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Issue 41
June 30, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,


So much is happening - so many good things are happening and we want to keep you in the loop.  First the official updates followed by videos of the Graduation Day speeches from both Superintendent Orlen and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.  Keep scrolling and you'll find a sampling of photos of our wonderful students and teachers at graduation!

Superintendent Orlen, in collaboration with Executive Superintendent Rosales, is currently interviewing candidates for Interim Acting Principal (IA Principal) - for placement as soon as possible to do the enormous quantity of work that needs to be accomplished over the summer. The IA Principal will have the support of Superintendent Orlen's Manhattan Borough Office team which includes hiring (HR), budgetary and programming support. 
Please do not send any applications for Principal at this time. In the Fall, there will be an official posting for the job of Principal. All qualified (i.e. licensed, certified educators/administrators), including the IA Principal, will be able to apply at that time.
Superintendent Orlen asks that we all give the IA Principal room to work productively over the summer with the Assistant Principals (AP) and faculty, and support him/her by not communicating in rumors or hearsay. Superintendent Orlen expects that the IA Principal will look for input from APs, faculty, students and parents but that will be an unfolding process over the summer.
Since graduation last Monday, Superintendent Orlen along with Executive Superintendent Rosales, have had meetings with APs, faculty, Student Government Organization (SGO) students and the Parents Association Executive Board (PA EB) to both listen to them and brief them on the process for transition.

Parent Coordinator Allison Price ( will be accepting (collecting) resumes for all teaching positions along with the positio n of Interim Acting Assistant Principal (IA AP) Theater -- the Drama & Tech AP position.  Ms. Price will be reachable for questions at (212) 496-0700 x2235.  

LaGuardia HS will be open for  Summer School -
Monday, July 1 through Friday, August 9.
School is closed for the 4th of July holiday, Thursday, school resumes on Friday, July 5.

Ms. Shelliann Williams, AP Organization, will be managing all aspects of Operations at LaGuardia HS
Mr. Greg Brummel, AP Security, will be Supervisor in charge of Summer School.


It meant so much to our students, teachers and parents that  Executive Superintendent Marisol Rosales  attended Graduation Ceremony, while Superintendent Vivian Orlen presided over the Graduation with  Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer giving the keynote address.  We want to share with you the letters the PA Executive Board sent to each of them.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Dear Superintendent Orlen, 
We can't thank you enough for "showing up" for our school - both literally and figuratively.  You led our students through one of the most powerful, meaningful and emotional graduations we've had; you've been present for our students and us, actively listening to make sure all of our voices are heard; and you took swift action to correct the path we were on.  
Our students feel empowered, our teachers feel re-energized and we, as parents and Executive Board members, feel a great sense of relief and optimism.  As a community, we are truly excited for what lies ahead and are confident that, by working together, we can move LaGuardia forward into an enlightened and inspired future where we will "speak through our art."  Despite the challenges, this remains a fantastic school with amazing students. 
In addition, we would like to confirm our meeting for June 27th. Kindly let us know where and at what time you would like to meet?  We are particularly interested in the process of sourcing and hiring a new Principal and what role, if any, we are to play therein.  We stand ready, in whatever capacity you need us, to provide onboarding and continued support for the new Principal.  Like you, we want to see her/him succeed from the get-go.  
Once again, thank you for your heartfelt attention to our beloved school.  We look forward to continuing a great partnership with you and to the exciting times ahead!  
In Cooperation, 
The Executive Board of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Dear Manhattan Borough President Brewer,
On behalf of the current and future Executive Boards of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, we want to express our immense gratitude for giving the keynote address at yesterday's graduation. We are ecstatic to restore the soul of Laguardia High School with you!

We applaud you for supporting our students and their activism, and for joining in the struggle. Clearly we have budding politicians in our students, and you set the example for them for years to come.
This is a watershed moment for us. We want to thank you for your leadership and participation through a difficult time - and for the swift actions taken by you and the Department of Education to remedy the situation.  
We are optimistic and truly excited by what lies ahead.  Despite the challenges, LaGuardia remains an amazing school with incredible students.  We thank you once again for your on-going support of our school and our kids. 
In Cooperation, 
The Full Executive Board of Parents Association of 
Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

We're pleased to share with you the inspiring words from people who "showed up and heard" our students:


The view from above - caps of every style, color & creativity - just like our grads!

Tech Grads - Yotam Ferber, Cali Greenbaum, Katharine Potash, Emma Neuman, Mr. Swope (Lighting Design), Maeve Kearns-Stanley, Aiden Kearns, Ariana Maisonet, Ms. Shea (Scenic Design), and Mr. Wolf (Tech Design).

Superintendent Orlen asking the audience to turn to a neighbor and talk about how we each have "shown up" for someone this year. Congratulations to the two students on the right in gold sashes- our Valedictorian,  Audrey Gatta and Salutatorian, Fiona Logan-Sankey.

Ms.Tsantilas and Mr. Lobenhofer (Drama Studio)
Mr. Fransowie (Earth Science teacher)
Mr. Sinacori reading names of Dance students (on behalf of Ms. Mathesius, AP of Dance)

Tadej Brdnik (Dance teacher), Zoe Halem, Kanon Sugino and Tim Bosco
Absorbing the speeches...

Superintendent Vivian Orlen onstage with Senior Orchestra & Senior Chorus

Student Government Organization Graduates

Liv Powell and Mr. Meyers (Instrumental Music)

What an amazing group you have been - your involvement has been a critical part of all that we have accomplished.   LaG PA only functions well, due to people like these showing up and owning their role!

Pam Godwin (Exec B & Acad Forum) , Shirley Gatta (Athletics), Kateri Jochum
(PFlag,  Exec B, SLT  ), Ellen Goldstein, Gina Koumarnetos , Andrea Lewis Allan, Leah Singer
Pat Schlegel  (Exec B) , Marya Baker ( Exec B) , Shirley Halem
Sara Dillon (Exec B ),  Alice Jankell ( Gala) Jackie Anderson
Linda Hahn (Exec B), Jodi Greene Werner (Exec B), Rose Markisello (Exec B), Heather MacAllister (Auction, Hospitality, Exec B and  Volunteer Coor) , Ro Johnson (SLT, Exec B)Shindy Johnson (Exec B, SLT) Paula Leggett Chase (Gala)Barbara Haimowitz (Exec B) Donald Brown, Maria Cassidy, Lauren Kinhan, Rob Marcus, Kathy McKenzie,  Karen Montell

And a thank you - but not goodbye to Drama'sKarin Garfin 
(SLT), Tech's  Meg Kearns- Stanley  (Exec B)    and  Adam Stengel  who all still have students at LaG and to Music & Drama's -  Laura Asmundsson  (SNN) who is returning as the fourth time as a parent to an incoming Art freshman!

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

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

We couldn't say it better - you are that change.  
SGO 2018-2019
Aliya Griffith (President), Grace Lin (Vice President), Christina Lok (Secretary), Zubaidah Chowdhury (Senior Class Vice President), Shane Araujo (Senior Class Secretary), Tali Natter (Drama Representative), Gabriela Veciana (Junior Class President)
[Not Pictured]
Nina Christenson (Senior Class President), Kimberly Nee (Club Liason), Izzy Janovsky (Instrumental Representative), Eryka Anabell Clarke (Vocal Representative), Tim Bosco (Dance Representative), Rachel Buccalo (Art Representative), Macy McGrail (Sophomore Class President)
SGO 2019-2020
Jonathan Green (President), Cathy Li (Secretary), Gabriela Veciana (Senior Class President), Lilly Goldstein (Senior Class Vice President), Izzy Lapidus (Senior Class Secretary), Sherry Chen (Club Liason), Eva Furlani (Drama Representative), Jennifer Poroye (Vocal Representative), Kal Ferretti (Instrumental Representative), Renata Finamore (Tech Representative), Arden Brown (Sports Representative), Giovanni Galvano (Junior Class President), Nichole Waligora (Sophomore Class Presidential)
[Not Pictured] 
Riley Barker (Vice President), Lillian Lee (Art Representative)

Finally.... Thank you to those who have responded to our call for volunteers!  You're great!  We still have a few spots open - so please do be in touch!  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!  We also need 3 - 5 people for the GalaSports and the Auction Committees.  We are always looking for help on the Fundraising Committee, including writers, graphic designers and generally enthusiastic people!     
Contact us to find out how you can help.  Thank You In Advance!

Wishing you an amazing summer - and until soon.

Melissa Scott
Co-PA President

Elisabeth Rucell

Co-PA President

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.
  • Monday, July 1st :  Summer School begins
  • Thursday, July 4th:  School closed
  • Friday, August 2nd:  Lincoln Center Out of Doors -- LaG dancers & Senior Jazz Band perform!
  • Friday, August 9th:  Summer School ends
  • Tuesday, August 27th: Orientation, 10 am 
  • 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.

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!  

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

Update, June 28, 2019: The Summer Reading Contest is now in its third week. You can post your comment for Week 3 here.

Every year since 2010 teenagers around the world have been invited to add The New York Times to their summer reading lists and, so far, nearly 50,000 have.

At a time when teachers are looking for ways to offer students more "voice and choice," we hope our open-ended contest can help: Every week, we ask participants to choose something in The Times that has sparked their interest, then tell us why. At the end of the week, judges from the Times newsroom pick favorite responses, and we publish them here. It's as simple as that.

Interested? All the details you need summarized in this handy PDF or you can click here for complete details.
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

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!


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


Ms. Johnson is requesting for help to give her students copies of THE SWEET HEREAFTER to help them work on creating voice in their own writing.
I will be teaching a creative writing class for seniors this fall in which I will use model texts to help students work on crafting their own style of writing.  One important aspect for emerging writers is to create their own voice in their work.

I would like to use THE SWEET HEREAFTER, by Russell Banks, as one of my model texts. The novel tells the story of a small town after it has gone through a devastating school-bus accident. Banks uses multiple narrative voices in order to relay what has become of the town after the tragedy. Each voice is distinct and compelling.

I am sure that by having access to THE SWEET HEREAFTER, my students will gain a better understanding of how to create voice in their own writing. Please help my students become more adept writers by supporting this project.

Help Mr. Fransowie with his project to purchase a color printer for his 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!)
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 G rant 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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