Lamar PTO will spend up to $25,000 for the
Teacher Wishlist in 2022-2023!The Lamar PTO Teacher Wishlist program is funded by the Big & Bright Campaign. Teachers are encouraged to apply for a grant (maximum $1,500 each) for the purpose of purchasing items needed to enhance the learning experience of Lamar students. Click on the tabs to the right to see TWL items purchased in the past.
Welcome, Lamar HS Teachers!Everything you need to submit your wish will be on the
Spring 2023 TWL form.
The deadline for Spring applications is Thursday, December 22, 2022.
If you have any questions or need assistance in developing your project wish, please feel free to contact Stephanie Willis - PTO Teacher Wish List VP.
Wish Lists Granted!
Dissection Equipment – Biology Department
Purchased materials for dissections to increase the knowledge of our students about the inner workings of different organisms and their organs. 50 scalpels, 50 pairs of dissecting scissors, 10 large dissecting trays to accommodate larger specimens, and dissecting pins. $1,168.04
Portable Laser Timing System – Athletic Department
Purchased to increase the functionality and accuracy of our strength and conditioning program. Allows teachers and coaches to bring our testing ability up to par with a national and collegiate standard. The timer connects to a phone or tablet and is portable with the ability to be used for every sport. $570
Raspberry Pi and Grow Hats – Computer Science
Purchased 10 Raspberry Pi 4 starter kits & 10 Grow Hats for my students. The Raspberry Pi allows students to experience the teamwork that exists between software and hardware engineers to produce a final project. The Raspberry Pi allows students to program in multiple languages, Java (used in Computer Science), Python (used in Video Game Design), and Block Language (one of the languages used in AP Computer Science Principles). $1,610.57
Robotics Parts Replenish – Engineering
Purchased new parts and motors for the team to compete in 6A UIL State Championship and will be used through 2022-23 academic year. $1,386.09
Careers in Housing/ Real Care Baby
Purchased sewing kits with thread, needles, scissors, measuring tape, buttons, fabric. New wristbands for the Real Care Babies, Real Care bottles and diapers. $1,041.51
TREK Classroom Supports
Purchased Work-Smart Academic Planners to serve as a curriculum base. $429
Finch Robots - Computer Science
Purchased Finch robots allow for flexibility in coding - intro class can code with blocks, while my seniors can code in Java or Python (higher-level languages). These are a great visual tool as well, allowing students to "see" what their code does in real-time. So far, students with no coding experience have coded the robots to write their names, sing songs, deliver messages, and follow them around the classroom in the 2nd week of school. Higher level students will use them to introduce Object-Oriented Programming & recursion - essential to the IB exam their senior year. $1,381.70
ThinkIB Subscription (Language & Literature) – English Department
Purchased Inthinking software- this subscription will assist teachers to provide academic support for the IB assessments and in-class instruction. Students at Lamar in the IB program will be prepared to take the IB exams with confidence. All students will be better prepared for college with the availability of the resources for the course. $270.00
Metronome Speakers and Flute Technique Builders - Orchestra/Band
Purchased speakers for a variety of contexts including outdoor instruction (projection of instructor's voice), use as a metronome in rehearsal, as well as everyday instructional use as a speaker with Bluetooth capabilities. The easy setup speakers allow students to assemble for rehearsal which encourages responsible behavior, collaboration, and camaraderie with their fellow students as well as their instructors. $859.85
Sight Reading Material - Choir
Purchased sight-reading material for developing and intermediate choirs to help Lamar Choirs to compete on a UIL 6A level. The materials will be used for several years. It will benefit all beginning and intermediate choirs. $1,341.99
iPad – Dance Department
Purchased an iPad so dance teachers can record and analyze performances at shows and games, and record and store material students need to review in all classes and performance groups. $1,157.48
Theatre Lighting Board – Theatre Department Purchased a "Channel Wing" attaches to the light board and makes it easier for our students to control our Light Board in our Black Box. More students can use the board and understand how lighting affects the quality of production. $1,418.00
Cameras for Yearbook/Magazine - Journalism / Publications
Purchased additional professional cameras. Students can cover multiple events and/or games on the same night or weekend. They will learn better photo composition through practice and look at things with a critical eye. Photographs are the backbone of any publication -- the better they are, the better the publication! $1,395.85
Think IB Subscription - IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts
Purchased subscription for our DP Visual Arts students. This collection of student and teaching resources is created by IB teachers around the world. There are very few resources available to DP Art teachers and students that align with the IB - Lessons include Art Thinking, Course Design, Curating, and the Student Gallery. $270
Think IB Subscription - IB Diploma Programme History
Purchased subscription for the IB History students. The curators identify and share a plethora of engaging resources for students that really bring history alive. Again, this service aligns perfectly to the IB History course as it gives students the opportunity to learn with and from IB educators around the world through this service. $270
Biology and Environmental Equipment – Biology Department
Purchased wind meters and weather meters, microcosm lab kits (prescribed lab for IB biology that gives students a better understanding of how ecology works on a smaller level), and transfer pipets to safely move substances. This purchase gives students the opportunities to work with tools that are used out in the field and increases their understanding of how experiments work. $1277.51
OSHA-Safety Certifications - Engineering
Purchased 30 seats for the OSHA-10 safety certification, issued by CareerSafe. This is a professional, industry certification that helps students throughout their careers. $750.00
Physics Supplies – Physics Department
Purchased a Photoelectric Effect lab kit, a small tool kit for minor repairs of lab equipment and spools of monofilament string for various labs. $1,294.47
Physics Lab Equipment – Physics Department
Purchased analytical balance, a sensitive scale for a variety of experiments in physics and chemistry.
Tennis Class Ball Machine & Ball Hopper
Purchased Lobster Elite Model 1 Tennis ball machine and two tennis Gamma ball hoppers to allow students to be able to improve their skills while coaches work with individual skill development.
Lab Equipment - Chemistry Department
Purchased additional hot plates necessary for almost every experiment.
Robots - Computer Science
Provided robot Finches for Computer Science classroom. Students use Finches to introduce, demonstrate, and master computer science algorithms by coding instructions in Java.
Locks – Orchestra
Provided "Master Lock" Combination Locks with Master Key to provide a layer of protection for students to ensure the protection of their personal or school instruments.
Rifles - JROTC Color Guard
Purchased new rifles for our Lamar JROTC Color Guard Team
Photography Equipment - Visual Arts Program
Purchased 2 tripods, 2 Pentax DLSR cameras, and 2 battery packs. Students will greatly benefit by understanding how to use a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera and improve their photography skills for use in 7 art classes.
OSHA Safety Certification – Engineering & Robotics
Provided students with a 10-hour Safety class, followed by a test to issue a Nationally recognized OSHA safety certification.
Piccolos - Band
Purchased two piccolos, one concert caliber and one for football games, parades and marching band contests.
Agricultural Welding Equipment – Agriculture Department
Purchased equipment to maintain the Lamar FFA Welding Machine which is necessary for the upkeep the Lamar FFA Barn and Lamar Agricultural facilities.
Pickleball & Badminton – PE Department
Provided new equipment and games for student activities.
Dugout Benches - Softball
Purchased dugout benches for the new softball field.
Math Instructional Resources - IB Math Teachers
Purchased a 2-year subscription for online textbooks and solution books for teachers to improve curriculum.
Wrestling Scale – PE Department
Purchased a certified scale (or any scale) to keep track of weights prior to competition.
Revision Village - IB Mathematics
Purchased a lifetime membership to Revision Village, the #1 instructional resource for IB math teachers and students to strengthen curriculum and student preparedness.
Human Services Career Cluster - The materials requested introduce students to the field of early childhood education, and how to handle concerns related to infants, toddlers, school-age children, and children with special needs. Students can prepare for the workplace by learning about licensing rules and regulations and direct career paths. This information is needed to successfully earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. $1,491.23 $1,352.71
Lamar Grooming Center
Purchased equipment and clippers and additional products are for the new LHS Grooming Center.
AV Equipment – Theatre Department
Purchased 2 new wireless receivers, 2 new wireless bodypacks, and 4 Countryman B3 lavalier mics to increase flexibility and production quality for outside or in other non-traditional performance spaces.
Video Equipment - IB Film
Purchased video equipment to allow students to increase production quality.
Sound System - Dance
Purchased two portable speakers for the Dance team.
Lamar Life Publications
Purchased cameras build our photography program and give more students opportunities to learn and actively go out and take photos. $967.98
Purchased one sewing machine, sewing lighting, bins and storage carts to organize costume construction materials.
Soccer Equipment – PE Department
Purchased equipment for safety and skill development (ball inflator, wheels for goals, sandbags for goals, goalie gloves, soccer balls). Some of this equipment will be shared with the boys' soccer team.
Chess Clocks – Chess Club
Provided the chess club with 5 digital chess clocks to go with the boards we purchased for them last fall. $179.95
Physics Lab Equipment – Physics Department
Provided the physics dept with various items for the physics lab to allow students to do more hands-on projects. Equipment included: speakers, ring stands, lenses/optic equipment, race cars & race car track. $2262.97
Lazy Susans - Floral Design
Provided the Floral Design class with 40 lazy susan turntables. These will be used to put arrangements on so the students are able to see all sides of their arrangement with ease. $379.60
Graphing Calculators – Algebra I & II
Provided the math dept with 10 graphic calculators which can be given to students who do not have their own calculator (specifically during exams, STAAR testing and SAT). $1119.99.
Headphones - Piano Lab
Provided the piano dept with 10 headsets to go with the keyboards the PTO purchased for them last fall. These headsets are used by the students so they can play independently and hear themselves practice. $590
Choir Dresses – Music Department
Purchased 24 choir dresses for the Womens Choir. $1592.16
Yearbook Camera - Yearbook
Purchased a Canon EOS Rebel camera, memory stick, charger, holster bag, and other accessories for the yearbook/magazine dept. $769.91
Drum Kit Cart - Jazz/Marching Band
Purchased a drum kit cart for the marching band. This cart will allow us to use our drum set for marching band and will also help us design a more engaging show for both UIL contests and football game performances. $1594.95
Technical Lighting - Theatre
Provided lighting for the theatre dept that will be used in the black box theatre. $1362.14
TSI Testing - College Corner
Purchased 600 online testing units to allow testing coordinators to administer the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI) to approximately 100 Juniors and Seniors who are hoping to go to college but have not yet met the minimum college readiness standard on the SAT or ACT. $1050
Sewing Machines – Technical Theatre
Purchased 5 sewing machines for the students to learn how to design, create, and construct costumes for the plays and musicals produced at Lamar. $777.11
Student Service Center - Beautification
Purchased several items for the Student Service Center to make it feel more welcoming. Items included: motivational posters, office supplies, a rug, a Keurig, a scanner, some board games, and a microwave. $936.16
Edpuzzle.com – All Teachers
Website subscription. Teachers can unlock the power of videos through simple editing tools and dazzling student data. The process is simple - find a video, add questions and assign it to your class. Watch as they progress and hold them accountable on their learning journey. $1080
Project H-Town - Neighbohood 9C
Lights, plants, stickers, and rugs to decorate their neighborhood. $310
PE Laundry – PT Department
Wheeled laundry baskets. $758.85
Piano Benches – Piano Teachers
11 new piano to replace broken ones and provide each piano with seating. $1434.37
Precision Scales – Chemistry Team
10 precision scales for all 4 chemistry labs - total of 40 scales at $980 per teacher. $3920
Dissection Materials – Anatomy & Physiology Teachers
Sheep hearts for dissection lab. $709
Dissection Materials – Biology SL & HL Teachers
Minks, pig, and sheep brain for dissection lab. $1429
College Corner COMFORT – College Corner
4 bean bags and rug for the College Corner. $750
Percussion Equipment – Band
Professional drum set, cajon, and hi hat for percussion students and sheet music for percussion ensemble concert. $1495.95
Pottery Wheels – Visual Arts Teachers
2 potter wheels plus ceramic materials at $1475.35/teacher. $2950.70
Dissection Materials – Biology Team
290 Rats for dissection lab for 640 students at $687.50/teacher. $$2750
Wrestling Mat Cart – Wrestling Coach
6 carts to transport mats to storage from gym. $1500
Social Support Library - Autism and Special Needs – Roch-Skeele, Rochelle
Materials to build a Social Support Library that will support compliance with the legal Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for special needs students. The library will consist of Social Stories, Role-Playing and Modeling materials, Video Supports, and Reading Materials supporting social concepts. $1,500.00
Yearbook/Magazines/Principles – Lamar Life – The Republic Yearbook - Smith, Cynthia
Two Wi-fi cameras and batteries so that photographers can immediately send back photos to editors. This will assist the department in meeting deadlines for publications. $1,499.98
Soccer Program – Goolsbee, Zach
Skill training, injury prevention and recovery items for Soccer Girls program.$500
Nursing Department – Dana Makin, RN
New clinic wheelchair because current ones have broken foot or are very rusty. $407.55
Biology Department – Dang, Brian
Visit of the Cockrell Butterfly Center's insects to Lamar to present different arthropods to the biology classes at Lamar and allow the students to handle and observe live specimens. $1050
Culinary Arts, Principles of Human Services – Scholz, Jennifer
Curriculum items for new Career Path: Principles of Human Services. $1,500.00
Physics – Ross, Max
Sine Wave Generator - We do not have this equipment. We will be using the generators for various sound and light wave experiments. $709.50
English Department – Gaido, Lynette
40 copies of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston (classroom set). $588
IB Physics – Rancifer, Janna
Mechanical Wave Driver - These supplies would allow for a multitude of experiments pertaining to the creation of standing waves on a string and sound waves. $709.50
Baseball Program – Garza,Rodney
Variety of safety items and player development equipment. $1,467.56
Media/Technology IB – Gayle, Raymond
Equipment (tripods, monitors, fluorescent lighting, daylight fixtures) needed for film and broadcast production classes so students will have the ability to create professional/broadcast quality content. $500
TOK, IB World Religions, IB Diploma Council Extended Essay and CAS Coordinator – Brahm, Alex
Requesting funding for IB textbooks and study guides for IB exams that would be available to students in Lamar’s IB Corner. Teachers can use the texts in the classroom, and students can access the books during tutorials before and after school. $1,000.00
Swim/ Dive/ Water Polo Program –Thomas, Henry
Tumbling or stretching mats for stretching, warm-up, and dryland exercises. Currently exercises are done on the concrete pool deck and this limits the ability to properly stretch and warm up. $1,361.30
Lamar JV Boys Soccer – Rabun, Benjamin
Field and skills training/ game equipment including Select Thor Soccer Balls (2 packs of 10), Sniper Net, Soccer Wall Man (set of 4), Select Pro Level Carry bags to hold soccer balls (quantity 2 that hold 10 balls each). $995.38
Lamar Varsity Boys Soccer – Davidson, Jeremy
Field and Skills training/game equipment including Select Thor soccer balls (2 packs of 10 -$599), Foam rollers (14 total requested $419), Speed Chutes (5 requested $250).$995.37
SL Biology & Chemistry Lab Equipment - Noble, Tiffany
Lab equipment for biology students and chemistry students that will provide students with lab experience as well as hands on activities to supplement and enhance lessons. $962.85
Whiteboards/Markers/Erasers for SL Economics - Woolweaver, Sally
Whiteboards & markers for an entire class benefit to assist students in becoming proficient in illustrating economic concepts and market force shifts using graphs.$160.00
Circuit Training Pack -Crockett, Debbie (Coach Crockett) and Coaches Hopkins and Malowitz A
variety of equipment to increase activity options for physical education classes $1,099.00
New Jugs Pitching Machine - Crockett, Debbie (Coach Crockett and Coach Tiffany Noble)
New jugs Pitching Machine to be used throughout the Softball Program in order to effectively teach/instruct/model proper bat swing and increase power to hit the ball. $1,399.95
Individual Student Whiteboards - McCannon, Daniel
IB Economics Individual Student Whiteboards Individual whiteboards to assist students in becoming proficient in illustrating economic concepts and market force shifts using graphs.One of the simplest, but most effective tools we have as economic teachers to check for student understanding is a student's personal whiteboard. $50.00
Engineering/Robotics Project Bundle - Cemer, David
Students design and develop engineered 3D-printed products and custom robots. Students will upgrade equipment to the latest technology and keep pace with engineering and robotics standards. 1486.08
Lamar Cable Television/DP Film - Gayle, Raymond
New video equipment that will allow students to create professional, broadcast quality programming. $1468.53
Exploration of the Mammalian Anatomical Features - Nosavanh, LaGina
A variety of mammals purchased for dissection labs that will provide students with the ability to explore the anatomical features of the different mammals and be able to compare the structure and function to the human body. $1500.00
Exploration of the Mammalian Anatomical Features -SL Biology - Dang, Tau
Lab equipment and animals for dissection - This will bridge the learning gap of understanding and applying the IB concepts for SL Biology. $848.40
Exploration of the Aqautic Animals Anatomical Features – Mahendran, Chris
Aquatic animals for dissection will be provided to allow students to explore the anatomical features of the different aquatic animals and be able to compare the structure and function to other aquatic animals. $950.00
Post-It Easels for Project Learning - Bransom, Mary
Large sticky easel pads purchased for English classrooms that will provide an interactive learning experience. These are ESPECIALLY useful in ESL classrooms due to their easy portability and storage, as well as the large space for students to work together and share knowledge. $200.00
Physics Labs - Rancifer, Janna, Balaco, Ross, Rouse, Thomas
20 Standing Wave Generators - Students will be able to conduct wave experiments that allow for hands on visualization of the wave phenomena. $839.50
Daily Physics Instruction - Balaco, Rosa, Thomas, Rancifer, Ross
Lap boards and micrometers for Physics classes- Students will show work daily in class and learn to take precise measurements with updated, state of the art equipment. 694.91
Culinary Teaching Material - Staten, Lexie
DVD’s, worksheets and teaching materials that will assist in teaching culinary curriculum and reinforce material already covered throughout the year $317.60
Lamar Choir Pop Show - Hale, Nathan
Music and soundtracks to make annual Spring Pop Show possible for Choir. Without this grant, the show was to be cancelled. Choir is very grateful. $1500.00
ARMY JROTC Equipment - ZAPANTA, KENNETH
Equipment for extracurricular activities - Tailgate tent for sun protection, a spotting scope for the marksmanship team, a dehumidifier to protect equipment and uniforms from moisture, and chrome parade helmets for secondary color guard team. $655.85