Mary Persons High School
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Faculty Breakfast on First Day of Preplanning
Freshman Orientation
Main Campus Orientation
Senior Parking Lottery
First Day of School
Jim Finch, Principal

A Message from the Principal 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Mary Persons High School. The goal for Mary Persons High School is simple: graduate students on time with the skills they need to be successful. Graduates of Mary Persons will be known as high achievers and positive contributing members of society. Our dedicated faculty works hard to demonstrate exceptional teaching reflective of the best practices found in education. We also strive to provide extra help opportunities for students who are struggling as well as for students who wish to be challenged at higher levels. We believe the teacher-student relationship is a critical piece to student achievement. All teachers are expected to know their students' strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles.


You have entrusted Mary Persons High School with your child's education and future. We are dedicated to providing them with the best possible learning experience in a safe and comfortable environment. Today, teachers are working harder than ever to ensure that students learn. But teachers cannot do their jobs effectively without the support of parents. I would like to encourage parents to get involved at Mary Persons. It is a myth that older students don't need their parents as much as younger students. All students need parental support and so do all schools.


Our teachers and counseling department are working diligently this year to increase communication and outreach with parents. Developing open communication and positive relationships between teachers, administrators, students, and parents is a priority at Mary Persons. I ask that you give us 48 hours to respond.


For information on what is happening at MPHS or how to get involved, check the parent section of our website or "like" us on Facebook or "follow" on Twitter (@MaryPersonsHigh).  You may also sign up to receive my Remind messages via text, text @maryp to (678) 971-3889. You may opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @maryp'.  

Be Informed
The 2014-2015 Student Handbook
is available online under the "Students" tab. 
Parent Volunteers & Mandated Reporter Training
Any parents who are planning to serve as chaperones on field trips, booster club volunteers, etc. will need to go through our Mandated Reporter Training (click here for training dates) and follow the Monroe County BOE procedures for volunteering.
Thanks to all who volunteered during freshman and sophomore orientation & preplanning! 
The next MPAC (Mary Persons Parents Assisting Children) meeting will be held on September 8th at 3:15 at the main campus.
We hope you can attend! 

2014-2015 MPAC Officers

 Ms. Angela Perkins-Davis, President 

Dr. Percell Kelly, Vice President 

Ms. Sherri Baker, Treasurer 

Ms. Kay King, Secretary 

A Message from our Volunteers:

We are looking forward to an awesome school year!  As parents we welcome the opportunity to be collectively engaged in the academic and social success of our children.  Joining MPAC can only enhance the great educational experience that MP already offers its students.


If you would like more information about MPAC, please contact us by email at  

Class of 2015 - Senior Pictures 

Senior Picture Retakes will be Saturday, September 13.  The photographer will be set up in the Common Area at MPHS.   Students should receive an appointment card in the mail.  If you any questions, please contact Mrs. Brandi May at 

Counselors' Corner
Join the MPHS Counselor's Remind 101!  
Text @mphsco to 478-207-7031!
Fine Arts News
Marching Band Summer Camp 2014
Club News
Best Buddies Attend 25th National Best Buddies Leadership Conference
Pictured are Sponsor Mrs. Elizabeth Holloway, Mary Clay Hamrick, Reyna Grier, Glee Star Lauren Potter, Hannah Swearingen, and Halie Seitz.

Six student leaders from the MPHS chapter of Best Buddies attended the organization's 25th annual leadership conference on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana July 25-28th. At the conference, Mary Clay Hamrick, Halie Seitz, Reyna Grier, Hannah Swearingen, Tula Waldrep, and Tia Chastain networked with other student leaders from across the country and across the world to learn how to impact the movement for the social inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our local community. The student leaders attended informational workshops and seminars, watched a basketball game between Best Buddies founder Anthony Kennedy Shriver and basketball super-star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, met Glee cast member Lauren Potter, and saw an early screening of the film "Produce" starring a man with Down Syndrome as well as many other exciting opportunities!


The members of the MPHS chapter of Best Buddies are thankful for the community support that made it possible to send six student leaders to the leadership conference. 

HOSA - Health Occupations Students of America

HOSA officers attended an Officer Jump Start training this summer.
2014-2015 Officers
President- Brittany Raymond
Vice President- Klarissa Rutland
Secretary- Halie Seitz
Treasurer- Cheyenne Mayo
Reporter- Tyler Phagan
Historian - Allyssa McGee
Beta Club 
2014-2015 Officers
President: Rachel Pope
Vice President: Robert Farmer
Secretaries: Will Bazemore & Jermanez Mann 

Click here to print the Volunteer Service Form.  Make sure to get the form signed by the person in charge of the projects in which you volunteer.
FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America


2014-2015 Officers

Katie Sanders- President

Marquavious King- Vice President

Abbey Parlier- Fundraising Chair

Kristen Wilder- Secretary

Elaine Wood- Reporter

Summer Sanders- Fundraising Chair

Sequoyah Warthen- Publicity Chair

Alexandria Steinhauer- Social Chair

Olivia Jernigan- Competitive Events Chair

Sydney Lawrence- Membership Chair

National Leadership Conference: Nashville, TN Marquavious King and Jackson Walton competed in Healthcare Administration and Accounting II


Summer Leadership and Officer Training Session (SLOTS) was held at Crisp County High School in July. The following FBLA members attended Katie Sanders, Marquavious King, Kristen Wilder, Summer Sanders, Olivia Jernigan and Naomi Sanders. Advisors: Ms. Sanders and Ms. Sparks


FBLA 1st Officer Meeting-All officers present including Abbey Parlier on FaceTime.

Sports Corner
Senior Football Players, Cheerleaders, Band Members, & Sampson
Football Players and Coaches Prepare for 2014 Season
Photos Compliments of The Reporter
Volleyball Practice Begins for 2014 Season

Fastpitch Softball 
Congrats to the Lady Bulldogs Fastpitch team as they beat Lamar County 13-0. The Parkview game for Saturday has been postponed until today
 (Wednesday, August 13).  Varsity will play at 5:30, and the JV game has been cancelled.

Come out and support the Lady Bulldogs.  Here is a link to their 2014 Schedule.
You may also follow us on Twitter @MPFastpitch.

Pictures for The Reporter will be taken on Thursday, August 14!!  The deadline to purchase ads for this sections is Friday, August 15!


Cheerleader News

 Back by popular demand!  The Cheerleaders are selling bed sheets as a fundraiser.  The cost for a set is $35 for any size.  The colors are: gold, white, light crème, sage, eggplant, chocolate, dark crème, aqua, gray, burgundy, and navy.  These sheets were a HUGE hit last year.  Don't miss out! Please see a cheerleader to place your order. The deadline to order is Friday, August 15.

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