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March 23, 2020

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, Mar. 23rd, 2020

Principal’s Message
This last time you took a look at the Danforth Newsletter our school, community and world looked a lot different. You probably don’t need me to rehash it all for you and I bet everyone is a little tired of hearing where we are ---- people just want to know where we’re headed. I don’t have the answers for the future but I’ve got a look at what the next two weeks looks like at Danforth.

So let’s get to that. Since students are not scheduled to return to school for the next two weeks, March 23rd thru April 3rd, our campus will work toward the goal of providing online (or paper copies if needed) assignments to our students. Our staff will be doing their best for the next two weeks to consistently reach out to students and make sure they are doing okay while also providing meaningful and challenging lessons. Each of our academic departments are already working toward the goal of having lessons ready for students by Wednesday morning, March 25th. For most students assignments will be handled online or digitally. However for those students that must receive paper copies, those will be available in the entry hallway to the school on Wednesday morning, March 25th from 9 am to 1 pm. During this time no students or parents will need to actually enter the main school. I’m sure there will be questions about grades and how this process will work. Our teachers will provide that info to students and parents with the underlying goal of helping all students be successful.

And while it’s vital for us to provide assignments, it’s also important for us to know how you (their parents and guardians) are doing as well. The impact of this virus, and the fight against it, has impacted families physically, emotionally and financially. To some “quarantine” has simply meant staying home and riding this out, while to others the stress of having less income or health issues, feels completely overwhelming. If you have something you’re dealing with and you don’t quite know where to turn, contact us up here at the school and we’ll figure out a way to get some help.

Finally, a word about this new distance learning we’ll be trying for the next two weeks. I have said in this space many times that we have a wonderful partnership with you (the parents and guardians). That has served us all well as we navigate the challenging 6th, 7th and 8th grade years of our student’s lives. This is certainly one challenge we didn’t see coming and we’ll need to continue working together during this time also. We may make a couple of mistakes here and there as we attempt to provide meaningful and challenging course work for our students. If that happens, we’ll just figure out where it went wrong and provide a new path forward. Our goal is to make sure that students are successful during this digital learning time. Then when they return to the Danforth campus on April 6th, we can seamlessly finish, in person, this extraordinary 2019-2020 school year.

Thanks for taking a look at the Newsletter and if you have any questions, please contact us.

Greg Howard, Principal

In the next few days
Monday, March 23rd – Friday, April 3rd
Distance Learning Only – No students at Danforth
Monday, April 6th
Students Return to Campus