Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Signed Progress Reports Due Friday, September 12th
COMING SOON - Homecoming 2014
The Homecoming Parade will be October 9th, and the Homecoming Game will be October 10th.
This year's theme is Let the Games Begin.  
Click here for a list of this year's dress-up days.

*Stay tuned, Homecoming T-shirt will be on sale soon.

Powder Puff Game Sign-ups Begin Today!!
Powder Puff T-shirt Logo
Sign up during lunch in the Commons Area.
The cost is $10 for all players and coaches, and
the price includes a t-shirt.
The Powder Puff Game will take place
on Monday, September 29th. 
MP Teacher Spotlight
This week's spotlight is on Ms. Pat Busby.
Ms. Busby graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Arts and from Georgia College and State University with a Master of Education.  She has been a teacher for 37 years, and was inspired to become a teacher by her high school English teacher, Mrs. Zuccarello.  Besides education, Ms. Busby has also worked in sales with Estee Lauder and fashion at Dillard's. When asked what she liked most about her job she said "interactions with students and sharing her enthusiasm for reading".  In her spare time she enjoys doing volunteer work, reading, working with flowers, playing with Katie (her dog), and visiting with friends. Ms. Busby's favorite memories from high school include being in the top 10% of each of her classes. She was also a merit scholar, and a representative on Student Council.  She received a full academic scholarship to college. 

Ms. Busby has visited Hawaii and would also like to see England and the Bahamas. Her favorite books are any books by Patricia Cornwell about Kay Scarpetta.  Her favorite sport is football and she likes the Falcons.  She performed with a dance and drill team during several Falcons' halftime shows. Princess Diana is her favorite role model. She was once crowned winner in a pageant to raise money for veterans.  She has two sons and two daughters-in-law. Three items on her "bucket list" are to travel to England, France and Italy.
Job Skills Program Gets New Uniforms

The participants of MP's Job Skills Programs recently got new uniforms! Students in this program are earning class credits by learning both to complete tasks at a job site but also general employability skills that fall within the CHAMP framework of positive behavior: being courteous, honorable, accountable, motivated, and prepared. The uniforms help students learn the job skill of being prepared by dressing appropriately for work, especially at businesses where a uniform is required. Currently, students in the Job Skills Program work at the following Forsyth businesses: Ingles, Shoney's, Forsyth Feed & Seed, Dodd's Builder Supply, Monroe County Hospital, Tractor Supply, Monroe County Education, and Mary Persons High School.


Some members of the Job Skills Program are learning to use iPods to enhance their workplace performance. Students are using HoursKeeper, a free app, to clock in and clock out of work each day. The app tracks the amount of time worked and calculates how much money would be earned if the students were paid employees. Further, students are learning to use the iPod's timer to count 10 minute breaks and return to work punctually.


If you would like to learn more or to have members of the Job Skills Program work at your place of business, contact Elizabeth Holloway at

Early Bird Yearbook Sale 
Yearbooks are $55, now
through September 28th. 
 Click Here
Remind: Receive important yearbook updates & messages via text by texting @empescope to 706-622-3762
Attention Seniors & Parents of Seniors
Attention Parents of Seniors
Senior Salutation Ads are on sale now.  Deposits are due by October 14, 2014, and the balance is due by December 12, 2014.  Senior Ads are designed for those who wish to congratulate their graduating seniors with a personal message and photographs in the MPHS yearbook.
If you are interested in buying a Senior Salutation (often called "Baby Ads") please Click Here to Access the Senior Ad Form.  If you have any questions please email Mrs. May at

REMEMBER:  Senior Pictures 

Senior Picture Retakes will be Saturday, September 13.  Appointment times have been posted outside Room 206 (the Yearbook Room).  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Brandi May at 

Nelson Presents at Rotary Club 


 Coach Brian Nelson presented the program for the Forsyth-Monroe County Rotary Club this past week. He shared the intricacies of building a quality athletic program, along with a quality academic program. He shared the importance of being a role model for the kids and how important it is to build relationships with them and their families. He is pictured here with Rotary President Doug Wren, and Roger Onstott.    

Counselors' Corner
Join the MPHS Counselor's Remind 101!  
Text @mphsco to 478-246-1956 (New Number)

Upcoming College/Military Lunchroom Visits:

Georgia Southern University- 9/15

Georgia Regents University- 9/15

Miles College- 10/29


Upcoming College Preview Days  

  • Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) is hosting SCAD Day on September 20 at their Savannah Campus. SCAD Day is SCAD's open house for prospective students and their families who want to explore the facilities and academic programs, meet faculty, get a taste of SCAD classroom settings and student life, discuss financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and begin the enrollment process. Interested students should to go to register.
  • Mercer University's Office of Admissions is hosting a Saturday Preview Day on Saturday, September 20. This action-packed, day-long preview event features information sessions on academics, campus life showcase, the admissions process, choosing a career, campus organizations, signature Mercer programs, financing your degree, undergraduate research, and more. Mercer University applications are also live and available at

PROBE College Fair will be held September 30 from 6:30-8:30 at Middle Georgia State College. This is a great opportunity for students and their parents to visit with college and military recruiters from all over.


AP Exams - Payment Options

Students who are taking AP courses this year have two options for paying for AP Exams.


1) Students can start making payments for their AP Exams beginning September 8. The cost of each exam is $93. The fee schedule is:

                                 Sept. 8             Dec. 8

                                 Oct. 6               Jan. 6

                                 Nov. 3               Feb. 2

This will allow students to make 6 low payments of $15.50. Please see Ms. Burston if you have any questions.


2) Parents can pay for AP Exams online via their MySchoolBucks account. All major credit cards are accepted and there will be an additional $3 charge.

Tech Tip
Kahn Academy has partnered with College Board, the creator of the SAT, to provide FREE SAT prep. You can even download a FREE full-length SAT through this site. Please go to to check it out.

Club News
Attention Beta Club, Interact, & FBLA Members
Volunteers are needed for the Royal Celebration of Hope, which will be Saturday, September 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Banks Stephens Middle School Gym.  Tickets are available at the door for adults and children 3 & up for $10.  All students must be accompanied by an adult. Formal or church attire is required.  See Ms. Sanders or Ms. English to sign up. Volunteers are needed to help with set up from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, during the event from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (appropriate dress required), and to help with clean up from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  
FCA News

FCA meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. in the media center. Approximately 45 students attended the 1st meeting last week. FCA representatives, April and Cass Cassell, provided a healthy snack.  All students are invited to attend. 

Beta Club
The first meeting on the Main Campus will be September 11th in the media center during lunch.  A list of eligible members is posted outside the library. 

Dues will be due Thursday, September 25th.  Dues for new members are $25 ($15 of which goes to The National Beta Club), and for returning members $10.

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.
Sports Corner
Our Fall Sports are in full swing. 
Click here to access all of our sports.
There you will find schedules for each sport.
Football News
The first home game is this Friday night vs. Lamar County.  Game time is 7:30 p.m.  To watch MP Fall Sports streamed live, click here for the MPHS National Federal High Schools Network Channel. 
Softball News 

Varsity Bulldogs played Lamar County last week and won 10-2. Taking them to a 7-1 record for the season so far. Halie Seitz went 3-3.  JV dogs beat Lamar 14-0. Kennedy Finch, Lori Smith and Madison Ayers went 2-2.


Dogs go to 9-1 on Saturday, after beating Rutland 4-0.

Allyssah Mullis 2-3 (hr)

Kassidy Sikes 2-4.

Megan Bell 6 K and 3 hits.


Bulldogs beat Northside 8-0 to go to 10-1 on the season.

Allyssah Mullis 2-3 (HR)

Shelby Sims 2-3,

Elizabeth Smith and Emsley Smith pitched a 1 hitter .

Volleyball News

HOME game this Thursday! Come watch our JV squad and Varsity squad take on Jackson and Griffin at 5 and 7!

Media Center Message

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You will find eResources and eBooks that are available 24/7!!
On campus you do not need a password.  To access off campus, please see Mrs. English for the password, or you may email her at
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