News from the Office of the Principal


Welcome back for the 2017-2018 school year! Congratulations class of 2018, hope your senior year will be the best yet. Welcome to the high school class of 2023.


I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new staff members:

Hallie McGee is a graduate of Brookfield High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Integrated Language Arts Education from Youngstown State University in 2016. Miss McGee is very excited to start her journey at McDonald High School, and she is looking forward to getting involved in the school and the community. She hopes to inspire students to realize their potential and help them reach their goals. Miss McGee teaches 7th grade Language Arts and 9th grade English.


Tracy Bosheff is a graduate of Struthers High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from YSU in Mathematics Education for grades 7-12.  Her post graduate studies took place at Westminster College where she received a masters degree in School Counseling.  She has been in education for the past 25 years with the last 10 years as a guidance counselor in the Salem City Schools.  She currently resides in McDonald with her husband, Brian, and two beautiful daughters Brooke and Baylee.  She is very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the McDonald Local Schools. GO BLUE DEVILS!!!!!


To improve communication we have continued with an “all call” system. Parents, please make sure you provide an accurate phone number on the emergency medical card to be contacted. I would suggest providing a cell number in case a message is sent when you are out and about.


Students, parents and staff can follow me on Twitter @GCarkido for news, updates, and general information.


Students, parents, and staff you can receive text reminders from me through the Remind App. Just text @mcdonaldhi to 81010 to be added to McDonald High School.


Students, teachers and parents please follow me on Twitter


Parents that drop off their children should do so in front of the school on Iowa Ave. Please do not drop off students in the Board of Education parking lot. High School visitors, there are visitor parking spaces available at the library entrance. Please use those spaces when visiting and enter through the library entrance.


Students, please be respectful to our community and the environment. Dispose of trash properly and use the sidewalks whenever possible. Thank you for your compliance in this matter.


Students please do not cut through private property to and from school. Please use sidewalks whenever possible.


Parents and students, I encourage all of you to visit our teachers’ websites for assignments and due dates. Links to these websites can be found on the District homepage. Just click on McDonald High School, and then go to Staff directory.


Parent access is available to all parents/guardians of the district. P.A. allows parents to access their child’s grades 24/7 through the high school website. If you need account information for grades 7-12, please email


Parents, please become familiar with the student handbook and with the rules and procedures that it contains. Each student received a handbook on the first day of school. The handbook can also be accessed on our website under McDonald High School then MHS information. Should you have any question about anything written in the student handbook, please do not hesitate to call me at 330-530-8051.


Have a great fall season!

Please use the this link for Graduation Pathways for the class of 2018.


Graduation Requirements
2018 and Beyond

The graduation requirements for the classes of 2018 and beyond include curriculum and three options to show readiness for next steps in college and careers.

Credit Requirements

Ohio requires students to take and complete a minimum of 20 required credits. State Minimum
English language arts 4 units
Health ½ unit
Mathematics 4 units1
Physical education ½ unit2
Science 3 units3
Social studies 3 units4
Electives 5 units5
Additional credits, if any, in district requirements
Other Requirements
Economics and financial literacy6
Fine arts6



  1. Ohio’s State Tests
    Students earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points, using seven end-of-course state tests. To ensure students are well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies.

End-of-course exams are: 
• Algebra I7 and geometry or integrated math I and II
• Biology
• American history and American government
• English I and English II

Students studying Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in biology, American history or American government may take and substitute test scores for end-of-course state exams to avoid double testing. Students also may substitute grades from College Credit Plus courses in these subjects for end-of-course state exams.

  1. Industry credential and workforce readiness
    Students earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentialsin a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys The state of Ohio will pay one time for those who take the WorkKeys assessment.
  2. College admission test
    Students earn “remediation-free” scores in English language arts and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam. The state of Ohio will pay one time for all 11th grade students in the classes of 2018 and beyond to take the exam free of charge.




More information

Mathematics units must include one unit of algebra II or the equivalent of algebra II. Exceptions: a) Algebra II is not a requirement for students following a career-technical pathway. However, students still must have four units in mathematics, and b) A family may decide that their child is not prepared to meet the graduation requirement for a higher level math course. Or, their child may be planning a career that does not require higher level math. Algebra II may not be a requirement for this student. Here is more information on Curriculum Choices.

Physical education – School districts may adopt a policy that would exempt students who participate in interscholastic athletics, marching band or cheerleading for two full seasons or an approved Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program for two years from the physical education requirement. Students must take another course, which cannot be a physical education course, of at least 60 contact hours.

Science units must include one unit of physical sciences, one unit of life sciences and one unit of advanced study in one or more of the following sciences: chemistry, physics or other physical science; advanced biology or other life science; astronomy, physical geology or other earth or space science. Exception: A family may decide that their student is not prepared to meet the graduation requirement for a higher level science course. Or, their student may be planning a career that does not require higher level science. Higher level science may not be a requirement for this student. Here is more information on Curriculum Choices.

Social studies units must include ½ unit of American history and ½ unit of American government in three units required for the classes of 2018 and 2019. The class of 2021 will need ½ unit in world history and civilizations in their required three units as well as American history and American government.

Elective credits must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or English language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required.

Other state requirements – All students must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy during grades 9-12 and must complete at least two semesters of fine arts taken any time in grades 7-12. Fine arts is not a requirement for students following a career-technical pathway.

The State Board of Education may decide to include an algebra II end-of-course examination in place of the algebra I end-of-course exam beginning for students entering ninth grade on or after July 1, 2016.


Video overview of graduation options: