Falcon Flash 10.14.16

October 14, 2016

Vote for Katy ISD Education Foundation and help them win up to $75,000

Please rally around the Katy ISD Education Foundation and help us spread the word about Chick-fil-A’s True Inspiration Award.

We’ve been chosen as one of FOUR finalists in the entire Southwestern region and could potentially win $75,000 for teacher grants. But we have to get out the vote. And, our deadline is October 17.

Vote Now-Oct 17, 2016 using the Chick-fil-A One App

1. Download/Update the CFA ONE APP

2. Select Vote

3. Select Southwest for Region

4. Select Charity and Confirm


Voter reward: Double credit toward treats for 2 weeks!

National Contest - Anyone can Vote - One Vote per App User

Girls in Engineering Night

The Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM will be hosting a Girls in Engineering Night on Tuesday, October 18th from 6:30PM-8:30PM. The purpose of this event is to promote student and parent interest in learning more about the many and diverse scholarship, research, and career opportunities for female engineering students and graduates. The event will feature a discussion and panel with Houston area alumni women and current UT students. The event is designed for students in grades 8 through 12.

Katy Parents of Gifted & Talented

Katy Parents of Gifted & Talented (KPGT) will be hosting a speaker event at CRHS on Tuesday, October 18 at 7pm. Dr. Lourdes Valdes will be speaking on the topic of Anxiety and Stress in Gifted Children: Recognizing and Managing it.

OTHS Band Mum Factory

Congratulations and a huge THANK YOU to the OTHS Mum Moms! You are amazing and Falcon Family is lucky to have your contribution to the Falcon Traditions!


Dear Parents and Students,

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT® at their home campus. Taking the PSAT/NMSQT® can encourage a student to start thinking seriously about life after high school, about college and career goals, and about the education needed to reach those goals. The PSAT/NMSQT has been designed to mirror the SAT®.

Students can prepare for this exam by reviewing the information on the PSAT/NMSQT® Student Guide that will be sent home with students prior to testing. There is additional practice available at: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice

Katy ISD provides all students academic opportunities needed to prepare them for college and beyond. Participation in the PSAT/NMSQT® is an important step in preparing for college.

The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy® to provide free SAT online practice. The customized test preparation will offer skill based videos and practice SAT questions to support students who have taken the PSAT/NMSQT®. When students get their score report, they can connect their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get free personalized learning plans based on test performance.

Taking the PSAT/NMSQT® provides the following advantages to students:

  • It measures the reading, math, and writing skills needed for college and career planning. After the test, students will receive a score report that will highlight opportunities to strengthen academic skills. Students can use the score report to show strengths and weaknesses pertaining to college readiness.

  • Prepares students for taking the SAT.

  • The Student Search Service® gives PSAT/NMSQT® test takers the option to voluntarily place their names and addresses in a pool of college-bound students interested in receiving admission and financial aid information from certified colleges, universities and scholarship agencies.

  • Provides practice recommendations from Kahn Academy.

  • Juniors who score well may qualify for National Merit Recognition and Scholarships.

  • It provides valuable information to parents and students on student potential for advanced academics in high school.

Score Reports will be distributed by February, 2017 at all KISD high schools. Along with the score reports, PSAT/NMSQT® test takers will receive a unique access code to gain access to an online score reporting portal. From there students have access to all the college and career exploration programs available on College Board.

Every Katy ISD sophomore and junior is automatically registered to participate in the PSAT/NMSQT at their home campus on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

There will not be make-up testing for students who miss the October 19th test date.

What should students bring on test day?

  • No. 2 pencils and eraser

  • Approved calculator (four function, scientific, or graphing calculators – may not share calculators)

  • Email address (optional)

  • Current and valid school or government issued photo ID

Theme Days

Click link below to see our 2016 Theme Day Flyer for this football season. Next Wednesday's theme is America Day! #MaketheTigersSeeStars

Click here to view 2016 Theme Day Flyer

Senior College Application Workshop

Workshops will be held each Thursday during enrichment. Pick up a pass from the counseling office.

SAT Practice Test

There is still time to register to take the new SAT practice test or ACT practice test to be held at Tompkins High School, Saturday, October 22, from 9 am to 1 pm.

Deadline to register is October 12th and space is limited at a cost of $40. Here is the link to register: http://tompkinshsptsa.org/2-general/91-register-for-the-sat-or-act-practice-test

Food Trucks and Flick

Join Softball and Wrestling as they present Food Trucks and A Family Flick (Toy Story)! Saturday, October 22 Food Truck at 6:30 and Toy Story at 8 on the OTHS practice fields. See Coach Ankney or Coach Agiannidis for tickets.


The first Book Check of the school year will be held the week of October 24th – 28th. Students are required to bring all of their school-issued textbooks during that week to have them checked by their teachers. Teachers will be designating at least two days during the week for their classes to bring in their books. Exam exemptions are dependent upon your student’s participation.

OTHS Tutorial Schedule

Please know that we have our campus Tutorial Schedule located here...


Tompkins Theatre Company presents

October 20-21, 7PM October 22, 2PM & 7PM

Students-$10 / Adults - $12

Reserved Seating tickets available for purchase Oct. 1st at www.tompkinstheatre.com .

General Admission Seating tickets sold in the PAC Oct. 17-21, 10:30am-1:30pm, & at the door.

Tompkins High School Performing Arts Center 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd. Katy, TX 77494

Assistance: Email boxoffice@tompkinstheatre.com


Membership - We made our August 31st, “Head Start Award” of 809 members. Thank you! Remember that signing up your student for their “entire Tompkins career” makes them eligible to apply for scholarships during their senior year. If you are an educator, Texas PTA provides scholarships for continuing education.

All members of the PTSA become eligible for discounts from Dell, Enterprise, Great Wolf Lodge, LaQuinta, Nationwide, Six Flags, Schlitterbahn and the Texas Rangers. Sign up on line at: http://www.tompkinshsptsa.org/spirit-store

Sherri Humphrey Photography PTSA Fundraiser:

2016 Mini Session - October 15, 22, 23, 29 (AM only)

  • 30 minute session
  • Fully Retouched Images via digital gallery at sherrihumphreyphotography.com
  • $100 * half of proceeds donated to Tompkins PTSA
  • 832.349.4778 to schedule a session

Volunteers Opportunities

We have other ways you can help. Please check the volunteer needs at the link: http://www.tompkinshsptsa.org/9-volunteer/45-calling-all-volunteers

We especially need help with selling pep rally tickets and Homecoming Dance tickets. We also need help with pizza sales and have a need for baked goods.

Here are some of those signup links:

Rock the Nest!

The Class of 2018 is sponsoring Tompkins’ first battle of the bands called Rock the Nest! This event will take place Friday, November 11, in the PAC and is open to student, teacher and community bands. If any students are in a band and interested in performing we would love for them to consider playing at this event. The flyer and entry form are included as links below. Students can pick up their own entry forms in rooms 2657 and 2675. Tickets to attend the event will go on sale November 3rd during lunches. If you would like to help with this event or if you have any questions, please contact Shanna Hodges or Patricia Hornbeck. Thank you for supporting the Class of 2018!

Click here for the flyer

Click here for the entry form

Miller Career and Technology Center Tour

Miller Career & Technology Center is inviting all freshmen in the district to tour the campus and learn about programs for juniors and seniors. Tompkins High School freshmen will tour Miller on Wednesday, October 26th.

Ninth grade students who would like to participate can pick up a permission slip in Counselor’s Office. Permission slips are due on October 18th.

In order to attend, your child MUST submit a signed permission form.

This is an optional field trip.

Miller Career Center Programs include:

Business & Industry Public Service

  • Architectural Design-Practicum v Clinical Rotation-Practicum
  • Auto Tech I v Cosmetology I
  • Auto Tech II v Cosmetology II
  • Cisco Computer Maintenance v Criminal Justice I
  • Cisco Internetworking Technologies I & II v Criminal Justice II w/Special Topics
  • Culinary Arts v Dental Assisting-Practicum
  • Culinary Arts-Practicum v Education & Training
  • Digital Audio I & II v EMT Basic-Practicum
  • Film-A/V Production II v Pharmacy Tech-Practicum
  • Film-Practicum
  • Hospitality Services-Hotel & Restaurant Management

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

  • Hospitality Services-Practicum v STEM-Practicum
  • Introduction to Cyber Security
  • Manufacturing Engineering I & II
  • Online Independent Study & Mentorship PreAP/GT (grades 10-12)
  • Veterinary Medical Applications
  • Vet Assisting-Practicum

Art Extravaganza/Art Camp - November 5, 9am – 12pm

Have your K – 5 children join the Art Extravaganza/Art Camp brought to you by the National Art Honor Society! Your children will be exploring 4 different mediums in art: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Collage and will walk away with an art apron, 4 pieces of artwork and a snack bag! Contact McKenzie Grimm at OTHS for more information!

Naviance Parent Training

The Naviance Parent Training has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 in the OTHS PAC.

Important Date for Parents of Students with Dyslexia

Dyslexia Parent Education

Parent education is a required component of dyslexia programming in Texas. The Office of Interventions will be hosting a Katy ISD Dyslexia Parent Education Night at the ESC on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

OTHS Yearbook


Web: You can order your yearbook online by going to www.smart-pay.com. Just click on the “Locate Your School” link to get started. Tompkins is listed under Katy schools.

Phone: You can order using our Smart Pay Call Center. The toll free number is (800) 853-1337. The Smart Pay Call Center can answer any questions regarding yearbook orders.

FOR SENIOR PARENTS: Your teenager has worked four long years to graduate, and the Tompkins yearbook has a great way to recognize your senior’s accomplishments. Now you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to permanently share your pride. If you are interested in placing/purchasing an ad for your graduating senior in the yearbook, please email Ms. Cypher at shetyecypher@katyisd.org. The prices and sizes are below. The deadline is NOVEMBER 30.

The Tompkins yearbook staff is dedicated to producing a fabulous yearbook that preserves the memories of the upcoming school year. We thank you for your support!

  • $45 Color- 1 photo (4.155” W x 2.75”H)
  • $90 Color- 2 photos (4.155” W x 5.5” H)
  • $165 Color- 4 photos (8.33” W x 5.5” H)
  • 300 Color- 8 photos (8.33’ W x 11” H)

$10 extra per additional photo

IMAGE SHARE: The Yearbook and Magazine needs your pictures. Please upload unposed pictures only. To upload your photos: 1. Point your web browser to: images.balfour.coimages.balfour.com 2. Enter our project number 728105 and leave the password blank 3. Enter your contact information (if we need to contact you about your photos) 4. Browse and select one or more images from your computer to upload (see reminders at left) 5. Add captions to each photo (who is in each, what was happening) 6. Click Begin Upload to upload your images.

OTHS September Volunteer of the Month

September Volunteer of the Month is Ronda Rusk. VoM for September is sponsored by Smash Burger. Ronda has spent many hours coordinating activities for the football team and parents, including potluck luncheons, team dinners and game meals. She is a true leader who always looks for ways to help the staff and team. Thank you for your dedication to our kids and OTHS.

Project Grad Volunteer Opportunity

Are you looking for a fun opportunity to volunteer? The Chevron Houston Marathon is allowing us to be part of the Race Crew at their annual event! We are currently looking for volunteers to be a part of this event on January 15, 2017 from 6:15am-9:45am. This is a great opportunity for the entire family to get involved as volunteers can be as young as 12 years old. The Chevron Houston Marathon will make a donation to Project Grad 2017 for our participation in this event.

Race Crew perks include:

  • Race Crew T-shirt
  • Race Crew Jacket*
  • Race Crew Social Media Badge
  • Volunteer Certificate
  • Virtual Goodie Bag with offers from Corner Bakery, Sketchers, H-E-B & more!
  • Entry into RunFest festivities upon completion of volunteering
  • Free parking provided to Race Crew

*Jacket provided for Sunday Race Crew positions only if registered by November 1, 2016

Please use the link below to register. It will direct you to a registration page with only your job & shift as a choice. Should you go to the main volunteer registration page, you will need to use the access code below to find the positions assigned to our group.

When registering, check the box that says “I am part of a group” and then select OTHS Project Grad from the drop down menu.

Mile 9 Half Refueling Station (located at Montrose & Banks): https://cloud.emos1.com/hou/volunteer/RegisterVolunteer.aspx?code=OTHS&eid=9

Upcoming Events and Info

Friday, October 14 (Regular Bell Schedule)

  • Choir Fall Concert 7pm PAC

Saturday, October 15

  • Homecoming Dance @ OTHS, 8-11 pm

Monday, October 17 (Regular Bell Schedule)

Tuesday, October 18 (Regular Bell Schedule)

Volleyball vs Katy @ OTHS, 4:30/5:30

Swimming v SL at OTHS 5:30

Wednesday, October 19 (PSAT Bell Schedule)

Freshman Football vs Katy @ Katy, 4:30/6:30

JV Football vs Katy @ OTHS, 4:30/6:30

Thursday, October 20 (Enrichment Bell Schedule)

Club Fair at lunches in Rotunda and 9GC

Varsity Football vs. Katy @ Rhodes, 6:30

Friday, October 21 (Early Dismissal Bell Schedule)

Volleyball v Taylor @ Taylor, 4:30/5:30

District Cross Country Meet

Future Events:

  • 10/15 - Homecoming Dance
  • 10/19 - PSAT: 7:25-11:45 AM
  • 10/21 - Half Day
  • 10/25 - Take Flight
  • 11/3 - Fun Food Frenzy
  • 11/4 - Half Day
  • 11/10 - NAVIANCE Parent training
  • 11/15 - Take Flight
  • 11/15 - Military Academy Night - ESC Boardroom at 6pm
  • 11/30 - Advanced Academics Parent Night
  • 1/31 - Incoming 8th Grade Parent Night
  • 2/7 - Current 9th Grade Course Selection Night
  • 2/8 - Current 10th and 11th Grade Course Selection Night