Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Progress Reports are due back, signed, by October 17th.
Parent Conferences  
Thursday, October 23, 2014 
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Parents may call the front office to schedule appointments. 
Congratulations Stephanie Colwell 
2014 Homecoming Queen
Pictured are Mr. Finch, Ashlyn Dell (2013 Queen), Stephanie Collwell
& her dad, Steve Colwell.

Homecoming Spirit Week 2014
Let the Games Begin

Tuesday - Board Game Day
Wednesday - Video Game Day
Thursday - Athlete/Olympic Day
Friday - MP Spirit Day
Homecoming Parade
Homecoming Parade
Homecoming Parade
Pep Rally - Senior Representatives
Pep Rally
Pep Rally
Homecoming Dance

2014 Homecoming Parade Winners

Club Banner: 1st Place-Art Club; Runner-up-Beta Club

Club Float: 1st Place-Skills USA w/ Special Olympics

Class Entry: 1st Place-Sophomores; Runner-up-Juniors

Other School Entries: 1st Place-MCMS; Runner-up-Elementary Schools

Thanks to all who participated in our parade!


Seniors Win Hunger Games Competition


 The Senior Class collected over 200 items for the "Hunger Games" competition which took place during Homecoming Week. 

CHAMP Rewards

This past Thursday, October 9th, students who were passing 7 out of 7 their classes were treated to suckers. Congratulations to all of our #CHAMPS!


Our 1st  Nine Weeks CHAMP Rewards Day will be held on Friday, October 17th  during 6th & 7th period at the stadium!  In keeping with the spirit of our homecoming theme "Let the Games Begin," we are going to give eligible students the chance to participate in field day type activities.  This suggestion came from several students.   Students will be able to sign up for various events during their lunch period through Wednesday.  To be eligible students must have zero tardies to school, zero tardies to class, zero discipline referrals, and no more than 14 class period absences for the 1st nine weeks.   


MP Teacher Spotlight
This week's spotlight is on Mrs. Sara Gassett. Mrs. Gassett received her bachelors and her masters degrees from Auburn University. She has been a teacher for 32 years, and was inspired to become a teacher by her mother who was also an English teacher.  She actually comes from a long line of teachers: mother, aunt, grandmother, sister and numerous cousins. Family get-togethers are fun with the "teachers" making everyone follow directions. Besides teaching, she has also been an author, a TV weather girl/sports newscaster, and a cookbook author. When asked what she likes most about her job she said "the interaction with students - they keep me young."  Her favorite memory from high school is being the first person from her high school to go to All State Chorus.  According to her she "was a music drama geek."

Her hobbies are traveling and reading.  She said it is impossible to name her favorite book, saying that it is "whatever I am reading at the time." Interesting places that she has visited are Italy (her favorite), France,Holland, England, Denmakr, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Costa Rica, Jamacia, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico.  She would still like to visit Russia and Brazil.  Her favorite sport is college football, "Go Gators!" Items she has on her "bucket list" include travel to Russia, RETIRE, meet Tim Tebow, and run a 5K, "but since I do not run at all this is unlikely to ever happen."  
eMPscope Yearbook News
Yearbook Sale 
Yearbooks are now $65
through October 31st. 
Get Yours Now Before the Price Increases!!
Click Here to Access a Yearbook Sales Flyer.
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Remind: Receive important yearbook updates & messages via text by texting @empescope to 706-622-3762. Yearbooks may be ordered online, or you may contact Ms. Brandi May at
Counselors' Corner
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).    


More Early Action Deadlines

UGA - October 15

Georgia Tech - October 15

Mercer - November 1

Emory - November 1

Georgia College & State University - November 1

Harvard University - November 1  

Princeton - November 1

Kennesaw State University - November 3  

Georgia State - November 15   

Upcoming College Lunchroom Visit

Columbus State College - 10/20

Miles College- 10/29


The ASVAB will be administered on November 6th.


College Preview Days   

  • Georgia College & State University is hosting Fall Fest, Saturday, October 18.   This is an exceptional opportunity for prospective students to discover the benefits of attending Georgia's public liberal arts university. Get a glimpse of what it will be like to be a GC student and have a chance to spend time with representatives from all major offices and departments on campus. Interested students should click here to register. 
  • Georgia Tech is hosting a Preview Georgia Tech for prospective high school students October 20. Preview Georgia Tech is a daylong open house, offering participants the opportunity to meet with Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students. The event takes place in the heart of the Georgia Tech campus, giving students the opportunity to tour the campus and sample student life. Interested students should click here to register. 

Tech Tip

RescueTime is an app that tracks time spent on email, social media and websites, and identifies top distractions. Students can set goals to make sure they are using their time productively - by studying instead of scanning Twitter, for example - and create alerts to notify them when they've spent too much time playing Candy Crush.  

The counselors will host  

Apply to College Day

  November 14, 2014 

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join the MPHS Counselor's Remind 101!  
Text @mphsco to 478-246-1956
Fine Arts News
Club News
  Key Club News
Key Clubbers help serve at the Forsyth Kiwanis Club's Chicken-Q.

SkillsUSA News   

In keeping with the Homecoming theme "Let the Games Begin," SkillsUSA built a float saluting the Monroe County Special Olympics games and athletes. SkillsUSA members and officers worked collaboratively with Special Olympics athletes to create a float that included various events and traditions including relay races, basketball, the Olympic torch, as well as gold, silver, and bronze medals.


The SkillsUSA and Special Olympics float won 1st Place in the Clubs and Organizations category! Monroe County Special Olympians of all ages would like to extend a heartful "thank you" to the officers and members of SkillsUSA.

The FBLA Krispy Kreme Doughnut & Coffee Fundraiser is going on NOW.  The deadline to place your order is October 17.  The delivery date for the doughnuts is October 22nd & for the coffee will be delivered October 29th.

FLC (Fall Leadership Conference) is November 18th & 19th in the beautiful city of Athens, GA. 
FCA News
Join us EVERY Friday morning at 7:30 in the Media Center.  All are invited to attend!
Sports Corner

Basketball News

Basketball Practice starts October 27, 2014. Anyone interested in playing will need a physical and all paper work filled out. All Girls interested in playing need to see Coach Greene for information. Boys interested in playing should see Coach Nix for more information. 

Cheerleader News

On Friday, Oct. 10 Mary Persons Senior Band members, Varsity Football players & Cheerleaders visited Monroe County elementary and middle schools. High school athletes & band members were 'adopted' by classes at HES, TGS, KBS, WHMS, & BSMS. This is the 15th year that this adoption program has taken place & the coaching staff is thankful for the supportive principals, administration, and teachers who continue to make it a success!
Cross Country News

The Cross Country teams had an outstanding weekend. The girls and boys teams emerged as team champions at Saturday's Bleckley County Invitational. Scoring for the girls were: Katie Beth George, Morgan Haney, Naomi Sanders, Summer Sanders and Carrie Neal. Scoring for the boys were: Matt Miller, Addison Chapman, Lawson Weldon, Keith Myers, and Daniel Collins.
Football News
The 9th grade football team defeated Upson-Lee Thursday, 33-24. The offense was able to put three touchdown scoring drives together while the Bulldog defense scored two touchdowns on a fumble recovery and an interception.  It was the 9th grade's  second consecutive come from behind victory after defeating Pike County 20-18 two weeks ago. The  Bulldogs are now tied for first place in the league and have a good chance to play in the championship game October 23rd.

Press Box Dedication in Memory of Vernon Sanders, Jr.

Vernon Sanders, Jr. was honored on Friday night at the Homecoming game for his dedication and support of the MP football program. Vernon was the announcer for 38 years before passing away last May from cancer. His sons and families represented him on the field.


The Mary Persons varsity football team celebrated Homecoming with a 47-7 victory over Howard. Jake Johnston and Will Bazemore each threw touchdown passes. Malik Bledsoe, Jordan Mills, Tre Weaver, and Dee High all scored touchdowns. The defense was lead by Demarcus Davis, Quen Allen, Mykel Lucear, and Quen Head. The Bulldogs travel to Upson-Lee this Friday night for a 7:30 kickoff.  

Softball News


The Lady Dogs will travel to Crisp County High School in Cordele on Wednesday, October 15th, for the first round of the State Playoffs. Game times are at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. It is a best two of three series with the "if" game being played on Thursday. We would love to have lots of fans in the stands. The players truly appreciate your support. The address of Crisp County High School is 2402 Cougar Alley, Cordele. GO DOGS!  

Volleyball News

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Varsity volleyball team for making it to State!! MP volleyball finished third in our Area!!! MP travels to Gainesville to play North Hall High School on Wednesday! Congratulate a volleyball player on this exciting achievement!! 

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