Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Signed Progress Reports 
Due Thursday, February 11, 2016
Parent-Teacher Conferences
February 18, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Please call the school office if you wish to schedule a conference.
STAR Student & STAR Teacher

Congratulations to Lindsey Kinsella who was named STAR student for the 
Class of 2016.  She chose Mr. Hernandez as her STAR teacher. Also pictured 
are Dr. Finch, and Lindsey Childs, who is with the Chamber of Commerce.  
The Chamber sponsors the STAR program. 
Students Learn the Cost of Credit
Students in Mrs. Peters' classes worked on calculating the maturity 
value of car loans this week in my Senior AMDM (Advanced Mathematical Decision Making) classes. They were shocked to learn how much 
a car really costs at the end of the life of the loan and how much 
difference your credit score can make in what you end up paying!
Pictured are Colby Young and Nytayia Watson.
Pictured are Slade McDaniel, Katie Bottomley, 
Dalyia Pye and Daniel Murdock.
AP Econ Students Become "Homeowners"
Mrs. Peacock's AP Econ students participate in a Classroom 
Economy in which they have jobs, earn virtual money, and pay rent 
for their desks. Last week, six students became "homeowners" by 
purchasing their desks for 2500 virtual dollars.
Pictured with Mrs. Peacock are Caroline Jones, Kinsey DeGroat, Elaine Wood, Mary Beth Jenkins, Madison Ayers, and Lindsey Kinsella.

CHAMP Rewards Day
Our 2nd Nine Weeks CHAMP Rewards Day 
will be held on Thursday, February 11th. 
Eligible students will enjoy early release during 
6th & 7th period. In order to release from class, students must have turned in 
a signed permission form.
Interested in Signing Up 
for MP's FIRST Broadcasting Class?
Attention Rising Sophomores-Seniors:
Would you like to be a part of MP's FIRST broadcasting class? MPTV's ChamMP Channel is recruiting for next year's broadcasting elective class. We need students that have outgoing personalities and would enjoy being on camera as well as those working behind the scenes to film, edit, produce and direct our productions!

See Mrs. Barfield in the Tech Lab for an application TODAY, 
Help Send ACCESS Students to Prom
The ACCESS department is selling "Bulldog Proud" shirts 
now through February 11th
The purchase of each shirt will help send 
ACCESS students to prom this year. 

Get your hoodie or shirt to show off your school spirit! 
Contact Annie Haynes (
at MP to place our order, or order forms and payment may 
be sent via interoffice mail. Checks should be made out to MPHS.
The deadline to order is February 11th. 
Orders will arrive by March 7th. 

The cost is currently $65, 
and will be increasing soon.
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.  
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,
Counselors News
AP Exams
The deadline to pay for AP Exams is March 7th. The cost is $93. Please see Mrs. Burston if you have any questions.
Students can use a waiver if they have free/reduced lunch or are a member of TRIO.
Colleges Visit MP
University of North Georgia - February 16
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.

HOPE GPA progress reports for seniors, updated with fall semester grades, are available in your account at If you have created an account but forgotten your login, the Counseling Office can help you retrieve it.  Also, be sure that your entire legal name and social security number are entered into your student profile.  If this information is incorrect it could delay the process of your HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship after graduation.

Need a transcript?? Please follow these steps to request a transcript through gacollege411. If you are applying out-of-state, please email Mrs. Deborah Miller directly at
  • Log into your gacollege411 account. DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT. Email me and I can send you your UN.
  • Click on the "College Planning" tab.
  • Scroll down and click on "Applications".
  • Click on "Request and Track Your Transcript".
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.
Need help with completing the FAFSA or GSFAPPS?

College Goal Day 
Thursday, February 18
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Academic Lab

Local Financial Aid experts from local colleges will be here to assist parents/students with completing their FAFSA  (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) and/or GSFAPPS(Georgia Student Financial Aid Application) Application for HOPE/Zell.  Students must log into their school email accounts to register.    
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.  

Fine Arts News
Band News
Support Your Monroe County Bands!!!
Place your order TODAY!! See any elementary, middle school, or high school band member to place an order.  The deadline to order is February 29th.  Orders may be picked up March 7th at the home side concession stand at the MPHS Football field.

Club News
Beta Club News
Important Upcoming Dates:
  • Lip Sync Auditions Continue - February 10th
  • Beta Induction Ceremony - March 1
  • Beta Convention - March 4-5
  • Lip Sync Contest - March 15 - to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project
FBLA State Online Testing will be held after school in Room 226 on Wednesday, February 10.

FBLA will be selling Blizzards after school on Thursdays.  Support FBLA and help them raise money for State Competition.  
Blizzards are $2.00 each!! Choose from these flavors:  Oreo, Cookie Dough, M & M, Reese's, Strawberry Cheesequake.
FBLA donated extra club T-shirts to the ACCESS program. Seth Smith, FBLA member, presented them to Nathan Murphy.  Pictured in the background is Mr. Jenkins.

144 Students Participated in Job Shadow Day
As representatives of Mary Persons High School, we want you to present yourselves to our business community as responsible, educated young adults seeking information that can help you make career choices for your future.  Please keep in mind the character traits of honesty, respect, responsibility and integrity as you follow the necessary steps to making this experience a learning one for you and a pleasant and meaningful one for your selected business partner.
 Pictured are Shana Travell (shadowed Mrs. King at TGS), 
Aleah Davis (shadowed her mom, Mrs. Davis at TGS), RJ Lyons (shadowed 
Mrs. Watts at TGS, MarcQuii Hicks (shadowed Mrs. Web at TGS), 
McKenzi Walker (shadowed Mrs. Tonn at TGS), Yasmeen Carruth 
(shadowed Mrs. Crowder at TGS).
FCA News
FFA News
Floriculture Teams Wins State
Congratulations to the FFA Floriculture Team for winning the State Contest on Saturday at Fort Valley State.  This team will represent Georgia in the National Contest next fall in Indianapolis.
Pictured are Mr. Waldrep with the Floriculture Team:  Emsley Smith, Amber Pritchett, Shelby Sims, Elizabeth Smith.
Congratulations also to the FFA Agriculture Mechanics Team.  They placed 3rd in the State on Saturday.  Team members were Josh Bleshoy, Will Freeman, Daniel Garrett, and Bryce Turner.  Bryce was the 2nd high individual, and Daniel was 7th high individual in the State.
Pictured are Will Freeman, Bryce Turner, Josh Bleshoy, 
and Daniel Garrett.
SkillsUSA News
MP SkillsUSA Earns 
Multiple Medals at Regional Contests
Congratulations to MP SkillsUSA members who took part in the 2016 Region 5 Championships. Dustin "Dug" Stegall earned a silver medal in Plumbing, Daniel "Doc" Murdock earned bronze and a gold Medal for TeamWorks (Aaron Bell, Cooper Jump, Gavin Bleshoy, Trey DeRieux, CW Walker).

Pictured from left to right: Aaron Bell (TeamWorks), Elijah Heath (Automotive Service Technology), Ryan Mize (Masonry), Dustin Stegall (Plumbing), CW Walker (TeamWorks), Wyatt McTeir (Residential Electric), Gavin Bleshoy (TeamWorks), Daniel Murdock (Carpentry), Kinsey DeGroat (T-Shirt Design), Conner Johnson (Prepared Speech), Elaine Wood (Job Interview), Rachel Miner (Job Demonstration).
Special thanks to all who put in the extra effort to 
be CHAMP-like representatives of MP!
TSA News
Show some MP love for Valentine's Day and always with this shirt! You can BYOT (bring your own t-shirt) for $7 or we can do a plain white tee for $12 total! The heart can be pink or red, and the "sketch heart".  Proceeds support MP TSA! If you are interested

Sports News
Basketball News
Congratulations to the JV Boys Basketball Team for finishing their season last Friday with a big victory over Veterans. They finished a successful season with a record of 13-4.  The 9th grade boys also had a winning basketball season ending with a 7-6 record.

The Varsity Boys Basketball team ended their regular season with a 14-10 record and a victory over Veterans  by a score of 69-44 last Friday

Region 2AAAA Basketball Tournament 
Mary Persons High School 
JP Evans Gym 
Feb. 8, 9, 11, 12, 2016
Soccer News
MP Girls & Boys Easily Win Season Opener
The Girls Varsity Soccer team defeated Baldwin Co. HS 10-0 last night in Milledgeville. The Braves were outshot 30- 0 on the night. The Bulldogs were led by 3 goals from Emily Adams and 2 goals each from Emily Barnes and Katie Bottomley. Chloe Dezoort, Chloe Goss and Maiah Wiley also scored one goal each. Barnes, Goss, and Rachel Adams each had a pair of assists and Kiera Johnson and Wiley added one assist each. Lori Smith recorded her fist career shutout on the night. The Lady Bulldogs will face Jackson in their home opener Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Billy Lancaster Field. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

The defending Region 2-AAAA Champion MP Boys Soccer Team cruised to an easy season-opening win at Baldwin on Monday night. The Bulldogs trounced the Braves in impressive fashion, 10-0. Chacce Barfield, Dawson Daniel, and James Davis each had two goals apiece. Shane King, Matt Hellier and Dawson Baker each added a goal. Goalkeeper Brock Hulsey was untested on the night as the MP defense did not allow a shot on goal. Next up, the Bulldogs host Jackson tonight at 7:30 p.m. Come on out and support the defending Region 2-AAAA Champions as they battle their arch-rivals. 
Wrestling News
Congratulations to Brett Brewer for qualifying for the State Traditional Wrestling Tournament in his weight class.  The tournament will be held Thursday, February 11th at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.

Brett Brewer
Jaquavious Sims, Brett Brewer, Hunter Bass, and Jontrelle Gaines

Spring Sports are Starting Up
Check out the schedules below and make plans to attend some of the events.

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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