TJH Update #14
October 28, 2020
A Message from Dr. Mitzner
This week, I wanted to stop for moment and thank all the teachers of Tays Junior High for learning how to deliver instruction in new ways.
For the teaching staff at TJH, our "whys" have stayed the same. We are here to help children learn, grow, connect, empathize, pick up the pieces from silly mistakes and the list could go on.... However, all of the "what" and "how" we do things have changed. As a parent, you realize this as you try to support your child with their endeavors. These teachers are a beacon of light in these difficult times. It doesn't mean we haven't had struggles... but we are moving forward in new ways to meet the needs of all students during this pandemic. Every week, I am grateful to the teaching staff at Tays for the work they do for students. This week, we also celebrate TJH Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year for 2019-20 - Elizabeth Walls and Emily Varvel. Our PTSA would love to send each one of our 138 teachers and staff home for the Thanksgiving holiday with a delicious pie! Pie In the Sky has extended a great discount for us ($14/pie), but we need your help! Please go to their website (follow the link below in the picture) and purchase a pie (or 2 or 3…) for our wonderful Tays staff!
We also want to make sure you don't miss the Zoom presentation on Thursday, October 29th!! Click here to register!
Hope you have a wonderful week! I am off to the Titan football game!
Dr. Kris Mitzner
Tays Junior High
CHARACTER STRONG AND HOME BASE THIS WEEK!
This has been a wild year so far, and I know there have been a lot of changes. I want to thank everyone so much for being patient and understanding with all of our new policies and procedures with absences and dismissals from the clinic under the KatyISD COVID-19 guidelines. For those of you who are unfamiliar, if your child is absent or sent home from the clinic with an illness with two or more symptoms that are COVID-like, they will need to be seen by their doctor and have a doctor’s note to clear them to return to school. It will be up to the doctor to decide if they need to have a COVID test before they clear them to return.
Flu season is upon us, believe it or not! There are places all around town offering flu shots. Many insurance carriers provide flu shots for no charge under your policy. Check your policy to see if you and your family are covered.
Is your child returning for F2F instruction for 3rd term, and do they need to take medication at school? You can find the necessary forms on the TJH website under clinic. These forms can be dropped off along with the meds any time during the school day. Forms must be signed by your child’s physician if they are to be taken for a period of 15 days or more.
Questions or Concerns? Please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic any time!
Lisa Shurter RN, BSN
SAVE THE DATE - TITANS CARE EVENT!
NATIONAL DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH
HOMEBASE BOOKLETS - KVA
LEGACY PARENT ACADEMY 2020-2021
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, September 23, 2020 Warning Signs and Symptoms of Suicide, Dealing with Suicide, and Speaking with Children about Suicide
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Anxiety and Reintegrating into School
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Navigating Emotional/Behavioral Concerns for Your Child
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Destigmatizing Mental Health
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 http://www.katyisd.org/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx.
Next week in Athletics....
KATY ISD COMMUNITY
As we continue into our fall seasons, it is critical that we remain diligent in following our Covid-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines. Fans at all competitions are still required to social distance and follow Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29 related to face coverings. We have developed a plan to allow up to 50% capacity at all of our athletic venues. It is critical to maintain social distancing at all times. Each family group may sit together, but must maintain appropriate social distancing from all other groups.
At Rhodes and Legacy Stadiums, it is important to sit in the section where your ticket is assigned. Once in those assigned sections, the responsibility falls on the spectators to spread out and maintain proper distance from one another. If a section appears too full, we will close the section and verify the tickets of those patrons currently seated in the section.
At campus events where sections are not marked, the responsibility falls on the spectators to spread out and maintain proper distance from one another. Observing games the past few weeks, we have noticed more and more spectators gathering in the middle of the seating areas.
While we do not want to reduce capacity at any of our venues, we will take this precaution with any campuses and/or stadiums struggling to adhere to the safety protocols we have in place. Maintaining social distance and wearing a face covering are two of the most critical components to stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Per the University Interscholastic League (UIL), schools not following these guidelines are subject to sanctions, including suspension of contests or discontinuation of public access to games by the local UIL District Executive Committee and/or the UIL State Executive Committee.
Your cooperation is appreciated,
Katy ISD Department of Athletics
KATY ISD 2020-21 JUNIOR HIGH ATHLETIC PASS INFORMATION
You may pay with exact cash or a check for $75 made out to KatyISD Athletics. You will just come to the front office and we will exchange the payment for the pass at the door.
We will be selling JH Athletic Passes at the Tays JH until November 13th.
After November13th, Athletic Passes will only be available for purchase at Legacy Stadium Fieldhouse.
Bully Prevention Month
October is National Bully Prevention Month. Each week the counselors will challenge our students to show kindness through various Character Strong Dares. The challenges will be sent through Canvas to all students as well as be displayed in the café during lunch. At the end of each week students are asked to complete a survey to reflect on their participation in this week’s challenge. Attached is the Kindness Dare for this week.
PTSA Spirit Night
Please join us on Wednesday, November 4 for Spirit Night with Papa John's on Spring Green or on Katy Fort Bend Rd. 20% of sales will be donated to Tays PTSA when you use the coupon code PJFUNDSCHOOL. Thank you for your continued support!
OTHS Dance Team Clinic
We are having a dance clinic for students 8th grade and up on November 14th. This will be helpful for anyone interested in the JV Dance team, color guard and eventually the Varsity dance team, the Crimson Cavalettes!
EDULOG LITE BUS TRACKING SYSTEM
SENATE BILL 139
The 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 139 (SB 139), which requires Texas local education agencies (LEAs) to distribute the following notice to parents:
SB 139 Notice to Families click here. (English version)
SB 139 Notice to Families click here. (Spanish version)
TECHNOLOGY & DIGITAL SUPPORT INFORMATION
*New* Parent Tech FAQs
*New* Parent and Student Knowledge Base
Technology Help Desk Contacts for Parents/Students Support Inquiries
- Online: Katy ISD Tech Help
- Or, click “Help” in Canvas
- Or, call: 281.396.7400 (6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
- Or, e-mail: email@example.com
“How to Guide” for Parents on the Home Access Center (HAC)
Need to know how to view a report card, student grades, or other information?
Check out our “how to guides” on the Home Access Center, or click below.
October 28, 2020
No Event Scheduled
October 29, 2020
TJH PTSA Parent Series - Drug Awareness on Vaping Zoom 11:30-12:30
VB 7th Grade SLJH vs. TJH (C-B-A) at SLJH 5:15pm
VB 8th Grade SLJH vs. TJH (C-B-A) at TJH 5:15pm
October 30, 2020
No Events Scheduled
October 31, 2020
November 2, 2020
FB 7th Grade BDJH vs. TJH (Home Game) at OTHS 6:15pm
November 3, 2020
FB 8th Grade BDJH vs. TJH (Home Game) at OTHS 6:15pm
November 4, 2020
No Events Scheduled
November 5, 2020
PTS Board Meeting
VB 7th Grade CRJH vs. TJH (B-A-C) at TJH 5:15pm
VB 8th Grade CRJH vs. TJH (B-A-C) at CRJH 5:15pm
November 6, 2020
Professional Learning Day/Student Holiday
November 9, 2020
FB 7th Grade SJH vs. TJH (Visitors) at Paetow HS 6:15PM
November 10, 2020
Spelling Bee Preliminary Testing in LGI
FB 8th Grade SJH vs. TJH (Visitors) at Paetow HS 6:15pm
November 11, 2020
Titans Care Event 4:30pm
November 12, 2020
No Events Scheduled
November 13, 2020
No Events Scheduled