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School Notebook - July 23, 2009

Monday

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold its July work session on Monday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro.

Aug. 4-6

Parents and guardians interested in enrolling their students in Clayton County Public Schools will have an opportunity to do so during the district's Operation: Registration initiative, Aug. 4-6. Schools will be open for registration of students on Aug. 4 from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m.; Aug. 5 from 11 a.m., to 6 p.m.; and Aug. 6 from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m.

Students who were enrolled and attending school in the Clayton County school district at the end of the 2008-09 school year do not have to register, school officials said. Nor do children who have already been registered in the district's pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs for 2009-10. Students who are new to Clayton County, or who have moved within the county, must register.

Children should be registered at their school. For more information about school locations and registration requirements, visit the school district's web site, www.clayton.k12.ga.us.

Aug. 8

Seven Chick-fil-A restaurants in Clayton County will host a "Back to School Bash" on Aug. 8 from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., on the grounds of the historic courthouse in downtown Jonesboro, Clayton County Public Schools announced. Attendees can participate in games, ride on a trackless train, and play in one of eight inflatable bouncers that will be provided by the restaurants. A variety of nonprofit programs and community businesses will also offer information about resources available in the area. The event is a cooperative effort between Clayton County Public Schools and Chick-fil-A. The historic Jonesboro courthouse is located at 121 South McDonough St. For more information, contact Rhonda Burnough at (770) 473-2760.

Aug. 10

Students will return to the classroom on Aug. 10 as the 2009-2010 school year begins for Clayton County Public Schools. Call the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex at (770) 473-2700, for more information.

Notes

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pvt. D'Juan R. Dickerson, a 2007 graduate of Banneker High School in College Park, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, Dickerson studied basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system and basic first aid. He is the son of George Dickerson of Philadelphia, Pa., and Melanie Mitchell of Riverdale.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced that Airman James K. Pugh, a 2005 graduate of Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Keela Childs of Conley.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced that Airman Andrew M. Dye, a 2006 graduate of Jonesboro High School, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Leland and Michelle Dye of Jonesboro.

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pfc. Chetara M. Brabham has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system and basic first aid. Brabham is the daughter of Adrean Thomas of Converse, Texas, and sister of Kecia Tyler of Rex.

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.