TJH Update #16

November 6, 2019

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A Message from Dr. Mitzner

We are so excited for our Titans and Texans care event next week!

We hope you are excited about learning how to serve throughout our community as well as partner with our Texans!

Our event larger than anticipated and we are in need of a few supplies. If you desire to support the event with donations, please click the link below and send your items to Tays! Thank you!

We are excited about serving our community this November!


Dr. Kris Mitzner


Tays Junior High

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We have amazing news regarding our upcoming volunteer community event on November 12, 2019, 5:45 p.m. Mystery guests from the Texans will be joining us in our efforts, not only to speak, but also to participate alongside the students in our volunteer activities!

Our event, Tays & Texans Care, is part of a nationwide effort, the Huddle for 100, which encourages volunteers of all age groups to track their volunteer minutes towards a national goal 100 million minutes.

We are expecting high attendance at this event, so we are requesting families pre-register their intent to participate.

Please RSVP for this event here: Tays and Texans Care Sign Up

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. (Don’t be late as the Texans may appear any time after opening!)

Please wear your Tays or Texans gear! The event will kick-off with a short and inspiring speech by Regina Alexander of Feed the Hunger & Compassion Katy, after which students, siblings, and families will be invited to participate in hands-on activities for four wonderful charities.

You and your family will be able to make care kits for our military through Operation Gratitude, shape seed balls for Katy Prairie Conservancy, craft dog toys for Citizens for Animal Protection, or assemble activity books for sick children through Plus, we will be providing information on many other charities that provide opportunities for entire familiesto make a difference in the Katy area.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the volunteering opportunities available in Katy, as well as to do something concrete to make a difference today.

Remember to pre-register to ensure quick entry into the event. (We will be checking off names at the door to ensure everyone’s minutes are counted towards the Huddle for 100 goal.)

Special Education Training Session for Parents

The Department of Special Education will offer an interactive training session for parents regarding the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Process on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Jeanne Coleman Training Center. Parents may attend one of the three sessions.




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Parents if your child is interested in participating in the annual Tays Junior High Spelling Bee they will need to sign up to take the spelling Bee qualifying test using a QR code in their English Class. The qualifying test will be before and after school on Mon. Nov. 11th in the LGI. The last day a student can sign up is Tue. Nov. 5th. After students sign up, they will be added to the canvas spelling bee class. All future communication will go through the canvas page.

Spelling Bee Dates:

School Prelims- Monday, November 11, 2019

School Finals- Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @4:15pm

District Spelling Bee- Friday, February 14, 2019


Please see the Student Success Initiative (SSI) brochure for your information. This outlines the State promotion requirements for 8th grade students. Thank you.

Click here for English.
Click here for Spanish.


Sixth Grade Home Base

Grade 6, Lesson 10

Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will explore the values he or she wants in a friend. This will help your child make new friends and be a better friend to others.

Family Lesson Question

Ask your child about his or her friends, including what he or she likes about them.

Seventh Grade Home Base

Grade 7, Lesson 10

Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will explore how values can help build strong friendships. Your child will think about how his or her personal values help make him or her a good friend.

Family Lesson Question

Talk with your child about what he or she likes about his or her friends. Ask your child what he or she thinks those friends like about him or her.

Eighth Grade Home Base

Grade 8, Lesson 10

Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn that relationships often change during middle school, when interests and identities are changing. Your child will learn strategies for handling these changes in a healthy way.

Family Lesson Question

Ask your child about any recent changes in friendships at school. Reassure your child that relationships change throughout our lives, and talk about ways to handle these changes.


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.


As part of the library’s Titans Read Program, Tays students and staff are participating in the fall reading challenge that began on October 7th. Mr. Grelle, our 6th grade AP, has agreed to allow us to use his height to motivate all Titans to read more this year!

A life size poster of Mr. Grelle is posted outside the library with a “height chart.” Color coded (by grade level) labels will be placed on the height chart to represent the books we have read.

Through December 6th, students will scan the appropriate QR in the library or in English teachers’ classrooms each time they finish a book. The English class that reads and submits the most books per grade level will enjoy a treat at lunch. Let’s see how many times we can read Mr. Grelle’s height!

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YEARBOOK 2019-20

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Counselor's Corner

November Core Essential ~ HONOR

On Thursday, November 7, wear GOLD and jeans for our Core Essential – Honor!

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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.


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.


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.

Upcoming Events

November 6, 2019

BB practice girls 6:30-8:15am

First Year Orchestra Field Trip to Houston Symphony

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

BB practice boys 4:00-5:30pm

November 7, 2019

PTSA Board Meeting in LGI 9:00am

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

BB Scrimmage Girls TJH vs. CRJH (7th at TJH, 8th at CRJH) 5:00pm

BB practice boys 4:00-5:30pm

November 8, 2019

JH All Region Band Auditions

BB practice girls 7:15-8:15am

BB practice boys 4:00-5:30pm

November 9, 2019

JH All Region Band Auditions at BDJH

November 11, 2019

Veteran's Day

Student Council Food Drive Week

School Psychology Awareness Week (LSSP)

BB Practice Girls 6:30-8:15am

Spelling Bee Preliminaries in LGI 8:00-8:45am and 4:00-5:00pm

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

BB Boys Game Day TJH vs. CJH

7th at TJH (C 5:15, B 6:15, A 7:15) 8th at CJH (C 5:15, B 6:15, C 7:15)

Board Work Study Meeting 6:30pm at ESC

November 12, 2019

BB Practice Girls 7th & 8th grade 6:30-8:15am

AMC Math Testing Windor November 12th-18th

Superintendent Teacher Leadership Forum at ESC Boardroom 2:30pm

BB Practice Boys 4:00-5:30pm

Tays and Texans Care Community Event 6:00pm

November 13, 2019

BB Practice Girls 7th & 8th grade 6:30-8:15am

BB Practice Boys 4:00-5:30pm

KIC Board Meeting at ESC 4:15-5:30pm

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

Legacy Parent Academy at Legacy Stadium 6:00pm

JH All Regional Band Celebration 5:00pm

November 14, 2019

BB Practice Boys 4:00-5:30pm

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

BB Girls Game Day TJH vs. CJH

7th at CJH and 8th at TJH (C Team at 5:00, B Team at 6:00, C Team at 7:00pm)

November 15, 2019

BB Practice Girls 7th & 8th Grade

Choir Picture Day in Choir Hall

Orchestra Clinic and Concert at CRHS

BB Practice Boys 7th & 8th Grade