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August 17, 2020

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, August 17th, 2020

Principal’s Message

Somewhere in our house is a box with a photo album of every “first day of school” photo of our son and daughter. Matt graduated from WHS in 2006 and Sara in 2008. That collection of photos is, among other things, a reflection of growth, clothing styles and hair styles from what now seems like a bygone era.

I don’t know how different your 2020 “first day of school” photo for your 6th, 7th or 8th grader will look but they’ll sure feel a lot different than last year. You may snap a photo on Wednesday, August 19th and watch them go right back to their room and the 2020 school year will be officially underway. Regardless of whether they chose Option 1 or Option 2 they’ll need to log in and connect virtually with their 1st period teacher on the 19th at 8 am. And our Option 3 (Asynchronous) students will just log in to their Google Classroom and start their day on their own schedule that day. And while we hope all of this technology will work as advertised, we know there will be some glitches here and there. When that happens we’ll make adjustments and move forward to the place that meets your child’s and your family’s needs.

Technology challenges aside, I can guarantee you this much, our teachers are excited about this opportunity. As I walked around our school building last week I certainly ran across some teacher anxiety about how all this will work. But that anxiety was quickly replaced with excitement. Teachers are VERY EXCITED to connect again with students. That connection will look different on the first day (August 19th) than it’s ever looked and it will look different again on the first in-person day on Sept. 8th. What will not look different from the past is our teacher’s heart to teach and serve and lead their students through another school year.

So let’s get started on August 19th …………and get those first day photos……..they’re going to be worth finding someday in the digital file you have in the cloud…….or maybe you just used an old shoe box.
They’ll be nice to look at regardless of where you find them.

Open House reminders

Monday, Aug. 17th Temperature will be taken of those entering and masks must be worn by all.

Times below are come and go.

8 am – 9 am – Last name A, B, C, D

9 am – 10 am – Last name E, F, G, H

10 am – 11 am – Last name I, J, K, L

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Last name M, N, O, P

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Last name Q, R, S, T

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Last name U, V, W, X, Y, Z

If you continue to have questions please email me at or give us a call at 512-847-2181.

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

In the next few days
Monday, August 17th - Open House
Wednesday, August 19th - First Day of School at Danforth Jr. High

More detailed info about other Danforth activities

From Lori Pharis, Counselor
Today is the day that students and parents can come to the building according to the schedule for our Open House. But if you can't come to the building, click the hyperlink for some information that is helpful for 6th graders, new students, or returning students that need some reminders: Welcome to Danforth

From Emily Keese, Technology teacher

How do I log in to my school Gmail?

1. Open a web browser (Chrome if you have it) and go to

2. Click the blue “sign in” button at the top right of the browser

3. Click “use another account” or click your email if you see it – your button will depend on if your computer saved your information or not.

4. Type in your email if it’s not already there. Your email is your personal lunch code followed by Here is an example of what my email would be if my lunch code was 12345

5. Press next

6. Enter the password given to you by the school and it should log you into your account

7. If the computer says your password or username is incorrect ask a teacher for help.

How do I log in to My Teacher's Google Classroom?

1. Open a web browser (Chrome if you have it) and go to

2. Log in to your school gmail account with the directions under “How do I log in to my school Gmail?”

3. Click on the at the top right of your browser – I will refer to this as the waffle

4. Click on the button that says classroom

5. Find the + at the top right of the browser and select “join a class”

6. Enter the class code provided by your teacher.

7. You will turn your work into Google Classroom!

How do I turn in something on Google Classroom?

1. Open browser and log in to your Gmail account If you forgot how to log in to your Gmail account look at the first instructions included here in the section titled “How do I log into my school Gmail?”

2. Go to Your Google Classroom

3. Click Classwork at the top of the screen

4. Scroll through and find the assignment you need to turn in and click on it

5. Select Add or create button

6. Select Google Drive and then search for the file in your Google Drive

7. Press Turn in

From Emily Keese, Jr High Cross Country Coach

Want to join Cross Country? Contact Coach Keese at

From Lori Pharis, Counselor
When the schedules were posted on-line there were some inaccurate class times listed.
These are the official class times for 2020-2021.
7:55 – Entrance Bells
8:00 – Tardy Bell
8:00 - 8:51 – First Period
8:55 - 9:20 – Texan Time Tutorials
9:24 - 10:14 – Second Period
9:47 – 9:51 – Math/English Switch Bells
10:18 - 11:10 – Third period
10:42 – 10:46 – Math/English Switch Bells
Lunches/Fourth Period
8th Grade 7th Grade 6th Grade
Lunch 11:10-11:35 Class 11:14-11:39 Class 11:14-12:08
Class 11:39-12:33 Lunch 11:39-12:04 Lunch 12:08-12:33
Class 12:08-12:33
12:37 - 1:27 – Fifth Period
1:00 – 1:04 – Math/English Switch Bells
1:31 - 2:21 – Sixth Period
1:54 – 1:58 – Math/English Switch Bells
2:25 - 3:15 – Seventh period
3:15-3:40 – PM Tutorials

From Nicole Royal, 8th grade honors teacher

This message is for 8th grade honors English students only. Hello, I hope you have spent your summer relaxing a bit and working on your summer reading packet. Packets will be due Thursday, August 20, 2020, and they will be a test grade. The packets can be submitted in the following ways:

1. Take pictures or scan each page of the assignment and submit them digitally in the google classroom assignment titled "And Then There Were None Summer Reading Packet" by 11:59 p.m. on 8/20/20. You will have access to this on the first day of school, 8/19/20.


2. Bring the packet to the Danforth office and place it in the basket labeled "8th Grade Honors English" before 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20th. Packets can also be submitted in the office prior to 8/20/20. When you submit your packet, please DO NOT return your book. We will be working on a few things with it through the first couple of weeks of school.

If neither of these options work for you, or you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or at (210) 816-1445 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

I look forward to getting to know all of you and having an amazing year! Mrs. Royal

From Stephanie Carter, 7th and 8th grade Girls Athletics Coordinator

This message is only for Girls participating in 7th or 8th grade Athletics.

Please make sure all paperwork is turned in prior to the first day of school. Since that is virtual it can be emailed to or physically dropped off at the JH front office.

Follow this link to access the packet Also, please make sure your email is up to date in Skyward. As we get closer to the first day of school I will be sending out emails via Skyward. All athletic programs will use an app called SportsYou, it is free to join and the JH Girls code is 56FUD4WL.

Please let me know if you have any questions concerning paperwork at Thank you, Coach Carter

From Jeremy Mauk, 7th and 8th grade Boys Athletics Coordinator
This message is only for Boys participating in 7th or 8th grade Athletics Junior High Football is set to start up on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 19th. More information should be available over the next few days through the sportsyou app. To join, go to and sign up for Wimberley JH Boys. Here is the code: QJTN7GGL. Off season will start that day as well but will be through the virtual learning online. Off season doesn’t need to come in person till Sept. 8th. Any questions, please contact Coach Mauk at