McDaniel Family Newsletter

February 18, 2022

Leodis V. McDaniel High School

A Message from Principal Skyles

Hello McDaniel,

We have a few reminders going into next week. Monday is a school holiday for Presidents’ Day. The PPS Successful Schools Survey is now open for your feedback--please complete it to let us know how we're doing (links in multiple languages below). If your student has not completed forecasting for next year’s classes, please sit down with your student this weekend and complete the google form for their grade level. Links and detailed information is below. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s counselor.

Last Friday night, our varsity girls basketball team beat Lincoln on a buzzer beater! It was an exciting win and a big step for the program. It was also a great finale to our winter Spirit Week! You can see a video of the winning shot and another video of Spirit highlights below.

Spring sports are just around the corner. Getting involved in an after-school activity or club is a great way to become involved in the school community, support healthy habits, and looks good on a college application. We offer Baseball, Softball, Golf, Tennis, and Track & Field. If you have never participated in a sport before, Track and Field is a great opportunity. You do not need to have any experience, it is a non-cut sport so that everyone who comes out makes the team, and is a great way to challenge yourself. If you are not interested in athletic activities, I strongly encourage you to join a club or talk to our SUN coordinator for other ways to get involved in your school community.

The school play “SpongeBob the Musical” has their opening night on March 4! We will share more details next week with performance times.

Have a great long weekend and please let us know if you need anything!

Adam Skyles

Principal McDaniel High School

McDaniel HS Schedule Week of February 21st - February 25th

Monday, February 21st - No School Day

Tuesday, February 22nd - B Day

Wednesday, February 23rd - A Day

Thursday, February 24th- B Day

Friday, February 25th - all 8 periods

Athletics calendar for 2/21-26

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

Successful Schools Survey: Family Feedback Requested

On Monday, February 14, Portland Public Schools started the annual Successful Schools Survey that allows the district to gather important information.

For us, especially coming back to in-person learning and in a new building it will provide us some important feedback as we improve the conditions in our new setting.

The Successful Schools Survey will take about 15-30 minutes to finish. For more details follow these links:





If you would like to request a paper copy, please call the McDaniel main office and leave a voicemail with your name and phone number 503-916-5220.

Thank you so much for your time,

McDaniel HS Staff

ENDING SOON: Forecasting - 2022-2023 School Year

The McDaniel HS Counseling team visited English classes this week to review Forecasting for next school year. If your student has not yet forecasted for classes with their counselor, they should contact them as soon as possible!

Forecasting provides students with the opportunity to identify the core courses required to graduate as well as elective courses available that can both enhance and support their school experience. PPS requires 24 credits to graduate. A full schedule of eight classes provides students with the opportunity to take maximum advantage of the educational opportunities offered at McDaniel.

Students should carefully review the list of courses available, consult with their families and counselor as needed, and select 8 courses along with alternate course choices that meet their educational goals.

McDaniel HS Course Guide 2022-2023 (PDF version):

McDaniel HS Course Guide 2022-2033 (Interactive version):

Here are the Google sheets to complete by grade level:

Current 11th graders:

Current 10th graders:

Current 9th graders:

If you have questions, please contact the Counselor for your student.

Evening Scholars at McDaniel HS - Starting on February 22nd

This week the grades for the first semester were sent home to families. If your student did. not pass a core class - Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, World Language they can see their Counselor.

Good news - there is an opportunity for McDaniel students to register for Evening Scholars.

Students can earn up to 1/2 (.5) a credit by attending and completing the required work. The classes are offered either on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5 pm - 8 pm.

They are offered at McDaniel and students can sign up by going to see their Counselor.

Here is a video with more details:

If you have questions, please let us know and we can help!

Winter Spirit Week Fun!

McDaniel had great participation in our dress up themes for our winter Spirit Week! Thanks to everyone who joined us. For a quick highlight, check out our video--for more videos of each day's costumes, follow our TikTok!


FINAL WEEK to register for Spring Sports teams!

Spring sports begin Monday, Feb. 28!

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).

ATHLETICS HIGHLIGHT REEL: Girls Basketball tops Lincoln!

On Friday, February 11, the McDaniel Girls Varsity basketball team posted a home 43-42 win over Lincoln! According to the OSAA website, this buzzer-beater game was the first recorded win for McDaniel since a 2013 win by the (formerly Madison) girls varsity team over the Lincoln Cardinals!

Congratulations to these hard working girls who never gave up on each other! Also a shoutout from Coach Chelsea Kimura to Cheer Coach Shar Slaughter and her Varsity squad @mcdanielcheerpdx, "who have been cheering non-stop this season to keep our spirits high! We appreciate you all!"

To share the exciting final moments of the game, check out the video! Way to go Mountain Lions!

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.