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Originally delivered on 10/22/2023 7:34 pm

SUBJECT: SNN 10/22 Accolades, Press, Rising Stars and more

Issue 9, October 22, 2023
Academic Accolades

Congratulations to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts which was named to the 2023 AP School Honor Roll! The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results and broadening access for students.

Schools can earn the Honor Roll recognition annually based on their ability to increase their school’s college-going culture, to provide opportunities for students to earn college credit, and to maximize college readiness. 

LaG Student Featured in NY1 Article

Check out NY1's article "Upper West Side home to some of the world's best artists" that describes LaG as "New York City’s most famous performing and visual arts public school" and quotes senior class marimba player Daniel Perez Ponce. 

Department Testing Schedule

Please note that each department is assigned one day of the school week to test students. This is to ensure that students are not taking multiple tests on one day. If you have any questions about the testing schedule, please email Mr. Justin Mackey at

Monday: Make-up / World Language

Tuesday: Science/Studios

Wednesday: English/Health

Thursday: Math

Friday: Social Studies

Rising Stars Meeting

When: Monday, October 30th @ 7:00pm

Where: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 878 4647 4196
Passcode: 855035

Click HERE  to sign up for an audition time slot. For questions or to volunteer, email


The PA is looking for parent volunteers to be a part of the Benefit/Auction Committee. Join us for our first meeting. 

When: Monday, November 6th @ 6:30 PM

Where: Zoom  (check back for link)

If you're interested in being a part of this dynamic committee, please email

Support the Addams Family musical!

The Addams Family musical needs a Boy Scouts (or similar) uniform sized youth XL or adult small. Please email if you have one to donate.


We suggest donating $500 to the General PA and $250 to your student's studio. If you can afford more, please donate more. For credit card donations, please use links below. If you are donating to both the General PA and a studio, you will need to make two separate transactions. 

General PA
Art Studio
Dance Studio
Drama Studio
Music Studio
Tech Studio Please write your name and student's name in the note section

Check: Payable to LaGuardia HS PA; mail to LaGuardia HS PA, 100 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY 10023


We are aiming for 100% participation from LaGuardia families.

We welcome donations of ANY size!


Please email Erica Blum at for more information about college rep visits. 

SENIORS: Please see the college visit list below for the coming week. Please RSVP for visits in MaiaLearning. Instructions on how to RSVP are in Ms. Blum's 12th Grade Post-Secondary Classroom.

Upcoming College Fairs

Architecture & Design College Fair
10/28, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

High school students are invited to learn more about applying to architecture school. Representatives from over 30 colleges, universities, and design programs will be at the Center for Architecture to meet with students and answer questions. Pre-registration is required by 10/27. Register HERE.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012. 

Virtual College Fair
11/12, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Register HERE.

Academic Forum Officers

Jane Berk
Jeanette Cochrane
Tai Hernandez McShane
Limor Nesher


Academic Approach, a test prep company, is offering complimentary practice tests for both the SAT and the ACT, and will assess your student's strengths and weaknesses. 

Private one-on-one tutoring services are available for both the SAT and the ACT at discounted rates for LaGuardia students. 

Classroom college test prep courses are offered again in early 2024 (current session sign-up is now closed) and will include 24 hours of class time as well as 3 practice tests. To learn more, please visit HERE

Please contact the Academic Forum for financial support if necessary (available one time only to juniors and seniors). 

FOR JUNIORS WHO MISSED THE PSAT TEST: Compass Education* is now offering students a no-stress make-up PSAT test at no charge (this, however, is not an official Collegeboard test, so it doesn't qualify for National Merit+). If you are interested, please log on to:
Compass Digital Adaptive PSAT Practice Test
Compass Make-up Digital Adaptive PSAT Practice Test

FOR SOPHOMORES WHO WANTED TO TAKE LAST WEEK’S PSAT TEST: The Academic Forum will be setting up a trial test in the spring through Compass Education. Stay tuned for further information!

*see disclaimer at the bottom of this newsletter 


Thank you for fully funding Ms. Healy's most recent project request to add board games to the library so that students can take a brain break after completion of classwork and research!

Due to budget cuts and lower enrollment numbers, many teachers are lacking the resources needed to fully support their classrooms and the students. DonorsChoose is a great way to help teachers fund their classroom needs! 

All donations to Mr. Abikzer's current project (for cameras and equipment to be used for the yearbook) are now being matched thanks to General Motors, while funds last. That means your donations go a little bit further!

Only $392 is needed to complete this project request and allow students to document the year for the yearbook.

Please visit our DonorsChoose page to view all 13 project requests, 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!

Class of 2024

Senior Class Representative, Jamie McShane, 

Chaperones are needed to escort senior students to the group class photo shoot at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park and then walk back to school. How often do you get to enjoy a relaxing autumn stroll with your kid and their friends? Pretty soon they'll be off to college and you'll wish you had signed up for this. Join us!

October 30, 2023

7:45 a.m. until 12 noon; meet up at LaGuardia HS

Interested? Contact:

Class of 2025

Junior Class Representative, Victoria Rodriguez, 

If you are a parent/guardian of a 2025 student at LaGuardia, please join our parent/guardian WhatsApp chat group. All Studios. The intent is to share useful info and support each other.**

Class of 2026

Sophomore Class Representative, Lindsay Manley, 

If you are a parent/guardian of a 2026 student at LaGuardia, please join our class WhatsApp chat.**

Class of 2027

Freshman Class Representative, Shira Eisenberg, 

If you have not yet, and would like to join the 2027 class WhatsApp chat or Facebook page please use the links below.  If there is anything else that I can help anyone with, please feel free to reach out.** **


Kristin Leigh & Caroline Andoscia
Art Studio Co-Representatives
Art Department Webpage
PA Art Studio Newsletter
PA Art Studio Webpage

Student Curated Art Show opens Friday 11/10
The art department is now accepting submissions for this year's show, themed COLOR EXPERIMENT! Deadline to submit work is 10/23. All Art Studio students can submit work.

Please join the Art Studio PA WhatsApp Group. **

Erica Schohn & Joslin Paradise
Dance Studio Co-Representatives
LaGuardia HS Dance Studio Webpage

Please see the latest Dance Happenings calendar, which outlines all important dates, upcoming events and links to new initiatives specific to the dance department.

Additionally, if you haven't done so already, please join the WhatsApp group for dance parents of all grade levels; this is a great way for all dance parents to communicate. To join, click HERE. **

Sarah Ireland & Sara Brunetti
Drama Studio Co-Representatives
Laguardia HS Drama Studio Webpage


  • When: October 26th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  
  • Where: Room G17 at LaGuardia 
  • What: Meet Principal Marwah. Learn what's up next in drama and connect with other drama families and parents. Drama merch will be available for purchase!

Get connected We'd love to have you involved. Please create an account HERE to receive communication from the Drama Studio.

Merch! Our ONLINE STORE is up and running. Show your school spirit with great new styles plus "drama blacks" sweats and tees! 

Outside Opportunity
Artsbridge NYC Audition Workshop
November 18 & 19
Get your audition material ready with specialized classes and one-on-one guidance from musical theater and acting faculty from top college programs.

Marcee Smith & Diane Vasquez
Music Studio Vocal Co-Representatives

Rebecca Sherman
Music Instrumental  Representative
LaGuardia HS Music Studio Webpage

Join us tomorrow evening!

What: Music Studio election meeting

When: Monday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Zoom, click here to join; meeting ID: 875 5446 9948 passcode: 753702

Come out to this virtual meeting and learn about volunteering to take a seat on your Music Studio Executive Board for the following positions: Co-Instrumental Rep, Co-Recording Secretary and Co-Corresponding Secretary. We look forward to seeing you!

Rina Cohen Schwarz & Cynthia Solis Yi
Tech Studio Co-Representatives
LaGuardia HS Tech Studio Webpage
Tech Studio Merchandise

ALL LaGuardia students will have the chance to shop for some fabulous finds from our Costumes Department at LaG's own Halloween Thrift Shop in the lobby on Friday, 10/27 2:45-4:45 p.m. Every item will be VERY affordable, but students should bring a little cash or use ApplePay/GooglePay on their phones.

Parent volunteers are needed at school this Friday, 10/27 to sell at LaG's Halloween Thrift Shop. Sign up to volunteer HERE.

Our next POTS meeting is on Wednesday 10/25 @ 7:30 p.m. Join Zoom HERE. 

You can find meeting details (and probably answers to many of your Tech studio questions) on the Tech page - click HERE

Join our Tech Whatsapp chat:**

Please add yourself to Tech's contact list

-Your POTS team: Cynthia, Rina, Carmen, Annie & Rosalie


The PA VP of Special Education (Caitlin Barton-Landfield) and the SLT Parent Special Education Rep (Patricia Chesky) met with the LaGuardia Special Education team and we are building a positive partnership together with the school to support families and students with IEPs and 504s at LaGuardia. The school is open and willing to work with families and students and has been making steady progress.

If you are a parent/guardian of a student with an IEP or 504 at LaGuardia, please join our WhatsApp chat group. The purpose is to support each other regarding questions/concerns related to our student’s IEP or 504 at LaGuardia.**

For general Special Education questions, please carefully review the NYC DOE regulations for Special Education services for 504s and IEPs:

Casting Call

Vindhya Gupta from NYU Graduate Film is casting for a commercial for Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop in Greenpoint. The project will be shot within a 10-12 hour time frame. Andre Shen, the director, is an extremely talented director from Shanghai, China and the DP Arina Vala is a known cinematographer from Iceland. Please contact Vindhya Gupta at for more information. 

Casting Call

Eric Zhang, NYU MFA Film student, writer and director is looking to cast two teenagers in his upcoming short film "Polaroid." Synopsis: an isolated teenage boy, Henry, who writes judgmental comments on the polaroid pictures he takes of strangers, develops an unexpected connection with a free-spirited girl. Rehearsals in November and December. Shoot dates are currently 1/13/24 - 1/17/24. This project is part of the SAG Micro-budget Agreement. Payment is deferred. Contact Eric at or 412-480-6182. 

Teens Open Studio at The Whitney A free art-making program on select Fridays: 11/3, 11/10, 12/1, 12/8. Work with contemporary artists to create and learn new techniques with art projects inspired by The Whitney’s exhibitions and collection.

Teen Halloween Night at The Whitney Teens are invited to Halloween Teen Night at The Whitney, organized by our Youth Insights Leaders. Come in costume and enjoy live music, dancing, artist-led workshops, a spooky photo booth, snacks, and more! 10/27/23 @ 4-7 p.m.

For more outside student opportunities, click HERE.


Jerrianna Phenix

Parent Coordinator

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