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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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  • 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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  • From the Desk of the Principal
    We are so proud!

    Last update / Actualización: 03/04/2015  ||  Photo: Juanma Cantos

    We are so proud!

    Dear Parents:
    I want to congratulate our Name That Book team who won first place in the first round of the district competition. Congratulations go to William Artigas-Wright, Isabell Brantley, Audrey Marston, Natalie Gonzales, Lyla Breland, and J’vion Miles! They will go on to the district level competition in a couple of weeks. We are so proud of them! I also want to thank Ms. Hardin for working hard with our kids to get them ready.
    Kindergarten parents, the district sent out information on Friday about the re norming of the scores for the K Iowa/Logramos tests. As soon as we receive the new scores from the district, we will get them out to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
    Several parents have asked about summer school. I still have not heard anything from the district with definitive details, but will let you know as soon as I do.
    We will have our March Garden Work Day on March 7th from 9-11. Please come out and help us as we do some spring cleaning on our grounds.
    John Baker
    Helms Elementary

    ¡Estamos muy orgullosos!

    Estimados padres:
    Quiero dar la enhorabuena a nuestro equipo de "Nombra ese libro", quienes ganaron la primera ronda de la competición del distrito. ¡Felicidades a William Artigas-Wright, Isabell Brantley, Audrey Marston, Natalie Gonzales, Lyla Breland y J’vion Miles! Van a competir a nivel de distrito en un par de semanas. ¡Estamos muy orgullosos de ellos! También quiero dar las gracias a la Sra. Hardin por trabajar muy duro con nuestros niños para prepararlos.
    Padres de los alumnos de Kindergarten, el distrito envió información el viernes acerca de la normativa de los resultados de los exámenes de Iowa/Logramos. Tan pronto como tengamos los nuevos resultados del distrito, se los haremos llegar. Por favor no duden en ponerse en contacto conmigo si tienen alguna pregunta.
    Algunos padres me han preguntado sobre la escuela de verano. Todavía no he oído nada del distrito con detalles definitivos, pero se lo comunicaré tan pronto como lo sepa.
    Vamos a tener nuestro día de trabajo en el jardín el 7 de marzo de 9 a 11. Por favor vengan a ayudarnos a hacer algunas limpiezas de primavera en nuestros jardines.
    John Baker
    Escuela Primaria Helms

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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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  • Helms Headlines

    Last update / Actualización: 02/18/2015

    8th Relatives As Parents Conference at DePelchin Children's Center

    The social worker at Helms, Ms. Lee Anne Aluotto, informs, at her section at Helms website, about the 8th Relatives As Parents Conference that will take place at DePelchin Children's Center (4950 Memorial Drive) on March 7th.
    You can access PDF brochures by clicking on the following links:
    (PDF) 8th Relatives As Parents Conference Brochure (3/7/15)
    (PDF) 8a. Conferencia de Abuelos y otros Familiares como Padres (3/7/15)
    Watch the video above to know more about DePelchin Children's Center.

    8a. Conferencia de Abuelos y otros Familiares como Padres en DePelchin Children's Center

    La trabajadora social de Helms, Ms. Lee Anne Aluotto, informa en su sección en la web de Helms sobre la 8a. Conferencia de Abuelos y otros Familiares como Padres que tendrá lugar en DePelchin Children's Center (4950 Memorial Drive) el 7 de marzo.
    Puede acceder directamente a los PDF informativos haciendo clic en los siguientes enlaces:
    (PDF) 8th Relatives As Parents Conference Brochure (3/7/15)
    (PDF) 8a. Conferencia de Abuelos y otros Familiares como Padres (3/7/15)
    Vea el video de más arriba para tener más información sobre DePelchin Children's Center.

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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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