Dr. David O'Shields

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...
  “And they’re off!” And much like stallions and fillies at the start of a race, another school year has begun. As I write this article, we are a single day past Hump Day (i.e., Thursday) in the first full week of school. Typically, I hate starting a year on a Monday. The first week of school is...
Recently, the educational community lost a stalwart in the profession, an ambassador of civic service, and a guide to literally thousands of students. Ms. Alvenes Barksdale was truly one of the most exceptional educators I ever met. My recollection is markedly biased since Ms. Barksdale was my...
I admit I am not a dancer. I just have two left feet and little gross motor coordination; however, I am aware of a dance move called the “Texas Two Step.” I am also aware of other connotations of the phrase: (1) jerking one’s car steering wheel into another lane with the expressed purpose of...
  This article catches up with my previous series focusing on each of District 56’s schools. We have covered MS Bailey, Clinton Elementary, Eastside Elementary, and Joanna-Woodson Elementary in previous articles. This month, we look closely at Clinton Middle School. Truth be told, I have not yet...
In 1843, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, a story as real and relevant now as was when it was written. “This heartwarming story of repentance, redemption, and the transformative power of love and charity is especially poignant during the season of goodwill to all (Hudson Valley).”  I have...
This particular article refocuses on the many wonderful things we have in our district by looking at the schools one at a time. We have previously covered MS Bailey, Clinton Elementary, and Eastside Elementary. Today,we look at Joanna-Woodson Elementary. Joanna-Woodson Elementary School (JWES)  is...

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