PTO Nominating Committee

If you are interested in being part of the Nominating Committee to select next year PTO Board please reach out to Arturo Perez at




Updates from Dr. Campos

On Friday, January 18, our Lanier teachers and administrative team members participated in professional development focused on mindset.  Collaborative working groups discussed the work of the author, Carol Dweck. Following discussions on how a closed or growth-mindset impacts student achievement, teachers mapped out a plan for the remainder of the semester focusing on student IB projects and instructional goals.  

We have been fortunate to hire Mr. Franklin Nguyen and welcome him as the newest member of the Lanier faculty.  Mr. Nguyen will teach IB Algebra I and Geometry.  He replaces Mr. Wisniewski, who retired from HISD at the end of December after 41 years as an outstanding educator.  We are grateful for his service to the students of Lanier MS and wish him well in his retirement.

Ms. Mayfield, the French teacher, also left at the end of the semester.  Ms. Dyer, who is certified to teach both French and Spanish, graciously stepped in to teach French.  We are currently seeking a full-time certified Spanish teacher to join the Language Acquisition Department.  Our goals are to offer French in seventh and eighth grades as usual next year.

And finally, after 15 years of serving the Lanier community, Officer David Warren was assigned to another HISD campus.  Replacing him is Officer Lisa Thornton.  Officer Thornton brings many years of experience in the HISD Police Department to Lanier.  I hope you will extend her a warm welcome to the Lanier family.

Warmest Regards,

Dr. Theresa M. Campos
Interim Principal

**Attention Parents of 8th Graders:**

It’s time to get ready for Great 8! What is Great 8, you ask? Great 8 is the name for the end-of-year celebrations for Lanier Middle School’s 8th-grade class. These traditions are a special time for students to celebrate their time at Lanier. It includes an end-of-school 8th-grade dance, field trip, class t-shirt, class picture, and promotion ceremony. More info can be found HERE.

What you need to know:

Each student is asked to pay Great 8 dues of $88 to cover all expenses for these events. You can pay online at the link HERE or print out the form below and send payment to Lanier.

You can learn more and sign up to volunteer at a Great 8 Parents Meeting on Monday, January 28, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Lanier Auditorium. If you’d like to chair one of the events, please email us HERE before January 28, 2019.

We hope you’ll help us plan a special end of the school year!



Tennis Team

The Lanier Tennis team will hold tryouts for this year’s team on February 12, 2019, for girls and February 14, 2019, 4:15 – 5:35 p.m. at Lanier.  All grade levels are welcome to try out and no physical is necessary. You must have the proper Tennis paperwork submitted before you may try out. Rackets will be provided for those that need them. Please contact Coach Huffman HERE, visit the Lanier Tennis Team Page HEREor drop by Room 141 to get the paperwork or more information.

Lamar Freshman Roundup

On January 29, 2019 Lamar High School will host their Freshmen Roundup: Student Life event.  This is a wonderful opportunity for prospective students to meet current students and staff and learn about all of the clubs, fine arts programs, and athletic programs that Lamar has to offer.  The event will begin at 6 pm in the Lamar large gym with performances by their fine arts groups and then have time for you to visit with members and sponsors of their clubs.  If you have any questions please contact Casey Titus.

Thank You from Coach Stephen Cabell

Just wanted to send a quick thank the PTO and thank you for your financial assistance with the scoreboard repair. Both basketball teams were excited to have it working for their last home games of the season. Here are a couple pictures from last week

Thank you again for your help. We appreciate it.

Chess Club

Join us for Chess club on Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Library. More information and sign up HERE.

NJHS Application Deadline January 25

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) of Lanier Middle School is an honor organization whose purpose is to recognize students who excel in academics, leadership, citizenship, service, and character. The application to the organization is open to all 7th and 8th-grade students who maintain a grade point average of 3.7 (93) or above, an E average in conduct, and have evidence of participation in community service projects outside of Lanier.  Applications will be accepted for review by the NJHS committee in the fall for 8th graders and the spring for 7th graders.



Revised Master Schedule Plan

Happy New Year to each of you and your families. I hope you had a relaxing vacation filled with lots of family time and a chance to make some great memories.

This new year also marks the start of a new semester and with this new semester, a revised master schedule plan. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Cooper and the assistant principals for their many hours of hard work to make sure that each student has a schedule that will provide maximum support and interventions for academic success in the Spring semester.

Students will report to their “old” (first semester) GSG-Study Lab on Monday morning to receive their second semester schedule.

I look forward to working with you and the entire Lanier faculty and staff in this new year.

Warmest Regards,

Dr. Campos

Interim Principal

Lanier Middle School

Spring Sports Tryout Dates

Below are the tryout dates for Lanier’s Spring sports.  Please contact the coach directly or visit the athletics tab of the Lanier website for more information about each sport.


January 28 and 29
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Linkwood Park *Tentative

Boys Soccer
January 29, 30, 31
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer
January 29, 30, 31
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Yearbook Personalization

Parents, make your child’s yearbook special by having it personalized!  You can add your child’s name and up to four icons to the outside of the book.  The deadline for personalization is February 22, 2019, but don’t wait…order your child’s yearbook now so you don’t forget!

Go HERE and click on the Yearbook button, then click on the Customize button.  Your child will be so excited to see their name foil-stamped on their Yearbook!

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Volunteers

The Lanier PTO hosts luncheons on the second Friday of each month for the teachers and staff of Lanier to recognize all that they do for our students.  The next lunch on is on February 8th.  To learn more, donate and/or volunteer, please visit the online sign-up sheet:

NOTE: All Lanier volunteers must be registered through VIPS: However, if you had an active VIPS account during the previous school year and had registered as a Lanier volunteer, just present an ID at the front desk or in Office B to be re-activated this year.


2018-2019 Lanier PTO Executive Board

Congratulations to the new Executive Board for the 2018-2019 school year:

President: Catrice Mays
President-Elect: Arturo Perez
Treasurer: Yolanda Amador
Secretary: Jessy Morgenroth
Parliamentarian: Kim Dolibois
VP Fundraising: Kara Richardson
VP Financial Support: Dana Blume DuPlantis
VP Volunteers: Beth Lemon
VP Communications: Jennifer Gribble
VP Social Events: Adrienne Murry
HISD Liaison: Gretchen Himsl

The executive board has numerous volunteer opportunities and committee chair positions available next year and we welcome your involvement! Email us to let us know how to get you involved in volunteering at Lanier.

After3 After School Program

After3 is offering both before and after school programming at Lanier. After 3 is a third party vendor and will communicate with their clients directly.  All interested families should reach out to After3 directly.

Here is their website:


The Lanier PTO would like to extend a giant THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the 2018-2019 Commitment to Excellence campaign!!  Because of the Lanier community’s commitment to excellence the CTE campaign raised over $78,000, knocking our goal of $65,000 out of the park!  Thank you to the following donors for their contribution to the campaign:


The Fullmer Family

The Philippe Family

The John Edwards Family

The Hajdik Family

The Davis Family for Alayna Davis

Chris & Kate David

Brandon, Angela and Harmon Fisher

The Jezic Family

The Tudor Family

POET SOCIETY ($1000 – $1925):

The Go Family

The Dwarakanath/Subrahmanyan Family

The Boylan Ho Family

The Abel Family

The Asher Sandill Family

The Nazareth-Pinglay Family

The Houang Deshpende Family

The Kanwal-Haq Family

The Townsley Hellman Family

The Logan DuPlantis Family

The Gutierrez Family

The Polydoros Family

The Family of Ian Anderson

CHAMPION ($500 – $999):

The Beauchamp Family

The Rajagopal Family

The Ohler Family

The Mike & Kerry Taylor Family

The Dean Toups Family

The Wright Family

The Shen Family

The Ankit Burudgunte Family

The Skyler Tinkham Family

The Messina Family

The Kapur Family

The Rexford Family

The Reardon Family

Kara Richardson

The Peeler Family

Jessica A. Cook

The Sharma Family

The Mahoney Family

Shajuiet Weaver and Aiyana Smith

Jason and Margaret Cooper

The Wu Family


The Parish Family

The Quinn Morgenroth Family


SUPERSTAR ($250 – $499):

The Siena Rodrigues Family

Gonzales & Dagley Kids

The Purser Family

Shad, Sandra, Hailey and Audrey Higdon

The Estrada Family

Innovative Allergy Clinic

Manuel Mehos

The Hudson Family

The Yusuf Family

The Jenman Family


The Natelsons

The Orribo Bustamante Family


Todd and Mary Grace Ruden

The Lee Family

The Oboli Family

The Hoeink Family

The Nielsens

The Fayle Family

The Shethia Family

George, Lucy and Stephanie Willis

The Pierson Family

Ariana, Aiza and Sara Ishaq

The Asadi and Jih Family

The Mays Family

The Morrison Family

Daniel Hu & Susan Yang

The Maldonado Family

The Ben Welsh Family

The Khandwalla Family

The Arias Family

The Dubey Family

The Clark-Desai Family

The Tong Family

The Reynal Family

The Gannaway Family

The Gao Family

The Mai Family

The Erftmier Family

The Parks Family for Rocky Brent

The Arredondo Family

The Al-Zand Family

The Sun Family

The Helmholz Family

The Hoang Family

Phil and Candice Croker

Tran & Bouwhis Family

The Kenho Ren Family

The Wingfield Family

The Walkers

The Singh Family

The Bunn Famly

Mei Po & Aaron Vogt Family

The Michael Liu Family

The Vollmers Family

Johnson-Chiang Family

Evans Family

The Frye Family

The Elliott-White Family

The Yoon Family

Abby Christensen and Family

The Vinson-Icsezen Family

The Schnelle Family

Willhite Family

The Fotopoulos Family

Inizan Family

The Andrew Love Family

The Schultz Family

Sofia Cordoba & Family

The Zhao Family

Charles Shilstone and family

The Zhou Family

Gregg, Tricia and Maxwell Harrison

The Queens

The Salaberry/Tort Family

STAR ($1 – $249):

The Guven Family

The Wolken Family

Brandy Hunt McDaniel

The Pare’ Family

The Boone Family

The Joachim Family

Jie Dong

Lydie Tran

The Millers

T. Eason

The Cruz Family

The Konishis


The Septimus Family

The Park Family

The Lafitte Family

Gregory, Chance and Sha Groves

Anish Patel


The Zhao family

The Domenech Raez Family


The Mintzer Family

The Law Family

The Majumders

Allison, Lilliana & Delaney Perry

The Dale Family

The Ferer Family

The Tyler Saenz Family


Kurjakovic Family

Robert, Leah, and Madison Mitchell

Joshua Rodkey and Family

The Hernandez Family

The Himsl and Fenz Family

Christine Wan

Jinchun Wang

The Sugiura Family

The Hauptmann Family

The Park Family

Leyla Pineda


Lyla Breland & Family

In honor of Casey Smith

The Martinez-Chenu Family

The Neeriemers

The Weinsteins

The Petermans

Katherine Heinrich & Phil Gallagher

The Ahmad Family

The Kusinski Family

The Akalou Family

The Muzenze Family

The Marshall / Hammond Family

Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer

The Mackenzie Clark Family

Ishu & Yamini Gautam

The Dennisons

D. Guglielmo

The Skaria Family

Jill Jarvis

Janet Evans

Emily Chen

Ashley Harvey

The Stern Family

The Wilsons

Dr. Rachel Parry

The Hunt Family



The Truitt Family

Stephanie Huang and Family

The Amy Maya Family

The Llorca Family

Familia Nunez

The Kuehler Family

The Whitefields

The Gronfor Family

The Peter Zhao Family

The Mehaisi Family

The Sitalo Family

The Sonenshein Family

Valdes Gochicoa

The Simon Family

The Arains

The Truong Family

The Liman Family

The Okumus Family

The Salman Family

The Sakai Family

The Lozano McGuire Family

The Perez Family

The Logue Family

The Pham Family

The Zamora Family

The Wynne Family

Paige Naughton’s Family

The Golanov Family

The McKenna Borrero Family

The Clanton Lousteau Family

The Saridey Family

The Lovelys

The Lombardi Family

The Whitten Family

The Liman Family

The Brito Cooper Family

The Martinez Family

The Li Family

The Dean Family

The Xiao Family

Sara & Shahid Iqbal

The Barahona Family

Ann Seiler

The Fotopoulos Family

The Teheng Family

The Banda Family

The Strafkos Family

The Sun Family

The Chang Family

The Westerhold Family

The Kim Family

The Avery Knight Family

The Lack Family

Nathalie Wolk

The Vera Family

Shannon Emerick

The Wood Family

The Petermans

Ricky Johnson ‘n Girls

Trinh and Houghton Family

Espinosa-Garza Family

The Dolibois Family

Maya Nunez

The Powell Family

Carson Baldwin

Avery Siverand and Family

The Sun Rubenstein Family


The Akhtar Family


The Chadha Family

Oviedo-Rodriguez Family

Dizon Family

Holiday Family

Andrea and Ken Parker

Family of Carter McKenna

The Magpantay Family

Caliskan Ailesi


The Edwards

The Chiriboga Family

The Du Family

The Ortegas

Family of Madelyn Arteaga

The Zhang Family

Parkey and Webb Family

The Gribble Family

The D.H. Fontenelle Family

The Rozowski Family

The Torres Family


The Ron and Pam Jackson Family

Rayah Johnson Family

Brian and Chloe Parke

Carla Weaver

Ryland Lang & Family

The Strattons

The Scudder Family

The Overshowns

Rachel Brown Parry

Mia Rabin and Family


ALL families that donated will receive a car sticker and a free dress pass for each child enrolled at Lanier.  Car stickers and free dress passes will be distributed in December during your child’s GSG class.

Lanier After School Program


Lanier is excited to partner with After 3 to provide on-site after school programming for Lanier students beginning in the Fall of 2018.  We want to know what interests our students and families so that they can tailor our programs to best meet the needs of Lanier families.

Please help us by sharing your feedback via this survey.

Lanier 4-1-1

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Lanier Uniform Info and Store Hours

The Lanier Uniform and Gear Store is located in room 130 (across from the Dance Room).