MIMS WEEKLY UPDATES
- STAAR Score Reports
JUNE 26, 2019
Individual printed STAAR Report Cards for students are now available at MIMS to be picked up during campus office hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am-5:00 pm. Students' scores will be released to Parent/Guardian only. Printed reports that have not been picked up will be sent home with your student the first week of the 2019-2020 school year.
- Gold Certified Family Friendly School
- Accessing STAAR Results
- 2019-2020 EPI School Supply Packs
- HISD Summer Meals Program
- MS Digital Literacy Campaign Winners
- Playdate for Pre-K-1st Grade
- Summer Reading
- Rescheduled Events
- Library Books Due!
- MIMS PTO Spring Family Night
- SDMC Agenda: May 6, 2019
- HISD STEM Summer Camp
MAY 31, 2019
GOLD CERTIFIED FAMILY FRIENDLY SCHOOL
MIMS has earned Gold Certification as a Family Friendly School from HISD Family and Community Engagement Department for 2018-19 school year. Dedication and commitment to involve, engage and empower all stakeholders by building relationships, linking activities to learning, and supporting parent advocacy and shared power has fostered the right elements for strong partnerships that support students' academic success. MIMS earned at least 20 stars for providing family friendly events including research-based activities that has given our community a voice.
MAY 29, 2019
ACCESSING STAAR RESULTS
On June 12, 2019, parents can access their child's STAAR results and a suite of other resources to support summer learning at home by visiting TexasAssessment.gov. To learn more about accessing STAAR results, please click on the link: "How to Access Your Child's Scores" flyer (available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Arabic), which explains the steps parents must take to access their child's STAAR results at TexasAssessment.gov.
In addition to performance and growth results, TexasAssessment.gov provides a collection of resources for parents, including the actual questions from the test, more information about the STAAR, a Find a Book Tool to help students build a summer reading list, and additional math and reading tips.
If you have questions, please contact Texas Assessment Support Center at 855-333-7770
MAY 28, 2019
2019-2020 EPI SCHOOL SUPPLY PACKS
MIMS PTO is delighted to offer our parents convenient grade level school supply packs for the 2019-2020 school year. This is not a fundraising event. We are passing along all discounts to our parents. We have negotiated an 12% discount for each order AND they will also be tax free!
- Each grade level set also includes supplies for ancillary classes
- Save your time, money and energy not going to multiple stores to fulfill the lists
- Please order the grade level your child/children will be in NEXT YEAR for the 2019-2020 school
- All school supply packs will be delivered to your child’s teachers at the “Meet the Teacher Night” along with any uniforms purchased through the school store
- Include your child's/children's name(s) and grade level(s) in the comment box, to be sure they get to the right
- You may purchase additional school supply packs to donate
Online Ordering: May 24-June 18 ONLY
Please contact Caroline Vérot Moore: firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform sales will begin later this summer and will be available for pickup at “Meet the Teacher Night” as well. Notices will be sent alerting parents when the uniform sale begins.
May 23, 2019
HISD SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM
When the school year ends, summer meals begin! Starting June 5, the HISD summer meals program is offering healthy meals for kids 18 and younger at no cost right here in the cafeteria. Visit houstonisd.org/summermeals for more info. #NoCostSummerMeals #GoodFood @HISDNutri
MIDDLE SCHOOL DIGITAL LITERACY CAMPAIGN WINNERS
Congratulations to 6th grade students Katelyn & Clarissa who created the Middle School 1st place winning video for @HISDEdTech's Digital Literacy Campaign! Excellent informative video projects were created by all MIMS MS students in Mr. Gonzales' classes!
MAY 22, 2019
PLAYDATE: PK-1ST GRADE
Current & incoming MIMS Pre-K, Kinder, and 1st grade students and families: join us to celebrate the end of school & get to know incoming families!
When: Saturday, June 1st from 9 – 11 AM
Where: Dragon & Phoenix Spark Park at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School
We’ll bring water and donuts, you bring the kids! Siblings are welcome. It’s hot, so we suggest hats and sunscreen!
NOTE: The school will be closed, so there will be NO bathroom facilities. Please park in the lot at the front of the school or in the neighborhood, not in the teacher parking lot on the east side of the school.
RSVP to email@example.com
MAY 20, 2019
We encourage students to read every day over summer vacation!
Middle School ELA Summer Reading Lists:
- Well, That was Awkward, Rachel Vail
- The Boy Who Dared, Susan Campbell Bartoletti
- The Tequila Worm, Viola Canales
- Scar Island, Dan Gemeinhart
- Sticks and Stones, Abby Cooper
- Lowriders in Space, Cathy Camper
- Mark of the Plague, Kevin Sands
- Randoms, David Liss
- Summer of the Mariposas, Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program:
Houston ISD partners with Houston Public Library. Students need to sign up individually and can use their HISD Learning Link username and password. Find additional login information at houstonisd.org/learninglink.
Also consider reading excellent titles from HISD's NAME THAT BOOK lists this summer!More great summer reading programs:
- Barnes &Noble
- Bellaire Public Library
- Camp Wonderopolis
- Half Price Books: Feed Your Brain!
- Houston ISD Recommended Reading Lists
- Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
MAY 15, 2019
* Welcome Reception for New Principal Chung Ying: Library, 6:00 pm
* Spring PTO Family Night & HISD Taste Test: Cafeteria, 5:00-7:00 pm
* MIMS NJHS Elections & Service Project: R114 4:30-6:30 [Flyer]
MAY 9, 2019
LIBRARY BOOKS DUE!
All MIMS library books are due this week. Please make sure all books are returned by the end of the school year. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 1, 2019
PTO’s SPRING FAMILY NIGHT
Thursday, May 9th, 2019 from 5-7 pm
You will have a choice between chicken & beef fajitas with rice and beans for $7 per plate. Water will be provided for free. To reserve your meal, please go to: https://squareup.com/…/mandarin-chinese-language-immersion
* Student Performances
* Clubs demo
* Uniform sale
There will also be an HISD FOOD Services Taste Test that will have Asian Style recipes that are inspired by Principal Chang and our MIMS program in efforts to incorporate healthy Asian style recipes to our student’s lunch menu. We look forward to a fun MIMS Family night out!
HISD STEM SUMMER CAMP
Register NOW for the FREE STEM Summer Camp! Spend two awesome weeks filled with STEM-based curriculum activities, project-based learning immersion, and field experiences for ALL! Register no later than May 21!
For more info, visit houstonisd.org/stemcamp
- 2018-19 Gifted/Talented Testing Results
- HISD Taste Test
APRIL 9, 2019
GIFTED/TALENTED TESTING RESULTS
Students in grades K-8 who tested for Gifted/Talented identification will receive their G/T matrices and results on Thursday, April 11, 2019.
APRIL 1, 2019
HISD TASTE TEST
HISD Taste Test: HISD Nutrition Services’ Culinary Team is excited to taste test new Asian style recipes at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School (MIMS). This cuisine is inspired by Principal Chang and the Mandarin immersion program at MIMS, in efforts to incorporate healthy Asian style recipes onto our student’s lunch menu. Please join Executive Chef David Husbands and his team for a live demo of delicious food and learn more about Nutrition Services’ mission to serve Good Food.
- 8th Grade AP Students: HISD Countdown Event [Saturday March 30, 2019]
- SDMC Agenda: April 4, 2019
- Magnet Admission: 2019-20 School Year
- 'Chat With Chang:' STAAR Anxiety [March 6, 2019]
- Middle School Parent Night Resources [March 5, 2019]
- Chinese Speech Contest
- MIMS School Uniform Survey
- SDMC Agenda, March 4, 2019
MARCH 20, 2019
MAGNET ADMISSION: 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR
Greetings from Mandarin Immersion Magnet School!
Congratulations to new students and families who may be joining us for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year! Please find important information included here about upcoming events and specific requirements to be completed for acceptance and enrollment.
MIMS Magnet Signing Day will take place on April 1st from 9:00-10:30 am and from 4:30-6:30 pm.
In order to secure your child’s seat, please be prepared to provide:
- Birth certificate
- Recent proof of residency (within 90 days)
- Parent photo ID
- Signed Magnet Entrance Agreement [available April 1st on campus].
*If unable to attend on April 1st for Signing Day, required documents listed above may be submitted at Front Desk during school hours no later than April 5th.
A final MIMS Campus Tour of Spring semester will take place on Signing Day, April 1st at 9:00 am.
MIMS PTO Family Night & Welcome to New Families Event will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Save the date and we look forward to seeing you there!
Enrollment and Registration will take place June 11-June 13, 2019. No later than 4:00 pm on June 13, 2019 the following must be submitted:
- Immunization Record
- Last Report Card
- Social Security Card
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Eastman[email@example.com]
MARCH 6, 2019
MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT NIGHT
Planning resources shared by Ms. Lyons at the recent Middle School Parent Night:
- Middle School Parent Night Slides
- HISD: Plan Your Path
- High School Magnet Programs
- Qualifying Matrix & Calculator
MARCH 5, 2019
CHINESE SPEECH CONTEST
Please find flyers and registration forms below for the 26th Speech Contest sponsored by the Global Federation of Chinese Business Women in Southern U.S.A.
MARCH 5, 2019
MIMS SCHOOL UNIFORM SURVEY
Greetings MIMS Parents,
Please share feedback on MIMS school uniforms and preferences about MIMS Dress Code by responding to this survey.
- Black Girls CODE: Artificial Intelligence Workshop [March 2, 2019]
- Black History Month End Celebration [March 1, 2019]
- Challenge Early College High School: Spring Open House & Parent U: [February 21, 2019]
- Chat With Chang
- MIMS Celebrates Black History Month
FEBRUARY 28, 2019
BLACK GIRLS CODE A.I. WORKSHOP
Black Girls CODE Houston Chapter Presents: Teach, Play and Learn with Artificial Intelligence. This event is open for registration and is intended for girls ages 7-17 years old & their parent. No prior computing experience is necessary. Scholarships are still available that cover 100% of the cost.
FEBRUARY 26, 2019
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
MIMS Black History Month Celebration concludes Friday, March 1st at 3:30 pm. Guest Performance by Jack Yates High School "Mighty Lions" Marching Band will take place!
FEBRUARY 8 , 2019
CHAT WITH CHANG
Some parents and I had a great conversation last night about how to help their child at home. There were other topics mentioned, including field trips, CIASP, testing, and magnet funding. There are 2 more Chat with Chang sessions:
- March 7, 2019 STAAR Anxiety
- April 4, 2019 Chinese CBE 101
I look forward to hearing from you.
Mr. ChaoLin Chang, Principal
FEBRUARY 1, 2019
MIMS CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Awareness, Awakening & Action Week
- Thursday, 2/07: Courtney J. Glaude
Hidden Figures Week (Guest Speakers)
- Wednesday, 2/13: Judge Ramona Franklin
- Wednesday, 2/13: La’Toshia Norwood, L’Renee & Associates
- Thursday, 2/14: HISD - Asst. Police Chief, Lucretia Rogers, MA
- Monday, 2/18–20: Various Colleges and Universities
Greek Week (Guest Speakers)
- Monday, 2/25: Tracey Lewis, Xi Alpha Omega Chapter
- Tuesday, 2/26: Judge DaSean Jones
- Wednesday, 2/27: Cedric Clemons, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
- Friday, March 1st: Jack Yates Drumline
- SDMC Agenda: February 4, 2019
- METRONext Moving Forward Plan
- National Junior Honor Society (Grades 7 & 8) [Deadline extended: Due February 8, 2019]
- 4th Grade NAEP Testing
- Middle School: Change in Routine
- National Chinese Math & Science Competitors
- Cell Phones/Smart Watches/Other Electronic Devices: Parent/Student Handbook
- Chat with Chang: Middle School Course Sequence
JANUARY 29, 2019
METRONEXT MOVING FORWARD PLAN
METRO is hosting a series of public meetings to obtain community input on METRONext Moving Forward Plan, its long-range transportation plan. Dates and times for the public meetings can be found on the link below or on the attachment.
The METRONext Moving Forward Plan was based on the METRONext Vision Plan and is the first step in implementation. The Moving Forward Plan includes major investments, such as increased regional express service, extended light rail lines, a new bus rapid transit system, and many improvements to the existing bus network including new Park & Rides, Community Connectors, and an increase in bus service. The Moving Forward Plan will also improve service on major freeways, enhance bus stops and address Universal Accessibility.
JANUARY 22, 2019
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
Middle School students in Grades 7 and 8 who have maintained a cumulative academic average of 93% for report card grading cycles 1 and 2 have received an application for MIMS National Junior Honor Society. A completed essay and the NJHS application are due Friday, February 1, 2019 to Ms. Eastman (R229) or Ms. Simpson (R114).
JANUARY 14, 2019
4th GRADE NAEP TESTING
MIMS will have the chance to make a difference in education on February 13, 2019. Known as The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in a variety of subjects. Learn why MIMS’ participation in NAEP is important at http://1.usa.gov/1kVxTKI. If your child has been chosen to take the test, you will receive an informative letter in his or her red folder on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Students were randomly selected by the NAEP foundation. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Platt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JANUARY 11, 2019
NATIONAL CHINESE MATH/SCIENCE COMPETITION
We are proud to announce that the following students will be representing our school to participate in the National Chinese Math & Science Competition in February sponsored by Confucius Institute.
- Payton T.
- Logan B.
- Jesse C.
- Revati S.
- Reef K.
- Sophie M.
- Cambry G.
- Valerie S.
- Grace C.
We understand that there are other candidates who missed the screening sessions or were not qualified due to the Home Language Survey submitted. Please encourage your children to practice and apply their Chinese. Mr. Chang will continue to seek opportunities for our students to utilize their Chinese skills. Thank you!
CELL PHONE/SMART WATCH/OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
- Please be aware of policies and procedures in MIMS Parent/Student Handbook.
- All devices must be turned off and put away for the duration of the instructional day.
- Devices that are taken out between 8:30-3:50 will be brought to the principal’s office for parents to pick up with a $15 fee.
- Winter Spirit Week!
- Middle School Mid-Term Exams
- Library Books Due!
- 8th Grade AP Exam Informational Meeting [RESCHEDULED!]
- 'Chat With Chang: SEL'
- Scholastic Book Fair
- MIMS VIP Parent Badges
- Spring 2019 Registration for MIMS After-School Programs
- After-School Activities Cancelled Due to Weather
DECEMBER 14, 2018
WINTER SPIRIT WEEK
Join us in making MIMS festive! Students and teachers are invited to celebrate the last week of school for 2018!
- Monday, December 17--Minty Monday. Think all things peppermint--stripes, red and white, etc.
- Tuesday, December 18--Tacky Sweater Tuesday. Bring out the most festive (and school appropriate) holiday sweater you can find!
- Wednesday, December 19--Winter Wonderland Wednesday. Get creative! This day can be anything wintery--winter characters, cozy clothes, etc.
- Thursday, December 20--P.J . Thursday. [While students are not required to follow uniform policy, all outfits still need to be school appropriate]
MIDDLE SCHOOL MID-TERM EXAMS
The Middle School Mid-Terms are scheduled as follows:
- Chinese 1,2 and 3: December 17
- Algebra: December 18
- Biology: December 20
*There will be no retake for Midterm and Final tests.
Be sure to bring a good book to read on Exam days!
ADVANCED PLACEMENT SESSION [8TH GRADE PARENTS] RESCHEDULED
Dear 8th Grade Parents,
Instead of meeting on Monday, December 17th to discuss the AP Exam, Mr. Platt is going to reschedule the meeting until January after he’s going to a meeting so that he’ll have more information to share. Also, we can discuss the PSAT results in January. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Platt at email@example.com
LIBARY BOOKS DUE
All Library books are due this week! Students should return all borrowed libary books to MIMS Learning Commons before the Winter Break begins. Library book check-out will resume January 7, 2019.
DECEMBER 10, 2018
CHAT WITH CHANG
The topic this month at MIMS is SEL (Social Emotional Learning) & Understanding Our Teachers (continued).
Here are the key notes:
- We have 30+ students signed up for Psych on Site service. The counselor is on campus to assess students for eligibility.
- Parents mentioned that some parents are not as courteous as others. I will continue to encourage parents to support our teachers and each other.
- Middle-of-Year Teacher Satisfaction Survey has been sent to teachers.
- HISD School Choice has heard our desire to continue language learning in High School. Proposal will be made to present to the Board.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! You are invited to join your child and help him/her find the books he/she will enjoy reading. Children will be visiting the Book Fair during their Ancillary/Library time and will have the opportunity to make their wish list and shop. Pre-K, Kinder, and Elementary will visit the fair during their Library schedule. If your child wants to shop during the class visit you can send money in a ziplock bag and label it with your child name. Middle school students can visit the book fair during homeroom period with homeroom teachers approval (e.g., planner signed by the homeroom teacher). Their ELA teacher will also make arrangementS for them to visit during ELA period. Parents are welcome to visit & shop after school from 4:15pm to 6:00pm.
MIMS VIP PARENT BADGES
We are excited to introduce the MIMS VIPS Parent Badge. If you are HISD VIPS approved for the current school year, you are eligible to purchase a MIMS VIPS Parent Badge. Please find additional details in flyer linked below.
AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
DECEMBER 7, 2018
No after-school classes or clubs will take place at MIMS, Friday, December 7th due to the severe weather forecast.
HOUSTON ISD WEATHER UPDATE: Due to the threat of severe weather, all HISD campus-based activities and athletic events are canceled for this evening http://bit.ly/2PuBV2g . Stay tuned to http://HoustonISD.org for updates.
DECEMBER 6, 2018
SPRING REGISTRATION: AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Registrations for MIMS After School Programs in Spring 2019 will be accepted on Monday Dec. 10th at 8:00 in MIMS Learning Commons. Fall accounts must have a $0 balance.
Registrations will be accepted all day ONLY on Monday, December 10th then from Tuesday 12/11-12/19 from 10:30-1:30 and from 2:30-6:30 through Dec. 19th.
NO registrations will be accepted after December 19th until school resumes on January 7th. If registered on January 7th, student will not be able to start until the 9th.
ASP Spring 2019:
- AGENDA: SDMC Meeting, December 3, 2018
- Winter Showcase 2018
- 8th Grade AP Exam Informational Meeting
- Boosterthon Fundraiser
- Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up
- MIMS Middle School Informational Session
- 'Chat With Chang: Undertanding Our Teachers'
NOVEMBER 27, 2018
Please join us at the MIMS Winter Showcase on December 1, 2018 for a celebration of the arts with our talented students!
ADVANCED PLACEMENT SESSION [8TH GRADE PARENTS]
Mr. Platt and Ms. Yin will be on hand to discuss the upcoming 8th Grade AP Chinese Exam and answer any questions you may have at an informational session on December 17th from 4:30-5:30 pm.
NOVEMBER 13, 2018
BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN
By partnering with Boosterthon, our students will participate in a two-week, fitness-based fundraiser where they’ll learn essential character traits through this year’s theme: MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB. This year’s main fall fundraiser is the MIMS Fun Run! It’s a two-week program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on November 13th. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on Friday, November 30th. With our big goal of raising $25,000 for library shelves, biology materials, and lockers, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it easier, more profitable, and more fun. Students will also experience an amazing character theme, MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB! Boosterthon’s most exciting theme yet combines S.T.E.A.M skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While they're teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, our students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world. Please help our school by reaching out to sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run on November 30th! Thank you for your support!
- Pledging Opens - 11/9 [Log on to FUNRUN.COM]
- Pep Rally - 11/13
- Fun Run - 11/30 [SAVE THE DATE! You’re Invited!]
- Mindspark Clip
- Flyer 1
- Flyer 2
STUDENT DROP-OFF / PICK-UP
1. Please follow the directions of traffic flow and be courteous when the lanes merge.
2. Pedestrian traffic is heavy from 8:15 AM to 8:45 AM and from 3:40 PM to 4:10 PM. Please drive slowly and be ready to stop for pedestrians.
a. Please drop off your child only at designated area:
i. Park by the curb side in front of the school, or
ii. Park in the Parent/Visitor Parking area.
b. Please do not park in the middle of traffic flow to drop off your child.
a. Please form a line at the curb side in front of the school and have your placard ready.
b. Please move your vehicle forward and fill the empty space before picking up your child.
c. If your child requires additional assistance to buckle-up, please plan to park in the Parent/Visitor Parking area and pick up your child at the cafeteria door.
5. The parking lot next to our building is designated for teacher parking between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
6. If the parking lot is full, please utilize street parking around campus and respect the city regulation.
MIMS MIDDLE SCHOOL Q&A INFORMATIONAL SESSION
A Middle School Q&A Informational Session for students and their families will take place Monday, November 26, 2018 from 5:00-6:00 pm.
CHAT WITH CHANG
Several parents participated in the “Chat with Chang” on November 8th. Although the topic was “understanding our teachers”, my focus was to help our parents understand our Chinese teachers better. Parents identified some areas that might lead to misunderstanding and I provided feedback based on my personal experiences. It is not an excuse for our teachers, but I wanted parents to know that our teacher try their best to work with them in order to support our students. Here are some key points.
- Incorrect Grammar: Most of our teachers learn English as a second language. Mistakes do happen, but the teachers are encouraged to work with English teachers to proofread emails and other documents.
- Writing Style: In Chinese writing, details are often inferred and “the less is more”. Teachers are encouraged to provide more details when communicating with parents. Parents are encouraged to ask clarification questions before forming conclusions.
- Differentiation: Most of the classrooms in China or Taiwan expect students work on the same assignments. HISD TADS standard (I-3) expects teachers to provide differentiated instructions. Rigor and differentiation have been on our PD agenda every year.
- Negative Feedback: Chinese teachers tend to be straightforward when interacting with students by pointing out the areas that require attention for improvement. There are PD sessions focusing on communicating effectively with parents. One parent pointed out that it can be considered as “shaming” if a teacher identifies all students who have passed the test because it can be inferred that the rest of the students fail. Teachers need to be aware to protect students’ privacy.
- Parents were advised to reach out and communicate their concerns with teachers. However, only focus on the facts and try not to add emotion in the emails (e.g., all caps, strong adjectives).
Next Chat with Chang will be on December 6th. The topic will be “SEL at MIMS”. Per parent request, I will also talk about “Building Parent/Teacher Relationships”.
- AGENDA: Chat With Chang: Excellence & Equity-November 8, 2018
- Team Registration for MIMS GREAT RACE! [Upcoming Deadline!]
- AGENDA: SDMC Meeting - November 5, 2018
- Gifted/Talented Testing [Upcoming Deadline!]
- Parent/Student Handbook
- Carnegie Vanguard Math & Science Competition
- Student Pick-Up on Early Dismissal Days
- HISD Bus Transportation Badges
- 'Chat with Chang: Immersion 101'
- HISD Gifted & Talented Informational Sessions
OCTOBER 31, 2018
MIMS GREAT RACE!
The MIMS Great Race is coming up on December 8, 2018! Please turn in your MIMS Great Race Registration Form to the Office Front Desk by November 16th. We are looking forward to seeing our teams collaborate and compete at this exciting event!
>> MIMS GREAT RACE REGISTRATION FORM
OCTOBER 24, 2018
GIFTED & TALENTED TESTING
Dear Parents of 1st – 4th Grade and 6th – 8th Grade,
If you’re interested in having your child tested for Gifted and Talented (G/T) services, please email Mr. Platt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Platt will send you an application you’ll have to fill out; it’s due on November 14th. In other words, the absolute deadline for signing your children up for G/ testing is November 14th.
- Q: Who should participate in the testing?
A: Any non-identified G/T student currently enrolled at MIMS.
- Q: If one of my children does not attend MIMS, can they be tested for G/T at MIMS?
A: No, non-MIMS enrolled students must be tested at their zoned, neighborhood school.
- Q: How much class time will my child miss for testing?
A: The G/T testing lasts for two and a half instructional days.
- Q: Whom do I contact to find out if my child is already G/T identified?
A: Mr. Platt will be glad to help you: email@example.com
- Q: Whom do I contact with general questions about G/T testing?
A: Mr. Platt will be glad to help you: firstname.lastname@example.org
MIMS PARENT STUDENT HANDBOOK
Please be aware of policies and procedures in MIMS Parent/Student Handbook.
Changes to your child’s after school transportation must be made by 3:15 PM. Any change in dismissal procedure must be submitted through email to MIMSdismissal@houstonisd.org.
CARNEGIE VANGUARD MATH & SCIENCE COMPETITION [Grades 6-8]
COntestants are cordially invited to the first annual Carnegie Vanguard High School Math and Science Competition for 6-12 on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Find further informationin the included files.
- Registration Sheet
- MSCA2 17-18
- MSMA ANSWER
- MSMA2 17-18
- MSNS2 17-18
- MSSC 2
- MSSC ANSWER
- MSSC2 17-18
OCTOBER 19, 2018
PSAT Test [8th Grade Parents]
Friday, October 26th, MIMS 8th graders will take the PSAT test. Please find important PSAT information in the attached letter.
OCTOBER 18, 2018
Student Pick-Up on Early Dismissal Days
Please be aware of the revised traffic redirection and flow for student pick-up on early dismissal days as detailed in the attached letter.
OCTOBER 9, 2018
HISD Bus Transportation Badge Program
HISD’s Transportation Services is implementing a student badge program designed to help the district track ridership and utilization of buses and routes, while also allowing parents to track when their students get on and off the bus — enhancing efficiency and safety across the system. Personalized badges will be provided to all registered HISD bus riders. Badge distribution will take place at MIMS beginning the week of October 15th. Tracking will be implemented at MIMS in phase 1 of district-wide implementation and will launch as a pilot program. Parents will be notified throughout the launch as badges are distributed and tracking is implemented.
Chat with Chang: Immersion 101
One of the strategies to help our students develop advanced language skills is to create various opportunities to apply their classroom learning in real-life situations (e.g., dialogues in the morning assembly, Great Race, academic competitions, student ambassadors). The 17th Greater Houston Area Chinese Speech Contest will be held on November 4th. Please review PTO webpage (mimspto.org) for more details. Here are some strategies provided by the event host.
- Pick a title and tell a story that the student can relay.
- Provide enough details in the story so that the student can finish within time limit.
- Add gestures and facial expressions to enhance the speech.
- If preferred, simple prompts are allowed.
- Please do not read the script.
HISD Gifted & Talented Informational Sessions
HISD's Gifted and Talented Department will host Gifted and Talented Parent Informational Sessions to inform parents about the services offered within the district. Each session will contain the same content. These sessions will give overview information about the Gifted and Talented Programs. The intended audience is parents who would like to learn more about the Gifted and Talented/Vanguard Program within HISD. Students are not required to attend, nor will there be childcare. Session dates include Thursday, October 18, 2018 or Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Each session will be held from 5:30 – 7pm at Hattie Mae White ESC 4400 West 18th St. Houston, TX 77092-8501. Parents are not required to attend the meeting to apply for the Gifted and Talented Programs. The session will review frequently asked questions surrounding the Gifted and Talented Program.
- SDMC Meeting Agenda for October 1, 2018
- Parent Compact & Family Engagement Policy
- Greater Houston Area Chinese Speech Contest
- 'Chat With Chang: 8th Grade China Trip'
- Middle School Student Council Election
- We Are Girls, Austin Conference
- MIMS Title 1 Fall Conference Nights & Data Reviews
- MIMS 2018 Pink Out!
- Early Dismissal
- SDMC Meeting Agenda for September 17, 2018
- HISD Parent University
- Free Breakfast & Lunch
- Open House
- Grading Policies
- Communication Update
- Security Measures
- Grandparents Day Lunch
SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
Greater Houston Area Chinese Speech Contest
The 17th Greater Houston Area Chinese Speech Contest will be held on November 4th at MIMS. Please refer to the files linked below for more information regarding the competition and registration.
Middle School Student Council Election
Congratulations to our 2018-19 Middle School Student Council Officers and Representatives!
Click HERE to see the election results!
Chat with Chang on 9/20/18 will address China Trip for 8th Graders:
- Our 8th graders are eligible to participate the China trip hosted by HISD Confucius Institute 2019
- Last year’s trip was in the last 2 weeks of June (CI is waiting for confirmation from the university for the dates)
- Students will spend 2 weeks in Harbin Normal University (teacher prep university)
- Live on campus (half day intensive language lessons, half day cultural excursion)
- HISD chaperons, no parents (8 to 1 adult to student ratio)
- Estimated fee per student: $2,200 that includes airfare, VISA, insurance, and fees (need to be paid in full 6 weeks prior to departure)
- Application should be ready by mid-October
- Stay tuned for more information
We Are Girls, Austin Conference
We Are Girls Austin Conference Details:
- When- Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9am-3pm (Door open at 8am)
- Where- Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Dr., Austin, TX 78759
- Who- Girls in grades 3rd-8th and the adults that care about them. (That includes parents, guardians, social workers, counselors and anyone else that supports young girls in their lives.)
- Theme- ‘Ignite Her Power’
Cost- Tickets are $20 early bird rate per person until October 1st, tickets are $30 per person thereafter. You can apply for an individual scholarship by visiting www.wearegirls.org. To apply for a large group scholarship (10+ people) please email email@example.com.
MIMS Fall Conference Nights & Data Reviews
MIMS Fall Conference Nights & Data Reviews for PK-8th Grade will take place from 6 PM- 7PM on these upcoming evenings in October. Parents will be able to learn about their children’s academic performance and their social emotional learning.
- 10/15/18: 3rd Grade
- 10/16/18: 4th Grade
- 10/17/18: 5th Grade
- 10/18/18: 6th Grade
- 10/22/18: 7th/8th Grade
- 10/23/18: 2nd Grade
- 10/24/18: 1st Grade
- 10/25/18: Kindergarten
- 10/29/18: Prekindergarten
MIMS 2018 Pink Out!
Students, Faculty, and Parents are encouraged to wear PINK Friday, October 19th in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Any school appropriate pink outfit will do. Orders will be shipped to Ms. Colion and distributed at the school. Parents, please list student name and grade. Deadline to order is Sunday, September 30th.
Early Dismissal Dates: 9/21/18, 10/19/18, 11/9/18, 1/18/19, 2/15/19
Early Dismissal After-School Care Options:
- Parent pick up at 12:30
- Enroll in CIASP
- If you have signed up for regular care (child goes to CIASP every day), Early Dismissal Care is included.
- If you only have enrichments (child goes to CIASP for specific classes on specific days), Early Dismissal Care is NOT included.
- If you have occasional care, you can use one unit to cover the care from 12:30-3:50. (You will need to use another unit for 3:50-6:30 care.)
- You can also sign up Early Dismissal Care only. The application is available on school webpage or at the front desk. (https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/6964)
- Cost for CIASP
- Occasional Care for 5 units for the fall semester: $105
- Early Dismissal Care for 3 Early Dismissal Days in fall semester: $80
6. If you would like to sign up for the care for your child for Early Dismissal, please submit the application to the front desk.
HISD Parent University
HISD is dedicated to providing parents with the supports they need to be invested in the success of their children. Parent University supports parents and families in the education of their children, providing an introduction to district programs, community resources, and parent-engagement strategies. Each Parent University session will be held at four geographically dispersed locations on the same evening throughout the school year and will begin with a resource fair featuring HISD staff and community partners. At the end of the year, parent participants will receive recognition for their successful completion of the program.
Date: Thursday September 27th, 2018 in the MIMS Cafeteria
- 5:00-5:15 Welcome
- 5:15-6:15 New Parent Group & Returning Parent Group
- 6:15-6:30 Q&A
Free Breakfast & Lunch
Thanks to HISD, all students in HISD are offered free breakfast and lunch. All of our breakfast is served in the classroom starting at 8:30 (except PK and Middle School Grades). Breakfast will be available in the cafeteria until 9:00 for late arrivals (including bus riders).
Open House: Friday, September 21, 2018
Open House for families of students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade will take place on September 21st from 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm. There will be 3 sessions presented by MIMS grade level teams. All sessions will be identical so parents can choose to attend multiple grade levels for siblings. Enrichment teachers will also be available and accessible to speak to parents at no set time throughout the afternoon. Please enter through Dragon Door at 1:00 pm. [Flyer]
- Session One: 1:00-1:50
- Session Two: 2:00-2:50
- Session Three: 3:00-3:50
Grading Policy Update
Changes in campus grading policies will be discussed at September 7, 2018 PTO Meeting by Principal Chang. Additional details about grading and homework policies will be presented at Open House by MIMS Grade Level Teams on September 21, 2018. These policies are also contained in each teacher's class syllabus.
We appreciate your support with our successful first week of school. In order to continue to provide you the updates regarding your child’s education and school events. please review the following communication update about methods for this school year regarding email from teachers, MIMS newsletter and PTO Webpage or Facebook from Principal Chang.
We appreciate the parental involvement at MIMS. However, based on the new security measures advised by HISD, we need to check all visitors’ IDs (including yours or other HISD employees) every time when they enter the building. We understand the potential delays on some events so we are in the process of purchasing 2 additional sets of ID scanners and badge printers. Please contact Mr. Chang if you’d like to express your concerns.
Grandparent’s Day Lunch
You are warmly invited to attend our Grandparent’s Day Lunch and encouraged to bring food to eat with your child.
To allow us time to process all IDs, please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the lunch time that is assigned to your child’s grade level. You can find our lunch schedule HERE.
[See above 'Security Measures']
September 11, 2018 – SLL, PreK, 2nd & 3rd Grades
September 12, 2018 – Kinder, 4th & MS Grades
September 13, 2018 – 1st & 5th Grades
Time: Regular lunch period
Location: MIMS Cafeteria
- MIMS FAQ's
- New HISD Magnet Hub Transportation
- Communicating Dismissal Changes
- MIMS Office Front Desk Hours
- Club Approval & Scheduling
- MIMS Parent Facebook Page
- Grade Level Surveys: Tranportation & Family Contact Information
- CBE exam scores
- The Legend of Drums-Drumming the Sky and Earth
Club Approval & Scheduling
Club submissions are currently being processed. Please do not schedule club meetings until officially approved and assigned a classroom location.
MIMS Office Front Desk Hours
The MIMS Office Front Desk business hours are from 8:00-5:00 pm [with the exception of 3:30-4:10 pm when the office closes for campus-wide Dismissal]. No students are permitted to return to classrooms unless accompanied by a teacher after 3:50 pm.
Communicating Dismissal Changes
We apologize for the inconveniences of the new HISD Magnet Hub Bus System. If you know that there are transportation changes for your child ahead of time, please email the changes to directly to their teachers. If you have temporary changes, please email the changes to MIMSDismissal@houstonisd.org on the day of the change.
The Legend of Drums-Drumming the Sky and Earth
Miller Outdoor Theater Performance: Friday, August 31, 2018, 8 p.m.
Taiwan Ten-Drum Art Percussion Group makes its U.S. debut and only 2018 U.S. appearance at Miller with a powerful and unforgettable performance of Taiwanese drumming and culture.
HISD Magnet Hub Transportation:
HISD is implementing a new system and the transportation department is trying address a range of problems. Schools are asked to provide “passes” to and from students’ designated hub locations based on home address and zip code. Using an alternative hub location is not allowed as it could cause overcrowding and safety issues on the buses. Therefore, we will be available at the school entrance area to provide passes to HISD Magnet Hub stops based on address and zip code as assigned by HISD Transportation Department ‘InfoFinder’ during Meet & Greet on August 23rd. No route reassignments will be made during first 3 weeks of school and there is no guarantee that it will be possible after that point.
HISD Transportation Department FAQ's:
My student is assigned to a hub that is too far from my home. Can I send my student to another stop?Unfortunately, no. Magnet students riding HISD buses may only ride their assigned bus route. While we understand that change is difficult, this program was implemented as way to ensure we’re providing safe, reliable, and efficient transportation to all magnet students — and that we’re able to continue to do so despite districtwide budget restrictions. If you have specific questions about your assignment, please contact the Customer Care Team at 713-556-9400What if I never receive a postcard with my assigned bus route and hub location?Please contact the Customer Care Team at 713-556-9400. You may also visit www.houstonisd.org/transportation and click on the Transfinder tool. Type in your address and select a school to receive details about bus stop, along with estimated pick- up and drop-off times.
Students will only be assigned a pass at the campus level if a post card is not received to be transported to and from their designated hub location. You can find the closest location by using Infofinder I, which allows you to enter a student’s address and find their designated hub. HISD is continuing to assess actual versus projected ridership. As numbers are finalized, the department will begin to make hub reassignments — but that will not happen before school starts. Using an alternative hub location is not allowed, as it could cause overcrowding and safety issues.
Grade Level Surveys: Tranportation & Family Contact Information
Dear Families of MIMS Students,
Please complete survey(s) for your child's grade level teachers for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.
- 1st Grade
- 2nd Grade
- 3rd Grade
- 4th Grade
- 5th Grade Transportation & Parent Contact & School Supplies
- Middle School
- Suzuki Violin
MIMS Parent Facebook Page
- MIMS parents invite you to join the Parents Facebook page. While this is not for official communication, parents often post interesting information about the school, immersion benefits, events, parties, lost homework, field trip questions, etc. This is for ALL parents and caregivers from PreK-8th grade and discusses general information related to the entire school. Click HERE to join.
- Additionally, MIMS Parents have also created a Facebook group dedicated to the Middle School. Existing parents are encouraging all families with a student in Grades 6-8 to join this page as well. Click HERE to join.
- School supplies are still available for a limited time and in limited quantities. The PTO ran out of PreK and 6th grade kits but still has all the other grades available in limited supply. Please contact Caroline Verot Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested. Those will be delivered to your student’s teacher directly and will save you from the last minute run to the store!
CBE exam scores
CBE scores are in. Parents may stop by the school to pick up a copy of individual student's scores.
MIMS Frequently Asked Questions
What are the new Drop-off times?
- School opens at 8:00. Students need to be in the classroom by 8:30. Early morning care (7AM – 8AM) is provided by ASP.
What is the new dismissal time?
- Students will be in the cafeteria by 3:50 for dismissal.
What are the 1st day of school procedures?
- Parents drop off students at the front door of the school. Students will walk or be escorted to the cafeteria. It is important for parents to bring their students (especially young ones) to see where they sit in the cafeteria during meet & greet on August 23rd.
What are the 'Meet & Greet' Dates and times?
- August 23rd from 2 to 4PM
- New-to-MIMS middle school camp 9:45-12:00; New Parents Boot Camp 10:00-11:00; Pre-K camp 12-1; Kinder Camp, new or returning, 1-2
When will we get Class Homeroom Assignments?
- Homeroom assignments will be posted on August 17th after the PTO meeting in the afternoon
- Middle school students will receive their individual schedules at the new-to-MIMS middle school camp 8:30-12:30
- School supplies ordered through the PTO are delivered to the school, sorted, and delivered with an order list to each homeroom. Other supplies can be brought to the classroom during Meet & Greet.
What is the Dress Code?
- The dress code can be found on our webpage (MIMSHISD.org -> Resources -> Parent Resources -> Dress Code)
What is a Placard, why do I need it, and where can I get one?
- Placards contain the student name and homeroom. A sheet with 2 placards is given to each parent for use during carpool pick-up. Placards can be picked up from classroom teachers during Meet & Greet or from the front office after the first day of school