Phone: 413-538-5060 ext 3507
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Physics, Boston University Robert T. Noyce scholar
ONLINE LEARNING UPDATE: We are now utilizing Distance Learning in order to follow public health officials’ guidance to increase social distancing as a means to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Students are encouraged to join the classes online during the scheduled times below, and should complete assignments on Google Classroom.
Daily Class Schedule (Mon-Fri)
11 am Physics Online
Google Classroom Code: t34khqk
1 pm Chemistry Online
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3 pm Engineering Online
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Students should complete the following checklist in preparation of moving to online learning:
Check Google Classroom for updates under “Online Learning” Topic
- Download Zoom conferencing. Zoom is available both on computer/laptop and can also be used on phones (iOS and Droid).
- Download Google Meet for "office hours".
If you have trouble with ANY of the following, please email Mx. Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mx. Hammond will try their best to help you troubleshoot. Students will not be penalized for having trouble accessing curriculum online, but it is in their best interest to try to keep up with your academic work. Tutoring may be scheduled by emailing Mx. Hammond and Google Meet will be used to facilitate virtual tutoring.
Online classes began Tuesday, March 17th, and will continue until further notice from school administration in accordance with guidance from the Deparment of Secondary Education.
Note - IF ANYONE IS HUNGRY - If you or anyone you know has limited access to food PLEASE let Mx. Hammond know by emailing at email@example.com and Mx. Hammond will do their best to confidentially make sure food gets to your friend.
Note: If you do not have access to the Internet, you will not be penalized. However, it is recommended that you keep up with academic work by going to your local library and checking out 10+ books to read during this break. Try to check out multiple books at a time to reduce how often you need to go to the library. Many libraries offer free digital subscriptions to EBooks, so you may be able to check out books online and read them on your smartphone.
Check out EBooks and Audiobooks from the library!
You can sign in with your library card number OR can sign up with just a phone number. On a phone, the Libby app syncs with Overdrive Audiobooks.
- Fever 1793
- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ("Don't Panic!")
- Sabriel by Garth Nix
- What I Was by Meg Rosoff
- To Life by Ruth Minsky Sender
- The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials series) by Phillip Pulman
- Eragon (Inheritance series) by Christopher Paolini
- Uglies series by Scott Westerfield
- Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce
- Harry Potter series
Recommended Educational TV Shows (available on Netlix):
- Lost in Space
- The Mars Generation (2017)
- Dream Big: Engineering Our World
- Silicon Cowboys
- The Universe (2009)
- The Most Unknown (2018)
- 14 Minutes from Earth (2016)
- First Face of America (2018)
- The Last Man on the Moon (2014)
- Mars (2018)
- The Theory of Everything (a biography of Stephen Hawking, a famous theoretical physicist)
- Brainchild (2018)
- Nova: Prediction by the Numbers (a PBS documentary on statistics in science; very important to explain social distancing with respect to COVID-19)
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- The Magic School Bus
- Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
Fun Teen-Appropriate TV Shows (available on Netlix):
- The Expaning Universe of Ashley Garcia
- Lost in Space
- The Fosters
- One Day at a Time
- The Greenhouse Academy
- The Dragon Prince
- The Healing Powers of Dude
- Free Rein
- Lord of the Rings
- Fullmetal Alchemist
- Shaun the Sheep
Recommended Educational Video Games (available online from STEAM):
- Civilizations V (simulating history from BCE through modern era with technological advancements)
- Kerbal Space Program (aerospace engineering)
- Stardew Valley (agricultural simulation)
- Dawn of Man (simulating early humankind during the neolithic era)
- Minecraft (engineering, building, crafting)
FUN FACT: UV light in the sun kills viruses, so feel free to run and play outside while maintaining 6 feet away from other humans. This is a fun time to garden and stop and smell the roses!
Mx. Hammond teaches Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering at South Hadley High School. They hold a Master's of Teacher Leadership from Mount Holyoke and a Bachelor's in Physics from Boston University. In the past, Mx. Hammond has worked at Hampden Charter School of Science where they taught Physics, Engineering, Electronics, and middle school Earth Science. While at Boston University, they conducted scientific research with liquid crystals to further understanding of magnetodynamics. Additionally, they completed a 6 month program in Geneva, Switzerland where they they performed optical pumping calculations of copper isotopes to study the role of copper in the body at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.