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  • August

    Andy North, New Middle School Head

    Please join us in rolling out the red carpet for new Head of Middle School, Andy North.  Andy and his wife, Becca, are the parents of two new Skyhawks: a daughter, Dansby (4th), and a son, Miller (K).  We are delighted to welcome them to our school community and are excited about the many ways they will contribute to life at Hammond.
    A Florence, South Carolina native, Andy is no stranger to independent schools.  He is a graduate of Baylor School and received his undergraduate degree from Sewanee, after which he began teaching 7thand 8thgrade English at Fredricksburg Academy.  After receiving a Master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision, Andy spent the next eleven years at Episcopal School of Acadiana where he served as Upper School Dean of Students and most recently as Upper School Head.
    To Andy, the Hammond family, and its sense of community, are as compelling as the educational philosophy of preparing students for successful futures. “When I initially visited Hammond, I was most impressed by the spirit of adventure encountered that was so obviously blended with a forward-thinking philosophy of educating students.  But upon visiting with families, students, and faculty, I’ve come to realize that this is a very special community.  We’ve been warmly welcomed and already feel at home.”
    In his role as Head of Middle School, Andy is looking forward to blending his educational experiences with the Hammond culture to help make it the best middle years program possible.  “I’m looking forward to taking my independent school experience, and with the support of a great Middle School faculty, helping grow what is already an impressive program.”
    In welcoming Andy to Hammond, Headmaster Chris Angel noted, “The breadth and depth of Andy’s experience as a Division Head, Dean of Students for Upper and Middle Schools, Middle School Teacher, and Coach make him a great fit for our school. We are extremely fortunate to have someone with his leadership skills and experience a part of the Hammond family.”
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  • "Science Bob" and Josie Bensko Work with Hammond Teachers

    It wasn’t exactly rocket science, but our science teachers certainly had a blast during a  professional development day with “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Josie Bensko.  Teachers from all three divisions worked with these nationally-known science instructors who guided them in creating classrooms that capture and engage students in the learning process. The duo presented excellent inquiry-based ideas and strategies, as well as experiments that can be used in the classroom.
    “Science Bob” Pflugfelder is a science teacher, author, maker and presenter.  He is a regular guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Dr. Oz Show, and Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. Additional television appearances also include The Today Show, Hack My Life, Good Morning America, Home & Family, among others.
    Josie Bensko is a sixth grade science teacher in Illinois whose teaching ethos is one of hands-on, minds-on learning.  Her classroom philosophy is fueled by engagement, and positivity … coupled with a bit of chaos. 
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  • June

    Class of 2019 Graduates

    The Class of 2019, comprised of 71 students, graduated on May 25 with commencement exercises held at First Presbyterian Church. The 54th graduating class was accepted to 85 colleges in 26 states, the District of Columbia and Australia.  They will attend 35 colleges in 18 states, the District of Columbia, and Australia. 

    Class members were admitted to numerous highly-selective schools including Rice, Cal-Berkeley, Middlebury, Davidson, UNC-Chapel Hill, Vassar, Southern Cal, and more.
    Three members of the class were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as National Merit Scholars.  One member of the class was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist, one of the nation’s highest honors representing the top 621 American high school students.
    Twenty-three percent of the class met the qualifications to be named South Carolina Palmetto Fellows, the state’s highest lottery-funded scholarship award.  Members of the Class of 2019 were offered merit scholarships in excess of 6.5million dollars.

    Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
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  • May

    Bronson Myers Repeats as SCISA 3A State Golf Champion

    Senior Bronson Myers, a member of the Varsity Boys Golf Team, won Low Medalist honors
    in dramatic fashion Tuesday, April 30 at the SCISA 3A Men’s Golf State Tournament. A birdie on the 36th and final hole of the tournament, Bronson’s last as a Skyhawk, gave one of the most accomplished Hammond golfers in years his second straight medalist state title.
    What a way to cap a career!
    As a team, the Skyhawk men placed T2, just 2 shots behind Trinity Byrnes for the SCISA 3A State title.
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  • Fourth Grade Students Design Helping Hands

    Inspired by E-Nable, a volunteer organization dedicated to using 3D printers to help create prosthetic hands for children, Lower School Librarian Bonnie Lynch engaged fourth grade students in a STEAM project that combines both empathy and creativity.  E-Nable hands are unique in that they are designed by volunteers, consist of bright, bold colors and operate without batteries or computers and resemble Power Ranger hands.  In addition to helping children grasp and throw a ball, the hands have had the unexpected benefit of helping deflect bullying due to their novel appearance. Fourth grade students initially created hand-shaped prototypes out of cardboard utilizing straws and string to enable joint action. Using innovative techniques and ingenuity, students learned to use cardboard knives and devise a “needle” to help thread the strings through the straw, creating knuckle action.  The group’s goal is to eventually create a 3D prototype in the Innovation Center’s Maker Space.
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  • LS Music Teacher, Cherie Herring, Keynotes at Music EDnet

    Lower School Music Instructor, Cherie Herring, is serving as keynote speaker and presenter at the Music EDnet, DAYTIME Conference in Melbourne, Australia this month.  The professional development conference focuses on the effective integration of technology in music education.  Incorporating technology in the music classroom at Hammond has helped showcase how well it can be used as a tool to reach every child.  Cherie is often asked to assist other music educators with technology deployment and is a recipient of the 2018 Mike Kovins TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award. Her continuous professional development in the forms of articles, contributions to books, lesson plans, and presentations for TI:ME conferences and other state music education conferences across the country, has assisted numerous music educators with successfully integrating technology into their classrooms.  
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    Congratulations to the Varsity Baseball team for clinching the SCISA 3A State Title in a match-up against Ben Lippen.  The Skyhawks erased an early five-run deficit and then scored four runs in the ninth inning to defeat Ben Lippen 11-7 in front of a standing-room only crowd at Lexington County Blowfish Stadium.  The State Title win makes the 148th State Championship for the Skyhawk Nation!

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  • April

    Wild Rice With a Side of Fish

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  • March

    Alumna Kara Burgess Glenn '96 Joins the Upper School Office

    Kara Glenn (’96) has been a  12 year Hammond student, a Hammond parent to Cole (6th) and Juliet (2nd), and now she will become part of Hammond’s staff as Upper School Administrative Assistant.
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  • Author and Humanitarian Aid Worker Carl Wilkens Speaks

    Hammond’s Upper School welcomed Carl Wilkens, humanitarian aid worker and author of I’m Not Leaving.  In the book, Wilkens chronicles his experience as the only American who stayed in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, even as the American government ordered its citizens home. Wilkens spoke at an assembly, sharing stories of the escalating violence in Rwanda and how his decision to stay positively impacted others.  He discussed genocide and what leads a mentality of division to develop and how we as a people can reverse thinking that leads to atrocities such as those that occurred in Rwanda and countless concentration camps under the Nazis. According to Wilkens, “Genocide stems from thinking that says, “My world would be better without you in it!”
    One of the most poignant lessons from Wilkens’ experience in Rwanda was embracing the concepts of reconciliation and rebuilding.  While he felt he had to remain angry in order to honor the legacy of those killed, he came to the realization that reconciliation was the most effective means for shifting paradigms.
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  • Alumni Spotlight Beth Hooks Tucker '12

    A Student’s Culinary Passion Matched with a Hammond Faculty Mentor is a Recipe for Career Success!
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  • Emily Farr '96 Director of the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

    Alumni Spotlight Emily Held Farr '96

    Emily Held Farr '96 is Making a Difference for All South Carolinians as Director of the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
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  • HAMMOND Joins Mastery Transcript Consortium

    As the only member school in South Carolina, Hammond has been invited to join the Mastery Transcript Consortium.  The consortium, comprised of member schools and other stakeholders from across the nation, is working to codesign a new digital transcript that reflects the unique skills, strengths and interests of individual students. 
    The MTC model is substantively different from the traditional model of crediting and transcript design, which is typically organized around content-oriented courses, Carnegie units for credit and grades. The Mastery Transcript model is organized around performance areas (rather than academic departments), mastery standards and micro-credits (rather than grades). Each micro-credit applied to a transcript signifies complete mastery of a specific skill, knowledge block or habit of mind as defined by the crediting high school.
    MTC schools are supported by a technology platform that allows the complete record of a student’s credits and submitted evidence to be submitted to college admission offices and professional organizations for evaluation. This electronic Mastery Transcript allows college admission officers to dive deep within a transcript to see the specific credits of the sending high school and actual evidence of student work and mastery, thus giving depth and transparency to the student’s work record. With a Mastery Transcript, public and private high schools alike will be better equipped to prepare students for college, their careers and life.
    “We were honored to be asked to join the list of Mastery Transcript schools,” said Chris Angel, headmaster of Hammond School. “Hammond’s goal has long been to prepare students in many walks of life and stay on the forefront of best new practices for education, and the Mastery Transcript better reflects a student’s knowledge of a particular subject and gives college admissions offices a broader picture of a student’s body of work and strengths.”
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  • February

    Country of Study Day Brings Morocco to Hammond

    For 29 years, Hammond’s Country of Study program has added a global emphasis to the school’s curriculum for students in grades Pre-kindergarten through 12.  The typical Hammond student will have been exposed to at least 14 countries by and several languages by graduation.
    Annually, the school sends three faculty members, one from each Division, to visit the chosen country of study for that year.  While abroad, faculty members immerse themselves in the culture, history, language, and cuisine of the country–always mindful of ways to incorporate its unique aspects into the curriculum.  
    The Parents Association’s Country of Study Day in the Lower School helps bring the chosen country to life. Classrooms are transformed and students are transported to a different culture through a variety of activities and learning opportunities. Games, trivia, and authentic cuisine make the experience complete. 
    This year’s selected country is Morocco, and Country of Study Day was Friday, February 22.  The opening ceremony began at the start of school with a Moroccan market scene complete with belly dancers, live snakes, and tea making.  Throughout the day, students rotated through stations that included making leather bracelets, soap, gift bags for Moroccan school children, and blue city artwork, fossil digging with imprinting, and sintir instrument building.

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  • Renowned Artist Terrance Henderson Visits Hammond

    We were delighted to welcome to campus Terrance Henderson, renowned for his work as an actor, singer, dancer, director, and choreographer. Students explored movement and imagination with Henderson and assistant Jonathan Smith.  Terrance was recipient of the 2016 Steve G. Morrison Visionary Award, which honors someone in our community who exhibits the best combination of vision and leadership, applied to arts and history and the entire cultural foundation of the City, and the value they bring to Columbia.
    The Christopher Gadsden Wells Endowment for the Arts made this unique opportunity for Hammond students possible. Established in 2013 in honor and memory of Christopher Wells (’11), the Endowment brings gifted and talented artists from around the world to help nurture and inspire artistic talent.  A son of Muffie Wells (‘77) and Jack Wells (‘78), Christopher found his heart in theater and music at Hammond. 
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  • January

    Alumni Council Hosts First Career Networking Event for Juniors and Seniors

    On January 13, the Alumni Council hosted its first-ever Career Networking Night for Juniors and Seniors, 
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    Two Hammond math teams participated in the 2019 SCISA High School Math Meet, with the winning team earning 206 points, over 30 points ahead of the next competitor. The winning team was led by Tobi Ogunfowora, who placed 1st individually with a perfect score.  Karl Cao earned 5th place overall, and Vicki Li earned 3rd place overall in her first math contest. Dami Olatosi and Elsa Saine rounded out the team with impressive scores. 
    Hammond's second team placed 6th overall, the highest placement for any second team from a SCISA school. Team members were Amelia Gandhi, Doga Ozmen, Randy Chen, Yuhan Huang, and Karry Zheng. High scorer was Randy Chen, who earned a medal for having the highest score on this team.

    CONGRATULATIONS to these State Championship Skyhawk Mathletes!
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  • Equestrian and Soccer Teams Honored at Statehouse

    Three State Championship teams were recently recognized at the Statehouse for their 2018 athletic success.  Both the Western and Hunt Seat Equestrian Teams, along with the Varsity Boys Soccer Team, were honored on the floor of the SC House of Representatives.  Congratulations to these scholar-athletes for their impressive accomplishments on the playing fields.
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  • Select Ensemble Sings at Governor's Inauguration

    It was a true honor for our Select Ensemble to sing at the 97th SC Inauguration of Governor Henry McMaster this week. By special invitation, the group performed at both the Governor's Prayer Service and at the Inauguration.
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  • 2018 Cum Laude Inducts Seven Students

    Hammond welcomed Margaret Clay '06 back to campus as keynote speaker for the 2018 Cum Laude Society induction of seven Upper School students. The Herbert Barks Chapter of The Cum Laude Society is one of only five such chapters in South Carolina, and the second chapter chartered in the State.  Considered a Phi Beta Kappa equivalent in secondary education, Cum Laude recognizes academic achievement, honor, and integrity. 

    Margaret shared stories with Upper School students about her years at Hammond, the value of hard work and perseverance, and discovering one’s academic passion in the process.  Students inducted included Morgan Aitchison, Ryan Asbill, Lake Barrett, George Mitchell, Justice Myers, Owen Ramsby, and Logan Shepherd.

    A graduate of Wake Forest University, Margaret majored in English, and is quick to credit the influence of Hammond faculty members Dr. Ragan, Mr. Purday, Mr. Fowler, Dr. Matthusen, Mrs. Dunne, and Mr. Neal.  She works as editor and associate publisher of Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, a company owned by her family.  
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  • Select Ensemble Concert in Poland and the Czech Republic

    Hammond’s premiere auditioned choir, the Select Ensemble, embarked on an impressive international concert tour of Central Europe from December 26, 2018 to January 3, 2019. This talented group of upper school students shared the gift of song from Krakow, Poland to Prague, Czech Republic.
    The group began their journey in Krakow, visiting the hallowed grounds of Auschwitz.  Leaving Poland, the group moved to Europe's Golden City, the City of 100 Spires, Prague, where their music delighted audiences from all over the world.  From the foot of the Charles Bridge to towns like Kutna Hora and Brno, the choir shared their talent through multiple impromptu and formal performances. 
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