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August 30, 2021

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, Aug. 30th, 2021

Principal’s Message
Our staff at the Jr. High wants to have a partnership and consistent communication with you throughout this entire school year. The old model of starting that process was something called “Open House”. It was somewhat effective at letting everyone put a name with a face but it was basically a couple of minutes of interaction with each of your child’s teachers and then everybody was on their way home. Before all of today’s technology options we sometimes didn’t get much past the start of a relationship.


That was then and this is now. Although we will not have an official “Open House” we are in fact “Open” for the entire school year. Our new model is consistent communication with you via several different platforms including this Newsletter, the Counselor’s Newsletter and of course emails and messages from teachers and coaches. But all of that is only one way communication until you respond with an email or a phone call back. Let us know your concerns or hopes or just that your child is happy here. We love to hear that a student enjoys a class, their teacher or just being in Jr. High. But we also need to hear if your child is having challenges in their day to day routine. We want to find the right path forward to a better experience for every one of our students. And while I’ve got you….”Open” is not limited to emails. We’re happy for you to visit with us in person anytime during the week.


So send us an email, call us or just come by for that in person visit.
Our House is now Open.


Thanks for taking a look at the Newsletter.


Greg Howard, Principal


In the next few days
Wednesday, Sept. 1st – Cross Country at Fredericksburg Meet after school
Thursday, Sept. 2nd - Volleyball vs. Fredericksburg – 8th grade HERE; 7th grade at Fred – B game at 5 then A Football vs. Cuero (Scrimmage) – HERE – 7th grade at 4:30; 8th grade after 7th
Friday, Sept. 3rd – Picture Day – All students will have their photo taken for the Yearbook but there is no obligation to buy photos. Return the form that was sent home if purchasing.
Monday, Sept. 6th – No School – Labor Day


More detailed info about other Danforth activities
From Carrie Campbell, Wimberley Rotary Club Representative
The Rotary Club is once again sponsoring Danforth Jr. High’s “Rotary Loves Readers Contest”. Any student can submit an entry and have the chance to win 1st place ($100) or 2nd place ($50). This month’s contest asks the question, “What elements make a book a perfect read for a vacation?” Students will receive more details about the contest from their English teacher. Entries are due to carriec1970@gmail.com or at the Danforth library by the end of the school day on September 30th.


From Annas Medley, Technology
All students have now been issued a school Chromebook. Please remind your child to CHARGE THEIR CHROMEBOOK EACH DAY so it has a full charge as they begin the school day here. Thank you.

From Meagan Williamson, Yearbook Advisor 2021-2022 Yearbooks are now on sale! They are $35 with a free name stamp until Nov 30th. Price will rise to $40 with $5 name stamps after 11/30. Purchase one at: https://www.balfour.com/texas/wimberley/danforth-junior-high-school Buy your book now at the cheapest price! I've got some of last year's 2020-2021 yearbooks still for sale. Email me if you'd like to purchase one: meagan.williamson@wimberleyisd.net


From Jessica Payne, School Nurse - As we do with the start to any school year, we have some illness going around. Just a few reminders as we go through the school year. If your student is sick, please keep them home from school and follow up with their doctor if there are symptoms such as Fever (over 100.0), Cough, Headache, Body aches, Vomiting or Diarrhea, Loss of smell or Loss of taste. If your student is going to be out from school due to illness, please send a note with the written excuse to our attendance clerk at erin.sivils@wimberleyisd.net

If your student tests positive for COVID, they should remain home from school for 10 days from when symptoms started or from the test date. Please notify me here in the nurse’s office if your student will be out due to COVID. If a family member who lives in the same house tests positive it is recommended that they isolate themselves away from the rest of the family. All other family members should get tested 4-5 days after last exposure (when they were close to an ill person) then return to school if negative and without any symptoms.(Example: Mom tests positive on 8/27 everyone tested negative the same day. It is recommended that Billy stay home to quarantine until another negative test is received 4-5 days after mom tested positive. So Billy would test again on 8/31 or 9/1.) The Curative COVID testing site (next to Community Center) in Wimberley is open M-F 8am-5pm and you make an appointment online at Curative.com before you go. It's free and easy with results in 24 hours. I’m always available if you have any questions!! Remember to stay home when you are sick!! Thanks!!

Jessica Payne, RN, Danforth Jr. High School Nurse Jessica.payne@wimberleyisd.net

From Yllisia Allen, PTO President -  If you have any interest in joining our PTO or have any questions, contact us at danforthfjuniorhighpto@gmail.com