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May 2015 Testing Calendar
Cell Phone Use on Georgia Standardized Assessments

We will begin EOC Georgia Milestone testing on Wednesday, May 6th. Students are not permitted to use, or bring into the testing environment, any electronic device that could allow them to access, retain, or transmit information (e.g., cell phone, smartphone, PDA, electronic recording, camera, or playback device, etc.). Possession or improper use of such devices during testing may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the system's student code of conduct and/or test invalidation. Devices such as those mentioned above that are brought into the testing environment must not remain in the student's possession during testing.

Congratulations to Halie Seitz,
Golden Eagle Honorable Mention in Athletics! 
Halie is pictured here with her parents, Gini and David Seitz.
Senior Honors Night
Thursday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.
@ Roberts Chapel    
Choosing The Best - Parent Night
Monroe County Middle School Lunchroom
 , May 12th at 6:30 p.m.
All parents of Monroe County students are welcome to come hear Cliff Baskerville, Vice President of Choosing The Best share the concepts of the programs, which are taught in 7th through 12th grades.  The presentation will last about an hour and 15 minutes. All parents who attend will receive a copy of Bruce Cook's book, The Big Talk Book (Bruce is President and founder of Choosing The Best.) There will also be a drawing for two $50.00 gift certificates awarded to two parents who attend.

This evening is being paid for by Governor Deal's office
under Families and Children.
Poem in Your Pocket

Dr. Bazemore's Writer's Workshop class presented their
favorite poems in class. They also invited others to join the
class and share their favorite poem.

Poetry Contest Winner
Holden Harris
The Writer's Workshop Class is proud to announce that
Holden Harris is the winner of our poetry contest. His entry is
titled "The Only Truth I Know," and he will receive a gift card
as a prize. Congratulations Holden!!

Writer's Workshop Class
Creates Etcetera 2015

Writer's Workshop students celebrate the
completion of their flipbook version of
Etcetera 2015 with recipes from their cookbook.
Click Here to Access their Cookbook.
Yearbooks Are Here!!!
Great job 2014-2015 Empescope Staff & advisor, Mrs. May!!


 Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8, 2015. 
   Send a special note of appreciation to your teacher.
Click here to download a special note of appreciation.
Take a picture of it & share using #thankagateacher.

Teachers & Staff Enjoy Lunch from The Varsity!
Thanks to our Administrators!!

Graduate Dress for Graduation 


BOYS wear: 

  • Long-sleeved white dress shirt.
  • Long dark tie (may be solid or a simple pattern).
  • Black dress pants.
  • No jeans or work pants.
  • Black socks.
  • Black dress shoes. NO tennis shoes, work boots, or cowboy boots.

GIRLS wear:

  • Black dress (no strapless/halter/spaghetti-strap/one-shoulder dresses); dress should not be longer than the gown.
  • Black dress shoes with low or flat heels. NO tennis shoes or flip flops.
  • Small earrings. NO large hoops, etc. Also no bangles, large bracelets, or necklaces.
  • Do not bring purses or other items with you. You cannot march with them.
Any student inappropriately dressed will not be allowed to march. All clothing must meet dress code requirements. Wrinkled gowns are not attractive; hang your gown to allow the wrinkles to fall out. Ironing the gown is not recommended; if you do so, please be aware that you may damage it. Do not wash or dry clean your gown.
Congratulations Mrs. Carter
April Teacher of the Month

CHAMP Video Contest
Seniors, wondering how you could leave your mark at MP? Underclassmen, would you like to make one of many memories at MP? Well, here is your chance with the Be a CHAMP Video Contest! This contest involves developing your own video and song, original song or a parody, that focuses on the CHAMP matrix.  You must submit your song and entry form through the Google Classroom just enter the class code 620bmea. You may enter as a single performer or as a group. Come on MP!!! Show the MP Community who the REAL CHAMPS are!! 
All submissions are due by May 8th.  
For more information please see Mrs. McLuen.
1st Year Construction Students  
Design & Build Shelves & Tables for Clothing Closet

The Monroe County Schools Clothes Closet is now open!!!  
The Introduction to Construction students, under the
direction of Mr. DJ Hurm, recently designed,
built and delivered new shelves and tables for the
Clothing Closet which is located at the 6th grade Hubbard campus.
Donations of any kind, from clothes and shoes to books
and bears, are accepted.  Household items for families that have
lost their belongings for various reasons will also be accepted.
Please contact Ms. Gwen Byrd (
if you have any questions, donations or referrals.   
Summer School Registration   
Students needing to recover academic credits have the opportunity to earn credit during MPHS Summer School.  Cost is $50 per unit; payment and registration form should be returned to the school office by Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  Classes will be held Monday-Thursday and students are responsible for providing their own transportation.  You may pick up an application from the front office on either campus. If you have any questions, please call the Graduation Coach, Mrs. McLuen at (478) 994-2812, ext.5003
MP Teacher Spotlight
This week's spotlight is on Mr. Trey Bernard.  Mr. Bernard graduated from Gordon College with his associates degree, from Georgia College and State University with his bachelors and masters degrees. He is currently working on his specialist degree at GC&SU. He has taught for 4 years. When asked what he likes best about his job, he said "interacting with the students, imparting knowledge and essential skills." Asked what his favorite memories from high school years were, he said "debates from Mr. Magda's class". Besides being a teacher he has also worked as an electrical assistant.
Mr. Bernard recently celebrated his first wedding anniversary, with his wife Amanda. His hobbies include reading, tennis, and trivia. An interesting place he has traveled to is Washington DC, and he would like to travel to London, San Francisco, and Boston. His favorite book is Steinbeck's East of Eden and his favorite series is Rowling's Harry Potter. His favorite sport is baseball, and her favorite team is the Atlanta Braves. One item on his bucket list is to go on Jeopardy!!
Monroe County Public Library Teen Board
The Monroe County Public Library is seeking 10-12 teens who would like to serve on a Teen Board. The board will meet monthly. The purpose of this board will be to determine ways the library can reach the teens in our community, and ways funds can be spent to support teens in our community. If your teen is interested in becoming a member of the Teen Board, please see Mrs. English (, Media Specialist at MP, or Mrs. Melton (, Monroe County Public Library Manager.
Counselors' Corner

Do you need to take the SAT or ACT?

 Click Here for SAT/ACT Testing Dates & Deadlines.


Join the MPHS Counselor's Remind!  
Text @mphsco to 478-246-1956
Fine Arts News
The Monroe County Bands
Rise Of The Machines
Friday, May 8th @ 6:30 p.m.
MP Gym
$1.00 donations will be taken at the door.
Your donation will put you in a drawing where
you could possibly win Six Flags or Braves Tickets!
Students Attend Music Showcase Festival at Dollywood

  Congratulations to the 39 MP students, director Mr. Hernandez, student teacher/director Mr. Moore and accompanist Terry Clopton who competed at the Music Showcase Festival hosted by Dollywood this weekend.  Both choirs received Superior ratings and won the 1st place trophy for Mixed and for Women's Chorus. Other awards received were Outstanding Alto section in the Women's Chorus, Outstanding Men's section in the Mixed Chorus and Outstanding Student Percussionists. The MP Women's Choir was awarded the Overall Grand Champion Trophy for receiving the highest score of all groups at the festival. The Trophies will be on display in the front lobby this week. Congrats to the MP Choirs for this outstanding accomplishment!   
Club News
Beta Club News
  • Next meeting - May 7th
  • Points Deadlines: Underclassmen - May 15th
Sports Corner
Basketball News
Attention Ladies in grades 6 to 12:
June will be here before you know it. If you are interested in working on your basketball skills this summer please see Coach Greene. He has a deal for you. Summer practice will be starting and if you are interested you need to see Coach Greene ( at the high school for a schedule. He hopes to see you in June!
Football News

Spring Football Practice

May 4-7
Rising 9th Graders 4:00 - 5:30
Varsity 5:30 - 7:30

May 11-12
Varsity 4:00 - 6:00

May 14
Varsity 4:00 - 6:00

May 15
Spring Scrimmage 5:00 (admission $1)
Soccer News
Boys soccer advances in state playoffs.
The Boys Varsity soccer team advanced to the second round of the Class AAAA State Playoffs last week thanks to a 6-0 dismantling of Bainbridge. MP will host boys soccer powerhouse Northwest Whitfie  ld on Wednesday (5/6/15) at 7 p.m. The Bruins (17-2) have won 11 straight games and are coming off of a very impressive 6-0 victory over Buford in the first round. The Bulldogs (15-4) had balanced scoring against Bainbridge, with Josh Hampton, Dawson Daniel and Matthew Hellier all finding the back of the net twice each. Trea Atkins had a pair of assists and Chacce Barfield, James Davis, Jack Edenfield, and Hampton all added one apeice. MP has won 11 of its last 12 games, including five straight victories to go unbeaten in the month of April.

The Girls Varsity soccer team defeated Westover 10-2 in the first round of the AAAA state playoffs last Tuesday at Billy Lancaster Field. Annie Kate Barnes scored her first of 5 goals on the evening with a left footed blast over the keeper's head into the right side of the net. Emily Barnes managed a goal directly off a corner kick that the Patriots keeper mishandled. Late in the 2nd half Katie Bottomley buried a penalty kick after breaking through the back line and getting fouled in the box. Adding 2 assists for the game was Brittney Raymond all the way from the back line. Toni Kiwit recorded 3 saves on the evening as the Bulldogs cruised to a program best 17th win. Mary Persons will travel to Gwinnett county Tuesday May 5th for a second round showdown with the Lady Wolves of Buford.
Senior Girls:  Caitlyn Onstott, Annie Kate Barnes,
Brittney Raymond, and Rachel Pope
Track News
Sectional Results
100 Meter Dash - 4th Place State Qualifier
Jomari Jackson 

200 Meter Dash - 6th Place State Qualifier
Kendrell Taylor

4*100 Relay - 5th Place State Qualifier
Kendrell Taylor
Jomari Jackson
Kamron Pennamon
Tre Weaver

Discus - 5th Place State Qualifier
Demarcus Davis

3200 Meter Race - 14th Place 
Tucker Williams

1600 Meter - 11th Place
Lawson Weldon

Shot Putt - 9th Place
Amari Walker

Volleyball News

The 2015-2016 Volleyball Informational Meeting will be May 19, 2015 from 5-6 pm in the MPHS cafeteria! All student-athletes that are interested in playing volleyball are encouraged to attend to learn more about the coaches, summer volleyball, and volleyball at MP! Please contact Coach Ogide at for more information or if you have any additional questions."
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