Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Important Upcoming Dates

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

Friday, June 3rd, 8:00 p.m. 
Dan Pitts Stadium
2015-2016 Spring Surveys

Basil Boss Makes Donation to Senior Class
Representatives from the Senior Class (Katie Bottomley, 
Jake Johnston, & Sharon Kinsella) received a contribution on 
behalf of their class from our school's pizza supplier, Basil Boss.
May the Fourth Be with You
On May the fourth, Mrs. Dyke's class celebrated Star Wars Day by creating 
droids as a STEM project in their science class. Students used their skill sets 
to work in teams to create different droids with different purposes.
Students Observe Cinco de Mayo
Last Thursday Access students studied and celebrated Cinco de Mayo. 
Students used literacy and history standards to help learn why Cinco de Mayo 
is celebrated. At the end of the day students were able to try different tastes 
of Mexico such Coke and Sprite made with real sugar in Mexico as well as different desserts that are popular in Mexico.
Spanish II Students Make Guacamole
Mrs. Calhoun recently demonstrated to her Spanish 2 class how to make guacamole in honor of Cinco de mayo.  Students were then given the opportunity to volunteer to make a batch.  Pictured here is Claire Douthit.
Students Shine a Light on Respect
Mary Persons students know that we really are all more alike than different! Several MP athletes and students, with and without disabilities, have found common interests and have begun to form friendships!
Mathematica Olympiad
Dr. Ford and Mrs. Peter's AMDM students participated in the 
Mathematica Olympiad as a part of their unit on statistics. After collecting 
data from the 10 Olympiad events, students will analyze the data 
by calculating measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion. 
US History Classes Prepare for Milestones
Mr. Meeks' and Mr. Smith's classes review for the US History Milestone 
using the new team mode on Kahoot!
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.
What I Love about Monroe County
Essay Contest Sponsored by The Reporter

Monroe County will celebrate Founders Day the week of May 16-20, and for the fourth year in a row, residents can win big cash prizes or an i-Pad mini by submitting an essay on the topic, "What I love about Monroe County". The essays are due at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.

Monroe County residents Todd and Stacy Tolbert, owners of Tolbert & Associates, an insurance and financial planning firm, are offering $700 in prizes for the "What I love about living in Monroe County" essay contest. There are two age categories and prizes as follows: 
  • Youth (0-18): First place - an Apple iPad Mini ($400 value); Second place - $50
  • Adults (18 and up): First Prize $200; Second Prize $50.
Essays must be at least 400 words and may be emailed to, faxed to 994-2359 or brought to 50 N. Jackson St., Forsyth. The winning essays will be published in the May 18 edition of The Reporter, along with Founders Day information including specials offered by local businesses encouraging Monroe County residents to shop at home. The county will celebrate its 195th birthday this year as it was created by the Georgia legislature on May 15, 1821.
Last year's Youth 2nd Place Winner was MP's Brianna Wilson
Fosythia Festival 5K
May 21, 2016

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
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
Drama News
Chorus News
MP Chorus Performs on Courthouse Square
Members of the MP Chorus participated in the annual 
National Day of Prayer Ceremony at the Courthouse Square on Thursday, May 5 by singing the National Athem. 
Club News
Best Buddies News
Please plan to attend our end-of-the-year cookout THIS FRIDAY the 13th at 3:00 at the track. Join us for food, games, and friendship!

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.
FCA News
FCA meets 
EVERY Friday 
@ 7:30 
MPHS Media Center
Sports News
Baseball News
Clark Signs with LaGrange College
Davis Clark has signed a letter of intent to play baseball with 
LaGrange College.  He is pictured here with his parents, David 
and Holli Clark.  Also pictured are Coach Gastley, Head Baseball 
Coach, and Coach Nelson, Athletic Director.
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.
Cheerleader News

MP Cheerleading 
Apparel Sale has begun!! 

Contact any high school or middle school cheerleader to purchase a 
t-shirt, umbrella, hat, or tumbler! 

T Shirts
Youth XS - Adult XL - $15
Adult 2XL - $16
Adult 3XL - $17
Adult 4XL - $18

Tank Tops
Adult S - Adult XL - $15

16oz MP Tumbler - $10 

MP Hat with adjustable
Velcro strap - $10 

60" MP Umbrella - $25
Questions? Email
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
Golf News
The MP varsity girls golf team scored high enough at region back on April 18th to automatically qualify for state, meaning they got to skip sectionals and proceed straight from region to state. State will be held on May 16th.
Girls Golf Team
TulaBlue Waldrep, Carley Martin, Lydia Harrell, & Payton Poland

Dylan Steed, a freshman, also qualified as an individual for the boys State Golf Tournament. All of our golfers this season have done a tremendous job. They are a credit to their families and the MP community.
Dylan Steed
Soccer News
All-Region 2-AAAA Soccer (GIRLS)
1st team: Emily Barnes, Summer Sanders, Kiera Johnson
2nd team: Maiah Wiley
Honorable Mention: Sharon Kinsella, Annie Giles

All-Region 2-AAAA Boys:
1st Team: Shane King, James Davis, Dawson Daniel
2nd Team: Chacce Barfield
Honorable Mention: Trea Atkins, Curtis Bramble, Gabe Phillip, Alex Rivera

The Region 2-AAAA All Star Game will be held at MPHS  Saturday May 14 at noon for girls and 2pm for boys. 

MP boys fall to defending state finalists in playoffs
The Mary Persons boys soccer team gave No. 1 Cross Keys all it could handle, but saw its season come to an end last week in the Sweet 16 of the GHSA State Playoffs. The Bulldogs (15-3-1) took the 2015 Class AAAA state finalists into two overtimes but came up just short of pulling off the upset. Cross Keys took a 1-0 lead with just minutes remaining in the second overtime period. MP pushed nearly everyone forward shortly thereafter, but could not get an equalizer. Instead, Cross Keys sealed the win with under 30 seconds remaining. The loss ended a 9-game winning streak for MP. The Bulldogs finished the season tied for the fewest defeats in program history.
Softball News
Softball Tryouts for High School are May 23rd- May 27th 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
Amecia Pennamon Wins 
2 State Championship Titles
Amecia Pennamon - State CHAMP
The Lady Bulldogs had an outstanding performance at the GHSA Track and Field State Championships.  Amecia Pennamon won two State Championship Titles.  She won the 100 meter dash with the time of 11.76.  She also won the 200 meter dash with the time of 23.81.  Olympia High won a state medal with a 4th place in the 300 meter hurdles.  Olympia also finished 11th in the Triple Jump.  The 4 by 400 relay team won a 8th place medal.  Morgan Haney placed 14th in the mile run.  Rosa Bell finished 12th in the 200 meter dash.  The girls 4 by 100 relay placed 10th.

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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.

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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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if you have trouble logging in, or if you have any questions.
*See Mrs. English for passwords to the resources that require a password.
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Ingles cards must be 
re-linked each year. 
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