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Hammond News


  • March

    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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