September 19, 2012 (Houston, TX)-  The first days of school jitters are starting to subside and the students at the first public Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School (MCLIMS) in Houston are now actively learning Chinese.  With that, it’s time to introduce MCLIMS students to cultural events that will support their language learning. The first event for this school year will be the Mid-Autumn Festival which is one of the most celebrated events in Asian culture where families gather admire the full moon, celebrate the harvest of the year and enjoy a great meal. The Festival will kick off with the inaugural planting of seeds at the school Chinese Garden, followed by a Lantern parade with lanterns made by students. Following the kick off, ancient stories and folktales of the festival will entertain attendees along with educational display of the history of the celebration.

The Mandarin Chinese Immersion Magnet School (MCLIMS) is very excited to work with the MCLIMS PTO to provide various enrichment programs for our students and community; events that will bring greater awareness and interest in Chinese culture and language.

Event date: September 28th, 2012 at 3:15pm to 5pm

Location: MCLIMS campus located at 6300 Avenue B (at Bissonnet St.), Bellaire, TX 77401

The Mandarin Chinese Immersion Magnet School (MCLIMS) located on the former Gordon Elementary Campus is the first-ever public Chinese Immersion Magnet School in the Houston Independent School District and the state of Texas. This is the first year the school has opened its doors and everyone is excited about the educational path the school is trailblazing with.  The students, who come from diverse cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to become fluent speakers, writers and readers of Mandarin Chinese and will gain a multicultural perspective that will prepare them for today’s global economy.  While there are some native speakers, the majority of the students coming in for this inaugural year have had little to no exposure to Mandarin prior to enrollment. Students spend 50% of their school day in English instruction and the other 50% in Chinese instruction.

The MCLIMS PTO was formed this summer to support the educational activities of the MCLIMS.  The involvement of the parents and community are crucial to getting this brand new school off the ground.  Information about the PTO can be found at: or you can also visit the school website at: to learn about the unique benefits MCLIMS offers.