Designs catalog fundraiser. Students will use the proceeds to buy groceries for cooking instruction, go see 
a play at the Rose Theatre, host a Holiday social for their families, and to go 
to Prom! 
Available items include tote bags, purses, and home & garden items. Mixed Bag products are afforable, attractive, and durable!

Orders can be placed with any student or staff member for the MP Access Department or you can order online at  MixedBag using the code 242287 at checkout.  Orders are due October 27. Checks should be made payable to MPHS.
Yearbook News
Yearbooks are now $65. See Mrs. May to place your order, or go to

Senior Recognition Ads are on sale now. The last day to purchase a senior ad in the yearbook is November 3rd.  Spaces are limited, first come, first served. 

Please give all payments to Mrs. May in room 206.
Please see Mrs. May to pay and reserve your spot. 
Counselors News
AP/Dual Enrollment Information Night

Do you want to get a head start on college and your career? Georgia's Dual Enrollment program, formerly Move On When Ready, may be the answer for you. Dual Enrollment provides students an early start on their college careers by earning college credits while still in high school, and offers challenging academic experiences to qualified students. Opportunities for students include taking one or more courses or even completing an associate's degree in conjunction with their high school diploma. Courses are available fall, spring, and summer. If you would like more information, please plan to attend the Dual Enrollment Information session scheduled for  October 24th at 6:30  in the Fine Arts BuildingNew Dual Enrollment students MUST attend this meeting! 
ASVAB Adminstration

Students who wish to join the military will need to take the ASVAB. The ASVAB will be given at MP on  November 9th A Google Doc will be sent to student's school email accounts.  Please  register by October 31st. Students must register using their school email accounts. All branches of the military require this test.
PSAT Adminstration

All 10th grade students, registered 9th grade students, and registered 11th grade students will participate in the PSAT administration on  Wednesday, October 25, 2017 .  Students will be allowed to use a basic, scientific, or graphing calculator on the math portion of the test.  Students should plan to bring their own calculator as there will be a limited supply of school-owned  calculators avai lable.  Please contact your child's counselor if you have questions.   
Driving Skills for Life

On  October 21 & 22 , in partnership with the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the Driving Skills for Life program will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway offering the FREE training program that will focus on equipping teens with new skills in key areas that they tend to lack: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, space and speed management, and distracted and impaired driving. 
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.  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
Musical Theatre News

Mary Persons Musical Theatre Presents...
Clubs & Organizations News
Best Buddies News   
Thursday, October 19 - Homecoming Parade
Any members interested in walking in the Homecoming parade should wear their yellow chapter t-shirt and meet in the Junior Parking Lot at  4:15. Bring candy to pass out!

Friday, October 20 - Family Tail Gate
Homecoming Tailgate  5:30-7:00 beside the entrance of the 9th grade campus. Best Buddies will provide a tent, tables, napkins, plates, and sodas. Please bring chairs for your family and a finger food to share! All members and their families are invited! 
FBLA News   
FBLA is once again collecting hygiene products for iCare to help needy students in Monroe County. Bring any hygiene products (soap, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes/paste, etc.) to Mrs. Little or Mrs. Myers on the Main Campus or Ms. Sparks on the Freshman Campus.

Get your DQ Blizzard every Thursday immediately after school in Room 227. $2 each

Next Meeting - October 25 in Room 227
FCA News   
FCA will meet on Fridays 
in the Gym at 7:20 a.m. 
All students & faculty are invited!

FFA News   
FFA member, Tucker Melton recently competed in the Area III Safe Tractor Operation & Maintenance Competition at Fort Valley State University.  Tucker placed 2nd out of 17 students. By placing in the top two, Tucker qualified for the State Contest which will be at ABAC in December. 
Tucker Melton recently competed in the Area III 
Safe Tractor Operation & Maintenance Competition.

Austin Wiggins recently exhibiting his calf 
at the Georgia National Fair.
TSA News
TSA students created a Robot Scarecrow to enter in the Forsyth Main Street Scarecrow Contest.  

VOTE #13!!!

TSA (Technology Student Association) is 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!
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 (
Tri-M News   
Tri-M Music Honor Society is hosting their third annual talent show - MP's Got Talent! The talent show will be held on  November 14th . We encourage everyone with cool and interesting talents of all kinds to come audition after school at  3:15  in the chorus room on  October 30th ! Plan to audition with the talent you will perform. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

Sports News
Cross Country News
Football News

Softball 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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