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January 27, 2020

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, Jan. 27th, 2020


Principal’s Message
That feeling you get when you’re singing along with Queen’s “We are the Champions” at max volume. That’s what it felt like in our building Saturday afternoon when all the results had been tabulated and once again Wimberley won the UIL Academic District Championship. The Texans won each grade level (6th, 7th and 8th) and of course that translates to winning the Overall District Championship. Our students (and their academic coaches) put a lot of hard work over the last several months to make this happen so congrats to all of them.


Of course there were also some champions on Saturday at the Hays County Stock Show and that was also months and months in the making. Congrats to those students and their families who worked with them through FFA or 4H. We are so proud of how they represented Wimberley during the entire Stock Show.


A quick note about our choir program and their success Saturday. Two of our students were named to the Regional Choir for the first time in program history. Ms. Katzmeyer and her students continue to do great things….and sound terrific.


You may have heard there’s a dance on Friday evening. Somebody even asked me about it at church yesterday. Students have been asking for a couple of weeks when they can get tickets. So it’s here finally and the excitement is very real. Here are some quick instructions to help us with traffic flow on Friday evening.


The 6th grade dance is 5 pm to 6:30 pm.
Drop-off 6th graders at 5 pm (or just before) in front of the school.
However, please pick up 6th grade after the dance behind the school in the bus lane.

The 7th and 8th grade dance is 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm.
Drop-off 7th/8th graders at 6:45 pm (or just before) in front of the school.
Pickup for 7th/8th graders will be at 8:15 pm and will be in front of the school.
All of this will help the traffic congestion as we transition from one dance to the other on Friday evening.


Finally – we are so fortunate to have Maggie Price and our amazing PTO. Thank you to everyone who contributed items (and your time) for the concession stand at our Academic Meet. And of course six days later many of that same group will be up here helping out with a dance. You are so appreciated.


Thanks for taking a look at our Newsletter.

Greg Howard, Principal

In the next few days
Thursday, Jan. 30th
Basketball vs. Lampasas – 8B & 7A at 5 pm; 8A & 7B after early games
Girls at Lampasas; Boys Here

Friday, Jan. 31st
Spring Pictures – for new students to our district since January or those who PREPAY for new pictures
Dance – 6th grade 5:00-6:30; 7th/8th grade 6:45-8:15

More detailed info about other Danforth activities
From Stephanie Barthels, High School Volleyball Coach and Trip Organizer


Anyone interested in a trip to Yellowstone and Teton National Parks needs to attend our organizational meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13th at 6 pm at the High School.


Trip Price: $2,395, student price based on quad occupancy and minimum of 12 paying travelers
$100 discount if enroll by April 1, 2020 - price is $2,295
Double occupancy upgrade for adults only is an additional $370
Single occupancy upgrade for adults only is an additional $740
Dates: May 26-30, 2021 (We will also look at flights for May 27-31)
Inclusions:
- Round trip airfare from Austin, TX
- Hotel accommodations at quad/multi occupancy
- Private ground transportation to all included sites and activities - Activities per itinerary - Breakfast and dinner daily while touring starting with dinner Day 1 and ending with breakfast Day 5 - Tour Director/guide for the duration of the trip - Convenient monthly payment schedule
- 24 hour emergency support
- One complimentary chaperone for every 12 paying travelers (chaperone rooming in a single room)
Itinerary:
Day 1: Jackson Hole, WY and Western Rodeo
Arrive in Salt Lake City, transfer to Jackson, WY, lunch en route, venture into the Teton Mountain Range or, if scheduling allows, attend the Jackson Hole Rodeo.
Day 2: Jackson Hole Tram and Teton National Park Hiking Adventure
Travel to the top of 10,000 ft Rendezvous Mountain on the Jackson Hole Tram, travel to Teton National Park for a hike and wildlife viewing, evening free time to explore historic downtown Jackson.
Day 3: Yellowstone National Park - Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring
Scenic drive into Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin and opportunities to see Elk, Bear, Wolves, Bison and much more. Hiking locations to be determined. Optional horseback riding at a Montana Dude Ranch on the border of Yellowstone National Park (fee not included in trip price). Travel to West Yellowstone and visit to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.
Day 4: Yellowstone National Park - wolves, waterfalls and wildlife.
Morning adventure into Yellowstone National Park with stops at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone Falls (twice the height of Niagara Falls), hiking and adventure in the wildlife rich Hayden Valley, Yellowstone Lake (the largest lake above 8,000 ft west of the Mississippi river). Evening touring of West Yellowstone for souvenir shopping and ice cream.
Day 5: Final Reflections and Depart for Home
Morning activities dependent on final flight schedule. After a week of fun and adventure, depart for home.


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!