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School Notebook - July 30, 2009

Clayton County Schools announced on its web site several appointments made by the Board of Education at its July 27 meeting.

The board named former Chino Valley (Calif.) Unified Schools Deputy Superintendent, Stefanie Phillips, to the position of deputy superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools.

The board also appointed Cephus Jackson to the position of chief operations officer. He was formerly the acting chief operations officer, and previously served as assistant superintendent of elementary schools.

The school board named Douglas Hendrix to the position of chief human resources officer. Hendrix was formerly the acting human resources officer.

The Clayton County Board of Education also named Cynthia Staten to the position of assistant principal at Tara Elementary School. Staten is formerly the assistant principal at Bruce Elementary School in Bibb County.

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 2009-10 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

Mercer University recently announced several Clayton County residents graduated from the university's Tift College of Education.

They were Forest Park residents Anay Saucedo Vizcarra, who received a bachelor of science in education; Israel Suzanne Rowe, who received a master of education; Hampton residents Alton B. Calhoun (Cum Laude), who received a bachelor of science in education; Sheila A. Davis, who received a bachelor of science in education; Megan Brittany Pline, who received a master of education; Sharonda D. Ancrum, who received a master of education; Nikki L. Farris (Magna Cum Laude), who received a bachelor of science in education; Jonesboro residents Iyonna Minrell Babb, who received a bachelor of science in education; Cyssandra I. Chapman, who received a bachelor of science in education; Keya Michelle Alston, who received a master of education; Treba Marie Day-Burton, who received a master of arts in teaching; Minh D. Pham, who received a master of arts in teaching; Morrow resident Shelley Cooper Boyd, who received a master of arts in teaching; and Ellenwood resident Danita Latrell Anderson (Cum Laude), who received a bachelor of science in education.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Airman Sherita D. Cummings graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. She 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. Cummings is the daughter of Crystal Cummings of Riverdale and Horace Cummings of Decatur. She is a 2008 graduate of Riverdale High School.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Airman Christopher A. Jones graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He 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. Jones is the son of Susan and Robbey Jones of Morrow, and a 2008 graduate of Morrow High School.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Airman 1st Class Romar J. McGee graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He 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. McGee is the son of West McGee of College Park and Helen Love of Jonesboro.

The U.S. Army recently announced Pvt. Marcus L. Brinson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, drill and ceremony, marching, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system and basic first aid. Brinson is the son of Sharon Thomas of Morrow.

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.