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1st Semester Exams
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Christmas Holidays
December 22, 2014 - January 2, 2015

Teacher In-Service - January 5, 2015
Students Return - January 6, 2015
2014 Christmas Program
Band Performing
Chorus Performing
Christmas Tree Project:  11 Christmas Trees will be donated to needy families.
The Senior Class hosted the Christmas Program, and presented A Christmas Carol.
The Spanish Club & the Spanish Honor Society sang Feliz Navidad.
Senior Class's Parade of Toys for Kids Yule Love
Senior Class's Parade of Toys for Kids Yule Love
Senior Class's Parade of Toys for Kids Yule Love
The next MPAC meeting will be held on Monday, January 5th at 1:30 in the MPHS media center.  All parents are invited to attend.

Parent Volunteers Needed:
Please click here for instructions and volunteer opportunities. 

Congratulations to
Mr. Waldrep!!

of the

MP Teacher Spotlight
This week's spotlight is on Mr. Charles Hernandez. Mr. Hernandez received his bachelors in Vocal Performance and masters in Music Education, and his specialist in Secondary Education from Georgia College and State University.  He has been teaching for 18 years. His role model is his music teacher, Ms.Barbara Dean, and his former music teachers inspired him to become a teacher. He also mentions that he did not choose education but education chose him, that it was literally a calling. 
He had just graduated from college and two weeks later received a phone call and was asked to start a choir at Dodge County High School. He said that "teaching is my passion and I very much enjoy the relationships built through music."   

When asked about his favorite memories of his own high school days, he said "being in Chorus and singing Handel's Messiah." When asked what he likes most about his job he said "I love to inspire others to love music and to achieve more than they thought they could."

He has traveled extensively and has been to only 6 of the 7 continents.  He said he would like to be remembered for "facilitating an outlet of of expression and self-discovery and for holding extraordinarily high expectations that yield uncommon results."  
MPHS Students Judge Science Fair Projects at HES 
eMPescope Yearbook News
Yearbook Sale 
Yearbooks are now $70
Click Here to Access a Yearbook Sales Flyer.
Yearbooks may be ordered online, or you may contact Ms. Brandi May at
 Click Here
Counselors' Corner
Bulldog Blessings 
Several years ago, a local family became aware of the number of homeless students in Monroe County which prompted them to begin the Adopt-A-Kid for Christmas program.  Mrs. Angela Bullock, along with her son Brock and husband Clint, felt compelled to continue this assistance this year.  The family solicited sponsors from all over the community.  A total of 84 students will receive Christmas gifts thanks to their organization and the community's generosity.  Also, Zachry Care Team continued their support of MPHS students this Christmas and sponsored 8 different students and their families.  
Senior Scholarships Available Online
  • Deputy Michael Norris Memorial Scholarship - deadline TBA
  • Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship - deadline 4/3/15
Click Here to Access the Scholarships

Join the MPHS Counselor's Remind 101!  
Text @mphsco to 478-246-1956
Fine Arts News
Art News 
Congratulations to Samantha Cannon!  She had the winning entry
in the Forsythia Festival Logo Competition.  Her logo will be the
2015 design used for the Forsythia Festival. 

Below is some of the student artwork that was on display in the gym during the Band Christmas Concert.

Band News
Band Performs Christmas Concert
The Band Performed at the Northside Coliseum Hospital this past Sunday.
Band Performance at Northside Coliseum Hospital
   Drama News
The Drama department presented The Gift of the Magi this past weekend.

Club News
Beta Club News
Members who are planning to attend the Georgia State Beta Convention in March should turn in their balance of $50 to Mrs. English by Thursday, December 18th.
Best Buddies News 
Best Buddies members recently enjoyed a Christmas party at the bowling alley.  
FCA News
There will be NO FCA meeting this Friday. We will resume in January.  Have a Merry Christmas!

FFA News
FFA member, Levi Nopen, competed in State FFA Floral Design Contest on Saturday December 6th at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA.  Levi qualified for the State Contest by placing in the top two at the Central Region Area III contest in September.  Students in the floral Design contest have to identify plants, take a test over the floral industry, and design two arrangements according to scenarios provided.  Levi placed 7th in the State Contest.


HOSA members raised enough money to donate 2 bicycles for Kids Yule Love.

SkillsUSA News

SkillsUSA officers & members donated 3 bicycles for Kids Yule Love!!

Additional gifts were given by Construction and Automotive students.

Spanish Club News
Spanish Club members donated money to purchase a bike for Kids Yule Love.
Sports Corner
Basketball News  

The Varsity Boys won their second region game of the season last Tuesday night at Howard.  The final score was 65-56.  


Congratulations to the Varsity & JV Boys teams for back to back wins Friday and Saturday night. Friday night, the Varsity defeated Upson-Lee 66-57  for its third region win. On Saturday night, Trey Weaver hit a three point shot at the buzzer as the Bulldogs fought back from nine points back in the last two minutes of the game to win 74-72. The Bulldogs are now 5-1 on the season. The JV has a record of 3-2 after they also defeated Lamar. The next game is home Friday night vs. West Laurens. Saturday night the Bulldogs play Jackson. Make plans to be there!


United Bank Holiday Basketball Tournament - December 27, 29 & 30, 2014

Basketball season is underway!!!   

Click here to access the Basketball website where you will find the schedules.
Baseball News
1st Annual Future Bulldog Hitting Camp:  We will have a host of coaches from our staff and Mercer assisting with this one day camp on January 10th!  This would be a great stocking stuffer for a young man (or lady).  Click here for the camp application.

Follow our new MPHS Baseball Twitter page @mpdogsbaseball.

Football News
The Football Banquet will take place on Thursday, December 18th.  The dinner portion will begin at 6:00p.m. in the Freshman Campus Cafeteria, and the awards ceremony will be in the BOE Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
Soccer News
Varsity & JV boys soccer tryouts will begin on January 19th at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Billy Lancaster Field. Tryouts will continue through January 22 at 4 p.m. each day. Those who wish to participate must have ALL paperwork submitted by that date. For more information, contact Head Boys Coach Allen Luton at
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