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Issue 3
September 22, 2019
(next issue will be Tuesday, October 1st!)

Dear LaGuardia Families,

Welcome to Fall!  Hot off the presses -  LaG just got a shout out on the Emmys, Jharrel Jerome (Drama 2015) won a best actor award!

Did you attend the first PA General meeting, Studio Meetings and first-ever Welcome Party of the year? If yes, thank so much for making these meetings the most awesome, exciting and energizing first PA meetings of the year that we have ever attended!  
Everywhere we looked, returning parents and new parents were chatting and enjoying everything from the scrumpt-delishious cake (thank you again to Ladybird Bakery, to the new  Isaac Mizrahi T-shirts that were just flying off the table to our own smashing in-house pianist, Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos and our very own Beyonće (a LaG vocal student, Beyonce Zambranc)! (Here's a clip of their performance if you missed it or just want to relive the experience!)

Never before have we enjoyed such a Welcome Party!
We need to thank the "
Amazing - Never-take-no-for-an-answer, Vibrant, Brilliant-idea People, aka - our Community Involvement members Pamela French & Emily Furlani who started planning this celebration way back in July after we first met Ms. Vasconcelos. Our coffee came courtesy of Vanessa from the Starbucks at W.66th & Amsterdam - it couldn't have been more welcome!  Thank you!  And finally, to the sellers of the Isaac T-shirts - such dedication and charisma - thank you to Executive Board members  Kal Dolgin, Irene Glazer, Pamela French & Jill Bernstein and super volunteers Maddy and Nik Gradanski, Emily Steed, Aurelia Tantao-Thompson, Denise Wharton, Andrea Beckford, Sybrina Keane-Negri, Luly McCoy, Joe Clancy, Ned Eisenberg and Jon Gudbrandsson who shared their time to help make this such a great evening.

If you weren't able to attend last week, we welcome your energy at our next meetings on October 15th - please mark your calendars now!

Mary Louise, Tech mom of Ladybird BakeryCo-President Elisabeth Rucell, Ms. Vasconcelos and Senior Vocal student Beyonce Zambranc
Here's to a sweet start to the new school year! (compliments of Ladybird Bakery)
Isaac Mizrahi T-shirts were flying off the tables
Ms. Vasconcelos and Senior Vocal student Beyonce Zambranc 
What a wonderful turnout!

PA Co-presidents Elisabeth Rucell and Melissa Scott
So great to see blockbuster attendance at the Studio Meetings and people stepping up to volunteer and purchasing studio-specific merch!
Drama teacher, Lee Lobenhofer, addressing Drama Studio Meeting attendees

The Dance Studio had an amazing turnout, lots of interest in being an active part of the studio and many received a complimentary LaG Dance/FAME T-Shirt by making their studio donation that evening!

The Art Studio thanks all the enthusiastic parents who attended the first Studio meeting and those who have volunteered for roles in the Art Studio PA! We are off to an amazing start and excited to work with all of you this year.  Coming soon: AP Heather O'Connell at Studio PA meeting on Oct 15, Faculty Art Show on October 18, and information on submissions for the Student Curated Art Show.  

Congratulations & Welcome to Donna D'Alessio Davis, our new Freshman Rep for the School Leadership Team (SLT) and LaG Alum, also to  Laura Asmundsson, our new Freshman Rep to the Executive Board, Art parent - and what an incredibly valuable resource she is, as a fourth time freshman parent, with experience in three studios (two students were instrumental Music and a third in Drama!).  
We also extend a very warm welcome to freshman parent,  Nik Gradanski,  our new Co-Instrumental Rep, and to all Freshman Parents!

Did you and your  Seniors attend College Info Night? Financial Aid Night for Seniors and Parents is tomorrow, Monday the 23rd!   If you haven't already, 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.  We have also added information about upcoming free test prep courses and many more internships and programs

For Juniors - College Info Night - Part One is on Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM.  It's a really important way to ease into this important time in your student's life and ensure you understand the process (and deadlines)!

The Academic Forum Update - "Academics@LaGuardia"
An Overview Presented by all Academic Assistant Principals, Teachers, and Administration

Academic Forum's upcoming meeting will be held this  Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 PM in the Little Flower Theater.

Please join us for presentations from each academic department and get useful tips from administration and teachers on navigating the school. During this meeting, you will learn important information to help support your child in navigating the curriculum, finding academic resources and planning a balanced course load. Helpful tips on communicating with teachers, monitoring grades and information listed in PupilPath will also be shared. 

Please contact us at  if you have a specific academic question or concern you would like addressed at the meeting.   Notes from the meeting will be distributed via email after the forum.

*The Academic Forum is a subgroup of the Parents Association focusing on Academic matters at LaGuardia. Meetings are held monthly on a range of topics with guest speakers and parent panels.

All these wonderful things are happening inside at LaGuardia - but as we know, learning also takes place outside of the school.  Hundreds of LaGuardia students participated in Friday's Climate Strikes to demand that transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. This is history in the making - may our students be at the forefront!  Several LaGuardia students are quoted in this Yahoo news article and according to this article from NY Metro Parents, approximately 1,000 students from our school participated in the event.  This Yahoo video kicks off at LaGuardia!  Take a look...

We also wanted to share with you how impressed and grateful we are with the support our LaGuardia community has shown for teacher projects on  To-date LaGuardia projects have received $419,279 in donations!
Here are some highlights from the past few weeks...
  • Ms. Wittels from the Art Studio had a $2K project up for 20 sewing machines for Fashion Design - it was funded in just one day by one alumna donor!
  • This past Thursday, four teachers' projects were fully-funded in a matter of hours, due in part to a generous matching code
  • At the end of August, ten teachers' projects were fully-funded in two days, again due in part to a matching code
Our teachers and students benefit immensely from these donations.
Thank you to everyone who responds so quickly to our emails announcing these projects and time-sensitive codes.  It's amazing!

Please remember that this  Tuesday is Double Donation Day at Fairway MarketUsually, Fairway Market will donate 3% or more of your total cash purchases to the LaGuardia PA . On the 24th, Fairway will donate 6%! Just ask the cashier to scan your Fairway Market Community Partners card before you pay your bill.  If you don't have a card,  please give the cashier the  LAG Fairway #460-000-173-331
You know... LaGuardia's amazing talent show that gives our students the opportunity to create acts that reflect an annual theme.  This year's theme is My Vision: 2020!  Please scroll down for more information and remind your students to sign-up to audition!

Introducing LaGuardia facts & trivia, reporting the important and the arcane! 
Look for this new section every week and become a walking LaGuardipedia!  See what you know - and then scroll down to the bottom for the answers to all questions!

1. Why is The Little Flower Theater so-named?
2. In which war did  Fiorello LaGuardia serve and in what capacity?
3. How many terms did Fiorello LaGuardia serve as  mayor of NYC and in what years?
We would be delighted to hear from you -

Warm regards - 

Elisabeth Rucell 
& Melissa Scott
Co-PA Presidents


Together , we can make it happen - our school is the sum of its parts - some big, some small, all needed and very much appreciated .

Did you know that your donations support programs and initiatives such as... PupilPath, Naviance, Science Supplies,  Audition Support,
Student Wellness,  AP Exam Support , Athletics Programs,  Teacher Hospitality  and Student Awards, to name a few!

Upcoming Events -- Calendar Info
Dates and times may be subject to change.

  • Monday, September 23rd: Financial Aid Night for Seniors, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Concert Hall (CH)
  • Tuesday, September 24thSchool Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting #1, 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
* CO = Room 235 - College Office
* 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 wonderful 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

And a magical thank you to the following individuals, families, companies and organizations 
that have joined our growing list of sponsors

Bed Bug Detectives & Advisors
Eugene M. Lang Foundation
Gachot Family
Curtis Dale Hardin
LaGuardia HS Parents Association
McGrail and Woosley Families
Natasha Labovitz
 Dr. Gail Schupak, Orthodontics

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.


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.

Whitney Museum of American Art - College Night
Event Date: Friday, October 5th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center
New York City teens are invited to Art College Night at the Whitney Museum. Meet representatives from colleges in the New York area with Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education programs. Learn about scholarship opportunities, college essay writing tips, and much more!
Free for teens. Refreshments provided. No RSVP required-bring a friend!
Questions? Contact Youth Programs

Event Date: Tuesday, October 8th | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The fair will take place at Bartos Forum located in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Library.   Colleges, universities, and community-based organizations will be present to share information and resources with students and families. There will also be several workshops related to College Access taking place during the college fair.  The College Fair will be free and open to all teens and their families. For school staff or community-based organizations bringing students to the college fair, please request a ticket for each student attending so that we can have an accurate count of potential attendees.

Application Deadline:  Friday, October 18th
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. 
Apply online  

Event Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Find out how you will score  with a free practice test from The Princeton Review. Our exams feature: full length tests designed to match the official exam; professional proctors and a realistic test setting; a detailed comprehensive score report; an optional 30-minute phone conference to discuss your score. 

This event is free but registration is required. To register, call 212-870-1633. 

Event Date: Tuesday, September 24th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
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.
826/Superhero Supply Company , 472 5th Avenue b/w 5th & 6th Strts
$20.00 for members/ $25.00 for non-members - Sorry, no refunds

Event Date: Sunday, October 13th
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! 
Application Deadline: Monday, October 8th
The Saturday Academy is a partnership of the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Saturday Academy helps students in grades 8-12 prepare for the SAT and further their American history studies. This fall's sessions will meet on Saturdays on October 27, November 3, 10, and 17, and December 1 and 8.
Course offerings include:
  • Bell Curves SAT Skills
  • Fighting for Health: Disease in American History
  • Peril and Power: Asian-American Immigrant History
  • Writing New York: The City's Place in American Literature
  • Identity in Early America
The times of each class are listed on the application.
Enrollment is first come, first served.  APPLY NOW

Priority seating in all classes will be given to students who live and/or attend schools in East and Central Harlem (zip codes: 10026, 10027, 10029, 10030, 10035, 10037, and 10039). Should you experience any trouble applying online, email  or call 917.492.3387. Please apply early. Space is limited.

Sessions offered from September 21 - October 13
Applerouth will be hosting free PSAT strategy sessions and practice tests this Sunday to help students prepare for the upcoming October PSAT.  To sign up, please visit

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.


We need people interested in the following roles to help with the Auction Committee, Spring Gala and Rising Stars!  People with experience and/or interest in...  marketing,  fundraising,  solicitation of sponsors,  theater production,  ticket sales,  party planning,  and graphic design!
Please complete the volunteer form and note any specific roles you would like to know more about!

Auction Committee Volunteers Needed!
Our Spring Auction is one of the school's biggest fund-raisers.  We need volunteers to lead the drive to solicit items/experiences for donations, organize the items for sale and spearhead the publicity and outreach to all families for contacts they may have for donations. 
  • Restaurants
  • Broadway Shows
  • Local Retail
  • Vacation Homes / Trips
  • Spas
  • Signed Memorabilia
  • Tutoring Services
  • Be Creative!!!
Previous familiarity with Bidding for Good & Charity Buzz a plus.

Spring Gala Volunteers Needed!
Looking for Volunteers to work on this year's Spring Gala!  We need people with experience and/or an interest in marketing, fundraising, solicitation of sponsors, theater production, ticket sales, party planning, and graphic design. If you would like to get involved, please email Wendy Reimer

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! - POSITIONS FILLED!  
Thank you to both Astrid Cook and Jennifer Abcug!
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!


The Boys Varsity Soccer team won a high scoring overtime battle by a score of 5-4 against the High School of Health Profession/Human Services on Randall's Island. Theodore Bushara led the boys with a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Giorgio Poma had a goal and an assist and Tyler Kipnis and Roan Cassidy scored the other two goals with Jordan Nass deMause contributing a pair of assists. Keeper Gabriel Newman had six saves to complement the scoring barrage. The Boys are off to a great start and now sport a 4-0 record.
The Girls Varsity Soccer team picked up their first losses of the year, falling to Hunter College High School on Randall's Island on Tuesday by a 2-1 score and to Beacon High School on Friday by a 2-0 score at Riverside Park. The Girls record now stands at 2-2-1. The girls will try to break their streak this week against Bronx Science. 

Up in Van Cortland Park, the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams competed in their first meet of the season on Tuesday the 17th. Highlights of the meet included Andrew Jensen's first place finish in the Boys frosh 1.5 mile. On the Girls side, Arden Brown and Maddie McNeill finished in the top ten in the 5K and Tymya Mitchell and Annabelle Sherman were top ten on the 1.5 mile. 

The Girls Varsity Swim team had its first meet of the season on Thursday the 19th in the Bronx. They ran into a very tough Bronx High School of Science squad and fell by a 62-32 tally. Bright spots for the girls included first place in the 200 Medley and second in the 100 Backstroke by Caitlin Burke and first in the the 50 Freestyle and second in the 100 Butterfly by Amanda Muszynski. Olivia Campmany and Mirabelle Zexter-Kasier also achieved second place finished in the 500 Freestyle and the 100 Breaststroke, respectively. Next up Seward Park High School on Tuesday.
Check out the full sports calendar to root on our players!

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.

Application Deadline: October 11, 2019

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.
  • 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.

Back to School Brunch and Activities Fair
Event Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Middle and high school students, parents and educators join us for an action-packed day!  Network with health professionals. Participate in hands-on activities. Win prizes. Learn about health careers!
Location: North Central Bronx Hospital-17th Floor

Admission: FREE |  RSVP by September 23
Mentoring in Medicine Empower Me! Dinner with Health Professionals
Event Date: Friday, October 4, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
High school, college/post-baccalaureate students, parents, educators, and health professionals network over dinner. Enjoy guest speakers who address strategies for success in the journey to health professional school .

Montefiore Medical Center (Moses) Grand Hall-Foreman 2nd Floor
111 East 210th Street Bronx, NY 10467

Speaker (invited):  Lawrence Daniels, III, MD  Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Admission: FREE |  RSVP by October 1, 2019

Build intergenerational connections and share your love of chess!
Teens and DOROT Seniors will get to know each other and play chess together. Chess Masters will demonstrate different strategies at each session. Earn community service hours by sharing experiences across the chess board with older adults. Refreshments will be served.

6th - 12th graders play chess with older adults at DOROT
Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
171 W. 85th St.
No cost to participate, register at
For more information, please contact Quinn Lockwood
917-441-3714 or email

Students are mentored by professional architects, engineers, and construction managers to gain firsthand experience in the design and construction industry. 
During sessions, students learn how to use design software, go on office tours, and take field trips to construction sites. Students also have the 
opportunity to receive internships and scholarships. 

Application Deadline: September 27, 2019
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.

Program begins: October 15, 2019
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 4, 2019

Application Deadline: Friday, October 4th!

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

Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100  visual arts and literary arts organizations  across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) apply in 29  categories  of art and writing. In 2019, students submitted nearly 340,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.
Submissions are juried by  luminaries in the visual and literary arts , some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
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!  
In this section we provide links to information that may be of interest to parents and guardians of teens and high school students.

United Federation of Teachers
Manhattan Parent Conference 2019 Registration
Date:  Saturday, Oct. 26
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway

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!
Newly-updated source of ebooks and electronic documents!  If you're looking for a source of information for a school project, start here!

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. 
With every dollar you and your family members spend, Fairway Market will donate 3% or more of your total cash purchases to the LaGuardia PA .  Just ask the cashier to scan your Fairway Market Community Partners card before you pay your bill.  If you don't have a card,  please give the cashier the  LAG Fairway #460-000-173-331 

Start your shopping from this link ( and LaGuardia will receive anywhere from 3 to 10% of qualifying purchases... 

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


$419,279 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 Ms. Schwarz give her students the materials they need to create and display dramatic charcoal drawings. Throughout this drawing process students will learn chiaroscuro, an Italian term referring to the expressive technique of using bold lights and darks.

DonorsChoose is a nonprofit organization that allows private individuals to donate to public school classroom projects. LaGuardia teachers post many project requests on DonorsChoose throughout the school year for one simple reason: the NYC Department of Education does not provide many of the materials, technology and other essentials that make LaGuardia great.
DonorsChoose donations are eligible for most employers' matching gift programs.

Parents and guardians of NYC public school kids can be eligible for FREE Wi-Fi at home through The New York Public Library's Library HotSpot program, designed for patrons without home internet.

For more information, click here.

Additional Meeting dates for the 2019-2020 School Year will be announced once our schedule is finalized.
  • Tuesday, October 15th:  4:15 SLT Meeting 
  • Tuesday, October 15th:  6PM General Meeting  | 7PM Studio Meetings  

Read about what our LaGuardia graduates are doing...
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DID YOU KNOW? - The answers...

1. Why is The Little Flower Theater so-named?
A. Fiorello means "little flower" in Italian. As Fiorello LaGuardia was five foot two, and known for his dramatic flair, this became his nickname.

2. In which war did Fiorello LaGuardia serve and in what capacity? 
He served in WWI as a pilot!

3. How many terms did Fiorello LaGuardia serve as mayor of NYC and in what years?
He served for three terms, from 1933-1945
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