Find out the latest information compiled in the "2013-2014 State of the School" publication reporting on Lamar High School's outstanding test scores, academics, business administration magnet, culinary, agricultural, athletics, and fine arts programs, as well as the alumni and PTO, special services, and awards.
Appreciation is due to the students, alumni, staff, and community members who have made suggestions for a new Lamar High School mascot. The Lamar Student Council has discussed and given input to various ideas. The Lamar Site Based Decision Making Committee (SDMC) met Monday, March 10, at noon in the Lamar Alumni Conference Room for final discussions. After the final choice has been approved by administration, an announcement of the new mascot is expected by Friday, March 14, 2014.
In January 2014, the Houston Independent School District joined numerous other school systems across the nation to enact policy that will end the use of ethnic groups as mascot symbols. This move will afford a unique opportunity for Lamar High School. For the first time in seventy-six years, we will choose a new icon to represent the pride and passion shared by our students, alumni, staff, and community. The Lamar Student Council is currently in the process of reviewing mascot suggestions. Anyone who would like to submit a proposal for consideration may do so by sending an email to Lamar High School Principal, Dr. James McSwain, at email@example.com. All proposals should be unique, non-ethnic in nature, and relate to the culture, heritage, and history of Lamar High School. Include a brief paragraph explaining these characteristics with your suggestion.Nominations will be reviewed to insure that they represent our culture, history, and heritage and to see that they are unique in nature. The proposals will then be evaluated by the Lamar Site-based Decision Making Committee where a final decision will be made later this spring. The SDMC is the official representative body of the school and includes students, teachers, and other staff, parents, community members, and alumni in its membership.
The Lamar Lady Soccer team is having a dynamite season—they are overall 14-1-1. They have begun their 2013-14 campaign with a fantastic start. They are currently 7-1-1 in district games. With a 14-0 start, thoughts of going on a trip to the post-season are in minds of our fans, students, and parents. Our Lamar ladies need to take it one game at a time! Come and show your support and cheer on our Lamar Lady Soccer team at our upcoming games!
The Lamar and HISD criteria for selecting a Teacher of the Year is established by Texas Education Agency based on State and National guidelines. Lamar High School’s teacher of the year will be submitted to HISD for Teacher of the Year in March.Candidates should be skillful, dedicated teachers who plan to actively continue classroom teaching. They should take an active role in their communities, as well as their schools, and be professional, poised and articulate. The most important criterion in evaluating nominees is their ability to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. A candidate who accepts a position in school administration prior to the selection of the state finalist is not eligible to advance in the state competition.Candidates must be poised and articulate and have good public-speaking skills. The nominee must present a professional image and have a well-groomed appearance. The Houston lSD Teacher of the Year may be expected to participate in television talk shows, make public appearances, and make speeches to various civic and community groups. The Lamar High School Teacher of the Year will speak at Lamar’s graduation each year.The Lamar Teacher of the Year is always selected in February, ahead of when HISD’s Teacher of the Year is selected thus allowing time for the campus nominee to have completed the nomination form as submitted by each principal, along with required essays and photographs.
The 54th Annual Lamar FFA Livestock/Horticulture Show and Auction will be held on the front lawn of Lamar High School on Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29, 2014. The judging of the student projects will be at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28. The live auction of plants and animals will begin with the Mexican Breakfast Buffet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29. The silent auction is 9:30 a.m. – noon and the live auction begins at 11:00 a.m.Please note that cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted as payment. The proceeds from the auction go into the Lamar FFA Booster Club Account.
Lamar Wood Shop Club placed second in the citywide competition on Saturday, March 8. They were given one and a half hours and limited tools and wood to construct a bench. Pictured are the two representative junior Angel Munoz and senior Shahrukh Kadir.
The presentation was a Powerpoint with a tolerance exercise called "Crossing the Line!," for the Youth Ambassador Student Exchange. It dealt with bullying, tolerance, acceptance, culture, and peace. Dr. Grier was in attendance for the presentation of the Youth Ambassador Student Exchange. This is one of the world's most contemporary worldwide education program and the only formal public secondary exchange between the United States and Israel. During the exchange, the Youth Ambassadors live with host families and attend classes at local schools; they make presentations on their home with the host student and answer questions relating to topics like culture, sports and politics. Lamar partnered with Bellaire High School in this exchange. This experience becomes a catalyst and the basis for an appreciation of the differences in people and their ways of life for the Youth Ambassadors.
HISD schools will be open on April 18, 2014 and May 26, 2014 for students, faculty, and support staff. This decision adheres to the district’s calendar, which designated the Spring Holiday and Memorial Day as makeup days. Students are expected to be in attendance on these days.
Students except those in the Spanish Speaking events will be competing at the district level on March 29. Along with the winning categories students also participated in Ready Writing, Spelling, Science and Calculator Applications. Students who received recognition are noted below along with their coach. Feature Writing - Coach Kanitha Hills3rd place Celia GarciaOutstanding Finalist - Bryan Cooksey and Jyranice Jackson Headline Writing - Coach Kanitha Hills3rd place - Jyranice JacksonOutstanding Finalist - Frank Gonzalez News Writing - Coach Kanitha HillsOutstanding Finalist - Bryan CookseyOutstanding Finalist - Frank GonzalezNumber Sense - Coach Jerome SimonSecond Place Team2nd place-Zaid Bhojani Prose/Poetry in Spanish - Coach Mery LatigoOutstanding Finalist Wendy Ramiro TV Commercial in Spanish - Coach Mery LatigoOutstanding Finalist Ammi Miranda
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM General Tour of Lamar
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Cheer Clinic for JV and Varsity Squad
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Varsity Boy's Soccer vs. Madison
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Choosing a College
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Varsity Girl's Soccer vs. Madison
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM JV Girl's Soccer vs. Bellaire
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Varsity Baseball vs. Sam Houston
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Varsity Boy's Soccer vs. Chavez