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September 24, 2019

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

Principal’s Message
The calendar says it’s FALL but the temperature says SUMMER.
The calendar also says start of the second six weeks.

From this office it seems like most of our students are comfortable and enjoying a successful start to this school year. The grades reflect that sentiment but grades are not the sum total of success. If your child’s experience or your experience as a parent or guardian is not what it should be……..then let’s fix that today. Pretty soon the calendar will say “end of semester”. We want to make sure all of our students are happy and successful -- each of the days on that calendar.

Thanks for taking a look at our Newsletter.

Greg Howard, Principal

In the next few days
Monday, Sept 23th
Choir Fall Concert – 7:30 pm at Lone Star Theater
Volleyball at Home vs. Boerne Christian – 7A/8B games begin at 5 pm, 8A/7B after 5 pm games
Wednesday, Sept. 25th
Cross Country at Marble Falls CC Meet after school
Thursday, Sept. 26th
Football at Home vs. Comfort –7th grade game at 4:30 pm; 8th grade plays after conclusion of early game

More detailed info about other Danforth activities
From Shad Scharlach – Assistant Principal
Just a reminder for Parents that we are asking that all Jr. High students who attend the Varsity football games to sit in our Jr. High section at the end of the home bleachers or with their parents. Students should not be running up and down the sidewalks or playing tag or touch football or games that could get in the way of the fans trying to enjoy the game. We want our students to enjoy their friends and enjoy the game in our student section.

From Erin Sivils – Attendance Clerk
We appreciate our parents continued vigilance about student attendance. I want to give you a little information about how our automated call system works. The school computer system generates a report that is run from our attendance system. I do not send it personally and I am unable to go through each absence to validate it prior to the email going out. On occasion the email will go out before attendance has been adjusted by an excused code or an “absence” is changed to “present” and that is what causes you to receive an email. The purpose of the notification is to make sure you are aware your child is not at school. Obviously the majority of you know that already but there is always the possibility that a student could be skipping school. If you are truly concerned about that, please call right away so we can investigate it. I do my best to get attendance documented as soon as possible; however, sometimes I have to wait on the information in order to make the changes. One way to avoid receiving an automated message is to send me an email first thing in the morning if you know there will be an absence. For those that call in about an absence I am grateful for the info; however, TEA rules do not allow me to change an attendance code until I have something in writing from the parent or guardian. Finally, the automated email you receive about an absence is a "no reply" email which means for those hitting reply to that will not get the email info to me anyway. That requires you to send a separate email to my email address that is now provided in the automated message. Here is my email address to contact me If you have any questions at all give me a call at 512-847-2181 ext. 5264.

From Elizabeth Edelen – History teacher and trip sponsor

Attention all eighth-grade families!! There is still time to sign up for the trip to WASHINGTON DC & NEW YORK CITY! Sign up today at using TRIP ID#173331 or contact MS. ELIZABETH EDELEN at ELIZABETH.EDELEN@WIMBERLEYISD.NET to find out more about the trip, financial assistance, and easy payment plans.

From Chelsea Kelley – School Nurse
1. Vision and hearing screening for 7th grade is October 1-3. If your child wears glasses or contacts, please remind them to bring them to school that day as vision screening is done with a student’s current prescription. You will be notified via letter if your child does not pass the screening, and you are encouraged to see an eye doctor with any abnormal findings. There will not be any notification if your son or daughter has passed the vision screening. So, no news is good news! Please note that this should not replace an eye appointment with an eye doctor. Vision screening does not evaluate eye health and important vision skills needed for success in school. Only an examination by an eye doctor can identify eye and vision problems and prescribe treatment. 2. HEB is partnering with WISD to bring flu shots to campuses district wide. The CDC recommends everyone receive an annual flu shot over 6th months of age. Everyone is welcome Teachers, staff, spouses, families (kids over 7 with a parent), PTO, boosters, and all others in the WISD community. The vaccine clinic will be held at Danforth October 1st from 7:30-noon, at JWE on Wednesday, October 2nd from 7:30-noon, and at WHS Oct 2nd 1-4pm. If you carry Aetna or any other district health plan, there is no out-of-pocket expense. HEB also accepts Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare and other insurance plans. Otherwise, the cost for the vaccine is $19.99 while they last and then $39.99. Children over age 7 and under age 18 may receive vaccines as long as accompanied by a parent. HEB will also offer a limited number of adult tetanus booster shots and pneumonia vaccines. 3. Are You School Health Advisory Council material? Children and youth who begin each day as healthy individuals can learn more effectively and are more likely to complete their formal education. Responsibility for the physical, emotional, social, mental, and intellectual health of our youth belongs to their families and the entire community. Effective coordinated school health programs can contribute to helping young people avoid health risks by increasing their skills to make responsible choice about behaviors that can affect their health.
The school district is establishing a 2020 advisory council to advise the school board and assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district’s health education plan. The advisory council will advise and support the school’s efforts to assess their needs and to design programs to help children develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to become healthy, productive citizens. The advisory council will include parents, students, teachers, school administrators, voluntary organizations, business representatives, health professionals, and other interested, concerned citizens. If you would like to be considered for membership in WISD 2020 SHAC please contact the Director of Student Support Services or the District Nurse .

From Jeremy Mauk, Whitley Bone, Kari Winebrenner, Carol Sue Merkin – FCA Sponsors
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets in the Junior High gym every Friday at 7:15 am. Please join us for games, fun, speakers, and donuts! Everyone is welcome!

From Bess Reisberg – After School Science Club and Garden Club Sponsor
The Science club meets every other Monday from 3:30-4:30 pm. Dues are $10 per student. All grade levels are welcome. Drop by Ms. Reisberg’s room (115) for more info if you are interested.
Garden Club will meet every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 pm. All grade levels are welcome. Meet in Ms. Reisberg's room (115) in you'd like to join!