Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Progress Reports should be returned by April 29th
OverDrive Summer Read
We are excited to announce the OverDrive Summer Read program, designed to encourage students to keep reading all year long. This program provides exciting titles for our students to read that are simultaneously available during the summer.

Titles will be added to our OverDrive eBook collection with 
unlimited access from June 1 midday EDT to June 30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 

Please email Mrs. English (
if you have trouble logging in, or if you have any questions.
Senior News
Seniors should send in a baby picture for the senior slide show, as well as candid pictures from middle school through high school. Please send them to by April 29.

Seniors Receive Caps & Gowns!!!
Guidelines & Suggestions for Graduation attire

  • Long-sleeve white dress shirt
  • Long dark tie (may be solid or a simple pattern)
  • Black dress pants
  • No jeans or work pants
  • Black socks
  • Black dress shoes. NO tennis shoes, work boots, or cowboy boots.
  • Black dress (no strapless/halter/spaghetti-strap/one-shoulder dresses); dress should not be longer than the gown.
  • Black dress shoes with low or flat heels. NO tennis shoes or flip-flops.
  • Small earrings. NO large hoops, etc. Also no bangles, large bracelets, or necklaces.
  • Do not bring purses or other items with you. You cannot march with them.
Any student inappropriately dressed will not be allowed to march. All clothing must meet dress code requirements. Wrinkled gowns are not attractive; hang your gown to allow the wrinkles to fall out. Ironing the gown is not recommended; if you do so, please be aware that you may damage it. 
DO NOT wash or dry clean your gown.

Be sure you wear your mortarboard (cap) correctly. The top of the cap must be FLAT, not tilted, and the front band should be well down on the forehead. At the beginning of the ceremony, you will wear your tassel on the right side; later, as directed by the class president, you will move it to the left. Boys need to practice removing and replacing their mortarboards because they will have to do so for the invocation, the Pledge, the respectful tribute to your classmate who died, and the benediction. When removing the mortarboard, the mortarboard and the tassel should be grasped together. We will use double-sided tape to keep the stoles from sliding. Teachers will be available to help you with this when we assemble in the school's commons area. Girls, you may need to anchor your caps with bobby pins to secure them. Simple hairstyles work better with the caps.
EOC Testing Schedule
Counselors News
Visit the MP Counselors' Web Page!!!
*Do you need a transcript?
*Do you need an Attendance & ADAP Form?
*Seniors: do you need FAFSA, scholarships, and recommendation information?
You can find all of this and more on the Counselor's Web Page.
Important Upcoming Dates

Underclassmen Honors Night
Thursday, April 28th, 6:30 p.m. 
Tift Campus at Roberts Chapel

Senior Honors Night
Thursday, May 5th, 6:30 p.m. 
Tift Campus at Roberts Chapel

Friday, June 3rd, 8:00 p.m. 
Dan Pitts Stadium.
MOWR Deadline - May 6th

Reminder: The MOWR May 6th deadline is quickly approaching.  Many of you took the recent April 9th ACT and can now see your score reports.  If you have the qualifying ACT scores (20 composite with 17 English and 18 Math) or qualifying SAT scores (970 with Math and Verbal only) please take the score report to the counselors' office or email your counselor a screenshot of your scores so that they can get this information added to your transcript and can schedule a meeting to talk about your college classes.  Please look at the next steps listed below to complete your MOWR requirements.
  • Have you met with your counselor to look at MOWR options and to sign the MOWR student participation agreement?
  • Have you submitted your application to the college?
  • Have you sent your SAT/ACT scores directly from the testing agency to the college?
  • Have you submitted additional documents as required by the college (immunizations, verification of lawful presence)
  • Have you completed the MOWR online application via your gacollege411 account?
Please see your counselor, if you have any questions.
*The deadline to pay for AP Exams has been extended to March 21st.

Fine Arts News
Band News

Students Accepted to Participate in Region Honor Band
Congratulations to Taylor Jordan, Rilyn McKallip, Addie Sparks, and 
Zach Potts on their acceptance and participation in REGION Honor Band 
in Valdosta, Georgia. These Mary Persons musicians are among the 
best instrumental performers in the region and state.
Club News
Best Buddies News

On Thursday, April 21 Best Buddies graciously accepted a $1,500 donation from the Middle Georgia Buddy Walk. 
Pictured are incoming Best Buddies officers for the 16-17 school year, President Anna Heleb McKelvey, Vice President Jordan Rozier, Buddy Director Graicyn Lee, and Nathan Murphy who is both an active participant in the Middle Georgia Buddy Walk as well as Best Buddies.

Best Buddies is selling $3 coupons redeemable for a Wendy's 1/4 Dave's Single Cheeseburger Combo meal. The normal price for the combo meal is $7.19. See any Access teacher or Best Buddies officers to purchase yours!
Beta Club News
*The next meeting will be THIS Thursday, during lunch, on the main campus.

*The Children's Hospital is in need of crayons, coloring books, & bandaids. Bring in all 3 items and earn 3 points!! 3 point limit. The deadline to turn in these items is Friday, April 29th.

*The deadline for Seniors to turn in their service hours is Monday, May 2nd.

*The deadline for Sophomores and Juniors to turn in their service hours is Friday, May 6th.
FBLA is selling World's Finest Chocolate bars for $1.00 each to raise money for the national leadership conference.

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.
FCA News
FCA meets 
EVERY Friday 
@ 7:30 
MPHS Media Center

FCA Kendall Bunn, speaks on forgiveness.
Sports News
Cross Country News

Free Cross Country Car Wash
Donations Accepted
May 21, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dairy Queen in Forsyth

Softball News
Softball Tryouts for High School are May 9th - May 13th at Banks Stephens Softball Field from 3:30-5:30. Middle school tryouts are May 16th- 20th at Banks Stephens Softball Field from 3:30-5:30 (Weather Permitted).
You must have a physical to tryout. 

If you have any questions please contact Coach Grossman 
Soccer News
The Girls Varsity Soccer team defeated Perry 4-1 last week at Billy Lancaster Field. Emily Barnes scored twice, while Naomi Sanders and Katie Bottomley scored one each. Assists were tallied by Maiah Wiley, Emily Barnes, and Rachel Adams. The lady Bulldogs outshot the Panthers 31 to 8 while Lori Smith added 7 saves on the night. 

The Girls Varsity Soccer team also defeated Howard 4-0 on Senior night. The Huskies were outshot 24-3 and led by Emily Barnes who had two goals and one assist on the night. Senior Kara Hardin finished a corner kick with her head and Naomi Sanders scored early for the Bulldogs. Senior Sharon Kinsella added one assist on the night as well. Lori Smith had 3 saves to bring her shutout total to 9 for the season. The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Wayne Co. Wednesday in the 1st round of the GHSA state playoffs. Go Dogs!
Soccer Dogs To Host In State Playoffs
The Mary Persons boys soccer team wrapped up a very successful regular season last Friday night by defeating Howard. The Bulldogs (14-2-1) knocked off the Huskies by a score of 1-0 to earn their eighth straight win. Dawson Daniel secured the game-winning goal late in the game after MP had been threatening to score for most of the second half. Trea Atkins, William Stevick, Curtis Bramble and Brock Hulsey anchored a defense that has shut out its opponents in four of the last five games. The win secured a first-round home playoff game against New Hampstead. If the Bulldogs are able to win, they will likely travel to face defending Class AAAA state finalist, Cross Keys in the second round next week.
Track News
Congratulations to Rosa Bell, who has signed a letter of intent to run track at Limestone College. She is pictured here with Timeka Bell (sister), Fremeka Bell (mother), and Fremeka Bell (sister).

Region Meet News
Your Lady Bulldogs are the Region 2AAAA Champions!  The Bulldogs did an outstanding job as they competed for the Region Title.  The Boys team placed 4th in the Region.  

Our Region Champions for individual events are Lawson Weldon in the mile, Niesha Lyons in the Shot Put, Lindsey Smith in the Discus, Amecia Pennamon in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Morgan Haney in the 800 meter run and mile, Olympia High in the 300 meter hurdles, both girls 4 by 100 and 4 by 400 meter relays which include Darmeshia Taylor, Olympia High, Rosa Bell, Amecia Pennamon, and Morgan Haney.

The following athletes placed in the Region finals and have qualified to compete in the Sectional Meet.  Kendrell Taylor placed 3rd in the 100m , TJ Williams placed 3rd in the 3200 and 4th in the 1600m, Jomari Jackson placed 2nd in the 200m,  Malik Herring placed 3rd in the Shot Put and 4th in the Discus, Taniyah Dewberry placed 4th in Shot Put and Erin Hampton Placed 2nd in the Discus Throw.  The boys 4 by 100 and 4 by 400 meter relays both placed 2nd.  The relay teams are: Jomari jackson, Kendrell Taylor, Ty Danielly, Jatori Sims, Lawson Weldon,  Nick Joseph, Tyler Bentley.  Congratulations!  Sectional will be held in Carrollton, Ga. on Satuday, April 30th. Go Dogs!
Spring Sports Schedules
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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 device.

*Please see Mrs. English if you need assistance.
OverDrive Summer Read
We are excited to announce the OverDrive Summer Read program, designed to encourage students to keep reading all year long. This program provides exciting titles for our students to read that are simultaneously available during the summer.

Titles will be added to our OverDrive eBook collection with unlimited access from June 1 midday EDT to June 30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 

Please email Mrs. English (
if you have trouble logging in, or if you have any questions.
*See Mrs. English for passwords to the resources that require a password.
Link Your Ingles Card to MPHS

Ingles cards must be 
re-linked each year. 
Our school code is 10509.
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