D. W. Daniel Newsletter

December 2018

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Message from the Principal

It is starting to look a lot like winter at Daniel High School. The leaves are almost gone from the trees, and each week there has been a small chance that there will be snow! The students are excited for the winter break, and so are the teachers. Before we get to winter break, though, we must get through our first semester exams. Most classes at Daniel will have some sort of exam administration the last week before break. Please advise your student to start studying now- studying a little bit each day is a lot easier than cramming all studying into the night before an exam. If your student is struggling with a specific class, they are welcome to stay in our after-school tutoring program. Every week we have tutoring after school; on Thursday afternoons we even have a complimentary bus to take students home (check our social media pages or below for the signup sheet). We hope that putting into place good study habits early will prevent your student from feeling stressed out during the week of exams.

We are proud of all of our extracurricular activities at Daniel. Every fall sports team made it (at least) to their Upper State playoff. Our fine arts programs are working hard to put on wonderful winter concerts. Our clubs, ROTC, and after-school activities are all very busy this time of year. We hope that you are able to attend some of our student performances and games. They have been working hard! After a busy Fall, our students and staff deserve the two week break at the end of December.

Midterm Exams

Students are to pick up a form from the front office if they need to reschedule an exam. Students are to get the teacher's signature and time they are to make up the exam before administrative approval.

Only students who have an A in a semester class may exempt an exam. Students enrolled in a class with an EOC will not be receiving exemption letters this year. They will not be taking a midterm, but they will be taking a test or having class as usual.

2018 Midterm Exam Schedule:

Monday 12/17 - 1B & 2B

Tuesday 12/18 - 1A & 2A

Wednesday 12/19 - 3B & 4B

Thursday 12/20 - 3A & 4A (dismissal @ 11:50 AM)

Friday 12/21 - no school

Virtual Exams

SDPC Virtual Exams will be given on December 14, 2018. Please see Mrs. Carter or Mr. Rhyne in Guidance with any questions or concerns.

Virtual School Spring Registration

VirtualSC opens for 11th & 12th grades on January 3.

VirtualSC opens for all January 10-17.

Fast Track with VirtualSC opens February 6-20.

SDPC Virtual School Registration is January 22–28.

SDPC Courses for Spring:

English 3

Forensic Science



Computer Applications

Probability and Statistics

After-school Tutoring

Tutoring will be held each Tuesday 3:15-4:15 PM and Thursday 3:15-4:45. Students may report to Mrs. Norris' classroom (225) or Mrs. Qualkinbush's classroom (223).

New This Year!

If parents are unable to pick up their children at Daniel on Thursday afternoons, a bus will be provided to drop them off at one of three locations: Walmart in Central, Walmart Market Place in Clemson, and Durham's in Six Mile.

The bus will only run on Thursday afternoons! Parents must fill out the Google Form (https://tinyurl.com/successbus1819) each week before Tuesday for a student to ride this bus.

Math and English assistance will be available each day. If other academic assistance is needed, please email Mrs. Norris, amandanorris@pickens.k12.sc.us, Mrs. Qualkinbush, leeannqualkinbush@pickens.k12.sc.us, or Ms. Bruner, charlottebruner@pickens.k12.sc.us.

Student Council

December Events:
Semi-Formal Saturday, December 15. Tickets are $12 online at tinyurl.com/DWDsemitix18. Tickets will be $14 at school & will only be sold during lunches on December 12 & 13 in Mrs. Turner's office. If you pay at the door, tickets will be $25, and we will only accept online payments that night.

Holiday Assembly: The morning of December 19 we will showcase the talents of our band, chorus, and strings orchestra. There will be some surprise performances too!

Miss Summit Registration Deadline: Don't forget to sign up for Miss Summit 2019 (Saturday, January 26). If you have any questions, see Mrs. Howard or Mrs. Henry. Sign up at tinyurl.com/DWDMissSummitReg19. Sign up by December 14.

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There is still time to purchase your yearbooks! See Mrs. Turner in the Main Office or pay using MySchoolbucks. Yearbooks are $75.

The yearbook staff has extended the deadline for senior ads to December 14th. There is limited space available for ads, so please get all ads in as soon as possible. All ads MUST be paid in full and submitted by the end of the day on December 14th. Ads may be purchased through www.jostens.com/yearbookads, MySchoolbucks, and by cash or check payable to DW Daniel High School. All ad submissions should be turned in to Ms. Elrod (MySchoolbucks and Jostens ads will automatically be sent to Ms. Elrod). If you have any questions please email amyelrod@pickens.k12.sc.us.


The winter sports season is already in full swing. Don't forget to visit the new athletics website for the schedule of upcoming basketball games and wrestling matches: https://danielathletics.com/events/12/2018.

Look for the complete fall sports summary in the next newsletter! Girls' Golf is included below.

Girls' Golf Season in Review

2018 AAAA State Champions

  • Season Record 92-13
  • Team scoring average: 9 hole matches 161.71...18 hole matches 326.00
  • Region 1-AAAA Champs
  • AAAA Upper State Champs

  • All-Region Players: Emileigh Swords, Gillian O'Brien, Adrienne O'Brien, Courtney Collins, Peyton O'Brien, Jennifer Gao
  • Upper State champs...4 years in a row
  • All-State Players and North/South Participants: Emileigh Swords #6, Gillian O'Brien #5
  • The team finished 1st in six tournaments: JL Mann Lady Patriot, Wren Lady Hurricane, Greenwood Lady Eagle, Region 1-AAAA Tournament, Upper State Tournament and State Tournament.

DWD Anglers

2018-2019 Anglers:

Colt Popham, Levi Popham, Bryce Jones, Ben Gilliam, Corbin Tallman, Isaac Stewart, Owen Thomas, Dawson Durham

The D.W. Daniel Anglers would like to thank all of their sponsors for the 2018-2019 season:

  • Platinum Level Sponsor: Techtronic Industries Power Equipment (TTI)
  • Gold Level Sponsors: Foothills Machining, Inc, GBS Building Supply
  • Silver Level Sponsors: Kings-fisher Maps, Inc, Durhams Conv Mart, BASF
  • Bronze Level Sponsors: Six Mile Café, The Scoop, Bradshaw Remodeling, Tallman’s Tidy Cleaning Service, The Wigged Out Salon, Lake Keowee Marina.
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Two DWD Anglers Place 1st

DWD’s Levi Popham and Colt Popham won the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Dale Hollow Lake Open in Kentucky with a five-bass limit weighing 10 pounds, 13 ounces. They placed first out of 167 teams! They will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

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Beta Club Induction

91 new Beta Club members joined on November 25, 2018 at the annual induction ceremony. It took many members of the Daniel family to make this happen: Mrs. Justus headed up the effort; Mrs. Sharkey spoke; Mr. Salina ran sound; Mrs. Jordan and her students prepared food; Mrs. Schaupp shopped for the food; Mr. Hylkema and Mr. Welch coordinated student volunteers. Student officers Rayyan Alam, Jason Williams, and Mari Cagle Lockhart participated in the ceremony.

Almost a quarter of our student body is now a part of Beta Club!

2018 Inductees: Emily Ann Alexander, Michael Alexander-Alonso, Payton Bagby, Martin Beck, Kimberly Blackwell, Lila-Grace Blackwell, Logan Bowen, Sam Bruce, Annie Buck, John Buckner, Savannah Cade, Eli Christmas, Courtney Collins, Jose Contreras-Elizarrara, Melissa Contreras-Estrada, Dylan Daniel, Blake Davidson, Adrienna Davis, John Davis, Sallie Dekle, Hayden Devier, Maddye Diersing, Sara Beth Dockins, Vivian Dong, Mary Gaston Earle, Karim Elmehdawi, Kayra Ersoy, Della Evans, Emma Evans, Ford Fagan, Mary Walker Felder, Kayla Fireovid, Sydnee Greenlee, Nicholas Hapeshis, Carson Haynes, Cooper Hays, Jacob Hendricks, Sam Housand, Roger Hu, Nimasha Jayasinghe, Tyler Kellogg, Olivia Kittle, John Li, Jack Lindsay, Alora Livengood, Jessica Mason, Robin Massey, Zach McHenry, Casey McJunkin, Disney Medeiros, Rodrigo Medina-Barbosa, Grace Nammouz, Kassie Nations, Jesus Olayo-Olvera, Annaka Osborne, Nirali Patel, Isha Pattanaik, Claire Pigeon, Laney Plumblee, John Richard Ray, Olivia Riggins, Tommi Roberts, Arianah Roper, Rachel Rushing, Jennifer Sabino, Vineet Saraf, Ethan Sarafin, Matthew Schilf, Blake Simpson, Allison Smith, Annslee Smith, Charlie Smith, Courtney Smith, Sofia Smith, Stephanie Smith, Elliott Swain, Jacob Taylor, Griffin Thomas, Autumn Thompson, Elizabeth Tibbs, Summer Timmerman, Crosby Tompkins, Justin Trammell, Sydney Weeks, Annaliese Weiss, Sarah Whitfield, Sydney Whitfield, Ally Wilson, Tipton Wright, Frank Yang, and Winnie Zheng

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Beta Club Wrapping Party

Just to put things in perspective, our December Beta Club Meeting/Party involved about 200 students, 4 sponsors, 25 2L sodas, 15 bags of chips, 9 bags of candy, 10 containers of cookies/cupcakes, 35 Christmas bags, 65 boxes, 300 sheets of tissue paper, 30 rolls of tape, 60 pairs of scissors, 375 package labels, 60 rolls of wrapping paper, 100 bows, 36 rolls of ribbon, and 10 Sharpies. All of this was to ensure that 24 kids who might not have otherwise received gifts for Christmas will receive at least $90 worth of gifts each, and in most cases more!

Thank you to participating students and their families for helping sponsor what I believe to be the most kids we have ever sponsored in one year. Thank you to Mrs. Schaupp, Mr. Welch, and Mr. Hylkema for making the wrapping, loading, and delivery go as smoothly as possible. You all are awesome!

Science National Honor Society

The Science National Honor Society hosted Dr. Eric Benson, an entomologist at Clemson University, on November 14th. Students learned about his path to becoming an entomologist and the variety of careers available in the biological sciences. Dr. Benson also shared his experiences as part of Clemson Extension in Integrated Pest Management, which took him all over Southeast Asia. He and his team met with farmers throughout Indonesia, Cambodia, and the Philippines, discovering a more affordable and sustainable solution for pest control. Dr. Benson continues to raise and study all kinds of cockroaches, flies, and beetles at his Clemson lab. The SNHS thanks him for sharing all of his experiences with us.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 5th at 5:30 pm in room 339. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Nicole Martinez, an assistant professor at Clemson University in Radiological Health Sciences. See Ms. Tidwell for more information.

(submitted by Nathaniel Hiott, Senior SNHS Officer)

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AP Biology

The Mobile Genetics Lab from the Greenwood Genetics Center recently paid a visit to the Advanced Placement Biology classes at Daniel High School. Two genetics researchers from the center led the classes in a procedure that involved isolating DNA, amplifying their samples with PCR, and performing a gel electrophoresis procedure. Students learned proper use of centrifuges and micropipettes. They were also shown the techniques for loading samples into an electrophoresis gel and the procedures for analyzing the results. These are all skills used in modern medical research, forensic investigations, and diagnosis of genetic disorders. Advanced Placement students take College Board exams at the end of the course that may allow them to achieve college credit.

Academic Team

We had 15 members of our Academic Team compete in Dorman High School's Fall Classic on Saturday, November 17.

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Officer Daniel and a little lion @ South Point

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