Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Report Cards - January 14, 2016
MLK Holiday - January 18, 2016
Holloway Named Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Elizabeth Holloway for being named MPHS Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations Mrs. Little

December Teacher of the Month
Barfield Receives Central Georgia EMC Grant

Mrs. Christina Barfield was awarded a Central Georgia EMC 
Round Up Grant which will be used for the VEX robotics program 
startup for our Technology Student Association.
Students Research Supreme Court Cases

Coach Carey's government class is researching landmark 
Supreme Court cases in preparation for class presentations. 
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization 
dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.  They will be offering a FREE Summer Immersion Program this summer for girls who will be going into the 11th or 12th grade.  Click here to sign up for this FREE 7-week introduction to computer science. Apply beginning January 19, 2016. The deadline to register is March 1, 2016. Click here for more details. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Christina Barfield,
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.
Horticulture Students Learn to Identify Plants
Mr. Waldrep's Horticulture students learn how to identify plants.
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.  
The cost is currently $65, 
and will be increasing soon.
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.  
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. 
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 Khan 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 Members Make All-State Band
Congratulations to Rilyn McKalip and Zach Potts for auditioning 
and earning a spot in the 2016 All-State Band. These freshmen 
are 2 of the top instrumentalist in Georgia.
Club News
Best Buddies News
Best Buddies will have a social in Wednesday, January 13th in the Media Center on the main campus at 3:10. We will have snacks and create New Year's Resolutions.  
Beta Club News
Important Upcoming Dates:
  • Next Meeting - Thursday, January 14
  • $50 Convention Balance Due - January 14
  • Beta Induction Ceremony - March 1
  • Beta Convention - March 4-5
Congratulations to FBLA for placing 1st at the region competition this week. Twenty-eight students will be advancing to the state competition in Athens, March 6-8. Congratulations to all of the individual winners listed below.

Accounting I
2nd Place-Heather Starr
3rd Place-Hunter Martin
4th Place-Dylan Smith
5th Place-Paxton Zellner
6th Place-Emily Pollock
7th Place-Harley Hay
8th Place-Katrina Young

Business Calculations
1st Place-Hunter Perry
7th Place-Megan Green
8th Place-Andrew Hoskins

Intro to Financial Math
3rd Place-Katie Britt
5th Place-Lexi Lenderman
7th Place-Myra Watson

2nd Place-Sharon Kinsella
3rd Place-Will Smith
8th Place-Harrison Fry
9th Place-Lindsey Kinsella

Future Business Leader
1st Place-Hannah Jones
2nd Place-Tori Foust

Introduction to Business Communication
1st Place-Reese Thomason
3rd Place-Caroline Tane
8th Place-Anmol Patel
Personal Finance
5th Place-Hunter Perry

Computer Applications
1st Place-MarcQuii Hicks
4th Place-Caleb Allison

Spreadsheet Applications
1st Place-Makenzie Barrett
2nd Place-Seth Smith

Word Processing
1st Place-William Stevick

Business Financial Plan
1st Place-Megan Green, Harrison Fry, Caleb Speir

Business Plan
1st Place-Hope Williams, Saranne Ezelle

Digital Video Production
1st Place-Alexis Pate, Abby Rigole, Naomi Sanders

Public Service Announcement
3rd Place-Amber Walton, Samaria Wright, Peyton Fair
5th Place-Caleb Allison, Summer Sanders, Georgia Wilcox
Social Media Campaign
1st Place-Elaine Wood, Kristen Wilder, Anna Marie Gainey
4th Place-Ansley Barton, Meagan Barrett, Madison Thiel

Website Design

5th Place-Aunyatta Smith, Auyonis Avery

Business Ethics
3rd Place-Hannah Jones, Ashley Bertram, Brittany Nash

Client Service
4th Place-Olivia Jernigan
5th Place-Brock Toller

Emerging Business Issues
1st Place-Tiffany Martin, Garrison Cookman
2nd Place-Alex Poland, Payton Poland, Hope Williams

Impromptu Speaking
2nd Place-Trey DeRieux
3rd Place-Erin Owens

Job Interview
2nd Place-Joshua Addison

Public Speaking II
2nd Place-Colton Perkins

Sales Presentation
2nd Place-Elijah Hawkins
4th Place-Austin Walker

Banking & Financial Systems
1st Place-Sequoyah Warthen, Amecia Pennamon

1st Place-Conner Johnson, Will Smith

Global Business
1st Place-Kirsten Wilder, Erin Owens

Help Desk
3rd Place-Olivia Jernigan

Hospitality Management
2nd Place-Sydney Lawrence, Amber Harvey

Management Decision Making
4th Place-Lawson Weldon, Trey DeRieux

1st Place-Brock Toller, Tiffany Martin

Sports & Entertainment Management
3rd Place-Danny Ahir, Deante Bond
FFA News
MP Wins Area Floriculture Career Development Event
The MP Floriculture Team recently won the Area 3 FFA Floriculture Career Development Event.  The event was held at Fort Valley State University on December 10, 2015. Senior team members Amber Pritchett, Shelby Sims, Emsley Smith and Elizabeth Smith placed 1st out of 23 schools. Team members identified floriculture and bedding plant materials and identified ways to treat unhealthy plants due to pests, nutritional, mechanical or chemical injuries.  Emsley Smith placed high individual in the overall contest.  Junior team members Allison White, Nickalus Duncan, Camden Claxton and Jace Goolsby also competed for Mary Persons. This team placed second in the competition against 18 other schools. 

The teams will compete for state honors February 6, 2016 at Fort Valley State University. The state winner will advance to national competition held in conjunction with the national convention in October. 
FFA is a national organization of over 449,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. 

Bill Waldrep is Mary Person's FFA advisor.  The Floriculture Career Development Event is sponsored by the Georgia FFA Foundation.

Senior Team:  Shelby Sims, Elizabeth Smith, Mr. Waldrep (FFA Advisor), Amber Pritchett, and Emsley Smith
Junior Team:  Camden Claxton, Cole Duncan, Allison White, Tycorion Brown, and Jace Goolsby
FFA Christmas Party
Tri-M News

TSA News

Sports News
Basketball News
The Boys Basketball team swept all three games Saturday against Spalding County. The 9th grade boys won by a score of 57-53, the JV Boys also won 63-34, and the varsity boys completed the night with a 52-43 win. The 9th grade plays at home Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Cheerleader News
Soccer News
Boys Interested in Playing
Boys soccer tryouts begin Monday, January 18th at 9:00 a.m.and 4:00 p.m. at Billy Lancaster Field. Tryouts will continue each day at 4:00 p.m. through January 21st when final cuts will be made. All sessions are mandatory. In order to try out, students must have a physical on file and all required paperwork turned in to Coach Simmons (main campus, room 204) or Coach Jones (freshman campus). For more information, contact Coach Luton at

Taylor Dell Classic 3v3 Soccer Tournament
More than 129 participants took part in first-annual TDC event.

Tournament Winners:  Josh Hampton, 
Patrick Hague, 
Reece Clark, & 
Jeff Barron; 
Josh, Reece, & Jeff 
are all former 
MP soccer players.


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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