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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
    Reading resource over the summer

    Last update / Actualización: 05/20/2015  ||  Photo: Juanma Cantos

    Reading resource over the summer

    Dear Parents:
    This week, you are receiving information about HISD’s Summer Reading Program. It is so important that our kids keep reading over the summer to avoid losing the gains they have made during the school year. The My On digital book collection is now finally available for our students to use, and they can use it from home this summer. Here are the steps to access My On at home.
    Go to:
    1) Type “HELMS” where school is asked for, and select our school.
    2) Type your iStation username.
    3) Type “myon” (*all lowercase*) for your password.
    4) If you are a returning user, pick a book and read! OR If it’s your first time, take the survey and the placement assessment, and THEN grab a book!
    I hope all of our kids can take advantage of this reading resource over the summer to keep their brains engaged.
    Next week is a short week and Thursday will be the last day of school! Just as a reminder, if you wish, your child could come to school in their Sunday best for the awards ceremonies.
    As a reminder, here are the events that are planned for next week:

    May 26 1st Awards 9:00
                2nd Awards 1:30
                K Field Trip to the Zoo
    May 27 3rd Awards 9:00
                4th Awards 1:30
                5th grade celebration 5:30-7:30
    May 28 5th Awards 9:00
                Last Day of School
    John Baker
    Helms Elementary

    Programa de Lectura de Verano

    Estimados padres:
    Esta semana van a recibir información sobre el programa de Lectura de Verano de HISD. Es muy importante que nuestros niños sigan leyendo todo el verano para evitar perder lo que han ganado durante el curso escolar. La colección de libros digitales My On está finalmente disponible para que la usen nuestros estudiantes y la pueden utilizar desde casa este verano. Estos son los pasos para acceder My On en casa.
    Vaya a:
    1) Escriba “HELMS” donde se le pide que escriba el nombre de la escuela (school) y escoja nuestra escuela.
    2) Su nombre de usuario (username) es el mismo que el de iStation.
    3) Escriba “myon” (*todo en letras minúsculas*) de contraseña (password).
    4) Si es un usuario que regresa, escoja un libro y ¡lea! O si es su primera vez, haga la encuesta y el examen de ubicación y ENTONCES ya puedes leer un libro!
    Espero que todos nuestros niños aprovechen este recurso de lectura durante el verano para mantener el cerebro ocupado.
    La semana que viene es una semana corta y ¡el jueves será el último día de escuela! Les recordamos, que si lo desean, su hijo(a) pueden venir con ropa de domingo para las ceremonias de premios.
    Como recordatorio, aquí están los eventos que tenemos planeados para la próxima semana:
    26 de mayo Premios de 1er grado a las 9:00
                        Premios de 2o grado a la 1:30
                        Excursión de K al Zoológico
    27 de mayo Premios de 3er grado a las 9:00
                       Premios de 4o grado a la 1:30
                       Celebración de 5o grado de 5:30 a 7:30
    28 de mayo Premios de 5o grado a las 9:00
                        Último día de escuela
    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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  • 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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