Dr. David O'Shields

HOLIDAY: A Grinchy Christmas Wish.     Christmas really is a magical time. The music, the decorations, the vibe are evident of a joyous, family time. Radio stations and SiriusXM started playing Christmas music the day after Halloween…and for good reason. For many folks this year is just plain...
More Than Ever a Time for Thanksgiving.     To say 2020 has been an interesting year is an understatement. To think of it as somewhat of a black hole is understandable but not totally correct. Even during elections, pandemics, and weather-related phenomena this remains a year of thanksgiving. The...
Kolman McMurphy is our band director. He is an outstanding find for us in Clinton. His band produces a clean, crisp, clear tone … even though there are far fewer in the band than he deserves. He and his students work as hard as any team or organization … and they have nowhere to go except for...
Life in the Time of COVID.       As I write this column, I am still recovering from colostomy reversal surgery. I have been at work part days and I have seen the effort and intensity in dealing with an invisible foe.  Since March, we have appeared idle … but I will promise you we in the educational...
  District 56 Moves on Waffle House Style.     Waffle House is a staple of many communities. In fact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has an unofficial Waffle House Index (WHI): Code Red (closed), Code Yellow (operational but services and food choices are limited), and Code Green (...
  Coronavirus Classroom Shows Clinton’s Cooperation.       As we all found out on Sunday, March 15, out of an abundance of caution the Governor closed schools for a period from March 16 – March 31, 2020. Will this “pause” be extended beyond the date? No one knows; however, I know District 56...
Tis the season! A season replete with decorations of red, white, green. Artificial trees are already on prominent display in malls, shopping centers, and stores. Carols are on selected stations heralding the season. Yes, it’s Christmas.   Except for one small problem … we haven’t even had...
  Halloween is just around the corner. The leaves are begrudgingly turning into a more autumn-like color palette. There is even more of a seasonal chill in the air. It appears Fall is here at last. Halloween was always a fun holiday for me when I was a child. I distinctly dressing as a red devil...
  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...

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