School system honoring voices winners

By Greg Gelpi


The Clayton County school system will honor all of the winners of its Hear Our Voices competition with a reception at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at Harper Elementary School.

Clayton College & State University is having free film showings as part of its Mondays at the Movies Festival. The remaining films are "Breathless" on April 5, "Bringing up Baby" on April 12, "Chinatown" on April 19 and "The Matrix" on April 26. All movies will be shown at 4:30 p.m. CCSU will also show "Daughters of the Dust" at noon April 12 for the Women and the Arts Festival. All films will be in Room G-132 of the University's Arts & Sciences building. Call (770) 961-3537 for more information.

Martin Luther King Elementary, one of Clayton County's newest schools, will hold a dedication ceremony at 4 p.m. May 2. For more information, call (770) 991-4651.

Forest Park High School is holding a Kite Festival at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The festival will teach students about the geometry and aerodynamics of kites. For more information, call (404) 362-3890.

First Baptist Church in Jonesboro is holding enrollment for its early learning center for next school year. The program offers preschool classes for children ages 6 months to 4 years old, as well as a state-approved kindergarten. For more information, call Kim Blackwood or Sherry Jones at (770) 471-9585.

The Pointe South Elementary theater will present "Feel the Music" at 7 p.m. Thursday. About 60 students will demonstrate various genres of music through song, dance and acting. Call Principal John Staten at (770) 994-4045 to learn more.

Clayton College & State University will present "Caliban and Miranda" at 8 p.m. from April 20 to April 24. The play, written by Robert Karmon, won the university's first international playwriting competition. Call (770) 961-3623 or visit www.claytonstatetheater.org for more information.

Clayton College & State University will have a lecture by David Goldfield on immigration and race relations at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in room 132 of the Arts & Sciences Building. To learn more, call (812) 855-7311 or write to kathrynkemp@mail.clayton.edu or lectures@oah.org.

Professor Thomas G. Dyer will speak at Clayton College & State University on the history of college teaching since Medieval Times. The lecture will be at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in room 132 of the Arts & Sciences Building.

U.S. Congressman David Scott, D-Atlanta, announced the 2004 Congressional Art Competition. All high school students in the 13th Congressional District can obtain entry packets from high school art teachers. Entries must be delivered to Scott's office at 173 N. Main St., Jonesboro by April 23. For more information, call Sara Behanna at 770-210-5073.

The Clayton College & State University Foundation's 2004 President's Gala will be Saturday at the Georgia International Congress Center in College Park. Call (770) 961-3580 to learn more.

Spivey Hall at Clayton College & State University will hold a Teacher Training Institute from June 10 to June 12. To learn more, call Meghan Dougherty at (770) 961-3498.

The final West Clayton Elementary CRCT Lock-In Friday will be Thursday. The activities from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. will help third and fourth graders prepare for the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test. Clayton County students will take the test the week of April 14 to April 21. For more information, call program coordinator LaTricia Bennett at (770) 994-4005.

The Clayton County school system will hold a series of job fairs for certifiable teaching candidates.

The remaining fairs are April 16 and May 14 at the North Jonesboro Center and June 4 and June 28 at Roberts Middle School.

Teaching applications and more information on the job fairs can be found at http://www.clayton.k12.ga.us/personnel or by calling (770) 473-2747.

Seven of the county's eight high schools will graduate more than 2,000 students May 21 and May 22. Mundy's Mill, Clayton County's newest high school, will have its first graduation in 2005. For the complete list of graduation dates and times, visit http://www.clayton.k12.ga.us/calendars/GraduationDates.htm.

Students interested in Clayton College & State University's Middle Level Education baccalaureate program can attend information sessions at 6 p.m. April 15. For more information, call Marygrace Surma at (770) 961-3578.

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 April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

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.

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


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

Lauren Michelle Lacy of Jonesboro, Doniel Keon Wade of Jonesboro and Jonathan Lee Perez of Rex were named to the dean's list of Savannah College of Art and Design for the fall quarter.

Amanda L. Applequist and Kevin A. Waller, both of Jonesboro, graduated from Georgia College & State University in the fall.

Debye Baird of McDonough, Dolores Cox of Stockbridge, Thomas George of Sharpsburg, Melody Hodge of Stockbridge and Gid Rowell of Morrow were announced as finalists for the Clayton College & State University Alice Smith Staff Member of the Year Award.

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