TJH Update #31

March 31, 2021

No School on Friday, April 2nd & Monday, April 5th

A Message from Dr. Mitzner

We've had lots of exciting events this week and I hope you enjoy your long weekend. Please be sure to read all the information about our schedule for Tuesday, April 6th.


Dr. Kris Mitzner


Tays Junior High

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Dear Parents,

On April 6 (Tuesday) we will be a closed campus for STAAR testing.

  • 6th graders will have a regular school day (with a modified lunch schedule).

  • 7th graders will take the Writing STAAR assessment.

  • 8th graders will be asynchronous learners from home.

We have included frequently asked questions below to help you with the testing process this year. (Please keep in mind that this is our first test administration using this new format, so some of our processes could change for STAAR testing in May.)


My 7th grade student is KVA, how will they take the STAAR test?

Students will participate in STAAR testing by coming to Tays Jr. High. If your student does not participate in STAAR testing their answer document will be submitted which will reflect this decision.

What does it mean that my 8th grader will be asynchronous?

Teachers will post work for students to complete at home. Students will not be expected to Zoom with their teachers, but they must submit the assigned work before 11:59 PM to be considered “present” for the class that day.

What time should my 6th/7th grade child arrive at campus?

Students should be dropped off in the car rider line or ride/walk to school between 8:30 and 8:50 am. If you qualify for bus services, your student may ride the bus to and from school.

What does my 7th grade student need to bring for testing?

Your student will only need pencils and a book to read after the test. Students may bring a bottle of water to drink during testing. Safety protocols mandate that students must wear a mask at all times while on campus.

Will my child be offered breakfast and/or lunch while on campus?

Yes. Students may bring their lunch or purchase a lunch from the cafeteria during their designated lunchtime.

Can my 7th grade student leave after testing?

During the instructional day, students must be picked up and checked out by a parent to leave campus whether they are a virtual or in-person learner. If you plan on checking your child out of school after testing, please click HERE.

Where will my 7th grade KVA student go after testing if they are not checked out by a parent?

Students will be placed in a large room setting after the assessment. If your student plans on staying until the end of the day, they may bring a device to access their classwork on Canvas. It is recommended that students bring work or a book to keep themselves busy.

Will my child be marked absent if they do not take the STAAR test on campus?

Yes. TEA requires public school districts to mark a student absent if they are not present to participate in a state assessment. However, should you choose to not send your in-person or virtual student to school to take a state assessment, there are no academic consequences and no expectation for students to engage in virtual instruction for being absent on an assessment day.

Will there be testing make-ups?

Yes. Any student that is not present to test on Tuesday, April 6th, will make up the Writing STAAR test on Thursday, April 8th if they are on campus.

8th Grade Celebration - A Night Under the Stars

Eighth grade celebration is coming soon and we need your help to make it an amazing event for our 8th graders! Please join us for our committee meeting on April 7th at noon on zoom.
Meeting ID: 857 9711 5938
Passcode: Tays

If you have any questions please email Jennifer at

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Katy ISD COVID-19 Mitigation Plan Update Phase 2 Protocol Clarifications (Effective March 29, 2021) Outside Food or Gift Deliveries to campus

Elementary and secondary campuses will communicate their Pre-COVID campus specific procedure(s) for instructional day delivery of outside food and personal items for students. This will vary by campus and parents are asked to refer to their student’s campus communication for clarification regarding drop-off of student food or personal items. Phase 1 and Phase 2 safety protocols remain in effect and will still require adherence.

TJH Guidelines:


Allowed deliveries: homework, school projects, school supplies, athletic gear or uniforms, band/orchestra instruments, textbooks, glasses, keys, up to $25 cash, and other items related to school instruction or activities.

Not Allowed: letters or notes, flowers, balloons, gifts, sealed packages, food or beverages (see note 1 and 2), medication (see note #1), and cash greater than $25 (see note 3).


  1. Parents or guardians are allowed to deliver food, beverages, or medication for only their student(s). Any food deliveries must be coordinated by the student and the parent or guardian delivering the food. The front office will not handle food.

  2. Commerial food deliveries and commercial food delivery services such as Door Dash will not be allowed.

  3. Cash in amounts greater than $25 will be accepted, but must go directly to the teacher/coach/program director rather than the student.

Nurse's Notes

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Next Fun Food Frenzy...Friday, April 9th.

Click here to support our Fun Food Frenzy with donations!
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Federal Programs Public Meeting & Survey Reminder

A virtual public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 1:00 PM via Zoom regarding the ESEA Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, IDEA B Special Education, High School Accelerated Instruction and Carl D. Perkins CTE programs as implemented in the 2020-2021 school year and as proposed for the 2021-2022 school year. Register in advance using the following link: Parents and guardians are invited to provide input on these programs using the following link:

The survey will close on April 2, 2021.

Se ha programado una reunión pública virtual para el jueves 29 de abril de 2021 a la 1:00 p.m. a través de Zoom con respecto al Título I, Título II, Título III, Título IV de ESEA, Educación especial IDEA B, Instrucción acelerada de la escuela secundaria y Carl D. Programas CTE de Perkins implementados en el año escolar 2020-2021 y propuestos para el año escolar 2021-2022. Regístrese con anticipación utilizando el siguiente enlace: Se invita a los padres y tutores para proporcionar información sobre estos programas usando el siguiente enlace

La encuesta se cerrará el 2 de abril de 2021.

Contact Nakia Coy, Director of Federal Programs and External Funding, at 281-237-2605 or with any questions.

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Katy ISD is sharing information about the state, district, and your child’s campus as part of our obligations under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). Two report cards (Federal and School) are available for your review in the front office of our school or online at The 2019-20 Federal Report Cards can also be accessed online at The 2019-20 School Report Cards can also be accessed online at

Katy ISD comparte información sobre el estado, distrito y escuela de su hijo(a) como parte de nuestras obligaciones bajo la ley federal ''Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)''. Están disponibles dos boletas de calificación (federal y escolar) para su revisión en la oficina principal de nuestra escuela o en línea: Las boletas de calificaciones federales 2019-20 también pueden obtenerse en línea: Las boletas de calificaciones escolares 2019-20 también pueden obtenerse en línea: .


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 ha

ve received an automated call from the District. Contact the teacher the same day if possible.


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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.


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.


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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March 31, 2021

Open Band Hall 4:05-4:45pm

Employee Service Awards - Virtual 5:30-6:15pm

April 1, 2021

Open Band Hall 4:05-4:45pm

Orchestra UIL at THS

Band UIL Contest

Tennis - TJH vs. WCJH at OTHS 5:15pm

April 2, 2021

Holiday Students/Staff

April 5, 2021

Holiday Students/Staff

April 6, 2021

National Library Week

Open Band Hall 4:05-4:45pm

April 7, 2021

Open Band Hall 4:05-4:45pm

April 8, 2021

Open Band Hall 4:05-4:45pm

Tennis TJH vs. SLJH at OTHS 5:15pm

7th Grade Boys Soccer TJH vs. MRJH (Home) at OTHS 5:45pm

8th Grade Boys Soccer TJH vs. MRJH (Home) at OTHS 6:45pm

April 9, 2021

No Events Scheduled