TJH Update #26

February 10, 2021

A Message from Dr. Mitzner

Our students at TJH have been really busy inside and outside the classroom this past week. We had Guys and Dolls theatre performances, basketball championships, band solo and ensemble contest. Our students are doing amazing things inside the classroom and outside the classroom while following the safety protocols.

For the 5th Six weeks, we will have 58% of our students returning to F2F instruction (up from 38% at the beginning of the year). No matter the format of your child's learning - we have high quality teachers who plan together for learning. This is not a normal year and our practices have altered dramatically. There will be schedule changes which may also include teacher or lunch changes. Secondary school is based on course selection rather than grade level classes in elementary. We will have to close some sections and open others. I just wanted to give everyone advance notice that schedule changes could occur for your child even if you didn't request a format change.

Remember everything is hard until it is easy and we are all in this TOGETHER!!


Dr. Kris Mitzner


Tays Junior High

Athletics - 7th Grade Girls District Champions

Girls 7th grade A, B, and C teams all became DISTRICT CHAMPIONS last night! Since this school has opened, this is the first time we have had any 7th grade girls basketball team win this title, let alone all 3 teams. B Team faced a tough Cinco Ranch team last night, but they ultimately wound up losing 23-28 in overtime. Despite the loss, they still finished the season 6-1! Both A and C teams won last night and finished the season undefeated with a 7-0 record! Thank you for all of the support this season! If you have any of these girls in class or happen to see them around school, please congratulate them!

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KVA Attendance Reporting

If your student is going to be absent please report the absence daily to the ADA clerk by one of the options below:

Online Absence Form: Absence Reporting Form

Phone: 281-234-2413


All excuse notes must be submitted within 5 days of absence to be excused.

If reporting technology issues please note it must be reported within 24hrs of the absence in order to be excused. The update was sent on December 11th’s Smart ReStart and December 13th’s KVA Update.

*NEW* KVA Attendance

Effective January 5, 2021, if your student is unable to attend a class period or full day of learning in KVA due to a Technology/Internet/Power Outage, a parent/guardian of the student should notify the Attendance Office of an absence with 24 hours of the absence. The absence will not be updated to excused unless written/phone call notification has been made by the parent/guardian to the Campus Attendance Office.

***For attendance corrections: Please contact the teacher as the first point of contact regarding a student's presence/absence/tardiness in class, especially if you have received an automated call from the District. Contact the teacher the same day if possible.

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Band Solo Contest - Superior Performances

Tays Junior High Band students performed at Solo Contest on February 6. The highest rating possible at this contest is “Division I – Superior” and Tays Band students earned Division I ratings and medals in 78 events. Congratulations to the following students for their hard work and high achievement:

Flute Solo: Samantha Akajagbor, Axell Aquino, Meghan Carlson, Rosemary Chen. Sascha Coughran, Ivan Nie, Shiv Patel, Zoey Pruitt, Elise Rupley, Yasmina Saimoen

Oboe Solo: Vikki Shi

Bassoon Solo: Soni Patel

Clarinet Solo: Lucas Benguan, Mia Chaparro, Ryan Du, Faris Engas, Robbie Heywood, Raina Kim, Indira Larios, Navir Lutchmedial, Imman Masood, Fernando Montoya, Manny Osorio, Aasim Patel, Parker Remlinger, Marcelo Rosales, Avak Singh, Oscar Tamez, Riker Terry, Bowen Wang

Bass Clarinet Solo: Christian Cazenave, Nicholas Loftis

Alto Saxophone Solo: Elkhan Agamirza, Dom Banfield, Nathan Cohen, David Isaaccura, Charlie Jerrells, Sam Pacheco, David Roser, Aiden Tony, Madec van Leeuwen, SophieVanegas

Tenor Saxophone Solo: Kiki Saanumi

Trumpet Solo: Zayden Bach, Jimmy Barnett, Preston Brain, David Bryson, Aaron Gonzalez, Aiden Grasmick, Elijah Kalugin, Jacob Korte, Ansh Rastogi, Logan Redman, Carter Szafron, Uko Udeh

F-Horn Solo: Aiden Horan, Liam Pearl, Samuel Primera, Jolene Rowan

Trombone Solo: Dimeji Adebanjo, Eraldo Aliko, Bisi Bello, Nicholas Burns, Javier Bustillos, Elijah Cristobal, Anthony Kim, Arinze Okonkwo, Grant Rupley, Rishabh Sadekar, Jackson White

Euphonium Solo: Carrie Creighton, Sydney Garcia

Tuba Solo: Saathvikh Uppu

Snare Drum Solo: Logan Keel, El Salcedo, Andrei Soriano, Jordan Wood

Vibraphone Solo: Sierra Watkins

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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.

Yearbook Information

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Counselor's Corner

Course Selection Important Dates:

Counselors will begin meeting with students to confirm their course request for the 2021-22 school year

2/8 - 2/12 Counselors will meet with current 6th grade students (F2F/KVA) during their English class.

2-16 - 2/19 Counselors will meet with current 7th grade students (F2F/KVA)during their English class.

3/1 -3/12 Counselors will meet with current 7th grade students (F2F/KVA)during their English class.

3/24- 3/31 Course verification for ALL secondary student in HAC.

Parent Legacy Academy Presentations:

February 24, 2021: Destigmatizing Mental Health

Presenters: Carly Kirk, LMSW; Angelina Kelly, LMSW; Krystal Hobson, LMSW; Kyoko Wyrick, LMSW; Anne McHale Miller, LMSW

Session Description: One in five US adults lives with a diagnosed mental health condition, and diagnoses of depression and anxiety have increased by 250,000 since the onset of COVID-19.

Location: Zoom Webinar Password: FebLPA

Date and Time: February 24, 2021, 6:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Registration will not be required for this session

Love and Logic Parent Sessions Spring 2021

Love and Logic Parenting Classes will be offered via Zoom in the spring semester of 2021.

Love and Logic Parenting Classes will be hosted by campuses listed below. Katy ISD families from other campuses may also register as long as space is available. Dates and registration for Love and Logic courses will be posted on the Professional Learning website.

Families who wish to participate in Love and Logic courses should register through the Katy ISD Pay and Go System. Families will need to pay $10 for the cost of the Parenting with Love and Logic workbooks.

Spring 2021 Love and Logic Courses

Parenting the Love and Logic Way 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23 6:00PM-7:30PM Kilpatrick Elementary, Cher Hayes

Parenting the Love and Logic Way 1/26, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24 5:30PM-7:00PM Beck Junior High, Layne Dickens

Parenting the Love and Logic Way 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 5:30PM-7:00PM Franz Elementary, Michele Sheppard

Love and Logic: Supporting Youth with Special Needs 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 7:00PM-7:30PM Franz Elementary, Michele Sheppard

Love and Logic: Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun! 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2 5:30PM-7:00PM Franz Elementary Michele Sheppard.

Katy ISD Education Foundation - Katy Half Marathon, 5K, 1K

Some teachers and staff at Tays Junior High have joined together to run the Katy Half/ 5k this year. If you would like to support our teachers in raising money for the Katy ISD Education Foundation, please visit the link below.

Thank you for your supporting our teachers and district!

Click here for the Katyisd Foundation teams:

Talking Books Program - Senate Bill 2075

Throughout Texas, children with disabilities that prevent them from reading standard print are enjoying the world of reading through the Talking Book Program (TBP). The TBP is a FREE service that allows students with a reading disability, like dyslexia, the opportunity to read. The TBP offers more than 125,000 titles and 80 plus magazines, all read with human narration. Materials can be downloaded via the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Mobile app, on a smartphone or tablet. The program is completely free, with no charges and no overdue fees. For more information, visit, email or call 1-800-252-9605. The TBP staff will be happy to answer questions and help parents apply for service.

If your child has not been identified as having a reading disability, please be aware that Katy ISD offers audio books for secondary students through Sora eBook/Audiobooks. Contact your child’s campus for more information about this audiobook program.

En todo Texas, los niños con discapacidades que les impiden leer una impresión estándar pueden disfrutar del mundo de la lectura a través del Programa “Talking Book” (TBP). El TBP es un servicio GRATUITO que permite a los estudiantes con una discapacidad de lectura, como dislexia, la oportunidad de leer. El TBP ofrece más de 125,000 títulos y más de 80 revistas, todas narradas por humanos. Los materiales se pueden descargar vía la aplicación móvil de Braille y Audio Lectura (BARD), en un teléfono inteligente o tableta. El programa es completamente gratuito, sin cargos ni cuotas atrasadas. Para obtener más información, visite, envíe un correo electrónico a, o llame al 1-800-252-9605. El personal de TBP estará encantado de responder a sus preguntas y ayudarlos a solicitar este servicio.

Si su hijo(a) no ha sido identificado con una discapacidad de lectura, tome en cuenta que Katy ISD ofrece audiolibros para estudiantes de secundaria a través de Sora eBook/Audiobooks (Libros electrónicos/audiolibros). Comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo(a) para obtener más información sobre este programa de audiolibros.


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, 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

PTSA School Store

All spirit shirts are on sale for $5.00 in the PTSA school store! Shop at

Thank you for your continued support!

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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.

Upcoming Events

February 10, 2021

Open Band Hall 4:05-4:45pm

Cheer Practice in LGI 4:30-5:15pm

February 11, 2021

Open Band Hall 4:05-4:45pm

Math Club Testing in LGI 4:30-5:15pm

BB 7th Grade Boys CRJH vs. TJH (Visitors) 5:15pm

BB 8th Grade Boys TJH vs. CRJH (Home) 5:15pm

February 12, 2021

No Events Scheduled

February 14, 2021


February 15, 2021

Professional Learning Day/No Students

February 16, 2021

Theatre Rehearsal 4:00-6:00pm

Open Band Hall 4:05-4:45pm

February 17, 2021

Theatre Rehearsal 4:00-6:00pm

Open Band Hall 4:05-4:45pm

February 18, 2021

Orchestra Sinfonia Rehearsal Cafeteria 7:30-8:30am

Theatre Rehearsal 4:00-6:00pm

Open Band Hall 4:05-4:45pm

February 19, 2021

No Events Scheduled

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