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January 13, 2020

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, Jan. 13th, 2020
Principal’s Message
A successful student experience at a Jr. High can mean different things to different people. Some of what makes a student successful here at Danforth involves just learning “how to learn”. Success also involves continued academic improvement and making healthy choices when it comes to long-term physical health. Being involved in extracurricular activities and making good relationship choices is helpful to success as well. Students who are comfortable and safe at school also feel successful. Finally, even though they might never admit it, students who find Danforth a fun place to spend several hours every day with friends, also feel like their experience here is a success.

The problem with this little “success list” is that it’s coming from a school administrator. I’m correct about the things listed above but…….a 12, 13, or 14 year old may have a very different list in their mind when it comes to defining their successful experience. Sure many of our students fall into a well-known and easily definable “good student” category. However, other students find their own non-traditional path to success. And you know what….. that’s okay. We’re here to help ALL our students with this challenging academic, social and emotional time in their lives. Those of you reading this are here to help students as well. But this isn’t easy and it takes all of us to get these students where they need to be. One of the many things we do here at school to help is to have regular grade-level meetings with groups of our students in our library. We talk for a few minutes about appropriate interactions and good behavior but we put an emphasis on letting all our students know where they can go if they are feeling overwhelmed, sad, or hopeless. There are many resources available for students but help can start with students feeling that they have a trusted adult in their lives they can talk to. We hope that help can come from someone at home but here at school we have our counselor (Lori Pharis) as well as our WISD counselor (Amy Lyles) available. Of course there are also other trusted adults in this building that have the title of teacher or coach and they are just as willing to help students find their way forward. And in the end, whether it’s my definition or a student’s, we just want success for all of our students.

Thanks for taking a look at our Newsletter.

Greg Howard, Principal

In the next few days

Thursday, Jan. 16th
Basketball vs. Llano – 8B & 7A at 5 pm; 8A & 7B after early games
Girls at Llano; Boys Here
Saturday, Jan. 18th
Boys B Team Basketball Tournament all day here in Wimberley
Saturday, Jan. 25th
UIL Academic Meet all day here in Wimberley
Friday, Jan. 31st
Dance – 6th grade 5:00-6:30; 7th/8th grade 6:45-8:15

More detailed info about other Danforth activities
From Chelsey Kelley, School Nurse Over the Christmas break, the first case of measles in 20 years was reported in Austin. Fortunately, as of Jan 6th, no new cases were reported. Measles is an extremely contagious virus, prevented by the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. When a case of measles is reported, immunization records are reviewed and all parents with students at risk of contracting measles will be notified. If exposed, any student without proof
of vaccination will be excluded from attendance for up to 21 days. I’m sharing this information because of Austin’s close proximity to Wimberley. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding vaccine requirements.

From Katy Huebner, UIL Academic Meet Coordinator
Important information for parents of students who are involved in the UIL Academic Meet.

The Danforth faculty would like to thank you for encouraging your child to participate in UIL Academics. UIL can be such a positive experience for students to enhance their overall educational experience in Junior High. There is no doubt that these students will be successful in UIL this year and in High School when they get to compete at that level. The faculty certainly appreciates their effort in preparing for this meet.

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Where: Wimberley Danforth Junior High
Time: 9:15am – 4pm
Check-in: 8:15am in Danforth cafeteria. AFTER checking in, students may leave campus with a PARENT and return ONE HOUR prior to testing time.

Pick-up time: 4:00pm OR students have permission to leave campus once they are completely finished with their own event(s). Example, if your student is entered in the Spelling contest only, he/she may leave once finished with the spelling test.

TENTATIVE Schedule of UIL Academic Events – Saturday, January 25, 2020
11:00 Finals for Modern Oratory
9:00 Art Projects
11:15 Maps, Charts, Graphs
9:15 Number Sense
11:30 Music Memory
9:30 Speaking Events Prelims
12:00 Finals for Impromptu
9:45 Chess Puzzle
12:10 Science
9:45 Spelling
1:00 Finals for Oral Reading
10:30 Art Smart
1:05 Dictionary
10:40 Calculator
1:35 Social Studies
2:15 Listening Skills
2:50 Mathematics

****UIL Academic meets are not spectator activities. Although your interest and student participation is greatly appreciated, you will not be able to watch your student compete.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give us a call, 847-2181.


Katy Huebner, WJHS UIL Coordinator

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!