Student Opportunities and Announcements

NYS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art & Essay Exhibition (December 11, 2020)

 Martin Luther King Art and Essay Exhibition Flier 

We are pleased to announce that the New York State Education Department will sponsor an event in recognition of the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As in years past, we honor Dr. King’s memory by inviting schools to submit student art and essays that reflect Dr. King’s teaching. A maximum of one piece of artwork and one essay entry may be submitted per student. Group work within each level is permitted and encouraged. LaGuardia will submit digital artwork illustrating Dr. King’s Six Principles and Steps of Nonviolence or essays celebrating Dr. King’s birthday.  As part of the celebration, all entries will be available to view in a new online exhibit via


• Distribute to students Dr. King’s Six Principles and Six Steps of Nonviolence. They can be found by following this link: Artwork may include many types of media; digital photography, painting, drawing, writing, sculpture etc.  
Encourage students to create artwork based on one or more of Dr. King’s principles and/or to write an essay examining the ways in which they can celebrate Dr. King’s birthday all year long. Student essays traditionally focus on core ideas of social justice and Nonviolence. Essays should be one page in length, whether typed or handwritten. If mailing, please submit essays in a plastic sleeve.
• To understand that January 18, 2021 commemorates the birthday of Dr. King and reminds all Americans of his dreams and goals for this nation
• To have the opportunity to take part in the celebration of Dr. King’s birthday
• To reflect on ways to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and legacy in everyday life
• To have the opportunity to learn about the social, political, and economic factors that contributed to the civil rights movement
• To learn about the philosophy of nonviolence as practiced by Dr. King and to understand its relevance for today’s society
• To appreciate and respect the contributions and rights of others without regard to the similarities or differences they may present
Artwork should be submitted to either the Assistant Principal, English, or the Assistant Principal, Fine Arts, by December 15, 2020.  One piece of work from LaGuardia in each category is allowed to be submitted.


Fundamental tenets of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence described in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. The six principles include:

  1. PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.  
  2. PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
  3. PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
  4. PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
  5. PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
  6. PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.

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 Goddard Riverside Flier  

Open Talk Support Group: Asian American & Pacific Islander Voices

 Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices Flier 

Recording Community Service Hours in x2VOL

 Musicians on the sidewalk by Lincoln CenterTo access x2VOL, the software program where we record our community service hours, we must first log into Naviance. Once you are in Naviance, you click on the “x2VOL” button at the bottom of the page and you will be redirected to the x2VOL site.

For first time users, verify your Month/Year of Birth, Gender, Mobile Phone, and preferred email. Click “Proceed” and Skip the next page.

Now you are on the Main Dashboard of x2VOL.

There are basically 2 types of Volunteer opportunities:

  • you use x2VOL to register
  • you do not use x2VOL to register

It does not matter whether the activity took place for LaGuardia or not. It matters whether or not you use x2VOL to register.

  • If you are looking to Register for an activity (you heard or read, “Sign Up on x2VOL), you click the “Find Opportunities” button.
  • If you did not sign up on x2VOL, everything else (school service, too) gets put into “Add Hours”.

Create a New Personal Project (This is used for EVERYTHING if you did not sign up for the event on Naviance, including auditions, etc.)

  1. Write the name of the activity and a brief description e.g. tutoring or ushering
  2. You do not need to attach any file. You could upload a letter of recommendation.
  3. Input the Name, Phone, and Email of the person who will receive an email and verify you completed the hours. This often a teacher, AP, or outside event leader.
  4. Submit. The Activity Contact person will receive an email verifying your hours.

What happens next?

Your Activity Contact Person will be sent an email to verify that you completed the activity and the hours are correct. They answer the email, and then the verification sits in the x2VOL que. The school will review the hours and then approve them. The approval is generally done once a semester – it is the verification that is important.

Can we count hours from last year?

Yes. It is the same process for entering hours; however, please let the Activity Contact Person know they will be receiving an email from Naviance and that they can make the connection with you.

Who do we contact if we have questions?

Ms. Hobot, Guidance Secretary, in Room 235.