Superintendent of Schools Jose L. Parra, Ed.D. named Eric Ogle, a 13-year employee of Irving ISD, principal of Lamar Middle School at a faculty meeting on June 1. Ogle is currently the associate principal at Nimitz High School where he assists with all areas of leadership, including the oversight of instructional programs, facilities management and administrative responsibilities. He will begin transitioning to his new position at Lamar Middle School this month.
Having worked at Lamar Middle School as a teacher and administrative intern from 2008 to 2010, Ogle is very familiar with the Lamar community. His other positions in Irving ISD include serving as assistant principal and dean of instruction at Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center, summer school principal at Nimitz High School, teacher at Cardwell (when it was known as the Union Bower Center for Learning) and as a site director for the 21st Century Community Learning Center.
“I had the opportunity work at Lamar for two years, and I’m excited to return,” says Ogle who describes this as a bit of a homecoming. “I know what a special place Lamar is, and how much pride the students and staff have in their school. It is my desire to continue building on that pride, to work collaboratively with faculty, and to positively impact the entire school community.”
Ogle says he is focused on working collaboratively with the faculty at Lamar to be the best version of themselves, consequently guiding students to be the best version of themselves. “I’m excited to lead the students through the challenges and adventures that they’ll face in middle school, high school and beyond,” he says.
“Mr. Ogle is an exceptional school leader who has the experience, skills and commitment necessary to lead Lamar Middle School to greater levels of success,” says Associate Superintendent of Academic Services Adam Grinage, Ed.D. “His belief that all students deserve the best educational opportunities available to them drives him to perform every day. The administration is confident that Mr. Ogle will serve the students, staff and parents well as its new principal.”
Prior to joining Irving ISD in 2003, Ogle taught at Boswell High School in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, managed several restaurants and served as a youth minister for a church in Decatur.
Ogle holds certifications in secondary English, secondary communication applications, English as a second language and educational administration. He earned two bachelor’s degrees (one in language and composition, the other in communication studies) and a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of North Texas in Denton. Ogle also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Teacher of the Month
Congrats to Mr. Gonzalez for being our teacher of the month! Mr. Gonzalez teaches 8th grade math and coaches.
Grammy Award winner Tamela Mann was the guest speaker at the Working on Womanhood Ceremony Wednesday evening in the Lamar cafeteria. Eleven Lamar young ladies were honored at the ceremony for completing the course. Communities in Schools Site Coordinator Brandie McDonald and Parent Liaison Rita Taylor coordinated the event, which included a catered dinner, a cake donated by El Sol Panderia, and gifts for the young ladies. They were escorted by several Lamar young men as they were presented to the audience, which included family, friends and fans of Tamela Mann.
Lamar's Full Orchestra
Congrats to our orchestra! Lamar has its first ever full orchestra and the are truly amazing to watch and listen to.
Kickstart State Champion!
Congrats to Billy Snipes for being the Kickstart Kids State Champion, Green Belt ages 15-17 Boys Kata!
Student Council Serves
Lamar Student Council honored the night time cleaning crew with a dinner. Students read letters of gratitude expressing how much they appreciate the work that the custodial staff does to maintain their school every day.
Special Olympics Send Off
Lamar staff and students cheer on our stars on their way to the special olympics in McKinney! Good luck to all participating!
Lamar has done it again! We have received the attendance certificate for the 3rd six weeks. Thank you to all students, parents, and staff who help make this possible.
Watch Dog Program
Lamar continues to appreciate our Watch Dogs! Lamar is the only middle school with a Watch Dog program in Irving ISD.
AVID visits Baylor
#LMSAVID2Baylor – On Wednesday, February 10th Lamar’s 8th grade AVID Classes enjoyed a tour of Baylor University.
Congratulations Lamar Middle school for winning a Certificate of Recognition for having the most growth in attendance for the first six weeks. We want to thank all the parents, students, and staff members who helped us reach this goal. For the second six weeks we are aiming for 98% attendance. The grade level that has the highest attendance rate will receive 10 PBIS points. We look forward to meeting our second six weeks goal!