Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
School Nutrition's 
NEW Online Payment Website 
*This link can be found on our homepage under "Parents".
September is National School Attendance Awareness Month
Student Flu Vaccine
September 28, 2017

Fall Break
October 9-13, 2017

Homecoming Week
October 16-20, 2017
Attention Parents of Homecoming Representatives

Honor your daughter in  The Reporter  on Wednesday, October 18th. 

The deadline to purchase ad is Thursday, October 12th.
MP Profile
Meet Mr. Mark H (History) Smith. We have two Mark Smiths on our campus- the other one Mark A. (Algebra) Smith teachers math. Mr. Smith is married to his high school sweetheart, Heather, who is a teacher at Hubbard Elementary, and they have two beautiful daughters, Ella (6) and Madison (4). "They make us laugh and smile everyday." He is in his 9th year at MP, and he teaches US History and is the sponsor of the Key Club. When asked what he likes most about his job, he said "I love it when the students begin asking questions for deeper understanding. Having the weekends and summers off are pretty good too." In his spare time he enjoys hunting, playing tennis, and golf. If he could go back in time, he would go back to 2006 because it would be the year before the first iPhone came out, and he would be able to invest a lot of money in Apple. If he did not have to sleep, with his extra time he would read more and use the time to catch up on his grading.  When people come to him for help, it is usually his students asking him for help with an assignment, or someone at his church who needs help with various things.  He said, "besides my Savior, it would definitely be my mom" who has influenced his life the most. "Grading papers and any time the Braves play teams on the west coast," are things that keep him up at night. In college, he spent several nights dumpster diving in order to find coupons to earn two free round trips to anywhere in the Continental US. He and his wife were able to go to Boston.
Biology Students Study Cell Cycles
Students in Mrs. McIntosh's class had to demonstrate their understanding of the cell cycle by using cookies and sprinkles to model the phases.
Mrs. Barfield's Energy & Engineering Classes 
Prepare for  Competitions
First year energy students plan to compete in a mechanical engineering competition making perpetual motion machines. The challenge is 
to make a device that maintains kinetic energy, running without 
ceasing  for at least 3 minutes, given certain constraints. 

The first year engineering class designed and built mousetrap powered vehicles 
for a Technology Student Competition at the state fair during fall break. 
Attention Seniors
Order your ultimate Symbols of Success! Jostens will be here to take Announcement, Cap and Gown, and Class Ring orders on Wednesday, September 27th during lunch and until 5:30 pm in the Commons Area. Please bring a $100 down payment and a completed order form to place your order. Jostens will be here again on  October 4th , during lunch to take orders and payments.
Mr. Jernigan met with seniors last week to inform them 
about ordering their graduation supplies.
Attention Juniors
If you have not picked up your class ring, you may do so on Wednesday, September 27th during lunch in the Commons Area. Please pay your remaining balance with exact cash or a money order. No checks will be accepted.  Jostens will be here again on October 4th to collect payments and make deliveries.
Choosing the Best
Jennifer McCullough, the IMPACT Director of the Pregnancy Center in 
Gwinnett County, recently spoke with 10th graders about 
consequences and making wise choices.
Bowling: Family Night Fun!
Have questions? Contact .
For contestant registration and ticket information 
Broadcast Class Streams Home Games
Can't make it to Dan Pitts Stadium to watch the game? You have the option of watching it from the comfort of your home thanks to the MP broadcast class! A one month subscription is only $10. All proceeds help the Broadcast class purchase equipment to stay up to date. 
A link is posted on the MP website on the Friday of each home game.
Yearbook News
Get your yearbook NOW!  The cost is now $60 until   October 6th

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
Probe 2017 College Fair

Tuesday, October 3rd  
Middle Georgia State
ASVAB Administration
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.
Driving Skills for Life
On October 21 and 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 t he 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
Band News

Congratulations to our Bulldog Brigade for receiving 
superior ratings in all category this past weekend at the Wolverine Classic at West Forsyth High School.  The band also received 2nd place Drum Majors and 3rd place Auxillary, Percussion, and overall band.  Way to Go!

Chorus News
Monroe County Fine Arts Center News

Clubs & Organizations News
Academic Team News   
The MP Academic Team will be hosting a quiz bowl tournament here at the high school on  Saturday, September 30th . Any student who needs volunteer hours for their clubs or organizations should email by  Friday, September 29th , to make arrangements for  Saturday . You would be needed between  9:00 AM to 3:00 PM .
Beta Club News   
The State Beta Club Convention - January 25 & 26, 2018 - in Savannah
  • Cost $125
  • $75 Deposit - due Tuesday, October 17th
  • $50 Balance - due Thursday, November 16th
The next Beta Meeting will be Monday, October 2nd at 3:10 in the Media Center.
FBLA News   
Join FBLA for a Beach Bash Meeting on September 27th at 3:15 in the Media Center.

Blizzards are back! Every Thursday, immediately after school in room 227, blizzards will be for sale for $2 each.

Get your Krispy Kreme doughnuts starting Wednesday, September 27 through Tuesday, October 3. See an FBLA member or adviser to get your doughnuts. Doughnuts and certificates will be delivered on Thursday, October 5. Doughnuts are $6 per dozen/certificate.
FCA News   
Well, that is exactly what FCA is doing this FRIDAY! We are moving to the gym starting THIS Friday, September 29th at 7:20. Two Kennesaw State volleyball players will be the guest speakers. The first 100 students will receive a Chic-fil-A biscuit and juice provided by your advisors and Mr. Davis Clark.
Bring a friend and  #fillthegym .

Tri-M News   
Tri-M held an induction ceremony on September 18th and inducted 15 new members, making the total membership
48 members strong.

Congratulations to our new inductees.

Timothy Archey
Charles Dean
Ariel Finney
Erin Hampton
Nathan Hancock

Trinity High
Abby Hodges
Emily Joseph
Megan Kelly
Rilyn McKallip
Bailey Niblett
Abbey Parks
Natalie Pippin
Jordan Shephard
Emmy Tane

TSA News
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!

Recycling for Cash

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
Bulldog Pride Yard Signs

Our Engineering & Energy classes are offering Bulldog Pride Yard Signs! 

Please contact Mrs. Barfield if you have any questions.

Softball Fan Wear is also available for purchase.
Cheerleader News
A chaMP shout out goes to our Varsity Competition Cheerleaders for winning 2 place by only a two point margin in the 4A division at White water cheer competition. They perform again next weekend at Ola High School in hopes of having another great performance.

Cross Country News
Freshman runner Justin Wachtel competed in the Wingfoot Classic Invitational this past  Saturday .  He placed 12th with an unbelievable time of  15:48 . Justin has the fastest time in class 4A so far in the 2017 season. Go Dogs!

Justin Wachtel, Freshman

Football News

Softball News

These ladies (Emmalee Hayman, 
Alisssa Rozier,& Lori Smith) achieved homeruns last week in their region win over Perry. The lady dogs won 16-13. 
Congratulations to Cadi Seitz & 
Karina Banks on their 1st varsity home run this past Saturday!!

Volleyball News

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! The MPHS Volleyball team is selling gold T-shirts throughout the month of September. 

Please email Marcy Sanders at  if you would like to purchase one. 

Please support our kiddos. The Volleydogs will make a donation to Jay's Hope. 

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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