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1/22/2022 10:13 pm

Regents Week Update

No Regents Examinations in January 2022

 

Next week, Tuesday-Friday, was originally scheduled by the State to administer Regents Examinations. The State canceled the administration, stating that The January Regents Exams cannot be safely, equitably, and fairly administered across the state. We will continue to work with our schools, districts, and stakeholders to ensure they have what they need to provide academic, social and emotional, and mental health supports for our students. 

 

It is in this spirit of providing LaGuardia students support that we have a special schedule of activities that provides a variety of opportunities for students to connect with their teachers and their peers, prior to starting the Spring Semester.

 

All students who are enrolled in Regents courses are automatically registered to take Regents Examinations in June when they complete the course. (January Regents Examinations are for students who need to makeup or retake an exam.)  Regents Examinations fulfill graduation and diploma requirements and do not have a fee associated with the examinations. At this time the Regents Examination cancellation is ONLY for January 2022. 



Monday, January 24, 2022, is a Conference Bell Schedule

 

This coming Monday, students will attend their fall semester periods 1-10, following the shortened Conference Bell Schedule of 8:00am-2:48pm. The weekly allotment of two At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits is distributed in the lobby at the end of 8, 9, and 10th periods.

 

Tuesday, January 25-Friday, January 28, are Special Activities Schedules

 

  • The Regents Week Special Schedule shows activities for the week by grade - each grade is on a different tab.

  • Every morning before 10am, all students are required to complete the Google Form Regents Week Check In using their laguardiahs.org account to be marked present for the day - even if they are not in the building.

  • Participation in certain activities is required, such as: 

    • Guidance Post-Secondary Planning Sessions

    • Studio evaluations, rehearsals, and work calls

    • 9th and 10th grade City-wide Math and English Growth Assessments 

  • Participation in certain activities is optional, such as: 

    • Academic Support

    • Open Gym

    • Open Studio 

  • Communal spaces will be open:

    • The 5th Floor Cafeteria will be serving Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch

    • The 6th Floor Library will be open

  • Spring MetroCardS will be distributed by grade on the day students are attending their Guidance Post-Secondary Planning Session. The Metrocards will be active beginning Wednesday, February 2.

  • The weekly In-School PCR Testing will take place during Regents Week.



Clarification on CR Selection

 

The DOE Policy states: When schools transitioned to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the NYCDOE implemented the parent/guardian choice policy which gave parents/guardians the option to replace their student’s passing final grades with ‘CR’ (credit) to avoid penalizing students for a drop in performance for factors beyond their control. This policy remains in effect for high school students to provide safeguards as students and families continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and manage other out-of-school challenges. 

 

A parent/guardian (NOT a student) completes the CR Selection Request Form for each passing final grade they wish to replace with a CR. You CANNOT select a CR for a 55, NX, or marking period progress grade. We advise that families discuss with their guidance counselor prior to making the decision to select CR; colleges review the entire transcript and use grades as evidence of progress and persistence through challenges.

 

Seniors:  Only CR Selections requested by January 30, 2022, will be reflected on the transcript sent to colleges as part of the Mid Year Report.



1/22/2022 11:48 am

Regents Week

Dear LaGuardia Community,

 

We hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy.  As the fall semester comes to an end we are updating you with some logistical details:



Pupilpath/Skedula Partially Restored

 

As of this morning, all students and parents/guardians should be able to log into the web and app versions of Pupilpath; all faculty/staff have access to the web and app versions of Skedula/iOEducation. Please note that some functions, such as email messaging and password reset, are not fully operational. We thank you for your patience and understanding with this third-party software glitch.



Regents Week Special Activities Schedule

 

Friday, January 21, is the last day of the marking period. 

Monday, January 24, is the last day of scheduled classes for the semester.  We will be on a Conference Bell Schedule for students and teachers to wrap up their classes for the semester.

Tuesday, January 25-Friday, January 28, we will be running a Regents Week Special Schedule

  • Students will participate in activities by grade, art studio, and academic departments.

  • Students will attend LaGuardia based on the activities they are scheduled for. Every student’s schedule will be different.  Not every student will come to LaGuardia every day.

  • Students also have the opportunity, daily, to meet with their teachers during Academic Support/Arts Open Studio sessions. We encourage students with NX’s and students who have been absent to take advantage of this opportunity.

  • Every morning before 10am, students must complete a guidance survey using their laguardiahs.org account to be marked present for the day.

  • This Regents Week Special Schedule is in draft format and will be finalized at the end of the week with additional details.

Monday, January 31 is a professional development day for faculty/staff. No students are in attendance.

Tuesday, February 1 is Lunar New Year. School buildings are closed.

Wednesday, February 2 is the first day of the Spring Semester.  MetroCards will be distributed.

 

Support for Absent Students



1/13/2022 10:14 am

PupilPath Disruption

PupilPath has been experiencing a disruption this week. LaGuardia and schools from coast to coast that rely on PupilPath to communicate with families are currently unable to send mass emails.

 

This is the message your children hear during Morning Announcements:

"PupilPath and Skedula are still offline throughout the country. The company is still working on a solution.  As of this moment, there is no additional information."

 

To email teachers and staff directly:

https://www.laguardiahs.org/directory/faculty

 



1/9/2022 1:59 pm

COVID Reporting

Please see the steps to take when reporting a Positive COVID Case:

Step 1:  Notify your teachers.  And your Attendance Secretary:

             Drama, Fine Arts, and Tech 

             Dance, Instrumental, Vocal

Step 2:  Provide information for reporting to NYCDOH and Testing+ Tracing Corp.

 

  1. Date of last day student was present at LaGuardia:
  2. Date student tested positive for COVID: Positive Test Date Received is Day 0
  1. Type of test taken by student:
  2. Date of onset of symptoms (if any):

 

Attendance and Make Up Work Policy

 

Notifying the Attendance Secretary makes sure that the absence is recorded correctly. 

 

Students should follow the process each teacher has in place for absences, e.g. Google Classroom

 

The DOE is clear there is no ‘remote option’. 

 

Students should be mindful of their health and do schoolwork if they feel up to it.  Families and students should not add pressure for the student to keep up at the risk of taxing their bodies.

 

Teachers are very understanding of individual situations, and students should arrange a timeline for completing make-up work when they return.  The timeline will vary depending of how sick a child was.

 

Families Keeping Students Home Out of Caution

 

We understand this is a very stressful time and families are keeping their children home during this surge.  (See above.)

 

Students are not penalized for absences.  (Keeping a child home is not a long-term solution.)

 

This can feel overwhelming for everyone, not to mention the stress and fatigue.  Any/all questions to Allison Price, Parent Coordinator Price Allison - aprice7@schools.nyc.gov.



1/2/2022 9:50 pm

Parents Association Meeting

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Please join us!

General PA Meeting
Tuesday, January 4th @ 6 pm via Zoom
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Principal Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos will present an overview of the spring semester and address school updates. The meeting will be held as a webinar during her presentation; microphones and chat functions will not be available.

In order to maximize Ms. Vasconcelos' limited time with us, please email questions in advance of the meeting to laguardiahspa@gmail.com by  Sunday, January 2nd (TONIGHT).

Click here for the agenda.

Click here for the minutes of the December General PA meeting.

A recording will be made available to those who aren't able to attend.



12/21/2021 5:40 am

From Ms. Vasconcelos



11/29/2021 9:43 pm

Jingle Ball Raffle

Jingle Ball Raffle Tickets - One last chance!

Our generous ticket donor surprised us with an extra pair of tickets for tomorrow's concert! 

 
A second chance to join the party at the 
iHeartRadio JINGLE BALL
this Friday, December 10th @ 7 pm!

 Raffle ended Dec 9

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball

jingle ball



10/30/2021 12:05 am

General PA Meeting

The next Parent Association meeting is Wednesday, November 3rd at 8:00pm.

This meeting is scheduled for Wednesday as Tuesday is Election Day.

 

 Please look out for the Zoom link via email.

 

If you have not been receiving emails from the Parent Association please make sure you are registered here.



10/28/2021 9:53 pm

Faculty and Staff Art Show

WE’RE BACK!

 

Tomorrow, October 29th, is the Opening Night of our first in-person Art Exhibition since March of 2020!

 

THE FACULTY AND STAFF ART SHOW

 

We are so thrilled to open our Gallery doors to the community and cannot wait to enjoy Art with one another in-person again. Each year we choose the Faculty and Staff Art Show to kick off our exhibition season, to highlight that the talent in our school goes beyond individual studios. This show celebrates talents from all academic and studio departments, and includes teachers, administrators, and support staff. It is a beautiful way to come together.  A huge thank you goes to the incredible Fine Arts Studio faculty for taking on the tremendous task of organizing, coordinating, and executing the show.

 

This is the first in-person public Arts event that LaGuardia is hosting since 2020. We have made some adjustments to accommodate the NYCDOE’s mandated health and safety regulations to keep our community safe, and ask that you please continue reading so that you are prepared for your visit: 



10/24/2021 2:34 pm

Mental Health Expert Follow-up

Follow Up on Our General PA Meeting with Mental Health Experts

Thanks to all who were able to join us Tuesday night at our General PA Meeting on October 19. And a very special thank you to our guest speakers--LaG parents and mental health experts--Jennifer Abcug (LCSW) and Sherry Stuart (LCSW).

Sherry and Jennifer shared some useful tips on how to talk to teenagers, assess their mental well being and suggested a few websites for further support.

 

This is the beginning of a long-term discussion that we hope to develop over the school year: How to Support Our Teenagers' Mental Health and How We Can Support Each Other.

 

We appreciate all who shared their questions, thoughts and personal concerns with us. Please continue to do so by emailing us topics you'd like us to address--such as coping tips for panic/anxiety attacks, where to get support at school during the day--and we'll plan to address these at future PA meetings.

 

To send your questions or comments, please write to: laguardiahspa@gmail.com

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Visit our Mental Health Support page for links to resources



10/24/2021 1:57 pm

Academic Approach SAT/ACT Test Prep

Academic Approach SAT/ACT Test Prep:

 

For students interested in taking the SAT or ACT this spring who would like information on effective and affordable test prep, Academic Approach (a nationally recognized test prep company that serves many of the top public and private schools in the country) offers its services to LaGuardia students for 1/3 of the regular cost.  

 

Academic Approach does not teach simply to the test; it teaches the academic and intellectual skills that the SAT and ACT are testing.  

 

Click below if you want to know more about Academic Approach and its understanding of and approach to standardized testing. 

 

LaGuardia HS Academic Approach



10/14/2021 9:43 pm

PA General Meeting, October 19th

PA GENERAL MEETING on October 19th @ 8:00 pm via Zoom


Please join us for the LaGuardia PA General Meeting on October 19th, at 8 PM, via Zoom
(please register here). We will approve the reviewed budget in accordance with the PA Bylaws.

The budget will be presented by the PA Treasurer MaryBeth Trommelen.

In addition, we will present the first part of a series of conversations about mental health in a
time of COVID. The first session will feature two members of the LaGuardia community,

parents Jennifer Abcug and Sherri Stuart,

who are also both mental health professionals.

They will give a short presentation followed by Q&A (click below here for details).

 

The meeting agenda can be found here. We'll be sending out the PA budget to review later this week, so stay tuned!

 

 



9/23/2021 8:18 pm

Mr. Donald (Scott) McElveen

Dear Families,

 
We are mourning with Mr. Donald (Scott) McElveen's family. As our way to pay respect, and to show that Mr. McElveen will be greatly missed by our community, we would like to share the letter below from our Japanese teacher, Chiaki Rochkind. If you would be so inclined, there is a link for donations to the National Kidney Foundation in Mr. McElveen's honor. 
 
 


9/20/2021 9:31 pm

First General PA & Studio Meeting of the Year!

Rescheduled! First General PA & Studio Meeting of the Year! Plus PA Executive Board Elections on Thursday, September 30 @ 6 PM

Please CLICK HERE for more information about our rescheduled General PA meeting & election on September 30th.



9/18/2021 8:58 pm

Donors Choose

Please help support our teacher inspired initiatives!

We have 7 campaigns that need additional support

 

Click here to view the projects and donate

 



9/14/2021 5:26 pm

Sunday Night News

For this weeks SNN please click here

 


9/14/2021 9:31 am

Tonight's PA Meeting and Elections!

POSTPONED!  

Due to technical difficulties, tonights meetings are postponed.

A new date will be announced shortly.

 

 

Dear LaGuardia Families:

 

We hope your children had a wonderful first day back at school. Now it's your turn to be welcomed back into the building! Please join us in the Little Flower Theater (or on Zoom by clicking here to pre-register) for our first General PA Meeting TONIGHT at 6 PM. Studios will hold their meetings at 7 PM: Art in 7th floor cafeteria; Dance in the Little Flower Theater; Drama in rooms G 25 & G17; Music in room 457 and Theater Tech (location will be announced at the General Meeting).

 

Our first agenda item is the election of officers to the PA Executive Board and a Freshman Representative to the School Leadership Team (please scroll down for information about the positions).

 

For our guests attending in person, please follow these steps:

  • Complete the daily health screening form and have it readily available to show before entering the building
  • Bring proof of vaccination
  • A valid ID
  • Your child's OSIS number (you can find this on either a report card or by clicking on myschools.nyc or mystudent.nyc.gov and logging into your account)
  • Wear a mask
  • Please try to arrive by 5:30 PM so we can ensure the validation process moves quickly and the meeting can begin promptly at 6 PM.

 

For those who plan to attend remotely, the meeting will be live-streamed (at the mercy of the school's wifi capabilities), so you will not be able to participate in the election due to DOE guidelines.

 

You can find the agenda for the meeting here. The PA's budget can be viewed here.

We look forward to seeing you--and let's see some hands raised to self-nominate for a position!

Read

 



9/12/2021 8:55 pm

Welcome Back!

September 12, 2021

 

Dear LaGuardia Families: 

 

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our children back to school on Monday, September 13, with an extra special greeting (there is a little surprise awaiting them when they arrive and a sweet treat at the end of the day...sshhh)!

 

Due to the COVID variant restrictions and other safety concerns and the DOE/school administration protocols this will be a simple and fun way to welcome the kids in the morning and in the afternoon (wrap by 5 PM). Rest assured your child/children will feel welcomed and surrounded by a school community that deeply cares about them. 

 

Thanks to ALL our PA volunteers who have helped to make this first day “back to school” possible on top of getting their child/children ready for the new academic year. 

 



9/11/2021 2:13 pm

School Opening Procedures 2021!

We look forward to welcoming  you back to school!

Please see the below for a few quick links to make the first day a bit easier

 

Link to School Opening Procedures

 

Open Lunch Consent Form

 

NYC Health Screening



9/10/2021 5:37 pm

Performance Guidance from the DOE

Extracurricular Activities Vaccination Policy

Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State guidance, COVID-19 vaccination will be required this year for students who are at least 12 years old and are participating in afterschool extracurricular activities considered high-risk for potential COVID-19 transmission.

 

High risk afterschool activities include:

  • Chorus
  • Musical Theater
  • Dance / Dance Team
  • Band / Orchestra / Marching Band
  • Cheerleading / Step Teams / Flag Team

Full Article



9/8/2021 12:47 pm

Back to School Family Forum



8/31/2021 4:03 pm

Update - Open Parent Association Positions

Open Parents Association Board Positions

Elections will be held at the first General Parent Association meeting on 9/14 - This meeting is in person at school  

 

***Please read for more information regarding the PA meeting and elections

 

Executive Board
Treasurer
Assistant Treasurer
Freshman Representative
**
 
School Leadership Team
Freshman Representative
**
 
 
 
If you are interested in a position please contact Laguardiahspa@gmail.com
 
 
 


8/3/2021 9:51 am

Town Hall Recording



8/2/2021 2:22 pm

Town Hall Meeting



7/26/2021 3:39 pm

Dear Incoming LaGuardia Families

Dear Incoming LaGuardia Families

 

Congratulations! We know how anxious you are to hear from the school, but the administration has been dealing with some technical issues. To date, LaGuardia does  NOT have the updated information it needs to send to  families and students.  The school administration will continue to use the website (laguardiahs.org) as a vehicle to communicate to families.

 

The DOE is working on resolving these technical issues. Once they have resolved the matter, LaGuardia will reach out to both parents and artist-scholars.

 

In the meantime, have a wonderful summer!

 

The LaGuardia Parents Association



6/2/2021 1:42 pm

LaG Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony Will Be Held On June 23rd At Summer Stage in Central Park

We thank our LaGuardia administration for securing such a wonderful and fitting location under challenging circumstances.

  • Please attend the June 1st Parents Association meeting to vote on an allocation from the PA General Fund to support the Graduation Ceremony. The link to register for this meeting is HERE.
  • IMPORTANT! If you placed a cap and gown order, please contact Alice Tse at Alitse@gmail.com, and provide the following information: Student Name, Parent Email, Parent Phone Number, Studio, Student Height.
  • Please consider a voluntary donation to our Graduation Ceremony Fund by clicking HERE

Recommended donation is $100 per family but amounts of all sizes are appreciated. If you are able to be more generous, please consider a larger donation to help support families who are not in a position to donate right now. Donations are voluntary, and every senior family will be included in the ceremony.



6/2/2021 1:40 pm

LaG Arts Is Featured In "Graduation 2021: A CNN Special Event"!

LaG’s Show Choir and select Senior Dance Studio members performed in “Graduation 2021: A CNN Special Event” in a segment that aired Sunday, May 23, 7:00 pm (EDT), on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español.



6/2/2021 1:17 pm

Rising Stars Was Featured in the New York Times!

“LaGuardia High School is usually introduced as the inspiration for the 1980 movie “Fame,” but younger generations might favor more up-to-date references: The New York City arts school’s many alumni include Awkwafina and Ansel Elgort. This year, LaGuardia is taking its “Rising Stars” variety showcase online; so now you can try to spot the next Timothée Chalamet. Premiering June 4; allarts.org

 

We pride ourselves on the professional quality of our production. However, the incredible caliber of this mostly student-led show is made possible by the support of the LaGuardia community and our friends.

 

Click here for NYTimes article.

 

Click Here to Support Us!



6/2/2021 1:15 pm

Exciting News From the Rising Stars 2021 Team

Rising Stars is LaGuardia's widely anticipated annual production showcasing the myriad talents of students from all studios. This year's theme was Behind the Mask/Stepping Out.

 

Official airdates for Rising Stars 2021: Behind the Mask on the WNET Group’s ALL ARTS TV CHANNEL are:

Friday, June 4th @ 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 5th @ 1:00 pm
Sunday, June 6th @ 9:00 am

On-Demand 24/7 streaming begins June 4th



4/27/2021 2:51 pm

LaGuardia's Auction Was A Huge Success!

Thank you to all of the LaGuardia families who participated in our hugely successful auction.

We raised $58,734!

The auction featured over 160 special items. This year we lowered the starting bid prices on select items so more bidders could enjoy our wonderful Auction. We were thrilled to have so many generous donations including music and dance lessons, exquisite art and jewelry, beautiful destinations, and tickets to SNL and Broadways shows.

 

Every bid goes directly to support scholarships for SAT/ACT test, support across classes, rehearsals and productions, Senior Dance, afterschool clubs, master classes, internships, Rising Stars production, and so much more.



4/27/2021 2:50 pm

PA Elections Will Be Held On Tuesday June 1 @ 7PM

JOIN THE PA EXECUTIVE BOARD AND KEEP IT VIBRANT!

If you have the passion for making our excellent school an even better place and can commit to the work, please consider running for a PA office.

  • The only qualification to run for office is that you are a parent/guardian of a child currently attending our school. However, per the Chancellor's Regulations, DOE employees are not allowed to run, even if they have a child in the school.
  • Nominations will also be accepted from the virtual floor on the night of the election. 
  • All elected PA Executive Board members serve a one-year term.
  • SLT parent representatives serve a two-year term.

 

OPEN PA POSITIONS

  • Co-President (Individual or slate of 2)
  • Co-Vice President (2 positions)
  • Treasurer (1 position)
  • Assistant Treasurer (1 position)
  • Secretary (1 position)
  • Assistant Secretary (1 position)
  • Academic Forum Chaiperson (up to 4 positions)
  • Community Involvement (2 positions)

 

There are four (4) parent representative spots open. For SLT info, check the SLT bylaws.

 

ALSO CONSIDER A ROLE IN YOUR STUDIO!

Each studio has its own board of many members and conducts its own elections at a studio meeting. Contact your studio rep for details.