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Issue 40
June 24, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

The 2017-2018 school year's finish line is sight! That felt like it went by quickly, didn't it? But when we look back on our coverage of events this year, it's truly amazing to see how much has happened over the past nine months: the musicales and many, many other fantastic music shows , the semi-annual art and music shows, the Gospel Choir's perfomances, the Black Student Union Cabaret, the senior art shows, Rising Stars, the junior and graduate dance performances, 42nd Street, Titanic: The Musical, the Spring Drama Festival, the Sing-Along fundraiser, along with all the beautiful sets, costumes, sound and lighting for all of these performances provided by our talented technical theater students. Whew---we're winded from simply typing this!

Thanks to all of you who helped make this year, and all of these productions, such a success with your generous donations and time by volunteering.

Congratulations to our Class of 2018 graduates! We are going to miss you tremendously, but no matter how far you travel, you'll always be part of the LaGuardia family. Don't forget to join LaGuardia Alumni and Friends by going to the web site. And parents of graduates, this goes for you, too! We'd also love for you to stay in the LaG loop, so read on for how you can change your subscription preference settings for our mailers.

Some quick reminders: School is session on Monday and Tuesday. Diplomas, report cards and tentative fall schedules will be distributed on June 26. Remember to check in for summer homework assignments on the school website, It should be updated shortly, so stay tuned. We also encourage the students, especially rising juniors and seniors, to take the New York Times Summer Reading Challenge. This is an excellent way to prep for college entrance exams and to hone your skills for writing college application essays. And it's fun! Details below.

Speaking of college essays, Juniors should check the "College Corner" section below for information on the 2018-2019 Common Application essay prompts.

Parents, you may also want to encourage your kids to start thinking about applying to the National YoungArts Foundation Competition. The deadline is October 12, 2018 -- details below.

Your kids may also be interested in coming up with some ideas for next year's Rising Stars auditions. We hear that the tentative theme is: The Journey That Is Me. (Subject to change!) 

We will be updating the PA calendar with 2018-2019 school year information as soon as we have received the information.  The major dates for the school year may be found on the DOE calendar.

Have a happy and safe summer everyone!

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents
Upcoming Events

June 25: School is in Session!
               Senior Academic Awards , 1:00 p.m.

June 26: Last Day of School, 2:50 p.m. dismissal.

For more information, check the LaGuardia School Calendar , and the PA Calendar .

Click here to view the new NYC DOE 2018-2019 School Calendar.

Be sure to read the La! Weekly Bulletin every week!
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If your child is interested in joining the LaGuardia High School Cross-Country and/or Track teams, please contact the coaches at the emails below.

The first official start date for Fall sports is August 20th, 2018. Cross country involves Summer training prior to the start date of the season, so the sooner the coaches are contacted, the better prepared your child will be. Please respond to the appropriate coach below, and be sure to include your child's name and email address as well.
Girls Team Head Coach:
Coach Nadel:
Boys Team Head Coach:
Coach Ocampo:

We funded $68,000 on
DonorsChoose in 2017-2018!

Can we make it to $70K?

To prepare for 2018-2019,
LaG Teachers have posted
5 Projects for
English, Math &
Science Classrooms
Last week, we funded our 55th DonorsChoose project --- completing Ms. Calderon's request for a new classroom computer!

The exact grand total raised on DonorsChoose for this year for LaGuardia classrooms is...$67,903!

Teachers are now already busy preparing for next year - posting requests for classroom technology and professional development.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING them get ready!

Ms. Steffen Needs PD for AP Psych
Ms. Steffen has requested funds for Fordham University's Advanced Placement Teacher Institute's summer course for  teachers new to AP Psychology.

8 Donors So far!
Mr. H.'s English Classes Need an iPad Pro
AP English teacher Mr. Hawlrylzak, never been funded before on DonorsChoose, needs an Apple iPad Pro for his students to properly edit their cinematic masterpieces.
Please donate here:

Mr. Hold has a NEW PD Project
Mr. Hold, an AP Environmental Science and Living Environment teacher, plans to attend a professional development course this summer, called Advanced Thinking through Writing (the Hochman Method). The Hochman Method is an evidence-based set of specific writing strategies that teachers use in all subjects, including ELA, social studies, science, foreign languages and math, that help students meet ever-higher, more rigorous standards.
Please donate here:

Ms. Mehter's 11th Grade English Classroom Needs a Computer
10 Donors So far!
Sharing the Wealth of Knowledge 
English teacher Ms. Mehter's students need daily access to presentations, images and documents that can only be projected through a classroom computer. Ms. Mehter has never been funded before on DonorsChoose.
Please donate here:

15 Donors So Far!
iPads for Mr. Fransowie's Classroom
Mr. Fransowie has requested new iPads to provide opportunities, multiple entry points and activities that can be completed by Earth Science students of all different skill levels and learning styles. The iPads will be used for the remainder of this academic year and in upcoming semesters.
THIS PROJECT EXPIRES JULY 28th -- Please help fund it!
Please donate any amount:


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.

In the past three years, 100% of our faculty's requests have been funded by parents and other generous supporters.

DonorsChoose donations are eligible for most employers' matching gift programs.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your graduate?
Honor your child while supporting current LaGuardia students by sponsoring a seat in LaGuardia's Concert Hall! Add a personalized message and the student's name to a plaque that will be permanently affixed to the back of a seat. This unique gift makes an everlasting statement. You may also add a plaque with your own name, to cherish the memory of a loved one, or to recognize classmates or faculty from the LaGuardia family! Seat prices are $250-$550.
For more details go to:

Enter NOW until October 12, 2018 at
  • 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, 2018, 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.

Watch the video
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For more information:

The New York Times Summer Reading Contest runs from June 15 to Aug. 24.

Every Friday beginning June 15, the Times will publish a post asking the same two questions: What interested you most in The Times this week? Why? You can always find that link in an update at the top of this page. It will also appear in this column.

Anyone 13 to 19 years old from anywhere in the world can post an answer any week until Friday, Aug. 24, and contestants can choose from any Times article, essay, video, interactive, podcast or photograph published in 2018, on any topic they like.

Every Tuesday starting July 3 we will announce winners from a previous week and publish their writing.

For complete details, click here.

For families with current juniors, the Common Application 2018-2019 Essay Prompts for next year have been announced.

They are the same prompts used last year and include the "topic of your own choice."

Click here for more information.

Read these helpful comments in the New York Times: College Admissions: Let's Cut the Stress!


Interest rates on federal student loans for undergraduates will increase to 5.05 percent from 4.45 percent for the 2018-2019 academic year.  For more information, click here.

As your child embarks on the  college application process, you can start planning your financial options and expense by using this college loan calculator. Click here. This calculator was last updated in December, so be sure to enter the current interest rate of 5.05%.

New York State Free Tuition

For students contemplating their financial aid options, there's news about tuition-free SUNY and CUNY programs  here.

College Now Fall 2018 Schedule
The priority deadline for applications and supporting documents is Tuesday June 26th, 2018. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions about our Fall program.

Erlyn Mendez
Coordinator of College Now


PA Website and Communications: We are looking for volunteers for taking on technical management of the PA website (Wordpress, HTML) and the Sunday Night News (Constant Contact, HTML) and other electronic communications and social media initiatives.  These are great at-home volunteer opportunities.

Interested?  Email us at:

You can also sign up to volunteer here:

Here's to the future!
Congrats to the LaG Class of 2018
Congratulations to the LaGuardia Class of 2018!
This is the last issue of the  Sunday Night News
for the 2017-2018 School Year.
We'll be back in late August -- Thanks to all our readers!

LaGuardia HS PA Communications Committee
Chair: Laura Asmundsson
Website Manager: Paul Garrity
Social Media: Ann Shields

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