TJH Update #6

August 28, 2019

A Message from Dr. Mitzner

Support our school by participating in our PTSA check writing campaign!

GOAL: $20 Per Student

HOW: Donations can be made via cash/check (payable to Tays JH PTSA) by

1) handing in donation slip to Donation Table during Lunch Period


2) via PayPal through our website

WHEN: TJHPTSA will be accepting donations from August 23 – 30.

WHAT: 100% of FUNdraising proceeds will be used to fund programs for our students, such as hosting Chris Herren, Former NBA Player and Motivational Speaker! It will also fund/expand Faculty Training and Developments.

REWARDS: ALL students with $20 or more donation will be REWARDED with 8oz. Bahama Bucks ice cup during their lunch period! Home Base (Advisory) classes with 100%participation will be REWARDED with a donut party on a TBD date.

Questions can be directed to VP of Fundraising @

Tutorial Schedule

Tutori​als will be offered Monday through Friday. Students may attend tutorials with any grade level teacher - it does not have to be their classroom teacher.

Students are expected to enter through the front doors a 8:10am. Students are welcome to attend any teacher's tutorial within their grade level. Students are responsible for their own transportation to tutorials.

Afternoon Tutorials:

There is not a sign-up for afternoon tutorials, but if students wish to attend, they must be in the teacher's classroom by 4:00. These sessions will end at 4:25 and students will need to be picked up in front of the school in the circle drive. ​

Please click here for our schedule.

Home Base Lesson This Wednesday

This year, Advisory was changed to Home Base, but it is still used to complete classwork and homework. However, it is a 31 minute personal device free period. On Mondays and Fridays for the first 15 minutes maximum, the students do a weekly grade check as well as goal setting/reflection, and on Wednesdays they complete a Home Base lesson. Tuesdays and Thursdays are treated as days where students can be pulled to different classrooms to complete missing work or receive additional support in a subject. We also continue to offer tutorials before and after school.

Sixth Grade Home Base Lesson

Grade 6, Lesson 2A

Family Lesson Summary

This week’s lesson teaches students that it’s okay to feel nervous about starting middle school. This lesson talks about common fears students have, lets them know their concerns are normal, and helps them feel like they belong.

Family Lesson Question

Ask your child about the adults he or she has met at school. Tell your child about an adult who helped you when you were your child’s age.

Seventh Grade Home Base Lesson

Grade 7, Lesson 2B

Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will think of ways he or she can help new students feel welcome at school.

Family Lesson Question

Ask your child to think of a group he or she enjoys being a part of, and what he or she would do to help a new person in the group feel welcome. Tell your child about a time you helped someone new to your community.

Eighth Grade Home Base Lesson

Grade 8, Lesson 2

Family Lesson Summary

This week’s lesson will help your child reflect on personal identity by asking the question “Who am I?” Your child will learn that people’s identities change over time and that adolescence is a period when people typically explore questions about who they are.

Family Lesson Question

Ask each member of the family to answer the question “Who am I?” Follow up by asking which are the most important aspects of each person’s identity and why.

Click here for research on how goal setting supports student learning.

TJH Testing Center Opened today!

Purpose: To support teachers and students having more time for tutorials by providing a one stop shop for retests and make-up tests. This will also alleviate students having to miss more instruction time to make up a test they missed.

Location: Room 1155

Hours: Monday - Friday 7:45 - 8:40. Students will enter through the doors closest to the flag pole in the front.

Grade Level Discipline Assemblies

All students at TJH have attended a grade level discipline. We have attached the slides that were used during the assembly for your family to review.
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School Appropriate Clothing

We are excited to get the year off to a great start. In the coming days, grade-level assistant principals will be holding discipline talks to discuss behavior expectations for the year. An important part of these expectations includes appropriate school dress. We know that current trends in fashion can make school shopping a little more challenging, but hope that you will help us by ensuring your child meets the expectations for appropriate school dress when he/she leaves each morning.

Starting tomorrow, if your child is sent to the AP office for a dress code violation, he/she will receive school appropriate t-shirt and/or pants to wear for the remainder of the day.

Here is a video (as well as below) that has been created to show what is and is not acceptable attire for school. Students will be shown this video too, but we wanted to ensure you are informed as well. In addition, we have also included the KISD Dress Code requirements as found in the KISD Student Code of Conduct. The Katy ISD Guidelines can be found here.

If you have further questions, please contact your grade-level assistant principal's office.

We have prepared a video to highlight some of the fashion trends to help you.

2019 School Appropriate Clothing

Pep Squad Information

TJH Pep Squad!

Pep Squad is an organization with the purpose of promoting school spirit by participating at athletic events. Any boy or girl interested in trying out for cheerleader in the spring must complete Pep Squad requirements in order to try out. Any 6th or 7th grade student who is interested in joining the TJH Pep Squad should visit Mrs. Nady (room 1189) or Ms. Snyder (room 1169) for an information packet as well as important dates/information.

2019-2020 Yearbook!

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Crime Stoppers of Houston

Thursday, September 5th, Crime Stoppers of Houston will have a great speaker on current drug trends and how our teens hide drugs and alcohol in plain sight at home in schools.

Register here -

Counselor Book Study

Parent Book Study Information

This September the counseling staff will be hosting a book study by author Dr. Michael J. Bradley, Crazy-Stressed Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience, If you are interested in participating in the book study please use the link below to sign up. .

Parent Sign up Link:

Book Study Dates/Times/Location

Tays Junior High LGI

Time: 9:30 – 11:00

September 5: Session 1- Welcome Session

September 12: Session 2- Part 1: The Anti-Adolescent Resilience Conspiracy

September 20: Session 3- Part 2: Strategies and Tactics

September 27: Session 4- Part 3: Common Resilience Parenting Challenges-The DO’s & DONT’s

October 3: Session 5- Closing/wrap up session

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PTSA News & Welcome Coffee

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Join Titans Math Club - It’s the only club that counts!

Join Titans Math Club - It’s the only club that counts! If you would like to get more information about Tays Math Club, go to this website -​ Come to the entrance exam before or after school on Aug. 29 (in the LGI). Bring a pencil! You may only take the entrance exam once!

Close-Up Program - ONLY for 7th Graders

Close Up is a dynamic, hands-on, civic education program for students! With over 40 years of experience, almost 15 of them working with Katy ISD, Close Up is the nation’s largest non-profit and non-partisan citizenship education organization; and they are driven by a mission to help students become more effective and informed citizens. This trip will complement the curriculum that will be taught in your child’s next year 8th grade American History class and is designed to inspire and empower your student with this incredible experience.

Close Up’s programs are designed to give students direct opportunities to interact with government and history by traveling to Williamsburg Virginia, Mt. Vernon, Alexandria, Gettysburg and Philadelphia. This is sure to be a fun and exciting experience that will provide lifelong memories for our students.

To learn more about the trip, the district will be holding an informational meeting On Tuesday October 8 at 6:30pm, in the 1200 Rooms at the ESC/Merrell Center to discuss cost, trip dates, scholarship application processes and other program logistics. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to contact me directly. I can be reached by phone at 281-234-2470 or email at

If you have heard about this wonderful opportunity from the past years and are ready to sign up so you are guaranteed a spot – let me know and I will get you the links to put in your first installment!! We have had the LARGEST group 3 years running!

I look forward to working with you to provide this incredible opportunity to the students of Tays Junior High!

Christine Hewitt

Texas History

Tays Junior High


August 28, 2019

Theatre Auditions in Cafeteria 4:00-6:00pm

Legacy Parent Academy at Legacy Stadium 6:00pm

August 29, 2019

Theatre Auditions in Cafeteria 4:00-6:00pm

August 30, 2019

Orchestra Ice Cream Social in Cafeteria 4:00-5:00pm

September 2, 2019

Labor Day/Staff & Student Holiday

September 3, 2019

Theatre Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-6:00pm

7th Grade Football TJH vs. SLJH at OTHS 5:15pm

September 4, 2019

Theatre Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-6:00pm

8th Grade Football TJH vs. SLJH at OTHS 5:15pm

September 5, 2019

PTSA Board Meeting in Library Resource Room 9:00-10:30am

Parent Book Study/Counselors in LGI 9:30-11:00am

Theatre Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-6:00pm

September 6, 2019

PTSA General Board Meeting and Volunteer Fair in LGI 10:00-12:00pm

Theatre Back to School Party at Altitude 6:00-8:00pm

September 9, 2019

Theatre Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-6:00pm

7th Grade Football Titans vs. WCJH at OTHS 5:15pm

September 10, 2019

Theatre Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-6:00pm

8th Grade Football Titans vs. WCJH at OTHS 5:15pm

September 11, 2019

Theatre Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-6:00pm

VIPS Liaison Breakfast at Legacy Stadium 8:10-9:10am

VIPS General Board & Coffee with the Superintendent at Legacy Stadium 9:10-10:30am

September 12, 2019

Theatre Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-6:00pm

Picture Day!

Counselor's Parent Book Study in LGI 9:30-10:30am

September 13, 2019

PTSA Mailbox Treat - Fortune Cookie Day!

PTSA Katy Council Training in LGI in am