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Dual Language Magnet


An additive bilingual program for Spanish-speaking students and a foreign language immersion program for English-speaking students.

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International Spanish Academy


Helms is part of an international cooperative educational project between public schools in the USA and the Ministry of Education of Spain.

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Vanguard & G/T Programs


A flexible system of viable program options that meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students.

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Media & Technology Programs


All students receive instruction of the State Technology Standards provided by teachers during assigned computer lab times.

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This program works with parents who have children aged 3 and 4, at home or attending school in Pre-K.

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After School Program


Monday to Friday, for a fee, student activities are available from 3:20 - 6:00 p.m.

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  • From the Desk of the Principal
    Last few weeks of the school year

    Last update / Actualización: 03/25/2015  ||  Photo: Juanma Cantos

    Last few weeks of the school year

    Dear Parents:
    I hope that everyone had a relaxing and restful Spring Break! The last few weeks of the school year can become quite hectic. Report cards go home this Friday and we have a holiday the next Friday, April 3rd.
    4th and 5th grade students will take the first set of STAAR tests next week. 4th Grade will take the writing test on Monday and Tuesday and 5th grade will take the reading test on Tuesday. Please make sure that 4th and 5th grade students are on time and well rested so they can shine on those days. On STAAR testing days, parents will not be allowed to eat with students at lunch so that we can maintain the testing environment.
    On May 16, we will have our first International Festival from 11 to 1. The International Festival will be an opportunity for members of our school community who are from other places to share their country with everyone else. Members of our staff are setting up booths to show off their home countries. If you would like to set up a booth for your country, where you can let your country shine with a flag, food, music, or pictures, please contact Ms. Aluotto at the school. If you know a group that would like to perform to share dances, songs, or music from another country, please contact Ms. Aluotto as well.
    I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate our Teacher of the Year, Ms. Jerrols, and our Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Ms. Marcelo. These hard working teachers were selected by their peers to represent Helms as the Teachers of the Year. We are so proud of them!
    John Baker
    Helms Elementary

    Las últimas semanas del año escolar

    Estimados padres:
    Espero que todos hayan tenido unas relajadas y descansadas vacaciones de primavera. Las pocas y últimas semanas del año escolar pueden ser bastante frenéticas. Las calificaciones se envían a casa este viernes y tenemos vacaciones el próximo viernes 3 de abril.
    Los alumnos de 4º y 5º grado van a tomar el primer grupo de los exámenes de STAAR la próxima semana. 4º grado tomará el examen de escritura el lunes y el martes, y los alumnos de 5º tomarán el examen de lectura. Por favor, asegúrense de que los alumnos de 4º y 5º grado llegan a tiempo y están bien descansados para que puedan brillar en esos días. En los días de los exámenes de STAAR, los padres no pueden venir a comer con los alumnos a la hora de la comida para que podamos mantener la confidencialidad de los exámenes.
    El 16 de mayo vamos a celebrar nuestro primer festival internacional de 11 a 1. El festival internacional será una oportunidad para los miembros de nuestra comunidad escolar que son de otros lugares para compartir sus países con todos los demás. Los miembros de nuestro personal van a poner puestos para mostrar sus países. Si a usted le gustaría poner un puesto para mostrar su país, con su bandera, comida, música o fotografías por favor póngase en contacto con la Sra. Aluotto en la escuela. Si conoce a algún grupo al que le gustaría actuar con bailes, canciones o música de otros países por favor póngase en contacto también con la Sra. Aluotto.
    También me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para dar la enhorabuena a nuestra maestra del año, la Srta. Jerrols y a nuestra maestra bilingüe del año, la Srta. Marcelo. Estas dos maestras que trabajan tan duro han sido elegidas por sus compañeros para representar a Helms como maestras del año ¡Estamos muy orgullosos de ellas!
    John Baker
    Escuela Primaria Helms

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  • Helms Headlines

    Last update / Actualización: 03/24/2015

    ECHOS Food Fair, on Saturday

    ECHOS (Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services) will be hosting monthly Food Fair at Iglesia Episcopal Santa Maria Virgen – 9600 Huntington Place, Houston 77099 on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
    You can read more clicking on the following link:
    (PDF) Food Fair Brochure (3/28/15)

    La Feria de la Comida de ECHOS, este sábado

    ECHOS (Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services) acoge la Feria de la Comida mensual, que tiene lugar el sábado, 28 de marzo, en la Iglesia Episcopal Santa Maria Virgen – 9600 Huntington Place, Houston 77099.
    Puede informarse haciendo clic en el siguiente enlace:
    (PDF) Food Fair Brochure (3/28/15)

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  • Helms Headlines
    Lost and Found

    Last update / Actualización: 03/10/2015  ||  Photo: Juanma Cantos

    Lost and Found

    Dear Parents,
    Our Lost and Found is overflowing with clothes, especially sweaters and jackets. PLEASE come look through it and claim what is yours. If the items in Lost and Found are not retrieved soon, then per the Helms' Handbook we will donate them.
    Also, In the future, please write your child’s name in their jackets so if they leave them around the school and outside I can return them to their proper owners.
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and take a look!
    Enjoy your Spring Break.
    Lee Anne Aluotto, LPC
    Social Worker
    Helms Elementary

    Objetos Perdidos

    Estimados padres:
    Nuestra sección de "Objetos Perdidos" está repleta de ropa, sobre todo de suéters y chamarras. POR FAVOR, venga a buscar entre ellos y reclamar los suyos. Si los objetos perdidos del "Lost and Found" no son recogidos pronto, entonces, siguiendo el Handbook de Helms, los donaremos.
    En el futuro, por favor, escriba el nombre de su hijo o hija en la chamarra para que, si la dejan olvidada en la escuela o alrededor de ella, la pueda devolver a su dueño.
    Gracias por tomarse tiempo en venir y echar un vistazo.
    Disfrute de las vacaciones de Primavera.
    Lee Anne Aluotto, LPC
    Trabajadora Social
    Escuela Primaria Helms

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  • HISD News

    Last update / Actualización: 03/05/2015

    Free events for parents

    The Family Learning Academy offers free workshops, resources, and strategies to help your child succeed. The program connects HISD families with the tools and information they need to help their children graduate from high school, enroll in college, and pursue a rewarding career.

    Hispanic Parent Summit - Feria Educativa Hispana

    Where: Anderson Elementary
    When: Sat. March 7, 2015
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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    The Hispanic Parent Summit is being co-sponsored by District IX Board Trustee Wanda Adams and will offer a panel and workshops in Spanish to help parents plan their child's path to graduation. Univision Emmy award winner Raul Peimbert will offer the keynote address.

    School Choice Forum

    Where: Stevenson MS
    When: Fri. April 10, 2015
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    Summer Family Resource Fair

    Where: Piney Point Elementary
    When: Sat. May 9, 2015
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    District II Parent Leaders Summit

    Where: Hattie Mae White Support Building
    When: Sat. May 16, 2015
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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  • HISD News
    HISD moving forward with plan to identify G/T kindergarten students

    Last update / Actualización: 02/27/2015  ||  Photo: Juanma Cantos

    HISD moving forward with plan to identify G/T kindergarten students

    HISD’s work to identify gifted and talented (G/T) kindergarten students will be completed on schedule, now that a testing company has addressed the district’s concerns about the credibility of one of the exams used in the G/T identification process.

    HISD administrators began reviewing the G/T identification process earlier this month after being informed by the testing company of an anomaly in the scoring of the kindergarten Iowa Test of Basic Skills. The test — which places students on a national scale and shows how they compare with their peers across the country — is one of several factors used to identify students for HISD’s G/T Program. Other factors include report cards, teacher recommendations, and performance on the Cognitive Abilities Test.

    Read more about it at HISD's website CLICKING HERE.

    Or CLICK HERE to read (PDF format) the letter to parents by Dan Gohl, Chief Academic Officer, that explains the district’s solution in regard to the anomaly found in the scoring of the kindergarten Iowa exam for English students and the Logramos exam for Spanish students which resulted in non-credible G/T rankings.

    HISD sigue con el plan para identificar a estudiantes de kindergarten dotados y talentosos

    El trabajo de HISD para identificar a los estudiantes de kindergarten dotados y talentosos (G/T) se terminó a tiempo, ahora que una compañía de pruebas ha abordado las preocupaciones del distrito sobre la credibilidad de uno de los exámenes utilizados en el proceso de identificación de G/T.

    Administradores de HISD comenzaron a revisar el proceso de identificación de G/T a principios de este mes, después de haber sido informados por la compañía de pruebas de una anomalía en las puntuaciones del Iowa-Logramos Test of Basic Skills. La prueba -que coloca a los estudiantes a escala nacional y muestra cómo se comparan con sus pares de todo el país- es uno de varios factores usados para identificar a los estudiantes para el programa de G/T del HISD. Otros factores incluyen las boletas de calificaciones, recomendaciones de los maestros, y el rendimiento de las Prueba de Habilidades Cognitivas (Cognitive Abilities Test).

    Puede leer (en inglés) sobre este asunto en la website de HISD PULSANDO AQUI.

    O, si lo desea, PULSE AQUI para leer (en PDF) la carta enviada a los padres por Dan Gohl, Chief Academic Officer, que explica la solución del distrito en lo que respecta a la anomalía encontrada en el examen Iowa para estudiantes de Inglés y el examen Logramos para estudiantes de Español en kindergarten.

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  • HISD News
    Promotion Standards 2014-15

    Last update / Actualización: 09/12/2014  ||  Photo: Juanma Cantos

    Promotion Standards 2014-15

    On August 14, 2014, the HISD Board of Education suspended local policy provisions relating to successful performance on the mathematics assessment as a condition of promotion for students in grades 3 through 8 for the 2014–15 school year only.

    The 2014–15 school year will be the first year of implementation for the newly revised mathematics TEKS for kindergarten through grade 8. The Texas Education Agency has indicated that, due to the extensive nature of the changes in the mathematics TEKS for kindergarten through grade 8, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing program for students in grades 3–8 will be significantly affected by these changes. The spring 2015 STAAR mathematics assessment for students in grades 3–8 will involve a unique administration based on curriculum frameworks created with the revised TEKS. Because of this unique administration, only a raw score will be communicated to the district, retakes for mathematics for grades 5 and 8 will not be available, and the Student Success Initiative (SSI) grade advancement requirements for the mathematics STAAR will not apply. The SSI grade advancement requirements, however, will continue to apply for the STAAR reading assessment.

    Passing standards will be set during the summer of 2015 for campus accountability and district purposes.

    Revised Promotion Standards for 2014-15 are listed below:

    Grades 1 and 2

    Students must pass High Frequency Word Test –Recognizing and reading words that appear very often in written and spoken languageState requirement of overall yearly average of 70 or above and local requirement of an average of 70 or above in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.

    Grades 3, 4, and 5

    Students in grades 3-5 must pass STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) in reading. The STAAR Math assessment will still be administrated; however STAAR Math results are NOT a promotion standard this year.

    State requirement of overall yearly average of 70 or above and local requirement of an average of 70 or above in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.

    Additionally, all students must have sufficient attendance; a student’s total number of unexcused absences cannot exceed 10% of class meetings.

    Upcoming report cards will include summary information of revised promotion standards.

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  • HISD Current Events - Helms E.S.

    HISD students from Helms elementary school deliver news about their school's crossing guard Joy Wilson celebrating her 84th Birthday. Also, HISD recognized Mr. Raul Valdez as the district's 2014 crossing guard of the year.

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  • Lo Último en HISD - Primaria Helms

    Estudiantes de la Primaria Helms del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Houston reportan acerca de la celebración de cumpleaños de la Sra. Joy Wilson quien ha trabajado como guardia de cruce por 40 años.

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