Mr. Ying's Weekly Updates

  • First Day of School - September 7th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope everyone had a great weekend.  The first day of school is only a few hours away, and I have a few important announcements to make.  

     

    1. Schedule. 

     

    a. All elementary and middle school students have a schedule.  A few middle school students are seeing schedules with missing periods because we are still entering them in the system.  Please do not panic.  Our goal is to finish entering everyone’s schedule by the end of today (Monday, Sept. 7th). 

     

    b. It is important to know that we have your child’s schedule and we can help your child enter the correct virtual classroom and your child will not be marked absent as long as he/she is online tomorrow

     

    2. Technology.

     

    a. Families who have recently filled out technology needs, we are able to find Chromebooks for you.  You may stop by the school during business hours to pick up a Chromebook. 

     

    b. Please note that:

     

    i. You must fill out the survey.  If you never filled out the survey, we won’t have your child’s ID on record.

     

    ii. While all Chromebooks are in working condition, they are NOT in perfect condition

     

    iii. In the next few days, we will reassess our inventory and begin to look into helping large families with multiple students. 

     

    3. School supplies – If you missed last Friday’s school supply drive, you may pick up the supply on Friday, 9/11/20, during office hours

     

    Once again, we are working hard to make sure things go as smooth as possible for the first week of school.  I apologize to you, if I don’t respond to your individual email.  I do want you to know, however, that I do read your emails and while I can’t respond to everyone’s email, I am making plans to help you.  Thank you for your understanding, your patience and support. 

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Weekly Updates - September 4th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents, 

     

    It’s been a busy week, but I hope everyone is well and ready for the three-day break.  

     

    1. As I mentioned in our Meet and Greet, we have a new Facebookand Twitter account.  If you haven’t received any updates on Facebook/Twitter recently, please “friend” us and “follow” us again.

     

    2.  Please use this hyperlink to access this week’s story time. 

     

    3. As I mentioned in our Meet and Greet, as we prepare for the first day of school, I am seeing a large number of email inquiries about various items, such as tech request, student ID, schedule, etc.  I may not be able to answer each of these requests individually, but I have seen your email and will address your inquiries.  Take student ID for example, we are still trying to find a way to push the ID to ALL students.

     

    4. Below is a list of helpful contact information. 

     

    Questions about technology - Ms. Linzhe Obando and Mr. Elmer Milla

     

    Questions about magnet program - Ms. Xian Xia

     

    Need to update your information (including not receiving my emails) - Ms. Christine Chavez

     

    Questions about health and safety - Ms. Vonshay Stubblefield

     

    Questions about 504 program and accommodation (including IAT process) - Mr. Justin Ritsema

     

    Questions about Special Education - Mr. David Nichols

     

    Questions about GT program and CBE test - Ms. Yabei Yin 

     

    5. Middle school parents, if your child has taken and passed (80 is passing standard) the CBE exam during summer, please kindly send us the exam results. We have noticed that the school only received some of the results from UT. We will update your child’s Chinese class level once we have received the CBE results.

     

    6. It was a hot~ day for the supply drive but we made it!  We wouldn’t have the success if it wasn’t for our strong teamwork and community support.  A huge shout-out to two parents, Ms. Kelly Opot and Ms. Nissa Simpson for helping out!  Also thank you to Ms. Lyons, Mr. B. Wang, Ms. Owens, Ms. Thome, Ms. Simpson, Mr. Mouton, Ms. Russo, Ms. Dykstra, Ms. L. Liu, Ms. Marcus, Ms. Stubblefield, Mr. Deggs, Ms. Y. Wong, Ms. Tijerina, Mr. Ibarra, Ms. Xia, Mr. Doucet, Mr. Lupe, and Mr. Milla for packing and distributing the supply bags!  Special thank you to Mr. Ritsema for planning, coordinating, and overall supervision of the entire operation.  If I accidentally left anyone out, I’m sorry, and please reach out to me so that we can celebrate your help also.

     

    supply pick up 1

    supply pick up

     

    7. I have more information regarding HISD Connect Parent Portal.  We have received that information.  We have each student’s access ID and password.  We will send this information to your child’s teacher.  Additionally, we are making a mailout plan for next week.  Thank you for your patience. 

     

    8. Mr. Ritsema kindly prepared written instructions to help log in to Microsoft Teams and the HUB.    Please see this attachment for details.

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Weekly Updates - August 28th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents, 

     

    Originally, this email was scheduled to send earlier this evening.  However, there was some technical issues that lead to the delay.  

     

    I hope you were able to join us in today’s town hall meeting.  Please see the following for this week’s updates.  

     

    1. If you have emailed and inquired about your child’s student ID and have not heard back from me, I apologize for the delay.  I am aware that some of you still don’t know your child’s student ID.  We are still having trouble exporting the report with student ID and parent contact.  We apologize for the delay. 

     

    2. We are trying to make it easier for everyone to watch Story Time with Mr. Ying.  Currently, our solution is to push the link to the students in Teams every week.  However, we are going to continue to explore other options to make it easy for our audience. 

     

    3. Speaking of Story Time, we are adding English components to Story Time to broaden the audience base.  If you didn’t tune in last Sunday thinking the entire show was done in Mandarin, we want you to tune in this Sunday.  I am translating everything in English as I go.  Our goal is to make the story time enjoyable for as much families as we can. 

     

    4. Chromebook distribution update.  Due to HISD’s recent closure, we are pushing the distribution date to Wednesday, 9/2/20.  If you have submitted technology needs in this survey, we are preparing a chromebook for your child.  If you haven’t, please complete this survey now.  Currently, we are only accepting requests via survey.  Individual requests via email will drastically slow down our preparation process; therefore, is not being accepted.  Please note that currently, we have very limited Chromebooks.  Only submit a request if you have no access to technology devices (such as Chromebook, iPad, laptop, etc.)

     

    5. The following are next week’s meet and greet invites.  Please use the link below to join the meet and greet.  We will also make this available on school website for your convenience.

     

    Meet-and-Greet Opening with Mr. Ying - Beginning at 1:00 to 1:25

     

    Pre-Kindergarten Link - Beginning at 1:30,
    1:50, and 2:10

     

    Kindergarten Link - Beginning at 1:30,
    1:50, and 2:10

     

    1st Grade Link - Beginning at 1:30,
    1:50, and 2:10

     

    2nd Grade Link - Beginning at 1:30,
    1:50, and 2:10

     

    3rd Grade Link - Beginning at 1:30,
    1:50, and 2:10

     

    4th Grade Link - Beginning at 1:30,
    1:50, and 2:10

     

    5th Grade Link - Beginning at 1:30,
    1:50, and 2:10

     

    Middle School Link - Beginning at 1:30,
    1:50, and 2:10

     

    SLL Link - Beginning at 1:30,
    1:50, and 2:10

     

    Elementary Enrichment Teachers - Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

     

    Middle School Elective Teachers - Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

     

    Front Office Staff Link - Q&A Open 1:30-2:30

     

    Technology Support Link - Q&A Open 1:30-2:30

     

    Meet the New Assistant Principal - Q&A Open 1:30-2:30

     

    Meet the New Magnet Coordinator - Q&A Open 1:30-2:30

     

    6. If you attended today’s town hall, I must apologize that I still couldn’t find the survey (intent to return in person after 10/19/20) at this time. 

     

    7. On Friday, September 4th from 2:00-5:00 we will be distributing some school materials to all students from Kindergarten to 8th grade. For many grades, these include student workbooks for Math, Science, and Writing. If possible, please attempt to arrive in the following windows:

     

    A-H Last Names- 2:00-3:00

    I-Q Last Names- 3:00-4:00

    R-Z Last Names- 4:00-5:00

     

    8. HISD connect (PowerSchool) will go live on Monday, 8/31.  Some parents were asking about campus ID, I don’t have that information at the moment.  This is a new program to all of us.  As soon as we receive instruction about campus ID, we will share with you. 

     

    Chung Ying, Principal 

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  • Weekly Updates - August 21st, 2020

     

    Dear Parents, 

     

    Please see below for a few quick updates to wrap up this busy week!

     

    • We have scheduled a Parent Town Hall meeting for Friday, 8/28/20 at 4:00 PM.  This town hall will be conducted in a live event format.  We will talk about MIMS reopening plan for virtual instruction and have a Q and A session at the end.

     

    • Have you taken the Parent Introduction to Virtual Learning course?  You may find many of your questions about the new school year answered in this course.  Click here to take the course at your own pace!

     

    • Have you checked out MIMS Facebook and Twitter recently?  Shout-out to Ms. Kirk and Ms. Taylor for doing a fantastic job on posting current news on social media.  It’s a blessing to have such a dynamic PR team.  If you haven’t already, friend us and follow us and spread the words to your friends and family!  Please note that our Facebook address and Twitter handle have both changed.  We couldn’t access the old accounts, so we had to start new this year.  

     

    • Story Time with Mr. Ying - Here is the link to this Sunday’s story time.  Thanks to Ms. Obando, you will see our story time videos on our school website.  On the left side of the screen, look for “MIMS quick links” and “MIMS YouTube Channel”

     

    Upcoming events:

     

    • Donation drop off, Mr. Milla has reached out to you, please tell us what is a convenient time to drop off your donation.

     

     

    • Chromebook pick up, 8/31, we are preparing chromebooks for pick up.  We will share specific pick up time next week.  

     

    • Parent town hall, 8/28 at 4:00 - you may join the town hall meeting by clicking the hyperlink.  Please note that you must log in to an HISD account.

     

    • Meet and greet, 9/3 at 1:00 - we will push the meeting invite to you as the date gets closer.

     

    • Supply pick up, 9/4 2:00 to 5:00, we will be passing out consumables and planners.  More details to come.

     

    • Open house, 9/15 at 2:30 - we will push the meeting invite to you as the date gets closer. 

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Weekly Updates - August 14th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents, 

     

    I hope you had a great week.  Everything is going well at school; the admins are working hard to make plans for the new school year.  Please see below for a few important items that I need to share with you.  

     

    1. IMPORTANT. It is very important that your child “show up” on the first day of school.  If your child is absent on the first day, his/her enrollment will be dropped in the system as it is an HISD policy.  We understand it may be difficult for younger students to navigate the virtual learning environment, which is why we are going to make sure attending each online lesson is as easy as 1-2-3.  What we need is your support to ensure your child “shows up” on the first day of school.  

     

    2. Survey updates:

     

     As of today, 8/14/20:

     

    • Are you ready to start school virtually?  94% of the students are ready to start school virtually (same as two weeks ago)

     

    • As public health status improves, will you feel comfortable sending your child return for face-to-face instruction?  40.1% said yes, 19.2% said no, and 40.7% were undecided.

     

    • Do you have access to a tech device during the day?  85.9% said yes and 14.1% said no.  On that note, I have a huge shout-out to Mr. Milla and Ms. Obando for making the technology distribution plan.  We are confident that we have enough resources to ensure all MIMS students have access to technology.  We have already located the chromebooks and have drafted a plan for pick-up.  We will share pick-up information with you when we finalize the plan.  

     

    • Do you have access to the internet?  99% said yes  

     

    • 18 responses indicated that they have tech device(s) to donate.  Once again, thank you for your generosity.  We will reach out to you about donation drop-off soon.  

     

    3. Big shout-out to Ms. T. Liu for putting together the new teacher orientation.  The new teachers met the admins and received lots of important information on Wednesday, 8/12.  Some of the new teachers came to the campus for orientation and took a tour at the end and checked out their work laptops.  

     

    4. If you ordered school supplies, they are scheduled to arrive late next week.  Parent volunteers will contact you about pick-up information.  A huge shout-out to Ms. Beryl Stoutenberg and the parent volunteers who signed up to help distribute school supplies. We truly appreciate you spending hours and hours of your own time making sure students have the supplies that they need before school starts.  

     

    5. As it turned out we have more people to thank for the progress on SPARK Park.  Mr. Chin helped lay out the basic design last year and a team of parents along with the architect have been adding details.  Ms. Flora Lai, Mr. Wayne Lim, Mr. Christian Tang, and Mr. Matthew Yang, thank you all for spending the time and getting involved in this project.  We appreciate every one of you.  

     

    6. Have you checked out MIMS Facebook and MIMS Twitter recently?  Shout-out to Ms. Kirk and Ms. Taylor for doing a fantastic job on posting current news on social media.  It’s a blessing to have such a dynamic PR team.  If you haven’t already, friend us and like us and spread the words to your friends and family! 

     

     

    7. Our Virtual Meet and Greet is scheduled for Thursday, 9/3/20 at 1:00 to 2:30 PM.  Virtual Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, 9/15/20 at 2:30 to 4:00 PM.  If you haven’t already, please mark your calendar.  We will send out virtual meeting invitations a few days before each event.  

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Weekly Updates - August 7th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents, 

     

    I hope you and your family are doing well.  We have been hard at work and we have quite a bit of exciting news to share.

     

    1. I would like to thank Ms. Beth Jenkins for taking the lead on SPARK Park construction.  On her own time, Ms. Jenkins is meeting the architect, the admins, and fundraising for the park.  To date, she has raised over $20k for the second phase of SPARK Park construction.  Thank you, Ms. Jenkins!

     

    2. Our Facebook and Twitter are back!  Thanks to Ms. Kirk and Ms. Taylor, they have volunteered to take on the role as MIMS PR.  They will be posting news, events, and other good stuff on MIMS official social media platform.  Please “friend us” (@hisdmims) and “follow us” (@HISD_MIMS).  

     

    3. Technology devices donations.  Parents, if you answered yes to technology donation, thank you for your kindness.  We are deeply grateful for your generosity.  We are making drop off plans.  In a week or two, we will reach out to you individually for more details.  

     

    4. Ms. Yin, Ms. Obando and I are starting a new program this year!  It’s called Mr. Ying’s story time (working title).  Every Sunday evening at 8:00 PM (tentatively), I will read a Chinese story live broadcasted via Teams.  The pilot episode is scheduled for Sunday, 8/16/20 at 8:00 PM.  We welcome everyone to join us.  More information to come (follow us on Facebook and Twitter).  Stay tuned!  

     

    5. Over the past few weeks, a group of teachers volunteered to form MIMS virtual learning task force.  Its mission is to create standards and best practices for virtual learning in addition to creating professional development plans to train fellow teachers on how to teach effectively in a virtual learning environment.  Huge SHOUT-OUT to Ms. Gaona, Ms. Wang, Ms. Worden, Ms. Butler, Ms. Espinoza, Ms. Qiu, Ms. Guo, Ms. Dykstra, Ms. Marcus, Ms. T. Liu, Mr. Silveira, Mr. Mouton, Ms. Yin, Ms. Muralee, Ms. Kirk, and Ms. Obando.  Thank you ALL for your time and continuous effort in making our team better every day.  

     

    6. Last but not least, please see the attached for 

    • MIMS Student and Parent Handbook 2020-2021 Abreviated Edition

    • MIMS 2020 Virtual Master Schedule

    • Please note that our reopening plan has been completed and submitted to the West Area Office for approval.  Once approved, we will share that with you also.

     

    4th grade parents, 

    The current master schedule indicates a 3-way rotation because our staffing was determined by the enrollment projection which took place in the Spring. Since then, we have recruited more students than originally projected in the Spring. We remain optimistically hopeful that our latest enrollment will allow us to hire one additional 4th grade Mandarin teacher; however, please note that this is not confirmed until our virtual instruction begins this Fall. We have already interviewed and found a suitable candidate for this position should we get the approval from the West Area Office. What we need is your continued support and patience as the process takes time. Thank you again for your support and partnership. 

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Weekly Updates - July 23rd, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    Please see the letter here for information regarding virtual learning.  Thank you.

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Weekly Updates - July 9th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I want to quickly share with you the following resources.  These are the resources available to all students throughout the summer.  I want to personally thank Mr. Ritsema and Ms. Yin for putting the following list together.  If you are concerned that your child may have forgotten some of the skills they learned last year, then you’ll find great resources below to refresh your youngsters’ minds. 

     

    A number of interactive learning resources continue to be available in the “Digital Resources” section of houstonisd.org/hub. Three that are particularly effective are Imagine Math, Imagine Reading, and Imagine Language and Literacy.

     

    • Imagine Math is targeted at all students from Pre-K to 8th grade.
    • Imagine Reading is for students who already know how to read in English, roughly 2nd/3rd grades and up.
    • Imagine Language and Literacy is targeted at students who are still developing English reading skills. This can include Pre-K to 1st/2nd graders or any student who is new to the English language.

     

    Please see the attached document here for instructions on how to access these resources. You will need to know your child’s 7-digit student ID number. One place this number can be found is the top left corner of your child’s report card. 

     

    Here are some Chinese resources you can use at home over the summer.

    1. Our Better Chinese online account will remain available through out the summer. You can have your child review what he or she learned last year and preview for next year.
    2. Quizlet: PreK: https://quizlet.com/Changchaolin/folders/pk-2018-2019/sets

                   Kinder: https://quizlet.com/Changchaolin/folders/kindergarten/sets

                   1st-4th Grade: https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/107614

                   5th Grade: https://quizlet.com/Changchaolin/folders/5th-grade-2018-2019/sets

                   Middle School: Magical Tour of China: https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/151338

                                               Harvest: https://quizlet.com/Changchaolin/folders/harvest/sets

                                               Discovering Chinese Pro: https://quizlet.com/Changchaolin/folders/discovering-chinese-pro/sets

    1. Watch Peppa Pig and learn Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRi0sw4PDw-C2C7fS9hrx5Q/videos
    2. Chinese Learning Podcast: https://learningchinesethroughstories.com/
    3. Chinese Kids songs and stories: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0LVLCYEOwDIXNbAGQdO5w

    6. Pinyin practice: https://www.laits.utexas.edu/ppp/

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  • Weekly Updates - July 2nd, 2020

     

    Good evening Parents,

     

    Happy early 4th of July!  During this challenging time, I hope you and your family are well and healthy.  With the new confirmed cases rising each day, it’s more important than ever that we do everything we can to keep our loved ones safe. 

     

    HISD is continuously working on planning and safety measures for the next school year.  If you haven’t already completed our survey, please take a few minutes to complete this survey and provide your feedback to help us make the most informed plan for your family. 

     

    While much is unknown about this fall semester due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, we have been actively staffing our vacancies.  I am very excited to report that over the past few weeks, we have hired a new assistant principal, promoted a teacher to teacher specialist, and filled the middle school math, science positions and the 5th grade ELA position.  All of our new staff members bring a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience in their respective fields; and I can’t wait to see each of them shine within our MIMS family.  Please see the following bios to learn more about our staffers. Also, be on the look out for more details about an upcoming virtual meet and greet with our new team members!

     

    Ms. Amy Aten – SLL teacher

     

    Ms. Amy Aten obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master's Degree in Business from Texas Woman's University. Upon graduating with her Masters degree, Ms. Aten went into the medical field working in cardiac rehab. Although Ms. Aten enjoyed her career in cardiac rehab, she felt her true calling was in teaching. Ms. Aten has been teaching in the special education field for the last 4 years. 

     

    Mr. Bin Wang – Middle school math teacher

     

    My name is Bin Wang.  The 2020-2021 school year will be my 4th year teaching, and I cannot be happier to be serving the students at MIMS.  I am a graduate of University of Houston  with a degree in Education.  I have a passion for mathematics and I believe the skills learned in Middle School will set the foundation for a child's understanding of more advanced disciplines in High School.

    Outside of work,  I enjoy spending time at home with my cat, Samuel Meow Jackson, and my 2 dogs, Duke and Daisy.   When I'm not at home, you can find me biking on trails, at the gym, or eating pizza at Luna's.

     

    Mr. Justin Ritsema – Assistant Principal

     

    My name is Justin Ritsema and I’m thrilled to be joining the team at MIMS! My career in education began in 2009 after my graduation from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. I joined Teach For America and was fortunate enough to be placed in Houston. My placement school was Northline Elementary, where I taught 5th grade for 4 years. In 2012, I joined Peace Corps in the Republic of North Macedonia where I taught English in a Primary School. After another year in Houston at Northline, I then moved to Boston to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After obtaining my Master’s in School Leadership, I came back to HISD where I worked as a Math/Science Teacher Development Specialist and served as Assistant Principal on two elementary campuses. I was most recently Assistant Principal at Briargrove Elementary.

     

    Ms. Kristen Thome – 5th grade ELA teacher

     

    My family moved to Texas in 1972 and I have been a proud Houstonian ever since. I grew up in Southwest Houston and graduated from Westbury High School. I then attended The University of St. Thomas, where I earned a B.A. in General Studies with an emphasis in English and Philosophy. I returned to UST in 1997 to attend graduate school and received my Masters in Education, followed by completion of coursework required for Educational Administration and Leadership.

    I began my career in education in 1999 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. In 2006 I had the opportunity to join John Paul II Catholic School as the Assistant Principal for PK3-8 grade. I then joined the team at Northwoods Catholic School as Principal in 2009. For the last six years, I have served as principal of St. Thomas More Parish School. In December, I made the decision to return to teaching and it is truly an honor and a privilege to join the team at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School.

     

    Ms. Kyla Owens – Middle school science teacher

     

    Kyla is a native Houstonian, who lived and traveled across the globe before returning to Houston in 2016. With over six years experience working in the biomedical and public health industries, Kyla Owens is very excited to join the MIMS community as a Middle School Science Teacher, and is looking forward to bringing her love for science into the classroom.

    Kyla discovered her passion for science while an undergraduate student at Georgetown University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Health. At Georgetown, she competed as a two-sport NCAA student athlete on the Track and Field and Women’s Rowing teams. Kyla subsequently moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, to attend Tulane University, where she earned a Master of Science in Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2014.

    After graduate school, Kyla followed her passion for science and public health to Mozambique, where she worked as an Epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Mozambique, Kyla investigated disease outbreaks and worked on the U.S. government’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Upon returning to Houston, Kyla worked at Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Space Medicine, conducting research on health issues facing NASA astronauts on the International Space Station. Most recently, Kyla worked at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) as the Global Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist for TCH’s Global Pediatric Hematology-Oncology program in sub-Saharan Africa (Global H.O.P.E.).

    In all, Kyla has lived on four continents and traveled to every one except Antarctica.  She speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and enjoys traveling, hiking, and listening to 80’s pop music. She lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their dog, Lucy.

     

    Ms. Xian Xia – Teacher Specialist

     

    My name is Xian Xia, but I go by the name Sana. I am the new Teacher Specialist at MIMS. From an educational perspective, I completed my Bachelor of Art in Music Education at Shanghai Normal University in 2010, and subsequently completed my Master of Education, with a focus on dual language, in 2017 from the University of St. Thomas. I am currently enrolled at Lamar University, in the Principal Certification Program which I hope to complete in 2021. This year marks the 11th year of teaching and my 4th year at MIMS. 

    Being an educator is my true calling. Bilingualism has been proven to provide a competitive advantage to young children, so delivering the Chinese language and culture fulfills my purpose and calling. As the Teacher Specialist at MIMS, my work involves close collaboration with multiple key stakeholders: supporting all staff members, parents, students, and closely working in with and assisting Principal Ying and Assistant Principal Ritsema.

    My hobbies include playing the accordion and the piano – which I have done since when I was 6 years old. I also love to spend time with my husband, my “fur baby,” Kota Bear, and my 2-year-old son Ivan, who was born in the summer of 2018.

    I am looking forward to getting to know you and your family and collaborating with our community to support student learning! My door is always open. Please for free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

     

    Lastly, please see the following for the Book Club’s announcement.  Special thank you to Ms. Kelly Sowards Opot, Ms. Leah Stephens Ramirez, Ms. Natalie Garza, and Ms. Wendy Fong for coordinating this fun reading event!

     

    Announcement!

     

    BOOK CLUB: announcing the second installment of book club - we're reading Between the World and Me, which we chose at the end of the last meeting.

     

    This will be a virtual meeting, hosted by Kelly Sowards Opot, Leah Stephens Ramirez, Natalie Garza, and Wendy Fong.

     

    If you don't already own the book, the audio version is highly recommended (over kindle and hard copy). I've put the links to them below.

     

    Audio - https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9780147520500

    Hardcopy - https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780812993547

    Event RSVP:

    https://facebook.com/events/s/book-club-between-the-world-an/2605909706298324/?ti=cl

    Details:

    Book: Between the world and Me

    Time: Jul 11, 2020 04:00 PM Central

    Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89697960574?pwd=NGtPTFNyZEtYV2I0SUJSSHNwMkt6UT09

    Meeting ID: 896 9796 0574

    Password: 065763

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  • Weekly Updates - June 25th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents, 

    I hope everyone had a great week.  Please see the following for a quick mid-week announcement.

     

    1. Join the HISD Career Readiness team for "Summer Bridge Story Time," a new interactive hour where students can engage in Career Ready concepts and conversations!  Lessons and activities will be hosted online!  VISIT: https://rb.gy/uybrf0 for links and book titles! Happy reading, #HISD!  Please see the attached flyer here for more details.

     

    2. While much of next year is still unknown, we are going to continue to plan and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year the best we can.  The district is eagerly and happily listening to your feedback.  Please take a minute and complete the following survey here to help us make the most informed plan for your child for the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    3. We have received 180 free backpacks to give away (see below for picture).  On Monday, 6/29/20 you may stop by the school and pick up a free backpack for your child (one backpack per student) between the hours of 8:00 to 3:00. 

     

    • We only have limited supply - this is first come first serve

    • Ms. Obando will check off your child’s name – please be sure that Ms. Obando sees you and check off your child’s name

    • Please wear PPE and maintain social distancing.  Please note that the building is closed to parents and students at this time.

     

    giveaway backpack

     

    4. Over the years our school has partnered with Asia Society for various learning opportunities.  This summer, they are offering virtual summer camps for our students.  Below is their virtual summer camp information. 

     

     

    Manga Digital:

     

    Our highly popular Manga camp is back — all online! Join us virtually in Manga Digital to learn how to create your own comics inspired by the Japanese manga style. Beginner to Advanced students will learn new skills to bring comics to life on the web. Camp includes access to a digital comic software, Comic Life, and a manga drawing kit that will be mailed or available for curbside pickup. All students will show off their work at the virtual camp Comic Con on the last day of camp!

     

    Manga Digital is recommended for students ages 9–14. We recommend that students use a tablet and stylus for camp, and recommend this tablet. Students without tablets can use paper and camera phones.

     

    Register here: https://asiasociety.org/texas/events/exploreasia-culture-camp-kids-37

     

     

    Writing for Social Justice:

     

    Teen voices are powerful forces for social change. This camp, in partnership with Writers in the Schools (WITS), offers writing activities and customized exercises designed to help teens develop the literary tools to be in conversation with what they see in the world. With the help of a professional writer, students will explore a range of essays, poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction from Asian American and other community voices. They will use their writing to interrogate and examine issues that are important to them and share a student-led interactive showcase on the last day of camp.

     

    Recommended for students ages 13–16. This camp is open to students of all backgrounds. Daily activities from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. include live Zoom meetings and feedback sessions, small group time, and sharing sessions. This camp takes place in an entirely virtual setting.

     

    Register here: https://asiasociety.org/texas/events/exploreasia-culture-camp-teens

     

     

    Adventures Along the Silk Road

     

    Journey across Asia as a globetrotting adventurer! Experience the arts, drama, music, and food of different cultures along the Silk Road from the comfort of your home. Explore legends and true stories of the historic Silk Road through a one-hour daily Zoom and at-home craft kits.

     

    During the daily Zoom meeting, campers will interact in real time with an education staff member who will teach about the Silk Road through interactive activities, stories, and games. All other activities can be done at home based on the schedule of the family. Students can share their work with their families on the last day of camp during our Silk Road Bazaar!

     

    Recommended for students ages 6–9. Families will be mailed a Silk Road Adventure Kit one week prior to the start of camp, or they can pick up the kits curbside at Asia Society. Camp will consist of a one-hour live Zoom call each day, 10–11 a.m., plus activities to do at home.

     

    Registration: https://asiasociety.org/texas/events/exploreasia-culture-camp-kids-36

     

     

    Dancing Through China

     

    Join us for a week of fun exploring China! Daily warm-ups, and art and craft activities mix with a variety of different dance forms and Chinese language lessons to provide exciting, fun-filled days in a virtual setting.

     

    During daily Zoom meetings, campers will interact in real time with an education staff member or instructor who will teach dance, arts and crafts, and more through interactive activities, stories, and games.

     

    Presented in collaboration with Dance of Asian America.

     

    Recommended for students ages 6–9. Families will be mailed a Dancing through China kit one week prior to the start of camp, or they can pick up the kits curbside at Asia Society. Camp will consist of a live Zoom call each day, plus activities to do at home.

     

    Registration: https://asiasociety.org/texas/events/exploreasia-culture-camp-kids-38

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  • Weekly Updates - June 18th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope you are well and enjoying summer.  Earlier today, Dr. Lathan released next year’s academic calendar in a district-wide email.  In case you didn’t receive it, please see the attachment for a copy.  

     

    While much of next year is still unknown, we are going to continue to plan and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year the best we can.  The district is eagerly and happily listening to your feedback.  Please take a minute and complete the following survey to help us make the most informed plan for your child for the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Ms. Colion's Farewell Message

     

    Please see the attached for Ms. Colion's farewell message.

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

     

    Dear MIMS Family,

     

    I hope that each of you and your families are staying healthy and safe. As Mr. Ying mentioned, I am excited to share the news that I have accepted the role of Principal at Herod Elementary. I am honored to have been your Assistant Principal for the last 3 years and feel blessed to have been a part of your child’s life. I will miss seeing all of the wonderful faculty, staff, students, and parents that make up the heart of MIMS. I’ll even miss being in the dunking booth at CNY (be sure to let the new Assistant Principal know that it is tradition 😉).

     

    I officially start this new chapter of my life on Monday and even though I will no longer be at MIMS, please keep in touch and know that I just down the road and/or an email away.

     

    Kind Regards,

     

    Gina Colión Principal, Herod Elementary

    Email: gcolionh@houstonisd.org

    Office Number: 713-778-3315

    Address: 5627 Jason Street, Houston, TX 77096

    School Site: https://www.houstonisd.org/herodelem

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  • Weekly Updates - June 13th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    Effective June 15th, 2020, Ms. Gina Colion will no longer report to MIMS as she was promoted to the Principal at Herod Elementary School.

     

    As an assistant principal, Ms. Colion was appreciated by teachers and staff. The work and contribution, including the extended hours of dedication are deeply appreciated. We will miss Ms. Colion's professionalism and stregnth. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

     

    Join me in congratulating Ms. Colion on her well-deserved promotion. We will miss Ms. Colion, but we wish her the best with her new school!

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Additional Notes - June 5th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents, 

     

    I have some updates/corrections to add to my previous thank you note. 

     

    I would like to thank Ms. Helen Ang and Ms. Wendy Chung for communicating and connecting with other 1st grade parents in Ms. Worden and Ms. T. Chen’s class.  I would also like to thank Ms. Amanda Chambers, Ms. Vicki Chu, Ms. Trini Merlan, Ms. Angie Mae, and Ms. Victoria Smith for coordinating our 8th grade car-parade, promotion ceremony, and picture/yearbook.  You all have done an amazing job. 

     

    If you wish to donate your used computer/laptop, please fill out the following brief survey and we will contact you for drop-off information.  We are trying to help other HISD families/students who are in need of technology devices for online learning. 

     

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSel52xmyWu-3hVvBLUJAZPpp7v-cI3Y-q3ZRteBBZiTqtRuMA/viewform?usp=sf_link

     

    Enjoy your summer! We will be in touch when the school district announces our opening procedures for the fall semester.

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Weekly Updates - June 3rd, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I would like to begin by thanking you for your support this year.  Thank you for working with our teachers and staff.  I always say MIMS is such a great school because of you and all your support. 

     

    I would like to give a special thank you to a few parents.  These parents really went above and beyond for our students and community during the COVID-19 school closure. 

     

    Ms. Alice Truong and Ms. Judy Chang. They posted important information to our parent’s social media sites and assisted with the communication between the teachers and families.

     

    Ms. Angie Joe and Ms. Claire Ma. They organized a surprise Zoom party for Ms. Russo and Ms. C Chen during Teacher Appreciation Week. Wendy Chung and Helen Ang from Ms. T Chen and Ms. Warren’s classes who helped them connect with other parents.

     

    Ms. Irene Chang who helped Ms. Butler and Ms. Qiu learn about distant learning platform and helped them understand how their students can access the materials and resource from the teachers.

     

    Ms. Margaret Pinkston, Ms. Amy Tang, Ms. Karen Chang, and Ms. Angie Chen for coordinating the 5th grade car parade and promotion gift for the students.   

     

    Also thank you to some of the 8th grade parents (I’m so sorry I don’t have the names, but I know many of you helped with the parade and gifts) – thank you all!

     

    Mr. Mitch Shults and Mr. Patrick Long for offering their technology expertise and helping our staff transition to a virtual teaching space. 

     

    Ms. Jillian Simmons for donating your laptop to help an HISD family/student in need of technology.

     

    And last, but not least, all the PTO members for staying on board for an additional length of time until we were able to elect next year’s board members. 

     

    One last thing, HISD is providing all elementary and middle school students free summer reading materials.  We just received our shipment a couple of days ago and we are ready to pass them out.  Next Monday, 6/8 and Tuesday, 6/9, between 8:30am to 1:00pm, you are welcome to stop by the school and pick them up.  We will leave the books on the table in the box labeled by grade level.  You simply drive up to the table to pick up the books and drive on.  Please wear PPE and maintain social distancing.  If you see another car/family at the table, then please keep a safe distance.  Our supply is limited, so please only pick up the books in your child’s grade level. 

     

    Thank you all again for a great year.  I will continue to send emails with updates and information during the summer.  Until then, I hope everyone is safe and enjoys a relaxing summer. 

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Weekly Updates - May 27th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I have two quick announcements. 

     

    1. Yearbook:

     

    2019-2020 Yearbook Delivery:

     

    Many people have reached out to ask when and how they are going to receive yearbooks. As of right now, Balfour is closed as they are not considered an essential business. This means that although our yearbook is complete, it has not been printed. The yearbook team has requested a campus delivery time in early August.

     

    Due to the nature of what is happening in our world today, actual delivery time is tentative as it will be based on when the bans are lifted around the country.

     

    We will update everyone once we hear if our delivery request time is available. We will work with the Admin team to get all the yearbooks distributed to everyone.

     

    Nissa Simpson, Libby Ingrassia Bergman, and Beryl Stoutenberg

     

    2. School supplies for the 2020-2021 school year are now available for purchase! We are using a different company this year and all purchases must be made on their website. It will not be made available on the MIMS online store (which also means that there will be no packs available if you forget to purchase before the deadline) Supplies will be available for purchase until July 1, 2020. Don't forget to purchase for the grade your child is going in to and remember to include your child's full name (no nicknames) when ordering. Click here to order!

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  • Weekly Updates - May 22nd, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope everyone had a great week.  I just have a couple quick announcements to wrap-up this week. 

     

    1. Student check-out.  You should have received an email about the pick-up date/time/location for your child’s belongings.  Here are some updates about the pick-up.

     

    a) If the letter stated, the pick-up location was “side of the building” – it means the school bus lane.  Please park in the teacher’s parking lot.

    b) I sent a second email to middle school parents early this week.  Your child’s belongings will be ready for pick-up regardless his/her teacher came back to school this week. 

    c) The weather report says we will be getting some rain next week.  Please plan accordingly. 

    d) 8th grade biology students – please bring back the textbook

    e) 5th grade students who are not returning to MIMS next year and all 8th grade students – please bring back library books and any technology items you checked out from school.

     

    2. I want to give middle school teachers and Ms. Colion a shout-out for planning the 8th grade promotion ceremony.  Thank you all for your hard work. 

     

    Thank you all for your support and I wish everyone a safe and restful Memorial Holiday weekend!

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

     

    cubbies in cafeteria

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  • Weekly Updates - May 15th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope everyone is well and healthy.  It’s been a couple weeks since my last email, but we are full steam ahead in end of year school close-out preparation.  The following are the latest news for this week. 

     

    1. Thanks to the teachers and Ms. Colion for planning the 8th grade graduation ceremony.  It will be on Friday, May 29, 2020 from 10 – 11. The ceremony will take place via Zoom (Link to be sent out later) and will be recorded.  On Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 10 - 11AM, 8th grade students are invited to the ‘drive by parade’ at the school. MIMS teachers and other faculty will be outside of the school (observing social distancing with PPE). Parents/8th grade students can decorate their car if they choose and ‘drive by’ as the faculty waves and cheers. No one is allowed out of their car and PPE on students is encouraged. 

     

    2. There will be no instruction on 5/21 and 5/22.  We are reserving this time for teachers to go back to campus to pack student’s belongings. 

     

    3. Ancillary grading policy.  For elementary ancillary classes, students will receive an E for participation and S for those who cannot participate. 

     

    4. Middle school parents, if you have not received the middle school schedule, please see the attached here.  I understand that we only have a few more days to go before the end of this school year, but I still want to share this schedule with you as promised.  And I also want to thank our middle school teachers and Ms. Colion for working collaboratively on this schedule.

     

    5. Imagine learning recently added a new feature to its website.  You will be able to access this learning program in 21 languages. 

     

    6. I am reaching out to you for computer and technology device donations.  We have monthly meetings with the first-year principals.  Some of the principals reached out to us for support because many of their families have no technology at all.  Hundreds of families have no computers in their homes, which makes distance learning extremely challenging.  If you have used computer that you no longer use, we would love to take it off your hands.  Please note that:

     

    • The computer or technology device must be in working condition.

    • You are responsible to erase data in the hard drive as we don’t have additional staff to handle this task.

    • If you have computer/tech device to donate, please complete this short survey.

    • Once we receive your information, drop-off information will be provided.

     

    Thank you and have a great weekend,

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Weekly Updates - April 27th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope you and your family are well and healthy.  The following are updates for this week.

     

    1. Starting this week, the teachers will enter “0” for missing assignments and homework.  This is not a campus decision, but a district wide policy.  Previously, some teachers entered “I” (incomplete) or “M” (missing) in the gradebook, but starting this week, teachers are asked to enter “0” for missing assignments and homework. 

     

    IMPORTANT:

     

    Your child’s grade average in the 4th grading cycle WILL NOT negatively affect his/her overall grade average.  If the “0(s)” bring your child’s grade average lower than the first 3 grading cycle average, at the end of the semester, Gradespeed will not include the grades in the 4th grading cycle into calculation.

     

    2. The Intent to Return survey went out last Friday. 

     

    a) If you haven’t completed the survey, please do so as soon as possible.  You may access the survey here, HOWEVER you will need your child’s student ID to proceed. 

     

    b) Some of the email addresses on file were outdated and/or undeliverable.  Ms. Obando and Mr. Milla are calling you to update your emails.  Once the emails are updated, we will make a second attempt. 

     

    3. The district is having dialogue about graduation, summer school etc.  I will share that information when they arrive. 

     

    4. Please click here for more HISD news.

     

    5. A brief message from the PTO about school supply packs:

     

    Hi Parents, 

     

    We know it's hard to think about school supply shopping, especially right now. We want to deliver some good news. There will be a first day of school next year even though we are uncertain what it will look like; that decision has not been determined. That is why we are so excited to announce a new partnership with 1st Day School Supplies!

     

    This year, 1st Day School Supplies is going to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the RISK of shopping at WalMart, Target or Staples.

     

    We have found 1st Day School Supplies to be convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, they have guaranteed competitive prices on the highest quality brands including the germ fighting brands like Purell and Clorox. So, with all the uncertainty this summer will bring, why not check school supply shopping off your list. You can make your purchase right now, get started by clicking the link below:

     

    1st Day School Supplies - MIMS

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  • Mr. Ying has an announcment for our students! Click here to watch.

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  • Weekly Updates - April 7th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope you and your family are well and healthy.  Please see the following for my mid-week update. 

     

    1. I will be making a morning announcement to all MIMS students next Monday, 4/13/20 at 8:30 AM.  Your child(ren) has already been invited to my virtual morning announcement via Teams.  If you and your child have no access to Teams, you may still join us with this link.  You don’t need Microsoft Teams to watch.  If you aren’t available at that time, we will record the message and send you a link at a later date.  
    2. Transportation survey.  If your child(ren) needs to take school bus in the 2020-2021 school year, please complete this survey
    3. Would you like to be more involved at MIMS?  We need YOUR help!  The PTO is looking for more parents to get involved.  We welcome everyone’s help.  Please contact president@mimspto.org for more information. 
    4. Speaking of PTO, as you may have heard from Nhi, we will be cancelling our April general meeting, and further, will need to postpone elections for next year’s board until the beginning of next school year. 
    5. Do you know anyone in distress during this difficult time?  Here is a link to lots of resources that’ll help families get through this tough time. 
    6. HISD has designated next week, April 13-17, as Virtual Spirit Week to celebrate our new distance learning and add a little fun to the daily curriculum. Each day will be designated with a different theme, and everyone is invited to take part in the daily challenge.

     

    As you participate in the daily activities, take photos or short videos and share them on your social media accounts using the hashtag #HISDSpiritWeek. The idea is to flood social media with positive learning activities to create a sense of community, school spirit, and inclusivity. Here is the schedule:

     

    Monday, April 13: Move-it Monday

    It’s important to keep moving while staying home. It could be dancing, yoga, walking or running or participating in a virtual fitness class. What’s your P.E. routine? Share a photo or short video of your activity.

     

    Tuesday, April 14: Career Day

    Think about your future and picture yourself in your dream job. Do you want to be an astronaut, a doctor, a teacher or a scientist? Dress up and share a photo of yourself dressed for your career of choice.

     

    Wednesday, April 15: Whatcha Reading Wednesday

    What’s on your current reading list? Share a photo of your book or a video of yourself reciting a favorite passage.

     

    Thursday, April 16: College Colors Day

    No matter your age, it’s important to start thinking about college. It could be a college that your brother, sister, parent or teacher attended – or a college you’ve already been accepted to attend! Dress in the colors of that school or wear a college T-shirt and share your photo.

     

    Friday, April 17: Fine Arts Friday

    This is your day to be creative! Draw or paint a picture, sing a song, play an instrument, or read a poem. Share with your fellow students how you are expressing your creativity at home with a photo or short video.

     

    Don’t forget to share your photos and videos on social media each day, using the hashtag #HISDSpiritWeek, and we will share your posts on the district’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Thanks for participating, and Happy Virtual Spirit Week!

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  • Physical Education Info - April 1st, 2020

     

    Dear Parents, Please see the following message from the K-12 Health and Physical Education Department. 

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    In light of the current situation regarding school closings, Activity Works wants to assure that all of our students have the opportunity to bring Activity Works home with them to use with their families. A school account has been set up for all of our students. 

     

    Activity Works combines physical activity and core curriculum content so students exercise while they learn about Dinosaurs, Space, Endangered Species, Fractions, Nouns and Verbs, and many more. Activity Works has 1, 3, 6 and 12 minute animated episodes (with child actors, professional voice over talent and originally scored music to meet a beats-per-minute protocol) and cover all subjects, including Cultural Arts. The program even has a nutrition component called All Star Health Squad that also includes fun and engaging animated videos, teaching students about the importance of fruits and vegetables. Activity Works is used in HISD classrooms so many students are familiar with the program. Activity Works demonstrates that exercising and learning can be fun!

     

    To access the website, please visit: http://www.activityworks.com/

     

    In the upper right corner, log in using the following Username and Password:

     

    Username: Mandarin

    Password: hisd (all lowercase)

     

    Once on the Student dashboard, scroll down and click on the video that your child wants to access. Feel free to exercise along with your child as it’s important for everyone to get a little exercise into each day. Enjoy!

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  • Weekly Updates - March 31st, 2020

     

    Dear Parents, 

     

    I hope you and your family are well and healthy.  I believe most of you have received a plethora of school related emails from teachers.  I am confident that the sheer volume of information communicated is probably overwhelming for many of you.  Therefore, I intentionally waited a couple days before sending this update via email.  I want to thank you for communicating with the teachers and for your patience during this challenging time.  Our teachers are working harder than ever to streamline the learning process and are actively migrating instruction to the online platform.  Our parents are working harder than ever also as you juggle your work and family demands at home, including caring for your child(ren) and schooling at home.  My hat goes off to everyone for managing these tremendously important tasks with grace during a time never faced before in our nation nor education system.  The following are a few updates to start off the week:

     

    1. Many parents have reached out to me for technology devices.  I apologize for not being able to personally respond to each one of you.  I did, however, forward all requests to Mr. Milla, our technology clerk, and asked him to schedule a pick-up time with you.  Our teachers and staff have been calling and checking on you and your child since last week.  We wanted to personally reestablish connection as well as survey your technology needs.  The survey results have also been forwarded to Mr. Milla.  He will address your technology request in a timely manner. 

     

    2. HISD@HOME is live and it offers lots and lots of resources. 

     

    • You may attend webinars and learn about the educational programs such as MyOn, Imagine Math, Imagine Language & Literacy, etc.

    • You may submit request for technology help

    • Plus a long list of other digital resources

     

    3. The Houston Texans and partners have compiled FREE digital education resources for parents and teachers to help kids from preschool through high school “Huddle at Home” to stay active and keep their skills sharp. Content includes contests, math drills, activities and a character playbook. These resources are designed to bring some football fun to homes across Houston and beyond.

     

    4. HISD Communications Team is launching HISD @ H.O.M.E. TV to bring free, educational programming to our students and families at home through television. Our Multimedia Team has been producing instructional videos in English & Spanish in collaboration with the Elementary and Secondary Curriculum departments.

     

    5. In honor of the Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta holiday on Monday, March 30th, HISD @ H.O.M.E. TV will launch on Tuesday, March 31st. Families can access the lessons Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., on the following channels:

     

    • Comcast Ch. 18, U-verse Ch. 99.  

    • HISD @ H.O.M.E. TV can also be accessed online at the same times on houstonisd.org/livetv

     

    6. HISD Communications is also partnering with Fox 26’s sister station UPN Ch.20 to broadcast HISD content. Starting the week of March 30, UPN Ch. 20 will air a one-hour video produced by HISD Communications on a weekly basis featuring a variety of lessons and information for our community. 

     

    7. HISD Communications is also collaborating with Houston Public Media to promote HISD @ H.O.M.E. TV and also provide additional free, educational programing for parents and students through PBS TV Ch. 8 at-home learning.

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  • Spring Break Update - March 22nd, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope you and your family are well and healthy.  We realize homeschooling is challenging during these uncertain times, especially when many of you are also working from home and juggling many commitments.  Please realize we understand you and are here to support you in this new endeavor.  Currently, our team is working around the clock to develop our online learning platform and we will release more information about our online learning very shortly.  Please see below for latest updates:

     

    1. HISD is collecting information of those families that have little/no internet access.  If you have limited internet access, if you can only read this message on your phone, please fill out this survey.  If you know parents/family who fit the profile, please direct them to this survey. 
    2. HISD is launching HISD@H.O.M.E. (Home-based Ongoing Mobile Education) that will go online on 3/23. 
      • Week of March 23: Students will be able to log in and interact with the digital resources
      • Week of March 30: Curriculum-based lessons and activities will go live
    3. Some of the teachers have already reached out to you about instructions to access their online classroom.  Please follow their instruction to set up your account.  If you haven’t received such instruction, please be patient with the teacher.  The teachers will reach out to you in the coming days. 
    4. We are planning for some form of Mandarin Chinese lessons.  More information to come.

     

    Chung Ying, Principal 

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  • Mid-week Update - March 19th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents, 

     

    I hope everyone is well and healthy.  I am writing to check-in and give you a mid-week update.  Dr. Lathan just met with all HISD principals online to discuss learning plans for the coming weeks.  Even though many businesses and events are put on hold to slow the spreading of COVID-19, HISD is committed to continue educating our students.  What I learned at the meeting today is that:

     

    1. HISD is making distant learning plans – this will allow all students to have access to lessons and educational resources online 
    2. The teachers will be available to teach and help students remotely – while we are unsure when we will physically return to the building, we are asking teachers to be available to help students during regular business hours

     

    Additionally, I know you are also concerned about student’s Mandarin lessons.  We are in the planning process.  We are committed to teach Mandarin Chinese just like we do reading and math.

     

    I will continue to provide updates as they arrive. 

     

    Chung Ying, Principal 

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  • Online resources - March 16th, 2020

     

    Good evening parents, 

     

    You may have already heard that HISD is extending the spring break to 4/10.  As of this evening, the plan is to reopen our school on Monday, 4/13/20.  I pray that you and your families are safe and well during this time. To provide our students with quality learning experiences during this break, I am sharing the following technology learning resources below.  

     

    Your child can have access from school or home to the following websites or Apps:

     

    • Imagine Language and Literacy to practice and enhance Reading and Language skills.
    • Imagine Math to develop and practice Math Skills specific to student needs.
    • Imagine Math Facts to review and practice grade-level Math Facts.
    • myON Digital Library to explore over 6,000 digital books for independent reading.
    • Digital Literacy for Learning.com to improve Keyboarding and Computer skills.

     

    How to have Home Access:

     

    • Open a web browser (preferably Chrome) and access the Hub (Clever) at houstonisd.org/hub
    • When prompted with the Houston ISD Login Service Screen, enter:
    • Your Child’s Username: SXXXXXXX@online.houstonisd.org
    • (XXXXXXXXX is student ID number)
    • Your Child’s Password: XXXXXXXX
    • (“X” is the student’s 8-dgit birthday. ex: May 24, 2003 ---> 05242003)
    • HUB login instructions: https://www.houstonisd.org/hubinfo
    • Click on the tab for Digital Resources. (You might have to click on “More” and drag down to Digital Resources.)
    • Next, scroll down and click on Imagine Language and Literacy, Imagine Math, Imagine Math Facts, Digital Literacy or myON.

     

    The following are some more online resources shared by Principal Akala at Sutton Elementary School:

     

    This email provides a link to a family invitation letter with your district’s unique code for all three of our programs. Families can add up to three children per account. A summary of each program is below and further information is available here.

     

    Click here to download your district's Family Letter with Redeem Code

     

    If parents need assistance redeeming this code or have questions about any of the products, please direct them to our Customer Support team at support@aofl.com and we will be happy to help.

     

    • ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy is the leading and most comprehensive digital early learning resource for students in preschool through 2nd grade. ABCmouse offers a research-validated curriculum with more than 10,000 individual Learning Activities and more than 850 complete lessons along our Step-by-Step Learning Path. ABCmouse includes a significant amount of Spanish language content.
    • Adventure Academy is a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) for students in 3rd through 8th grade. Adventure Academy brings learning to life as it builds critical knowledge of essential curriculum topics with thousands of learning activities in language arts, math, science, and social studies in a safe and engaging virtual world.
    • ReadingIQ is an advanced digital library and literacy platform for children through 6th grade that provides access to thousands of high-quality books, all curated by experts to advance literacy. ReadingIQ includes many books in Spanish, and an offline mode that does not require continuous Internet connectivity.

     

    These are great learning programs that are adaptive and aligned to the specific needs of each students. We hope that you find these programs valuable with supporting your child with improving their Reading, Language, Math, and Technology Skills.  

     

    Chung Ying, Principal 

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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - March 12th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    The following are the latest updates about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  I want to share this information with you before spring break so that everyone is informed and on the same page.  For your convenience, I have highlighted the most important, pertinent items in our school.  However, I urge you to read the entire message as well as the two attachments because you’ll find answers to most of your questions. 

     

    To reiterate Dr. Lathan’s message, currently there is no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in HISD, and we will continue to monitor the development of COVID-19 outbreak and provide updated information as soon as we received them. 

     

    Thank you.

     

     

    2020CoronavirusFAQ.docx 

    COVID19_PrincipalsTalkingPoints.doc 

     

    Travel Reporting
    All HISD employees, students, and families who have traveled or are planning to must register their travel plans using the HISD Travel Reporting Form. This form must be completed no later than Friday, March 27, 2020. (A printable form is available at www.houstonisd.org/HealthAlerts.)

     

    All HISD students, families, and employees should take extra precautions when traveling and follow travel guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel website.

     

    Campus Visitation Policy
    Beginning Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3, HISD will temporarily limit ALL campus visitors, including parents and volunteers. Parents will only be allowed on campus to pick up or drop off their child. If a parent meeting is scheduled, they will be required to complete check in and check out at the office or campus clinic. Parent participation in Admission Review Dismissal (ARD) and Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) meetings will continue on campus as usual, but they will be subject to screening.

     

    Please note that afterschool childcare will remain open.

     

    Tutoring will continue as scheduled. However, all tutors, student teachers, substitutes, hourly lecturers, vendors, contract employees, and other visitors must be screened by an HISD nurse before they can be allowed access to the campus.

     

    Screening will include mandatory temperature screening and response to questions regarding recent travel and health-related symptoms.

     

    All other visitors, including employee organizations, will be allowed entry at the principal’s discretion. Screening will be required before access to the campus is granted. Teleconferencing is strongly encouraged during this time.

     

    Student Workers
    HISD students who work off campus will continue to do so unless the worksite closes or cancels student participation.

     

    Campus-related Events
    Beginning Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3, all after-school activities and large campus gatherings will be CANCELED. Parent University scheduled for March 24 has been canceled. However, UIL-sponsored events taking place at stadiums will continue as scheduled. Additionally, student practicum rotations will continue as scheduled, unless the practicum site has halted rotations.

     

    Spring Break
    HISD Spring Break camps will be limited to three days — Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to allow time for thorough cleaning. UIL-sponsored events will continue after spring break as scheduled.

     

    Absence Policy
    HISD will continue to accept a written excuse from parents for student absences that may be related to precautions taken around COVID-19.

     

    Resources
    As you communicate with your campus community, please reference the Coronavirus-specific talking points attached. For more detailed information regarding the above information, as well as cleaning and sanitation information, please reference the HISD COVID-19 FAQs here.

     

    HISD currently has NO confirmed cases for COVID-19. However, acting out of an abundance of caution, several individuals have been placed on a 14-day self-quarantine. All self-quarantined individuals recently returned from a country on the CDC travel warning list or are closely related to someone who did. Based on guidance from health officials, specific schools will be identified if cases are confirmed.

     

    HISD’s Health and Medical Services is closely monitoring the situation and staying in contact with city, state, and national health and education officials. If any cases are confirmed in HISD, we will notify you and let you know what actions are being taken as a result.

     

    We are committed to keeping you updated and providing you with information as soon as we have it. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority and all decisions are being made with that in mind and in alignment with guidance from health and education officials.

     

    Please continue to visit HoustonISD.org/HealthAlerts for additional information and updates.

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  • Weekly Updates - March 9th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Please see below for this week’s newsletter. 

     

    Morning Assembly Recap

    This week we sang 茉莉花 (JASMINE FLOWER)

     

    We learned idom: 走马观花- To view the flowers on horseback; To take a brief look at something. 

     

    Spring Break – 3/16 to 3/20, School resume on 3/23

     

    It’s almost time for spring break!  This year’s spring break is 3/16 to 3/20.  School will resume on 3/23. 

     

    West Area Assistant Principal of the Year

     

    I have a great news to share.  Our beloved Ms. Colion was awarded West Area Assistant Principal of the Year!  Ms. Colion has been a wonderful member in the MIMS family, and we are so proud of her.  Don’t forget to give Ms. Colion your congratulations when you see her. 

     

    UIL Competition

     

    MIMS students did a fantastic job in this Saturday’s UIL competition.  We will have award ceremony later this week.  In the meantime, please see the list of our winners here!

     

    Health Reminders

     

    I am frequently reminding our students about staying healthy.  The following are some of the morning announcement scripts that I read to the students.  I just want to share and keep you in the loop. 

     

    Students, throughout this week, what is the most talked about item in the morning announcement?  I’m giving you a quiz this morning.  Think for a second…  the answer is staying healthy.  I gave you tips about staying healthy.  Here is my quiz.  How often do we wash our hands?  Rarely, never, frequently?  1 second, yes, frequently, like all the time!  Why?  Because we want to make sure our hands are germ free.  Who wants germs on their hands??  No one~  Next quiz, if i need to sneeze or cough, what do i do?  Sneeze or cough openly in the air?  Sneeze or cough in my palms, sneeze or cough in my elbow or tissue paper?  1 second, when we sneeze or cough, we do it in our elbow or in a tissue paper.  Remember, wash your hands all the time!

     

    Students, do you know the secret to staying healthy?  Do you know how to prevent spreading germs?  Here are some tips:

     

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick and remain home until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Did I say wash your hands often? 

     

    MIMS PTO Website:

     

    If you have anything you want shared with the MIMS community, we recommend that you send an email to secretary@mimspto.org to have it placed on the MIMS PTO website (http://mimspto.org). We can share club and committee information, dates and events, and volunteer requests on the site. 

     

    Want to share news of your student's club or team's success? We can do that! 

     

    Want to request volunteers? We can do that!

     

    Want to make sure your event is on the calendar? We can do that!

     

    The board is committed to getting LivingTree up and working as soon as possible but until then, http://mimspto.org is our official means of communication. Most items are up within 24 hours of posting.

     

    Protect Instructional Time

     

    Parents, please refrain from requesting the front office to call your child in the middle of a class.  Requests such as checking if your child has lunch money, whether your child brought gym cloth, whether your child brought homework, etc., are non-emergency and should not be a reason to stop teacher from teaching.  Our front office staff has been instructed to refrain from calling the classroom unless it is an emergency. 

     

    Reserved Parking Spots

     

    Parents, please be respectful of the reserved parking spots by not park your vehicle there.  Our teachers have reserved parking so that they don’t have to spend extra time finding parking spaces in the morning.  Our generous donors donated thousands of dollars to improve our school, to help us provide the highest quality education to our students.  We thank their generosity and show our appreciation by dedicating parking spaces for them.  Once again, please do not park your vehicle at any reserved parking spot.

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  • Weekly Updates - March 2nd, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Please see below for this week’s newsletter.

     

    Morning Assembly Recap

     

    Morning assembly is back!  This week we talked about the following:

     

    We sang 划小船 (Row Row Row Your Boart)

     

    一日不见,如隔三秋- A day gone by without him/her, seems like three autumns (years).

     

    一箭双雕,一石二鸟,一举两得- Kill two birds with one stone; achieve two things with one stroke.

     

    Information about testing

     

    MIMS will be closed to all campus visitors on all STAAR testing dates to ensure a more secure testing environment.  This means, parents will not be allowed on campus in any capacity other than coming to the front desk to pick up or drop off their children or to the clinic in case of a medical issue regarding their children.  The parent center (R143) will also remain locked and inaccessible to parents on these days.

     

    Closed Campus Testing Dates

     

    Tuesday, April 7

    Wednesday, April 8

    Wednesday, May 6

    Thursday, May 7

    Friday, May  8

    Tuesday,  May 12

    Wednesday, May 13

    Thursday, May 14

     

    FAQ

     

    Q: Can parents help teachers with the Tuesday folders?

    A: Teachers will be responsible for handling their own Tuesday folders on Tuesday testing days or choose a non-testing day for the folders that week.

     

    Q: Can parents help teachers?

    A: Teachers will have to schedule all parent volunteers around the testing.

     

    Q: Can parents schedule face to face teacher conferences?

    A: All face to face conferences will have to be scheduled around testing.

     

    Q: Can parents act as mystery readers in classrooms?

    A: Teachers will have to schedule all parent volunteers around the testing.

     

    Q: Can I still have lunch with my children if it’s their birthday?

    A: If your children are not testing, you may pick them up and take them off campus for lunch.

     

    Middle School Production – “Louder, I Can’t Hear You”

     

    Middle school play, Louder, I can’t Hear You is rescheduled to Tuesday 3/3 and Thursday 3/5 from 6:00 to 6:45 PM.

     

    Primary Election

     

    This Tuesday, 3/3/20 is the Primary Election day. Please see the following for our election plan. 

     

    • All procedures are in effect on March 3rd only 
    • School hours remain the same – 8:05 AM to 3:50 PM
    • Morning arrival – All students will come in the building through the Dragon door.  Please drop off your child near the Dragon door
    • Our parking spaces will be limited on this day
    • For drop off/pick up, parents can still drive around the parking lot as usual but expect heavy traffic
    • Dismissal – follow normal procedure
    • After school program staff come in the building through the dragon door
    • After school programs operate as normal
    • HISD police is on “Close Patrol” and will frequently stop by our campus on

     

    Teacher of the Year

     

    She is an exemplary educator.  Students of all backgrounds leave her class with more confidence, character, and knowledge than they realized was even possible upon entering her class.  Anyone can teach a “good student” but she can teach all students.  She interacts with her students on a personal level where she knows every student’s likes, dislikes, and most importantly, how to help them learn.  Her record speaks for itself and her effectiveness is often praised by parents.  Parents, it is my honor to announce the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Ya Ling Lin

     

    Yearbook:

     

    Please continue to submit any photos you have of MIMS student activities for this year's yearbook. Chinese New Year festival and classroom celebrations, field trips, clubs, scouts, UIL and other competitions, sports, and anything else your MIMS students are doing with the school. Upload instructions are on the MIMS PTO website at http://mimspto.org/activities/pto-activities/yearbook/ or you can email photos to yearbook@mimspto.org. Yearbook sales have now closed but we will have some extra books for sale in May when the books arrive for distribution.

     

    MIMS PTO Website:

     

    If you have anything you want shared with the MIMS community, we recommend that you send an email to secretary@mimspto.org to have it placed on the MIMS PTO website (http://mimspto.org). We can share club and committee information, dates and events, and volunteer requests on the site. 

     

    Want to share news of your student's club or team's success? We can do that! 

     

    Want to request volunteers? We can do that!

     

    Want to make sure your event is on the calendar? We can do that!

     

    The board is committed to getting LivingTree up and working as soon as possible but until then, http://mimspto.org is our official means of communication. Most items are up within 24 hours of posting.

     

    Protect Instructional Time

     

    Parents, please refrain from requesting the front office to call your child in the middle of a class.  Requests such as checking if your child has lunch money, whether your child brought gym cloth, whether your child brought homework, etc., are non-emergency and should not be a reason to stop teacher from teaching.  Our front office staff has been instructed to refrain from calling the classroom unless it is an emergency. 

     

    Funding lost due to absences

     

    We had quite a few absences this past January.  This is likely the result of the flu season.  We need to continue to remind students to wash their hands frequently and keep their hands clean.  We will also tell students to sneeze into their elbow because that’ll keep the germs and bacteria contained on the cloth. 

     

    Library

     

    The library is back in business!  Students have been visiting the library and enjoy reading every chance they get!  I saw this reading corner the other day and thought to myself that I must share this with the parents!

     

    students reading

     

    Reserved Parking Spots

     

    Parents, please be respectful of the reserved parking spots by not park your vehicle there.  Our teachers have reserved parking so that they don’t have to spend extra time finding parking spaces in the morning.  Our generous donors donated thousands of dollars to improve our school, to help us provide highest quality education to our students.  We thank their generosity and show our appreciation by dedicating parking spaces for them.  Once again, please do not park your vehicle at any reserved parking spot.

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  • Important Testing Information

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    MIMS will be closed to all campus visitors on all STAAR testing dates to ensure a more secure testing environment. This means, parents will not be allowed on campus in any capacity other than coming to the front desk to pick up or drop off their children or to the clinic in case of a medical issue regarding their children. The parent center (R143) will also remain locked and inaccessible to parents on these days.

     

    Closed Campus Testing Dates

     

    Tuesday, April 7

    Wednesday, April 8

    Wednesday, May 6

    Thursday, May 7

    Friday, May  8

    Tuesday,  May 12

    Wednesday, May 13

    Thursday, May 14

     

    FAQ from Last Year

     

    Q: Can parents help teachers with the Tuesday folders?

    A: Teachers will be responsible for handling their own Tuesday folders on Tuesday testing days or choose a non-testing day for the folders that week.

     

    Q: Can parents help teachers?

    A: Teachers will have to schedule all parent volunteers around the testing.

     

    Q: Can parents schedule face to face teacher conferences?

    A: All face to face conferences will have to be scheduled around testing.

     

    Q: Can parents act as mystery readers in classrooms?

    A: Teachers will have to schedule all parent volunteers around the testing.

     

    Q: Can I still have lunch with my children if it’s their birthday?

    A: If your children are not testing, you may pick them up and take them off campus for lunch.

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  • Weekly Updates - February 24th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Please see below for this week’s newsletter.

     

    Go Texan Day!

     

    Yee-haw! Rodeo season is right around the corner, and Nutrition Services is celebrating with a traditional BBQ lunch for Go Texan Day on Thursday, Feb. 27. We’d like students and staff to participate by dressing in their cowboy gear and inviting parents to join them for lunch.

     

    Teacher of the Year

     

    She is an exemplary educator.  Students of all backgrounds leave her class with more confidence, character, and knowledge than they realized was even possible upon entering her class.  Anyone can teach a “good student” but she can teach all students.  She interacts with her students on a personal level where she knows every student’s likes, dislikes, and most importantly, how to help them learn.  Her record speaks for itself and her effectiveness is often praised by parents.  Parents, it is my honor to announce the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Ya Ling Lin. 

     

    Middle School Production – “Louder, I Can’t Hear You”

     

    Middle school play "Louder, I Can't Hear You" is rescheduled to Tuesday 3/3 and Thursday 3/5 from 6:00 to 6:45 PM. 

     

    Protect Instructional Time

     

    Parents, please refrain from requesting the front office to call your child in the middle of a class.  Requests such as checking if your child has lunch money, whether your child brought gym clothes, whether your child brought homework, etc., are non-emergency and should not be a reason to stop our teachers from teaching.  Our front office staff has been instructed to refrain from calling the classroom unless it is an emergency. 

     

    Primary Election

     

    Our school is once again selected to be a polling station in the upcoming Primary Election on Tuesday, 3/3/20.  With two elections under our belt, we are feeling more prepared this time.  We should follow the same plan as the one in last November.  I will meet with the election judge later this week.  More information to come. 

     

    Morning Assembly Recap

     

    Morning assembly is back!  This week we talked about the following two idioms:

     

    日积月累  - Accumulate day by day and month by month.

     

    一日千里 - (Travels) a thousand miles a day; at a tremendous pace. 

     

    Teacher Appreciation Lunch (Black History Month)

     

    Thank you, parents for cooking, decorating, coordinating the teacher appreciation lunch.  It was so generous of you donating your time and delicious food.  Every teacher and staff walked out of the parent preparation room with a big smile and five lunch boxes speak volumes.  This was a hugely successful lunch and we really appreciate your hard work. 

     

    Yearbook

     

    Please continue to submit any photos you have of MIMS student activities for this year's yearbook. Chinese New Year festival and classroom celebrations, field trips, clubs, scouts, UIL and other competitions, sports, and anything else your MIMS students are doing with the school. Upload instructions are on the MIMS PTO website at http://mimspto.org/activities/pto-activities/yearbook/ or you can email photos to yearbook@mimspto.org. Yearbook sales have now closed but we will have some extra books for sale in May when the books arrive for distribution.

     

    MIMS PTO Website

     

    If you have anything you want shared with the MIMS community, we recommend that you send an email to secretary@mimspto.org to have it placed on the MIMS PTO website (http://mimspto.org). We can share club and committee information, dates and events, and volunteer requests on the site. 

     

    Want to share news of your student's club or team's success? We can do that! 

     

    Want to request volunteers? We can do that!

     

    Want to make sure your event is on the calendar? We can do that!

     

    The board is committed to getting LivingTree up and working as soon as possible but until then, http://mimspto.org is our official means of communication. Most items are up within 24 hours of posting.

     

    Funding lost due to absences

     

    We had quite a few absences this past January.  This is likely the result of the flu season.  We need to continue to remind students to wash their hands frequently and keep their hands clean.  We will also tell students to sneeze into their elbow because that’ll keep the germs and bacteria contained on the cloth. 

     

    Library

     

    The library is back in business!  Students have been visiting the library and enjoy reading every chance they get!  I saw this reading corner the other day and thought to myself that I must share this with the parents!

     

    Students reading in the library

      

    Reserved Parking Spots

     

    Parents, please be respectful of the reserved parking spots by not parking your vehicle there. Our teachers have reserved parking so that they don’t have to spend extra time finding parking spaces in the morning. Our generous donors donated thousands of dollars to improve our school, to help us provide the highest quality education to our students. We thank their generosity and show our appreciation by dedicating parking spaces for them. Once again, please do not park your vehicle at any reserved parking spot.

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  • Weekly Updates - February 17th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Please see below for this week’s newsletter. 

     

    Yearbook:

     

    Please continue to submit any photos you have of MIMS student activities for this year's yearbook: Chinese New Year festival and classroom celebrations, field trips, clubs, scouts, UIL and other competitions, sports, and anything else your MIMS students are doing with the school. Upload instructions are on the MIMS PTO website at http://mimspto.org/activities/pto-activities/yearbook/ or you can email photos to yearbook@mimspto.org. Yearbook sales have now closed but we will have some extra books for sale in May when the books arrive for distribution.

     

    MIMS PTO Website:

     

    If you have anything you want shared with the MIMS community, we recommend that you send an email to secretary@mimspto.org to have it placed on the MIMS PTO website (http://mimspto.org). We can share club and committee information, dates and events, and volunteer requests on the site. 

     

    Want to share news of your student's club or team's success? We can do that! 

     

    Want to request volunteers? We can do that! 

     

    Want to make sure your event is on the calendar? We can do that!

     

    The board is committed to getting LivingTree up and working as soon as possible but until then, http://mimspto.org is our official means of communication. Most items are up within 24 hours of posting.

     

    Parking

     

    Parents, please do not park in the handicap parking unless you have the tag. 

     

    Funding lost due to absences

     

    We had quite a few absences this past January.  This is likely the result of the flu season.  We need to continue to remind students to wash their hands frequently and keep their hands clean.  We will also tell students to sneeze into their elbow because that’ll keep the germs and bacteria contained on the cloth. 

     

    Library

     

    The library is back in business!  Students have been visiting the library and enjoy reading every chance they get!  I saw this reading corner the other day and thought to myself that I must share this with the parents!

     

    Students reading in the library

     

    Morning Assembly

     

    Morning assembly should resume this week.  I lost my voice today and I have morning meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday.  I should pick up morning assembly on Thursday. 

     

    Middle School Production - "Louder, I Can't Hear You"

     

    Middle school play, Louder, I can’t Hear You will be rescheduled.  We don’t have a date currently; however, we will inform the parents as soon as the new dates become available. 

     

    Reserved Parking Spots

     

    Parents, please be respectful of the reserved parking spots by not park your vehicle there.  Our teachers have reserved parking so that they don’t have to spend extra time finding parking spaces in the morning.  Our generous donors donated thousands of dollars to improve our school, to help us provide highest quality education to our students.  We thank their generosity and show our appreciation by dedicating parking spaces for them.  Once again, please do not park your vehicle at any reserved parking spot.

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  • Weekly Updates - February 10th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Please see below for this week’s newsletter. 

     

    Morning Assembly Recap

     

    We are temporarily putting morning assembly on hold to improve the safety of morning drop-off traffic.

     

    Morning Drop-off

     

    We are adding more cones and using them to form one lane.  We observed that cars were driving around other cars stopped in front of them.  We understand the reason to drive around others, but at the same time it adds unnecessary stress for crossing guard.  Limiting drop-off to one lane allows for a safer crossing zone. 

     

    Please DO NOT park in the drop-off lane.  If you must stop for more than 30 seconds (approx.), please park your vehicle in the parking lot.  We value kindness and courtesy in our school.  Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.

     

    morning drop-off

     

    Library Reopening

     

    Our library is back in business!  We already have teachers bringing students to the library.  Special thank you to the parents who volunteer to read to the students!  We are looking into perfecting middle school library schedule so that we maximize the use of library time. 

     

    Harlem Globetrotter’s Visit, 2/10/20

    Harlem is coming to MIMS on Monday!  Three players are presenting - Zeuz McClurkin, Sweet Lou II Dunbar and Lucky, the first ever Chinese player.  They are presenting “T.E.A.M. Up at School” (anti-bullying presentation) in Chinese and English. 

     

    Middle School Production – “Louder, I Can’t Hear You”, 2/11, 2/12/20

     

    Thanks to Ms. McGahey for working with middle school students on this performance.  We proudly present Louder, I Can’t Hear You.  Please join us on 2/11 and 2/12 from 6:00 to 6:45 PM to watch students perform.  

     

    hand-drawn Louder, I Can't Hear You poster

     

    Camp Olympia Parent Meeting, 2/11/20

     

    Thank you, parents for organizing Camp Olympia.  The Camp Olympia parent meeting is 2/11 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the cafeteria. 

     

    Class Picture Day, 2/13/20

     

    This Thursday is class picture day. 

     

    Early dismissal on Friday, 2/14/2020 at 1:15 PM

     

    Friday, 2/14 is an early dismissal day.  Our dismissal starts at 1:15 PM.  Please note that:

    1. After-school care begins at dismissal time
    2. After-school enrichment programs begin at 4:15
    3. If your child is attending parent-led club, please reach out to the club sponsor for club meeting time on early dismissal days

     

    7th and 8th Grade Girl Soccer

     

    If your 7th or 8th grade daughter is interested in playing soccer for MIMS please contact Coach Taylor. If you have paperwork, but have not yet turned it in, please turn it in as soon as possible.

     

    Parent Concerns Regarding Coronavirus

     

    Some of the parents have approached the school admins and expressed their concerns about Coronavirus.  The school district is aware of the situation and they are monitoring the development of this epidemic through close contact with local, state, and federal health organizations.  At this time, we are addressing this concern by reiterating the importance of personal hygiene.  In keeping with the on-going flu season, we ask students and staff to wash hands often, to wear appropriate clothing for the environment/temperature, to be aware of their personal well-being, and see the school nurse and/or go to the doctor if they aren’t feeling well.  If, or when the district receives further instructions from the local or state health departments or CDC, Houston ISD will communicate with the parents in the appropriate manner. Parents should be directed to Nurse Stubblefield with their questions.

     

    Reserved Parking Spots

     

    Parents, please be respectful of the reserved parking spots by not park your vehicle there.  Our teachers have reserved parking so that they don’t have to spend extra time finding parking spaces in the morning.  Our generous donors donated thousands of dollars to improve our school, to help us provide highest quality education to our students.  We thank their generosity and show our appreciation by dedicating parking spaces for them.  Once again, please do not park your vehicle at any reserved parking spot.

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  • Weekly Updates - February 3rd, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    It was great seeing everyone on Saturday.  The weather was perfect, and I hope everyone enjoyed the food and watching students perform.  Please see below for this week’s newsletter. 

     

    Morning Assembly Recap

     

    This week we sang 恭喜恭喜 (Chinese New Year song) in the morning.

     

    We learned 投鼠忌器 - Do not burn your house to get rid of a mouse.  We also watched a video that talked about how the Chinese Zodiac was created.

     

    We reiterate the importance of personal hygiene - How to properly wash hands and wash them often. 

     

    Chinese New Year Festival, 2/1/20

     

    Thank you, parents for coming to the Chinese New Year Festival.  The event was a huge success because of your participation.  We hope that you enjoyed the food and watching student’s performances.  Once again, we give our thanks to all parent volunteers.  We thank you for planning this event, selling the tickets day and night, rain or shine, decorating the school, etc. 

     

    MIMS Dragon Dance Team 2020

     

    Library Reopens, 2/5/20

     

    Thanks to teachers and Ms. Kirk for working together, we have finalized the library rotation schedule.  The library will reopen this Wednesday, 2/5/2020.  We will open the library two days a week to allow all students access to our library. 

     

    PTO General Meeting, 2/7/20 and Teacher Appreciation Lunch, rescheduled – new date 2/21/20

    The next PTO meeting is Friday, 2/7 at 8:45.  The teacher appreciation lunch (Black History Theme) is rescheduled to 2/21. 

     

    Middle School Production – “Louder, I Can’t Hear You”, 2/11, 2/12/20

     

    Thanks to Ms. McGahey for working with middle school students on this performance.  We proudly present Louder, I Can’t Hear You.  Please join us on 2/11 and 2/12 from 6:00 to 6:45 PM to watch students perform.   

     

    Camp Olympia Parent Meeting, 2/11/20

     

    Thank you, parents for organizing Camp Olympia.  The Camp Olympia parent meeting is 2/11 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the cafeteria. 

     

    7th and 8th Grade Girl Soccer

     

    If your 7th or 8th grade daughter is interested in playing soccer for MIMS please contact Coach Taylor. If you have paperwork, but have not yet turned it in, please turn it in as soon as possible.

     

    Parent Concerns Regarding Coronavirus

     

    Some of the parents have approached the school admins and expressed their concerns about Coronavirus.  The school district is aware of the situation and they are monitoring the development of this epidemic through close contact with local, state, and federal health organizations.  At this time, we are addressing this concern by reiterating the importance of personal hygiene.  In keeping with the on-going flu season, we ask students and staff to wash hands often, to wear appropriate clothing for the environment/temperature, to be aware of their personal well-being, and see the school nurse and/or go to the doctor if they aren’t feeling well.  If, or when the district receives further instructions from the local or state health departments or CDC, Houston ISD will communicate with the parents in the appropriate manner. Parents should be directed to Nurse Stubblefield with their questions.

     

    Reserved Parking Spots

     

    Parents, please be respectful of the reserved parking spots by not park your vehicle there.  Our teachers have reserved parking so that they don’t have to spend extra time finding parking spaces in the morning.  Our generous donors donated thousands of dollars to improve our school, to help us provide highest quality education to our students.  We thank their generosity and show our appreciation by dedicating parking spaces for them.  Once again, please do not park your vehicle at any reserved parking spot.

     

    Used Book Exchange Fair - update

     

    We may start used book exchange by setting up a used book donation area in the library.  Students may donate and/or exchange used books in the library.  Tentatively, we will reopen the library on 2/5.  We are finalizing the library schedule so that each teacher has a designated window to bring students to the library.  More information to come. 

     

    Morning Drop Off

     

    1. If you wish to walk your child to the front door in the morning, please park your car in the designated parking area; not in the fire lane. 
    2. If you wish to drop off your child and have them walk to the front door by themselves, please use the drop off lane and NOT drive through the parking lot area.  You CANNOT drop off your child in the parking lot area because it is UNSAFE.
    3. If you are in the drop off lane, please stay in the car – do not exit the car because it’ll delay morning drop off. 

     

    Thank you all for your understanding and keeping all of our precious children safe.

     

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  • Weekly Updates - January 27th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Please see below for this week’s newsletter. 

     

    Morning Assembly Recap

     

    This week we sang 恭喜恭喜 (Chinese New Year song) in the morning.

     

    We learned 一年之计在于春,一日之计在于晨 - The plan of the year lies in spring; The plan of the day lies in the morning.

     

    We also talked about flu season and it’s important to be attentive to personal hygiene – How to properly wash hands, and wash them often. 

     

    Parent Concerns Regarding Coronavirus

     

    Some of the parents have approached the school admins and expressed their concerns about Coronavirus.  The school district is aware of the situation and they are monitoring the development of this epidemic through close contact with local, state, and federal health organizations.  At this time, we are addressing this concern by reiterating the importance of personal hygiene.  In keeping with the on-going flu season, we ask students and staff to wash hands often, to wear appropriate clothing for the environment/temperature, to be aware of their personal well-being, and see the school nurse and/or go to the doctor if they aren’t feeling well.  If, or when the district receives further instructions from the local or state health departments or CDC, Houston ISD will communicate with the parents in the appropriate manner. Parents should be directed to Nurse Stubblefield with their questions.

     

    Security Patrol 

     

    Have you noticed that we have a security guard and his k-9 partner patrolling in and out of our campus recently?  That’s Mr. Mendez and his k-9 partner Tyson.  Mr. Mendez and Tyson are assigned to patrol our school and our neighboring school St. George frequently to keep us safe.  Next time you see them, don’t forget to say hi and thank them for patrolling our school.

     

    Reserved Parking Spots

     

    Parents, please be respectful of the reserved parking spots by not parking your vehicle there. Our teachers have reserved parking so that they don’t have to spend extra time finding parking spaces in the morning. Our generous donors donated thousands of dollars to improve our school, to help us provide the highest quality education to our students.  We thank their generosity and show our appreciation by dedicating parking spaces for them. Once again, please do not park your vehicle at any reserved parking spot.

     

    Used Book Exchange Fair - update

     

    We may start used book exchange by setting up a used book donation area in the library.  Students may donate and/or exchange used books in the library.  Tentatively, we will reopen the library on 2/5.  We are finalizing the library schedule so that each teacher has a designated window to bring students to the library.  More information to come. 

     

    Morning Drop Off

     

    1. If you wish to walk your child to the front door in the morning, please park your car in the designated parking area; not in the fire lane. 
    2. If you wish to drop off your child and have them walk to the front door by themselves, please use the drop off lane and NOT drive through the parking lot area.  You CANNOT drop off your child in the parking lot area because it is UNSAFE.
    3. If you are in the drop off lane, please stay in the car – do not exit the car because it’ll delay morning drop off. 

     

    Thank you all for your understanding and keeping all of our precious children safe

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  • Weekly Updates - January 21st, 2020

     

    Dear parents,

     

    Chinese New Year rehearsals officially begin this week during their Chinese classes!  One minute of practice is worth an hour on stage!  Please help your child become successful during their presentation by practicing at home.  Students will begin practicing their CNY performances on stage during Chinese classes. 

     

    Thursday, 1/23

     

    Classroom Chinese Yew Year parties will take place this coming Thursday during the day. Please coordinate with your child’s teachers for celebration times and details.

     

    Friday, 1/24

     

    HISD is sponsoring a Build your own Asian Bowl menu celebrating Chinese New Year. There will be a choice of General Tso or Mandarin Chicken, with rice or noodles. Price is free for all students and $4.00 for parents.  Come join the fun!

     

    Friday, 1/24

     

    School store is this Friday during lunch. Parents please keep in mind that if you are coming to have lunch with your child, this is the one day out of the entire month that they get to spend the MIMS dollars that they have earned. 

     

    Worried about college? Preparation is key to unlocking a bright future. Which is why The Houston Hispanic Forum (HHF) is hosting its 34th annual Career and Education Day on Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center. All students grades 6-12 and their parents are invited to attend. The event is free, and lunch will be provided.

     

    At HHF Career and Education Day, participants will:

     

    • Attend high-impact sessions on prospective careers and career fields (STEM, Arts & Humanities, Business Industry, Public Service, and Multidisciplinary Studies).
    • Visit with both local and national college representatives.
    • Receive hands-on financial aid assistance.

    In addition, HHF is requesting that students pre-register for the event online at https://bit.ly/2ssZTVD. To ease this process, students can register on the bus prior to the event using their cell phones.

     

    We hope to see many MIMS students represented! See you there!

     

    Please check the following information regarding the USA Toyota Dream Car Contest artwork submission.

     

    *   If you prefer to mail your child(ren)’s work(s) by yourself, please note the postmark deadline is January 31.

    *  If you would like to let MIMS mail it/them out for you, please turn the completed pack (entry form taped onto the back of artwork) in to art teacher before January 24.

     

    Thank you so much for supporting our students’ art education! 

     

    One of the greatest experiences a child may have while at MIMS is the opportunity form their childhood through a complete cultural immersion. This summer MIMS students will be offered the opportunity of a lifetime; to study abroad in main land China! 

     

    Students will study Mandarin Chinese language, experience traditional art forms through learning Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting, participate in cultural activities such as conducting a formal tea ceremony, and visit points of interest and sites of natural beauty in China, including the Great Wall of China near Beijing.

     

    HISD students who will be 9th-12th graders in an HISD high school in SY20-21, who want to learn Chinese language and culture in an intensive setting, and who will be recommended highly by their teachers. You do not have to be enrolled in Chinese class to apply.

     

    We highly encourage you to come to our informational session coming soon to find out more! Attached here is a flyer with more information and contact numbers for all those who are interested! We hope to see you there! 

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  • Weekly Updates - January 13th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Please see below for this week’s newsletter.

     

     

    Morning Assembly Recap

     

     

    This week we sang 新年歌曲-新年好 (Happy New Year) in the morning.

    We learned 千里之行,始于足下, a thousand miles begin with a single step.

    Idiom of the day 温故知新, it means you gain new understanding, new insight as you review old materials.

     

     

    Reserved Parking Spots

     

     

    Parents, please be respectful of the reserved parking spots by not parking your vehicle there.  Our teachers have reserved parking so that they don’t have to spend extra time finding parking spaces in the morning.  Our generous donors donated thousands of dollars to improve our school, to help us provide the highest quality education to our students.  We thank their generosity and show our appreciation by dedicating parking spaces for them.  Once again, please do not park your vehicle at any reserved parking spot.

     

     

    Used Book Exchange Fair

     

     

    A parent came to me with a brilliant idea of starting a used book exchange fair.  I am so excited about this idea I want to put it out there.  I will work out the details with our staff and parent volunteers.  Stay tuned for more information.

     

     

    Morning Drop Off

     

     

    1. If you wish to walk your child to the front door in the morning, please park your car in the designated parking area; not in the fire lane. 
    2. If you wish to drop off your child and have them walk to the front door by themselves, please use the drop off lane and NOT drive through the parking lot area.  You CANNOT drop off your child in the parking lot area because it is UNSAFE.
    3. If you are in the drop off lane, please stay in the car – do not exit the car because it’ll delay morning drop off. 

     

    Thank you all for your understanding and for keeping all of our precious children safe.

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  • Weekly Updates - January 6th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

    Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break.  Please see below for this week’s newsletter. 

     

    Bookfair – shout out

     

    I want to give a special shout-out to Ms. Sandra Lozano and Ms. Kimberly Buchholtz for their volunteer work.  They both put in long hours each day and helped us set up as well as manage our MIMS bookfair.  Thank you both for giving us your precious time!

    Also, thank you, parents for supporting our bookfair.  We sold over $10,000 worth of books!  Every time I passed by the library, I saw many students buying books.  What a great way to promote literacy and encourage reading! 

     

    A Successful Story

     

    Tamblyn Lonergan is the first student to complete the Chinese immersion program in the Alpine School District and she is so glad that she committed to learning the language.  While we may all relate that the Chinese language is quite difficult to learn, we all certainly understand that being fluent in Chinese truly opens so many doors and future opportunities. Keep in mind that we will have an immersion trip this Summer to help solidify our MIMS learning. Please be on the lookout for Summer camp posters coming soon to the campus.  Read about her story here.

     

    Morning Drop Off

     

    1. If you wish to walk your child to the front door in the morning, please park your car in the designated parking area; not in the fire lane. 
    2. If you wish to drop off your child and have them walk to the front door by themselves, please use the drop off lane and NOT drive through the parking lot area.  You CANNOT drop off your child in the parking lot area because it is UNSAFE.
    3. If you are in the drop off lane, please stay in the car – do not exit the car because it’ll delay morning drop off. 

     

    Thank you all for your understanding and keeping all of our precious children safe.

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  • Weekly Updates - December 16th, 2019

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend.  Please see the following for this week’s newsletter. 

     

     

    Houston Livestock Rodeo Art Contest

     

    Our students have been working hard on Houston Livestock Rodeo Art contest since November. We are learning the transparent & opaque watercolor, oil/soft pastel and color pencil painting techniques through this animal projects. We will be working on Toyota Dream Car contest after the winter break. Students will learn the one & two perspective drawing skills through this international contest. Please encourage your child(ren) to embrace those exciting challenges while taking their artistic journey!

     

     

    MIMS Participates in UIL Competition

     

    We have many students participated this past Saturday’s UIL meet at Carnegie Vanguard High School.  We competed in Number Sense, Creative Writing, Spelling, Chess Puzzles, and Listening.  Thank you, parents and Ms. Simpson for supporting our students at the UIL meet. 

    Elementary UIL students

     

    Bookfair – now until Tuesday, 12/17/19

     

    Last chance to purchase books from bookfair.  Now is a good time to buy story books because the last day for bookfair is Tuesday.  Don’t miss your chance to get those books for holiday gifts.  Mr. Ying’s personal recommendation – The Art of Racing in the Rain.  It’s a story about a race car driver’s struggle with his family life through the lenses of his family dog, Enzo.  Special thank you to Mrs. Lozano, Mrs. Buchholtz, and everyone who volunteered at the bookfair.

     

    Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Chinese Food Competition

     

    Parents, on behalf of MIMS staff and teachers, thank you for the delicious lunch.  We enjoyed all the food and deserts.  Also, congratulations to the parents of Arthur Chen and Hubert Tan for making the winning dishes.  The winning dishes are: #7- "Pork Tripe/Ear & Beef with Chili Sauce" and #17 -"Sweet and sour pork ribs.”  Arthur and Hubert will have lunch with Mr. Ying as winning prize. 

    One of the winning dishes - pork tripe/ear and beef with chili sauce

    Another winning dish - sweet and sour pork ribs

    Ms. Zhang with a plate of good food!

     

    Morning Drop Off

     

    1. If you wish to walk your child to the front door in the morning, please park your car in the designated parking area; not in the fire lane. 
    2. If you wish to drop off your child and have them walk to the front door by themselves, please use the drop off lane and NOT drive through the park lot area.  You CANNOT drop off your child in the parking lot area because it is UNSAFE.
    3. If you are in the drop off lane, please stay in the car – do not exit the car because it’ll delay morning drop off. 

     

    Parking in the Bus Lot/Teacher Parking Lot

     

    Parents, please DO NOT park in the teacher’s parking lot (the one by Yorktown street) during dismissal because you can create an unsafe traffic situation.  When you drive in that parking lot, depending on which entrance you take, you are either driving in between the school busses, or coming in against traffic, either way this creates an unsafe traffic situation.  Please pick up your child in the designated pick up lane. 

     

     

    PTO General Meeting – Friday, 1/10/20

     

    Parents, the next PTO general meeting is Friday, 1/10/20 after we come back from the Winter Break.  Please join us in the cafeteria at 8:45 AM. 

     

    Winter Holiday

     

    This year the Winter Holiday begins on Friday, 12/20/19, for students.  School will resume on Monday, 1/6/20.  Thank you, parents for all your support. I wish everyone a very memorable, healthy, joyous, and fruitful holiday season. May all your dreams come true and your hearts be full of happiness and love! Merry Christmas!

    Nutcrackers with a tinsel Christmas tree

    NJHS-GradeSheetForm 121619.pdf 

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  • Weekly Updates - December 9th, 2019

     

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    Thanks for your feedback.  With your suggestions in mind, I have switched our newsletter back to simple text format for easy reading/accessibility on various electronic devices. 

     

     

    MIMS Chess Team Took 1st Place!

     

    Congratulations to MIMS Chess Team for winning 1st place in the chess competition on Saturday, 12/7/19.  Over five hundred players attended the competition from all parts of the city.  Twenty-one young MIMS chess masters represented our school and won first place in team competition in addition to many individual winnings.  Special thanks to coach Gu, and coach Damon for your superior coaching and leadership.

    MIMS Chess Team 19-20

    Some of MIMS chess team members with the first place trophy

     

     

    PTO General Meeting – Friday, 12/13/19

     

    Parents, PTO general meeting is this Friday, 12/13/19.  Please join us in the cafeteria at 8:45 AM. 

     

     

    Runoff Election – Saturday, 12/14/19

     

    Our school will be open for the runoff election on Saturday, 12/14/19.  We will set up the polling stations in the cafeteria.  We will block off the hallway to stop voters from coming in to the main building.  Thanks to Mr. Doucet, he will keep the building open until the end of the election day.

     

     

    Parking in the Bus Lot/Teacher Parking Lot

    Parents, please DO NOT park in the teacher’s parking lot (the one by Yorktown street) during morning arrival, and dismissal. Unauthorized parking in that area creates unsafe traffic situations. When you drive in that parking lot, you are either driving in between the school busses, or coming in against traffic. Both scenarios create an unsafe traffic situation.  Please pick up your child in the designated pick up lane if you are picking them up via automobile.

     

     

    We Are On TV!

     

    HISD media department was on campus recording holiday messages.  Be on the lookout for some familiar faces on HISD TV! 

    HISD TV filming a middle school student

    HISD Vaping Prevention Week 

    ASP - After School Program 

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  • November 24th, 2019 - This Week at MIMS…

     

    Boosterthon Huddle

     


    Parents, we need your support with Boosterthon. Help us reach our $25000 goal for teacher support and a school communication app for next year!
    You can do this on your phone by logging all pledges on funrun.com

     


    Top School in Houston!

     


    Parents, we are proud to announce that among the 1400 schools across the Houston area, MIMS is rated one of the top schools in Houston!
    #9 for Top 10 Houston Elementary Schools and
    #6 for Top 10 Houston Middle Schools
    For more information: https://texasschoolguide.org/houston/

     


    5th Grade Parent Tour

     


    Friendly reminder that all 5th grade parents who missed the last tour are welcome to tour on Monday, 12/2/19. Also, the parents at St. George will join in our MIMS tour to see our middle school. All families are welcome to join the 5th and 6th-8th grade school tours. The tours will begin promptly at 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM in the hopes of accommodating most schedules. We kindly ask all visitors to check-in at the front office.

     


    PTO General Meeting

     


    Our next PTO general meeting is on Friday, 12/6/19 at 9:00 AM. Please join us!

     


    Have a Safe Relaxed Holiday

     

    Dear Parents,

     

         I really appreciate you and am grateful for our teamwork to not only support our students, but also our teachers and staff. I really value parent involvement and know that it takes all of us working together for the success of our school. We have the most amazing group of dedicated parents who tirelessly volunteer their time, day after day, all for making our school a better place. Thank you!
         MIMS has done so well in the past because of your hardwork. MIMS has so much potential because of your commitment to make it the best. From the bottom of my heart, I truly want to thank you all for what we, the entire community have accomplished thus far and together we look forward to more success. I wish you all a safe and relaxed Thanksgiving holiday.

     


    Sincerely,
    Chung Ying

     

    one of MIMS memorial benches

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  • November 18th, 2019 - This Week at MIMS…

     

    Student Safety

     

    Dear MIMS community,

    A growing concern about student safety must be addressed. Staff parking is reserved for staff only even after school hours. Also, there is no parking available for parents in the bus zones. If you are here to visit the campus before, during, or after school, then please report to the front office to obtain a visitor’s pass. The Spark Park will be closed to the community in the morning. Once a child is on campus, it is imperative that all students proceed to their expected location. Parents wishing to pick up their child must follow our community procedure. Any unidentified adult or child on campus is a risk to all students’ safety. Student safety is our number one concern and we will take all necessary measures to ensure safety for all while on MIMS campus. Another letter will be sent out regarding this issue.

     

    Boosterthon

     

    Join us in celebrating our Boosterthon progress! We’re making steady progress in registrations and some have already begun to make some sales. Let’s work together to help fund passion projects for our beloved MIMS!

     

    Election Day (Sat, 12/14/19)

     

    We have been selected again as a polling station for the runoff election on December 14th from 7AM-7PM. We will set up voting booths in the cafeteria. The hallway leading to the main building will be closed to contain voter’s foot traffic.

     

    Thanksgiving Luncheon


    Wed, 11/20 – 2nd, Kinder, 5th, Pre-K, and SLL
    Thur, 11/21 – 3rd, 4th, 6th, 1st, 7th, and 8th grades


    Library Open on Wednesdays


    We have multiple parents and teachers expressing the need for students to access the library. Starting this Wednesday, 11/20/19 we are keeping the library open to all students during school hours on Wednesdays.


    Shout Outs


    Congratulations to all students who participated in UIL and won the Chinese speech competition! We would like for more students to sign-up for future competitions. Please reach out to your teacher for more information on an upcoming opportunity! As we all know, it’s not about winning but it is about the journey and wonderful experiences along the way. The spirit of competition promotes fellowship, learning, and fun! The more the merrier!

    Mr. Ying, Ms. Simpson, and Ms. Elaine Chac standing with UIL award recipients


    Magnet Application


    Do you know anyone who wants to join MIMS? Now is the time! Please encourage all interested families to contact our magnet coordinator to learn more about application process.

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  • November 11th, 2019 - This Week at MIMS…

     

    PLEDGING OPENS IN ONE WEEK!

     

    Help us reach our fundraising goal: $25,000

     

    Parent Action Steps:

    1. Register your student(s) on FUNRUN.COM on 11/12.

    2. Reach out to sponsors by sharing your pledge link.

    3. All pledges and payments are made online.*

    4. Cheer on your students at the FUN Event on 12/6.

     

    Run & Done Collections

    • EASY for everyone! Sponsors pledge and pay online, saving our volunteers 50+ hours and helping our school collect more pledges faster.

    • Sponsors can either make a pledge per lap or a flat donation. If they make a pledge per lap, their credit card is charged after the Event.

    *Cash and check payments are still accepted. Must be turned in according to school policy. Your student will still get credit for the pledge or donation.

     

    MIMS, we have an astronaut

     

    The Eagle will land in the cafeteria at 2:15pm and will come speak to the middle school students about his experiences as an astronaut emphasizing the STEM path for a career at NASA.

     

    News from HISD:

     

    METRO is offering HISD students from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to register and receive a discounted METRO Student Q® fare card on campus. The discounted METRO Student Q® fare card allows students to ride all METRO services for 50 percent off the regular fare when they use the Student METRO Q® fare card. METRO Local bus and light-rail service costs just 60 cents each way. (NOTE: Park & Ride service cost will vary). There is no cost to receive the Student METRO Q® fare card. If your family has a signed form on file at MIMS indicating whether want your child to receive a METRO Student Q® Fare Card then, this form (in English and Spanish) will also be accessible to schools on the HISD Web Portal. Signed forms from parents should be returned to the school by November 15, 2019 and filed, prior to METRO visiting the campus.

     

    Student Shout outs

     

    Asher Lo – won 2nd place in Calligraphy contest

    Cambry Gerardi – won 2nd place overall in Chinese Bridge

     

    Staff Shout outs

     

    Ms. Mcgahey for leading teachers in an interim coordinator role. Thank you for your leadership

    Sergeant Brown for supporting our school during election day. We thank you for keeping us safe.

     

    Below you will find upcoming events that you and your family can participate together here at MIMS. Have a wonderful week!

     

    PSAT

     

    Our PSAT has been rescheduled to Wednesday Nov 13. Thank you, parents for your patience and understanding.

     

    MIMS- PTO

     

    Thanksgiving lunch with our families - please bring exact change ($5). This is a cash only event.

     

    GT testing

     

    Parents that applied GT testing for their child should have received an email from me last week regarding the testing dates (Nov 18-21). Please contact Ms. YaLing Lin (ylin1@houstonisd.org) if you have not received her email.

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  • November 4th, 2019 - This Week at MIMS…


    Election Plan


    This Tuesday is election day. Please see the following for our election plan.
    • All procedures are in effect on Nov 5th only
    • School hours remain the same – 8:05 AM to 3:50 PM
    • Teachers and staff – please park in the side parking lot close to Yorktown st.
    • Morning arrival – All students will come in the building through the Dragon door. Please drop off your child near the Dragon door
    • Our parking spaces will be limited on this day
    • For drop off/pick up, parents can still can drive around the parking lot as usual but expect heavy traffic
    • Dismissal – follow normal procedure
    • After school program staff come in the building through the dragon door
    • After school programs operate as normal
    • HISD police is on “Close Patrol” and will frequently stop by our campus on election day


    Employees of the Month!


    Congratulations to Mr. Doucet and Mr. Lupe. They are being recognized for their outstanding achievements, commitment and dedication by the HISD Facilities Department. We love you and appreciate everything you do every single day!

     

    Mr. Lupe and Mr. Doucet with certificates


    Special Thank You


    Thank you, Ms. Nissa for coordinating meetings, decorating the campus, hosting magnet tours, taking pictures, and sharing your time and love with students and staff. We appreciate you!


    PSAT


    Our PSAT has been rescheduled to Wednesday Nov 13. Thank you, parents for your patience and understanding.

    Reserved Parking for Teachers and Staff

    Parents, this is a friendly reminder. Please avoid parking in the reserved parking spots. Teachers have voiced that seeing reserved parking taken by unknown vehicle adds unnecessary stress in the morning. Please help our teachers by not parking in reserved parking. Thank you!


    Mr. Ying’s Email


    It came to my attention that some parents may not have my correct email address. My email address is chung.ying@houstonisd.org. If you sent me emails recently and have not received a response, please send your email again to the aforementioned address.


    Reading to Therapy Dogs


    We have started a new reading program for our first graders. Every Monday, Suzanne and her professionally trained therapy puppies will come visit our first graders to promote literacy and encourage students to read. The students get to spend 10-15 minutes reading to the dog.

     

    1st graders reading to therapy dogs


    School Climate Survey


    This is the link to school climate survey. Please give us your feedback. This survey will be closed on Nov 8th. Thank you!

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  • October 28th, 2019 - This week at MIMS:

     

    Magnet Tour – Recruiting Students

    We are recruiting students (one 8th grade and one 5th grade) to show off their Chinese presentation skills in magnet tour. If your child in interested in presenting, please send me an email (subject line: magnet tour presenter).

     

    5th Grade Parent Tour

    5th grade parents, we are planning a tour for you. We want to show you how great our middle school is. The tour will be in November.  Stay tuned.

     

    Report Card Went Home (ancillary delayed)

    Report cards went home on Friday. Our prek and kinder ancillary grades are delayed, due to technical reasons. We will send home those grades later this week.

     

    Chinese Speech Contest Application

    We are still recruiting students to compete in this Chinese speech contest.  If your child is interested, please reach out to their Chinese teacher for more information.

     

    Grandparent Day

    Our Grandparent Day was a huge success. We heard lots and lots of positive comments. Thank you for participating. Judging by its widespread popularity, we are already planning for more family lunch in the near future.

     

    Student Council

    Our student council took the time and made plan for Red Ribbon Week. I’m moved by their initiative and effort and decided to extend Red Ribbon Week by two additional days. All students may wear team shirt to “Team up against drugs” on Tuesday, 10/29/19 and wear neon shirt because we are “Too bright for drugs” on Wednesday, 10/30/19. Please note that elementary school students may dress as their favorite character on Thursday, 10/31/19 for character parade.

     

    Cambry

    Cambry has advanced to top 15 in the Chinese Bridge Competition! Please continue to support her by voting.

     

    Intruder Drill

    This is important. We had an intruder drill last Friday, 10/25/19, and one of our growth areas is that our parent volunteers did not participate in the drill. Parent volunteers, we love you and please be advised that in the future it is mandatory to participate in school drills. We will come up with a plan to teach volunteers what to do in the event of a drill.

     

    School Climate Survey

    This is the link to school climate survey. Please give us your feedback. Thank you!

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  • Weekly Updates - October 21st, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I missed the game, but I was excited to learn that the Astros are going to the finals.  Go Astros!  We have a long list of items in this week’s newsletter.

     

    Email challenges: I want to personally apologize for not responding to your email in a timely manner. Recently, I have made some changes to the way I process emails, and from this point forward, I aim to respond all emails within 48 hours.  

     

    British International School of Houston field trip: It has been canceled.  Our original intention was to simply expand 8th graders’ high school options.  It appears the interests level to this trip is low; therefore, we have decided to cancel this trip.

     

    Character Parade: The Character Parade will be back by popular demand.  This year, the character parade is on Thursday, 10/31/19.  All elementary students are invited to dress as their favorite book character.  Please note that the character parade is reserved for elementary students only. 

     

    Students reading to therapy dogs: MIMS is partnering with a group of local volunteers to encourage students to read more.  This Wednesday, some of our 1st graders will spend a few minutes to read to therapy dogs.  All volunteers are VIPS approved and the therapy dogs are professionally trained and certified.  Our neighbor, St. George has been offering this program for years, and I am very excited to bring it to MIMS.  

     

    Middle School Tour for 5th grade parents: We are actively planning a middle school tour for our 5th grade families.  We are such great school and we have the numbers to show.  The purpose of this tour is to talk about the great things that are currently happening in the middle school and our future plans.  We don’t have a specific date yet, but the tour will be in November.  

     

    Bully Prevention week: Last week was HISD Bully Prevention Week.  Each day we had a different theme, and I talked about it over morning announcement.  Thursday’s theme was posting positive, kind message, and I must say I was touched by our students’ response.  I took a few pictures of the board that was filled with kind, positive messages by the students, and that was only few hours after my announcement.  As I was leaving this Friday, the two boards were full of kind notes.  For that, I am so proud of our students. 

    MIMS students writing on whiteboard positive messages positive, kind messages

     

    After school club coaches: Parents, thank you for volunteering your precious time and offer clubs to our students.  Since my last newsletter, I have had quite a few parents stepping up and offer clubs.  I have approved all clubs that submitted proper application documents.  If you are on the fence about sponsoring a club, feel free to reach out to me, and I will walk you through the process.  

     

    Grandparents Day: Our make-up Grandparents Day is Friday, 10/25/19.  I apologize for not able to coordinate the Grandparents Day in September, but I’m hoping our grandparents would give me a second chance and come have lunch with us this coming Friday!  

     

    Cambry’s send-off pep rally: Our 8th grader, Cambry, is representing MIMS competing in China as we speak.  We had a send-off party this past Wednesday.  It was filled with love and joy.  We wish Cambry the best of luck and bring home the trophy!  

     

    Chinese High Frequency Word Test: This is a friendly reminder.  The testing window is 10/28 to 11/8.  

     

    Chinese speech competition: We are recruiting students for a Chinese speech competition.  Please look for more information in tomorrow’s Tuesday folder.  The organizer will come to our campus this Thursday for an info session from 4:15 to 5:00. 

     

    Red Ribbon Week: This week is Red Ribbon Week.  We are raising awareness by having a different theme each day this week.

     

    Monday, Oct. 21st: Wear Boots to “Kick-off” Red Ribbon Week

    Tuesday, Oct. 22nd: Wear Crazy Socks to “Put a Sock” in Drugs

    Wednesday, Oct. 23rd: Wear your favorite Team Shirt to “Be on a Drug-Free Team” 

    Thursday, Oct. 24th: Wear Red Day to support being Drug-Free

    Friday, Oct. 25th: Dress as your favorite character to “Show good character by saying NO to Drugs!

     

    School Climate Survey: Last but not least, we want to continue to do a good job for our students and parents. Please spend a few minutes to fill out the survey here to help us improve. 

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Weekly Updates - October 14th, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    I hope everyone enjoyed the gorgeous weather this past weekend.  I ran 15 miles on Sunday and it felt great!  Thanks to the cooler temperature, my heart rate stayed in the 130’s most of the time, and I also think that’s why I didn’t feel exhausted after my run.  When I run in a warmer, more humid environment, my heart rate passes the 160’s and it’s really difficult to sustain a long run with such a rapid heart rate.  Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed the lovely weekend.  

    I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our parents who helped prepare for the Fall Festival and to all the families who attended our event as it was a great success! I hope everyone enjoyed MIMS Got Talent as it was another great show with your support and participation. Our silent auction was a success too and congratulations to those who won in the auction.  Thank you all for purchasing “sociables” as they are a fantastic way to support our school and even more importantly, a great way for everyone to get together as a community.  I am personally looking forward to participating in the “sociable” the best that I can this year. I also would like to give our parent volunteers a big shout-out!  Thank you all for coordinating the Fall Festivals, the talent rehearsals, making arrangement for the auction, and “sociables,” etc.  You are my unsung heroes.  MIMS is great because we have your support.  

     

    Bully Prevention Week: October 14th – 18th is Bully Prevention Week.  We are doing something special each day to raise awareness and bring attention to a growing epidemic of social isolation.  Please see the attached flyer here for more details.  

    Send-Off Pep Rally:  Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 3:30pm.  Cambry Gerardi, 8th grader at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, will represent the South region of the Houston-based People’s Republic of China Consulate Office at the 12th International Chinese Bridge Competition. This year’s event will be held in Henan Province, China from October 18th-November 2nd. Cambry will compete against 200+ contestants from over 100 countries around the world in a televised competition similar to American Idol.  Competition consists of three parts: a prepare speech in Mandarin, a quiz bowl, and Chinese culture talent show.  HISD Confucius Institute is proud to provide support to Cambry as she prepares for the competition and will host our send-off event at MIMS. 

    Call for after-school club coaches: Parent coaches, WE WANT YOUR HELP!  If you have coached after-school clubs before in any capacity, or if you are thinking about starting an after-school club, we want to hear from you!  One way to expand our students’ academic horizons are to offer a variety of UIL clubs and after-school activities.  We can never have too many clubs!  By the way, I also would like to use this opportunity to thank all of our parent coaches and volunteers for sponsoring our clubs. Thank you for bringing these wonderful enrichment opportunities to our students.  

    Early Dismissal:  This Friday, October 18, 2019, is an early dismissal day.  School will dismiss at 1:15 PM.  All students will eat lunch prior to leaving.  Our after-school program will operate as usual and school busses will drop off students following their early dismissal bus schedule.  

    November 5th Election Day:  MIMS has been chosen as a polling station in the upcoming November 5thelection day.  The administration is actively working with The Harris County Election Office to create a plan for our school on election day.  We are honored to be chosen as a polling station and we also recognize this as a great opportunity to promote MIMS and our unique programs to the community.  I will continue to keep everyone posted as more information becomes available in the upcoming weeks. 

    Grandparents Day:  I would like to invite grandparents to have lunch with our students on Friday, October 25, 2019.  We accidentally overlooked Grandparents Day in September therefore we are scheduling a make-up day on October 25th.  All grandparents are cordially invited to join students for lunch on Friday.

     

    Chung Ying, Principal

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  • Weekly Updates - October 7th, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I want to start this update by saying, thank you for all you do.  I also thank you for your continued support.  I really value each one of you and really appreciate our parent volunteers for decorating our school with all of the flags, paper cutouts, and the bios of influential people – I have received many compliments about our main hallway; and I say all of that recognition goes to our volunteers!  On behalf of the teachers and staff, I also want to thank you for the teacher appreciation lunch.  Everyone I spoke to enjoyed the large variety of delicious food and desserts.  I had so many plates that I had to run a few extra miles this weekend to burn off the tasty calories!  

     

    A few quick updates for this week:  

    GT testing:  We are sending GT application form in the Tuesday folder.  The deadline is December 6th.  If you have any questions regarding GT application, please email Ms. Lin at ylin1@houstonisd.org

    Parent-led club visitors:  At this time, we only allow the club sponsor(s) and coach(es) to the classroom.  All parents (visitors) will have to wait outside the building for club dismissal. 

    Magnet tour:  We had our first magnet tour last Thursday.  We began the tour with a 30-min presentation, followed by a 30-min campus tour.  It went very well.  We had about 20 people joined us for the tour, and they were all very impressed by our program and students.  

    Outdoor lunch area:  We are pouring concrete on Monday.  We couldn’t do it last Friday because it rained the day before.  It will take a few days for the concrete to settle for the next phase of the project.  The construction should be fully completed by the end of this week.  

    Chinese High Frequency Word Test (HFW): We are giving three Chinese HFW tests this year.  The first testing window is 10/28/19 to 11/8/19.  The first test will cover about 30 high frequency words.  I am still in the process of ironing out the details with the teachers.  

    Fall Holiday:  This Wednesday, 10/9/19, is Fall Holiday.  It is a student holiday, so there will be no school this Wednesday, October 9th.  

    Hispanic Heritage Performance:  This week we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by inviting a guest speaker to our campus.  Our guest speaker will be here on Friday, 10/11/19, to speak with the students about the importance of Hispanic Heritage from 8:15 to 8:35 AM.  

    Fall Festival:  The Fall Festival is next Friday, 10/11/19, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and I want to personally invite you to join us on this day.  Please come enjoy the talent show (MIMS Got Talent), bid on the silent auction items, and/or purchase “sociables.”  This is a wonderful event for all families and an important fund-raising night for our school.  We look forward to each of you joining us for the Fall Festival family event!  

    MIMS Got Talent rehearsal:  We are rehearsing on Monday, 10/7/19, after school in the gym. 

     

    That’s it for this week’s update.  Thank you for supporting our school, our teachers, and being part of the MIMS community. 

    Chung Ying, Principal 

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  • Weekly Updates - September 30th, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    I hope everyone had a great weekend.  My marathon training continues this week.  I bought a pair of running shoes from a store that specializes in running gear.  Not only were the shoes amazingly comfortable, but also the shopping process was quite interesting too.  Actually, it was scientific, really.  The sales clerk 3D-imaged my ankles and feet.  She offered shoes based on the structure and dimensions of my feet to best support my running stride.  Talk about evidence-based decision making!  

     

    The following are this week’s updates:

    1. Club t-shirts.  I am so excited to report that more and more parent-led clubs are starting.  I can’t wait to visit the clubs and see all of the fun things you are doing after school with our students!  If you plan to make club t-shirts, and you are welcome to, please make sure to send your design draft via email to my attention with the email subject line “Club T-shirt Design Approval” so I may approve it as quickly as possible.  The administration just needs to look over the design to ensure alignment with our school theme.  

    2. Students arriving between 8:00 to 8:30.  I have noticed that most students are doing three things during this time; some read or do some type of homework, some chat with friends, and others play cards or some type of game.  There is a Chinese proverb that says “ 一日之計在於晨”, which means what we do in the morning sets the tone for how accomplished we will be for that day.  I want our students to have the most productive learning day every day, and I envision that they will spend their morning time reading and/or doing school related work while they are here at school, even while waiting to be dismissed to class.  Not to worry, we still have morning assembly each morning.  I’m only referring to the wait time outside of assembly time. I welcome your support in this academic initiative with speaking to your children if you are able to reinforce our vision.  

    3. Outdoor lunch area under construction.  When it rains, our outdoor lunch area pools with water; and the excess water enters the building and poses a safety concern. I want to thank Mr. Doucet and Mr. Lupe for their urgency in resolving this matter as soon as possible.  I also want to thank Ms. Franklin for pushing this construction request forward.  We are reconstructing the concreate area so that the rain water will naturally flow to the grass area and not pool by the double doors, thus preventing the water entering the hallways.  The proposed timeline for the entire construction is two weeks. I will continue to update you on the status and announce when the outdoor lunch area is re-opened in the near future. Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation in avoiding this area until further notice. 

    4. Ms. Hill’s departure.  As you may know, Ms. Hill no longer reports to MIMS as of 9/24/19; she has officially transferred to the Dyslexia department.  With her leaving, we have to readjust our schedule. Previously, some parents came to me with concerns such as large class sizes, replacement classes for the technology class, and more Chinese enrichment, etc.  Additionally, I observed first-hand the stress of the large class sizes on our teachers. We value your input and I am always available to hear any ideas and collaborate for the success of our school. Specifically, we are working together to revise the schedule.  The schedule reconstruction is a large project – Ms. Colion has to carefully look at each middle schooler’s schedule and make sure it’s free of schedule conflicts, and then Ms. Connie has to enter these schedules one by one, all of which are labor intensive and time consuming.  We ask for your continued patience and understanding during this time.  I realize that you may wish to see immediate changes, and I do as well. Therefore, I have an interim plan for the time being.  I authorized the addition of two substitute teachers to help with our current teaching load.  The first substitute teacher will take over Ms. Hill’s class so that we will not displace students to other enrichment classes.  Our top choice will be someone who is fluent in Chinese because I envision this sub teacher practicing Chinese language with students.  The second sub teacher will be pushing in to those large-size classes and helping teachers manage students while delivering small group instruction at the core teachers’ discretion.  

     

    Overall, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for such a wonderful group of parents, staff, and students at MIMS. It truly is a blessing to be a part of this family. 

    Sincerely, 

    Chung Ying, Principal 

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  • Weekly Updates - September 23rd, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    I hope everyone is doing well when you read this update.  Last Thursday was an eventful day, but thankfully, everyone was safe at the end of the day.  In times like this, I see people come together and help one another.  I see the true spirit of a community.  And I must say that I feel honored and privileged to be part of it.  

    Please see the following for this week’s update.  

    1. Early dismissal on Friday, 9/27/19 at 1:15 PM.  This coming Friday is an early dismissal day.  Our dismissal starts at 1:15 PM.  Please note that:

    a. After-school care begins at dismissal time

    b. After-school enrichment programs begin at 4:15

    c. If your child is attending parent-led club, please reach out to the club sponsor for club meeting time on early dismissal days 

    2. Generation Ready workshop.  We canceled Friday’s (9/20/19) workshop due to weather recovery day.  I will look into rescheduling it and get back with you when I have more information.  

    3. Climate survey.  Your input and feedback matter to our school and to me.  The following is a survey that’ll provide insight on how MIMS is doing as a school.  My plan is to give this survey three times a year – Beginning of the year (BOY), Middle of the year (MOY), and End of the year (EOY).  I’ll use the data to measure our progress.  It will help MIMS improve as a school and ultimately make MIMS a better school for students. Please click here to take the survey.

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  • Weekly Updates - September 16th, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    Hope everyone is having a good weekend.  I ran just over 13 miles today.  Some of you might be thinking, "Good work, Mr. Ying!  I see you are increasing distance from last week’s 12-mile run."  No, no, no, it’s 13 miles because I took a wrong turn…. 

    Happy belated Mid-Autumn Festival!  We had a great festival last Friday.  Many families and friends came out.  The two hours were filled with lots of arts and crafts, food tasting, and student performances.  Parents, if you came to our festival, I want to thank you for making the time and I hope you enjoyed the event.  I want to once again thank our PTO members, all parents, staff, and students who helped make this fun night possible.  Towards the end of the festival, I witnessed something special and it touched my heart. I took a shot of it and posted on Twitter.  Towards the end, I saw parents and students rolled up their sleeves and helped our staff clean up the cafeteria.  That shows a sense of unity.  That tells me our community is all about helping one another and making our school great.  

    The following is this week’s update.

    1. Dress code. Starting last week, we started to enforce MIMS dress code.  If your child is out of dress code, our front office ladies will call and ask you bring uniform to school.  We understand that it might cause some inconvenience, but we need to make sure every student come to school in uniform.  On that note, we are being understanding and flexible about hoodies.  Students are allowed to wear hoodies as long as they don’t cover their head with the hoodie.  

    2. Schedule update. 

    a. For the 7thgraders who are on advance Chinese track, they WILL BE taking Chinese One.  We apologize for the mix-up, and we are correcting this schedule issue as soon as we can.  

    b. Due to low enrollment, we might be losing our Technology teacher, Ms. Hill in the near future.  Ms. Hill is also a certified Dyslexia teacher, and I’m looking into the possibility of having her assigned to MIMS for Dyslexia service.

    c. One of my mid-term and long-term plans for MIMS is to strengthen student’s Chinese proficiency. Ms. Colion and I are looking into possibly adding more Chinese courses that focus on conversational Chinese to make up for the loss of Technology class.  

    d. In addition to conversational Chinese courses, it is also my vision to provide advance technology class, such as coding.  I believe advance technology skills will give students an edge to become successful when they graduate.  With that in mind, I want to ensure you that I’ll bring Technology class back to our campus the moment I can.  

    3. On Tuesday, 9/17/19, we are supporting the Houston Astros by wearing jeans and Astros attire.  Your child may also wear t-shirt that has Astros’ color – navy blue and orange.

    4. Also on Tuesday, our school is offering Parent University to all parents.  We will be talking about understanding culture differences and the art of working with people who grew up in a different culture. 

    5. I am excited to inform you that we have started a new routine – daily morning announcement. Currently, our morning announcement is scheduled at 8:35.  It is very brief; it’s only about 2 minutes.  We use this time to celebrate the little successes that’s happening around the campus, talk about general reminders, and wish students and staff happy birthday.  Similar to my weekly updates to parents, we want to utilize the morning announcement to communicate with the entire student body the important items that are pertaining to them.  

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  • Weekly Updates - September 9th, 2019



    Dear Parents,

     

    Hope everyone had a good weekend. I ran 12 miles on Sunday in preparation of my first, and maybe last, marathon race that’s coming up next January.

     

    Here are some updates:

    1. Communication. We are slowly migrating our communication onto school website. The teachers will post their weekly updates on their website, and I so will I. The goal is to provide an easy, readily accessible way to communicate with all parents.

     

    2. Uniform policy. Today marks the beginning of 3rd week of school. We will start enforcing uniform policy. Please make sure your child(ren) wears school uniform.

     

    3. ASP enrichment begins today, 9/9/19. The parent led clubs will begin next week.

    Please be advised that due to short staffing, there will no admin on duty to monitor students in the afterschool program. Your child will be monitored/supervised by the ASP staff and/or the parents who are in charge of the club. The most significant difference of not having admin on duty during afterschool program is that the ASP staff won’t be able to let you in and out of the building for non-emergency situations.

     

    4. Open house. Our open house is Tuesday, 9/10/19, from 5:00 to 7:00 for the middle school and Wednesday, 9/11/19, from 5:00 to 7:00 for the elementary school. We will make announcements every 20 minutes so that you can visit multiple classes.

     

    5. Mid-Autumn Festival. Thanks to our PTO, MIMS is hosting Mid-Autumn Festival this Friday, 9/13/19 from 5:00 to 7:00. Please come join us for food tasting and watch our students perform.

     

    6. Generation Ready – this is a really eye-opening workshop that make you rethink the way people interact from a brand-new perspective. I attended the workshop this past Saturday and was repeatedly amazed by the material presented to us. We are offering two more dates with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions to accommodate your busy schedule. Trust me, this free workshop is really worth your two hours. Sign up here.

     

    7. Parent University. Tuesday, 9/17/19 from 5:00 to 6:30. We are going to talk about how to help your child study Chinese language, how to help your child prepare for high frequency tests, introduce to you some of the educational programs that we use.

     

    8. Parent volunteer.

    a. All parent volunteers have to be VIPS (volunteers in public schools) approved.

    b. All volunteers have to be accompanied by the teacher inside the building (Except for making copies. See bullet d). Volunteers cannot work inside the classroom without a teacher’s presence.

    c. For volunteer work such as decorating the classroom and bulletin boards, it has to occur during the teacher’s planning time.

    d. For volunteers who make copies and lamination, the work is being done in the front office area. You do not have to be accompanied by a teacher or restricted by the planning periods.

     

    9. Event calendar. The following is our school’s event calendar. You are welcome to sync this to your phone to receive automatic notifications.

    Click here for the Google Calendar link to our school event calendar.

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  • Weekly Updates - September 1st, 2019

    Dear Parents,

     

    I want to first give everyone my best wishes for you and your family on Labor Day when we honor all workers. In observance of Labor Day, MIMS will be closed Monday, 9/2/19.

     

    The following are a few announcements for the week of 9/2/19.

     

    1. Generation Ready

    We are offering this fantastic workshop to all parents. It’s about understanding culture differences and building a harmonious community in a culturally diverse society. To accommodate everyone’s busy schedule, we offer this 2-hour workshop offered on:

    a. Satruday, 9/7/19, 9:00 AM

    b. Monday, 9/16/19 and Friday, 9/20/19, 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 6:00 PM

    Please use this link to sign up.

     

    2. Friday free dress

    We are going to continue the tradition and welcome students to come to school in free dress. Please note that the basic dress code still applies – no vulgar language on shirt, no dresses that’s too revealing, ect.

     

    3. Friday lunch with parents

    We are going to continue to tradition and welcome parents to join students for lunch. However, with the number of students increasing each year, our cafeteria is running out of seats. Our short-term solution is to use some of the folding tables/chairs in conjunction with the outdoor seating area just outside of the cafeteria. The long-term solution is to add more cafeteria tables – it’s in the works, but it will take quite a while before new tables arrive.

     

    4. Open House

    a. 9/10/19, 5:00 to 7:00, 6th to 8th grade

    b. 9/11/19, 5:00 to 7:00, prek to 5th grade

    c. Teachers will talk about their policies and procedures, preferred way of communication,

     

    5. Mid-Autumn Festival

    Thanks to PTO, this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival is on Friday, 9/13/19 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. We will pass out the flyers in Tuesday’s folder on 9/10/19.

     

    6. First fire drill

    We have successfully conducted our first fire drill. Our goal is to complete the drill in 5 minutes next time.

     

    7. Main channel of communication

    My goal is to migrate all official announcements to MIMS’ website. That means the principal’s weekly updates will be posted on MIMS’ website on a weekly basis and each teacher will post their weekly news/updates on MIMS’ website on a weekly basis.

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  • Teacher Reassignment

     

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for your continued support. I am reaching out this evening to include you in a major decision involving our teachers for the upcoming school year. Due to the recent change in enrollment, we experienced an increase in 3rd graders and a decrease in 4th graders, a couple of our teachers experienced reassignments to properly serve our students.

    Thus, as the principal at MIMS, I was charged with making the difficult decision today of moving one of our 4th grade teachers to cover the increase of students in 3rd grade. As a result, the 4th graders will be on a three-way rotation in the 2019-2020 school year. However, the positive news it that despite this adjustment in the schedule, we were still able to honor our current small class size ratio so all of our students will receive equal instructional time from our amazing teachers!

    Specifically, Ms. Xia will teach Chinese and Math, Ms. Marcus will teach Reading and Social Studies, and Mr. Silveira will teach Writing and Science. The teachers and I met this afternoon to collaborate on how to best serve our community. Together, we recreated the class schedules and rosters and remain excited to welcome your student on Monday, August 26, 2019! The only major change in the rosters is that we split Ms. He’s class three ways and distributed the students evenly to Ms. Xia, Ms. Marcus, and Mr. Silveira’s class.

    I understand that you may have many questions about this change and the timing is not ideal. However, I wanted to be as transparent as possible with our community and communicate with everyone as quickly as possible as I realize we just hosted families for our Meet and Greet.

    As always, my door is always open and I remain committed to providing your children the best education and experience at MIMS this school year! Thank you again for your understanding and have a wonderful weekend!

    Sincerely,

    Chung Ying

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  • Summer Update III

     

    Dear Parents,

    I have received many emails concerning the 3rd grade Chinese teacher opening. We have been actively talking to applicants and have a couple candidates lined up for this position.

    I have also received email messages stating that some parents did not receive my Summer Update email. The good news is that we have identified the culprit; it stems from the way parent information was stored in the system. Here is what we can do. Please inform those who haven’t received my email that when they have a chance, come to MIMS’ front office and update their email address. Some of the returning parents are not receiving emails either – we need to get their email updated as well.

    Our Meet and Greet is coming up this Thursday, 8/22/19 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and our teachers are very excited to meet you. Please be advised that MIMS is hosting a large professional development on that day with 175 participants, so parking will be a challenge. We will try to wrap up the training around 3:30 PM, and the traffic should improve pass 4:00 PM.

    The attached is drop-off/pick-up instruction. I want to thank our PTO members to putting this document together and sharing with families new to MIMS.

    Sincerely,

    Chung Ying

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  • Summer Update II

     

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    My name is Chung Ying, the newly appointed school principal. I hope you all had a great summer. My summer went by in the blink of an eye because learning about our school feels like two jobs and a half.

    First, I want to thank you for your patience. I know many parents were anxious about not receiving school updates during the summer. As my team and I are gaining more access to our system, we will provide updates more frequently. School Messenger offers a service to send emails to all parents at once. Our office staff and I did not have access to that feature until today, which is why I have not been able to communicate with you via email.

     Below is a quick update on what’s happening in our school and other important information:

     1. We are spending the next two weeks working with teachers on team building and professional development. Follow me on Twitter (@MIMS_Principal) for picture updates.

     

    2. If you have recently moved, please update your address. Come to school next week during normal business hours, bring a copy of your utility bill or lease agreement, and we will be able to update your address. Please note that we need your current address to put you on the correct bus route.

     

    3. Upcoming events (check the calendar on our website for most current updates)

     

    8/22/19:

    Meet and Greet the Teachers and Staff 4:00 to 6:00 - Come on by to meet the wonderful teachers and staff here at MIMS. We will officially release the class rosters on the window. Note: MIMS will host an OPEN HOUSE where parents will be able to visit their child's classroom and hear from the teacher. Open House date TBD

    8/26/19:

    First day of school – Traffic is usually heavy on the first day of school. We suggest you leave the house early.

     

    4. If you wish to volunteer in our school, please go to HISD website, search for VIPS (volunteers in public schools), and sign up.

     

    5. New parents:

    a. Our school hours are 8:30 AM (doors open at 8:05) to 3:50 PM. We anticipate heavy traffic in the first few weeks of school.

    b. For your convenience, I have attached the uniform policy in this email.

    c. All students receive free breakfast and lunch in school.

    d. Please do join us at the Meet and Greet on Thursday, 8/22/19 – our teachers are looking forward to meeting you.

     

    6. Class roster – We will post class roster in our school on Wednesday, 8/21/19.

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