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School Notebook - August 27, 2009

Sept. 3, 10, 24, 30

Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley will host a series of community forums to gauge public opinion on the quality of education available to students in the county. Attendees will be able to make comments, and ask questions of Heatley. The first forum will be held Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m., at Mundy's Mill High School, at 9652 Fayetteville Road, Jonesboro. The next forum will be held Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m., at Charles R. Drew High School, 6237 Garden Walk Boulevard, Riverdale. The remaining forums will be held Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., at Morrow High School, 2299 Old Rex Morrow Road, Morrow, and on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m., at Mt. Zion High School, 2535 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 472-8437.

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Clayton State University officials announced the following Clayton County students made the school's Dean's List for the summer 2009 semester: Conley residents, Tiffany Tamaira Bates, Nicole D. Doldron, and Latrisha Moore; Ellenwood residents, Talisa R. Clark, Shirelle Denise Cordero-Daring, Shanique Gina Griffiths, Xuan Phuong Hoang Le, Jesselah Obedria McGrath, Elliott S. Mcintyre, Sadaf S. Rehmani, and Deanna C. Scott; Forest Park residents, Dominique A. Grant, and Phenesia L. Jordan; Hampton residents, Khaleed Naseer Abdul-Azeez and Baron C. Spearman; Jonesboro residents, Shimon O. Adamson, Joseph Ronald Ayers, Latecia R. Blackman, Leah Yvonne Brown, Teresa Earwood Brown, Patrick Andrew Coleman, Ashly Marie Fields, Matthew C. Hill, Pamela Elaine Hyaduck, Alicia Johnson, Fonessa Kamara, Ashley D. Mattox, Kaynecia Jackson Morrow, Arwen Eve Mullikin, Jamal A. Mustafa, Aminat Tunrayo Ogunmeru, Zaab Para, Stephen Harold Paulson, Jr., Amber B. Sanders, and Tarique A. Seymour; Morrow residents, Lingtoya Tauheedah Alexander, Rodrick S. Branch, Charles Bryan Burgess, Latoya Marie Evans, Aras Jane Gibson, Thai Q. Mai, Azure-Dee L. Mallory, Fern E. Matheson, Sheena Y. Pope, Sandra Lai Quach, Rodrigius LeMone Ransom, and Crystal Unique Thomas; Rex residents, Jamelia A. Lakes and Margaret L. McCall; and Riverdale residents, Olawunmi O. Adenola, Oluwatoyin Ol Ashekun, Titus De Ron Bembry, Larredrea Androsalyn Chivers, Sharevius B. Dix, Regina Vanessa Emerson, Quyen T. Ha, Travis Darnell Hardney, Mercy Asantewa Holborough, Chinyere Mabel Izuchukwu, Santojia Deshay Jackson, Jutia Devae Merriweather, Thuy T. Nguyen, Cassandra Lynn Price, and Tamara Tamicka Taylor.

Students had to earn a minimum 3.6 grade-point average, on a 4-point scale, while taking at least nine semester hours during the summer to make the list.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Airman Christina N. Cash, a 2006 graduate of Riverdale High School, has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During her training, Cash studied the Air Force's core values, military discipline, and basic warfare principles. Additionally, all airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science from the Community College of the Air Force. Cash is the daughter of Riverdale resident, Pamela Cash.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Airman Jonathan R. Gaillard, a 2002 graduate of Jonesboro High School, has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Gaillard studied the Air Force's core values, military discipline, and basic warfare principles. Additionally, all airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science from the Community College of the Air Force. Gaillard is the son of Riverdale resident, Chong Gaillard.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Airman Danyal K. Westmoreland, the daughter of College Park resident Norman Broderick, has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During her training, Westmoreland studied the Air Force's core values, military discipline, and basic warfare principles. Additionally, all airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science from the Community College of the Air Force.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Airman Richard A. Gaines, the son of Jonesboro resident William Gaines, Jr., has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Gaines studied the Air Force's core values, military discipline, and basic warfare principles. Additionally, all airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science from the Community College of the Air Force. Gaines graduated from Eagle's Landing High School, in McDonough, in 2004.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Airman Branden L. Twilley, the son of Rex resident, Angela Twilley, has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Twilley studied the Air Force's core values, military discipline, and basic warfare principles. Additionally, all airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science from the Community College of the Air Force. Twilley graduated from Faith Academy, in Stockbridge, in 2008.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Staff Sgt. Billye A. Townsend, the niece of Jonesboro resident, Arthur Briggs, has been selected for promotion to the rank of technical sergeant. She has served in the military for nine years, and is currently assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Group, which is stationed at British Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, as a knowledge operator.

Ongoing

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, for more details.

School Notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached at cyeomans@news-daily.com.