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September 30, 2019

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, Sept. 30, 2019

Principal’s Message
Participation Trophy
The “participation trophy” is pretty much universally ridiculed …….but get ready…..I’m about to give our 7th and 8th graders some of that “participation” recognition.

There are roughly 400 students combined in our 7th and 8th grade classes. 332 of those 400 students are participating this Fall in Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Band, Choir, Stem Club or Garden Club. And many of those 332 are involved in more than one of those activities. At home you encourage involvement and it shows in those numbers. Many others are probably busy outside of school with activities like horse shows or 4H or tennis lessons or dance or golf. We are grateful that so many of our 7th and 8th graders participate both in school and out of school. Our 6th graders are equally busy and involved but their participation is still largely outside of school at this point. Involvement in extracurricular activities does not of course guarantee success but it’s a good start toward learning all sorts of valuable life lessons. And by the way parents and guardians – you get a “participation trophy” too – it’s for keeping their schedule straight and having them at every one of the practices, games and performances………and also for being their biggest fan. Thank you.

Nick Vujicic
Nick is an extraordinary public speaker with an amazing story to share. He’s spoken to students and crowds all over the world and we are fortunate to have him here in Wimberley on Tuesday, Oct. 1st. He’ll be at the High School Gym speaking against Bullying. All of our Jr. High students as well as our entire staff will be at the gym from roughly 8:30 am to 10 am on Tuesday morning. We’ll resume our regular schedule at the Jr. High when the program has concluded.

Greg Howard, Principal

In the next few days
Monday, Sept 30th
Volleyball at Llano – 7A/8B games begin at 5 pm, 8A/7B after 5 pm games

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd
4 Football Games at Home vs. Gonzales –7th B game at 4:30 pm; followed by 7th A, 8th B, 8th A

Saturday, Oct. 5th
Volleyball at Barton JH A/B Tournament all day

More detailed info about other Danforth activities
From Meagan Williamson – Yearbook Sponsor
2019-2020 yearbooks are now on sale at
This is their cheapest price of the school year!
$35 with free name stamping!
If you have questions please email me at:

From Teresa Gill & Nicole Royal – Sponsors of National Junior Honor Society Congratulations to our new NJHS members! Those new members received an RSVP to the induction ceremony last week. Please return it to Mrs. Gill or Mrs. Royal by Wednesday, Oct. 2nd. We're looking forward to seeing everyone at the ceremony on October 8.

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 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!

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!