Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Signed Report Cards Due Back
Friday, October 23, 2015
Suckers for Seven
Parents, would you like to know more about how to keep track of events that are happening at school?  Would you like to know more about your student's daily progress?  Maybe you need more information on how to navigate the school website.   If so, come to the MPAC meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 6 pm in the cafeteria.  Here are some of the items we will discuss:
  • PowerSchool Parent Access
  • Website exploration - what's new and where to find it
  • School announcements
  • Remind 101
We look forward to seeing you at our next MPAC meeting!

CHAMP Reward Day
Our 1st Nine Weeks CHAMP Rewards Day will be held on Friday, October 23rd during 6th and 7th period at the stadium!  

We have 663 students who are eligible to participate.  That's  the most we've ever had!    In order for a student to be eligible to attend, he/she must have no more than 14 class period absences, zero tardies to both school and class, and zero referrals for the 1st Nine Weeks.
Seniors Prepare for Future Financial Responsibilities
Mrs. Peacock's class works in groups to PAY THEIR BILLS. Each student has rent (desk), insurance, and other responsibilities that they must take care of. This activity is helping to prepare our seniors for the financial responsibilities that lie ahead.
In Mrs. Peacock's Classroom Economy, students earn a monthly 
salary and pay bills like insurance and rent for their desk. 
Sharon Kinsella became the classroom's first home-owner 
by purchasing her desk for $2400!
Special Olympics
On October 16th the Special Olympic athletes from Mary Persons and other Monroe County schools competed in track and field events. A good time was had by all!
3 Calendar Options for 2016-2017

The Monroe County Board of Education is considering three calendar options for the 2016-2017 school year. 

This survey will be open for your responses through Friday, October 30.  The Board of Education members will consider all survey responses in their deliberations.  The Board of Education is expected to select and approve the 2016-2017 calendar at the November meeting on Tuesday, November 10.
GaDOE Parent Survey
The Georgia Department of Education Parent Survey  contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet.  For parents that do not have access to the Internet, please visit our schools to complete the Georgia Parent Survey.  We encourage all parents to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.  
Careers in Energy Week
October 19-23, 2015 will be Georgia's 5th annual "Careers in Energy Week". The week is designed to educate and build awareness for various Careers in Energy among the state's existing and future workforce.   With the right education and training, you can begin a rewarding, well-paying energy career that benefits millions of people every day. Explore the many career opportunities in energy today.  For more information see Mr. Meacham or visit
The GEICC acronym is pronounced "geek".  So during this week think energy, think GEICCC!!!
ACCESS Department Fundraiser
The ACCESS Department is holding a fundraiser to help send students to prom and purchase supplies for learning. We are selling eco-friendly reusable bags and home goods. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping with gifts under $10. The fundraiser runs until October 31st! To order contact Mrs. Holloway, Mrs. Chafin, or Ms. Haynes  at (478) 994-2812 or by ordering online with the code # 242287. 
See Mrs. Holloway, Mrs. Chafin, or Ms. Haynes for a catalog.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
   Beginning at 7:00 p.m.* until 8:30 p.m.
  *Please be ready to Zumba by 6:50 p.m.

Please join us as all proceeds will benefit students of 
Mary Persons High School who are in need of the basic resources 
that would allow them to be focused in school & successful in life.  
With more than 300 homeless students in the Monroe County School system, many lacking basic necessities such as food, clothing, hygiene 
items, school supplies, the goal of this activity is to make a positive difference in these students' education and life.  THANK YOU!!

Empescope/Yearbook News

Counselors News
Senior Night and College Fair
Make plans to attend on Tuesday, November 10 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. College recruiters will be here as well as the GSFC representative to discuss updates with the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship and Grants.

Apply to College Day will be held at MPHS on Thursday, November 12 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. College admissions counselors will be on site to help students who have not applied to college yet.  Students will need to sign up for a time slot during an elective period.

Students interested in the military must take the ASVAB exam given at MPHS on November 19. Registration opportunities will be forthcoming closer to the test date.
Early Action Deadlines
Mercer University - November 1
Georgia College - November 1
Georgia State University - November 16

Early Decision Deadlines
Emory University - November 1

FVSU will host several FREE SAT/ACT workshops on their Warner Robins Campus. A free test prep book and materials are provided. Click here for the flyer and registration information.
AP Exam Payments
Students may start making payments for their AP exams beginning November 6.  The cost of each exam is $93.  The fee schedule is:
                                  Nov. 6              Feb. 5
                                  Dec. 4              Mar. 4
                                  Jan. 8               

This will allow student to make 5 low payments (4 low payments of $20.00 + 5th payment of $13.00).  
Parents may also pay for AP exams online via their MySchoolBucks account.  All major credit cards are accepted and there will be an additional $3 charge.  Please see Ms. Burston if you have any questions.  
Attention Seniors & Parents
College News
Fine Arts News

Band News
The MP Black & Gold Bulldog Brigade received an overall Superior at competition this past Saturday.  The color guard scored "2nd Best in Class" and the drum major, Kyle Sullivan, was awarded "Best in Class".  Congratulations to all! 

Chorus & Drama Production
Club News
Best Buddies News

On Thursday, October 15th twenty six students selected as one-on-one Buddy Pairs for the 15-16 school year enjoyed lunch, getting to know one another. Students scratched off a lottery-style ticket to reveal the name of their Buddy for the year. The theme for the event was "I hit the jackpot with my Best Buddy!" Best Buddies is an international organization that works to promote inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through a variety of programs including one-to-one friendships. This is the 3rd year Mary Persons has had a Best Buddies chapter.

On Saturday, October 17 Best Buddies members Jordan Rozier, Anna Helen McKelvey, Tula Waldrep, Mackenzie Waldrep, and Katie Gorman (not pictured) volunteered to paint faces at the Middle Georgia Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome at Lane southern Orchards in Ft. Valley. In addition to helping create a fun event to celebrate individuals with Down Syndrome and promote acceptance and inclusion, these volunteers joined Team Nathan in support of fellow Best Buddies' member Nathan Murphy! October is National Down Syndrome Awareness month.
Beta Club News
The next Main Campus meeting will be Thursday, October 22, during lunch.
Coke Pick Up is on November 2

iCare Boxes - Please bring in shampoo, conditioner, wash cloths, toothpaste and toothbrushes for our iCare project.

FBLA Fall Motivational Rally
77 MP Students
3 Advisors
1 Chaperone
Silento, rides, fair food, networking: Enough said!

FCA News
The next meeting - Friday, October 23 @7:30 a.m. Media Center

Main Campus meetings take place the 2nd & 4th Friday of every month in the Media Center on the Main Campus.
Freshman Campus meetings take place on the Freshman Campus each Wednesday in the Media Center at 7:30 a.m.
FFA News
Courtney Stovall
Pictured are Chasta Williams, TulaBlue Waldrep, Amber Pritchett, Caroline Waldrep, Courtney Stovall, and Mr. Waldrep, FFA advisor.
FFA competed in the State Market Lamb Show at Georgia National Fair.  Highlights from the show were Courtney Stovall placing 5th in 11th Grade Showmanship, and TulaBlue Waldrep placing 8th in 12th Grade Showmanship.  Also, we placed 1st in the state in the County Group of Five, this is where each county is asked to bring out what they believe is there best five lambs.  In the lamb show, Courtney placed 1st in class and won Reserve Division for white/speckled face lambs.  TulaBlue placed 3rd in class with one her lambs, and 4th in class with her other lamb.  Other students who exhibted lambs in the state show were Amber Pritchett, Abby Sims, Chasta Williams, and Rebekah Simpson.

On Tuesday, FFA members competed in Nursery Landscape plant identification and Floriculture plant identification.  In the Floriculture competition 23 schools competed and we placed 2nd in the state as a team.  Individually, Elizabeth Smith placed 1st and Emsley Smith placed 8th.  In the Nursery Landscaping competition, we also placed 2nd out of 21 schools from around the state.  Individually, Emsley Smith placed 3rd, Elizabeth Smith placed 6th, and Daniel Garrett placed 9th.
Interact News
October Service Project - Bring in a box of pop tarts.
TSA News
It's not too late to become a member of TSA! We had a great time at Tech Day at the Fair and are really looking forward to our Fall Leadership Conference. This will be at the Jekyll Island Convention Center November 13-15. Deadline to sign up to attend is October 23rd, so contact Mrs. C. Barfield in the Tech Lab, room 220 or another TSA member ASAP to join! Applications are available outside the tech lab or on our website! 
Email or find us on Twitter and Instagram @EngTechBarfield.
Sports News
Basketball News
Girls:  Basketball Practice begins Monday, October 26th.  All girls interested will need a current physical on file to tryout for the team. See Coach Greene for all forms. Hope to see you soon!

Boys: Tryouts will take place Monday & Tuesday, October 26th & 27th in the MPHS gym at 5:30.  All boys who plan to tryout will need to turn in their completed physical and participation forms by Friday, October 23rd, to Coach Nix or Coach McElhaney.  See Coach Nix in room 510 if you have any questions.
Cross Country News  
The Cross Country team competed at Upson Lee last Tuesday, October 13th.  Boys and girls placed 1st in the meet.  Lawson Weldon led the team with a 3rd place finish at the time of 19:04.  Matt Miller, Nathan Devane, and TJ Williams followed closely behind with 4th, 5th, and 6th place finishes.  Morgan Haney led the girls team as the meet Champion with a time of 22:25.  Top 10 finishers were Kayley Dale (5th), Naomi Sanders (8th), Payton Poland (9th). The next meet will be held October 20th at the Bulldog home meet. Races begin at 4:30pm.

Football News
The 9th grade football team defeated Pike County Thursday by a score of 50 to 8. It was a strong performance by our players who continue to improve. 

The Varsity Bulldogs beat Upson-Lee 30-14. Jaquavious Sims rushed for 78 yards and 3 TD's.  Zach Harvey rushed for 74 yards and also caught 2 passes for 12 yards and a TD.  Tre Howard had 14 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery.  Tay Jarrell had 15 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.  The Bulldogs play at Veterans this Friday.  Game time is 7:30.

Softball News
The Lady Bulldogs sweep Liberty County High School, 2-0 and 5-0. Megan Bell pitched the first game with 7 strikeouts and only allowing 2 hits. Offense was a team effort. In the second game, Megan Bell pitched the entire game with 6 strikeouts. Sydney Thompson hit her first career homerun, and Destiny Middleton hit her 2nd career homerun. Allyssah Mullis and Harlee Stewart were also contributors at the plate. The Bulldogs advance to the Sweet 16. 
Media Center Message
Link Your Ingles Card to MPHS
Ingles cards must be re-linked each year. Our school code is 10509.
*See Mrs. English for passwords to the 
resources that require a password.
Borrow eBooks (fiction and nonfiction), audiobooks, and 
more from your school library - ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. 
All you need is your username and password, 
the same one that is used to access computers at school. 
eBooks may be downloaded to your Kindle app, or in ePub format.
*Please see Mrs. English if you need assistance.


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