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School Notebook - Sept. 17, 2009

Today

Kendrick Middle School's School Council will meet on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. The school's Parent-Teacher-Student Association will hold a progress pick-up meeting at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place at the school, which is located at 7971 Kendrick Road, in Jonesboro.

E.J. Swint Elementary School's Parent-Teacher Association will meet on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m., at the school, which is located at 500 Highway 138 South, in Jonesboro.

Riverdale High School's Parent-Teacher-Student Association will meet on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the school, which is located at 160 Roberts Drive, in Riverdale.

Friday

The Clayton County Performing Arts Center will host a free concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. The performing arts center is located at 2530 Mt. Zion Pkwy., in Jonesboro. All tickets have already been given away for the concert, but people who call the performing arts center, can get their names placed on a waiting list for tickets. For more information about the concert, call (770) 473-2875.

Saturday

The Clayton County Council of PTA's will hold its first council meeting of the 2009-2010 school year on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m., to noon, at Lovejoy High School, which is located at 1587 McDonough Road, in Hampton. During the meeting, the council's goals and the budget for the new school year will be discussed.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley will host his next installment in a series of community forums to gauge public opinion on the quality of education available to students in the county, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m., at Morrow High School, 2299 Old Rex Morrow Road, Morrow. Attendees will be able to make comments, and ask questions of Heatley. The remaining forum in the series will be held 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.

Sept. 28

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold a work session on Monday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, which is located at 1058 Fifth Ave., in Jonesboro.

Notes

Clayton County Public Schools recently announced its Budget and Finance Department has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials International for its annual financial report for fiscal year 2008.

The U.S. Army National Guard recently announced that Pfc. Alvin F. Arnold, a 1996 graduate of Morrow High School, has graduated from the nine-week Infantryman One Station Unit Training course at Fort Benning, which is located in Columbus. During the Advanced Individual Training course, infantry soldiers are trained to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines; operate target and sight equipment; maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills. Alvin Arnold is the son of Morrow resident, Darryl Arnold, Sr.

The U.S. Army National Guard recently announced that Pfc. Jabari S. Greer, a 2009 graduate of Mundy's Mill High School, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, which is located in Columbia, S.C. During his training, Greer studied basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare; rifle marksmanship; map reading; field tactics; the military justice system, and basic first aid. Greer is the son of Jonesboro resident, Christa Dahart.

The U.S. Army National Guard recently announced that Pvt. Danquis D. Smith, grandson of Jonesboro resident, Irene Walker, and Fayetteville resident, Mary Smith, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, which is located in Columbia, S.C. During his training, Smith 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 Pfc. Christopher J. Fletcher, son of Rex resident, Janet Burston, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, which is located at Columbia, S.C. During his training, Fletcher 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 Spec. Rebecca N. Waters, a 1999 graduate of Jonesboro High School, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, which is located in Columbia, S.C. During her training, Waters studied basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare; rifle marksmanship; map reading; field tactics; the military justice system, and basic first aid. Rebecca Waters is the daughter of Jonesboro resident, Sandra Waters, and the niece of Gainesville, Texas, resident, Mildred Kemp.

The U.S. Air Force Reserve recently announced that Airman Jasmin D. Willis, a 2006 graduate of Lovejoy High School, has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base, which is located in San Antonio, Texas. During her training, Willis studied military discipline; the Air Force's core values, and basic warfare principles and skills. Additionally, airmen earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force by completing basic training. Willis is the granddaughter of Jonesboro resident, Wansie Atkinson.

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.