February 1, 2021
Important Upcoming Dates

February 1   First day of 2nd Semester/ New Policy for Late Assignments effective today
February 3-4 Face to Face Students Individual Portraits
February 10  12:30-3:40pm Virtual Students Individual Portraits (link to sign up below)

Click here for full HISD academic calendar

Lanier Picture Days!

Wednesday, Feb. 3 andThursday Feb 4
Pre-ordering is now available.

Alan Ross Photographer will be at Lanier Middle School Campus on Wed, Feb 3 and
Thur. Feb 4 photographing individual School Portraits for face-to-face students during your
child’s PE/Dance class. Students may wear school appropriate clothing (Lanier uniform welcome but not necessary).
Please click the link below to preorder pictures from Alan Ross Photographer.
Alan Ross has been photographing Lanier for over 30 years.

Please note the ordering process has changed from previous years.

Be sure to read the new instructions.
There is also short tutorial ordering video.

VIRTUAL STUDENTS: Photos for virtual students will be Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the
chess patio. There is gate access from the parking lot on Harold Street. Please click
below to reserve a time:
Due to Covid19, everything is paperless, and photos will be taken outside.
ALL QUESTIONS should be directed to Alan Ross alan@alanrossphotographer.com
Thank you,
Alan Ross


Purple Pup Students and Parents,

I am excited to announce the Lanier Shared Decision Making Committee, composed of teachers, administrators, and parents, unanimously adopted a new late work policy on Friday, January 29, 2021. After reviewing survey results from Lanier teachers and feedback from Lanier students and parents, the SDMC drafted a new policy that provides much more flexibility for students and parents as we remain in the throes of the worst pandemic of our lifetimes. The new policy goes into effect on February 1, 2021, and will remain in effect until such time that all students are in-person students once more. The policy will be reviewed for its effectiveness and impact after the 4th grading cycle. 

Click the link below to access the new policy, and be sure to read it carefully, including the scenarios and the fictional story of Zoe and Miguel. These provide concrete examples of how the policy impacts assignments turned in at varying degrees of lateness and the impact of earning a 50 on an assignment instead of a zero. You might be surprised at how much a 50 helps an average when replacing a 0. 

I am confident that as you review the new policy, you will find that it is much more flexible and much more forgiving than the policy it replaces. Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback. We listened, and we responded. 

Late Work Policy Adopted by SDMC on 1:29:21.docx 


Dave D. Wheat,  Principal

Lanier Middle School

Huntington Learning Center Fundraiser!
Huntington Learning Center Fundraiser
Sign up for a $95 academic evaluation and Hunting Learning Center of West University will donate $50 to the Lanier PTO! Please click here for more information.


Tennis Anyone?
Lanier Tennis Team tryouts are next week:
Monday 2/1/21 Girls tryouts 4:30-5:45pm at Lamar HS
Friday 2/5/21 Boys tryouts 4:30-5:45pm at Lamar HS
Please get information and signup for the tryouts at lanierorchestra.org under the tennis tab.
See you on the court!
-Coach Cole

Great 8 - Lanier Class of 2021 Calling all 8th Grade parents!
It is time to sign your kids up for the Great 8 year-end festivities!
This year, the Great 8 dues are cut in half ($44), and the activities and items include:
 Class of 2021 T-shirt (with winning design by Ellery McDaniel)
 Class of 2021 Panoramic Composite Photo
 Lanier MS Keepsake (TBA)
 Breakfast Picnic and Activities at the Lanier Field on Tuesday, June 8, 9:00-
11:30 AM
 Promotion and Awards Ceremony (virtual presentation) on Thursday, June 10
Please sign up with your child’s information, T-shirt size, and the $44 dues HERE .
Please consider clicking the prompt to contribute for another student who may not be
able to pay.
For financial aid, please email Mr. Williams: mwilli43@houstonisd.org
We need lots volunteers to help with all of these items and events – especially to ensure
that the kids have fun and stay safe at the Breakfast Picnic. Please sign up for a
committee or shift *HERE*.
We are committed to planning fun and memorable activities for our kids, but also to
ensuring the safety of all involved – kids, teachers, administrators and parents.
Check the Great 8 Website for more information or email the Great 8 chairs with any
questions: laniergreat8@gmail.com
Let’s celebrate our amazing 8th Graders and all they have accomplished at their time at
Great 8 Chairs – Leslie Wubbenhorst, Heather Carayanis, and Anita Walker
Lamar High School Course Selection for Zoned Students
We are looking forward to welcoming our Zoned Students for the 2021-2022 school year.  Want to learn more about Lamar High School? Watch our virtual tour video to learn more!
Course selection for ZONED rising 9th graders opened January 25, 2021.  Course Selection will take place online (Lamar New Student Course Selection) and we will offer two virtual meetings (February 2nd and February 16th from 5:30 to 6:30) for families who have questions or need assistance. Please click the link to register for one of the course selection meetings. 
Course selection for rising 9th graders with an approved transfer will take place in March and April.


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