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September 3, 2019 Newsletter

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019

Principal’s Message
Smokin in the Boy’s Room
Brownsville Station sang about it first but the version I remember was by Motley Crue. Truth is, doing something illegal or potentially harmful is nothing new for school kids. And it’s a good thing that adults who have some experience seeing the ill effects of harmful products, are there to advise kids to stay away from danger. Nancy Reagan famously said “Just Say No” and there were commercials that pointed out “this is your brain on drugs”. Even so, some kids will still try something regardless of the warnings. That’s the nature of youth and their feeling of invincibility. Today more than ever those of us in schools with the help of parents, grandparents and guardians try to warn about all the dangers our students face. Last week parents had the opportunity to view something that explained what Vaping or Juuling is, but unfortunately there can be a wide variety of scary things our students could be exposed to every day. And we’ll tell them to stay away from prescription medications, smoking, drinking and anything else harmful. And oh yeah kids…… remember to be nice to everyone and make amazing grades. It can all be a just a little overwhelming for students and parents alike. Here’s some good news though. Our Jr. High is here to partner with you and help navigate these challenging years. We have an amazing counselor here on campus (Lori Pharis) and a district counselor (Amy Lyles). They can help students and parents with physical or mental health issues that arise. And of course our wonderful school nurse (Chelsea Kelley) is here to help. We can’t promise we’ll always have all the right answers, but together we can all work to keep our students healthy.

And here’s more good news. The overwhelming majority of our students will make good decisions when it comes to products that might harm them. In fact I hope every one of them make good decisions this year. But if a poor choice is made and consequences for illegal activities are necessary, those of us here at school, as well as their supportive and loving parents and guardians, will pick them up and point them in the right direction.

Fig Tree Outreach I’ve written in the space before about this program. Some of you in the Wimberley Valley have been blessed greatly and have no need for financial or nutritional assistance. However some families in our community do need a little help from time to time. Fig Tree offers nutritious meals and snacks for any student or family that has that need. Every single one of our students and their families are free to take advantage of this program. It’s run by some wonderful Wimberley people specifically for our Wimberley school children and their families. Please take a look at the info below or simply call our nurse (Chelsea Kelley) and she’ll share more info with you.

Thanks for taking a look at our Newsletter.

Greg Howard, Principal

In the next few days
Thursday, Sept. 5th

Volleyball at Bandera. 8th B team & 7th A team at 5 pm; 8th A team; 7th B team after early games

Saturday, Sept. 7th
Cross Country at the Liberty Hill CC Meet

More detailed info about other Danforth activities
From Christy Youens – Fig Tree Outreach Program
The Fig Tree Outreach Program is teaming up with the staff and teachers of Danforth Junior High School to offer a supply of nutritious meals and snacks for children for the 2019-2020 school year. Though the program is intended to help those children whose families find it difficult to provide enough food for the entire month, ALL students at the Danforth campus are eligible for this program. If your child could benefit from this program, we encourage you to sign them up by contacting the Danforth Jr. High Nurse (Chelsea Kelley) or by filling out one of the information forms in the Danforth front office. You can fill it out and just take it down to the nurse and we’ll handle the rest. If you have more than one child at Danforth Junior High, you may list all of their names on the same form. Enrollment in the program will be kept confidential between the school and The Fig Tree Outreach Program. Once your child is signed up, he/she will be able to receive food items by visiting Nurse Kelley’s office whenever convenient for them. There will be a stocked food cabinet where they can make selections and place items in their own backpack. If you have questions or concerns please contact Nurse Kelley at 512-847-2181.

From Erin Sivils – Attendance Clerk, Danforth Jr. High
Attendance is an important component of school success. But students occasionally become ill and if your child is sick we certainly want you to keep them home. When your child has a temperature of 100.5 or above, vomiting or having issues with diarrhea, they need to stay home. They need to be symptom free for 24 hours without the aid of medication. Students that have an infection need to be on antibiotics for 24 hours before they return. All of that said… your child needs to be in class getting instruction as much as possible. The Texas
Education Agency requires students to be in class 90% of the time that class is offered in order to receive credit for the class. We have a phenomenal nurse and she does a great job taking care of students who are not contagious, but just don’t feel 100%.

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 absence. Students 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 Rebecca Selsor – Wimberley Pom Dance Clinic
The Wimberley Texan Stars will host a Pom Dance Clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 4th from 4 pm – 6 pm.
The clinic is at Jacob’s Well Elementary Gym and the cost is $25 per student. The cost includes a snack and POMS for their football performance on Sept. 6th at halftime of the Texan Football game. Pom Dance Clinic Forms are available in Jr. High front office or you can contact Mrs. Selsor at

From Lee Ann Young – Wimberley 4-H Club
The 4-H Club is a club for kids 3rd – 12th grade. There are activities from food science, to STEM, fashion design and photography, there’s a program for everyone! We meet the 2nd Monday of the month at Wimberley VFW at 7 pm. We’d love to talk to you about 4-H and see if it’s the right fit for you. You can contact us at