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Hope you enjoy your first No Homework night of the year!!

We do have a football game tonight! Go Titans!

All students are required to wear a visible student ID at all time. We provided all students with a new ID and a lanyard at the beginning of the year.

If students do not have an ID, they will be given a temporary ID sticker for the day. The cost of a temporary sticker is $1.00. We have been providing them without charge until September14th. On Monday, September 17th, we will begin charging the $1.00 fee.

If students need a replacement ID, they may purchase one in the library for $3. Lanyards are also available for sale in the front office for $3.00.


Dr. Kris Mitzner


Tays Junior High


Students received the flyer in advisory! More flyers are available in the TJH front office.


The Legacy Parent Academy is a new initiative designed to support Strategic Plan Goal 8, which focuses on supporting the emotional well-being of all learners. The Academy is intended to provide parents with information on current topics that impact students and schools district-wide. Academy sessions are supplemental to campus-based programs and initiatives, selected based on expressed need, in response to concerns that we see on our campuses and in our community.

The first session, “Emotional Well-being and Referral Processes,” is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Legacy Stadium from 6:00PM-8:00PM, with capacity for 325 attendees. This is the first of eleven Legacy Parent Academy sessions planned for the 2018-2019 school year. Five of the academy sessions focus on social-emotional learning topics and six focus on academic topics. The schedule for the year is attached.

The Legacy Parent Academy webpage, which includes session descriptions and a link to register for the first session is accessible at: http://www.katyisd.org/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx


Join the Tays Junior High Destination Imagination Team

The Destination Imagination information meeting will take place Thursday, September 13th 6:00pm in room 1194

  • Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational nonprofit that prepares learners for the future.
  • It offers project-based learning experiences that apply the creative process across seven different Challenge types.
  • Participants learn 21st century skills and more.

For more information visit the Destination Imagination website and complete the interest form here.


Changes to state mandated spinal screening guidelines have been put forth by the Department of State Health Services as explained at the July Administrative Conference. Katy ISD implementation of these changes will be to conduct spinal screenings in the Fall semester each school year for the following groups:

  • 5th grade girls
  • 7th grade girls
  • 8th grade boys

By comparison, in previous years 6th and 9th grade boys and girls were screened at any time during the school year. Effective immediately, spinal screenings will be conducted for 5th and 7th grade girls, and a single screening for 8th grade boys. Screenings must be conducted by the end of the first semester.

Attached is a letter informing parents what to expect during and as a result of the screen, as well as an opt out explanation.

Please click here to read letter from the Katy ISD Director of Health Services.

Contact Therese Highnote, at 281-396-2629 or theresedhighnote@katyisd.org with any questions.


Event: SIDEKICKS perform with the Tompkins Crimson Cavalettes

Drill Team during PRE-GAME at the Tompkins HS vs. Seven Lakes HS football game


Friday, September 28th




Legacy Stadium

- Katy, TX

Sidekicks is a fun opportunity for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade to join a Cavalette in the stands and on the field at half-time for some drill team routines and lots of fun!

Please see attached flyer and registration form for distribution to the parents of your students. Registration may be done by printing the form and turning it into the directors (Mrs. Fortenberry or Mrs. Way) at Tompkins or through the Cavalette’s website at:


Please click here for registration form.


One of Katy Independent School District's top priorities is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, parents and community members, who visit our campuses and facilities. This school year, Katy ISD announces additional campus safety and security measures which include:

  • All parents and visitors must now present a valid, current, government-issued picture ID outside of the main entrance at all Katy ISD campuses prior to gaining admittance. Each campus is equipped with a controlled access system that includes a camera and an intercom that parents and visitors will need to utilize when presenting their ID for entrance. To gain further access beyond the campus front lobby, individuals will again be required to present their ID to the front desk receptionist in order to be officially logged into the visitor tracking system.
  • Student Identification (ID) Badge Requirement:
    Secondary students must now wear their ID badges at all times during school hours, while on district property. Students in grades PK-5 will continue to use their badges during lunch and library times. Fourth and fifth-grade students are requested to wear their badges throughout the school day. At the secondary level, failure to follow the ID badge requirement may be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Campus Door Unlock Times:
    Controlled access systems on campuses will now unlock main entrance doors at a set time each morning. The standard door unlock times for main entrance doors at the Junior High is 8:10 a.m.


An opportunity ONLY available to 7th graders!!

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 taught in your child’s 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 9 at 6:30pm to discuss cost, trip dates, scholarship application processes and other program logistics. Location TBD. 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 christinemhewitt@katyisd.org Please visit www.CloseUp.org to learn more about the Close Up organization.

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!!

I look forward to working with you to provide this incredible opportunity to the students of Tays Junior High!

Please click here to see Close Up Brochure!


AMC 8 registration is now available!

Completed forms and money are due to the front office at TJH no later than Friday September 22nd at 4:00 pm.

This test is an OPTIONAL test open for all grade levels at TJH.

What is the AMC 8?

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment. 

Please click here for registration form.


Ashley E. Williams

Tays Junior High Math Instructional Coach




Katy Parents of Gifted & Talented Students

invites you to a GT Parents Workshop featuring

Supporting the Needs of Gifted Children

Gifted children have a unique social-emotional profile that includes high performance standards, strong resilience and empathy, and emotional intensity. This profile can often be a blessing...and a curse. It is vital for parents to not only understand the specifics of this profile but the best ways to nurture each attribute and support the positive aspects of giftedness.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Katy ISD Education Support Complex

6301 S Stadium Lane

Katy TX 77494

Room 1200

Trained and licensed as an educational psychologist, Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children and adults connect with their personal truth. She is an award-winning author of both non-fiction and fiction, a nationally recognized speaker on topics related to educational psychology, and giftedness, and an international consultant and coach. Christine has written self-help articles for Parents.com, Johnson & Johnson, and Justine Magazine. Critically acclaimed titles include Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students, Raising the Shy Child, and the recently released Letting Go: A Girl’s Guide to Breaking Free of Stress and Anxiety.

To learn more about KPGT, visit our web site at http://kpgt.org


Yearbook students are getting ready to create a new book for a new year. Please check out the three links below on ordering, creating and placing ads!

Please click here for information on ordering your new yearbook!

Please click here for creating an ad for 8th grade students.

Please click here for information and details for sending in your pics for the yearbook!




Parents, if we could please request, that you pick up students before 3:15 pm if they have an after school appointment or event to get to. It can be difficult for us to get your students near the end of the school day and change their transportation home. As always, if you know your student will be leaving school during the day, it would be very helpful for you to send a note to school in the morning so our ADA can give them a class release for the time you will be picking them up. Thank you!


Students and Parents, please be aware that we cannot accept lunch deliveries from restaurants or delivery services for student lunches in the front office. We just do not have the space or manpower to engage in these types of deliveries during the day. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this regard.


The lost and found Link has been updated for this week. Click here to see the Lost & Found. This link never changes so you can save it to review. Please reclaim your items in the counselor's office.

All lunch boxes, water bottles, shoes, and school supplies will be stored in the cafeteria. Students must check the lost and found table in the cafeteria during their lunches. Clothing items will be photographed and displayed on the Lost and found link. Clothing items can be claimed in the counseling office.

All ITEMS are DONATED EVERY OTHER FRIDAY. The first donation date will be September 14, 2018.

Don't forget to put your name on items that you bring to school!


Parent Book Study Information

This September the counseling staff will be hosting a book study by author Michelle Borba, UnSelfie-Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. If you are interested in participating in the book study Click here to complete the link below.

Book Study Dates/Times/Location

Tays Junior High LGI from 9:00 – 10:30

September 14th – Welcome Session

September 21 – Developing Empathy

September 28 – Practicing Empathy

October 5 – Live with Empathy

Unselfie Book Study Link


A safe learning environment for all Katy ISD students and staff is our top priority. Throughout this school year, you will see an increased focus on building awareness and enhancing systems that support both the physical and emotional well-being of all our children. This includes our video series on bullying prevention and intervention. Check out our latest video, “What Does Bullying Look Like?.” More information about policies and procedures related to bullying can be found here.”


September 12, 2018

FAMILY NIGHT - No Homework

7th Grade Football Practice Only 7:00-8:30am

Girls VB Practice all teams 6:30-8:30am

7th Grade FB Practice Only 7:00-8:30am

Musical Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-5:30pm

8th Grade FB TJH vs. SLJH at OTHS 5:00pm

September 13, 2018

7th Grade Football Practice 6:30-8:30am

8th Grade Football Practice 7:00-8:30am

Musical Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-5:30pm

7th Gr. Girls VB TJH vs. Hodges Bend MS (B team then A team) at Hodges Bend MS 5:30pm

8th Gr. Girls VB TJH vs. Hodges Bend MS (B team then A team) at Hodges Bend MS 5:30pm

September 14, 2018

7th & 8th Grade Football Practice 6:30-8:30am

Counselor Book Study in LGI 9:00-10:30am

Musical Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-5:30pm

September 17, 2018

Girls VB Practice all teams 6:30-8:30am

8th Grade Football Practice 7:00-8:30am

Musical Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-5:30pm

7th Grade FB TJH vs. MRJH (Game #3) at MRHS 5:00pm

September 18, 2018

Girls VB Practice all teams 6:30-8:30am

No Morning Football Practice today

Musical Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-5:30pm

8th Grade FB TJH vs. MRJH (Game #3) at MRHS 5:00pm

PTSA General Board Meeting

PTSA Program ~ Frank Muniz, Digital Sense 6:00-8:00pm

September 19, 2018

Picture Day!

7th Grade Football Practice 6:30-8:30am

Musical Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-5:30pm

7th Grade Girls VB TJH vs. SLJH (Order of Play C,B,A) (Week 4) at OTHS 5:00pm

8th Grade Girls VB TJH vs. SLJH (Order of Play C,B,A) (Week 4) at OTHS 5:00pm

September 20, 2018

Girls VB Practice all teams 6:30-8:30am

7th & 8th Grade Football Practice 6:30-8:30am

Musical Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-5:30pm

September 21, 2018

7th & 8th Grade Football Practice 6:30-8:30am

Counselor Book Study in LGI 9:00-10:30am

Pep Rally 3:00pm

Musical Rehearsal in Cafeteria 4:00-5:30pm

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