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Issue #14
December 8, 2019

Dear LaGuardia Families - 

We are delighted to report that Principal Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos and her baby son are doing fine and enjoying getting to know each other! On behalf of the entire LaGuardia Community, we wish you health, happiness and adventure!

December is a wonderful month at LaGuardia - not only for our students - but for their families who have many opportunities to see and hear their students' work. Please make a promise to yourself to attend at least one performance, exhibit or event at the school this month - you will really enjoy yourself!

It's also that time of year when postings appear about internships, spring programs, summer programs and very cool opportunities in general! Don't miss out on them! Just this week we've added at least seven new opportunities ranging from paid summer life-guarding jobs to museum and TV internships!  We invite you to scroll on down...

A huge bravo to Mr. Davidson and his students' Senior One Acts! We so enjoyed your performances and seeing your development over the years.
Night of the Living Dead - Thriller
L to R:  Benji Timoner, Olivia Wohlgemuth, Bangaly Diomande, Rachel Shatzkin,    Lucy Machlan,  Thomas Bellavigna, Tommy Vines,  Nikki Makoveva,    Jay Zahn,    Chloe Stebenne,    Alex Astort-Fabra,    Kijani Ali-Gaulman,  Nia Curd, and  Geneva Foster-Narvez

Wasn't Cinderella amazing?   What a fantastic, beautiful, professional production! What a twist with the Wicked Stepsisters,  the Prince is in fact very humble & Charming and  Sebastian is very overlord-like not to mention the amazing Jean-Michel, the conscience of the village and of course the all-knowing, intuitive Fairy Godmother. It's not the Cinderella you grew up with!  If these photos of the Open & Closing Casts curtain calls aren't enough.... 

then check out this video! Everyone with whom we speak is either raving or eagerly awaiting their show date - and you don't yet have your tickets, honestly, get thee to the Box Office !  If tickets are no longer available on-line, arrive early (an hour) and please bring cash to pay at the door!

Perhaps you were also fortunate enough to attend the opening of The Fine Arts Department Cultural Art Show A truly impressive display that showcases the work of our talented students. Thanks to all the families and students who came out to see the show and support our students. We are so appreciative of the student curators, who not only worked to put up a great show, but came up with the concept for the show and made it all happen! Thanks as well to all of our parent and student volunteers. Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Shop online for LaG Art Studio merchandise! A few examples of the fantastic art works...

Our Show Choir Students  are making the quite the rounds! Last weekend they faced the elements to celebrate Midwinter's Eve on the Upper West Side where the Time Warner Center was bustling, despite the snowy conditions, and happy crowds gathered to hear our students and hum along! Today, they performed at the beautiful New York Public Library, where black-tied Show Choir singers entertained employees, volunteers, special guests and supporters of our city's libraries at a private holiday party! Just wait and see what Show Choir has scheduled for next weekend, Sunday, December 15th, when the group performs with the cast of Dear Evan Hansen at The NY Giants half-time show! Quite an incredible schedule - we know you sound beautiful - and we hope you are having a blast representing our school. Thank you!
Show Choir performing at the New York Public Library

We are looking forward to the Class of 2024! This was our last weekend of  Prospective Student Auditions and we heard there were yet more extremely talented students who are interested in becoming part of the LaGuardia community - we wish them all luck! And what can we say... to all the parents/guardians who donated their time this weekend and the past Audition weekends... thank you - we are so very grateful for you showing up, participating and spreading the LaGuardia love!

We always talk about how PARTICIPATION OF AS MANY FAMILIES AS POSSIBLE is KEY to our fundraising and volunteering - you know, if you're able to contribute, our students will benefit!

We also experienced plenty of the "other kind" of donation - the dollar kind! It was a great GivingTuesday for LaGuardia - on DonorsChoose, 7 teachers' projects were funded, with three receiving full funding! Our Facebook campaign also raised almost $9,000 and represented donations, large and small, from 79 individuals. Thank you for all you do!  

We had a busy agenda at the PA General Meeting this past Tuesday!
  1. The motion to recommend the Spring SAT Day on as a Non-Instructional Day (no school for students not taking the test) was discussed and passed. There is no need to make-up the day and students will not be marked absent. The date will be announced soon.
  2. Thank you and Congratulations to Joseph Clancy, the Parent Association's new Assistant Secretary
  3. LaGuardia's in-house College Office Advisor Ms. Devin McCray and our AP of Guidance, Ms. Shelliann Williams updated the audience on how the Senior Class college applications are proceeding and then spoke about the process for the Junior Class and the schedule of activities. Many parents asked when the Spring Junior College Night will be rescheduled - a date has not yet been set, but it will be announced soon.

Holiday Gift-giving made easy!

We are selling  raffle tickets  in the lobby at each performance of  Cinderella -- or you can purchase them online Winners will be selected on December 19th!

Bid on six different show packages!
Beetlejuice Come From Away The Inheritance
The Metropolitan OperaFeinsteins 54 Below
Rising Stars

The Academic Forum Presents
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
6:00 PM in Room 457

Join us for a presentation by Erlyn Mendez,  Coordinator of College Now  at Hunter College and  Molly Hennighausen, Executive Director of the  New York State Summer School of the Arts program (NYSSSA).
College Now:  College Now is a collaboration between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York City Department of Education that prepares public high school students for successful academic performance in college.
NYS Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) NYSSSA is a summer arts residential intensive program that includes individual and group instruction in seven schools: ballet, choral studies, modern dance, visual arts, media arts, orchestral studies, and theatre.   
Please contact us if you have a specific question or concern you would like addressed at the meeting.  [email protected]   

Dance Studio families are looking forward to their studio "observations" when they  are able to come and observe their students during their dance classes! The Drama Studio kicks off its Junior Scenes this week - the first time that Drama families see their students perform - both Ms. Cervellino and Ms. Buffamanti's classes will be taking the floor in the Black Box.
Winter Gospel tickets are now available for purchase online for the Wednesday, December 18th Performance at 7:00 PM in the Little Flower Theater!  Enjoy an evening of music to inspire us for the holiday season! Tickets will also be available for purchase at the school school, by next Wednesday, December 11th.  Tickets are $20/adult and $15/student.   Online sales will close on December 17th at 9:00 AM. After that, tickets will be available at the door, cash only please.  
We were thrilled with the great turnout at last week's PA General Meeting and the questions parents raised about the College Process.  We hear you! What other 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 -  [email protected] . 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 20th: Dr. 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 27th:  Chancellors 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
  • 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 [email protected]

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 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

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. If a student/parent does not currently have a valid email address in Naviance, as of December 16th they will be able to auto-generate a temporary password.


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!  


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) 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!


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.

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!

The winter sports season is in full swing, with LaGuardia runners competing in citywide track meets and both the boys and the girls basketball teams on the hardwood.

Highlights from the track meets included Zakariah Massoud's 16th place finish in the 600 meter run, Marcela Carver with a 14th place in the 55 meter dash, Iris Nicol Santalucia's 8th place in the shot put, Tymya Mitchell's 10th place in the 600 meter run and last by certainly not least, Willa Donovan, who placed 6th in the 3000 meter run. Nice effort across the board LaGuardia runners!

The Boys Basketball team lost a pair. Losses this week to the High School of Environmental Studies and Graphics Campus brought their overall season record to 1-4. Against Environmental Studies, the boys fell by a 75 - 53 score in spite of Theodore Bushara's dominant outing, scoring 28 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. Against Graphics, Bushara again led the way with 15 points in an 87-35 loss. 
The LaGuardia Girls Basketball squad also fell to Graphics Campus this week, ending with a 43-24 score. Luka Galasso and Ester Collins led the way for the LaGuardia side in their season opener. Much more season ahead for both the boys and the girls!

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.
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  [email protected] .
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!

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!

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!

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!

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

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

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:
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 

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
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: 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.
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 [email protected] 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  [email protected]
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

Check out the blog with lots of school & tutor reviews at http://parentsofnyteens.blogspot.comLike us on Facebook:
In this section we provide links to information that may be of interest to parents and guardians of teens and high school students.
NYC database of mental health services based on need and insurance.  Find services!
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... 

Please bookmark it!


$432,301 has benefited LaGuardia students so far! 

LaGuardia Teachers' Projects received 
$3,782.00 in the last two weeks!

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!

Think Pad Would Be an Amazing Resource to Us!
$1,712 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!

Make Fitness a Lifestyle
$656 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 !

AP Physics Projectile Motion
ONLY $233 to go!!! 
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! 
$6,248 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.
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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