D.W. Daniel High School

September 2020

From Our Principal

DWD Families,

Thank you for making our first two weeks of school successful. Our students have done a fantastic job adapting to new policies, structures, and procedures. We have seen a great response to our new mask policy and bell schedule. We are proud of our Daniel team and thankful for all of the hard work that has gone into making sure this school year could start safely.

This week, we will start two weeks of remote learning. Weeks 3 and 4 will be all virtual. Our teachers will follow a bell schedule that is similar to our daily bell schedule using Webex as our virtual platform. Your child will be expected to log in to their classes and participate in Webex sessions and assignments. Grades and attendance will count during Weeks 3 and 4. We hope that this two week break from in-person instruction will help us maintain the good health we have seen in our students and faculty during Weeks 1 and 2.

This year, we introduced new opportunities for students to allow for learning to occur outside of our building. We have students who are enrolled in face to face classes, Pickens County Virtual Academy, Virtual SC, and synchronous AP/Honors virtual classes. As we have navigated through all of the different pedagogies, we want to thank you for your patience and cooperation as we have worked on providing the best learning experiences for all of our students.

We are excited that we will be able to provide free food to all students under the age of 18 until December. We are thrilled that we will be able to meet our students' needs and provide nutritious meals for anyone who wants a nutritious meal.

Included in this newsletter are helpful graphics to explain how we are taking attendance, upcoming events, and technology information. We know a lot has changed this year and that old procedures may not be in place. We hope these graphics are helpful and answer questions. We will also be posting our virtual class meetings during Weeks 3 and 4. These virtual class meetings will take the place of our traditional whole group class assemblies. We will provide grade specific information and go over our student handbook.

We appreciate all of the help from our community and families that have provided donations, food, PPE, and support to help us have a great start to the school year. We are thankful for our DWD families and supporters every day.

Go Lions!

One Daniel,

Shannon Sharkey

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Technology Information

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Chromebook Help Desk Ticket

Chromebook Camera Issue:

If you get an error message saying your camera is disconnected, you will still be able to participate in Webex meetings. Submit a Help Desk Ticket and we will try to get you a loaner Chromebook as soon as possible. Check Schoology and the email you provide in the form. Let your teacher know you have submitted a ticket. Again, you can still join, hear and be heard in Webex without the camera.

**Use the link below to access answers to frequently asked questions about SDPC technology.**

DHS Sign Out Policy

In order to make arrangements for your child to leave early or to give them permission to ride with someone else, you must send a handwritten note to school. We no longer accept emails or phone calls for student sign-outs or transportation changes. In order to validate each note in a timely manner, notes should be submitted to the main office at the beginning of the school day and should include parent/guardian names and phone numbers. We will then follow up with a phone call verifying the note. This was a necessary change to help us to ensure the safety of all students in our building.

Proof of Residency

If you have a ninth grade student who was at Edwards Middle School last year, please send a proof of residence (POR) document to the school as soon as possible. A proof of residence document can be a power bill, water bill, gas bill, or cable bill that shows you are receiving services at your address. You can send your POR to the front office, or you can take a picture of a bill and email it to JudithEdwards@pickens.k12.sc.us

If you have already sent us a POR, thank you!

1st Semester Standardized Tests

Seniors who signed up to take the SAT in March 2020 will now take the test on September 23, 2020. You will receive more details prior to the week of the test.

Semester 1 Testing Windows (specific dates TBD)

WIN for seniors: Oct. 19 - Nov. 13

EOCs (if not waived): after Winter Break

**Both of these tests must be administered face-to-face.**

New Faces

We want to officially welcome the newest members of the DHS family!

Coach Ellis- Study Hall Supervisor

Coach Galloway- Special Education Teacher

Ms. Hanley-Thomas- Mental Health Counselor

Mr. Herr- Special Education Teacher

Ms. Miller- Custodian

Ms. Oglesby- Receptionist

Mrs. Plumblee- Special Education Teacher

Officer Richardson (not pictured)- School Resource Officer

Mr. Seaton- Media Center Clerk

New Places

Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Merck are not new to Daniel, but they have new roles this year. Congratulations to Mrs. Ward who is our new assistant principal serving students with last names M-Z, and to Mrs. Merck who is our new administrative assistant!

D.W. Daniel Foundation Update

Welcome to the D.W. Daniel Foundation!

Making a Difference in 2020-21 for D.W. Daniel High School!

The D.W. Daniel Foundation is a non-profit organization similar to a PTO consisting of parents, faculty, and community members who work together to serve Daniel High School. Our organization’s mission is to support our school’s commitment to academic excellence and student success. Our efforts focus on meeting the needs of our students, faculty, administration, facilities, landscaping, and more. Every Daniel High School student benefits from Foundation efforts, as we focus our expenditures to benefit the overall student body and improve learning experiences. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will need your support more than ever this year!

Look at some of the things we were able to do last school year!

  • Funded faculty requests/grants for: Biology (lab supplies), AP Biology (DNA transformation kits); Chemistry/Physics (hot plates); Science Dept. (rulers, metersticks, scientific calculators, basic lab equipment: tongs, stirring rods, beakers, etc.); Anatomy & Physiology (skeletal model); Agriculture Science (hand tools, topsoil & raised beds); Environmental Science (transportation & admission- Table Rock State Park Trip); Foundations of Algebra (BreakoutEDU kits); English Dept. (production of play for elementary school performances, classroom books, The Crucible professional actor classroom visit, online conference “Keep the Wonder”), English 1 (classroom library supplies), Creative Writing (sponsoring professional authors for classroom lessons); Military History (materials for WWI); Broadcasting (site licenses for editing software); Health Room (rolling cart, file organizer, ergonomic office chair); Cafeteria (microwave, turntable, rolling cart), ACT/PSAT testing snacks; Ethics Bowl (national & regional registration fees); Debate Team (membership to National Speech & Debate Association); Chess Club (state chess competition); DHS Academic Team (competition fee for tournaments in SC and GA)and support for the DHS Dance Team (buzzer system); and funding non-diploma STEEP volunteer trips

  • Provided monthly faculty meals and Teacher Appreciation Week treats in May.

  • Maintained the DHS Faculty & Student Memorial Garden.

  • Operated our DandeLION Closet that provides everyday items to students in need, including specialized clothing for semi-formal, prom, job interviews, and graduation.

In 2020-21 we are working on:

  • Funding many more grant requests from the faculty as needs increase for both our face-to-face and virtual students.

  • Encouraging more memberships from families, faculty, and especially, businesses and corporations!

  • Locating and securing additional grants from community, state, and national resources.

  • Supporting student activities that encourage leadership and involvement.

How can YOU make a difference? JOIN, DONATE, and/or VOLUNTEER!

Visit the DHS website & find us under Clubs & Organizations to join and/or donate.

  • Follow us on our Facebook page: DW Daniel Foundation

  • Follow us on Instagram: @dwdanielfoundation

  • Follow us on Twitter: @ DWDFoundation

  • Become a Corporate Sponsor

  • Provide food for our faculty meals

  • Give financially to our DandeLION Closet

  • Serve on a committee (Membership, Fundraising, Faculty Appreciation, Communication, etc.)

  • Contact our President, Tina Maloney (tmmaloney@gmail.com) or Membership Chair, Sonya Story (storytime@bellsouth.net) for more information or to get more involved!

Thank you for supporting Daniel High School! Go Lions!

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