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School Notebook - Sept. 24, 2009

Sunday

CEM Productions will present the first annual Miss Georgia Elite Youth Beauty Pageant, on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, which is located at 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, in Jonesboro. Tickets can be purchased in advance at missgeorgiaelitepageant.eventbrite.com, for $20, or for $25 at the door. In addition to the beauty pageant, there will be a Michael Jackson tribute contest. Call (770) 473-2875, for more information.

Monday

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.

Wednesday

Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley will host the final 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. 30, at 6 p.m., at Mt. Zion High School, 2535 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 472-8437.

Oct. 3

The Forest Park High School Orchestra Parent Booster Club will hold a yard sale fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m., to 1 p.m., in the parking lot of Forest Park High School, 5452 Phillips Drive, in Forest Park. In addition to the yard sale, there will also be a car wash, and hourly raffle drawings.

Notes

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pvt. Johnathan R. Taylor, nephew of Forest Park resident, Marquette Kendrick, and son of Atlanta resident, Gladys Freeman, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, which is located at Columbia, S.C. During his training, Taylor 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. Alexander Ortiz, son of Riverdale resident, Yania Placido, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, which is located at Columbia, S.C. During his training, Ortiz 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. Air Force Reserve recently announced that Airman Micah I. Desuze, son of Jonesboro resident, Sandra Desuze, has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base, which is located in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Desuze 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.

The U.S. Navy recently announced that Seaman Recruit Sterling B. Duncan, granddaughter of Rex resident, Teresa J. Duncan, has completed the eight-week U.S. Navy basic training course at Recruit Training Command, which is located at Great Lakes, Ill. During her training, Sterling Duncan studied, and received practical instruction on naval customs; first aid; fire fighting; water safety and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. Sterling Duncan is a 2008 graduate of Faith Christian Academy in Loganville.

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.