Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
STAR Student & STAR Teacher Honored
Our STAR Student, Lindsey Kinsella and our STAR Teacher, Mr. Charles Hernandez were honored and presented with a Proclamation 
by Robert Dickey, District 140 House Representative, that was 
recently read on the floor of the State House or Representatives.  
Congratulations Ms. Metcalf
April Teacher of the Month

We Appreciate Our Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week 
May 2-6, 2016
Teachers & Staff Enjoyed Lunch from The Varsity! 
Thanks to our Administrators!!
Important Upcoming Dates

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

CTAE Cord Ceremony
Monday, May 16th, 5:30 p.m. 
BOE Auditorium

Friday, June 3rd, 8:00 p.m. 
Dan Pitts Stadium
Seniors Visit Six Flags
Seniors must have passed all 7 of their EOCs the 
first time around to be eligible to go to Six Flags. 
Senior News

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.
Summer School Information
Students who failed a required course for graduation need to plan to attend MPHS Summer School.  We will once again offer a face-to-face math opportunity as well as online credit recovery for all other academic courses.  Students must pay $50.00 for each unit class.  Please return money and registration forms by June 7th to the Freshman Campus front office or the Graduation Coach, Mrs. McLuen, on main campus.  Contact Mrs. McLuen if you have any questions:

Schedule for AP Testing, Milestone Testing & Final Exams

Counselors News
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.
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.
Fine Arts News
Band News
Chorus News

MP Choirs Compete at Myrtle Beach
Congratulations to 49 MP Chorus students, director Charles Hernandez 
and accompanist Terry Clopton who competed in Festivals of Music at 
Myrtle Beach, SC this weekend.  Both choirs received straight Superior 
ratings and placed 2nd in both Mixed and Women's Choir Divisions. 
The Trophies will be on display in the MP front lobby this week. 
Congrats to the MP Choirs for this outstanding accomplishment! 
Club News
Best Buddies News
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!
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.
FFA News
FFA Attends 88th Annual State FFA Convention

Thirty-Eight Mary Persons High School and Monroe County Middle School FFA members represented our Chapters at the 88th Annual State FFA Convention at the Macon Coliseum and Centreplex.  The Convention was held April 28th- 30th.

On Thursday, Our members enjoyed visiting with representatives from 18 Universities that offer Agricultural Degrees; as well as,  25 Agricultural companies at the Career and Trade Show.  On Thursday evening, Daniel Garrett was recognized at an awards and sponsors dinner for his success in winning the Area III Electrical Wiring Contest and participating in the State Electrical Wiring contest.  Daniel received a $500 Scholarship for this event.

On Friday morning,  FFA member, Rebekah Simpson, performed in as a Georgia FFA Talent participant.  Also, Friday morning results were announced for the State Proficiency Finalists.  Caroline Waldrep placed 2nd in the state for her Swine Proficiency and TulaBlue Waldrep placed 3rd in the state for her Sheep Production Proficiency.  Also, Friday awards were presented for all team competitions through the year.  Mary Persons FFA members were recognized for the following:  

State Winning Team:  Senior Floriculture:  Team Members:  Amber Pritchett, Shelby Sims, Elizabeth Smith, and Emsley Smith were presented with a plaque and $2000 to help cover expenses of competing in the National Floriculture Contest next fall.

State Winning Team:  Jr. Nursery Landscaping:  Team Members:  Karion Childs, Linda Carjavel, Anna Hightower, and Allison White.  Anna Hightower was presented a plaque and $100 for being the High Individual in the State.

State Runner-up:  Sr. Nursery Landscaping:  Team Members:  Audrey Barr, Kayley Dale, Bobby Jones, and Daniel Garrett.

3rd Place Teams at State Competition:
     Jr. Landjudging:  Team Members:  Tycorion Brown, Matt Gordon, Anna Hightower, and Austin Wiggins. Austin was presented a plaque and $50 for being the 2nd High Individual at state.
     Agricultural Mechanics:  Team Members:  Josh Bleshoy,  Will Freeman,  Daniel Garrett, and Brice Turner. Brice was presented a plaque and $50 for being the 2nd High Individual at state.
     Also,  TulaBlue Waldrep was presented a plaque and $25 for ranking 3rd individually at state.

Finally, on Saturday morning 8 Mary Persons FFA members were recognized as State FFA Degree Recipients, which is the highest degree a member of the Georgia FFA Association can earn.  These members were: Josh Bleshoy,  Gramm Coffman, Daniel Garrett, Haley Holland, Amber Pritchett, Rebekah Simpson, Abby Sims, and Shelby Sims.

State Winning Senior Floriculture Team:
Amber Pritchett, Elizabeth Smith, Shelby Sims, Emsley Smith

State FFA Degree Recipients:  
Back: Shelby Sims, Gramm Coffman, Josh Bleshoy, Daniel Garrett
Front: Amber Pritchett, Abby Sims, Rebekah Simpson, 
Haley Holland

High Individual at State Jr. Nursery Landscaping Contest:  
Anna Hightower

State Runner-up Sr. Nursery Landscaping Team:
Audrey Barr, Bobby Jones, Daniel Garrett, Kayley Dale
FCA News
FCA meets 
EVERY Friday 
@ 7:30 
MPHS Media Center
Lauren Flowers leads worship during FCA.
MPHS held it's 2nd Blood Drive of the school year last Friday.  Our school is recognized by the American Red Cross for being one of the largest high school drives in Georgia.  This year MP students and staff members donated over 200 pints of blood.  One pint can save as many as 3 lives. Healthcare students who are part of HOSA co-partner with the American Red Cross to manage school-based blood drives. These Future Healthcare Professionals gain valuable leadership and patient care skills.  We are proud of our courageous and caring students and our HOSA leaders. 
Tri-M News
Highlights from the Tri-M Music Honor Society Spring Showcase held last Tuesday night.
Sports News
Football News

Spring Practice Dates
May 9, 10, 11, 12
May 16, 17, 19, 20

Practices are from 4:00 - 6:30

May 20th will be the Spring IntraSquad Game.
The game will start at 5:00.
Cheerleading News

Congratulations to the 
2016-2017 Cheerleading Squads

Competition Squad
Abby Ivey
Ashley Slaughter
Caitlin Corley
Clarissa Walker
Kayleigh Hill
Kayleigh Ryles
Lily Clark
Macy Morris
Madison Lewis
Makenna Howard
NaKayla Jackson
Sydney Lawrence
Thomas Carter
Toshiana Strickland
Spirit Squad
A'Mya Lyons
Abby Watson
Alaicha Penamon
Alivia Stewart
Anna Helen McKelvey
Ashley Austin
Hannah Blessett
Hayleigh Blair
Imani Web
Jasmine Gaines
Karion Childs
Katrina Young
Kierra Hughley
Madison Knowles
Reese Thomason
Sunny DeVane
Tyia Penamon
Taniyah Dewberry
JV Squad
Armaya Smith
Autumn Grier
Bethany Maddox
Breanna O'Neal
Courtney Whatley
Emmy Tane
Jaida Harvey
Kennedie Burston
Kristina Reid
Linda Carvajal-Jacinto
Makena Zellner
Sierra Butler
Trinity Stokes
Whitney Ray
Zikira Benjamin
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
Soccer News
The Mary Persons boys soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the GHSA Class AAAA State Playoffs last Tuesday. The Bulldogs improved to 15-2-1 on the season thanks to a 4-3 win over New Hampstead. Dawson Daniel had two goals on the night. Gabe Phillip added a goal and an assist. Alex Rivera also found the back of the net for MP. The Bulldogs went ahead 3-0 in the first half and led 4-1 in the second to bring home the win. It was MP's ninth straight victory on the season.
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 
Track News
Our Track and Field teams competed this past weekend at the 4AAAA Sectionals to qualify for State Competition in Carrollton, Ga.  State Qualifiers for the boys are:
Jomari Jackson in the 200 meter dash, Lawson Weldon in the1600 meter run, Quintarius Alford in the High Jump, and 4 by100 meter relay- Jomari Jackson, Ty Danielly, Kedrell Taylor, Jatori Sims and Dee Gaines

State Qualifiers for the girls are:
Amecia Pennamon in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash, Rosa Bell in the 200 meter dash, Morgan Haney in the 1600 meter run, Olympia High in the 300 meter hurdles and triple jump and both relays 4 by 100 and 4 by 400 meter relay- Darmeshia Taylor, Rosa Bell, Morgan Haney, Olympia High and Amecia Pennamon.

The girls State Championship will be May 5th through 7th in Albany, GA.  The boys State Championship will be May 12th though 14th in Jefferson, Ga. Good Luck Dogs!
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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. 

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*See Mrs. English for passwords to the resources that require a password.
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