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Originally delivered on 9/17/2022 8:41 am

SUBJECT: Sunday Night News 9/11/2022

Sunday Night News  —  Issue #3
September 11, 2022

We Remember

LaGuardia HS Parents Association remembers September 11, 2001. In loving memory, we honor all the victims and the heroic first responders. Never Forget.

Welcome Message

from Jamie McShane

Parents Association President

We're back and we've hit the ground running! Thanks to the generosity of LaGuardia families, last week we were able to cater breakfast for teachers and staff on their first day back, and provide snacks for an after-school Big Sib/Little Sib event.

We also pulled off a tremendously successful First Day Red Carpet Welcome Back celebration. It was a high energy, festive, warm welcome complete with music and grand opening flags. If you were there, you won't soon forget the beautiful sight of LaG students arriving on Day 1, taking selfies on the red carpet with parents and friends.

Special thanks to everyone who made these initiatives happen. I am in awe of the positive energy of LaGuardia families who are seemingly always willing to go above and beyond for our community.

If you are NEW to LaGuardia, click here for details about Welcome Sessions for incoming LaG families on either September 13 at 6:30 pm OR September 14 at 7:30 am to connect with other LaGuardia families, and learn how you can get involved. 

First Day Red Carpet Welcome Back Celebration
Reminders from Principal Vasconcelos

Please review the "Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year" communication for vital information families will want to bookmark to reference throughout the school year.

Most faculty and staff have been on vacation since the end of June. They are going through three months of emails while welcoming students back to school. An email that is received the first week of school may need a few extra days before a response is possible.

The DOE Grades, Messaging, and Attendance system is scheduled to be operational no earlier than September 8. We will continue to send emails through the PupilPath mailing list for a few days until all families have had a chance to navigate over.

All schoolwide announcements are posted here on the school's website.

NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)

For Students: Every New York City public school student has a NYC Department of Education (DOE) account. It is created automatically when students enroll in school. Student DOE accounts stay the same the entire time students are in school. Students can access all DOE technology platforms through their DOE account.

For Parents/Guardians: The NYC Schools Account allows you to view your child’s grades, report cards, attendance history, test scores, transportation information, IEP information, submit COVID consent forms, track your child’s progress to graduation, and more!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Ms. Price at after September 6.

2022-2023 Bell Schedule







8:00 AM

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8:49 AM

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9:38 AM

10:27 AM




10:31 AM

11:16 AM




11:20 AM

12:05 PM




12:09 PM

12:54 PM




12:58 PM

1:43 PM




1:47 PM

2:32 PM




2:36 PM

3:21 PM




3:25 PM

4:10 PM



** Period 3 has 4 extra minutes to accommodate morning announcements

For more information, please refer to the 8/5/22 "Bell Schedule Update" email message from (Principal) "Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos."

Who to Contact at School

Thislinkwill guide you to the appropriate school employee for specific questions.

You can always find this link throughout the year in the Useful Info section toward the end of this newsletter and on theLAGHSPA websiteunder the Parent & Student Resources menu item.

NY Emmy® Award Nomination!

Rising Stars 2021:

Behind the Mask

has been nominated for a NY Emmy® Award for "Long Form Content" (longer than 10 minutes) under the “Teen 13-19” category.

What a testament to the incredible cast and crew who persevered during COVID-19 to keep this LaGuardia HS tradition alive! Special thanks to all families, alumni and extended community members who supported us by tuning in and spreading the word!

Please continue to watch and share! Rising Stars was the most-watched video on The WNET Group's platform during 2021. Let's keep our place among the best and brightest featured on AllArts for a second year in a row!!

Thank you for celebrating LaGuardia!

Read the press releases to learn more.

General PA Meeting Survey

We hope you'll join us for our General PA meetings throughout the year!

Thank you to those who responded to our previous poll! Please take this newsurveyto help us finalize the dates and times of our monthly meetings. Take the survey here if you do not have a Gmail account.

The poll asks for your email address because it only counts one response from each parent/guardian. Your can edit your answers at any time until the poll is closed on Tuesday, September 20.

Thank you!

First General PA Meeting & Election

Our first General PA meeting of the 2022-2023 school year will be Wednesday, September 28 at 7 pm.

It will include an election to fill these vacant Executive Board positions:


First Vice President - Communications

Third Vice President - Fundraising

Assistant Secretary

Audit Officer 

Class Representatives (one per grade)

Please join us!

Previously elected 2022-2023 PA officers:

Jamie McShane

Acting Treasurer
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

School Leadership Team

"The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of people who develop educational policies for their school. They also make sure there are resources to support those policies." - New York City Department of Education

Learn more here.

The PA President (who was elected in June) is a mandatory member of the SLT.

In compliance with the LAGHSPA Bylaws, an election for the SLT's Freshman Representative will take place during the first General PA meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 pm.

More information about LaGuardia's School Leadership Team is forthcoming.

PA updates about SLT will be posted here (scroll down to the "School Leadership Team" section).

Sports Offerings

from Assistant Principal &
Athletic Director Gregory Brummell

"All students must complete a Medical form, Parental consent form and COVID consent to participate in athletics. All forms must be completed by a parent or guardian, and physician prior to attending the first tryout. Please use the link below to access these forms."

Athletics webpage

Parent Consent Form

Medical Form
(to be completed by a physician)

For more information, please refer to the 7/12/22 "Welcome! The Athletics Director" email message from "Gregory Brummell."

Class of 2023 College Info

If you missed Allison Kleiman's 6/23/22 "Summary of Post-Secondary Resources for the Class of 2023," click here.

Senior Class Parents

"LaGuardia Class of 2023" is a new Facebook group for parents of seniors from all studios. Please join by logging into your Facebook account and clicking here. If you have questions, please contact senior Music/Instrumental parent Anne Heckheimer Gregorio.

Student Opportunities

Thank you Matthew Septimus and Sara Aros for researching and compiling the information posted on the Student Opportunities webpage of the LAGHSPA website!!

If you would like to help enhance and maintain this list for LaG students, please email Sara here.

Test Prep 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:

NONAFFILIATION, NONFULFILLMENT & NONENDORSEMENT DISCLAIMER: The LaGuardia High School Parents Association Inc (LAGHSPA) and its officers and elected members are not in any way affiliated with the donor, organization or venue (DONOR) offering the PROMOTIONAL OFFER; nor with the producers of the event associated with the PROMOTIONAL OFFER; nor are we responsible for the fulfillment of the PROMOTIONAL OFFER. Furthermore, the promotion by LAGHSPA of the PROMOTIONAL OFFER provided by DONOR, does not constitute endorsement by LAGHSPA and will not be construed to imply that LAGHSPA approves, supports, endorses, or sponsors any product or service provided by DONOR.

Parents Association Signup

Welcome! We're excited to share the 2022-2023 school year with you at LaGuardia High School!

At this time, the school is not able to share your contact information with us. To participate fully with the PA and get the most out of your time at LaGuardia, we need you to complete the PA SIGNUP (log in HERE first) on Membership Toolkit (MTK). You can also provide a student's email address or alias if you would like them to receive the Sunday Night News and other PA eblasts directly from the PA (instead of forwarding many messages to them).

After completing your signup, you will begin receiving all PA communications, and you will have access to content on the PA website that is restricted to current LaG families, such as Studio bulletin boards and our Online Directory.

In coming days, incoming families will receive detailed instructions about signing up, and returning families will receive detailed instructions about reviewing the info they previously provided (including recent changes that have been made) and confirming that their signups are complete.

We hope you'll connect with us!

Thank You for Your Patience

Our website and email addresses have recently changed.

We apologize for any inconvenience, including temporary disruption of email addresses and our Online Directory. If you experience disruption, please log out and reboot.

If you continue to experience disruption,
please email our
Web AdminWebmaster
and/or Communications Team.



We are looking for a few parents to help out selling art studio merchandise at New Family Welcome Sessions. We could really use the help!

Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 14, 7:30 am - 9:00 am

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us below.


If you want to be part of a vibrant, creative and committed group of LaGuardia parents, complete our Volunteer Interest Form and make a difference for our students!


The ART YARD is offering virtual portfolio classes for LaGuardia students. This 8-week program will take place 7-9 pm on Wednesdays between September 7 and October 26. Need-based financial assistance will be provided. Click here for more details. 

Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives

PA Art Studio Newsletter

PA Art Studio Webpage

LaGuardia Arts HS Fine Arts Studio



Our first Parents of Drama Students (PODS) meeting will be happening soon! Come to find out about all the exciting things that the this school year has in store for the Drama Studio! Keep an eye out this week for an email confirmation of the date and time ...


This year, all Drama seniors will be receiving FREE headshots on October 22 thanks to Stomping Ground Photo! We are so excited to be offering this service to our senior Drama students. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information in our September newsletter.


Want to get involved in the Drama Studio? We have a number vital volunteer positions and we need YOU to help out! We will be looking for additional volunteers (such as Freshman Class parent-volunteer) at our first PODS meeting. It’s a great way to meet new people and help give back to the LaG community. Come join us! 

Daniel Ott & Emily Yoshikawa
Drama Studio Co-Representatives

PA Drama Studio Merch Store

PA Drama Studio Webpage

LaGuardia Arts HS Drama Studio


2 Volunteers Needed!
Instrumental Co-Representatives

Michael Capasso & Marcee Smith
Vocal Co-Representatives

General Inquiries

PA Music Monday Newsletter

PA Music Studio Merch Store

PA Music Studio Webpage

LaGuardia Arts HS Music Studio



Welcome to Parents/Caregivers of Technical Theater Students. We look forward to meeting, and we encourage all to participate. We anticipate our first Tech Studio meeting to be on 9/28 immediately before the General PA meeting, but will confirm once the PA meeting schedule is set. Questions? Comments? Feedback? Please reach out. Thank you!

Louisa Chafee & Rina Cohen Schwartz
Tech Studio Co-Representatives

PA Tech Studio Minutes

PA Tech Studio Merch Store

PA Tech Studio Webpage

LaGuardia Arts HS Technical Theater Studio


LaGuardia families support our teachers by contributing to project requests throughout the year. We thank you in advance for your contributions and/or the sharing of these links to help spread the word!!

Let’s help our teachers get the new school year off to a great start by funding their classroom projects! Thank you in advance for your contributions and/or the sharing of these links to help spread the word!!

Ms. Steffen would like a laptop to prepare lessons and grade assignments for Literature Class. (Almost there!EXPIRES 9/29)

Ms. Ross would like six block printing presses so students can print their works of art. (NEVER BEFORE FUNDED. ALL DONATIONS ARE CURRENTLY DOUBLED!)

Mr. Hold would like to build a Psychology Library by using foundational texts.

Ms. Barile would like Biology Review books to help students develop effective test-taking strategies.

Ms. Harisiadis would like books to be added to the LGBTQ+ Library to broaden students’ horizons.

Mr. Carbone would like an iPad to give students access to visual examples of score analysis and annotations, a digital music library and music apps.

Ms. Kingham would like a classroom printer to give students access to print an article or resource they may need for any class.

Ms. Johnson would like a new laptop to replace an outdated one in ELA.

Mr. Rahman would like a Wireless Color Laser Multifunction Printer with Duplex Printing to print worksheets, lesson materials, diagrams and students' work.

Ms. Riley would like to give students the painting supplies they need to start the school year off right!

Mr. Antao would like to give students fun games to play in Physical Education to keep the students constantly engaged.

Mrs. McGoey would like a DSM-5 TR, anti-racist literature, printer ink, facial tissues, and hand sanitizer to start the school year off right in Psychology!


Please share our DonorsChoose pageAnyone with the link(s) can contribute!

School Announcements

Please remember that school announcements are posted on the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School website homepage here in the Announcements Feed. 

Tuesday, 9/20, 6:30 pm

September 28, 7:00 pm


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FXB Climate Advocates is a program that equips young people with the knowledge and advocacy tools to address the climate crisis. Application deadline 9/12/22. 

STEM Saturdays at The Cooper Union offers design and engineering classes to students in grades 9-11. Students work on developing assets for augmented and virtual reality applications. Application deadline 9/21/22.

GuggTeens Collaborative Program teaches high school students about how museums and contemporary art intersect with topics important to them. Students work with mentors to produce new programming resources for fellow teens. Application deadline 9/22/22. 

Mark Morris Dance Group invites students ages 15-21 to apply for their Arts Immersion Fellowship to develop careers skills in the arts including management, marketing, choreography, producing and more. Application deadline 9/23/22. 

YoungArts and The National Endowment for the Advancement of Artists identify the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. Artists ages 15–18, or grades 10–12, in the U.S. are encouraged to apply in the discipline of their choice. Apply by 10/14/22.

Alliance for Young Artists & Writers seeks teen students with exceptional artistic and literary talent. Awards give students the opportunity for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.  Teens can apply in 28 categories of art and writing. Apply by 12/2/2022. Visit website for applications details. 

NYO Jazz invites young musicians to audition for its summer 2023 season. Outstanding young musicians from across the US showcase the legacy and bright future of American jazz in a free rigorous training residency with world-class jazz masters on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY. Apply by 1/19/23.

NYO2 invites young musicians from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestra field to audition for its free summer 2023 season. Teen musicians work closely with top players from American orchestras and conservatories during a residency on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY. Apply by 1/19/23.

NYO-USA invites young musicians from across the US to audition for its summer 2023 season. The program includes a training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians followed by a tour performing in great musical capitals of the world. Opportunities for orchestra librarians, orchestra management, and apprentice composers also available. Apply by 1/19/23.

Crossing the Line is a research and performance residency for students ages 12-16 inspired by stories, images, and artifacts from the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum's history. Ongoing.

Believe & Inspire After School Programs offer interactive virtual after-school programs that aim to empower underserved youth to become successful leaders. Participants learn practical life skills to help accomplish their life goals. Ongoing.

NYC Youth Leadership Councils are a network of youth focused on policy, practice, and advocacy to make real change happen in their school, neighborhood, or community. Students join peers and adult allies to act on issues that matter the most to you. YLCs are in all five boroughs and need students to make NYC a better place.

Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts at the 92Yoffers 100% full-tuition, merit-based scholarships for exceptional students in NYC to develop their creative potential as artists, dancers, and musicians. Programs in visual arts, dance, music, and musical theater. Visit website for application details

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes and rewards high school students who, through their volunteer activities, have undertaken significant efforts to advance racial equity and understanding in their schools or communities. Visit website for application details. 

Free Arts Events

Daily performances until 9/30
Little Island

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

NYCDOE School Year Calendar 2022-2023

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.

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

Join our Team!

To help with any of these initiatives, please

All-School Musical Committee

Athletics Committee

Auction & Gala Committee

Auditions/Opportunities List Editor/Contributors

Communications / Website Committee

Elections Committee

Free Arts Events List Editor/Contributors

Fundraising Committee

Movie Night Committee

Parents Night Out Committee

THANK YOU to all who have opted to share Your Volunteer Interests, Skills and Resources.

THANK YOU to all who have opted to share your Experience/Background while filling out Your Contact Information.

This information helps us identify volunteers for additional special projects.

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.

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 Online Directory 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

Multilingual Learners

DOE supports and resources are here.

NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)

For Students: Every New York City public school student has a NYC Department of Education (DOE) account. It is created automatically when students enroll in school. Student DOE accounts stay the same the entire time students are in school. Students can access all DOE technology platforms through their DOE account. 

For Parents/Guardians: The NYC Schools Account allows you to view your child’s grades, report cards, attendance history, test scores, transportation information, IEP information, submit COVID consent forms, track your child’s progress to graduation, and more!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Ms. Price at after September 6.

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.

Who to Contact at School

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

LaG Virtual Study Groups

LagPods collaborative virtual peer study groups are led by LaG National Honor Society members.

During 2021-2022, this free program included 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.

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.

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