Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Progress Reports
March 15, 2018
Credit Recovery
MP's next session of Credit Recovery will start  March 12th .  Students can recover a half credit academic course, cost is $50. After-school and  Saturday  School will be offered and there are limited spots available.  Please turn in a completed application to the Guidance Office or Mrs. McLuen.  

Senior News
  • March 15, 2018: Graduation supplies will be delivered.
  • 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.
Congratulations Mrs. Estes!!
February Teacher of the Month
Spanish Students Learn to Make Guacamole

Spanish 2 students in Ms Calhoun's class were treated to 
a guacamole making demonstration and then got to try it for themselves. 
Pictured are Chloe Kell, Abdul Glover, and Autumn Grier.
MP Profile
Meet Holly Hamlin. She is married to Barron who is also a teacher and coach with Monroe County Schools. They have been married for 8 years, but have been together for 14 years. They have two children: Jack (3) and Emmy (1). She is the school counselor for the Freshman Campus and for the Achievement Center. This is her 6th year in Monroe County Schools. What does she like most about her job? "She enjoys helping students and parents transition to high school and also working with students who are in need." In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, saltwater fishing, watching football, camping, and playing tennis. If she could go back in time, she would like to go back to the 1950s so she could be a Weeki Wachee mermaid. If she did not have to sleep, she would use the extra time to "clean my house which is something I feel I never have time for." When people come to her for help, they usually need someone to talk to regarding relationships with their peers and figuring out high school. Her father has influenced her life the most. "Almost every decision I made was done to make him proud." Worrying about her children and their future keeps her up at night. Prior to graduating college, she lived in Big Sky, Montana for a few months and worked as a nanny. "I loved Montana so much, I wouldn't have come home if my husband hadn't proposed to me when he visited!"
Respect Rally

The Respect Rally sponsored by Best Buddies will be held on  Friday, March 9th. This year Willie Freight Train Raines will lead the assembly. He brings with him DJ Smooth. 

We will also conduct our Spread the Word to End the Word campaign in the Commons Area during all 3 lunches on the same day as the rally. Instead of a banner we will create a paper chain with signatures because we want students to LINK UP to End the R Word and spread respect!

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 Zachary Potts! He has been selected into Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, which is a summer music training program for instrumentalist. His story was recently featured on 13WMAZ.

Visual Arts News

Clubs & Organizations News
MP Clubs Donate for Jay's Hope Easter Egg Hunt

Pictured are  Caroline Tane (FBLA & Beta) & Katie Britt (FBLA) 
with all the donations.

Thanks to the following clubs who donated candy-filled eggs 
for the  Easter Egg Hunt:  Beta Club, Key Club, FBLA, Senior Exec, SkillsUSA, & Tri-M.   Jay's Hope's m ission is "to improve the quality-of-life of children with cancer and their families in Georgia by extending HOPE through social, emotional, spiritual, educational and financial support."
Academic Team News

The MP Academic Team traveled to Middle Georgia State University to compete in the 31st annual Academic Bowl tournament. The A team went 4-1 and finished 4th out of 16 teams, and the B team finished 12th overall while winning their first game this season. Team members included Cole Myers, Madeline Copeland, Austin Davis, Katherine Samuelson, Henri Marlow, Torri Harris, Chris Crawford, Baxter Berlin, Maci Joiner, Katelyn Walker, Pandora Imlay, and Bailey Storey. Please congratulate these students on a job well done!

Beta Club News
Betas Fill Easter Eggs for Jay's Hope
Beta members donated and filled Easter Eggs for the Jay's Hope Easter Egg Hunt.
*Next meeting -  March 21  in Rm 227 @  3:15 .

*Blizzards will be sold Thursday   after school,  $2 each
FBLA & FFA Fundraiser
FFA News

Officers Host Lunch for Faculty & Staff

Thanks to the FFA officers for providing a Chili/Soup lunch 
this past Friday for our Faculty & Staff. 
Pictured are Jessica Hammock, Audrey Barr, 
Gracie Thompson, and Kayley Dale.

Pictured: Audrey Barr, Gracie Thompson, Matthew Fields, 
Ashton Hooks, and Tyler Faulk

Wildlife & Nursery Landscaping Teams

On Thursday, March 1st, the Mary Persons Wildlife teams and Nursery Landscaping teams traveled to Fort Valley for the Area 3 contest. The wildlife teams were expected to take part in 4 sections of the contest: General ID, Game Bird Management, Aquatic Management, and Whitetail Deer Management. 
The senior team placed first overall and will be advancing to state competition at UGA. Senior team members included Jessica Hammock, Gracie Thompson, Matthew Fields, and Cody Sickman. 

The junior team was also successful, placing second. They were only beat by our middle school chapter. Junior team members included Anna Grace Simmons, Tyannah Ogletree, Thomas Warren, and Jack Demarest. They also will advance to state. 

The nursery landscaping team was also highly successful, placing first at the contest. Team members were expected to solve math problems, identify diseases, identify plants, identify tools, and take a written exam. Team members were Sarah Kimsey, Kylie Bearden, Bria Brindle, and Cole Duncan. Cole placed first, Sarah placed second, and Bria placed third. They will advance to state competition at UGA as well. Please congratulate these students and wish them luck!

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.
Basketball News

Congratulations to Cam Holden!  He has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City. He is pictured here with his parents, James and Valentina Holden, and Aleah Holden (his sister). Also pictured are his coaches: Greg Nix (MP Head Boys Basketball), Jonathan Nolton (Assistant Boys Basketball) and Jay Powell (Head Basketball Coach for Gulf Coast).
Cheerleader News
Baseball News
Golf News

Soccer News

The JV Girls team won their first h ome game last week against Griffin 7-0.  Goals were scored by:  Karsen Winget (2),  Macy Lawson (2),  Banks McCoy,  Sarah Boyer, and an  Own Goal by Griffin.
Tennis News
The MP Tennis Team traveled to Macon last week to square off against ACE. Both boys and girls teams picked up wins. The boys won 4 games to 1 and the girls won 5-0. Winners for the boys included Preston Wilson and Tucker Melton for singles, and the teams of Micah/Caleb Wilson and Jordan Carr/Seth Smith for doubles. Girls' winners included Cadi Seitz, Jackie Gore, and Emma Cantrell for singles and the teams of Madeline Copeland/Audrey Parrott and Reagan Dorrity/Isabelle McCaskill for doubles. 

The MP Tennis Team defended their home court against Jackson last Wednesday, where both the girls and boys won 5-0. Boys winners included Chris Swars, Preston Wilson, and Ian Bettis at singles and the teams of Micah Wilson/Caleb Wilson and Jordan Carr/Seth Smith at doubles. Girls' winners included Cadi Seitz, Jackie Gore, and Emma Cantrell at singles and the teams of Madeline Copeland/Audrey Parrott and Reagan Dorrity/Isabelle McCaskill for doubles. The boys are now 4-0 on the season and the girls are 3-1. 
Track News
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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