Welcome to LaGuardia Arts

Summer Work Permits

Work Permits and Entertainment Work Permits are issued Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM (Noon).   Please be sure to read the Working Papers Packet and bring the appropriate paperwork.

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New LaGuardia Families for Fall 2021 

(Updated:  July 21, 2021)

To the families who have selected LaGuardia Arts as their high school home beginning in the Fall 2021, welcome!  You will create life-long memories and friends while securing the best Arts and Academic education possible.   We know that many of you are looking forward to the official welcome letter from our school, along with enrollment paperwork and information -- suddenly it all will seem so real!

If you are a Fall 2021 incoming student and did not receive an email from the school regarding programming preferences, please fill out this form so that we can update our records and send you the information.

Submit Updated Family Email  

Getting to Know Our Building

Incoming students are welcome to attend our "Getting To Know Our Building" events on either Tuesday, August 3, or Thursday, August 5.  The "Getting To Know Our Building" events is open to all LaGuardia students as we transition to in person instruction this Fall.  (Students will need to RSVP, )  It is the same tour regardless of grade level, studio, or date.   The RSVP is for planning purposes only.  This is a student event.  Please complete the "Getting to Know Our Building" Google Form to RSVP.  Incoming students should use an email that is checked daily as they have not been assigned a laguardiahs.org email.  

Orientation

We have scheduled two days of Orientation for all incoming students.  These days are Wednesday, September 1, and Thursday, September 2.  Information about these days will be emailed to families over the summer.  We are still determining whether the incoming students will be asked to attend one or both dates.   Orientation events are suggested; however, we do understand that families may have other plans and may not be able to attend.  Attending or not attending any of these events is not meant to be stressful on either families or students.   The Parents Association will be present at these events and will offer information for families while students participate in their orientation sessions.

Our Orientation is designed for students to get to know LaGuardia, learn important information, and take care of some business that will make their first days of school run more smoothly.  During this time, students will be moving in groups to various locations (a mini-tour), as well as seeing their studio spaces.  The Parents Association will have information sessions for families while their students participate in the student orientation.

These events are expected to be held in the morning, generally 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Students do NOT need to RSVP or register for Orientation; however, we will begin checking in students at 8:45 AM.

Summer Reading

Our Summer Reading text is The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  “In The Thing Around Your Neck Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but also America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.”

Students are free to purchase their own copy, or they may pick up a copy at no cost at either of the August "Getting To Know Our Building" events.  (Other days for picking the text may be added.). The copy students receive from the school becomes the student's personal copy, meant for notes to be written in it, memorable passages highlighted, etc.

 

Current LaGuardia Students and Families

To help students transition into full-time, in person instruction in the Fall, three "Getting To Know Our Building" events are planned.  Information about the events anyhow to RSVP will be emailed to families.    These are optional events; we do understand that families may have other plans and may not be able to attend.  Attending or not attending any of these events are not meant to be stressful on either families or students.  

We are planning a series of grade level orientation/reorientation dates to help ease the transition back into our building full time. The content of each date is grade-specific, and these are optional activities. More information will be sent out at a later time, but please save the date:

Class of 2022: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Class of 2023: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Class of 2024: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Class of 2025: Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and Thursday, September 2, 2021

 

Class of 2021 -- Information for Graduates

Graduates who have questions may reach out to our Summer School Guidance Counselors

Our summer guidance counselors are:

Ms Leston, dleston@schools.nyc.gov

Ms Jusiono, jjusino@schools.nyc.gov

You may also download a copy of your transcript from your NYCDOE Student account, found under Documents > Unofficial Transcript.  (This is the transcript we send.  Transcripts are only "official" if the school sends them.  If you provide the transcript, it is unofficial.)

Picking Up Diplomas and Yearbooks

Graduates who need to come in to pick up their diplomas (Class of 2020 or 2021) may do so on Fridays, between 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Ms. Javier will be able to assist.  Yearbooks that were not mailed to the Class of 2021 are available, as well.

 

Summer Rising Updates -- Enrollment Closed

All families must complete a Summer Rising Student Consent Form for COVID-19 Testing

Summer Rising Entry/Exit Protocol

All Summer Rising participants should familiarize themselves with the Entry/Exit Protocols for LaGuardia Arts.  This document covers COVID-19 Health checks, lining up procedures for entering the building, traveling in the building in a unidirectional and clockwise manner, meal service, etc.

All Students Scan Into the Building Upon Arrival

All students from all participating schools are to bring their ID cards with them every day.  They will be required to scan into the building upon arrival.  Students should also know their 9-digit ID number.

Face Coverings

Face coverings must be worn by all individuals, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, while inside DOE buildings and while outside on DOE property (e.g., DOE schoolyards, playgrounds, or open streets).  

 

 

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Announcements

  • Incoming Families: Welcome and Town Hall Information

    Hello,

     

    Hopefully everyone is having a great summer; it is hard to believe that one month has already passed.  

     

    In non-pandemic times, our communication with incoming families would have started in May, but our timeline for getting our incoming students prepared for the beginning of school has not changed significantly.  A few events -- such as the “Getting to Know our Building” for all students -- have been added, in addition to a couple online sessions.

     

    Town Hall:  Course Selection Process

     

    This Monday’s Town Hall will be hosted by Superintendent Orlen, Acting Principal Fontanez, and a couple members of our administrative team.  You are welcome to attend this session, and a link to the recording of it will be sent to all members of our community (as well as placed on our homepage) the next day.  

     

    VIEW AUGUST 2 TOWN HALL (Passcode:  206495)

     

    The title of the presentation is “Town Hall:  Course Selection Process”.  Returning parents submitted questions to be addressed in the Zoom webinar format, so the topics are a little broader.   A loose set of categories would be:

     

    • Planning for 2021-2022

    • School Opening Logistics

    • COVID-19 Concerns

    • Academic & Guidance Questions, including Course Selection and Advanced Placement Offerings

    • College & Career Questions

     

    So that all members of the community can participate, we will use the Zoom webinar format.  A webinar differs from a Zoom meeting as audience members view the panelists, and questions are submitted through the Q&A feature (similar to a chat feature). A webinar allows for more attendees than a meeting.

     

    Getting to Know Our Building

     

    Tuesday, August 3, or Thursday, August 5

    Arrive between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM.  

    Tours last between 1:00 and 1:30 hours

     

    Incoming students are welcome to attend our "Getting To Know Our Building" events on either  The "Getting To Know Our Building" events are open to all LaGuardia students as we transition to in person instruction this Fall.  (Students will need to RSVP, )  It is the same tour regardless of grade level, studio, or date.   The RSVP is for planning purposes only.  This is a student event.  Please complete the "Getting to Know Our Building"Google Form to RSVP.   

     

    Orientation

     

    Wednesday, September 1, and Thursday, September 2.

    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

     

    Orientation events are suggested; however, we do understand that families may have other plans and may not be able to attend.  Attending or not attending any of these events is not meant to be stressful on either families or students.  

     

    Our Orientation is designed for students to get to know LaGuardia, learn important information, and take care of some business that will make their first days of school run more smoothly.  During this time, students will be moving in groups to various locations (a mini-tour), as well as seeing their studio spaces. 

     

    The Parents Association will have information sessions for families while their students participate in the student orientation.

     

    School Contacts

     

    We are excited for the new school year to begin.  We know that you may have questions that arise.  Please feel free to email our Parent Coordinator Ms. Price (aprice7@schools.nyc.gov) and me (mstricklin@schools.nyc.gov).  Because of our summer schedules, I recommend sending one email addressed to both of us.

     

    Here’s to a fantastic school year!

     

    Mark J. Stricklin-Witherspoon, Ed.D.

    Assistant Principal, Engagement

     

     
    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Link to Monday, August 2, 2021 "Town Hall: Course Selection Process"

    Superintendent Vivian Orlen and members of the LaGuardia Arts administration team will be hosting  “Town Hall:  Course Selection Process” this Monday, August 2, 2021, 4:00 PM.

     

    CLICK TO JOIN THE AUGUST 2 PRESENTATION (Passcode: 206495)

     

    Our intention is to answer questions submitted prior to the meeting and ensure that there is another opportunity to have additional questions posed and answered prior to the beginning of the school year. 

     

    The Town Hall will be conducted in a webinar format to allow for participation from the entire LaGuardia Arts community.  While there will be an opportunity to submit questions during the Town Hall meeting, we strongly encourage you to submit questions in advance.

     

    Please email your questions to Acting Principal Daisy Fontanez (DFontan4@schools.nyc.gov) and include “Town Hall Question” in your email subject by Friday, July 30. 

     

    Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.

     

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Message for Families from Superintendent Orlen

     July 26, 2021 

    Dear LaGuardia Families, 

    I hope everyone is having a restful summer. In preparation for the upcoming school year, I would like to invite you to a town hall hosted by myself and members of the school admin team to answer any questions you might have about the course selection process for the upcoming school year. The town hall will be held on Monday, August 2nd at 4PM and the link will be shared in a separate email by this Friday. 

    I understand there was recent confusion regarding the number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses a student may take. To be clear, a student can take as many AP courses as possible as long as the decision makes the most sense for their schedule, workload, and academic goals. Though Principal Vasconcelos has been on family leave, we communicate regularly, and she is fully informed and involved in this process. 

    The guiding principle behind programming and scheduling decisions is that students should have maximum flexibility requesting courses. These requests must be guided by graduation and grade specific requirements and consider any course pre-requisites. In addition, since it is simply not possible to offer every course every period, students may find themselves in a situation where they need to choose between desired courses. 

    Our students’ interests and needs are different and speaking with your child’s counselor will allow your student to explore their specific situation and express their preferences for a balanced arts and academic workload. They will have an opportunity to do that with LaGuardia counseling staff prior to final course assignments. 

    I look forward to joining with you next week and, along with LaGuardia leadership, to respond to questions you might have regarding course selection. It is important that you submit your questions in advance, so that we can be fully prepared. Our intention is to answer questions submitted prior to the meeting and ensure that there is another opportunity to have additional questions posed and answered prior to the beginning of the school year. 

    Please email your questions to Acting Principal Daisy Fontanez (DFontan4@schools.nyc.gov) and include “Town Hall Question” in your email subject by Friday, July 30th. 

    Sincerely, 

    Vivian Orlen 

    Superintendent – Manhattan High Schools 

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Getting to Know Our Building: RSVP Now!

     

    This form is for current LaGuardia students entering grades 10, 11, or 12.

    A separate RSVP form will be used for incoming students.

     

    It has been a while since many of us have visited our building; for some, you may be seeing our building for the very first time.

     

    Just as a more casual, reconnection event, we are planning three "Getting to Know Our Building" events.  These events are optional.

     

    "Getting to Know Our Building" occurs on three different dates and are for students only.  Each date is the same program.  

     

    RSVP HERE (your laguardiahs.org account must be open). A separate RSVP form will be used for incoming students.

     

    How It Works

    Student guided tours of the building will take place.  This gives everyone an opportunity to see the building and to understand the planned safety protocols for September.  

    Students arrive on the scheduled date at any time between 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM.  The walking tours are expected to take between 1:00 hour and 1:30 hours.  Students should wear comfortable shoes as they will be on their feet walking and taking stairs throughout.

     

    Students must wear masks (even if vaccinated) throughout the duration of the event.  Students should line up socially distanced along Amsterdam Ave.  Students will enter the building in groups of between 15 - 20 students and will be assigned a tour guide.  Please plan on staying with your group for the duration of the tour.  

     

    Students will be required to complete the DOE Health Screening prior to entering the building.

     

    PLEASE RESPOND AT LEAST THREE DAYS PRIOR TO THE DAY YOU WILL BE ATTENDING.

     

    For Thursday, July 22, 2021 (Grades 10 - 12), RSVP by Monday, July 19.

    For Tuesday, August 3, 2021  (Grades 9 - 12), RSVP by Saturday, July 31.

    Thursday, August 5, 2021  (Grades 9 - 12), RSVP by Monday, August 2.

     

     


    RSVP HERE (your laguardiahs.org account must be open). A separate RSVP form will be used for incoming students.

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Final Transcripts Sent to Colleges Listed in Naviance

     

     

     

     

    Today, July 13, we completed sending final school documents -- including transcripts -- to the Attending School listed in Naviance.

     

    Similar to the college application process, you may still receive automated text messages or emails until the receiving school downloads the transcripts, processes them, and then upload them into their school's system.  Please be patient during this lag time to allow schools to process the transcripts.  It will generally take between 1 and 2 weeks for this process to be complete and for your transcript to show as being received in your college's portal.  (This is normal.)

     

    SHOULD I WORRY?  There is no reason to contact LaGuardia about your transcript as long as you are receiving automated messages.  If there comes a time when you receive a personal email from an admissions officer, please forward that email to one of our summer guidance counselors so that we can resolve the issue.

     

    WHAT IF I CHANGE THE SCHOOL I AM ATTENDING?  If you just added a new school to Naviance that you are attending, please notify a summer guidance counselor.  If the college wants the transcript and documents emailed to them, please forward that information to the summer guidance counselor.

     

    Our summer guidance counselors are:

     

    Ms Leston, dleston@schools.nyc.gov

    Ms Jusiono, jjusino@schools.nyc.gov

     

    You may also download a copy of your transcript from your NYCDOE Student account, found under Documents > Unofficial Transcript.  (This is the transcript we send.  Transcripts are only "official" if the school sends them.  If you provide the transcript, it is unofficial.)

     
    If there is anything I can do to help you as you transition beyond LaGuardia, please let me know.

    MSW
    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • 2021 Chancellor's Arts Endorsed Diplomas Virtual Celebration

     

     

     

     

     

    The website celebrating students throughout New York City for achieving an Arts Endorsed Diploma is available for viewing.  Congratulations to everyone who has received this distinction.  

     

    2021 Chancellor's Arts Endorsed Diplomas Virtual Celebration

     
    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Fall 2021 College Now application process will conclude in 8 more days.

     

     

     

     

     

    Please use the links below to the guide to application submission and course description.  All supporting documents (i.e.; official transcript, Parent/Guardian consent form, NYS Regents ELA and/or PSAT - SAT or ACT score report are to be uploaded onto the CN dropbox. 


    Student Guide to Application Submission - Fall 2021

     

     

    Fall 2021 Course Descriptions

     

     

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • PSAL Summer Registration is Now Open (July 12, 2021)


     

     

    The DOE is announcing the opening of the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Summer Program. The program will provide students entering grades 9–12 with comprehensive athletic training including strength training, sport-specific skill development, and competitive opportunities with the goal of improving the skill level of high school students in New York City’s public schools. ​​​​​​​

     

    The PSAL Summer Program will operate five-days-a-week, Mondays through Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., starting July 12 and ending on August 13. The summer program will operate at various high school sites in all five boroughs. Students can register for any available site. Please share this information with your students and families as soon as possible.

     

    For questions, email psalsummerprogram@strongschools.nyc

     
    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • PSAL Summer Program Registration Now Open

     

     

     

     

    The Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) is pleased to announce the PSAL Summer Program. The PSAL Summer Program will provide students entering grades 9 – 12 comprehensive athletic training including strength training, sport-specific skill development, and competitive opportunities with the goal of improving the skill level of New York City’s high school public school students.

    PSAL Summer will operate five days a week, Mondays through Fridays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, starting July 12 and ending on August 13. The PSAL Summer Program will operate in various high school sites in all five boroughs. Students are able to register for any available site.   

    Register Your Student Now. Students will be able to view sports availability when registering.

     

     

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Chancellor's Family Letter: July 8, 2021

     

     

     

     

    Dear Families, 

     

    We made it! I hope you are all having a restful start to the summer. As you relax and reflect on the past year, we have been hard at work planning the year to come. The past year has presented us with unimaginable challenges, but also incredible opportunities for big change. 

     

    I’ve been a DOE educator for more than 20 years, and I know that turning these opportunities into real change is the work of a whole community! So we talked to principals, teachers, central office staff, families, and students who shared their experiences over the last year—and their hopes for how we move forward. 

     

    Your voices were clear: We have a chance to make key changes to some very important parts of teaching and learning, in every grade. Right now, we can break down stubborn inequities and make sure that no matter what school your child enters, they are warmly welcomed, and met with the highest academic expectations—and that we are ready to help them achieve. 

     

    This year, healing will happen alongside rigorous academics. I want to share just a little bit about what will change this coming year, thanks to a $635 million investment in our academic comeback for our one million students. 

     

    Before I do, I want to acknowledge that not every family feels the same way about returning to school in person. Many families are excited and ready for full-time reconnection for their children. Others feel anxious, or unsure about potential risks. I can promise you that your child’s health is our number one priority, now and always. We are opening full time for every student because we know we can protect their health and safety—and yours. And we know that being in school is critically important for your child’s growth and success. 

     

     

    Our Academic Recovery Plan below explains some of how we are seizing this moment so your child can learn, heal, and thrive. More information will be posted on schools.nyc.gov this summer. 

     

     

    I am so excited for our homecoming on September 13 for every student—more excited than I’ve ever been in my two decades at the DOE. I am honored to share this journey with you and your child, and look forward to reconnecting as we approach the beginning of the school year. 

     

     

    In partnership, 

     

     

    Meisha Porter 

    New York City Schools Chancellor 

     


    NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS: WHAT YOU WILL SEE IN SEPTEMBER 

     

    Your Child Will Feel Welcomed, and Helped to Heal from the Past Year 

    Children in every community are carrying trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A successful academic recovery can only happen when the emotional and mental health needs of students are also addressed. 

     We will hire over 500 new social workers and other mental health support staff so that your child’s school has at least one social worker or school-based mental health clinic. 

     We will begin adding over 130 new community schools to provide expanded social, emotional, academic, and extracurricular services in communities where they’re most needed. 

     

    Your Child’s Literacy Skills Will Be a Priority 

    Literacy and reading are absolutely fundamental to children’s ability to reach important milestones all along the educational journey. Our goal is to have every student reading on grade level by the end of 2nd grade. 

     If you have a child in kindergarten through grade 2, their teachers will use a tool to identify strengths and challenges at the beginning of the year, and develop support plans tailored to their specific needs. 

     Thousands of teachers in these grades will receive extra training to support literacy. 

     140 more teachers will be hired to reduce class sizes at 72 elementary schools with the specific goal of improving reading proficiency. 

     We will bring the number of reading coaches in our successful Universal Literacy coaching program to 500 so every early childhood and K-2 classroom has one. 

     In addition, we will give schools funding for targeted supports for students, such as , extended day and enrichment activities. 

     

    Your Child Will Grow Their Technological Skills 

    This September, we will build on what we have learned about the benefits of technology. Students will develop digital skills to prepare them for the new economy. 

     We will distribute an additional 175,000 devices so every K-12 student who needs one has access to one. 

     We will launch an eighth-grade technology project for students to demonstrate their digital literacy skills. 

     We will train 5,000 K-12 teachers to teach computer science coursework. 

     We will expand Computer Science for All, to support computational thinking, problem-solving, and digital skills for 400,000 students by 2024. 

     

    More Special Education Support Will Be Available for Students with Disabilities 

    The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on our students with disabilities. The Academic Recovery Plan will make every resource available to better support students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), from our youngest learners to students preparing for graduation: 

     We will launch afterschool and Saturday programs for students with IEPs to receive additional instruction and related services. 

     We will add 800 Special Education Pre-K seats and expand Committees on Preschool Special Education to review more IEP requests. 

     We will provide eligible students ages 21+ with either continued instruction toward their diploma or other credential, or consultation about plans for college and career readiness. 

     We will also continue to provide family workshops and information sessions through our Beyond Access Series, which supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics related to special education. 

     

    More Language Support Will Be Available to Multilingual Learners 

    Multilingual learners (MLs) and immigrant families are valued and supported at DOE. We will provide culturally responsive supports that give students and their families equitable access to resources and opportunities that help students succeed inside and outside the classroom. 

     We will establish Immigrant Ambassador Programs across 30 high schools to match immigrant DOE students with college students for mentorship. 

     Schools will be provided resources to purchase print and digital books in students’ home languages, and build home language libraries. 

     We will provide teachers with training that is specific to the language needs of multilingual learners and immigrant students. 

     We will conduct wellness checks and deliver social-emotional learning support to multilingual learners, particularly in transitioning to full time in-person learning. 

     We will expand the Postsecondary Readiness for ELLs Program (PREP), to be facilitated by a select group of school counselors and educators. 

     

    Your Child Will Get Ready for College and Career 

    Especially as our students heal from the pandemic, we need to make sure they are better prepared for the next step in life, whether it’s college or career. 

     We will deliver free, personalized college counseling for every junior and senior after school so that every student has a post-graduation plan. This includes launching Student Success Centers for 34 high schools. 

     We will offer Universal College Financial Aid Guidance in multiple languages, to help navigate the application process. 

     We will add new Advanced Placement or College Now courses so tens of thousands more students have access to college-level coursework. 

     

    Your Child Will Learn Challenging Material That Reflects Who They Are 

    Children are more engaged in class when they can see themselves in their lessons and materials. We are committed to reflecting the city’s “beautiful mosaic” of cultures and histories in curriculum. 

     In the fall, your child’s school will receive an infusion of books that reflect the variety of histories, languages, and experiences that make up the city. 

     The DOE will begin work on universal, rigorous, and inclusive English Language Arts (ELA) and Math curricula that will be shared by New York City’s 1,600 schools and one million students. It will be built on investments in literacy and will challenge students to move beyond their academic comfort zones. 

     The DOE will begin developing brand new support materials for ELA, Math, Arts and more, developed by New York City educators for New York City students. 

     

     

     

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    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
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