Thursday, November 8, 2018

I would like to start with a special shout out to the student Council...

November 5th, 2018

Hello LoMA Family!

I would like to start with a special shout out to the student Council, especially to the teachers who helped M. L set up and chaperone,  for improving spirits with an awesome Spirit week and fall dance!  If you took photos of spirit week, please send them to me at so I can print them for the photo Calendar.  The other day, a teacher asked me, "A dance that starts at 4:30?" Absolutely!! By 4:45, LoMA was wasting no time and got the party started.  LoMA kids just need some music and fun friends, they can dance day or night.

            It was also really a pleasure meeting your families at the conferences.  We met so many nice families and it is no wonder we have such great, well raised, and thoughtful students in our school. We want to work with your parents and guardian's to make high school a success for you.

 How about those report cards?  I saw many people gather around the Honor Roll board and I was thrilled to see how well many of you did this marking period.  If you did not do so well or were not happy about your report card, I have some good news.  The marking period grade is just a progress report.  It is the perfect time to reflect on the choices you are making and time to make adjustments where necessary. What can you do to improve your grades over the next 6 weeks?  Attend tutoring? Start a study group with friends? Let teachers know when you are struggling or don't understand something? Waste less time on the internet and video games?  Do some homework in Credit plus during lunch? Participate more in class?  Every one of the choices listed above can improve your grades so you can end the semester strong.  Remember, there are 3 marking periods and in January you receive final grades for the semester.  The final grades are the grades that will appear on your permanent transcript. This is the record that colleges and employers will see in the future. You still have two+ months to work towards getting grades that you are proud of.

I reached out to the Seniors for some advice for the students at LoMA, this is what they would like you all to know:

"Always talk to your teachers! All of them are willing to stay and talk to you about your grades and how you can fix them (tutoring is the best time to talk)"

"Even if your grades are great in the beginning, don't think they will stay like that. KEEP PUSHING"

"Do your work AND manage your time to include a social life"

" Doing your homework is very important, don't slack because of your friends, every year counts"

"Don't depend on others, rely on yourself"

"Sports are a good way to make friends"

"Stay focused on what is really important and don't let relationships (boyfriends/girlfriends/friends) consume you. Stay true to yourself."

"Try and be nice to teachers so you will have people to write recommendation letters for you Senior year"

"Take chances and do things out of your comfort zone because life is short."

"Do your homework, It may be challenging, but trust me, when you finish it, it feels good"

Thank you seniors for your great advice.  You are proof that it is possible to make it through high school!  As hard as it is at times and as stressed out as you may feel, time will actually fly by.  Hopefully you are busy making great memories and keeping YOURSELF proud of what you do.

Nest week I would like to focus on managing stress.  What do you do when you feel stressed out?  How do you manage hard times and feeling overwhelmed?  Let me know at

Lastly, I promise I will never write as much or print my newsletter as small as that last one!  Once I started thinking about what I value at LoMA, I just couldn't stop. Next week I will also share with you what students said they value at LoMA.  Have a great week.  Make good choices and remember, if you need us, we are here for you.

Onward LoMA!

MS. Garfield, AP

Upcoming Dates

6th-  Election Day, No school for students.  Remind people you know over 18 TO VOTE!
8th-College Fair all day. LoMA 10th-12th will be attending ,  I will send specific times next week
12th-Veteran's Day. No school for you!  Thank a Veteran for their service

13th-Arts rotate 9th grade
13th- Junior drama majors at NYTW


Yetta Garfield, AP
The Lower Manhattan Arts Academy
350 Grand Street, NYC 10002

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