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McDonough school hosting workshops for parents

By Greg Gelpi

Events

The Meadowland Montessori School in McDonough will host a community workshop for parents to help their children read fluently. The workshop is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday at the school. For more information, call (770) 898-1360 or (770) 474-6688 or visit www.meadowlandmontessori.org.

More than 500 students and advisers will attend the annual regional leadership conference of the Georgia Future Business Leaders of America Thursday at Morrow High. For more information, call FBLA Adviser Tracina Wyatt at (404) 362-2043 or write her at twyatt@mhs.ccps.ga.net.

Forest Park Middle will begin a community outreach program to extend its instructional technology services to parents and middle school-aged children. ExCITE, Extended Community Initiative in Technology and Education, will begin today with a class of 21 participants. For more information, call Gladys Coleman at (404) 608-2649.

The Clayton County Public Library System announced a promotion that enables children to earn free tickets to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Children ages 5 to 12 who read seven books between Jan. 9 and Feb. 6 can submit a reading log to the library and receive a circus voucher. The voucher can be brought to the circus for a free ticket with the purchase of an adult's ticket for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 or 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. The circus will be at the Philips Arena from Feb. 12 to Feb. 22. Contact Janice Arcuria at (770) 473-3850 Ext. 231 or arcuriaj@mail.clayton.public.lib.ga.us for more information.

Clayton County fifth-and eighth-graders will take state composition tests this week. Fifth graders will take the assessment test today and Thursday. A make-up test will be given Friday. The Middle Grades Writing Assessment will be given today with a make-up on Thursday. Call Student Assessment Coordinator Ray Blakely at (678) 817-3075 to learn more.

Clayton County's eighth annual All County Honor Musical production of "Annie" will open at 9:45 a.m. today at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center. The play will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday. The play will close at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Fine Arts Coordinator Paul Robbins at (678) 817-3077.

Keiko Scott, a representative from the Japanese Consulate, will participate in Lovejoy Middle's Multicultural Awareness Program Friday. Students have prepared reports, presentations and display boards on Japanese culture. To learn more, call Multicultural Program Coordinator Deserie Sanchez at (770) 473-2933.

The Suder Elementary School Council announced its meeting schedule. The council will meet at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Suder Elementary. The meetings are Feb. 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

Donald Davis, a well-known storyteller and writer, will hold workshops for Lovejoy Middle School students Tuesday and Jan. 29. He has appeared on National Public Radio and Nightline with Ted Koppel. For more information, call Judith Conklin at (770) 473-2933.

The Clayton County Public Schools system is asking parents, guardians and students to be alert for delayed school openings and school closings due to severe weather. Parents should plan ahead with alternate childcare arrangements. If schools close, parents are asked to pick up students who normally walk home. Only adults parents authorize to pick up students will be allowed to do so. Georgia law allows the system to cancel up to four days of school without making the days up. Severe weather and emergency information can be found at www.clayton.k12.ga.us. For more information, call (770) 473-2735.

Tara Elementary's Literacy Program will attempt to break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty by providing free education classes to "at-risk" and low-income families. The Adult Basic Education program is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parents will receive Adult Basic Education and GED preparation classes. English as a Second Language classes will also be offered. The adult education will also include life skills and job-readiness instruction. Developmental programs for children ages 2 to 8 will be taught at the same time. School-age children will receive lessons to reinforce what they learned in school. Educational activities and fieldtrips are also planned. For parents with children, newborns to 2 years old, home visits are available. For more information, call Family Literacy Coordinator Amparo Gardiner at (770) 968-2915.

To increase after-school activities, Mundy's Mill Middle has developed an intramural soccer league for sixth- through eighth-graders. The students will play two games a week and receive 20 minutes of instruction before the games. For more information, call Allan Forbes, Donovan Williams or Michael Carr at (770) 473-2880.

Jewell C. Anderson Elementary announced the dates of its school council meetings. The meetings are Feb. 17, March 16, April 20, May 18 and June 15. All meetings are at 7 a.m.

Honors

Stormie Cunningham was recognized as the most improved student of the month at Lee Street Elementary for the month of December.

Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., awarded scholarships to two students from Jonesboro. Dave Courtright received the Georgia-Witan Scholarship and J.R. McNair received the John Pope Abney Scholarship.

Griffin Technical College announced its president's list. From Clayton County were Vernes Coleman, Yolanda Colzie, Timothy Covert, Christopher Croft, Kelly Ferrell, Haley Johnson, Charlotte Kassel, Ricky Kellum, Sun Huot Kimano, Zanobia Lanier, Eboni Lemon, Myron Lim, Jimmie Mann, Alice McDill, Mark McGregor, Kamie McKay, Joshua Morgan, Binh Ngo, Bravlio Olvera, Robert Partin, Lillian Rountree and Amy Weeks.

Bradley R. Rice, a professor of history and associate vice president for academic affairs at Clayton College & State University, retired after more than 27 years of service.

Kareem Lewis, a student at Brown Elementary, was named the fourth grade champion of the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge. He will advance to the state competition Feb. 27. The winner at the national level will receive a $25,000 scholarship.

Shunta R. Harmon of Riverdale was named to the dean's list of Furman University.

Custodian Elvin "Poppy" Hickmon was named Kemp Elementary's first staff member of the month. To learn more, call counselor Annette McCraw at (770) 473-2870.

Jonesboro High named Chuck Whitley as its teacher of the month. Whitley teaches chemistry.

Mike Loper was recognized as a Tech Prep Champion for Clayton College & State University's Tech Prep Consortium. Loper is an industrial technology systems program instructor at Mundy's Mill High.

Jonesboro High named Petra Marie Stumpf as the school's student of the month. Her honors include Who's Who Among American High School Students, All American Scholar, Academic Letter, Wofford Scholar, University of Georgia High School Residency Program CPA participant, Beta Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, soccer, volleyball, track, cross country, marching band and symphonic band.

School Notebook is compiled by Greg Gelpi. He can be reached at ggelpi@news-daily.com or (770) 478-5753 Ext. 247.