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Originally delivered on 6/21/2022 3:39 pm

SUBJECT: LAGHSPA Sunday Night News 6/19/22

Sunday Night News  —  Issue #38
June 19, 2022

PA 2022-23 Executive Board Spring Election Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our PA Executive Board elections last Tuesday night. Let's welcome our newly elected officers for the 2022-2023 school year:

Jamie McShane

MaryBeth Trommelen

Recording Secretary
Jeanette Cochrane

Second Vice President - Engagement
and Hospitality
Nadia Surapanpong

Assistant Treasurer
Jeremy Goss

Academic Forum
Joy Bassini
Jane Berk
Joslin Paradise
AnneMarie Tamis-Nasello

We appreciate all of the candidates who ran for office, as well as everyone who joined us to vote. 

Special thanks and deep gratitude goes to Parent Coordinator Allison Price, and Ms. "T" for their time and support, and to our team of election volunteers: Tahira Bhatti-McClure, Yvonne Cortés, Ginny Kaplan, Jake Daehler, Susan Ferugio, Nan Hawley, Matthew Septimus and AnneMarie Tamis-Nasello.

Please note, there will be an expedited election in the fall to fill the remaining PA Executive Board positions:

First Vice President - Communications

Third Vice President - Fundraising

Assistant Secretary

Audit Officer 

Class Representatives (one per grade)

We look forward to seeing our new team of officers flourish!

The LAGHSPA Nominating Committee,

Yvonne Cortés, Nan Hawley and Laura Asmundsson

A Message from Your Incoming PA President

Dear Families,

I am eager to get to work and want to invite all parents to join me for two information sessions via Zoom this summer with the goal of engaging parents, improving communication, fielding questions, and simply getting to know each other. These informal conversations will take place on:

Wednesday, 7/6, 7:30 pm


Wednesday, 8/3, 7:30 pm

Click either date for the Zoom link.

Jamie McShane
2022-23 LAGHSPA President

Thank You, Prom Donors!

We're grateful to all who answered our calls for donations to cover the cost of the  DJ and flowers for last night's prom.


Bill Gottdiener

Lorna Thomas

Claudia Wernick

Molly Macdermot

Janine Fasano

Hillary Ellison

Beverly Buscemi

Emily Raimes

Maria Ibanez

Sloan K. Zakheim

Camilla Calamandrei

Randi Marshall

Nayla Della Penna

Mei Zhou

Cortney Applebaum

Laura Coraci

Sharon Lustig

Angela NG

If we missed anyone or misspelled any names, please let us know by emailing:

Some New Music Ensemble students have organized their own show at The Bitter End on Monday, 6/27 at 7:30 pm. Let's fill the house to support them and their original work! Click the poster to buy tickets.

This event is not sponsored by LaGuardia HS. 

RS2021 EMMY Submission!

Rising Stars 2021: Behind the Mask
has been entered into the local Emmys for "Long Form Content" (longer than 10 minutes) under the “Teen 13-19” category.

We are excited to be entered, and a nomination would be amazing, but most importantly, we're so proud of our students who persevered during COVID-19 to get this show created and continue the LaGuardia tradition. 

Please watch and share one more time!


The PA's First Vice President - Communications position was not filled during Tuesday's election, and the current Comms/Web chairpersons are moving on. It's imperative for new volunteers to fill these roles as soon as possible.

Please consider running for the VP - Comms role in September! See the LAGHSPA Bylaws, Section IV.E.2. (beginning at the bottom of page 11) for details.

If you can't take on the VP - Comms position, but have communications experience, data / document / content / website management skills (spreadsheets, DMS, graphics, CMS, etc.), OR the willingness to learn about PA Comms and how we use Membership Toolkit software to function, please reach out and let us know which of the following Gen PA communications initiatives you could lead:

Sunday Night News

LAGHSPA website

Gen PA eblasts

LAGHSPA social media

All-School Musical graphics/promos

Rising Stars graphics/promos

Auction/Gala graphics/promos

Training, templates and existing content (for reference and duplication) are available. We look forward to hearing from you!

Enormous Thanks!

To ALL of you in our
LaGuardia High School Community
who participated in this amazing
2022 Spring Auction and Gala
and helped us to raise over $85,000 ...


We couldn't have done it without you.

A little shout-out to Equestrian House, which donated an additional week of Poconos Log Cabin Vacation Rental, and congratulations to Jennie Glazer, whose $2500 bid won this amazing one-week vacation rental.

LaGuardia Arts
Givergy website

1. If you haven't had enough of our amazing Auction, please check out our “
LAST CHANCE” section to support arts education with the purchase of original works of art and “FIRESALE” for a chance to purchase some great remaining items.

2. If you missed the chance to bid on items but would still like to be a part of our biggest fundraiser of the year, simply click on "Make a Donation." No amount is too small, and every bit helps our school and students.

We are working on arrangements for all of our Auction items. Please be patient with us as we go through 200 items and connect our Donors and Winners. If you haven’t heard from us yet, stay tuned!

You may reach us at with any questions or comments. We would love to hear from you!

With deep gratitude,

2022 Spring Auction/Gala Co-Chairs
AnneMarie Tamis-Nasello
& Kanokwan Sire

and the
2022 Spring Auction/Gala Committee
Geraldine Artaud, Yvonne Cortes, Pamela Greitzer, Amie Hollmann, Nadia Surapanpong & Eileen Melniker

Show Choir in Bryant Park

Friday's Bryant Park Picnic Performance featuring New York City Opera's annual celebration: Pride in the Park included LaGuardia's Show Choir, directed by Jeanne Cascio.

Ms. Swerdfeger, Ms. Cascio and Mr. Koelzer (piano accompanist)

For Senior 2022 Families

Congratulations 2022 seniors! You are now part of the Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia family and we need your contact information to stay connected! Please fill out this form on the QR code or click here.

Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia maintains a database of our 50,000 alumni and keeps LaGuardia graduates connected to each other and the school. We organize class reunions, hold social events, give away tickets to shows and merchandise, and promote your projects. Alumni & Friends also provides vital support to the school and its students through need-based scholarships, merit awards, private lessons, master classes, as well as funding for each department. Please make sure to give us contact information to keep you connected.

Thank you!

Zoe Schneider (LaG ‘89 Vocal)
Alumni Director


Congratulations to LaGuardia Lions Girls JV Soccer for winning the Saturday, June 11th game against Brooklyn Tech Engineers Girls JV Soccer 2:1 to become the Public School Athletic League 

Note from Mr. Brummell:

"Thank you for all your support. Attached is a photo of this incredible accomplishment. The uniform was purchased with funds from our PA.

"We all are champions when our children win. Go LIONS!!"

LagPods Thanks

Thank you to graduating senior, Benjamin Savel (Instrumental '22), for founding LagPods two years ago, running it since then, and working to pass it along as he leaves!

LagPods has been an important resource for many of our students. We hope its success continues in the years ahead!

Spring Semi-Annual Concert

Congratulations and best wishes to our Senior Orchestra and Senior Chorus members!! Thank you for the beautiful music.

Test Prep Offer

The LaGuardia High School Parents Association and its executive board members are not in any way affiliated with Academic Approach, nor are we responsible for the fulfillment of this offer.

Premier SAT/ACT tutoring for an affordable price! Academic Approach provides some of the top test prep courses in the country, and it offers LaGuardia students these courses for 1/3 of the regular price.

Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

Financial assistance available through the Academic Forum.  Please send questions about the course or about financial aid to the Academic Forum:

Recent School Notices

See select ongoing school notices under the Useful Info header in the Frequently Asked section below. Check your inbox, the Mail menu option in PupilPath, and the Announcements header on for additional school notices.

6/17 Bell Schedule & Programming Update here from Principal Vasconcelos

6/17 All-School Musical Pit Orchestra Audtion Information: Chicago Teen Edition here from Mrs. Teitelbaum

6/17 Slides and Recording for Final PSPGZ and Final Counseling Newsletter here from Ms. Kleiman

6/17 COVID Students Do Not Attend School or School Events here from Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon

6/16 United States History Regents Waiver here from Mr. Mannino

6/14 LaGuardia: DOE/DOH Letter on Safe Summer Travel here from Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon

6/13 Regents Exam Information here from Ms. Seid

6/11 Fall Soccer Tryouts in Spring here from Mr. Brummell

6/8 LaGuardia: School Schedule until June 27, 2022 here from Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon

6/1 SY22-23 Calendar, Application, Schedule Updates here from Principal Vasconcelos


Thank you for fully funding Ms. Schwarz’s recent project for art supplies for Summer Enrichment Arts Studio class!

Although 2021-2022 is coming to a close, our help is still needed!

Ms. Steffen has requested a new laptop to aid in planning and displaying lessons, and grading assignments for her Literature Class.  “In my district, teachers are not supplied with working laptops."

Ms. Healy and Mrs. Nawrocki have requested copies of "The Handmaid’s Tale" by Margaret Atwood for their AP Literature classes.


Please share our DonorsChoose page.


Wednesday, 7/6, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, 8/3, 7:30 pm

THIS THURSDAY, 6/23, 4:30 pm
at school
watch email for Zoom link


Writing and Mentoring Programs
Girls Write Now
apply by 6/27 for September start

FTF x LBF 1st Annual High School Legal Summit
First Tech Fund and Legally BLK Fund
detailsandapply by 6/29

Our Future is Science
Aspen Institute and Coda Societies
submit video entry by 6/30

Rising Scientist Awards
$2000 scholarship for college expenses
Child Mind Institute

teacher submission by 7/5

ONE Lab Summer Studio 2022
fee required; scholarships available

apply for 7/5-7/15 session

Scene 1 Theater Intensive
The New Group

apply for 7/11-7/29 experience

College Bound Academy 2022
for rising seniors
TGR Foundation

apply for 7/18-22 session
apply for 7/25-7/29 session
apply for 8/1-8/5 session

Free Arts Events

Earl Mosley's "Unconquered" Workshop and Film Screening 6/23
NAACP Berkshire County Branch and Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library

A Medusa Thread 6/25
West Harlem Art Fund and NY Classical Theatre on Governor's Island

Date Night at the Met, Fridays and Saturdays 5-9 pm until 6/25
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Downtown Stories interactive theater until 6/25
Downtown Alliance and EnGarde Arts

New York Music Month
NYC Parks

Takashi Murakami An Arrow through History until 6/25
Gagosian Galleries

June Flux Saturday: Solstice until 6/26
Flux Factory on Governor's Island

Life Turned Inside Out until 6/26
West Harlem Art Fund on Governor's Island

New Plays Festival 2022 until 6/26
Columbia University School of the Arts

Photoville Festival until 6/26
20 outdoor locations in all 5 boroughs

Richard II until 6/26
Hudson Classical Theater Company in Riverside Park

River to River Festival until 6/26
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

The New Colossus Festival Concert Series Sundays 12-6 pm until 6/26
18th Ward Brewery, Brooklyn

Radiance large-scale suspended sculpture until 6/27
Brookfield Place

Washington Square Music Festival Tuesdays 8 pm until 6/28
Washington Square Park, Manhattan

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series until 6/29
NYC Parks

Outdoor Film: Hedwig and the Angry Inch 7/1
Film at Lincoln Center on Governor's Island

NY Phil and BronX BandA 7/3
Damrosch Park

Broadway Blooms: Jon Isherwood on Broadway until 7/15
Broadway from 64th St to 157th St

Jazz by the Water 7/23 & 8/13
Governor's Island

Outdoor Film: The Wiz 8/5
Governor's Island

Costume as Contemporary Art until 8/14
Museum of Arts and Design
(free for "18 & Under")

Battery Dance Festival until 8/19
NY State of Opportunity and Battery Park City Authority

Movies with a View until 8/25
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Open (Block) House until 9/7
Institute for Public Architecture on Governor's Island

Rite of Summer Music Festival until 9/10
Governor's Island

Shakespeare in the Park until 9/11
The Public Theater

SummerStage free and benefit events until October
Captial One and City Parks Foundation

Piano in Bryant Park until 10/7
ragtime, stride and jazz 12:30-2:30 pm daily

Picnic Performances @ 7 pm until 10/17
Bryant Park

Virtual Visiting Series Concerts
Concerts in Motion
music of multiple genres and languages
music for those with dementia & their caregivers
music for Holocaust survivors


Monday, 6/20, 7:30 pm
Click here to join.

Anne Gregorio & Nan Hawley (Instr)
Michael Capasso & Marcee Smith 

PA Music Monday Newsletter

PA Music Studio Merch Store

PA Music Studio Webpage

LaGuardia Arts HS Music Studio

Tuesday, June 21
8:15a Geometry Regents Exam
12:15p World Language Assessment
6:00p Graduation - Class of 2022
Wednesday, June 22
8:15a Algebra 2 Regents Exam
6:00p Executive Board Meeting
Thursday, June 23
7:00a Virtual Q&A for Accepted Families
8:15a Physics Regents Exam
12:00p Virtual Q&A for Accepted Families
4:00p SLT Meeting
4:30p SLT Mtg
4:30p Unity Dance Performance- LFT
7:00p Virtual Q&A for Accepted Families
Friday, June 24
Rating Day - No Students
Saturday, June 25
Building Closed
Sunday, June 26
Building Closed
Monday, June 27
Last Day of School for Students (Full Day of Instruction)
Graduate Diploma Distribution. Time: TBD
Course Request Confirmations Sent

NYCDOE School Year Calendar 2022-2023

NYCDOE School Year Calendar 2021-2022

Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Urdu, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Korean and French translations here.


Mental Health Links on our website
Shared by LaG parents and mental health experts, Jennifer Abcug (LCSW) and Sherry Stuart (LCSW).

Child Mind Institute
Video and print resources designed for students. Topics include feelings, thoughts, mindfulness, relaxation and managing intense emotions.

CNBC Invest in You: Money 101

DOE: Affordable Internet

FCC Affordable Connectivity Program

The JED Foundation: Let's Talk NYC

Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health

NYC DOE Parent University Course Catalogue

NYC DOE Mindfulness for Parents Courses

NYPL Money Matters

Who to Contact at School

This link will guide you to the appropriate school employee for specific questions.

Multilingual Learners

DOE supports and resources are here.

Student Government

Students can connect with the LaG Student Government Organization (SGO) by following @SGOLAG on Instagram.

Student Working Papers

Once both the Application for Employment and Health Examination Form have been completed, please log in to your LaGuardia Gmail account (only students can access the documents), and fill out the Google Form, where you will be asked to upload these documents along with your birth certificate and student ID card/passport.

Application for Employment

Health Examination Form

Working Papers Google Form

Notes: Your doctor must use the health form above, and it must be filled out in its entirety in order to be considered valid. You must be logged in to your LaGuardia Gmail account in order to access the Google Form.

Community Service Hours

If your student would like to receive a Seal of Recognition for Service on their diploma, 100 hours of community service is required.

1) Students must use their LaGuardia Gmail account to sign up for x2VOL.

2) Students may volunteer with any nonprofit or not-for-profit organization.

3) Students must record a detailed description of their service, including the name and contact info of an adult who supervised their activities.

For more info, please see the x2VOL Help Center and/or email Ms. Hobot.

Ongoing School Notices

Click here to see announcements that have been posted on the schoolwebsite.

5/20/22 Regents Information here from Ms. Collins

5/16/22 How to Renew Your 504 Plan for Next Yearhere and Updated 504 Forms here from Owen Harkness

5/12/22 2022-2023 Planning Information herefrom Ms. Vasconcelos

5/6/22 PSPGZ - Academic Planning and Course Preferences Slides and Recording from Ms. Kleiman here

4/11/22 LaGuardia: Release of 2022 - 2023 Course Catalog here

3/28/22 PSPGZ - Paying for College here from Allison Kleiman

3/11/22 Dialogue with College Board herefrom Principal Vasconcelos

3/4/22 PSPGZ - College Application Timeline here from Allison Kleiman

2/8/22 Absence Form (no subject) Only students can access this here.

Membership Toolkit

MTK is an all-in-one software solution for the PA's many initiatives, including our custom website, communications, donations, family directory, volunteer signups, online sales & fundraising, private bulletin boards and more.

To receive PA & Studio communications, and to gain access to restricted content on our website, please follow these steps:

1) Create a login.

2) Complete family info required fields.

3) Select your consent preferences.

Note: If you don't see two green circles with check marks on this pagebe sure you've completed all steps above.

TIPS: You must click "NEXT STEP" (bottom right corner of the "Your Contact Information" page), and then you must click "SAVE" (bottom right corner of the "Student Information" page).

For assistance, please reach out to

LaG Virtual Study Groups

As the school year comes to an end, the National Honor Society would like to thank everyone who helped to teach and learn from each other as part of LagPods collaborative virtual peer study groups. We would like to express particular appreciation to those who volunteered to be LagPods Leaders!

This year, we were able to expand our free program to include over 150 students in 21 academic subjects as well as SAT and ACT test prep. Many students participated in Pods in more than one subject area. We look forward to bringing this program back to you in the fall.

Please contact with any questions or feedback.


This is a free service provided by the United Federation of Teachers. Licensed educators advise Grades K-12 students and/or their parents in all subjects, Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm (when school is in session). Assistance is available in these languages: Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.

Call 212-777-3380.

Khan Academy

This nonprofit strives to offer "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere."

Help Center


NYPL Brainfuse HelpNow

This is a free eLearning service for all provided by the New York Public Library. Live tutors are available online every day between 2 pm and 11 pm EST for these subjects: math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests. Additional offerings include a 24-hour Writing Lab and Foreign Language Lab / Spanish-Speaking Support.

You must have a library card to begin.

Click here for more info.

Join our Team!

To help with any of these initiatives, please

Athletics Committee

Auction / Gala Committee

Communications / Website Committee

Election Committee

Fundraising Committee

Movie Night Committee

Parents Night Out Committee

THANK YOU to all who have opted to offer Your Volunteer Interests, Skills and Resources. This has helped us to identify volunteers for Orientation, First Day of School, Elections, Pickup/Drop-off of purchased and donated items, Photography, Music Stand Assembly, Program Design, Gala/Auction, Chaperoning, and more!

THANK YOU to all who have opted to share your Professional Industry while filling out Your Contact Information. This has helped us to identify volunteers for mental health Q&As, legal and tech questions, in-kind donations, event planning and more!

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IMPORTANT: Photo submissions must include the full names of identifiable students, and parental consent must be provided for use in our PA communications.

To check your media consent preferences on our 
website, click My Account, then My Forms/Paperwork, then Directory & Publish Preferences. Or, log in to MTK, then click here.

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