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Issue 2
September 15, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Our first full week of school!  We're slowly getting into a rhythm and we hope that the Freshmen Info Nights were useful and provided the information you needed for a great first year!  Grade-level Assemblies  will be held this coming week at school during the school day for students as yet another way to share important information. 
Seniors on Tuesday, Juniors on Monday, Sophomores on Wednesday and Freshman on Thursday.

Head over to  LaG Parents Association's Instagram account  to see an awesome clip of the first Fiorello Friday performance this year, featuring our new interim principal Ms. Vasconcelos on piano accompanying 
Senior student cellist Giorgio Poma!    Follow and like!   For more social media opportunities stay connected! 

Thank you to all the parents who have sent in questions for the C-30 process to assist in the selection of our permanent Principal.  The questions from the parent body have been excellent and informative. Please continue to send questions to until Wednesday, September 18th.

Senior College Info Night is coming up this Thursday the 19th.  College Visits for Seniors!  Please scroll down to the College 101 Section for information on how to access the calendar of College Visits and download it to your phone or device.

What a great shot of our Senior Tech Studio students!  We can't wait until the performances kick off so that we can enjoy your amazing sets, costumes, lights, sound and so much more.

The first meetings of many organizations are coming up.  PFLAG's  first meeting is on September 18th at 4:15 pm in the school library. PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.Come and learn more about the organization, members and the  agendas for future meetings that include some amazing guest speakers.

Make sure you mark your calendars (yes, already) for this year's amazing All-School Musical - Cinderella - the Musical! 
December 5 thru 12, 2019.  Please scroll down for sponsorship information!

In the Extracurricular Section, we've added several exciting free programs for students with interest in art, dance and leadership !  
This evening is the deadline for the American Museum of  Natural History Teen Program with many great programs and events!  The  October 11th deadline  for  YoungArts  is coming up sooner than you may realize and The Moth's All City Fall deadline is September 20th Please scroll down for more information on all of these!

Fundraising needs you too!  This time not your money, but to help us raise $$ by helping us gather amazing EXPERIENCES to Raffle and Auction off!  Maybe you have great tickets to a game, or you can arrange tickets and backstage passes for a Broadway show experience!  An amazing dining experience! If you can help connect us we can raise the $$!

We are also building our Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee to plan the execution of these Raffles and more!  If this is an area of interest for you, please get in touch too!

If you didn't get a chance to ask your question at Orientation or have new questions, the Parents Association (PA) Representatives and Studio Representatives are always here to help!  Going forward, you can always find this information on the PA Website - is an excellent place to reach Elisabeth or Melissa with any other concerns or questions.  We want to hear from you, so we can continue to support our students in the school.

Also, LaGuardia, like any entity, has its own language, full of acronyms and abbreviations - if you'd like to know more - here's a full Glossary !
While online information is useful - there's nothing like "in-person" to really feel the vibe of our school.  Meetings are open to every parent and guardian of a LaGuardia student. 

Join us for the first PA meeting of the year!
Tuesday, September 17th

We have something special for our first meeting....  
Come a half hour prior to the studio meetings and revel in new sounds of a musical interlude featuring a fresh in-house, exciting pianist 
with Senior Vocal student Beyonce Zambranc performing  in the Lobby before the studio meetings!

6:00 pm Studio Meetings - see below for locations
7:05 pm Welcome Party - Principal Vasconcelos, Interim Acting (IA) 
7:40 pm General Meeting & Elections - Little Flower Theater (LFT)

Studio Meeting Locations
ART - 7th Floor Cafeteria
DANCE - Room 857
MUSIC - Vocal and Instrumental - Room 457 

During our Welcome Party make sure to enjoy a taste of one of the most delicious cakes ever created, generously donated by Ladybird Bakery Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Thank you to Mary Louise, Ladybird owner and Tech mom!

At the first meeting we will hold elections for the two Freshman Rep spots - one on the Executive Board (EB) and the other on the School Leadership Team (SLT).  

The Music Studio will hold an election for the following open positions - 1 Instrumental Co-Rep, 1 Corresponding Secretary and 
2 Recording Secretaries.  

Tech Studio is seeking a Treasurer - please email  if you're interested.

Throw your hat in the ring!  It's a great way to get involved!

Studio merchandise will be available for sale at these meetings!

The Art's Studio's bag with the 2019-2020 logo will be available for free to families who contribute  the full amount of $250 to the Art Studio Appeal at the meeting.

The Tech Studio is offering, as an incentive, a "Fame School" reusable tote bag to a ll families who contribute $50 or more to the Tech Studio Appeal in September!

The suggested annual donation to the Drama Studio is $500, but truly, we appreciate and need support at all levels to support our students and studio. Anyone who donates $25 to the Drama Studio PA Appeal will receive a FREE scrunchy-up tote bag - an awesome black bag with the Fame Logo and the Drama Studio. 
We're looking forward to seeing & meeting you at the PA meeting!

Warm regards - 

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



Together , we can make it happen - our school is the sum of its parts - some big, some small, all needed and very much appreciated .
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, September 17th: 6:00 PM - Studio Meetings | 7:05 PM - Welcome with Principal Vasconcelos - Front Lobby | 7:40 - General PA Meeting & Elections - Little Flower Theater (LFT)
  • Wednesday, September 18thPFLAG, 4:15 - 6:15 PM, Library
  • Thursday, September 19thCollege Info Night for Seniors,                     6:00 - 8:00 PM, Concert Hall (CH)
  • Monday, September 23rd: Financial Aid Night for Seniors,                           6:00 - 8:00 PM, Concert Hall (CH)
  • Tuesday, September 24thSchool Leadership Team (SLT), 4:15 - 6:00 PM, Room 205
  • Tuesday, September 24th: BSU "Big Sib" Meet & Greet, 4:15 - 5:15 PM, 5th floor Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, September 25th: Parents Zumba Night! 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Gym
  • Thursday, September 26th: Academic Forum (AF), Little Flower Theater (LFT), 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Monday, September 30th & Tuesday, October 1st: Rosh Hashanah -
    School Closed
  • Wednesday October 2nd: College Info Night for Juniors - Part 1:                    6:00 - 8:00 PM, Concert Hall (CH)
  • Monday, October 7th: Conference Day, 8:00 AM to 2:48 PM
  • Wednesday, October 9th: Yom Kippur - School Closed
  • Monday, October 14th: Columbus Day - School Closed
  • Tuesday, October 15thSLT Meeting #2, 4:15 to 6:00 PM, Room 205
  • Tuesday, October 15th: 6:00 PM - PA General Meeting, LFT | 7:00 PM - Studio Meetings
  • Thursday, October 17th: Rising Stars Auditions, 4:30 - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 17th: College Info Night for Juniors - Part 2: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Concert Hall (CH)
  • Friday, October 18th:  Rising Stars Auditions, 4:30 - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 19th: Rising Stars Auditions, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Monday, October 21st : Open House, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 22ndRising Stars Auditions, 4:30 - 8:00 PM 
  • Wednesday, October 23rd: PFLAG, 4:15 - 6:15 PM, Library
  • Friday, October 25thSr Jazz & Symphonic Band, 7:00 - 9:15 PM 
  • Tuesday, November 5thElection Day / Chancellor's Conference Day for Staff Development - School Closed
  • Monday, November 11th:  Veterans Day, School Closed
  • Thursday & Friday November 21st & 22nd: Parent-Teacher Conferences (more info to come)
  • December 5 thru 12, 2019 Cinderella - the Musical - more information to follow!
LaGuardia Location Guide
* CH = Concert Hall
* LFT = Little Flower Theater
* PEC - Room 235 - Parents Engagement Room
* PCR = Room 205 - Principal's Conference Room


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Click here  to view the DOE 2019-2020 School Calendar.
This year's All-School Musical will be nothing short of magic!
LaGuardia's musical is known city-wide as a must-see event and our students are working incredibly hard to put on a wonderul show.  Let's all support them and sponsor the show

Rehearsals for the All-School Musical are underway, and we can't wait for you to see our students make magic on stage this December! But magic is expensive, and we need your support to bring it to stage and uphold the LaGuardia tradition of amazing All-School Musical productions!
We are delighted to offer LaGuardia supporters - companies, families, friends - an opportunity to sponsor Cinderella at one of the following levels:
Sponsorship Levels
10 VIP Tickets and a full-page color ad on the inside cover of the Playbill (seen by over 10,000 people!)
+ Listing/Logo/Link on Sponsor Website
"Now Is the Time" Sponsor($5,000 - $9,999)
8 VIP Tickets and a full-page color ad!
+ Listing/Logo/Link on Sponsor Website
"It's Possible!" Sponsor($2,500 - $4,999)
4 VIP Tickets and a half-page color ad!
+ Listing/Logo on Website
2 VIP tickets and a quarter-page color ad!
+ Listing/Logo on Website
Eighth-page ad!
+ Listing on Website
Have a business you would like to promote?
Our playbills will be seen by over 10,000 people -- become a sponsor and your ad will be featured in our playbill!
We are expecting a sold-out run -- sponsoring the musical allows you to reserve the best seats in the house, worry-free!
Is there a special cast member, crew member, or orchestra member you would like to support? Or a special teacher you would like to thank? Sponsor the musical and we will help you design your ad or booster! It is the only way to get a congratulatory message or message of gratitude into the playbill!
Does your company match contributions ?  The sponsorship program qualifies for corporate matches!
Please wave your magic wand -- sponsor Cinderella and nothing is impossible!  
Jessica Genick and Lauren McGrail
Co-Chairs, Musical Sponsorship Program
** Proceeds from the Musical Sponsorship Program are used to support costs of the All-School Musical and the Parent Assocation's All-School General Fund.

Auditions for Rising Stars, the all-school student talent show, are scheduled for October 17-22nd. It's a great showcase of our students' talents and the variety of acts is always amazing. Definitely encourage your student to consider creating an act with a group of friends!  

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?

Rising Stars is also seeking two Junior or Senior Music Directors. If interested, please apply online at the Rising Stars website.

(and we do a lot of fundraising) but here are two great ways to contribute to LaGuardia without spending more than you already are!  Please share with your entire network of friends and family so that their purchases also support LaGuardia!


The more you shop, the more you earn for our school!
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.  

Do you shop at  Here are two ways that purchases you make at Amazon can help our school.

1. Amazon Associates - If you start your shopping from this link and LaGuardia will receive anywhere from 3 to 10% of qualifying purchases...  ( if you want to read the fine print, you can find it here )

2. AmazonSmile
 is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice.   All you need to do is first select LaGuardia as your designated AmazonSmile charity (here's how to do so) and then start your shopping at . The donation will be made at no extra cost to you and you can choose from nearly one million public charitable organizations.  Though 0.5% is not a large donation and it isn't intended to replace your regular charitable activities, AmazonSmile is still a great way to take advantage of a service you're using anyways.


Representatives from many colleges will be coming to speak with our Seniors in the coming weeks.  We strongly recommend that you access LaGuardia's College Visit calendar - or check it frequently in Naviance.  

If you do wish to add this calendar, please follow these instructions:
Copy this link:  webcal:// 

iCal (Apple Calendar program and other iCal subscriptions):  FILE > New Calendar Subscription >. [paste the link]

Google Calendar:  On the sidebar of your Google Calendar, OTHER CALENDARS, click on > FROM URL > [paste the link]

Remember, you can always deselect the calendar when you do not wish to view it. This calendar will also be viewable on our website.

Saturday Academy   helps students in grades 8-12 prepare for the SAT and further their American History studies while exploring the Museum of the City of New York. This fall's sessions will meet on Saturdays November 2, 9, 16, 23, December 7 and 14.

Course offerings include:
  • Bell Curves SAT Skills
  • LGBTQ+ American
  • Revolutionary New York
  • The City in Focus: Photography and Urban History
  • Native Lives: Our History, Our Stories
The time of each class is listed on the application.

Enrollment is first-come, first-served. 

This is a deep dive into financial aid and paying for college with Bill Smith, a user-friendly expert who knows the territory inside and out.  
  Understanding financial aid early will help you and your child make informed decisions and good choices for adding colleges to the list.
In this talk, you'll learn the following:
  • How to identify your child's need and merit profile and match that with college awarding policies so you can identify affordable colleges.
  • How much will you pay for a college degree: estimating the 4-year bottom line.
  • How can you estimate how much college debt you'll need?
  • How can you decide if college debt is reasonable and affordable?
  • What information will the financial aid forms ask for?
  • Take the mystery out of predicting college costs, especially if you are in the middle-class squeeze.
When:   Tuesday, September 24th
Time:     7:00 to 9:00 PM
Where:  826/Superhero Supply Company, 472 5th Avenue between 5th & 6th Streets
Cost:     $20.00 for members/ $25.00 for non-members - Sorry, there are no refunds

Giving College-Bound Students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics the opportunity to interact with Admission Representatives from a wide-range of Postsecondary Institutions to explore the college admissions process; and connect with Industry Partners to learn about STEM Careers and internships. Plan to Attend one of these FREE Fairs Today!
Praxis Tutors is offering FREE ACT/SAT diagnostic tests at LIU in Brooklyn.  Email us at with questions or click here to register.

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.


Here's a link to our volunteer sign-up page.  
To volunteer for the following positions or if you would like more information about these roles before committing, please email us 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.  Previous familiarity with Bidding for Good & Charity Buzz a plus.

Represent LaGuardia at Your Borough High School Fair!
Come on out and represent LaGuardia! There will be educators and students there as well, but parents are needed to support our school!

Volunteer Coordinators Needed!
The volunteer coordinators post/email the school community about upcoming events where we need volunteers.  You can do this working from home!  

Constant Contact Archivists Needed!
We're an active group and send many emails - help our Constant Contact Guru, Sarah Miller to organize the system and archive past emails.  Also a "work from home at your computer wearing PJs" type of role!  

LaGuardia Historian Needed!
Research and share "Fun Facts" about our school, our alumi and our students. Work from home - ideal for someone who loves the arcane!

Graphic Designers Needed!
Share your graphic design skills with our community - we need help designing logos, banners, invitations and so much more... Work from home with occasional meetings

Hospitality Volunteers Needed!
Join us at school events, setup to sell refreshments - a great way to feel the buzz at the school and meet many like-minded LaG supporters!
Gala, Sports & Events Photographers
Our students participate in so many events and deserve the camera trained on them!  Help preserve these moments from behind the camera.

Contact us to find out how you can help. Thank You In Advance!

We are constantly amazed by what LaG alumni are doing - in so many areas of the arts.  If you scroll down to the end of our weekly email, you'll find our NAMES IN LIGHTS section where we include stories about our grads.

Here's a special offer from a rather famous Alum that we wanted to share upfront!  Many were snapped up at Orientation - get yours at the first PA Meeting on Tuesday, September 17th!

Studio merchandise will be for sale from 6:00 - 7:00 PM in the individual Studio meetings. Cash and credit cards accepted.


Boys Varsity Soccer continued their strong start to the season with a pair of victories, and now sport a 3-0 record. On Monday at Randalls Island, Theodore Bushara led the way with a goal and an assist, and goals by Oliver Schiff Stein and Roan Cassidy were complemented by assists from Martin Moehn Aguayo and Graham Ferguson to give keeper Matthew Siegel the support he needed for the win. 

Back on Randalls Island on Friday, NEST+M took LaGuardia to overtime in a tense defensive match, and Benjamin Schmidt assisted on the winner from Theodore Bushara. Nice job!  Thanks to our coaches Mr. Rahman and Mr. Antao for helping our boys maintain their undefeated streak. Congratulation Boys! You can watch the game here!

The Girls Varsity Soccer team traveled to East River Park to take on Stuyvesant and came away with a hard-fought 3-3 draw. The girls are 1-0-1 on the season thus far. Goals by Alex Von Schmeling, Emma Froelich and Tali Berk on assists by Alison Stern Lantow and Nina Howland marked the well-rounded team effort. Mikela King-Cesare fought hard with six saves to keep the game even. Good game!  Our league standing is 2 wins, 1 Tie, and 0 Losses!

Up next, much more soccer and the starts of the cross country and swimming seasons! Click to check out the full LaGuardia HS sports calendar 

Looking back to the 2018-2019 season, a very active and another successful year for LaGuardia athletics!

A quick run through the season-ending records portrays a range of outcomes but, more importantly, the range of sports and the number of LaGuardia students adding athletics to their challenging academic and artistic priorities.

In no particular order:
  • The Girls and and Boys Varsity Basketball teams finished 2019 5-9 and 1-15, respectively, both looking forward to a strong winter;
  • Girls Varsity Handball had a great 7-3 season;
  • All the Soccer teams had solid years, with Girls JV finishing 6-2, Girls Varsity 8-3 and Boys Varsity 6-2;
  • Boys and Girls Varsity Volleyball had solid 5-5 and 5-7 records for the season;
  • Girls Varsity Swimming finished 2-6 and had a solid showing at the city-wide competition;
  • Girls Varsity Softball finished the spring 4-8;
  • The Boys Varsity Baseball team finished 4-11;
  • The Boys Varsity Gymnastics team broke even with a 2-2 season;
  • Boys Varsity Fencing had a great 7-3 year, as the Girls Varsity team finished 4-4;
  • The Girls Varsity Bowling team rolled to a 3-7 finish for the season.
In addition to all of the above, the Indoor and Outdoor Track teams, the Cross Country teams and Girls each had solidly competitive seasons.

Bottom line, another great year of athletics, with hundreds of young athletes working through after school practices, traveling to competitions and putting their every ounce of effort into their sports of choice before returning to their academics and their arts of choice.

Good luck in the 2019-2020 seasons!

CONGRATULATIONS to all the girls who made the 2019-2020 Varsity Girls Swim Team! And thank you to all of the girls who showed up for the pre-season practices and tryouts. 

Practice starts on Monday, September 16th from 5:15 to 6:45 PM at Seahorse Fitness, 69 Columbia St 10002 New York, NY 
The girls' first swim meet will be against Bronx Science on Thursday, September 19th (pool location is TBD). Come and support the team at their other meets, click here for the girls' full schedule.

A number of parents have expressed interest in starting a LaGuardia Boys Swim Team.  If your son would be interested, please fill out this form.
Please continue to spread the word so we can get as much interest as possible! 

For information on the team, please contact Coach Jesse Lardner, or stop by at a competition and watch the balls fly!

For information on the team, please contact Coach  Arthur Sterenbuch,  ASteren@schools.nycgov
Here's the calendar of upcoming games

Students interested in playing Tennis and/or Table tennis please email or see Ms. Wu in room 229C and sign-up before September 22, 2019

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.

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.

American Museum of Natural History Programs for Teens
From paid teen internships to hands-on science courses and research opportunities, there are many ways for NYC high school students to join our Museum community.  The deadline for  Session 1 of the After School Program at the American Museum of Natural History is Sunday September 15, 2019. We highly encourage all interested high school students to apply! Please click here for information on the courses being offered and how to apply.

Students in this free program delve deeply into all aspects of dance, production, and arts administration, gaining valuable experience and exposure in New York City's performing arts arena. Fifteen to twenty participants, selected through application, meet weekly to study with faculty and staff at the Mark Morris Dance Center, choreographer Mark Morris, and Dance Group company members. The program culminates in a dance concert that is student-driven, created, and produced. Students will also have the option to continue their study through myriad opportunities with MMDG and beyond.

Application Deadline: September 27, 2019
Program begins: October 15, 2019
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 4, 2019


Are you a high school student who wants to learn how to be an effective advocate for yourself, your school, and your community?

Then Join CCC's YouthAction Community Leadership Course!
Every fall and spring, 25 high school students from throughout all five boroughs of New York City participate in the YCLC-an after-school program for high school students interested in learning the tools of effective advocacy and how to make positive changes in their communities.

The YCLC is a FREE 9-week course that meets on Monday afternoons from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at CCC's office located at 14 Wall St. in Manhattan.  Click here for the application

The All City SLAM team is an out-of-school performing arts project. High school students from all over New York City meet to practice and perform Moth stories every Saturday for 8 weeks. The program ends with a performance for friends, family and fans.
1. The application deadline is Friday, September 20th.
2. The program is free!
3. Each workshop is 2 hours long, plus a little extra time to eat lunch.
4. We do not accept 9th graders -- only students who are in 10th-12th grades.
5.  There are two workshop times on Saturdays, 
    - an early team 12:30-2:30pm  
    - a late team 3:00-5:00pm
    - both teams eat lunch together at 2:30. 
6.  Each team consists of 10 students, with 2 Moth instructors & 1 Moth teaching intern.  
    - there may be times where they work in smaller groups, 
    - generally they will work as a team of 10.
For eligibility & information on how to apply, please visit   The Moth 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!

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

We are building a list of alumni who are interested in providing informal guidance or mentoring to current LaGuardia students. 
This is a great opportunity to connect with people who are in your area of interest or talent.   Many thanks to alumna Tali Natter ('19) for initiating this amazing resource!
Students or Alumni parents who are interested in making connections, please email  with your:
* Major (or Area of  Expertise)
* Graduation year
* Best contact information to reach you
We will be using the list to help make the introductions, starting this academic year.

In this section we provide links to information that may be of interest to parents and guardians of teens and high school students.

Climate Strike September 20th
The NYC Dept of Education tweeted this message: .@NYCschools will excuse absences of students participating in the #ClimateStrike on Friday 9/20. Students will need parental consent. Younger students can only leave school with a parent.

  • Gather at 12 noon at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan
  • March through the financial district
  • Rally in Battery Park begins at 3 pm
Young people in high schools and colleges in all five boroughs will walk out of their classes as part of the global week of protest demanding immediate, bold, sweeping action on the climate crisis. As the young people take this public action to secure their futures, they call on everyone, people of all ages, to join them. In fact, grade school kids and their parents will also be marching.
Additional information is available here.

Fostering Students' Self-Responsibility
Self-responsibility is one of the most important things that students can learn during their time at school. Here are some ways to foster that sense.
  1. Help Students Make Their Own Decisions. When you say, "well, what do you think you should do?" during a conversation, you're offering your support but, instead of jumping in with advice, you're helping students figure it out on their own.
  2. Trust Students. And let them know that you do. They'll likely feel more confident, supported and able to stand up for what they believe as a result.
  3. Communicate Without Over Communicating. Check in with each other a few times each week. However, don't feel like you need to touch base multiple times every day - there needs to be some space in between so your student can gain a sense of independence.
  4. Don't Solve Everything for Your Student. The tendency to want to jump in and "take care of things" is natural. Yet, students need to start learning to do these things for themselves. So, try not to fix things. Instead, ask questions like "What steps have you taken so far?" to help your student take the lead and take self- responsibility.
  5. Stay Involved. Just because students are now in high school doesn't mean they stop needing your input. Your involvement is essential to their success. Be interested, ask questions without prying too much and listen to what they have to say.
  6. Keep Them in the Loop. Even though students are building a new life at school, it doesn't mean that they shouldn't continue to be involved with what's happening with other family members at home. Share a balance of news to keep the connection strong and to make sure students focus on people besides themselves, too!

Today @nycHealthy
is sounding the alarm on #ecigarette use among NYC middle school students. New data show that about 13,000 students in 6th-8th grade used e-cigarettes in the past month: Too many children are being lured into addiction by #BigTobacco.  Please speak with your students and make sure they're aware of the risks.

New Weekly Radio Show - Talk Out of School!
Tune in to a new weekly radio show on WBAI, called Talk out of School, with Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education, co-hosted by Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters. Every show will explore the most pressing issues that face our public schools whether at the city, state or national levels. Listeners are invited to call in with their questions or concerns. Please join us Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at 99.5 FM or online at Call in number: (212) 209-2877. 

$413,468 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

Cool Cameras for Cool Kids
Help give Mr. Abikzer's students cameras to shoot quality photos for the yearbook. ***  First-time teacher project***  Use code LIFTOFF at checkout to get a dollar for dollar match on your donation!

Help give Ms. Harisiadis' students books for their short story book group unit.

Help give Mr. Rahman's students classroom supplies such as napkins and disinfecting wipes to protect them from various diseases. They need pens, pencils, label makers, and magnets along with other classroom supplies. The magnets will be used to represent protons, electrons, and neutrons.

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.

Additional Meeting dates for the 2019-2020 School Year will be announced once our schedule is finalized.
  • Tuesday, September 17th:  6PM Studio Meetings | 7PM  Meet & Greet Principal Vasconcelos  7:40 PA General Meeting & Elections
  • Tuesday, October 15th:  4:15 SLT Meeting 
  • Tuesday, October 15th:  6PM General Meeting  | 7PM Studio Meetings  

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