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Issue #13
December 1, 2019

Dear LaGuardia Families - 

As your lovely holiday weekend draws to end, we hope you feel satisfied, refreshed and fortified for the whirlwind of activities that await in the coming weeks! In addition to the upcoming student performances, exhibitions and general amazing arts-related activities, we want to highlight two more items...1) It's that time of year as we kick off this week with Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday (DonorsChoose with a 50% match, Facebook- $7 Million Match and Fairway's 6% cash donation to LaG)! We encourage you to participate as you scroll through the many options. 2) Deadlines for Spring and Summer programs are approaching - many December deadlines among them! A number of programs are free or offer financial aid! Please do scroll down and see what could be a good match for your student! 


A fantastic showing from Mr. Lobenhofer's class in the second production of Senior One Acts last week!
CLUE: From Left to Right:  Jayden François - Cook,  Isabella Holy - Mrs. Peacock,  Charlie Cole - Yvette,  Sokhna Lam - Mrs. Wadsworth,  Olivia Benoit - Colonel Mustard,  Juana Almanzar - Mr. Green, Michael Barbieri - Professor Plum,  Alexis Taliento - Mrs. White,  Emma Gonzalez - Miss. Scarlet
BEYOND THERAPY: Left to Right:  Fannie Massarsky - Dr. Stuart Framingham,  Savannah Blackman - Prudence,  Ryan Failla - Bruce,  Graham Ferguson - Bob,  Jonathan Green - Dr. Wallace

The Senior One Acts are free and open to the public. You have one last chance to come and see the One Acts from Mr. Davidson's class on Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 PM in the Little Flower Theater. It's an evening of entertainment - bring a friend, bring your student, see for yourself what four years of dedicated training can offer!

Many people turned out at last week's PFLAG Meeting to hear representatives from LaGuardia High School's New York Foundlings Family Mental Health Center  speak about how to handle the stresses of the  holiday season stresses and to understand the impact related to the LGBTQ+ community.  


A huge CONGRATS to those 55% of Seniors who have already submitted College applications! What a wonderful feeling that must be! If you're a Senior who is still working on applications, our College College Counselor, Ms. Devin McCray, will offer encouragement at this Tuesday's 6:00 PM General PA Meeting!

Concerto Competition Winners! Congratulations to all participants! The winners will be featured in the Concerto Concert on April 3, 2020, accompanied by the LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra. Here are our winners listed by name, instrument, and concerto: Anita-Mae Kahan on cello - Lalo Concerto in D minor, 1st mvt.; Maggie Ma on piano - Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on Theme of Paganini, Op 43 Ivan Morozov on clarinet - Weber Concerto No. 1 in F minor, 1st mvt.; Georgio Poma on cello - Dvorak Concerto in B minor, 1st mvt.; Jessica Wu on violin - Sibelius Concerto in D minor, 1st mvt.
Twelve LaGuardia students were named YoungArts winners! National YoungArts Foundation identifies the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts, and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers.  This award is a true honor and we are so proud of you!

Nouhoum Koita | Dance - Modern/Contemporary
Zoe Vassiliou | Photography
David Iacono | Theater
Adrian LiPuma Chabla | Voice - Singer-Songwriter
Atticus Dobbie | Dance - Modern/Contemporary
Anire Amoda | Theater
Yeasol Lee | Classical Music - Piano
Nyoka Wotorson | Dance - Modern/Contemporary
Aneesa Razak | Visual Arts
Grace Gramins | Voice - Singer-Songwriter
Anaïs Reno | Voice - Jazz
Victoria Wilson | Voice - Popular


Students in LaG's Show Choir will be at Dante Park across from Lincoln Center tomorrow, December 3rd at 5:30 PM!. Performances, food tastings and other outdoor family fun will continue until 9:00 PM - rain or shine. 

Please join us on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 PM at our next PA Meeting in the Fifth Floor Cafeteria Our guest speakers are LaGuardia's in-house College Office Advisor Ms. Devin McCray and our AP of Guidance, Ms. Shelliann Williams who will be speaking about the College process.  We will also be voting as to whether the Spring SAT Day should be an instructional or non-instructional day. At any rate, there will be light refreshments for everyone - so that's reason enough to join us!

Studio Meetings will follow at 7:00 PM. 
Art families are encouraged to attend the December 3rd Art Studio Meeting at 7:00 pm, where  admissions reps from Pratt and Parsons  will be discussing their programs, admissions, and portfolio requirements. Students are welcome to attend this meeting. Tech & Drama Studios are holding a joint meeting for a chance to meet other PODS/POTS while enjoying holiday sweets! There will be color-coded name-tags so that you can find parents from your grade, from other grades, and start putting (parent) faces to the names you've been hearing from your kids! The Dance Studio is hosting a Holiday Potluck and invites you to meet and mingle with your fellow dance families, and our awesome teachers. And finally, the Music Studio invites you to attend to receive information on upcoming activity, meet a new music faculty member, learn about NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) requirements, hear a student performance by one of our talented musical groups and then mingle with other parents and indulge in a little eggnog and gingerbread! How could you NOT plan to attend? 

Tomorrow, Monday, December 2nd at 11:59 PM , is the deadline for online nominations for the open  Assistant Secretary Position of the Parents Association!!! Nominations will also be taken from the floor.  Can we tempt you to use your amazing communication skills to  keep the parent body informed.  Please consider running for this open position!

If you have questions about this position, please email 

Please bookmark this Amazon link -- there's no cost to you and our school receives a percentage of qualifying purchases. Please share the link widely with friends and family:
Every dollar you spend will count twice for our school! Fairway Market will donate 6% 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 casheir the LaG Fairway Number - 460-000-173-331

Three reasons to donate to the 
LaGuardia HS PA Appeal this #GivingTuesday:
  1. Facebook is matching every gift this #GivingTuesday, December 3, up to a total of $7 million, so your gift will go twice as far! So please donate here on Giving Tuesday (no transaction fees!)
Your contribution will have a significant impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps.  From the bottom of our hearts and from the entire LaGuardia Parents Association, thank you!

Tuesday, December 3rd, 5:00 PM, Tavern on the Green, Central Park, W 67th St
At Tavern on the Green's 4th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on "Giving Tuesday," f estivities will include live holiday carolers from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, complimentary cider and hot chocolate, and additional treats crafted by Executive Chef Bill Peet for New Yorkers, tourists and families alike to enjoy.
In the feel-good spirit of the holiday season, please come out and show your support for this amazing All-School Musical production of Cinderella! The show opens on Thursday, December 5th and closes on Sunday, December 15th  with a total of 10 performances!   This show is open to the entire community and a wonderful family event - please publicize the show on your social media, to your family and friends, etc!   It's a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays - a family afternoon or evening out - appropriate for boys & girls of all ages (well, five and older please...) Wave your wand and buy your tickets now

Here are the roles (no audition needed!)
1) Help to set up, serve and clean up one or more of the meals, please sign up here.
2) If you can help coordinate a main course, a dessert, or a healthy side on any of those dates, sign up here. 
Saturday, December 7th | Sunday, December 8th!
In case you haven't yet joined the fun of Prospective Student Audition Weekends, there's one more weekend coming up - December 7th & 8th, and we still have approximately 20 unfilled volunteer spots! Please come and  help us answer questions for potential LaGuardia students and their families. It's also a great way to get to know fellow LaGuardia parents. Please sign-up!

Our AP Assistant Principal of Dance, Michelle Mathesius, speaks with Ron Sklar about the steps she took to get to LaGuardia's Dance Department!

We truly are interested in learning  about what interests you as a parent at the school?  What activities and topics are on your mind?  Send us your ideas and comments. Tell us what you want from our PA meetings?   We look forward to hearing from you - . Also, each Studio sends regular emails to their families. If you are not receiving studio-specific emails, please email as follows - 
Warm regards - 
Captured during a visit to the Art Studio on a long Audition weekend...

Melissa Scott
Co-PA President
Elisabeth Rucell
Co-PA President

Upcoming Events -- Calendar Info
Dates and times may be subject to change.
  • Monday, December 2ndConference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Monday, December 2nd: UWS Winters Eve Caroling & Tree Lighting, 5:30 PM, Dante Park, across from Lincoln Center
  • Tuesday, December 3rd: 6:00 PM General PA Meeting (5th Floor Cafeteria) | 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
  • Wednesday, December 4th: Senior One Acts #3, 5:30 PM, LFT
  • Thursday, December 5th - Sunday, December 8th: Cinderella 
  • Saturday, December 7th: Prospective Student Auditions (All Boroughs)
  • Sunday, December 8th: Prospective Student Auditions (All Boroughs)
  • Tuesday, December 10th: SLT Meeting, 4:15 PM, Room 205
  • Wednesday, December 11th: Academic Forum, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Room 457
  • Thursday, December 12th - Sunday, December 15th: Cinderella
  • Monday, December 16th : Conference Day, 800 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Tuesday, December 17th: PFLAG Meeting, 5:00 PM, Library
  • Tuesday, December 17thNew Music Singers Ensemble Performance, 4:00 - 7:00 PM, A17
  • Wednesday, December 18th: Gospel Winter Concert, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, LFT
  • Saturday, December 21st - Wednesday, January 1st: Winter Break/No School
  • Thursday, January 2nd, 2020: School Re-opens
  • Monday, January 6th: Conference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Monday, January 6th: Musicale #1, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, Concert Hall
  • Tuesday, January 7th: Musicale #2, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, Concert Hall
  • Wednesday, January 8th: Musicale #3, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, Concert Hall
  • Friday, January 10th: The Semi-Annual Art Show, 4:15 - 7:00 PM, Lobby, Mezzanine & Art Gallery
  • Friday, January 10thSemi-Annual Chorus & Orchestra Concert, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall
  • Saturday, January 11thSemi-Annual Chorus & Orchestra Concert, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall
  • Thursday, January 16th: 6:00 PM General PA Meeting | 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
  • 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


Subscribe to the LaGuardia School Calendar . You can subscribe to the school calendar so that it automatically appears on your phone, device or computer calendar. For instructions, click here .

Click here  to view the DOE 2019-2020 School Calendar.

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 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!

Buy your Tickets to Cinderella,
LaGuardia's 2019 All-School Musical!

You are going to be BLOWN AWAY by this production! The sets, the costumes, the talent - we promise a MAGICAL experience!
But hurry - some shows are ALREADY SOLD OUT and others are very close to being sold out!

Tickets to Cinderella can now be purchased here:
All tickets are $30 plus fees.
Please note that the musical is double-cast; information about the performance dates for individual cast members is available at

The performance dates are:
Thursday, December 5th at 7 PM (Opening Cast)
Friday, December 6th at 7 PM (Closing Cast)
Saturday, December 7th at 2 PM (Opening Cast)
Saturday, December 7th at 7 PM (Closing Cast)
Sunday, December 8th at 2 PM (Opening Cast)
Thursday, December 12th at 7 PM (Closing Cast)
Friday, December 13th at 7 PM (Opening Cast)
Saturday, December 14th at 2 PM (Closing Cast)
Saturday, December 14th at 7 PM (Opening Cast)
Sunday, December 15th at 2 PM (Closing Cast)

 A limited number of tickets are on sale for LaGuardia students at the school store (limit 4 per student).   For questions about tickets or the production, please contact Debbie Teitelbaum .
Please note that all ticket sales are final;
tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.

** Proceeds from the Musical Sponsorship Program are used to support costs of the All-School Musical and the Parent Association's All-School General Fund

Pickup & Shipping (in the USA) options available at check-out!

Get your very own T-shirt at the December 3rd General PA Meeting!
Delivering the holiday visions dancing in the heads of some of NYC's neediest children.

Nearly 50% of NYC students live in shelters or temporary housing. Please help make the season brighter by delivering one or more of their individually requested wishes.

instagram /twitter  @sugarplumsled

A recent NY Times Article inspired a group of parents to start The SugarPlum Shed

College Nights & Fairs | SAT/ACT Courses
College Applications & Essay Resources


If you haven't yet submitted YOUR applications, please hear our College College Counselor - Ms. Devin McCray at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, December 3rd at the General PA meeting.

If you have a Senior Student, remind them to get the Parent Rave Sheet  from their guidance counselor and also ask a couple of teachers to write a Teacher Rave  for them.

Ongoing thru Thursday, December 19th: 
All day until 5:00 PM,   Room 235 - come in during lunch!
Whether you need the answer to one question or need someone to sit with you and help you work your way through Naviance, the Common App, or other college applications, the Walk-In Workshop is designed for students to sit at a computer and complete the desired tasks.

Devin McCray from College Confident is working with students at LaGuardia to assist with financial aid and college financial planning, scholarships, CUNY applications and college questions in  Room 235 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday Please encourage your student to stop by to schedule a meeting with Devin!


Final Session: Wednesday, December 18th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
SUNY Welcome Center - 33 W. 42nd Street, 18th floor
You and your family are invited to join staff from the SUNY Welcome Center in NYC for a group information session. You will have the opportunity to explore The State University of New York -- the campuses, academic programs, application and admissions process, financial assistance, the Excelsior Scholarship and more!  

Please read on for additional information from our AF this week  "How to Pay for College, Negotiating Your Financial Package." 

If you missed the last meeting, Michael Terry will be back at our February General PA Meeting on Tuesday, February 4th!

Please see The Savvy College Handout from our speaker Michael Terry and the FAFSA guide.
Big Future from the College Board - A search engine for colleges and their costs.


Application Deadline: December 6th
Hunter College Now's Spring 2020 program offers HS sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to take credit courses at Hunter College for FREE! You will get a Hunter ID and have access to all the great facilities that Hunter has to offer. These days a college class costs around $1,000, and guess what? We're paying that for you to be able to earn some college credits before you graduate high school!!!
Available classes include Computer Science, Music Theory, Dance, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, and more.  Please click on the link to find out more information and to apply.   For more information and to register...

Application Deadline:  December 20th
The College Now STEM Research Academy at City Tech is a two-part program designed to provide high school students with an opportunity to develop strong college level research skills by engaging in authentic science inquiry and research activities.  Selected students will be enrolled into a free Spring 2020 pre-college research course.  Upon successful completion of the spring course, students will have the opportunity to apply for the 2020 STEM Summer Research Internship.  The Summer Program is FREE to students.  College Now covers the cost of tuition, books, and supplies.  Students who participate will also receive a City Tech College ID card, free lunch, metro card, and stipend upon completion of the summer internship program. For more information and to apply!


If your student is not taking a make-up exam during Regents Week (January 21-24th) it can be a great time to see colleges and BFA programs when they are in session. There is nothing better than seeing a college WITH STUDENTS and you can only tour BFA programs during the week, so January Regents Week is the perfect time to go and airfares are cheap! The next window of opportunity is typically in February break and then April break, both very popular times!


National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Opt Out Letter 
Deadline: January 10, 2020
The NSC has data on where students go to college and what types of degrees they receive from more than 3,600 colleges and universities. The NSC uses directory information from the NYC DOE to identify former NYC DOE students and to give information to the NYC DOE about where these students went to college, when they went to college, their graduation dates, and what types of degrees they received. The NYC DOE uses this information from the National Student Clearinghouse to help understand and improve students' college readiness and success.

FAFSA and CSS Profile Applications
These are the two primary financial aid application sites used by colleges and universities. 

What you need to know to fill out the FAFSA - read online!

For families with current Juniors (and procrastinating Seniors), click here to view the Common Application 2019-2020 Essay Prompts.

Sign-up for Story2 to receive free help on your shaping your college essay into stories that convey character and purpose.

This is a great NY Times article about writing your college essay.

Lists & Surveys

It's important to find the right mix of colleges to which to apply - these lists may help - but as with everything, we recommend using multiple sources to build your student's list.

Georgetown University - Center on Education & the Workforce
Using data from the expanded College Scorecard, this report ranks 4,500 colleges and universities by return on investment.  A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges  finds that bachelor's degrees from private colleges, on average, have higher ROI than degrees from public colleges 40 years after enrollment. Community colleges and many certificate programs have the highest returns in the short term, 10 years after enrollment, though returns from bachelor's degrees eventually overtake those of most two-year credentials. Read more!

The Washington Post, November 14, 2019

The Wall Street Journal, November 5, 2019

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

A quiet Thanksgiving Week...
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!  We'll highlight the new ones here and then migrate them to the full list on  our website.
Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100  visual arts and literary arts organizations  across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) apply in 29  categories  of art and writing. In 2019, students submitted nearly 340,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.
Submissions are juried by  luminaries in the visual and literary arts , some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Deadline: January 2, 2020 
Event: January 30 - May 28, 2020
Scene 1 is The New Group's innovative theater education program serving NYC public high school students. Prioritizing ensemble building and character development, students learn advanced acting, playwriting, and movement skills with seasoned professionals, including Master Classes with New Group artists. The goals of Scene 1 are to develop students' voices as emerging artists through the creation of original work that connects to their lives, to provide students with courses in acting and writing, and to create an ensemble of young artists who understand what it means to be part of a community. The program meets on Thursdays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Interested students and families can learn more and reach out to with questions or read more onlineContact: Jamie Lazan/347-569-4799

Dates: July 6-10, 13-18, 2020, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
As the parent of a theatrically inclined adolescent, IRT's Westside Ex
periment summer theater program was everything I could have hoped for. The program's adult staff never underestimated the creative abilities of the youth, and provided them with the support and skills necessary to imagine, design and perform a remarkably sophisticated multi-media theatrical experience. My daughter made many friends over the 2 weeks of the program and was able to stretch her theatrical muscles in ways she never imagined, and thoroughly enjoyed.
For Ages 13-17
For more information, contact IRT: 212-206-6875 or

Application Deadline: December 22, 2019
The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office offers high school internships throughout the year. These highly competitive internships offer students a unique opportunity to be part of a district attorney's office. Currently accepting applications for t   he Mid-winter and Spring Break Internship Program. The internship is open to students who live and/or attend high school in Brooklyn and are interested in learning about the different careers and responsibilities within the criminal justice system. More information and application information is available here.

Application Deadline: December 9, 2019 - 11th graders only!
Jan 13, 2020-Jun 7, 2021, Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6:30 PM
The BAM Brooklyn Interns for Arts & Culture is an exclusive 1.5 year after-school program. Students gain insight into the diversity of arts-management careers available in the field through valuable work experience with a professional team. Components of this paid internship include but are not limited to:
Garden Apprentice Program
Application Deadline:  Wednesday, December 4th
The Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great way for teens to learn about urban agriculture and the environment while working in one of the most exciting public gardens in the world! Apprentices can work their way up the four-tier program, potentially earning a paid position as a Tier 4 apprentice.

If you enjoy getting your hands dirty and want to work with other teens, GAP may be for you.  Apprentices make a nine-month commitment to GAP, from March to November, which includes spring training, summer programming, and a weekly commitment throughout the spring and fall. See the tier descriptions for more information.


Teen Leadership Programs: Morning Informational
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Parents, teachers, school administrators and teens from New York City are invited to learn more about the Intrepid Museum's no-cost teen leadership programs:
-Current 8th and 9th grade girls are encouraged to attend an 11:00 AM session about the GOALS for Girls six-week summer intensive program, which focuses on leadership and STEM.
-At 12:30 PM, current 9th-11th grade students of any gender are encouraged to attend a Youth Leadership Institute at Intrepid (YLI@Intrepid) session. YLI@Intrepid focuses on civics, leadership and social advocacy issues.

Both teen programs provide college and career-readiness workshops and youth development opportunities. Attendees will receive application materials and updates before  the official dissemination in January 2020.

City-Wide Hackathon for High School Students
Sunday, December 8th, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Beyond the Beat: Technology's Impact on Music Production

Event Date: Tuesday,  December 17, 2019,  6:30 - 8:30 PM
Apollo Theater Soundstage, 253 West 125th Street
For more information and to register
Calling all beat makers, future music producers, sound engineers, and music lovers. Ever wonder how the latest technology impacts the music industry? As music and musicians evolve with emerging tech, producers are advancing their skills and navigating uncharted territory to propel the industry into the future. Join us as we explore this new landscape and talk with some industry insiders!  **Doors will open at 6:00 pm. Seating is first come, first seated.  ** Registration does not guarantee entry. Latecomers are admitted at the discretion of the Management.  Join in on the discussion! Tweet us at @ApolloEdHarlem using #ApolloCareerPanel
Event dates: Monday, January 6 - February 10, 2020
Application Deadline:  Sunday, December 8th

Every year, NYC high school students can take free courses at the Museum on topics including anthropology, astrophysics, earth science, genetics, biodiversity, and more. Students have the unique opportunity to explore our halls and dioramas, go behind the scenes to our research labs and collections, as well as working with our wonderful educators and scientists to explore diverse science topics.
Application Deadline: Monday, December 9
Event Dates: February 18th through Friday, February 21st.
The Center for Architecture in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects New York is pleased to offer a new program for current New York City high school students interested in learning more about the field of architecture. Selected participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and on-site learning at a local architecture firm.

The  Discover Architecture! program will be held during the 2020 NYC public school mid-winter break, and selected students will attend sessions from 10am - 3pm, Tuesday, February 18th through Friday, February 21st. A mandatory orientation will be held on Monday, February 10th from 4:30 - 5:30pm.
Eligible students must be in their sophomore or junior year of high school in New York City. 

We are looking for students who are most interested and/ or who would most benefit from this opportunity. While no prior experience is necessary, an interest in architecture or art is a plus.   Apply online!
Application Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019
A sustainability songwriting workshop and performance.
Are you a student musician who is passionate about sustainability, climate change, and/or environmental justice? The DOE Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Clean Green Music Machine, is providing a unique opportunity for DOE music teachers and their students to work with a professional artist to write a song that inspires change. 

This experience will culminate in performing live alongside your Music Mentor at Lincoln Center on Earth Day 2020. Learn more and apply .
Contact: Nichelle Hudlin: 718-349-5487 
Application Deadline:  Thursday, December 19, 2019
Event date: January 18 - March 9, 2020
The institute is open to students of Hispanic heritage in grades 10 through 12. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn how a bill is passed in the State Assembly, develop writing skills, learn the art of debating, and build leadership skills. The institute begins on January 18, 2020 and culminates in a weekend trip to Albany for students in grades 11 and 12 March 7-9, 2020. To apply, students must submit a 525-750 word essay online. For more information, please email Lisa Pineda 
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
The Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia's  Summer  Study Scholarship application is ready and we'd love as many families as possible to know about our wonderful program. We give out numerous scholarships to Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen with financial need who wish to do artistic  study during the  summer, related to their major. Additional information:
The YYGS application is now open, and actively recruiting interested students in grades 10 or 11 (or international equivalent) from all around the world.  Join us at Yale this summer! Experience life as a university student at Yale's Old Campus while attending an academic session of your choosing. We offer sessions in the humanities, social sciences, STEM, and a new cross-disciplinary track that incorporates all of the above. Here's what you need to know:
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia is pleased to announce an amazing scholarship opportunity for junior architecture students who identify as female. The Alumni & Friends  Shirley Ellman Vann Award is for a student in her junior or senior year, who is interested in pursuing a career in architecture. The award provides up to $3,000 to students with financial need, to support summer or supplemental study and/or supplies.  For more information & application
Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Each award provides full tuition, as well as room and board, for the term of the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor's degree.   To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship a student must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.
  • Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service
  • Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official's signature
  • Submit a signed application (original signature only)
Who Should Apply
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors.

3,100+ City Year AmeriCorps members (ages 18-25) serve in 29 cities nationwide. They spend 11 months working full-time in more than 300 schools to give students the extra support they need to graduate, college and career ready.

Complete the form to learn how you can become a mentor and tutor for students with City Year. 
Application Deadline:  Ongoing
are the place where youth can make change happen in their neighborhood, school, or borough. Councils across the City need high school students to share their stories, passions, and ideas-if you know of any youth who want to make a difference, we need them on a Youth Leadership Council. Youth will have the opportunity to team up with peers from their neighborhood or school and develop the tools and skills to put their ideas into action.

NYPL Grow Up - Dress Up Lending Library
If you are looking to get dressed up for a job interview, wedding, audition, graduation, prom, or other formal event, the  Riverside Library can help.  With our NYPL Grow Up work accessories collection, you can now borrow neckties & bowties, briefcases & handbags!  More information available here. You can also learn more about the program in this English flyer or Spanish flyer!

Tech Commons @ New-York Historical
New-York Historical Society's Tech Commons is a state-of-the-art digital media and STEM maker space where teens can work with mentors, meet friends, and create. Whether you're looking to do some research on our tablets, record a podcast or song, 3D print an artifact, design and code a website, or just hang out and explore, the Tech Commons is the place for you.  This dynamic new space is loaded with a full array of digital equipment -- from fun to professional -- to help tomorrow's leaders explore their imaginations and curiosities.

Use Torus to find the perfect program for your student. Explore your interests, build your community outside of school and get ahead with after school and summer programs in your area.

Joan Mitchell Foundation: NYC Youth Art Program Directory
Browse this comprehensive directory for a wide-variety of programs in the arts - if it's in one of the five boroughs, most likely you'll find it here!

Parents of NY Teens & Young Adults  
This is a place for parents of teens and young adults located in all five boroughs to come together and openly discuss the trials and tribulations of raising teens in this crazy city... where else can a teen travel as far as from Coney Island to the Bronx for only $2.75!
Homework, high schools, college, leaving the nest and more! ... discuss it all here! I encourage an open and honest discussion with no flaming or attitude! Note that the group is lightly moderated

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Q. What was the original address of the School of Performing Arts?
Q. What alum reminisced about participating in "Bus and Truck Shows"?
Q. Any idea what a Bus and Truck Show is?
Q. Who are the LaG/MA alums in the Lunachicks?
Q. When is the last time the Lunachicks performed and where?
In this section we provide links to information that may be of interest to parents and guardians of teens and high school students.
Spending by NYC on Charter School Facilities: Diverted Resources, Inequities and Anomalies

WSJ, August 15, 2019
NYC database of mental health services based on need and insurance.  Find services!

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1. What was the original address of the School of Performing Arts?
120 West 46th Street
2. What alum reminisced about participating in "Bus and Truck Shows"?
Helen Slater,  the original Supergirl in the 1984 film and currently playing Eliza Danvers, the adoptive mother of Karra Danvers, aka  Supergirl in the current CW series,  PA '82
3. Any idea what a Bus and Truck Show is?
A show that goes on the road. (In this case, shows were brought to schools around the boroughs).
4. Who are the LaG/MA alums in the Lunachicks?
Theo Kogan '87, Gina Volpe '87 and Sydney Silver '87
5. When is the last time the Lunachicks performed and where?
The 2004 March for Women's Lives Benefit in DC (catch them as they reunite this April at Webster Hall!) 
Hint: More Lunachicks Q&A in two weeks for readers (and perhaps punk rock lovers?) who want to prepare! ��


$428,519 has benefited LaGuardia students so far! 

On Giving Tuesday, December 3rd, 
there will be a 50% match on all donations! 

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!

Basic Classroom Supplies to Survive the School Year!
$184 to go!!! Just $92.00 on Giving Tuesday!
Help Mrs. McGoey give he students basic classroom supplies such as dry erase markers for note taking as well as boxes of facial tissues, paper towels, and hand sanitizer for improved personal hygiene during the winter months. Donate now! On Tuesday, December 3rd, there will be a 50% match on all donations! If you donate after that date, thru December 5th,  please enter the code LIFTOFF at checkout to double your donation.

APES Wants Books!
$285 to go!!! Just $143 on Giving Tuesday!
Help Ms. O'Keefe give her students engaging nonfiction books that are connected to environmental science! Donate now!

Think Pad Would Be an Amazing Resource to Us!
$2,430 to go!!! Just $1,215 on Giving Tuesday!
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!

Make Fitness a Lifestyle
$1,086 to go!!! Just $543 on Giving Tuesday
Help Mr. Antao give his students sports equipment including the Senston 2 player badminton set, Spalding Replica NBA Basketball, Adidas sala Soccer Balls, Champion Sports Rhino hockey stick and Cramer Junior Floor Hockey sets.  Donate now !

From Analog, Thru Digital & Photo Book Publishing
$2,582 to go!!! Just $1,291 on Giving Tuesday
Help  Ms. Felber give her students two updated iMac computers to enable them to scan negatives to computers, process digital photographs, utilizing Adobe Photo Shop CS7, and finally, make quality prints through Epson Pro 800 series professional printer.

AP Physics Projectile Motion
$1,025 to go!!! Just $513 on Giving Tuesday
Help  Ms. Sheikh give her students projectile launchers to visualize two-dimensional motion part of the physics curriculum.

Help Our Science Students to Learn Through Technology! 
$6,466 to go!!! Just $3,233 on Giving Tuesday!
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.

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.

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, December 3rd
6:00 PM: General Meeting| 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
General Meeting: Our guest speaker, Devin McCray of LaG's in house College Office, which is sponsored by College Confident.   Ms. McCray will describe the many ways they aid and support your child in the College Application Process.
Thursday, January 16th
6:00 PM: General Meeting| 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
Tuesday, February 4th
6:00 PM: Studio Meetings| 7:00 PM General Meeting
General Meeting: Our guest speaker is Michael Terry, college financial advisor

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

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