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February 10, 2020

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, Feb. 10th, 2020

Principal’s Message
Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

The history teacher in me knows that’s a famous phrase from Fannie Lou Hamer about the challenge of voting.

The music fan in me knows that’s a song from one of my favorites, Cross Canadian Ragweed.

The parent in me remembers that in relation to times when our son and our daughter seemed like they might never get over the sniffles or allergies or whatever else they were battling at this Jr. High age.

Many of you are experiencing that feeling with your children also. You just want them to feel better…..NOW.

We know it’s been a struggle (and remains a struggle) to get your children past this season of flu or whatever else is out there. We appreciate your perseverance in regards to school work. Those of you with sick children continue to remain in contact with teachers and also diligently stop by the office and pick up the work we’ve gathered from teachers. We hope everyone in your household is 100% very soon.

Thanks for taking a look at our Newsletter.
Greg Howard, Principal

In the next few days
Thursday, Feb. 13th
Boys Basketball HERE vs. Salado – 8B & 7A at 5 pm; 8A & 7B after early games

Monday, Feb. 17th
No School – President’s Day

Monday, March 2nd
8th Grade Parent Night at High School – 5 pm – 8th graders and their parents are encouraged to attend
Saturday, March 7th
STEAM Fair – 10 am – 2 pm – High School Bridges Gym – Presentations, exhibits and booths highlighting Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Arts, Mathematics and Mechanics

More detailed info about other Danforth activities
From Christy McCollum, Cheer Coach This Thursday, Feb. 13th at 4pm is the deadline to turn in Cheer packets to Mrs. McCollum (they are available in Mrs. McCollum's room) if your child would like to try out for the 20-21 Cheer Squad. In addition to having the try-out form turned in, parents must attend the mandatory meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25th at 5:30 in the library. The mandatory practices for tryouts are March 9, 10, & 12th and the actual tryouts are on Friday afternoon, March 13th. If you have any questions at all please contact

From Teresa York, School Librarian Parents – Danforth Library’s annual Scholastic Book Fair begins this Friday, Feb. 14th and runs through the following Friday, Feb. 21st. Approximately 30% of all the book sales come right back to our library in the form of FREE books for our students. Encourage your students to drop by and get a book or two.

From Meagan Williamson, Yearbook Sponsor Yearbooks are on sale. The theme for this year is “Connected” and they are selling fast. The cost is $40. To reserve yours take cash or check to Mrs. Williamson’s room (109) or go to

From Sheridan Roalson, Wimberley Dance Elite
Wimberley Dance Elite has a partnership with our schools that has allowed for the formation and continued success of a dance program at the high school. Wimberley Dance Elite also offers a wide variety of programs that prepare students for participation in WHS activities including Acro, Cheer, Tumbling and Dance. For more info please call 512-722-3503 or email

From Teresa Gill, National Junior Honor Society Sponsor Fundraiser - Benefitting Dell Children’s Hospital
NJHS is hosting a boys vs. girls volleyball tournament on Feb. 21 at 4pm. All 8th graders are eligible to play and we encourage 6th and 7th graders to come watch the fun! The admission fee for a team is $20, and the maximum amount of players is 10. Please see Mrs. Royal for an entry form. Payment and forms are due February 12.
For those coming to watch the event, admission tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students, payable at the door. Athletic cards for games will not be valid at this event because it is a fundraiser. Teachers are allowed to create their own teams for competition as well. Please join us in raising funds for Dell Children’s!

From Karin Prado, High School Cheer Coach
8th graders interested in trying out for high school cheerleader need to pick up an application in the JH office. Parents must attend ONE MANDATORY MEETING either on Feb. 19th or Feb. 20th at the high school. All forms are due at the parent meeting. Tryout Clinic is March 9th – 12th and Tryouts are Friday, March 13th. For more info please contact or

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)

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!