Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Merry Christmas!

Christmas Holidays
December 18, 2017- January 1, 2018

Teacher Inservice
January 2 & 3, 2018

Students Return
January 4, 2018
Exam Schedule
Exams will begin Wednesday December 13 and conclude on Friday December 15.  Thursday December 14 & Friday December 15 will be early release days with the day ending at 12:50 p.m.  Students will be released at this time. Please arrange for transportation for your child to leave at this time. Buses will continue to run at 3 p.m. for students unable to leave at 12:50 p.m.  Students are not able to leave campus and return to ride the bus home.

Please Click Here to view a memorandum from Dr. Finch
& our exam schedule.
Kids Yule Love Christmas Program
Congratulations Mrs. McElhaney
November Teacher of the Month
Wachtel Earns Bronze 
at Junior Olympics Championship

J ustin Wachtel took 3rd place earning him a Bronze Medal this past weekend at the USATF National Jr. Olympics Championship running a time of 12:43 in the 4K race.  Wachtel fell just short of taking the gold behind a runner from Colorado and a runner from Pennsylvania.  Justin had previously won the Georgia state and southeastern regional qualifiers with the closet runner 50 seconds behind.  This race finishes a spectacular cross country season for Justin where he finished 3rd at the GHSA State Championship 4A division and was the only freshman in the state selected to run for Team Georgia at the Footlocker South Championship in Charlotte, NC. 
Class of 2019 
Scholarship Opportunities
Distinguished Young Women of Monroe-Bibb (DYW) is now recruiting female students from the Class of 2019 to participate in their local scholarship program. They offer $1 Billion Dollars of scholarships nationally through their program all over the United States! DYW, formerly known as Junior Miss, has been around since 1958 and seeks to positively impact the lives of young women by providing free life skills workshops focusing on public speaking, interviewing skills, college admissions/scholarships, and our national platform of "Be Your Best Self". This fun and transformative experience promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership, and talent. Young women gain life skills and a boost in self-esteem that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Their accomplishments through this program are then presented in a celebratory showcase at the completion of the program and two representatives are selected to advance to the state competition. They also have a "Little Sister" program for sophomores as well.  Questions? Please email Jill Lumley, Program Chairman at:  Deadline to sign up is January 6th, 2018 as our workshops begin January 7th, 2018 . There is no fee to participate!

Check out their national website at:   
2018-2019 Advanced Drama Class Auditions

Auditions for possible placement in next year's 2018-2019 Advanced Drama class will be held on Wednesday, December 13th at 3:00 p.m. in Ms. Spires' classroom (Room 513). 

You must sign up for auditions and pick up a two minute monologue from Ms. Spires to perform on the audition date.  Monologues must be performed from memory.

2018-2019 Musical Theatre Class Auditions

Try-outs for possible placement in next year's 2018-2019 Musical Theater class will be held on Thursday, December 14th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Chorus Room. Please prepare to sing a 1 minute excerpt from a song of your choice that highlights your vocal and acting strengths. You will also be taught a dance routine for the dance portion of the audition. You must provide and bring an accompaniment sound file or CD.

Yearbook News
Yearbooks are now $70. 
See Mrs. May to place your order, or go to
Counselors News
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.
MP Cinch Bags Fundraiser for Bulldog Blessings

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.
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 is now open.  
Fine Arts News
Band News
Congratulations to the following SIXTEEN students who made District Honor Band this year.

9-10th Grade Honor Band

Katie Thomason-1st Chair
Lauren Patterson-2nd Chair
Elizabeth Bennett-6th Chair
Ava McKallip-1st Chair
GraceAnne Pixley-2nd Chair
Mauricio Castillo-3rd Chair
Celeste Taylor-2nd Chair
Bailey Niblett-1st Chair
Grant Pixley-1st Chair
11-12th Grade Honor Band

Rilyn McKallip-1st Chair
Addie Sparks-2nd Chair
Nick McGouirk-7th Chair
Zack Potts-1st Chair
Caleb Houser-7th Chair
Myles Johnson-1st Chair
Laurel Sparks-1st Chair

Congratulations, also, to the following FOURTEEN students for progressing to the second round of auditions to be members of the All-State Band.

Elizabeth Bennett
Mauricio Castillo
Caleb Houser
Myles Johnson
Ava McKallip
Rilyn McKallip
Bailey Niblett
Lauren Patterson
Zack Potts
GraceAnne Pixley
Grant Pixley
Addie Sparks
Laurel Sparks
Katie Thomason
Drama News

Drama Students Perform Charlotte's Web

Spread the word! Tickets go on sale December 1st!
Clubs & Organizations News
Best Buddies

On Tuesday, November 28 Best Buddies members met up at Pin Strikes in Macon for bowling, pizza, and laser tag!

On Wednesday, Dec 6 Best Buddies members got together to decorate cookies and compete in a timed relay to decorate someone as a Christmas. After much deliberation Mrs. English and Ms. Stokes selected Auterro as Best Decorated!


Next meeting will be held  January 24 at 3:15  in Room 227.
If you are competing at Region and have not paid, bring in your $20 by  Friday, December 15.

Interact News

Interact students volunteered at the Rotary/DFACS Christmas Party on December 5 at the freshman campus. They helped the children make crafts, ate pizza with the families and even took time to be with Santa Claus. Thank you students for your service to our community. Those who participated were 
Naomi Sanders,  Lori Smith,  Leia Williams,  Jada Freeman,  Trinity High,  Morgan Lawson,  Khadajah Bradley, along with their sponsor Ms. Marcy Sanders.

TSA News
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 (
Sports News
Basketball News

Wrestling News

The MP Wrestling team finished in 2nd place this past weekend at the Monticello Hurricane Duals. The team had a record of 4-1 on the day with 9 wrestlers earning individual medals. These included 1st place finishes by Keller Smith, James Shannon, Brandon Neal, and Abdul Glover. Other wrestlers receiving medals were Hayleigh Blair, Hunter Lowe, Stanley Lowe, Brycen Young, and Trent Sickman.

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.
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Instagram @marypersonshigh.
Monroe County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sex in its employment practices, student programs and dealings with the public. It is the policy of the Board of Education to comply fully with the requirements of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and all accompanying regulations. As a result, the following people have been appointed to oversee specific areas. Title II, Adult 504, Adult Title IX  Dr. Mike Hickman  25 Brooklyn Avenue, Forsyth, GA 31029  478-994-2031  Student and Athletic Title IX Jackson Daniel 25 Brooklyn Avenue, Forsyth, GA 31029  478-994-2031 Student 504  Jenny Rooks 433 Highway 41 South, Forsyth, GA 31029  478-994-2031  Any employee, student, applicant for employment, parent or other person who believes he or she has been discriminated against or harassed in violation of the above areas must make a complaint in accordance with the procedures outlined in Board Policy GAAA.  Copyright 2017.  All Rights Reserved.