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October 5, 2020

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, Oct. 5th, 2020
Principal’s Message
 
We’ve all spent the better part of 2020 hearing about COVID and the measures we need to take to protect ourselves and others. And while the COVID danger continuesto garner most of the attention, there a few other dangers lurking out there that we need to remember ourstudents will most likely encounterif not now, very soon. They’ll comein the form of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, social media addiction and all of the other things that have the potential to derail the future success of our students.
 
You and your family work hard every day to keep your children safe and ofcourse, we want to do the same. This week Mrs. Pharis, Mr. Scharlach and myself will be talking to all of our students about making healthy choices and staying away from thethings that could harm them. We’ll also tell them how wonderful their behavior has been and how we want that to continue. You’ve done a wonderful job with your children and what we see in the hallway and classrooms is mostly kindness, good manners, cooperation and hard work. Parents and guardians deserve the credit for this good behavior.
 
You’veprobably also do a lot of talking to your children about the challenges they face as teenagers. We want to be partners with you in this effort to keep our children healthy and safe. The message to be kind, not bully others and be respectful is important. But so is the message to........stay away from illegal drugs, underage drinking, tobacco, and too much time on social media.
 
So this week during Texan Time we’ll have these important conversations about good choices.........and I bet you’vealready done that. We’ll be your backup this week and the rest of the school year with the “good choices” message. And together we’ll get them through the challenge of the teenage years.
 
Thanks for taking a look at the Newsletter.
Greg Howard, Principal
 
In the next few days
Monday, Oct. 5thVolleyball vs. Kerrville Peterson; B games at 5 pm; A games after B8th
grade HOME; 7thgrade AWAY
 
Wednesday, Oct. 7thCross Country District Meet at Medina Valley High School –after school
 
Thursday, Oct. 8thFootball vs. Blanco 7thgrade HOME a 4:30; 8thgrade HOME at 5:45
 
More detailed info about other Danforth activities
From NJHS Advisors, Teresa Gill & Nicole RoyalDanforth has a National Junior Honor Society chapter for students in 8th grade. Students who are academically eligible for NJHS membership consideration will be sent a digital application packet through their school email by Friday, October 9, 2020.
Eligibility is determined by the following:
 

A combined average of 90 or above based upon the four core subjects of math, science, history and English for fall/spring semesters of 6th grade and fall semester of 7th grade. In addition to the GPA requirement, students must also have successfully completed at least one honors course in 7th grade. This serves as the first step in our selection procedure.

Students who meet the minimum requirements areeligible to submit additional information for consideration by the chapter’s Faculty Council which will carefully review their credentials. In addition to the scholarship standard, membership in NJHS is also based on standards of leadership, service, citizenship and character. To be selected as a member of NJHS, students must demonstrate on their Candidate Form that they have met or exceeded these additional standards.

The deadline for submitting the completed form is 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2020. This is a strict deadline. Late forms will not be accepted. Submit your application via email at teresa.gill@wimberleyisd.netor directly to Mrs, Gill, NJHS Adviser, in room 120. Candidates will be notified of the results of the selection committee no later than Monday, October 21, 2020.

If you meet eligibility requirements, there will be a virtual induction on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding NJHSor the selection process, you can contact Mrs. Gill at teresa.gill@wimberleyisd.netor Mrs. Royal at nicole.royal@wimberleyisd.net.

From High School Dance Team –Texan StarsThe Texan Stars Dance Team wants to “Paint the Town Red” for Homecoming. They will paint a washable WT in stencil in your driveway for only $20. This will show your Texan Pride as well as helping out our dance team with a fundraiser. If you are interested, sign up by emailing starstexan@gmail.com

From Wimberley FFA,

Jason Giesen FFAwill have our first face to face student meeting on Wednesday Oct. 14th in the high school cafe at 7:00 pm.FFA members: Please complete the google member registration form by October 16th.

From Lori Pharis, Counselor In the October Counselor Conversation email,  A note to asynchronous families & Feedback Form for Asynch Learning were included.The links are shared here as well just in case any asynchronous students & parents missed them previously.The school is looking forward to feedback regarding the asynchronous learning option.

From Yearbook Advisor, Meagan Williamson All studentswere mailed a yearbook purchase form last week to theirhouse from our book publisher Balfour. Please buy your book as soon as possible. They are $35 with a free name stamp through December. The price will raise to $40 with $5 name stamps and icons in January. You may pick up an order form in the front office or from Mrs. Williamson in room 109 if you need one. You may also buy a book on balfour.com.

From District Nurse Darelle Jordan

Nurse TipWhen to Stay Home and How to Come Back Our mitigation strategies of limiting the number of students who gather in groups, wearing masks and distancing when we can, washing hands, disinfecting environments are working to limit the spread of COVID and keeping our most vulnerable protected. As a small district with a sense of community, connection and care we are all doing our part and it shows.With any large endeavor there is always a need to improve and persist. As more and more students join us face to face there are a few details about when to stay home from face to face school and limit