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Originally delivered on 9/25/2022 8:45 pm

SUBJECT: Sunday Night News 9/25/22

Sunday Night News  —  Issue #5
September 25, 2022







We will hold elections during our General PA meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 pm via Zoom (please register here).

This will be a virtual expedited election, which means that all nominations will be taken from the floor on the night of the election, not in advance. After we close the nomination floor that evening, candidates will be given the opportunity to make brief statements.

Because this will be a virtual expedited election and because nominations will be taken from the floor, there is no Nominating Committee to solicit nominations before the virtual election. Instead, we have a group of parents who volunteered to manage the virtual expedited election process.

If you would like to run for any of the open EB or SLT positions, we encourage you to nominate yourself or nominate someone during Wednesday's election.


Treasurer (1 position)

First Vice President - Communications
(1 position)

Third Vice President - Fundraising
(1 position)

Assistant Secretary (1 position)

Audit Officer (1 position)

Freshman Representative
(1 position)

Sophomore Representative
(1 position)

Junior Representative (1 position)

Senior Representative (1 position)


SLT Freshman Representative
(1 position)

To help us conduct our elections as quickly and as efficiently as possible, please take note of the following:

All parents/guardians with currently-enrolled LaGuardia students may vote in the LAGHSPA Virtual Expedited Elections.

You must register in advance for this meeting by clickingHERE.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The Zoom room will open at 6:30 pm to allow time for voters to rename themselves with their codes.

To help ensure a fair election, each voter will need a code to verify their status as a parent/guardian of a current LaGuardia student. Up to two votes are allowed per child per ballot during each election.

Your verification code is the last six digits of your child's OSIS number followed by "A" for one parent/guardian and "B" for the second parent/guardian, if applicable.

Example: If your child’s OSIS # is 123456789, your code would be 456789A; and if your child has a second parent/guardian, their code would be 456789B.


Please also let us know if you can help in these non-elected positions:

Parent Coordinator Search Committee
We need parent/guardian volunteers to participate in a new committee that will help interview and hire a new parent coordinator.

Volunteer Coordinator

Website Editor

Social Media Manager

Interested? Send an email to Jamie McShane:

We encourage you to get involved. Bring your willingness to help. We can all help each other and accomplish great things together in support of our kids. So, what are you waiting for? 

Thank you for your time and interest. We look forward to working with you!


If you know a donor who would like to help support Rising Stars, please reach out as soon as possible to

We're seeking funds to cover the cost of tickets for our RS2021 lead student team to attend the NY Emmy Award ceremony so there is a student presence to receive the award in the event that they win their category!

Unfortunately, LAGHSPA can only allocate funds to current LaGuardia student initiatives.

Please help us to find a sponsor. We were advised to purchase tickets by THIS FRIDAY, 9/30.


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.

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."

Grades, Attendance, and Messaging

from Principal Vasconcelos

"We will share more information about family access to GAMA (Grades, Attendance, Messaging) if and when we have them. It is a DOE system so families should refer to the DOE website here."

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.



Wednesday, September 28 at 6 pm is the first Parents of Tech Students (POTS) meeting of the year. 

  • This meeting will be virtual. Please click zoom link hereor dial 1 929 205 6099 and use Meeting ID: 507 786 8251.
  • Please attend to meet Eli Schreiner, newly minted Interim Acting AP of Career & Technical Development. He will present and be available to answer any questions you may have.

The Tech Studio PA is looking for additional leadership: Recording Secretary; Volunteer Coordinator; Fundraising Manager. Please consider volunteering.

Please send us your questions/comments/feedback at the Tech Studio email below. 

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 this 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 to our senior Drama students. Senior students should reserve ONE time slot through the link already provided to students through Google Classroom.


Want to get involved in the Drama Studio? We have several vital volunteer positions and we need YOU to help out! We are 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


2 Volunteers Needed!
Instrumental Co-Representatives

Marcee Smith
Vocal Representative

General Inquiries

PA Music Monday Newsletter

PA Music Studio Merch Store

PA Music Studio Webpage

LaGuardia Arts HS Music Studio



Please mark your calendars for the first meeting of Dance Studio parents on Wednesday, October 6 at 6 pm in Room 857. We will provide a zoom link closer to the date.

Dance Faculty will be in attendance to answer questions and see both new and familiar faces!

We look forward to seeing you there!  

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



Help make the Art Studio even more amazing by donating today!

Click HERE to donate. Please use the drop-down menu to select Art Studio. 

Your donations go toward:

  • Purchasing art supplies for all students
  • Aprons for all first-year students
  • Graduation luncheon for seniors
  • Visiting Artist Program
  • Capitol improvements such as lighting and digital arts room
  • And much more…

We are asking families to donate $250 but any amount is welcome and appreciated.


The Art Studio PA is looking for parent volunteers to help plan and implement our hugely successful Visiting Artist Program. This program identifies and invites professionals with established careers in the arts to share their work and experiences with current LaGuardia students. In the past, artists from all disciplines have inspired our students; painters, photographers, textile designers, illustrators, and architects to name a few. If you are interested in volunteering, please email us. 


Interested in other volunteer opportunities? Complete our volunteer interest form here

Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives

PA Art Studio Newsletter

PA Art Studio Webpage

LaGuardia Arts HS Fine Arts Studio


Thank you for fully funding Ms. Steffen's most recent project for a new laptop!

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

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. Be the first to donate!


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.

September 28, 7:00 pm

day/time & location/format TBD

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

day/time TBD
location/format TBD


NBC STAR CHOIR The Holiday Singing Competition. Enter for a chance to perform during the Christmas in Rockefeller Center Special on NBC.  Apply by 9/30/22. 

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 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
3:00p Club Application Deadline
6:00p Tech Studio PA Meeting @6pm
Thursday, September 29
10:30a Elon University
11:20a Bates College
1:00p Bard College
1:45p Rhode Island School of Design
Friday, September 30
7:45a Fiorello Friday
COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution
COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution
10:30a Muhlenberg College
11:20a Brandeis University
3:30p Club Fair
Sunday, October 2
Building Closed
Monday, October 3
8:00a Fordham University
8:50a Stevens Institute of Technology
1:00p St. John's University
1:45p Quinnipiac University
3:25p Williams College
Tuesday, October 4
11:20a Goucher College
4:30p Building Closed
Wednesday, October 5
Building Closed
Yom Kippur - Schools Closed
Thursday, October 6
8:00a University of Maryland-College Park
8:50a University of North Carolina at Asheville
10:30a Haverford College
1:45p Les Roches
3:25p University of Southern California
3:30p Highly Selective College Admissions - A View from Penn - Student Workshop
3:30p University of Pennsylvania
7:00p Highly Selective College Admissions - A View from Penn - Family Workshop
Friday, October 7
7:45a Fiorello Friday
8:50a Lawrence University
10:30a Tulane University of Louisiana
11:20a University of Connecticut
12:00p Dance Youngarts Filming
4:30p Latinx Dance Celebration
Saturday, October 8
8:00a Dance Youngarts Filiming
Monday, October 10
Indigenous People's Day - Schools Closed
Columbus Day
Indigenous Peoples' Day
Tuesday, October 11
8:00a University of Toronto
Concerto Competition
Senior Graduation Portraits

NYCDOE School Year Calendar 2022-2023

Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Urdu, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Korean and French translations here.


Gabriel Kosakoff Memorial Concert 

You are invited to join us on Monday, October 17, 2022 at 7pm in the LaGuardia Concert Hall for a joyful celebration of the life and legacy of the beloved Gabriel Kosakoff (Music and Art 1944 alumnus, and Instrumental Music Faculty and Chair 1956-1991), who passed away in March 2022. Doors will open at 6:30pm and seating is general admission.

Former faculty member Justin DiCioccio is the music director for the event, which will feature performances by Bela Fleck, Larry Aberman, Daniel Druckman, Mark Sherman, Rand Steiger, Kenny Washington, and the LaGuardia High School Brass Ensemble (led by Kevin Blancq)! 

With tributes from Billy Cobham, James Conlon, Marcus Miller, Arturo O'Farrill, and Speranza Scappucci. 

The event is free but requires advance registration. Click here to register. Once you have registered, your name will be at the check-in at LaGuardia. Please arrive by 6:45pm.


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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