D.W. Daniel High School

March Newsletter

Message from the Principal

What a month! It wasn’t until the last week of February that we actually attended school for a full five-day week. Between threats of severe weather, flooding, and holidays, we saw many shortened weeks. Even with shortened weeks, we still managed to accomplish a great deal. We administered two whole grade-level assessments. We saw the change of winter sports to spring sports. We went to the State House to watch our student athletes and marching band be recognized for their accomplishments. We held a National Signing Day for athletes who have chosen to participate in collegiate athletics. We held course registration and IGP meetings. Our students danced the night away at Semi Formal. AP Seminar students presented their research to the community. Our math team and academic team competed in competitions across the state. Our AFJROTC held their annual camp out. Our band students competed for Region Band and All County Band. We celebrated Black History Month with a school-wide assembly.

With these events, and many more, our teachers stayed on track and focused on providing rigorous lessons for our students to help prepare them for end of course assessments and the next level. If the spring is anything like the winter, we can expect to have many more events at DWD and more opportunities for excellent learning. Go Lions! One Daniel.

Rebuilding the Old Brick Sign

Mr. Whitley's and Mr. Howard's English 2 students have been engaged in a year-long project-based learning experience centered around using the bricks saved from the old school in order to reconstruct the old sign. We received preliminary approval from Mrs. Sharkey earlier in February after our formal presentation, and we just teleconferenced with the muralist we chose to hire, Anna Rice. Next, we are getting ready to deliver 300+ bricks to the Career Center to get them cut in half, thanks to Mr. Stephens' and his masonry students' generosity.

Be on the lookout for the final mock-up once we share it in March! Once this is complete and approved, we plan to build it and have it ready in time for 2020 graduation!

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From the School Nurse

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Swan Song

Saturday April 4, 2020

Option 1: Purchase prom tickets online at www.myschoolbucks.com. A 3.75% convenience fee applies.

  • March 12 – March 20: DHS senior tickets will be $20.00. All other tickets (including any non-DHS students) will be $25.00.
  • March 21 -April 2: All tickets will be $30.

Option 2: Purchase prom tickets at school in room 222 (Mrs. Bolger’s room) before or after school, during 3A or during 3B (including both lunches).

  • March 12 – March 22: DHS Senior tickets will be $20.00. All other tickets (including any non-DHS students) will be $25.00.
  • March 23 – April 2: All tickets will be $30.00.
  • Friday, April 3: Tickets may be purchased at school only. A $10 late fee applies. Total cost per student is $40.

Please note:

  • Only juniors and seniors may purchase tickets. All ticket purchases require approval before tickets are issued.
  • Non-DHS guests must be approved by administration before March 20 and before purchasing tickets.
  • A dance contract is required for all students and guests attending prom. Dance contracts must be completed online at bit.ly/DWD20PROM
  • Outside guest forms can be picked up in Mrs. Bolger’s room or in the main office.

Seat time is due by Friday, March 27 for prom attendance.

Important Test Dates

  • School Day SAT: March 25
  • WIN: April 7 and 8 (make up)
  • End-of-Course Exams begin May 4.
  • AP Exams start May 4.
  • Senior Finals begin May 12.
  • Underclassman Finals start May 29.

Virtual Exams

If you are taking a virtual course through VirtualSC,

  • all exams will be proctored Wednesday, April 29 from 8:10-3:00 in the library.
  • The last exam must start by 3:00 pm. You will take all virtual exams that day.
  • You will need a charged Chromebook, charger (just in case), and your login and password to your virtual school account in order to access the exam(s).
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please see Mrs. Carter in Guidance BEFORE Wednesday, April 22.

If you are taking a virtual course through SDPC Franchise of VirtualSC,

  • your exams will be given on Thursday, May 14 from 8:00-11:30 in the library.
  • You will need a charged Chromebook, charger (just in case), and your login and password to your virtual school account in order to access the exam(s).
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please see Mrs. Carter in Guidance BEFORE Thursday, May 7.

Daniel Foundation

As we head into spring (hopefully a drier one), the D.W. Daniel Foundation continues to strive for great things, and we thank you for your continued support! We couldn’t do what we do without your memberships, contributions, and time spent volunteering. Our school benefits immensely from it all!

So far this year, your generosity has allowed the Daniel Foundation to grant almost $9000 in faculty requests that have directly benefited our Daniel students! This includes improvements, supplies, and learning experiences in Foundation of Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, Agricultural Science, English, Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and non-diploma programs. We have also funded needs from the DHS Academic Team, Chess Club, Debate Team, Health Room, Cafeteria, Ethics Bowl, and DHS Dance Team!

The Daniel Foundation has also stayed busy taking care of our amazing faculty! We continue to provide a monthly faculty breakfast or lunch and invite anyone interested in helping to contact Melissa Turnipseed.

Our DandeLION shop continues its mission to serve students by confidentially assisting with needs of clothing, shoes, hygiene products, snacks, and school supplies. We are looking forward to assisting any students attending the 2020 Jr/Sr Prom on April 4 with gowns, dress shoes (for both men and women), and any other formal wear needs if we can.

Thank you all again for supporting the D.W. Daniel Foundation! #OneDaniel #GoLions

Academic Signing Day

Daniel's first annual Academic Signing Day will be held Thursday, April 23 in the gym during a long lunch. This is a chance for us to celebrate and recognize students who are committing to a college or technical school. Students are asked to wear a t-shirt that represents their school choice, and we plan to take a group picture after the ceremony. During the ceremony students will be called up by schools, and they will sign a banner indicating their commitment to the school of their choice. Families are invited to come in and witness this event. Contact Mr. Evans if you have questions.
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Spring Musical

Come out and support our Manestage Players as they perform a musical for the first time in many years! Little Shop of Horrors will run March 5-7 at 7 PM to March 8 at 3 PM. Tickets are $7 at the door.
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Dance Team

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Beta Club

Beta Club is hosting a Bingo Night Thursday, March 19 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Proceeds will benefit Ripple of One of Easley.

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Student Council

Thank you for a successful winter, D. W. Daniel!

The talent show featured over 20 singers, dancers, & instrumentalists. The proceeds from the show helped to fund grants for four Daniel teachers.

Students danced (& jumped & instagrammed) the night away at the (late) winter semi-formal.

Buff Puff will take place during a big lunch on March 13. Teams are set & already practicing to see if they can knock the seniors out of contention for the title.

Elections will happen just before Spring Break. If you’re interested in organizing and executing the activities that take place at school, please consider running for office. There are a variety of positions available for new members.

Senior Matt Monaghan is coordinating a volunteer fair in April. Local organizations from the area will be at school to provide information about programs for student volunteers over the summer. If students need a way to get plugged in this summer, this will be a great place to start.

Finally, we’ve started hosting a constituency lunch each year as a way to get feedback on the previous year’s programming while also preparing for the year to come. Please let Dana Howard know if you would like to be part of the conversation.

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Visual Arts Department

Two Daniel students earned awards from the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing competition this year. Havahn Williams-Rollins won a Silver Key award, and Kevin Zhu won a Gold Key award, both were in the Region-at-Large program.

Also, Reedy Smith has been selected as a Distinguished Scholars recipient for 2020 at the Savannah College of Art and Design, winning a $20,000-per-year scholarship for SCAD!

Debate Team

This year Daniel High School established its first-ever competition debate team. Working with volunteer members of Clemson University’s award-winning debate team, DWD debaters have met on Wednesday afternoons to investigate, discuss, and debate “motions,” or debatable topics and participated in three tournaments—even earning trophies at one.

Please be on the lookout for the team’s debate night, which is being planned for late March. All are welcome!

Academic Team

The DWD Academic Team competed in the SC History Bowl State Championship at the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics in Hartsville, SC on Saturday, February 1 and finished in 2nd Place! Pictured from left to right are Sam Bruce, Nate Snider, Jake Chrysostom, Matthew DeSellier, Isaac Ruohoniemi and Blake Davidson.

The Varsity A squad finished as state runner-up, losing only to the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics in the Final Round. Here’s a great action shot of Jake, Blake, and Isaac taking on the competition.

In addition, Jake Chrysostom qualified to compete in the Individual National Championship to be played in April in Washington, D.C. This qualification is based on his individual performance at the Clemson University Tigertown Throwdown in October.

Math Team

Our math team attended the USC Math Meet about a month ago and placed third overall with Jennifer Gao placing 5th among individuals.

At the College of Charleston Math Meet, we placed 1st in the Math Team Brainstorm as a team, and Jennifer placed 1st overall in the written test, which is outstanding considering the competition.

Our team members are Jennifer Gao, Hannah Baum, Fei-Hsi Ko, Aleksandar Yordanov, Isaac Ruohoniemi, and Grace Wen.

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Chess Team

Our chess team competed in the SC State Scholastic Tournament on Saturday, February 29 and placed second overall! Congratulations!

Science National Honor Society

The Science National Honor Society hosted the first ever Daniel High School Science Fair on February 12th. The purpose of the Science National Honor Society is to recognize and encourage students’ participation in scientific and intellectual thought, to advance students’ knowledge and communication of scientific ideas, and to aid the community with its comprehension of science. The SNHS Officers and members work together to accomplish this through guest speakers, Science Fair projects, and presentations.

The Science Fair was open to all Daniel High School students. All junior SNHS members were required to participate, while senior SNHS members chose either a project or a mentoring role to the junior members. All participating SNHS members were required to design a project that addressed an issue at Daniel High School. Over 25 projects and 80 students participated. The Science Fair was held in a symposium style where students discussed their projects, answered impromptu questions, and were peer evaluated.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent Daniel High School at the Region 1 Science Fair on March 20 at Southern Wesleyan University:

SNHS Projects

"Comparison of Amounts of Bacteria Found at Daniel HS versus Public Places" - Nimasha Jasyasinghe, Annaka Osborne, Disney Medeiros

"The Infection of Daniel" - Sam Bruce, Vivian Dong, Griffin Thomas

"Virtual School: To Help or Hinder?" - Olivia Kittle, Isha Pattanaik, Sydney Weeks

"Water Fountains or Bacteria Springs?" - Sam Housand, Jessica Mason, Charlie Smith

"Will Water Filtration Increase the Quality of School Water?" - John Richard Ray

Student Body Projects

“Relation between Viscosity and Potential Energy for Application of Energy Storage” – Phillip Post


The folks from the Greenwood Genetics Center visited Mr. DuBose's Biology classes recently. They ran the classes through a lab that included DNA isolation, PCR amplification, and gel electrophoresis. The visitors both had degrees in biology and discussed job opportunities in genetics, genetic counseling, and molecular biology. 47 students took part.
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Creative Writing

On Friday, February 28 Catherine Carter, a professor of English Education at Western Carolina University and author of three books of poetry, delivered a lesson on lineation to Creative Writing II, engaging and stretching our students with her prompts that guided them through exploring how, why, and where to enjamb and end-stop lines in free verse.

National Signing Day

Spring sports will kick off the first week of March. Please visit Danielathletics.com for team schedules and more information.

Congratulations to our All Region Athletes, Region Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year!


113lbs. - Khalil Yoda

120lbs. - Broc Pittman

132lbs. - Juan Martinez

145lbs. - Clark DiMaio

152lbs. - Josh Mauldin

160lbs. - Carson Chasteen

170lbs. - Isaiah Weaver

Boys Basketball

Bobby Taylor

Brenton Benson

Girls Basketball

Sydney Farish

Region Player of the Year - Sincere Hicks

Coach of the Year - Cosandar Griffin

On February 5 we had an assembly to celebrate the six Daniel seniors who have committed to playing sports in college. We are proud of the accomplishments of these students and look forward to seeing what the future holds for each one of them!

De’Andre Bradley – Football, Coffeyville, KS

Hack Hamilton – Football, Coffeyville, KS

Jared Kirksey – Football, SC State

Bubba McAtee – Football, Clemson (PWO)

Jacob Peake – Baseball, Anderson University

Mismeh Balawi – Cross Country/Track, U.S. Naval Academy

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