TJH Update #10

September 25, 2019

A Message from Dr. Mitzner

Tonight, I will be presenting with Edie White, coordinator of Bullying Prevention & Student Support on “Cyberbullying prevention and identification, how to respond to threats, the warning signs to protect students from falling prey to this epidemic, and reporting of bullying or bully-like behavior”at the Legacy Parent Academy. You can attend the event or you can watch via livestream.



Legacy Parent Academy

Katy ISD will continue its ongoing series of Legacy Parent Academy, this time focusing on cyberbullying.


The presentation will be made by Edie White, coordinator of Bullying Prevention and Student Support; and Kris Mitzner, principal of Tays Junior High. The focus of the presentation is “Cyberbullying prevention and identification, how to respond to threats, the warning signs to protect students from falling prey to this epidemic, and reporting of bullying or bully-like behavior.”

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Legacy Stadium Rooms ABC.

According to the district, the “Legacy Parent Academy is a series of informational sessions specifically designed to assist parents by providing valuable information that relates to topics that go beyond the academic experience.” Other presentations during the 2019-20 sessions include topics that address emotional well-being, college preparedness, and college financial aid. View each session title for more information, including presenters and a session description.


A live stream of the event will be available beginning about 10 minutes prior to the start time at http://media.katyisd.org/katy-isd-administration.


Regards,

Dr. Kris Mitzner

Principal

Tays Junior High

Fall Book Fair

Fall Book Fair begins Sept. 30 and ends Oct. 4th (closes at 11 am on Oct. 4th). Scholastic has added a feature that I think parents will find very helpful. Instead of sending cash or checks with your students, parents can create an eWallet account (like a debit) for students to use. I have attached information that will explain how it works.


https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/taysjuniorhighschool


Thank you for your support!

This week in Home Base

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 5 Personality Change

Family Lesson Summary

This week’s lesson is about how people’s personalities change as they grow up. Sometimes people’s personalities change because of experiences they have, and sometimes because they work hard to change their personalities.

Family Lesson Question

Ask your child to describe his or her own personality. Describe for your child how you’ve seen his or her personality change, and the good things you see in it now.


Seventh Grade Home Base Lesson

Grade 7, Lesson 5 Personality Change

Family Lesson Summary

This week’s lesson is about how people’s personalities change as they grow up. Personalities come from the brain, and as brains change and develop, personalities can also change.

Family Lesson Question

Ask your child to describe his or her personality. Describe for your child how you’ve seen his or her personality change, and the good things you see in it now.



Eighth Grade Home Base Lesson

Grade 8, Lesson 5 Overcoming Failure

Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn that making mistakes and failing can feel bad, but they’re also an opportunity to get better at something. Your child will think about ways to get better using these techniques: asking for help, using a new strategy, and working harder.

Family Lesson Question

Ask your child to describe a personal experience that involved making a mistake or failing at something. Together think about how that experience can be used as an opportunity to get better. Talk about a time you failed at something and how you learned from the experience.

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.

Reflections

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 @ reflections@taysjhptsa.org

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 https://tinyurl.com/Parent-Proc-2020 to be considered for participation on the selection committee. Keep in mind that not all volunteers may be selected to serve on a committee.

Yearbook 2019-20

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Winter Spirit Wear!

Don’t forget to order your winter spirit wear by this Friday, September 27th at www.taysjhptsa.org!

Thank you,

Tays PTSA

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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.

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.

TJH TESTING CENTER OPENED!

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.

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: https://tinyurl.com/tjhstress


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 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 christinemhewitt@katyisd.org


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 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

Shaw Center Family Steam Night at STEAM Center 6:00-8:30pm

September 28, 2019

Volleyball Mid-Season Tournament

September 30, 2019

Fall Book Fair this week in LGI

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

FB practice 8th grade only 7:00-8:30am

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

CAT Meeting in Library 4:15-5:00pm

Football Game TJH vs. CRJH at CRHS (Away Game) 5:00-8:00pm

Pep Squad at Football Game tonight at CRHS

October 1, 2019

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

No Football Practice this morning

Art Field Trip (HS Art 1)

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

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

Football Game 8th grade TJH vs. BJH at CRJH (Away Game) 5:00-8:00pm

October 2, 2019

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

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

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

Faculty Meeting 8:10-8:40am or 4:00-4:30pm in LGI

October 3, 2019

FB practice 6:30-8:30am

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

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

Orchestra FYO Demonstration on Cafeteria 6:00pm

VB 7th grade girls TJH vs. MMJH at TJH 5:00-8:00pm

VB 8th grade girls TJH vs. MMJH at MMJH 5:00-8:00pm

October 4, 2019

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

FB practice 4:00-6:00pm

Choir Fall Concert in TJH Cafeteria 6:00pm