School Notebook - February 22, 2012

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Smith Elementary School will host a “Career Day,” from 8:30 a.m., to noon, Wednesday, and Thursday, Feb. 22, and Feb. 23. The goal is to expose students to a variety of career fields and professions. Smith Elementary is located at 6340 Highway 24 South, in Rex. Call Terrance Campbell at (770) 960-5758.

The Annual Star Student Recognition Luncheon for Clayton County school students and teachers will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon, to 1:30 p.m., at the Clarion Hotel Atlanta Airport South, located at 6288 Old Dixie Highway, in Jonesboro.

The Clayton State University Office of Career Services' will host its annual Career Expo, for current Clayton State students and graduates, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon, to 3 p.m., in the Student Activities Center Ballrooms. Call Career Services at (678) 466-5400.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Hawthorne Elementary School Assistant Principal Mike Thompson has announced that a “Parent Curriculum Night” (math and science) will be held at the school on Thursday, Feb. 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. All parents are invited to participate.

The Morrow High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) will be holding its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m., in the school cafeteria. Call Principal Pamela Pitts at (404) 362-3865.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Jonesboro Middle School will host a Parent Academy Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m., to noon. The event will educate parents on how Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, Adequate Yearly Progress and Title I funding affect their child’s education. The school is located at 1308 Arnold Street, in Jonesboro. For more information, call (678) 610-4352.

Clayton County Public Schools will present its third annual “Unity in the Community College Fair and Step Show” on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Mundy's Mill High School. A free college fair and fine arts showcase will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a marching band showcase, featuring Forest Park, Drew, Mundy's Mill, and Jonesboro high schools, from 11:30 a.m., until 1 p.m. The step show will begin at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at all district schools.

The Clayton County Library System’s Lovejoy Branch will host a “Saturday Morning Coffee With Clayton County Commissioner Wole Ralph” on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m., to 11 a.m., at the library, located at 1721 McDonough Road, in Hampton. Contact Amelia McBride at (770) 472-8129.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Clayton State University will host its Fifth Annual African-American Read-In on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in room G101 of the Arts and Sciences Building. This year’s Read-In will feature two sessions, the first from 12:45 p.m., to 2 p.m., and the second from 2:10 p.m., to 3:25 p.m. The Read-In is sponsored by the National Council of English Teachers. In order to participate, CSU students will be asked to read from a work authored by an African American. For more information, contact Dr. LaJuan Simpson at lajuansimpson@clayton.edu, or (678) 466-4558.


Clayton County Public Schools' Pre-K registration for the 2012-2013 Pre-k Lottery will be held at each Pre-k site, Monday, March 5, through Friday, March 9. The child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, to qualify for Georgia's Pre-K Program. Regular registration hours are 8:30 a.m., to 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m., to 4 p.m., on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Extended registration hours are Thursday, March 8, from 1 p.m., to 6 p.m. Acceptance into Clayton County Public Schools' Pre-k classes will be based on a “computer-generated” lottery system for each site, with priority given to children residing within the individual school attendance areas. Parents may register their child for only one Clayton County Public Schools Pre-k site.

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will host its third Annual Scholarship opportunity for an educational trip to Jekyll Island, Ga. This scholarship is designed for seventh-grade and eighth-grade students who reside in Clayton County. Students will write a 250-word, or less, essay about an outdoor activity they wish to participate in (must choose from a designated list outlined by the Georgia Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights). The Parks and Recreation Department will accept applications now, through April 30, 2012. The application and flyer that provide additional information about the scholarship and the trip, can be found at www.claytonparks.com, under the Kids Outdoors tab.


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.