School Notebook - March 28, 2012


Clayton State University will be hosting its third English Day on Wednesday, March 28. Participating, this year, will be students from Forest Park and Jonesboro high schools. According to Clayton State English Department Chairperson Barbara Goodman, the high school students will be on campus to attend classes, workshops and participate in creative writing contests. The orientation/registration for English Day will be in room UC 272 of the James M. Baker University Center, at 9 a.m. The final awards for the creative writing contests and other activities will be held at 1:30 p.m., also in UC 272. For more information, contact Goodman at barbaragoodman@clayton.edu.


The Jonesboro Middle School Parent Teacher Association will host a “Family Fun Night Fundraiser” Performance at the Southlake Barnes & Noble store on March 29, at 6 p.m., the Jonesboro Show Choir and Jonesboro Singers will perform.

Suder Elementary School’s Suder Singers will present “Gotta Be Jazz!” Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m., at Suder Elementary, located at1400 Lake Jodeco Road, in Jonesboro. The event will feature educational information about the history and development of jazz throughout the 20th Century. For more information, call (770) 473-2820.


Clayton State University’s accounting students from the College of Business will offer free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., in the College of Business Building. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. If taxpayers have further questions, they should contact the VITA hotline at (678) 466-4527. Spanish translators are available, but must be scheduled in advance.


The Clayton County Library System’s Lovejoy Branch will host a “Spring Yard Sale” on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m., until 5 p.m. Featured items may include gently used clothes, books, food and much more. The rental fee for space is $15 and must be paid by Friday, April 13. Contact Amelia McBride at (770) 472-8129, to reserve a space, or for more information.

Clayton County Public Schools will hold its third annual Promoting Student Achievement (PSA) Golf Tournament, on Friday, April 20, at Lake Spivey Golf Club, located at 8255 Clubhouse Way. The 18-hole contest will benefit the school system’s student scholarship fund and promote college enrollment. The cost to participate is $125 per individual, or $500 per four-member team. Payment must be received by Wednesday, April 18. The fee includes tournament play, a box lunch that is placed on golf carts, an awards dinner, and tournament gifts and prizes. Several levels of sponsorships are available that range from a low of $1,500 to a high of $5,000. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and is limited to the first 36 four-person teams. A shotgun start at noon will mark the beginning of the tournament, and a dinner and awards program will be held at 5 p.m., or at the completion of the contest. Individuals and teams wishing to play in the tournament, become a sponsor, or who need additional information, can contact Teri Rodgers, PSA Committee member, at (770) 473-2700.

Brewton-Parker College, in Mount Vernon, will be offering the Baron Ace Scholarship to academically qualified freshmen and transfer students enrolling in Fall Semester 2012. The scholarship provides students with the opportunity to earn $30,000 in scholarship money over a four-year period. Scholarship selection is competitive, based on such things as community and church involvement. Also, for freshmen, the minimum criteria for consideration are scores of 450 for both the math and verbal portions of the SAT, and a 3.25 high school GPA at the time of application. Minimum scores of 20 for both the English and Math portions of the ACT are acceptable. For transfers, the minimum criteria for consideration are a 3.5 transfer GPA, or Phi Theta Kappa membership. Both freshmen and transfers are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and to participate in one of the following Baron Choice clubs: Baron Student Ambassadors, Baron Choir, Glimpses of Truth, Baron Spirit Squad, Baron Hot Peppers, or Baron Tutors. Contact the Office of Admissions, at (912) 583-3265, or e-mail admissions@bpc.ed..


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.