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Clayton high schools hold graduations this weekend

Friday-Saturday

Clayton County Public Schools will host its high school graduation ceremonies Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30, at the Georgia Dome, One Georgia Dome Drive, in Atlanta. On May 29, Morrow High School seniors will graduate at 2 p.m.; Mt. Zion High School's graduation will begin at 5 p.m., and Lovejoy's graduation will take place at 7:30 p.m. On May 30, Riverdale High School's graduation is set to begin at 9 a.m.; North Clayton High School's graduation will start at 11:30 a.m.; Jonesboro High School's graduation will commence at 2 p.m.; Forest Park High School's graduation will begin at 4:30 p.m., and Mundy's Mill High School's graduation ceremony will start at 7 p.m.

On both days, the entrances for graduations will rotate between gates A and D, with guests for the first graduation ceremony of each day entering through Gate A.

The last day of school, Friday, May 29, will be an early-release day for students in Clayton County Public Schools. Each level of schools in the county will dismiss roughly three hours ahead of normal schedule. Elementary schools will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m.; high schools at 12:05 p.m.; and middle schools at 12:50 p.m.

As in the past, students who attend school on this day will be counted present. School officials said the primary reason for scheduling this early release has been to give all students and their parents/guardians an opportunity to attend the graduation ceremonies.

For more details, call (678) 817-3127, or visit www.clayton.k12.ga.us.

June 8

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold two Fiscal Year 2010 budget public hearings on Monday, June 8 -- at 11:30 a.m., and 6 p.m. These hearings will give residents opportunities to address the school board on its proposed $574.7 million budget.

June 15

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold a Fiscal Year 2010 budget public hearing on Monday, June 15 at 4 p.m. This hearing will give residents opportunities to address the school board on its proposed $574.7 million budget. Afterward, at 4:30 p.m., the board is scheduled to vote on final adoption of the budget.

Notes

Clayton County Public Schools announced that Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School Principal Machelle Matthews is the school system's first-ever principal of the year. Matthews has been working in education for 20 years, including 10 years each in the school systems for Fulton and Clayton counties. She became principal of King Elementary when it opened in 2003, and she was an assistant principal at Forest Park High School for four years before that. While she was in Fulton County schools, she was a teacher at the elementary and middle school levels.

Gov. Sonny Perdue recently announced that Rex Mill Middle School teachers, Amelia Alexander, Inez Biles and Janice Mitchell, are among the state's 112 newest master teachers, which is a program started in 2006 under the oversight of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The program recognizes certified teachers who have at least three years of experience in the classroom. Alexander is a gifted-learning teacher at Rex Mill, while Biles teaches sixth-grade math and Mitchell teaches physical science to sixth-, and eighth-graders.

Clayton County Public Schools announced Wednesday that veteran bus driver Misty Lotz won the district's "School Bus Roadeo" on Saturday, May 16. The challenge's activities include parallel parking and stop-lining a school bus. Lotz received a plaque, shirt, watch, lunch and a newer school bus to drive during the 2009-10 school year. Lotz will now advance to the state "Roadeo," which will be held June 10-11 in Warner Robbins.

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pvt. Nancy C. Baboolal, a 2008 graduate of Mundy's Mill High School, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, located in Columbia, S.C. During her training, Baboolal studied basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare; rifle marksmanship; map reading; field tactics; the military justice system, and basic first aid. She is the daughter of Jonesboro resident Inez Baboolal.

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pvt. Trevor D. Davis, a 2006 graduate of Morrow High School, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, located in Columbia, S.C. During his training, Davis studied basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare; rifle marksmanship; map reading; field tactics; the military justice system, and basic first aid.

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pvt. Jeremy T. Poole, son of Jonesboro resident Brunette Poole, has graduated from a nine-week basic infantry training course at Fort Benning, located in Columbus. During his training, Poole studied weapons, map reading, tactics, the military justice system, first aid, basic combat skills, and battlefield operations.

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.