Dr. David O'Shields

  School is generally regarded as preparation for college, career, and life. Academic classes provide the foundation and framework in the 3 R’s (Reading, [w]Riting, and [a]rithmetic); career and technology classes provide training and awareness of career options; and the overall school experience...
  Where Do We Go from Here?     By Dr. David O’Shields District 56 Superintendent   This week marks “Homecoming 2019” at Clinton High School. There will be theme days, class skits, and time-honored traditions of a parade and halftime pageantry. No doubt this week will be a lot of fun for those at...
  “And they’re off!” And much like stallions and fillies at the start of a race, another school year has begun. As I write this article, we are a single day past Hump Day (i.e., Thursday) in the first full week of school. Typically, I hate starting a year on a Monday. The first week of school is...
Recently, the educational community lost a stalwart in the profession, an ambassador of civic service, and a guide to literally thousands of students. Ms. Alvenes Barksdale was truly one of the most exceptional educators I ever met. My recollection is markedly biased since Ms. Barksdale was my...
I admit I am not a dancer. I just have two left feet and little gross motor coordination; however, I am aware of a dance move called the “Texas Two Step.” I am also aware of other connotations of the phrase: (1) jerking one’s car steering wheel into another lane with the expressed purpose of...
  This article catches up with my previous series focusing on each of District 56’s schools. We have covered MS Bailey, Clinton Elementary, Eastside Elementary, and Joanna-Woodson Elementary in previous articles. This month, we look closely at Clinton Middle School. Truth be told, I have not yet...
In 1843, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, a story as real and relevant now as was when it was written. “This heartwarming story of repentance, redemption, and the transformative power of love and charity is especially poignant during the season of goodwill to all (Hudson Valley).”  I have...
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...

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