Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Pennamon Signs Letter of Intent to Run Track
with University of South Carolina
Amecia Pennamon has signed a letter of intent to run track
with the University of South Carolina. She is pictured here with
her parents Amelia Hansford and Dwan Pennamon.  Also pictured are Dr. Finch (principal), Coach David Carey (track coach), and
Coach Brian Nelson (athletic director).
Mr. Smith & Coach Herr Flip their Classroom

Mr. Mark A. Smith and Coach Herr flip their classroom using Desmos.
 Students Use Chromebooks for Budgeting
Mrs. Peacock's class uses Chromebooks to 
complete monthly budgets.
Students in US History Study the Oil Industry

Mr. Mark H. Smith's US History class brings out their inner Rockefeller attempting to corner the market in the oil industry. 
Calculator Balances Due
Calculator balances must be paid by 12/18/15. Payments may be made to Dr. Williams on the Main Campus or Mr. Bernard on the Freshman Campus.  Email Dr. Williams at, if you need to know your balance.
Construction Students Attend Career Day
MP Construction Students attended the 2015 Careers in Construction Day at Central Georgia Technical College. More than 25 employers, such as Georgia Power, Fair Masonry, All-State Electrical Contractors and Geotech Environmental Consultants were on hand to give career advice and direction. 

Special thanks to the Associated General Contractors, Construction Education Foundation of Georgia and Central Georgia Technical College for an informative and enjoyable day.

Students Learn about The Boston Tea Party
Ms. Haynes 7th period U.S. History class explored one of the 
first acts by colonist for independence in the 17th century last 
week. As the class studied The Boston Tea Party caused by the 
tea tax, they completed a S.T.E.M. project by building crates 
with tea and throwing them in the "Boston Harbor". At the end 
of class the students were able to try hot tea to discover why it 
was important to both the colonist and the British.
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.  
Senior Quotes for Yearbook
All seniors will be choosing their Senior Quote for the yearbook in their Economics class. Seniors should check with their Economics teacher to verify the date they will complete this task. All seniors must have their quote submitted by December 11th.
The quotes should be submitted through the
Google Classroom at
using the Yearbook Classroom code: 6ya4d4.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs.May at
Seniors Kick Off Kids Yule Love Project
The seniors have begun their annual Kids Yule Love toy drive for this year. This school-wide project allows hundreds of Monroe County students to enjoy Christmas. 
Need Your Gifts Wrapped?
Get your gifts wrapped without lifting a finger.  Have the Access department wrap your Christmas gifts. This fundraiser will help send Access student to prom.  See Mrs. Holloway, Mrs. Chafin, or Ms. Haynes to place your order.
Counselors News
Zumba Glow
Zumba Glow was held Saturday, November 14th, in the MPHS gym. Holly Gore organizes this event every year in collaboration with Holli Shipman. The event was well attended and made $2,200 profit which benefits economically disadvantaged students at Mary Persons High School. Additionally, there were donations of bookbags, toiletries, canned food and school supplies. This event allows the Counseling Department to help countless students with basic necessities. 

Are you using CommonApp to apply for college?
If so Kahn Academy has an excellent tutorial with step-by-step instructions that can be found here at their website.  

Students should only have one GaCollege411 account.  If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please email me so that I can send this information to you.  Please do not create a new account.  Multiple accounts can lead to delayed HOPE eligibility status reports and can delay your transcript release to colleges.

Students can use a waiver if they have free/reduced lunch or are a member of TRIO.

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.  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 Monroe County Bands 
Jingle Bells?
December 7th 
The Mary Persons Gym
7th-12th Grade Bands
Chorus News

Chorus Students Attend District Honor Choir
On November 16 and 17, there were 178 high school students, including MP Chorus students, who attended District Honor Choir at Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins.  Distrcit 11 schools included Monroe, Bibb, Jones, Houston, Baldwin, Upson,and Laurens counties. These  Honor Choir students were directed by 
Dr. Stanley Roberts of Mercer University and the accompanist was Mr. 
Terry Clopton, MP Choral accompanist.

Those attending:
Tim Clements
Rebecca Clements
Charles Dean
Jeff Dunbar
Lauren Flowers
Katie Gorman
Jackson Harvey

Lindsey Kinsella
Sharon Kinsella
Cailtin Mooney
Zoe Potts
Naomi Sanders
Janelle Schultz

Michael Shannon
Liam Spence
Josh Swiney
Josh Ware
Beau Watson
Leia Williams

Harvey - Finalist in National Singing Competition
Jackson Harvey, a junior at Mary Persons High School, finished as a top 10 finalist at the national Schmidt Vocal Competition held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Georgia State University. The competition was judged by 3 singers with professional opera experience, including a baritone who has sung for two United States presidents, the King of Spain and the Prince of Dubai.

Accompanied by the pianist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Harvey, also a baritone, performed 3 songs during the competition.  Harvey's private voice teacher, Marie Jarriel Roberts, an acclaimed opera singer and adjunct lecturer at Mercer University's Townsend School of Music, watched the entire competition. She
said, "He sang great! He has a finalist medal, a good experience and more helpful feedback from wonderful singers. I am so proud of Jackson's progress, and we will keep working. There's a great future for him!"

After the competition, recruiters from Miami University, Georgia State University and Mercer encouraged Harvey to consider those universities for his post-secondary studies. Harvey was also awarded a cash prize for his selection as a finalist.

Charles Hernandez, Choral Director of Mary Persons High for the last four years, discovered Harvey's talent. Harvey is the son of Shannon Terrell Harvey of Forsyth.
Club News
Best Buddies News
On Thursday, 11-19-15, Best Buddies members enjoyed a Thanksgiving social. They created edible turkeys using plastic gloves and candy. Best Buddies is thankful for friendship!

Beta News
Important Upcoming Dates & Information:
  • Kids Yule Love - Earn 1 point for every $2 donation (5 points max - however, you may donate as much as you like) toward the purchase of bikes. The deadline to donate is Tuesday, December 8th.
  • Christmas Tree Project - small 4-5 ft. tree, lights and decorations are needed by Friday, December 4th.
Christmas Social - Wednesday, December 9
***Bring in $1 or a toy for Kid Yule Love

FBLA Region Competition Online Testing - Thursday, December 10
FCA News
FCA will meet Friday, December 4th and Friday, December 11th 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
FFA Member Wins Area III 
EMC/Electrical Wiring Contest
Mary Persons High School FFA member, Daniel Garrett, won the Area III EMC/Electrical Wiring Contest on Thursday November 19th.  The contest was held at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley, GA. 

In the contest, students had to perform a speech/demonstration, take a test, and wire a Service Entrance Panel and a branch circuit that this year consisted of two receptacles, and a light controlled by a switch.  Daniel had the highest score on both the speech and test.

By winning the area contest, Daniel receives a $500 scholarship and earned the chance to compete in the State Electrical Wiring Contest on January 9th at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, GA.  
The FFA Electrical Wiring contest is sponsored by the 41 local 
Electrical Membership Cooperatives in Georgia.
Daniel Garrett is pictured here with Mr. Waldrep (FFA Advisor) and Josh Hendricks (Southern Rivers EMC).
Interact News
Members are encouraged to bring in canned goods for Christmas.

Interact members recently helped out at the Senior Citizens luncheon.  Pictured are Dr. Mike Hickman (Interim Superintendent), Harrison Fry, Caroline Jones, T.J. Sauls, and Hannah Swearingen.
TSA News
On November 13-15, 6 of our TSA students traveled to Jekyll Island for Fall Leadership Conference.  Michael Skinner, Jacob Thompson, Jordan Carr competed in Armada Boat Race cardboard boat competition.  Ourther MP attendees were Hailey Watson and Devun Harbin.  Students had a great time being away for 3 days, meeting tons of other TSA students and attending many leadership and competitive sessions.  We also got in lots of free fun time including enjoying the beach front amenities!

State Conference for the Technology Student Association will be held in Athens, March 17-19. Consider joining TSA soon to fundraise and attend State Conference! More details can be found on our Google Site:

A special TSA announcement! 
At this time, you may join TSA for only $20! This will include your state and national dues. 

You have the option to order a polo and/or tshirt at an extra cost but these are not required. 

State conference will be held March 17-19 in Athens and we are fundraising and working on our competitive events NOW, so don't delay, join TODAY! 

Consider asking Santa Claus for your membership... A ton of fun, a way to put your knowledge and interests to use, AND a great resumé booster. What better present could you ask for!? 

Contact Mrs. Barfield for information and an application today:, or click here to view our TSA Google site.

Sports News
Baseball News

Basketball News
The Varsity Girls lost to Pike County 47 to 41 this past Saturday. The JV Boys team defeated Pike County 74-14. The Varsity boys also won by a score of 87-47. 

Tennis News
Students interested in playing on the tennis team should plan on meeting at the gym lobby on Tuesday, December 15, directly after school. Tryouts will be held the week of January 11. Remember that you must have a physical on file to be a part of the team. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Grossman, or Coach Bernard at
Wrestling News
The Mat Dogs began their inaugural season 
last night in Roberta at Crawford County, and our home opener vs. Washington County 
will be on Wednesday night at 5:00 p.m. 
Tickets are $5.  
Make plans to attend some of our upcoming matches. Contact Coach Matt Gordon 
if you have any questions. 

Media Center Message
eBook Titles Requested
Students, faculty, and staff:
we would like your suggestions please.  We will be adding to our eBooks in OverDrive (our eBook library).  This elibrary contains fiction, as well as nonfiction titles.  Please click here to offer your suggestions. 

If you have not checked out our OverDrive eBook library, please visit  You will need to log in using your computer login credentials. Please see Mrs. English if you need assistance.

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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