TJH Update #8

September 11, 2019

A Message from Dr. Mitzner

Tomorrow is Picture Day!

Looking forward to another great night of TJH football tonight and volleyball tomorrow night.

I appreciate all your support in ensuring that our students are safe and learning at TJH.

All students were provided with a new ID and lanyard at the beginning of the school year and must show their student ID at all times. Most students are doing a great job with having their ID visible!

Starting on Monday, September 16th (just like last year), there will be a $1.00 charge for temporary IDs. Students can buy a new ID in the library for $3.00. Lanyards are also available for $3.00 in the front office.

Hope to see you this week at one of our events!


Dr. Kris Mitzner


Tays Junior High

Picture Day 2019-20!! TOMORROW!!!

TJH picture day is tomorrow! Send your students to school with their best smiles!
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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.

Student Active Threat Response training will occur on Friday, Sept. 13th during Home Base


As we continue to expand our layered security plan to respond to potential threats, the safety of Katy ISD students remains our top priority. Due to the size of our student population and schools, preparing students and staff to respond to active events and threats is imperative. One of the trainings being provided to secondary students this year is called “Run, Hide, Fight.” Similar training is being used by school districts and law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Below is a description of the training that will be provided in Katy ISD secondary schools. - Run, Hide, Fight Training for Secondary Students (Junior High School & High School) o Our student training is being developed using the Run, Hide, Fight strategy. In this training, the classroom teacher will conduct a short training presentation, engage students in a discussion on the Run, Hide, Fight strategy, as well as review the Emergency Response Guide posted in every classroom and office throughout the District. It is anticipated that this training will consume about 20-30 minutes of instructional time.

Though Katy ISD views this training as beneficial in preparing secondary students to be better aware of their surroundings and to respond to an active threat in school as well as other environments, we do understand that maturity levels do vary. Therefore, Katy ISD is providing the Run, Hide, Fight video for parents to review prior to training the students.

The video will not be shown to students, however, strategies from the Run, Hide, Fight video will be used during the student presentation.

High School video -

Junior High School video -

These videos are also offered to our volunteers who spend many hours on our campuses. Viewing the videos can assist in providing a greater understanding of how to respond should one be in a Katy ISD facility during a very unlikely event of an active threat.

If you have any questions please contact your student’s campus administration.

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."

Canvas Information Session

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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.

You may notice that we do not have a Science Olympiad team. Our Tays Science Olympiad teams have been highly successful over the past 3 years. We have enjoyed getting to see our students excel in different areas of scientific study. Unfortunately, due to the extensive amount of time and resources needed to manage this commitment by our teachers and staff, we will be suspending our participation in the Science Olympiad competitions this year.

We are looking into ways our students can explore their scientific passions through other experiences and activities. We will be sure to communicate these opportunities through the Tays JH Update and on the school-wide announcements.


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.

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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 11, 2019

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

VIPS Liaison Breakfast at Legacy Stadium 8:10-9:10am

VIPS General Board & Coffee with the Superintendent at Legacy Stadium 9:10-10:30am

8th Grade Football Titans vs. WCJH at OTHS 5:15pm

September 12, 2019

Picture Day!

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

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

7th Grade VB TJH vs. AJH at OTHS 5:00pm C-B-A

8th Grade VB TJH vs. AJH at OTHS 5:00pm A-C-B

September 13, 2019

PTSA Mailbox Treat - Fortune Cookie Day!

PTSA Katy Council Training in LGI in am

September 16, 2019

Canvas/HAC Information Meeting for Parents LGI 9:15-10:15am

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

7th Grade FB Titans vs. AJH at OTHS (away game) 5:15pm

September 17, 2019

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

8th Grade FB Titans vs. AJH at OTHS (away game) 5:15pm

September 18, 2019

Family Night - No Homework

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

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

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

September 20, 2019

End of First Grading Cycle

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