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Issue 40
June 23, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,


The LaGuardia Parents Association sent the following letter to the LaGuardia Student Government Organization (SGO)

Dear SGO Representatives,
Thank you for meeting with the PA Executive Board on Tuesday, June 18th.  We were exceedingly impressed with your organization, thoroughness, articulation, tenacity and, above all, passionate activism.  It is clear that your admiration and love for this amazing school has led you on a journey to fight for what you know LaGuardia High School can and should be.
We support your efforts to foster an environment where students, parents, and teachers all feel safe to voice their concerns about the school and its Administration. We echo your requests for improved communication, organization, transparency, and leadership from and with the Administration. We endorse your desire for the school to live up to its dual mission of excellence in both the arts and academics.
Please be assured we got your message. As board members, we are working to demonstrate our support with concrete actions, which we will share with you and the PA in the coming weeks, over the summer and throughout the year. As parents of LaGuardia students ourselves, we could not be more proud of the way you have conducted yourselves and the extraordinary efforts you have taken to bring these critical issues to the forefront!
Know that, like you, we are working for solutions.  Know that, like you, we anticipate that our meetings with LaGuardia's  administration and the DOE will continue to address the challenges at the school.  Know that we too hope for tangible positive change - real progress that will ensure your joyous productivity at this remarkable NYC high school.
We applaud you and stand with you.
LaGuardia HS Parents Association Executive Board


Are you also having difficulty believing that the 2018-2019 academic year is over?  

To our freshman, sophomores and juniors - enjoy a summer full of relaxing, learning & rejuvenating and we can't wait to see you back in September.

To our graduating Seniors - congratulations!  You've been an amazing class and we'll miss you.   We hope that you continue to cherish your connection with LaGuardia.  LaGuardia Alumni and Friends  is a wonderful way to stay involved with the LaGuardia community and you can join by going to the  web site.  We have more Prom Pictures  - including Prom Queen & King (how could we not!) Please scroll to the end of the email....

To the parents of our Seniors, this goes for you, too!  But... if you do  wish to unsubscribe from LaGuardia PA emailings, please click on "SafeUnsubscribe" at the very bottom of this email.  If you wish to change your preferences to receive some, but not all LaGuardia PA emails, please click on "Update Profile" at the bottom of this email.

And how about our Senior Luncheon !
Thank you so much to La Palapa for the delicious & generous catering! 

Judy Maeda, past PA co-president 2011-13, owner of La Palapa (in pink!)
Past PA President Shindy Johnson 
& SGO President Aliya Griffith

PA President Elisabeth Rucell with parent volunteer

The Drama Industry Showcase brings  industry professionals - a gents, mangers and casting directors to the school to meet our students... 

Some quick reminders: No school tomorrow, Monday the 24th.  Regents continue on Tuesday the 25th. Diplomas, report cards and tentative fall schedules will be distributed on June 26th. Remember to check in for summer homework assignments on the school website,

Speaking of college essays, Juniors should check the "College 101" section below for information on the 2019-2020 Common Application essay prompts.

Parents, you may also want to encourage your kids to start thinking about applying to the National YoungArts Foundation Competition. The deadline is October 11, 2019.  Details below.

And how could it be summer without the NY Times Annual Summer Reading Contest - scroll on down for more below!
Our LaGuardia Grads are busy people!   Please scroll to the bottom for a round-up of " Name in Lights !" and to see what they're doing.  

Congratulations to graduating Senior, Alexandra Godwin, on winning a scholarship from the Dedalus Foundation.  Scroll to Name in Lights for more!

Finally.... We are still seeking volunteers for the  Hospitality and Volunteer Coordination Committees.  The Hospitality Committee needs people with cars to purchase items for approximately 10-12 events during the year and handle or arrange setup.  Volunteer Coordinators manage and post the online sign-ups for volunteers to handle concessions and sell merchandise at events throughout the year.   Not only do you have the satisfaction of being involved with the shows and performances, but it's a great way to meet other parents!  Contact us to find out how you can help. 

We'll continue to update you about LaGuardia goings-on and look forward to sharing pictures of our LaG Grads in our next communication!

Elisabeth Rucell
PA President


We'd love to receive your last-minute contribution!

Upcoming Events -- Calendar Info

Dates and times may be subject to change. We will update you on the correct dates and times closer to the events.
  • Tuesday, June 18th thru Tuesday, June 25th : Regents Week (no school for students not taking exams or called for rehearsals)
  • Sunday, June 23rd:  Sing4PR (information below)
  • Monday, June 24th:  June Regents Scoring Day.  Classes not in session - students do not attend school
  • Monday, June 24th:  Graduation
  • Wednesday, June 26th: Last day of school - come for report card & schedule pickup
  • Monday, July 1st:  Summer School begins
  • Friday, August 2nd: Lincoln Center Out of Doors - LaG dancers & Senior Jazz Band perform!
  • Thursday, September 5th: School begins
Click here to view the DOE 2019-2020 School Calendar.

Be sure to read the La! Weekly Bulletin every week!

For a comprehensive list, check the LaGuardia School Calendar. You can have the school calendar automatically appear on your phone, device or computer calendar. For instructions, click here.

Sing4PR is a benefit concert featuring the voices of NYC's LaGuardia High School. These passionate teenagers will sing from 6-8 PM on June 23rd for your tickets and donations. All proceeds will be donated to Teens4PR to be channeled directly towards hurricane relief and reconstruction in Puerto Rico. The event will take place at the Laurie Beechman theater, 407 W. 42nd St, the prime cabaret location in the West Bank Cafe of Midtown. 

Organized by Teens4PR volunteer and LaGuardia student, Gabriela Veciana, your ticket will not only support the victims of hurricane destruction but you will be rewarded with a night of beautiful music. 
Tickets are $20 and are available both online and at the door. There is an additional $20 food/beverage minimum.  Purchase tickets online!
To learn more, visit


Feel some LaGuardia pride over the summer at 
Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Friday, August 2nd at 7:00 PM!

Sing, Sing, Sing , from the Graduation Dance Concert, will be performed by our senior dancers and the senior jazz band at Lincoln Center Out of Doors in Damrosch Park 
More information is  available here!  
An Evening of Arts and Action

LaGuardia students make things happen!  This past Friday, An Evening of Arts & Action was a wonderful compilation of student performances and an art gallery, with each performance focusing on a social justice theme that connected to a youth organization. Each organization hosted a table where student performers and audience members could get involved with volunteering, events, and more to take direct action for the issues they care about. For information about becoming involved in future occurrences of this event, please email

YoungArts' signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation's leading cultural institutions.

Application Deadline: October 11, 2019

  • Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards
  • Take master classes with accomplished artists and professionals
  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support
  • Achieve national recognition
All students ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12 as of December 1, 2019, are eligible. 

There are 10 disciplines to enter under, that offer opportunities to students in ALL LaGuardia studios:
  1. Cinematic Arts
  2. Classical Music
  3. Dance
  4. Design Arts*
  5. Jazz
  6. Photography
  7. Theater (Acting)
  8. Visual Arts
  9. Voice
  10. Writing
* Design arts includes architecture, interior, product, graphic, stage set design and fashion design. 

Each category has its own set of  entry requirements and you will want to plan ahead in order to have your work or performance ready in time.

The 10th Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest
June 14-Aug. 23, 2019

Q. How does this contest work?
Every Friday beginning June 14, we will publish a post here asking the same two questions: "What interested you most in The Times this week?" and "Why?." You can always find that link at the top of this page since we'll post it there every week.
* Teenagers can post an answer any week until Friday, Aug. 23, and contestants can choose from any Times article, essay, video, interactive, podcast or photograph published in 2019, on any topic they like.
Every Tuesday starting July 2 we will announce winners from a previous week and publish their writing.
* To get an idea of the breadth of topics students have chosen in the past - from refugees and "post-truth politics" to accents and awkwardness - you can read the work of our 2017 and 2018 winners here, and our 2010-2016 winners here.
* Scroll down to find more details and tips, the most important of which are also on this one-page PDF.

More information and how to enter is available on the website.

NYU Langone Health
Child Study Center Webinars

Celebrating Diversity in LGBTQ Youth
June 25, 2019, 1:00 to 1:30 PM
A free online webinar

The most recent studies suggest that as many as 1 in 30 children identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). These youth face unique challenges, including increased rates of rejection from their families, stigma and discrimination at school and in employment, and dealing with a healthcare system that can be ignorant of their needs. These challenges add up and can lead to an increased risk of mental health concerns. And yet, despite these challenges and adversities, LGBTQ youth often demonstrate tremendous vitality, resilience, and pride in their experience. In this webinar with Dr. Samantha Busa and social worker Jeremy Wernick, which is timed to coordinate with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, we celebrate the strengths of LGBTQ youth and learn how we can build a healthier community by celebrating and honoring their diverse experiences.
Presenters: Samantha Busa, PsyD and Jeremy A. Wernick MSW

Every week 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


American Museum of Natural History
Go Fish: Investigating New York City's DNA with Mark Stoeckle
Thursday, June 27, 2019 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Does your sushi contain counterfeit fish? Is your tuna roll really tilapia in disguise? Learn about DNA barcoding, a groundbreaking test that quickly identifies animals based on a single gene. Scientist Mark Stoeckle shares his adventures with DNA, including "Sushi-gate", the high school student project that revealed that much of the sushi found in NYC restaurants is mislabeled. And these days, you don't even need a physical fish to see what's been swimming by - one test relies on a cup of water to identify the species that inhabit the river, lake, or ocean. Experience a day in the life of a DNA scientist in this exclusive event.  Please RSVP by emailing

New York Academy of Sciences
The Junior Academy is now accepting applications from students ages 13-18. Successful applicants gain lifelong access to exclusive educational opportunities and a remarkable global STEM network through Launchpad, a virtual collaboration platform. Students develop advanced research, innovation, and collaboration skills with best-in-class learning resources and leverage these skills to compete in 70-day challenges sponsored by industry-leading companies. Here is a short video on the opportunities the Academy offers its Young Members.
Deadline: July 1, 2019
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!

Goddard Riverside Community Center Seeks Tutors
Star Learning Center, a program of Goddard Riverside Community Center, is seeking volunteer tutors for our 2019 summer session. The program runs from July 1st through August 16th . Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Star provides one-to-one tutoring to underserved youth from across the city. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in working with students from 2nd to 12th grade. Each tutor must be able to commit a two-hour block of time, once a week for all seven weeks of the program to be matched with a child. Tutoring takes place Monday through Friday (Fridays until 12:30 pm only). We have evening hours until 7:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. The full schedule appears on the application. Interested individuals should visit our web page at:
and click on the link for the Tutoring Application: Summer


We are hosting several health science camps this summer in New York and Florida. Please select the following links to learn more:

Middle School and High School students are invited to participate in a no-cost Virtual Community Health Ambassador Program. In this summer internship, you will become a digital health advocate. 

Learn about public health, social media marketing, health care disparities and biomedical careers.  Chance to win prizes. Network with health professionals and scientists. Earn community service credit.

You will be invited to attend a series of webinars on Tuesdays in July from 10am to 12pm EST.

... to find these and many more, you can visit  their new home on the PA website!  


Former team members & new recruits:  Swim practice begins AUGUST 19th-30th , Mon-Fri from 11am at JOHN JAY PARK, E.  77th Street and York Ave. (not to be confused with John Jay College), please bring lock, swim cap, & swimsuit.  (New recruits:  Must be able to tread water for min. 5 minutes, only fastest and committed will be accepted.)

TRYOUTS will begin Sept. 5th, 6th, and 9th, after school,  at Seahorse Fitness, 69 Columbia Street, NYC 10002
(New recruits:  Must be able to tread water for min. 5 minutes, only fastest and committed will be accepted.)  

For families with current juniors, 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.

New Settlement's College Access Center  is offering a free summer program for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are interested in visiting colleges and preparing for the admissions and financial aid process.  View the flyer  to learn more.
The parent of an incoming freshman student has organized a new Van service through Rocblvd from Staten Island and Brooklyn to LaGuardia.   The vans are all insured and licensed with seatbelts and are air conditioned. You can also track your student's location in the van service via apps so that you know when the driver arrives at the destination. The van service comes highly recommended from other parents.

Round trip daily service is $19.00 including gas, tolls and tunnels. Children's traveling time will be cut in almost half.
To learn more about the service, please email Ann Lopa at
The PA Executive Board is not affiliated with, nor in any way endorses the service.


$402,838 has benefitted 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 close to being fully funded you will notice individuals from across the country pitching in to finish the project


Help Mr. Fransowie with his project to purchase a color printer for his students.

The goal of my project is to provide my students with access to color printing and higher quality instructional material. This can help me support students who do not have access to printing at home and allow me to better serve my students.

The printer would be a piece of essential classroom equipment for my students.
Very often, students come to me looking for help in printing their projects or presentations for science class. In addition, students come to me looking for teacher recommendation letters to send along with their college applications. I really want to keep providing them with these letters which honestly, are rightfully theirs. My students can benefit greatly from handouts, worksheets for in-class use, and homework assignments. To continue to do what I do now, and to provide my students with other much-needed resources, I need your help.

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.

Your LaGuardia student can download a FREE copy of the latest Microsoft Office software!  Click here for details.

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.
Donate Via Amazon

Please bookmark this Amazon link -- there's no cost to you and our school receives a percentage of qualifying purchases. Please share the link widely with friends and family:

(Hint: Bookmark the link & benefit our school at no cost to you!)

How could we not include just a few more shots of our Seniors and their amazing Prom Pictures!
Prom Queen Hawa Kamara
Prom King Henry Qiu

SGO President Aliya Griffith and Gabrielle Lewis

Volunteer Opportunities
Fundraising Committee
We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers. Fundraising is the lifeblood of the Parents Association. We need some creative, dogged, persistent volunteers to work on our many fundraising initiatives particularly our All School Appeal (ASA). Thanks to the parents who are involved in launching our All-School Appeal. To learn more, contact

We can always use people who have experience with grant writing . Thank you to our parents how have already started to work on a grant to benefit LaGuardia Students. Stay tuned!

Email us at: You can also sign up to volunteer here.
Give Community Partners cards to your friends and family members! Shop. Eat. Donate.


Meeting dates for the 2019-2020 School Year will be announced once our schedule is finalized.

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