Madison Weekly Family Newsletter
February 19, 2021
A Message from Principal Skyles
Good afternoon, Madison Community,
We hope that everyone is doing well after our snowstorm. There are a few announcements this week about our new school name, LIPI survey, Athletics, and Textbook/Materials Pick Up.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Announcing Leodis V. McDaniel High School
We are excited to announce that the new name for Madison High School beginning in the fall will be Leodis V. McDaniel High School. Please read the bio to learn more about him.
Leodis V. McDaniel was a greatly respected, well-loved, and highly celebrated Portland community leader who gained an impeccable reputation as an administrator at Madison High School in the 1970s and 1980s. Prior to becoming principal at Madison, McDaniel worked as a science teacher at MacLaren School for Boys, a counselor at Adams High School, and then as vice-principal at Madison. McDaniel was one of only a handful of Black High school principals in Oregon in the 1980s and was tasked with leading Madison through desegregating and bussing. McDaniel embraced this challenge as he did all of his administrative duties with the singular purpose of fairness to all. He was well-known for his kind demeanor, contagious laugh, absolute integrity, and his instinctual ability to deeply connect with all people.
McDaniel was wildly popular with students and staff while earning numerous awards and accolades from the many community organizations to which he contributed. A staunch supporter of athletics and the arts, McDaniel believed wholeheartedly in education and the value of the opportunity. His sudden death in 1987 left the Portland community reeling and his school heartbroken. In addition to the many lives he touched, McDaniel's impact lives on. To this day, a $10,000 annual scholarship is awarded to a Madison senior in his name to students who have struggled. An annual reunion of hundreds called “The Gathering” is still held, where the initial invitation list was created from McDaniel’s funeral guestbook. McDaniel has two adult children who continue to exemplify their parents’ teachings of integrity and respect for others.
Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) Survey
A few weeks ago, we had a few groups of students (9 per group) come in for Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI). We were able to determine the process for getting students to Madison safely, checking them into the building, and having them in classrooms. Now we need to find out about the interest of other students and families.
The purpose of Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) is to help students with their distance learning classes in person or other support services, or for the optional opportunity to meet the needs of students who have limited internet access, are struggling academically, or who may benefit from targeted engagement.
Below please see the LIPI Survey links and videos to learn more.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Here are the videos from the LIPI Family Nights to get some of your questions answered.
Madison Soccer Welcomes New Head Coach:
We are excited to announce that Larry Hermida will be our interim Girls Soccer head coach for this year! Coach Hermida has been on our staff for the last 4 years as our JV coach, as well as our head coach for both the swim team and boys tennis. He brings plenty of knowledge, passion, and dedication to the girl's soccer program and our students. Our Girls Soccer coaching staff has also added Shelby DeRocheras our JV coach this year. This is Shelby’s first year as a math teacher at Madison High School. Coach DeRocher was an assistant at West Linn High School last year and played soccer collegiately at Linfield. We are excited about the upcoming season!
Season 2 - Athletics Begins February 22:
Currently, we are preparing for the start of season 2. Season 2 will include daily practice and competitions for Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Football in some capacity. We will create a normal fall season as much as possible. We are waiting to send out schedules, which are still being finalized as we are trying to accommodate all sports, facilities, and officials while maintaining the safety protocols. Thank you for your patience in this matter. Next week's practice and tryout schedules will be sent out shortly. Everyone needs to be registered for Season 2 in Family ID to participate. Please do so if you haven’t already: https://www.familyid.com/organizations/madison-high-school-2
Textbook & Materials Update
Please note that students can RETURN textbooks/novels from 1st term and PICK UP 2nd term textbooks/novels and materials.
All pick-ups will take place at the FRONT OF THE SCHOOL at the times listed below.
Before heading to Madison, please be sure to check the student schedule in Parent Vue/Student Vue. Then click here to review the list of teachers and classes that require students to Pick Up an item (s) their class (es).
If a student needs to EXCHANGE OR PICK UP A CHROMEBOOK THEY MAY DO THAT AT THE SAME TIME.
Monday, February 22nd - Friday, February 26th - 11 am - 2 pm
If you have questions, please send an email to Trinh Ngo at email@example.com