Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
President's Day Holiday
Monday, February 19, 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.
Nelson - Macon Touchdown Club Coach of the Year! 

Congratulations to Coach Nelson for being named 
the Macon Touchdown Club Coach of the Year. 

MP Profile
Meet Rosalyn Sparks. She has 2 sons, Landon & Kyle, 2 daughter-in-laws, & 3 grandchildren and another on the way. She is in her 19th year as a Business Education Teacher. She has 25 years of teaching experience. What does she like most about her job? "Working with students and those moments when something really clicks with them." In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading, and quilting. If she could go back in time, she would go back to 1980, she would go straight to college out of high school.  When asked what she would do with extra time, if she did not have to sleep, she said "probably waste it".  When people come to her for help they usually want help with personal problems. Her parents have influenced her the most in her life and have helped make her the person she is today. What keeps her up at night? "a good book." 
Choosing the Best

Cliff Baskerville, Vice President of Choosing the Best recently 
spoke with 11th grade students about making wise choices.
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

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.

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
Band News
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
The HOSA members had a Valentine's party last week.  They made Valentines to take to the residents of Bolingreen Nursing Home over the weekend. 


Cadets conducted Junior Achievement at K. B. Sutton Elementary as part of their service learning project. Service learning has three phases: orientation & training, meaningful service and structured reflection. 

Above, cadets prepare for and then reflect upon their service learning projects.
SkillsUSA News

MP SkillsUSA Contestants Bring Home the Medals
Congratulations to the MP SkillsUSA students who took part in the 2018 Region Five Championships at Southern Crescent Technical College on February 1st. Mary Persons and Monroe County were very well represented by the following students:

Janiya Gilbert - SkillsUSA Pin Design
Hugh Evans - 1st Place Automotive Refinishing Technology
Tucker Melton - 1st Place Carpentry
Trever Brooks,Job Demonstration
Madden McLendon - 3rd Place Plumbing
Lennis Clark - Automotive Service Technology
Robert Jackson - 2nd Place Electrical Wiring
Cole Myers, Agustin Pompa, Will Atkins, Logan Price & Mika Bivens, 2nd Place TeamWorks
Quardarious McDowel, Masonry

Mary Persons SkillsUSA Region Five Medalists
(l to r) Logan Price, Agustin Pompa-Correa, Will Atkins, Robert Jackson, Cole Myers, Madden McLendon, Tucker Melton, Mika Bivens, Hugh Evans.
All first and second place medalists will advance to the SkillsUSA Georgia State Championships on March 22nd and 23rd in Atlanta. Please congratulate these students on their performance. If you are interested in how you can support them in their upcoming competitions, please be watching for the 2018 MP SkillsUSA booth at the Forsythia Festival on March 10th and 11th where they will be selling some of their handmade crafts.
TSA News
Meat sticks are back! Swing by the Tech Lab to purchase ALL flavors for only $1 each! 

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
Football News

Congratulations to Jatorian Hansford!  He has signed a national letter 
of intent to play football at the University of Missouri.  He is pictured here with his parents, Alecia Hansford and Kim Brantley, and his grandmother, Lola Zellner.  Also pictures are some of his coaches:  Head Coach Brian Nelson, Coach Dano Burdett, Coach Jason Morrow, Coach Pat Burdett, 
and "Doc" Jeff Quinn.
Golf News

Soccer News

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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