Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Credit Recovery

If your student has failed a required course (English, Math, Science or Social Studies), please make sure they register for credit recovery. MP will be offering an 8 week course from  Sept. 11 - Nov. 9th . Students can choose an After School session that runs from  3:15pm - 5:15pm  OR  Saturday  School,  8:00am - 12:00pm .   Saturday  School will only be offered if more than 5 students register for this session. Students must pay $50.00 for each ½ unit class.  Please return registration forms to the Graduation Coach, Mrs. McLuen.
School Picture Day 

August 30, 2017

Senior Picture Retakes  will also be taken on August 30th. Seniors should sign up through their Economics class.  If they do not have an Economics class, 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.

Homecoming Week - September 11-15

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. 
MP vs. Jackson Pep Rally Highlights
Psychology Class Debates Animal Ethics

Ms. Duncan's students conducted debates while pretending to be 
the Animal Care Committee at a university whose job it is to approve 
or reject proposed research that uses animals as subjects. 
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!

Price Item Price
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

Link Your Ingles Card to MPHS
Link your Ingles Card and help support your school. When you make purchases using your Ingles Card, Ingles will give back to the school a portion of those sales. The portion can be used by the school to purchase computers and school supplies.

Click on the link below to link your card. 
Search by SchoolID. The ID for MPHS is 10509.
Ingles Cards MUST be relinked each year in the Fall.

Yearbook News

Get your yearbook at the Back to School price of $55 BEFORE September 1st.  The price will go up to $65 beginning 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. 
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.

Student Flu Vaccination Schedule

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

9:00-10:30 - Main Campus

10:45-11:30 - Freshman Campus

Counselors News

In April 2015, I signed SB 132, which made changes to the state's dual enrollment program, termed "Move on When Ready."  We have seen great strides in participation in dual enrollment throughout Georgia.  The number of students served in the state's dual enrollment program has more than doubled since FY 2015.

Although participation in Georgia's dual enrollment program has grown exponentially, many families remain unfamiliar with how to get their children involved in the program.  Based on conversations with parents, high school students, and college students, we understand that the program may be misunderstood.

To ensure students are utilizing the program appropriately and simplify people's understanding of and navigation through the state's program, the state is changing the program name from "Move on When Ready" to "Dual Enrollment."  This change will make it clear to parents and students the opportunities this program affords and will benefit the state in helping to further increase participation in the program moving forward.  
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
Chorus News

On Thursday, August 31st  at 6:00 pm in the chorus room 216 at Mary Persons High School,  we will have our our first Chorus Booster meeting of the 2017-2018 school year. We hope that MP Chorus supporters will become an active member of this fine parent organization. The TEMPO Club comprises parents, families and guardians like yourselves who promote and support the Mary Persons High School Choral program.
Use of Remind:  I  will be communicating through Remind to inform parents of various important MP Chorus student activities and TEMPO Club events. PLEASE take a moment now to subscribe to these notifications, as this is the only immediate way I can communicate items of importance. It is free!  TEXT THE NUMBER  81010 with the message   @mpcho

Cost for text message may apply based on your phone text plan. 
Clubs & Organizations News
Art Club News
Art Club and National Art Honor Society dues are due  Friday, Sept. 1 .  Join the Art Club Google Classroom (code: g7znwsg) and Remind (text @mphart to 81010) for information and updates.  
Best Buddies News
Anyone interested in joining Best Buddies for the 17-18 school year should submit a membership application online at

Chapter dues are $20 this year and will include a chapter t-shirt. This year's shirt is a yellow Comfort Colors tee with a black logo. Dues should be paid to Mrs. Holloway on the main campus or Mrs. Huff on the freshman campus.
Beta Club News


  • Dues are due September 8th. Dues are $10 for returning members & $25 ($15 goes to National) for new members.
  • Join MPHBeta Remind - Text @mphbeta to the # 81010.
  • Join our Beta Club Google Classroom. The Classroom Code is 3gfjhq.
  • Complete the assignments in Google Classroom.
FBLA News   
Join FBLA today! 
See Mrs. Little, Mrs. Myers or Ms. Sparks 
for more information.

Membership Levels
Future = $15 
(right to compete, put on resume)

Business = $25 
(Future + t-shirt + Monthly Membership Appreciation Days)

Leader = $60 
(Business + Fall Rally @ Perry Fair)
FCA News   
FCA will meet on Fridays 
in the Media Center at 7:30 a.m. 
All students & faculty are invited!
HOSA News   
Our next HOSA meeting will be Wednesday, August 30th at 3:10 in Ms. Christian's room, 101. The deadline  for paying HOSA dues is Thursday, August 31st.
TSA News
The first meeting and meet/greet will be Thursday, August 31, after school, in the Tech Lab (room 220). If you are not sure if you would like to join or not, come by and check it out! TSA dues of $25 are due September 8th, and your $20 for the fair is due on September 8th as well.  You you Thursday after school.

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!
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
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
Football News

MP Defeated Jackson  28-7!!
Please contact Mrs. Barfield if you have any questions.
Softball News

The Lady Dawgs fell short to Houston County in last week's game. The teams went hit for hit up until the end. Alissa Rozier and Tiella Banks went 3-4. Lori Smith and Aleah Hayman went 2-3. Aleah and Alissa each had a 2 run homer. The Bulldogs are 2-5 this season.

Volleyball News

Volleyball season is 
in full swing!

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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