McDaniel Weekly Family Newsletter

March 2, 2021

McDaniel High School (formerly Madison High School)

Stay updated by checking our website and Instagram page: @madisonhighschoolpdx

A Message from Principal Skyles

Good afternoon, families,

On February 23rd, Portland Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved Resolution No. 6251 to change the name.

Today, we officially started changing electronic documents and the website to reflect the change. As a reminder, there will be a transition period in some areas there will not be immediate changes.

For example, our athletics teams will play the remainder of the 2020-2021 season in Madison and Senator uniforms.

Here is a news report from KGW that talked about the renaming. Click the link to watch below:

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Principal Skyles

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Spring Conference (Virtual) Sign Up - March 10th or March 17th

At McDaniel HS, our values are Community, Respect, Education, Equity, and Diversity. We believe families are an important part of the education of each student.

Next week, we will have Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences again virtually (online) using Zoom (using a Chromebook, laptop, tablet, or SmartPhone). We ask for students to attend conferences along with their parents or guardians whenever possible. Each conference will be 10 minutes per teacher.

  • Also, you will need an email address. - Please use your student’s PPS email address if you do not have one.

  • Here is a link to the online scheduling website:

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SAT Test Survey - 11th Grade Students & Families

In April, we will be providing an opportunity for 11th-grade students who want to take the SAT to come in and take the exam in person. We will be offering the test on April 13th and 27th.

The SAT is used by some colleges/universities for admission and/or scholarships. Based on the Pandemic, there are some colleges/universities who have decided NOT to require the SAT, here is a link to the list:

This in-person (similar to Limited In-Person Instruction) testing opportunity will be optional for 11th-grade students and is FREE.

We will be setting up all protocols in accordance with our district, state, and the College Board Guidance.

  • Students and staff will be required to wear masks

  • Cohort size will be 10 students or less, based upon the occupancy of rooms

  • Starting times will be staggered to allow for small groups of students to come at once.

  • Students wanting to test will be split over two days.

Please complete this SAT Test Survey if:

1. You DO NOT want your 11th-grade student to come in and take the SAT this April.

2. Your 11th-grade student NEEDS a testing accommodation (IEP or 504 Plan)

MHS SAT Survey - English

MHS SAT Survey - Spanish

MHS SAT Survey - Vietnamese

If you have questions, please send an email to Trinh Ngo at

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Message from Portland Interscholastic League: Season 2 PIL Sports Spectator Guidance 20-21

February 26, 2021

Dear PPS Families,

We are excited to offer student-athletes in Portland Public Schools an opportunity to participate in the Portland Interscholastic League’s first athletic competitions in over a year starting next week.

In preparation for the season, our principals, athletic directors, coaches and other support staff have spent a great deal of time reviewing the guidance provided by the governor, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), and planning to conduct our athletic events safely. Based on the restrictions placed on interscholastic activities as a result of the pandemic, PPS has determined that only certified coaches, athletes and approved event personnel will be allowed to attend contests in person. Unfortunately, we cannot allow spectators to attend contests at this time.

OHA has indicated that people can remain in their vehicles in the parking lot to view a contest. For those who choose to do so, we are asking that they remain in their vehicles at all times and not congregate outside of their cars or along a fence line at a venue.

We know it will not be the same without friends and family in the stands this spring. Still, we understand how important it is to provide this opportunity for our student-athletes, regardless of what precautions we have to take to make it happen. Many feared we would not be able to arrive at this point. We appreciate the support it took to get here and thank the athletes, parents, and coaches who made it possible.

Portland Interscholastic League