Update on ESSER Funding
I wanted to share with you some of the unique opportunities we are making available to students with the infusion of federal funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) dollars. The money is intended to help quickly close learning gaps that may have been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic, and support physical, social and emotional health as many students return to campus for the first time in more than a year. So how are we using those dollars?
The majority of the funds allocated to Lamar HS are being used to provide Accelerated Instruction to students who did not meet the passing criteria on STAAR assessments last year. We are contracting with HBU, Neuhaus and Catapult Learning to provide highly trained tutors in Math and English. By injecting this high dose of support early in the year, we are hopeful that students will fill any prerequisite gaps quickly and stay on track this school year. A big “thank you” to those who have made these moving pieces fall into place.
We also have some money designated for innovative programming ideas to help support all students. We are working with Rice University to create a Writing Center to support students with the mechanics of writing. Coaches in the Writing Center will be available to help with editing and revision for things like IB Extended Essay, IBCP Reflective Projects, college essays and other assignments in which editing and revision is the difference between good writing and great writing.
We were able to provide two small PSAT/SAT prep classes in October, but are working for an opportunity for students to get the same high quality preparation class through Lamar that many of our families are paying for outside of school. More will be coming on this as we nail down the specifics.
Finally, the District has identified funding for libraries. At the high school level, and at Lamar specifically, that looks a little different, and I understand that our Superintendent is defining some guidelines around making these funds available for access to more digital resources. As that is finalized, I will be able to share information with you on how these funds will enhance the Lamar student’s experience.
Call For Assistance…
We are in need of 20 microwaves for student use in the Neighborhoods and along the 2nd floor. Are you willing to purchase a microwave from Amazon and send it our way?
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Lamar High School
3325 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas 77098
Special Note of Thanks
I want to thank those who made my birthday and Bosses day so special! Many hearts to all of you!
Every Thursday Lamar sends out a newsletter via school messenger to keep parents and students in the loop on what is happening on campus. Make sure you check here each Thursday to see what exciting things happened on campus.
Do you love to sing, dance or act? Then we need you to join us for the North American Premium of this year's All-School Musical The Crack of Doom or: How I Learned to Love the Meteor. Join us for an information meeting on Friday, October 15 in the Black Box during Lunch, and auditions will be October 18th and callbacks will be October 19th.
At Lamar, we believe that every student should be involved in at least one activity on campus. We offer tons of actives to choose from, Fine Arts groups, to over 50 clubs and even sports there is always something to join in on. We will be hosting an activity fair on October 15 to help you find an activity to join.
Ready, Set, Go! Safety Plan
We know that in-person instruction is critical for high school age students and creating a safe environment for students to return to campus is our number one goal. To that end, strong mitigation strategies are critical. We need to support and cooperation of the entire Lamar community to make that happen.