D.W. Daniel High School

December 2020

From Our Principal

2020 has been a very strange and very difficult year. When we started the school year in August, December was a long way off. I do not know if anyone could have predicted the changes we would experience in this first semester. I am incredibly grateful for the hardworking faculty at DWD, our wonderful student body, and the supportive community, that have allowed us to maintain face to face instruction at the school.


Through the challenges and obstacles, we have also had many wonderful moments and celebrations. Our football team won the State Championship for the first time since the late 90s. Our Girls' Golf, Swim, and Cross Country teams all competed at State. The ManeStage Players competed in a virtual competition and won many awards. Our Model United Nations club participated in a virtual UN Summit. Our Beta Club, Interact Club, and WWDD Club all found ways to provide services to the community during a pandemic. Our AFJROTC program started StellarXplorers, which competes in national Space competitions. Our Band found a way to learn a marching show and produce livestreamed concerts. Finally, our students have adapted to remote learning, modified schedules, and the 4x4 block schedule.


2021 will be an opportunity for a new start and a new year. We know that the year will bring forth new challenges. We are ready for those challenges and will approach them as a team. We also anticipate many wonderful events and opportunities in the New Year. We are looking forward to celebrating those moments with all of you.


Go Lions! One Daniel,

Shannon Sharkey

Schedule Information for January 2021

When we return to school in January after winter break, we will take extra efforts to limit potential exposures. For the first two weeks after break, we will operate on a modified bell schedule. We will meet for two extended periods each day. By limiting the number of classes a student takes in a week, we limit the number of potential exposures a student may have to COVID-19 by half. The class period schedule for those 2 weeks is below.


The school day will last from 8:45am until dismissal at 1:00pm. The time for dismissal was modified from a regular dismissal time after listening to feedback from students, parents, and teachers about the uncomfortably long class periods during the weeks of 11/30-12/11. Students will attend two periods per day during this time.


Class Period Schedule- 8:45am-1:00pm


January 4-8- 1st period & 2nd period only


January 11-15- 3rd period & 4th period only



**First Semester Exams and End of Course tests for 1st semester courses will also be given during these weeks. The exam schedule is below.


1st Semester Exam Schedule


Thursday, January 7- 1st Period


Friday, January 8- 2nd Period


Thursday, January 14- 3rd Period


Friday, January 15- 4th Period

D.W. Daniel Foundation Update

The holiday season and the spirit of giving are upon us!


As we get close to wrapping up this calendar year, the D.W. Daniel Foundation would like to thank everyone for their generosity so far! This Fall has brought unprecedented challenges and due to your generosity, we have been able to fund many school activities and positively impact the lives of our students!


And since the needs never end, our efforts never stop! For anyone that still wants to help (and we always need help!), there are a few areas where you can make a difference. Remember 100% of our funding goes directly to the needs of Daniel High School, and all monetary donations are tax-deductible!


1) Fund faculty requests The Foundation received many funding requests from our faculty just this school year. Please consider making a donation earmarked for faculty requests! Every little bit helps!

2) Shop via smile.amazon.com- This is perhaps the easiest way to support the D. W. Daniel High School Foundation! Just go to smile.amazon.com and choose us as your charity. For every qualifying purchase, we receive 0.01% from Amazon at no additional cost to you! Every dollar makes a difference!

3) Join the Foundation- It’s not too late to join for this school year! Choose a One Daniel membership that helps support both the Foundation and Athletic Booster Club, and/or your business can become a Corporate member with all the perks that go with it! For more info, feel free to contact us.

4) Easy donating options- For your convenience, we offer PayPal (use email danielhighfoundation@gmail.com). This is a great option to those wanting to make an immediate donation or for friends and family who want to support the school from afar. You can also use the membership and donation forms found on our webpage and social media. Just make out your check to the “D.W. Daniel Foundation,” indicate the area you wish to fund on the memo line, and either drop it off in an envelope labeled “D.W. Daniel Foundation” to the DHS front office, or mail it to us at 140 Blue and Gold Blvd, Central, SC 29630.


Thank you for your continued support, be safe, and have a wonderful holiday season!

Science National Honor Society

Science National Honor Society

By Nirali Patel, Senior SNHS Officer


On Wednesday, December 3rd, the Science National Honors Society hosted Dr. Melissa C. Smith as their guest speaker. Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University and the Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Smith introduced the students to machine learning applications and techniques across multiple domains. Specifically, she elaborated on the role of machine learning and artificial intelligence in creating precision medicine for cancer patients, from predicting cellular-level state transformation in cancer cells to identifying local structures in molecular simulations. She was able to discuss her team’s latest algorithm, the Transcriptome State Perturbation Generator (TSPG), which listed the genetic irregularities that were specific to their patient’s cancer. Through their research, Dr. Smith and her team were able to create a stepping-stone for potential cancer therapies and drug targets. Dr. Smith also described the use of machine learning in harsh battlefield environments and how it can convert and preserve rapid information into medical data that can be accessed at a later time. While recounting the experiences that she encountered, Dr. Smith encouraged the students to step out of their comfort zones and attempt new things, as sometimes, naivety is what results in the most innovative solutions.


The next SNHS meeting will be on Wednesday January 6th at 5:30pm in the auditorium.

All junior, and participating senior members, of SNHS should have their permission forms, topic and ISEF forms submitted to Ms. Tidwell by the January 6th meeting. If the ISEF wizard requires IRB approval, please contact Ms. Tidwell through Schoology or email JeniferTidwell@pickens.k12.sc.us. Please see the SNHS Schoology group for all the details.


The 2nd Annual SNHS Research Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday February 17th at 5:30pm.

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D.W. Daniel Concert Choir 2021!

What is Concert Choir? GOT VOICE?!!! Then the Concert Choir is probably for you. You know you enjoy singing and have the basics down already. This choir will sing more advanced material from all kinds of music genres: gospel, musical theater, pop, world music, classical music, and more. To join this group, tell your counselor to sign you up for choir.


This spring, our concert is scheduled for April 29. In addition to our gospel and classical pieces, we will also be singing several pieces from the 80s including, "Don't Stop Believing," "Footloose," and "How Will I Know."


Hope to see you in January!"

Free Online College- Prep Events


Our online programs help students learn more about the SAT, ACT, and the college admissions process.

Follow the link to register for any program. All times listed are for the Eastern Time Zone.

College Application Essay Writing Workshop Monday, December 14, 2020 8:00 PM

PSAT Scores, Now What? Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:00 PM

ACT Strategy Session Wednesday, December 16, 2020 5:00 PM

SAT, ACT, or Both? Monday, January 11, 2021 8:00 PM

PSAT Scores, Now What? Wednesday, January 13, 2021 5:00 PM

SAT, ACT and Admissions in the Time of COVID Wednesday, January 20, 2021 5:00 PM

PSAT Strategy Session Monday, January 25, 2021 8:00 PM

Dream Colleges Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:00 PM

SAT Strategy Session Monday, February 01, 2021 8:00 PM

College Application Essay Writing Workshop Wednesday, February 03, 2021 5:00 PM

SAT, ACT and Admissions in the Time of COVID Monday, February 08, 2021 8:00 PM

SAT, ACT, or Both? Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:00 PM

ACT Strategy Session Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:00 PM

Dream Colleges Monday, February 22, 2021 8:00 PM

SAT Strategy Session Wednesday, February 24, 2021 5:00 PM