Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Monroe County Board of Education approves 
the 2017-2018 School Calendar
Report Cards - Thursday, January 12th
Credit Recovery
Credit Recovery first session will start January 23rd and we will offer 2 options; after school and Saturday school. After school will run from 3:15-5:15 Monday through Thursday. Saturday school is held on Saturdays from 8-12. The cost is $50 per course. Students can come by the Graduation Coach's office or the counselors office to pick up an application!
MP's Got Talent, which was scheduled for 
Thursday night, has been CANCELLED
due to lack of student interest and participating acts
Students Learn Math by Playing Cards

Dr. Williams' Honors Geometry students 
play cards to practice the Pythagorean Theorem.
OverDrive eBooks
Borrow eBooks (fiction and nonfiction), and audio-books from our school library - ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.  All you need is your username and password, the same credentials that are used to access the computers at school.  eBooks may be downloaded to your device.

*Please see Mrs. English if you need assistance.
Washington Youth Tour 2017

Now Accepting Applications for 2017
The Youth Tour will take place June 8-15, 2017.  Applications packets are due by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017.
The Washington Youth Tour is a top-notch tour of our nation's capital that includes meetings with state and national leaders and leadership training, as well as visiting all the major sights.  The students meet and discuss their views with students from other states while learning about history, government, and careers in public service.

Empescope News
Don't miss out on getting a 2017 yearbook for $70.  Make it one of a kind by adding your name and icons.  The last day to personalize it is Friday Jan. 13th. Go to  to place your order.
2017 Prom Information
Prom will be held on Saturday, April 15th, 2017, at the Macon City Auditorium. Eligibility to attend prom can be found on page 58 of the student handbook. Dates from the middle school or over the age of 20 years old will not be allowed. A freshman and sophomore may attend if accompanied by a junior or senior date. If a student's date DOES NOT attend Mary Persons, that student must first secure administrative approval by submitting a "Date Approval Form" located in the front office. 

Prom Tickets will go on sale Monday, January 30
The cost schedule:
Jan. 30th - Feb. 3rd$55 for MP Juniors or unpaid Seniors; $25 for guest
Feb 6th - Feb 28th
$60 for a Mary Persons Junior or unpaid Senior; $30 guest
March 1st - March 24th
$70 for a Mary Persons Junior or unpaid Senior; $40 guest
**The "date" fee applies to Freshmen, Sophomores, and non-MP students.   However, date approval forms are ONLY NEEDED for non-MP guests.
These are due no later than Friday, March 24th.

Anyone with an incomplete balance will not be admitted into prom. Tickets can be purchased from Ms. Metcalf in room 504 AFTER school. Refunds WILL NOT be made. Keep all receipts as proof of payment. 
Mark Your Calendar: 
Third Annual MCACFit to AchieveRun March 2017
The Monroe County Achievement Center is hosting its 3rd Annual "Fit to Achieve" 5K Run on March 25, 2017.  The race is promoting a healthy lifestyle by
encouraging everyone to exercise and make healthy food choices.  The race is 
a 5K course beginning and ending at the Monroe County Achievement Center.
All proceeds benefit the students of the Monroe County Achievement Center 
by assisting in purchasing technology supplies and other educational needs 
to support our students. For more information, please contact Dr. Margie Campbell at or Grady Caldwell at 478-994-7072 or at
Counselors News
Need Extra Help with a Class?
Move On When Ready/AP Information Night
If you are interested in participating in finding out more about the Move On When Ready program, please plan to attend our information session on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. Our college partners will be here to provide first hand information about the criteria and available opportunities. Additionally, AP teachers will be available to answer questions addressing the benefits of taking AP courses offered at MPHS. The session will be held in the cafeteria. 

Juniors who are are thinking about participating with MOWR this summer or next school year MUST take the SAT or ACT. 970 on SAT (Math & Verbal Only) or 20 composite score on ACT. All MOWR students must have a 3.0 GPA (core classes only) and a minimum test score of 970 on SAT (Math & Verbal Only) or 20 composite score on ACT.  Juniors are eligible for free waivers! Please see your counselor in order to get a waiver.
Visit the MP Counselors' Web Page!!!
*Do you need a transcript?
*Do you need an Attendance & ADAP Form?
You can find all of this and more on the Counselor's Web Page.

To get up-to-date news from the counseling department please check your emails and join the MP Counseling Department's Remind.  Text @mphsco to 81010.  

Attention Seniors
Senior Acceptance Bulletin Board: If you have been accepted to a college, please bring a copy of the acceptance letter or email your counselor so they can include your pictures on the college acceptance bulletin board. We will begin posting pictures within the next week. 

Seniors that have participated in MOWR (including core college classes and 3rd year healthcare classes) during any year of high school will need to make sure that their college transcript, in addition to their high school transcript, is sent to the college that they will be attending. College admissions and registration will be placed on hold until the college receives both transcripts.  Links to request college transcripts are listed below.
Attention Seniors

AP Exams News
Students may start making payments for their AP exams beginning November 7th.  The coast of each exam is $94. 
The fee schedule is:
Nov. 7
Dec. 5
Jan. 9
Feb. 6
Mar. 6              
This will allow student to make 5 low payments (4 low payments of $20.00+ 5th payment of $14.00).  Parents can 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.  Students may register through their AP teacher or by clicking here.
Fine Arts News
Art News
January's student Srtist of the Month is senior Madolyn Rowland.  Congratulations, Madolyn!

Chorus & Band Concert

Christmas Concert

Did you miss the concert?

You may now view it online.

Club News
Beta Club News

Best Buddies will have a New Year's Resolution Social on Wednesday at 3:10 in the media center. We'll make goals for 2017 and have snacks!
Beta Club News

Upcoming Dates

January 19th & 20th - State Beta Convention in Savannah
*Officer Meetings - January 11 and January 30

*FBLA Club Meetings - January 18 (Krispy Kreme Fundraiser Kicks Off) and February 1

*Region Leadership Conference - January 23
Jasper County High School, Monticello

Dairy Queen Blizzard Sale
Every Thursday! 
Mini Blizzards will be sold 
for $2 each in room 227 after school.
FCA News

FCA meets every 
Friday morning!
Join us in the 
Media Center at 7:30.
TSA News
There will be a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, January 25th, after school.  Make plans to attend. If you are considering joining TSA, this would be a great time to come as well.  The meeting will be in the Tech Lab, room 220, behind the band room.
Sports News
Baseball News
Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, January 17th and Wednesday, January 18th at 3:30 at the baseball field. You must have a physical completed BEFORE you can tryout.  

See Coach Mathis or Coach Smallwood for any needed forms.
Basketball News
Last Tuesday in a basketball game at Veterans High school during the second half, Cameron Holden scored his 1,000 career point. He went into the game with 987 career points. Cam finished the game with 15 points while the Bulldogs won the game 74-61.

Cam is currently averaging 26.0 point per game along with 9.5 rebounds per game, 4.4 assist per game, and 3.2 steals per game.

The varsity boys basketball team defeated Lamar County Saturday 76-54
. The junior varsity boys were also victorious as they won their fifth game in a row over Lamar County.

JV and varsity basketball practice immediately after school. 9th grade boys practice at 5:00 at MPHS Gym.
Soccer News

Boys Soccer Tryouts to be held Jan 16-19

Tryouts for the MPHS Varsity Boys Soccer team will begin on Monday, January 16 at 9 AM at the practice fields behind the Monroe County Education Center. Tryouts will resume again that day at 4 PM and will continue through Thursday, January 19Attendance at ALL tryouts is mandatory.  In order to attend ALL PAPERWORK MUST BE COMPLETED ALONG WITH YOUR INSURANCE PAYMENT (CHECKS MADE OUT TO MPHS), BY JANUARY 13. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE! For more information, see Coach McElhaney.

Girls Soccer News

Dates: Monday Jan. 9 - Friday Jan. 13
Time: 4 - 5:15 pm
Where: T.G. Scott Elem. Field
Equipment: Cleats & Tennis Shoes

Dates: Tuesday Jan 17 - Wed. Jan 18
Time: 4 - 5:30/5:45 pm
Where: TBD

In order to tryout all required paperwork must be completed and a physical on file to participate. For more information, see Coach Sanders in Room 226.
Tennis News
Tennis Tryouts
Boys January 17th and 18th
Girls January 19th and 20th 

Winter Sports Schedules

Media Center Message
Media Center Offers Extended Hours

Both Campuses - Open Daily until 3:45.

Freshman Campus Media Center - Open Tuesdays until 4:00

Main Campus Media Center - Open Thursdays until 4:30

Students who wish to take advantage of the extended time 
must arrive to the Media Center after the dismissal bell rings.
Peach Teen Book Award Nominees

Let your voice be heard!!  Read the Peach Book Award Nominees 
and vote for your favorites! You will find the QR Code for voting 
on the display in the media center.
*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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