TJH Update #9

September 18, 2019

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A Message from Dr. Mitzner

Friday is our first Pep Rally!! Cheerleaders have been selling spirit shirts for $20 that get your child into all 4 of the pep rallies. They will also have tickets on sale at lunch for $2 on Thursday and Friday. Join us for the pep rally! We will be on a pep rally schedule on Friday. See below!

Hope you enjoy your first family night of the 2019 - 20 school year!

Also, I will be presenting on the topic of Cyberbullying for the Legacy Parent Academy next Wednesday night with Edie White, our Katy ISD bullying prevention coordinator. Hope to see some of you there!


Dr. Kris Mitzner


Tays Junior High

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Athletic Passes

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.

This Week's Home Base Lesson

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.

All students completed a lesson regarding Titan POWER.






We will be focusing on respect and earning points for use in the POWER store!

Proclamation 2020

“Katy ISD is looking for parent volunteers to serve on committees to review and select new instructional materials for English Learners Language Arts, grades 7-8. These materials will be implemented during the 2020 - 2021 school year. If you would like to be a part of one of the review committees, complete the interest form at to be considered for participation on the selection committee. Keep in mind that not all volunteers may be selected to serve on a committee.
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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.

AMC 8 Test

AMC 8 test is coming up on November 12th from 4-5pm.

AMC test is a nationally administered mathematics test that is based on overall mathematics learning across the nation. AMC 8 tests up to 8th grade level math content but can be given to any junior high student that wishes to participate. This is an optional test that does not reflect on the student’s progress at Tays, their math class nor is it aligned to Texas math standards, TEKS. This is just to see how they rank against students nationwide.

Click here to get your form & more info!

AMC 8 Registration Form and $6- Due by Friday, September 20th!!

Shaw Center Family Steam Night

The Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM will be hosting a Family STEAM Night on Friday, September 27. The purpose of the event is to promote student and parental interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The event, designed for students in grades 3 through 8, will feature interactive activities and various science presentations.
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School Organizations

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.

Yearbook 2019-20

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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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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

Upcoming Events

September 18, 2019

Family Night - No Homework

FB practice 7th grade only 4:00-6:15pm

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

7th Grade VB TJH vs. CJH at TJH 5:00pm

8th Grade VB TJH vs. CJH at CJH 5:00pm

September 19, 2019

VB practice all teams 7:15-8:15am

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

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

Football practice 4:00-6:15pm

September 20, 2019

End of First Grading Cycle

FB practice 6:30-8:30am

VB practice 7th grade teams only 6:30-8:30am

Pep Rally #1 3:18-:3:55pm

VB practice 8th grade teams only 3:00-5:00pm

September 23, 2019

Beginning of Second Grading Cycle

VB practice 7th Grade 6:30-8:30am

Football Practice 8th grade only 7:00-8:00am

September 24, 2019

VB practice 7th Grade 6:30-8:30am

No football practice today

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

VB practice 8th grade 3:00-5:00pm

8th Grade FB Titans vs. KJH at Legacy Stadium (Home game) 5:15pm

Pep Squad at Football Game Tonight

September 25, 2019

VB practice 7th Grade 6:30-8:30am

ILT Meeting in LGI 7:25am

VB practice 8th Grade 3:00-5:00pm

Football practice 7th grade only 4:00pm 8th grade no football practice today

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

Cyberbullying Legacy Parent Academy at Legacy Stadium 6:00pm

September 26, 2019

RTI Date Input Labs 7:45am

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

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

RTI Date Input Labs 4:00pm

VB 7th grade girls TJH vs. BDJH at BDJH 5:15pm

VB 8th grade girls TJH vs. BDJH at TJH 5:15pm

Pep Squad at VB Game Tonight 5:00PM

Football Practice 4:15pm-6:15pm

September 27, 2019

Football practice 7th & 8th 6:30-8:30am

VB practice all teams 7:15-8:15am