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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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  • Helms Headlines

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

    Parent Corner

    It’s a new day at Helms and I would like to introduce myself as the new full-time social worker. My name is Lee Anne Aluotto but you can call me, “Ms. Lee.” If you’d like to contact me, please call me at the main number, 713-867-5130.

    My duties include counseling students, coordinating volunteers, community outreach and providing resources. If you need anything, please be sure and reach out to me. If I can’t directly assist you, I will send you in the right direction.

    This month, the focus is on forming Positive Relationships. A good lesson in positive relationships is teaching your children to “Respect Each Other’s Personal Space.”

    2 good activities to demonstrate this to your children are as follows:

    - 1. Have two people stand far apart. Both people should take a step towards one another. Repeat this action until one or both people are uncomfortable. How far apart were the pair when it began to feel uncomfortable?
    - 2. Pairs should stand about three feet apart with their hands in front of them. As you move your hands closer together and farther apart, feel the space or energy between you. You might feel a warm or tingly sensation. Now, try it with eyes closed. When players have found a comfortable distance from one another, keep your eyes closed, turn around three times, then try to find that space again. When you think you've found it, open your eyes and see if you were right.

    And of course you can always read to them. A book I recommend is called, “Personal Space Camp” by Julia Cook

    August and September are expensive months! It certainly costs a lot buying those back to school necessities such as clothes, books and supplies. In case you still need to get those items, we have some extra supplies. Please let me know if I can help!

    Also, for clothes, supplies and other assistance:

    - 1. Assistance League Houston -
    1902 Commonwealth
    Houston, TX 77006-1836
    Phone: 713-526-7983

    - 2. And don’t forget to call 2-1-1 United Way Hotline. This resource will guide you to assistance in every area.

    Rincón de los padres

    Es un nuevo día en Helms y me gustaría presentarme como la nueva trabajadora social a tiempo completo. Mi nombre es Lee Anne Aluotto pero usted puede llamarme “Ms. Lee.” Si le desea ponerse en contacto conmigo, por favor llámeme al número de la escuela, 713-867-5130.

    Mis obligaciones incluyen asesoramiento a los alumnos, coordinar voluntarios, extensiones con la comunidad y proporcionar recursos. Si necesita algo por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo. SI yo no puedo ayudarle le enviaré en la dirección adecuada..

    Este mes, el enfoque se centra en formar relaciones positivas. Una buena lección en relaciones positivas es enseñar a sus hijos a “Respetar el espacio personal de los demás”

    2 buenas actividades para mostrar esto a sus hijos son las siguientes:

    - 1. Haga que dos personas estén de pie enfrente de otra a cierta distancia. Ambas personas tiene que dar un paso hacia la otra persona. Repita esta acción hasta que una o las dos personas se sientan incomodas. ¿A qué distancia estaban las dos personas cuando comenzaron a sentirse incomodas?
    - 2. Una pareja tiene que estar de pie a unos tres pies de distancia con sus manos hacia delante. Mientras mueven sus manos cerca y lejos delante de ellos, siente la energía entre los dos. Puede que sientas una sensación cálida o un hormigueo. Ahora inténtalo con los ojos cerrados. Cuando la pareja encuentra una distancia cómoda entre los dos, mantengan los ojos cerrados y den tres vueltas, entonces intenta encontrar el mismo lugar de nuevo. Cuando creas que lo hayas encontrado, abre los ojos y a ver si has acertado.

    Por supuesto siempre puede leerles un libro. Un libro que recomiendo se llama, “Personal Space Camp” por Julia Cook

    ¡Agosto y Septiembre son meses de muchos gastos! Cuesta bastante comprar todas las cosas que se necesitan para la escuela tales como uniformes, útiles escolares. Si todavía necesita algunos de esos artículos, tenemos algunos materiales extra. Por favor háganme saber si les puedo ayudar.

    También para ropa, útiles y otra asistencia:

    - 1. Assistance League Houston -
    1902 Commonwealth
    Houston, TX 77006-1836
    Phone: 713-526-7983

    - 2. No se olvide de llamar al 2-1-1 United Way Hotline. Este recurso le dará ayuda en cualquier área.

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    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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