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Originally delivered on 10/29/2023 8:00 pm

SUBJECT: SNN 10/29 Senior Photo Cancelled, College Info, Rising Stars and more

Issue 10, October 29, 2023

When: Monday, October 30th @ 7:00 p.m.
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

Student Musical Director Application

This application is open to Juniors and Seniors who would like to be Musical Directors for Rising Stars. These two students will be the leaders of House Band.  Apply HERE.

  • Consult with Music Supervisor about the choice of musicians for the House Band
  • Consult with Music Supervisor to make arrangements and orchestrations for acts in the show
  • Set dates for and lead rehearsals with the house band before technical rehearsals
  • Lead the band for all performances

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 p.m.

Where: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 897 5385 6355
Passcode: 349182

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


November 9th, 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.
School lobby

Get your LaG swag and share in school spirit with all-studio LaG school merchandise. All proceeds directly support the PA and studio enrichment programs for our wonderful students and educators. Check out some of the new merch from your studio on November 9th!

In-Person PA Meeting

Tuesday, November 14th at 6:00 p.m.

Location: The Little Flower Theater @ LaGuardia

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Let's keep the momentum going!

We have reached 28% of our goal! We are so pleased to see families stepping up and donating whatever they can. We all know budgets have been cut but we don't want our students to have less than the full LaGuardia experience, so please give what you can. 

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 the 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. Students RSVP in MaiaLearning. Senior parents can view the visit schedule in MaiaLearning if they go under the student view and then to the left menu and click on "events" and then "university visits."


Monday 10/30, 5 - 6 p.m.
Macaulay Honors College Application Workshop (Virtual)

This workshop will provide assistance to currently enrolled high school seniors in completing the CUNY MHC application. Students will be provided with tips to upload extracurricular activities, recommendations, and answers to frequently asked questions. Register HERE.


How to Apply to SUNY Workshops (In-Person)
Wednesday 11/18 @ 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11/29 @ 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12/13 @ 5:30 p.m.

Educational Opportunity Program Information Sessions (Virtual)
Navigating the EOP Financial Verification Process
Tuesday 11/7 & 12/13 @ 6:00 p.m.

EOP Information Session
Thursday 11/9 & 12/7 @ 3:00 p.m.


New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYS HESC) offers a series of virtual live and on-demand events designed to help students on their path toward higher education with advice about accessing and financing a college education. Browse upcoming events HERE

Creating your FSA ID Your FSA ID is the first step to getting access to federal student financial aid. Join us as we walk you through the quick and easy process to create your FSA ID! Every Monday and Friday @ 4:00 p.m. Email Ms. Blum for details.

What Seniors Need to Know about Financial Aid for College Review federal, state, institutional and private scholarships, how to apply for aid, deadlines and more.
Thursday 11/2 @ 6:00 p.m. Join Zoom meeting HERE

uAspire is a national nonprofit that hosts free virtual events to help underrepresented students access money for college.

CSS Profile Walkthrough 
Thursday 11/2 @ 7:00 p.m.

Scholarships Basics & Tips
Tuesday 11/7 @ 4:00 p.m.

Affording College 101
Wednesday 11/5 @ 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming College Fairs

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 College Board test, so it doesn't qualify for National Merit+). If you are interested, please log on to:
Compass Digital Adaptive PSAT Practice Test

+For National Merit eligibility, students have to take the PSAT through College Board or students can participate through "alternate entry." Potential high-scoring students can read about alternate entry here.

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. Kim's most recent project request for Wacom tablets to help students create digital designs.

Many more teachers need our help in getting their project requests funded. There are currently 12 project requests on our DonorsChoose page for art supplies, technology tools and much more. All Donations to Mr. Abikzer's and Ms. Kim's projects are currently being matched by General Motors and The Allstate Foundation, respectively, while funds last. 

Please view the current list of projects, donate, and share the links with your extended families and networks. Together, we can ensure our teachers receive the resources needed to make the classroom a thriving and robust place to learn. Anyone can contribute; all donations are greatly appreciated, and tax deductible! 

Class of 2024

Senior Class Representative, Jamie McShane, 



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 
Friday 11/10, 1:30 - 7:00 pm
Friday 11/17, time TBD
Please note that there will not be a Saturday showing.

We look forward to seeing everyone there celebrating our student artists first show of the year. Also please consider volunteering to help sell great art studio merchandise. Look for the SignUpGenius this week.

Next Art PA Meeting 
Monday 11/13
The poll results were in favor of an in-person meeting, but we heard from many people who can’t make it, so we are going to have a Zoom meeting. This is an important meeting because we will be focusing on fundraising, and we would like maximum attendance. As everyone saw from AP O’Connell’s letter, there is an urgent need for funding for the art studio. Please try to attend and bring all your ideas. We will have information available on the art studio sponsorships and other information. We need volunteers to sell merchandise at our upcoming events also. This is a great way to contribute so please consider helping at an art show or at spirit day sale. Look for the SignUpGenius this week.  to Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.  

Fine Art Studio Meeting Schedule for 2023/24
Monday, Dec 4, 2023
Monday, Jan 8, 2024
Monday, Feb 5, 2024
Monday, Mar 4, 2024
Monday, Apr 8, 2024
Monday, May 6, 2024
Monday, June 3, 2024

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

A big thank you to Principal Marwah and all the families who came out to share ideas and build community! 

Our next PODS meeting is set for November 30th on Zoom. 

And we have a tentative date of 12/12 for a parent meet-up at the West Bank Cafe in Hell's Kitchen. More info coming soon.

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

The Music Studio is excited to welcome two new board members:

Freshman vocal parents Abhilasha Mahan as Co-Recording Secretary and Michael Goldsman as Co-Corresponding Secretary.

Save the Date!

Thursday, November 9th, 2:30-4:30pm - All School Spirit Sale

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

A huge thank you to the volunteer parents, Ms Amelia Dombrowski and her costumes team, admin and most importantly the shoppers (students and faculty) who supported the LaG Halloween Costumes Thrift Sale Extravaganza on Friday 10/27!

You can find great info (and probably answers to many of your Tech Studio questions) on the Tech page - click HERE

Minutes from our POTS meeting on 10/25, including the link to the Zoom recording, are up on our Tech Studio page.

Maybe you’re ready to join our board? We’re looking for folks who can help with the following:

  • Grant writing for technical equipment and production items
  • Volunteer Chair to help create spreadsheets to organize volunteers for in-school events

Interested? Perhaps you have some questions or suggestions?Email us at

-Carmen, Annie, Rosalie, Cynthia & Rina 


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

Abdullah Shahid, NYU graduate student, is casting for a short film titled "Hide and Seek." Looking for a male who looks 7-12 years old, and a female who looks 6-11 years old. The project will be shot on 11/10 and 11/11 in Windsor Terrace near Prospect Park. Open to SAG/Non-union. All roles unpaid. Meals provided. Please email Erik Skattum at about submitting headshots/reels. No auditions will be held. 

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.

For more outside student opportunities, click HERE.


Jerrianna Phenix

Parent Coordinator

Coffee & Donuts

Jerrianna hosts a coffee and donuts get together the first Friday of the month. You can stop by anytime between 9:00 and 10:30 am. Please email her ahead of time if you plan to come. 

If you can't make the in-person coffee and donuts meeting, then join Jerrianna's virtual office hours between 1:30 and 3:30 pm also on the first Friday of the month. Join  HERE.  Meeting ID: 846 4741 2483. Passcode: 911498

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