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School Notebook - Sept. 3, 2009

Today, Sept. 10, 23, 30

Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley will host a series of community forums to gauge public opinion on the quality of education available to students in the county. Attendees will be able to make comments, and ask questions of Heatley. The first forum will be held tonight at 6 p.m., at Mundy's Mill High School, at 9652 Fayetteville Road, Jonesboro. The next forum will be held Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m., at Charles R. Drew High School, 6237 Garden Walk Boulevard, Riverdale. The remaining forums will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m., at Morrow High School, 2299 Old Rex Morrow Road, Morrow, and on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m., at Mt. Zion High School, 2535 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 472-8437.

Friday

Clayton State University officials are asking faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, students, parents of students, and friends of the school to wear orange and blue on Friday, Sept. 4, for The Collegiate Licensing Company's national College Colors Day. The Collegiate Licensing Company encourages people across the country to wear the colors of their favorite college on that day, to raise awareness of higher education.

Sept. 14

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold its September business meeting on Monday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, located at 1058 Fifth Ave., in Jonesboro.

Notes

The U.S. Army Reserve recently announced that Pfc. Kurtis A. Brown, son of Forest Park resident, Linda Brown, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, S.C. During his training, Kurtis Brown studied basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, drill and ceremony, rifle marksmanship, map reading, field tactics, the military justice system, and basic first aid. Kurtis Brown graduated from D.M. Therrell High School, in Atlanta, in 2003.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced that Parker T. Hodges, son of College Park residents, George and Margaret Hodges, has entered the six-week, two-phased Basic Cadet Training orientation program at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. Cadets must complete the program before they can enter their freshman year. The program prepares men and women to meet the mental and physical challenges experienced by new cadets. Parker Hodges graduated from Woodward Academy, in College Park, earlier this year.

The U.S. Air National Guard recently announced that Airman Arnold L. Oakman, son of Riverdale resident, Yvonne Coates, and Browns Mills, N.J., resident, Arnold Oakman, has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Airman Arnold L. Oakman studied military discipline, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Additionally, airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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.