Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat

WBL Students Care for their Community

It's important for students to understand that acts of caring don't have to be large and world changing, but that caring can be 
small acts of kindness.  WBL (Work-Based Learning) students demonstrate compassion and caring for their community by 
working in partnership with the Circle of Care Food Pantry in 
Forsyth. In doing so, they have collected and donated several 
hundred jars of peanut butter to help fight local hunger.
Credit Recovery
We will be offering two eight week sessions of credit recovery this semester for students who have previously failed an academic core course.  The first session will begin January 25, 2016 and last until March 17, 2016.  Session 2 is scheduled for March 21, 2016 - May 19, 2016. Students can choose an After School session that runs from 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. OR Saturday School, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Students will be able to earn a unit for each class. Students must complete all course work with a 70% or better in the assigned session in order to receive credit.  Students must pay $50.00 for each unit class.  Please return registration forms to the Graduation Coach, Mrs. McLuen.
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.  
Counselors News
Students can use a waiver if they have free/reduced lunch or are a member of TRIO.
2016 FAFSA
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 
is now available. Seniors who are planning to go to a technical, 2-year, or 4- year college MUST complete a FAFSA.
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.  
Families are invited to learn how students may earn college credit while 
still enrolled in high school at this informational session.  
Dual enrollment criteria, opportunities and policies will be discussed. 
Attention Juniors & Parents
The counseling department is currently meeting with each member of the Class of 2017 for course registration and to discuss their individual graduation plan. Students were emailed a date/time and parents are certainly welcome to attend as well. 

Your child will be coming home with a form that you need to sign. The four core classes will also be signed by their current academic teacher (English, Math, Science and Social Studies). Please note that the course requests are tentative and could change depending on teacher and/or course availability. 

Distinguished Young Women of Monroe-Bibb is now recruiting female students from the Class of 2017 to participate in their national scholarship program. They offer up to $820 million dollars nationally! DYW, formerly known as Junior Miss, has been around since 1958 and seeks to positively impact the lives of young women by providing free life skills workshops focusing on public speaking, interviewing skills, college admissions/scholarships, and our national platform of "Be Your Best Self". This fun and transformative experience promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership, and talent. Young women gain life skills and a boost in self-esteem that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Their accomplishments through this program are then presented in a celebratory showcase at the completion of the program and two representatives are selected to advance to the state competition. We also have a "Little Sister" program for sophomores as well. 

This is the last week to sign up!
Bring your parents and join us for an informational meeting 
at Chick-fil-a on Zebulon Rd. in Macon. The meeting will be held 
THIS Thursday, January 7th, from 5-7 p.m. 
Drop by anytime between 5-7 p.m.

Questions? Please email Jill Lumley, Program Chairman at  
Deadline to sign up is January 9th, 2016! There is no fee to participate!
Attention Seniors & Parents

If you have been accepted to a college, please 
bring in a copy of your acceptance letter or email 
to us so we can include your picture on the 
college acceptance bulletin board.
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.
Fine Arts News
Band News
Mary Persons Band is now one of the most well represented programs in our district's honor band.  

Congratulations to the following ELEVEN students for being selected into the 2016 District 11 Honor Band.

Matt Conkel
Jeffery Dunbar
Thomas Harvil
Caleb Houser
Taylor Jordan
Nick McGouirk
Rilyn McKallip
Seth Mitchell
Zachary Potts
Addie Sparks
Laurel Sparks

Also, the following students advanced to the second round of All-State auditions: Jeffery Dunbar, Rilyn McKallip, Seth Mitchell, Zach Potts, Addie Sparks, and Laurel Sparks.  

This is the most students to make District Honor Band and the second round audition under the direction of Eric Thompson. We had more students advance to the second round All-State audition this year than to make district honor band three years ago. This is quite remarkable. 

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Thanks to some of our band students who dropped by the media center before the holidays to spread some Christmas cheer.
Chorus News
Central Georgia EMC Foundation awarded an Operation Roundup grant to our Chorus program, to purchase iPads.
The GCSU Max Noah Singers came to MP during their choir 
tour of schools in the Middle Georgia area. 
Club News
The Intro to Business and Technology classes, in conjunction with FBLA, recently donated ABC coloring books to all of the Pre-K classes in Monroe County schools.

FBLA hosted a soup/grilled cheese sandwich lunch for the MP Faculty and Staff on Thursday, December 17. Madison Thiel and Naomi Sanders helped set up for the teacher service project. FBLA is thankful for all faculty and staff! 

Tri-M News

TSA News
The Technology Student Association had a donation to sponsor 1 students dues and costs to join! If you are interested in joining TSA and receiving this scholarship, please submit the application to Mrs. Christina Barfield in the Tech Lab or bring it to the office. 

Applications may be printed from the TSA Google Site by  clicking here for an application or you can stop to the table outside the Tech Lab and pick up a printed application, as well as all of the details. 

We are excited to have you join us and the many competitions, events, and fundraisers we have planned for this spring!! 

Sports News
Baseball News
Basketball News

Cheerleader News
Football News
Congratulations to the following football players for making the All-Middle Georgia team:

1st Team - Offensive Line, Caleb Ethridge;
Defensive Line, Malik Herring; Punter, Drew Pack; 
2nd Team - Defensive Line, Trey Howard;
3rd Team - Linebacker, Dre Evans; 
Honorable MentionQuarterback Jake Johnston, Zach Harvey; Tight End Will Bazemore; Wide Receiver Roger Akins; Defensive Line Dan O'Neal; Linebacker Tay Jarrell; Linebacker Vic Henderson.
Soccer News
The Taylor Dell Memorial Classic, a 3v3 soccer tournament (ages 6 and above) benefiting the Mary Persons High School Soccer program, will be held Saturday, January 9th, beginning at 10 a.m. at Billy Lancaster Field (66 Thornton Rd. in Forsyth). Registration fee is $25, which guarantees at least 3 games and a T-shirt. Prizes and awards will be given out to the winners in each age division, and concessions will be available for lunch, snacks, etc. Players can register online by clicking on the link below. Payment will be due at the gate. 

For more information, contact Coach Luton at
Taylor Dell Memorial Classic
Saturday, January 9th @ 10 A.M.

Boys Interested in Playing
All boys interested in playing soccer this year need to make sure that they turn in their paperwork and insurance payment to Coach Simmons on Main Campus (Rm. 204) or Coach Jones on Freshman Campus. Conditioning will take place the first two weeks of January. and tryouts will begin start January 18th.  See Coach Simmons if you have any questions.
Softball News
Congratulations to the following softball players for making the All-Middle Georgia team:

1st Team - Catcher: Allyssah Mullis, Junior
2nd Team - Pitcher: Megan Bell, Junior
Honorable Mention - Center Fielder Shelby Sims, Senior; 3rd Base Destiny Middleton, Freshman
Tennis News
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
Track & Field News
Anyone interested in trying out for Track & Field will need to attend a meeting on Thursday, January 7th at 3:30 in the cafeteria on the Main Campus. You will need to have a current physical and athletic participation form. If you have any questions please see Coach Carey or Coach Herr on the Main Campus or Coach McElhaney on the Freshman Campus.
Wrestling News

Make plans to attend some of 
our upcoming matches. Please see below 
for a schedule of the remaining matches. 
Tickets are $5.00

Contact Coach Matt Gordon if you 
have any questions. 

Schedule of Remaining Matches
Media Center Message
OverDrive eBooks
Borrow eBooks (fiction and nonfiction), and audio-books 
from your school library - ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. 
All you need is your username and password, 
the same credentials that are 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.

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.


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