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School Notebook - Oct. 8, 2009

Today

Clayton County Public Schools' Guidance and Counseling Department will hold two high school information sessions on graduation requirements today, at 8:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, located at 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. Officials from the department will talk with high school students, and their parents, about the graduation requirements from the Georgia Department of Education and Clayton County Public Schools. For more details, call (404) 362-3780.

Friday

Babb Middle School will hold a Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the school, which is located at 5500 Reynolds Road, in Forest Park. The event will include food, drinks and games. Admission is $2 per person. Parents who wish to sell non-food items during the festival can rent a booth for $25. Call (404) 362-3880 for more information.

Saturday

Metropolitan Opera performer, Christine Brewer, will open Spivey Hall's 2009-2010 concert season with a performance on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall is located on Clayton State University's main campus in Morrow. Tickets cost $50, and can be purchased at http://www.spiveyhall.org/. Call (678) 466-4200 for more information.

Tuesday

Mt. Zion High School will host Hispanic Heritage Night on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the school, which is located at 2535 Mt. Zion Parkway, in Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 473-2940.

Wednesday

Clayton County Public Schools' Guidance and Counseling Department will hold two college-planning information sessions for parents on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, located at 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. Officials from the department will talk with high school parents and seniors about how to prepare for college, and what to include in a college application. For more information, call (404) 362-3780.

Oct. 15

Mt. Zion High School will host a college fair on Oct. 15 from 8 a.m., to 3 p.m. The school is located at 2535 Mt. Zion Parkway, in Jonesboro. For more details, call the school at (770) 473-2940.

Oct. 17

Marquee Memories will present "Doo-Wop 'N Georgia - Volume III" on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, located at 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. Performers scheduled to appear include Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners, the Cleftones, Eddie Holman, and the Sock Hops. General admission tickets cost $28, reserve tickets cost $35, and VIP tickets cost $55. The VIP tickets include admission to a meet-and-greet reception with the performers beginning at 5:30 p.m., on the day of the concert. Call (770) 471-4466, or (678) 849-8457, for more information.

Oct. 19, 20

Clayton County Public Schools will be closed for its fall break on Oct. 19 and 20.

Oct. 26

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold its October work session on Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, located at 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro.

Notes

On Monday, the Clayton County Board of Education approved the following appointments: Susan Patrick, formerly the principal at Rex Mill Middle School, was appointed as the school system's assistant superintendent for cluster III (overseeing Jonesboro and Mt. Zion high schools, and all of their feeder elementary and middle schools); Cassandra Hopkins, formerly the school system's coordinator of elementary curriculum and instruction, was named as the new principal of Rex Mill Middle School; Rhonda Powe, formerly a teacher at Kemp Elementary School, was appointed as an assistant principal at Arnold Elementary School; Janet Green, who was previously a data support specialist and reading coach with Fulton County Schools, was appointed as an assistant principal of Haynie Elementary School; Kimberly Dugger, who was previously a teacher at Sequoyah Middle School, was promoted to become an assistant principal at the school; Sheryl Perkins, who was previously the interim itinerant assistant principal at Morrow High School, was named as the school's permanent assistant principal.

The U.S. Air Force Reserve recently announced that Airman 1st Class Cole A. Robinson, son of Rex resident, Timmy Robinson, and Chay Robinson of Carson, Calif., has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Cole Robinson studied military discipline, the Air Force's core values, and basic warfare principles and skills. Cole Robinson earned the distinction of being an honor graduate. Additionally, airmen earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force by completing basic training.

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 via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.