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Originally delivered on 5/7/2023 8:34 pm

SUBJECT: SNN - 5/7/23: 1) PA Elections; 2) Rising Stars; 3) Annual Benefit

Issue 34, May 7, 2023
Teacher Appreciation Week (5/7 - 5/12)

Parents please join the Parents Association in celebrating the amazing LaGuardia High School teachers, administrators, and staff for all their hard work each and every day all throughout the year.


Parents Association Spring Elections May 17 @ 7:00pm

Mark your calendars for the next General PA meeting on May 17th when we will hold our PASpring Elections 2023 to elect parent association officers for the next school year. 

Click HERE to read job descriptions.

Click HERE to nominate YOURSELF.

Click HERE to nominate SOMEONE ELSE.

Please direct any questions to:

Class of 2023 - Decision Day

Huge thanks to everyone who helped celebrate Senior Decision Day.  This was a joint effort by the LaG Secondary Specialist Office, Alumni + Friends and the PA (Academic Forum and Senior Rep).

These soon to be alums stopped by for photos, snacks and officially recorded their college choice in MAIA.  

SENIOR PARENTS - Please encourage your student to update MAIA with their college outcomes. This is the ONLY way LaG keeps track of college outcomes and is incredibly helpful for LaG families applying to college next year and beyond.

SENIORS who update MAIA by MAY 10 will be entered into a drawing for FREE senior dues. That's right! The PA will pay for the winner's senior dues. 

SENIORS keep in touch!  Sign up to receive Alumni + Friends email communications.

DOE: Vote by May 9th!

NYC's Community and Citywide Education Councils are charged with promoting student achievement, advising and commenting on education politics, and providing input to the chancellor on the Panel for Educational Policy. Voting in these elections gives you an opportunity to have a direct impact in your school community and on your child's education. Review the Candidate Profiles and vote by May 9th! 

ALL SCHOOL - Rising Stars Auditions by May 15!

We are pleased to bring back a beloved LaGuardia tradition with a few additions! 

Rising Stars is a showcase that celebrates young artistry without the boundaries of our majors. The show features exceptional and diverse talent while promoting unity, equity, and collaboration. 

Through Rising Stars 2023: Reprise, we will continue the legacy of the performing arts talent while additionally representing the voices of our visual artists. The show features a walkthrough of an immersive art experience, starting the show like never before. 

  • Fine Art Photography, 2D Art, Sculpture, etc.
  • Digital Media: Drawing, Film, Animation, Sound, etc.
  • Live Art-Making: live painting, live drawing, performance art, etc.
  • Instrumental or Vocal Performances: music, singing, rap, spoken word performances, etc.
  • Dance
  • Skits
  • Comedy Acts
  • Fashion Show/Display

...and more

Feel free to create and go out of the box!

Important Information

DEADLINES: The deadline to submit auditions is May 15th. We are requesting that your work be near completion at a minimum. If you act is incomplete, you will be contacted by the curatorial panel regarding next steps. 

GUIDELINES: Solos and duets: 3 minutes max; Group works: 7 minutes max. 

TECH REHEARSALS: These are rehearsal time frames, please have minimal to no conflicts. Anticipate minimal rehearsal time. 

  • Tuesday, June 13th, 4-8PM
  • Wednesday, June 14th, 8:30AM - 8PM
  • Thursday, June 15th, 10AM - 5PM

SHOWS: June 15th and June 16th, 7:00PM


Follow us on Insta: LAGrisingstars2023

Questions: email us at

SCHOOL EVENT: #ForMe Digital Wellness Workshop - 5/17 @ 4:30
ALL SCHOOL - Annual Benefit & Auction, 6/6/23

Tickets go on sale tomorrow - check your inbox for details!


Please support the Annual Benefit and Auction by purchasing an item from our Amazon wishlist. All items purchased from this list will be delivered to LaGuardia directly and auctioned at the Annual Benefit and Auction on June 6th!


The pandemic is the gift that keeps on giving and our PA budget reflects it.  

We are on track to end our fiscal year with a deficit somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 - 6 figures.

This means that next year there will be cutbacks on many PA initiatives such as:  

  • Online Grade Book 
  • All School Musical and Rising Stars
  • Consultants for Auditions/CallBack
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Performance Space Maintenance
  • Financial Aid for Graduation Expenses
  • Financial Aid for AP exams and pSAT and SAT prep
  • Spirit of LaG Awards
  • Student Clubs
  • Athletics

…and more.

NOTE Correct shipping address:  Select address for Diane Vasquez from drop down menu (we are not allowed to ship items to LaGuardia - Diane is a music studio parent who volunteered to accept delivery. THANK YOU DIANE!) 

Academic Forum

Academic Approach SAT summer tutoring offer

ACADEMIC APPROACH will be offering another SAT test prep series this summer at the special rate of $400 for LaG students! The late afternoon/summer hours being offered have been specially timed by Academic Approach  to accommodate students who might have summer jobs  or internships. Twenty-four hours of instruction over the course of six weeks  are customized to target skills and strategies most necessary for their success. Lessons include reading annotation, math problem-solving, grammar and rhetorical skills with a rigorous emphasis on their application on the standardized tests. Two practice tests are also included. Find more about the LaG discount and schedules here.

Contact Academic Forum

Jane Berk, Joslin Paradise, AnneMarie Tamis-Nasello, Joy Bassini

Office Hours 

Every Friday -  10:30 - 11:30 AM

LINK to office hours

Girls Softball

On Thursday, the Girls Softball Team lost another close game to HSMSE 9-8. Maggie Stuckey pitched a good game in a losing effort and also contributed with a big RBI hit. Aubrey Abramson, Leila Amoroso, Alexandra Brill, Sofia Kanso-Robertson, and Rylan Thompson were strong contributors on offense as well.

Next Tuesday, 5/9, the Lions have a rematch on Randall's Island with East Harlem Pride who LaGuardia beat 15-14 earlier in the season.



All teams in season can purchase merchandise HERE

Donors Choose

Thank you for fully funding Mr. Abikzer's most recent project for cameras so students can complete the yearbook!

It's Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day is Tuesday, May 9th!

On May 9th, the SONIC Foundation will make sure every single donation on DonorsChoose is matched at least 50%, while funds last. That means a $20 donation will become a $30 donation, and so on.

Let's show our appreciation by helping our teachers get their projects funded and make your donations go 1.5x further while funds last!

Ms. De la Cruz needs a new computer to be able to teach and prepare lessons for students.

Please visit our DonorsChoose page and share with your family and friends.  Anyone can contribute and all donations are tax deductible.

Your contributions and/or sharing of these links is greatly appreciated!

Senior Families / Class of 2023

May 9th is the last day to order LaGuardia Senior Class of 2023 t-shirt/hoodies! There will be no extensions! 

Click HERE to order the hoodie with logo designed by Art Senior, Adriana Gonzalez

Click HERE to order the t-shirt with logo designed by Art Senior, Chiara Giardina. 

Junior Families / Class of 2024

To join our WhatsApp group, please click here

Thank You! Erica Reaves

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

Sophomore Families / Class of 2025

A WhatsApp group chat has been organized for class of 2025 parents/guardians. Please share your name and your student’s studio when you join. 

Click here to join 2025 LaG Families WhatsApp Group.

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 these forums 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

Join the 2026 Families WhatsApp Chat

Join the 2026 Families Facebook Group

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


Click on the SECTION LINKS for details about the latest and greatest happenings in each studio. 


Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives

PA Art Studio Newsletter
PA Art Studio Webpage
LaGuardia Arts HS Fine Arts Studio

Mark your calendars for OBSERVATION WEEK, May 15-19.  Please check the Dance Studio page for more details!  
See you in the studio!   


Courtney Potts & Heide Valero
Dance Studio Co-Representatives

Instagram: @dance_lag
PA Dance Studio Webpage
LaGuardia Arts HS Dance Studio



Come hear from some of our amazing graduating seniors about their college application/audition process. We will also be looking ahead to our final PODS meeting in June where we will elect a new PODS board for 2023-24. 


Daniel Ott & Emily Yoshikawa
Drama Studio Co-Representatives

PA Drama Studio Merch Store
PA Drama Studio Webpage
LaGuardia Arts HS Drama Studio

Spring Gospel Concert: Atmosphere

Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m.

LaGuardia Concert Hall

Show Choir Concert

Friday, May 12th, 6:30 p.m.

LaGuardia  Concert Hall

Buy Tickets Here


Marcee Smith and Christian O'Connor
Vocal Co-Representative

Rebecca Sherman and Monique Johnson
Instrumental Co-Representative

PA Music Monday Newsletter
PA Music Studio Merch Store
PA Music Studio Webpage
LaGuardia Arts HS Music Studio

Text LAGMUSIC to 44321 to donate today! 

Please consider joining theTech board for next year. All positions are open as we do have current members stepping down. Elections will be in May to give anyone interested a chance to shadow before the end of the year. 

Please click here to see the details.

We will elect members at the next meeting. 


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

Post-Secondary Specialist

Allison Kleiman

Post-Secondary Specialist

Room 233

(212) 496-0700 x 2233

Weekly Zoom meetings at 9 am and 12:30 pm

Weekly Zoom Archives

Maia Learning for 11th  and 12th grade students and families

Compass Prep Testing Guide

11th and 12th Grade Google Classroom Codes: 

Class of 2023: trpcmui 

Class of 2024: j2kozj2

Parent Coordinator News

Donuts & Coffee Outreach

The first Friday of every month, parents/guardians are invited to come to my office, Room 211, for Donuts & Coffee Outreach. Parents can stop by anytime between 7:45AM and 10:45 AM. 

For parents/guardians who can't visit in-person, I will have Zoom office hours between 1:00PM and 4:00PM on the same days.

Check you inbox for an email from Jerrianna containing ZOOM links.

Jerrianna Phenix

Parent Coordinator

(212) 496-0700 x7209

Outside Opportunities

PRATT Institute Summer Scholars Program in Architecture, Drawing the Figure, Drawing the Object, and Painting. Registration opened on 4/14 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Email: or call 718-636-3654.

PRATT Need-Based Programs

Pratt Young Scholars is a scholarship program teaching art and design with college preparation to motivated high school students. Participants must meet income eligibility requirements. 

Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE) is a scholarship program that introduces students to the challenges of creative thinking and problem-solving through studio classes in design. Students investigate their communities through various programs such as Graphic Design, Architecture, Design Entrepreneurship, and more. Participants must meet income eligibility requirements.

To submit opportunities or help compile this list weekly, please email us at

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