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Issue #18
January 12, 2020

Dear LaGuardia Families - 


January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was always shown as having two heads.  He looked back to the last year and forward to the new one. 

A fantastic whirlwind of activity!

In any other setting, it would be "too much" but when it comes to LaGuardia, there can never be enough!  Never enough opportunities to see our students' enthusiasm, talent and dedication to their art. Never enough ways to say thank you to all the teachers and faculty who guide and support our students' learning.

We were floored this week by the talent, the dedication and support that made up an amazing marathon of music. Thanks to the 5 choruses, 4 orchestras, 3 bands, 2 ensembles, operetta cast and pit, conductors, accompanists, teachers, families, alumni and friends, who came together to display the best in our LaGuardia Music community.  Did you spot our Principal and family Friday night, delighting in the Semi-Annuals?!
Senior Orchestra & Senior Chorus - Winter Semi-Annual

Between the three Musicales and two evenings of Semi-Annual concerts, a huge segment of the Music Studio was represented. It was wonderful to be concurrent with the Art Show on Friday night. It was a brilliant start to a terrific new Decade of the sights and sounds of LaGuardia.
Enjoy these videos from the  Semi-Annual - Senior Orchestra and Senior ChorusAnd here are two videos (here's one - and another ) from the Elementary Chorus ! during Winter Musicale #3.

Soloists Emi Bauman (in red) and Gianna Terranova (left, bowing)

Semi-Annual Senior Orchestra (strings) Performance

Mixed Chorus - Winter Musicale #1

Preview from Kismet, the Opera - Winter Musicale #3

The Semi-Annual Art Show had fantastic turn out Friday night including a special visit by Principal Vasconcelos and family! The show featured exquisite, delightful, and provocative works from all grades, live student artists at work and the Art Band - made up of Art students! Thanks to Heather O'Connell, the Art teachers, school security and custodial staff, and student and PA volunteers for this fabulous event! Below are just a few of the marvelous works on view, which guests could view while listening to the live band comprised of fine art students! Here's a video that captures some great moments of the evening!

The Junior Drama Students also hosted Winter Sing , an informal 
demonstration of musical theater numbers that they have been working on for the past few months. Parents gathered in the Black Box Theater for a fun evening of show tunes!

Lagbotics Co-Presidents are Seniors (Art) Alex Pusey (on left) and (Music) Curtis Kline (second from right.)

Congratulations to our LaG Robotics Team who w
on the Connect Award yesterday at the FIRST  Tech Challenge AND qualified for the Super Qualifiers in February. Quote from the judges: "Your hard work, dedication and passion paid off."  This is the first time the robotics team at LaGuardia has made the Super Qualifiers. The team wants to thank the PA for the recent funding it received and their team advisor Mr Vinogradov

And we have to give a shout-out to one of most famous Alums - Awkwafina, for making history as the first woman of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe for lead actress in a comedy!

An alert that a data breach occurred with Blue Bear, the credit card processor for the LaG School Store between October 1 and November 13, 2019. If you paid for AP exams or other items via the store, please check your credit card statement for unauthorized activity.

Join us at the PFLAG Meeting  on Tuesday, January 14th in the LaGuardia School Library  for an informative meeting  regarding topics for  PFLAG @ LaG for the  New Decade 2020! Suggestions and i deas will be happily received.  All are welcome!
We are looking forward to the Dance Studio  taking the stage with their spectacular  Winter Senior Dance Showcase  this coming  Friday,  January 17th  & Saturday, the 18th  in the Little Flower Theater. Showtimes vary, so please refer to the calendar and the online ticket site.  Purchase your tickets !

And that's not all - Thanks to artist and Freshman Dance mom Jessica Prior's great fundraising idea  Art Studio students have painted beautiful ballet slippers that were on view at last weekend's Semi-Annual Art Show and will be sold at the Winter Senior Dance Showcase along with studio merchandise!  Here's a small sampling of what will be available!

If your student is planning on an artistic study program this weekend and financial assistance would be beneficial, please note that The Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia's Summer  Study Scholarship  application deadline is this Wednesday, January 15th ! Please scroll down for more information and how to apply.

RISING STARS - The LaGuardia Talent Show!
At a school like LaGuardia, an act needs to audition to be accepted into the All-School Talent Show! The approximately 40 acts in this year's Rising Stars were selected from the almost 200 acts that auditioned. You know it's going to be great!

The dates of the five performances are Thursday, January 30th, Friday, January 31st, Saturday, February 1st and Sunday, February 2nd. Performance times are 7:00 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 2:00 PM matinees on Saturday and Sunday! Enjoy the show from the best seats and buy your tickets early!
2020 is a pivotal year for the world, the country, the arts, the school, 
and us, the student body. We all have the potential to impact the future 
with our words and our actions. How can you make a difference? 
What change do you want to see be made? What does your future look like? How will you use your talents to make a meaningful impact?
Rising Stars continues to be a memorable and meaningful show 
because of the creative and individual interpretations that LaGuardia 
students bring to the table. Don't be afraid to take risks and push the 
boundaries. We want to see any and every way you can harness 
creativity and talents that are unique to you.
We want to know: What is your 2020 vision?
Students from ALL STUDIOS are welcome to submit art work (two-dimensional) for the Rising Stars Art Gallery

Drama parents Kelsey and Dennis Kleiman, owners of Stomping Ground Photo , have generously offered to provide complimentary theatrical and commercial headshots for all Drama Studio Seniors! This way, every drama senior will have a professional photo in time for SDF season! WOW!  
The shoot will take place during Periods 8, 9, 10, and 11 on Wednesday, January 29thBUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are looking for a team of makeup and hair stylists to help our seniors look their very best! And we are looking for one parent who can serve as coordinator during these periods, making sure everything is running smoothly.
If you can volunteer to help with hair styling and makeup, or if you can be coordinator for that day, please email Lauren at to let us know.

We are looking for  VOLUNTEERS  to help with our Drama and Technical Theater Spring Drama Festival. Specifically, we are looking for someone who is able to work with  Special Effects make-up  for our first SDF in late March (Let the Right One In) as well as someone who has experience with hair and make-up and can work on either or both of the other two shows in late April and late May (Emilia and The Seagull).  We are also looking for a professional who works with wigs and could help with the March and April shows.  We can give more specifics if anyone is interested in more information. Please contact Debra Teitelbaum for more information -

Please plan to join us at our January General PA and Studio Meetings on Thursday, January 16th at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM respectively. 
Besides light refreshments - We have two wonderful guest speakers - 

Henry Mei - Senior in the Art Studio
Henry will discuss the stigma with regards to mental illness that holds students back from receiving treatment.
Julie Stampler - Harm Reduction Advocate
Julie will discuss overdose prevention training where you will learn to identify signs of opioid overdose and the first 100 arrivals will receive a kit with the life saving drug Naloxone

We look forward to continuing our warm relationship with the school administration and want to ensure we reflect what's on your mind. Please s
end us your ideas and comments  -

In other news, Regents Week is coming up (Tuesday, January 21st to Friday, January 24th) . For those of you new to public high school, only students who are scheduled to take a Regents exam, a jury exam or called for rehearsals attend school. For all others, this week in January is basically another holiday week for your kids. The "vacation" continues into Monday, January 27th which is Chancellor's Conference Day.  

* Tuesday, January 28th is the first day of the Spring Semester. *
* The Wednesday, February 5th AP Fair is currently postponed! * 
 *Stay tuned for updates on the*
Wednesday, January 29th, Academic Forum Meeting!

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, January 14th: SLT Meeting, 4:15, PM, CR
  • 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: End of Marking Period 3, Fall Semester
  • 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
  • Tuesday January 28th: First Day of the Spring Semester
  • Wednesday, January 29th: Academic Forum, 6:00 PM, Room 457 - TBA
  • Thursday, January 30th : Rising Stars, 7:00 PM, CH
  • Thursday, January 30th: Rising Stars Art Exhibit, 5:00 - 7:00 PM, CH Lobby
  • Friday, January 31st: Rising Stars, 7:00 PM, CH
  • Friday, January 31st: Senior Art Show #1, 4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery Room 253 
  • Saturday, February 1st: Rising Stars, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, CH
  • Saturday, February 1st: Chinese New Year Celebration, 2:30 - 5, Front Lobby
  • 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
  • Friday, February 7th: Senior Art Show #2, 4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery Room 253
  • Tuesday, February 11th: PFLAG Meeting, 5:00 PM, Library
  • Wednesday, February 12th: Academic Forum, 6:00 PM, Room 457
  • Monday, February 17th - Friday, February 21st: Midwinter Recess - No School
  • Monday, February 24th : Conference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Tuesday, February 25th: SLT Meeting, 4:15 PM, CR
  • 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


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

Friday, January 17th
Saturday, January 18th
Little Flower Theater

RISING STARS 2020 - Tickets Now on Sale!
5 performances!
Thursday, January 30th thru Sunday, February 2nd


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!

Lagbotics, consisting of roughly 20 students, designs, builds, and programs a robot to  compete in biannual city-wide robotics competitions . The group is entirely self-taught and self-directed, unlike all other teams that compete in the NYC FTC championships. This year's challenge involves parking using color sensors and transporting and placing blocks. Unfortunately, we have suffered from out-of-date technology: our phones, which we use to control the robot, are too old, our batteries can no longer stay charged, and all of our hardware is long outdated. To be able to compete, we must update our equipment and modernize our robot. 

If you could help us out in any way, either by donating directly to our  GoFundMe Campaign, introducing us to a point person at a company that could sponsor us, or connecting us to someone who could serve as a mentor to our team, it would be greatly appreciated. Please reach out to us at

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

Get your very own T-shirt at the Thursday, January 16th PA meeting!

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 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.


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


The NYPD Community Center is offering a * FREE*, 8-week, SAT Prep Class for students in grades 10 & 11. The program will run on Saturdays from February 8th through March 29th at 127 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207.  Students who would like to sign up should reach out to Randy Millard, Assistant Program Director at (917) 617-3621 or
Praxis Tutors is offering a  FREE  ACT and SAT diagnostic tests at LIU Brooklyn Campus  on Saturday, January 25th from 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM Email   with questions and click the appropriate link or links below to register.  Tests will be held at:  LIU, One University Plaza at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb near Park Slope.

These tests fill up quickly, so register soon for the test or tests of your choice:  For students who can't make it to one of these exams, email us at  and we can send tests to administer at home and return to us for grading.



Barnard Pre-College

Priority Deadline, Monday January 20th 2020 

(Application fee is waived until the 21st)


Pratt Pre-College 

Arts program during the school year on Saturdays


National Student Leadership Conference



Pre college campuses: Oxford University, UC Berkeley, UNC Chapel Hill, Tufts, Stanford University, Columbia University, Esade Barcelona. Language study in: Barcelona & Andalusia. MIT Design Lab


Boston University (Music)


Susquehanna University (Music)


Washington National Opera, The Kennedy Center (Music)

Application Deadline: January 20th 2020


Sacred Heart University


Columbia University


NSO Summer Music Institute, The Kennedy Center (Music)

Application Deadline: January 20th 2020


The Oxbow School (Arts)

Financial Aid Priority Deadline: February 1st 2020


California College of the Arts

Earn 3 college credits

Priority Deadline: March 30th 2020


Brown University


Oxbridge Academic Programs

Study abroad offered


The New School


Fashion Institute of Technology


Baruch College


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


We know you're ready for your trivia! We're working on it...and will be back next week!

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

The girls and boys varsity basketball teams got 2020 off to a very busy start.

The girls started the year with a road loss at MLK Jr. In a very tight game, Kaayla Lee led the LaGuardia girls in scoring in the 28-25 defeat late last week. The girls got back on the winning track this week with a dominant victory at the High School for the Fashion Industries. Kaayla Lee was joined by Angelica Maldonado as top scorers in the 30-9 win. On the season, the girls are now 4-3 with a busy schedule ahead.

The boys roared into 2020 with back to back home victories. Last week, they defeated Philip Randolph in the LaGuardia gym 71-50. Jacob Yoo, Karl Kilb and Osayuwamen Ehue joined top scorer Theodore Bushara (22 points!) in double digit scoring in the win. Bushara, Yoo and Ehue led the way again in the boys' home victory against George Washington. Then boys took that win by a 68-60 margin. On the road, however, the boys fell to Frederick Douglass by a 55-43 score. Ehue and Bushara led the boys in the team's losing effort. On the season, the boys' overall record now stands at 3-9.

The girls indoor track team traveled to the Armory to start 2020. On the first day back to school, frosh Cole Sigler, frosh Tymya Mitchell and soph Kaitlin Davis were amongst the LaGuardia athletes shaking off the rust quickly after the break. All three finished in the top 25 in the 55 meter dash. Solid start to 2020!

Lots of sports to come for the LaGuardia student athletes and their fans!

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.

Saturday, February 8, 2020
New York Public Library, 476 5th Avenue, New York

Wednesday, January 15th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

All are invited (students, parents, teachers, etc.), and you can come for ALL or PART of the event. Please spread the word! 

The Academic Forum is pleased to share its list of  Summer Arts and Academic Opportunities curated from their most recent meeting

Sunday, January 19 at 6:00 PM
Apollo Theater,  253 W 125th St, New York, NY

Visual storytelling has transformed the arts and entertainment industries by taking audiences from the page to the big screen and back again. Whether you're a comics fan or graphic novel reader, the genre has seen writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Marjorie Liu pen for Black Panther and The X-Men, respectively. We'll explore the mass appeal and duality of this industry in our panel through conversations with writers, illustrators, agents, and publishers.  REGISTER ONLINE!
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.  For more information

Application Deadline: January 24, 2020

Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. The program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

Ladders for Leaders gives students the unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through: 
  • Pre-Employment Training: Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interview skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette.
  • Paid Summer Internships: Paid internship opportunities in a variety of industries that match students' interests. Gain experience with well-known companies like Boston Consulting Group, Bank of America, Amalgamated Bank, Medidata, Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, Xandr , and Tishman Speyer.
  • Opportunities to Join our Growing Alumni Network: Our broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities, and networking events are open only to past participants of the program.
Who is Eligible?  To apply for Ladders for Leaders, you must:
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 21, and currently enrolled in high school or college
  • Have a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 
  • Be a current resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
  • Have some form of prior work experience, either paid or volunteer
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States
To apply,  visit  to apply to NYC Ladders for Leaders or call 1.800.246.4646 to learn more.

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:
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 .
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
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: 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!

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 !

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.

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.

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

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!

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

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 !

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.
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
  • 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.

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.

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. 
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
Application Deadline:  Ongoing
Applications for the 2019-2020 Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) program year are now open for students 14 - 21 years old. 
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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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!

January 22 - 24, 7:30 PM, Winter Garden, 230 Vesey Street, New York
This month, Arts Brookfield brings back the acclaimed Silent Films / Live Music series, curated by WNYC's John Schaefer. Experience three unforgettable evenings of classic silent film screenings-including Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant, Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi, and Frankenstein, among others-accompanied by live music. Free and open to the public - seating is first come, first served. For more information including the full schedule.

The Broadway League and NYC & Company invite you to experience Broadway Week in New York City! Many Broadway shows are offering 2-for-1 ticket deals for selected performances January 21st - February 9th.  Visit the Broadway Week page at   for ticket sales, important details and restrictions.
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... 

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$434,057 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!

Swim Cap Brains for AP Psychology!
$688 to go!!!
Help Mrs. McGoey give her students swim caps in order to draw diagrams of the brain and then wear to teach and inspire! Donate now!

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!
$1,322 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! 
$6,098 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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