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Issue #16
December 22, 2019

Dear LaGuardia Families - 

The school halls were decked out with Holiday Spirit on Friday. Jazz musicians and choral groups roamed the floors spreading music and holiday cheer in their wake. What a nice way to send off students and faculty into the holiday break!

But we really have the  Gospel Chorus  to thank for setting the tone this week because their  Holiday Gospel Concert   lifted our spirits and the audience out of their chairs. Bravo to the students, student conductors and their teachers, Priscilla Baskerville and Samuel Appiah.


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As we head into the holidays, we want to take a moment and thank each of you for your support and help this fall. We appreciate your donations, your volunteer time and your enthusiasm. 

We hope you can relax, recharge and rejuvenate for 2020. 

Happy Holidays!

Warmly,

Elisabeth Rucell and Melissa Scott
WEEK IN REVIEW....

LaGuardia students hosted 260 kids from PS 163 (Alfred E. Smith school) last Friday, December 13th.  The young students were treated to snacks, brunch, with face painting by our Peer Leaders and special performances from the Show Choir, and other chorus ensembles. Plus, the Senior Jazz and other instrumental groups held a Q&A with the children. Thanks to our school community for creating such a memorable day for these kids!
 




The  Academic Forum has put together a list of
Summer Arts and Academic Opportunities,  w hich is curated from their most recent meeting.  Read  all  about them  here.


UPCOMING IN JANUARY 2020

Don't Wait to Buy Tickets to These HOT Winter Performances!

The Winter Musicales (a veritable musical ensemble buffet) welcome us back to school on Monday,  January 6th through Wednesday, the 8th  in the Concert Hall. Shows begin at 5:30 PM .  


The Semi-Annual Art Show once again partners with the Semi-Annual Chorus & Orchestra Concert on Friday,  January 10th & Saturday, the 11th. Music begins at 7 PM  in the Concert Hall, but arrive early to view art in the lobby, mezzanine and Art Gallery in Room 253. The  Art Show opens at 4:15 PM. 

Our final show in January comes from the Dance Studio with their spectacular Winter Senior Dance Showcase on Friday, 
January 17th  & Saturday, the 18th  in the Little Flower Theatre. Showtimes vary, so please refer to the calendar and the online ticket site.

Don't limit yourself to just one show! Load up on tickets to all of these fantastic shows with one simple click:   purchase online 
 



Announcing the Raffle Winners!

Let's get a drum roll, please....







Met Opera tickets and backstage tour:   Lilly Barillas

Come From Away and $150 gift card to Bond 45: Carla Levy

54 Below tickets, food voucher and $200 gift card to The Smith:  Ernest  Pysher

Beetlejuice and $150 gift card to Trattoria Dell'Arte: David Neuman

The Inheritance and $200 gift card to Aureole: Melanie Pflaum

Rising Stars and $100 gift card to Mermaid Inn: Michelle Benyacar

Thanks to all who participated!



FAIRWAY OFFERS
Good deals for you and LaG receives a percentage of your purchases! We love it! Please use this coupon for your holiday shopping!  Valid through December 31.

Fairway is also running a fun promotion on Instagram - 12 Days of Pie with giveaways every day to promote their new pie recipes! 



Please be in touch with us! 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 -   laguardiahspa@gmail.com
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
STAY CONNECTED:

Upcoming Events -- Calendar Info
Dates and times may be subject to change.
  • Monday, December 23rd - Wednesday, January 1stWinter Break /No School
  • Thursday, January 2nd, 2020: School Re-opens
  • Friday, January 3rd, 2020: LaGuardia Arts and Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia host a free screening of FAME! LFT (advance registration required)
  • 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, CH 
  • Saturday, January 11thSemi-Annual Chorus & Orchestra Concert, 7:00 PM, CH 
  • Tuesday, January 14th: SLT Meeting, 4:15, PM Conference Room
  • Tuesday, January 14th: PFLAG Meeting, 5:00 PM, Library
  • Thursday, January 16th: 6:00 PM  General PA Meeting | 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
  • Friday, January 17th: Winter Dance Showcase, 4:30 - 6:30 PM, LFT
  • Saturday, January 18th: Winter Dance Showcase, 3:00 - 5:00 PM and 7:00 - 9:00 PM, LFT
  • Monday, January 20thDr. MLK Jr. Day/No School
  • Tuesday, January 21st - Friday, January 24th: Regents Week - Students attend only if taking Regents exams - otherwise no school
  • Monday, January 27thChancellors Conference Day/No School
  • Thursday, January 30th : Rising Stars, 7:00 PM, CH
  • Friday, January 31st: Rising Stars, 7:00 PM, CH
  • Saturday, February 1st: Rising Stars, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, CH
  • Sunday, February 2nd: Rising Stars, 2:00 PM, CH
  • Monday, February 3rd: Conference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Tuesday, February 4th: 6:00 PM Studio Meeting | 7:00 PM General PA Meeting
  • Monday, June 15th, 2020Save 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 CALENDAR!

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.
PLEASE SUPPORT THE LAGUARDIA PA APPEAL!

FREE SCREENING OF FAME!
LaGuardia Arts and Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia 
are excited to invite all LaGuardia students to a FREE screening of the 1980  movie FAME in honor of its 40th anniversary ! Recent alumni from 2015 - 2019 are also invited. The movie is rated R, therefore all students MUST submit a permission slip signed by a parent/guardian, and all students must register online at  alumniandfriends.org/fame You may pick up a  permission slip in the  attendance office (Room 201) or print out a permission slip and return it to Room 201.


WINTER MUSICALES 2020
January 6th, 7th and 8th at 5:30 PM
Tickets are available online!


WINTER SEMI-ANNUAL ART SHOW
Opening Night in the Lobby & Mezzanine!
Friday, January 10th, 4:15 to 7:00 PM
 It's Not too Late! Buy Great Holiday Gifts - shop the Art Store!

The Art Studio needs lots of helping hands to make this show a blockbuster. Please sign up here to volunteer.


SEMI-ANNUAL ORCHESTRA & CHORUS CONCERT
Friday, January 10th & Saturday, January 11th at 7:00 PM
Tickets are available online

RISING STARS 2020 - Ticket Sales opening soon!
5 performances!
Thursday, January 30th thru Sunday, February 2nd


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 and also CORPORATE GIVING to help with the Gala. Please contact Wendy Reimer at wendyreimer3@gmail.com

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!


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

Get your very own T-shirt at the Friday, January 3rd viewing of FAME and at the Thursday, January 16th PA meeting!
One of the many ways your PA Donations help our LaG students

Lag Mag w as founded in 2007, and from its humble beginnings, it continues to attract contributions from student writers, artists, photographers, and journalists. Although the magazine was originally funded by the school, past years funding was cut and the magazine went out of print. 

Last year, we were so  grateful to the PA for funding our first issue back in Primary.  Since  then, we have published a second issue, Routine
through the Alumni & Friends Club Grant. Routine has since been nominated for REALM first class, a national award for high school literary arts magazines. 


We're currently working on our next issue with the theme  Metamorphosis .

Please click here to view Primary

And here to view Routine




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



NAVIANCE ACCESS! SECURITY UPDATE!
Naviance is the online system we use to provide students with college planning and career assessment tools. LaGuardia Administration has advised of a new Naviance Security Feature - If a student/parent has a valid email address in Naviance, they will be able to reset their own password. Students/ parents will receive an email with their temporary password to use to log in, and then will be required to reset their password to the new requirements. 

ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS!

CONGRATULATIONS!
We hear that 73% of all Seniors have submitted their college applications - what a great feeling! The school guidance office's goal is for all students to have submitted by Friday, December 20th!

PARENT & TEACHER RAVE SHEETS
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.



PLANNING TO VISIT COLLEGES?

PRIMARILY FOR JUNIORS (& SOPHOMORES TOO!)
If your student is not taking a make-up exam during Regents Week (January 21-24th) and Monday, January 27th, Chancellors Day 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!

COLLEGE APPLICATION,  ESSAY RESOURCES & MORE...

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. 

The  Center for New York City Affairs  has released the 2019-2020 edition of our popular guide for high school students who are applying to college and beginning their all-important quest for financial aid:  Understanding FAFSA: The How-To Guide for High School Students (And the Adults Who Help Them).
Available in 10 languages and distributed by the City's Department of Education (DOE) to all public high school seniors (and many juniors) Understanding FAFSA - overseen since its 2012 inception by the Center's Kim Nauer - has become essential, and valuable, reading for thousands of college-bound students.

THE FAFSA HOW-TO GUIDE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
What you need to know to fill out the FAFSA - read online!

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

COLLEGE ESSAYS
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.


FINDING YOUR COLLEGE!
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

MENTAL WELLNESS
The holidays are wonderful, but can also be stressful for families - here are helpful coping techniques from The NY Foundling Family Mental Health Center at LaGuardia!


READY FOR YOUR TRIVIA?


Can you name the LaGuardia musical which featured these two 2016 alums, Dharon E. Jones and Lorna Courtney?

And for a special bonus: What current Broadway show also features these two alums?
SPORTS!

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



At the Armory last weekend, the LaG boys and girls track teams represented our school at the Night at the Sprints. Over two dozen athletes competed, with highlights including Annabelle Sherman's 12th place finish in the Frosh 55m, Amanda Crewey's 21st place in the Varsity 55m and Tymya Mitchell's 23rd in the Frosh 300m. The teams will be back at the Armory to close out the decade with the Holiday Classic on 12/29.

The boys and girls varsity basketball teams had a tough week as they head into a needed holiday break. But they plan on returning stronger in 2020 and get back on track! The boys lost a pair of games in spite of some very solid outings by individual players. At Percy Sutton early in the week, they fell in a lopsided 109-46 game, though Karl Kilb led the way for the boys with 11 points. Later in the week at home, the boys made it much closer against Harlem Village Academy, falling 58-51. Jacob Yoo and Osayuwamen Ehue scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, and Justin Ivory contributed double digit rebounds. On the season, the boys currently sport a 1-7 record. The girls' record fell to 3-2 with a tough loss at Beacon, 65-17. They look to get back to their winning ways at MLK on the first day back to school in January.
 
Rest up, and get ready for lots of track, gymnastics and basketball in January!

SUMMER PROGRAMS | INTERNSHIPS | JOBS | INTERESTING OPPORTUNITIES! 
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.
THE NYU TANDON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING'S ARISE PROGRAM 

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Program Dates: June 29 - August 14, 2020

ARISE is a free 7-week summer research program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines.   Selected students will:
  • Conduct authentic research while being mentored by a graduate student and/or faculty member in one of 30+ active labs
  • Investigate a range of questions in engineering, data science and life science and make practical, substantive contributions to the lab's objectives
  • Get an introduction to essential principles that prepare students for college and in-demand careers as well as in areas like scientific ethics, contemporary issues in scientific inquiry, data collection and analysis, research practices, and lab safety
  • Receive training in speaking and presentation skills, and guidance on preparing for the college application process
POTENTIAL CANDIDATES ARE - 
  • New York City residents completing 10th or 11th grade in June 2020
  • STEM-passionate, academically engaged, motivated students. Successful applicants do not need to be the "best" students or have the highest grades
  • Students who will attend the entire program June 29-August 14, 2020
  • Responsible students who fulfill commitments and demonstrate timeliness and persistence.

YANKEE-STONEWALL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Department of Education, in partnership with the Stonewall Inn and the New York Yankees, is again offering the Yankee-Stonewall Scholarship. A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to five students, one from each borough. A student is eligible for this scholarship if they: are a current high school senior, are planning to attend a two-year or four-year college, are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, or an ally who has contributed significantly to the LGBTQ+ community, and have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
THE TISCH SUMMER 2020 HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

Application Deadline: January 8, 2020
Scholarship Application Deadline:  February 6, 2020
Program Dates: Sunday, July 12 - Saturday, August 8, 2020

The Tisch Summer High School Program is tuition-based and culminates in six college credits, open to high school sophomores and juniors from around the world. This program is not a leisure summer camp; it is a commitment of four weeks on campus that encompasses a highly structured class schedule, which include projects, professional training, and collaboration. The classes are based on the Tisch undergraduate curriculum. Students in the Tisch Summer High School Program are expected to complete any coursework and professional training requirements of the artistic track they are enrolled in. Students apply to one of these artistic tracks: Dance, Drama, Production & Design, Dramatic Writing, Filmmaking, Game Design, Photography and Imaging, or Recorded Music.   Learn more about tuition and scholarships.  Please call 212.998.1500 or  tisch.special.info@nyu.edu  with any questions.  For more information and application

ANDOVER'S MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE 
FOR MINORITY STUDENTS
Application Deadline: January 3, 2020 - EXTENDED!

For freshmen families only, the Andover School in Massachusetts hosts a FREE residential summer program for African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, and Native American students with demonstrated financial need who are interested in STEM careers, including medicine and technology. The program, called (MS)2, covers all course fees, books, materials, and room and board for a five-week summer program. Accepted students commit to attend for three consecutive summers, during which they receive academic enrichment in STEM subjects, as well as individualized college counseling. For further information and an application

The 12/15/19 deadline has been extended for LaGuardia students until 1/3/20 so that our students have time to assemble their application materials (including teacher recommendations and transcript). The Andover summer program usually costs $10,000 per summer, so this opportunity has a $30,000 value over the three years. Only freshman are eligible, so this will be the only opportunity for students in the Class of '23 to apply.

NEW YORK STATE SUMMER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (NYSSSA)
Application Deadline: Open & Ongoing
Program Dates Vary by discipline

Founded in 1970, the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) is a highly-competitive summer arts residential program funded by the New York State Education Department and student tuition. The four week, pre-professional summer curriculum includes individual and group instruction designed to help each student explore and develop their talents in ballet, choral studies, modern dance, visual arts, media arts, orchestral studies, or theatre. Students live in a college dorm and take classes from performing and visual artists for 6-12 hours a day, six days a week in their area of concentration.     For more information about the programs and available scholarships

THE SUMMER ARTS INSTITUTE (SAI)
Application Deadline: Open & Ongoing
Program Dates Vary by discipline

The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) is a tuition-free, month-long summer arts intensive program, serving NYC public school students entering grades 8 through 12. This public-private partnership, hosted by Frank Sinatra School of the Arts with the support of key arts leaders, including Tony Bennett, was designed to increase access to advanced arts training to prepare students for college and career success in the arts. Now in its 18th year, SAI continues to provide approximately 400 students the opportunity to study dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, or film.   For more information about the program and how to audition.

WINGSPAN ARTS SUMMER CONSERVATORY
Application Deadline: January 23, 2020
Program Dates July 6 - August 16

The Wingspan Arts Summer Conservatory is a tuition-free, audition-based program for high school students. Offering a true conservatory experience, this program combines both classwork and an in-depth rehearsal process culminating in full-scale theatrical productions.

The Wingspan Ensemble is for incoming 9th-12th grade students invested in broadening their theatrical skillset. Students take a wide variety of specialized classes, focusing on both skills building and exposure to the professional arts world. In production, Wingspan Ensemble students are cast in either a musical or a play. Show selections feature smaller casts, more challenging material, and offer more opportunity for student involvement in the creative process. In past years, the Ensemble has performed shows such as Merrily We Roll Along, Ragtime, Twelfth Night, The Heidi Chronicles and The Laramie Project.  For more information and to apply !

ARTSBRIDGE SUMMER
Application Deadline: February 15, 2020
Program Dates: July 25 - August 8

Since 2010, ArtsBridge Summer has given high school performing artists the tools to perfect their craft and audition approach, guided by  top college arts faculty  and industry professionals. ArtsBridge Summer programs are designed to hone the skills of students who pursue acting, musical theater, and classical music at the college level and beyond.  ArtsBridge Summer is a two-week program held at the Baldwin Wallace University.  Need-based scholarships are available.  For more information and to apply !

THE BROWN SCHOLARS PROGRAM - SUMMER 2020!
Application Deadline:  March 23, 2020
Program Dates: 5 days/week, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM for six weeks, July through August

This program is an introduction to programming and is intended for high school girls who have had limited access to coding classes/resources. It is tuition-free thanks to a generous grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Revocable Trust. For more information and to apply.

LIFEGUARDS WANTED - SUMMER 2020!
Tryouts: December 7, 2019 thru mid-January 2020

Try out now to become an NYC lifeguard for Summer 2020!   NYC Parks is starting the search for new candidates with strong swimming skills to participate in our free lifeguard training program for the upcoming summer season.   Testing locations can be found throughout the five boroughs.  Find a qualifying test location near you.  Please check back periodically as additional dates may be added.

For those who qualify, training begins in January. First-year lifeguards earn a minimum of $15.00 an hour.  Most lifeguards work 48 hours each week, for a weekly salary of up to $800.  New York City's 8 beaches are open from Memorial Day weekend through the week after Labor Day, and the 53 outdoor pools are open from late June through the week after Labor Day.  There is no need for an appointment; just be sure to bring a bathing suit, towel and lock for a locker.  If you have any questions, please visit our   Lifeguard Information page , or email us at  lifeguard@parks.nyc.gov .
DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY TELEVISION CENTER 
MEDIA FELLOWSHIPS
Application Deadline: January 3, 2020

Media Fellows:
  • Create films that inspire community change
  • Receive hands-on media production training
  • Network with professional filmmakers
  • Earn school/community service credit
  For more information and to apply!


BHS TEEN COUNCIL MUSEUM INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Application Deadline: Open
Event Date: Begins February 4th, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Teen Council members meet after school in the spring semester to curate history and art exhibitions.  Teens collaborate with peers and mentors, practice new skills, and receive stipends for their participation, C redit/volunteer hours toward graduation, r ecommendation letters for college and scholarships and more...   For more information and to apply!

KIDS FILM IT FESTIVAL
Film Submission Deadline: December 31, 2019

The 4th Kids Film It Festival will be held February 21, 2020 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. T he festival affords kids and young people with the opportunity to showcase their work, and all proceeds go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to benefit Parkinson's Research.  For more information and to submit your film!

MANHATTAN COMMUNITY BOARD STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Application Deadline: January 21, 2020
Apply for Manhattan Community Board Student Representative! One of the projects the Manhattan Borough President's Office is currently working on is expanding youth involvement in local politics, or more specifically, the borough of Manhattan's community boards. Anyone over the age of 16 is able to apply and join, however, most community boards have not a single youth representative. Have you considered becoming a youth representative? For more information and to apply!


TISCH SPRING FUTURE ARTISTS PROGRAM
Classes: Saturdays - February thru mid-May
Deadline: Registration currently open
The Spring Future Artists Programs are free of charge and for groups traditionally underrepresented in the media industry. They are designed for students who may not have access to other programs and who would qualify for financial aid at NYU. High school students applying to the Spring Future Artists Programs must submit an NYU Financial Information Form (please review the  Spring Future Artists Admissions Requirements  for details). These programs require a 14-week commitment on Saturdays from early February through mid-May and are taught by faculty from the undergraduate departments. This is a commuter program, not a residency program. To be eligible for this program, you must be a junior in high school or younger and attend a high school in one of the five boroughs of New York City, or (but not limited to) Westchester County, Long Island, New Jersey, parts of Philadelphia and Connecticut.  For more information and to apply


THE BROOKLYN DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE INTERNSHIPS
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.
THE NEW GROUP - SCENE 1
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 education@thenewgroup.org with questions or read more onlineContact: Jamie Lazanz: 347.569.4799
SUMMER STUDY SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE ALUMNI & FRIENDS OF LAGUARDIA
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:  https://alumniandfriends.org/summer-study/
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:
SHIRLEY ELLMAN VANN AWARD FOR FEMALE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS
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
INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Deadline: Registration currently open
Classes begin: January 18th
Since 2001, ICP's Teen Academy program has supported thousands of New York City high school students in using cameras as tools to tell their own stories, build community, and contribute to social change. They are accepting applications for their teen program (HS kids) and have scholarships available.  Here's the link to the application
USDA/1890 NATIONAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP
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.

CITY YEAR AMERICORPS
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. 
A WESTSIDE EXPERIMENT | YOUNG ACTORS LABORATORY
Dates: July 6-10, 13-18, 2020, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Since 2007, IRT Theater has served the downtown theater community by providing space, support and community for independent artists through its 3B Development Series. An offshoot of IRT's 3B Development Series, the Westside Experiment offers students the skills to create original devised theater in collaboration with a working theater company in residence at IRT.
The progressive Young Actors Laboratory program still covers all the theater essentials, like physical-acting technique, improvisation & script writing, but with a decidedly downtown twist. This years unique summer experience will include a fusion of sign language, spoken word, mime, storytelling, dance and music. This is a great choice for students, hearing, deaf, and hard-of hearing, who are interested in theater but eager to try something more offbeat than, say, Oklahoma.  No prior acting experience necessary. Artists of all disciplines encouraged to apply. Bring an open mind and have it blown away!  For more information, contact IRT:  212.206.6875 or  we@irttheater.org
Application Deadline:  Ongoing
Applications for the 2019-2020 Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) program year are now open for students 14 - 21 years old. 
YLCs 
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.
RESOURCES FOR FINDING UNUSUAL OPPORTUNITIES!

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.

Torus
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.  https://torusteens.com

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

Check out the blog with lots of school & tutor reviews at http://parentsofnyteens.blogspot.comLike us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parentsofnyteens
GENERAL COMMUNITY INFORMATION
In this section we provide links to information that may be of interest to parents and guardians of teens and high school students.
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NYC WELL
NYC database of mental health services based on need and insurance.  Find services!
FAIRWAY
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 (https://www.amazon.com/?&tag=laghspa-20) and LaGuardia will receive anywhere from 3 to 10% of qualifying purchases... 

Please bookmark it!
Trivia!  The Answers!!!


Alums Dharon E. Jones  and Lorna Courtney appeared onstage in the Concert Hall together in  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

And the duo are both onstage on Broadway's  WEST SIDE STORY!


DonorsChoose


$432,301 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!

AP Physics Projectile Motion
ONLY $172 to go!!! 
Help  Ms. Sheikh  give her students projectile launchers to visualize two-dimensional motion part of the physics curriculum.  Donate now!

Make Fitness a Lifestyle
$619 to go!!! 
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 !

Think Pad Would Be an Amazing Resource to Us!
$1,512 to go!!!
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! 
$6,148 to go!!! 
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.
PA GENERAL & STUDIO MEETINGS 2019-2020
 
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

Read about what our LaGuardia graduates are doing...
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