TJH Update #15

October 30, 2019

A Message from Dr. Mitzner

This week we distributed our Honor Roll and Exemplary Attendance Awards during Home Base. (I am letting you know this so they aren't in the bottom of your child's backpack!) As we closed out our volleyball and football seasons, we are going to have a Pep Rally this Friday. Tickets can be purchased for $2 or the Pep Rally Shirt (Price has lowered to $18). We have also had our first concerts for Choir, Band and Orchestra. Our students are soooo amazing!

Just a reminder that we do not celebrate Halloween at Tays Junior High. Please save your costumes for after school and double check how much candy they are packing in pockets, lunchboxes and backpacks on Friday!

Have a great evening!


Dr. Kris Mitzner


Tays Junior High

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We have amazing news regarding our upcoming volunteer community event on November 12, 2019, 5:45 p.m. Mystery guests from the Texans will be joining us in our efforts, not only to speak, but also to participate alongside the students in our volunteer activities!

Our event, Tays & Texans Care, is part of a nationwide effort, the Huddle for 100, which encourages volunteers of all age groups to track their volunteer minutes towards a national goal 100 million minutes.

We are expecting high attendance at this event, so we are requesting families pre-register their intent to participate.

Please RSVP for this event here: Tays and Texans Care Sign Up

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. (Don’t be late as the Texans may appear any time after opening!)

Please wear your Tays or Texans gear! The event will kick-off with a short and inspiring speech by Regina Alexander of Feed the Hunger & Compassion Katy, after which students, siblings, and families will be invited to participate in hands-on activities for four wonderful charities.

You and your family will be able to make care kits for our military through Operation Gratitude, shape seed balls for Katy Prairie Conservancy, craft dog toys for Citizens for Animal Protection, or assemble activity books for sick children through Plus, we will be providing information on many other charities that provide opportunities for entire families to make a difference in the Katy area.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the volunteering opportunities available in Katy, as well as to do something concrete to make a difference today.

Remember to pre-register to ensure quick entry into the event. (We will be checking off names at the door to ensure everyone’s minutes are counted towards the Huddle for 100 goal.)

Spelling Bee

Parents if your child is interested in participating in the annual Tays Junior High Spelling Bee they will need to sign up to take the spelling Bee qualifying test using a QR code in their English Class. The qualifying test will be before and after school on Mon. Nov. 11th in the LGI. The last day a student can sign up is Tue. Nov. 5th. After students sign up, they will be added to the canvas spelling bee class. All future communication will go through the canvas page.

Spelling Bee Dates:

School Prelims- Monday, November 11, 2019

School Finals- Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @4:15pm

District Spelling Bee- Friday, February 14, 2019


Please see the Student Success Initiative (SSI) brochure for your information. This outlines the State promotion requirements for 8th grade students. Thank you.

Click here for English.
Click here for Spanish.


Sixth Grade Home Base

Grade 6, Lesson 9

Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn how thinking about his or her values can help make school a place where everyone feels safe and welcome.

Family Lesson Question

Think of a group your child belongs to outside of school. Ask your child how thinking about his or her values can help him or her be a positive influence on this group.

Seventh Grade Home Base

Grade 7, Lesson 9

Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn about how thinking about his or her values can help make his or her online social world a place where everyone feels safe and welcome.

Family Lesson Question

Talk to your child about the kinds of interactions he or she has online. Ask your child how he or she shows his or her personal values while interacting online.

Eighth Grade Home Base

Grade 8, Lesson 9

Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will explore how remembering their values can help people build positive relationships. Your child will think about ways to form positive relationships with people who share similar interests.

Family Lesson Question

Ask your child to think of one value everyone in the family shares. Talk about ways everyone in your family can help show that value.


Athletic passes are available for purchase in our front office. One pass is $75.00, but is good for you and one guest to all Junior High School athletic events. Please ask for Cindy Rudder, Finance for more information or details.

REFLECTIONS - LAST CALL....all entries must be submitted by October 31st!

National PTA Reflections support student success and serve as a valuable tool for engaging families and building strong partnerships in the school community. Since 1969, Reflections engages over 300,000 students and their families in arts education activities each year by encouraging students to explore the arts for fun and recognition.

  • REFLECT on the theme. CREATE art. BE RECOGNIZED!
  • 2019 Theme: "Look Within"
  • All entries must be submitted to the Tays JH School office by Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • To participate, at least one family member in the household MUST be a Tays JH PTSA member
  • Please review ENTRY RULES before submitting your work at PTA Reflections
  • Questions? Please contact Paola @
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As part of the library’s Titans Read Program, Tays students and staff are participating in the fall reading challenge that began on October 7th. Mr. Grelle, our 6th grade AP, has agreed to allow us to use his height to motivate all Titans to read more this year!

A life size poster of Mr. Grelle is posted outside the library with a “height chart.” Color coded (by grade level) labels will be placed on the height chart to represent the books we have read.

Through December 6th, students will scan the appropriate QR in the library or in English teachers’ classrooms each time they finish a book. The English class that reads and submits the most books per grade level will enjoy a treat at lunch. Let’s see how many times we can read Mr. Grelle’s height!

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YEARBOOK 2019-20

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Our Core Essential for the Month of October is Courage
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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.


Click here to see the list of school sponsored organizations and clubs. There are also student led clubs such as chess club, trombone club, etc.. that are approved by Mr. Grelle and signs are posted in the building.


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.


October 30, 2019

BB practice girls 6:30-8:15am

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

BB practice Boys 4:00-5:30pm

October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

BB practice girls 6:30-8:15am

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

BB practice Boys 4:00-5:30pm

November 1, 2019

BB practice girls 6:30-8:15am

Orchestra Pictures all day!

Pep Rally Today

Basketball Parent Meeting Boys in LGI at 5:30-6:30pm

BB practice Boys 4:00-5:30pm

November 2, 2019

Theatre Rehearsal in Cafeteria 9:00am

November 4, 2019

Beginning of 3rd Grading Cycle

BB practice girls 6:30-8:15am

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

BB Boys Scrimmage TJH vs. CRJH 7th grade at CRJH, 8th grade at TJH 5:15pm

November 5, 2019

BB practice girls 6:30-8:15am

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

Last Day student can sign up for Spelling Bee

BB practice boys 4:00-5:30pm

November 6, 2019

BB practice girls 6:30-8:15am

First Year Orchestra Field Trip to Houston Symphony

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

BB practice boys 4:00-5:30pm

November 7, 2019

PTSA Board Meeting in LGI 9:00am

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

BB Scrimmage Girls TJH vs. CRJH (7th at TJH, 8th at CRJH) 5:00pm

BB practice boys 4:00-5:30pm

November 8, 2019

JH All Region Band Auditions

BB practice girls 7:15-8:15am

BB practice boys 4:00-5:30pm