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School Notebook - February 1, 2012

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Clayton County Public School’s “Hear Our Voices Speech Contest” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 8 a.m., to noon, at the Recreation Outreach Center of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, located at 148 Church St., in Jonesboro.

Notes

On Saturday, Jan. 28, more than 70 students competed in the school district’s Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, hosted at Roberta T. Smith Elementary School. Students in elementary and middle school faced off in a quiz-bowl, to answer questions from the 17 books nominated for the Georgia Book Awards. When the final scores were tallied, Rex Mill Middle School took first-place honors, followed by runner-up, Sequoyah Middle School. For elementary schools, first place went to Swint Elementary School, which was followed by Arnold Elementary. The top two teams at both grade levels will move on to regional competiton at Clayton State University, this Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning at 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Charles Drew High School will host its Annual Career Day Tuesday, Feb., 7. The theme this year is “Accepting the Challenge as we Race to the Top.” Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell will be the guest speaker at 1:15 p.m. For more information, contact Sandra Lyons at (770) 472-2820.

Thursday, Feb. 9

The Clayton State University Enrollment Management Division will host a “Care & Majors” Fair on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 10:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., and from 4:30 p.m., to 6 p.m., on the second floor of the James M. Baker University Center. The purpose of the fair is for students to “rediscover campus programs and services that support their success.”

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Clayton County Public Schools will host the “50 Million Dollar Scholarship Parent Meeting Financial Aid Work Session” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Professional Learning Building, located at 1087 Battle Creek Rd., in Jonesboro.

Ongoing

Clayton State University Health Services (UHS) is offering flu shots for the Clayton State, and surrounding, communities. No appointment is necessary for the shots, which can be administered to individuals, age 3 years old, and older. Costs are: Clayton State students, faculty, staff, and family members –– $15. For the general public –– $20. The Vaccine Information Sheet and the 2011 Flu Shot Consent form are available on the UHS web site: http://nursing.clayton.edu/uhs/.

The Clayton County Public Library System offers many services to students, including online practice tests and tutorials in math, reading and writing, as well as test-preparation materials for the SAT, ASVAB, GED, TOEFFL, and Occupational Aptitude Tests. Also available are online computer classes, and online language-learning classes. Visit the library's web site at www.claytonpl.org, for more information.

School Notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily, compiled by staff writer Jeylin White. She can be reached via e-mail at jwhite@news-daily.com.