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Katy Independent School District

James E. Taylor High School

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"When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”​​


​​​​​Academic Challenge
Sponsor - Chris Harris
Students attend academic "Quiz Bowl" type tournaments. These are open to anyone, but in order to participate in the tournaments you have to join the club – there is a $20 membership fee which helps cover the costs of the club (includes polo shirt, travel, entry fees, etc). In order to get to compete you have to attend practice 75% of the time.

Academic Decathlon

Sponsor - Jenny Brunsell, Eric Brunsell
Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete in this academic competition which covers ten areas of academics from math to history to speech and everything in between. The team is made up of three teams of students whose academic GPAs fall in the “A”, “B”, and “C” categories. We compete at the local, regional, state and national levels. 


Academic Octathlon 

Sponsor - Eric Brunsell
Academic Octathlon provides high school students the chance to compete academically in teams. The competition has eight events. There are six multiple-choice exams in the following areas: economics, language/literature, mathematics, social science, art, and music. The Super Quiz is an oral relay over a science or social science topic which changes each year. There is also an essay exam based on the novel of choice that year.


Art National Honor Society (NAHS)

Sponsors - Ashley Niemi​, Nancy Viola
NAHS is an honor society dedicated recognizing art students who have shown outstanding ability in the visual arts. NAHS strives to encourage members to work toward attainment of the highest standards in visual arts. Potential members must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in art, have completed at least one semester of art and are currently enrolled in an art class.


Best Buddies​

Sponsors - Leslie Britton, Brittany Moore
Best Buddies is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of students with intellectual & developmental disabilities by providing opportunities for one-on-one friendships with their peers from the general education population. Interested students will be interviewed and matched with a participant. Students will then participate in group and individual social activities with their "Buddies." 


Blue Review 

Sponsors - Bruce Campbell
The Blue Review is a video magazine produced by the Blue Review Audio/Video Production class at Taylor High School.  


Cheer*

Sponsors - Buffy Brummett, Kala MacDowell
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Chess Club

Sponsor - Kerry Savage
Taylor Chess Club is open to all interested chess players regardless of ability. The club will meet twice per week after school and allow players to challenge each other.  Members can learn about local and regional tournament play opportunities, United States Chess Federation Ratings, Internet play, and much more.  ​​​​


 Choir

Sponsors - Kevin Riehle, Jo Wasicek, Susie Low

The Choirs of Taylor HS provide students with thorough structured choral and music educational experience. Striving for and achieving high levels of excellence, students learn discipline, teamwork, experience community and an emotional vulnerability within a broad expressive palette. In seven vocal choirs, a hand bell ensemble, academic and AP music theory classes, and private lesson program, Taylor singers develop the capacity to enjoy a lifetime of singing and music, leading to productive and fulfilling adulthood.

Website​


Chinese and Japanese Club

Sponsor - Naomi Wang
The Chinese and Japanese clubs meet after school and they are run by students. The clubs' mission is to introduce students to Chinese and Japanese languages and various aspects of their culture. Anyone interested in joining is welcome.


Close Up Foundation 

Sponsors - Rebecca Vandagriff
Through seminars with Washington policy makers and study visits to government offices and historical sites, high school students get a "close up" look at the process of democracy and our nation's heritage. This seven day program in January prepares young citizens to meet the challenges of governing themselves and their nation.​ 

Close Up Trip Powerpoint

Meeting - There will be a Close Up Parent Meeting Tuesday September 12th at 7pm in the Board Room at the Merrill Center in Katy. If you are interested in sending your students to Washington DC in January, please attend this meeting. Registration for the trip is now open-the deadline is September 28th. For questions, email Rebecca Vandagriff.​


ComedySportz

Sponsor - Julie Williams, Sara Blumber
A competitive improvisation troupe open to all grades. Students undergo an audition in the fall. The troupe meets regularly and plays in matches against other area schools. Students learn teamwork, quick thinking & sharpen their acting skills through improv. 


Computer Science Club

Sponsors - Ryan Nutt, Chris Hudson
The computer club is a group of students interested in computer programming contests and computer technologies. Club members are responsible for hosting the Taylor High School programming contest which in the past has had 100 + teams compete. Additionally, team members travel to other school for programming competitions. 


Dance Team Pacesetters

Sponsors - Darby Boyd, Sarah Peterson
Pacesetter tryouts are open to any 9th, 10th or 11th grade student who is interested in being a part of a spirit dance group representing THS. A mandatory parent information meeting is held in early March informing parents of financial obligations, mandatory events, and requirements of the team members. A week long clinic is held after school to prepare the girls for try-outs on that Friday. The try-outs are held in March. Pacesetters is a year-round activity.


Debate  

Sponsors - Gay Hollis, Greg McGee
Taylor Speech and Debate is an organization that competes in a variety of speech, debate, and interpretation contests at the local, state, and national levels. Events include speaking on current events, prepared oratorical speeches, improvisational speeches, debates on government policy or values in conflict, student congress, solo and duet dramatic or humorous performances, and interpretive reading Membership is open to any student in grades 9 – 12.​

website​

Family, Career and Community  Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Sponsors - Hope Tilford, Kala McDowell
FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become strong leaders in families, careers and communities through family and consumer sciences education. It’s members are student through 12th grade who are taking or have taken family and consumer sciences courses.” (could have taken in junior high also)


French Club

Sponsors - Adena Sealock
The French Club is available to any Taylor student who is interested in the French language and culture. Officer elections are held in the fall. Membership is open year-round. There are no dues. Activities include enjoying French food, watching movies in French, going to art museums, and other social gatherings.


Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) 

Sponsor - Kyle Brown
Anyone can join FBLA. There are no prerequisites. Members participate in community service projects as well as compete in area and state competitions. Attendance at monthly meetings is required. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) contributes to the advancement of leadership, citizenship, personal growth, academic, and technological skills. Competitive events enhance career/job preparation, workplace competencies, self confidence, and the instructional program.


FFA

Sponsors - Sara Burke, David Laird​, ​Jerry Shimek​
FFA is a national youth group that promotes agriculture. Students raise and show animals at livestock shows, such as Houston Livestock Show and the Katy ISD Livestock Show. FFA members compete in judging and leadership contests. Students can receive scholarships, attend State and National Conventions, leadership training, etc. Anyone can join if they are enrolled in an Agriculture Science class. Visit our website at:

National FFA Organization 
Taylor FFA​


German Club

Sponsors - Sarah Smith
The German Club is open to any THS student who is currently taking German, has taken German, or just has an interest in the language and the culture.  Club membership (dues are $5.00) allows students the opportunity to get together on an informal basis to practice speaking German, to learn more about the culture and history of the country, to dine in German speaking restaurants and to attend cultural events. 

website​​​

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

Sponsor - Phuong Nguyen
HOSA is a national leadership organization specifically for secondary and post-secondary students enrolled in Health Care Science classes. $15 membership fees enroll them at the local, state national levels. Students meet occasionally, after school. Tentative plans include involvement in a local charity, arranging volunteer opportunities at local health care facilities and faculty Blood Pressure screening. A major part of HOSA is the competitions held each spring. A fundraiser is planned for the winter to raise money for the State competition.


International Cultural Society (ICS)

Sponsors - Mary Ann Morrison
ICS is a club designed to increase student awareness of different international cultures. Any student interested in learning more about other cultures and teachers others about these cultures/countries is encouraged to join. Dues are $5.00 for returning members and $20 for new students which includes the t-shirt. Membership is open for the first month of each semester. Officer elections will be held at the end of the school for the following year. Activities include experiencing restaurants, offering international cuisine, trips to museums, foreign film viewings, service projects for the needy, guest speakers, dance lessons, and cultural field trips.


Jet Band

Sponsors - Michael Ary, Bruce Melville, John Cabot
The JET Band offers a wide variety of educational and performance opportunities through its five concert bands, marching band, jazz ensemble, winter guard, and private lesson program. The experiences that come with membership in the JET Band build academic excellence, discipline, character, pride, and self-confidence at a crucial age, which forms the springboard to even greater achievements in adulthood.
Website Link:  http://www.jetband.org/


Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS)

Sponsor -
JETS is organized for students interested in careers in engineering. The club invites Engineers to address the club and participates in academic contests. 


Latin Club

Sponsor - Andrew Kimball​
Latin Club is an organization that promotes the study of Latin through social and service activities, competitions and field trips. 


Mane Event 

Sponsor - Stace Hitt
This is the school newspaper, which is produced by the newspaper class. The Mane Event staff produces the entire newspaper on the computer. The paper is produced 8-10 times a year and is available to all students. Unsolicited articles by non-staffers may also be used. Students interested in joining the Mane Event staff should enroll in journalism or photojournalism.  

Website


Model United Nations

Sponsor - Efrain Gutierrez
The Model UN presents annually a Model United Nations Conference in which schools represent UN member states, with students role playing the parts of UN delegates from those countries in various UN committees and agencies. The purpose of Model UN is to educate high school students in the goals, history, structure and functioning of the UN.


Mu Alpha Theta

Sponsor - Christina Chan
This national mathematics organization is for students interested in mathematics. For full membership status, students must be enrolled in at least Algebra II with a "B" average in mathematics. Students who are not yet in Algebra II are associate members. The club participates in academic contests during the year and hosts a Taylor Academic Tournament with JETS for Houston area high schools in the spring.


National Honor Society (NHS)

Sponsor - Christina Chan​                                                      
Taylor’s chapter of the National Honor Society is open to junior and senior students who have at least a 3.75 GPA and receive teacher recommendations. Students become eligible to apply for in the spring of their sophomore year. Applications are mailed home to eligible students in late March.

Website​


Orchestra 

Sponsor - Clint Capshaw, Tiffany Webb
The Taylor Orchestra is a comprehensive program with four string orchestras (Chamber, Philharmonic, Concert Blue, and Concert Orchestra) and a full orchestra (Symphony). Our students perform a series of concerts at THS and in the community. They also compete at UIL and TMEA contests throughout the year.

Website


Peer Assistants and Leadership (PALS) 

Sponsor - Misty Glover
This is a junior-senior class that students must be nominated, interviewed, and invited to join. PALs visit local elementary and junior highs working one-on-one with younger students.​


Pre-Medical Society

​Sponsor - Lisa Estill

To host events that better prepare members to one day become part of the medical workforce such as guest lecturers, dissections, volunteer opportunities, etc.; to provide an opportunity for members to develop interest in the medical field; to offer support and encouragement to one another; and to ultimately have a career committed to healing while giving back to the community.​


Psychology Club

Sponsor - Sheila Lundell

To experiment and test certain psychological phenomenon and create our own theories about psychology.​


Robotics​​ - Phoenix

Sponsor - Mr. Ferland, Mr. Brown
Taylor High School's Robotics team designs, builds, and markets a robot to play a different game each year. Talk to Mr. Ferland (Room 2560) or Mr. Brown (Room 2250). 

Canvas page - https://katyisd.instructure.com/courses/138101 


Science Club

Sponsor - 

The Science Club is organized for students interested in careers in engineering. The club invites engineers to address the club and participates in competitions that are engineering and science based, such as BEST Robotics, Science Olympiad, and the Science Bowl.​


Sociedad Honoraria Hispania - (Spanish National Honor Society) - SHH

Sponsor - Nitzia Guillen​
SHH is designed for students with a minimum of three years in Spanish studies and have maintained an honor average in Spanish classes. Selection process to SHH is based on student character, leadership, honesty, service, and commitment to the organization. Consideration is also given to GPA in overall classes.


Spanish Club

Sponsor - Buffy Brummett​
The club participates in a wide variety of social, cultural and community service activities. Members organize food and clothing drives, mentor elementary students in after school Spanish programs, attend and compete in the Pan American Student Forum convention in San Antonio, enjoy social outings to local Mexican restaurants, listen to guest speakers on international travel and culture, as well as many other functions and events. Membership is open to all students. 


Student Council 

Sponsor - Sandra Weems
Student Council is a leadership organization that anyone can join. STUCO members lead the school in helping out others in the community with such events as Big Feast (we raise money to feed 200 families a Thanksgiving feast), Pajama Day (we raise money for Easter Seals), Santa Cops (we raise money to provide gifts for 20 children for Christmas, and every year we have SPUD week (we raise money for Taylor families through talent shows, etc.). We are also in charge of Homecoming and Pep Rallies to lead the school on with spirit!!

Come join us today in room 2190!​


Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE)

Sponsor -
TAFE is a club for any student who has an interest in becoming a teacher and who enjoys working with elementary students 2-3 times a week after our school day is over. The club actively participates in district and statewide events and conventions. 


Taylor Anglers Club

Sponsor -
Community service organization that assists elementary school fishing clubs with their outings. The club also goes fishing with the members at various ponds near Katy.​


​Taylorian Art and Literary Magazine

Sponsor - ​
Showcasing the many talented students of Taylor High School and celebrating artistic expression channeled via writing and art, in its many different forms.  


Taylor Playmakers

Sponsor - Sara Blumber, Julie Williams
Taylor’s Theatre Production Company - The Taylor PlayMakers produce full-scale plays and musicals throughout the year in both the Black Box and Performing Arts Center. Auditions for most positions in the cast and crew are open to all Taylor students, though advanced positions are available only to theatre students.  

Website


THS Book Club

Sponsor - Robin Dickey

The students refer to it as the Underground book club and they read anything they want and discuss their selections each week. New books and also brought to their attention. To join, see Ms. Gunderson in the library. Meetings are held on Tuesdays in the library during enrichment.​​​


University Interscholastic League (UIL)               

Sponsor -
An academic event at the UIL spring meet which involves team and individual competition. Students take tests in different areas: Accounting, Calculator, Computer Applications, Computer Science, Current Events, Debate & Speech,
Journalism, Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Number Sense, One Act Play, Ready Writing, Science, Social Studies, Spelling.


Yearbook - Stampede 

Sponsor - Stace Hitt
A group of students in the yearbook class publish the Stampede every year. There is a selection process for this activity.

 
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