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October 4, 2021

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, Oct. 4th, 2021

Principal’s Message

A good “thank you” is really such a simple gesture.
On a national level in the past week alone various forms of appreciation or “thank you” have been posted to sons, daughters, custodians and well……even coffee. So uh…….thank you coffee....... for all you do?

I looked it up and teacher appreciation day doesn’t officially roll around till May 4th. But what are we waiting on? I’ve seen plenty of evidence we need to recognize them NOW! And I’m thinking “teacher” means anyone in this school house. They all deserve some love today… October, Nov., Dec., and all throughout the year. As I sit here writing this I’m enjoying the Dallas Cowboys game. There’s a pretty good chance our staff is instead grading papers, answering emails, preparing lesson plans, or maybe researching some new exciting way to present information to our students. The education business is a tough demanding job that is also rewarding in countless ways. But it can be thankless at times. For every one hundred good and rewarding interactions there might be a couple of negative ones. Those may cause a staff member to lose sleep or experience all sorts of anxiety. And I know many of you reading this are also in tough demanding jobs that occasionally cause you to experience the same feelings. Anxiety or loss of sleep when you’re doing the job you love is no fun. None of us really ever know the difficulties that the folks we encounter are dealing with. Some of you have lost jobs or homes or even loved ones in the past few months. Our teachers, aides, coaches, office staff, nurse, custodians, and cafeteria staff have experienced some of those same challenges. And they (like you) get up on Monday morning with a smile on their face (maybe after the coffee) and do a terrific job doing what they get paid to do.

Are those of us here at Danforth perfect? Nope. It’s possible you’ve been unhappy with someone on this staff? If that’s the case then I hope we’ve already resolved that and moved forward to try to make this a great year for these kids we call the next great generation of Texans. I just know that no one can dispute that this staff has the biggest hearts for these students and they do a phenomenal job day in and day out.

The world has done a good job of recognizing everyone who is making a difference in the lives of others. The contributions of first responders, hospital staff, school employees and others have been praised repeatedly since March of 2020. In particular, last school year, this community recognized the difficult position our staff was in and responded with such kindness. And many of you responded with gift cards both at Christmas and later at the end of the year. Thank you for the kindness last year and those dollars. That has not (and will not) be forgotten.

But here we are in a new school year with new challenges (and some of the old ones). The 21-22 school year that we hoped might be somewhat close to normal (like good old 18-19) has turned out to be just as tough (or tougher) than 20-21. Our staff is working hard but they could still use some kind words from time to time. Many of you do that on a regular basis. Thank you for your words of encouragement for them. If you’ve been thinking about sending along a personal note of thanks to a staff member, I encourage you to do that this week and throughout this school year. A face to face thank you to our employees at Danforth (and our other schools) is nice as well. It could also be a personal email or a hand written note. In fact, you may have a much better idea for a “thank you” than I do. The point is - the recognition that you appreciate the job they are doing.

You may think your “thank you” is only a small gesture but its value to our staff will be immeasurable.

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

In the next few days
Wednesday, Oct. 6th – Cross Country District Meet at Castroville Medina Valley
Thursday, Oct. 7th - Volleyball vs. Kerrville – 8th grade AWAY; 7th grade HERE – B game at 5 then A Football at Blanco – 7th at 4:30; 8th after B

More detailed info about other Danforth activities
From Yllisia Allen, PTO President

At the end of each six weeks, Danforth hands out ice-cream to students who made Honor Roll with all A’s. Each six weeks we have a sponsor who supplies funds to purchase the ice cream. We would like to thank our first six weeks sponsor, The Woodward Family. Thanks to their generosity, we were able to supply ice cream to 185 students. Thank you, Woodward Family, for your contribution!!! We have several other opportunities coming up to contribute funds to help support our students and staff. More info will go out soon. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook:

From Erin Sivils, Attendance Clerk
One of the sections in the Texas Education Code that drives our attendance policies is Sec. 25.095. This section deals with truancy. As a district, we are required to send a letter to notify a parent when a student has been absent without excuse three days (or parts of days) within a 4-week period. This is why one of our district attendance policies requires parents to send a written note within 3 days of the absence explaining the reason for being out. It is a requirement even if the absence will ultimately be unexcused. When absences have no reason or are unreported, I (the attendance clerk) am required to send home attendance letters requesting the proper information. That letter is one of the truancy prevention measures the state says we must take. Another reason the three day policy is important is because I am unable to change the attendance code later. All of these are Texas Education Agency policies we must follow. For more information click on the links below or you can always call me at 512-847-2181 ext. 5264. By email you can reach me