TJH Update #17

November 18, 2020

A Message from Dr. Mitzner

As we finish up this week and enter into our Thanksgiving holiday, it is always important to me for you to know how much I enjoy serving our school community. This year has brought challenges none of us could imagine but through it all our students are learning and growing in so many ways.

Thank you for all the ways you support this school. Your influence on your child's education is important. Our staff has worked hard and I appreciate you supporting them through the PTSA or buying a pie or even donating cookies in December. I also want to thank our Tays Junior High families for supporting the 2nd Annual Titans Care event. (I know we didn't have the chance to have the Texans back again but it was a great event in its new format for our COVID-19 situation.)

Know I am grateful every day for having the opportunity to work with your children! Together we will endure through these tough times!


Dr. Kris Mitzner


Tays Junior High

P.S. - Both the elementary and secondary instructional option form will be open from November 18 – December 4, and you are only required to submit a form if you wish to make a change to your child's instructional setting for the second semester marking period which begins Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

PTSA News and Events

On Friday, December 4th, the Tays JH PTSA Hospitality team will be hosting a Holiday Treat Exchange for our wonderful teachers and staff! We are are asking for donations of 3 or more dozen treats (cookies, bars, candies, etc). While we prefer homemade treats, bakery fresh treats are acceptable as well, however, no pre-packaged items. We will be filling a box for each teacher and staff member to take home a dozen treats. Please send all treats to school on Thursday December 3rd. In person students, can drop off treats at front doors to a staff member. KVA (or in person) parents can drop off at back of school on the 3rd from 4:15-5:00 pm.

Please click on the link below to help donate!
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Arrival Reminders

Doors to the school do not open until 8:30 AM. If possible, please try to drop off students after this time or encourage your students to arrive after 8:30 to minimize the number of students congregating outside of the front of the school. We also sincerely ask that you remind your student to social distance from their peers and wear their mask while waiting for the campus doors to open. Thank you for your support in helping keep your student and others safe.

Picture Re-Takes

Campus picture re-takes will be on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 from 4:15-5:30pm. Please see flyer below and click on flyer for more information and sign-up genius. Thank you!

Shutterfly Digital Storefront and TJH

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Tays Enterprise Store

Tays Enterprise is a student-led, student-run business for our Principles of Applied Engineering and Manufacturing students. We are pleased to offer genuine, custom-made products at great prices. Your purchase is not only an investment for you​ but also an investment in a student’s future. Students are learning customer database operations, invoicing, accounts payable and receivable, and a lifelong skill. We invite you to check out our store today!

Please click here to check out our holiday store!

Nurse's Notes

Is your child complaining of feeling sick?

Please consider keeping them home to monitor them or have them evaluated by their physician. We are seeing an uptick in COVID cases throughout the community, and we are sending lots of students home who are reporting that they had symptoms before they arrived at school or have had them for a couple of days. Students are able to access their assignments through Canvas if they are home sick and absences for illness will be excused. We are doing our best to keep our students, staff and community safe and healthy and ultimately keep our school open. We can only do that if we are making sure that students who are not feeling well or who are symptomatic are staying home. It is truly not worth the risk to send your child to school when they are not feeling their best. While they may not have COVID, if they have any type of illness, their immune system is weakened making them more susceptible to other, more serious illnesses. If you are unsure if you should send your child to school, please feel free to call us at any time to discuss your child’s situation.

Have you been asked to come pick your child up from school because they are not feeling their best?

We are following KatyISD guidelines for sending students home, and protocols for having them return to school are given to us from the district. If your child is sent home with two or more symptoms of COVID-19, they will need to be evaluated by a physician and cleared to return to school. They may recommend COVID testing. In order for your child to return to school, we must have a dr’s note and/or a negative COVID test. These are the current district guidelines. Please know that we are working hard to keep our campus as safe and healthy as possible so that we can remain open. I truly believe that this is the common goal of all of our staff, our students and our Tays Jr High parents. We so appreciate everyone working together to continue to make this happen!

My child was exposed to COVID… Now what??

If your Tays student was exposed to COVID, please don’t hesitate to call the nurse’s office for guidance and next steps. When and where the exposure happened can make a big difference in what you should do next. We are here, and we are more than happy to help. If you have a positive case in your home, it is *strongly* recommended that you keep your child home for a period of 14 days from the date of the family member’s positive test, even if the Tays student is negative. This helps us keep our campus as safe and as healthy as possible.

My child has COVID… Now what??

If your Tays student has tested positive for COVID, please contact the nurse’s office to inform us so that we can begin our contact tracing and so that we may guide you on your student’s return to school process. Also, and this is very important, your student must fill out the COVID-19 self reporting tile on the My Katy Cloud. Please make sure your student is logged in under their ID. When they fill out the tile, please make sure they are accurate in filling out the date that they were last on campus and when filling out the information about their close contacts. Close contacts are students that they sit with at lunch and anyone they may have been around at school without their mask on.

Free Student COVID Testing

Katy ISD is also offering enrolled students free COVID-19 testing services at the District’s Agricultural Sciences Center located at 5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free student testing is also available on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please visit the KatyISD website to make your appointment. Look for this app to make your student’s appointment

Questions or Concerns? Please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic any time!

Lisa Shurter RN, BSN


Karen Briones, Clinic Aide


KISD Virtual Art Gallery

A highlight for staff at the ESC is student artwork displayed on the bulletin boards throughout all of the hallways. In past years parents have been invited to bring family members and tour the art on display, taking photos of their child’s artwork.

This year, rather than family groups entering the ESC, the Fine Arts Department has created a virtual art gallery. The virtual art gallery is a stellar example of how challenges such as COVID can lead to new and improved ways to celebrate student achievement and recognize success of our teachers.


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If any KVA students would like a Homebase Booklet, we have some in the TJH front office. You will need to check in with the office on campus to receive one. Thank you.


Legacy Parent Academy sessions will be offered virtually for the 2020-2021 school year with an emphasis on supporting social-emotional wellness and topics that impact students district-wide. Academy sessions are supplemental to campus-based programs and initiatives. The sessions are planned from 6:00PM – 7:00PM as follows:

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Destigmatizing Mental Health

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Managing Test Anxiety

Each Legacy Parent Academy event for the 2020-2021 school year will be in webinar format. Sessions will be translated into Spanish and posted on the Legacy Parent Academy webpage following each event.

Additional information is available on the Legacy Parent Academy webpage at

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Yearbook Information

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The Katy ISD Transportation Department is excited to communicate that all 2020 – 2021 route buses are equipped with GPS systems. With the GPS systems, parents, campuses and transportation personnel are able to track buses in real-time through a downloadable application from Edulog. For parents and patrons having children who are eligible for transportation services in Katy ISD, the link below contains information on how to download the application. Your campus code is: 34003933


Click here for schedule.


We are now able to offer a locker to students if desired. Please fill out the request by clicking here.

Fall Semester Final Exam Schedule

Please click here for final exam schedule.


November 17, 2020

Open Band Hall in Band Hall 4:05-4:45

Boys Basketball Tryouts 4:10-6:00pm

November 18, 2020

Open Band Hall in Band Hall 4:05-4:45

Boys Basketball Tryouts 4:10-6:00pm

Spelling Bee - Qualifiers in Computer Labs 1155 and 2004 at 4:05pm

November 19, 2020

Open Band Hall in Band Hall 4:05-4:45

November 20, 2020

No Events Scheduled

November 23 - November 27, 2020

Thanksgiving Break

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Upcoming Events - After the Break!

November 30, 2020

BB Practice 6:00am-8:30am

BB Practice 4:10pm-7:00pm

Theatre Rehearsal 4:00-6:00pm

Open Band Hall 4:10-4:45pm

December 1, 2020

BB Practice 6:00am-8:30am

BB Practice 4:10pm-7:00pm

Theatre Rehearsal 4:00-6:00pm

Open Band Hall 4:10-4:45pm

December 2, 2020

Picture re-takes today! 4:15-5:30pm

BB Practice 6:00am-8:30am

BB Practice 4:10pm-7:00pm

Theatre Rehearsal 4:00-6:00pm

Open Band Hall 4:10-4:45pm

December 3, 2020

BB Practice 6:00am-8:30am

BB Practice 4:10pm-7:00pm

Theatre Rehearsal 4:00-6:00pm

Open Band Hall 4:10-4:45pm

December 4, 2020

No events scheduled