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Pickens County School District Announcements
Dr. Danny Merck Named New Superintendent
We're happy to introduce Dr. Danny Merck as the new Superintendent of the School District of Pickens County. Dr. Merck comes to the position with 23 years of experience in education, most of which were spent right here in the district. Dr. Merck has served in roles including teacher, coach, principal and district administrator. For the past two years, he has been the principal of Daniel High School.
He will officially step into his new leadership role on May 1. Until then, he will work with the board of trustees and our current Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew, to ensure a smooth transition.

Changes To School Calendar!
The 2013-2014 School Calendar was revised for the remainder of the school year on March 24. These calendars reflect changes because of snow days. We are using all three of the snow days that were built into the calendar at the start of the year, and the remaining snow days were forgiven by the board.

Key Changes:
  • School ends on June 6.
  • Exams (except for seniors) will be from June 3-6.
  • Schools will be open on April 21, May 23 and June 6.
  • Several grading period and report card dates have shifted.
Download Revised Parent/Student Calendar - Download Revised Teacher Calendar
Download the 2014-2015 Calendar!
The calendar for next school year is all set and ready for parents to view.

The 2014-2015 school year will start on August 19 and end on June 3, and the class of 2015 will march on May 30!

Parents will notice something new on this calendar: 1:30 p.m. dismissal days. You may also hear these referred to as Early Release days. School will dismiss early on these days for teacher training. Early Release days will be on October 7, 2014 and February 3, 2015.

Click here to view and download a copy of the 2014-2015 school calendar.

Daniel High School Announcements
Daniel Students Excel on Chemistry Olympiad Exam
Daniel students made an excellent showing on the recent Chemistry Olympiad exam.  This is a competitive test sponsored by the American Chemical Society.  It is administered world-wide as the beginning of a process to select national teams for the annual Chemistry Olympiad.

Daniel students Devin Lemacher and Paul Greenstein finished second and third in the local section, consisting of 380 students in high schools throughout northwestern South Carolina and western North Carolina.  Aditya Aswani, Wilson Conley, and Logan McCallum all received Honorable Mention awards, indicating that they finished in the top twenty.

Devin and Paul will be representing Daniel in the second round of the competion which will take place at Furman University later in the month.  Devin will also receive a prize as the top scorer in Pickens County.  Great job guys!

May Arts Show Now Scheduled

Daniel High School will be holding its Fourth Annual “Daniel Arts May Show”, a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Department, on Thursday, May 1st from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Daniel High.  The event will showcase the amazing artistic and musical talents of our students and will be an enjoyable evening for everyone. 

In addition to an impressive visual art exhibition with awards, the show will feature live performances by the Daniel Jazz and Concert Band, the Daniel Choir and Strings Ensembles and a special Daniel Glee Club Performance.  Make plans now to come out and support the arts programs here at Daniel High.

A spaghetti dinner that includes garlic bread, salad, drink, and dessert is included in the ticket price.  Tickets are on sale now.  Please see any fine arts teacher for further details.  

Student-Faculty Basketball Game Planned
Plans are now being made for a student-faculty basketball game to take place in the afternoon of Award's Day.  This will be May 16 this year.  The game will be played during 4th period.  It will be a fund-raising event in which students can purchase tickets to get out of 4th period to watch the game.  

Any students interested in playing must see Mr. Salina to sign up as soon as possible. The game will be co-ed, so both male and female students may participate.   April 25th is a firm deadline, but the team may fill up fast.  

Sorry, but members of the varsity and junior varsity basketball teams are not eligible. You're too good to play the faculty!  Sign up today.

Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted
The D.W.D. Athletic Booster Club is now taking nominations for the Daniel Athletic Hall of Fame.  The club officially inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame class last fall and is making preparations for the 2014 class.  

Interested alumni and community members may find the nomination form on the
booster club's website.  Nominations are being taken through April 30.  Nominees from last year who were not chosen are automatically being considered again this year.

Gabe Haughey Runs Second-Fastest 5K in Country
Daniel senior Gabe Haughey has been setting a new standard for high school runners in South Carolina this season.  Haughey, the defending state 3200-meter champion, recently ran a 5000-meter in 14 minutes, 47 seconds.  This is the fastest outdoor 5K ever completed by a South Carolina high school runner and the number two high school time in the nation this year.

Haughey has signed with the University of Portland to continue his distance running at the collegiate level.  He expects to be redshirted as a freshman, but is excited about the opportunity to compete in the NCAA.  Gabe will be running the 5000-meter and the 10,000 meter for Portland, as well as competing in Cross Country.

Congratulations Gabe, and good luck with the rest of the track season!  Go Lions!

April Newsletter Now Online
The April edition of the D.W.D. newletter has now been posted to the web.  Check out this latest publication for the most up-to-date information on the school calendar, the "Bring Your Own Device" initiative, the latest award-winners from Daniel High, and more.

The newsletter also contains a calendar of upcoming events and many photos of our students.  Take a look today!

The School District of Pickens County operates without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability
in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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