TJH Update #13

October 16, 2019

Fun Food Frenzy 2019

Fun Food Friday ~ October 18th

Click here to see the schedule for Friday's FFF!

Early Dismissal at 12:55!

A Message from Dr. Mitzner

We will have Fun FOOD Frenzy on Friday!! Thank you in advance for supporting the fundraiser on campus and fun for students!! (Don't forget to send in money for temporary or lost IDs to participate!)

We began collecting Milk for Many this week! It was exciting to watch our students develop empathy for others. Thanks to all responsible for making this possible on our campus. A giant shout out to Mrs. Nady and Coach Keim for their efforts on this project.

We have volleyball tournaments and football playoffs! Hope to see you at one of our events!

So proud of our Titan community!


Dr. Kris Mitzner


Tays Junior High


Students with an unpaid balance for sticker ID badges or replacement ID badges will NOT participate in Fun Food Frenzy on October 18th. Please remember, all unpaid balances not cleared by Thursday, October 17th will result in the loss of Fun Food Frenzy participation. Parents of students who have unpaid balances will receive email notification on or before Friday, October 11th . We will also give the information to Home Base teachers so that they can inform the students as well.
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Rett's Syndrome Awareness

October is Rett Syndrome awareness month. Rett syndrome is a rare genetic mutation affecting brain development in girls. Recent studies have shown that rett syndrome can be reversed. Please wear purple on Thursday October 17th to show your support. You can also learn more at


OTHS Food Trucks and a Flick

On October 18th the Tompkins High School Wrestling and Softball programs will be hosting Food Trucks and a Family Flick (Shrek) on the OTHS softball fields. It promises to be a great community event. Thank you for your support.

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Click here for our updated bell schedule.
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INFORMATION for 8th Grade Parents

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 Class Meeting - Setting Goals

  • What's one big goal you want to accomplish this school year?
  • What are some smaller steps you can take to reach this goal?

  • Why is this goal so important to you?
  • How can your friends or family support you in reaching this goal?

Seventh Grade Home Class Meeting - Getting help

  • Tell us about a time you got help or support from an adult at school. How did it make you feel to have a supportive adult help you?
  • Tell us about a time you got help or support from a friend at school. How did it make you feel to have a supportive friend help you?
  • Tell us about a time when you helped or supported someone at school. How do you think it made that person feel? How did it make you feel?

Eighth Grade Home Base Class Meeting - Goals Large & Small

  • What can get in the way of achieving your big goals?
  • Not all goals have to be big. Tell us about a small, simple goal you have.
  • Which do you think are more useful, big goals or small goals? Why?
  • How are big goals and small goals related? How can small goals help you achieve big goals?

Shaw Center Family Steam Night

The Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM will be hosting a Family STEAM Night on Friday, October 18th. 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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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.


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 @

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Taco ‘bout a Party! We are throwing a taco party for the Tays teachers and staff on Tuesday, October 29, and we need your help cooking, baking, providing supplies and working the day of the event. Please see the sign-up below for how you can help! Thank you from the Tays Hospitality Team!


We encourage your student to take a photo in our life size bulletin board and be the I in KIND! Post it on Twitter or Facebook and spread the kindness. @TaysJrHigh Here is a picture of Dr. Mitzner.
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Counselor Corner

Our Core Essential for the Month of October is Courage

October is Bully Prevention Month – Wear Blue on Monday

Each week Tays is challenging our students to a kindness task. This week we asked students to put down their devices at lunch and have a conversation. Conversation starters were displayed during lunch to help guide the students.

Spreading Kindness Bingo

Next week students can participate in our Kindness Bingo Challenge. Bingo cards can be picked up during lunch next week. Once students have completed the act of kindness they will mark it out on their bingo card. The completed bingo card can be turned in to the counselor’s office by Friday, October 25 @4:00. Cards will be randomly drawn for an Ice Cream Surprise.

Be the I in Kind

We encourage your student to take a photo in our life size bulletin board and be the I in KIND! Post it on Twitter or Facebook and spread the kindness. @TaysJrHigh

Unity Day – Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Wear Orange

Tays Junior High is UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Students will pledge their unity by signing their grade level banner during lunch.

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to showing that you believe that all youth should be safe from bullying? Come together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support, WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.

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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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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.


Please join us for our first Tays PTSA Parent Series Presentation during Red Ribbon Week!


Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Place: Tays JH LGI

Kids are starting to use drugs, inhalants and alcohol at a very young age. Knowledge is the key to prevention, please join our Katy ISD Police Captain Ivan Nelson, Officer Shannon Dresser & K-9 Cruz as they do a drug awareness presentation on Vaping and a K-9 demonstration on drug detection.

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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.


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.

SAVE THE DATE: November 12, 2019 for Titans Care! A Tays JH Community Service Night... details coming soon!

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October 16, 2019

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

Family Night - No Homework

Picture Make-Up Day in Cafeteria during lunch

VIPS General Board Meeting 9:00-10:00 Legacy Stadium

VIPS Coffee with the Superintendent 10:10-11:00am Legacy Stadium

VB practice 3:00-5:00pm

FB practice 7th grade only 4:15-6:15pm

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

Legacy Parent Academy at Legacy Stadium 6:00pm

October 17, 2019

Hearing and Vision Screening (Clinic) in the LGI all day

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

Football Practice 4:15-6:15pm

VB End of Season Tournament Begins

Fireflies & Foodtrucks - No Label Brewery 6:00pm

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month - wear purple!

October 18, 2019

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

Early Dismissal 12:55pm

Secondary Professional Learning

Fun Food Friday!

OTHS Food Trucks and a Flick at Softball Fields 6:30pm

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

October 19, 2019

Region Orchestra Audition at SLJH

End of Season Volleyball Tournament

October 21, 2019

Red Ribbon Week!

Volleyball Equipment turn in day

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

Football Playoffs 7C/8C

Board Work Study Meeting 6:30pm

October 22, 2019

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

Football Playoffs 7B/8B

October 23, 2019

Unity Day - Wear Orange TJH is UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion!

PTSA Parent Presentation in LGI am

Football Playoffs 7A/8A

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

October 24, 2019

End of Football Season

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

Band Fall Concert at OTHS 6:30pm

October 25, 2019

Katy ISD State of the District at LMC 8:00am

Band Picture Day in Band Hall