Upcoming PTO Meeting

Year 2021 PTO Meetings:

Our next PTO meeting will be via Zoom on Thursday, May 27th, 2021 at 4:30pm. 

PTO Board Slate for 2021-2022 School Year

We are happy to present the slate of officers for the 2021-2022 Lanier Middle PTO Executive Board.

*President Wendy Montoya Cloonan
President Elect Heather Petersen
VP Fundraising Stephanie Kusinski
VP Volunteers Dawn Miller
VP Social & Community Service Chiarra Stratton
VP of Communications Rebekah El-Hakam
VP of Financial Support Jessy Morgenroth
Treasurer Cheryl Fullmer
Secretary Shannon Witz
HISD Liaison Kristin Collins
Parliamentarian Mary Denila-Lee

* voted in previous school year

Elections will be at the next PTO General Meeting, Thursday, May 27th at 430pm on Zoom. We will email out the link next week. Hope to see you there!



Lanier PTO Executive Board 2020-2021

2020-2021 Lanier PTO Executive Board:

President:  Jessy Morgenroth

President Elect:  Wendy Montoya-Cloonan

VP Fundraising:  Susana Boker-Fullaondo

VP Volunteers:  Jennifer DeLange

VP Social and Community Service:  Chiarra Stratton

HISD Liaison:  Kristin Collins

Treasurer:  Cheryl Fullmer

Secretary:  Shannon Witz

VP of Financial Support:  Candace Day

VP of Communications:  Rebekah El-Hakam

Parliamentarian: Mary Denila-Lee


Lanier PTO Committees

Lanier PTO Committees

Please read below for other opportunities to join with us in serving the students, teachers, and staff of Lanier Middle School! If interested in volunteering, email us and let us know.

Please continue to reach out to us to express your interest in serving Lanier during this school year. For your reference Committee descriptions are below:

Lanier PTO Committee Descriptions

Audit Committee

Position responsibilities: Works with the VP Financial Support to conduct an audit of the prior year’s finances to ensure adherence to PTO by-laws and 501.3C accounting best practices.

Commitment to Excellence

Position responsibilities:  Solicit and record contributions to our capital campaign. Order incentives (pavers, plaques, etc.) and oversee their installation. Works with VP Fundraising.

Great 8 (Chairs + Committees)

Position responsibilities:  Determines events and programs that will be offered for our 8th graders in their final year at Lanier.  Solicits approval and scheduling from LMS administration for the events. Establishes the budget for the events, sets dues, amount to be collected from all 8th grade students, collects funds and monitors and maintains the program budget.  Events to be coordinated may include an 8th grade dance, grade-level outing, panoramic class photo, selection and procurement of a class gift, and provision of material (e.g. videos, photos) for a graduation assembly. Great 8 co-chairs may work with additional committee members to determine how to divide up the work. Works with VP Social Events.

Lanier Gear/Uniforms Chairs

Position responsibilities:  Work with co-chair, manage the volunteer schedule and inventory/orders for the school store, where students and families buy Lanier uniforms, hoodies, t-shirts and spirit items. Works with VP Financial Support.

Business Development Program

Position responsibilities:  Work with local or national vendors who would like to partner with Lanier through incentives. Works with VP Fundraising.

Party With a Purpose (One or two Chairs, many sub-committees)

Position responsibilities: Chair Lanier’s annual fundraiser, hosted at a Lanier family’s home or community venue in the late winter/early spring.  Sub-committee members help with publicity, decorations, and soliciting donations.  Works with VP Fundraising.

Parent-Teacher Social

Position responsibilities:  Arrange, publicize and oversee the fall event that brings teachers and parents together for a fun and informal gathering. Works with VP Social Events.

Purple Page

Position responsibilities:  Collect, edit, format, and publish approved articles for our weekly e-newsletter. Typically requires 4-8 hours of commitment per week. Works with VP Communications.

Sponsorships and Donations

Position responsibilities:  Work with corporations, local businesses, and charitable foundations to solicit donations, services, grants and in-kind gifts to the PTO and school. Works with VP Fundraising.

Teacher Appreciation

Position responsibilities:  Arrange for catered and donated foods and parent volunteer servers for a monthly lunch for the Lanier staff, served in the Teachers’ Lounge. Works with VP Social Events.


Position responsibilities:  Maintain the Lanier PTO website and the credit card order pages as needs and events require.  May also share responsibilities for Lanier PTO social media accounts. Works with VP Communications.

PTO Bylaws and Standing Rules located here

Recording of Parent and Student Meeting

Recording of Lanier Virtual Student and Parent Meeting

Watch this recording of Lanier Principal Dave Wheat sharing important information about Lanier’s distance learning program that launched this morning, Tuesday, March 31st, at 8:30 am.

*Please be advised that you must be using a computer or device that has your child’s Microsoft Teams’ account downloaded on it in order to view this recording.

View the recording of the Parent Meeting here.

If your student hasn’t configured Microsoft Teams on a device yet, read Mr. Wheat’s message, How to Download Microsoft Teams, before watching the recording.

How to Download Microsoft Teams

How to Download Microsoft Teams

It is imperative for all students to download Microsoft Teams on one or all of the desktops, laptops, devices, and cell phones at their disposal. Microsoft Teams is THE platform that will allow students to participate in the Lanier Distance Learning initiative for as long as we are in a virtual environment. Without Microsoft Teams, students will not be able to attend classes, talk with their teachers, or visit with classmates. The Lanier Middle School administrative team will provide technology equipment to those students who don’t have access to it at home.

Read Mr. Wheat’s full message and instructions here.

Distance Learning Launch

Distance Learning Launch

Purple Pup Parents,

Please read this important letter and schedule from me with detailed information and expectations with regard to the impending Distance Learning launch for all Lanier Middle school students on March 31, 2020.


Dave D. Wheat, Principal
Lanier Middle School

Community Update March 24, 2020 and HISD @ H.O.M.E. Resources (Middle School)

Community Update March 24, 2020
HISD @ H.O.M.E. Resources (Middle School)

Message from Mr. Wheat: Community Update #1

The new challenge of the Coronavirus has brought us into uncharted territory. But as we have done in the past, we will stand strong together. Ensuring Lanier Middle School continues to operate smoothly, in particular supporting our students’ learning and meeting their social and emotional needs, is at the forefront of our decision-making. With that in mind, beginning Monday, March 23, all Lanier staff will be available during their normally scheduled work hours for such items as virtual meetings, planning sessions, student support, and phone check-ins.

Read the complete Community Update #1 here.

Please read this important Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ document provided by HISD.

Click on the Photos below to Order Your Yearbook TODAY and/or Buy an Ad in the Yearbook TODAY!

Thank you for your donation to the Commitment to Excellence Campaign


Huge thank you to all of the families who contributed to our Commitment to Excellence campaign! Nearly $67,000 was raised through the campaign. Thank you to our generous donors, listed below. 

Commitment to Excellence (CTE) is Lanier Middle School PTO’s largest annual fundraiser. 

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New Lanier Principal

Welcome, Principal Dave Wheat

The Lanier community is delighted to welcome Mr. Dave Wheat, as the new principal of Lanier Middle School. Mr. Wheat transitioned to his role as principal of Lanier on June 3rd, 2019. He has worked in education for 30 years and throughout the district for over 21 years. We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Wheat to the Purple Pup family!

Dave Wheat served as the principal of The School at St. George Place from May of 2014-May of 2019. He began his career in education as an English teacher in the Deer Park Independent School District. In HISD, Mr. Wheat taught at Sharpstown Middle School and served as an assistant principal at both Westside High School and Hamilton Middle School before being named principal of Johnston (now Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts) Middle School in 2006.

Using a collaborative approach with students, teachers, parents, and the community, Mr. Wheat led Johnston to its first TEA Recognized rating in school history. The very next year, he led the Johnston school community to its first TEA Exemplary rating in school history. The crowning achievement for the Johnston school community under Dave’s leadership was being awarded the national Blue Ribbon Award in 2010, the most prestigious honor an American school can receive.

Mr. Wheat grew up in the Houston area and attended the Deer Park Independent School District, graduating from Deer Park High School. He completed both his undergraduate degree in English and his master’s degree in Administration and Supervision at the University of Houston.

Mr. Wheat believes that the International Baccalaureate approach to learning is the most rigorous and fun approach to learning available for all students, including gifted and talented students.

During his free time, Mr. Wheat enjoys taking his son fishing, jet skiing, swimming, and to the movies. Mr. Wheat is also an avid fan of the University of Houston Cougars and can be frequently be seen at football, basketball, and baseball games.

Click here to view the announcement from HISD. 

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!



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.

Thank you again for your help. We appreciate it.

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

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Volunteers

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


NOTE: All Lanier volunteers must be registered through VIPS: www.houstonisd.org/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: https://www.after3asp.com/lanier-middle-school/


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.