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Originally delivered on 1/8/2023 8:38 pm

SUBJECT: Sunday Night News - January 8, 2023

Issue 19, January 8, 2023

Hello LaG Community, 

We hope you are easing back into a routine and are excited as we are for upcoming community events such as The All-School Dance and The Winter Musicales.  Read on for details. 

We hope to see you at our next General PA Meeting (virtual) on January 18 at 7pm. 

Have a great week!

LaGuardia High School Parents Association

70/30 Math and Science Grading Policy

In light of the email sent by AP Collins, Friday, January 6, 2023, confirming the 70/30 grading policy in math and science classes will continue through this school year, in spite of issues raised by parents and students for over three months now, concerned parents drafted a petition requesting a return to the 50/50 weighting. If this is something you support, please sign.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this petition are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Parents Association or School Administration.

General PA Meeting Schedule

Our next General PA Meeting is virtual and is on January 18th at 7 PM. Check back for a Zoom link. 

Mark your calendars for future General PA meetings:

February 15 (virtual)
May 17 (virtual)
March 22 (virtual)
June 14 (in-person)
April 26 (in-person)

Virtual meetings start at 7:00 PM and in-person meetings start at 6:30 PM. 

Rising Stars

We're excited to share that some April and June dates have opened up for RS2023 to return to the Concert Hall at LaGuardia this year! 

Students who plan to audition (details to follow) or apply for a crew position (roles to be determined, and details to follow) should use their email address to REPLY TO THIS SURVEY by 10 pm on Tuesday, January 10th. 

We look forward to announcing final plans in a Save-the-Date message to follow! 

LAGHSPA Rising Stars Committee

Academic Forum

Academic Approach’s SAT Prep class started on Jan. 7th with an online assessment/practice test.If you were  unable to attend the test event on January 7th, you may take the test self-proctored at a time that is convenient for you. AA has sent instructions for this if you registered for this program.Once again, if you still want to register for the course, click HERE

Save the Date

Please click HERE to purchase tickets: $10/student in advance, $15 at the door. 

Click HERE for more information about volunteering or donating. We are also looking for parent volunteers from 3:45pm-7pm the day of the event. Please click on your class tab at the bottom. Let's make this dance one for the memory books! Please email with any questions. 

Student Wellness
Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30pm

Join a webinar for LaGuardia High School parents led by Dr. Diana Martinez, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies addiction. 

The goal of this seminar is to provide parents with the information they need to have a frank, open conversation about drug use. This will include strategies for improving safety and information on the interaction between psychiatric disorders, like depression, anxiety, and ADHD, and drug use. 


Meeting ID: 816 0613 0127
Passcode: 194160

How to Support Our Community

Donate your time - Whether you’re available once a week, once a month, or once a year, please fill out our volunteer questionnaire so that we can reach out to you when an activity suits you. This will allow you to meet and team up with other LaG families who share your interests in our school. Go to our Volunteer Interests, Skills and Resources form here.

Annual Appeal - Your generosity helps LAGHSPA minimize the impact of long-standing NYC DOE budget gaps in our children’s education. LaG teachers and administrators work diligently to make the most of their budget, and the LaG PA provides necessary additional resources. To give online today click here.

Donor's Choose - Fund classroom projects and needs as requested by our teachers.  View our teacher's projects here

Specific Initiatives -  Funding for one-time initiatives or grade specific requests such as Graduation. 

DonorsChoose is a great way to give back and show your support for teachers and students.

While there are currently no active projects, we encourage you to check back often, as new projects are posted often.

Please visit our DonorsChoose page and share with your family and friends. Your donations are always appreciated by teachers and students, and are fully tax-deductible.

Thank you for your generosity and continued support.

Class News
Senior Families / Class of 2023

Announcing the LaGuardia PA Sponsored Senior Class of 2023 T-Shirt Design Contest! Deadline to enter is January 15th! We are accepting designs from all Seniors. Students may submit up to three t-shirt designs. The Senior Board & Events Committee will select five designs for the entire Senior class to vote on. Click HERE to learn more and enter the contest!

Junior Families / Class of 2024

Hello Junior Class Families!

The All-School Dance fundraiser for the seniors is coming up on 1/17, at 4:30pm.  Volunteers are needed starting at 3:45pm.  

Help is needed with check-in, snack distribution coat check and general supervision.  

Junior Families are being asked to donate individually ackaged snack bars.  

For donations and sign-up, click HERE.   For other details see the school-wide announcement from Senior Class Rep, Anne Gregorio.  Thank you! 

Sophomore Families / Class of 2025

Click here to join the Sophomore families Google group. Please state your name, your child’s name and studio in the "reason for joining" box when asking to join the group.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this Google discussion forum are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Parents Association or School Administration.

Freshman Families / Class of 2026
Studio Updates
We need your donations!

The Art Studio PA needs your donations. All money raised goes to help our art kids. Please use the QR code to make donations.  Any amount is greatly appreciated!

Contact Art PA

Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives


Happy New Year!!  2023 is starting off busy for the Dance Department. This past week our dancers had a master class in West African with the amazing Karisma Jay.  And this coming week they have a master class in Flamenco with guest artist Yvonne Gutierrez.     

Please note these upcoming performances for our Juniors and Seniors:

DANCING BEYOND 2023 - Thursday/Friday, January 12/13  - both the Junior and Senior LaGuardia Dance Ensembles will be performing at this annual event to support the American Cancer Society. You can purchase tickets at SHOP | My Site

WINTER DANCE SHOWCASE - Friday/Saturday, January 20/21 - The Winter Dance Showcase is back and in person!  Come see the Senior class showcase their talents and original choreo at LaGuardia.  

There are 3 shows:
1/20 - 4pm + 7pm

1/21 - 2pm 

Tickets can be purchased at the link below. Proceeds from ticket sales go to fund the Dance Department, so please tell all your friends and family to come watch our talented Seniors perform! You can purchase tickets at TIX - Ticket Sales

Monday, January 23 - Senior Luncheon - Please remind all senior Dance majors that a post-showcase celebratory lunch will be served to all seniors on Monday 1/23. Seniors! Don't miss this yearly tradition!

DONATE DONATE DONATE DONATE - THANK YOU to all who donated in November and December. Your generosity was incredible!!! THANK YOU.

Did you know that the Dance PA helps fund guest choreographers, master classes and additional expenses year round for the dance department? We even sponsored a faculty holiday luncheon before the break. Please DONATE to the Dance PA fund. It's never too late and it’s never too little.  Everything is appreciated!

MERCHANDISE - The wait is over!  We have new Dance merch and we’ll be selling it at the Winter Dance Showcase - we’ll need volunteers to inventory and sell!  We’d love your help!

Please remember to check DANCE HAPPENINGS for any and all upcoming events in the Dance Dept.  

Contact Dance PA

Courtney Potts & Heide Valero
Dance Studio Co-Representatives


THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY! Thank you to all our generous families who contributed during the Annual Appeal to support the Drama Studio! With your help we’ve raised close to $20K so far this year. BUT…. Just because the fall appeal is over, it’s not too late to give. Donations are still welcome and NEEDED, and you can give anytime by going HERE. Remember to select “Drama Studio” from the drop-down menu, and thank you!

ANNUAL APPEAL RAFFLE DRAWING This week we will  select a winner for our raffle of two house tickets to a Broadway show (Hamilton, MJ: The Musical, Moulin Rouge, or Funny Girl). Please stay tuned for our announcement of the big winner!

NEXT MERCHANDISE PICK UP: THURSDAY 1/12, 3:00-4:30PM If you placed an order online for merchandise from the Drama Studio OR if you need to pick up your thank-you gift from donating to the Annual Appeal, you can have your student pick up your items at school, this Tuesday from 3-4:30pm in the lobby.

NEXT PODS MEETING: TBA Please stay tuned for an email announcement about our next PODS meeting, which will be virtual.

JOIN THE TEAM Want to get involved in the Drama Studio? Please reach out to us! We can use all the help we can get! 

Contact Drama PA

Daniel Ott & Emily Yoshikawa
Drama Studio Co-Representatives


Winter Musicale #1

Tuesday, January 10, 6 PM

Performance Group Order:

  • Concert Orchestra
  • Treble Chorus
  • Mixed Chorus
  • Symphony Orchestra

Winter Musicale #2

Thursday, January 12, 6 PM

Performance Group Order:

  • String Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Operetta Workshop
  • Elementary Chorus
  • Cantare

Purchase Tickets HERE

Save The Date!

Music Studio General Meeting: Tuesday, January 17, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Contact Music PA

Marcee Smith and Christian O'Connor
Vocal Co-Representative

Rebecca Sherman and Monique Johnson
Instrumental Co-Representative

Tech Studio Meeting

The next Tech Studio meeting will be held on Zoom at 6 pm on Wednesday January 18th. Here is the zoom link:

Meeting ID: 507 786 8251

Contact Tech PA

Louisa Chafee & Rina Cohen Schwartz
Tech Studio Co-Representatives

Alumni & Friends
Summer Study Arts Scholarships

We are excited to announce that in addition to LaGuardia's amazing free Summer Arts program, LaGuardia Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen may apply for the Alumni & Friends Summer Study Arts Scholarships. These scholarships are for students with financial need who wish to pursue the arts over the summer. Last year more than 80 scholarships were given out to students in all studios.
The deadline to apply is January 25, 2023. 

Click HERE to apply.

Contact A&F
Outside Opportunities
Auditions, Opportunities and Free Arts events in and around NYC.

Alumni & Friends Summer Study 

Apply by 1/25/2023

Neighborhood Playhouse Teen Conservatory

Accepting applications for 4 week summer program. Application fee waived for LaGuardia students. 

National Youth Orchestra Programs

Apply by 1/19/22

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