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Issue #23
February 19, 2020
Are things clearer? Do you have a better understanding of the ACT vs SAT and which could be the right match for your child? At last week's Academic Forum: Demystifying the SAT and ACT,   Kristina Semos owner and founder of  Ivy Lounge Test Prep , spent time explaining the differences between the tests and  how to choose the right test for your child. For questions /more information, please contact the Academic Forum at  or visit

Show Choir - Just the Way You Are
Just the Way You Are
You're My Best Friend
You're My Best Friend

Showing the 
Show Choir

Winter got just a little warmer as members of Show Choir delivered singing Valentine-Grams to the hard-working students of LaGuardia for the holiday. Who's heart wouldn't melt over such a sweet treat?

Viewing our students' work at L aGuardia's 
2nd  Senior Art Show  this past Friday was uplifting and heartwarming! The works on display have been created by our Seniors  during their high school years - artwork created both in & outside of school. The second Art Show runs for several more weeks until the Third Senior Art Show opens on March 6th. 


Get on it, Juniors! Now that we're on break, it's a great time to go through that endless "to-do list!" Please remind your Junior students to complete their " All About Me " in  Naviance and to begin thinking about  " reach/target/safety " colleges so that they will have a list by September. Maybe you're out visiting some college campuses during the break?   You don't have to travel far, it's just a great opportunity to start thinking about what type of campus and program is the right match for your child. 
More Rising Stars?
Absolutely!  If you didn't see the show, or if you need to see it several more times, you can place your DVD and digital download orders at this time! 
The online order form accepts secure credit card payment. 
ORDER DEADLINE: Monday, February 17, 2020...but wait actually they're still taking orders!  There might be a late fee involved, but maybe not, so  Hurry Now! 

Please put these events on your calendar so that you can enjoy them in person, rather than simply read about them in SNN!

Friday, February 28th at 5:30 PM
The Front Lobby - $5.00
In honor of Black History Month, 
The Black Student Union (BSU)  is presenting A Night at the Legendary Apollo, an afternoon tribute to the legendary stars who performed in Harlem. 
The Front Lobby will be turned into a lounge-type atmosphere for this Black History Month celebration featuring a cast of talented vocalists and musicians.  Seating is extremely limited, so purchase your tickets in advance from the School Store.

Friday, March 6th at 7:00 PM
Little Flower Theater
Seating is General Admission
*****Tickets will be sold at the door******

Friday, March 6th, 4:15 - 7:00 PM
2nd Floor Art Gallery, 7th Floor Showcases & the Lobby
Adults $10.00 | Students $5.00

Friday, March 13th at 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 14th at 2:00 & 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 15th at 2:00 PM
Concert Hall
Adults $30.00 | Students $20.00
******Tickets JUST Made Available!*****

Tuesday, March 24th 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr @ 121st St
Tickets will be sold on the night of the performance

Thursday, March 26th - Sunday, March 29th
For times, please see the Calendar below
Online ticket sales coming soon!

The Art Studio teachers gathered this past Wednesday to celebrate VP Heather O'Connell and the upcoming addition to her family! The entire studio couldn't be more excited for Heather and wish her all the best she gets ready to become a first-time mom! We know she'll be amazing!


The LaGuardia Debate Club was able to send 2 Public Forum pairs to compete in the 46th Annual Harvard Invitational in Cambridge last weekend. (for website, click here)  

Congratulations to Maura SmithCathy Li, Alicia Lopez, and Foster Schrader (clockwise from the left belowfor their impressive representation - and to Novice for making it all the way to the final rounds. This was an all-hands effort, with all club members joining to prep their champions. Shout out to Markiane (our "man in the chair") for calling in real-time info on the judges and the competition to help team LaG. Very Mission Impossible.

                *Thanks go out from the Club to the PA, Dr. Stricklin and Mr. Hamilton for their support. 


Please Support the LaGuardia Appeal!

We'd love to feel your support!

Do You Like to Write?
If you're reading this, then you're a reader of SNN and possibly a candidate for the job of
Sunday Night News Editor! Editing the PA's Sunday Night News requires  sleuthing, compiling, organizing and writing the plethora of information that we bring to you every week!  Our current SNN Editor has been in the role for a year and a half and wants to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months as she passes the torch! For more information about what the job entails, please email
Students - Need Finding For Your Club?
Do you need funding for a project, trip, dues? The PA is here to help! 
Request funding from the LaGuardia Parents Association to support your school-based clubClubs from any category (such as academic, artistic, athletic, community service, etc.) are eligible to apply.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from now until May 1, 2020
Clubs requesting funding for the next academic year (2020 - 2021) must submit applications by the May 1st deadline and receive a funding decision by June 1, 2020.  Submit your funding request here.  Optimal with a gmail address.  
Send your questions to .  
An Invitation to Engage from the LaGuardia PA Co-Presidents

Please check out our 
- Help Wanted Section -
       We really need your participation in the Auction & Gala
Auction Committee meeting Monday Feb 17th
We look forward to continuing our warm relationship with the school administration 
and want to ensure we reflect what's on your mind. 
Please send us your ideas and comments -

With Gratitude - 
Elisabeth Rucell
& Melissa Scott


Upcoming Events -- Calendar Info
Dates and times may be subject to change.
  • Monday, February 17th - Friday, February 21st: Midwinter Recess - No School
  • Monday, February 24th : Conference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Tuesday, February 25th: SLT Meeting, 4:15 PM, CR
  • Friday, February 28th: BSU presents A Night at the Apollo, 5:30 PM Front Lobby
  • Monday, March 2nd: Conference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Tuesday, March 3rd: 6:00 PM General PA Meeting | 7:00 PM Studio Meeting
  • Wednesday, March 4th SAT Given to All Juniors; PSAT 10 to All Sophomores ( other grades do not attend school )
  • Friday, March 6th : Senior Art Show #3,  4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery
  • Friday, March 6th : Senior Jazz, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, LFT
  • Friday, March 13th : Kismet - a Music Studio Production, 7:00 PM, CH
  • Saturday, March 14th : Kismet - a Music Studio Production, 2:00 & 7:00 PM, CH
  • Sunday, March 15th : Kismet - a Music Studio Production, 2:00 PM, CH
  • Monday, March 16th Conference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)  
  • Tuesday, March 17th : SLT Meeting, 4:15 PM, CR
  • Thursday, March 19th : Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5:30 PM
  • Friday, March 20th : Parent-Teacher Conferences, 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 24th : Riverside Concert, 7:00 - 9:00 PM,  The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr
  • Wednesday, March 25th College & Conservatory Fair, 6:30 - 9:00 PM, LaGuardia various locations
  • Thursday, March 26th : SDF #1, Let The Right One In, 7:00 PM, LFT
  • Friday, March 27th : SDF #1, Let The Right One In , 7:00 PM, LFT
  • Friday, March 27th : Senior Art Show #4,  4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery
  • Saturday, March 28th : SDF #1, Let The Right One In, 7:00 PM, LFT
  • Sunday, March 29th:  SDF #1, Let the Right One In,  3:00 PM, LFT
  • Friday, April 24th : Senior Art Show #5,  4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery
  • Monday, June 15th, 2020 Save the Date - LaG PA Gala!!! 
LaGuardia Location Guide
* CH = Concert Hall
* LFT = Little Flower Theater
* CO = Room 235 - College Office
* CR = Room 205 - Conference Room
* Art Gallery = Room 253

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Volunteers Needed!

The LaGuardia Parents Association is only as good as the people who are involved.
Please join us - we'd love to have you aboard and if you're not sure how to help, please complete the volunteer form and we'll find a role that matches your skills and availability.  

Annual Gala Volunteers Needed! 
We need people with experience in MARKETING,  SPONSORSHIPS  and also  CORPORATE GIVING  to help with the Gala.  Please contact Wendy Reimer at 
Auction Committee Volunteers Needed!
Our  Spring Auction is one of the school's biggest fund-raisers. 
We need volunteers to lead the drive to solicit items/experiences for donations, organize the items for sale and spearhead the publicity and outreach to all families for contacts they may have for donations such as restaurants, Broadway shows, local retail, vacations homes/trips, spas, signed memorabilia, tutoring services and your other creative ideas!!! Please email us!  First Meeting -  Monday, February 17th.


Especially for Juniors 
( Thanks to Mr.  Scott Loitherstein,  Social Studies Teacher at LaGuardia !)
  • Transcript Grades - Juniors, please remember your grades this year will be the first grades (and most important, but not the only grades) Colleges and Conservatories will see when you apply to them.
  • Remember, you should be finishing your Naviance personal profile on your own, and now is a great time to get it done before the second semester begins.  You will start meeting with your guidance counselors this Feb/March to plan for the college application process and post-LaGuardia life.
  • Here's a link to Science Honors Program at Columbia University for next school year:
  • Some basic info on college and life from NYC DOE: College and Career Planning
Especially for Juniors and Sophomores
On March 4th the SAT will be given to all Juniors and the PSAT 10 to all Sophomores. The NYCDOE pays for the test and the school will automatically register the students; the test is administered during the school day at LaGuardia. Please note that students will only be attending school if they are taking either the PSAT 10 or the SAT.  There will be no classes on this day.

Especially for Juniors
Guidance is working with Juniors to begin the college application process. An important element is the "All About Me" section on Naviance, which Guidance uses to become more familiar with each student. If your student has not yet completed the "All About Me" section, please encourage them to log in to Naviance and answer the questions.

Follow-up from LaG Junior College Night  - February 6th
As promised, here's the link to the Powerpoint Document used in the presentation on February 6th. Click here.

Event Date: Saturday, April 4th, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location:  Riverside Library, 127 Amsterdam Avenue @ 65th St.
Question: Contact Adriana Ortiz,

Find out how you will score with a free practice test from The Princeton Review.
Our exams feature:
  • Full-length tests designed to match the official exam
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This event is free, but registration is required. Please contact the New York Public Library to register!  Riverside Library - (212) 870-1633

2020 NYWEA Scholarship Applications
Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Opportunities are available for high school students (Environmental Career Scholarship, Nicholas J. Bartilucci Environmental Scholarship, Child of Member Scholarships, and General High School Scholarships); college students who are members of a Student Chapter of NYWEA (Student Chapter Scholarship); engineering students in NYC Metro area (Jim Anderson Memorial Scholarship); and graduate students interested in public service in the environmental field (NG Kaul Memorial Scholarship). Visit the links below for details and applications:
Many schools offering pre-college programs have reached out to LaGuardia and a full list is available on the LaGuardia PA website.  To ensure you're considered for summer programs apply by the deadline and inform your recommender(s) that you will need a recommendation!
Application Deadline: March 9, 2020 
Program Dates:July 6-August 2, 2020

Babson provides rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore ways to positively impact the world using an entrepreneurial mindset. Surrounded by other aspiring entrepreneurial leaders from around the world, Summer Study students spend their mornings in the Introduction to the Entrepreneurial Experience course, learning Babson's renowned entrepreneurial methodology from our faculty. In the afternoons and evenings, learning extends beyond the classroom as students participate in workshops, engage with innovative leaders, and visit a wide range of entrepreneurial organizations. Students apply their learning and find inspiration in real-world examples of how great problem-solvers turn ideas into profitable ventures. For more information and to apply
FAFSA and CSS Profile Applications
These are the two primary financial aid application sites used by colleges and universities.  Go to: and
If you haven't completed it yet - get started - money goes to the early birds!
This Gap Year Exploration Month is brought to you in partnership between StreamableU and The Gap Year Association. Livestream registration and attendance is free and open to any school district /school personnel or students and their families.  Click here to explore upcoming presentations and to register to attend.

Check out the  full sports calendar  to root on our players!

Every week during the school year we add to our list of amazing opportunities for your students - arts courses, STEM, portfolio building, community service opportunities - summer, year-round - there's truly something for everyone!  

Many great programs still have openings -  VISIT THE PA WEBSITE to browse the full list!
Application Dates: Opens February 24th - closes March 31st

The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive helps high school students prepare a portfolio for college applications, worthy of top undergraduate programs. Participants have the choice of 1 out of 4 concentrations, Animation, Digital Photography, Drawing or Graphic Design. All instructors are working professional artists and are active in the contemporary art world. A mix of local and out-of-town students will engage with the vast cultural resources of New York City through visits to major museums and gallery districts as well as guest artist talks.  During classes, students will see first hand works of historic, modern and contemporary artwork. Students have visited such institutions such as, The Metropolitan Museum, MoMA, Noguchi Museum, The Met Breuer, The New Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Pace Paper and Jungle Press.  The Summer Art Intensive will end with a celebratory reception showcasing student works in drawing, graphic design, and digital photography on three floors in the historic Foundation Building. For more information: Online application  

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13th

Encourage girls you know to get their start in tech by applying to the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program! The Summer Immersion Program is a FREE 7-week summer program for 10th-11th grade girls (rising juniors and seniors) to learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Classrooms are hosted at influential tech companies and corporate offices, where girls will be exposed to mentors and role models. Stipends of up to $1200 to cover transportation and living costs are available to those who qualify. 
Application Deadline: Monday, March 23rd

The Met High School Internship Program offers paid opportunities for students who will be rising juniors or rising seniors during the summer of the internship and who either reside in or attend a high school or home school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut. The program allows students to connect with arts, museum, and creative professionals as they develop professional skills, network, and gain work experience.  Upon completion of the program, high school interns are paid a stipend that is commensurate with New York State minimum wage law. 

Application Deadline: Monday, April 13th

AAA is looking for original videos addressing the risks of marijuana-impaired driving.
The contest is a great way for students to showcase their talents and help communicate a powerful message to drivers of all ages. The winning videos will be shared on AAA Northeast's social channels and website starting in May. M ore than $11,000 in prize money The contest is open to students in grades 9- 12 from cities and towns in the AAA Northeast territory.* For more information and to submit your entry.

Do you need help preparing for interviews, writing your cover letter, or building your own professional story portfolio?  For the entire month of February, Story2 Team's career bootcamps are totally free! 

HirePower Interview Bootcamp
Wednesday, February 19th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM ET
Master the interview process by telling stories that reveal your Skills, Experience, and Temperament (SET) and tailoring them to specific career opportunities and commonly-asked interview questions. For more information and to register!

HirePower Cover Letter Bootcamp
Saturday, February 23rd from 3:00 - 5:00 PM ET
Learn how to write a unique, targeted cover letter that defines your Skills, Experience, and Temperament (SET) to complement your resume without rehashing it.

Contest Deadline: Friday, February 28th

AFA 2020 Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship Essay Contest
AFA's Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship Essay Contest is an annual competition for college-bound high school seniors.  Applicants are asked to write a 1,200 to 1,500-word essay that describes the impact of Alzheimer's disease on themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned in light of coping with the brain disorder. The grand prize winner receives $5,000, with additional prizes awarded for runners up. For more information and to submit your entry.


Provided by the NYC DOE College & Career Planning Team, an incredibly comprehensive list of summer programs, many of which are free. Here's the full list - a very valuable resource!

Interview Date: Saturday, February 22, 10:00 AM

The position is for energetic and animated individuals who will attend sporting events, concerts, festivals, and other community events executing the Chick-fil-A brand.  Our mascots are paid $100 for a 5 hour time slot.  

Interviews will be held at 10:00 AM at the following two locations:  Essex Dance Academy (260 Route 46 East, Fairfield, NJ 07004) or Jet  Dance Center (274 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215). If selected, you'll be asked to attend a mandatory paid training that afternoon from 1:00 - 5:30 PM.  For more information, or to schedule your interview, please contact Tawana Derrick at .
Audition Dates: Saturday, February 22 at Ripley Grier Studios in NY and  Sunday, February 23 in Montclair NJ

Vanguard Theater Company is holding auditions for our 5th Annual Broadway Buddy Mentorship Program and Summerstock!  

BROADWAY BUDDY  is Vanguard's premiere program for young adults, ages 12-24, with serious ambition to perform on the Broadway stage.  Students (mentees) are paired individually with a Broadway Artist who mentors them about the business, performance and all aspects of being a Broadway performer.  The pairs of mentees and mentors will perform together in a cabaret style concert at the 450 seat Sharp Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025.  Only 30 mentees are selected for this program.  

SUMMERSTOCK SLEEPAWAY   is a 16 day immersion and intense Summerstock sleepaway experience for the serious musical theater performer.  Summerstock is held at Camp Vacamas in West Milford, NJ. The production staff for all shows is comprised of theater professionals.  The dates for camp are August 1-16. We are auditioning for 3 shows, rights permitting:  "Bare," "Godspell," and "Once On This Island"

Program Dates: July 20 to August 6, 2020
Test Dates: March 7 & 8, 2020 and April 4 & 5, 2020 (Required!)

The Math Circle is an academically intensive weekday program for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall that runs for three weeks, five hours a day. A typical day consists of a class in the morning, followed by lunch, and a problem-solving session in the afternoon. Instructors and teaching assistants are very friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is open and collaborative.  Students are expected to work hard in the program, but also to have fun. Fridays are set aside for unusual activities, mathematical games, team-building, and more.  REGISTRATION FEE : $775 -  Space is limited.
For more information and to register -

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020
Program Dates: July 6 - 31, 2020

Creative high school students develop their cinematic and journalistic storytelling skills producing films, videos, multi-camera productions and more at  Boston University's Academy of Media Production . Learn more and apply online.


$438,136 has benefited LaGuardia students so far! 

While the LaGuardia Community has made most of these contributions, many have been made by corporate donors, foundations (via matching grants) and unaffiliated individuals inspired by our teachers. When a project is almost fully-funded you will notice individuals from across the country pitching in to finish the project!

Speak Your Truth: The Art and Craft of Storytelling
$1,827 to go! Be the first to donate to this project!
Help Ms. Nikolova give her students the lifelong gift of storytelling. The Moth would send storytelling experts to work with a selected group of 10th, 11th, and 12th graders after school for eight weeks. Donate now!

Britain to Broadway- An Artists Discussion on Women's Equity
$1,193 to go! Join the 3 donors who have already contributed!
Help Ms. Moffett-Warden give her students an opportunity to meet the playwright of "Emilia" and an expert dramaturge of this play. This would lead to a discussion on Arts' Equity. Donate now!

Technology in the Spanish Classroom!
$1,312 to go! Join the 5 donors who have already contributed!
Help  Señora Rosenstein give her students a laptop and adaptor for use in the classroom.  Donate now !

Exploring Identity in
White Teeth!
$813 to go! Join the 11 donors who have already contributed!
Help  Ms. Mehter give her students the contemporary British novel, White Teeth by Zadie Smith! Donate now!

Swim Cap Brains for AP Psychology!
$549 to go!!! Join the 6 donors who have already contributed!
Help Mrs. McGoey give her students swim caps in order to draw diagrams of the brain and then wear to teach and inspire! Donate now!

Think Pad Would Be an Amazing Resource to Us!
$1,312 to go!!! Join the 16 donors who have already contributed!
Help  Mr. Fransowie  give his students  a multipurpose laptop that can be utilized in a group setting by students of all different skill levels and learning styles. Donate now!

Help Our Science Students to Learn Through Technology! 
$6,098 to go!!!  Join the 11 donors who have already contributed!
Help  Ms. Sheikh give her students iPads to access electronic assignments, analyze data from science labs, and stay organized to become successful in their challenging academic classes.  Donate now !

DonorsChoose is a nonprofit organization that allows private individuals to donate to public school classroom projects. LaGuardia teachers post many project requests on DonorsChoose throughout the school year for one simple reason: the NYC Department of Education does not provide many of the materials, technology and other essentials that make LaGuardia great.
DonorsChoose donations are eligible for most employers' matching gift programs.
With every dollar you and your family members spend,  Fairway Market will donate 3%
or more of your total cash purchases to the LaGuardia PA .  Just ask the cashier to scan your Fairway Market Community Partners card before you pay your bill.  If you don't have a card,  please give the cashier the  LAG Fairway #460-000-173-331 

Start your shopping from this link ( and LaGuardia will receive anywhere from 3 to 10% of qualifying purchases... 

Parents and guardians of NYC public school kids can be eligible for FREE Wi-Fi at home  through The New York Public Library's Library  HotSpot  program, designed for patrons without home internet.  For more information, click here .
Tuesday, March 3rd
6:00 PM: General Meeting| 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
Tuesday, April 7th
6:00 PM: Studio Meetings| 7:00 PM General Meeting
May - TBD
6:00 PM: General Meeting| 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
Tuesday, June 16th: Elections
6:00 PM: Studio Meetings| 7:00 PM General Meeting

Read about what our LaGuardia graduates are doing...
And of course, for regular updates about our Alumni, visit Alumni & Friends at

Paula Kelly
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