Mary Persons High School
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BLUE OUT DAY - Thursday, September 18th.
HOSA is sponsoring a BLUE OUT DAY on Thursday September 18, 2014 in memory of Monroe County Sherriff's Deputy Michael Norris, a 2008 MPHS graduate. HOSA will also be taking donations on the same day for the families of Deputy Norris, who was killed in the line of duty and for Deputy Jeff Wilson, who was injured in the line of duty. Please wear blue on Thursday to honor our heros. All donations collected Thursday will be divided and given to each family.
Congratulations to Our Firefighter I Graduates
These students began their training in February and  recently
graduated.  Their training consisted of basic firefighting standards,
physical fitness, emergency medical responder training, and
hazardous materials operations training.
Christopher Kalvin, Chris Lott, and Robert Farmer
Powder Puff Game Sign-ups Going On NOW!
Powder Puff T-shirt Logo
Sign up during lunch in the Commons Area.
The cost is $10 for all players, cheerleaders and coaches. 
The price includes a t-shirt.
The Powder Puff Game will take place
on Monday, September 29th.
The deadline to sign up is September 18th.
Let the Games Begin
Homecoming 2014 
The Homecoming Parade will be October 9th, and the Homecoming Game will be October 10th.

Click here for a list of this year's dress-up days.
*Go ahead and be planning your 2014 Homecoming week attire.
**Stay tuned, Homecoming T-shirt will be on sale soon.

MP Teacher Spotlight
This week's spotlight is on Mr. Mark A. Smith.
Mr. Smith graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and from Waldon University with a Master of Education in Math.  He has been a teacher for 8 years, and was inspired to become a teacher by his wife, Melissa Smith.  Besides education, Mr. Smith was an operations manager at Georgia Central Railway.  When asked what he liked most about his job he said "the students".  In his spare time he enjoys hiking, rafting, and anything outdoors. Mr. Smith's favorite memory from high school is playing football.

An interesting trip that Mr. Smith has taken was a cruise to the Bahamas. His favorite books are any by Nicholas Sparks, and he enjoys reading Sports Illustrated.  His favorite sport is football....Go Dawgs!!  Jesus is his favorite role model. Three items on his "bucket list" are more cruises, whitewater rafting, and fly fishing.  
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
Help support Mary Persons High school by linking your Ingles Advantage Card to our school.  When you make purchases using your Ingles Advantage Card, Ingles will give back to the school a portion of those sales. The portion can be used by the school to purchase computers and school supplies. 
NOTE:  Advantage Cards MUST be relinked in the fall EVERY year.

Mary Persons High School Ingles ID:  10509
Click Here to Link Your Card to Mary Persons High School
Counselors' Corner
Join the MPHS Counselor's Remind 101!  
Text @mphsco to 478-246-1956

Important HOPE GPA Information 

During MP Period last week, students received a copy of their current HOPE GPA. Many of our students have a GPA that is bordering on 3.0. Please note that HOPE DOES NOT round up and obtaining good grades in core classes this year is critical in order to have a 3.0 after graduation. Please remember that HOPE only considers core courses such as English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language. Click here for more information about the HOPE scholarship.  


Sophomores - PSAT

 The PSAT will be administered on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. All sophomores will take this exam at no cost. Click here for a parent handout addressing the benefits of taking the PSAT. 

Juniors & Seniors - TRIO Waivers   

Please note that students who participate in TRIO can receive two waivers for the SAT and two waivers for the ACT. A TRIO application must be completed and turned in to the counseling department. Also, students receiving free or reduced lunch can also have up to two waivers for each test. Please see your counselor for more information.


Seniors - Early Action Application for UGA 

October 15 is the deadline for Early Action applicants for the University of Georgia. The application is now live.  Click here for a short helpful video if you are considering applying early. If you would like to know the difference between Early Action versus Regular Decision, click here. Early action applicants must demonstrate academic excellence (GPA/SAT or ACT scores are the ONLY factors considered). 

Upcoming College Lunchroom Visit

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
Bigfuture is a comprehensive college research engine sponsored by Collegeboard. There are several opportunities to explore interests, college majors, different institutions; research how to pay for college; and, as many seniors are doing these days, decide where to enroll. There are also over 100 videos addressing a variety of topics such as beginning the college admissions process.  
Fine Arts News

  • Fall Chorus Concert - September 29, 2014
  • A Night of Comedy & Drama - October 18 & 19, 2014
  • Fall Band Concert - October 21, 2014
Club News

FCA News
Spanish Club News
Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Club Officers
President - Malcolm Curtis
Vice President - Ben West
Secretary - Anna Claire Smith
Beta Club News 
Club dues are due by Thursday, September 25th
Dues for new members are $25 ($15 of which goes to The National Beta Club), and for returning members $10. Those not paying their dues by the deadline will be dropped from the club roster.

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

Cross Country News    

The Cross Country teams competed in the Warner Robins invitations with 24 other schools this past Tuesday, September 9th.  The varsity Boys placed 6th overall and 2nd in the Region.  Jonathan Williams won an individual medal placing 22nd overall.  The varsity girls placed 9th overall and 4th in the Region.  Our middle school team placed 1st overall.  The next cross country meet will be Saturday, September 20th at Jones County. 
Cross Country Coaches:  John Cable, Llonisha McElhanney, Steve Herr
Football News
Hall of Fame Inductees: Tevin Davis, Jadarius Hamlin, Chaz Avery, Akebren Ralls
Four former MP Bulldogs were honored before the game on Friday for excellence on the field. Their pictures will be proudly displayed in the Commons Area of the high school. The four are: Chaz Avery, Tevin Davis, Jadarius Hamlin, and Akebren Ralls.


Mary Persons defeated Lamar County 29-27 on Friday night. The Bulldogs got 3 touchdowns from running back Keri Brown. Brown also intercepted 2 passes. The Bulldogs will be at home again this week vs. LaGrange. Game time is 7:30.

Softball News 

Last Tuesday, the JV Bulldogs beat West Laurens 4-3 behind Tiella Banks' pitching. Tiella pitched the entire game while only allowing 4 hits. Madison Ayers went 1-2 with a home run. Lori Smith and Autumn Justice were also 1-2. The JV dogs are now 5-1 on the season.


The Varsity Bulldogs beat West Laurens 9-3. Megan Bell pitched the complete game with 5 strike outs. Shelby Sims went 3-3 at the plate followed by Alexis Passmore and Jordan Rozier who both went 2-3. The Bulldogs are now 11-1 for the season and 5-0 in the Region.


Last Thursday, the JV Bulldogs beat FPD 6-2. 6 girls went 1-2 at the plate. Lori Smith pitched the whole game with 5 strikeouts, only allowing 4 hits. The JV Bulldogs are now 6-1 for the season.
The Bulldogs played West Laurens on 9/9/14 and wore pink socks & belts for Breast Cancer.  The umpires "pinked out" too.  The top left picture is with the team captains, and the top right picture with the team.
The 3 seniors had their picture banners hung on the outfield fence.
Volleyball News 

Congrats to our Varsity squad and JV squad for defeating Griffin last Thursday! Our JV also defeated Jackson! Congratulate the JV players on the TWO big wins of their season!  

Varsity Volleyball Team & JV Volleyball Team
Our Fall Sports are in full swing. 
Click here to access all of our sports.
There you will find schedules for each sport.
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