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Issue #17
January 5, 2020

Dear LaGuardia Families - 


As we enter our first full week of 2020, we are looking forward to a creative, happy and healthy year for our students and families.  We hope that one of your New Year's Resolutions is to find time to enjoy the artistic endeavors of our students and attend several of the upcoming exhibitions and performances! See you soon!

Was that fun or what? Thank you to LaGuardia Arts and Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia who sponsored last Friday's free screening of t he 1980  movie FAME in honor of its 40th anniversary !   380 alumni and 150 current students attended a reception during which an alumni band played, followed by the movie screening. 

Left to Right:  John Walsh '11 V - (aka "Mr. LaGuardia" and Nicely Nicely in '10 in ASM Guys & Dolls),  Ms. Ballard - Music Studio, Ahmad Simmons '16, David Hoffman '17 V (in ASM Les Miz), Ms. Baskerville -  Music Studio

After the screening, the Drama Studio also hosted a panel of recent Drama graduates who shared  their experiences from their first semester at college and talked about the differences between a BA and a BFA degree.

For more on what our beloved Alumni are doing, please scroll all the way down to our regular section - "Name in Lights!"
It's a pleasure to brag a bit about our LaGuardia Debate Team, who once again made us proud at yesterday's High School Public Forum Debate Tournament. The LaG team participated amongst 228 students from 36 schools!
Foster Schrader, Noga Tenzin, Mike Gradanski, Jaelyn Kombiyil, Markiane Rivers, Maura Smith, Cathy Li, Caitlin Ranheim (not pictured: Alicia Lopez and Ester Peng)

With No Adult Coach, as most teams have, our happy, scrappy, intrepid team has buckled down to train themselves to compete at this level and represent LaGuardia.
This week, several of our students were honored with both team and individual speaker awards.
Kudos to the whole LaGuardia team for their spirit and dedication. Keep it up! The League is noticing!
The Winter Musicales (a veritable musical ensemble buffet) welcome us back to school on Monday,   January 6th through Wednesday, the 8th at 5:30 PM  in the Concert Hall.

The Semi-Annual Art Show once again partners with the 
Semi- Annual  Chorus & Orchestra Concer on Friday,   January 10th & Saturday, the 11th . Music begins at 7:00 PM  in the Concert Hall, but plan to arrive early to view art in the lobby, mezzanine and Art Gallery in Room 253. 
The  Semi-Annual  Art Show opens at 4:15 PM. 

The Dance Studio takes the stage with their spectacular
Winter Senior Dance Showcase  on  Friday,  January 17th  & Saturday, the 18th  in the Little Flower Theater. Showtimes vary, so please refer to the calendar and the online ticket site.

Don't limit yourself to just one show!  Purchase tickets online to all of these fantastic shows with one simple click!  

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!

But, did you also know that Rising Stars is the LaGuardia Parents Association's largest fundraiser?  We need your help to make it a success.

Please consider sponsoring this show! This is one of the Parents Association's largest fundraisers and we cannot do it without generous donations and support from you, our friends and families!  
  • Contributor - $10-99
  • Patron: $100-249
  • Bravo Supporter - $250-499
  • Spotlight Supporter - $500+ (Includes 1/8 page text-only playbill booster)
  • Encore Sponsor - $1,000 (Includes 1/4 page B&W playbill booster + 2 VIP tickets)
  • Marquee Sponsor - $2,500 (Includes 1/2 page B&W playbill booster + 4 VIP tickets)
To be listed in the Rising Stars Program, the sponsorship deadline is Friday, January 10th!  To make a contribution at the Contributor, Patron, or Bravo levels,  please click here. ( Or you can make an additional contribution when you purchase your tickets.)  If you are interested in a Spotlight, Encore, or Marquee sponsorship, please email

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?

Enjoy the show from the best seats - buy your tickets early!


The Many Twists and Turns of Dr. Oliveri's Homecoming
as told to Ronald Sklar

Dr. Ernest Oliveri, interim-acting assistant principal of English, grew up in Queens. When he left home at age 19, he moved to the Bronx and attended Fordham University. He earned a BA in philosophy, but that was only the beginning of his wide-ranging academic achievements. Soon after, he moved to Manhattan and took a doctorate in International Relations at NYU. Even then, he was not finished with his formal education. Continue reading...


As you saw, we sent a steady stream of fundraising emails at the end of 2019, highlighting everything that our dollars do to support our students and the school. THANK YOU! In the last two weeks of the year, we raised   $17,800 from 61 donors which means that we're starting 2020 from a position of strength with just over $53,000 raised and are confident that we will reach our annual goal of $140,000.

Our January General PA and Studio Meetings are on Thursday, January 16th at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM respectively. 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.  We look forward to hearing from you -

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, which will be followed on Wednesday, January 29th by Academic Forum, where we will be discussing 2020-2021 course selection.

Also, each Studio sends regular emails to their families. If you are not receiving studio-specific emails, please email as follows - 
Warm regards - 
Captured during a visit to the Art Studio on a long Audition weekend...

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

Upcoming Events -- Calendar Info
Dates and times may be subject to change.
  • Monday, January 6th: Conference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Monday, January 6th: Musicale #1, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, CH
  • Tuesday, January 7th: Musicale #2, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, CH
  • Wednesday, January 8th: Musicale #3, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, CH
  • 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, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 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.

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

Opening Night in the Lobby & Mezzanine!
Friday, January 10th, 4:15 to 7:00 PM

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

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


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!

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

Get your very own T-shirt at the Thursday, January 16th PA meeting!
One of the many ways your PA Donations help our LaG students, the more you give, the more you support the many student endeavors, LaG Robotics, LaG Debate, LaG Mag, just to name a few.

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 a REALM first class (Recognizing Excellence in Art & Literary Magazines), a national award for high school literary arts magazines, through the National Council of Teachers of English. 
Please click here to view Primar a nd here to view Routine

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. 


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!

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.


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.


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


1. Which Star Wars actor is a LaGuardia alum?
2. She played Michael's love interest on The Office and is a LaGuardia alum.
3. Which alum won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play?
4. His first lead role in a film was in the 1969 adaptation of Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus.

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

Sports competitions were quiet over the break, but our players are now rested and  ready for lots of track, gymnastics and basketball in January!
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 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: Monday, January 6, 2020
Event Dates:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 
January 28- March 20, 2020, 3 PM - 6 PM

The Apollo Theater Academy Spring Internship Program provides 12th grade high school students with opportunities for professional and personal development as they explore managerial and production careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries.

Interns learn about non-performance careers and what takes place behind the scenes at the Apollo Theater. THIS INTERNSHIP WILL NOT TEACH YOU HOW TO BE A PERFORMER. Interns are assigned to work alongside staff members of the Apollo Theater for eight weeks in various departments such as Development, Marketing & Public Relations, Community Outreach, Programming, Education, and Operations. 

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: 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  with any questions.  For more information and application

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!
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!
Trivia!  The Answers!!!

1. Which Star Wars actor is a LaGuardia alum?
Billy Dee Williams, '55
2. She played Michael's love interest on The Office and is a LaGuardia alum.
Amy Ryan (formerly Amy Dziewiontkowski), '86
3. Which alum won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play?
Ellen Barkin, '72
4. His first lead role in a film was in the 1969 adaptation of Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus.
Richard Benjamin, '56


$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!

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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