Mark Schreiber of Design Case Consulting, a leader in makerspace impelementation, is working with Hammond faculty across all three divisions to provide design lab training for the new Innovation Center’s MakerSpace. Schreiber instructed faculty on the use of tools and answered questions about design thinking and project-based learning. Additionally, a team of teachers, three from each division, will receive indepth training throughout the year and serve as lead instructors.
Schreiber is a Stanford Fellow and founder of Design Case Consulting and has extensive experience integrating STEAM into schools. Most recently he was named National Teacher of the Year by the Milken Family Foundation.
Students in Pre-k through 4th grade are getting a new hands-on experience in the Lower School. Outside of the normal art schedule, students will be learning how to use hand tools while working with wood. All pieces that are constructed will be functional and placed around campus. Among the many projects planned, Kindergarten students will be creating a bench, while Pre-k will be working on a side table. Many of these used tools and cast-off lumber have been donated by Hammond families. Woodworking employs a set of skills largely untapped in school, but also supports concepts being addressed in the classroom. From motor skills to math skills, the Lower School Shop class builds more than just a bench.
Last October, over 1.6 million students took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and entered the National Merit Scholarship Program, a nationwide competition for recognition and awards. Of those students, 50,000 were identified as high performers, with 16,00 moving on to Semi-finalist standing. Today I am pleased to announce that three Hammond students have been named National Merit Semi-finalists, representing less than one percent of US high school seniors. These students will continue in the competition, vying for scholarships based on skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They have demonstrated outstanding potential, and we are proud of what they have accomplished. Congratulations to Justice Myers, Owen Ramsby, and Lake Barrett.
Reba Hull Campbell '79 is the 2018 recipient of Hammond's Distinguished Alumni Award and Andy Folsom '99 is the 2018 recipient of the Young Alumni Award. Awards will be presented after the first quarter of the Homecoming football game Friday night, September 28, 2018.
Hammond Middle School students are collaborating with a startup out of Harvard’s Wyss Institute, Root Robotics, to bring coding to life with Root Robots. This unique partnership has helped spark imagination and creativity in 5th and 6th grade students and allowed faculty members to help develop curriculum based on best practices.
Both Muschamps are leading ball teams of the fine-feathered persuasion and finding the balancing act isn't so difficult after all. Hammond Junior Jackson Muschamp stepped up this season as quarterback, filling the shoes of Corbitt Glick, now a Gamecock, and is ready for the challenge. “I’ve got big shoes to fill, not only as a football player but as a leader and person in this community,” Muschamp said. “I try not to think about it too much. I just want to be myself and play my own game.” Jackson's father, Head Gamecock Football Coach Will Muschamp, is finding time to cheer the Skyhawks to victory on Friday nights while making sure his own team is ready for their games on Saturdays.
Hammond is partnering with Colite Technolgies in its commitment to innovation and to exploring emerging energy technologies. The new Innovation Center boasts two such light poles on the exterior of the building. These hybrid renewable lighting installations incorporate battery storage, renewable wind and solar energy, and LED lighting technology. The system is completely self-sustaining and operates with no connection to the exisiting power grid.
Not only will these light fixtures reduce power usage, but will provide improved brightness, eliminate environmental impacts, and lower maintenance costs.
Commencement exercises were held for the Class of 2018 on May 26 at First Presbyterian Church, with Major General Pete Johnson giving the Commencement Address. The Class of 2018 boasted three National Merit Scholars, six National Merit Commended, and two National Hispanic Scholars. Two members were named U.S. Presidential Scholars. Of the 74 members of the class, 21 were named honor graduates, completing their Hammond careers with a 4.5 or higher GPA on the SC Uniform Grading Scale. The Class received over $8.2 million in merit scholarships. Congratulations to this impressive group of students who now join the ranks of over 3,000 impressive alumni!
Josh Ortegon was recently named Strength and Wellness for Hammond's Athletic Director. Josh comes to us with over 20 years of experience in training athletes of all ages, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Josh has worked with athletes of all ages and level, most recently as Head of Strength and Conditioning at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia.
An established speaker and presenter, Josh's main focus is program development for youth athletes.
At Equestrian Regionals, with 100+ riders competing, eighth grader Marci Leath received the Sportsmanship Award. The coveted award is decided by stewards and coaches, and recognizes an athlete who displays a spirit of sportsmanship by helping others and projecting a positive and supportive attitude. Throughout the cold, rain, and stiff riding competition, Marci displayed the Hammond spirit at its finest. Congratulations!
In yet another impressive season showing, both of Hammond's equestrian teams--Western and Hunt Seat clinched state championship titles. The titles added to Hammond's overall titles, making the total 141. Congratulations to our Equestrian Skyhawks!
It all adds up! Hammond had an impressive showing at the Clemson Calculus Challenge. Schools representing South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia competed in the annual challenge. The Skyhawk Mathletes placed second overall in Division 1, and second in the team portion of the contest. Team members included Tobi Ogunfowora, Sumant Rao, Alice Yang, Karl Cao, Enze Peng, Nicholas Jean-Gilles.
Over the past few weeks, Hammond's math team has scored impressive results in two university sponsored math competitions: Furman University Wylie Mathematics Tournament and Coastal Carolina's Math Tournament.
Hundreds of students from 57 different schools throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama competed in the Furman University Wylie Mathematics Tournament this past Saturday. The competition included three ciphering rounds and a two-hour written contest. Individual awards were based on the written contest, and team awards were awarded based on the sum of the top three written scores of a team combined with the team’s ciphering scores.
Hammond had an exceptional performance this year's contest. Team captain, Tobi Ogunfowora, won sixth place on the individual contest. Moreover, Hammond was the Division 2 winner beating out 29 teams from all over the southeast. In addition to Tobi, Alice Yang and Sumant Rao remained calm under tremendous pressure and had impressive results in the individual and ciphering competitions. Filling out the team were Karl Cao, Elsa Saine, and Dami Olatosi who put in hundreds of hours to prepare for this and other contests.
Coastal Carolina Math Tournament highlights:
Elsa Saine took second place on the level I contest in the small school division. It is of note that she had the second highest score in any division. She earned a medal and 75 dollars.
Karl Cao took second place on the level II contest in the small school division. Once again, this was the second highest score at the tournament in any division. He earned a medal and 75 dollars.
Tobi Ogunfowora had the highest score at the contest on the level II exam. He earned a medal and 100 dollars.
The level II team of Tobi Ogunfowora, Karl Cao, Sumant Rao, Alice Yang, and Samantha Watson won the small school level II team award. Moreover, it was the top level II team score at the contest.
Two years ago, Middle School teacher Krissy Johnson's son was burned in a kitchen accident and received treatment at the Augusta Burn Center. After realizing how much a donated stuffed animal meant to Mrs. Johnson's son while at the hospital, Hammond's National Junior Honor Society students held a tie-dye t-shirt fundraiser in hopes of purchasing stuffed animals for other patients at the hospital. After a successful fundraiser, students appropached the maker of beanie babies, Ty Inc., and asked about a discount on stuffed animals. Instead of a discount, the corporation decided to donate all the stuffed animals, giving the students the opportunity to make another charitable contribution, this time to the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation. Students traveled to August, Georgia to present the gift of stuffed animals in hopes of helping young patients at the hospital.
According to Mrs. Johnson, "Hopefully they realize one person can make an impact and that impact can grow. Because it was one person donating to my son that then caused him to want to donate and caused this to happen, and hopefully it will continue to spiral, and those good works will continue."
"It feels really special, it makes you feel like you did a good deed and you're helping someone out and sometimes we're more fortunate than others and it feels good to give back," explained 8th grader Lyndsay Moore.
On March 2, we bid a fond farewell to the Upper School gym as we know it. Over the next several months, the gym will transform into a state-of-the art athletic facility designed to host basketball, dance and band programs, athletic offices, and wellness programs. If walls could talk, the old gym would certainly regale us with tales of victories large and small, stroll us through celebrations too numerous to count, and remind us of nearly 50 years of school activities that have helped form the Hammond experience.
Check mate and check this out! Hammond Lower School students won the SCISA Elementary State Chess Championship for the second year in a row. Afternoons will find them working on strategies and perfecting their game. Congratulations, Skyhawks!
This year's Country of Study Day found Lower School students discovering the South American country of Peru. Opening ceremonies provided a glimpse into ancient life in this spectacular country, complete with gods from another time and place. Students spent the day rotating through stations that included crafts, games, food, and even a llama. Hammond's Country of Study program sets the stage for a global emphasis throughout the school year. Annually, three teachers are chosen to travel to the selected country where they immerse themselves in the culture, history, and language. This professional development opportunity helps form the basis for curricular and co-curricular activities carefully designed to integrate global components into each division's course of study.
The Varsity Girls Basketball Team clinched the SCISA 3A State Championship title in a spirited match against cross-town rival, Cardinal Newman, making this the 11th state title win in school history for the Girls Basketball team. According to Ahlea Myers, “We just had faith. We had injuries all last year, but we knew that we could make it. And as seniors, we wanted to go out with a bang.”
Hammond's Dance Marathon was a huge success, raising $41,667. All three divisions danced their way to one of the school's most successful community service projects to benefit the Children's Miracle Network, in particular, the Palmetto Children's Hospital. The student committee's goal of $30,000 was surpassed by over $11,000!
Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals across North America. We are the only children’s charity committed to having 100% of the funds raised stay local to support local kids. Since inception, Miracle Network Dance Marathon has raised more than $200 million for kids across North America- ensuring that no child or family fights pediatric illness or injury alone.
The 2018 Hammond Auction, Passage to Peru, was a feast for the senses. The SC State Museum set the stage for an impressive evening of all things Peru. From decor and authentic cuisine that transported us to another place, and a fantastic array of auction items, the evening was a great way to celebrate this year's country of study while gathering the Hammond family together for a great cause.
Annually, Hammond sends a teacher from division to a selected country that will serve as a global studies springboard for the coming school year. These faculty members return to share their experience with students throughout the school year, and culminates in a Country of Study Day for Lower and Middle School students. These opportunities provide additional professional development opportunities for faculty while exposing students to the wider world around them. The Auction is yet another opportunity to celebrate Hammond's country of study.
The Hammond math team took top honors in the SCISA Math Meet winning first place in the competition. Skyhawk mathletes include Estelle McKee, Dami Olatosi, Elsa Saine, Vicki He, Samantha Watson, Tobi Ogunfowora, Sumant Rao, Alice Yang, Karl Cao, and Vincent Huang.
Individual Honors went to:
Sumant Rao won third place for the individual contest.
Tobi Ogunfowora won second place for the individual contest.
Congratulations to these Skyhawks for an impressive win!
Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) recently named Lower School music teacher, Cherie Herring, recipient of the 2018 Mike Kovins TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award. Cherie is a SMART Technologies Exemplary Educator. In naming Cherie, TI:ME said, "Cherie's use of technology in the classroom showcases how well technology can be used as a tool to reach every child in the music classroom. 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. Many music educators that she has assisted over the years have remarked that she is the essence of what a TI:ME Teacher of the Year should be: enthusiastic, helpful, encouraging, inspiring, great with technology, and one who knows how to teach it to those ages 3 to 93."
TI:ME is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist music educators in applyingtoday's technology to teach music. TI:ME is pioneering the use of today's exciting music production software and hardware technology for use in the school music classroom for all ages, starting even from elementary school ages, and advancing into high school and college level programs. Mike Kovins, whom the award is honored and named for, was an integral part of founding and creating TI:ME as a place where music educators could find resources for integrating technology into their classrooms, as well as networking with other music educators who utilize technology.
Congratulations to Cherie on this well-deserved honor!
Congressman Joe Wilson met with Middle and Upper School students as part of a visit to Columbia. Congressman Wilson spent time with eighth grade government students, where he entertained questions and shared his views on government issues. Following his time with Middle School students, Wilson met with Upper School students in Hammond's Public Policy and Social Change Class and members of the Headmaster's Leadership Council. Wilson is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2001. The district stretches from Columbia to the Georgia-South Carolina border.
Longtime Hammond supporter, Polly Howser was recently named a Life Trustee by the Board of Trustees. Polly’s service on the Board spanned from 1986 through 1993, and she served as the school's first, and only female Chairman, from 1989 to 1992. Past inductees include Joe Edens, Tommy Edmunds and Johnny Folsom.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Upper School students and teachers from Hammond's Public Policy and Social Change program volunteered at St. Lawrence Place in Columbia. St. Lawrence Place is a 30-home community where homeless families can find skills and shelter that foster independence. The group spent the morning cleaning apartments and the activity center and stocking apartments with supplies for incoming residents.