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


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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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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 update / Actualización: 10/22/2014  ||  Photo: Mr. John Baker


    Good Things Are Happening At Helms!

    Dear Parents:

    This past week, I received official notification that Helms has been taken off probationary status for the Magnet program. That is good news for our school community!

    I need your help with late arrivals to school. We are having many students arrive after 8:00 am. When students arrive late, it is harder for them to get their day started and they miss the beginning of instruction. We want all students to help start their day in a way that sets them up for success. Please help us help your child by making sure that they arrive at school no later than 8:00 am each day.

    Next week, we have parent conferences on our Early Dismissal at 12:30 on Wednesday, October 29th. You should have heard from your teacher by now about setting up a time for a parent conference. If you can't make it next Wednesday, your teacher can arrange another convenient time for you to meet. Also, we will have our Book Character Parade at 1:30 on Friday, October 31st Students can dress up as their favorite book character. They need to bring the book that their character is in and their costume to school. Students will change in to their costumes at 1 :00 for the parade at 1:30. Students may not have weapons as part of a costume and may not wear their costume all day. At 1:30, PK will lead the parade around the school. Of course, parents are invited!

    The PTA is trying to make a Helms Directory. If you would like to have your name in the PTA directory, you must fill out the directory form with the PTA. Please stop by the office to get your form.

    Let's make it a great week!

    John Baker
    Principal
    Helms Elementary
    713 867 5130

    ¡Vamos a hacer que sea una gran semana en Helms!

    Estimados padres:

    22 de octubre del 2014 Estimados padres: La semana pasada recibi Ia notificacion oficial que el programa Magnet de Helms ya no esta en estado de prueba. ¡Estas son muy buenas noticias para nuestra escuela!

    Necesito su ayuda con Ia llegada tarde a Ia escuela. Tenemos muchos estudiantes que llegan despues de las 8:00 am. Cuando los alumnos llegan tarde, es mas dificil para ellos comenzar el dia y se pierden el principia de Ia instruccion. Queremos que todos nuestros alumnos comiencen el dfa de una manera que les prepare para tener exito. Por favor ayudenos, asegurandose que su hijo(a) llega a Ia escuela no mas tarde de las 8:00 am todos los dias.

    La semana proxima tenemos conferencias con los padres en nuestro dia de salida temprano a las 12:30 el miercoles 29 de octubre. El maestro(a) de su hijo(a) ya ha debido ponerse en contacto con usted para programar una conferencia con usted. Si no puede venir el proximo miercoles, su maestro( a) puede acordar con usted un tiempo para tener una conferencia. Tambien vamos a tener nuestro Desfile de personajes de Iibras de cuentos a Ia 1:30 el 31 de octubre Los alum nos pueden disfrazarse como su personaje favorite de un cuento. Los alumnos tienen que traer ellibro en el que se encuentra su personaje y su disfraz a Ia escuela. Los alum nos se pond ran su disfraz a Ia 1 :00 para el desfile a Ia 1 :30. Los alum nos no pueden tener armas como parte del disfraz y no pueden llevar su disfraz todo el dia. El desfile comenzara a Ia 1 :30 con PK al frente alrededor de Ia escuela. i Por supuesto, los padres estan invitados!

    El PTA esta intentando crear un directorio de Helms. Si le gustaria incluir su nombre en el directorio del PTA, tiene que rellenar el impreso del directorio del PTA. Por favor pase porIa oficina para obtener su impreso.

    ¡Vamos a hacer que esta sea una gran semana en Helms!

    John Baker
    Director
    Escuela Primaria Helms
    713 867 5130

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  • Helms Headlines

    Last update / Actualización: 09/15/2014  ||  Photo: Juanma Cantos


    Parent Corner

    “LOVE YOURSELF, BE DRUG FREE.”

    Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

    Red Ribbon Week, between Monday, October 27th and Friday, October 31st, kicks off our drug and alcohol prevention month and segues into our lesson on “Resisting Peer Pressure”. It is during these prime years that children are influenced by what adults and peer are doing and are giving in to peer pressure. Our children need to be educated on the dangers of using and abusing alcohol and drugs.

    Sooper Puppy videos are very successful with elementary aged children. You can “youtube” them, watch with your children and discuss afterwards. 

    An example of a Sooper Puppy link is: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=sooper+puppy+videos&FORM=VIRE5#view=detail&mid=356E94C7DAC53C639FD6356E94C7DAC53C639FD6

    This will bring you to many others you can watch together and talk about!

    A few “Self Esteem” and “Peer Pressure” activities you can do with your children are as follows:

    1. prepare a list of your Positives

    Prepare a handy list of their positives with them - positive traits, accomplishments, skills or feedback - whatever it is that you are most proud of.

    Read the list to your children every day, first thing in the morning or before they go to bed. Don't just read it - but visualize and spend a couple of seconds on each item in the list, savoring the pride that they may feel.

    2. Work alongside them while they do something they are good at and enjoy doing.

    3. PUT SELF-ESTEEM POSTERS on the wall with them, so they can see it first thing in the morning.

     

    1.     DEFINE IT! Peer pressure: social pressure from members of your group to accept certain beliefs or act in certain ways in order to be accepted.

    1. Good communication. Ask your child how their day was and what happened regularly, even if they seem annoyed. In fact, if they seem upset or annoyed about your questions they've probably had a rough day. Always be open and ready to listen when your child decides to come to you.
    2. Be involved. Share in your child's favorite activities with them. Be aware of what movies, TV shows, books, music and websites they like. Also, know where your child is at all times and get to know their friends.
    3. Take a breather. When your child is asked to engage in a particular activity, encourage them to step back and think about it. For example, if their friend just called and asked them to go skating maybe they'll say, "I have to talk it over with my mom, I'll call you back shortly." This will give your child the chance to discuss the details and allow you to come to a decision together. Additionally, when a complex or hard decision is at stake, encourage your child to make a pros and cons list with you. This will help them feel less stressed about the decision and also see probable outcomes.
    4. Lay the law. Establish rules that are followed regularly. Homework should be completed before playtime, every day. You might also decide to assign weekly age-appropriate chores that have to be completed.
    5. Healthy relationships. Talk to your child about the qualities they look for a friend. You can also encourage healthy social get-togethers like play dates.
    6. Talk about the future. Talk with your school-aged child about things they might hear about in school, such as drugs, alcohol and sex. You'll want to explain the dangers and consequences of participating in such activities. You can also supplement your talks by watching movies or television shows with your child that address these issues appropriately and shows real life consequences.

    THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTED RESOURCES ARE: Offering Sliding Scale and Free support, counseling and outreach to children and their parents.

    1.     The Council On Alcohol and Drugs-  Phone Number: 713-942-4100   Website: http://www.council-houston.org/

    2.     The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans- Phone Number: 713-967-6700  Website:  www.aama.org

    3.     Family Services of Greater Houston- Phone Number: 713-861-4849   Website: www.familyservices.org

    4.     Casa De Amigos- Phone Number-  Phone Number: 713-222-2272   Website: www.harrishealth.org

     

    AND ALWAYS REMEMBER WHEN IN DOUBT, DIAL 2-1-1, UNITED WAY!

     

    We will hold our next Volunteer/Garden Club Meeting on Wednesday, November 12th at 10:00am. Please join us and find out all the ways you can contribute to our educational community and the success of our students.

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    "Ámate a ti mismo, ESTAR LIBRE DE DROGAS."

     

    Los hijos de padres que hablan con sus adolescentes regularmente acerca de las drogas son 42% menos propensos a consumir drogas que los que no lo hacen, sin embargo, sólo una cuarta parte de los adolescentes reportan tener estas conversaciones.

    Semana del Listón Rojo, entre Lunes, 27 de octubre y el viernes, 31 de octubre comienza nuestro mes de drogas y la prevención del alcoholismo y da paso a la lección sobre "Resistir Peer Presura". Es durante estos años primeros que los niños están influenciados por lo que los adultos y los compañeros están haciendo y están dando a la presión de grupo. Nuestros niños necesitan ser educados sobre los peligros del uso y abuso de alcohol y drogas.

    Vídeos Sooper del perrito son muy exitosos con niños de primaria. Puede "youtube" ellos, ver con sus hijos y discutir después.
    Un ejemplo de un enlace Sooper Puppy es:

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=sooper+puppy+videos&FORM=VIRE5#view=detail&mid=356E94C7DAC53C639FD6356E94C7DAC53C639FD6 Esto le llevará a muchos otros se puede ver juntos y hablar!
    Unos "Self Esteem" y actividades "Peer Pressure" que puede hacer con sus hijos son los siguientes:
    1. PREPARAR UNA LISTA DE LOS POSITIVOS
    Prepare una lista a la mano de sus aspectos positivos con ellos - los rasgos positivos, logros, habilidades o retroalimentación - lo que sea que usted está más orgulloso.
    Lea la lista a sus hijos todos los días, a primera hora de la mañana o antes de irse a la cama. No se limite a leer - pero visualizar y pasar un par de segundos en cada elemento de la lista, saboreando el orgullo que se pueden sentir.
    2. Trabajar junto a ellos mientras hacen algo que es bueno y disfrutar haciendo.
    3. PUT POSTERS AUTOESTIMA en la pared con ellos, para que puedan ver a primera hora de la mañana.

    1. Definirlo! La presión de grupo: la presión social de los miembros de su grupo para aceptar ciertas creencias o actuar de cierta manera con el fin de ser aceptado.
    2. buena comunicación. Pregúntele a su hijo cómo era su día y lo que ocurrió con regularidad, incluso si parecen molestos. De hecho, si parecen molestos o molesto por sus preguntas que probablemente ha tenido un día difícil. Siempre estar abiertos y dispuestos a escuchar cuando su hijo decide ir a vosotros.
    3. Participar. Compartir en las actividades favoritas de su hijo con ellos. Sea consciente de lo que las películas, programas de televisión, libros, música y sitios web que les gusta. También, saber dónde está su hijo en todo momento y conocer a sus amigos.
    4. Tome un respiro. Cuando se le preguntó a su hijo a participar en una actividad en particular, animarles a dar un paso atrás y pensar en ello. Por ejemplo, si su amigo acaba de llamar y le pidió ir a patinar tal vez van a decir: "Tengo que hablarlo con mi mamá, me volveré a llamar en breve." Esto le dará a su hijo la oportunidad de discutir los detalles y le permitirá llegar a una decisión juntos. Además, cuando una decisión compleja o difícil que está en juego, anime a su hijo a hacer una lista de pros y contras con usted. Esto les ayudará a sentirse menos estresados ​​acerca de la decisión y también ver los resultados probables.
    5. Coloque la ley. Establecer reglas que se siguen regularmente. La tarea debe ser completada antes de la hora del recreo, todos los días. Usted también puede decidir asignar tareas apropiadas para su edad semanales que tienen que ser completado.
    6. Relaciones Saludables. Hable con su hijo acerca de las cualidades que buscan un amigo. También puede alentar sanas reuniones sociales como reuniones de juego.
    7. Hablar sobre el futuro. Hable con su niño en edad escolar acerca de las cosas que podrían oír hablar en la escuela, como las drogas, el alcohol y el sexo. Usted querrá explicar los peligros y las consecuencias de participar en dichas actividades. También puede complementar sus conversaciones por ver películas o programas de televisión con su hijo que se ocupan de estas cuestiones de manera adecuada y muestra las consecuencias de la vida real.

    RECURSOS DESTACADOS DEL MES SON: Ofreciendo Escala y gratis de asistencia, asesoramiento y divulgación deslizante para los niños y sus padres.
    1. El Consejo sobre el alcohol y Drogas- Teléfono: 713-942-4100 Sitio web:
    http://www.council-houston.org/

    2. La Asociación para el Progreso de Teléfono mexicana americanos-: 713-967-6700 Sitio web: www.aama.org

    3. familiares Servicios de Número de teléfono: 713-861-4849 Mayor Houston- Sitio web: www.familyservices.org

    4. Casa De Amigos- número de teléfono: Número de teléfono: 713-222-2272 Sitio web: www.harrishealth.org



    Y RECUERDE SIEMPRE CUANDO EN DUDA, llame al 2-1-1, UNITED WAY!

    Vamos a celebrar nuestra próxima Voluntario / Jardín Reunión del Club el miércoles 12 de noviembre a las 10:00 am. Por favor, únase a nosotros y descubre todas las maneras que usted puede contribuir a nuestra comunidad educativa y el éxito de nuestros estudiantes.


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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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