Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Parent Conferences  
Thursday, October 23, 2014 
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Parents may call the front office to schedule appointments. 
Pink-Out Day - October 29, 2014
We are designating Wednesday October 29, 2014 as  "Pink-Out" Day as part of the United Pink Out Day Campaign for breast cancer awareness. Every one is encouraged to wear PINK. Donations of $1 will also be collected and donated to United in Pink, Inc.
MP Teacher Spotlight
This week's spotlight is on Mrs. Marcy Sanders. Mrs. Sanders received her bachelors from Georgia Southern University, and her masters from the University of Phoenix. She has been a teacher for 15 years, and was inspired to become a teacher by her Bible class teacher, Ms. Moore. When asked what she likes most about her job she said "the students".

Her hobbies are reading, and spending time with her family.  Her favorite book is the Bible.  An interesting place that she has visited is Hawaii, and she would like to visit Montana. Her favorite sports teams are MP basketball, soccer, softball, and cross country. Her role model is Jesus Christ.  Three items that she said are on her "bucket list" are "to travel outside of the U.S., to run a half marathon, and to fly a plane (of course with assistance)"
CHAMP Rewards Day

Our 1st  Nine Weeks CHAMP Rewards Day was this past Friday during 6th & 7th period at the stadium.  Eligible students had the chance to participate in field day type activities. 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.
Lisa Romero, Dana Lynch, Rob Blodgett, Wanda Bittick
A special thanks to our Parent Volunteers!!!
Oh Snap! Mr. Speir's Classes Study Bones & Fractures

Have you ever seen an avulsion fracture of the proximal end of the humerus or a comminuated fracture of the lateral section of the scapula? Students in Mr. Speir's Human Anatomy and Physiology classes have. As part of a unit on the Skeletal System, they used Play-Doh, plastic knives, Google images, and creativity to help gain a better understanding of the shapes of the major bones in the body and eight different types of bone fractures.

IMPORTANT Information for School Volunteers

This year, the BOE has further distinguished the difference between a visitor and a volunteer and there are additional requirements due to changes in state law.  The biggest change being the fingerprinting and background check.  Below is the definition of a school volunteer as defined by MCBOE as well as the requirements that must be met in order to be issued a volunteer badge.  This is not a one day process and you as well as parents need to make sure to plan ahead.   



A volunteer is a person that has direct interaction with students, with or without other adults present at all times. This would include direct interaction with students off campus at overnight events as well. Volunteers would volunteer to work one-on-one with students, volunteer on a regular, on-going basis, volunteer to provide instructional assistance, or be chaperones for school activities, etc. Examples of a Volunteer include:

  • Chaperones
  • Working with students in the classroom
  • Working on teacher projects in Parent Room (or other designated area)
  • Assisting in Media center
  • Field Trips (during the school day)
  • Assisting PTO/PTA with projects during the school day

Volunteers must clear and complete the following before the start of volunteering in MCS:

  • Clear GCIC Criminal Background Check
  • Clear FBI Fingerprint Background Check
  • Clear National and State Sex Offender Registry Check
  • Complete Mandated Reporter Training and Required Forms

Click Here for more information. Volunteer badges from last year are no longer valid and ALL of those interested in volunteering this year will need to complete this process again. If you have any questions please Mrs. Reye McLuen ( at MPHS, or Mrs. Diane Czarnowsky ( at the BOE.

Choosing the Best Speaker  
Mr. Kelly Canady of Choosing the Best recently
spoke with 11th graders about their life choices.
eMPescope 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.
 Click Here
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
GSFC/College Information Fair

The Mary Persons High School counseling department hosted a HOPE/Financial Aid information session and college fair on Tuesday, October 14.  There were over 20 different college admission representatives, military recruiters, TRIO organization and the local Sheriffs department on hand to visit with students and family members.  Students were able to acquire first-hand information about prospective colleges while learning about recent changes in the HOPE scholarship program. 

Click here to access the HOPE Program and Financial Aid 101 PowerPoint.
Zumba Glow

Holli Shipman and Hollie Gore organized a Zumba Glow which was hosted by our Counselors' Department to raise money for our Bulldog Blessings fund. It was held in our gym this past Saturday night. This fundraiser netted over $2100 for our students in need. Thanks for all that participated and helped. 
Early Action Deadlines

Mercer - November 1

Georgia College & State University - November 1

Harvard University - November 1  

Princeton - November 1

Kennesaw State University - November 3  

Georgia State - November 15   


Early Decision Deadlines

Emory- November 1 


Several colleges are waiving application fees in honor of Georgia Apply To College Month.  Please see below:   

  • Seniors applying to Georgia Gwinnett College:  GGC will waive its $20 application fee, from October 18 - November 21. No special code necessary. Submit applications through
  • Middle Georgia State College will be participating in the Apply to College event in November and will not charge the $20 application fee online from November 1 - November 30.
  • Albany State University will waive their application fee from November 1 - November 30.
Mercer Rep Visits MP

Deidra Bauld, Admissions Counselor from Mercer University, recently met with students who are interested in attending Mercer University. 

Upcoming College Lunchroom Visit

Miles College- 10/29


The ASVAB will be administered on November 6th at 8:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. The deadline to register is October 28th.  Those interested should stop by the counselors' office to register. Click here to read more information about the ASVAB. 


College Preview Days   

  • Valdosta State University's visitation day will be held on November 1.  Click here to register

  • Georgia Southwestern State University is hosting Preview Day on November 1.  Click here to register

  • University of West Georgia is hosting UWG Preview Day on November 2.  Click here to register
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is hosting Stallion Day on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  Find out about ABAC's new 4 year programs, financial aid opportunities, and admissions requirements.  Click here to register.

  • Columbus State University is hosting Discovery Day November 22, 2014 for interested seniors.  Seniors have the opportunity to engage with current CSU students, speak with faculty and staff, and tour the campus.  Interested students can click here to register.

Do you need to take the SAT or ACT?

 Click Here for SAT/ACT Testing Dates & Deadlines.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Students who are taking the October 25th ACT will test at the Freshman Campus instead of the Main Campus.  Please take note of this change.

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
Drama Department Presented
Lockdown and The Most Likely Pages 
The Most Likely Pages
The Most Likely Pages
Congratulations to Our Black & Gold Bulldog Brigade!!!

This past weekend the Black & Gold Bulldog Brigade competed at the Sound of Silver International Competition in Pierce County.  They won the following awards:
Overall Band - Excellent
Auxiliary - Excellent
Percussion - Excellent
Drum Major - Superior
Kyle Sullivan was also awarded best overall drum major in class.

The band will be competing again this Saturday in Hiram, GA.  

Club News
Best Buddies News

On Wednesday, October 15th members of Best Buddies met at the bus ramp for the 1st social of the year. Buddy pairs were revealed through matching puzzle piece name tags and all members enjoyed tie dying a t-shirt.    


The mission of Best Buddies is to foster one-to-one friendships between individuals with and without disabilities through opportunities to interact socially. This tie dying social was the first of many opportunities MP students with and without disabilities will have to hang out and get to know each other. On Thursday, October 16th Best Buddies members volunteered at the Fall Extravaganza for students with disabilities hosted by the Department of Instructional Student Support. On Saturday, October 18th Best Buddies members had the opportunity to volunteer at the Middle Georgia Buddy Walk for Down syndrome. 
The Krispy Kreme Doughnut & Coffee delivery dates are:
Doughnuts - October 22nd
Coffee - 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!
HOSA News 
On October 10th, 58 HOSA students attended the the motivational rally at the Georgia National Fair. They participated in the States Man Award exam.  They also competed in the Display Board Competition, and placed 4th in that competition.

On Monday October 13th, Sgt Milo from the US Army spoke to Healthcare students about the ASVAB and Healthcare careers. He also gave advise on how to study for the ASVAB and what score the students would need to achieve to obtain a Healthcare job in the Army.
On Thursday October 16th, three Healthcare students had the opportunity to assist with the Monroe County Hospital at a community Health Fair in Barnesville. The students helped to educate the community on the importance of maintaining a healthy BMI. The students were also able to meet and greet with other healthcare professionals and other healthcare employment facilities.  
Spanish Club News
Spanish Club members will be selling Candy Grams in honor of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) during the week of Oct 27-31 for $1. Students may order them for themselves or send them to friends. They will fill out a card and Candy Grams will be delivered to 7th period classes on the 31st. 
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 or Coach McElhaney for more information. 

Cheerleader News
Senior Cheerleaders & Senior Football Players Attend Tailgate at Bolingreen
The Bolingreen Health and Rehabilitation Home hosted their 7th annual Tailgate party last Thursday, during lunch. Coach Brian Nelson attended this event along with Senior football players & Senior cheerleaders. These student athletes had an opportunity to interact with residents during the tailgate lunch, as well as perform a few Bulldog spirit cheers. This was a great event that allowed the MP Senior athletes to volunteer their time in our community!
Football News

The 9th grade football team defeated Pike County last Wednesday 46-15. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 13-0 in the first two minutes of the game and never looked back. It was the their third win in a  row. The 9th grade team will play in the League Championship on Thursday vs. Upson Lee, at Upson-Lee at 5:30 p.m.

High 5 Sports Game of the Week: MP vs. Upson-Lee
Click here to see an interview with Coach Nelson and some of the players, as well as the cheerleaders.

The Bulldogs visited Upson-Lee on Friday and came away with a 42-0 victory. Demarcus Davis, Malik Bledsoe, Keri Brown, and Dee High all scored touchdowns. Jake Johnston threw for 2 touchdowns. The offense was lead by the offensive line of Tyler Camp, Amari Walker, Jamal Alford, Allen Bell, and DQ Stephens. The defense held the Knights to less than 100 yards of offense.  


The Bulldogs return home this Friday to face Veterans. Game time is 7:30.

Congratulations to Coach Brian Nelson who was inducted into his college's Hall of Fame this past weekend. Coach Nelson attended Wartburg College (Iowa) where he was a 2-sport athlete in football and baseball. You can read more about this by clicking this link for the Wartburg website. Congratulations Coach Nelson!!

Soccer News

There will be Varsity/JV Soccer Meeting on Tuesday, November 4th. The meeting will be immediately after school in the cafeteria for ALL students interested in trying out for Varsity/JV soccer this upcoming season. To try out in January, all students must have a physical on file and proof of insurance. For more information, contact the boys coach, Allen Luton, at or the girls coach, Robby Jones, at

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