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Clayton school officials to unveil SACS response on Friday

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold a called meeting on Friday, July 25, at 7 p.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro, to publicly unveil the school system's response to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' (SACS) nine mandates for improvement.

Monday

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold its July work session on Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m., in the recital hall at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro.

Aug. 7

Clayton County Public Schools will begin the 2008-09 school year on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Aug. 12

The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies will hold an Open House information session on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 5:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., in room 201 of the university's Harry S. Downs Center.

Aug. 26

Clayton State University will hold its third annual New Student Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 11:30 a.m., to 12:20 p.m., in Spivey Hall.

Notes

The United States Army recently announced Pfc. Gabriel T. Smith, son of Riverdale resident Roshell Smith, has been mobilized and will be deployed overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Smith is a supply clerk technician, with two years of military service. He is normally assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, located at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

The United States Army recently announced Pvt. LaTosha D. Newton, daughter of Jonesboro resident Regina Gipson, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During her training, Newton studied the Army's mission; history; tradition and core values; basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare; map reading; field tactics; the military justice system, and basic first aid.

The United States Army recently announced Pvt. Eleazar Thompson, the son of Riverdale resident Theresa L. Edwards, has graduated from a nine-week basic infantry training course at Fort Benning in Columbus. During his training, Thompson studied the Army's mission; history; tradition and core values; basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare; map reading; field tactics; the military justice system, and basic first aid.

The United States Army recently announced Pvt. Miles Briggs, a 2002 graduate of Morrow High School, has graduated from a nine-week basic infantry training course at Fort Benning in Columbus. During his training, Briggs studied the Army's mission; history; tradition and core values; basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare; map reading; field tactics; the military justice system, and basic first aid. He is the son of Jeruisha Briggs of Rex, and grandson of Katherine Douglas of Atlanta.

Ongoing

Clayton County Public Schools is seeking 1,000 volunteers to greet students as they arrive for the first day of school, on Aug. 7, also known as Day One. The volunteers are tasked with offering a friendly smile to students as they arrive, hand a pupil a pen or a pencil, and offer a few words of encouragement. Contact Rhonda Burnough at (770) 473-2760 for more information.

The Clayton County Public Library system offers many services to students, including tutoring programs for those who speak either English or Spanish, and online practice tests and electronic test preparation books for the SAT, GED, ASVAB, and TOEFFL exams.

Visit the Clayton County Library web site at www.claytonpl.org.

School notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.