John Michael Hammond is a science and PLTW Engineering teacher at Clinton High School in Clinton, South Carolina. He teaches Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Principles of Engineering (POE), Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA), and Environmental Sustainability (ES). Read the full article here: https://www.pltw.org/blog/guest-post-pltw-changed-my-outlook-on-teaching
“Welcome to Laurens County School District 56. We, in Laurens County School District 56, are excited about the opportunities and promise a new year provides. Although we are a relatively small district, we are large in our expectations, our accomplishments, and our impact across the state.
We have state champion teams in Science Olympiad at the middle and high school levels, in Academic Bowl at the middle school, and with various clubs and activities, most notably our CHS Beta Club and Future Farmers of America. We participate in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, where every student in the district receives breakfast and lunch at no charge to the student, regardless of income. We offer Chinese language and culture at our elementary and middle schools. This year, we will roll out a personal iPad for all students in grades 7 – 10. We are active participants in numerous federal grants with the US Department of Labor (with our Carolina Alliance for Technology program at CHS) and the US Department of Education (with our Gear Up program with rising 9th graders). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
We are small enough to provide the individual attention you need yet large enough to provide the services to ensure success. We are small enough to know your name, yet large enough to connect you to success with local businesses, industries, colleges, and universities. We take your success seriously.
This year our district is focusing on engaging all stakeholders in the support of quality education and continuous improvement. We need you! We want you and all of your family members to be a viable and vibrant part of our district!
Why? Because you matter! What you do matters! What you become matters! A lot.
Together, we can make a difference.
It’s time to make a difference.”
With the new design of our web site, it may be of benefit to note that there are now four (4) tabs in the center section labeled: Welcome (which is normally red as it appears selected by default), Maps & Directions, Headlines, and Discussion. Each of the last 3 are normally gray but will turn red when clicked and will display any content located there. In particular, Headlines (highly recommended!) is a good place to look for news-worthy items such as noteworthy achievements at any of our schools. This saves space on our home page by not making it too long, forcing the reader to scroll down to read.