Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Signed Progress Reports Due March 27, 2015
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on March 26, 2015  from 4:00-7:00.  Please call the office if you would like to schedule a conference with your child's teachers. 

Respect Rally

On Friday, March 20th during 7th period the student leaders of Best Buddies hosted a Respect Rally as the culminating activity for their week long Spread the Word to End the Word campaign. The campaign included information throughout the week and a pledge drive during lunches on Friday. Students signed a banner to pledge respect to all of their peers - particularly those with disabilities. The Respect Rally included a slideshow of students from the student body who support Best Buddies and the End the R Word movement, a Lip Sync Battle featuring Ms. Metcalf, Mr. and Mrs. McElhaney, and Coach Simmons, a football throw competition in which buddy pairs participated in teams, and a video that described why the R word is disrespectful, how we're all more alike than different, and various ways to demonstrate respect.


Best Buddies works continually to enhance the already existing culture of respect at Mary Persons. We appreciate the engagement and respect that was demonstrated throughout the rally!     


If you would like to order a grey and red t-shirt that was worn on Friday at the Respect Rally, click here for an order form. Feel free to share this order form with anyone who may be interested.

All orders and payments should be submitted by Friday, April 3.  

Shirts will be delivered after Spring Break.


Suckers for Seven
3rd Nine Weeks CHAMP Rewards Day
Friday, March 27th
6th & 7th period
Dan Pitts Stadium

*We have 466 students who are eligible to participate. 

In order for students to be eligible, they must have no  

more than 14 class period absences, zero tardies to class,  

zero tardies to school, and zero discipline referrals  

for the 3rd Nine Weeks. 

Attention Seniors
All Senior debts need to be paid to Jostens
BEFORE Spring Break (April 3).

Cap & Gowns will be given on April 27.  Group  & individual pictures will be taken on this day as well. Package information will be given prior to April 27.  EXPECT TO PAY FOR PICTURES AT THE CAMERA!!!


Dr. Bazemore has some "Seniors Run MPH" t-shirts on sale for $8.00  

**Senior Slide Show Pictures Needed**
Please send one baby picture & one current picture  
of your senior for Senior Picnic Day. Pictures may be
emailed electronically to Stephanie Colwell at or hard copies may be brought
in to Dr. Bazemore for scanning.  Anyone who wants to be
included in the slide show needs to turn in pictures by March 27.

Spanish Honor Society Visits Elementary Schools    

Anna Helen McKelvey, Carmen de Dios, and Jordan Rozier are pictured here with Ms Zellner's class at TG Scott where they taught the Spanish alphabet.
Ansleigh Long, Maiah Wiley, and TJ Williams are pictured with Ms Stephens' class at KB Sutton where they taught weather expressions.

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions.  Parents will be able to complete the survey using their personal computers, smartphones or iPads.  For parents not having access to the Internet, please consider scheduling a date and time to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school.  Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.  Please click here to access the survey. The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is The survey may also be accessed from our school's homepage. 

AP World History Exam Review continues every Thursday during HS101 & after school. 

MP Teacher Spotlight
This week's spotlight is on Mr. Matt Gordon.  Mr. Gordon graduated from the Georgia College and State University with a bachelors in Biology. He also earned his masters degree from GCSU. He has been teaching for 15 years. He said he was encouraged to become a teacher by some of his aunts and uncles who are teachers. When asked what he likes best about his job, he said "Everyday is different, but the best thing is knowing that maybe I helped make someone's life better." Asked what his favorite memories from his high school years were, he said "playing for a state championship in football and Ms. Derryberry's classes were also great."
His hobbies include going on day trips with my family, golfing, hunting, and fishing.  He said that Washington D.C. and Italy were some of the most interesting places that he has traveled. His favorite book is Candide by Voltaire, "although I haven't read it in a good while." His role model is his dad.  His favorite sport is football.  He loves UGA & the Falcons.  When asked if there was anything else he would like to share, he said "I currently work with 5 people who taught me. I think that is cool."  His bucket list" includes "retiring and traveling, skydiving, and visiting every Major League Baseball stadium."
Prom News

    Last Chance to purchase Prom Tickets!!! 

Last Day to purchase is THIS FRIDAY, March 27th.

$70 for an MP Junior or unpaid Senior; $40 for a guest


The Prom will be held April 18th, 2015 at the Macon City Auditorium.  
See Mrs. Carter to purchase tickets.
eMPescope Yearbook News
Yearbook Sale 
The final cost of the book is $75.00.
There are only a limited quantity of books available so you must hurry and buy NOW before it is too late.
Yearbooks may be ordered online, or you may contact Ms. Brandi May at

 Click Here
Counselors' Corner
Seniors:  Have You Been Accepted Yet?
We are excited as many seniors have already been accepted into
various colleges. We showcase our seniors and their college of choice
on a Wall of Fame bulletin board in front of the office. If your child has
been accepted and committed to a college, please have them bring a
copy of their acceptance letter to the counselors' office so we can verify
and post them on our Wall of Fame.
Senior Scholarships Available Online
There are lots of *NEW* and local scholarships that
have recently been added to our school's website. 
Click Here to Access the Senior Scholarships

All Senior debts need to be paid to Jostens
BEFORE Spring Break (April 3).

Underclass Honors Night will be Thursday, April 30.

Senior Honors Night will be Thursday, May 7
If your student will be receiving an athletic, academic or merit based scholarship to their college and you would like these included in the honors program, please provide documentation to Mrs. Roller by Thursday, April 23.


Engineer Girl:  This website is dedicated to female students interested in STEM Majors and Careers.  Click here  for a comprehensive list of STEM-related scholarships just for girls.

Student Participation in Summer Programs

Please take time to read this handout discussing the benefits of student participation in summer programs.  It is full of great information, tips and advice.  Click here for a list of summer programs. 


Upcoming Dates
  • UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine Open House is Friday, April 3rd. This Open House demonstrates the exciting and rewarding aspects of a career in veterinary medicine. Click here to learn more
  • The Citadel is hosting Discover The Citadel on Friday, April 17, 2015. This open house will be an informational program that give attendees an opportunity to spen an afternoon on campus learning about the admissions process, financial aid, academics, athletics, ROTC and other aspects of the Citadel Experience. To learn more and/or register please click here.

Do you need to take the SAT or ACT?

 Click Here for SAT/ACT Testing Dates & Deadlines.



These workshops are free, centrally located (FVSU Warner Robins Campus), taught by our best instructors, and all the materials are provided. 

Join the MPHS Counselor's Remind 101!  
Text @mphsco to 478-246-1956
Fine Arts News
Chorus News

Congratulations to the Mary Persons Beginning Women, Men, Mixed and Advanced Women's Choirs, director Mr. Hernandez, student teacher Mr. Moore and accompanist Terry Clopton. All four groups received straight superior ratings in performance and sight reading from every judge at the 2015 Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations.


A Superior rating denotes "an outstanding performance worthy of distinction of being recognized as among the very best".


This is a phenomenal accomplishment by some ultimate CHAMPs!


Beginning Women 




Advanced Women
Band News

The Mary Persons Band Program had a very successful day on March 13th with their LGPE performances. The Concert Band received an overall Excellent rating on their concert repertoire and Superior in sight reading. The Symphonic Band received a Superior in both their concert repertoire and sight reading. This is the first time that a Mary Persons band has received straight Superior Ratings since 2010. Congratulations to both ensembles for a remarkable concert and for the Symphonic Band achieving the highest rating given by the Georgia Music Educators Association.

March 27 & 28 - Seedfolks
April 23-26 - Disney's Beauty & The Beast Musical

 May 11 - Chorus Farewell Concert

Drama News

Club News
Beta  Club News
  • April 16, 2015 - Next Beta Meeting
  • June 29 - July 2, 2015 - National Convention in Nashville, TN. We are eligible to compete in 3 events. See Mrs. English if you are interested or if you have any questions.

Mission/Community Projects

*Clean out your closets! Spring cleaning  

*Wanted snack size crackers for military!

Congratulations to our FBLA Chapter for the following State awards:

1. Region Sweepstakes Winner

2. Marquavious King and Abbey Parlier - BAA America Level (the highest level) - National Participants in Chicago, Ill Summer 2015

3. Caroline Waldrep - 2nd Place Agribusiness - National Competitor in Chicago, Ill Summer 2015

4. Megan Green, Grace Hoffman, Trevor Self - 5th Place Business Financial Plan

5. Anna Marie Gainey, Kristen Wilder, Elaine Wood - 5th Place Social Media Campaign

6. Neyasa King - 5th Place Database Design & Applications

7. Grace Hoffman - 8th Place Accounting II

8. Amber Walton, Samaria Wright - 8th Place Public Service Announcement

9. Stephanie Colwell - 9th Place Public Speaking II


 Congratulations also to Ms. Marcy Sanders.  She was named Region 12 FBLA Advisor of the Year.  She is pictured here with Abbey Parlier, who nominated her.  Abbey is the Fundraising Chair.      

FCA News
FCA will meet THIS Friday @ 7:30 a.m. in the Media Center on the Main Campus.  Everyone is invited to attend.
FFA News

The FFA will be having it's Annual Spring Plant Sale on Wednesday April 1st. The sale will run from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the school greenhouse.


Bedding Plants: $8/flat or $2/6-pak


Potted Flowering Plants: 4-inch pots $2; 6-inch pots $3


Hanging Baskets: $8 each


Perennial Flower Pots: 1 gal and 2 gal   $5 each

HOSA News 

Sgt. Albert from the United States Army spoke to Healthcare students about CLS. (Combat Life Support) The Healthcare students were able to see life saving equipment and supplies used in the military. Some students got to participate with aiding Sgt Albert applying tourniquets, an Israeli bandage, and see items in their emergency supply bag. They were also taught the two major types of injuries treated in combat: 1st being severe blood loss, and 2nd a tension pneumothorax.


We are very grateful for Sgt. Albert's visit and the Healthcare students were able to hear more about career opportunities and job descriptions within the military.

Key Club News

Key Clubbers assisted the Forsyth Kiwanis Club with a Chicken Q this past Saturday.  The funds raised help provide local scholarships.
Sports Corner
Cheerleader News

The Mary Persons High School& Monroe County Middle School Cheerleading program will be hosting a parent and athlete informational meeting on Monday, March 30, 2015.  

This meeting will be held at Banks Stephens Middle School gym at 5:30pm. Parking will be located in the rear of the school. This will be an opportunity for parents to learn more about our cheerleading program and to receive the required paperwork for tryouts. We look forward to seeing you there. GO BULLDOG!!
*Please note the change of location above. 

Football News

The MP Football Team is selling Vidalia Onions. Please see any player or coach to buy a bag (or 2). The cost is $10 for a 10 Lb. bag of Jumbo Vidalia Onions. The deadline to order is April 1, 2015.  Please help support the MP Football Team.

Soccer News

MP vs. Howard Girls Varsity Soccer 3/18/15:  MP 11, Howard 1

MP Goals: Emily Barnes (4), Annie Kate Barnes (2), Katie Bottomley (2), Rachel Pope, Chloe Goss  

MP Assists: Sharon Kinsella (3), Summer Sanders (2), Emily Barnes, Annie Kate Barnes, Katie Bottomley

MP Saves: Antonia Kiwit, 3

MP Shots: 38

MP Record 11-1

First-place Bulldogs host Upson-Lee on Friday

The Varsity Boys soccer team is on a roll. Last week's 5-1 win at Howard along with a 10-0 trouncing of Baldwin two nights earlier, means the Bulldogs (9-3, 5-1 in Region 2-AAAA) now sit alone in first place in the region. MP entered this week having won five straight games and are scoring an average of six goals per game during that stretch. Sophomore Jack Edenfield led the way for the Bulldogs with two goals and an assist against the Huskies. Josh Hampton, Dawson Daniel and James Davis all had a goal apiece on the night. Hampton and Will Walters also recorded assists in the win. The Bulldogs fell behind early, but responded with five straight goals while dominating possession to earn the easy win. Junior goalkeeper Harper James had seven saves on the night and defenders Jacob Berkebile, William Stevick and Addison Chapman helped shut down the Howard offense. Sophomore Shane King helped control the midfield for MP, which outshot its opponent 28-12 on the night. Next up, MP hosts a very talented Upson-Lee squad on Friday night. 

Volleyball News

Volleyball Night at the Monroe County Recreation Department gym is EVERY THURSDAY from 2pm-7pm. Volleyball night is an opportunity for you to show off your volleyball skills during free play on the court!!  If you are interested in playing volleyball for MPHS for the 2015-2016 season, contact Coach Lisa Ogide at for more information! 

Spring Sports are now in progress. 
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