Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Monroe County Board of Education approves 
the 2017-2018 School Calendar
Winter Break
February 17-20
Progress Reports
Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 9, 2017
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Please contact the front office to make an appointment.
2017 STAR Student/Teacher Announced

Congratulations to Maiah Wiley who was named STAR student 
for the Class of 2017.  She chose Mr. David Meeks as her 
STAR teacher. The Forsyth/Monroe County Chamber of 
Commerce sponsors the STAR program. 
Our Governor's Honors Program Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to our nominees who have been chosen as semifinalist and will be taking part in an interview/audition process.  Over 3,200 students were nominated to the state level competition and nearly 1,700 of them have been selected as semifinalists for state interviews/auditions. We are pleased to have these gifted students represent MPHS and wish them luck on their interviews! Click here of more information on the GHP program.

Rilyn McKallip
Music (Instrumental)
Gabriel Medlin
World Language
Zach Potts
Music (Instrumental)
Beau Watson
Music (Vocal)
Students Participate in Poetry Slam Cafe
Ms. Boyt's 9th grade ELA classes completed a Poetry Portfolio and participated in a Slam Cafe where they read some of their original poems.
Students Write Witches' Spells
Students in Ms. Metcalf's class had to write spells that mimicked 
the witches' brew in Act Four of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth.
Shirt Fundraiser for Access Program

The Access Program is selling 3E Love Mary Persons Bulldog shirts to support program activities. 3E Love is a company that was started and is still run by persons with disabilities. By supporting this shirt fundraiser you support Mary Persons High School Access and jobs for people with disabilities. We hope you will consider supporting our fundraiser. Please send order forms & checks made payable to Mary Persons High School to Mrs. Chafin, Mrs. Holloway, or Mrs. Dyke. The deadline to order is February 24th.

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.  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. 
Counselors News
Zumba Spring Fling
Please plan to join us for Zumba Spring Fling which will be April 28 at 7:00 p.m. Cost to participate is $25 per person. MPHS students with a school ID can participate for $15.00. Proceeds from this event assist students with basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene items, school supplies, prom attire, graduation supplies, etc. In lieu of attending the Zumba Spring Fling, donations can be made payable to MPHS.  

Need Extra Help with a Class?
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.
February is Financial Aid Awareness Month
Please remember ALL students planning to attend a post-secondary institution MUST complete the FAFSA form.

Please go to to complete your application.
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.
The deadline to register for AP exams is March 3, 2017.  Please see Ms. Burston or your AP teacher to register.  
Club News

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.

Nathan Jackson was the guest speaker last Friday.
Sports News
Basketball News

MP is hosting the 2016-17 Region 2-AAAA Basketball Tournament this year.  The dates for the tournament are Feb. 6, 8, and 10.  This is a GHSA sanctioned event, and thus falls under the guidelines set forth by the GHSA.

Remaining Game Times
Wednesday - Girls/Boys 
(4:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30)
Friday - Girls/Boys 
The Region Basketball Tournament is a GHSA sponsored event and is subject to GHSA guidelines.
1.  ALL tickets are $7.00
2.  NO Monroe County Employee Badges will be accepted.
3.  All GHSA pass holders must enter through the pass gate.
4.  Spectators are not allowed on the game floor until the games have been completed.
5.  Game management, security personnel, and game officials have the right to demand spectators be removed from the arena for unacceptable behavior.
Football News

National Signing Day

Congratulations to these Football players who signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday February 1. The record of this senior class is 41-9.  They were part of 2 region championships and helped lead the Bulldogs to the state semi-finals this past year.

Malik Herring will be playing with the University of Georgia

Caleb Etheridge will be playing for Western Kentucky University.

Zach Harvey will be playing for Wingate University.

Tay Jarrell will be playing for Fort Valley State University.

Roger Akins (not pictured) will be playing for Independence Community College.  The Bulldogs will have another 3-4 players sign Letters of Intent within the next 3-4 weeks.
Wrestling News
Six wrestlers (Hunter Bass, Stanley Lowe, James Shannon, Brycen Young, Cody Sickmen, and Keller Smith) competed in the AAAA State B Sectionals over the weekend Feb. 3rd and 4th.  Out of those six we had 3 qualify for the state tournament (Hunter Bass, Stanley Lowe, and Brycen Young) They will compete this week Feb. 9th, 10th, and 11th. The picture below is from this past weekend.
Spring Schedules
Media Center Message
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.
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.
*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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