School Closed on Monday, the 9th
School is closed on Monday due Indigenous Peoples' Day and Italian Heritage Day.
|3||High School Admissions Process Begins; Application to LaGuardia Opens.|
|9||Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day: School Closed|
|10||Grade Level Assemblies: Period 2: Senior Assembly; Period 9: Freshmen Assembly (Report to class first for attendance)|
|12||Grade Level Assemblies: Period 2: Junior Assembly; Period 9: Sophomore Assembly (Report to class first for attendance)|
|13||Club Fair (3:40 PM - 4:20 PM); Both Cafeterias|
|13||Faculty Art Show Opens|
|16-20||Senior Portraits - Side Lobby|
|30 - 3||Spirit Week|
|30||Senior Trip to Central Park for Class of 2024 Photo (permission slips required)|
|31||Annual Halloween Dress Up Day|
|M||2||48/61||Did Fall finally arrive?|
|T||3||50/65||Pretty much the UV Index indicates moisturizer and sun protection 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM|
|W||4||46/66||But you should be wearing SPF every day, anyway|
Grade Level Assemblies Happen This Coming Week
Grade Level Assemblies will take place next week, Tuesday & Thursday, during periods 2 & 9 in the Concert Hall. Students will first report to class for attendance. If all students in a class are in the specified grade level, teachers should bring their classes to the Concert Hall. Teachers who have mixed grades in a class will take attendance and then dismiss the specified grade of students.
Here is the schedule for the Grade Level Assemblies:
Tuesday, the 10th
Period 2: Senior Assembly
Period 9: Freshmen Assembly
Thursday, the 12th
Period 2: Junior Assembly
Period 9: Sophomore Assembly
Web Site Update
The Yellow Sheet
The Yellow Sheet -- our Weekly Bulletin -- gets emailed to our school community each Friday. We have now made it easy for you to find back issues of our Yellow directly from the My LaGuardia navigation bar. And it is even easier to find the current Yellow Sheet.
Go to MY LAGUARDIA
Click on Yellow Sheet Archive and select the week you wish to view, or
Click on Yellow Sheet - Current Week
The Red Boxes in the Middle
We have been receiving feedback that our site would be easier to navigate if we removed the row of red boxes in the middle of the page that directed people to other pages. Visitors tend to look to the top navigation bar for the information in the boxes. Hopefully, the revised structure will make our site easier to navigate.
Club Fair, Friday the 13th /Club Meetings
Our Annual Club Recruitment Fair is taking place on Friday, the 13th, from 3:40 PM - 4:20 PM in both the 5th and 7th Floor Cafeterias. It is hectic, exciting, and overwhelming all at once. Each club sends their most spirited members to hand out information and answer questions, and most of all, recruit members for their club.
This year there are about 100 clubs (thank you to our staff for being volunteer advisors). For 99.9% of the clubs, all you have to do is show up to become a member. If the club turns out not to be for you, just stop going. A list will be sent to everyone that will say the Club, Day, and Room Number.
- Club Meetings are approved to begin Monday, October 16.
- Students should bring any items from their lockers to the meeting as they cannot go to their lockers after the meeting.
- An advisor is to be present and in the room for all meetings.
- Club Meetings should wind down beginning at 4:15 PM
- Club Rooms should be vacant at 4:20 PM, and the advisor should walk students to the Main Entrance.
- All students should have left the building by 4:25 PM.
NYS College Application Fees Waived this Month!
For First Time, SUNY, CUNY, and More Than 40 Private Colleges and Universities Are Banding Together to Waive Application Fees During College Application Month!
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that over 130 colleges and universities throughout New York State will have free college application opportunities for high school seniors during the month of October. This is the first time that SUNY, CUNY, and New York’s private institutions have joined together to waive application fees for students applying during New York State College Application Month.
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the State University of New York, the City University of New York, and 40 private colleges and universities in New York State will have free application opportunities for high school seniors throughout the month of October. This is the first time that SUNY, CUNY, and New York’s private institutions will join together to waive application fees for students applying during New York State College Application Month.
The complete list of participating colleges and universities, information on when fees will be waived, and how to apply to each school can be found here.
This means, though, is you need to finish your college applications this month to take advantage of these fee waivers.
National Chess Day is October 14
Changing Passing Grades to a CR (Credit)
The CR request form is open and available for families who would like to change a numeric grade on your transcript to a CR. An email was sent to families yesterday with the link to the form. The form can also be found on your Guidance Counselor’s Google Classroom.
Seniors must submit their request by Wednesday, the 11th, in order to have the request processed in time for college deadlines. Please reach out to your guidance counselor for clarification if you have any questions.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Whether you know someone who has or had breast cancer, or is a breast cancer survivor, or if you just want to participate in a healthy cause, join us next Sunday, October 15, in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
The walk takes place every year at Central Park. We enter on West 72nd street and meet up by the Naumburg Bandshell. The event begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 12 noon, however, you can leave the walk anytime you wish. You don’t have to finish. Bring a friend, bring your family, wear comfortable shoes, wear something pink, and come on out. We hope to see you there.
If you would like to raise funds for this wonderful cause, you will need to Register for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
Hello! I hope this email finds you well. My name is Alexandra Clements, and I am a junior at New York University majoring in Neuroscience. I am emailing on behalf of NYU’s Society for Undergraduate Neural Science (NYU-SUNS), of which I am the Community Service Chair. As part of our programming for this school year, we are planning to reinstate a tutoring program for local high schools, where skilled NYU undergraduates will provide free, weekly, online tutoring for your students—particularly in STEM subjects such as Math, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science, from introductory to advanced levels. View our program's website for more information.
Complete this NYU Interest Form if you may want free weekly tutoring sessions
Yearbook Portraits and Senior Class Photo in Central Park
Save the Dates
October 16 - 20, 2023
October 30, 2023
More information will be coming soon, but we did want to give advance notice that the individual Senior Portraits will be taken at school the Week of October 16. Seniors will be emailed a link to go online and schedule their appointment during the school day.
Also, the annual Senior Class Group Photo at Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, will take place on October 30, from 8:00 AM - Noon. The logistics, permission slips, etc. will be forthcoming.
Respect For All
As part of October's National Anti-Bullying Month and the DOE’s Respect for All initiative, your school is encouraged to participate in the Respect for All essay, poster, and multimedia contest. The annual contest gives students an opportunity to showcase their efforts to prevent bullying and to raise awareness through writing, art, and other multimedia expressions. Only three submissions are allowed per school—one essay, one poster, and one multimedia element (e.g. audio, video, and animation)—and all submissions must be sent to your superintendent by November 13. Your superintendent will select winning submissions to represent your district by November 30.
NHS: National Honor Society -- Renew Your Membership or Apply
The application to join the National Honor Society (or NHS) is live! NHS is a national program that serves to help high school scholars thrive in their academic and community service endeavors. LAG NHS offers support through service opportunities, their own tutoring program called LAGPODS, and more! To apply to NHS, look out for posters with their QR Code, or follow them on instagram at @nhslag, where the link is in their bio. Applications are due October 11 at 6pm, and will not be accepted any later. Seniors who are not current members are not eligible to apply; the first time current Sophomores can apply is after this Semester; Freshmen can become eligible next year.
- NHS serves to support and help high school scholars thrive in their academic/service endeavors and achievements. You can earn community service hours and leadership skills, receive academic assistance, and prepare for the college application process.
- All applicants, both first-time and reapplicants, must have and maintain a GPA of 90+ to remain in NHS. New applicants must also include a teacher recommendation, and the link for that can be found within the application form.
- Only juniors are eligible to apply at this time. While sophomores will be allowed to apply in the spring, NHS is NOT accepting applicants from freshmen and seniors not previously in NHS.
- Returning members MUST reapply in order to remain in NHS.
Digital Citizenship is Everyone's Responsibility
Both parents and teachers need to help students be good digital citizens. They both need to support students in using the internet in ways that are safe, responsible, and appropriate. They also help students follow the rules and act in ways that lead to effective digital learning. Here are the responsibilities expected of, parents, students, and teachers:
- Make sure your child acts responsibly. This includes knowing and understanding the Discipline Code, Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP), and Social Media Guidelines for Students 12 and Younger or 13 and Older.
- Keep track of your children's online use when they are not in school—including mobile apps, online games, and other social media
- Share values with your children and talk with them about what is—and is not—acceptable online behavior.
Follow the rules
- Follow all school and class rules for using technology
- Act responsibly to all—both online and face-to-face
- Collaborate in positive ways that help you learn
- Use technology to support an inclusive school community
- Only use accounts that belong to you.
- Protect passwords—don’t share them with others
- Don’t automatically save passwords on school devices
- Don’t give out personal information online without your parent’s permission
- Have permission from a parent before meeting anyone in person that you have met only online
Take care of things
- Respect and care for both:
- Student work (yours and your peers)
Take care of each other
- Only download music, photographs, or video if you have permission from your teacher
- Follow the owner’s instructions for use
- If you don't know whether you can use something you found online, ask the owner for permission
- Follow your teacher’s directions for fundraising online
- See something that is inappropriate, threatening, or unkind? Here is what you can do:
- Reach out to a trusted adult
- Email RespectForAll@schools.nyc.gov
- Call Respect for All at 212-374-2350
Students who do not act responsibly may face the consequences explained in the Discipline Code and Chancellor’s Regulations.
LaGuardia Library is pleased to offer staff and students a free pass to the New York Times. You will be able to log into your own NYT account from school and home. Your subscription DOES NOT cover NYT Cooking or Games.
Free Internet for Low-Income Students
Do you know that T MOBILE offers free internet for low-income students? Well, yes, T Mobile does offer a comprehensive program, easy to apply, here is the link https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/project-10-million?icid=MGPO_TMO_U_TMOCPSOCRS_XFRWY5BMAQ6PGDVA834208
Opportunity for Fine Arts Majors: Submissions being Accepted for Student Curated Art Show
We are thrilled to announce the theme of the 2023 STUDENT CURATED ART SHOW: COLOR EXPERIMENT! Please review the submission information and apply. This Show is open to all Fine Art Majors!
Interested in being a Founding Member of the LaGuardia Dispatch?
Fine Art Majors would like to pilot a LaGuardia Magazine: LaGuardia Dispatch. Please complete this form if you are interested in being involved. Open to all majors!
Annual FERPA Notification for School Year 2023-24
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives parents and students age 18 and older rights over student education records. The Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security provides you with additional rights, and Chancellor’s Regulation A-820 provides additional information. Please note that if you are a student and age 18 or over, these rights belong to you, and not your arents or guardians.
Among other things, you have the right to:
- Inspect and review your child’s education records within 45 days after the DOE receives your request.
o You should submit a written request that identifies the record(s) you wish to inspect.
o Your child’s school will notify you of the time and place where you may inspect the records.
- Request changes to your child’s education records when you believe they are inaccurate, misleading, or violate your child’s privacy rights under FERPA.
o You should make requests to amend records in writing, and identify what you want changed and the reason for doing so.
o If the DOE decides not to amend records as requested, you will be notified of the decision, and of your right to a hearing and certain hearing procedures.Provide written consent before personally identifiable information in your child’s education
records is disclosed. However, in certain cases, FERPA allows disclosure without consent. Cases permitting disclosure without consent include:
- Disclosure to school officials who need to review education records to fulfill their professional responsibilities. School officials include:
- DOE employees (such as administrators, supervisors, teachers, other instructors, or support staff members); and
- People whom the DOE engages to perform services or functions for which it would otherwise use its employees. These include (a) individuals and entities providing DOE services and functions through contracts, (b) employees of other government agencies providing DOE-related services or functions, such as attorneys in the NYC Law Department representing the DOE, and school nurses and Office of School Health staff employed by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, (c) parents, students, or other volunteers assisting other
school officials in performing their tasks, and (d) other qualifying individuals or organizations, such as consultants and community-based organizations, but only if they have agreed in writing to keep student information confidential. Such people are required to be under the direct control of the DOE with respect to
the use and maintenance of personally identifiable information from education records. Direct control is achieved in various ways, including by written
- Disclosure to school officials who need to review education records to fulfill their professional responsibilities. School officials include:
- When records are requested by officials of another school, district or education institution in which your child seeks or plans to enroll, or is already enrolled if made for purposes of your child’s enrollment or transfer.
- Other exceptions exist that permit disclosure of personally identifiable information without consent include certain types of disclosures. Some are listed below. Most of these types of disclosures are subject to certain additional requirements and limitations.
Please see FERPA and Chancellor’s Regulation A-820 for more information about them.
- to authorized representatives of government entities and officials in connection with audits, evaluations, or certain other activities;
- in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received;
- to organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the NYCDOE;
- to accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions;
- to parents of students age 18 and over if the student is a dependent for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax purposes;
- to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
- to appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency; and
- of information that the NYCDOE has designated as “directory information.”
File a complaint with the USDOE if you believe the NYC DOE failed to comply with FERPA’s
requirements. Complaints may be filed here:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue
SW Washington, DC 20202-8520
or by email to FERPA.Complaints@ed.gov
Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security
Several laws and regulations protect the confidentiality of information about your children when that information identifies them. Such information, which includes student‐specific data, is known as “personally identifiable information” or “PII.”
The federal laws that protect your child’s PII include the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). State laws, such as N.Y. Education Law 2-d and the related regulations of the N.Y. State Commissioner of Education; and the DOE Chancellor’s Regulation A-820 also protect the confidentiality of your child’s PII.
Under New York state law, if you are a parent of a child in the New York City public school district (the DOE), you have the following rights regarding the privacy and security of your child’s PII:
- Your child’s PII cannot be sold or released for any marketing or other commercial purposes.
- If your child is under age 18:
- You have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of your child’s education records within 45 days of the DOE receiving your request and verifying your identity.
- You also have the right to request changes to your child’s education records when you believe they are inaccurate, misleading, or violate your child’s privacy.
- Your rights extend to education records stored by DOE contractors or other outside parties on the DOE’s behalf.
- You have the right to be notified if a breach or unauthorized release of your child’s PII occurs. You have the right to make complaints about possible breaches and unauthorized disclosures of your child’s PII and to have such complaints addressed. The DOE must provide you with a response no more than 60 calendar days from when we receive your complaint. If more time is needed, the DOE will provide an explanation to you, along with an approximate date for a response.
How to submit complaints to the NY State Education Department (NYSED):
By email: CPO@mail.nysed.gov
Chief Privacy Officer
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12234
By phone at: 518-474- 0937
How to submit complaints to the DOE:
By email: email@example.com
T-34531 OGC 2022 Aug PBOR Data Privacy and Security (English)
Chief Privacy Officer,
Office of the General Counsel Room 308
New York City Department of Education
52 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007
These federal and state laws and regulations also impose requirements on the DOE and certain outside
parties to ensure your child’s PII remains confidential and secure. For example, the DOE and certain
outside parties must adhere to the following:
- Your child’s PII will be collected and disclosed only as necessary to achieve educational purposes
in accordance with state and federal law.
- Safeguards must be in place to protect your child’s PII when it is stored or transferred. These safeguards must meet industry standards and best practices. Examples of such safeguards include encryption, firewalls and password protection.
Steps must be taken to minimize its collection, processing and transmission of PII.
- DOE staff members and outside parties who handle your child’s PII must be trained in applicable laws, policies, and safeguards associated with industry standards and best practices.
- Written agreements with outside parties who receive your child’s PII from the DOE must address legal requirements with respect to the privacy and security of your child’s PII.
- Outside parties should not maintain copies of your child’s PII once it is no longer needed for the educational purpose for which the DOE has disclosed it to the outside party. PII should be permanently and securely deleted no later than when the contract ends.
You can find a complete list of all of the types of student data that the New York State Education Department collects. You may also obtain a copy of this list by writing to the Office of Information & Reporting Services, New York State Education Department, Room 863 EBA, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234.
Directory Information and Opt Out
Certain types of basic information about you and your child are considered "directory information." Schools can disclose directory information without your consent if, and only if, they first inform you of the following:
- The types of information they designate as "directory information"
- Who they are disclosing the directory information to and why they are disclosing it
- Your right to tell the school not to disclose the directory information (known as an "opt-out")
- The timeframe you have to opt out of the disclosure
The types of information LaGuardia designates as "directory information"
Only a few pieces of information about your child are eligible to be considered directory information. These include their name; participation in school activities; honors, awards and recognition they've received; photographs of them; school enrollment and graduation details; studio; their grade level. Examples include:
- Graduation and honor rolls
- Receipt of scholarships or awards
- School publications that likely include student names and photographs, such as yearbooks, playbills, programs, art exhibits, graduation lists, and participation in school sports and other activities.
Who we are disclosing the directory information to and why wesing it
LaGuardia believes in recognizing student accomplishments in both studio and academic classes to our school community. This may occur in print or online material (programs or on our website); the artist of specific pieces or gallery shows (e.g. name of student, course, grade, and title of the artwork is displayed in front of artwork in various Fine Arts exhibits.). Names and achievements over the Daily Morning Announcements.
Your right to tell LaGuardia not to disclose the directory information (known as an "opt-out")
Families or students may choose for LaGuardia not to use their student's name; participation in school activities; honors, awards, and recognition they've received; photographs of them; school enrollment and graduation details; studio; their grade level by writing a letter saying what information and in what situation should the school not disclose directory information. The request should be emailed to Assistant Principal, Engagement & Admissions, Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon at firstname.lastname@example.org
The timeframe you have to opt out of the disclosure
Requests should be submitted by October 20, 2023.
For more information on this topic, please contact: email@example.com