Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Progress Reports
March 15, 2018
Textbook Adoption
Monroe County Schools is currently reviewing  textbooks and instructional resources for the 2018-2019 school year.  As part of the resource adoption process, we invite our parents to review the resources selected by our teachers and administration prior to adoption.  Instructional resources will be made available at each school during the week of  March 12-15 from  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Resources will be recommended for adoption for the following grade levels and subject areas:

Elementary (K-5th)-Science
  • Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary
  • Thomas G. Scott Elementary
  • Katherine B. Sutton Elementary
Middle School (6th-8th)-Social Studies
  • Monroe County Middle School
High School (9th-12th)-Social Studies & AP Biology
  • Mary Persons High School
For more information, please call Alicia Elder, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, at  (478)994-2031.
MPHS Literary Team=Region Champions!!!
Congratulations to the Mary Persons High School Literary Team, coordinator and coach Mr. Hernandez, coach Ms. Spires and accompanist Ms. Baker for being the 2-AAAA Literary Region Champions, ahead of 2nd place Spalding High School. Please see the individual results of our Region Literary Competition below.  

Naomi Sanders
Region Champion in 
Humorous Interpretation
Abby Hodges
Region Champion in 
Dramatic Interpretation
Jeffrey Dunbar
Region Champion 
in Boy's Solo
Taylor Jordan
Region Champion in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking

Stephanie Nix, Abby Hodges, & Emily Joseph
Region Champions in Trio

Jordan Shephard, Beau Watson, Jeffrey Dunbar, & Charles Dean
Region Champions in Quartet

2nd Place Girl's Solo: Stephanie Nix

3rd place in Duo Interpretation: Torri Harris and Chase Hester

3rd place in Argumentative Essay: Anokhi Patel

4th place in Personal Essay: Natalie Pippin

4th place in Rhetorical Essay: Whitney Ray

2018 Literary Team
Along with accompanying team members Tim Clements, Sunny DeVane, Kennedy Finch, Brandon Fountain, Megan Kelly, Ansley Lawson, Grant Mitchell, Liam Spence, Emmy Tane , Haley Thompson, and Leia Williams, Mary Persons High School's team earned enough total points to claim the Region Championship title.
All Region Champion Winners will advance to the Georgia High School Association AAAA State Literary Competition that will be held at Veterans High School 
on Saturday, March 17th.
Congratulations to the 2018 Literary Team for an outstanding season!
Respect Rally
On Friday, March 9th, Best Buddies hosted Willie "Freight Train" Raines as the guest speaker at this year's Respect Rally. Mr. Raines brought a message of respect, kindness, and anti-bullying to a very attentive student audience! 

During lunches  on Thursday  and  Friday  students signed their names to paper chain links indicating that they were willing to "Link Up Against the R Word." The chain was displayed in the gym during the Respect Rally! 

Best Buddies appreciates the support of our faculty and student body to help spread respect for all people and most especially for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities!

Cow Calendar Fundraiser

This fundraiser will benefiting the
Access Program at our school.

What's a Cow Calendar?
In 1998, the Cows created the Cow Calendar as a new tool to convince people to eat more chicken. Since then the Cows have gone to great lengths to spread their self-preservation message. This year's Cow Calendar Card opens the door to delicious food and surprises and is your key to special monthly offers.

Cow Calendars are ON SALE NOW for $5 
from any Access teacher.  
Senior News
  • March 15, 2018: Jostens will be delivering graduation supplies on Thursday, March 15th during lunch in the Commons Area. Any final payments may be made with cash or money order. No checks will be accepted at delivery for senior supplies. You may call Jostens' office to pay by debit or credit card by noon on Wednesday, March 14h.
  • April 17, 2018: Graduation supplies will be delivered.
  • Caps and Gowns: $85.00 total; All seniors MUST purchase a cap/gown.
Are YOU on the Board?
Have you been accepted to a college or enlisted with the military?
If so, please provide your counselor with a copy of your acceptance letter 
or enlistment paperwork (paper copy or email). 
Senior pictures and college logos or military logos will be displayed 
on the board starting this week.
Sophomore News
Attention Class of 2020! Show your Commitment to graduate with your class! Order your class ring Thursday, March 15th during lunch in the Commons Area. To tell your story and design your ring, go to . Remember to print your online design or complete an order form and bring it with your $90 or $50 down payment. The $90 down payment includes a $50 deposit on your ring and the $40 Spirit Pack. The $50 down payment is a deposit on your ring only. If you have already placed an order, you may make a payment on the 15th as well.
MP Profile
Meet Elizabeth Holloway. She and her husband, Josh, have been married for 13 years. They have two children: Libby (10) and Rylan (7). She is in her 6th year at MP as an Access teacher. What does she like most about her job? -  "the students." In her spare time, she enjoys "traveling and hanging out with my family, serving the Special Needs ministries at my church, and reading." If she could go back in time, she would like to go back to 1963 so she could attend the March on Washington. If she did not have to sleep, how would she use the extra time? "I'd work a second job to make more money to travel." Her Granny and Grandad have influenced her life the most. "They are Christ-like, humble, and hard working." "Wondering if I'm doing all that God intends for me to do" keeps her up at night. 

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.

Seniors: If you are planning to go to Prom & have not already done so, let Ms. Metcalf know your intentions for attending Prom so you do not miss out on receiving a Prom favor.

Prom Ticket Sale Information
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 Tickets are being sold in Ms. Metcalf's room, room 504, until Friday, March 30th - AFTER school. Refunds WILL NOT be made. Keep all recepts as proof of payment. No tickets will be sold after this date. Prom dues and guest fees are due no later than March 30th. Anyone with an incomplete balance will NOT be admitted into Prom. 
Yearbook News
Thank you to the students at MPHS!  The yearbook is almost sold out!!  There are about 60 copies left, so get yours TODAY, before it is too late!!  Yearbooks are now $70.  See Mrs. May to place your order, or go to .
Counselors News
AP Exam Registration

The Registration Deadline 
has been extended to March 19th.

AP Exams will take place May 7th-May 18th. 
The cost per exam is $95.00.  
Make checks payable to Mary Persons High School. 
Please note that there will be an additional $45 fee for anyone who has to take an AP exam during the late testing dates due to schedule conflict. Click here to learn more about late testing.
See Ms. Burston if you have any questions.
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
Congratulations to the Mary Persons Band program on their truly inspiring performances this past weekend at their 2018 Large Group Performance Evaluation. Both of our bands received straight superior ratings in both their performance and sight reading. This concludes a year of adjudication where all Monroe County Bands: Middle School, Bulldog Brigade, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band received superior ratings at all evaluations.
Art News
Clubs & Organizations News
*Next meeting -  March 21  in Rm 227 @  3:15 .

*Blizzards will be sold Thursday   after school,  $2 each

HOSA & the American Red Cross will be hosting a Blood Drive on  March 16th  at MP. You must be at least 16 yrs old to donate. All students who are 16-17 yrs old, WILL need a consent form signed by their parent/guardian. Consent forms can be picked up from Ms. Carter's room 101, the media center, or click here for Consent Form.

HOSA members will begin registering/scheduling student donation appointment times for the next 2 weeks during lunch periods. 

Anyone required to have a consent form MUST provide the consent form to the HOSA representative BEFORE they are allowed to schedule a donation time slot.

Please refer to The American Red Cross' website for further details regarding eligibility requirements. Click here to access their site.
TSA News
Meat sticks are back! Swing by the Tech Lab to purchase ALL flavors for only $1 each! 

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
Auxiliary News
Auxiliary Tryouts
March 26-30, 2018
3:45 - 5:30
Mary Persons High School Gym
There will be a transfer bus available.
Cheerleader News
Baseball News
The baseball team is currently 7-3 We swept Jordan in Columbus in a double header on Saturday 4-0 and 13-4.
Golf News

Soccer News

Tennis News
The MP Tennis Team traveled to Spalding last week to compete in their first region match of the season. The boys won 5 games to 0, while the girls were defeated 2-3. Winners for the boys included Chris Swars, Tanner Lee, Preston Wilson, and the teams of Micah/Caleb Wilson and Jordan Carr/Seth Smith. Winners for the girls included Jackie Gore and the team of Reagan Dorrity and Anna Star. 

The MP Tennis Team also played against ACE last week at home. The boys won 4 games to 1 and the girls won 5-0. Winners for the boys included Tanner Lee, Preston Wilson, and the teams of Jordan Carr/Seth Smith and Ian Bettis/Tucker Melton. Girls' winners included Cadi Seitz, Jackie Gore, Julia Rainey, and the teams of Reagan Dorrity/Emma Cantrell and Isabelle McCaskill/Anna Starr. The boys improve to 6-0 and the girls are now 4-2. 
Track News
The track team competed at FPD Vikings meet last week.  The boys team placed 1st and the girls team placed 2nd.  Top boys were Caleb Ussery 1st place in 100 meter dash.  Condarius Alford 1st in the 400m and 2nd in the 200m. Justin Wachtel 1st in the 800m.  Conner Battles 1st place in the 1 mile and 2 mile.  Top girls were Ava McKallip 1st place in the 2 mile, Cheyla Tafolla 1st in the Pole vault, and the girls 4 by 100 meter relay placed first which includes Jordan Shannon, Daizha Outlaw, Destiny Middleton, and Judiyah Alford. G o Dogs!
Media Center Message
Are YOU Career Ready?
Stop by the Media Center and take a look 
at our selection of CAREER books!
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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