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School Notebook - July 2, 2009

Monday-Friday

All Clayton County Public Schools offices and facilities will be closed for summer vacation Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 10. The district will resume operation on Monday, July 13.

July 13

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold its July business meeting on Monday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro.

July 14

Clayton State University's School of Graduate Studies will hold an open house on Tuesday, July 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Spivey Board Room of the university's Harry S. Downs Center, which is located on the school's campus in Morrow. During the open house, prospective graduate students will have an opportunity to learn about Clayton State's master's degrees in liberal studies, teaching English, teaching mathematics, business administration, health administration and nursing. For more information, call (678) 466-4100.

Notes

The Savannah College of Art and Design recently announced that its dean's list for the spring 2009 semester included Ellenwood residents Amanda Holmes and Rachel Saddler; Jonesboro resident David Jayne; Riverdale residents Jale Parsons and Zoie Johnson, and Stockbridge residents Nicole Ferrero and Jonathan Garcia. Students must earn a 3.5 grade-point average or higher to be named to the list.

Georgia College and State University announced Jonesboro resident Jimmie L. Fowler graduated from the school with a bachelor's degree in psychology on May 9.

The U.S. Army National Guard recently announced Pvt. Cedric R. Slaton, II, son of College Park resident Anita Dixon, has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, in Waynesville, Mo. The course included basic combat training and advanced individual training. During basic training, Slaton received instruction in weapons, map reading, tactics, the military justice system, first aid, and Army history and traditions. During advanced individual training, he completed the Combat Engineer Course, which includes instruction in basic combat construction and rigging operations, operating light and heavy engineer wheeled and armor tracked vehicles, assisting in assembly and maintenance of military standard float and fixed bridges, installing firing systems and preparing them for demolition, arming and disarming anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, and locating mines by visual means or with a mine detector. Slaton is a 2005 graduate of Youth Challenge Academy, at Fort Stewart.

The U.S. Army recently announced Pfc. Andrew Osborne, son of Riverdale resident Turhonda Osborne, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Sill, which is located in Lawton, Okla. During his training, Osborne studied the military justice system, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

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.