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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
    We’ll see everyone on January 6th!

    Last update / Actualización: 12/17/2014  ||  Photo: Juanma Cantos

    We’ll see everyone on January 6th!

    Dear Parents:
    I want to thank the PTA for putting on the Winter Festival on Saturday and thank all of you who came out to have some fun and support our school. The food was good, and I didn’t realize we had so many karaoke stars at Helms! I hope that each of your families is able to enjoy all of the pleasures of the holiday season with your loved ones and friends over the next couple of weeks. Please be sure that your kids keep reading over the break to keep their brains active!
    We are sending home Helms School Report Card for 2013-14 today. This gives information on last year’s test scores and the accountability system. We are also sending home the iStation reports for each student. Dual Language students will receive reports for both languages. Some Dual Language students in grades 4 and 5 may not receive a Spanish report due to limitations in iStation. If they do not receive one, it means they are above a third grade reading level in Spanish. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions about either of these.
    Have a great holiday and we’ll see everyone on January 6th!
    Thank you,
    John Baker
    Helms Elementary

    ¡Les veremos a todos el 6 de enero!

    Queridos padres:
    Quiero darles las gracias al PTA por organizar el Festival de Invierno el sábado y gracias a todos ustedes que vinieron a pasarlo bien y a apoyar a nuestra escuela. La comida fue buena y yo no me había dado cuenta que teníamos ¡tantas estrellas que cantan karaoke en Helms! Espero que todas las familias puedan disfrutar de todos los placeres de la temporada de vacaciones con sus seres queridos y amigos durante las dos próximas semanas. Por favor asegúrese que sus hijos(as) siguen leyendo durante las vacaciones para seguir ejercitando su cerebro.
    Vamos a enviar a la casa el Reporte de calificaciones de la Escuela Helms del 2013-14 hoy. Esto proporciona información sobre los resultados del año pasado y el sistema de rendición de cuentas. También vamos a enviar a casa los informes de iStation para todos los alumnos. Los alumnos del programa de lenguaje dual recibirán informes en los dos idiomas. Algunos alumnos del programa dual en los grados 4º y 5º puede que no reciban un informe en español debido a las limitaciones de iStation. Si no reciben uno eso quiere decir que están por encima del nivel de lectura en tercer grado en español. Por favor no duden en ponerse en contacto conmigo si tienen alguna pregunta sobre alguno de estos.
    ¡Tengan unas estupendas vacaciones y les veremos a todos el 6 de enero!
    John Baker
    Escuela Primaria Helms

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  • Helms Headlines
    Applying for the Helms Dual Language PK-5 Magnet Programs

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

    Applying for the Helms Dual Language PK-5 Magnet Programs

    Magnet school applications are due on Dec. 19!
    If you are interested in applying for our elementary PK – 5 Dual Language Magnet Program for the 2015 – 2016 school year you will need to apply through HISD’s new parent online application system.
    If you wish to turn in a paper application please click HERE for printable PreK-K applications or HERE for the Elementary ones.
    Interested parents are invited to come visit Helms PK-5 Dual Language and have a tour of our program next Tuesday, December 16th, at 9:00 AM

    Aplicaciones para el Programa Magnet de Lenguaje Dual de Helms PK-5

    Las solicitudes para escuelas Magnet deben ser entregadas antes del 19 de diciembre.
    Si está interesado en entregar una solicitud de inscripción para el Programa Magnet de Lenguaje Dual a nivel primaria PK-5, para el año escolar 2015 – 2016, usted deberá utilizar el nuevo sistema de inscripción por Internet del Distrito Escolar de Houston (HISD).
    Si desea entregar una aplicación en papel, por favor haga clic en este enlace para descargar la solicitud para PreK o Kinder. O, en su caso, haga clic en este otro enlace para aplicaciones para Elementary.
    Los padres interesados están invitados a venir a visitar la escuela y tener una visita de nuestro programa el próximo martes, 16 de diciembre, a las 9:00 AM.

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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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