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While NYers are being asked to distance themselves socially, 
it is essential that we come together emotionally.

Issue #28
March 29, 2020
HELLO TO OUR LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY!

We'd like to share with you what the Superintendent of Schools in Long Beach, NY shared with her district - it may help put Remote Learning, " Home-Schooling" and being a parent/guardian/teacher during this time into perspective...

"... I want to paraphrase something I read today that I think is really important. 
Whether this lasts two more weeks or two more months, do not worry---we will 
get your kids caught up. It is our job; it's what we are trained to do. 
Don't worry if  you are not the perfect homeschooling parent; don't worry if you are torn between working at home and helping your kids. 
Don't let your kids spend 9 hours a day  doing schoolwork online---cut them off, and (let them) tell the teacher it was too much. 
Don't let these days be joyless for your kids. 
Twenty years from now, your children will not remember what they learned  during the spring of 2020---honestly, they won't.
They WILL remember 
the time they stayed home with you (or with whomever is caring for them) for  a few weeks. 
They WILL tell 
their own children about feeling safe, and loved, and peaceful during an anxious time.   
They WILL remember  the fun things you did with them. 
Do what is most important for your family  these days.  Together, we will come through this, and we will look at the world differently.
Be kind to yourself, and wrap your kids in love."

 - Dr. Jennifer Gallagher, Superintendent of Schools

Please visit LaGuardia PA's new Facebook page to share your thoughts, ideas, questions and suggestions - please join us! Please scroll down to see a LaGuardia Social Studies teacher's thoughts on Remote Learning ...

The LaGuardia Student Government has also setup an Instagram Account to keep everyone connected -  @SGOLAG

Please view these wonderful videos of New Yorkers from all five boros clapping for our city's healthcare workers this past Friday! of 
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH PRINCIPAL VASCONCELOS & MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION

This past Thursday, March 26th, on the 4th day of Remote Instruction the LaGuardia Administration held 2 virtual Zoom Town Hall meetings at 9:00 AM & 6:00 PM.  You can listen to the 9:00 AM meeting  here .

Basic overviews were given at both meetings.  The morning meeting featured the administrative AP's  - Mr. Mackey, Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon along with Principal Vasconcelos, we also 'met' our new AP Ms. Shoshana Seid, now in charge of Special Education and Programming testing.  Subject Supervisory AP's - Ms. Collins - Math & Science, Mr. Mannino - Social Studies & LOTE, Ms. O'Connell - Art and Dr. Oliveri - English all spoke about how their teachers were rising to the challenge, adjusting to this new, (never before attempted on such a scale) method of teaching and getting up to speed after receiving 2 years of IT instruction last week in 2 - 3 days.

The evening meeting included Principal Vasconcelos and AP's Mr. Brummell, Dr. Oliveri, Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon, Ms. Williams - Guidance and Ms. Price our Parent Coordinator who has been handling most of our general parent email inquiries.

Stay Tuned and keep an eye out for the next Zoom invitation join the Town Hall Meeting next Thursday, April 2nd at 9:00 AM & 6:00 PM, when we'll hear more on how the Arts Studios are operating during this time.
VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE FOR ACCEPTED STUDENTS

LaGuardia's  Virtual Open House for Accepted Students will take place on Monday, April 6.  While it is impossible to replace the human experience, we can nevertheless show off our wonderful school  through pictures and videos.  Everyone is welcome to send pictures and videos of 'all things LaGuardia', including candids, rehearsal photos, school projects, etc.  Please email them to OpenHouse@laguardiahs.org .
LAGUARDIA GUIDANCE COUNSELORS ARE HERE FOR YOU!
At LaGuardia, students are assigned to organizational period's (OP's) and guidance counselors based on their grade and studio. We do this so families can receive support that is specific to their needs, with OP's and guidance counselors trained to serve the needs of the grades and studios they support.  Counselors can also assist with finding obtaining a device for remote learning.  A list of Guidance Counselors and OP groups broken down by grade and studio is available here on the LaGuardia website.
LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF DURING COVID-19
 
A Weill-Cornell ICU doctor speaks honestly and clearly to his family and friends.
This is a long video - just under an hour - but perhaps the most informative that we have seen. 
1) How to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 - just follow "The Rules" and 2) What to do if you think you have COVID-19 - difficulty breathing? 
    Go to the hospital! Fever? Stay home! Watch here - you'll learn a lot!

Become a Hand-Washing Pro!  
Washing your hands is the #1 Rule for avoiding COVID-19. Many of us don't yet know how to wash our hands correctly. This short video will show you how!
TESTING FOR COVID-19 - Center for Disease Controls
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop  symptoms of COVID-19 , call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home . For more information
GRAB & GO MEALS
Beginning March 23, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM, not at every school building.  For locations, visit www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals, call 311, or call 877-877-FOOD. No registration, ID, or documentation are required. LaGuardia Arts is not a meal distribution site.  Please share with anyone in need. 

LOCAL FOOD BANKS
Street Smarts NYC  - Manhattan 
Hunger Free NYC  - All 5 Boroughs
Feeding America  - All 5 Boroughs
Feeding Our Neighbors  - Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island
World Central Kitchen - Bronx, Queens, Harlem

REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES

PUPILPATH
LaGuardia will continue to communication with families via PupilPath and it will remain LaGuardia's primary point of contact for students. 

DOE NYC SCHOOLS ACCOUNT
For general DOE information, your student will need  an activated NYC Schools account, so it is important for you to set it up for your child ASAP.  You can sign up for an account  by entering a few basic details. This will allow you to begin receiving notifications from the DOE. It only takes five minutes, and it is the first step in getting a full account. Please do this today if you don't already have an account!  The DOE will continue to use this platform to keep families informed of their child's academic progress. Parents/Guardians can track their child's education on any computer, phone or tablet. 

If you're having difficulty signing up for a DOE NYC Schools Account, contact, Allison Price. If you need further assistance please feel free to reach out to your district's Family Support Coordinator,  Elizabeth Ruiz  or Family Leadership Coordinator, Damaris Frias

ONLINE ACCESS
We have not double-checked these offers - but wanted to share them with you!
A Spanish-language version of this list is available here

Spectrum Internet Free for 60 days for New Customers
For families of school students and college students living at home, who are not a current subscriber of Spectrum they are offering 60 days free with free installation. This is called the Student Remote Educational Offer.  Get more information by calling 1-844-488-8395.

If you are an established customer, Spectrum has initiated a "Keep America Connected" pledge to not disconnect subscribers for non payment of fees and will waive late fees and penalties for the next 60 days.
  • AlticeUSA is providing free internet service for all students for 60 days. Please call 866-200-9522 to enroll. 
  • Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit: opens in a new windowwindowwww.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish. 
  • Charter is offering free internet for 2 months. opens in a new window1 (877) 906-9121 
  • AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families. 
  • Verizon does not have special offers, but is following the FCC agreement. 
  • Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge. 
  • T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. 
NEED A DEVICE FOR REMOTE LEARNING?
To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please fill out the form below. The DOE will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device. Priority will be given to students most in need, and all devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one device per student. If you need help with this, please contact your Guidance Counselor.  https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT IEP & DISABILITY SUPPORT
Special Support Services provides support to families whose children require additional support. They have compiled a substantial list of resources - but encourage you to  keep in mind this is a rapidly moving situation and information changes quickly.
Parents and guardians of students with disabilities can also send any questions to  specialeducation@schools.nyc.gov .
NYC DOE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
NY PUBLIC LIBRARY ONLINE RESOURCES
The NYPL is an amazing resource of information for our students (and us!). You can create a NYPL digital card  to access free  online materials  with SimplyE or reactivate existing library accounts. 

NYPL FREE TUTORING
The library has also just started offering access to Brainfuse , an online tutorial program in which students can get virtual help in math, science, reading/writing assignments, social studies, Spanish, Mandarin and English as a second language. 

FREE TUTORING WITH COLLEGE STUDENTS!
NYC K-12 students, sign up to get tutored by a current college student volunteer! Please note that we will endeavor to match all students with a tutor. However, students who qualify for free and reduced meals will be prioritized. Note: Information regarding whether students qualify for such meals will not be shared with anyone, including their tutor.

!!! ZOOM UPDATE !!!
Use of Zoom for education and social purposes is growing exponentialy - what a great resource! Here's important information for Zoom users on changing your settings to keep your meetings safe and private - avoid people "crashing" your Zoom meetings!
A TEACHER'S TAKE ON REMOTE LEARNING
( As posted on the LaG PA Facebook page)
... Please be aware that as of just over a week ago, no teacher was fully prepared for this situation, and some (like myself) weren't prepared at all. I had never used Google Classroom or Google Meet until 6 days ago, and am still learning how to use them. Every teacher has had to create a totally new and different schedule for themselves based on their time and ability to remotely teach. 

As for me (Mr Loitherstein, LaG Social Studies), I taught US History live yesterday for my students from 1 pm - 2:30 pm and had 124 students attend my live lesson, and it went better than I could have ever expected. Then I taught the same lesson and tutored from 3 pm - 4 pm for students who were unable to make the first lesson as well as to juniors who aren't even my students (LAG has been trying to organize tutoring hours every day for most subjects). I am planning to do this every day this week. I am able to do this because I don't have anyone to take care of besides myself, I have good internet, I bought a headset because my computer's microphone doesn't work well, and I had the time last week to spend hours learning and practicing how to use Google Classroom and Google Meet. This is not the case for all of my colleagues.

Many teachers are extremely busy taking care of multiple people, lack high speed internet, lack a microphone and/or camera on their device, do not yet know how to run live teaching websites, and/or do not feel comfortable teaching live for various reasons (concerns I share as well). Every one of my colleagues who I have spoken to are going above and beyond what we have been asked to do throughout our careers to support their students, and many are very overwhelmed (including me) with having to move all of their curriculum and teaching online. Most of my teacher friends in other schools in NYC aren't doing any live teaching at all, and none of my teacher friends in San Francisco, Philadelphia, or Boston have started any form of remote teaching yet. From what I have seen and heard, the LaGuardia staff have been working as hard if not harder than any other teaching staff in support of our students and your children.

I know we are all going through an unprecedented time with many unknowns and uncertainties. We are all stressed and worried about our families, and I consider the LaGuardia community part of my family. Thank you all for understanding that this remote teaching will take time for teachers, parents, and students to get used to - but that we will continue to teach your children as well as support you and your family to the best of our abilities. If you have any major questions or concerns, I encourage you or your child to reach out to their guidance counselor and/or teacher(s) via email or their Google Classroom/online website (if they have one setup), but be aware it may take some time to get back to you as we all have many more emails than we are used to getting in the past.
COVID-19 INFORMATIONAL SITES

NYC NOTIFICATIONS
Sign-up for  Notify NYC, the City of New York City's official source for information about emergency events and important City services.

NY Foundling - this issue of their newsletter includes not only resources for mental health, but also for diapers, food, loans and health insurance. Please download the newsletter!

ORGANIZATION SITES
MENTAL WELLNESS
This situation is unprecedented in our lifetimes - it's stressful, anxiety-provoking and incredibly confusing. We know we're supposed to look after ourselves physically, but mental wellness is equally as important.


MENTAL RESILIENCE!


Neuroscientists have learned that the brain literally changes shape with each trauma experienced.  They have learned various practices that will re-wire the brain to combat this.  It seems so simple - but this is what the science shows.  

Try this simple gratitude practice with your family - the trick is: no helping anyone get their answer (looking for the answer is much of the work to heal the brain) and NO REPEATS (this will get HARD as the weeks go by)....

-something that made me happy
-something nice I did for someone else
-something nice someone else did for me

bonus question for those who get to the advanced level:
-something that inspired awe today (this is about continuing to see the magic and amazing things in our world that we take for granted)

RESOURCES

Emergency Crisis Services

Wellness / Non-Emergency Support
THRIVE NYC 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
Text "WELL" to 65173 

Mental Health Supports
PARENTING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

ChildMind Institute - Tips for parents with older children at home

NY Peace Institute
Conflict is a part of life. It does not have to escalate - Conflict in #CloseQuarters: Activity and Conversation Starter for Kids - learn more here!
 
CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

NYC Coalition for Education Justice COVID-19 Parent Survey
Encuesta sobre COVID-19 a Madres y Padres de la Coalición para la Justicia Educativa de NYC
Coalition for Educational Justice is doing a survey to assess how parents/guardians are coping with school closure and NYS on Pause.   The results will be summarized and used to urge the DOE and the City Hall to adjust course to better meet the needs of our most vulnerable families.   Take the survey! (Available in both English & Spanish)

Are you registered to vote? It takes only five minutes! NY State Voter Registration
Rarely can 5 minutes have such a powerful impact on our lives!  The deadline to register to vote before the Presidential Primary is April 3rd. NY State has just announced that it will move its primary from April 28th to June 23rd

A bit of extra time on your hands? Complete the 2020 Census. 
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.
Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses.subways, and other public transit systems. 
Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education. The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults. Complete the census here!
FOR OUR STUDENTS - UPDATES ABOUT TESTING, COLLEGES & MORE
We know this is incredibly difficult.  We all need to look after each other and be kind to each other.  We want to support you in every way possible, s o if you need something, tell us - email us and we'll try and find out the information you need.   
Best, Melissa & Elisabeth, PA Co-Presidents

Please understand that much of this information is preliminary and subject to change based on how quickly the virus passes. We are happy to share the information we find, but do not have additional sources at this time.

START PREPARING FOR YOUNGARTS!
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. Joining a 20,000-strong alumni community, they receive creative and professional development opportunities and connect with an extraordinarily rich network of peers. Applications for the 2021 competition will be accepted beginning June 1 through October 16, 2020. Learn more!

SUMMER PROGRAMS & COLLEGE
None of us know for sure, but we're optimistic that COVID-19 will pass by Summer. Make your plans - scroll down for ideas about programs and internships. Search online for other opportunities! Juniors - work on your Naviance " All About Me." 

SENIORS - - COLLEGE DECISION DAY!!!
College Decision Day is now June 1, not May 1.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION COUNSELLING (NACAC)
NACAC is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. - visit the website.

ACT EXAMS
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT's top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.  Learn more.

SAT EXAMS
The May SAT administration has been cancelled. The next SAT administration is currently scheduled for June 6.

The College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as feasible in place of canceled administrations. We'll be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college. We have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020, SAT administration and will continue to assess its status with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority the College Board is working with local partners, and we'll soon share information about weekday school-based administrations this spring of the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9.

To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools at khanacademy.org/sat In the coming days, the College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers. Visit this site for regularly posted information about the impact of the virus on the SAT 

AP EXAMS
The exam will be accessible by any streaming device: computer, smartphone or tablet. Students will even be allowed to submit a picture of handwritten work.  The exam will be 45 minutes long.  There will be two test dates: one early date for students who want to take the exam while the material is fresh and one later test date for students who want to prepare. Science Regents exams are waiving the 1,200 minute - 30 labs requirements.  Test dates will be announced April 3rd. Here is more information about what the test will cover and online AP studying resources.

NY STATE REGENTS EXAMS
NY State Regent Exams have not yet been cancelled, though the requirement to have completed 30 Science labs  (1,200 minutes lab time) has been waived.  
Stay tuned for more...

FREE TEST PREP & WEBINARS

2020 ALL-SCHOOL MUSICAL
Without knowing when we'll return to school, we can't provide an update on Auditions for the All-School Musical. What we can say, however, is that there will be a Musical in the 2020-2021 Academic Year! Did you know, that in 2013, Mr. Lobenhofer held auditions for Grease  in September for that December 2013's performances?! Stay positive - and stay tuned!   * **  To learn more about Grease in 2013, join our new fb group! ***

MENTAL HEALTH/WELLNESS RESOURCES
NYC Health provides a list of resources for Teens who need someone to talk to and help with a variety of issues. 
SUGGESTIONS OF INTERESTING THINGS TO DO ...

"Perform or Exhibit" on the LaGuardia Alumni Facebook Page!
Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia is putting out a call to alumni and students to share videos/links to their performances, solo pieces, monologues, artwork, etc. that we can post on our alumni website and Facebook page to share the beauty and resilience of our students. Please use this form to submit your work!   https://forms.gle/qKKLq78NugX1TYzw5

Stay Home Sing Together
Free weekly online concerts for families at home - here's the calendar for upcoming shows - many led by recent Grammy winners!  https://www.stayhomesingtogether.com/

How to stream Broadway and London's West End shows from home
There's no reason to miss out on some of Broadway and London's West End productions during the coronavirus pandemic - even if the theaters have gone dark. Here's an impressive compilation of options!

TDF Stages
A compilation of Broadway shows and performances for your online viewing pleasure - daily suggestions along with a list of always-on shows! Visit their website

Yale University's "The Science of Well-Being"
In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life. Enroll for free
 
NY Phil Plays On!
Welcome to NY Phil Plays On, a new portal for free digital content to provide comfort and connection to millions of classical music fans worldwide. Listen here!

Take a Break - Listen to Music!
The Berlin Philharmonic...
opens its home, the Philarmonie, for free, due to the coronavirus epidemic that is ravaging the planet, the Berlin Philharmonic has decided to counter this forced silence by allowing free access to its Digital Concert Hall for one month
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNq2eaZvd5PsY9bF9QTeJ30IRscWVT_4c

Travel (Virtually) to 12 Museums From Around the World!
 
See a Broadway Show! (On your device)

Kids Rock For Kids - Sunday, April 5th!
COVID-19 Update: Homeless families are extremely vulnerable during this crisis. They have no way to self-quarantine, and lack access to quality healthcare and even basic supplies. Coalition For The Homeless is their lifeline.  On Sunday, April 5th, a live-stream concert (LaGuardia students are performing in some of the bands!) will donate all money to support the Coalition for the Homeless. Watch here!
CONTRIBUTE TO THE YEARBOOK!
Best quarantine selfie, video call screenshots needed!


The Art Studio  is calling on all artists (from ANY studio and parents and teachers too!) to submit their "at home" masterpieces to our Art Studio Student Rep Lillian Lee to post on Instagram. Please either upload your art to your own Instagram account and tag @lillian.art.rep OR message it to Lillian OR do either of the above AND use the hashtag: #laguardiaathomeartmaking  
 
And... stay tuned for Senior Art Show #4. The Art Studio won't let a little pandemic ruin their plans! More details to come next week. Stay creative!
The Music Studio  students prepared a Musical Feast For now... in this time of "Take Out-Only", we bring you  A Kismet Tasting Menu  Pair with beverage of choice, whether in stemware, thermos or sippy-cup!

Hey  Dance Studio  students - any chance you'd make a version of this??? 

CURRENTLY SCHEDULED EVENTS ARE BEING POSTPONED.
We will continue to update you as we find options to reschedule important events and productions. We'll bring back our PA School Calendar once we have updates.
Please send us your ideas and comments -  laguardiahspa@gmail.com
With Gratitude

Elisabeth Rucell
Co-President


Melissa Scott
Co-President

STAY CONNECTED:

EVERYTHING COLLEGE
Juniors!!!
ALL ABOUT ME
Please... take your extra time and go ahead and complete the "All About Me" section on Naviance, which Guidance uses to become more familiar with each student. Log into Naviance and answer the questions!!!

VIRTUAL COLLEGE TOURS!
With campus tours and visits postponed indefinitely it is important that students are offered the opportunity to "visit" colleges in some capacity. Below are three free websites that offer different virtual experiences. Please be aware that some of these may not work on an iPad since the browser may be incompatible or may block popups. Using a PC or laptop offers the best experience if possible. 

https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch - YouVisit is a great web site for interactive virtual tours. Simple to create an account and completely free. Simply search for college and click "Virtual Reality" or "360 Degree". Has a relatively large database of schools. The tours include guided audio as well.
http://www.ecampustours.com - eCampusTours is not as comprehensive as YouVisit but has a large database of colleges. More simple in design, but includes other data about the colleges such as admissions and financial aid information.
https://www.campustours.com - Unlike "YouVisit" and "eCampusTours", "Campustours" links you to interactive experiences, but does not host them For instance, clicking on a college may bring you to the section of the colleges website that has virtual tours. Very good starting point.  
VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS!
College Fairs Online hosts virtual college fairs in every region of the USA twice a year, dates for the Northeast Region are May 18-23, 2020.  Register online!
FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE!
FAFSA and CSS Profile Applications
These are the two primary financial aid application sites used by colleges and universities.  Go to: fafsa.ed.gov and cssprofile.collegeboard.org
If you haven't completed it yet - get started - money goes to the early birds!
 
SUMMER PROGRAMS | INTERNSHIPS | JOBS | INTERESTING OPPORTUNITIES! 
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!  

COVID-19 has impacted many organizations' Spring programming. 
Please contact these organizations directly for the most recent updates.

Many great programs still have openings -  VISIT THE PA WEBSITE to browse the full list!

Inside Schools is a great site if you're not quite sure what you're looking for and want to see what's out there!  https://insideschools.org/resources/free-programs

2020 SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT (SYEP)
Application Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020

The  2020 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) applications are available NOW! SYEP provides New York City youth with paid summer experiences for up to six weeks in July and August. This year we've made some changes to the program: teens 14 - 15 take part in project-based activities that help them explore different careers while young adults aged 16 - 24 can work in a variety of industries throughout the City. For more information and to apply, please visit the website.
BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC 
TEEN JAZZ CAMP
Dates: July 6-10 & 13-17, 2020 -  58 Seventh Ave.  (at Lincoln Place)

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is thrilled to offer our 4th annual season of Amy Winehouse Teen Jazz Camp! Open to students 12-18 of all levels, this weeklong camp features a top-notch faculty who are active in the creative jazz community, and a small student-to-teacher ratio. Students work in small ensembles to develop technique and improvisation skills while boosting their confidence in a fun, non-competitive environment. 
 
Registration is open now!   Ages 12-18 (or age 11 if entering 7th grade), with one school year of instrumental experience.  Thanks to the generosity of our supporter, the  Amy Winehouse Foundation , need-based scholarships are available. For more information, contact Brian Drye, Director of BKCM's Community Music School, at  brian.drye@bkcm.org
AAA's 2020 HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO PSA CONTEST
Application Deadline: Monday, April 13th

AAA is looking for original videos addressing the risks of marijuana-impaired driving.
    
The contest is a great way for students to showcase their talents and help communicate a powerful message to drivers of all ages. The winning videos will be shared on AAA Northeast's social channels and website starting in May. M ore than $11,000 in prize money The contest is open to students in grades 9- 12 from cities and towns in the AAA Northeast territory.* For more information and to submit your entry.

2020 DOE SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS 

Provided by the NYC DOE College & Career Planning Team, an incredibly comprehensive list of summer programs, many of which are free. Here's the full list - a very valuable resource!


DonorsChoose

$440,266 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!


Technology in the Spanish Classroom!
$1,107 to go! Join the 7 donors who have already contributed!
Help  Señora Rosenstein give her students a laptop and adaptor for use in the classroom.  Donate now !

Swim Cap Brains for AP Psychology!
$319 to go!!! Join the 9 donors who have already contributed!
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!

Help Our Science Students to Learn Through Technology! 
$980 to go!!!  Join the 5 donors who have already contributed!
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.  Donate now !

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.
Start your shopping from this link (https://www.amazon.com/?&tag=laghspa-20) and LaGuardia will receive anywhere from 3 to 10% of qualifying purchases... 


PA GENERAL & STUDIO MEETINGS 2019-2020
 
Tuesday, April 7th - POSTPONED
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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