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September 16, 2019

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, Sept. 16, 2019

Principal’s Message

We work to make the heart and soul of this campus the relationships that our staff has with students and parents. One of the ways we hope to connect with students is “talking” directly to them about a variety of topics that are important to their health and safety. Of course this happens in classrooms from time to time when it matches up with the curriculum but we also have quick “talks” with groups of students throughout the school year. This week marks the beginning of some of those talks. However these conversations are not some sort of lengthy all day symposium delving deep into these topics. We address topics quickly and talk about solutions or better choices. It is our hope these “talks” will spark healthy conversations at home with the added benefit that students will know those of us here at school are a resource as well. Lori Pharis (Danforth Counselor) and Amy Lyles (WISD Counselor) will typically lead these conversations and I’ll join in as well. The first topics we’ll cover will be about the mental health supports we provide and also the acceptable use of social media. These meetings will take place in our library during Texan Time (8:55 am – 9:20 am). Parents are always welcome to listen in on these conversations if they’d like. Here is the schedule for the grade level meetings.

Sept. 18 – 6th boys/6th girls
Sept. 24 – 7th boys
Sept. 25 – 7th girls
Oct. 1 – 8th boys
Oct. 2 – 8th girls

Thanks for taking a look at our Newsletter.

Greg Howard, Principal

In the next few days
Monday, Sept 16th
Volleyball at Fredericksburg – 7A/8B games begin at 5 pm, 8A/7B after 5 pm games
Wednesday, Sept. 18th
Cross Country at Fredericksburg Cross Country Meet after school
Thursday, Sept. 19th
Football – 7B at 4 pm; 8B at 5 pm; 7A at 6 pm; 8A at 7:30 pm

More detailed info about other Danforth activities
From Courtney Katzmeyer – One Act Play Sponsor

One Act Play auditions will be September 19th and 20th from 4:00-5:00 in the Danforth Cafeteria. This year, we will perform Mandy Conner's Lafayette No.1. There are 15 roles (all with lines!) so come out and audition. Students only need to come to one audition day, but are welcome to come to both if they wish. Readings will be provided; no need to have anything prepared. If you have questions you contact Ms. Katzmeyer at

From Teresa Gill & Nicole Royal – NJHS Sponsors
REMINDER Students who met the academic standards and also received an NJHS invitation last week must turn in completed applications by 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 17. This is a strict deadline. Late forms will not be accepted. Please be sure the form is signed by the student and parent. Turn your forms in directly to Mrs. Gill, NJHS Adviser in room 200. Candidates will be notified of the results of the selection committee no later than Tuesday, September 24. If you meet eligibility requirements, you will be inducted into NJHS on the evening of Tuesday, October 8.If you have any questions regarding NJHS or the selection process, you can contact Mrs. Gill at or Mrs. Royal at

From Karen Nance & Marie BernickMath Teachers

For Parents of 8th Grade Math Students we are hosting the 8th grade Math "411"
Parents are invited to an informal math class where you (the parent) are the “student”.
What will happen?
You will be guided through a typical day in your student’s lesson, so that you are better informed about what they are doing in 8th grade math class.
The goal:
To help bridge the gap of information between the teacher and parents/guardians. This is for the adults, no students are required to attend but they are welcome to attend.
When: Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
(I will meet you at the front door by the office at 5:20-5:28)
Where: Mrs. Nance, room 100, Danforth Jr. High
coffee and water will be available

*What you need to bring:
Your student’s password for Chromebook.
If possible, their math binder and journal
Extra pencils, paper and a Chromebook will be provided.
RSVP: Please email

From Chelsea Kelley – School Nurse
September 18th is National Backpack Awareness Day!
Practice Backpack Safety and prevent injury with the following tips:
 Wear both straps
 Remove and put backpacks on carefully
 Lighten the Load. Keep the weight at 10-15% of your body weight.
 Select a backpack with design features that enhance safety and comfort
 such as a padded back, hip and chest belts, and multiple compartments to
 distribute the weight.
 Use your student locker to store heavy items.
Warning signs that your backpack is too heavy:
 Your posture changes when wearing the backpack
 You struggle to put on or take off your backpack
 Pain when wearing your backpack
 Tingling or numbness in your arms and legs
 Red marks on your shoulder

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!