Dr. David O'Shields

This particular article refocuses on the many wonderful things we have in our district by looking at the schools one at a time. We have previously covered MS Bailey, Clinton Elementary, and Eastside Elementary. Today,we look at Joanna-Woodson Elementary. Joanna-Woodson Elementary School (JWES)  is...
  Next month I plan to return to chronicling the distinctive excellent programs and opportunities found in each of our six district schools; however, this month it was just too timely not to mention the efforts—most behind the scenes—in preparation for and response to Hurricane Florence. We have...
  Friday, August 24th, will be the first football game for the Clinton Red Devils. They play at home against their larger county rival, the Laurens District 55 High School Raiders. Typically, the games are hard fought, competitive efforts often filed under the “slob knocker” category. However, this...
  As I mentioned two months ago, we have a lot of wonderful things happening in our district. We started with a “deep dive” into MS Bailey in April and Clinton Elementary in May. This month, we continue our focus with an equally good school: Eastside Elementary (EES).  Eastside Elementary was built...
  Clinton Elementary School (CES) holds a special place in my heart. I went to 5th and 6th grades there. I became principal there. I live right across from there. It is more like an old friend than a school. It has a special feel and a wonderfully electric atmosphere. And their mascot is a Bee (...
One of the first words I remember learning to recognize and read was “CAT” from the old Dick and Jane basal series. Spot was the dog and Puff the cat.  Fast forward fifty-plus years and CAT has taken on a new meaning. Back in 2013 Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56 and Richland County School...
  During the month of November employees are focusing on the little things for which they are thankful. Too often Thanksgiving gets the short shrift in holiday marketing since it isn’t as easy a sell as Halloween and even Christmas. Typically, Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays remaining where...
  Education is more than books, numbers and maps and certainly more than the ubiquitous and paramount test scores used to define a district, a school, and a student. Education in its truest sense is the process of promoting and directing learning. Granted, teaching is a necessary part of the...
  As I write this article, I sit at my office computer for the first time in two weeks. I, like many teachers and administrators in the district, have been at professional development for the last two weeks. I have found summer to be the very best time for us to receive extended learning...
Does anyone know what today is? If you said, “Wednesday” that’s correct but still not right. Think specifically, June 14th. Any ideas? How about if I add the term “vexillology?”  Give up? Today is Flag Day and “vexillology” is the study, collection and design of flags. I find this topic most...

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