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Originally delivered on 9/19/2022 8:15 am

SUBJECT: UPDATED: Sunday Night News 9/18/22

Sunday Night News  —  Issue #4
September 18, 2022

General PA Meeting Survey

We need your feedback by THIS TUESDAY, September 20!

Please take thissurveyto help us finalize the dates and times of our monthly meetings for the 2022/2023 school year. Take the survey here if you do not have a Gmail account.

Note: You must provide your email address because it only counts one response from each parent/guardian. You can edit your answers until the survey closes at noon on 9/20.

Thank you!

In Case You Missed It

We enjoyed meeting more than 150 incoming LaGuardia families during this past week's Welcome Sessions. What a thrill to meet in person again! Check out the photos below! 

Thank you for supporting the PA by purchasing nearly $10,000 of merch, enjoying live student music, and learning about our amazing school!!!

If you were not able to attend, or would like a summary of the information that was shared, please see this presentation.

LaG Swag / Merch

A major team effort was needed to make sure our new T-shirts, hoodies, and other items are the must-have fashion statements of Fall '22. Thanks to LaG parents Catherine Grillo and Billy Kersnowski for the beautiful designs and Vocal Co-Rep Marcee Smith for spearheading the effort to make the order happen in time.

LAGHSPA VP of Engagement and Hospitality Nadia Surapanpong is organizing a regularly scheduled "School Spirit Shopping Day" in the LaG lobby. More details coming soon!

Stay Safe

The PA attended LaG's School Safety Committee meeting last week led by Assistant Principal Gregory Brummell. We thanked all the school safety officials for the important work they do to keep our kids safe.

* Remember to carry your student ID at all times.

* If your child is a victim of an incident while traveling to and from school, please notify school safety and the deans' office.

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.

First General PA Meeting & Election

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

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 request to join by emailing Music/Instrumental parent Anne Gregorio.

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 permitted 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 sign up for LAGHSPA communications and to gain access to content on the PA website that is restricted to current LaG families, such as Studio bulletin boards and our Online Directory.

Click here if you're new to LaGuardia.
Click here if you're returning.

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.



THIS Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 pm, we will have a short virtual meeting.  Please join us on Zoom by clicking here. Meeting ID: 769 6146 4498. Passcode: 7dnC1B.

NEXT Thursday, September 29 at 7 pm in Room 457 at LaGuardia HS, we hope to see you in person at our first 2022-23 Music Studio Meeting & Election. Doors open at 6:30 pm. In addition, we will have a Meet and Greet Reception. We look forward to meeting and seeing you all!

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



Please join our first meeting for Art Studio parents on Wednesday, September 21 at 8 pm on Zoom. Here's the link.

Our special guest will be Assistant Principal Heather O'Connell, who will discuss the art curriculum.

Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives

PA Art Studio Newsletter

PA Art Studio Webpage

LaGuardia Arts HS Fine Arts Studio



Welcome to Parents/Caregivers of Technical Theater Students. We look forward to meeting, and we encourage all to participate. We anticipate the PA's first Tech Studio meeting to be on 9/28 immediately before the General PA meeting, but will confirm once the 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



Our first Parents of Drama Students meeting will be held Thursday, 9/29, at 6 pm IN PERSON at LaG (Room G15). Come to find out about all the exciting things that the 2022-23 school year has in store for the Drama Studio, and meet Ms. Tsantilas and Mr. Mackey, who will give us an overview of the year’s curriculum.


This year, all Drama Seniors will be receiving FREE headshots (thanks to Stomping Ground Photo!) on 10/22 or 10/30. We are so excited to be offering this service. 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. Join us! 

Daniel Ott & Emily Yoshikawa
Drama Studio Co-Representatives

PA Drama Studio Merch Store

PA Drama Studio Webpage

LaGuardia Arts HS Drama Studio



After our first full week, our dancers are so excited to be in the studios! We’re excited to get to know our incoming families/caregivers, reconnect with those we already know, build community and support the Dance department.

There are many ways to support our amazing dancers and the LaG Dance Studio with volunteer opportunities at live performances throughout the year.  We’ll be reaching out shortly with a date for our first Dance Studio parents' meeting and faculty meet and greet. Looking forward to a great year!  

Please follow the LaGuardia Dance Instagram for updates about current students and our amazing alumni: @dance_lag

Courtney Potts & Heide Valero
Dance Studio Co-Representatives

Instagram: @dance_lag

PA Dance Studio Webpage

LaGuardia Arts HS Dance Studio


Thank you for fully funding Mrs. McGoey's and Ms. Ross' most recent projects!

Our teachers appreciate your contributions and/or the sharing of these links to help fund their requests!!

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

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.

Ms. Bechard would like to provide students with tech and art supplies for Bioethics.

Ms. Klein would like a MacBook Air for the SETSS classroom (Special Education Teacher Supports Service) to give students access to items they need.


Please share our DonorsChoose page with friends and family. Anyone can contribute!

School Communications

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

Bell Schedule
You can find the Bell Schedule here and here.

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

Tuesday, 9/20, 6:30 pm
In person in the school's library

September 28, 7:00 pm


See Studio Updates above for
day/time and location/format.

day/time TBD
location/format TBD


STEM Saturdays at The Cooper Union. Apply by 9/21/22.

GuggTeens Collaborative Program. The Guggenheim Museum. Apply by 9/22/22.

Mark Morris Dance Group Art Immersion FellowshipApplication deadline 9/23/22.

YoungArtsThe National Endowment for the Advancement of Artists. Apply by 10/14/22.

Tisch Spring Future Artists Program. NYU. Apply by 11/29/22.

Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Apply 12/2/2022. 

NYO JazzNational Youth Orchestra, Carnegie HallApply 1/19/23. 

NYO2National Youth Orchestra, Carnegie Hall. Apply by 1/19/23.

NYO-USANational Youth Orchestra, Carnegie Hall. Apply by 1/19/23.

Crossing the Line. Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum's history. Ongoing.

Believe & Inspire After School Programs. Ongoing.

NYC Youth Leadership CouncilsOngoing.

Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts92Y. Visit website for application details.

The Princeton Prize in Race RelationsPrinceton University. 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

Monday, September 19
Course Add/Drop Period
8:00a Denison University
10:30a Bennington College
1:45p SUNY College at Oswego
3:25p Kenyon College
6:30p Class of 2023 College Planning Webinar
Tuesday, September 20
Course Add/Drop Period
8:00a Hobart William Smith Colleges
10:30a Macalester College
11:20a Johns Hopkins University
1:45p University of Vermont
3:20p Big Sibs "Li'Sib Mixer" (Rescheduled to October)
3:25p Georgetown University
6:00p Colgate University
6:00p Le Moyne College
Wednesday, September 21
Course Add/Drop Period
6:00p University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Thursday, September 22
Latinx Heritage Celebration
8:50a University of California-Santa Cruz
10:30a Iona College
1:00p University of Miami
1:45p Istituto Marangoni
3:25p Furman University
Friday, September 23
7:45a Fiorello Friday
11:20a New York University
1:00p Trinity College
1:45p University of California-San Diego
Saturday, September 24
Building Closed
Sunday, September 25
Building Closed
Monday, September 26
Building Closed
Rosh Hashana - Schools Closed
Tuesday, September 27
Building Closed
Rosh Hashana - Schools Closed
Wednesday, September 28
8:00a St. Olaf College
8:50a Whitman College
10:30a University of Southern California - Thornton MUSIC School
6:00p Tech Studio PA Meeting @6pm

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!

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.

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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