Mary Persons High School
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STAR Student
Congratulations to

Hunter Smith who was named  

STAR student for the Class of 2014.  

He chose Mr. Magda as his STAR teacher!

Pictured are Mrs. Tammy Marion (assistant principal), Mrs. Teresa  Roller (counselor), Hunter Smith, Mrs. Susan Smith (Hunter's mom),  

Mr. Martin Magda, and Mr. Jim Finch (principal). 

What will you do after high school?

Come explore your options at:

The Monroe County Schools Transition & Resource Fair
Sponsored by the Department of Instructional Student Support

Who? Students with disabilities and their families
When? February 27, 2014 6pm
Where? Mary Persons High School   


Vendors will be set up to distribute information and answer questions on the following resources:
* Day programs
* Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation

* Colleges and Technical schools
* Guardianship, Special Needs Trusts and Wills
* Medicaid Waivers and Family Support money
* How to maintain Social Security Disability Benefits while working

For more information contact: Leslie Gavin, Parent Mentor
Phone: 478-994-2031  x1615         


Prom Deadlines Approaching
  • The deadline to purchase Prom tickets is Friday, March 7th.
  • The deadline to turn in Date Approval Forms is THIS Friday, February 28th.

Prom is Saturday, March 29th.  See Mrs. Carter for more information. 

Counselors' Corner

NEW INFORMATION - Beginning this year, a student may demonstrate subject area competency by "testing out" of any course that has an EOCT. This option is available BEFORE the student takes the course. This means that a student can take the EOCT prior to taking the course and if the student reaches the performance level of "Exceeds Standards" then he or she can earn credit for the course. Students have only one opportunity per course to test-out. At this time, a student may earn no more than three credits by testing-out and must meet the criteria below:

  1. Not currently be, or previously have been, enrolled in the course.
  2. Have earned a grade of B or better in a course in the same content area for which the student is attempting the EOCT.
  3. Have received a recommendation from a teacher in the same content area.
  4. Have received parent/guardian permission.
  5. Pay $50.00 registration fee which will be refunded if the student passes with a 90 or higher.

If your child is interested in this option, please contact your counselor by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28.  All students received pink "test out" letters during their course registration. Click here to review the letter. 

Take Note:
  • Orientation for Rising 8th & 9th Graders is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4th @ 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at MPHS Cafeteria (Main Campus).   Maggie Lunsford with Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) will be here to talk about the new changes to the HOPE scholarship as it pertains to students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2017.    

  • Class of 2017 registration will continue on February 27, during Health and PE classes. 
Sophomores & Juniors:
Senior News:
  •  Go to the Senior Scholarship page to see the latest scholarships and deadlines.  Please ask for letters of recommendation at least two weeks in advance of the deadline.  Also, make sure you provide the teacher/counselor or administrator with a recent, thorough resume.
  • Click Here for more Senior News.  
Do you still need to take the SAT or ACT?
Fine Arts News
MP Talent Show
presented by the MP Drama Department
February 27, 2014
7:00 p.m.
BOE Auditorium
Admission $5  

The 7th/8th Grade Band and High School Band will be having a preview of their Large Group Performance Evaluation performance on Tuesday, March 4th. The concert will be held at the Mary Persons High School Gym at 7:00 p.m. Please join us for yet another exciting demonstration of the musical talents of our students here in Monroe County Schools.  

Student Art Exhibits
  • Come see MP student artwork preview during the Forsythia Festival at the Monroe County Public Library March 8 & 9.
  • Visual Arts Spring Student Exhibit: week of March 24-28 at the Public Library.  Reception Tuesday, March 25 from 6-8pm. 

The Art Club made the above mural as a sort of Valentine-inspired 'public' work.  It's a tape mural based on Robert Indiana's "LOVE" sculpture and two designs by Keith Haring.
Club News
FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) meets every Friday at 7:30 in the Media Center*.  Everyone is welcome.
*Please note the new location. 
Sports Corner

Basketball News  

On Friday night Feb.21, 2014 the Lady Dogs played Griffin in the First Round of the State Tournament. We won an exciting game with a final score of 62 to 53 at James P. Evans Gymnasium. The lady dogs leading scorers were Tyeshia Davis with 22 points and KeKe Calloway with 18 points.


MP also hosted the Second Round of the State Tournament on Feb.24, 2014 against Cross Creek. The lady dogs lost 74 to 68, to end the season in a very exciting game that went down to the end. The leading scorers were KeKe Calloway with 33 points and Tyesha Davis with 25 points.


The Lady Dogs Family would like to thank the students, faculty, staff, the cheerleaders, and all of our fans for all the support given to them during the season. 

Soccer News   

Off to good start & hosts Bulldog Cup this week

The Mary Persons Boys Soccer team got off to a solid start in region play last week with a 7-3 win at Rutland. The defending region champion Bulldogs stormed out of the gate and scored within just minutes to start the game. The offensive onslaught was on from there and by halftime the lead had swelled to 4-1. Another quick strike to start the second half saw the Bulldogs pull away and although the Hurricanes managed a few late goals, MP cruised to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in region play. Junior striker Josh Hampton led the way in scoring for the Bulldogs with four goals on the night. Fellow junior Devin Williams added two, and senior midfielder Dennis Miller also found the back of the net and had an assist in the win. Senior goalkeeper Sam Watson had six saves in goal and junior Jacob Berkebile anchored a defensive back line that has not allowed a goal from the run of play this season. This week MP hosts its annual Bulldog Cup tournament which started Tuesday and concludes Saturday. The defending Cup champions host No. 5 Spalding on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., a team that only lost twice all of last season (one of which came against MP). Come out and support the No. 10 ranked Bulldogs this week!


The Mary Persons Girls Soccer team got off to a strong start at home against Henry Co. on Feb. 10. with an 8-0 victory. Freshman Maiah Wiley led all scorers with 4 goals while freshman Emily Barnes had 4 assists. Ashlyn Dell, Caitlyn Onstott, Caitlin Stephenson and Summer Sanders all added one goal each for the Lady Bulldogs. Rachel Pope, Summer Sanders and Chloe Goss also had one assist each. Caitlyn Onstott and Katie Bottomley combined on the shutout. In their first region road contest against Rutland, the Lady Bulldogs suffered a 2-1 defeat despite outshooting the Hurricanes 18-8. Caitlyn Onstott recorded 5 saves and Caitlin Stephenson scored the lone goal for MP assisted by Maiah Wiley. The Bulldogs begin tournament play Tuesday hosting Northside, WR at 5:30 PM. Please come and support the Lady Bulldogs as they look to avenge their narrow 1-0 defeat from a year ago!


Click here to access the MP Soccer page, where you will find team rosters and schedules for all teams.  

Baseball News 

Great win by the Varsity Bulldogs last Saturday vs. Northside Warner Robins. Seth Swancey struck out 7 and picked up the win. Bryson Jackson and Justin Stroud both had 2 hits and Brett Brewer had a hit and 2 RBI.  


The JV Bulldogs are now 2-0 for the season with wins over Crawford Co. and Northside Warner Robins.   


Click here to access the MP Baseball page, where you will find our schedules for upcoming games. 

Check Out our Bulldog Athletics
page to access the websites of all our sports.
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