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February 25, 2019 Newsletter

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter

Monday, February 25, 2019


Principal’s Message

The big city of Austin, Texas hosted the Austin Regional Science Fair last week.  Thousands of students from schools throughout Texas participate and compete in a variety of categories in this annual event.  Our small town crew was led by 8th grade science teacher Bess Reisberg and consisted of students Julia Rennels, Ally Bowman, Lea Martin, Kaitlyn Marinos, and Maia Martin.  And our Danforth students more than held their own against students from much larger school districts.  When the awards were passed out the Austin Watershed Protection Organization presented Ally Bowman a special certificate recognizing her project.  Maia Martin, placed 4th out of about 80 entries in the Earth Science category and finally Kaitlyn Marinos was awarded 1st place in the Animal Sciences category with her project titled “Are Worms Healthier With Different Diets?” Spoiler Alert……..she found out the worms with the better diet were indeed healthier.


If you’re thinking, “wow……wish I could have seen these wonderful science projects”, your wish has been granted.  Wimberley’s annual STEAM Fair just happens to be this coming Saturday, March 2nd and each of these projects, along with several others will be on display.  Wimberley High School hosts the STEAM Fair from 10 am to 2 pm at Bridges Gym and the CTE building.  This is a “come and go” event and our science department would love for all of our students to attend.  Danforth students even get extra credit for attending this FREE event.  The student just brings the ticket back to their science teacher the next school day.


Incentives are nice but I bet you were already going to drop by Wimberley High School on Saturday anyway.  You have just got to come find out why some of Kaitlyn’s worms are healthier.  See you there.     


Greg Howard, Principal





In the next few days

Monday, Feb. 25th – 8th grade GT students present projects during Texan Time in library

                        8th graders only (and parent/guardian) meet at high school – more info below

Tuesday, Feb. 26th – 7th grade GT students present projects during Texan Time in library

Wednesday, Feb. 27th – 6th grade GT students present projects during Texan Time in library

                        8th graders only – Career & Technology Education meetings at Jr High

Friday, Mar. 1st – Track Meet at Navarro

Saturday, Mar. 2nd – STEAM Fair at High School


Thursday, Mar. 7th – Track Meet at Canyon Lake

Friday, Mar. 8th – Cheerleader Try-outs for 2019-2020 squad


More detailed info about other Danforth activities

From Lauren Huse – High School Tennis Coach

Jr. High Tennis will begin on Monday afternoon, Mar. 4th.  On Wednesday during 7th & 8th grade lunches we’ll meet with any student interested in playing tennis.  We’ll have info that day and a sign-up sheet but even if your child misses that meeting, they can still join us after school on the 4th at the tennis courts.    




From Jason Valentine – High School Principal

Parents/Guardians of a current Danforth JH 8th Grader


Wimberley High School is very excited about the 2019-2020 School Year and would like to invite ALL current 8th Grade Students and Parents to our campus this evening (Monday, February 25, 2019).  We will discuss the 2019-20 Course Book, Graduation Plans, and some general information that will provide for a smooth transition into Wimberley HS.  The schedule is as follows:


5:00 - 5:25 – Pick up Packet of Scheduling Information in the Theater Foyer


5:30 - 6:00 – Parent/Student Course Book/Endorsement/Graduation Information


6:00 – 6:30 – Sign up for Individual Meeting Times in the Cafeteria for March 5th for 6th scheduling  (MUST SIGN UP FOR A TIME so your 9th grade student will have a schedule in the 19-20 (School year!)


We look forward to seeing everyone at the first WHS meeting for the Class of 2023!


Go Texans!


From Erin Sivils – Attendance Secretary
“Every Day Counts” here at school but it’s tough to have them here for every one of those days when battling all the illness that’s been going around.   As parents or guardians, you know best when to keep your children home and when they can come to school.   Before returning, they need to be symptom free for 24 hours without the aid of medication and our course if you have any questions we have a phenomenal nurse who can answer any of your questions. 

When your child is absent, here are some helpful hints to help their attendance be in good standing.

  • Notify the office on the day of the absence.  To kill two birds with one stone, send the attendance secretary an email.  It will serve as a notification and a written excuse.
  • A doctor note covers an absence better than a parent note.  They are both excused; however, TEA recognizes that a professional has stated that the student couldn’t be at school.  In this case the absence does not count against them for the 90% rule.
  • Even if the absence is unexcused, send a note anyway.  A letter for truancy must be sent when there are 3 or more unexcused absences in a four week period.  If you report the absence, we can better determine truancy.
  • Our school policy states:  Each and every day a student is absent from school, parents are required to contact the Attendance Office to report the student's absence. Students who are absent must bring a written statement signed by a parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence and present it to the Attendance Clerk at least 15 minutes before school starts on the day they return to school or within 3 days of the absence. Parent notes must be written and signed by the parent or doctor’s office. In the event parental contact is not made and/ or a note is not received, the absence is not excused.


From FCA Sponsors Mrs. Merkin, Mrs. Mauk, Coach Mauk, Coach Bone, Coach Carter and Coach Kersten

FCA ~ Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Come and join us each Friday morning at 7:20 in the gym for games, speakers, group discussions, and DONUTS! Everyone is welcome, all grades.

We hope to see you there!!