McDaniel Family Newsletter

February 25, 2022

Leodis V. McDaniel High School

A Message from Principal Skyles

Hello McDaniel,

This week we are finishing up winter sports. We would like to give a special shoutout to our wrestling program; they placed 3rd at districts as a team and we are sending 7 wrestlers to State this weekend!

We will be running an altered schedule next Wednesday, 3/2.

  • Students will arrive at school at 8:30am (normal time) and go to 2nd period for a short lesson on CREED (our school values) and then spend time looking over their current course and planning out the next two hours.
  • Students will then go to FLEX classes of their choice (attendance will be taken by scanning into classes using a QR code. Students will have 2 hours to work with teachers and get support.
  • Students who have A’s and B’s in all core classes are encouraged to check in with their elective teachers and/or spend time in the library completing SSR (silent sustained reading).
  • Students who have not earned credit from first semester with a NP should prioritize visiting those classes to work on their Path to Credit.
  • Seniors will have their senior meeting. Location information will be shared next week.
  • Students will then be dismissed after lunch (lunch will be provided) for the rest of the day.

Staff will use the afternoon to explore how we can better support students, plan with their PLC 2nd semester activities, and use time to individually plan for 2nd semester.

Please continue to talk to your students at home about their attendance goals, on-track to graduate goals, and future college/career goals.

Please reach out if you have any questions!

Adam Skyles

Principal McDaniel High School

McDaniel HS Schedule Week of February 28th - March 4th

Monday, February 28th - A Day

Tuesday, March 1st - B Day

Wednesday, March 2nd - SEL Day - click here for SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 3rd- A Day

Friday, March 4th - B Day

Athletics calendar for 2/28-3/4

The most up to date calendar can always be found by going to Trivory:

Successful Schools Survey: Family Feedback Requested

So far we have received a total of 27 surveys. We really would like to know what our families' perception is of how we are doing as a school. This year is especially important since we are in a new building and we are adjusting to coming back during a pandemic and being online for 18 months. The survey should only take about 20 minutes.

Direct Link to Surveys: Find Leodis V. McDaniel HS







For more information visit the SSS webpage.

Thank you very much for your time,

McDaniel HS Staff

Freshman Attendance Challenge!

Dear 9th grade parents and guardians:

The 9th grade team is starting an attendance challenge on Monday, February 28th. Students were given an attendance monitoring sheet (see attached image) to look at what attendance rate they are starting the challenge with. We will be monitoring growth for five weeks and at the end of the challenge (Thursday, April 7th) students will have had the opportunity to earn 9th grade field trip to OAKS Park Skating Rink with their friends. We are monitoring increases for any student with an attendance rate that is less than 90% or to maintain their attendance rate if they are higher than 90%.

Please ask your student to show you their Attendance Challenge Monitoring sheet and talk about their individual goal. They will receive a new sheet on 3/11, 3/18 and 4/1 to learn how they are improving.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Vice-Principal, Keyla Santiago (

Spring Sports teams begin Monday, Feb. 28!

This is your final weekend to register for tryouts!

Want to try out for BASEBALL, SOFTBALL, OR TENNIS? Want to join GOLF or TRACK & FIELD? You must register before February 28 to participate:

All McDaniel students are eligible for the reduced participation fee--however, please wait to pay the $35 fee AFTER you are confirmed on a team.
  • payments can be made online with SchoolPay or in person in Athletics (118D).

SpongeBob the Musical starts March 4!

Come one, come all to see our first musical production in our brand new theater!
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McDaniel High School has officially earned a spot at the Urban Debate League National Qualifiers! Seniors Lesly Valdivia-Marquez and Zane Emerson will be representing us as Oregon's first team to ever compete in this tournament. The tournament will be virtual, and will run from April 7th-11th. Congratulations to Lesly and Zane on a job well done!

ATHLETICS HIGHLIGHT: Wrestlers headed to State Tournaments this weekend!

On February 18-19, McDaniel hosted the PIL District Varsity wrestling tournament. All nine PIL high schools attended, with hundreds of boys and girls competing. McDaniel took 3rd place in Districts as a team! The top 3 finishers in each weight class qualified for the state tournament, and McDaniel will be well represented! Most notable is junior Lane Shaffer, who repeated as 1st place champion in his weight class again this year! This feat earned him the honor of being named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament. Way to go, Lane!

The following wrestlers will be joining Lane at State: Dezire Solis (11), Olivier Irankunda (12), Andy Trinh (12), Eli Holstein (12), Patrick Rivera (12), Zach Puckett (11), and Lakota Bailey (12).

Honorable mention shout outs to seniors Bill Vo and Ryan Joseph who placed in the top 5 for their weight classes! Along with Amiel Keys and Eduardo Pineda Gastellum, they were awarded All-League honors.

Congratulations to you all, your coaches Romelio Salas and Cale Holt, and good luck at State!

McDaniel Story Slam 2022

We had a successful Story Slam on Thursday, February 17! Great student stories! It was super fun to be back together in person! It takes a lot of community to put together an event like this. Huge thanks to each and every one of you who pitched in. Please congratulate our storytellers if you see them around.

The 5th Annual MHS Story Slam

Theme: LUCKY

Emcee: Kelly Gomes

Our Esteemed Judges:

Keyla Santiago Rodriguez, Darshanpreet Gill, Kathleen “molo” Molony, Maurice Cowley, Joseph Tuisee

Storytellers in order of appearance:

Lilah Carey, Anika Schramm, Lucy Shields, Sydney Hiransomboon, Sophie Ingram, Aidan Van Duyn, Connor Lanusse, Charles Pine, Hayden Hardy, Weston Marrow, Ngan Nguyen, Ramses Jaimes Moreno, Nathaniel Tripp Folsom, Sidrah Schramm, Ciara Fragoso Tovar, Conrad Quale, and Andrew Dalton.


1st place - Lucy Shields

2nd place - Ciara Fragoso Tovar

3rd place - Nathaniel Tripp Folsom

4th place - Hayden Hardy

5th place - Ramses Jaimes Moreno

Math Genius: Reid Buckmaster

Other Math Genius: Michael Mansour

Countdown timer: Bodhi Thompson

Official Photographer: Andrew Hoeflein

Videographer: Frank Dadulla

Musical Interludist: Fyrne Buchholz

Timekeeper: Charlie

The amazing teachers:

Ben Grosscup, Daniel Fredgant, Gene Brunak, Joe Martin, Melanie Guthrie, Nicola Onnis, Sarabeth Leitch, and Zoe Gould.

Thanks to SUN (Julia, Claire, & John) for sharing the space AND Step Up, Leadership, Graphic Design, and Admin for promotional support.

Hosted by Nancy Sullivan

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PPS Parent Partner Job Opportunity

Portland Public Schools is seeking limited-term part-time employees to work as Parent Partners in schools for the 2021-2022 school year. Parent Partners will be placed at three high schools supported by GEAR UP:

McDaniel, Roosevelt, and Jefferson -- with the potential to expand to other high schools over the course of the school year. The intent of this position is twofold: (1) tap into the community expertise and wisdom of the parent community to support schools during the current challenges; and (2) establish long-term pathways for parent leaders to actively partner with teachers and staff to ensure a high-quality educational experience for children.

Hours: This limited-term part-time position will begin January 28, 2022 and extend through June 30, 2022.**

During the school year, Parent Partners must be able to work 10-15 hours per week (no more than 19 hours per week) during school hours (8:00am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday). Some evening and weekend hours may be required for professional development or special classroom or community activities and events.

See the job description for more details.